#outdoorweddings

  • How to choose a perfect wedding venue

    You have found an excellent groom and bought that superb dress. You’re anticipating a flawless wedding. You now desire the perfect wedding venue. Choose wisely when finding a wedding venue.

    It is, after all, where you will share lasting memories with friends and relatives. Here are some wonderful ideas for that perfect wedding venue. Trust your intuition. When you arrive at a certain venue you will automatically have a certain reaction towards it.

    Trusting your instinct is important. If you have a good feeling about the venue then that’s a good start.You will know if a particular venue is right for you or not. You should not however leave out the logical choices in choosing a wedding venue. It will have to feel right because you and the man you love will exchange vows here.

    Pace yourself. Don’t go rushing into choosing the perfect wedding venue. Having a wedding is one of the most important events in your life so you will want to make a wise decision. Try to start looking for a venue about a year before the wedding date if possible. You will then have enough time to make good decisions and alter the venue if something happens.

    Think about the size. The venue size is vitally important in your decision. Pick a venue that is too tiny and it will be awkward and annoying. The wedding will loose its intimacy if the venue is too large. The number of guests will dictate the the size.

    You will need a rough idea of how many guests you will plan on inviting before looking for your wedding venue. Try to be as accurate as possible. Don’t just say I want to invite from 200 to 500 guests. Such a large difference in the number of guest would affect venue size.

    Remember to leave enough space for the dance area. The more guests you have, the bigger space you need to designate for the dance area. Review the parking area. Many people who have attended weddings complain of limited parking space.

    Make sure your choice of wedding venue has generous space for all of your guests. Parking may be a minor consideration but it could be the key between a satisfied guest and a frustrated one. Find out if there are any restrictions for the venue.

    There might be some type of noise restriction which would hinder your decision to hire a band and have a loud sound system. There are time restrictions on some venues while others let you have a great time all night long.

    There are even some with restrictions on decorations. Ascertain whether the venue would allow you to bring your own florist, caterer, decorator, etc because some might have specific professionals and contractors they would like you to use. Create a diagram of your wedding.

    Have a setup on paper or your mind before choosing a wedding venue. You have to know where each of the following will be located: reception area, dining area, and seating for guests, etc. Then review whether your venue fits the setup you have in mind.

  • 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.

  • How To Plan Your Dream Wedding

    Planning a wedding and keeping your sanity is not an easy task. Everyone knows that planning a wedding can be an extremely stressful and trying time, especially as the big day approaches. One of the most important details of the wedding is the actual wedding date.

    This is usually the detail that is taken care of first. Factors in choosing a date include the availability of the venue where the wedding will take place and availability of friends and family on the assigned date. It is also advisable to set a budget before you start to make plans. This way you’re able to organize the details according to your budget.

    Some venues where weddings are held offer discounts on days when traditionally, weddings are not held. Also, the time the wedding takes place also becomes a factor in the expense. For example, mornings and afternoon receptions are usually cheaper than receptions held in the evening.

    Venues can offer discounts depending on the time of year. Just after the holidays could be a good time to hold a wedding if you are considering the cost. This time is not considered a ‘peak time’, therefore the price tends to be less expensive.

    It’s important to talk to your fiancée about the size of your wedding. Your dream wedding might not be your fiancée’s. So it’s necessary for you to discuss details such as the location of the venue/reception, the number of people who get invited to the wedding/reception, and the choice of entertainment.

    It’s important to reach an agreement on the guest list. If you want to keep the wedding an intimate affair, only family and/or friends would be invited. If you wanted to have the wedding of the century, friends and family, long lost relatives, the whole neighborhood and high school buddies could be invited.

    When making the guest list, consider the space capacity of your chosen venue. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to capture this momentous occasion. Sure, your friends can take good pictures and some of them may own a camcorder. But for this special occasion, you would want something special, lasting, and visually presentable. This way you could also share them with your friends and family. Don’t forget the cake! It’s a good idea to have a tasting first, before settling on a cake. Invite your family and friends for the cake tasting. This way, this task becomes fun for everyone!

    Order wedding invitations. If you want to get creative, you can always print your own. This way, you can customize them, and add a more personal touch to the invitation. Don’t forget to start looking for a wedding gown months before the wedding so the bride has plenty of time to make a selection.

    Also, the groom should make arrangements to rent or buy a tuxedo preferably in advance in case there is trouble with the fitting. Couples who don’t have enough time on their hands or just find the preparations that go into planning a wedding too overwhelming can always just hire a wedding planner. This way, everything gets organized and coordinated for them. But if you decide to go the wedding planner route, don’t forget to add this cost into your budget.

  • 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.