Planning Beyond the Big Day

Wedding planning can be hectic and overwhelming, but overall, it should be a positive and enjoyable process. One thing that people forget when they’re caught up in the works is that the day itself isn’t the be all and end all of the beginnings of your married life. You should also look a little further ahead to ensure that once the big day draws to a close, the romantic magic spreads to other areas. For now, let’s take a look at your exit from the venue and your honeymoon!

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The Exit

At some point, your wedding day is going to come to a close. So many events tend to fizzle out, with the bride and groom being the last members of the party, waiting for the stragglers to leave so that they can return to their wedding suite. But why let it all come to such an anticlimax? Just because the day revolves around you, you don’t necessarily have to be there until the very end. Instead, you can make an exit almost as dramatic as your entrance to the venue as you walk down the aisle! Don’t leave too early; you want to make the most of the celebrations. But you can leave at a peak time, with everyone waving you off and wishing you well. The others can then return to the celebrations with one another while you and your new husband or wife get to finally spend some quality time in each other’s company. Check out https://www.sparklersonline.com/blog/creative-ideas/30-wedding-send-off-ideas-for-the-perfect-exit/ for some inspiring ideas that could create the best send off possible! A couple of highlights include wedding bells and flower petals or confetti. You could even keep things especially traditional and leave in a car with “just married” on the back and tin cans trailing behind!

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The Honeymoon

So many people treat the honeymoon as an afterthought in the wedding process. But it can be just as important as the ceremony itself. After all, it’s an opportunity for you and your partner to spend an extended period of time together in a wonderful setting. So rather than booking the first thing that your wedding planner suggests, somewhere that your friends went on theirs, or whatever may be on offer, choose something personal for you and your partner. Perhaps return to the place that you met. Maybe there’s somewhere you’ve both dreamed of going. Whatever you choose, look into options that will make your travel stay extra special and particularly luxurious. If you’ll be flying, don’t forget small details like reserving seats next to one another, travel insurance, and a sufficient baggage allowance. Many hotels will have especially romantic rooms such as honeymoon suites, or you could request bubbles and flowers on arrival. If you’re feeling particularly organized, you even can look into pre-booking seats at high-quality restaurants too!

By planning a little further ahead than the day itself, you’ll make sure that your married life begins as smoothly and happily as possible. Being organized only takes a little more time and effort, so it’s worth getting on top of things!

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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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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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Things To Do When Choosing Your Dream Wedding Venue

We know what it is like; when it comes to your wedding there are more decisions to make than you can ever possibly comprehend. That’s why prioritizing your list is so important. Knowing what matters most on your big day is the only way you will be able to make sense of the endless options you’re staring at, but nothing is more important than your wedding venue.

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This is one of the most important decisions you and your husband to be will make. This is because choosing where you will get married is a massive deal; it is what sets the tone of your day and is the superglue that will hold so much of your wedding together, and so much of planning will hang in the balance until you finally decide.

As such, we have come up with a few things to make a note of when it comes to choosing your venue. Enjoy.

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Know The Budget

You and your partner need to be open, honest and committed to how much of your total budget you are willing to spend on getting the venue of your dreams. Is it going to be 25% of the budget? Or maybe half? This can be tricky, so make sure you know what you are getting with that money. Think about capacity, location, and how much bang they offer you for your buck.

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Number Of Guests

You don’t need to have a fixed number. You don’t need to say, we are having 112 adults and 14 children. That’s because this number will change; it’s part and parcel of the guest list game. However, you should have a rough idea of how many people you want to join in with your celebrations. By knowing this, your vendors will be able to tell you how much they’ll charge, meaning you’ll know how much you have to spend, and what sort of wedding you’ll have; big or small.

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Tour With The Photographer

This is often the most stressful and most fun part of the venue hunt, but to lean more toward the fun side of things we recommend is you take your chosen photographer along with you, if you can that is. Your photographs are going to be your reminder of that big day for years, so you’ll want to get this right. If you know you want to have the wedding in Lake Como, and you know you want to use Vittore Buzzi, then take them to the venue and let them help you decide what will look best. This will help this go smoother on the day and let them plan their shots a little more in advance.

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Know Your Theme

Knowing what theme you want to run with on your big day will have a big sway over what venue you choose because certain style will complement certain venues more than others. Your wedding venue is going to be a huge party of love story you tell, so decide whether you want it to be inside or outside, formal or casual, country chic or black-tie. Your wedding planner and photographer will be able to help you understand how to best interpret this and bring it to life when it matters.

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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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A Brief Destination Wedding Checklist

Planning a destination wedding might seem daunting, but it could be the best decision you’ve ever made. Not only could you say your vows anywhere in the world, you could also start your honeymoon immediately, and a wedding package could save you from the hassle of planning the whole event. While the rules of planning a destination wedding may be a little different from planning a wedding at home, there’s one planning tip they both have in common – plan ahead to stay organized. So make sure you’ve got everything checked off this list.

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Set your budget

As with any wedding, your first step must be setting a budget. If you’re set on a destination wedding, you need to establish how much you’re willing to spend on plane tickets, accommodation, and the wedding package itself. Also, if you’re planning on invite any friends and family members, you need to decide if you’re contributing to any of their expenses. Finally, depending on your destination, you also need to factor in the costs of visa fees.

Pick your destination

You can opt for a popular Mexico or Hawaii wedding, or you could go for something a little more romantic, such as a castle in Ireland or a cottage in Scotland. There plenty of wedding destinations from around the world that could suit any budget, preferred dates, and wedding specifications. You should do some research into the destination before you pay a deposit. Consider if the weather will be suitable for your proposed date, if the area is what you had in mind for a honeymoon, and if the package includes everything you need. You should also contact the Foreign Embassy or Consulate to confirm the legal and residency requirements to get married in the country of your choice.

Negotiate the details with your location

There are many ways you could go about planning your destination wedding. You could go directly to a venue and discuss your plans with their catering and event staff. There are also websites that can obtain quotes from your preferred venues on your behalf free of charge, which will help if you decide to plan the wedding yourself.

Book plane tickets

When you know there’s going to be travel involved in your wedding, you need to finalize the guest list and send out the invitations much earlier than you would with a local wedding. Ideally, you should do this at least 8 months before the wedding so that everyone can begin booking their flights and accommodation as soon as possible. This also gives everyone time to renew their passports, sort out visas, or get any vaccinations that might be required.

Make sure you have everything when you leave

As with any other trip abroad, you should make sure you have your passport, plane tickets, and travel insurance details. However, you will also need to bring your wedding attire, rings, a binder with everything you need for the reception, and any documentation required to obtain marriage license, such as birth certificates.

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How to Pose for Wedding Photos

A wedding is a joyous occasion. You’re surrounded by family and friends, and all eyes are on you. But, sometimes that’s the problem! If you’re nervous around crowds and you hate having your photograph taken, your wedding day can be just one big ball of anxiety. To prepare yourself for what’s to come, you may want to take a look at some tips for posing for wedding for photographs when you’d rather not.

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Rely on Your Partner

You’ve just tied the knot and you no longer have to deal with life’s struggles alone. By looking at your partner through some of your wedding photos, you can achieve some romantic shots. If you both feel awkward, you may end up laughing when you look at each other which can create some natural and beautiful photographs. If you’re nervous about getting good shots, find a photographer that’s good at getting natural pictures.

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The Kiss

A wedding photography session can go on for a long time. If you’re tired of posing and your jaw hurts from smiling, try switching to ‘the kiss’. Kissing your partner is not only an easy photograph to take, it gives you a break from doing the things that feel awkward. You can almost guarantee that a picture of the married couple kissing will make the wedding album. You can’t go wrong with ‘the kiss’. You may want to have some chap stick handy though!

‘Smizing’

It’s a term used by Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model. It means, to smile with your eyes. Sometimes smiling can be painful after a while on your wedding day. Use your eyes to show how happy you are and you’re sure to get some glistening pictures for your photo frames.

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Look Away

You don’t have to look directly at the camera to get a good shot. Whether you’re posing on your own or with your partner, gazing away can create a wonderful photo. The aim is to look into the future and dream about the life you’re about to start. What do you wish for? What will make you both happy? It’s sure to come across on the picture.

Use Props

Shakespeare had some of his characters where disguises because he knew a mask would create more confidence. You can use props in the same way. Suddenly, the attention isn’t all on you. Whether you choose to use something as simple as your bouquet of flowers or you use something quirky, like oversized sunglasses, they’ll give you the confidence you need to pose. Get some ideas here.

Relax

Sometimes, it’s easier said than done, but relaxing is the key to getting great photographs. Perhaps you could have a glass of champagne to calm your nerves before the session. If you can let go of your insecurities and have fun with your partner, the rest will be easy.

Look to your photographer for guidance during a wedding photo shoot. Photographers have done it many more times than you, so you should get some good advice.

 

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