Don’t Leave Him Out: Involve Your Future Husband In The Wedding Prep

Congratulations; if you’re planning your wedding, you’ve obviously had a recent proposal which you must be so excited for! You’ve probably been thinking about planning this particular day for a while now, and might well have a clear idea in your mind about how it will all pan out. Most brides-to-be have been pinning things to a Pinterest board, even in advance of any proposal, so you’re not alone. However, sometimes it can be easy to forget that your future husband might want to be involved in the process too. Your beloved will obviously want you to be happy, so they can often feel that you’re best left to organise and prepare things, along with making any of the big decisions.

Planning a wedding and all the details that go with it can be exciting, but also, exhausting. Therefore, it’s a smart idea to get your other half in on all the action. You also want a day that reflects the both of you and to start married life as you mean to go on; as an equal partnership and an unstoppable team. There are all sorts of ways t get your fiance on board and ensure that he’s well and truly part of the wedding planning and beyond. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips for future brides who want their wedding prep to be a joint effort.

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The Rings

Assuming that you’ll both be wearing wedding rings after the ceremony; why not ensure that they reflect both of your personalities and tastes. If your future hubby proposed with a “stud” ring; make sure that he’s part of the process regarding getting something just right. You can do your research together online and design your own engagement ring as a team. The same goes for your wedding bands; visit the jewellers together and see how you can both get a bespoke piece to last a lifetime.

The Stationery

When it’s time to send out those save the dates or wedding invites; you’ll want your guests to open the envelope and know whose wedding it is immediately from the design. Therefore, it’s vital that you visit the stationers together, or if you’re making them yourself; ensure that you both decide on the design before you print or craft anything. Whether it’s the words, images, colours, or all three that you use to put your character as a couple on paper; it’s a process you should both be a part of.

The Venue

The venue where you say your vows should also be meaningful to the pair of you. Whether it holds sentimental value for you as a couple, or simply takes your breath away when you go together to visit it; you need to both feel special there and that the venue is perfect (as it can be). The more effort you put into your wedding as a couple, the more all the guests will see the influence both of you had, and you’ll begin your long and happy marriage with one another.

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Thinking Of The Fine Details Before Your Big Day

When planning your wedding months in advance, you likely still have a never-ending list of things to do, and that list only seems to keep growing. The importance of making sure all guests attend and that the venue is dream-like are both things which will play on your mind the most, but it’s also important that you don’t forget the finer details of your wedding. It’s the little things that ensure your big day goes off without a hitch, and failure to think about them could cause problems for you. Here are some of the finer details you should consider before you get married.

Bad weather.

Outdoor weddings are very popular right now, and the ideal scenic wedding embedded in nature will likely be a beautiful setting for your beautiful day. Nonetheless, something that’s never mentioned in the films when people have glorious outdoor weddings is that weather can be unpredictable. You should be prepared for this fact and organise your wedding for the height of summer if it’s going to take place outdoors. Regardless, there should always be an indoor backup plan just in case the weather takes a turn; you can never know for sure that nature will play ball.

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Preparing for problems.

You don’t want to entertain the possibility that something could go wrong on your perfect day, but you need to do so if you want to protect yourself. You and your soon-to-be spouse love one another, but problems can arise in different forms; valuables can be broken, or suppliers can mess up. You might want to consider a company such as wed insure to add a layer of protection to your big day. Having insurance just gives you extra peace of mind so that, should something go wrong with the venue, the suppliers, or the bride or groom falling ill, you have coverage to save you the thousands you spent on your big day.

Essentially, you’d want to be able to re-plan your wedding in the near future if there were any problems, but if you sink a huge amount of money down the drain then you might not be able to afford another wedding for a long time. It’s important to prepare for things going wrong so that you have a safety net in place to ensure you can re-plan the wedding shortly. Thinking about money isn’t very romantic, but it’s the only way that you can afford to create the perfect wedding.

The table plan.

Making sure you’ve invited all your friends and family and that they can attend on your specific date is obviously the most important part of planning the guest-list. However, your work isn’t quite done, yet. You need to think about the finer details in terms of the table plan. Think about the politics of seating certain people together; you don’t want any of the children to have to sit on a table with stuffy, boring old adults. Likewise, you don’t want a close friend to feel out of place on a table with your family members. Mix and match, but try to make sure that your guests have people on their tables with whom they’ll click.

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5 Common Wedding Mistakes And How You Can Avoid Them

While you want to have the perfect wedding day, invariably things will go wrong. While you shouldn’t worry too much about the minor problems, here are common mistakes you can avoid.

Ensuring you have a dream wedding, no matter the cost

From the time when you were a little girl playing make-believe with your Barbie dolls, you have probably always had an idea of your dream wedding. Sometimes dreams do come true, but there has to be some level of realism to counter your imagination.

While your dream may involve a horse-drawn carriage, a fairy-tale wedding dress, and a magnificent castle for a venue, your bank balance may not be able to accommodate everything you want. Think big, but cut down on costs when you know you can’t afford certain things. You don’t want to start your marriage in debt, so be wise and budget. While your wedding may not be as glamorous in reality, you can still have a beautiful day.

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Forgetting the needs of others

From choosing the wedding date to finding the right location, make sure other people can attend your wedding. You may want to fly abroad and get married, but how many of your friends and family can afford to make the trip? Before you arrange a date, talk to the people closest to you, and encourage them to make room in their diaries. While you can’t accommodate everybody on your guest list, at least make sure the people you want to be there can make it on the day.

Failing to account for the weather

When planning an outdoor wedding, the best time of year should be the summer. However, as we all know, we can’t predict the weather, no matter what the forecaster says on tv. Always have a plan B, such as hiring a marquee should the hot day suddenly turn into a deluge of rain. After all, you want your guests to enjoy the wedding, and not run to their cars when the sky darkens over.

Not hiring a photographer

Your wedding only lasts for a day, but you want to keep your happy memories alive. Now, while you could hire a family member to take pictures, you never know how competent they really are. Somebody who won’t accidentally leave the lens cap is on is a professional photographer, who will capture those perfect moments throughout your wedding, giving you something to treasure for many years to come.

Missing people from the guest list

You don’t want to invite everybody you know as you will end up paying a fortune. However, there are people you probably should invite, if only to keep peace within your family. So if your mum insists you invite your cousin Billy-Bob from the other side of the country, smile through gritted teeth and add him to the list.

Of course, there are people you really want to be at the wedding, so plan in advance and make sure they get an invite to make your day complete.

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The Wedding Photos You’ll Want in Your Album

Your wedding album is supposed to be a beautiful reminder of your big day, and that’s exactly what it should be, but so many brides and grooms neglect to have shots taken of some of their most special moment, perhaps because they’re not considered that important at the time, or simply because they don’t think to do so. This is something you should avoid if you want to be able to look back on cherished memories from every part of your wedding day.

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With that in mind, here are some wedding photos you might not have thought of, but which you will definitely want in your album:

The Getting Ready

Getting ready for the big day is one of the most exciting moments of your wedding. The anticipation is mounting, you’re surrounded by your nearest and dearest and it’s your last few moments as an unmarried bride or groom, so document it! Get pictures of you having your hair done or the groom and his guys doing their ties up – trust me you’ll treasure them just as much as that picture of you kissing at the bottom of the aisle.

Your Wedding Dress

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Before you put it on, get the photographer to take a picture of your wedding dress in all its glory. Sure, you’re going to have hundreds of photos of you wearing it, but if you have one of just the dress, when you look back at it in years to come, you’ll remember how you felt seeing it in the shop for the first time.

The Groom’s Accessories

Artfully arranging the groom’s accessories (tie, button, etc.) and taking a few shots of them will do the same for him as seeing a picture of your wedding dress will do for you and it also makes a great arty shot to put up on the wall too.

Your Wedding Rings

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Having the photographer take a nice close-up shot of your wedding rings is a must for any happy couple. Have him, or her take one photo of your rings separately where you can see the detail and one of you holding hands with both rings visible as a symbol of your love.

The Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is such a traditional, not to mention beautiful, part of the wedding that it would be a shame not to get a few artistic shots of it both with and without you holding it. You might also want to have your bouquet pressed and framed, so you can keep it as a memento forever if you aren’t fussed about throwing it to your single friends.

Pre-Ceremony Shots

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Most brides and grooms have their photographer concentrate on capturing the wedding ceremony as it’s in progress and the reception as the day goes on, but very little time is given to the pre-ceremony proceedings. Traveling to the venue, walking to the church, crowds of loving family gathering for the big event – these are all things that deserve to be captured as extensively as the actual wedding itself.

Which less common wedding shots did you have taken? Which are your favorites?

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Documenting Your Lives Together From The Moment You Say “Yes”

From the moment he proposes, your lives will never be the same again. You are now officially a team, working together to enjoy a beautiful life as a married couple. Of course, the months between this moment and the time you arrive home from your honeymoon are going to whizz by. So much will happen, and it will change so fast that you might not have a chance to savor any of those beautiful moments. This is why more and more couples are documenting their journey from ‘Yes’ to ‘I Do’ and beyond.

It’s going to happen fast, so it’s worth planning or scheduling the important bits. Hire a photographer for the big proposal (assuming it’s not a surprise.) This gives you a chance to enjoy the moment and allows a professional to capture the look on each of your faces. If it’s a public proposal, then be sure to document everyone else’s reactions too. There will be cheers and congratulations to capture. You might want to include moments with each of your parents as they hear the happy news.

As you plan your wedding, there will be many more occasions that you might like to record. Sometimes it’s nice to take plenty of pictures of all the things you tried, even if you didn’t select them for the big day. This could include cake tasting, menu sampling, bouquet choices, and even dress fittings. These are the moments that add to the excitement of a wedding but seem to be forgotten by the time you reach your big day.

Last Moments Before ‘I Do’

What about your stag and hen parties? These events are very important to the bride and groom. It’s always worth preserving a few pictures of the night for the album. By now you already have plenty of images to compile in the book. You might start to consider how you wish to present them all when you come back from honeymoon.

Of course, by the time you reach your wedding day, you will have selected your preferred wedding photographer. There are often several different packages to choose from. Why not include shots of the bride getting ready and the wedding party assembling? The bride arriving at the ceremony, the happy couple saying their vows, and leaving the venue as a married couple are just the standard shots. Consider some posed shots to show off your hair and dress.

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Now You’re Married!

Your reception will be a happy event attended by everyone you love. It’s important to capture group photos as well as individual pics of the people who were there. You might leave notes on the tables asking guests to upload pics of each other to your Instagram or FaceBook pages. This can help you decide which ones you want to include in your album later on.

Don’t forget to take a good quality camera on honeymoon with you. There will be plenty of interesting sights to see as well as amazing activities to share with your husband. All of these moments will be over all-too-soon. Thank goodness you have all those wonderful photos to relive and reminisce!

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How You Can Add a Touch of Luxury to Your Wedding Day Without Spending a Fortune

So, your wedding is fast approached, but are you ready for it yet? If you haven’t yet thought about how you can add some luxury to your wedding day, now is the time to do that. Don’t worry, though; you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your day special and luxurious. Here are some great ways to add a touch of luxury to your wedding day without spending a future. Learn about them below.

Try Out Candles and Creative Lighting Solutions

You should give some thought to the lighting options in your home if you want to add more luxury to your wedding day. Something as simple as adding some candles to your wedding reception and the tables can make a huge difference. They add a bit of lowkey, pared down luxury. You should also look at other lighting options in order to get the atmosphere of your wedding day just right. This can make your wedding feel better than it ever otherwise could.

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Use a Luxury Car Service That You Pay for by the Hour

Everyone needs a way of getting the their wedding ceremony, and for many people, having an element of luxury here is key. No one wants to turn up in the back of a taxi. However, hiring a car and driver for the day can be really expensive. You don’t have to do that, though. Instead, you can hire a car that you pay for by the hour. This limousine service does that, as do many others. The benefit of this is that you only pay for the service for a short period of time, keeping costs down.

Use the Best Silk Flowers

Every wedding needs to have flowers, but it’s easy to forget about how much buying flowers for a wedding can cost. You might not have the budget to have the luxury flowers that you want for your wedding day. If that’s the case, why not just make the most of silk flowers? They can look great and convincing, but they won’t cost the huge amount of money that you often have to pay for authentic wedding flowers. So, don’t assume that flowers have to drain your budget.

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Make the Most of the Decorative Details

There are lots of decorative details that you can make the most of. And this is not just about making things look good. It can also make your entire wedding day seem more luxurious because those small things really do stand out and change how your entire wedding feels. For example, you could choose a retro and vintage theme for your wedding. This gives you plenty of scope to try new things and make small changes that give a luxurious feel to the wedding.

As you now know, there are lots of great ways to add some touches of luxury to your big day. And you don’t need to break the bank to take advantage of them. That has to be positive, so try these out.

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How To Plan For Unforeseeable Events On Your Wedding Day

On the day of your wedding, you’ll have butterflies in your stomach, you’ll be short of breath at times, and there’ll be a million worries whizzing around your mind. It’s important to let go and focus on yourself and your responsibilities; it is, after all, a life changing day. There will be many many things, which are out of your control, and one way you can react to uncertainty is to plan for it. However, you’ll need some help in the form of one of your most trusted friends or family. You’ll also need to be one step ahead of the world so that your day isn’t ruined by things that you could have foreseen happening.

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Don’t rely on the outside world

Your cars should arrive early in the morning and be waiting to take you to the venue to intend to tie the knot. In conjunction with your booked time, your route must be planned thoroughly. Take into account the road, streets and highways you will take to the venue, and the amount of time it takes at an average speed to get there. If you’ve got limousine hire, you may have to take the long way around by mainly using long straight routes such as highways because such vehicles are a nightmare to navigate on tight roads like in the city and rural roads.

Additionally, traffic jams can be unpredictable but will be the difference between a slow, calm roll up to the front of the venue, or a panting, sweating dash up to the altar to take your vows. Therefore avoid congested roads, even if it’s a quicker route. Allow for extra time, therefore, leave your prepping location early enough to cushion unexpected bites into time. It’s crazy to think, but your car could get a puncture, you might forget something and have to go back, or perhaps even get lost. It sounds bizarre, but it does happen.

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Have a personal time manager

It is indeed your wedding, but while you’re having a shower, putting on your makeup, having your hair done, having on all the right jewelry and fitting into the dress, you simply can’t manage everyone and everything around you. So, don’t be a control freak and pick out someone who you trust to be your manager that will keep everything in a smooth working order. They will report directly to you should anything change that will affect the time schedule as well as keeping all those who are vital to the ceremony like family, in line with the correct dress sense. Fix a communication system between yourselves well in advance of the wedding, so there’s no chance of a game of Chinese whisper breaking out; on the day speak face to face with each other continuously.

Adapt to the weather

Coming up to within a week of the wedding, search online for the weather forecast on your wedding day. Normally, couples pick their wedding when there’s a decent chance of sunshine, i.e. the spring and summer months of May through August. Nevertheless, whatever the intended weather, always have some form of a backup plan such as continuously updating the guests you have invited on how you intend to enact any last minute changes such as a one day postponing for decent weather.

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Achieving The Image Of Perfection On Your Big Day Made Easy

If there’s ever been a day when you want everything to look perfect, it’s your wedding day. Appearances are pivotal as you bid to create those magical memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. Knowing this can pile on the pressure, but there’s nothing to stop you achieving those goals.

The key is to make everything feel manageable. Here are five killer points to focus on. Get them right, and your big day will be even more spectacular than you imagined.

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#1. The Look

The big day is all about the happy couple, which is why you both need to look your best. The wedding dress and suit are the most important outfits that and bride or groom will wear. Knowing that they are perfect will give any couple a boost in self-confidence.

Makeup and grooming rituals are important too. Meanwhile, the special guests including best men and bridesmaids should also look the part.

#2. The Venue

When picturing the big day, most girls picture their dream building or backdrop. Whether it’s a church, a temple, or a beach doesn’t matter. This one element sets the tone for everything ahead. Visit https://www.weddingwire.com/c/fl-florida/fort-lauderdale/wedding-planners/15-vendors.html to find more about planning this aspect early on. Let’s face it; the longer you leave it, the harder it’ll become.

In addition to the esthetic, you need to think about the location. If it isn’t accessible for the guests, you should probably consider an alternative solution.

#3. The Décor

The venue itself provides solid foundations. However, it’s still important for the loving couple to stamp their authority on the big day. Finding a theme for your wedding brings everything to life. Moreover, it aids with the color schemes and additional decisions.

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Combining traditional elements with modern twists is often preferred. Meanwhile, you can use things like previous holiday destinations to guide things forward. As long as it provides a winning result in the eyes of the happy couple, that’s all that matters.

#4. The Arrival

 When the big day arrives, you realize that months of preparation have been leading up to that one moment where the bride arrives to meet her new husband. This is one of the most important parts of a woman’s life, let alone the day itself. Getting it right is key.

Choosing the right transportation ensures that she can make the grand entrance without having a single hair out of place. Find limo hires at http://www.fl-limousine.com/limo-service-fort-lauderdale for a great solution. Not only will the bride have plenty of space for herself, but she’ll have the support of her bridesmaids too.

#5. The Photos

 The memories created on this magical day will last a lifetime. Nonetheless, the photographs offer wonderful mementos of the special event. Knowing how to pose before the big day is key. Meanwhile, you should probably arrange to meet the photographer to avoid any awkwardness.

A modern approach also involves getting guests to take snaps on disposable cameras for a more natural representation of the big day. With the right combination of the two, those iconic images will be everything you hoped for and more.

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Before The Wedding: Tips To Keep Your Engagement Engaging

There’s nothing quite like getting engaged – it’s one of the most exciting days of your whole life and holds promises of even more exciting days to come. But when you’re in the middle of preparing for your wedding, it can be pretty stressful, which means that at times your relationship might be a little fraught. Here are some tips to help you ensure that your engagement is just as much fun as your relationship has been so far…

Look At Your Engagement Differently

A lot of people think of their engagement simply as the run-up to their wedding and spend all of their time planning for their big day. Try to take a step back from that, and focus on the current stage of your relationship instead of frantically planning for the next one. You’ve promised to spend your lives together but you haven’t made those vows just yet – it’s time to appreciate being committed and together and footloose and fancy free all at the same time.

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Give Yourself Time

Getting married is incredible, of course, but it’s also one of the most stressful things you can do. A wedding might not seem all that difficult to plan but the truth is that it will take you a lot of time and cost you a lot of money – so don’t rush into it. Give yourself at least a year, preferably more, to organize your wedding. This will mean that you won’t get too stressed and you also won’t have too many problems with money as a result of not having much time to save.

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Keep Communicating

The fact that you’re engaged doesn’t mean that your relationship is now magically perfect. Now more than ever you have to make sure that you keep working on it, learning how to talk to each other and how to be kind to each other, and focusing on your life together. You could even consider going to counseling – it isn’t just for people who are having problems. If that isn’t for you, make sure that you start to communicate in a productive way – explain the way you feel, don’t be dismissive or snappy, and trust your partner to understand you.

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Be Organized With Your Planning

One way to make wedding planning a whole lot less stressful is to be organized. Give yourself plenty of internal deadlines and make a spreadsheet so you can see exactly what you’ve done, what you’ve paid for, and what you still need to organize. Speak to all your vendors as early as possible, from a wholesale diamonds seller to figure out your rings to a DJ who will enable you and your family and friends to dance the night away.

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Take A Vacation

Finally, it’s important to relish spending time together. Go on date nights at least once a week where you don’t talk about wedding planning at all, and take a vacation together once or twice. It doesn’t have to be expensive – just a weekend away during which you can turn your phones off, relax, and enjoy being together.

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Wedding Planning: Your First Vital Decisions

When you have a wedding to plan, there can be so much to think about that it is difficult to know where to begin. As with anything like this, it is useful to just start anywhere, as that way you can at least get going. But it can be helpful to know where a good place to start is, so that you can get off to a strong start. As it happens, there are certain aspects of planning a wedding which you probably want to get out of the way as early as you can. That way, you can free up your time for all the remaining things, the little details, and make sure you have got the big ones dealt with early on. Let’s take a look at which decisions you should be making as early as possible.

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Venue

Booking a venue can often be surprisingly difficult. In part, this is because you never quite know where will be free and when, but it is also because it just takes so much time. You don’t want to rush it, as it might be the single most important detail of the whole day. You want to make sure you are looking properly around the venue, considering every aspect of it, before you settle on anything. And it can often be frustrating to discover that your ideal venue is way above your budget. All of these complications mean that you should try and book your venue in as early as you possibly can.

Rings

Although these might not seem as important on the scale of the venue and so forth, there is a very good reason that you should get the rings over and done with. For a start, many couples know the experience of leaving the reigns to the very last minute. This happens simply because they seem to be such a small part of the whole decision making process. However, if you leave it too late, you might end up having to rush and choosing rings which are not what your ideal would be. If you really care about which wedding rings you have, then you should be sure to get this done as early as you can, so that you can find rings you really want.

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Date

Along with the venue, around the same time, you obviously need to pick a date. It is generally helpful to have the date slightly loose, so that you can work it around the venues a little easier. But once you have found a venue which suits your dates, then you should lock it in as early as you can. This will take most of the stress out of it, and also means that you can begin sending around the save the date cards. That is one of those steps which often makes it seem very suddenly real, so it is worth it just for that. If nothing else, this will help you to feel that you can start to get excited for your own wedding  -and that is a great feeling indeed.

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