ceremony

  • Three Things You Need To Do When Planning Your Destination Wedding

    Fact: planning a destination wedding requires a lot more attention to detail.

    Now if that first sentence made you think “is planning a destination wedding really in the cards for me?” don’t let it deter you from having the wedding of your dreams because it can be done! Below we’re dropping a few pointers to help ease the stress if a destination ceremony location is on your radar. Get a planner…

    ASAP! Now can a destination wedding be planned without a planner? Of course it can, anything is possible.

    Do you want to take on a full-time job just planning your wedding? Maybe if you’ve always dreamt about being a wedding planner but most will say “to heck with that added stress!”

    Hiring a wedding planner from the very start will be one of the best investments you’ll make, especially since there is an extra level of attention to detail needed. When looking for a planner, ensure that this person either has extensive experience when it comes to planning a destination wedding, or is someone who resides in the location where you will be traveling to.

    The benefit of hiring a wedding planner in your ceremony location is that they will know the area, and in turn, know the best vendors in the area and not just for the wedding day itself—it can also apply to local accommodations like nearby airports and transportation.

    They will have great connections and relationships established, and may even be able to hook you up with a discount or two! Split the event in two This option is great for both your wallet and your guests! If you’re wanting to have a destination wedding, unless you plan on covering travel for your guests, a destination celebration may not be in the cards for them money wise.

    If you’re trying to find a way to include everyone without putting a financial burden on your guests or yourself, consider splitting your wedding into two parts: the destination celebration for your closest family and friends, and a larger ceremony/reception back home where more people can attend!

    All inclusive is the way to go If you’re starting the search for a venue to host your destination nuptials, we highly recommend picking a venue that is all inclusive. Think about all of the things you will need: tables, chairs, linens, food, etc.

    Remember that you’ll have to individually scope out and coordinate with those vendors. If you book a ceremony and/or reception venue that is all inclusive, you will pay one price that will include all of the necessary items for your wedding day, saving you money (who doesn’t love to save money?)

    Bonus points if the venue is also a hotel allowing you or your guests to block out rooms for their overnight accommodations! Whether you were in a planning rut, or are newly engaged just starting the destination planning process, bookmark this page to easily come back and refer to these tips. Bon voyage and congratulations!

  • Having a Flower Girl at Your Wedding?

    Weddings are all about spending time with the people we love, which is why careful planning and a strategic timetable are crucial for a well-executed day. And a big part of that day is different traditions, one of which is the most adorable member of the squad – the flower girl. But like with most things that are wedding-related, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. So to make sure you are all prepared for those steps down the aisle, here’s what it takes to have a happy and successful flower girl.

    Make sure it’s something she wants

    Sure, you know your niece is going to look absolutely adorable walking down the aisle, throwing about petals and smiling into the camera – but does she want to do that? If this is a child you are close with, you should be able to estimate whether or not they are up to the task. If they don’t usually like being the center of attention and having all eyes on them, don’t put them on the spot. If you, however, aren’t that close to them, you should ask their parents and let them decide. Finally, you need to ask her. If she isn’t sure, or flat out says she doesn’t want to do it, there is no point in forcing it upon her – just let her enjoy the wedding as a guest.

    Explain the duties

    Once you have a willing flower girl, it’s time to explain to her exactly what her duties are. If you think carrying a basket and evenly spreading out petals is a bit too complex of a task, there are plenty of alternatives. She can simply walk down the aisle with a small bouquet or pomander, carry a sign that says “the bride is coming”, or blow bubbles. If you are going with the traditional basket, you can fill it with candies or confetti. Meet up with the flower girl a few times before the ceremony to practice walking, throwing and anything else you’ve planned, and try to set up one rehearsal at the actual venue. If you see that she is struggling with some part of her duties, alter them so that she is comfortable in her role.

    Get the perfect look

    You will definitely not be able to hold back your “awwwwws” while looking through beautiful flower girl dresses. They are all the most adorable things you will ever see and it will be hard to pick a favorite. But this is why you have these things to consider: The girl’s parents should be present when you are choosing the dress, or you should consult them before choosing to make sure that they agree that the dress is appropriate. Secondly, you have to make sure that it is the right size and perfectly comfortable for the flower girl. She will be wearing it the whole day, and any itchiness or tightness will not be tolerated. Next, you want to consider the theme of your wedding. If you have a beach wedding, you don’t want her in a puffy ballgown. Lastly, of course, the flower girl herself needs to like the dress, or she won’t want to wear it. When constructing the look, also consider things like shoes, tights, headpieces, as well as hair and makeup.

    Include her family

    Your biggest allies in this endeavor are the girl’s parents and close family. You want to make sure that they are sitting near the front row during the ceremony, so she knows that she should walk towards them. During the entire process of preparation, they should be present to make sure she feels comfortable. Ideally, one of the bridesmaids (or the bride herself) is the girl’s sister or mother, so that she can attend all of the activities – from hair and makeup to bridal brunch – together with the group. Kids are great, but they are also unpredictable, so having their parent close by will allow for swift problem-solving in case of an emergency.
    Having a flower girl is an amazing addition to a ceremony, but you have to keep in mind that they are still young, and that you shouldn’t expect too much. They will do their best, but if you expect perfection on every step, nobody is going to have a good time. So just let her do her magic and congratulate her as soon as you get the chance.

  • Wedding Cake Alternatives Your Guests Will Love

    There are some things that a wedding simply needs to have: a dress, flowers, speeches, gifts, cake… Or does it? More and more young people are answering that with a firm “no”, and simply doing things their own way – from venues your grandparents would never think of to entertainment, outfits and food choices beyond our dreams. One thing that’s seen plenty of changes is the universal wedding symbol: the cake. Some still have it, but today there are plenty of alternatives as well, so if you are thinking about switching it up a bit too, maybe some of these ideas will help:

    Looks like cake, but isn’t

    While many couples want to offer something different than a cake, there is still an amazing wow factor in seeing a big, tiered dessert. But it doesn’t have to be made out of cake. We’re getting creative and building towers out of donuts, cupcakes, pies, meringues and other sweets. Even an elegant croquembouche has seen a wedding ceremony or two. The desserts are either stacked directly on top of each other or placed on a tiered platter to achieve the wedding cake look. And if you still want something to cut into as a couple, you can place a single tier of cake on top and cut a piece for yourselves.

    Ice cream

    I scream, you scream, we all scream when we see something as creative and fun as this idea. Perfect for summer weddings (or perhaps a winter themed one too?), giving your guests a variety of ice cream to choose from and make their own combination will definitely be the star of the show, and very popular with your younger guests. You can easily find an ice cream store that will come to your wedding with an ice cream truck full of delicious flavors for your guests to choose from, including your favorites, whatever they may be. And instead of cutting the first slice, you can have the first scoop!

    Deconstructed

    Do you want cake, but not exactly cake? That’s perfectly fine. The deliciousness of cake is not in question here, but the traditional presentation can leave a lot to be desired. However, if you opt for any other version of a cake, like cupcakes, cake pops or deconstructed cakes in individual glasses, you can not only have a unique presentation, but also a variety of flavors. Unlike a traditional cake where you have to stick to one flavor combination per tier, if you deconstruct it and make it smaller, you can combine the cake, the buttercream and the filling in so many different ways that every guest will find something they love.

    Pies

    As we come to pies, we can see a clear trend appearing: people want more variety in their dessert selection. And since you can fill a pie with virtually anything, you are well on your way to achieving that. Consider either a selection of pies filled with everything from fruit to chocolate ganache cut into slices for your guests, or make a series of mini-pies, so every guest can enjoy the wonderful flaky crust all the way around. You can also mix up the pastry by making a crumble, a puff pastry pie or other alternatives.

    A little bit of everything

    The best part is, you don’t have to decide on just one option. Make a dessert table that will feature everything you love from candy bars and milkshakes to cookies and cake – everything goes. Try to give the table a theme or tell a story, so it doesn’t feel like a bunch of sweets just thrown together. Maybe you can tell the story of your relationship, from something sweet you had on your first date, and then all the things you had throughout the years. Or you can make it an “around the world” theme, featuring different desserts from all over the world, placing a little flag into each one to show which culture it represents.
    And if you still want a traditional wedding cake – that is perfectly fine. Most of these ideas can also be used as additions to the cake. Just keep your options open, think about what goes with the theme of your wedding, and as long as you are happy with what’s on display and your guests leave full, that is all that matters.

  • Wedding Traditions You Shouldn’t Skip


    Each wedding is unique, and you will go to great lengths to make sure yours is simply perfect. And while you want your wedding to be memorable and have moments that are special only to you, you should also take into considerations the traditions and clichés of the event. Classics carry that title for a good reason, and there are some traditions that you simply shouldn’t skip over. It might be something to do with your religion or heritage or just something that’s been a running theme in your family, but whether it’s a special garment you wear or a small event that will take place during the ceremony, here are the classics that should definitely be a part of your event.
    Speech
    After you’ve officially been pronounced husband and wife, and everyone settles into their seats at the venue, it’s the moment for anyone willing to say a few words. If you give them the heads-up, some people will work long and hard preparing a speech, but if you know that they will be willing and able, you can also ask them in the moment and let them just speak from the heart. Usually, speeches will be given by the parents and siblings, best men and maids of honor, and, of course, the newlyweds. It’s a moment not only to address your new spouse and express your love but also a moment for you to thank everyone else present and tell them how much their support means to you.

    The first dance
    One of the most beautiful moments of any wedding, right after the big “I do”, is the newlyweds’ first dance as husband and wife. However, many couples shy away from this tradition, afraid that their dancing skills are not exactly up to par. But there are many places where you can get lessons and learn the perfect choreography for the first dance. And if you think a simple waltz or quickstep is too boring, you can wow all of your guests by doing a contemporary piece. Glide into the room in a comfortable pair of jazz dance shoes and start your marriage off in style to a song you love, moving to the beat.
    The first look
    There is a saying that we all know about how it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding. And while the superstition might not hold much water, it’s not completely dismissible either. This is the same reason why the bride and groom often don’t go shopping for the dress and suit together. Imagine not seeing your spouse-to-be for the entire wedding day, until that first look, seeing them completely dressed up and simply radiating. It is a moment you will never forget, and you will be forever thankful that you have them.

    The wedding cake
    More and more couples are opting for unique catering ideas for the big day. From ice trays piled high with the finest raw fish to wedding cakes being replaced by macaroon towers and cupcakes. And while variety in taste is greatly appreciated, there is something very special about seeing a three-tiered cake, with a topper representing the two of you – not to mention the fun tradition of cutting the first piece and feeding it to each other, as well as saving the top tier frozen for your first anniversary – if you have that kind of self-control! You can make it personal by incorporating different colors and shapes and, of course, a unique cake topper that is either a depiction of the two of you, or a funny scene.
    Each of these traditions can be modified in a million different ways, and just because it’s a classic, doesn’t mean it has to be boring, or done in the same way it’s been done a million times before. Take it and make it your own, simply taking inspiration from those who have done it in the past. After all – it’s your wedding, and you get to choose how everything goes.