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  • 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!

  • How To Plan a Stress-Free Wedding During a Pandemic

    It’s 2020 and in the middle of a pandemic your partner just asked you to spend forever with them! Now the question: how do I (and should I?) start planning a wedding during a pandemic…and make it stress-free?

    Below we’re sharing some of our tips for saving your sanity while planning your nuptials (and no, a pandemic shouldn’t stop you!)

    Hire a Wedding Planner

    We may be a bit biased but it is one of THE best investments you’ll make! You know that one corner of your house that collects clutter and the sigh of relief when you finally organize it? When you invest in a wedding planner, we’re that sigh of relief. We will be your go-to for questions, styling, and flawlessly executing your vision. Plus, with regulations constantly evolving, we can be the point of contact in the event of needing to make any adjustments. Say hello to your new best friend!

    Start your dress shopping online

    If you’ve created that dream dress board on Pinterest, now is the time to kick that dream into reality! Think about what silhouettes and details you are attracted to and start making a list of gowns you think you’d like to try on.

    Tip: Don’t overwhelm yourself by booking tons of appointments, you’ll end up confusing yourself trying on dress after dress (yes, we know it’s fun!) If you insist on visiting a few shops, stick to a maximum of 3. Trust your stylist, when you put on “the one,” you’ll know!

    Go the digital route

    Designing the perfect invites, custom calligraphy, beautifully lined envelopes. While it’s a nice touch, it can also take a toll on your budget! By choosing the digital route for your invitations (which can still be customized just like paper invites), you can kiss goodbye tracking down RSVP’s, as well as easily make changes with a click of a button.

    Pick a venue that offers an all-inclusive package

    If you thought the venue was just the space to hold your event and the rest was on you, think again! Many venues offer an all-inclusive package which can include your tables, chairs, dance floor, and more! Rentals can add up quickly so not only will you save time finding vendors to rent these items from, but also money!

    Just because a venue offers an all-inclusive package, doesn’t mean you HAVE to use what they offer. If you would rather rent your own chairs, go for it! Just ensure to communicate this with your vendor and brainstorm with your wedding planner as they can point you in the direction of vendors they love and trust!

    There it is, some of our top tips on planning a stress-free wedding during a pandemic! If you’re reading this after the pandemic, you can still put all of these tips to use when planning your day. Darling, don’t panic, we’ve got your back! Are you ready to bring your dream wedding to life? Download our information packet and let’s get to planning!

  • How To Make Powerful Wedding Wishes

    A wedding is a very special occasion. A couple deciding to live together forever till they live. Make a family, with children who may become leaders of tomorrow in their own fields.

    As the time goes forward, weddings are losing their special place. Who knows when the newly weds will file for divorce? Earlier it was not so simple. Divorces were not looked at as a possibility to be exercised easily. How does one wish a newly wedded couple?What are wishes? What is the role of wishes in a couple’s life? Why do we wish them a happy life together?

    Let us examine. The first role of a wish is to join the couple in their happiness. Share the happiness. “Yes, I am very happy for both of you. I feel very happy myself on this beautiful occasion. I wish you a lovely life together. Please enjoy your life together. Fight your battles together and share your fruits of labor together. Please bring new children in this world. Make them happy citizens of a happy world.”

    We have such thoughts and convey our thoughts to the couple in many words. Sometimes, it so happens that watching everybody wishing the couple, we all become mechanical in our wishes. The warmth gets lost. The words lose the deeper meaning and become more of a ceremony to be finished as soon as possible.

    We can avoid this happening. When you attend a wedding next, look at the couple carefully. Imagine their future life together. The children, the middle age, and growing old together till death separates them. Imagine the whole life that they will live together. Imagine the pains and the pleasures of their life. Ignore looking at the decorations, the guests and everything else.

    Focus only upon the couple and you will find a transformation taking place in your thoughts. After this your wishes will be spoken from the heart and your wishes will truly impact the lives of the couple. Make your wishes help the couple in every way.

    Hundreds of such heart spoken wishes will bring forward such a change that the couple will surely have a beautiful life. Wishes have power. We may not be able to understand that power. But if wishes are made from the heart, that power can destroy many obstacles. Please use that power, because you have it.

  • How To Make Your Own Wedding Favors

    Everybody knows that a wedding is a costly event to organize. Gone are the days where the parents of the bride paid for the day in full.

    Now it is common for those actually getting married to contribute to the costs and many people feel that they do not wish to begin their married lives in debt, courtesy of the wedding itself.

    There are simple ways in which you can reduce the costs at a wedding without compromising on tradition, taste and quality. One of the easiest things to do at a lower price is the making of your own wedding favors.

    These can be expensive if bought for all of your guests and making your own allows you to reduce this cost significantly. It also gives you the opportunity to personalise them to your color themes and the fact that they are handmade makes them more special for your guests to receive.

    The first thing to do is to decide what to put in your favors. Most people choose to use pot pourri or confectionery in them. Once you have decided this it is important to gather all of the materials you will need together. The best place to make these is at a table where you have sufficient room to lay everything out but have it close to hand for when you need it.

    You will need to decide on a color for your favors. This can be to match the décor of the room where they will be displayed or a color found in your bouquet or bridesmaid dresses. Then select an accent color to compliment this. For example, should you decide on yellow as your main color you may choose purple to compliment it.

    You will need to purchase pre-cut wedding favor wraps. These can start at as little as $10 for 50. Then you simply place an amount of the filling in the centre, gather the wrap around it and tie the top with a small length of ribbon. The easiest way to do them quickly is to take your time making the first one and add or remove the filling until the amount is perfect.

    Then try different lengths of ribbon until you have the one you like best. Once you have one favor which is exactly how you want it, dismantle it again. Keep the parts together and use them as a guide for all of the others.

    Cut multiple pieces of ribbon, using the length of the completed favor to ensure it is the length you require. Planning a wedding can be stressful and making your own favors may seem like an additional burden. However, it is a great way of lowering costs. Why not get your bridesmaids round, open a bottle of wine (or two!) and between you they will all be made in no time.

  • Keep These Things In Mind When Planning Your Wedding Menu and Bar

    Food brings us together and you can probably agree that one of the things you are looking forward to most on your wedding day is the reception dinner! It may feel daunting accurately determining how much each person will eat or drink.

    If you’re unsure where to start, here is some food for thought when planning your menu and bar.

    Determine your menu style

    Start by having an idea on the catering style you want to offer. Are you wanting a sit-down style, buffet, or heavy appetizers in place of a meal? While you are considering your menu options, also take into consideration the cost and how it fits into your budget (your caterer or planner can help you determine this.) While some think that substituting appetizers in place of a meal will be a more affordable option, it will often end up costing you more as you pay per item, not per person. If you have a tighter budget, a buffet option may be more suitable for as you are charged per head.

    Determine your bar style

    Guests will be sure to head for the bar to kick off the cocktail hour post ceremony, but it’s important to determine what style of bar you want to offer. You’ve most likely heard of an open bar and this usually comes in two tiers:

    – Bar package (where you are charged per head based on the number of guests attending which covers all alcohol)

    – By consumption (where the bar keeps a tally of the drinks ordered and you pay for what has been consumed.)

    The package is a great option if you expect consumption to be high, paying by consumption will keep your bill lower if you don’t expect guests to drink very much.

    While there are other options, such as a cash bar (where guests foot the bill), we recommend not going this route as it puts the financial responsibility on your guests (although may be the best option if your food and drink budget is smaller!) There are many more options, so coordinate with your caterer to find the best one for you!

    So…how much?

    The amount of food needed for your event will be determined by the catering staff dependent on your guest count, but how about appetizers?

    Here’s a general rule to follow when it comes to determining how much to order:

    – 2-4 bites/person if appetizers are being served 30-60 minutes prior to the meal

    – 5-6 bites/person if appetizers are being served 2 hours prior to the meal

    – 12-15 biter/person if appetizers are being served in place of a meal Keep in mind that tray-passed appetizers will last longer than those that are displayed buffet style.

    When it comes to consumption of drinks, a general rule to follow is your guests will most likely consume 2-3 drinks during cocktail hour and then 1 drink/hour following. We hope these tips help ease your mind and wallet when it comes to planning your food and drinks for your big day. Bon appetit!

  • How To’s For Choosing The Best Man And Matron Of Honor

    The trick with having a wedding party is that eventually you’re going to have to choose someone to be the ‘best’ something. Women have it slightly easier because they can opt to have a Matron of Honor as well as a Maid of Honor, but even so, it’s a difficult decision to make. Any tips?

    Ladies first

    Many women feel the pressure of having to choose their ‘bestest’ friend for the honor of being Matron or Maid in their wedding. They feel like they are leaving one of their friends out or hurting their feelings.

    First of all, realize that the duty of being in the wedding party is enormous. The Matron of Honor has a lot to do before and during the wedding itself, so you will want to choose someone that you think can handle it. If you’re the bride, you may feel that you have to choose a family member as well, but that’s not necessary.

    You might include them as a part of the party, but if you have a really close friend that you want to bestow the honor upon, then do so. Find someone who isn’t overly busy or committed. If they live in the town that you’ll be married in, that’s great too. Even if you’re out of town, you’ll get to be able to visit each other and she can make arrangements while you’re at your home.

    You also want to find someone who isn’t financially burdened. The thing is that gowns, showers, bachelorette parties, and gifts all cost money, so you don’t want to stretch them.

    And then the men

    Just like choosing the Matron or Maid of Honor, you don’t want to choose someone that ‘should’ be the Best Man. This should be someone that you can count on to plan the bachelor party and get the other groomsmen to stay on schedule. Of course, your best friend may fit this bill, so the decision might be easy.

    Again, don’t pick someone who doesn’t have a lot of time or is financially strapped. Picking someone to be your right hand person is an important decision and an honor for the person that you ask. Although you may think that they are the right person, they may decline the offer and the extra work. In that case, you will need to find someone else to fill the role.

  • How-To Pick The Perfect Destination For Your Wedding

    A destination wedding is a wedding that takes place in a location that is not home to either the bride or the groom or their families. Couples may choose a location that they have always wanted to visit for the location of their destination wedding. The couple may also opt to have their wedding in the location of their honeymoon so that there honeymoon will start immediately after the wedding.

    There are certain advantages and disadvantages to having a destination wedding. One of the most defining advantages is the ability to have a wedding in a beautiful and exotic location.

    Another advantage to a destination wedding is that if you choose to honeymoon in the same location you will first of all already be at your honeymoon location at the conclusion of the wedding and furthermore you will likely receive a discount on your honeymoon stay because you have already had your wedding at the location. One of the distinct disadvantages of a destination wedding is that the planning process can be difficult and that you are often unable to fully enjoy the planning process.

    Another disadvantage to destination weddings is that they are typically not well attended due to the fact that travel is expensive. A destination wedding can be used as the opportunity to enjoy a long weekend with close friends in a convenient location. The following are a few tips for turning your destination wedding into a fun-filed extended weekend for your guests.

    The location of your wedding can play a key role in the style of your wedding. Some couples opt for a ceremony at a church followed by a reception at a catering hall while others may wish to hold the ceremony outdoors but have a reception at an indoor location.

    Still others choose to hold both the ceremony and the reception at a catering hall. Whichever option you choose for your wedding it is important to ensure that the location you choose has all of the elements that you were seeking in a wedding location such as ambiance, seating capacity, a dance floor or anything else that you require.

    Las Vegas is another popular destination wedding location. The lure of a Las Vegas wedding is that there is so much to see and do in this city. Guests can choose to spend their free time gambling, taking in shows or visiting the many famous restaurants in the area. Guests can also choose to visit some of the extravagant and world famous hotels in the area.

    Maximum occupancy is another important consideration when choosing the perfect wedding location. While you may really like the intimacy that a quaint location that seats only 50 guests affords, this is not a feasible option for a couple who has invited over 300 guests to their wedding. Likewise a large reception space that is capable of seating 500 people is not a good option for a couple who is planning a small wedding with only a handful of close friends and family members.

    It is important to choose a wedding location that is capable of accommodating the number of guests that you have invited without being large enough to accommodate almost twice as many people that you have invited. Choosing a venue that is either too small or too big is not feasible because a venue that is too small will be cramped and may not fit all of your guests while a venue that is too big will be a waste of money because large spaces often include a minimum number of guest required and you may wind up paying for more guest than you actually have in attendance.

  • How To Choose The Perfect Engagement Ring

    Of all the pieces of jewelry that you will ever have to purchase the most important one of all is her engagement ring. This is the ring that she will carry with her and most likely wear for the rest of her life.

    At least as long as things go the way you are planning! Choosing the right ring is going to make your life much happier and she will be able to feel proud every time that she walks out of the house.

    In order to choose the right engagement ring you need to know what she likes. Find out what her tastes are in jewelry because there are many different kinds of rings out there on the market today.

    Some of the rings are every traditional and stately and others are more modern and interesting. The choice is yours but if she doesn’t like it that can be pretty bad for you both. It is a very important thing to learn just what kind of ring she will like the best. So how can you find this out without asking her?

    Talk to her family and friends. Let them know what you are planning and make sure that they don’t say anything! They most likely have a good idea of what she will like the best.

    Ask if there is a type of ring or a shape of stone that she has always talked of. Perhaps she has always wanted a trinity engagement ring or a princess cut solitaire diamond, or maybe she wants some colored gems in her engagement ring. Find out these kinds of things before you go shopping for the ring and you will have a much better chance of choosing appropriately.

    If you have a definite idea of the engagement ring that you want to get for her and you cannot find it in any stores then you are going to have to look into getting it custom made. There are many jewelers, most of the higher end ones, that will be able to do design the perfect ring for your favorite woman.

    They can help you bring to life any ideas that you have in mind. We are talking about talented and creative designers who have been doing this kind of thing for years. If you are ready to take the matter into your own hands then you need to get a fantastic designer to work on your engagement ring. This also adds a personal touch that no store bought ring can do.

    If you want to pick the way the ring works but you do not want to go to the time and expense that a custom ring can cost you can choose to put it together yourself.

    There are all kinds of website that will allow you to customize an engagement ring in just a couple of minutes. The choices that you will get to choose from will not be as advanced as a true custom ring, but you will be able to choose the shape and size of the diamond, as well as the setting and the kind of gold.

  • How To Plan A Beach Wedding

    A beach wedding is a romantic’s dream. The sand, water and sunshine make it such a peaceful location for a wedding. With any outdoor wedding there comes many considerations. A beach wedding also brings extra concerns because of the sand and water. The following gives considerations that any couple should make when planning a beach wedding to make sure that everything goes off smoothly.

    Weather. This is a typical concern for any outdoor wedding. Beaches are windy, open spots, so there are more weather concerns than if the wedding were to be held in a backyard. Winds can get strong and therefore anything that could blow away or tangle up in the wind should be avoided or secured.

    The sun is also strong at the beach. Guests comfort should be considered. Guests should be made aware so they can bring sunscreen and dress appropriately. Shade should also be provided. Rain is always a possibility, so the couple should rent a tent just in case.

    Special Beach Concerns. Beaches are made of sand. People sitting in chairs sink into the sand. This means a couple should rent a floor for the ceremony. The tide is another consideration. The couple should know when the tide comes in and how far, so they can plan the wedding in an area where they will not be flooded out.

    Due to the windy, noisy nature of the beach sound is another consideration. The couple should think about having a sound system to broadcast their wedding so guests can hear. If the beach does not have restrooms then the couple will have to rent those as well. Another thing for the couple to think about if using a public beach is that other people may be around. It is important to not stage the wedding in a popular spot. The rules of the beach must also be followed, so the couple should check those out ahead of time.

    These two points mention the major things couples often overlook when planning a beach wedding. Of course the size of the guest list may affect some of these considerations.

    Whether or not the reception will also be at the beach may bring on more things to think about as well. Beach weddings are romantic and they often go smoothly. When couples really plan out the event a beach wedding can make this magical day even better.

    
    	
    	  	
    	
  • How To Make Your Own Wedding Cake – You Bet You Can Do It

    Just like when you have a professional make your cake for you, enlisting some relative help also needs a plan. You can go to many books of weddings cakes for more intricate guidelines or just look at pictures in magazines. Try to find something simple, but also something that you think would be perfect for your wedding’s theme.

    When you think that you’re found what you like, try to determine how many tiers it has and what decorations you want to add. With these things in mind, you can begin to plan out the building of your wedding cake. Making plans Looking at the picture of the cake that you’d like, try to break it down in your mind.

    Figure out the number of tiers it has (perhaps you need more or less) so that you can determine how many baking pans you will need. After that, you will want to see how many tubes of icing or jars of frosting you will need to complete the decorations. A lot of the time, you may find that ordering a traditional cake is the same expense.

    If you’re determined to make your cake, the best suggestion is to make a trial one. Even if it’s just one layer, you want to try out your plan to see if the one that you have chosen can be recreated. Bake a layer of the cake (any old cake mix will do, but you may want to go with the name brands for your wedding) and set it aside to cool. You want to make sure that the cake is completely cooled before putting any icing on it because warm cake will cause the icing to melt.

    Apply the icing with a pastry spatula like you might apply spackle on a wall. Take your time to smooth out all the areas. Pretend like this is the real cake and see what it looks like. If you’re impressed (and of course, after you’re tasted it), then go ahead and get the ingredients to make an entire cake.

    Your wedding cake will be best if you make it the day before so that everything has time to settle and no one has to rush around to bake on the day of. Set aside a special room or area so that it will remained untouched and out of the way. You may even want someone to transport it to its final location first thing in the morning to avoid any rushing about.