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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wedding Ideas - Tips and Tricks to Help Make Your Wedding Day Perfect

Wedding Ideas - Tips and Tricks to Help Make Your Wedding Day Perfect

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. You have probably been dreaming and thinking about your very own wedding day from adolescence, and now you have found the partner of your dreams and it is all coming true! You want your wedding day to be the most perfect day ever, so we have compiled a few handy hints to think about to make sure your wedding day is exactly what you are dreaming of.

Firstly,

• Make a Folder

Make a folder for all the multitudes of wedding information you will gather. Pick up a concertina style file from any office stationery shop and label the sections according to the different aspects of your wedding. Eg. Make a section for venues, one for invitation samples, one for flowers, one for cakes, one for dresses, one for cars, photographers, bonbonniere ideas etc. etc. Place any quotes, information or clippings you collect from magazines, advertisements, etc into sections for easy reference later on in the planning process. Planning everything early, leaves you less stressed, stops you from becoming a 'bridezilla', and allows you to enjoy the experience of organizing your own wedding.

• Save the Date cards

Sending Save the Date cards early are an excellent way to ensure all your family and friends will be available to attend your wedding day. Send them to all intended guests as soon as you choose a date, even before your have your Invitations and Stationery printed.

• Keep a Wedding diary

By writing everything down including appointments and deadlines in a wedding planner or diary, you will not forget to do anything and not miss any appointments.

Then,

• Wedding Stationery

Include with your Wedding Invitation all the information your guest will need to attend your wedding. Items such as Wishing Well cards, Gift registry information, handy returnable R.S.V.P. cards, accommodation information and directions to the various venues you have chosen for your special day. Using Invitation accessories saves you money and time without having to make a multitude of phone calls to inform guests of important this information. Theme your wedding stationery to match your venue or favourite colour, or flower. Your theme can be used in many aspects of your wedding. From the invitation, to the wedding attire, cake decorations, reception table décor, and post wedding thank you's.

• Guest accommodation

If the wedding is out of town, or you have people coming from a long way to celebrate with you, many guests may need overnight accommodation so when booking accommodations for your self, many hotels or motels will allow you to make a block booking to be confirmed later.

Guests will appreciate the help with these arrangements and the details can be included on a specially printed card that can be included with the wedding invitation

• Some handy Emergency items for the day.

Make sure some one close to the bride (probably Mum or a bridesmaid) has an emergency kit on them with, band aids, paracetemol or head ache medication, a spare inhaler for asthmatics, or spare insulin or special medications that may be required in an emergency by anyone in the bridal party, a needle and thread, scissors, tape, extra button for wedding dress and extra panty hose for bride and bridesmaids. Clear nail polish is great for stopping runs in panty hose. A bottle of water for bride & groom to drink is also a good idea.

Baby Wipes are great for the bride to use, as they are excellent to remove makeup and other marks from your wedding dress without leaving stains. Include a Crochet Hook for the bridesmaids or Groom to help you with your Wedding dress buttons and hooks. Some wedding dresses can be very tricky to get in and out of, with plenty of tiny buttons and hooks, so send a crochet hook along so someone can help you undo the buttons on the wedding dress if required. Wedding shoes can become very uncomfortable very quickly so wear your wedding shoes a few times before the wedding around home, and try to scruff the soles a little so they are not slippery on smooth surfaces, even wear socks so they will stretch a little. Scotch guard shoes so they do not get marks and can be easily cleaned.

• Disposables cameras

Your guests will love disposable cameras placed on the reception tables. They will pick them up, snap away and capture all those unforgettable candid moments of fun and laughter that you will miss when you are busy talking to other guests. Using good quality disposable cameras will even save money on professional photos.

• Signing of a Photo board.

Instead of having a guest book, have a large photo surround board that will surround a large professional photographer photo of the bride and groom for all the guests to sign. It then can be then hung on your wall with all the well wishes from your closest family and friends, making a unique and priceless memento for years to come.

• Weather Watch

Watch the weather forecasts carefully for your wedding day weather. While is it totally out of your control, it could pay to be prepared with large umbrellas and towels in the boot of some of the wedding cars. Check with your Wedding reception venue as to wet weather options for you and your guests arrival and parking. If you have chosen an 'Al Fresco' style wedding reception, you may need to check your options and availabilities in case of a wet day.

• Your Wedding Photos

Your Wedding Photos are going to be a lifetime memory and this is a one-of special event, so you should be careful on your choice of wedding photographer. Make sure you look through photographers portfolios to see the type of work he can do. Make your wishes and choices clear and precise and make sure you have confirmed your costs before you sign any contracts. If the time of year suits, formal photographs taken in a park or beautiful garden or by the ocean can look spectacular, but make sure you have another location in mind if it rains.

Don't forget to ask any loved ones if they would like to purchase some of the formal professional photos as well, as quantity may lower your prices. A popular style recently is to have some photos produced in Black and White, this gives a timeless and classic stylish addition to your Wedding Photo Collection.

• Your Flowers

Your wedding flowers have probably cost you a lot of money. They will be beautiful and should last quite well if they have been supplied from a reputable florist. It is a shame to leave them behind just for the cleaners to throw out! Organise family members or friends to take them home after the reception, or if you will be staying around have them taken back to your own home. If you would like to keep your bouquet, but still would like to throw one, have a small replica made especially for the bouquet throw at the reception. While they are still fresh, take some blooms from your bouquet and dry them and have them framed or press them, laminate them to make a bookmark etc. for a lovely memento to cherish.

• Your Wedding Gown

Your Wedding Gown is no doubt is the most special memento of your wedding day, so you may want to keep it for any number of reasons, to give to a daughter or grand daughter, or just to see if you can still fit into it on your 10th Wedding anniversary! You should have your dress professionally cleaned first to remove perfumes, perspiration, wine etc that can leave yellow stains with time. You should store it in either a good quality tightly closing cardboard box or in a dress bag for hanging. For the box use only acid-free white tissue to line the box and layer between each fold of your dress, use crumpled tissue in the bodice and sleeves and finish with a layer of tissue and tightly close the lid to keep out dust and insects.

For a garment bag, make a tissue cover, or make one with a white linen sheet to put the dress in first, then put the dress within the garment bag so that there is tissue or sheet between the fabric and the garment bag. You can buy specialty boxes and bags from wedding suppliers and bridal shops for storage of wedding gowns. Store in a dark, dry cool place with a moisture collector satchel nearby.

Of course, I have only touched on some of the aspects of anyone's wedding day, and everyone's day will be different, so you should consider all aspects of your day, think about anything that may go wrong on the day, and try to minimise beforehand any impact a hiccup may cause. Be prepared for anything is a great moto to have.

And finally

• The Honeymoon.

Well, what can be said about this? Just leave a number with a close family member for emergencies only, and make that perfectly clear, and well, HAVE FUN!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ideas for Wedding Planning

Ideas for Wedding Planning

Your wedding day should be the happiest day of your life. Ensuring that things go smoothly on this day should be the priority of every bride. The key to a flawless wedding day is proper wedding planning. What is wedding planning? This all-encompassing term simply means that you plan for everything that should happen on your wedding day, and you plan to avoid everything that should not happen. There are thousands of things to consider, from the color theme of your wedding to the travel arrangements of your guests. Some brides thrive on actively participating in every aspect of the planning of their wedding, while others prefer to delegate many tasks to a professional wedding planner.


Wedding Planning Checklist

Regardless of whether you intend to plan every aspect of your nuptials, or whether you wish to use the services of a wedding planner, you should at least be aware of the key elements that need to be planned for your wedding day. Here is a checklist for wedding planning and a guide for selecting necessary wedding vendors.

Stationary

From wedding invitations to napkins, there are many pieces of stationary that will need to be matched to your wedding color theme or printed with your nuptial details. Following are some of the important stationary you need to plan for your special day.

Announce Engagement and "Save the Date" cards. Proper engagement announcement etiquette dictates that the groom should inform the parents of the bride in person of an engagement before anyone else discovers your intentions. Thereafter, announce to everyone your intentions to become married with engagement announcement cards and "Save the Date" cards. Engagement announcing cards can also invite your loved ones to an engagement party. Save the date cards are for when you have decided on the date of your wedding.

Wedding Invitations. What is the difference between a wedding invitation and save the date cards? Often times, you will decide on the date of your wedding long before you have decided upon all the details of your big day. Once you have the date of your wedding nailed down, it is appropriate to immediately send "Save the Date" cards. This lets everyone set aside your wedding day so that conflicts in schedule do not happen. Later on, when you know the location of your wedding, the reception and all other necessary details is when you send your wedding invitation.

Place cards, napkins and programs. To let your guests know their seating arrangements at the reception, place cards must be printed. Customized napkins are an excellent way to accent the celebration and provide a keep-sake for those attending. Programs notify your guests of the flow of activities at your wedding and reception, allowing for a celebration that is more ordered.

Wedding Vendors

There are many elements that comprise a successful ceremony, and many professionals are required to help you pull off your big day. Following is a list of wedding vendors that should be arranged for your wedding day.

Cake. The cake is a memorable centerpiece for your reception celebration. Select the right bakery who will make a cake that tastes as good as it looks. Most wedding cake vendors will have a portfolio of photographed wedding cakes for you to examine their past work, and to select a cake that matches your tastes.

Catering. Locate the professionals you feel confident can prepare exceptional food for your guests. Consider special diet requirements that any of your wedding guests may have, such as vegetarian or other dish preferences and whether your intended caterer can accommodate these requests.
Dress. Whether having a custom wedding dress sewn, or choosing from a selection of pre-made bridal gowns, it is important to find a bridal shop that features quality dresses and can custom fit a bridal gown professionally.

DJs and Musicians. Dance and music are elements of happy wedding celebrations. Locate the band, DJ or musicians you feel best suit your tastes in advance to secure their services at your celebration.
Flowers. From bridal bouquets to corsages, flowers are an integral part of wedding celebrations. Book your flower arrangements far in advance, including the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, centerpieces, headpieces, corsages, the "throw away" bouquet and other decorative flowers for your wedding.
Limousine Service. Schedule a limousine in advance to make certain they can be available for your wedding day.

Photographer. Selecting the best wedding photographer is extremely important, as they will capture the special moments of your wedding for you to remember always. Interview several wedding photographers and review their portfolio of work to ensure they are skilled photographers, and that the style of their photography reflects your own personal tastes.
Videographer. Wedding videos are as important as photos when it comes to remembering the most important day of your life. A skilled wedding videographer will not only take exceptional video of your wedding, they will be able to edit the recorded segments into an appealing single movie experience that will appear professional and of excellent quality.
Wedding Ideas

Planning a wedding is more than selecting the right wedding vendors. There are a myriad of wedding ideas that you can pursue which will make your wedding day a memorable and joyous occasion. From researching wedding day traditions, to following proper etiquette, it is a good idea to research ideas for your wedding by reading wedding magazines and visiting blogs that are centered on ideas for your wedding day. Do you need some wedding ideas? See if you already know the answer to the following questions.

Maid of Honor duties. What are the required activities of the maid of honor? What about the best man?
Wedding speeches. Can you use any ideas on what to say during your vows? What members of your wedding party should give speeches?
Hair Styles. Do you already know the hair style you wish to use at your wedding?
Wedding fashion. Perhaps you could use some ideas on the wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, groomswear and other members of your wedding party?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Wedding Planning Budget - Controlling Your Wedding Costs

The number one issue that many couples fight about is money. Tension around money does not necessarily start after the couple has been married for a few years. There is a great deal of stress that goes with planning a beautiful wedding, and money issues can really add to this tension. It is very important to begin a wedding planning budget right at the start of your wedding plans. It is also equally important that a couple stick to this budget. Failure to do so can result in added stress for years to come.

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Planning a wedding without a budget can land you into some serious financial debt. Although a wedding budget does not sound like a glamorous thing, it doesn't have to be a bad thing at all. So what is the key to planning a successful budget? As it will be throughout your marriage ... honesty, openness and two-way communication are an absolute must.

Newly-engaged couples must discuss how each envisions their special day. It is a wrong assumption for the bride to think that the groom-to-be does not care about the details. It is, after all, the man's special day as well, and he does have a family to please also.

Getting Started
After the excitement of being engaged wears off, both the bride and groom need to find a quiet place where they can discuss what is important to each other in regards to the wedding day. You not only want to talk to your partner about the wedding plans, but you also want to listen to what they have to say. First make a list of the absolute essentials such as: a caterer, photography, and wedding rings. Then create a list of the extra things that you both want such as: arriving in a limo or horse-drawn carriage, a prime-rib or lobster dinner, a wedding on the beach, flower arrangements and other wants. This information will be useful in helping you create your budget.

Assessing Your Finances
After you have finalized the list of important items, you will now need to do some number crunching. Determining your current financial situation is a very important necessity in helping to create your budget and can be broken down into these important steps:
  • Determine how much you will have to commit to saving from your regular income streams.
  • Assess how much money you currently have access to from various areas such as: stocks/bonds, real estate, trust funds or saving accounts.
  • Determine if you can expect income from other streams such as friends and family.
  • If you're wedding date is set to occur many months from now then you might want to consider opening a high-interest bearing bank account to get a little extra income.
If you will be getting extra finances from other members of your family, then it is important to not make unrealistic demands on what they will be offering you. Keep an open mind and take whatever others are willing to kindly offer you. It is important to not dwell on how much or little they will be contributing to your wedding. Disappointment and anger can only lead to additional stress that you don't need.

Make A List
Once you have a better understanding of where your finances are coming from, you will then be able to see how much you can allocate to various costs. You now need to make another list of all the wedding related expenses and place a percentage or dollar amount as to how much you are willing to spend for each item. Some of your expenses may include:
  • Wedding Dress ($2000)
  • Honeymoon ($2000)
  • Wedding Favors ($2000)
  • Wedding Reception ($8000)
  • Tuxedos ($1000)
  • Wedding Invitations ($500)
  • Wedding Cake ($900)
  • Wedding Music ($800)
  • Wedding Flowers ($900)
  • Wedding Photography ($600)
  • Wedding Decorations ($500)
  • Bridesmaids Dresses ($1000)
Laying out each individual item will aid you when it comes time to contracting out various services. You must be aware that if you should exceed you budgeted amount in one category, then you will need to cut back on costs from another item in order to keep the budget in balance.

Finally, to help simplify a number of wedding budget planning tasks, you may want to consider using a wedding budget worksheet, software and the many other automated tools that are available online.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide

Some might say that one's wedding day is the most important day of their lives. It is a union that is only surpassed by the birth of one's children. The key to a happy and well organized wedding is preparation and organization. That is the goal of this step by step wedding planning guide. Some may think that all the hype about wedding planning is just overplay; however that is not the case. Planning your wedding can be one of the most complicated things to do; especially if you don't prepare yourself for the long list of things that need to be done. This quick little wedding checklist should help you get all aspects of your wedding moving in the right direction.

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Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- The Breakdown
Let's break down planning your wedding into 3 sections. First we will talk about the budget, location, guest list and theme for the wedding. Once we have a direction on the where; we will move to the when. Those are the first and foremost things that need to be considered and decided before any further steps are taken.
Then we will move over to all the booking and reservations that are involved with wedding planning. This would include aspects like catering, the band and the photographer. The last thing that we will cover in this wedding checklist will be the maid of honor and the bridesmaids; the best man and the groomsmen; the ushers, the ring bearer and the flower girls.

Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- Section One
The first thing to consider when you begin planning your wedding is the budget. This is usually a touchy subject; as it is traditionally the parents of the bride who will foot the bill. However; now that we have entered the 21st century; just like many other common traditions; the parents are no longer expected to carry all of the financial weight. The funds can come from anywhere; but the most important thing is getting a realistic estimate of what you will have to spend. Once you know how much you can spend; you know how much you can afford.

The next thing on the wedding checklist in this step by step wedding planning guide is the guest list. Many think that this is the hardest part of wedding planning because it has to be based around the budget. Deciding how many are going to be on your guest list does take presentence, to most people, over the location and theme. This is because of how special this day is. It all revolves around how many close friends and family members you want to share your special day with. Some may want to decide the location, theme and guest list all at once; as these will be the major contributors to the overall expense. Either way; the guest list is a crucial factor when considering the realistic budget you have to divvy up for the other aspects of your wedding.

Now the wedding checklist comes to the location and theme. The further ahead that you book the place in which you want to have the wedding ceremony; the cheaper it will be. Some people are very traditional and want to be married in a church; but for those who want to choose another special place; there are many alternate locations to consider when planning your wedding.

Here are some ideas for planning your wedding location:
  • The Park
  • The Beach
  • A Place of Historical Significance
  • A Place of Personal Significance
  • At A Family or Friends Home
  • Overseas
Once you have decided on the location; the theme is next on the wedding checklist. The theme and location sometimes go hand in hand. For example; if you choose to have a beach wedding; then the theme will most likely be based around a luau of some sort. After choosing a theme to match your budget, location and guest list; you can move onto the more intricate pieces of planning your wedding; like the actual reservations and bookings. (See section two of this step by step wedding planning guide)

The final aspect covered in this wedding planning section is all about the when. Ask yourself: When do I want to have my wedding? There are 12 months every year. Some are warm; some are cool; some are hot; some are cold. You may want to choose a special time of year that is significant to you both when planning your wedding date. This could be a reminder of when you met, based around a special holiday that you shared, or just simply your favorite time of the year.

People come in all different likes and dislikes; meaning the groom may want to have the wedding in the dead of winter; while the bride may want the flowers to be blooming while she walks down the aisle. Coming to a compromise on the time of year to have the wedding is only one of the many compromises that will need to be made throughout the wedding planning stages.

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Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- Section Two
This part of the wedding checklist covers the reservations and booking of all the fine details of a wedding; this includes everything from the caterer to the band; from the wedding location to the photographer.
When planning your wedding; if one thing is not reserved or booked correctly it could throw the whole wedding off course. Double checking and then triple checking again can never hurt. The last thing anyone would want is to show up at their wedding location and there be nothing there set up. For the most part; booking and scheduling your wedding activities months prior to the actual wedding will save lots of money. Last minute weddings always tend to cost more than ones that are scheduled way ahead of time.

This next section basically consists of the more intricate and detailed tasks that are outlined in this step by step wedding planning guide. This is instrumental to the overall flow of the wedding in general. You will need to choose a caterer for the reception meal. The catering company needs to be reliable, professional at what they do and most importantly offer quality of service and great food. Caterers can provide testing samples during your decision stages to assure that the proposed menu will meet the tastes of the phbride and groom.
Coordinating the music is usually a pretty easy aspect of planning your wedding. All that is really needed is a musician, band or DJ that can be versatile enough to meet the music likings of the bride and groom. It is important to seek out a semi professional band; as one of the worst things would be if they never even showed up. You would also want to look for someone who has experience with weddings; as they will need to entertain the guests and keep the mood and events of the reception flowing; leading your guests through a series of predesigned reception events.

So at this point of the wedding checklist; one must first look at the type of music that the married to be couple enjoys together. This same logic applies to choosing your photographer; as this is an important decision because the pictures taken will be wedding keepsakes forever.

Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- Section Three
This is the final section in this wedding checklist and it covers the wedding party. This part of wedding planning may just be the toughest. Choosing the actual wedding party is very important; not only to the bride and groom; but to the ones who are chosen.

It is a great honor for most to be chosen as a best man or maid of honor; that's a given; but it is also an honor to just be chosen to participate as a bridesmaid, groomsmen, flower girl and/or ring bearer. This is usually what makes up the wedding party; though additional roles and positions can be added or removed depending on the bride and grooms wishes.

Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- In Review
Though there are other aspects of planning your wedding that should be on your wedding checklist; this Step By Step Wedding Planning Guideshould get you well on your way to making the appropriate arrangements and decisions. The key thing to remember when planning your wedding is the budget. Once you know how much you have to spend; everything else will fall into place!

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Breaking News: Common Sense Tips for Perfect Wedding Planning

Planning a wedding is not easy! When you first begin planning a wedding, there are so many forks in the road, a multitude of decisions to make, and so many ways to go astray. At this amazing and crazy time in your life, take a minute to step back, relax and organize your thoughts. Get a grip on the project you have just undertaken, follow some seemingly simple steps, and planning a wedding can be a wonderful and memorable experience.

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Establish a budget, stick to it and don't deviate.
This is often a neglected characteristic of planning a wedding. It is essential to get your budget in order before making any financial decisions. Too often, many couples book a reception location or a wedding day professionals without solid financials in hand, only to find out they have overspent and are now bound by a contract.

Big tip: Use a number for the budget that is 10-15% less than what you actually plan on spending, so you essentially have a buffer when additional expenses arise, because they will. The great thing is that if you don't use your entire buffer, you will have some extra spending money for your honeymoon.

Hire Wedding Professionals.
When your best friend's second cousin volunteers to do be your wedding photographer, and promises a nice discount, it might be tempting to take advantage of the offer. However, a big word of caution - hiring friends and some cased family can often backfire. Expectations may not be met on the wedding day and friendships can become estranged. Additionally, these friends may not have all the necessary experience or equipment to complete the task effectively. You should hire wedding professionals for their experience, expertise, and resources. True professionals will assist in making your day hassle free. You hire them, you can direct them, and the relationship is not personal.

Compare apples to apples, not apples to oranges
Many times, when a bride begins a search for a reception location or for wedding vendors, she simply compares prices, not services or characteristics of the services. It is rare that you will find two locations offering the exact same "package," or two videographers that offer the same quality of service (time and style) and amount of product (prints and albums). You need to carefully evaluate each aspect of the potential venue or vendor. What seems too expensive at first glance may actually be a better deal when you realize what it offers compares to others in the same category.

Be different - cookie cutter weddings are out of style.
Brides and groom continue to look for new ways to add personal flavor to their wedding day. Giving your wedding personal style does not mean doing the same thing your best friend did, or what you watched on Entertainment Tonight about Nicole Kidman's wedding. Think out of the box. Hiring a wedding planner or event designer, even for a few hours, can help you be inspired and lead to amazing results. Instead of a guest book, have guests sign a coffee table book on a subject that is of interest to you. Learn an unexpected choreographed first dance, like the tango, and wow the crowd.

Surround yourself with the positive people.
When selecting a wedding party and asking other friends to be involved in the wedding, select people who have positive attitudes and those who, as Bill O'Reilly says are, "lookout for you". Single girlfriends, your older single sister, even your brother may feel a tad envious of your engagement. For the most part, this is a passing phase, but that does not make it any easier for you to deal with. These people may often criticize your decisions, attempt to have attention diverted away from you with their own theatrics, or simply try to make themselves the focus of many decisions (the style of the bridesmaids dresses, what foods they like or dislike for the meal, or which date for the wedding is "better" for her schedule). If and when this situation arises, try your best to walk away from it and ignore it. Realize their behavior is not your fault, and if they must be included in the celebrations, have your mother or a trusted friend intercept the stressful dealings with these people.

Make your ceremony mean something.
The best way to do this is to write your own vows and/or select special poems, readings or Biblical verses. Even though the ceremony is really the only event that needs to take place on the wedding day, so many couples put little focus on the actual planning of the service itself. Is there a special song for you and your fiancé, perhaps the one that was playing the night you or he proposed? Why not walk the aisle to it and surprise your fiancé? Have you ever written a poem or love letter to your fiancé? Read it during the ceremony, or if nerves won't allow you to read it yourself, have the Officiant read it for you. Look into your fiancés eyes during the ceremony and focus on the two of you and the life you are preparing together.

Create a timeline for the wedding day.
If you are not working with a wedding planner, it is your job to create a realistic timeline for everyone to follow. Detail and document all key elements and activities that are to take place on the day. Include addresses of locations and who needs to be where and when. If you do not do this, you take the risk of all the wedding vendors establishing their own agendas. Of course, consult with the ceremony and reception venue, as well as key vendors regarding the timeline, but ultimately most all of the timeline decisions are up to you.

Ask for help when you need it.
It is not uncommon for a bride or groom to become overwhelmed with wedding planning. It takes a lot of time, dedication and work. Typically there are many people knocking at your door anxious to help--your future mother in law, your mother, your sister, his sister, your best friend, your single best friend...the list can go on forever. When asking for help from friends or family members, give them specific instructions and deadlines. Also, make sure they know you still have final say.

When wedding planning consumers every aspect of your life, take a breather.
Schedule a date with your fiancé and go to dinner, take a walk, or just go for ice cream. There is only one rule--no wedding talk. Reconnect with the ones you love and then get back to the planning with your mind and heart focused on the right things.

Of course these are not the only steps to planning a wedding, but these are very important aspects of planning that will help you keep your sanity and your focus on the reason for this whole crazy thing, love.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Best Wedding Planning Advice: What Every Bride Needs to Know Before Planning Her Wedding



Everyone wants to have a romantic, almost magical wedding. Brides are in search of the best wedding planning advice to make sure the wedding they plan will be perfect in every possible way. There are a hundred and one things to do when it comes to planning a wedding so a bride will need all the help she can get. The following are some wedding tips to guide any bride through this stressful time.


The best wedding planning advice that should be given to any bride is to plan as early as possible. Set a date that is appropriate for the wedding so that there is plenty of time to iron out all the details. The closer to the actual date of the wedding, the more stressful the bride will be. She needs to set a timeline for herself way ahead of time so she will know exactly what comes next each step of the way. When there is less guesswork, there is less room for error.

After creating a timeline, it's important to set a wedding budget. Every couple expects to spend a significant amount of money on their big day, however being able to stick to a budget is what makes some couples come out on top. You want to be prepared for all of the expenses instead of getting hit with a hefty bill after the celebration is over. One of the best wedding planning advice is to set a budget that you can afford. Start looking for the wedding photographer, entertainment, dress, caterer, and other vendors months before the wedding date so you have enough time to compare prices. If you don't think you can afford to invite too many guests, then keep the guest list to a minimum.

Booking a venue for the wedding, deciding on which vendors to use and finding the perfect dress are all incredibly important parts of the wedding planning process. The best way to find the ideal venue, vendors and dress is to shop around. Don't go with the first thing you see. Get as much information as possible before coming to a decision. It's crucial to have a handful of other options to be able to compare. That way you won't likely second guess your decisions down the road.

If you want to get more great wedding planning ideas, turn to your computer and visit popular wedding websites on the Internet. You can find lots of wedding tips online that are very helpful. There you can look for advice from real brides who have gone through what you are going through. They've been there before so you can learn from their mistakes or copy what worked.

To sum everything up, plan your wedding in advance. This way, you can deal with the problems early, making the wedding less stressful. After all, the planning and preparation should be fun. You don't want to suffer from feelings of overwhelm and anxiety. Get the important things out of the way first and then you will be able to enjoy the rest of the wedding planning process.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wedding Planning Budget - Controlling Your Wedding Costs

The number one issue that many couples fight about is money. Tension around money does not necessarily start after the couple has been married for a few years. There is a great deal of stress that goes with planning a beautiful wedding, and money issues can really add to this tension. It is very important to begin a wedding planning budget right at the start of your wedding plans. It is also equally important that a couple stick to this budget. Failure to do so can result in added stress for years to come.

Planning a wedding without a budget can land you into some serious financial debt. Although a wedding budget does not sound like a glamorous thing, it doesn't have to be a bad thing at all. So what is the key to planning a successful budget? As it will be throughout your marriage ... honesty, openness and two-way communication are an absolute must.

Newly-engaged couples must discuss how each envisions their special day. It is a wrong assumption for the bride to think that the groom-to-be does not care about the details. It is, after all, the man's special day as well, and he does have a family to please also.



Getting Started
After the excitement of being engaged wears off, both the bride and groom need to find a quiet place where they can discuss what is important to each other in regards to the wedding day. You not only want to talk to your partner about the wedding plans, but you also want to listen to what they have to say. First make a list of the absolute essentials such as: a caterer, photography, and wedding rings. Then create a list of the extra things that you both want such as: arriving in a limo or horse-drawn carriage, a prime-rib or lobster dinner, a wedding on the beach, flower arrangements and other wants. This information will be useful in helping you create your budget.

Assessing Your Finances
After you have finalized the list of important items, you will now need to do some number crunching. Determining your current financial situation is a very important necessity in helping to create your budget and can be broken down into these important steps:
  • Determine how much you will have to commit to saving from your regular income streams.
  • Assess how much money you currently have access to from various areas such as: stocks/bonds, real estate, trust funds or saving accounts.
  • Determine if you can expect income from other streams such as friends and family.
  • If you're wedding date is set to occur many months from now then you might want to consider opening a high-interest bearing bank account to get a little extra income.
If you will be getting extra finances from other members of your family, then it is important to not make unrealistic demands on what they will be offering you. Keep an open mind and take whatever others are willing to kindly offer you. It is important to not dwell on how much or little they will be contributing to your wedding. Disappointment and anger can only lead to additional stress that you don't need.

Make A List
Once you have a better understanding of where your finances are coming from, you will then be able to see how much you can allocate to various costs. You now need to make another list of all the wedding related expenses and place a percentage or dollar amount as to how much you are willing to spend for each item. Some of your expenses may include:
  • Wedding Dress ($2000)
  • Honeymoon ($2000)
  • Wedding Favors ($2000)
  • Wedding Reception ($8000)
  • Tuxedos ($1000)
  • Wedding Invitations ($500)
  • Wedding Cake ($900)
  • Wedding Music ($800)
  • Wedding Flowers ($900)
  • Wedding Photography ($600)
  • Wedding Decorations ($500)
  • Bridesmaids Dresses ($1000)
Laying out each individual item will aid you when it comes time to contracting out various services. You must be aware that if you should exceed you budgeted amount in one category, then you will need to cut back on costs from another item in order to keep the budget in balance.
Finally, to help simplify a number of wedding budget planning tasks, you may want to consider using a wedding budget worksheet, software and the many other automated tools that are available online.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wedding Planning - Wedding Planning Can Save You Money!

Wedding is the most important event in every person's life. Everyone wants it to be perfect and liked by everyone so it is very important that you make planning before your wedding so that everything is in order and your wedding becomes successful. Moreover, it will help you save a lot of money! But for that you need to follow some simple tactics which are described below:


  • Internet has changed everyone's lives in so many ways. You can find information regarding anything over the internet. There are various wedding websites which have all sorts of wedding materials needed. From choosing your location to choosing your wedding ring, every tiny detail in available so that people can save their time and money and make wedding selections just by sitting home and clicking that mouse. After you have made selections then you can visit and finalize what you have chosen. These selections also include bride and grooms wedding dresses, flower selections, invitations etc.
  • While planning your wedding the bride and the groom must share their ideas so that they can be combined together and the wedding arrangements satisfy both of them. It can happen so that what bride is thinking about her dream wedding might be totally different from what groom has in his mind. So make sure the reception, guest list and decorations are done with the acceptance of the couple so that further money is saved from being wasted.
  • Wedding arranged in the day time are cheaper than those arranged in the nights. Because there is less use of lighting. The day also makes wedding more beautiful and exciting but night weddings are very luxurious.
  • Add a personal touch to your wedding for example; if you have someone who is good at photography then instead of hiring a photographer ask him or her to do this task. This will help you save a lot of money.
  • The flower arrangement cost a lot and what happens after the wedding is over is that they wither off. Find out if someone is having a wedding on the same day as yours, then you can ask them to co-operate with you and share the flowers by taking turns, this way you will be able to divide the cost and the flowers will be used on double places.
So these are some of the many ways through which you can save a lot of money on your wedding. Not everyone has a lot of money and it is a great thought to keep the money safe for the future so create a budget and stick to it and these points will help you stay in your budget.


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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wedding Check List, Step By Step Guide

Planning a wedding is a difficult task for both the families of the bride and groom and the bride and groom individually. There are so many preparations that must be made, and in many cases, not enough time to do it. It's little wonder that many resort to paying professional wedding planners to do the job for them. However, for many, that is an added expense they can't afford or, takes away from the fun of planning the wedding. For those who need guidance concerning planning the wedding, here are some steps you will find helpful.


1. One of the most important things to do, as soon as you set the date, is to decide where you want to hold the reception. This may seem like a backward way of doing things, but the reasoning is that reception halls tend to book quickly, especially in the summer or during certain holiday seasons, such as Christmas. In order to assure you will be able to have the reception at the place of your choice, book well in advance - sometimes you may have to plan as much as a year in advance. Of course, you will need to have a general idea of the number of guests you plan to invite, just to be certain your venue of choice is big enough.

2. If you plan to have a church wedding, your next step is to make plans for the use of the church, minister, organist, and any other church facilities you need. If you already belong to a church, this process is much easier than for those who don't have a home church. In fact, this should probably go hand in hand with booking the reception hall, since you have to make sure the church is available at the date and time you desire. This is especially important if you are planning your wedding around a holiday season or on a Sunday afternoon.

3. Whether you're having a band or just a disc jockey, you want to book several months in advance. Again, this will depend on the season, but during Christmas with many parties going on, they will book quickly.

4. Unless you have booked a venue that provides catering, such as a fire hall or banquet hall of a restaurant or hotel, you will also need to contract with a catering company. Even if your parents are paying for the wedding, you and your fiancé should have a say in picking the menu items as long as your choices fall within the allotted budget. Alcohol is optional, and if many of the guests are underage, you may wish to eliminate it, except for the wedding toast. If costs are a factor, a cash bar is an alternative.

5. Once you have booked the reception hall and the church, many of the other preparations can go in any order you choose, since they all need to be started at about the same time. However, most brides like to begin by choosing a wedding gown and dresses for the bridal party. Both of these require one to two months' preparation in case alterations may be necessary and in case any of the styles are sizes need to be ordered by the bridal shop. Allow enough time to ensure your final fitting and any additional alterations will be ready several days before your wedding.

6. You should order the flowers approximately two weeks in advance to allow the florist time to put the order together appropriately and have time to schedule delivery to the church and reception hall on the day of the wedding.

7. You also want to order your cake a couple of weeks before the big day - preferably even one month, depending on the policy of the bakery. In fact, some may only want a week's notice, but check with your bakery first.

8. Finally, a few days before the wedding, confirm that everything is in place - all guests have responded, names have been provided to whomever is going to make up the place cards (if you plan to have reserved seating), the caterer is clear on the menu and whether it's sit down or buffet style, the wedding party (male and female) has picked up their attire, and the cake will be delivered by the bakery to the venue.

Of course, your wedding trip is already planned, and though that is part of the wedding, it is not included in the wedding checklist here since many people choose to do that at a later date or it is booked separate from wedding preparations. The same holds true for house hunting, especially since many couples today either live together or already have a place of their own before the wedding.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Wedding Checklist Vs Your Wedding Planner

A wedding checklist is a fantastic way of keeping track of all the nitty-gritty of planning a wedding. Checklist in general have always be a good way for people to be on top of their events and activities. In fact, every wedding planner has a very large and very detailed wedding checklist that they use to keep track of everything that must get done for your big day to be a success. Although you might feel overwhelmed at the very though of organising your own wedding and have your wedding planner contact information at the touch of your fingertips, know that planning nuptials is no harder that planning a big party. As long as you keep track of what you need to do, there is no need for you to hire a wedding planner to help with your big day.
Let us look at what you when you compare a wedding checklist versus your wedding planner.



Wedding checklist
Checklists will break down all of the tasks you need to accomplish into small and easily digested parts. Not only will your wedding checklist show you all that needs to be done from the hiring of caterers to choosing the flower arrangements to match the bridal party dresses, but it will also include a convenient timeline so that you can see when you need to call certain providers to confirm their services. The best part about a wedding checklist is that it is free. You do not have to pay to get a wedding checklist. In fact, you can create one yourself. The worst part about a wedding checklist is that you will have to do all of the work yourself. You will have to put in the legwork when it comes to calling around, making arrangements, booking things and making sure that others have done their part.



Wedding planner
Your wedding planner will basically take all of the responsibility for planning your wedding out of your hands. Some will go so far as to arrange for a selection of dresses to be delivered to your home so that you can make your dress selection in the comfort and privacy of your own dwelling. A wedding organizer will make sure that on your wedding day everything goes smoothly. They will oversee the photographers, caterers, musicians, etc... and they will handle all the payments. Your wedding planner will also trouble shoot and make arrangements for any eventuality. On the downside, a wedding planner costs a lot of money. Typically, wedding planners charge a percentage of the wedding's total cost for their services. However, for that money, you get the peace-of-mind of knowing that your wedding will be a smashing success without having to do any of the leg work.

Deciding on whether you should hire a wedding planner or get yourself a good wedding checklist and do the work yourself will depend on your budget, how much you are willing to work and how much control you are willing to give up. In the end, regardless of the option you choose, your wedding should be a success.


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

5 Fun Activities for Newlyweds After the Wedding

5 Fun Activities for Newlyweds After the Wedding



Just because the wedding has passed does not mean that there has to be an end to the fun of a relationship. In fact, many would argue that the fun and the time to share in the joy of life together is just beginning. After the wedding stresses are over, you and your partner might need to find some interesting and fun activities to get back to the carefree lives you have together. These activities not only can bring you both joy, but can help remind you both of the passion that unites you as a happy couple.

5 Fun Activities for Newlyweds After the Wedding

1. Create a picnic at the park
Together you can make and pack a meal that you both will enjoy, and head to a local park. When there you can sit and eat together, play games, or even just look out at the beauty of the world. This activity is not only relaxing, but will give you both time to be outside and together, without the distractions of television and cell phones.

2. Plan a day to get lost
You can plan a day together to take a drive down a road that you both have never been on. Sightseeing in your local area can wield some kept secrets, like picturesque scenery or a great restaurant that you otherwise might never have known existed. It is okay this one time to get lost together and just enjoy the ride you are taking together.

3. Learn something new
There is always going to be some hobby that you two know completely nothing about. Whether it is dancing, sculpting, or how to swim, take the time to learn this uncharted territory together. You can take a class or try to teach yourselves, no matter what this activity is sure to bring you both close and give you some serious laughs.

4. Plan a slumber party
Take one night of the week to get all your favorite snacks, a newly released movie, and cuddle underneath the covers. You can play games or just talk about your most intimate secrets. If you want to add to the fun of your couple's night pick up a bottle of wine and some chocolate!

5. Act like kids
Visit a theme park that has plenty of scary and blood-pumping rides for you both to ride on, teacups are fine too. This is a good time to cuddle close or make each other laugh, and just act like children. Children that are in love! Letting out the inner child can bring you closer together and reveal a fun side of you both that you may not see on a daily basis.

These are just a few of the activities you and your partner can to together to celebrate your new chapter in life. Any activity that keeps you both together and focused on fun can bring you closer together. Post-wedding time does not have to mean an end to your fun as a dating couple. It is the beginning to a new and exciting life together as a pair.

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The Secrets to Setting a Wedding Budget Plan For $5,000 Or Less

The Secrets to Setting a Wedding Budget Plan For $5,000 Or Less


The cost to get married has never been higher. For most couples it is simply getting too high. This leaves many scrambling for ways to save money. The good news is that you can save lots of money on your wedding. If you are on a really tight budget you can even do it for $5000 or less. Sure, there will be some compromises needed, but you will have a great wedding that won't make you go broke.

I'm going to give you some really great ways to cut the cost on your wedding. You will also discover how to set your budget the right way.

The Secrets to Setting a Wedding Budget Plan For $5,000 Or Less

Setting Your Wedding Budget
Here is the truth: You can only afford what you have in terms of cash. It's not worth getting a loan. It's not worth going into a debt for a wedding. Your going to have more to pay for then just a wedding. You may need a house, a car, or will have kids in the future. The money you save can be used on those things.
Break down what is left after what it costs you to live each month. That is the total amount you can afford to spend. Remember that your wedding is about being in love. That love is what will make your marriage last. How much you spend on your wedding will be irrelevant many years later.

8 Ways To Save On Your Wedding
These 10 ways are how you will bring your cost down to $5000

#1 Buy Wholesale Flowers
It's not very hard to make your own flower arrangements. There are lots of great tutorials online that can show you how to do it. It doesn't even take up much time. All you need to do is buy wholemeal flowers then get busy.

#2 Buy Your Dress On eBay
Some brides will refuse to buy their dress off a site like eBay. I can tell you that you will surprised by the quality of some of them. Many brides can't even tell the different between the ones on eBay or some of the more expensive gowns.

#3 Negotiate On Almost Everything
Always negotiate when you can. Don't settle for the highest price. Let the vendors know that your budget is limited.

#4 Find A Sponsor For At Least One Item
Some vendors will sponsor your wedding in exchange for an add. For example, you can get a free cake if you put "This Cake Was Mad By Baker XYZ. Call xxx-xxxx to have them make your cake today. " below the wedding cake table.

#5 Search For Discount Invitations
A quick search online and you can find some very cheap invitations. You shouldn't have to spend more then $50 to $30 on invitations.

#6 Lasagna For A Meal
A great meal that is affordable is lasagna. Add some salads and finger foods to make it a more complete meal. You could even buy the lasagna frozen at really discount prices.

#7 Go With A DJ
Bands are too pricey for a couple on a budget. A DJ will give you more variety in music and bang for your buck.

#8 Make Your Own Favors
Wedding favors can add up to a fairly large cost if you are having a large wedding. You can make your own easily and for cheap.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wedding Checklist: 4 Details That Need To Be Planned Ahead

Your wedding probably is one of the most important moments of your life. This is when you finally start the rest of your life with that one person that you truly love. And though the day itself is pretty much hearts and flowers, the preparations leading to it are probably something that you wouldn't want to go through again.

Obviously, you won't be in this predicament on your own. You will get support from your family and closest friends. But since you have your plate full, you may overlook some important details - details that may become a big deal on your big day.
To avoid such a situations below is a check list of all some of the important wedding details that you need to arrange well ahead of time.
The Rings

The wedding rings are the actual symbol of the couple's union so they are very important. You may need to allocate a few thousand dollars from your budget, but you know they will be worth every penny. The rings need to be ordered ahead of time because the jeweller may need to get them made and resized according to your specifications. You wouldn't want to walk down the aisle without them, right?
Location
Beach Wedding Location
Outdoor Wedding Location
Indoor Wedding Location
The location of the actual ceremony can be where you hold the reception as well. This is more practical and convenient than having the reception at a different place. But if you would rather have two venues, then make sure that they are not located at opposite ends of the state. Talk to your partner and once you agree on the location, book it.
Outfits

Groom Tuxedo
Choose your wedding dress, your groom's tux as well as the entourage's outfits. If you are getting everything custom-made, then get in touch with a designer right away. Talk to her about your ideas for the dress, and on how everyone on your entourage will look. Scheduling a meeting at the earliest possible time will give you and the designer enough time to tweak the designs and actually make the outfits.
Photographer
A momentous event like a wedding is something that you'd remember for the rest of your life so having a good photographer to capture priceless moments is something that you should include in your priority list. When looking for a photographer, it is ideal to check his (or her) sample wedding books. This will help you assess whether or not, you'll like his work.


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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Love Is In The Air - Your Wedding Day Planning


These people have more than likely been working in this field for quite some time and have the experience necessary to make your wedding day perfect. They have the contacts and the knowledge - they know what works where and what won't. If this is the way you choose to go then you need to listen to them. Give them the time to unleash all those wonderful ideas that you haven't thought but that they have either organized or witnessed sometime during the course of their wedding planning careers. Really you can then sit back and enjoy the ride - indeed have all the fun while they - the wedding planners - rush around carrying out your plans. Having said that, both parties need to keep the communication channels wide open so that no misunderstandings occur.
There are various ways you can employ the services of a wedding planner. You may decide that you wish them to organize the whole celebration, or just to arrange some upfront details or maybe you just want them on hand on the day itself. If you are an organized person and would like to take over a number of the roles yourself that is ok. You can also delegate to willing members of your family. Your husband-to-be may like to be involved in the minutiae of the day also. What is he interested in sorting out? - The drinks, transport for the wedding party, the photographer or even the honeymoon.
If you elect to employ the services of a wedding planner this could be money well spent from a timing and stress relief point of view. However if you choose to use only part of the services of the Wedding Planner and to carry out the duties at which you and your family excel then, there are savings to be made. These savings could be put towards ...say for example...The Honeymoon.
You need to ask the right questions before proceeding with your contract. In fact take a step back. Did you hear of your Wedding Planner from someone who was well pleased with their efforts at a previous wedding? Have you read any of their testimonials or references? Does the planner appear easy to get on with? It is most important for you that the person you choose gets on well with you particularly as your wedding day draws near and stress starts to play havoc with wedding party nerves.

And even as we discuss the many ways your Wedding Planner can be involved in your wedding day processes, there are also many ways that wedding planners can be paid. Again you need to discuss these issues before proceeding with your agreement.
How does your Wedding Planner wish to be paid?
1 By the hour
2 In a lump sum - by flat fee
3 Maybe by percentage (generally 10 - 20% of the total cost of the wedding)
4 Maybe a combination of the above - could possibly reflect what the couple are happy with doing
5 Possibly the Wedding Planner may not charge you any money as they are maybe paid commission by the wedding professionals that they hire on your behalf i.e. the band.
However you decide to pay your Wedding Planner be sure that the methods of payment are agreed and decided up front.
And for your peace of mind always ensure that what ever is quoted and booked in your name is confirmed to you in writing. This of course includes the services of your Wedding Planner.


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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Active Wedding Planning Tricks - What Are The Various Things To Look For Wedding Planning



As more and more couple tied the nuptials knot, or simply get shot by cupid's love arrow, they will begin to plan this memorable day to last for a lifetime.

However, active planning wedding can be a stressful task and having a lot on your mind can make you forget important things that will ruin one of the most important days of your life. Just to make sure this won't happen we will help you make a wedding planning guide.

Your wedding is one of the moments in your life that you intent never forget so planning it carefully should be a top priority. By planning carefully, you will be able to have a less hassle wedding to remember.
Further you will find the most important things that you should consider when you are active planning your wedding.


#1 Wedding Planning - Hire photographers for this special event

First you should hire a photographer who is specialized in wedding photography, because they are experienced in wedding procedure and make sure they are familiar by your reception sites and ceremony. This will allow him/her to capture all the special moments by anticipating your next move and being at the right time in the proper place. Of course, this person is also can help to liven this event to the max!


#2 Wedding Planning - Order your cakes and bakers, do not forget it

 

A caterer or a bakery is the right place to order your cake, but some restaurants and hotels may also provide a wedding cake. The best idea is to order it from a bakery that is unique in nuptials cakes. In this case you ought ask to see photographs of the wedding cakes they offer and don't forget: ask for a tasting! This way, you will get the best cakes and pastries for this unforgettable event of a lifetime.

#3 Wedding Planning - Get your food catering ready for the big day


For many this trick, there are many options depending on your reaction formality and the type of food that are served at the meal. Good food will be offered to your guests during the first reception hours if you will serve a full meal during the reception. However, at a cocktail reception or a tea the "main course" will be relish cusine.


#4 Wedding Planning - Arranged your flowers and florists service provider


Wedding is a beautiful affair, therefore wedding flowers will definitely to add beauty, color and aroma to every aspect of your wedding, and like everything else they should fit your color scheme and style. Five Star Floral Design and Events, Ingela's Floral Design, Nancy Liu Chin Design, Las Vegas Florists, Fleurs de France, Suzanne M. Smith Pattern, Pacific Event Productions, Twice Touched Treasures Floral Preservation, Bouquets of Del Mar and Leilani Creations are some of the specialist that could help you plan the event.

#5 Wedding Planning - Start your music singing


This trick is in reality the most significant piece for a successfully wedding planning. Music sets the tone for a lavish wild party or for an elegant and romantic affair. It can make the whole atmosphere so calming and gentle for the couple and their guests to relish the day. I believe both the hosts and guests will never forget this memorable for many years to come.

#6 Get your reception site ready


This is one of the most grave tips that you demand to think about. A fair greeting for your celebration will reflect how good or bad a host you will be. In fact, there are two types of greeting sites. One may charge a per person fee which includes food, tables, silverware, china, expertness and so forth, and another may weight a room rental fee and you will keep to provide the food, linens, possibly tables and chairs and beverages.

Congrats and good luck with your wedding planning and make this event the most happiest of your life!
Understanding that active wedding planning tricks is absolutely ever significant and allowing you to nave on the big exit to enjoy this remarkable time once again. So, please do not wait any longer before giving another excuse to realize your dream honeymoon and wedding goals again.



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