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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Hiring A Destination Wedding Photographer

It’s hard enough finding a wedding photographer that’s right for you, let alone gambling on a stranger from another country. If your wedding photographer doesn’t speak English well, you could be in serious trouble when problems arise.

Although the memories of your wedding are likely to last a lifetime, how will you be able to reminisce on the most important day of your life if your photographer falls through? For members of the family who can’t make it to the ceremony, what will you show them? Sometimes it pays to play it safe and stick with what you know – that’s where destination photographers come in.

Package Deals

Paying for a photographer from home to follow you across seas can be exceptionally expensive, so see if you can get a package deal out of them, at a fixed price. Get this sum as low as possible because you’ll be paying for a shed load of extras: accommodation, transport, air fare…and that barely scratches the surface. Agree what you’ll pay for beforehand, or you’ll be in for a nasty surprise when the bill comes through.

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Be Kind To Your Photographer

Treat your photographer as a guest. They may be expensive, but they’re carrying out one of the most important jobs of the evening. Encourage them to have the occasional glass of bubbly and relax. When it comes to accommodation, set them up with the rest of the guests, rather than in some nearby dive.

Digital Copies

Ask your photographer if they deal in digital or film photos, as X-Rays from luggage security can damage rolls of film. Not ideal. Also see if you can keep several copies of the day’s photos – obviously you’ll want your photographer to go through every single one and bring them up to scratch, but if you have copies, should the worst happen, the originals are safe.

Get To Know Your Photographer

Have the same photographer take your engagement photographs and build up a relationship with him or her; you’ve got to like this person and their pictures, as he or she will be effectively tailing you for days. Inviting your photographer to spend time with your family will ensure a personal connection – a fast way to get fantastic pictures.

Fly in your photographer with the rest of the party. He or she will need a few days to acclimatize to the country and get inspirational juices flowing. If country house wedding venues are your thing, he or she can visit the ceremony location and start planning photo ops. Use these extra days to take plenty of pre-wedding photos to flesh out your album.

Snap Them Up At The Right Time

Plan to book your photographer on an ‘off season.’ Prices will be cheaper, as it’s likely that your photographer is struggling to get work.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are all prime wedding days, so if you plan to fly on the Monday and get your photographer back for Thursday, you could argue that you’re not impeding on the photographer’s work schedule. Cheaper prices, yay!

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Should your Future Bride be Involved in the Selecting of the Engagement Ring?

So you’ve been taking it slow for a while now. Her toothbrush has moved into the bathroom and you have found yourself surrounded by cute cushions and fancy facial products that leave your skin like a baby’s bottom. The bubble of bliss envelopes you and she really is THE ONE. You spend more time laughing with her than in clubs with your mates, you spend every waking hour thinking about her, she is perfect, you can see everything that is beautiful about her and don’t care that she uses your razor to shave her legs. The question is on the tip of your tongue and you want that special engagement ring to be as flawless as she is. It is a mine field, one that has too many choices. So many different cuts, so many styles, do you go timeless or contemporary? Princess or Round? How big does it need to be? How many carats? What size ring? What colour gold? How much should you spend? The list is endless. Take a look Whiteflash, for diamonds in Houston. They have some great information on diamonds.

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It is no wonder that 61% of would be suitors consult their brides-to-be before buying that special diamond ring. It is something that you want her to be proud to wear, something that she will want to show off, you want her to squeak with pleasure when she sees it, to instantly grab the phone and call her best friend to announce the news. It is something you want her to wear forever.

Gentlemen, you are not alone. Take a deep breath and think about her. You know everything about her, you know she has freckles that glow like a warm fall afternoon on her face, you know she takes sugar in her Frappuccino, you know she always steals the duvet at 2am in the morning and you know she secretly borrows your razors but when it comes to the engagement ring, you are either going to get it so right or so very wrong. For a woman there is nothing that can surpass the ultimate feeling of euphoria as you watch your man get down on one knee, a delicate box pulled out of his pocket and a beautiful ring presented to you. It is like a Disney moment, played over and over to her friends, a story passed down through generations of how Grandpa asked Grandma to marry him, a timeless moment. Wait, what happens if that carefully chosen ring doesn’t fit? The diamond is too big, the colour is wrong. A moment ruined for all to see.

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In this day and age it isn’t an issue to consult with her. There are so many gentleman out there that feel out of their depth with so many styles to choose from that it is no wonder they ask their lady for guidance. After all she is the one that has to wear it year in and year out. It needs to be just like her, as special as her and most important of all she needs to be happy to show it off. Be brave gentlemen, ask her for her help, she’ll thank you for it in the end. A moment to savour, you chose it together, the start of your new life together.

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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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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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Wedding Dress Tips and Tricks

Are the days tickling next to your wedding day? Have you met all the prerequisite before the 11th hour comes beckoning on your side? If yes, you need to put everything right into place. One of the main concerns in any wedding day and to the couples is the wedding dress. The major problem that arises when it comes to choosing a wedding dress is the availability of hundreds of options. Today, wedding cost is majorly taken care of by the couple not unlike in the past where parents were involved. This means that cost needs to be put at bay. That is why attractive but inexpensive wedding dresses become almost necessary to everyone.

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The mother of the bride dresses buying is not like buying a credit voucher where less is considered. When it comes to this kind of dress shopping, many factors are put into consideration. You may think of buying inexpensive wedding dresses that will not compromise the auspicious looks of the occasion. To achieve this, you need to put several factors into consideration and shopping wisely online.

Never buy a wedding dress without consulting with your spouse. You may end up over spending or using less money yet getting something that does not impress his eyesight. The budget that is put by each member of the team should be adhered to.  The gown color should not have a wide gap with that of your groom. Try to pick something that looks almost similar in terms of hue. The flattering appearance of your wedding dress should be appealing to everyone. To know about that, ask the groom and the other guys involved.

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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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Have a Fabulous Christmas Wedding with Outdoor Solar Powered Flower String Lights

Christmas is a magical time of year so many couples tie the knot this season because of its festive cheer.  If you have no idea how to make your wedding venue fabulous you might consider adding  Outdoor Solar Powered Flower String Lights to every nook and corner of the wedding reception venue.

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Living In The Moment On Your Special Day

One golden piece of advice that many couples will give you on your big day, is make sure you relax and live in the moment. Living in the moment will stop you worrying about things that could go wrong. It’ll stop you fretting over things that haven’t exactly gone to plan. It’ll also mean you have a much better day, as your head isn’t somewhere else entirely! If you’re constantly worrying about something, you won’t be able to slow down and really appreciate this celebration. Sometimes, though, this is easier said than done. If you’re a natural worrier, or you’re afraid you won’t be able to live in the moment and enjoy every second on your big day, this post is for you!

Designate Somebody You Trust To Help You

It’ll be so much more bearable on your special day if you have somebody trustworthy to take care of the little things for you. This could be your best friend, mother, or anybody else you trust to take care of the finer details. They could be in charge of phone calls, and any small issues that you really shouldn’t have to worry about on a day like today!

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Know Exactly Where Your Priorities Lie

Ask yourself where your priorities lie before your big day rolls around. Then, you’ll know exactly what you need to focus on when the day comes. Do you want to spend plenty of time getting ready with your bridal party? Or do you want to make sure you have a quiet moment with your other half before everything starts and gets a little hectic? Knowing exactly where your priorities lie will help you to have a better day.

Start Your Day As You Mean To Go On

Usually, we start each day and continue the same way. If you start the day by getting up late and not giving yourself enough time to relax and get ready, you’ll probably carry that rushed feeling into your wedding day, even if you’re no longer rushed. By getting up extra early, and taking your time, you can really enjoy your day. Treat yourself to a nourishing breakfast. Read a few chapters of a book. Have a nice bath. Get ready and take as long as you need. Then, spend plenty of time taking all of the pictures you want in your album, suggest Brightmoon photography. Just take it all in and make this day the best ever!

Tell Your Wedding Party You Appreciate Them

Make sure you tell your wedding party how much you appreciate them. You chose them to be next to you on your special day, so don’t be afraid to get emotional and let them know how you feel. Perhaps once you’ve finished getting ready you can all have a group hug and a pep talk. Hugs will up the happy hormones in your body too, making you feel even better about your day!

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Be Sure To Eat Your Dinner

The thing with wedding days, is that they can get so hectic people forget to eat. You should eat breakfast if you can, but many people simply forget. Whatever you do, make sure you sit down and eat the dinner you chose. It’ll give you a chance to relax before the dancing starts. Not only that, it’ll protect you from getting too drunk when the alcohol starts to flow. It could be a good idea to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water too. You don’t want to peak too early!

Take It All In

Take moments whenever you can to take it all in. Look at all of the people who care about you and your partner. They have attended this day to celebrate with you! Take a moment to take a breath and really enjoy yourself. Show gratitude for everything on the day!

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Stay Away From Electronics

Your wedding day isn’t a day to be scrolling Facebook or answering the phone. Stay away from electronics and put somebody else in charge if you can. By staying away from things that can disrupt the flow of the day, you’ll feel much better. There will be plenty of time to update everybody and put pictures up when it’s all over. You can almost make your day feel like it isn’t over this way, too!

Release Expectations

It’ll really help you to release expectations on your big day. You can’t control many things on your day. You can’t control babies crying in the church. You can’t control a clumsy guest standing on your dress. Just release the idea of what you think your wedding ‘should’ be like.

Ready to have the best day of your life? Good luck!

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