Important Items You’ll Need On Your Wedding Day

There is so much to do in preparation and planning for your wedding day! The food, the decorations, the transport… but what about the things you’ll need on the actual day? Here is a list of things you mustn’t leave home without when the big day arrives!

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Your Dress

It would be pretty hard to turn up at the venue still wearing your silk pajamas! The reason we mention this one is if you aren’t getting ready at home, but at a hotel or friend’s house. When it comes to packing, you could be so caught up in all the other things you forget to grab this from where it hangs on the wardrobe! Remembering to take it will mean no one has to go back for it later that day, and you can enjoy your manicures and mimosas together! When sold, most wedding dresses are put inside a protective bag with a carry-case. Use this case right up until you put your dress on. It will be the best thing to protect it from marks. Keep your dress well out of reach of the sticky fingers of children or the muddy paws of pets. You don’t want to be sponging it down on the morning of the wedding!

Your Wedding Rings

It could be that your other half is in charge of the rings. Or, a member of the wedding party. But it could also be that you choose to look after one another’s rings. Rather than dishing them out of the morning, give them to the right people a day or two before. There is no reason you can’t, and you’ll have more than enough to think about on the day anyway! Make sure you ensure your bands before the big day, especially if you’ve got particularly expensive high end jewelry,  like a diamond or moisanite rings. This puts you at peace of mind, plus it’s one less thing to think about needing to do the day after. That’s when you need to be either going on or planning your honeymoon! A romantic tio when choosing your rings is to look at moissanite bridal sets that could combine your wedding ring with a second keepsake ring, a lovely gift from your husband. If you look at the site Shesaidyes, you can also find designs for the groom too, so you could have wonderfully romantic matching rings.

A Handbag

Your dress, your shoes, you underwear and your jewellery. All pretty obvious things you’ll need to take with you on your wedding day. But what about your handbag? Even if you have one of your bridesmaids look after it, you’ll want to take some of your items with you. Choose one big enough to fit your mobile phone and the lipstick you’re wearing on the day. If you’re wearing false nails or eyelashes, you might also want to take a little tube of glue. And, although it’s unlikely you’ll need to buy anything, pop a bit of cash inside too. You might want to tip someone, or somebody may need to borrow some money for a taxi home. Also, pack plasters, safety pins and paracetamol, and ask your bridesmaids to do the same.

Flat Shoes

Most brides wear heels with their dresses. This is understandable; what girl can resist the temptation of a gorgeous pair? However, be sure to take an equally pretty pair of flats with you. If you want to fit them in your handbag, consider a fold up pair. You can even get boxes of fold-ups flats for all of your female wedding guests. Otherwise, ask your bridesmaid to look after a normal pair for you. You don’t have to wear them, and indeed, might be happy in your heels all day. But you won’t regret having them with you just incase!

Something Old

This and the next three points go for the old tradition. “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” It has to be one of the sweetest wedding traditions out there! Of all the four parts, the something old will probably need the most preparation! It could be something from a grandma or older member of your family, for instance. A piece of jewellery is a good idea; perhaps a necklace, or a dainty pair of earrings. If it’s a ring, remember not to put it anywhere you’ll need to remove it when you put your wedding ring on!

Something New

You can cheat a little bit with this one as it can kinda be anything new you’re wearing. Here is a sweet idea; a few weeks before the wedding, go out shopping and pick out something that makes you feel really special. Like the ‘something old’, it could be a piece of jewellery. The point here, though, is that it should be something you have bought for yourself, with your own money. Wear it on the day to remind yourself of how much of a strong and independent woman you are. Focusing on it during any pre-wedding jitters will help you relax!

Something Borrowed

Have a friend or family member who got married in the last few years? Then you’re in luck. Borrow something from them. It might be the handbag they used on the day or the hoop for their dress. Chances are they’ll be more than happy to lend it, as it means the items gets used again! Just maybe don’t borrow the lingerie they wore…

Something Blue

As this is a very specific colour, you can go as subtle or as obvious as you like. For the former, you could wear a pair of tiny, sapphire studs. Or, if you want to be bold and unique, go for blue shoes. Royal blue looks incredible next to the white of a wedding dress. They’re actually a great way of injecting colour into your outfit for the big day. Think of the ones Carrie wears for her wedding in ‘Sex and The City, the Movie’, with the delicate silver embellishment.
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For all of these items, don’t feel like you have to take full responsibility to collect and take them. After all, that’s what your bridesmaids are for! Give them one or two responsibilities each and you can enjoy your big day!

An Easy Guide To Planning Your Wedding And Honeymoon

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So he popped the question and you’ve said yes. First of all, congratulations! Once you get over the initial ecstasy, it’s time to start planning for the big day! What follows is going to be a strange mix of stress and excitement. You’re in the driver’s seat for planning the happiest day of your life. It’s natural to feel pressured; ceremonies like this only come around once in a lifetime. And although you’re probably bursting with ideas, organising the whole thing might feel a bit daunting. To help you out, here’s a guide to planning your big day and your perfect honeymoon.

Budget

As with anything, you should start with the budget. When you look at the finances available for your wedding, this can be a little disheartening, and that’s without adding in the cost of a honeymoon. We’d all like to get married under the northern lights or in a beautiful Tuscan village. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the means for something like that! The good news is that wedding prices are pretty versatile. Whether you’re spending thousands or are a little more limited, there’ll be a venue and catering service within your budget. If your budget is looking a little tight for what you had in mind, my advice is to look at where you could make savings – whether this be a few less guests, or swapping a sit down meal for a buffet. It’s all about deciding what is most important on your day. Shop around for items like bridesmaid dresses, maybe look at hiring rather than buying  the ushers suits, look at what can be made at home rather than shop bought, the savings you can make are endless.

One way that you could get the honeymoon that you really want is through setting up a honeymoon fund, this is in place of a wedding present list or traditional gift ideas. The idea is that you do the costings for your perfect honeymoon, taking in everything including travel, hotel, food and transfers and then you present this like a traditional online wedding gift list on a site like Travelers Joy (I so love their hashtag #skiptheblender ). Those who want to buy you something can then contribute to your dream honeymoon instead if they wish and you get the chance to truly relax after your big day.

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The Venue

One of the most important aspects of your wedding is the venue. When it comes to choosing the venue, there are things you need to bear in mind. First, have some dates in mind, and allow a bit of flexibility, as you might get a bit of a shock when you first check the availability of  venues. The further ahead you plan your wedding, the more options you’re going to have available. If you’re not too fussy and want something traditional, then you should be fine. However, if you were planning something extravagant or unique, then I recommend pushing the date pretty far ahead in order to not put yourself under to much financial pressure in a short period of time.

When looking at the venue, also think of the food. Whether you are having a buffet or a sit down meal, you need to look at what your venue offers. A company like Elle Cuisine which offers luxury event catering Toronto is perfect for those who love French fine dining, a lovely choice for a wedding.

The Rings

Next we have the rings. Even if you’re quite laid back about the aesthetics of your  wedding in other areas, I advise taking your time with this. You’ll be wearing your ring for the rest of your life, after all! There’s a massive industry for wedding rings, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find something both you and your partner will agree on! There are some gorgeous classic bands out there, but that’s no reason that you have to use them! It’s your day, and your marriage, so take your time finding a pair of rings which says something unique about you. Weddingrings-direct.com has a fantastic selection.

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The Guest List

Next up, the guest list. This is probably the one area of your wedding which you have planned for. While you were working out your budget, you should have set a limit on the reception. Aside from that, the limit on your guest list is completely up to you. Do you want it to be a large and glamorous occasion, or a smaller, intimate affair? I advise creating a kind of family tree structure to draft your guest list. Start with the close family of you and your partner. Then, extend out into your closest friends, and important people in your lives. Keep a strict numbers limit, and soon you’ll have a guest list which you’re both happy with.

The Dress

Choosing the dress is probably the part you were looking forward to the most! You’d have a good reason for this; picking out a dress is probably the most exciting part of the whole planning process. Take your time and have fun! Make sure you try lots of styles and don’t rush into buying the first dress you see.

Once you find your dress ,you’ll need to consider the ushers, bridesmaids and pageboys. Getting a whole dress scheme which fits in with your tastes will give you a uniquely satisfying feeling and will make your wedding a truly stylish affair.

Invites And Finishing Touches

Traditionally, the invitations should be sent three to six months in advance. There’s plenty of time to look at different designs and fonts. Many companies can send out samples so make sure you shop around. After all this, take a look at your budget and shop around for any finishing touches. This could included Chinese lanterns, sparklers, confetti and anything else that could make your day even more magical.

Another gorgeous touch is to add a Flower Wall as a backdrop for your reception photographs. These can be tied into the colour scheme of the wedding, and can provide a really classy touch when it comes to informal shots, and more candid photos. Flower walls can be hired for the day from companies like Dallas Flower Wall Rental, and could also be used as a backdrop for the happy couple during a sit down meal.

There you have it; my guide to planning your wedding. Do you have any further tips for planning that perfect wedding?

6 Must-Know Wedding Planning Tips That Will Make Everything Easier

One of the biggest days in your life is coming, and organization is vital in order to make sure everything goes the way you like it. For most couples, organizing a wedding is an overwhelming process, which is even harder if you don’t have a professional wedding organizer help or run on a tight budget.

However, that doesn’t mean that your wedding should be anything less than perfect. Remember, your wedding must be planned the way you like it. Avoid following trends that many people have when you don’t like it. There are a few wedding planning tips that will help you go through this process.

 

  • The Guests are the First Step

 

Before you go to a venue for searching for the best place, you need to determine the number of guests at your wedding. As a rule of thumb, people follow some essential guides that can determine the space needed for your wedding. For example, you should allow 25 to 30 square feet per guest, just so everyone feels comfortable. It might seem like a lot, and you should keep in mind that there are tables, band, dance floor and etc.

Of course, this should not mean anything, and you can go for a place that you like even with smaller square space per person.

 

  • Word of Mouth

 

Organizing your wedding is not a straightforward process since you need to worry about many things such as florist, photographer, renting a place, hotel management, choosing a band, food options, and much more. The best way and probably the easiest is to follow the advice of some of your vendors. For instance, the photographer can tell you which brand is good or which florist to hire. If you hire vendors that know each other, it will be much easier to communicate and organize the whole thing.

 

  • Optimize your Finances

 

The biggest question when it comes to any wedding is the cost, which can turn out to be a lot. That is why you need to determine your budget before starting to search for a place and always leave enough room for any unexpected costs. Many people follow a basic formula which is 48 to 50 percent of your total budget to the reception, and the florist should take 8 to 10 percent the same as the entertainment (music), the photographer should take 10 to 12 percent, 2 to 4 percent for invites and for gifts and 7 percent if you hire a wedding coordinator. 

This leaves 5 to 10 percent of your budget for surprise expenses and a great way to avoid going over budget.

 

  • Don’t be Afraid to Ask

 

In order to organize the wedding of your dreams with the lowest price possible, you should not be afraid to ask. Often photographers, the band, or the rental place can lower the price and making the whole process more affordable. The same goes for asking for additional features that some of the vendors can offer for free as a bonus.

 

  • Lighten Your Guest List

 

Organizing a wedding on a tight budget can be frustrating. The most significant expense is the number of people at your wedding. For example, if it costs $150 per person, eliminating a table of 10 can save you a whopping $1,500. Additionally, there are fewer invitations, less sitting place rentals, and lower price for flower decoration, which goes more than $1,500. That is why you need to carefully choose the people that will attend your wedding and make sure that it doesn’t spoil your entire budget.

 

  • Keep the Weather in Mind

 

The type of wedding goes along with the season, so if you plan your wedding in the summer, choosing an open space will make everything better, and the same goes for closed space in colder seasons. However, you should always check the weather, which might be impossible to predict if you plan your wedding a long time ahead. Don’t worry too much about the weather. It is not in your control, so you cannot do anything. 

It is like betting on the Kentucky Derby horse race odds and expect your pick to win, which will not always be the case. The best way to organize your open wedding is to have a plan B if it starts raining.

Organizing a wedding can be an overwhelming process, but with good organization, everything will be perfect. Since it is one of the biggest days in your life, you should hire someone to take care of all the planning, but you can also do it yourself, but make sure you don’t ruin your mood.