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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.



What To Look For In A Wedding Videographer?

Recently, my cousin became engaged, and I will be his best man. Naturally, the subject of who will be his wedding videographer came up. His answer was simple: what should I look for in a wedding videographer? Being in the business myself, I would like to shed some light on the subject.


When you look for a wedding videographer, look for someone who is constantly shooting weddings. On average, a busy wedding cinematographer will record about 20-35 weddings per year. Above 35 weddings could be overkill.

First of all, make sure that your videographer has done more than thirty weddings. If s/he has done more than fifty wedding, it could be easily considered an experienced videographer.

I wouldn’t really put much weight if the videographer says that he or she has two, three or five years of experience. It does not really matter. What matters is how many wedding he or she has done. The more the merrier.

Why is experience so important to me? Because in DSLR video, focusing is extremely important and difficult, and practice makes master. Unless your taste is for video that goes in and out of focus, you should look for a videographer what will keep your video in focus.

One vs Multiple videographers

Ask if the videographer can show you videos that he or she has done alone in a wedding. And then work that they have done with 2 or 3 videographers. This is really important.

Depending on your budget you may want to go with only one wedding videographer instead of multiple ones. Watch samples of his or her work while shooting a wedding video alone. Ask what is the best position he or she adopts during the ceremony and the reception.

Ask to see work while working with several videographers as well. How they position each camera during the ceremony and reception.

Ask to watch excerpts of a wedding video more than a highlight. Many wedding videographers emphasize in the highlight more than the wedding video itself. I have seen videographers missing important parts of the ceremony because they are working to get an exotic angle down from the aisle floor or with the slider. They do this just to create more production value to their highlight to show future clients.


Another important matter to discuss is their equipment. If you are paying a wedding videographer, let say more than 2000 dollars, check that they are using DSLR cameras, preferably canon cameras.

There are many, but many videographers still using regular HD cameras, which give you acceptable image, but not cinematic look like DSLR cameras would give you.


Ask about lighting. Discuss about the lighting at the ceremony. Churches usually have good lighting, but if the church it not well illuminated, ask the wedding videographer how they deal with low light situations.

It’s really important to ask about lighting for the reception. How do they plan to use them and what type of lighting equipment they use?

Reception halls are usually very dark, which makes wedding videography very challenging because you have to manage good lighting while not killing the mood. Confirm that your wedding videographer will have enough lighting for introductions, first dance, dance with parents, speeches, cutting the cake – the all the important moments of the reception.

Ask about lighting while dancing. Check that they do not use too much lighting that could kill the mood of the reception, or the lighting the dj or lighting specialist are using for your wedding. But, make sure they use a good source of lighting to illuminate your guests dancing.


Image quality is just half of your wedding video, sound is the other half.

A wedding video with bad sound could damage the quality of the video.

Ask the wedding cinematographer how they capture sound during the ceremony and reception, specially if you are getting married at a church, which has a lot a reverberation. Just make sure they mic the officiant or officiants, the groom and podium. They should be able to capture good sound from anywhere people will be talking or singing.

Make certain that they put a microphone on the singer, or at least put a recording equipment close to them if they do not have more lavaliere microphones or there are more than one singer.

The Process Of Hiring A Wedding Photographer

Although most people have attended a wedding, that doesn’t mean that they will know the process when it’s their turn to go down the aisle. Below is a step by step guide on the process of hiring a wedding photographer.

Step One: Hiring a photographer.

This can be a daunting task even for someone who follows hundreds of wedding photographers blogs. It is recommended that you hire someone within the state that you are getting married. Most wedding professionals travel all over and even if they do not live in the area you are getting married they have most likely photographed there before. Ask them to Narrow your search down to five wedding photographers that you really like. They can be in several different price brackets at this point. Begin communicating with them-choose three you want to meet with in person. The in person meeting is huge because the photographer will be with you the entire day and you want someone not only competent in wedding photography but someone you know you can get along with and wont mind having around. After your meetings you can then choose your photographer.

Step Two: Choosing a package

Hopefully you spoke with your photographer at the meeting about what kind of coverage they offer, and what kind of coverage you will need. Let them help with this they shouldn’t sell you more than you need, but they also should be there to cover all the important moments that will happen on your wedding day. Wedding photographer typical day is 8 hours just like any other professionals work day. That said often 10 hours of coverage is needed in order to begin with the bridal prep and end well into the reception. Your wedding photographer should help you decide if you would like a wedding album (recommended so that your memories are secure in print and digitally) and they should talk you through if they give you the rights to the wedding images or if they keep the digital files etc.

Step Three: Deciding how the wedding day works

There are two models for the photographer on wedding day… the first one is traditional, and the second is with a first look. These models are how we structure the time needed and schedule of the day for photographs.

Traditional: Photographer will come and start with the details at the hotel. Dress, shoes, invitation, rings, bridesmaid dresses, perfume, jewelry, and flowers. After those details have been photographed the wedding photographer will turn their attention to the women and their photojournalistic getting ready photos. This is where the wedding photographer begins to capture moments and build the story of the day. After the bride is in her dress an experienced photographer will often have a first look with the parents-so dad and mom will come in and see their baby girl for the first time in her wedding gown. Meanwhile the second photographer is with the men and taking candid shots of them tying their ties and just hanging out being men before the ceremony. As the bride walks down the aisle at the ceremony the second photographer is taking shots of the grooms expression, and the main photographer is photographing the processional with the bridesmaids and the bride walking down the aisle. After the ceremony the wedding photographer will (with help from the appointed family member) gather up the full family for their portraits. The wedding photographer will begin with the brides side of the family and break it down until the smallest family breakdown (mom and bride, dad and bride, siblings and bride) have been photographed. The wedding photographer will then move onto the grooms family and do the same thing starting with the biggest grouping and breaking it down to the smallest groups. When that is finished it is time to photograph the bridal party. An experienced wedding photographer should be able to get three different posed bridal party shots done in 15 minutes. From there the photographer will photograph just the group of men, and then just the group of women. These two groupings should only take 10-15 minutes and the wedding photographer should know exactly how they want each member of the party or grouping to stand. From there the wedding photographer will take a few portraits of the bride, then the groom, and finally finish up (this whole thing from family to finish should take an hour) with the bride and the groom together. At this point the wedding photographer turns everyone over to the coordinator and the band or DJ. They are in charge of how the reception flows. The wedding photographer will photojournalistic capture the moments from this point on. Even the formalities like the first dances, cake cutting, and bouquet throwing are done in a candid style.

First Look: The Wedding photographer will still meet you at hair and makeup and do the detail shots first. But after the bride is ready the wedding photographer has scheduled the day so that there is an hour and a half of photo time before the ceremony. It begins with a private viewing of the bride from her parents, and then the photographer has chosen an intimate spot with good light for the groom to see his bride for the first time in her dress. The wedding photographer will tell the bride and the groom how to walk to each other before so that they can be in the wings with their long lens getting great emotional moments. After this (generally 15 minutes) the bridal party will be gathered for the bridal party pictures, the women, and the men pictures. This will be about 30 minutes. Finally about 45 minutes before the ceremony the family will be photographed. The bridal party and bride and groom should be finished 30 minutes before the ceremony with all pictures as guests begin to arrive and often the bride doesn’t want to be where she can be seen by everyone. After the ceremony the bride and the groom can take a few moments to be husband and wife and the photographer can take pictures with little to no direction. Then the bride and the groom are able to go to cocktail hour with their bridal party and talk to all of their guests. It is recommended that in the traditional line up of a day there is a receiving line so that you meet all of your guests and don’t have to do it at dinner time. In the first look scenario you can do that at cocktail hour. Again the reception is photojournalistic and candid based for all events.

The Tips For Selecting Wedding Photography

You want your wedding photographer to capture everything that makes your day special, to capture you at your best, to deliver photographs that live up to your expectations. Here are 10 tips for selecting wedding photography that you can live with throughout your new life together.

A reputable wedding photographer should have a physical location. A physical location where you can find them when you need them and where you can meet with them safely is important. Brick and mortar wedding photography studios build trust within the community and with their clients. If your wedding photographer does not have a local address (not a PO Box) that they will share with you, it’s a good reason not to trust them. They might work out of their house, but do you know where that is? A physical office or studio is paramount to them being trustworthy. Would be you be willing to have a random stranger come to your house, or for you to go to their house? It’s safer and more reliable to choose a wedding photographer with a studio or office you can visit and where you can find your photographer.

A good wedding photographer should help make your day go more smoothly. Aside from a dedicated wedding planner, your photographer is the only vendor who is going to be spending the entire day with you. A good wedding photographer should make things easier for you. They should solve problems. Your wedding photographer should be flexible. They should be able to adapt and thrive in difficult situations. Find out more about their abilities and ask about a difficult lighting scenario, bad weather, or other catastrophe and find out how they dealt with it in the past.

You need your wedding photographer to be focused on you. When you meet with any wedding photographer for the first time, do they ask about you, get to know you, and find out what you want? Or do only they talk about themselves and what they do? Find a photographer who is willing to spend time getting to know you so you know they understand you and your needs. This is the best way to find out if they are a good fit for you.

Your wedding photographer should be knowledgeable and helpful. They should offer suggestions about options you have for different things, provide advice on scheduling and setup, be full of ideas, and be ready to make your day and your planning easier. A good photographer is big on planning. Your photographer should work with you before an engagement session to select clothing and location. Your wedding day photography should be scheduled as part of your day rather than as an afterthought. Photography does not have to be inconvenient – it can be a fun and integral part of your day.

It might sound strange, but not all wedding photographers are the same and not all photographers are a good fit for every client. If your wedding photographer meets you and finds out about what you are looking for and then tells you that they don’t think they would be a good fit for you, it might be surprising, but it’s nothing personal. Wouldn’t you rather a professional be honest about this than trying to change to meet your needs? Sometimes photographers realize that what they specialize in is not the same thing a client wants. Photographers don’t want to make you unhappy, and if a wedding photographer thinks you might be happier with a different style of photography or with a different situation, we will tell you before you book so you are not disappointed later.

Price is NOT the most important factor when choosing a wedding photographer: You definitely get what you pay for. Photography is like anything else in life: You get what you pay for. It is not logical to think you can hire someone for little to no money and get the same results you would get if you had spent twice what you paid. Price is normally a factor when it comes to quality. Photographers who charge more are usually backed by their reputation, their brand, and their experience. You should also understand that your photographs will become the lasting memory of your wedding day. There are two things you should spend money on for your wedding, it should be your venue and your photography. People will probably not remember the food, you will only wear your dress once, and most of the other things are not huge investments anyway (flowers, music, makeup). You will look at your wedding photographs regularly – perhaps even every day – for the rest of your life. Shouldn’t your wedding photos be great?

Your wedding photography studio should be insured and licensed as a legal business. Many venues actually require insurance from vendors working there. Camera equipment is expensive and you should make sure your photographer is fully insured by a reputable insurance company to make sure you are protected. Many photographers are just individuals with cameras and maybe a slick website. Make sure your photographer is backed by a legal, legitimate business.


The Top Money Saving Tips

These 6 top money-saving tips on cheap wedding venues are the result of extensive research coupled with experiences from couples who have benefited from them. These strategies have helped them spend less on their wedding while still ensuring that they have their dream wedding.

1. The wedding date

Take some time to choose and agree on a wedding date that falls during the wedding off-season period but still holds special meaning to the both of you. The off-season period may differ depending on the country you are going to celebrate your wedding in. It could mean certain months of the year, certain days of the week or even certain times of the day. You can easily negotiate to secure cheap wedding venues during the off-season period when the business is not as competitive.

2. Number of invited guests

Your wedding is the most important day of your life. You want this to be an unforgettable and memorable event. Of course, it’s your wedding! Both of you will have to agree on who to invite to your wedding. The number of invited guests will decide the choice of cheap wedding venues.

3. Combine the venues of the wedding reception and ceremony

You could save a lot of money if you have your wedding ceremony and reception at the same place. Don’t forget that you have to be mindful of the number of guests invited; especially if the ceremony and reception is held in an enclosed area like a chapel or hall. However, you could always avoid this restriction by having a beach wedding!

4. Cheap wedding venues that are just right for you

Once you have determined your wedding date and the number of guests, you can start looking through a list of cheap wedding venues and pick the one that suits you best. The following cheap wedding venues can offer you a unique and cheap wedding with the right planning:

• At a park – Start from the list of parks you two are familiar with. You would usually have some special romantic memories in one of these parks so it would be especially meaningful to get married here. This option will also save you the expenses of at least the facilities hiring fee.

• By a river – A riverside wedding is quite special and unique. A River Foreshore is so beautiful that your wedding will be romantic for you and enjoyable for your guests. Remember to check with the local council for any restriction to have your wedding at the river foreshore. You can also choose to have your wedding on a River Cruise liner. This unique experience may become the highlight of your town.

• At the beach – Many of you dream of a beach wedding. The crashing waves and sand beneath your feet; everything is just so naturally and amazingly beautiful. The beach is one of the most popular cheap wedding venues. You could make this experience even more memorable by having a sunset beach wedding ceremony followed by a simple wedding reception, which would also definitely cut down your wedding expenses. Keep in mind that getting married at a public beach or a private beach may have different restrictions. Confirm and adhere to these restrictions as part of your wedding ceremony and wedding reception plan. Make sure to include cleaning up after the event as another part of your plan too.

• Your backyard – When you decide to have a private and small wedding, a backyard wedding is at the top of the list. The savings will include wedding venue expenses and also food and beverages. Your backyard would already offer beautiful and natural floral arrangements. All you need to add is a bit of party decor to make it even more beautiful. Your choice of food could be from catering; or you could mix it up and do a wedding barbeque or even a tea party! Of course, having your wedding in your backyard may involve a lot of work. However, with careful planning and a bit of creativity, you can turn your backyard into the fairytale wedding of your dream. It is definitely well worth the effort.

• Local community halls – Another option for cheap wedding venues is the local community halls. These are usually available for hire at a very low rate. Besides, they tend to be equipped with tables and chairs which are available for rent. Inquire about their preferred vendors who give other facilities for any event as you can often get a very special rate if you use their regular vendors. When you need to invite a bigger group of guests, a local community hall would usually be a more affordable option.

• Institution halls – Many universities and colleges have big campus halls which are available for rent to hold the wedding ceremony and reception. Some cities also have city halls which are available for rent. Take some time to check these out. This is definitely another option for a cheap wedding venue that’s worth exploring.

Indian Wedding Planning Checklist

Proposal Done. What Next?
The wedding proposition has happened. Or perhaps your matchmaking has now been sorted. Both you as well as your significant other have made a unified commitment to undertake the subsequent major part of life together. What is going to be your following thing to do? Preparing the wedding party naturally. And that’s how the Indian Wedding Planning Checklist will be useful, and be your main companion in making sure an awesome fiesta wedding event is put-together.

Yes, the wedding is going to be the initial key assignment that you together with your partner is going to embark on, be it with or possibly without the aid of your friends and relations. The marriage location should be booked. The wedding event caterer must be determined. Bridal professional photographers might have to be pre-booked many months before the day of the wedding. Wedding and reception banqueting furniture, and also coverings will have to be hired. And list continues on and on…

The mere volume of things to get ready for a wedding party could make you nervous or unpleasant and lead you to feelings that you might lose some influence over the state of your big day. Even before you commence, chances are you already visualize the unthinkable, and worry the embarrassment that could develop from a poorly arranged function.

Worry not, because the Indian Wedding Planning Checklist below will help you out with all of the wedding party arrangements. The set of wedding planning elements below was assembled chronologically to make certain adequate time is allotted for every function item. This means you ought to have plenty of time for sourcing good ideas, getting in touch with your wedding service providers, in depth conversation with the service vendors and lastly confirming your vendor choices.

Indian Wedding Planning Checklist
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  1. Decide on a personal date to get married
  2. Employ an expert wedding coordinator
  3. Determine the amount of attendees, venue and time of day for the marriage event
  4. Come to an agreement on the wedding finance and expenses and how the costs are going to be split between both bride and groom’s families
  5. Discuss about the schedule of events that would take place on your wedding day
  6. Systematically monitor the wedding expenses and track who paid for each of the expense item
  7. Organize an invitee list which includes family and friends from both sides of the family
  8. Think about inevitable factors which may affect your wedding event (e.g. climate conditions, national elections, etc.)
  9. Book your marriage ceremony site
  10. Reserve marriage reception site
  11. Book your bridal ceremony & reception photographers
  12. Book your bridal ceremony & reception videographers
  13. Choose the wedding concept and colour scheme
  14. Update your passport & visa for your honeymoon

Wedding Plan

Make a Wedding Plan

Immediately Upon Engagement Decide on a Wedding Date

There are people you really want at your wedding. Give them as much notice as possible that they should set aside the date for you. If the wedding will involve travel and an over-night stay for guests, it’s important to let them know that as soon as possible. It will be helpful for you to get early feedback on who may not be able to attend the wedding.

Set your budget

Your budget is the single biggest wedding decision to make after the decision to get married itself. Consider the range of projects you need or want to take on during your first year of marriage: honeymoon, buy a house, start a family, start or continue post-secondary education, buy a car, travel. Calculate the cost of these projects. The wedding costs will compete with these other projects. Calculate the money you will have from all sources for the wedding and your other projects. This will help establish the maximum amount of money you can spend on the wedding. From this calculation, all other spending decisions about the wedding will follow. It’s a terrible idea to borrow any money from any source for your wedding.

Select your bridal party.

There are hundreds of details involved in planning the wedding and in getting through the wedding day.Your bridal party can be a huge help in handling these. Everything from RSVP tracking to picking up the flowers can and should be delegated. Can every member of the bridal party afford a bridesmaid’s dress or a tuxedo? Is every member of the bridal party physically fit and mature enough to shoulder the responsibilities involved? Be objective.

Choose your theme. [modern, vintage, classic, rural, contemporary, etc.]

It’s your wedding. Within reason and the bounds of good taste you should have what you want regardless of who will pay some of the expenses. Have faith in your own judgment and taste.

First Review & Planning  Session

All the above should happen almost immediately. Once you square away these 4 foundations of your wedding, what follows are estimated time frames for everything to follow. Buy a binder, a hole punch and index tabs to collect & organize these details. Start a spread sheet to track all expenses. This is your wedding plan. Check it & update it often.

12-18 Months Out – Ceremony Location

Your caterer may have suggestions about where to hold your ceremony. You may have seen a pretty location yourself. Since many couples no longer get married in a church many reception locations have a “chapel” or an additional area for a wedding ceremony, . A wedding arch decorated with flowers can make a ceremony setting take shape almost anywhere you want. Will a botanical garden or public park permit wedding photographs? At what charge? What is Plan B in the event of rain?

Reception Location/Caterer

This choice will be a function of a number of things: how many guests you are having, how far they have to travel, what kind of wedding (cocktail, plated service, etc.), your budget and what you both like.

The number of weddings in almost any part of the country is greater than the number of available beautiful reception venues. That means competition for venues and rising prices in a seller’s market. (It’s called supply and demand). Will a venue permit an outside caterer? Is the outside caterer charged for permission to serve food there? Is there a kitchen that the caterer may use or will food be brought to the venue already prepared hours before dinner? Will a kitchen have to be set up on site? Is the venue air conditioned? Does it have sufficient washrooms, coat check & racks with hangers, parking?

For outdoor weddings, caterers should have a list of beautiful and functional venues. Consider having your wedding on the property of a friend or relative. As farm weddings & country weddings become ever more popular consider rural venues that the Ministry of Food and Agriculture or a local 4H club can suggest.

Cottage weddings on a distant lake are more remote. Consider the expertise of your caterer in providing service well off the beaten path. How well equipped are they for off-site catering? How will the location impact the need for overnight accommodation? Will you need late night transport between the cottage and hotels? Are there Bed & Breakfast Inns in the area where guests can stay close to the wedding? Could the wedding be held at such an Inn instead of at the cottage? Parking and washrooms are critical for a cottage wedding, as is the potential for tense neighbour relations due to traffic congestion, trespass and late night noise.

DJ &/or Band

Your music choice will be a big part of how your celebration turns out. If the music is  too loud older guests will leave early. If you choose the wrong genre of music for your demographic it’s no fun. Before you pick a DJ ask if you can drop in on an event he is spinning the tunes for. You’ll get a pretty good idea if that D.J. is  for you. The same selection process applies to a band. Attend an event where they will play.. Ask for references and establish firm ground rules about arrival/set-up time, alcohol or drug use before and during the event, dress code, flirting, electrical & space needs, frequency & length of breaks. Plan your play list. You will need to feed the D.J. or band members, (& any other support staff you hire for the wedding). Make sure the caterer provides for this at an agreed upon price.


Most photographers have a portfolio you can see to get an idea of their style. Packages with a set price are a good idea even if you are not budget conscious. Give your photographer a copy of the wedding day schedule and make sure he/she can stick with it. Most delays at weddings are the result of a photographer who falls behind & can’t stop taking one more shot. You will delay the rest of the wedding if you let the photographer take charge of the schedule. Your guests will be waiting.