• Past Wedding Traditions You Can Make Your Own

    We find that there is a common question that comes up among brides when planning their wedding: “what is traditional?”

    While there are things that used to be considered traditional, more couples are starting to let go of what their parents did and doing things their way.

    Don’t get us wrong, if there is a tradition that is rooted in your religion or culture, by all means carry on that tradition, we want to respect and recognize the things that make you who you are.

    If you’re planning your wedding and keep asking yourself “do I have to do that?” we’re going to break down some well known traditions that you can skip all together, or upgrade with your own personal twist!

    The first look This is the only exception where we say yes, but only because the first look is going to happen at some point! How you have your first look is completely up to you though. It had been said to be bad luck if the couple saw each other prior to walking down the aisle but couples are no longer abiding by that rule.

    Whether you choose to hold hands but not see each other or do a private, secluded first look with just the two of you, there are many ways to have a “first look.” Separate sides at the ceremony You’re bringing everyone together to celebrate your love, so why try to keep people separate?

    You’ve probably seen signs that say “pick a seat, not a side…” and this couldn’t be more true! Tip:

    If you will be allowing guests to sit where they choose, reserve the first two rows on each side for the parents and grandparents or any other immediate family. Bride standing on the left side While it has been common for the bride to stand on the left and the groom on the right, this is no longer something that people follow.

    Especially as we celebrate same-sex couples, we don’t want anyone to feel they have to label themselves and stand on that designated side. Stand on whichever side makes you the most comfortable or if you photograph better on one side than the other, stand on that side! Saying vows during the ceremony While it can be sweet to hear your significant other confess their love for you in front of all of your family and friends, you don’t have to say your vows during the ceremony. Vows can be incredibly personal so if you would like, opt for saying these during your first look together.

    The bouquet or garter toss Don’t want to single out your partnerless friends or not exactly a fan of the history behind the garter toss? Not to worry! Instead, opt for something like an anniversary dance or a newlywed game. Just because it was tradition then doesn’t mean it’s tradition now! Tradition is whatever you want it to be so go on and mix it up, start something new, or nix it all together. It’s your day, do it YOUR way!

  • 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.