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Seaside Inspiration: Beach Wedding Ideas to Make Your Guests Feel Extra Special

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Seaside Inspiration: Beach Wedding Ideas to Make Your Guests Feel Extra Special

When you’re planning a wedding, you want to ensure that your guests are as comfortable as can be. Easy to do, if your wedding is in a classic cathedral and you hold the reception at a nice comfy venue. Keeping your guests comfortable and at ease at a seaside wedding may take a bit more creativity. Here are some of our favorite inspiring ideas that will make your beach wedding guests feel (almost) as special as the bride and groom.

Guest comfort from toe to head

When you hold your wedding on a sandy beach, there’s an excellent chance your guests will want to take their shoes off. Provide some sort of “shoe station” along the path where guests will approach the beach wedding. A simple grass mat held in place with heavy pebbles can suffice. For a larger wedding with more guests, consider a portable shelving unit with legs planted firmly in the sand. Make a sign that invites guests to go barefoot and offer three baskets of brand-new flip flops in small, medium and large sizes. Somewhere at the shoe station, offer a new soft painter’s brush that guests can use to whisk sand from between their toes before putting their shoes back on, recommends Exclusively Weddings.

 

Daytime seaside weddings can be bright, sunny events, especially on hot summer afternoons. Provide an assortment of cheap sunglasses that guests may use to deflect ocean glare and take home later as a beach wedding favor. Go all out and offer cute straw hats and woven fans, too. Thoughtful brides and grooms want their guests to feel the love, not heatstroke.

 

 

Food and drink, beach wedding style

Take a tip from the Tradewinds Island Resort, and present individual servings of crudites and dip. Peel carrots and cut them lengthwise into five-inch sections. Do the same with stalks of celery. Poke a peeled, halved radish with a toothpick and place an assortment of veggies into unbreakable cups with an inch or so of ranch dressing inside. Individual servings of shrimp or crab cocktail are always welcomed at beach weddings and offer a taste reminiscent of the nearby sea.

Decorate a picnic table with white linens. Hot-glue metal washers every few inches along the hem of the tablecloth to prevent it from flapping in the beachy breeze. Lay a pretty spread of beach-friendly foods such as sushi, iced oysters on the half shell, coconut shrimp and sliced crusty bread, and don’t forget the napkins.

Have a canoe? Scrub the inside, haul it to the beach and fill it with ice and canned beverages or drinks in plastic bottles. Many beaches disallow glass containers, so you might have to keep the champagne in a bucket in the car and serve in plastic glasses. Be sure to have a recycling receptacle handy, too.

Of course, the most important part of a beach wedding is the love and delight you share with your beloved, your families, and your friends. Make everyone feel as special as you do on your once-in-a-lifetime day.

Rebecca Francis works in a bridal boutique and has been a bridesmaid 5 times but is not a bride herself yet! She writes about wedding dress choices online.

Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

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Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

Hello 2017! We hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and we wish all of you an even better 2017. The year of the Chicken or Rooster is upon us. Still a few more weeks until that changes over and I bet many of you are ready for a fresh start, new energy and opportunities. I know I am. 2016 was a rough one on many levels for myself and my family but within the dark times there is always light.

I’m excited to start the first post of 2017 off with a real wedding! This wedding is stunning and makes us want to book a flight to Australia right now. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Julia and Michael’s wedding day. Cheers!

The Details…
How did you and your partner meet?
Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced at university. Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting our furbabies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.


How did he propose?
Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition especially using that ring. He did add his own flair, however, having starting the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the cupboard to make me breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met


How did you choose your wedding gown?
I didn’t have specific inspiration for my gown, I just wanted to choose a gown that made me feel myself, and this was perfect. I loved my gown which was a fit and flare, strapless luxurious satin gown designed by Cristiano Lucci. Featured an intricate beaded belt and dramatic beaded skirt and train. I loved how this gown made me feel and how it fitted on the day! It matched the glamorous theme I was hoping for! My accessories were as follows:

My veil- a custom length 4 meter veil by Wedding Veils Australia, exclusively stocked through  two-tier veil, made in ivory glimmer tulle, customized cathedral length, and beaded edges made up of Swarovski clear crystals along the edges, with top tier having teardrop crystals spaced along the edge.

My shoes- Badgley Mishka “Gene” shoes, satin Mary Jane peep toe shoes which had embellishments on the heel that matched my gown!

My something blue was offered by my delicate lace garter, which my maid of honour and best friend had bought for me when we were travelling together in Venice in 2012, long before the engagement!


What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted an old fashioned gold glamour with romantic touches, with main colours of gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroons. I once saw a wedding photoshoot set in a forest, with strong bold berry colours but accented with metallics. I was inspired by the bold colours and how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so we developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. I fell in love the champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! I was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match.


Any DIY décor elements?
Almost everything was DIY! We did the tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationery and bonbonniere amongst other things!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would take more photos with my family, as we somehow missed the opportunity because it was so busy!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Tips on how to enjoy the engagement:

Really remind yourself that the wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other, forever. We took on board a lot of family support and ideas, which can be stressful. For us we wanted to make sure our families were happy, and took that stress on willingly, as our families have done so much for us. At the end though, we just had to remember that the day would mean we’d be married, and all the stresses sort of become insignificant! And have a party, why not!

On Planning:

I adored wedding planning, at every stage. I would recommend that brides use so many of the resources online and in bridal magazines that helped me along. Our relatively short engagement period meant we had to be decisive in decision-making and I loved what we came up with. I felt that the day was a perfect representation of what we both wanted, which is so important, and in the end the day will be what it is! Money can be stressful too, but just make sure to use DIY options available!

 And on the Wedding Day:

BREATHE! I nearly forgot to do this so many times. But you’ll have surrounded yourselves with vendors and people you trust. So take a back seat to the operational aspect of the day, and focus on the actual event- marrying your fiancé!

Thank you for your submission. You too can submit your real wedding for a chance to be featured on our blog. For info on how to do so CLICK HERE. Here are all the fab vendors that made their day so special.

Who Made it Happen?
Couples Names:  Michael Wentworth-Perry and Julia Price
Wedding Date:
26th February 2016
Dress: 
Cristiano Lucci http://www.cristianolucci.com/gallery.php?i=122
Makeup:
Shopgirl Beauty
Hair:
Leslie Henshaw
Stationery: Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Shoes: 
Badgley Mishka
Accessories: 
LOVEON Jewellery http://www.loveonjewellery.com.au/
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore  Jadore.com.au
Grooms Suit:
Overseas tailor
Photographer:
Keepsake Photography http://keepsakephoto.com.au/
Cake:
Traditional cake- Cake of Your Dreams
Croquembouche: Croissandor
Food:
ANU House
Flowers:
Silk Florahttp://silkflora.com.au/
Ceremony Venue:
St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra
Reception Venue:
ANU House
Videographer: Say Hello to Forever http://www.sayhellotoforever.com.au/
DJ: Mr Michael Music
Live music: Jay Boats
Transport: Select Limousines

Want A Wedding Overseas? Everything You Need To Consider Before You Start Planning!

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Want A Wedding Overseas? Everything You Need To Consider Before You Start Planning!

There are lots of reasons why people are considering heading overseas for their big day. For one thing, it can be more intimate with fewer guests. And you can get hitched in a stunning location. Or you might have somewhere that is special to you both that you want to play a significant role in your wedding day. However, there are some downfalls to having your big day abroad. Therefore, before you put pen to paper and start planning, here is everything you need to consider about getting married abroad.

There are lots of reasons why people are considering heading overseas for their big day. For one thing, it can be more intimate with fewer guests. And you can get hitched in a stunning location. Or you might have somewhere that is special to you both that you want to play a significant role in your wedding day. However, there are some downfalls to having your big day abroad. Therefore, before you put pen to paper and start planning, here is everything you need to consider about getting married abroad.    					Pixabay   Who will be able to travel to the wedding?    Although some couples might like a small wedding, it can be stressful if your loved ones can’t make it. After all, it does make your wedding extra special if you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest when tying the knot. Therefore, tell your guest list about the plan to get married abroad. That way, you can find out who can realistically afford the travel and accommodation for your big day. For people you really want at your wedding, you ought to lend them some money so that they can attend. After all, you don’t want to look back with regret that couldn’t make the wedding! And for the guests that are attending, you can read our blog for some tips to tell your guests, so they are ready for your big day.   Where would you want to hold the wedding?    Before you start planning your wedding, you need to consider where you want to hold your big day. After all, you want to choose wisely so that you have an amazing wedding which no one will forget. You ought to choose a destination which means something to you and your other half. For example, if you have relatives in France, you might want to go there to get hitched. Or you might want to head somewhere which is known for romance such as Italy. Once you have decided on where to go, you can hunt down wedding venues which will be perfect for your big day!   Would you be able to plan the wedding from home?   As you will know, weddings take so much planning. In fact, the average wedding can take up to 18 months to arrange. And if you are thousands of miles away from your wedding venue, it can be a challenge to organize it. Therefore, before you decide on any particular destination, you need to look for suppliers in that location. That way, you can work out if you can arrange it from the comfort of your home. You might also want to look into hiring a wedding planner at the destination to organize everything for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about sorting everything. Or if you can stretch your budget, you might want to head out there for a week or two before your big day to get as much organized as you can.   Remember to figure out how much the wedding will cost you before you fork out a ton of money on an overseas wedding. And ensure you check out the laws and regulations about getting married in the particular country. There might be a lot of documents to fill out before you can get hitched!

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Who will be able to travel to the wedding?

Although some couples might like a small wedding, it can be stressful if your loved ones can’t make it. After all, it does make your wedding extra special if you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest when tying the knot. Therefore, tell your guest list about the plan to get married abroad. That way, you can find out who can realistically afford the travel and accommodation for your big day. For people you really want at your wedding, you ought to lend them some money so that they can attend. After all, you don’t want to look back with regret that couldn’t make the wedding! And for the guests that are attending, you can read our blog for some tips to tell your guests, so they are ready for your big day.

Where would you want to hold the wedding?

Before you start planning your wedding, you need to consider where you want to hold your big day. After all, you want to choose wisely so that you have an amazing wedding which no one will forget. You ought to choose a destination which means something to you and your other half. For example, if you have relatives in France, you might want to go there to get hitched. Or you might want to head somewhere which is known for romance such as Italy. Once you have decided on where to go, you can hunt down wedding venues which will be perfect for your big day!

Would you be able to plan the wedding from home?

As you will know, weddings take so much planning. In fact, the average wedding can take up to 18 months to arrange. And if you are thousands of miles away from your wedding venue, it can be a challenge to organize it. Therefore, before you decide on any particular destination, you need to look for suppliers in that location. That way, you can work out if you can arrange it from the comfort of your home. You might also want to look into hiring a wedding planner at the destination to organize everything for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about sorting everything. Or if you can stretch your budget, you might want to head out there for a week or two before your big day to get as much organized as you can.

Remember to figure out how much the wedding will cost you before you fork out a ton of money on an overseas wedding. And ensure you check out the laws and regulations about getting married in the particular country. There might be a lot of documents to fill out before you can get hitched!

It’s The Little Things That Make Your Wedding Picture Perfect

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It’s The Little Things That Make Your Wedding Picture Perfect

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?

Start With The Invites

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

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The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.

Food, Glorious Food

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

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The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.

Write Your Wedding Vows

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

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I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.

Shine Like A Star

It all starts with the proposal. One person gets down on one knee and asks to commit the ultimate declaration of love and commitment, a wedding. You’ll get swept up in the romance I’m sure and completely forget that you only have a year to plan a wedding. A year seems like a long time right now doesn’t it? But just you wait. In a few months, you’ll realize that you haven’t even started getting things prepared. We grow up watching TV shows and movies where they seem to throw a wedding together in a couple of hours. But that’s not a real possibility. Particularly, if you want your wedding to be absolutely picture perfect. How do you guarantee this happens?       Start With The Invites    Credit Image   The first step is to get the invites right. If you create stunning invitations, the rest will follow. I suggest you begin by looking at embossed stationery. These look absolutely fantastic and incredibly impressive. You can buy envelopes embossed with a symbol or lettering in packs of fifty. That should be more than enough to send out to all of your guests. Once you’ve got the envelopes sorted, you’ll need to think about what goes inside. It’s worth speaking to a professional designer for your wedding invites. After all, you probably want your guests to be excited and impressed. With a professional design, this is a certainty.       Food, Glorious Food    Pexels Image   The next little detail that you want to think about is the food. We’re not talking about the chefs that you might hire for your wedding either. Instead, it’s a nice touch to put little cakes or chocolates on the table for your guests to nibble while they are waiting for the feast. You can hand make these by getting some molds online. It’s remarkably easy to make different chocolate shapes that will look cute and fancy on your wedding table. You can even put them in little trinket boxes on each tablet. It is details like this that make people remember your wedding for years.       Write Your Wedding Vows    Pexels   I suggest you write your vows quite early on in the wedding planning process. There are two reasons for this. The first is that by the end of planning a wedding you might have forgotten why you wanted to get married. All joking aside, if you’re not a great wordsmith, it can take some time to nail the right sentiment. You don’t want to be standing there with a few bad jokes while your partner delivers a beautiful declaration of love.       Shine Like A Star    Source Of Image   You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.       These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

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You might think that the most important part of your wedding attire is the dress. Well, while this is true, the right jewelry can add a lot to the way you look. You need the perfect accessories to accentuate key areas of your body. You’ll find that you can actually rent these from jewelers rather than purchasing thousands in gold and silver. It’s one way to keep costs low while making sure you look like a princess.

These little details are sure to make your wedding ceremony and reception incredible.

Fancy A Stone Age Wedding? How Traditions Have Changed Through The Years

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Fancy A Stone Age Wedding? How Traditions Have Changed Through The Years

Marriage, like all of our human customs, has gone through a lengthy period of evolution. The statement weddings that we see today are a relatively new invention. Couples have, however, been formalising their relationships since pretty much the Stone Age. It’s fortunate that things have moved on since those early days. For starters, the woman tends to have a say these days. But there have been other changes, too.

Way Back When…

Fancy A Stone Age Wedding? How Traditions Have Changed Through The Years

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Once upon a time, it was common for tribes to ride from settlement to settlement pillaging resources. Those resources would of course include food and firewood. They would also include brides. The nature of ceremonies varied depending on custom. It was not uncommon for women to be traded for cattle and other food sources. Only in the Roman era did women begin to have a say in whether they got married, and to whom.

Fast forward a few thousand years…

Weddings as we recognize them today have their roots primarily in the 1800s. This is when people’s own personal sentiments began to have an input on things. At this point, the idea of marrying in a church was still not a consideration. Most marriages took place in the home – usually the groom’s – and the couple would wear the best clothes they owned. As a result, many brides of the time married wearing black – as their formal dress had to pull double duty for funerals, too.

Queen Victoria: Fashion Icon

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It’s ironic, given that she would spend the last 40 years of her life clad in black. But Britain’s Queen Victoria sparked the trend for brides to wear white at their weddings. When she married Prince Albert, her white satin dress sparked a great deal of interest. It became the done thing to wear white, which has since become connected with the idea of chastity. To this day, it’s traditional for a bride to wear white.

The 20th Century: Weddings Become An Industry

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As women’s rights have evolved, so has their position in the wedding story. Once treated as little more than property, brides of the 20th century started to assert their individuality. Although destination weddings were still limited to the very richest, dresses became a way to stand out. Ever more elaborate gowns were designed and sold, ready to wear. This saw the creation of bridal sections at department stores.

Today: The Reality TV Age And Themed Weddings

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These days the wedding industry has become about more than just the joining of a couple in matrimony. It’s big business in every way, including entertainment with shows such as Say Yes To The Dress and Bridezilla. Even for those who don’t intend for their wedding to end up on TV, themed weddings have become a popular way of tying the knot. Island Paradise? Winter Wonderland? Whatever your esthetic, there’s a theme wedding for you!

But under it all, what still matters is the marriage and joining of two people in love. If you want to take it back to basics and marry in your best formal clothes, go right ahead. It’s about what makes you happy – now more than ever.

Make Your Wedding A Fairytale Using These Romantic Ideas

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Make Your Wedding A Fairytale Using These Romantic Ideas

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I think your wedding day should feel like the page of a fairytale. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? If for one day of your life, you felt like the princess from one of your favourite stories as a little girl. A gorgeous flowing dress, a beautiful venue, a handsome groom, could all be yours. But that won’t make your wedding feel like a fairytale. For that to happen your wedding needs to be magical with a touch a romance and wonder. Here are some of the ideas I have for making your wedding day a time filled with wonder.

A Poem For The Ages

When you start planning your wedding, you’ll have to send out invitations to the guests. You can do this with some stylish and stunning save the date wedding invites. These invites will ensure that everyone you want at your wedding knows when it is, and they are expected to attend. But let’s add a little something more to this possibility. You can have a poem written that describes who you are as a couple and your future together. You can then put one line of the poem on each separate invite. Then at the reception, the people with those lines can stand up and read the poem. A declaration of your love from the people you wanted there to witness your special day. Alternatively, you can ask each guest to come with one line that they think matches who you are a couple. Put it together and you’ll have something that hopefully fits like a beautiful monologue.

A Venue Like No Other

There are plenty of wedding venues across the world that stand out more than most. But how about getting married where dreams do come true? That’s right; you can get married in the happiest place on earth, Disney World itself. While it is possible to do this, it will cost you. Estimate range between twenty-five and fifty thousand. That doesn’t include gaining access to the park so expect to add at least ten thousand on to that price for all your guests. Yes, this might be a choice exclusive for the rich. But Disney do have a wedding venue that is available for the much more reasonable price of three thousand. Not too bad, right?

Hire A Celeb

There’s nothing more magical than meeting a celebrity. Even though you almost realise they are just like you, meeting one just feels like a dream. You can arrange to have a celebrity appear at your wedding if you’re willing to pay for it. In fact, some will just appear if you ask nicely. It’s happened in the past, and it could happen again with your wedding. If Sunderland can get Lindsay Lohan to turn on their Christmas lights, you can get a celeb to show up for your big day.

These are just some ideas, but there are plenty of other ways to make your wedding a dream come true. Whether that’s to turn up in a horse-drawn carriage or get married on New Year’s Eve, there are countless possibilities.

 

5 Tips to Tell Guests When Traveling for an Exotic Wedding

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5 Tips to Tell Guests When Traveling for an Exotic Wedding

We have a wonderful guest post today from the talented Cassie, a lifestyle blogger. Thank you for sharing with us this great tip Cassie! 

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5 Tips to Tell Guests When Traveling for an Exotic Wedding

Planning a destination wedding is a very exciting process for both the wedding party and wedding guests. As much preparing as you have to do for yourself and your big day, you also have to get your guests ready for their experience abroad. Here are some important tips you should give your guests as soon as you receive their RSVP.

“Don’t feel obligated to bring a gift.”

Whether a wedding takes place locally or at an exotic location, it is standard for couples to register for wedding gifts. We understand that sending your registry details to destination wedding guests can rub them the wrong way, so remember to remind guests it isn’t necessary for them to bring a gift. If you do create a gift registry, make sure it spans a wide price range so guests can pick presents that will suit their personal budgets. Alternatively, you can request guests donate to a honeymoon fund, so they are given much more freedom with how much they spend on a wedding gift.

Another option many brides and grooms are choosing is to reverse the gift-giving process. Certainly, having guests travel around the world to attend your wedding is a gift in itself, and you could prepare welcome gifts that double as a thank you for coming such a long way.

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“Pack appropriately.”

While destination weddings normally take place in hot and sunny locations, it is still important guests are made aware of exactly what they need to pack. It would be a great help for any guest if you provided some guidance. For example, let your guests know it may get chilly at night or if they should bring any rainwear. Offer up a short checklist to ensure your guests pack exactly what they need to enjoy themselves fully at your wedding.

“Here are ways to stay entertained.”

At any exotic location, there is sure to be a wide range of activities your guests can take part in during their downtime. Provide them with a list of various events, hobbies and tourist destinations they might want to check out. You can even go one step further by planning a group outing before or after the wedding. A day tour or a day at the beach together is a great way for guests to get to know one another.

If you know some of your guests aren’t fans of the outdoors, you can always cater to their interests. Some guests would prefer to hang out in the hotel lobby rather than going surfing, so be sure to inform them that they have options. Let them know how they can get online to watch their favorite television shows outside the USA using this Netflix guide by Secure Thoughts, or give them a list of the best vacation reading material so they can relax however they please.

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“Consider travel insurance.”

Did you know only 21 percent of people purchase travel insurance? In many cases, travelers doubt they will ever need to take out a claim, but you can never predict exactly what will happen. A guest may need to cancel after purchasing a plane ticket or may fall ill while abroad. Travel insurance will ensure that he or she can recoup some of these expenses, so it is certainly worth the small price. You can even do the legwork for your guests, and provide them with a list of the most affordable travel insurance providers.

“You have accommodation options.”

The cost of accommodation can be the deciding factor for potential guests. While you may be given a discount for booking a block of rooms in a certain hotel or resort, you might want to scope out several options. If you book rooms at a few hotels that are close together that vary in price and rating, guests can choose to stay somewhere that suits their budget. You can cater to a wide range of guests this way, and help to encourage some friends and family with smaller budgets to attend.

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These tips will help ensure your destination wedding guests are prepared to have a great time at your big day overseas! They will certainly appreciate the advice.

Where is your destination wedding taking place? Are you and your guests all set? Leave us a comment to let us know!

Author Bio: Cassie a lifestyle blogger who is currently in the process of planning her wedding. She’s learning loads from the experience and wants to share her advice!