Eco-Friendly Wedding Invitations & Other “Green” Tips

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Incorporating eco-friendly, green ideas into your wedding is easy and affordable. Check out theseeco-friendly wedding tips

This post was published in cooperation with Paperless Post.

Looking for eco-friendly wedding ideas that are wallet friendly too? Check out these eco-friendly and affordable wedding tips for your invitations and other areas of your wedding.

INVITATIONS AND OTHER PAPER PRODUCTS

• Like the idea of menu cards? Do only 2 or 3 per table instead of one for each person (your guests won’t miss having their own).

• Reduce the amount of paper used in your invitations by omitting the inner envelopes and using RSVP postcards instead of the traditional card and envelope.

• Or you can completely reduce the amount of paper for your invitations by going paperless.

Beautiful Wedding Invitation from Paperless Post

Our friends at PAPERLESS POST help you create online and paper stationery that reflects your individual style. You can choose, and customize, from hundreds of styles/designs for your wedding invitations, including gorgeous styles by world famous designers such as Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, and Vera Wang.

Beautiful Wedding Invitation from Paperless Post

Beautiful Wedding Invitation from Paperless Post

Benefits of Using Online Invitations

• It’s totally eco-friendly. No paper or inks at all.

• Easy for guests to RSVP. With a click of a button they can respond with their accepts or regrets. There’s even a button to remind them to RSVP later.

• It’s a breeze to include additional information for your guests’ convenience (ex. parking info, hotel info).

• Directions from their doorstep to your venue are at your guest’s fingertips with the click of a button.

• You can add a comment wall for guests to leave a personalized message.

• Are you giving your guests menu options (Beef or Chicken)? Add additional RSVP question for your guests to answer. Also great for song requests.

• Need to make a change to the time or place? Updating is easy.

• Easily track who has responded. Need to check in with those who haven’t RSVP’d? There’s a button for that too.

• There’s more than just Wedding invitations. Holiday cards, Birthday, Thinking of You, Graduation announcements, and personalized stationery are just some of what they offer.

• It’s affordable.

Choose a card design. Add your text. Change the font style and color. Add a motif or logo. Want to add your own motif, logo, or photo? It’s easily done, and just takes a few seconds.

Your invitation/card is saved and put into a draft folder until you’re ready to send. Then when you’re ready to send, you can either send it immediately or schedule it for a future date.

It really is that simple.

Disadvantages

Ok, gotta be real. There are a few disadvantages to using online wedding invitations.

• Lost E-Mail
Occasionally an online invitation will get lost in cyberspace, and not reach it’s recipient. (But hey, things can get lost with the regular mail too). If someone says they haven’t received your paperless invitation, make sure you’ve got the right email address, or that your guest hasn’t changed their email address.

• Not All Guests Have Email
These days, most people have email, (and if they’re like me, they check it several times throughout the day). However, some of your guests, usually older folks like grandparents or great aunts/uncles, may not.

• No Keepsake
Some couples, and their parents like to save the invitation for a lovely keepsake. You can print out the online invitation, but doing a ‘print screen’ is not the same as an invitation that’s actually been printed.

The good thing here is that Paperless Post offers all of their designs in paper form as well.

OTHER WAYS TO GO GREEN FOR YOUR WEDDING
Decor
We can all agree that candles provide a romantic ambience.

candle wedding decor
Photo credit: ekkarat / 123RF Stock Photo

But did you ever notice soot on the edges of the glass of the candleholder, or going into the air when a candle is blown out? For your wedding why not use soy or honeycomb candles? They’re much cleaner than regular wax candles, and like other candles, come in any size or color you’d want.

After a wedding reception when the room is being cleaned up, it is kind of sad watching those beautiful floral centerpieces being thrown away.
Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips - Potted Plants

Photo credit: annete / 123RF Stock Photo

Instead of using cut flowers, group potted flowers on tables as centerpieces. Then at the end of the evening, your guests can take them home. The potted flowers enjoy a new life (either appreciated in your guests’ homes, or replanted in their yard). Plus, this serves double-duty so you don’t have to get separate favors.

Favors

If you prefer offering favors for your guests, go with an edible treat.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips - Edible wedding favors

In reality, your guests often can’t use or don’t want the cute favors that are non-edible, and will either end up throwing the favor away, or leaving it at the reception. But if it’s something for them to nibble on – they’ll be snacking on them during your reception, and maybe even looking for more!

Food & Beverages
More and more caterers are thinking green

Eco-Friendly Wedding Tips - Organic, locally grown food

– using ingredients that are organic, and locally grown.

Why not include some green, eco-friendly choices for your wedding? They’re just as easy, and often either cost the same or less than non-green options.

Let us know what you think. Are/would you consider including some eco-friendly elements to your wedding?

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6 Tips For A Dream Wedding On A Tiny Budget

Getting married is something that many of us have dreamt of from an early age. We played wedding day dress up as kids and imagined ourselves marrying all of our childhood crushes.

Then, as we got older, we started secretly practicing signing our partners’ name and imagining what our wedding day would be like. None of these fantasies will have involved a budget. In your make-believe world, you had what you wanted without having to consider the cost.

6 Tips For A Dream Wedding on a Tiny BudgetPhoto Source: Pixabay

The reality is, unfortunately very different. The average wedding cost is around $35000, and the average wage for employed workers is only $44000. Weddings cost money.

The perfect dream wedding can cost an exorbitant amount of money. While it can be tempting to put wedding purchases on credit cards or take out a loan, it’s better not to. Ideally, you should wait and save before you get married, but who wants to do that when they are madly in love and desperate to tell the world?

The best option is sticking to a budget that you can afford, without sacrificing the wedding of your dreams. Here are 6 tips to help you get it right.

Prioritize
The first thing that you need to do is work out what you really want, and what you are willing to sacrifice. Sit down with your partner and write a list of everything involved in your wedding, a master list if you want, of everything that you can think of. Then, think about what you need. The things you’ve always dreamed of. If you know that you definitely want a live band, keep it, and cut something you’re not as bothered about.

Get Help
There’s plenty of articles and sites out there like Wedding intro that can offer you advice on planning your wedding. There are also real-life accounts from other brides on how they cut costs. Read as much as you can and write down things that can help you.

DIY
Pinterest is a fantastic resource when it comes to getting married on a budget. You can make so much yourself. This could include table centerpieces, stationery, decorations, bouquets, outfits, and food. Think about your talents and try something out.

Use People You Know
One of the biggest costs you’ll face is paying people for their skills. DJ’s, photographers, and caterers can be very expensive. So, instead think about people you know. Even if they are not professional, they may be able to help for a much smaller fee. Another option is contacting the local college and offering someone work experience.

Go Against Tradition
Your wedding doesn’t need to be the same as all the others you’ve been to. You don’t have to have music or a cake; you don’t need flowers or transportation. Keep things if you want them, but don’t spend a fortune on a wedding cake if you’d prefer a casual dessert buffet.

Do It At Home
If you’ve got a large garden, (or sufficient space inside if you are having a small, intimate gathering), getting married at home can be a wonderful solution. There’s no venue rental cost. You aren’t limited to the in-house or “preferred” caterers, so you can save a bundle on food. Same with alcohol – you can have your guests help themselves to beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options like iced tea. You can get talented friends and family members involved – using the talents of those who are awesome cooks, crafty folks, and musically inclined will save money and give you a unique wedding.

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Funding For Your Wedding: Your Big Day On A Budget

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Over the last couple of decades, weddings have been becoming more and more expensive affairs. In 2015, the average wedding in the USA ran up a bill of over $31,000, and some will have cost significantly more.

For some people, this is almost an entire year’s salary, making it easy to see why a lot of people would want to reduce the costs. But it can be hard to figure out where and how make budget cuts and find the necessary funding for your wedding. Here are some suggestions:

Shrinking Costs
Of course prices aren’t going to suddenly drop, but lower prices can be found if you are willing to work for them. Below, you can find some of the best ways to cut costs for your special event, though it could also be worth doing some research to maximize your savings.

Finding Deals:
Finding a deal in the modern world is often as simple as making a search on a service like Google. Nowadays, sales, coupon codes,and other ways to save money are used by businesses as a primary marketing technique. This makes it easy for you to save some money, while they are still able to provide the full service.

Compromise:
Along with looking for deals, being willing to make small compromises on your big day will also be a great way to save some money. From smaller floral centerpieces and guest lists, to a shorter bar package, or having your wedding during the “off” season, there are plenty of options to help fit your budget and making your wedding more affordable.

Finding Funds
Saving money is the most common way for couples to set aside the money needed to pay for the wedding they want, however it’s not unusual for couples to need some help to fund an event like this. There are a couple of good ways to do this, and you can find them below. Of course, though, like your savings, it can also be worth doing some of your own research to make sure you’re making the right choices.

Take Some Time:
For some people, getting a loan will be off the table, (no one wants to start a marriage with debt) and this leaves you with a very simple option to go from; saving. Putting money away and avoiding spending (keep driving past that Starbucks!) will be easy if you take the right approach. Your partner isn’t going anywhere, and saving for your big day will make it more satisfying.

Contributed Money:
More and more couples are paying for their own weddings these days, however parents are still offering to contribute to their child’s wedding. The extra money is helpful, as long as there are no strings attached. Make sure it’s clear how much they are willing to give, and what their expectations are.

Borrow:
While creating debt by borrowing money is not the ideal method, in some cases it may be the way to go. I highly recommend that if you use your credit card, to only charge an amount that you can pay off within a reasonable amount of time. If you’re considering taking out a loan, check out loans near me, and make sure to carefully research your local banks and other financial companies. This type of loan is sure to be big, and the right business will be needed to handle it.


Hopefully, with all of this in mind, it will start to become a lot easier to save and fund your wedding day without stress or concern. In the past, the families of the couple would cover the costs of the big event. This doesn’t always work out, though, and you could be completely on your own when it comes to making this come together.

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Prince Harry and Megan Markle: What Will We See At Their Wedding?

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

Soon it will be Royal Wedding time! No, I’m not talking about the awesome 1951 movie with Fred Astaire.

This is the Royal Wedding where His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle will .

The date has been set – Saturday, May 19, 2018, and like the previous royal weddings of recent – Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William to Kate Middleton; and his parents, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer – the world is already anxiously waiting and speculating on the details.

So, with all of the traditions and other details associated with royal weddings, which ones will Harry and Meghan follow, and which (if any) will they not?

We already know about:

The Proposal
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 prescribed the conditions under which the royal family would marry. It states “that no descendant of King George II, male or female, other than the issue of princesses who had married or might thereafter marry into foreign families, could marry without the consent of the reigning monarch.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Harry has asked Her Majesty for her permission to wed Meghan Markle, and the Queen has given her blessing.

The Location
Prince Harry and Meghan will be wed in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

St. George's Chapel - Windsor Castle where the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place
St. George’s Chapel

In previous centuries, the traditional ceremony site was the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace. Queen Victoria, among several other royals, was wed in this small chapel (which seats 100).

As the weddings of royalty became more of a public spectacle, larger sites, most notably Westminster Abbey, which seats 2,000 (Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip); St. Paul’s Cathedral, which can hold 3,500 (Prince Charles and Diana); and although smaller in comparison, St. George’s Chapel, which seats about 800 (Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles).

And

The Cake
Traditionally, in Britain, the wedding cake for the royal couple is a fruitcake – a rich, dense cake made of a mix of candied or dried fruit, (such as cherries, pineapple, walnuts and raisins), nuts, and spices, that has been soaked in rum or brandy.

Queen Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten
queen elizabeth and philip mountbatten's wedding cake
The four-tiered wedding cake was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds. It was called ‘the 10,000 mile wedding cake’ because the ingredients used were brought in from South Africa and Australia.

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer
prince charles and lady diana's wedding cake
This five foot tall fruitcake with cream cheese frosting (yum!) was decorated with roses, lilies of the valley, and orchids, and the royal coat of arms.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
prince william and kate middleton's wedding cake
Their eight-tier fruitcake was decorated with hundreds of symbolic decorations including flowers representing the four nations of the United Kingdom – roses for England, thistle for Scotland, daffodils for Wales, and shamrocks for Ireland. They also went untraditional with a chocolate-cookie groom’s cake.

It’s been rumored that Harry and Meghan will choose a banana cake for their wedding. Apparently Harry and his brother William loved any type of banana flavored dessert. So will Harry and Meghan skip tradition altogether and only have banana cake? Or will they have two cakes – one the traditional fruitcake, with the second banana?

But . . .

. . . what about other aspects of their impending wedding?

The Wedding Party
Royal brides traditionally don’t have adult bridesmaids. Instead their bridesmaids are young girls around the age of 10 – 12. Queen Elizabeth had eight bridesmaids.

Diana had five.
charles and diana with their wedding party

Kate had four very young bridesmaids (two of them were aged 3). She and William broke wedding party tradition by having her sister Pippa as a maid of honor, and Harry as the best man (instead of a best man, they have a supporter).william and kate with their wedding party

It’s probably a safe bet that Harry will have his brother Prince William, and his nephew and niece Prince George and Princess Charlotte as their best man, page boy and bridesmaid. Will Kate also have a role?

The Bouquet
Will Meghan include a sprig of myrtle (the “Herb of Love”) in her bridal bouquet?

myrtle - a traditional flower in royal weddings in Britain

Every royal bride since Queen Victoria has done so. After her wedding, Victoria planted a myrtle shrub in her garden. Every royal bride since has carried a sprig taken from the same shrub.

Another bridal bouquet tradition, which was started by Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, (the Queen Mother), is to leave the bouquet at the grave of the Unknown Warrior after the wedding ceremony. The Queen Mum did so in memory of her brother who was killed in the First World War.

The Guest List
Perhaps the most asked question is “Who will Harry and Meghan invite?”

The guest list is important for any wedding. But when yours is one where guests typically are VIPS such as crown heads of Europe and other foreign royals, foreign leaders, church officials, diplomats and celebrities, as well as their family and friends, compiling the guest list is even more daunting and eclectic.

From her work in Hollywood, to his philanthropic endeavors – their “circle” includes several celebrities as close friends.

We won’t be surprised to see:

Meghan’s Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams, Sarah Rafferty, and Gina Torres
Harry’s school pals Eddie Redmayne and Arthur Landon
Former Army pal James Blunt (Will he sing?)
Sir Elton John (Will he sing? Please sing.)
Meghan’s good friends Serena Williams, Misha Nonoo, and Janina Gavankar
Dominic West (who helped Harry raise money for ‘Walking with the Wounded’)
Former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama (huge supporters of Harry’s Invictus Games)

What do you think we’ll be seeing at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

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5 Ways To Make Your Wedding Live On

You’ll have spent a lot of time and hard work making sure your wedding day is absolutely perfect, (well, at least as perfect as humanly possible). So isn’t it a shame that your wedding only lasts one day?

Making your wedding “day” span more than one day, just to make it last obviously isn’t realistic. But the next best thing is to have plenty of reminders located around your home to help you enjoy the day again and again.

Below, we take a look at a few easy to do ideas that’ll ensure your magical day is never too far from your thoughts.

More Than A Day: Ensure That Your Wedding Day Lives OnSource: Pexels.com

1) From The Guests
It’s true that it’s your love that makes the wedding, but let’s be real here: a wedding isn’t anything without the guests!

Your friends and family turned out to make your day extra loving, so why not carry a piece of them back home with you? Of course you can have a guest book available to sign at your wedding, but why not take this a step further and have a book where they can write messages and “wedding words of wisdom” instead of just their name?

There are other guest book alternatives. If you’re artistically minded, have your guests mark their fingerprint on paper with paint; later, you can create a simple but elegant collage to hang on your wall. If you have a theme to your wedding you can also have them sign something that follows your theme, such as a vinyl record or pretty wine bottle.

2) The Photo Album
Of course, your wedding is going to live on – in the form of all the lovely photos that were taken on the day! However, how often you look at them will depend on what you do with the photos.

Instead of keeping them tucked away on a hard to reach digital folder, or a drawer somewhere, use Moments Designer to easily (and inexpensively) create a photo album. You’ll have a professional looking layout, in which your photos will naturally flow into one another, which will really help to bring them to life. And what’s more – the finished product will be in your hands, not tucked away, rarely to be seen.

3) From the Dance Floor
Everyone knows that one of the best aspects of the wedding day is the dance floor shenanigans! We all remember fondly those crazy moves that our parents busted out, but like every other memory, it’ll eventually fade.

But what if it never has to fade? If you have a GoPro or other camera available, whip it out on the dance floor and hand it around. At the end of the night, you’ll have hours of footage – and then you can get to editing it, to make everyone look a bit more smooth on the dance floor than they really are.

4) Preserved in Time
All those cute little decorations and loving notes don’t have to be consigned to the trash. Instead, place them all in a “time capsule”, a simple trinket box that will take up next to no space in your home. When you’re feeling nostalgic for the good times of your wedding, simply get out the box and rifle through all those lovely memories.

5) Music Playlist
Finally, don’t forget your wedding day music playlist!

Make a list of the songs that were played at your wedding. Get a wonderful sampling of the songs that were played (including your “special moment” songs), and load them into Spotify. You’ll be transported back in time every time you hit the play button.

So while your wedding only lasts one day, with these tips you can easily revisit your wedding day.

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4 Fun Wedding Trends for 2018

With each new year comes new wedding trends, and 2018 is no different. Here are 4 popular wedding trends for 2018 we’re sure to be seeing:

1) A New Take On Photo Booths

Photo booths are a lot of fun, and really gets your wedding guests involved, so we’ll definitely still be seeing photo booths at wedding receptions.

However there will be less of the traditional, enclosed style photo booth and more alternative styles, such as the Magic Mirror, a full-length selfie mirror that captures photos on the reflective touch screen,

2018 Wedding Trends - Magic Mirror Photo Booth by Off the Record DJ Video Service - Dayton, Ohio

Green Screens (that let guests choose from different backgrounds), and Slo-Motion Video Booths (these videos are recorded at 240 frames per second at a high-def 1080p for a truly unique video experience).

2) Wedding Dresses With Sheer Panels

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Remember the sheer see-through dress Beyonce wore to the at the 2014 Grammys? Well, it took a few years, but in 2018 skin is in for wedding dresses.

2018 Wedding Trends - wedding dress with sheer illusion neckline
2018 Wedding Trends - wedding dress with sheer panels
2018 Wedding Trends - mermaid style sheer see-through wedding dress gown

The wedding dress trend we’ll be seeing this year is more sheer “illusion” panels on wedding dresses, from modest illusion necklines and little pops of sheer paneling on the sides, to more daring “see through” gowns.

3) Purple

Purple has always been a color favorite of brides and grooms. It can be soft, dramatic, or mysterious. A combination of the calmness of blue and the energy of red. Purple represents royalty, nobility, and luxury; and is a color of magic.

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Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is ‘Ultra-Violet,’ a rich, luxurious blue-based purple. This amazing color will be used in bridesmaids attire, table linens, bouquets and other floral arrangements, and as an accent to neutral color schemes.

Top Wedding Trends (Then and Now)

4) Luscious Dessert Options

Wedding cakes will never go away. But with many couples’ taste in desserts leaning towards treats other than cake, wedding guests will be given different dessert choices. Dessert buffets with a variety of mini pies and tarts, brownies, parfaits, lemon bars, cookies, cake pops, mini parfaits, buckeyes, and other goodies will be a popular sight at wedding receptions.

2018 wedding trends - mini parfait wedding dessert buffet 2018 Wedding Trends - Wedding Cake Pops

Another fun option is the do-it-yourself ice cream buffet, where guests can choose from any flavor ice cream and add all kinds of yummy toppings. And a cherry on top? Yes please!

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Engagement Ring Quiz – Which Diamond Shape Are You?

diamond shapes guide

The holiday season also brings about marriage proposal season. Did you know that nearly 1/5 of all engagements occur this time of the year? To many people, the holidays are a magical, romantic time of the year, and it is a time of family, family rituals, and traditions. Marriage proposals are magical and romantic, and, in a way, represent the creation of a new family.

After that special someone got down on one knee to ask those 4 magic words “Will you marry me?”, it will be time to select an engagement ring. These days, many couples go ring shopping together.

Whether you’ve been using Pinterest to allude to the diamond and diamond shape you want, urging your sister to drop hints on a particular shape, or have yet to think about which diamond suits you, one thing that’s certain is that there are many characteristics to consider.

The 4 C’s including cut, color, clarity and carat weight are the quick basics many people refer to when examining diamonds. But don’t forget about the shape. The shape of a diamond will play an important role in the purchase process and finding something the fits preferred tastes and styles. So, which diamond suits you?

To help you find out, Invaluable created a guide to the 10 most popular diamond shapes. Browse through the list below and mark your favorites and don’t forget to take the fun quiz below to determine which shape matches your personality!

Diamond Shape: Which One Suits You?

diamond shapes

Thank you to Invaluable and Taylor Jenkins for sharing this fun and inspiring infographic quiz showing the 10 most popular diamond shapes and how to determine which shape is right for you.

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The Beginner’s Guide To Planning A Wedding

Unless you and your bride/groom have a successful background in planning events then planning your wedding might sound like the stuff nightmares are made of. If you are completely clueless, or just unsure of where to start, not to worry – this beginner’s guide to planning a wedding can help as you start your wedding plans.

After you and your fiancé have talked about what you have in mind for your wedding day, and have started on a budget, check out this quick list of things to be thinking about to make things simple.

Venue

Where’s it all going to happen? You may find that you need more than one venue – one for your ceremony and another for the reception. Then again, your ideal venue may be able to accommodate both. Some things to look for in a venue are: size (Can they comfortably fit the number of guests you’re wanting?), appearance (Does the existing décor fit your color scheme and style? Is it a “blank slate?”), price (What is the rental fee, and what does that include?).

Booking the perfect venue can be time consuming, as you want a place that best suits your and your partners wedding vision, (and fits your budget), so once you’ve found the ideal venue, make an inquiry as soon as possible, as some venues book up years in advance. Check out this event space, and be sure to see their Wedding Gallery to see their space and get some great decor ideas.

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Dress/Attire

What are you and your fiancé going to be wearing and what dress code would you like to plan for your guests? Will your wedding be Black Tie? Semi-Formal? Casual?

It’s fantastic to know that you’ve found the perfect dress, but what about everyone else. Most of the time, whatever your guests decide to wear is fine. However, everyone’s wedding is different, and you may have a specific theme or style, and having your guests dress accordingly would be a fun addition. If this is the case, let your guests know prior to the wedding (usually a simple line added to your invitation will suffice). Remember to keep this attire choice optional, as purchasing a new outfit may not be financially feasible for them.

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Dinner

What’s on the menu? Will it be a plated/served meal, buffet or food stations, and for how many people?

Maybe you’re thinking of something a little less traditional like a brunch or a dessert reception.

Another meal detail that you may have to plan for is if any of your guests have a special dietary requirement (allergies, vegan/vegetarian, intolerances). This is more common these days and most chefs and caterers can easily accommodate this.

Asking your guests to get in touch with you if they have any specific dietary requirements will give you plenty of time to notify the chef. An easy way to gather this information is to put a line on your RSVP card requesting any dietary requirements/restrictions. That way everyone can be well fed and happy on your wedding day and as a bonus you’ll score big points with your friends for putting their needs before yours.

Party

How are you going to celebrate? Something low-key with just background music? Dancing to a live band or DJ? Maybe some karaoke? What kind of entertainment will you be smiling about for years to come?

That covers music but how about some add ons just for fun? A candy buffet or ice cream bar for those with a sweet tooth. A photo booth to collect all those fun memories.

You could even introduce a light snack (maybe french fries or pizza bites) later on in the night to keep everyone from having a few too many.

Keeping all of this in mind, as well as all the other gazillion wedding details, can be quite the task to take on yourself. But by starting with the basics can help keep you on the ball, and be a great start if you decide to meet with a wedding planner.

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Want An Extra Special Wedding Day? Understand The Details.

Without a doubt your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life. You’ll have planned this day for a long time (perhaps as long as you can remember). It’s all of the wedding details that will that will ensure that your wedding day is as perfect as possible.

The level of planning that goes into something like this will definitely drive you nuts, but it’s all worth it in the end.

You need to make a checklist. Think about what is most important to you and what you’d most like to be included, as well as items that would be nice but not necessary. From floral arrangements and wedding cake, to wedding keepsakes and accessories (and don’t forget that marriage license), there will be quite a few items on this checklist.

Also, it is important to remember that it isn’t only you who is having the wedding. Your partner needs to have just as much of a say as you do in the planning process, so be sure to get his/her input when making the checklist.

Want An Extra Special Wedding Day? Understand The Details. Wedding Details.

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The items on your checklist will pretty much fall into two categories the “Big Details” and the “Finer Details.”

The Big Details

The “Big Details” are the things that you absolutely want to have included on your wedding day.

One of the biggest of the “Big Details” is your wedding dress or whatever type of attire you choose (you have to wear something!) . Your wedding dress has to be just right so you feel good on the day.

With so many shapes and styles of wedding dresses available that it can be hard to know which one is going to suit you. Give yourself plenty of time to go and try on different styles until you find the most perfect one for you. Be open to trying on styles that you weren’t even considering. Many brides have found “the one” and were surprised that the style was something that they never imagined wearing.

Popular wedding dress styles include dresses with a slimline shape (such as a trumpet or mermaid style), those with a long flowing tail, and dresses featuring see-through lace and sheer panels on the bodice and skirt. So many glamorous styles!

But some people also prefer the silhouettes and styles of a traditional wedding dress.

Another very important “Big Detail” is your venue (you’ve got to have a place for your ceremony and celebration). This is a decision to discuss with your partner and keep him/her in mind. You might want a traditional church wedding, he might want it outdoors. You might want a plated meal, she may prefer a buffet. You both will need to compromise, but in the end you will have the wedding day that you both want.

The Finer Details

They say it’s the little things that count. For weddings, it’s the finer details, such as your wedding cake, bouquets, and photography, that count. But as you can see, the finer details aren’t necessarily little things.

One of the main “Finer Details” is making sure you capture your special day so the memories last a lifetime. Capturing your wedding day through pictures and video is essential. Once your wedding day is done, other than your memories, (and your new wife/husband), what you will still have are your photographs and wedding video.

Make sure you get a photographer and videographer who are experienced in capturing weddings. There are no do-overs on your wedding day, so you want to make sure their quality, abilities, and experience is top notch.

If need be, you can get your wedding video copied onto DVD’s by companies such as Nationwide Disc so that everyone who attended can also share the experience with you. (Make sure you have permission to make copies so there is no copyright infringement).

A couple more “Finer Details” are your reception seating arrangement and food.

Let’s face it, there’s going to be some people who really shouldn’t be sitting next to each other. And then there are others who will really enjoy each others company. Be mindful of what is going to make other people happy as well as you.

You also need to be aware of any guests who might have food allergies and make sure your caterer will provide a separate meal choice for them.

Of course, there are plenty of other details that need to be handled. They can easily fall into place by following the checklist that you made.

Yes, there are many things to think of and arrange, but your actual wedding day will be over so fast you’ll be sad that you only have the memories to look back on. Pay attention to the details, particularly those that are most important to you and your partner, and your memories will be even better!

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5 Little Wedding Details That Will Impact Your Special Day

Little Wedding Details Add Impact To Your Special Day

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Planning a wedding is definitely an exercise in money management, from spending wisely to saving money. A big focus is placed on the big expenses (and, of course, rightly so). But, at the onset of your plans, the smaller wedding details, and the impact they can have on your wedding, tend to be forgotten.

It’s the little things pull all of your wedding elements together and help make the day run smoothly. So if you are in the midst of wedding planning, or the big day is edging ever closer, what are the little things you really need to remember?

1. A Note (Or Present) For Your Husband-/Wife-to-Be
Depending on how traditional you are, you may want to get a little wedding day present for your significant other. If not, a note explaining how excited you are to finally marry him or her will help to calm the wedding day nerves. If you are going down the present route, something simple, such as a watch for him, or a bracelet for her is a nice choice. Getting it engraved with both of your initials and wedding date make an extra special touch.

2. Decor Set Up
From the wedding favors to the table settings, setting everything up can take up a lot of time, and you certainly don’t want it left until the last minute. If you have professionals providing any of your decor items, seriously consider having them also do the set-up. It may incur an additional expense, but think of the peace of mind you’ll have knowing it’s taken care of.

If you are doing the decor yourself, or your budget just won’t allow for the additional cost of paying someone, you’ll either have to set it up yourself, or assign the task to somebody else.

It can be very time consuming to set up 20 – 30 centerpieces, so one of the best options to get this done in a timely fashion (and not just thrown together) is to set up one complete centerpiece/table, take a picture of it, and then give the photo to who you’ve assigned to finish the remaining tables. This way they’ll know exactly what you’re wanting and what to do.

3. Wedding Playlists
For all the aspects of planning a wedding that can add to your stress level, this task can be the most fun. Sit down with your partner, open a bottle of wine, and go through the playlists you want. Select songs you would like to hear, and those you absolutely have to hear. Also include artists and genres.

Make sure you choose suitable songs for the meal section, and the cocktail hour, as well as music for your guests to dance to later in the night when they’ve had a few! It’s also important to decide what songs/artists/genres you really do not want to hear, and make sure to share all of this with your DJ.

4. Personal Grooming
Although nobody would see, if you’ve forgotten to shave your legs, it can be a bit mortifying and stressful, to say the least. This is probably a non-issue during the warmer months (shorts and skirts weather, you know), as it’s probably already part of your regular routine. But this may not be so during the colder time of the year.

5. A Memorable Way For The Day To Come To An End
It can be so easy to forget about, especially when you are trying to get everything else in place. But how do you want to remember the conclusion of your wedding day? The music stopping and the lights turned back on, and everyone just standing around? Or with a fun send-off from your guests?

Sparklers are a popular choice, but there several different ways to make an memorable, fun conclusion to your special day, whether it is confetti, rose petals, or something else. You can find plenty of wedding send-off ideas online. Having a fun send-off makes for fabulous photos, and is a fantastic way to for your guests to feel more involved in your wedding day.

It’s those little wedding details you need to remember, as they will diminish stress, add ambience, and add to the joy of your day. Yes, the little things do mean a lot.

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