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Basic Wedding Accessories

For every wedding there is a need for the basic wedding accessories to complete every wedding venue. During the course of planning your wedding, there are the typical wedding basics that every bride focuses on first. Their favorite color scheme sets the pace, then the style or theme of the ceremony and reception. Once those two ideas have been determined, the bride will focus on her wedding dress design, style and color to coordinate with her color scheme.

The other main decisions are the type of ceremony which will determine if it will be a church or an outdoor wedding ceremony, then the wedding reception. The reception typically will follow and coordinate with the theme and style of the wedding ceremony and the entire wedding venue.

The basic wedding accessories are essentials to fulfill the internal elements of the ceremony and reception. With so many details to focus on during the process of your special day, these wedding accessories often get overlooked until the final moments are upon the bride and groom. Many times when this happens, they will find themselves scrambling for ideas and the necessities for those final accessories that are much needed.

During the planning process, create a list to include the basic wedding accessories for the theme and style of the wedding incorporating just the right styles into your day, truly making it a celebration.
As you prepare to evaluate which lovely basics you will need to add one of the final touches to your wedding ceremony and reception, there are six wedding accessories that are the most popular choices. Each of those accessories serves a specific purpose and should be added to any bride’s to do list.

Flower Girl Basket

The wedding ceremony includes a flower girl basket carried by the flower girl who will toss flower petals down the wedding aisle prior to the bride marching to the alter. On some occasions, the wedding ceremony will include having two flower girls walking side by side down the aisle tossing the petals.

Wedding Ring Pillow

The wedding ring pillow is another important essential as the ring bearer will patiently hold the pillow until his call of duty arises presenting the wedding rings as the bride and groom say their I Do’s.

Unity Ceremony

Not all bride and grooms plan to have a unity ceremony performed but if this in the wedding plans, a unity candle set which includes a pillar and 2 tapered candles or a new and popular ceremony is a sand ceremony using a large vase with 2 smaller vases filled with sand are essentials for the bride and groom to become a unity of one.

Wedding Guest Book and Pen Set

The wedding reception includes the majority of the accessories to complete the basics. The wedding guest book and pen set are presented at the entrance of the reception for the guests to sign in and write a personalized message and best wishes.

The Wedding Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Your wedding day is going to be wonderful, magical, off the charts the best day and best wedding anyone has ever been to, right? Well if that is your goal and that is your wish, then before making wedding plans, you might want to review what NOT to do!

Because brides and grooms before you have set out to make the most incredible wedding experience too and flopped on their wedding cake because they didn’t take these unforeseen and unexpected issues into consideration.

So in advance of picking your wedding date, the place and the guest list, take a look at some of the biggest wedding blunders that will keep your wedding day from being a smooth walk down the aisle.

1. Location, Location, Location
Sure everyone loves the idea of a destination wedding. But how easy is your destination wedding to get to? If guests have to take a plane to a boat to a jitney they might be cursing you before they even arrive at your wedding. Getting there and what your guests need to do to get there are important details you as the bride and groom should consider.

2. Timing is Everything
You may be an early riser and think a sunrise wedding on the beach would be the most magical way to start your wedding day, but your guests who value their sleep and their beds, might not agree with you. Asking your wedding guests to dramatically alter their sleep routine should be tread on lightly. No matter how much your friends and family love you, they may less than love getting up at the butt-crack of dawn to see you say, “I do!”

3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
When researching wedding venues keep in mind that the nearest obstruction may be behind you…or above you. Is your desired wedding venue near an airport? Is your chosen Chapel near a construction site? Is the rocking reception hall adjacent to a freeway? Some of these may be obvious, but you should ask your wedding planner or anyone showing you wedding venues about other hidden distractions or noise you cannot see so you can make an informed decision.

4. Comfort is Key
Are you planning an outdoor wedding or reception? Whether you are planning a beach wedding, a boat wedding or other outside wedding event, plan for any and all weather-related “emergencies” in advance. Top of the list are bugs, mosquitoes, wind, rain, humidity and dropping temperatures. You don’t want your wedding guests swatting, sweating or shivering during your wedding service or at the wedding reception. Comfort is the key to your guests happiness and enjoyment.

5. Happy Holidays
Holiday weddings are a big to-do. Not only for the bride and groom but for the wedding guests. Some wedding guests might not appreciate your wedding taking place on a major holiday weekend when they had other plans. Holiday weddings can definitely mean more fun, but they can also mean more of everything else – more traffic, more lines, more waiting, more money, more guests declining.

6. Long Words Journey Into Night
Another faux pas to avoid is having a ceremony that is too long. Wedding guests want a quick pass to the food and drinks. Making them sit through an hour or 2-hour ceremony to get there will only make them irritable and sleepy. If you hear snoring from the altar, you are in violation of this wedding blunder. Do not pass go. Do not kiss the bride.

7. Seeing is Believing
Speaking of wedding ceremonies, being able to see your wedding vows is a key criteria for guests enjoying your moment and your exchange of love. If wedding guests can’t see the action of the bride and groom exchanging vows because a videographer or photographer or tree is blocking their view, than you just got rsvp’d an annoyed guest.

8. Starvin Marvin
Under any and all circumstances, do not starve the wedding guests or there will be mutiny at your marriage. Having too little food or not enough food during cocktails or dinner is a crummy idea. So is serving dinner at midnight. If your guests are not fed properly or they are made to wait an unacceptable amount of time to be served the main course, then you should expect some casualties.

9. Chicken, Fish or Tofu?
More and more people these days have either food allergies or dietary concerns and beliefs that may not fall into the blueprint standard wedding food fare. The key here is to know your guests and know if they have any food issues. Is your bridesmaid vegan? Does your groomsman have gluten allergies? Are your sister’s kids picky eaters? Taking your guests into careful consideration when planning your wedding food menu goes a long way to winning points and getting rave reviews for your wedding reception.

10. Have Fun!
The bride and groom set the tone for the entire wedding. If you’re having fun, chances are your guests are having fun! Especially if and when a mishap or wedding flub occurs, laugh through it! Smile and the world smiles with you!

How to Plan a Wedding With Ease

There is no need to stress over learning how to plan a wedding, all you need are a few simple and effective techniques to get started. Planning a wedding can be extremely overwhelming, most brides are doing it for the first time and have no idea where to begin. My best advice to you is to plan your wedding planning activities ahead of time, make a detailed schedule of all of your wedding preparations shortly after the engagement. This way you can complete everything that needs to be done in a timely manner and there is little room for error. After doing extensive research and figuring out all that you have to do, schedule it in your agenda book or electronic organizer. You must remember to stay on top of all of the really important planning, if you have a calendar application on your mobile device you can easily create reminder alerts on the scheduled dates. Staying organized is the best way to keep the pre-wedding stress to a minimum.

Proper planning also involves having a budget to stick to. Unless you are made of money, there is no way you can splurge on the wedding of your dreams without a blink of an eye. Who doesn’t want their own wedding to be everything they dreamed of, but keep in mind how difficult it will be to pay it off. Weddings are a major expense and without budgeting your money wisely, there’s a good chance you will go overboard on the spending and regret it afterward. The earlier you set a budget the better, this prevents you from making any unnecessary expenditures. Do your due diligence early on, ask friends who are married how much they spent on their wedding, go on wedding sites or forums to find out the average cost from other couples and get advice from the experts. You can even flip through wedding magazines for research, they can be a great source for money saving tips.

Here is a list of some of the most common areas you will be spending money on. How to plan a wedding depends on the type of wedding you plan on having, the list can either include more elements or be reduced.

  • Wedding attire
  • Wedding rings
  • Wedding invitation
  • Wedding website
  • Renting ceremony venue
  • Renting reception venue
  • Catering
  • Wedding cake
  • Entertainment
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Decorations
  • Floral arrangements
  • Makeup artist
  • Hairstylist
  • Wedding favors/Gifts for the wedding party
  • Transportation
  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Honeymoon
  • Tax and/or Tips on the above

The next important step for how to plan a wedding is choosing a theme. Once you narrow down a theme for the wedding, it becomes much easier to coordinate and plan specific details. The theme should be a good representation of both the bride and the groom, make a list of your favorite colors, shared hobbies, music you both enjoy, etc. Since the wedding date has already been set, the season also plays an important role on what type of theme you are able to pick. Traditions and culture can also have a huge influence on the wedding theme, if either the bride or groom’s side of the family wants to emphasize their heritage. Based on your own interests and background, use wedding related magazines and websites as a resource to give you even more specific ideas for possible themes. Since each couple is different and unique in their own way, it’s important to come up with a theme that reflects your personality and style. Once you have settled on a theme, the selection process becomes a whole lot easier. Your theme can have an impact on the location you choose for the wedding, the type of food you select for the menu and even your wedding dress. Use theme colors and ideas to come up with the design for your wedding invitations, decorations for the ceremony and reception, floral arrangements and wedding favors. You will have a much clearer vision of what your wedding will look like and this in turn will make the scope of this massive project seem much smaller and easy to tackle.

Finding the right vendors should be one of your biggest priorities. Caterers, live bands, DJs, florists, makeup artists, hairstylists, photographers and videographers, each one of them play a vital role and are equally important for making your big day as pleasant and as magical as you imagine it to be. It is essential for you to choose your vendors wisely in order to avoid potential disasters. You must make sure the vendors you select from are both reputable and have a lot of experience with weddings in particular. However, simply picking vendors with the right expertise is not enough. Remember this is your big day so it’s crucial that you stick to your guns about specific details when you meet with vendors to discuss your wedding plans. It’s very common for vendors to make suggestions that will either cost you more money than you planned on spending or that goes off in a completely different direction than what you had originally envisioned. If this should occur, you must remain adamant about your initial idea and stay within the budget you set for your wedding. Make a list of possible vendors in the area and then start negotiating, there is always a way to get what you want at a decent price. Don’t be afraid to let them know that you are in talks with other vendors and you are still in the process of making a final decision. When you finally settle on which vendors to use, make sure the contract covers all bases before signing. It’s also important for you to stay in contact with them prior to the wedding to make sure they have all the specific details figured out, don’t expect them to come fully prepared as soon as the contract is signed.

How To Choose And Work With Wedding Vendors

Many brides and grooms contact us, requesting information about planning their weddings. The typical inquiry is as follows. ” We just got engaged. What do we do now? Where do we begin?”

Well, weddings are very personal and each has its own unique character.

It is very difficult to list every possible scenario but the basics are the style of wedding, the size, the budget involved , the location and of course the bride and groom choices and their personalities.

  • WEDDING STYLE can range form a classic, elegant and glitzy black tie affair to a picnic in a park.

 

  • WEDDING SIZE depends on the number of guests.

 

  • WEDDING BUDGET can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

 

  • WEDDING LOCATION local or a destination wedding.

 

  • BRIDE and GROOM choose the setting, the colors, the music, the wedding theme etc… that reflect their personalities and interests.Some couples hire a wedding planner, some rely on the experience of friends and family, but most want to experience the excitement of planning their wedding by themselves.

    The wedding day is only part of the term wedding as a whole. Wedding as it will be referred to in this article includes the preparations for, and the activities following the big day including the honeymoon.
    So, you got engaged and are looking forward with anticipation, to your dream wedding but do not know where to start and what to do. You are not alone! This article is dedicated to the many engaged couples facing this dilemma and those who want to be focused.