This is a special day for everyone concerned, so plan it well, to get fantastic results.
– Buy Bride’s engagement ring from a good jewlery store.
– Start making your guest list.
– Discuss the budget with everyone taking part in the wedding arrangements.
– Discuss with your fiance about the number of ushers you need for the
– Discuss your honeymoon plans with your fiance, and visit your travel agent
– Meet with your appropriate Priest/Rabbi etc to arrange the ceremony and to book the church/temple etc.
– Arrange the location for your wedding reception.
– Discuss the menu options with close relatives and friends and arrange a tasting evening.
– Book a wedding band or DJ for the wedding reception.
– Choose the type of music and wedding song that you want for the reception.
– Go shopping for wedding atire for the bridge and groom and bridesmaids etc.
– Write the wedding present list.
– Discuss with the groom and close relatives who you want as bridesmaids, maid of honour and best man.
– Book a photographer for Video and photographs.
It is very popular now to give Wedding Favors at weddings, this is some sort of souvenir that the bride and groom give to the guests, which can range from personalized photo frames, matches, pens or any other small gift.
– Choose your wedding invitations.
– for an appropriate package or surf the internet for the most reasonable priced honeymoon package. wedding, one usher for 50 guests.
Find The Right location For Your Wedding
There are so many locations where you can hold your wedding.
You can do it in the default way by choosing a fancy celebration hall,
Think outside of the box, open your mind, and try unusual attractions instead.
Here are some unusual locations to do it :
If you like the twinkle of the stars, try do your wedding under the bare sky.
Do you like the theatre? , if so try to find a good theatre and get married right on the stage.
Do you love golf or bowling, Get married right on the premises.
Love to fly, Get married right on the airplane or even jumping off of it in the sky !
Under the deep sea with the fishes !
Other special and different locations are :
Beaches – Feel the wind, and smell the sea.
Parks – See the greenery of the trees and the grass.
Vineyards – A very unique wedding.
Gardens – Relaxing mood.
Zoos – A special adventure.
Castles – Very Romantic.
The Roof of a Skyscraper- Feel that you are in the clouds.
Don’t be afraid of getting out of the routine, just use your imagination, and go for it.
What will be the final date? – This is a very difficult question:
You probably wish that you could just put your finger on the calendar and choose a date for your wedding, but in reality this is not an option because in a normal year there are 365 calender days and you need to choose one magical date that will be remembered as the anniversary. A lot of couples select a date that is connected to a special day in their relationship or lives, or a happy day like a birthday, or even a shared holiday. You can choose the date by these options but think about it carefully. Dont forget the day you choose will effect everything regarding your wedding plans.
A destination wedding is a wedding that you have to trave to (usually overseas) a.k.a. eloping – not many destination weddings include guests. The most common destination wedding locations are Walt Disney World, Europe, Las Vegas weddings and Hawaii amongs others, Weddings on cruise ships are also very popular.
The time of the year can affect various elements, if the date is in the winter, for example, it is probable that some people from out of town will not arrive. The weather also affects the choices of location, food, flowers and not forgetting the type of wedding dress and even the final payment.
Having a summer wedding can help when choosing an outside location.
The budget is an issue in any event, so be warned that the period between June and December is the most expensive.
In the long run choose a date which is convenient for everybody as much as possible , for you both, for your parents, for the workers and to leave enough time to plan the wedding, and even for the guests. You want everybody to remember the wedding as a special day, and not about how inconvenient the date is, taking into consideration dates in religious observations, such as Lent or major Jewish holidays.
Plan how long a honeymoon you’re able to take.
Dont forget if you are planning a honeymoon immediately after the wedding you must take some time before that to open the wedding gifts .
Check your preferences for a particular airport, departure date and time.
Choose the type of Honeymoon, be it Relaxing in the sun, touring or sport.
Think very carefully if you want a big bustling hotel a cheap hotel or a country hide away that is very quiet.
IF you are planning a trip abroad then check with travel agent or the Internet if you have frequent flyer points or consult with family and friends regarding prices of flights etc.
Most importantly is the all round cost, The cost should be divided into two parts. Part One: travel, lodging and possibly food and drink (This depends on whether you have all inclusive meals or not). Part Two: Spending money for such items like car rental, sightseeing trips, gifts for family, friends and each other, spa visits, etc.
This varies according to taste from a Desert Island with Privacy or a Safari in Africa just remember wherever your going to be it is advisable to let the hotel know in advance that you are honeymooners as most hotels give special perks to honeymooners like upgrading rooms to suits and putting flowers and chocolates in the rooms.
The most important thing is too relax, enjoy each other and have fun – put your worries behind you and forget all your problems – as the say “The Honeymoon” will soon be over…
EVERYBODY LOVES A LOVER. TELL EVERYONE ALL ALONG THE WAY – YOUR TRAVEL AGENT, AIRLINE PERSONNEL ON BOARD AND ON THE GROUND, HOTEL FRONT DESKS ETC. ETC. – THAT YOU’RE ON YOUR HONEYMOON AND KEEP ON TELLING THEM AS YOUR TRIP PROGRESSES. YOU’LL BE SURPRISED AT THE NUMBER OF SMILES AND PERKS THAT THIS CAN BRING YOU!!!!!!
GENERAL HONEYMOON TRAVEL TIPS
- Put name and address inside your bags as well as outside.
- Carry bathing suit, cosmetics, and other basic essentials on board.
- Check camera batteries and get new ones before departing on your trip.
- Take plenty of film or a digital camera.
- Check what documents you will need to leave and enter your home country.
- Obtain an international drivers’ license. It is available through your local AAA.
- If you plan to make major purchases, check the price at home first.
- Know the ‘plans’:
- Continental includes continental breakfast (coffee and rolls).
- American includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Modified American includes breakfast, and lunch or dinner.
- Take all medicines and toiletries you will need for the trip. Do not rely on finding them easily in a foreign country.
- Put cash and valuables in hotel Safety Deposit boxes.
- Don’t forget a calculator if you’re going outside your home country.
- Reconfirm all return flights.
- Pack an extra bag to carry purchases.
Wedding Attire for the Bride and Groom
The most important thing as far as the bride is concerned has to be the Wedding Dress because the bride is the one that everyone will be talking about, not forgetting the photos and videos you will be looking at for years to come. – The colour of your wedding dress is traditionaly white but now days as brides are getting older dresses are now being made in off white or cream colours – there is even a trend for bright colours for the very brave or non conventional brides.
What bride doesn’t want to feel like a princess on her wedding day? Actually, the better question is why not feel like one?
However, with the sea of white in every store that you walk into, you will need a little training in what you’re looking for.
Before you go
A lot of choosing the right wedding gown comes from your research. And don’t lie, you know that the second you got engaged, you found those bridal books and starting thinking about your gown.
This is a great way to start though. Begin a clipping file of all of the dresses that you like. And don’t be afraid to pick dresses that aren’t necessarily wedding dresses. Even if it’s a formal bridesmaid dress, you may be able to find the style in white.
Another way to research is to look on the Internet. There are hundreds of wedding sites that are popping up to help the frazzled and busy bride with finding just what she needs. There are many pictures of wedding dresses as well as dresses from other couple’s weddings.
Just look at all of your options before you go into a store. This doesn’t mean that you have to have the wedding dress picked out just yet, but at least you can narrow the field. .
Although you can plan and plan for the perfect wedding gown, it’s true that a lot of the actual selection is based on luck. Sometimes what you had envisioned as the ‘one’ turns out to not look good on your body type.
Take into consideration the relgious part of your wedding if you want a wedding dress that is backless and sleeve-less you can where an extra bit on the top of it for the ceremony.
The choosing of a dress should not be done quickly if at all possible, take your time – so you will not regret the choice that you have made. – You can choose a modern wedding dress or a vintage (Historical style) dress – The style of a wedding dress is up to the indivdual.
The cost of a wedding dress varies – however if your budget is low consider hiring a dress or even buying a second hand one – dont forget most wedding dresses have only been worn once – so they are almost new. (“Something Old, Something, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”). Dont forget the head-dress and wedding hair style – you can choose a traditional white net vale, or a hat or even just flowers in your hair.
You want to look beautifull, Radiant and sexy.
It is recommended to coordinate with the groom with any colour you may have in your dress so as not to clash with him.
The wedding suit for a Groom is much easier – the style can be Tuxedo with Top Hat and Tails or a plain suit with a tie – Also the groom wants to be handsome and happy on his wedding day – but not to outshine the bride.
It is also recommended to hire the Tuxedo from a tailor shop if required – but if you are planning to wear an ordinary suit purchase one that can be worn again after the wedding.
A plain suit can be made very smart with accessorizing the right shirt and tie.
The Rings – Wedding Rings
The first thing the groom does after proposing is to give his future spouse an engagement ring. The proposal should be done in the most romantic setting possible – this is entirely up to the groom – he should know by this time what his girlfriend would consider a romantic setting. The proposal will be remembered for years to come.
The Engagement ring can be any shape or size, it all depends on the financial situation of the groom – it is actually not necessary for the proposal and it can be decided between the bride and groom to purchase a ring together at a later date. – Some couples decide not to get an engagement ring if they prepare to save the money for their wedding.
The wedding ring must be round and with no stones or gems on it and made of White Gold, Yellow Gold or Platinum. – The meaning behind the wedding ring is eternity because of the circle meaning the eternity of life. It is permitted however to have inscriptions on the inside of the ring. Although it is a must for the bride to have one it is optional for the groom and many men choose not to have a man’s wedding ring.
The cake- Wedding Cake
Wedding cakes come in many shapes or sizes, you can have a custom made or plain – whatever is best for you.
Although the tradition is a fruit cake with layers you can also choose if you wish a cake with just one layer.
A fruit cake is suitable for those that wish to keep a peace for the christening or the first anniversary.
The Bouquet – Wedding Bouquet
Bouquets can range from one single flower to a bunch of long or short stemmed flowers..
Also here the choice is vast and it all depends on your financial situation. your florest can recommend wedding flowers for a bouquet which is suitable for your means. Dont forget however that the wedding Bouquet is a vital part of the wedding dress accessories and should also be colour coordinated with the any colours that may be in the bride or grooms attire.
Just Before the wedding
3 Months before your wedding
– Go to the Tailor shop and Bridal shop for final fittings and pick up wedding Attire.
– Complete your guest list.
– Arrange the transporation for your wedding, such as limousines, or other
6-8 Weeks before your wedding
– Plan rehearsal dinner with both sets of parents.
– Complete all honeymoon plans, buy tickets and complete all the
– Order the wedding rings.
– Choose a wedding cake
– Take care of accommodation for lodgings for relatives ushers and other
guests from out of town.
– Make sure all legal medical, and religious matters are in order.
– Pick up your wedding rings, don’t forget to check engraving.
– Send wedding invitations to all your guests.
2 Weeks before your wedding
– Meet with fiance to get marriage license.
– Double check honeymoon reservations.
– Order flowers for your Bouquet and for the bride, groom, best man,parents of the bride and groom and bridesmaids.
– Arrange transporation with best man from the reception for you and
– Check seating arrangements for reception.
– Do last minute checks on flowers and cake etc to make sure all is ok.
1-2 Days before your wedding
– Explain to the main usher of any special seating arrangements for family.
– Arrange a bachelor party.
– Put clergy or judge’s fee in an envelope for delivery after ceremony.
– Go for final fittings for wedding atire
– Purchase gifts for Bridesmaids.
– Book an appointment at the hairdressers or arrange for hairdresser to come to your house for morning of the wedding.
– Book an appointment for your nails and any other beauty treatment you may need.
– Check that all plans for Great day are in order.
If possible get an early night you have a long day ahead of you.
THE BIG DAY HAS ARRIVED
Wake up feeling refreshed in the morning.
Enjoy being spoilt by the beautician and hairdresser.
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I’ve recently become a huge fan of classic films of the 30s, 40s, and 50s
I’ve recently become a huge fan of classic films of the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Silver screen sirens like Jean Harlow, Rita Hayworth, and Marilyn Monroe just exude the sensuality and glamour of a bygone era. Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event, so you should feel like a star! You are sure to be the leading lady with a wedding inspired by old Hollywood glamour. Slinky silk, sparkling crystals, exotic feathers and luxurious fur in hues of champagne and gold make for a sumptuous feast for the eyes!
1. This stunning champagne colored silk “Valerie” dress is by UK based bridal designer Sarah Arnett, who creates custom, made-to-order gowns. The front features intricate beading and embroidery at the drop waist, and the plunging, ruched back is worthy of any A-list Hollywood starlet.
2. Treat your guests to sumptuous favors of decadent chocolates packaged in gilded boxes tied with white satin ribbons. Two piece chocolate wedding favors by Godiva; photograph by Brian Adams PhotoGraphics, courtesy of The Knot.
3. This gorgeous veil is dramatic and demure at the same time. The French netting, ivory feather flower, and a cluster of fresh water pearls make it oh so glamorous. Handmade by Brenda’s Bridal Veils, available on eBay.
4. What could be more Hollywood than a luxurious, plush fur stole? Don’t worry, no animals were harmed to make you look fabulous on your big day – this one’s faux, but it looks just as amazing as the real thing. Throw it over your shoulders for instant superstar allure. Available at Nordstrom.
5. Finish the look with an incredible cascading bouquet made of blooms in shades of gold and bronze, including mini phalaenopsis orchids, roses, peonies, and velvet millinery flowers, all tied up with a gold satin ribbon. Such a distinctive and beautiful bouquet! Photograph courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.
6. This gorgeous crystal drop necklace is so rich looking and elegant, and the warm hues will flatter any blushing bride. Made from sparkly champagne-colored Swarovski crystal drops and ivory Swarovski pearls suspended from a delicate gold-filled chain. Handmade by Ophelia’s Jewels, available on Etsy – matching earrings and bracelets are also available.
7. Your bridesmaids will win accolades for best supporting role in these beautifully draped one-shoulder gowns from David’s Bridal. The bodice is made from luminous silk charmeuse, with a flowing cascade of slinky matte jersey for the skirt.
8. You will feel as sexy and confident as any leading lady when you wear these sparkly metallic lace top thigh high stockings under your wedding gown. Lurex threads are woven into 100% nylon fabric to give the hosiery an ethereal shimmer, and French lace tops off the look. Available in a wide variety of colors and sizes from Stockin Girl.
I am 5′1.5″. Yes, the half inch matters. When you’re as short as me, you take all you can get. Just as I knew that a big fluffy ballgown was not right for my shorty frame, I have a pretty good feeling some veils will suit me better than others.
I’ve seen plenty of veil styles while perusing the wedding boards
I’ve seen plenty of veil styles while perusing the wedding boards. There’s the birdcage, the mantilla, the double layer, the single layer and the list goes on. And don’t even get me started on all the trimmings and edge treatments available.
I haven’t tried any of these yet, but could see myself in several of them. Of course it depends on how you’d wear your down – up, down, half each, curly, straight, wavy. Let’s examine what veil might go best with each wedding style and hairstyle.
First up, the birdcage. Now while I love this one, I’m not sure I could pull it off. It takes someone with a lot of vintage, romantic swagger and that I do not have. The wide fishnet that covers just the top or one side of your face is old-fashioned, but has been brought back as of late as a trend that’s hard to miss. You can either pin it straight into your hair or use a nice little fascinator to tie it together with your dress or the rest of the wedding party.
Next up, the mantilla. I love the look of a mantilla veil because it looks so old world to me. Like I’d wear it if I were a peasant and could only afford a simple dress and this veil to marry the love of my life down at the town fountain. Now don’t kid yourself though. These aren’t cheap. They tend to be some of the most expensive veils, I suspect because of the level of effort necessary to attach the lace to the tulle.
Your double layer and single layer veils are pretty standard issue
Your double layer and single layer veils are pretty standard issue, but they come in several different lengths. The common lengths are shoulder, elbow, fingertip and cathedral. But I’m sure you could get them anywhere in between. After you decide a length, you’re bombarded with different trimmings and edge treatments. This could include beads, pearls, rhinestones, flowers, lace, or crystals. Sometimes these are sprinkled evenly throughout the tulle; other times there’s a distinct pattern at work. The common edge treatments are rolled edge, lace edge, ribbon edge and raw edge. Rolled edge is where the very edge of the tulle is rolled just once or twice and sewed upon itself. Lace edge is probably pretty self-explanatory, but is not to be confused with the longer more dramatic mantilla veil which sits flat on the top of the head, rather than with a comb or headpiece. The ribbon edge is just what it sounds like. A band of ribbon runs along the outer edge and gives a pretty finished look, especially if the ribbon is wide enough. The raw edge is just left as is after the shape is cut from the tulle. No effort is made to disguise the fact that this otherwise beautiful veil came from a bolt of nameless tulle in a fabric store somewhere. In other words, I don’t identify well with a raw edge.
There’s obviously lots to choose from and we’re just scratching the surface here, but before you make any lasting decisions, try on a few different veil styles. You might surprise yourself.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but cake toppers are one place couples can truly express themselves
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but cake toppers are one place couples can truly express themselves. Cake toppers can be kept after the wedding as keepsakes and can be someone else’s something borrowed down the road.
The Monogram Topper
Eventhough it sounds straight forward enough, there are several options available. You could use just the new couples last initial. So Mr and Mrs. Johnson could have an elegant cursive J on top of their confectionary tower. Or you could use both the bride and grooms first initials along with the single last initial. If you’re going to use all three letters though, be sure you have enough room on the top tower. You’d hate to pay for all those letters only to find out you can’t use two of them on your wedding day.
The Caricature Topper
This is nice when done right, but I think sometimes people get toppers made to look exactly like them but instead they end up looking like distorted, confused versions of themselves. I’ve seen some people use their Nintendo Mii characters (above) and they looked pretty good. I’ve also seen people special order toppers to fit their skin tone, sexual orientation, hair color and height just to make a character that slightly resembles them. As you can tell, this is definitely not my favorite option
If you have a theme running through your wedding, the cake topper might be a good idea to further enforce it. For instance, I’ve seen people run with the Perfect Pear theme before. A sugared/crystallized pear would be a nice touch for the top tier. Or If you have a princes theme – not my bag, but whatever – a little mini tiara could be the crowning glory. For a destination wedding on the beach, why not use a few shells taken straight from the ceremony spot. What could be more local and less expensive?
This type of topper is done in the shape of hearts or roses or some other universal symbol of love. This is nice because if you forgot about the topper up until the day of the wedding, these don’t have to specially ordered and can be found pretty easily. While not the most personal touch, these are pretty standard and widely accepted.
Now I know this is gonna raise some eyebrows, but maybe a cake topper isn’t necessary. Sometimes the simple elegance of a blank cake surface is statement enough. If the cake is very ornate, a topper could make it look way too busy. If the cake is very simple, a cake topper could end up overpowering the poor little dessert. Plus, leaving off the cake topper can save you a lot of dough. And I’m sure no one would notice it was missing.
I am a total fashion junkie, but like most women out there
I am a total fashion junkie, but like most women out there, I just can’t afford to drop thousands of dollars on designer duds… especially with the way the economy has been going lately. I believe that a woman can look chic whether her budget is $100 or $10,000 – that’s why I came up with splurge vs. steal. The idea is to take a designer look from head to toe and replicate it with less expensive, but still fabulous pieces. This week’s theme: a rehearsal dinner look that is sure to turn heads!
To me, the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner are kind of like miniature versions of the actual wedding and reception. Why not express that idea through fashion? I love the idea of wearing a mini version of your wedding dress the night before the big day. It gives your special guests a sneak peek of your bridal look and sets the tone for the whole event.
1. I have always been a fan of the Grecian look, and asymmetrical silhouettes like this are so in this season. The white fabric and romantic pleating are a subtle nod to bridal attire. This chic shift also has hidden pockets where you can stash your lipstick, mints, or a pocket mirror for on-the-go touchups. Dress by Shoshanna, $340 at Shop Bop.
2. This breathtaking cuff is made from luxurious materials like pleated silk, Swarovski crystals, faux pearls, and metallic lambskin. It will definitely add some drama and sophistication to your look! Cuff by Ted Rossi, $285 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
3. These gorgeous metallic silver leather stilettos finish the outfit with style. The double ankle strap and rhinestone buckle details are sexy and sweet at the same time. Stilettos by Stuart Weitzman, $157.50 at Jildor.
4. There is nothing more classic and elegant than a pair of simple pearl earrings. These studs have a pink tint for the blushing bride. Pearl studs, $60 at Blue Nile.
5. This pretty lace and rhinestone flower clip ads a touch of sparkle and a splash of color to the ensemble. Use it to clip back a few strands of hair on one side for a romantic look, or pin it to the shoulder of the dress for a unique, custom style à la Sarah Jessica Parker in the Sex and the City movie. Flower clip, $55 by Tarina Tarantino.
6. This stunning evening bag is made from silver rhinestone mesh. It adds that extra bit of glitz to finish off the look perfectly. Clutch by Badgley Mischka, $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
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1. You don’t have to pay big bucks to get the latest fashion trends. This gorgeous one-shoulder cocktail dress has the same feel as the designer look, but for much less. The beautiful draping around the bust and waist is flattering on any figure, and the matte jersey fabric is sure to keep you cool and comfortable all night. Dress by Maggy London, $128 at Nordstrom.
2. & 3. Even if designer jewelry isn’t in your budget, you can still get the look you’re going for with a little creativity. I found this amazing, one-of-a-kind brooch made from vintage beads and baubles on Etsy, a website where talented artists and designers sell their handmade wares. Pin it to a length of raw silk ribbon and tie it around your wrist like a corsage. Voilà – custom designer jewelry! Brooch, $42 by The Vintage Brooch Company. Dupioni silk ribbon, $3.50 for one yard at Elizabeth’s Embellishments.
4. Sexy stilettos for evening that are totally wallet friendly – I must be dreaming! These silver sandals rival the designer version with their chic ankle strap and sparkly rhinestone accents. Stilettos, $28.50 at A’gaci.
5. These pink faux pearl studs have the same elegant look as the real thing, but at a price that’s hard to refuse. Pearlescent earrings, $2.80 at Forever 21.
6. This peachy-pink flower pin with vintage rhinestone button embellishment is just as gorgeous as the designer version, but with a significantly smaller price tag. An added bonus: it is totally hand-sewn and one-of-a-kind. Rose brooch, $18 by Friendly Banter.
7. This silver mesh frame clutch is the perfect finishing touch. Just big enough to stash the essentials like your cell phone, keys and wallet – and thanks to the affordable price tag, there might actually still be some cash left in your wallet! Clutch, $29.50 at Caché.
Total = $252.30
Let me explain to you how independent I am. If I could I would perform an entire ballroom number by myself. Partner? Pfft – I don’t need no stinkin partner.
So when everyone asked me who I was hiring to be my wedding planner
So when everyone asked me who I was hiring to be my wedding planner, I quickly replied that I would not be using one. ::Silence:: “You’re not using one? You think you can do it all by yourself?” “Why yes, I think I can”
Because I am a fairly no fuss kind of girl and I like to make my own decisions, I decided to save the money that we would spend on a planner and put it to better use elsewhere in the wedding. And eventhough this happens to be the right decision for us, there are some cases, where you should absolutely consider hiring a coordinator.
You should hire a wedding planner if:
- You are extra indecisive. If you can’t make a decision even if your life depended on it, you could probably use the extra help. Your planner should be able to screen the available options and narrow down your choices, making the process that much easier for you.
- You are planning an out of town or destination wedding. Being there by webcam and being there in person are just not the same. Not knowing a lot about local customs, traditions and hidden treasures can cost you if you don’t have someone looking out for your best interests at ground zero.
- You have your heart set on a fairytale wedding. Fairytale weddings have fairytale details. You’ll want a planner by your side to be sure your carriage is warm and your glass slipper is waiting. Trying to carryout these types of grandiose arrangements by yourself can lead to much more stress than you bargained for and is necessary.
- You’re not very creative. Not everyone has a creative side, and it will show on your wedding day unless you’ve hired someone to have your back. Your wedding coordinator is responsible for making your vision come true beautifully, even if you’ve described it as some food crossed with a familiar poem and your favorite color.
- You don’t know the first thing about weddings. If you don’t know a veil from a bouquet from a chapel, a wedding coordinator should be your first phone call. While you don’t have to follow tradition on any of these things, it’s at least nice to know what the tradition is.
There is one type of coordinator that I’m still considering hiring
There is one type of coordinator that I’m still considering hiring: a day of coordinator. If I can find someone as punctual as I like to think I am, they might make a good day of wedding coordinator for us. I’d really be doing it because I can’t be everywhere at once. I can’t make sure all the guests and vendors are taken care of and still take care of myself too. Of course, I have my keen eye trained on our friends and relatives. I’d much rather ask someone I know and trust to do it as a favor than pay someone a crazy amount of money to do a so-so job.
Anybody who knows me knows that I am always cold. Even when it’s 75 and sunny outside, I’m the girl with the chill bumps on her arms. Not sure why, but I try to always make sure I have a sweatshirt or sweater on stand by to keep me warm.
Since it seems like 90% of the bridal gowns available these days, including my own, are strapless, finding something to cover your shoulders on wedding day is probably a good precaution. This will be especially important if you’ll be near any body of water, if your city cools drastically at night or if your venue tends to blast the AC.
Your options vary and can be chosen to fit your body shape, color scheme and wedding style.
Very comfortable and familiar since most of us have one of these hanging in our closet right now. The cashmere ones are a little dressier and very soft to the touch. You may already have one nice enough that fits your style so you could save a few bucks here. A cardigan could be better for a vintage wedding where the bride is wearing a knee-length or tea-length dress with a birdcage veil.
Shawls are nice and can easily go casual to formal depending on the material. Think wool vs. lace. Wool would be nice for an outdoor country wedding in Montana, while cashmere would fit well at a formal affair. One drawback for a shawl is that you constantly have to worry about it slipping off your shoulders and it seems like one hand is always occupied trying to keep it together. I’ve heard tale that these are a dime a dozen in New York though, so you could consider outfitting all your bridesmaids or even the entire guest list.
More than a shawl but less than a cardigan, a jacket adds a little more structure without looking like you’re wearing a coat. If your body type is kind of boxy, you could use a jacket with a distinct waist to help create the illusion of a few curves. Or if you’re a little heavy on top, you could use a jacket to help lock and load the girls and help keep them in place even as your foundations start to slip and slide. Jackets are decidedly more casual than cardigans and shawls but if you’re a girl with even just a spot of confidence, you can pull this off, no matter the style of the wedding.
Not quite a jacket or cardigan, a shrug is there to keep literally just your shoulders and a little of your back warm. They are cute though. Of course it comes in several different fabrics from faux fur to satin. You could get one to match your dress or you could opt for one in a totally different color that coordinates with your wedding colors.
All of these options come in a crazy array of colors and can be easily dressed up with a broach or flower. And of course you don’t have to wear it all night. Just keep in mind, when you realize you’re sitting directly below the air vent, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Anyone who has ever chipped a tooth on a Jordan almond knows that favors are often one of the most overlooked aspects of a wedding.
Anyone who has ever chipped a tooth on a Jordan almond knows that favors are often one of the most overlooked aspects of a wedding. Wedding favors are your opportunity to share something with your guests to thank them for being a part of your special day. I think favors that reflect the couple’s personalities and backgrounds are the best kind of all. Your guests will appreciate the effort you put into the gifts, and they will walk away with a little reminder of how special your wedding really was. Here are my top ideas for favors that are sure to make an impression.
Choose favors that represent where you’ve come from, or where you are going.
Honor your family heritage by spending some time with your bridal party making homemade baked goods from a favorite family recipe. If you don’t have any family recipes, look up traditional recipes from you and your fiancé’s respective ethnicities (Food Network has tons of amazing recipes online). Package the goodies in pretty boxes or glassine bags with ribbons that coordinate with your wedding color scheme. For a really special touch, include the recipes you used with a note that explains where they came from and why they are so special to you.
Select regional products to add a personal touch to your favors. Choose a pair of favors from each of your hometowns, a gift unique to the city where your wedding is being held, or something that reflects where you will be going for your honeymoon. Edibles like honey, olive oil, preserves, tea, or candy are always well received and are usually easy to find locally. Bath, body, and home products like pretty soaps, candles, or potpourri are also good options. Include a personalized note that explains how the favors reflect you as a couple. Martha Stewart Weddings has a great list of regional favor ideas.
Give your guests gifts that symbolize your ever-growing love for each other.
Growing gifts can be enjoyed long after the wedding day has passed. Print your favorite poem or verse or a reading from your ceremony on decorative paper and attach to a seed packet that guests can plant at home. For something really special and unique, have the favors printed up on paper embedded with wildflower or herb seeds. Botanical Paperworks has an amazing variety of custom wedding favors that grow into wildflowers.
Another great idea is to give each guest a mini evergreen sapling to take home and plant. Not only are they good for the environment, but these favors will also serve as living reminders of your love for each other for years to come! You can choose from a variety of different gift saplings online from the Arbor Day Foundation.
Select favors that express your unique personalities.
Rent an old-school photo booth during your reception for a quirky, memorable favor. Guests will have so much fun getting their pictures taken, and the photos will serve as a memento for everyone who attends. Rentphotobooths.comcan even personalize the photo strips with your names and wedding date – how cool is that?
For the music-loving couple: make a custom iTunes playlist of your favorite songs and give it as a gift to all your guests. Feature songs played at your wedding, or any other songs that remind you of each other. Or just give a gift card and let guests pick their own music! Learn more about music gifs on the iTunes website.
Photobooths seem to be all the rage right now
Photobooths seem to be all the rage right now. Everybody’s doing it and if you’re not, you wish you were. I’ve seen them in all different shapes, sizes, and varieties but they always seem to bring out the best in the wedding guests.
Of course there’s the plain white background. But beyond that the possibilities are endless. You could easily coordinate the backdrop with the theme of your wedding. One trip to your local fabric store can and will inspire plenty of ideas. If you’re a vintage-y kind of gal, maybe you want some nice lace. Or, if your wedding is kind of rustic maybe some burlap would be good. This isn’t somewhere you can really go wrong. As long as you have adequate lighting you could use the darkest fabric or the lightest fabric around. Like I said the possibilities are endless.
Normally when you think of props, you might think of stuff used on a Hollywood movie set. You might not be too far off when it comes to your photobooth. Think of stuff that will really inspire your guests to be themselves and have a good time. I guess the nice, stoic posed shots are okay, but those should be reserved for the photographer outside it front of the venue. The photobooth, like the dance floor, is the place for people to cut loose!
So you might use a feather boa. Or maybe sunglasses. Or maybe hats. Or maybe all of the above. These kinds of things inspire creativity. My personal favorites though, are the chalkboard and dry erase board. They help your guests say what they wish the picture could say for them. Maybe they have the perfect piece of marriage wisdom or the best one-liners. You might be surprised by what you get.
Sure there are lots of companies that will rent you a photobooth. A true gem though, is the one that carries old-fashioned vintage photobooths. You know the kind. They have a fake plastic woodgrain surround. And are teeny tiny inside with a curtain that you close to keep the haters out. They’re the kind that used to be in the lobby of the movie house and they’re the kind that spark up true nostalgia. If you’ve ever one of these before, you know what kind of fond memories they can stir up. Whether or not your wedding has a vintage theme, this is one vintage detail you have to at least consider.
The DIY Photobooth
So these photobooths are not always the cheapest, especially if you’re on shoestring budget like us. There is always the DIY option though. It doesn’t require much effort and your biggest issues will probably be printing the pictures. For the photographer, you can use your every day point and shoot camera. Set it on a tripod and either instruct guests to use the self-timer option or hook them up with a remote so they can take their picture when everyone’s ready. Problem solved. The printing is also a fairly easy fix. Use a compact photo printer that only needs a memory card to print, not a full computer setup. Depending on the printer, you can probably program it to print four small pictures on a standard 4″x6″ sheet.
While you’ll probably hire a professional photographer to capture moments on your special day, they probably won’t be able to get a shot of every guest being themselves
While you’ll probably hire a professional photographer to capture moments on your special day, they probably won’t be able to get a shot of every guest being themselves. Think of the photobooth as an extension of your photographer and I promise you won’t be disappointed with the results.
The bohemian look is so in style right now, so why not embrace it for your bridal ensemble?
The boho-chic look is a great alternative for the free-spirited bride who wants to embrace an offbeat, worldly style on her special day. Bohemian style takes its cues from nature, using materials and colors with an earthy, organic feel – perfect for the couple looking to celebrate their nuptials in the great outdoors. I can just picture how beautiful this look would be for a casual beach wedding at sunset, an intimate destination wedding under a waterfall, or a rustic wedding on a country farm.
Just because the bohemian trend is super hot right now doesn’t mean you can’t get it at an affordable price. I found some great, stylish options for brides at any budget.
1. The crochet trim, antique ivory color, and layered tiers give this dress a distinctly bohemian feel, but with a luxurious, modern twist. “Harmony” dress by Claire Pettibone, approximately $4,250 (contact or visit your local Claire Pettibone bridal retailer for exact price).
2. This braided suede headband is the perfect flower-child alternative to a traditional veil. It would look absolutely heavenly with long, wavy, center parted hair. The flower is made of leather and lace with Swarovski crystal accents. Headband, $225, part of the Peace, Love, and Sparkle Collection by Tarina Tarantino.
3. A stack of twelve mixed gold and silver bangles gives the look an exotic flair. The bangles come in assorted finishes and textures, and no two sets are exactly alike. Bracelets, $130 by Alex and Ani.
4. This one-of-a-kind, beaded cuff is a stunning piece that will be sure to set you apart from the crowd. Made of exotic materials like turquoise nuggets, amber and wood beads, and suede, it is equal parts organic and opulent. Cuff, Beadwork by Cindy Caraway, $300.
5. Wear this gorgeous carved turquoise and sterling silver ring as a right hand ring… just make sure it doesn’t outshine your wedding ring! Ring by Steven Dweck, $560, available at Neiman Marcus.
6. A rustic leather belt adds an unexpected element that helps bring the ethereal dress back down to Earth. This one is made of buttery soft calfskin in the loveliest shade of tawny brown. Sash Belt, $128 by Johnston & Murphy.
7. Delicate bronze leather flats with a turquoise and crystal embellishment finish off the look perfectly. So chic and comfortable, you’ll be able to dance the night away! Sandals by Valentino, $575, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
1. This flowing ivory gown has the same silhouette as the designer gown, but its pared-down design makes it much more affordable. Made of breezy Italian cotton-silk, you will be a breath of fresh air in this dress! “Camille” wedding gown, $650, available at J. Crew.
2. This braided leather headband with silk flower embellishment pairs perfectly with the down-to-earth look. And at this price, how can you possibly resist? Headband, $4.80, available at Forever 21.
3. This stack of five silver and gold tone bangles with assorted tribal motifs has the same worldly feel as the pricey bracelets, and you won’t believe the price! Wear a couple sets at a time to really make an impact. Bracelets, $11.60 for two sets of five, available at Forever 21.
4. This unique beaded cuff with turquoise focal stone has the same earthy but luxurious feel as the more expensive piece. So beautiful and unique, a perfect compliment to the bohemian ensemble! Cuff, $29.99, available at Etsy.
5. This piece is a dead ringer (pun intended!) for the designer ring, but at a fraction of the cost. Ring, Statements by Amy Kahn Russell, $79.90, available at HSN.
6. This leather sash belt has a designer label at a bargain price, and the faux leather material is easy on the environment. Plus, you’ll be able to wear this style staple long after your wedding day is over. Belt by Simply Vera Vera Wang, $16.80, available at Kohl’s.
7. These chic sandals have the exact same design elements as the designer version: flat sole, thin leather t-strap, and turquoise accent. The perfect way to finish off your boho-chic look! Sandals, $16.99, available at Charlotte Russe.
Wedding photography was one place I knew I didn’t want to compromise
Wedding photography was one place I knew I didn’t want to compromise. Out of everything, we’ll have our pictures the longest. Initially, I wasn’t sure who we’d use for our photographer, so I scoured the intar-webs looking at site after site. After a while, I started to notice that there were several standard shots – kinda like templates. Everyone had them.
For the record, I’m not completely against these shots. I just feel it’s important to be yourself on your wedding day and not let the wedding industry and wedding photographers in particular, dictate the tone of your pictures.
If you and your friends normally are not the run-and-jump, on-a-constant-high type, maybe you should just avoid the jumping group shot. Just sayin’.
Everyone is different and has a different flavor that they bring to their wedding day
Everyone is different and has a different flavor that they bring to their wedding day. Make sure you talk to your photographer beforehand and give them an idea of who you are as a couple.
It’s a good idea to give your photographer a list of must-have shots. Not an overbearing, super-bossy, OCD kind of list. But more like an I-would-really-enjoy-these-specific-memories-years-from now kind of list.
Look through some of your old picture albums and find the shots that you admire the most. Take your key from those. If it’s a ten year old picture and you still smile everytime you see it, consider putting a similar picture on your list.
Pick your one or two standard template shots, but keep the rest of them orginal.
The groom wears a print, usually argyle or stripes, and usually a bright color, on his socks. The bride will have on her bridal shoes and they become a perfect study in opposites.
Usually the person being carried is uncomfortable because someone is grabbing them in an unmentionable place. The people carrying the bride or groom are uncomfortable because they are straining super hard and are counting the seconds till the flash goes off.
The light shines in perfectly making a perfect silhouette of the bride’s dress. That is, if you can find the perfect window. If it’s North facing, you can pretty much forget it and if it’s 4 feet off the ground you can forget it again.
The bridesmaids and the bride holding their bouquets all together towards the camera
There’s always that one bridesmaid who blinks or has spinach dip stuck in her teeth. And this shot tends to be super close up on your bouquets. So any shortcuts your florist took in preparing your flowers will definitely show up here. Not sure if you want to be constantly reminded of bruised petals every time you go back through your album.
At least one person is a high jump gold medal winner and another person hasn’t actually jumped in years. This leaves you with a lopsided line of attendants with varying expressions and awkward motion blur.
A monogram is a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding stationery
A monogram is a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding stationery. The best part is, a monogram can work for anyone – from the most traditional of couples to the most unconventional.
You can work with a designer or calligrapher to come up with a monogram that suits you to a tee – or even design one yourself! For my wedding, I designed a bright, bold emblem using the initials of our first names – L & R. Our invites turned out beautifully, and everyone loved how unique and personal they were.
Here are my top five picks for monogram invites – from classic and timeless to hip and modern!
1. These gorgeous hand printed letterpress invites walk the line between traditional and contemporary. The scroll and vine design borrows from classical motifs, but the asymmetrical design and bright polka dots add a fresh feel. The letterpress printing method gives these invites a tactile quality, and the fact that they are made by hand makes them oh so special. Plus, the designer can customize the color scheme and font choices to suit your tastes.
2. I just love the playful style of this handwritten monogram! The calligraphy of Jenna Hein is traditional with a quirky, fanciful twist. All of her designs are custom, and she will work with you to come up with the perfect motif for your special day. I am totally in love with this design, a collaboration between Jenna and artist/friend Anne le Guern.
3. These elegant invites are sure to make an impression on your guests. The simple monogram is perfect for the unfussy couple, while the satin ribbon dresses it up a bit. These invites can be customized however you like them – you choose the wording, fonts, and ink colors. The best part? You can use an online tool to preview different options before you order.
4. This bright and cheerful stationery suite, as featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, served as the inspiration for my own wedding invitations. I love the bright, juicy color scheme and the bold choice of mix-and-match fonts. The invites are individually silkscreen printed, so each piece is like a little work of art! Perfect for the couple looking for something a little different.
5. This monogram is so eye-catching and romantic, but understated at the same time – perfect for a traditional wedding. I think the color scheme and fonts used in the example are gorgeous, but they can also be customized to fit your wedding scheme. Coordinating save the dates, RSVP cards, place cards, programs, and more can also be made to give your event a unified look.
When we finally found our venue, it took us a lot longer than I thought it would
When we finally found our venue, it took us a lot longer than I thought it would. We live in a pretty big city with several different price points. Of course, I was wrong.
Even though we started planning about a year before our wedding date, finding a venue ended up taking about 5 months. There were some things I think I could’ve done to make the process easier, but some things I feel I did really helped ease the burden.
I created an Excel spreadsheet to help keep all the info about our venue choices in order. You see lists like this in local bridal magazines, but if you create one yourself, you can tailor it to your specific concerns. The set up is a little time consuming, but the spreadsheet proved to be priceless as our venue list got longer and longer.
In our spreadsheet, I ran all the venue names down the first column. I included stuff like contact info, pricing, deposit, setup time allowed, and pros and cons across the top row. Now I could easily compare one venue to another quickly.
I also added other worksheets; one for each venue. In these I broke down the big costs associated with each venue, like food and alcohol, since each had different policies.
Do Your Research
Before you get too committed to a definite budget, do some light research on how much venues in your area actually cost. This is a mistake we made and a rule we failed to follow. We set our budget on a whim before understanding that venues in our area are actually more expensive than we thought. Now that doesn’t mean you should spend more money than you have available, but that does mean you should prepare yourself for the sticker shock beforehand.
Be Prepared to Act
The first venue we looked at and really wanted was the Belle Isle Casino building. It’s a beautiful, old historic building situated on a city island park. The rental rate was super cheap and we would be allowed to bring in our own caterer and alcohol. The first time I called in July 2008, I was told all of the Saturday dates for 2009 were taken, but there were a few Friday’s left. Well I put it on hold because we really wanted a Saturday. A few weeks later I called back and sure enough those Fridays were now gone. Of course hindsight is 20/20. It would have been smart to go ahead and book one of the Friday dates then, and just cancel if necessary. Instead, we ended up just missing out.
Know Where to Compromise
Maybe you’re dead set on bringing in the caterer of your choice, or you won’t settle for any day other than Saturday. My suggestion is to make a list of all of your top priorities then number them according to importance. This will help you weigh the venues once you have them all in your spreadsheet. Know that very rarely does the perfect venue exist and if it does, it’s out of your price range. Or at least that’s what happened to me. There was certain stuff we had to compromise on, like bringing in our own caterer and alcohol – something we really wanted to do but ended up not being allowed.
The moral of the story is to get organized early and do your leg work, so that you can make good decisions and well thought out compromises. That way you’ll be prepared to act when you find a great venue and hopefully you won’t be stuck in a 5 month venue search like us.
You’ve been dreaming of your perfect wedding day forever, but let’s face it
You’ve been dreaming of your perfect wedding day forever, but let’s face it – something’s bound to go wrong. And when it does, you want to be prepared. A wedding survival kit can help you conquer all those little emergencies that can crop up and threaten to ruin your day – from a stain on your gown to a late vendor to an untimely migraine! Stash everything in a cute little bag that your Maid of Honor can have on hand all day. Here’s my checklist of the most important things every bride should have in her wedding day survival kit.
- A cell phone programmed with all the important phone numbers (including your wedding planner, vendors, and bridal party) in case anyone is late or missing, or you need someone to run a last minute errand.
- A copy of your wedding vows and readings – when you’re standing at the altar on one of the most important days of your life, you definitely don’t want to forget your lines!
- Burn backup CDs of all your wedding music. That way, in the unlikely event of a music malfunction, you’ll still be able to dance to your song, do the Chicken Dance, and Party like it’s 1999.
Quick Fixes for Wardrobe Malfunctions
- Miniature sewing kit with needle, thread, and scissors – you never know when someone might lose a button or rip a seam.
- Shout wipes – spills happen, and when they do, these can be a lifesaver!
- A clever wedding day essential – white chalk. If all else fails, you can use this to camouflage any stains or marks on your dress until you are able to have it professionally cleaned. It won’t damage the fabric, and your dress will look flawless in photos!
Personal Hygiene Basics
- Throw some gum or Altoids in the bag to make sure you are minty fresh before the big kiss and before greeting your guests.
- Definitely pack dental floss, a toothbrush, and toothpaste. Brush and floss after dinner – there’s nothing like a piece of spinach between your front teeth to ruin a wedding photo!
- Tissues are a necessity, especially if you are likely to get emotional during the ceremony!
- Mini deodorant – you’re going to be doing a lot of standing, walking, and – inevitably – sweating. Don’t forget to pack a travel sized deodorant stick to reapply throughout the day.
Health and Comfort Necessities
- Pack travel size packets of over-the-counter meds for common conditions that might pop up during your wedding – like headaches, allergies, or stomach trouble.
- Don’t forget to keep any necessary prescriptions close at hand.
- Band-Aids are always good to have – especially useful for blistered feet.
- Flip flops or slippers – just in case the Band-Aids don’t do the trick!
- Don’t forget the hair essentials – bobby pins to secure pieces of hair that come loose from your ‘do, and hairspray to keep everything in place.
- Lip gloss – there is going to be a lot of kissing going on, so you will definitely want to reapply!
- Blotting papers are perfect for quick, on-the-go touchups, and they will keep you from looking shiny in all your wedding photos.
- Clear nail polish can obviously be used to touch up your manicure, but it also works in a pinch to mend a run in your hosiery or stop fabric or ribbon from fraying.
- Super glue can fix almost anything, from broken heels and jewelry to damaged wedding toppers or centerpieces.
- Double-sided tape comes in handy for fashioning temporary hems, keeping a plunging neckline family-friendly, or even repairing a floral arrangement.
If you’re looking for a fresh, modern color scheme for your wedding, look no further!
If you’re looking for a fresh, modern color scheme for your wedding, look no further! The contrast of bright, vibrant red against crisp, cool aqua has a unique, contemporary feel that is sure to make your wedding unforgettable. Plus, this color combination is so versatile that it can work for any season and any style – from traditional summer nuptials to an eclectic winter wedding.
1. Go for bold, graphic stationery like these save the date cards to really highlight your color choices. Shake up the minimal style by varying the fonts and sizes. The resulting look is contemporary and eye-catching. Cards by Pink Lily Press, $2.00 each.
2. A red sash really pops on a simple aqua bridesmaid dress. This one was custom designed on the Olivia Luca Design Studio website, where you can choose from tons of different styles and fabrics. Try outfitting the maid of honor in contrasting a red dress with an aqua sash so she stands out. The design studio is a great tool – play around with it until you find the combination you like best!
3. Make sure your groomsmen match the color scheme with these awesome hand printed ties from Cyberoptix TieLab. The small, independent company has tons of great designs and tie fabrics to choose from, so you can totally customize the look. These ties have a subtle floral pattern, and are $81 for a set of three.
4. Make your table settings unforgettable by choosing eclectic, worldly accents and bold splashes of color. I just love the look of this table’s vintage-look china, bright turquoise table runner, and unique centerpieces. Shop antique stores and flea markets for a truly inspired look – old tea tins, paper fans, and bright spray-painted birdcages would all make fantastic conversation pieces. Photo courtesy of The Perfect Palette.
5. On your wedding day, no detail should be overlooked – that includes your guest book! Instead of the traditional white book, opt for an heirloom-quality journal covered in rich, beautiful fabric or patterned paper to match your color scheme. It will be a cherished keepsake for years to come. Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings.
6. Take your place cards from ordinary to extraordinary with a few brightly colored lengths of ribbon. Here, beautiful calligraphy name cards are perched on ribbons of varying widths, colors, and patterns. Go to your local craft store and pick out as many fun aqua and red ribbons as you can find – the more, the better! Photo courtesy of Brides.com.
7. For a traditional wedding with a modern twist, I just love the look of these elegant aqua dresses paired with understated, monochromatic bouquets of red flowers. Without any fussy details to worry about, the color scheme (and of course, the beauty of the bride and bridesmaids) becomes the focus. Photo courtesy of Project Wedding.
Butterfly motifs have been super popular this year in fashion and home decorating
Butterfly motifs have been super popular this year in fashion and home decorating, so why not extend that to your wedding? Not only are butterflies beautiful, they are also the perfect symbol of the season and of the new life you and your spouse are beginning together. You can also use them to add color and life to your wedding décor in unexpected ways.
1. Make your favors a work of art by perching a fabric butterfly (available at most craft stores) atop silk flowers and a bright little box tied up with a colorful satin ribbon. Fill them with candy or other small goodies, but these look so pretty on their own, your guests won’t even care what’s inside! Photo from Advantage Bridal.
2. Embrace the butterfly theme from your head to your feet – literally – with these gorgeous sandals from Hen UK. The pearlescent ivory or white leather coordinates with almost any wedding ensemble, and the organza and pearl butterfly embellishment makes these shoes unique. Another thing that makes this pair special – they are handmade to order in London by skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques.
3. Spice up your ceremony or reception location with some colorful butterfly garlands. For an outdoor wedding, these would look amazing intertwined with white lights and strung up among the tree branches. Indoors, they would look just as great draped across a cake or gift table. Get creative – the possibilities are endless! Each garland is over 15 feet long, and at around $5, they are sure to fit any bridal budget! From Funky Moose (actual prices are in British pounds).
4. It’s the extra touches and unique details that guests will remember most about your wedding. While being seated for a hot summer wedding or during cocktail hour, treat your guests to ice cold drinks served with pretty paper butterflies hovering on the straw. Photo and craft project from Martha Stewart.
5. These bridal shower invitations are so cute! Set the tone for your big day by using the same motif for any wedding-related correspondence. The brightly colored, mixed pattern butterfly silhouettes on these invites by Vanilla Ink give them a fun, playful look that is perfect for summer.
6. Get creative with your place settings and use this colorful printed tea towel from Anthropologie as a table runner. You can also search local thrift and antique shops for vintage scarves, cloth napkins, and other linens that match your color scheme and motif. Use a different one on every table for an eclectic, mix-and-match look. Top with a simple arrangement of butterfly garden flowers to complete the look!
7. For the truly daring bride, eschew tradition and wear a gorgeous gown festooned with butterflies in every color of the rainbow! With a dress like this, you can be certain your guests (and your groom!) will never forget the way you looked on your big day. Photo from Monterey Wedding.
8. A simple tiered wedding cake comes to life with multi-colored, lifelike fabric butterflies. The lack of fussy piped decorations means your baker won’t have to spend hours and hours making your cake – which could potentially save you a ton of cash. With its minimal base and inexpensive decorations, this is an affordable – yet stunning – option for almost any couple. Photo from Martha Stewart Weddings.
While most people think of a wedding as an extravagant
While most people think of a wedding as an extravagant, formal event with attire to match, a short dress can be a great option for brides looking to add a more casual, playful element to the day. Short dresses are also super practical for outdoor weddings and summer season weddings – you will stay cool and comfortable, and you won’t have to worry about the hem of your dress dragging on the ground all day. The short hemline is fun and flirty, but sticking to a classic black and white color scheme with sparkling rhinestone accents keeps the look chic and sophisticated.
1. This statement-making necklace compliments the sweetheart neckline of the strapless dress perfectly. The design is so bold and modern, but still pretty at the same time. ‘Urban Brooch’ necklace from My Theresa, approximately $300 (prices are in Euros).
2. This gorgeous satin evening bag is the perfect accessory to hold all your wedding day essentials. The rhinestone embellishment gives it just the right amount of sparkle, and the pleated details make it unique. ‘Blinded’ purse by Stuart Weitzman, $498 from Zappos.
3. The drapey white chiffon and empire waistline of this dress give it an ethereal, goddess-like look, and the black sash ties up the look with elegance and sophistication. Strapless chiffon dress by BCBG Max Azria, $248 at Lord and Taylor.
4. A long, full veil would look out of place with a short dress. This blusher veil is a great alternative. It still has the classic bridal look, but the smaller proportion compliments the ensemble and the open netting shows off your natural beauty. Blusher veil, $77 from Brenda’s Bridal Veils.
5. Why spend money on expensive white shoes you’ll only wear once when you can wear these gorgeous black satin pumps instead? You’ll look amazingly chic on your wedding day, and the design is so classic and versatile you’ll be able to wear them for years to come. ‘Caroline’ pumps by Badgley Mischka, $225.95 from Endless.
1. This amazing layered necklace with sparkling rhinestone accent looks super expensive, but it has a price tag to fit almost any budget. I think I might like it even better than the designer version! Brooch necklace, $57.80 from White House / Black Market.
2. You don’t have to spend big bucks on designer label shoes to get an elegant, timeless look. This pair has the same basic silhouette and rhinestone embellishment as the splurge style, but for a lot less. The heel height is also a bit more manageable – a practical choice since you’ll likely be on your feet all day. ‘Sharmain’ pumps by Touch Ups, $56.95 from Endless.
3. This dress has all the same details of the designer version – short length, strapless silhouette, sweetheart neckline, draped bodice, and black sash. No one will know you bought it for a fraction of the cost! Strapless satin dress by Teeze Me, $59 from Dillard’s.
4. This veil is almost identical to the splurge version, and it will compliment the short and sweet look beautifully. I love the somewhat retro feel and the versatility of this piece. Birdcage veil, $32 from YJ Design.
5. The finishing touch is this beautiful black satin frame bag with rhinestone and bow embellishments. This purse is a great steal – a gorgeous, designer-inspired piece that won’t break the bank! Satin clutch by Jessica McClintock, $50 from Endless.
How To Plan Your Own Wedding And Have It Turn Out Perfectly Saving Yourself Money, Time and Frustration
Your wedding is, quite simply, one of the most important events of your life. It’s a time of exciting change that is celebrated in many different ways, but no matter how it is celebrated it always symbolizes unity and trust between the two people being joined together.
Now, as you prepare for your wedding, you’ll want to make it the best day it can be for you and those you care about.
Things, such as the invitations , reception , catering , music , dress , ring , and transportation and much more, all must be taken into account and planned for.
But luckily for you, I’m about to reveal something that makes planning the perfect wedding faster and easier than you probably ever imagined it could be – something so incredible that it could make this the most important letter you read before you get married!
That’s right, all the tips, tricks, advice and techniques you need to know to plan the perfect wedding are now available in one convenient, inexpensive ebook!
Get this incredible, comprehensive guide today and you’ll be well on your way to truly enjoying the best day of your life.
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Here is just SOME of what you will learn:
- The history and customs of marriage – you’ll learn how the bonding of people into long-lasting, formalized, and committed relationships has survived as an institution for thousands upon thousands of years!
- What wedding rings symbolize and how to select the perfect one – including where and how to find the highest quality diamond!
- How to turn the selection of your wedding dress from the most stressful aspect of planning a wedding into the most enjoyable – you’ll definitely be surprised at what you read here!
- How to choose a dress that fits you perfectly and ensures you’ll never have looked more beautiful than you do on your wedding day – follow these tips and you are sure to mesmerize your fiancé and friends and family when you walk down the aisle!
- How to select the perfect location for your wedding – this is one of the most important considerations you will have to make when planning your wedding … here I’ll give you tips that will make this process as easy as 1, 2, 3!
- How to plan the wedding ceremony – find out what you should always consider when planning this huge part of your wedding day … plus, learn how to plan the rehearsal and how to pick an officiant, as well!
- 5 questions you should always ask your officiant before the wedding – forget to do this and your wedding could be ruined!
- How to select the right invitations for your wedding – I’ve even included sample wording that you may want to use to ensure your invitations “set the proper mood”
- What other materials you may want to consider including with your invitations – should you also send reception cards, response cards, announcements, maps, and other materials? Find out here!
- How to choose the right food for the reception – follow these tips and everyone is sure to enjoy the event!
- How to use flowers to add bright splashes of life and color to your event – follow these tips and you are sure to have a beautiful wedding!
- How to choose take-home gifts – giving guests something to remember your wedding by is a common way of cementing the good feelings produced by the ceremony and festivities, find out just how to do it here … I’ve even included 13 great money-saving wedding gift ideas!
- How to select the right music for the reception – including whether it is always best to use a live band or a DJ!
- 12 things to look for when hiring a DJ – ignore these suggestions and you risk having an awful reception!
- How to select a photographer – plus, how to best plan your special day in order to get the best work out of him or her!
- 15 questions you should always ask a prospective photographer – ask these questions and you are sure to hire a responsible, quality photographer!
Ensure You Have the Perfect Wedding You’ve Always Dreamed Of!
Finally, after all these years of waiting and searching, you’ve met the one with whom you want to spend the rest of your life: a companion, a partner to share with you the long nights and the hard days, and the attendant joys of security and fidelity.
You can’t believe your luck.
And now the moment has come: it’s time to plan the wedding – that ancient ritual, that passage into a new form of adulthood. This event is truly a milestone in anyone’s life. It is a joyous, transformative event.
You couldn’t be more excited.
But you’re also a bit frightened of the coming ceremony. You’re terrified, actually.
- What will the wedding be like?
- What if something goes wrong?
- What if you do something wrong?
- It could ruin your whole life!
First off, relax. Fears and doubts about the marriage ceremony and its attendant rituals are common. They are nothing but a natural human response to an event of great importance – which for many people is the most important event of their lives.
All you need to ensure the perfect day is good planning advice. In short, all you need is the “Wedding Planning Made Easy” ebook!
This ebook contains the tips and information you need to know to plan a truly wondrous event.
You see, magnificent, fantastic weddings – whether 500-guest royal events or 10-person shaded-glen affairs – are the result of proper planning, plain and simple.
But planning a great wedding can be a difficult
But planning a great wedding can be a difficult struggle and an intensely arduous process if you don’t have the right guidance. The key question you will face is how to express your own personality in one of the most formalized of human rituals.
How can you keep your and your fiancé’s individuality while still retaining the universal, the solemnity, the gravitas that must necessarily mark a bond based on a choice of lifelong commitment?
How do you balance lightheartedness, beauty and seriousness?
“Wedding Planning Made Easy” will show you how to do all of this – faster and simpler than you ever imagined possible!
Whether you want to plan a simple or elaborate event, “Wedding Planning Made Easy” contains the advice and information you need to turn your wedding into a breathtakingly beautiful occasion – an occasion that you will remember and cherish for the rest of your life!
- How to plan your dream wedding – without going crazy or broke!
- How to properly invite your guests to the big event – and ensure they’ll all want to come!
- How to select the type of ceremony you will have
- How to choose the officiant
- How to pick and purchase the perfect rings
- How to save money – lots and lots of money – on the cost of your wedding
- How to choose the members of your wedding party
- How to select the perfect location for your wedding
- How to ensure every step of the wedding and reception is carefully planned and executed
- How to choose your dress
- What food and drink to serve at the reception
- Whether or not you should provide take-home gifts
- How to ensure you hire the right photographer
- How to select the music to ensure that everyone has a great time
- And much, much more!
Make Your Dream Wedding Come True!
The sheer number of decisions you have to make leading up to your wedding can be very intimidating. You’ll have to coordinate all the wedding arrangements, you’ll have to take into consideration both families’ feelings, you’ll have to hire the right professionals, and the list goes on and on.
In fact, eloping might begin to seem like not so bad an idea after all!
But don’t despair. “Wedding Planning Made Easy” takes all the complication and confusion out of the wedding planning process!
You’ll get all the information and advice you need to stay organized and on top of every detail, from choosing a location to planning the ceremony to selecting the reception entertainment!
This comprehensive guide offers support and salvation for the busy couple that wants their ceremony and reception to be perfect, but doesn’t know where to begin!
- Four important things to consider when selecting a wedding ring (how to find the perfect diamond is just one of them!)
- How soon you should begin looking for your wedding dress and where you should look to find it
- How to make sure your invitations make the best first impression for your wedding
- How to find the perfect location for your wedding and how far in advance you should plan to book it
- The five most popular destination wedding locations and how to decide if one of them is right for you and your fiancé
- How to make every member of your wedding party – best man, groomsmen, maid of honor, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer, ushers, reader, guestbook attendant – feel important and special, without offending anyone who is left out
- And much, much more!
And You’ll Learn Not Just How to Plan Your Wedding But How to Save Money as Well!
Did you know that the average cost of a wedding is approximately $30,000?
It’s true. But thanks to “Wedding Planning Made Easy,” you don’t have to worry about spending anywhere near that much to have your dream wedding!
On the pages of this comprehensive ebook, you will find the advice and information you need to cut your wedding costs, but not your wedding quality!
- How to select a month, day and time for your wedding that could save you as much as 70% off your facility costs!
- Whether, in the long run, it is more expensive to buy your rings retail or wholesale – this information could save you tons of money!
- Where you can find a high-quality wedding dress at a bargain price!
- Money-saving travel tips that dramatically slash the cost of a “destination wedding”
- 5 ways to save money on invitations
- And much, much more!
This is Your Chance to Learn the Planning Tips, Tricks and Secrets You Need to Know to Have a Dream Wedding!
“Wedding Planning Made Easy” is full of practical and fun ideas for creating a truly magical event that will be remembered and cherished by everyone, especially you and your fiancé.
A properly planned wedding will create beautiful memories that will be treasured and cherished forever. An improperly planned wedding may also be remembered forever – for all the wrong reasons!But luckily for you, everything you need to know to plan a perfect wedding is now contained in one comprehensive yet easy-to-read guide!
You’ll get all the tips and tools you’ll need to create a truly memorable event. “Wedding Planning Made Easy” doesn’t just provide a general overview of wedding planning, it covers all of the specific details you need to consider to have a truly wonderful wedding – many of these are details you would probably never think to consider on your own, but can have a dramatic effect on the quality of your wedding!
Ask yourself this question: Don’t you owe it to yourself, and your fiancé to throw the best wedding possible? If so, you need “Wedding Planning Made Easy.” It covers everything from choosing the rings to developing a budget to planning flowers, photography and the reception!
Here’s the Bottom Line on this Incredible
Few things are as exciting as finally setting the date for your wedding. But that euphoria is often soon replaced by dread – the dread of having to plan a dream wedding.
Did you know that planning a wedding requires you to answer over 300 questions? Here’s just a few:
- “Can I plan all of this myself without going crazy?”
- “When would be the best date to get married?”
- “Where should our wedding and reception be held?”
- “Who should we invite?”
- “What type of wedding gown do I want and where do I get it?”
- “Who should be in our wedding party?”
- “Do we want a traditional ceremony?”
- “Should we write our own vows?”
- “Should we have a theme?”
- “What about decorations?”
- “What type of food should we have for the reception?”
- “Should I hire a caterer?”
- “Should I hire a live band or a DJ?”
- “What song do we want played for our first dance as man and wife?”
- “Who will make our cake?”
- “How should I use flowers to decorate the wedding location?”
- “Where can we find a good photographer?”
- “How much will everything cost?”
And there are many, many more questions that you will need to answer!
But the good news is, at last all the answers to the above questions as well as any other wedding planning questions you may have are now available in one convenient ebook – “Wedding Planning Made Easy!”
“Wedding Planning Made Easy”
Covers Such Important Topics as :
- The History and Customs of Marriage
- The Ring
- The Dress
- The Location
- The Ceremony
- The Invitations
- The Food and Drink
- The Flowers and Favors
- The Take-Home Gifts
- The Music
- The Photographer
- And much more!
Welcome to Aarhus Expressions Wedding Photography Aarhus
Welcome to Aarhus Expressions Wedding Photography Aarhus. Our mission is to offer you a new perspective on wedding photography ā quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day.
While we do our job by taking care of what would be your memories, you can relax, enjoy your reception, and share with your loved people. Our photojournalist wedding photography style mixed with traditional portraiture and black & white, put the worldās best wedding photography, Aarhus photography and event photography in Aarhus bay area at your fingertips.
We want to help Brides and Grooms by giving them a website where they can plan their weddings easily
We want to help Brides and Grooms by giving them a website where they can plan their weddings easily , so they do not need to go and surf the whole web looking for their wedding stuff. You can find here your wedding dress, the maids dresses, the tuxedos, the wedding rings, the catering, the DJ, the event planer, the favors, the limousine, the venue, the cake, the musician, the reverend or notary, the videographers, etc.
Also, you can plan your honeymoon: you can find here: air tickets, hotels, car rental, event tickets, entertainment, insurances, restaurants, etc. You are going to be surprised surfing our website, discovering all the links and vendors we have available , just for your commodity.
Our photography business is located in Aarhus in Juthland
Our photography business is located in Aarhus. We are the photographers for your event. We cover weddings, Aarhus, sweet sixteen and sweet fifteen, engagements, portraiture, kids photography.
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It’s your wedding, do it your way and forget about the rest, right?
It’s your wedding, do it your way and forget about the rest, right? If you plan to make a few people unhappy and quite a few more wondering where your manners are, then that is the way to go.
Although we do not want to think or talk about it, wedding etiquette is essential. At this very important time in your life, you want everyone to know who you are and what kind of life you are planning to live. The way that you present yourself here is the way they will see you as a couple.
Even if you do not care much about what they do and think, it is still essential for you to find a way to make them feel welcome into your life.
Not To Worry, It’s Not Hard!
The hardest part of wedding etiquette is learning about it. That you will do here. The easy part is doing it. There are very few things that are too hard to accommodate. Besides, a wedding is all about pomp and circumstance, so why not lay it all out there?
Wedding etiquette may seem like a difficult process but once you learn a few facts about it and how to easily execute it, you will be well on your way to pleasing your guests, your parents and even find yourself enjoying it all!
Another benefit of following the right etiquette for your wedding is that you can avoid problems like these:
– You forgot to invite someone to your wedding and now, they are upset with you!
– You do not know how to properly announce your wedding. Should you put it in the newspaper or send an announcement in the mail?
– Who should you invite to your wedding shower?
– Is it okay to do a gift registry for your wedding? If so, should you put expensive items on it? Does it imply that you want gifts?
– What should you do about guests that are out of town? Is it up to you to provide for them?
– Who’s going to pay for what? Should your bridesmaids pay for their dresses? Should you fork over the money for gifts?
– Who should throw your bridal shower?
– Is email an acceptable form of thank you notes for your gifts?
There are plenty of things that are big ‘ifs’ and since most of us only get married one time, it is rather difficult to actually determine what the right way to go is.
That’s why you need to take some time now to determine what the right way to handle these and other circumstances for your wedding is. When you handle them correctly, no one has hurt feelings, has to do too much and you don’t look bad.
Wedding etiquette also shows respect and understanding for others. By doing what you can to provide for these things, you show those that you are inviting how much you really do care for them.
Start Your Wedding Album with Romantic Engagement Photographs
You are getting married! Now is the good time for your first professional shots together as an engaged couple before the wedding day. There is no better way to begin your Wedding Album than passionate engagement photos.
Engagement Photo Session is like a rehearsal before the big day. This is the perfect time for you to practice being comfortable in front of a camera. At the same time, your wedding photographer from Copenhagen will learn the best angles that suit you.
This is also the perfect opportunity for you and your wedding photographer from Copenhagen to establish a good relationship which will result to a more natural, emotionally rich and stunning photos both in the engagement session and in your wedding day.
Engagement Photo Session is exciting
Engagement Photo Session is exciting! It is all about having fun, being happily engaged and in love. It is the best time for you to bring out your sexiness, glamour and playfulness.
Though you want to look fabulous and gorgeous, you should avoid wearing black or white clothes and flashy outfits in your engagement photo session. Dress casually. Look more simple and elegant, so your photos will focus on your expressions and emotions not in your clothing.
Your Photographer from Copenhagen will give you suggestions on what clothes to wear. Such Photographers are reached at Copenhagen Wedding Photography. It offers quality wedding photography as well as engagement photo sessions at an affordable and reasonable price.
Wedding Photographers in Copenhagen
Wedding Photographers in Copenhagen from Copenhagen Wedding Photography will also take care of finding the best engagement session locations in Denmark for more romantic engagement photography or if you fancy a certain place, they are always open for suggestions.
During the photo session, photographers from Copenhagen will gently coax you to take various poses and creative ideas to bring out your true emotions. They will lead you to into a fantasy world where you can be whoever you want to be. Soon you will forget the camera and the magic happens.
Many soon-to-wed couples have chosen Copenhagen Wedding Photography
Many soon-to-wed couples have chosen Copenhagen Wedding Photography to shoot their engagement photographs and create their wedding treasure. Why? Because its wedding photographer from Copenhagen differ from the average photographer in Copenhagen, he only takes photos of real moments with real emotions. His photography is not mechanical; it is heartfelt, beautiful and moving.
Seating plans are an important part of your reception planning and should be done after all your guests are confirmed
Seating plans are an important part of your reception planning and should be done after all your guests are confirmed and you know exactly how many are coming. Deciding on where your guests are going to sit should be a fun task, but dont leave it till the last minute, draw up your plan about a week before the day so that you will still have time for any last minute changes.
Seating plans will help your guests quickly find their seats
Seating plans will help your guests quickly find their seats at the reception and will help ensure everyone has a place. Drawing up a plan means you can sit people together who will get on well or apart if you think they wont! Harmony is the key here. You dont want arguments or heated discussions breaking out in the middle of your meal!
When drawing up your seating plan
When drawing up your seating plan, begin by writing down all the guests names and table numbers on separate pieces of paper. Spread the table numbers out on a table and start by placing guests on each table. Move them around until you are happy with what will work. This will take time so allow an evening or afternoon to do it.
Think about where you want your top table positioned. Traditionally the top table is a long table placed so that all other guests can see it. However, you may decide on a round table in the center of the room.
Consideration should be given to any elderly guests
Consideration should be given to any elderly guests, who may appreciate being seated away from any entertainment which you may have. Also if you are inviting children consider having a separate table for them. Whilst young children are best seated with their parents, older children may appreciate a table of their own. Cover it with a paper table cloth and pots of coloring pencils to keep them occupied.
When it comes to arranging your top table
When it comes to arranging your top table it is traditional for the parents of the bride and groom to sit with them. If for any reason this wont work you may have to consider an alternative option. Your bridesmaids and best man should also be seated on the top table. When thinking about the top table, work out what will suit you best and what will keep everyone happy, whether that keeps with tradition or not.
It is important you think of all your guests individually and give consideration as to who you think they will get along with. If you are concerned about people not getting along, sit them far apart. Your wedding should not become the time to settle feuds or force people in to getting along with each other.
Finally put your seating plan together on a large piece of cardboard
Finally put your seating plan together on a large piece of cardboard. Print out each table number with a list of guests names underneath it and arrange them on the board as the tables are laid out in the room. You can get someone to do this for you and some stationers will provide this service. Your seating plan will be displayed at the entrance to the room where your meal will be held.
Georgina Clatworthy is a dedicated full time writer who composes informative articles related to wedding favors and wedding. She is connected with 1weddingsource.com, todays leading wedding planning social networking site.
When it comes to your wedding budget, it seems that all the advice you are given centers around how to save money, but do you know where you can actually spend money & splurge on your wedding?
When it comes to your wedding budget, it seems that all the advice you are given centers around how to save money, but do you know where you can actually spend money & splurge on your wedding? Before you reach for your check book, here are some tips on which aspects of your day are worth spending more money on.
1. Wedding Photography
Its a sad fact but all your hard work will be a distant memory the day after your wedding. Your cake will be no more, the flowers wilted & your dress back in its cover & hanging in the closet. But your photographs will live on long after the last of the champagne has been drunk. Your wedding photos are your souvenir of your day & a reminder of all the hard you put in, as well as how fabulous you all look & how wonderful it was. So it is worth spending more of the wedding budget on a top notch photographer to make sure your photos document every aspect of your day.
Be a bit savvy & shop around for the best photographer you can find. Make sure they are someone you feel comfortable with & can fit with your budget. Ask about packages which are often good value for money, but make sure you take a good look at what is offered & swap out anything you dont like or want. Deluxe wedding albums, websites & other novelty items all seem like a definite must have, but they wont make your pictures any nicer than they already are & can add a considerable amount to the price. Ask to see previous work, be sure that any editing carried out, such as re-touching, cropping & printing are better than you could do yourself! Make sure you will get a set of pictures printed by the photographer & ask about getting a CD with your pictures on so your can get re-prints for family & friends.
2. Your Wedding Dress and Appearance
Lets face it, for many of us some days are better than others. Ever had that feeling when you wake up in the morning that nothing is going to look or feel right & the day will just be miserable? Then the next day you wake up feeling bright & breezy & everything is perfect & right with the world. Your wedding day should definitely be the latter, you want to walk down the aisle feeling confident & fabulous. Feeling on top of the world during your wedding day will not only help you get through the day with a smile on your face but will also come through in your photographs. With this in mind dont be tempted to go out & buy the cheapest wedding dress you can find. Spend more money on getting the dress of your dreams & one which will make you feel a million dollars the second you put it on. Dont skimp on your accessories, shoes or make-up either. Cheap versions here could let down your dress & spoil your whole look. Dont forget the groom either. You need him to look his best too, so splurge a bit on his suit or tuxedo as well.
But be wise, the most expensive dress in the store is not necessarily the right one. Check out sales, sample sales & discount stores for the best deals. Dont dismiss second hand gowns either. Ebay is often full of designer gowns at bargain prices.
3. The Right Wedding Officiant
When you really think about it, your wedding is all about the two of you & the way in which you say I do. Therefore your ceremony is the most important part of the day, the reception afterwards is just the cherry on the top & nothing more than just a celebration of the fact you both just said I do! So when you come to choose your officiant pick wisely. Make it is someone you are comfortable with & can get along with. Make sure they share your beliefs & are prepared to give you the ceremony you both want. If you already know someone but need to fly them in, then so be it or take the time to find someone locally.
If you find the perfect ceremony location but dont like the officiant provided there, then dont be afraid to ask about bringing in your own.
4. Your Sanity
There is little doubt that planning a wedding is a stressful experience. The pressures on you both to create the perfect wedding seem immense & at times it can all get too much to bear. So make room in your budget for some things that will help you to relax & take a break from all the plans & all the details. If you need to hire a wedding planner or coordinator, do so. A good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold & they can take a lot of the pressure off. Another option is to just splurge on a day at the spa with a friend. Remember that being relaxed on your wedding day is more important than the color of the ribbon on the favors!
Taking time out to relax doesnt have to cost the earth though. Delegate some of the tasks on your planning list to family & friends, you dont have to do everything yourself!
5. Whats Most Important to You
Take some time to consider the finer details & what is important to you both. Perhaps you dream of having a fireworks display or a luxurious chocolate wedding cake. It is your wedding & you should make exception for those little details that will make the day special for you.
When you fill out your budget planner remember that in order to accommodate those special little touches you will have to reduce the budget in other areas. There are other ways to include special details to your day, think about personal wedding readings or borrowing family heirlooms such as your mothers jewelry or wedding veil.
Planning a wedding is never an easy task and most people wish they had an easy way to do it
Planning a wedding is never an easy task and most people wish they had an easy way to do it. If you are one of these people, then Las Vegas is the place for you. There are more than one hundred thousand wedding ceremonies that are performed here each year. This destination is best for those who are open-minded because you will not be able to have a traditional wedding here. Las Vegas has become very popular place for couples that want a quick wedding. Apart from the unique experience, there are some advantages of getting married in Las Vegas. These include:
It is affordable
A wedding in Vegas will only cost you some few hundred dollars unlike a traditional one that runs into thousands of dollars.
Most wedding chapels usually require you to book early to avoid disappointments but in Vegas you only need to give a short notice and sometimes all you have to do is walk in to a chapel and get married.
It is convenient
The hotels in Las Vegas have wedding coordinators who can help you make sure that everything goes right during your wedding. You can arrange for all this over the phone or over the Internet.
Getting married in Vegas is a fun way of doing things because the atmosphere is relaxed and you do not have to follow any procedures.
Everything is in reach
When you get married in Las Vegas, you do not need to travel to another destination for your honeymoon. This is because there are so many places nearby that you can have your honeymoon.
As good as a wedding in Las Vegas is there are some disadvantages you should bear in mind. These include:
You determine how it goes
There are no manuals on how to carry out weddings in Las Vegas and therefore your decisions will determine how it goes. The packages offered are not elaborate and the details are never emphasized on.
Traveling expenses for your guests
Some of the people that you invite for your wedding may find it a problem to travel all the way to Vegas. This means that only a few people will be able to attend. This can turn out to be a good thing if you wanted to leave out some of them from the ceremony. For those who want most of the family and friends to attend this is not the best option for you.
Las Vegas does not offer much when it comes to places to hold wedding receptions. The best thing would be to find a private room in one of the many restaurants and hold the reception there.
If you choose to have you wedding there, make sure that you arrive early so that you can apply for a marriage license. You have to be over the age of eighteen to get a license and the charge is only 55 dollars. The best place to choose is a hotel with a casino because they offer you the best services. Choose to have a wedding in Las Vegas today and enjoy the unique benefits.
Our site is designed to help you locate wedding consultants in Denmark
Our site is designed to help you locate wedding consultants in Denmark and vendors by category who offer products and services in your area or wedding destination. You will find vendors in cities large and small worldwide who are ready to help you with your wedding needs.
From the moment you receive your engagement ring many decisions and planning must be done. The first decision is whether to hire a wedding consultant or plan your own wedding. This decision should be based upon your personality and needs.
If you feel like planning a wedding….
If you feel like planning a wedding would be too overwhelming and time consuming you probably will want to hire a wedding consultant. A wedding consultant is a professional who has been trained to see to the every need of the bride from the engagement to the honeymoon.
The wedding consultant
The wedding consultant will determine your needs
style and most importantly your budget. Your budget should include the fee structure of the wedding consultant as well as all expenses for the wedding.
If you want to be in complete control of every detail of your wedding
a wedding consultant may not work for you. If you decide to plan your own wedding you should make a list of all possible vendors and a budget for each category.
Then you should get an estimate for the same thing from each vendor. Once you have narrowed your search face to face interviews should be arranged.
Always make sure to get everything in writing from each vendor you have chosen. If both you and your fiancé work together to make decisions you both will be happy with the results.
The sharing of prosperity, generosity and love for the wedding guests and the bride and groom.
One of my fondest memories of my wedding was sharing a piece wedding cake with my husband, Troy. Our wedding cake was simple, beautiful and delicious. It was baked at a local bakery with a reputation for beautiful wedding cakes that taste great. We decided to skip the traditional and have a layer of chocolate cake and two layers of white cake. It was a good choice and none went to waste.
There was a time when a sweet cake would have been too expensive for most. Sugar was an expensive ingredient, so only the rich could afford a wedding cake. Over time the cost of sugar came down, making having a wedding cake more affordable. The wedding cake came to symbolize the sharing of prosperity, generosity and love for the wedding guests and the bride and groom.
How to choose a Wedding cake
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing your wedding cake.Remember beautiful does not have to mean dry and inedible. Many bakeries make cakes that taste as good as they look. White cake is no longer the rule many brides are choosing delicious rich flavors like chocolate with chocolate mousse, yellow butter cake topped with light, creamy butter cream frosting topped with seasonal berries. Ask around to find a bakery with a good reputation. Make a list of questions to ask the baker such as; Do you deliver to the reception site? Is the cake made from scratch or from a mix? What cake flavors or filling are available?
I hope you find the cake of your dreams… and remember you can have your cake and eat it too!
Planning a Wedding:
“Something Borrowed, Something Blue” if you don’t want the bride to be the something blue, then there needs to be a lot of planning before the wedding day. Whether it’s a small home wedding or a massive church wedding attention to detail will make the difference between a day the couple will always remember fondly or a nightmare they want to forget.
Tips for Planning a Wedding:
Make a list
There is a long list of things to do before the big day. So the first thing you need to do is make a list of all the things that need to be done and another list for all the things that need to be purchased.
Make a Budget
Next and probably the most important step is to sit down and make a budget with the person or persons who will paying for the wedding. This budget needs to be all inclusive, tips, fees and all. Do your best, you may call around to get some estimates. Don’t be surprized though that some places won’t even talk to you if the wedding is still a long way off.
Compare your facts, ask for recommendations
You’ll be amazed at the wide range of prices for flowers and services. It can be very over whelming at times. Ask friends and family for recommendations.
Consider hiring a Wedding Planner
A good Wedding Planner can save you time and frustration by recommending vendors that will give you the most for your money. They are able to do this mostly because wedding vendors will usually go out of their way to do an extra good job for a wedding planner that referred them knowing that they will get repeat business. A professional Wedding Planner will also help you decide on a budget and stick to it.
It’s an honor to be chosen to be the bridesmaid
1. Help her gather resource materials such as advertisements for florists, bakeries, travel agencies and bridal stores. Keep a record of color swatches to give to guests who want to know the brides color scheme.
2. Attend bridal fairs together, be sure to collect information for her as you go, carry bags and fill out all the ballots for giveaways, this allows the bride more time to look around.
3. Assist her with addressing labels and placing stamps on the envelopes for wedding invitations and thank you notes.
4. On the wedding day, be sure to pack some light snack for you both as she may have been too busy to eat.
5. Don’t forget your camera, tasteful candid shots of the Bride getting ready can be really fun.
6. Its your job to ensure that the bride looks her best for photos by straightening out her dress, puffing up her bouquet and touching up her make-up.
7. It’s a really extra nice gesture when a bridesmaid goes the extra mile and instead of just giving a speech at the reception she have made a slide show of pictures of the bride and groom with a special song or has even just collected pictures and made a display.
8. It’s also the Bridesmaid’s job to help at the reception. Talk with guests while the bride and groom are busy and dance with the brides brother who may have come alone.
9. Sorry the bridesmaid cannot leave early. She needs to stay and help cleanup, unless someone has been hired to do so, even then she must make sure that some mementos are saved for the bride, such as the centerpiece, part of the wedding cake, and a few wedding favors.
10. The Bridesmaid makes sure the bride gets off ok, that she can get into the vehicle with her dress and vail and that her personal belonging are not left behind. I also think that the bridesmaid should arrange a special treat for the bride and groom either in their car, where they are going to stay the evening or at their home when they return such as a bottle of champagne, basket of fruit, or a nice gift basket.
Important questions to ask yourself before you run out and purchase the perfect wedding gown.
1. If you are getting married at a church or synagogue are there dress restrictions such as no low-cut necklines, sleeveless or backless gowns? You may be able to get around these with a little matching jacket during the ceremony.
2. What is the style of your wedding? Formal or informal.
3. What time of year will you be getting married? For a summer wedding a lighter weight sleeveless gown would be just fine but maybe not for a December wedding. There are different weights of satin material. A lot depends on where you are getting married as well.
4. Will you be kneeling during your ceremony or walking down stairs. These are important factors that many don’t consider and choose a form fitting gowns that make these tasks difficult.
Answering these questions will help you make a wiser choice when it comes to choosing a wedding gown.
Here is some bridal gown words that you will want to know before hitting the bridal stores.
A-line: a fitted bodice that flares out to the hem creating an A shape.
Ballroom: This is the classic Cinderella type gown, full skirt, off –the- shoulder and a natural waistline. This type of gown is great for the full-figured bride.
Basque waist– the waistline begins below the waist, forming a U or V shape: slenderizing: a good choice for brides with wide hips.
Empire: Cropped bodice, high waist, slightly flared skirt: not a good choice for large busted brides, along with clingy fabrics and heavily decorated bodices.
Miniskirt– The hem is above the knee
Princess: Slim fitting bodice with emphasis on the waist.
Sheath: No waist: fabric continues down the body from the shoulders to the ankles for a close-fitting look.
I’m sure there are others that I did not include here or variations of these.
Tips for Selecting a Bridal Gown
A wedding dress is certainly a high priority for most brides. Let’s face it the Bridal Gown is the ultimate dress for a day that is a major milestone in life. You are only going to do this once and you want to look spectacular. Picking the perfect gown is not as easy as finding a great pair of Shoes (which by the way, you are going to need) As a matter of fact you will need to choose your wedding shoes and wear them at your fitting so that any adjustments can be made ahead of time.
It’s your special day so make sure that you feel as beautiful as you look. Take the time to try on the various styles available at different shops , pick the dress you look and feel the best in.
Many bridal shops carry a nice selection of formal and evening gowns for special occasions and pageants. Bridal salons may carry one-of-a-kind gowns. Bridal gowns now come in a variety of lengths and colors. Here is a list of Gown Styles to help you get started in your search for the perfect wedding gown.
Important questions to ask yourself before buying your wedding gown.
You’ll need to ask yourself some important questions before you start your quest to the Bridal stores. Answering these questions will help you choose a wedding gown that will be perfect for you and your special wedding day.
Looking good all day long:
You’ll want to carefully consider the fabric for your dress. Especially, if you will be in the dress for a few hours. There is no way to avoid wrinkling a dress once it is put on; however certain fabrics wrinkle more easily. Here are a few ways to preserve your dress: Get dressed at the ceremony site, eliminate traveling in dress before ceremony, bring a stool to the ceremony site for sitting on, and make sure there is an aisle runner if you have a long train. Detachable trains and veils make it easier to travel about and dance at the reception. Just remember, this is a day to enjoy, don’t worry if your dress is tattered and stained at the reception; with a cleaning and preservation service most stains and problems can be fixed.
Picking up your dress:
It’s actually very smart to leave the dress at the bridal shop even if the dress is ready far in advance of the wedding day. The bridal shop should be better equipped to store and keep the dress fresh and pressed.
• IMPORTANT NOTE: The following recommendations are for your protection:
1) Be careful about where you buy your wedding dress. Ask your friends and family about where they went and what their experiences were. Unfortunately there are a lot of wedding gown horror stories, get referrals!
2) make sure the delivery date of your dress is well in advance of your wedding.
3) get a copy of the order or receipt with a guarantee of delivery date to keep with your wedding records; and call to confirm delivery, it’s your right to know that your gown arrived safely, if not they will have time to correct the problem
4) if a contract is used, read it carefully (even the fine print) before signing! If you have any questions or concerns about the company, check it out with organizations that keep track of the reputations of companies.
How to Choose the perfect site for Your Wedding Story
Take with you a note pad and pen to write down important information and questions that may arise during your interview.
Before you start looking, make a list of all the things you would like to have at your wedding site
There are many options including a do- it- yourself wedding
A do- it- yourself wedding in a home,
Rent an auditorium, possibly at the college where you met
A public or private beach – you may need permit and or license
A full service Bed and Breakfast
A full service Country Club
A public or private garden.
A Gazebo makes a wonderful setting for a wedding ceremony
House of Worship
Museums -some museums offer celebration rooms
Parks, Great for a do- it -yourself wedding
Ranch – Great for a designation wedding
Resorts- Again great for a designation wedding
Stadiums -Great for sport fans, plenty of room.
Yachts or Cruise Ships – Designation Wedding.
Choose the site that best meets you and your guests needs and budget but have an alternative site just in case.
Full Service Wedding Sites and Facilities
Sites available on a rental basis
How to Find Wedding Sites:
Once you have chosen the type of wedding site you want for your wedding, do the following:
Ask your family, friends and acqaintances for recommendations
Attend bridal shows
Search the yellow pages under the appropriate category
Either call or visit the facility and request a brochure specific to weddings
Check the internet for local wedding sites and go to their websites. Bookmark or add to your favorite list (create a folder titled “Wedding Sites”) the websites that are agreeable.
When calling or visiting a potential wedding site, ask yourself these questions, the answers will help you determine whether or not the site is right for you and your guests:
Were you greeted cordially?
Were you able to obtain the information you requested in a timely manner?
Were the people you spoke with helpful? Too helpful and eager?
Do you like the look and feel of the location?
Did they provide you with the information you are looking for?
Does it show or tell about unique one-of-a-kind weddings ?
Did you find a clearly posted name, address, phone and email contact?
Place the brochures in a folder titled “Wedding Sites” until you are ready to choose a few favorites.
What to Expect of the Representative of the Facility:
A name and contact number of each person you may be working with within the facility.
A brochure that explains what is offered and any exclusions, rules, regulations and options.
A tour of the facility so you may check their amenities.
Some questions you may want to ask about the facility:
*Not all questions will apply to all facilities, use your own good judgement as to what questions need to be asked.
Are there bathrooms on the premises?
Are there garbage recepticles on the premises?
Are there electric outlets on the premises?
What are the hours available for a wedding?
Is there a parking area close by?
How long have you been accomodating wedding parties ?
How many wedding clients have you served?
Do you have an in-house wedding coordinator?
Do you offer a bridal package?
What are your rates for the different packages and what are the options available?
Can you recommend wedding vendors and service providers your customers had a good experience with?
Do you offer any discounts?
What additional expenses may be charged?
Do you provide an insured and bonded babysitting service?
How much and by when will we need to put down the deposit?
What is the latest time frame for making changes?
Will you provide us with a written contract?
Does the contract include a 3 day cancellation clause?
Tight wedding budget got you down?
Tight wedding budget got you down? We know what you mean! As planners of our own beautiful wedding on a budget of just $2,000, we understand the challenges facing you.
Planning a wedding on a tight budget need not tie your stomach up in knots. In fact, your tight budget can make your wedding truly remarkable!
Do you want to know how to make your tight budget a major ally instead of your adversary? How would you like to stop hating your budget restrictions and start appreciating the advantages you have over other wedding planners?
To know this freedom, you need to know the positives to planning your wedding on a tight budget. Then, simply make the choice to major on those positives to achieve the wonderful wedding of your dreams. Focusing on the helpful aspects of your budget will lead you to the amazing side benefits that you never knew accompanied your wedding budget.
In this article, we look at several of the great assets your tight budget can give your wedding planning.
Right at the top of the list we find the value of increased creativity that comes with your tight budget. As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. The needy wedding planner discovers her inventive, creative wedding planning skills. Your wedding will not turn out like another “cookie cutter” wedding. Instead, your budget will force you to think outside of the airtight box that suffocates most weddings.
So go ahead and let those creative juices flow! Instead of planning an ordinary wedding, plan an extraordinary wedding!
As a wedding planner who must abide by a tight budget, you will not find yourself ordering straight out of the wedding catalog. Instead of simply ordering a pre-made, one-size-fits-all wedding, you will choose to piece together a wedding that truly reflects your personality. Your wedding will truly be YOUR wedding!
Relax, let your hair down! Allow your personality to permeate your wedding planning. Welcome to your wedding! Traditions and magazines know about weddings in general but they don’t know about your wedding!
As a wedding planner on a strict budget, you will have good reason to rely on your family and friends for support. Instead of simply plopping down a chunk of change and letting the professionals handle everything for you, you will benefit from working with your family and friends to bring your wedding dreams into reality.
Every wedding event requires a community for its success. Your budget will help you keep your community involved all the way through the planning process to your wedding day! With your friends and family involved in your wedding planning, you will find your wedding to be extra special to you and your community.
Since you cannot afford the fees charged by the professionals, you carefully plan your event to reflect your personality and keep your family involved. You also put lots of your own creativity into the wedding. Your creativity, personality, and community all infuse themselves into your wedding planning and two more advantages emerge from your tight budget…
A sense of ownership pervades your planning experience. Your wedding really feels like your wedding to you since you created it and poured yourself into it. Your sense of ownership will in turn produce a great sense of satisfaction in you as you realize that you created a great master piece – your wedding day.
In the end, your budget can help produce for your wedding these five assets: creativity, personality, community, ownership, and satisfaction. By focusing on these five positives, your budget will take its place among your most powerful wedding planning aids. You must live with your budget limitations anyway – Why fight it? Let your budget work for you!
Look on the web and you will find many helpful resources out there, such as our blog and book, just waiting to help you make your wedding budget work for you. Do not settle for anything less than the beautiful wedding of your dreams!
More than 1/3 of couples getting married pay for their own weddings
More than 1/3 of couples getting married pay for their own weddings. Even more couples for at least a portion of their wedding expenses.
If you are a bride or groom reading this article, then you are probably one of the couples who are paying for or at least helping to pay for their own wedding.
Even as more couples get involved in planning for and paying for their dream weddings, the wedding price tag continues to grow more forboding. In the year 2007, according to CostOfWedding.com, the average U.S. wedding cost was $28,800. This figure is expected to steadily rise in years to come.
Today’s bride and groom have become so desensitized to the incredible expense of planning a wedding that they hardly stop to think about how much money that really is. Let’s take a moment to put that $28,800 price tag in perspective and look at a couple ways to make your wedding more affordable.
First, let’s consider that $28,800 is more than most brides or grooms bring home from work in a year.
Now, suppose a couple wants to save up for their wedding so they don’t go into debt. If they are saving for a $28,800 wedding, they should consider how much they should feed their wedding savings piggy bank each month. If they can only afford to save, say, $300 per month, they should plan on saving for a full 8 years ($300 x 96 months [that’s 8 years]=$28,800). What engaged couple is willing to wait 8 years to get married?
We haven’t even considered that it takes considerable discipline to save $300 each month. Some might need to wait longer as they can only save $150 a month or even less.
Most couples choose to get married within a year or two of their engagement. If they are paying for their own wedding as more than 1/3 of couples do, they often plan their expensive wedding courtesy Visa or Mastercard. That saves them the trouble of budgeting and saving for all those years before marriage. Instead of saving before marriage for their wedding day, they spend those delicate first years of marriage after the wedding day struggling with debt and living uncomfortably frugal lives together. Their credit card company keeps them under its thumb for years as interest piles up on interest and the poor couple barely scrapes by.
We wish that we were exaggerating here but all too often this is the scenario in which young couples find themselves. All so they could glory in one splendid day marking the beginning of their marriage. Hoping that somehow the perfection of the wedding day would somehow rub off on each succeeding day of marriage, the couple had poured a year’s salary into that big day. The reality is that the expense of that wedding day is paid for day after day of their married lives and they realize all too late that financial stress is the number one killer of marriages.
Americans with their individualistic attitudes tend to believe that they are special and that the rules do not apply to them. Likewise, couples planning their weddings tend to think that they will be the exception. That they will somehow spend less than most spend or that they will somehow be able to pay their credit cards off later without much problem.
Well, if you are not careful, you will soon discover that you are not exempt from the norms and that you are all too average. You will discover yourself in a quagmire of financial stress and marital disharmony day after day for years all for the sake of a wedding that was bought at a much too high of a price – we regret to say that it could even cost you your marriage.
What should you do? Stop being average. Stop planning your wedding the way most young brides and grooms plan their weddings.
Set a realistic spending allowance for your wedding – a spending allowance that you and your lover can live with. Go into your wedding planning with your eyes wide open.
You really can have a wonderful wedding day on whatever price you are able to pay – whether that be $5,000 or just $500. You would be amazed at how far that money can go when you are committed to planning your dream wedding on your chosen budget.
We were personally willing to spend no more than $2,000 for our wedding. We worked out a strategy that allowed us to stay under budget while planning a very memorable and special wedding day that is on par with any other wedding we have attended.
We have written a wedding planner to guide you in your wedding planning. In the wedding planner, we guide you in creating a reasonable wedding budget and show you step by step just what you need to do to see your dream wedding come true while staying under budget.
You can’t afford to be average. Instead, be amazing!
Wedding Planning on a Budget is available as an instant download which can be read on your computer or printed at your convenience. To get your copy of this powerful wedding planning guide visit the Wedding Planner Download Page
We wish you the best and hope that you have an amazing wedding and a wonderful marriage together for the rest of your lives.
Your Wedding Budget: Five Steps to a Debt-Free, Dream Wedding
When we got engaged, we weren’t sure how we would afford our dream wedding. We had little in savings, a growing education loan, and no expectation of a handout from our parents who also had tight finances.
These five simple steps were key to our success in planning our dream wedding for just $2,000 in a community where couples spend on average over $24,000 on their weddings.
1. The Rules of the Game
We all love the challenge of an exciting game. The goal is always the same: To Win!
By understanding the rules of the game and applying our creative thinking and other skills, we can achieve victory.
The same is true of budgeting for a wedding. Fortunately, the rules are simple:
Find out how much you can afford to spend on your wedding. Plan your dream wedding; but don’t spend more than you can afford.
In our case, we were big winners. We played by the rules, which said not to spend more than $2,000 to plan our dream wedding. Smart strategies led to a triumphant wedding day full of surreal beauty and the freedom of knowing that we were starting our married life without a penny of wedding debt.
2. Know How Much You Can Afford to Spend
To know how much you can spend, you should take a look at how much you both have in your savings accounts. Also, find out how much your parents can contribute to your wedding planning.
Consider how much you make each month. Also calculate your monthly expenses. You should also think about what your income and expenses will be once you are married.
The first few years of married life tend to be full of financial obstacles for most couples. So, you don’t want to add the heavy burden of wedding debt to your new life together. You may even want to have some extra money in savings to help your new life together get off on the right foot.
Also, consider how much money you will want to keep aside for your honeymoon.
3. Discover Your Magic Number
As you consider how much you can afford to spend, you will become more and more comfortable with spending a particular amount of money on your wedding. We were comfortable with spending $2,000 on our wedding. This was our magic number.
What is your magic number? Is it $10,000? …$5,000? …$500?
Do not be afraid of the number you discover. You will be surprised at how a bit of smart planning can make your dream wedding possible even though you can only spend a small amount of money.
Thousands of couples have been downloading our book “Wedding Planning on a Budget” to discover tried and true strategies for planning their dream weddings at a price they can afford. Like them, you can follow winning strategies to plan your dream wedding at a price you can afford.
The amount that you decide you can afford to spend on your wedding is your total wedding budget allowance.
4. Anticipate Where the Money Should Go
The best way to make sure that every part of your wedding is paid for without spending more than your wedding budget allows, is to assign portions of your allowance to different parts of your wedding. You can, for example, assign 50% of your total wedding budget allowance to your wedding reception, 10% to your wedding dress and other attire, and so on.
Once you know how much you plan to spend on your reception, you can divide that money between the various components of the reception such as Room/Hall Fees, Tables and Chairs, Food, Drinks, Cake, Linens, Service Fees, Staff and Gratuities, Rentals, etc. Of course, you only have to apply money to the components you plan to include in your wedding.
You can use our free wedding budget spreadsheet that calculates all of these percentages for you and keeps track of all your planned spending and actual spending to help you stay on target. Our wedding budget planner is available at Wedding Planning on a Budget
5. Making Your Budget Do the Work for You
Now that you know how much you plan to spend on each item of your wedding, you can begin using some winning strategies and creative planning to acquire each item or service at the price your budget says you can afford to pay.
Before making any wedding purchase, first consult your budget to find out how much you can afford to pay. After the purchase has been made, record the actual cost of the purchase in your wedding budget.
If the actual price paid is less than what you had planned for, then you can afford to spend that much more on another item found on your wedding budget spreadsheet. If, however, you paid more than what you had planned for, then you must reduce what you can plan on spending for other items on your wedding budget.
In other words, the amount you actually pay for each item can be adjusted but make sure that all of the items end up totaling no more than your total wedding budget allowance.
You now know the rules of the game and how the game is played. With smart planning and by following some proven strategies you can, like us, achieve the wedding of your dreams at a price you can comfortably afford. We wish you a very happy wedding planning experience and a beautiful, dream come true wedding day.
Contrary to popular opinion, beautiful weddings can be achieved while spending little to none
Contrary to popular opinion, beautiful weddings can be achieved while spending little to none of your (or your parent’s) money. We should know! We planned our beautiful dream wedding on less than $2,000 and want to share a few tips and ideas to help you plan your dream wedding on a tight budget.
The first thing you need to understand about planning a wedding is that the budget is your foundation. That is why we call it wedding planning ON a budget. Before you do any planning, you need to sit down with your fiancé and figure out what you can afford to spend. Consider what type of help your parents will be providing and what you have available in savings. The amount you are both comfortable spending is your wedding budget.
Once you have a set amount of money earmarked, it is time to figure out how you will achieve your dream wedding without spending more money than your budget permits.
You and your fiancé should develop a vision of what your wedding will look like and write it down. Ask yourselves the following questions: What aspects of your dream wedding are most important to you? What would make your wedding day a dream come true? Don’t be shy about flavoring your wedding with touches that reflect your personality. Personal touches not only add meaning, but make the occasion more memorable.
At this point you have two clearly defined goals: 1) A budget that tells what you can reasonably afford to spend. 2) A summary of how you envision your dream wedding.
Keep these written goals in a prominent place in your wedding planning folder and refer to them throughout your planning experience.
Now it’s time to save the big bucks! Most brides spend a lot of energy trying to get discounted wedding products and services. These are of course important to successfully planning a wedding on a budget. However, discounted wedding products and services are often not enough to help you achieve your dream wedding within your budget. In addition to discounted products and services, you should follow strategies that will produce FREE wedding products and services for your wedding.
Learn how to get not only discounted but more importantly FREE wedding products and services. Download the wedding planner that reveals how we planned our beautiful dream wedding on a $2,000 budget. Discover our proven tried and true strategies for planning a dream wedding on a tight budget!
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Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding our service. If you don’t see your question here, feel free to contact us using the link below!
1. When should I register and how? Do I need to register before I order my invitations?
Register as soon as possible to reserve your RSVP date. To give our customers the best service possible, we have a limit on the number of bookings we accept per month. Hurry though, we book a year ahead in some cases……Yes, you need to register either by phone or online before you order your invitations, this will save you money by eliminating the need to purchase response cards. We will also then provide you with your toll-free number and web site address to have printed on your reception cards.
2. What format should my guest list be in?
Almost any electronic format will do but preferably in Microsoft Excel or Word. We need only the guests’ names and phone numbers. Please include first names also to avoid any confusion if there are multiple last names that are the same.
3. What if I need to add or delete names from my guest list after I have already submitted it?
Once we receive your guest list, we will upload it to a web page you can access at any time. Nearly everyone has a few last-minute guests they need to add to their list. We make it easy for you to do that! You can also update the guest list if any of your guests respond directly to you.
4. Can I get an update of those that have responded?
Guest lists are updated at least once a day. Your guest list is always available to you on a password-protected web page.
5. Should I notify you of any responses that I receive?
Yes, please inform us of any regrets or confirmations. You can either call, email, or update your guest list directly.
Capturing the most important day of your life on video is critical
Capturing the most important day of your life on video is critical. Your wedding day is so hectic and filled with emotion. It’s impossible for you to see everything that is going on and the emotion felt by your family and guests.
Our professional videographers will capture the entire day events on tape. We then digitally master 8+ hours of raw footage into a 30-60 minute tape capturing the highlights of your wedding.
Our video editors are true artists. They create videos that allow you to recapture those heartfelt moments over and over again without the desire to fast forward the tape.
Our equipment is state of the art
Our equipment is state of the art. We use 3-chip digital cameras with wireless microphones and run 2 cameras throughout the day. We are familiar with where to position ourselves and are very discrete,, you won’t even know we are there. There is no time limit, we will be there 1 hour before to capture the Pre Ceremony and will stay until you leave.
We only offer one package. Why you ask! Because you deserve to have it all at one great price. Rather than picking and choosing and having to compromise features you will receive all of the features of our competitors top end packages.
The days of classic registries containing fine china and matching “His” and “Her” towels is over
The days of classic registries containing fine china and matching “His” and “Her” towels is over. With online shopping becoming increasingly popular on a daily basis, many soon-to-be-wedded couples are choosing to register at various online stores for many non-traditional items.
Now couples can register for books to complete their home libraries, new computers
Now couples can register for books to complete their home libraries, new computers, and hand-thrown dishes all with a few quick clicks of the computer mouse. Not only are they able to register at large department stores without the hassle of walking through the store with a barcode gun in hand (I can say, from personal experience, registering in a store isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – we ended up more stressed than giddy from a shopping high), but they are able to choose from more unique stores to fulfill the needs of basic newlywed tasks, such as home decorating or remodeling.
For remodeling plans, many couples are even choosing to register for the larger items online
For remodeling plans, many couples are even choosing to register for the larger items online, which multiple family members and friends can purchase together. One type of registry that is growing in popularity is that similar to the one found on Google. With such a huge selection of bathroom vanities, bathroom mirrors, and cabinetry, couples are able to choose items that may accent or complete their new home which they may not be able to afford otherwise.
Not only do online registries provide couples with greater options, but they are also relatively easy for shoppers
Not only do online registries provide couples with greater options, but they are also relatively easy for shoppers. The couple can create a wish list of items for registry online, which can be emailed to all guests (though that doesn’t mean you should). The list will include all the information for purchasing items online, which means shoppers can also avoid department stores. Friends and family interested in purchasing a gift off a couple’s online registry are able to do so with ease and usually without having to worry about the cost of shipping. In fact, more shoppers are inclined to shop online to avoid the long lines and elbow-to-elbow packed stores.
So before you run to the nearest department store to register for a set of plates or kitchen appliances, consider looking at a few of the more unique online registry ideas. With nearly every type of retailer available online these days, couples have endless possibilities and can find everything their new home may need – from bathroom fixtures to yoga equipment – in one or two websites – saving themselves precious wedding planning time.
Needs more tips for registering? Here are a few things I wish I had known before we registered.
– Some things that you find online can’t be purchased in stores, and vice versa. Just keep that in mind as you look through each item.
– Unless you’re obsessed with a single department store, chances are you won’t be able to find everything you want in a style you like in one place. Count on registering in at least two places.
– Not everyone will buy you something off of your registry. So, no matter where and how you register, if the number of gifts they suggest you register for is three times the number of guests you have, don’t listen. Register for what you think you need and/or want, but don’t put things on your list just for the sake of adding things your registry.
– It’s entirely possible that you will get half (or just bits and pieces) of any sets you register for. For instance, we registered for a whole table of new plates, bowls, etc. In the end, the only pieces of that set we got was a set of six dinner plates.
– Along with the tip above, don’t feel like you need to get new anything just for the sake of having new stuff! If you or your fiance already has a set of glasses that you love, use them. Leave new ones off your registry.