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Category Archives: Wedding

Wedding Planning

Another recommendation I have is the service of an actual wedding planner. I am a wedding planner at a rental and wedding coordinating company, and I help brides do all sorts of things. I not only help them, I actually do most of the actual work. They will send me all of their contracts from their vendors, and I will organize them and put them into a specific folder for a later date when I begin creating the wedding timeline. These vendor contracts are just a small piece of the information I receive from brides.

The types of information I receive varies from what types of things we will be using to reserve seats, to the minute a bus will arrive. A wedding planner takes care of it all for you, and all you need to do is communicate back and forth with them. The perk is that you will be mostly stress-free, and can just gather all of the information from each vendor, and bring all of that jumbled information to the wedding planner, and they will sort through it and make sure it is all in an organized manner for that special day.

Once a wedding planner receives any sort of information about the day, they will begin to create a wedding timeline. A wedding timeline is a basic step by step of the day planned out to the minute. The wedding planners want to know any and all information the bride has for their special day so that they know how to assist, and where to assist at. Since they will be the point of contact throughout the entire day, they need to know when the florist will be arriving, what the photographer’s phone number is, what time the entertainer will begin to tear down at the end of the night, etc.

Officiate a Wedding

1) Welcoming Guests (thank everyone for coming and let them know how important they are)
2) Opening Commentary (speak to the couple about their relationship and marriage)
3) Reading #1 (can come from anywhere)
4) Imagery (unity candle, blending sand, letter box, champagne toast, etc)
5) Reading #2
6) Exchange of Vows (only around 10-15% of couples write their own)
7) Exchange of Rings (find a tradition that’s meaningful to the couple)
8) Reading #3
9) Pronouncement (send them off smiling!)

There’s no right or wrong way to officiate a wedding, but this outline works well and naturally flows from one part of the ceremony into the next.

Couples are welcome to add or remove readings to play with their ceremonies length, and sometimes have more than one piece of imagery. Interfaith Jewish and Christian couples often light the unity candle and also stomp the glass at the very end of their ceremony. Couples have even jumped the broom (African tradition) and then both stomped on a glass as their guests yelled, “Mozel Tov!” It can be great fun.

If the ceremony is not a religious ritual, there’s no right or wrong way. Weddings don’t have to be somber or follow any ancient format. If the couple wants their dog to escort their rings down the aisle, let them! If they’d like one of their grandpas to be their flower girl, awesome! People love it and it makes for great photos. If they’d like to have friends or family members come up to read during their ceremony, that’s okay too.

The fewer rules officiants have, the more fun couples have. I dressed up as Julius Cesar and wore a laurel and toga for one wedding and have been asked to dress like Elvis. You got it! Those are amazing life experiences to put on a resume and life is short so I try not to take myself too seriously. I encourage you to do the same. Have fun!

Choose Bridesmaids

1. Be trendy

Its origin goes back to ancient Rome, when the bridesmaids accompanied the bride to the place of the wedding. Their main function was to protect her during the trip, reason why they dressed in similar costumes is the objective of confusing to possible kidnappers. In the Anglo-Saxon weddings, they were called flower girls, because they threw petals at the bride’s step to wish her good luck.

2. What functions do they play?

Before deciding them between candidates, you have to think about the functions that your bridesmaids will perform: this way you will know who to choose. Not everyone serves, as they should work as a team, be patient and always be at your disposal. Remember that the role of the maid of honor is not just to precede you on your way to the altar or to put on the tail of your dress. In the same way that you have spent time thinking about original wedding details or have consulted several catalogs until you find those perfect wedding shoes, you also have to make an effort to find the ideal bridesmaids. These will be your main tasks:

Before the wedding:

Traditionally, bridesmaids should help you with all the wedding preparations and support you unconditionally so you won’t feel too nervous. They will advise you on the choice of your bridal look, the bouquet… And they will also help you look for ideas for wedding details, to think about the music for the banquet, to decide on the bridal cake or even to look at hairstyles for loose hair. And, of course, they will organize an unforgettable party.

The wedding day:

They have to help you from the first thing in the morning, taking care of you and make sure that you are perfect. They will also accompany you to the church, ensuring that your nice ball gown wedding dress and the tail are always where they should be.

3. Who should I choose?

Traditionally the bridesmaids are single and young. They must also be willing and able to solve any problem that may happen. It is advisable that all of you live in the same city or nearby to organize fun meetings or informal meals to go and organize everything with peace of mind. Think that you should choose funny, organized, responsible and interested girls in your well-being.

Traditional Wedding Rings

Let’s have a look at all the unique alternatives which you can present at the place of a traditional wedding ring.

A beautiful Necklace: Presenting your future soul with charming necklace would be an ideal alternative. For the necklace pendant, you can prefer engraved stones or add a personalised touch to it by putting your spouse name on it.

The wedding bands or customised chain also do a great job. Moreover, you can put a special quote or personalized message on the stone and present it to your better half with a beautiful necklace.

Tattoos: The trend of finger tattoos have become quite popular these days. Many couples are opting to get their partner name engraved on their ring finger. Both wife and husband can choose any design of tattoo from simple to extravagant. You can also have the design according to your taste. From the thin line tattoo to compact custom design or a symbol that has meaning for you two, finger tattoo rings are permanent, and the best alternative to traditional wedding rings. Finger tattoos are suitable for daring couples who feel uncomfortable in wearing the rings.

Wedding bands with engraved fingerprints: Wedding bands are the perfect alternative to traditional wedding rings, and when the wedding band gets engraved with the fingerprints they become more special and unique. You may ask any jewellery designer to put your fingerprints inside or outside the band. Wedding bands with engraved fingerprints are genuinely personal and wondrous way to express love to your partner.

Silicon Bands: If your partner has an active lifestyle and feel uneasy in wearing the metal at work or home then nothing would be better than colourful silicone bands as an engagement ring. Silicone bands are ideal for people who have a fear of losing their expensive rings. Also, the silicone rings are inexpensive, durable and can comfortably fit on the ring finger. Silicone wedding rings are the quite popular and the best stylish alternative to the traditional rings.

Diamond Earrings: Diamonds are every girl best friend. So, if you are looking for something classy to present your better half than surprise her with a charming pair of diamonds. You can choose the earrings of any size, cut and design. Your partner would surely be happy to receive the beautiful set of earning.

All about Wedding Day Problems and Solutions

Another problem that can happen with your dress is that it can rip. If you are transitioning from house to the church, or the church to the reception venue, you are most likely going to be getting in and out of cars. It is possible that your dress can get stuck in the door and rip. It is also possible that someone may step on your long train (if you have one) and it can rip. An easy fix would be to keep a roll of fabric tape around you in addition to the tide to-go stick.

Another issue that can happen on your wedding day is rain. The weather is something that is completely out of any human’s control, but I have found ways that can solve this issue. With being around so many weddings that have been rained out, you always need to make sure to have a backup plan. You need an indoor venue backup in case the forecast is not what you want it to be. If everything is planned outside and there is no available indoor venue, make sure to have a tent set-up available if need be at last minute. I have been to so many weddings that actually turned out perfectly even though the rain tends to come in unexpectedly. The only reason they turn out as perfect as they do are because we always have backup plans.

If you are having a wedding during an iffy weather situation, I would always be prepared with large umbrellas. I would make sure to get a lot of them, and provide them for your guests. The umbrellas can actually make a really cute photo opportunity as well if everyone is carrying the same umbrellas or are color coordinated with your wedding theme. Something to not forget about is to make sure to provide them for your wedding party. The wedding party should have colors that complement their dress scheme so that just because they need to hold umbrellas, they are doing it in style since there are photo opportunities at all times. The best photos are never planned ones.

Being a Bridesmaid

Understand your duties

The role of the bridesmaid can vary with brides having very different expectations. Try to find out early on what you will be expected to do, and also how often you will need to be available to help.

Organize a fab bachelorette party

The bridesmaids are likely to be asked to help the maid of honor in the process of organizing the bachelorette party. The timing of the event can vary and may be held four or five weeks before the special day or left until the last weekend before the wedding. The party should be organized with a theme that matches the bride’s personality and something fun for everyone to enjoy.

Expect to spend money

There is a great chance that being a bridesmaid means spending money. The costs involved may relate to pooling funds with other members of the bridal party to plan the bachelorette party, as well as cover the cost of your hair, make up and dress for the special day. Also, there is the cost of travel to consider if you don’t live close to the bride.

Only accept the role if completely interested

Don’t accept the role of bridesmaid simply because you were asked. It can be time-consuming and take up several months of your time. Also, there are times that are certain to be very stressful, so it is only worthwhile while taking on the responsibility if 100% committed to helping your friend or family member. A bridesmaid will take on a lot of roles, such as invitation writing, organizing things and dress shopping.

Don’t get difficult about the dress

The bride may already have a clear idea of the dresses to be worn by the bridal party. So, if it is a style that doesn’t match your particular tastes, you really want to simply grin and bear it. It is only for the one day and you should do what is necessary to keep the bride happy.

Some Affordable Wedding Favor Ideas

Sunglasses

Having the ideal summer wedding? Candies and chocolates might not be the best wedding favor to leave for guests in the hot summer sun. Sunglasses are a great way to keep your guests comfortable and to remind them of your special day for years to come. A plus? Frames come in a variety of styles and can be personalized in so many ways. You are limited only by your imagination! Like tote bags, sunglasses can also be personalized professionally by many wedding and party vendors.

S’mores Kits

Perfect for weddings in late summer or early fall, individual s’mores kits are another creative alternative to more conventional wedding favors. These can be as basic or as decadent as you prefer, and thus they can work for any budget. All you need are some graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bars and cute craft supplies to make these adorable and unforgettable gifts for your guests.

Candy in Personalized Wrappers

A bit more on the traditional side, personalized candy wrappers and candy seem to be mainstays when it comes to wedding favors. From those oft-present Jordan almonds to the more modern chocolate bars, this is another easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your wedding. Why mess with a classic? Choose your candy and pick out those personalized candy wrappers. It’s a great way to make an impression on wedding guests with a sweet-tooth, and it also makes for a well-appreciated shower or bachelorette party gift.

Individual Bath Salts

Do-it-yourself bath salts are all the rage these days. Whether they are for personal use, a Christmas gift for a relative or birthday gift for a relative, chances are you’ve already got a recipe or two on one of your Pinterest boards. Individual bath salts are a unique and affordable way to pamper your wedding guests. Luxurious, little jars of bath salt also make wonderful bridal shower favors.

Hangover Rescue Kits

Hangover rescue kits or “cures” are a must-have if your guests will be drinking. From a personalized bottle of water, to a hangover remedy-packed kit, you can make this wedding favor as simple or as complex as you like. As with the other do-it-yourself ideas, this concept is flexible and budget friendly. Hangover rescue kits also make great bachelor and bachelorette party favors!

Individual Hot Cocoa Mix

Planning a winter wedding? Get your guests in the comfy, cozy mood with these individual hot cocoa favors. With some jars, craft supplies and some ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you can create some of the most memorable wedding favors possible! You can customize the ingredients for different hot cocoa flavors, and you can decorate the packaging however you like. If you like the concept but don’t have the time for a do-it-yourself project, some vendors sell personalized hot cocoa packets.

Book a Special Car

Most brides and their fathers make sure they arrive in a special car at the church, and normally the bride is joined in that car after the church ceremony by her new husband. Depending on one’s style, preferences and budget, there are a number of cars to choose from. Not everybody chooses a car, however.

Some go for something really old style such as a horse and carriage, for example. Some may decide on an unusual mode of transport and book a bus – either single or double decker – for the occasion and transport the whole party to the church and afterwards to the venue where the reception takes place.

Wedding transport is normally spoken about and decided upon long before the wedding, especially if your choice is unusual or if it involves a vintage or classic car which may not always be that easy to book on short notice.

One should remember that these cars are popular for weddings and they may not always be available on demand. Unless you are lucky and have a family member or friend who owns one of these special cars, you will have to approach an agency in your region to book such a special car.

That is why it is important to start looking early for wedding transport to find the car of your choice. Some people even want two models of the same car and may have to do quite a bit of research in order to make sure they give themselves enough time. Agencies or companies that find wedding cars for their clients normally do not own these cars.

They act as go-between on behalf of the owner and the bridal couple in order to make their dream of arriving in a lovely car for their wedding day come true. One finds these companies by talking to friends, colleagues and family members. However, they may not always know where to find wedding transport.

Therefore you should consult the community newspaper, the press or the internet. So many businesses today advertise their services and products on their own websites – also firms that find you the car or cars you are looking for. These companies will arrange everything for you, right from advising you of all details such as online payment, any issues related to insurance and available dates.

They will normally make sure the car is in great condition and decorated in the ribbons of your choice. Depending on who you deal with, you may have a great number of cars to choose from. When you are looking for wedding transport it is always advisable to deal with a company that has been in business for many years since they will have the best choices and they will also know how to advise clients about the important issues.

You should also make sure that you discuss all issues such chauffeurs, arrival time and where to meet, upfront. On the wedding day there is no time to worry about detail. A good agency will have the knowledge and experience and will advise their clients of any important details. Because they have done this for many years they understand that the bridal couple, their parents and the organisers may be under stress – therefore they will make the car hire a pleasant experience when you need wedding transport.

Floral Mandap Hire

Size of the Mandap

Before hiring any floral wedding altar, it is important to look at the size requirements of it as well. The place where the setup is going to be installed should be measured so that last minute adjustment problem does not arise and the ceremony can be continued with ease.

Lighting or Decoration

Alone the floral themes altar will not look convincing to the guest, as it should have a blend of colourful ribbons and some well sorted led lights aligned in a proportion, to let the bride and groom be the centre of attraction for the guests. There are various types of lights present in the market that provides more than just illumination and helps in turning the entire setup to be beautiful.

Strong and Robust Setup

The altar will ultimately have quite a few people and therefore it is very important to select a setup that is strong enough to hold bride, groom and their close family members with ease. The material that can withstand the weight of people should be considered to make the day memorable for the guests. Along with Bollywood DJs selection, there are other hundreds of arrangements that are to be considered. Wedding only happens once and to make them special, arrangements for altar or mandap hire should be done after sheer understanding and judgement of the factors. It is important to opt for a provider who just not only delivers services but understands the beauty and importance of the ceremonies like the wedding as well.

Using Beach Wedding Centerpieces

Wedding flower centerpieces are a great way to create such a beautiful ambiance for your reception; they truly live up to their name by being a stunning focal point of the wedding room. The tradition of decorating your reception tables with flowers go a long way back; and it has always added to the superior décor of the wedding reception room. Flowers are universally associated with life and love-you cannot choose a better way to represent this auspicious occasion with.

Beach wedding centerpieces are an example of how a classic has been deftly modified for increasingly distinct, present day festivities. A good wedding planner (amateur or expert) alters the treasured yet dated and transforms it into an enviable piece of contemporary art. DIY options mean you don’t even have to break bank to achieve that chic bohemian look you desire. Flowers form an essential part of most beach wedding centerpieces but laid-back, casual milieus ensure that the eccentric in you need not worry. Candles, stones, and seashells can all be integrated as part of chic table settings. An assortment of petals and clean-lined vessels submerged with the odd glass floral arrangement (or limes!) can be another interesting and low-cost way of infusing your beach wedding centerpieces with some personality (and a sense of humor).

Wedding preparations, now, are not just limited to the usual traditional altar, picking the perfect wedding dresses, décor, menu, and or the venue; couples with time are trying to distinguish their weddings by adding personalized touches to it. A dream wedding is not complete without the proper decor. And for that it’s vital that the arrangements be such that whoever comes to the wedding be mesmerized by the setting and not feel the wedding to be the typical bland one. After all it’s a special day, so it should be the one people can admire for a long time.

Weddings, like all successful productions, are intended to charm audiences. The guests make an important part of the proceedings and their participation is most valued. A modern, exotic wedding can then be made more interactive by featuring unique wedding guest books as part of the program. However, in order to truly personalize your nuptials, planning in advance is imperative. Examples of unique wedding guest books include especially dedicated guest pages, a little rundown of the couples up-till-now, and testimonials from friends and family, among others. Given the pervasive nature of the Internet, overseas or long-distance relations need no longer feel excluded. Couples can choose to publish their unique wedding guest books online and allow absent revelers to partake in some of the merriment through their favorite social networking tool – the party, truly, has gone global.

Apart from these wedding flower centerpieces, you can add a little edge to your wedding preparations by placing a personalized wedding guest book on the reception table. Personalizing the wedding guest books lets your guests feel even more special than when you place the conventional ones. It’s a way of saying how much effort you have put forth for your guests.