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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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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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 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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So You Want The Wedding Venue Of Your Dreams?

When you get engaged, not only are you floating on cloud nine with happiness, but you’ve also got a lot of vital decisions to make. Whether you’ve had your dream wedding planned in your head since you were a little girl, or you’re looking for the perfect theme, one of the most important decisions to make is where you’re going to get married. Deciding on a venue is a big deal. It not only sets the theme of your wedding, but also the kind of plans you can make. So, when you start looking into venues, here’s what you need to consider.

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Views

Of course, the main thing that’s going to be on your mind when you look at pictures of venues and physically walk around them is ascetics. Because what the venue actually looks like is hugely important to you and your future husband – especially if you have a set look in mind. But, it’s also worth thinking about the views that the venue offers you. Not only do you want to remember this day forever, but you want to make sure that the photos you get are perfect.

Space

Next up, space. When you’re planning a wedding, you’ve got lots of parts of the day to plan. From the ceremony itself to the reception to drinks receptions, dancing and even where you’re going to get ready in the morning. So, as you look at potential wedding venues, you need to see where everything can go. Look at each of the rooms that are available to you and see if you’re happy with where each part of the wedding would potentially be held.

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Services Offered

Then you’re also going to want to chat to the venue owners to events team to see what services their venue comes with. Sometimes, you will find that you’re quite restricted by what they offer, in the sense that you have to use their services rather than your own. So, if their offerings don’t match up with what you have in mind, you might then need to find a place that offers the venue alone and not a full service wedding.

Supplies Available

Along with the services that the venue can offer you, you should also think about the supplies. If you want a dance floor or cocktail making station, or anything else that the venue does or doesn’t supply, you’re going to need to make sure you can find a specialist, like Barlens wedding supplies, that can make sure your wedding looks like it should.

Cost

This part is either going to be all important to you or irrelevant. But, you do need to consider the cost. If you’re on a tight budget, your venue choice may come down to what you can afford. Or, if you have no budget, you should be able to consider any options available to you. However, if you are trying to stick to a set limit, you should work out the top floor you have to spend on the venue and only look at venues under that, so as not to get disheartened.

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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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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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