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Planning Tip: The Perks of a Non-Saturday Wedding!

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Planning Tip: The Perks of a Non-Saturday Wedding!

 

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We all know the most popular day of the week for a wedding is Saturday. But for couples that are flexible and open to the idea of planning their wedding on a  different day of the week…the perks can be huge!

Saving tons of money!

This is the number one reason to consider a non-Saturday wedding day. If budget is a concern, then listen up. Your dream venue will likely have lower rates for off season months. And there is a good chance they also offer lower rates for Friday, Sunday, and weekday weddings…even in the summer or most popular times of the year.

Every venue will vary, but you can potentially save hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars on your venue rental rate just by picking a different day of the week. The Foundry in Lake Oswego and The West End Ballroom in downtown Portland are both great examples of this!

The number one reason couples feel like they have to book a Saturday date is convenience for their guests. Especially out of town guests. The fear is that friends and family will have to take too much time off of work otherwise. Well, consider this. If you have your wedding on a Saturday, your traveling guests will likely take Friday off. If you have your wedding on a Sunday, on the other hand, they could work Friday…and take Monday off instead. Either scenario has them only missing ONE day of work. Which shouldn’t be a problem because they are giving their bosses a year or more notice. It’s actually not all that complicated for them and you can potentially save tons of money.

Some out of town guests (who have never been to Portland before) might also love to use your wedding as an excuse to plan a mini-vacation! They may plan to come for several days and explore. In that case, your wedding day could be any day of the week and they will just plan accordingly.

Availability! More choices!

The venue you have had your eye on could easily already be booked for every Saturday next August and maybe even two years out. Summer Saturdays are going to be the first to go! And some couples are on the venue hunt a year or two out. If you are flexible on days, however, you will have a lot more choices when it comes to venues! And the venue is one of the most important decisions you will make. It sets the tone and stage for almost everything else. Your dream venue may already be booked on that Saturday you thought you wanted…but on that very same weekend they might have the Friday or Sunday open…for considerably less money.

It’s all about you!

Some gorgeous venues have multiple areas, ballrooms, grounds…and can host more than one wedding on any given day. The Abernethy Center and McMenamin’s Edgefield for instance. You can almost guarantee they will be booking multiple nuptials on the most popular days. Yep, you guessed it. Saturdays! If you are in love with the venue, but not the idea of running into other couples and celebrations on your day…consider choosing a less sought after day! While these venues are popular for a reason and do a great job hosting more than one wedding on the same day, you might find you have more options if you choose a different day of the week.

Saving even more money!

While it’s true that most venues will offer lower rates for off season and non-Saturday weddings…the same holds true for many other vendors. It’s always a good idea to ask other wedding professionals (caterers, florists, photographers, etc) if they offer different rates for weddings held on different days of the week.

Something different!

Consider doing a Friday night wedding that has more of a cocktail party vibe…just make sure you pick a venue where you can keep the party and music going until midnight or later. You could rent lounge type furniture and decor from one of the many local rental companies like Barclay Events or West Coast Event Productions. Or perhaps think about a Sunday Brunch wedding. Everyone loves brunch food! And many of the caterers in town, like Cheryl’s on 12th & As Good As It Gets Catering, can hit this out of the park for you. Having a Bloody Mary Bar is always a hit. There are many ways to make your wedding unique and memorable to your guests! Don’t be afraid to do something different…especially if it will work better for your budget.

Less is more!

If you choose a non-Saturday wedding date it may, in fact, be the perfect way to naturally weed out some of the guests that you are not that close to anyway…the ones that you felt you had to invite.  Your loved ones, closest family and friends, will be at your wedding no matter what day you choose! Perhaps a few others, however, will not be able to make it. Just remember that when your guest count goes down…so does your catering costs!

At the end of the day…this wedding is supposed to be a magical day for you. And if you are worried about your budget…a non-Saturday is a fantastic place to start majorly cutting costs. If you give your guests plenty of notice as far as the wedding date, they will happily figure out the logistics of being there. Just like you would for their wedding. Definitely pick the day that is best for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Unmissable Pieces Of Advice You Need To Hold The Perfect Wedding Reception

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Unmissable Pieces Of Advice You Need To Hold The Perfect Wedding Reception

You might be surprised to know that the wedding reception can make or break a wedding. After all, it’s the main part of the wedding that guests look forward to. And it’s what they will remember from your big day. Therefore, once you have sorted out your ceremony, it’s time to switch your attention to sorting out your reception. After all, you want your wedding to stand out from the rest. Therefore, here are some unmissable pieces of advice to hold the perfect wedding reception that your guests will absolutely adore.

Choose a beautiful location with lovely grounds

First things first, you need to pick somewhere to hold your wedding. And one of the main factors that you should be considering when you are choosing a reception venue is the location. After all, the location is what will help your wedding stand out from the rest. And your wedding photographs won’t look spectacular if you don’t have a beautiful location full of photo-worthy spots. Therefore, hunt down a fantastic location which has lovely grounds which will be perfect for your photos. And if you pick somewhere wonderful, it will definitely get your guests ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ when they arrive at your venue; a reaction every bride is looking for!

Pick somewhere that is exclusive to your wedding party

When you are holding your wedding, it can be impersonal if other hotel guests are walking around amongst your guests. In fact, it can make your wedding feel less special if you keep bumping into people you don’t know! Therefore, you can make your wedding extra special by getting an exclusive venue. That way, there will be no one else aside from your guests during the big day. It can make your guests feel more comfortable too if they know they don’t have to be concerned about offending strangers. And with an exclusive wedding reception venue, you know that all the staff will be focused on your big day so it can make you feel like you and your new husband are VIPs.

Opt for a venue that has plenty of room for your guests

It’s also important that you have enough room for guests at your wedding venue. After all, there’s nothing worse than everyone being cramped in one room. In fact, it can make it a nightmare when your guests are trying to get a great shot of the first dance. And it can be hard for everyone to get their groove on with limited space. Therefore, to ensure your wedding reception is fantastic, you need to pick a spacious venue. With more than one room, it can be good if people want some time away from the loud music. After all, it can be hard for older guests to handle hours of listening to loud tunes!

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Make sure that the food is to die for at the venue

Another thing that can help your wedding reception to stand out from the crowd is the food. After all, everyone can’t wait to try the wedding breakfast. And you want to leave a lasting impression. The best way you can do this is to make sure the catering is top notch. Ask for samples before the big day so that you can check out the food for yourself. And you can then make changes before your wedding day to ensure the food is cracking. As we said before, remember to ask your caterers if they can do a custom menu for your big day. That way, you can make the food extra special and delicious for your wedding day!

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Keep surprising your guests during the wedding reception

It’s also important to make sure your guests are entertained throughout the day. After all, it can be a long day for guests, especially for people who don’t know many other guests. Therefore, you need to keep surprising them during the day. For example, you might want to hire some magicians to come and keep guests busy in-between wedding breakfast courses. And you could consider doing some fireworks in the evening. These little extras can help your big day to stand out from everyone else’s.

Don’t leave too much time before the disco begins

After the wedding breakfast, it can be a long wait until the disco starts. And it’s easy for some guests to get bored during this time. However, you can ensure you have the perfect wedding reception by timing the day out properly. It’s best to not start the day off too early. Otherwise, there will be a lot of sitting around for guests. You should consider having the ceremony at 1 or 2 pm, and then sit down for the meal at 4 pm. That way, you should be finished by 6.30pm, and then you can start the disco at half 7, so there is only an hour wait for guests. It means they won’t be bored and will enjoy your wedding reception.

Pick somewhere with accommodation close by

There’s nothing worse than having to drive for miles after a wedding. After all, it tends to mean you have to leave earlier. And as for drinking, it has to be out of the question. Therefore, to ensure you hold the perfect wedding reception, you should pick somewhere that has accommodation. That way, people can shuffle to bed once the party is over. And if you can’t find a venue with bedrooms, you should at least pick a venue which has several hotels within five miles. That way, your guests can just get a taxi back to their hotel after the wedding reception and collect the car the next day! Your guests will look back on your wedding reception much more favorably if they can enjoy themselves without worrying about accommodation and transport!

 

Make sure you accessorise the venue well

Decor is also another way you can make your wedding reception perfect. After all, adding cute touches like special photos of you and the groom, and beautiful flowers around the venue can make your wedding extra special. Therefore, get some great accessories you can use to dress your venue before the big day. The more personal, the better as this will help to make your wedding unique. You can find further help in this article on planning the decor for your venue.

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Don’t make it too formal for your guests  

With a lot of weddings nowadays, they are skipping traditions. After all, things like receiving lines can just make the day feel even longer for guests. And long speeches can also be painful when the guests just want to get merry. So if you want to hold the perfect wedding reception, you need to ensure your wedding isn’t too formal for your guests. Skip traditions which are past their sell-by date and focus on ensuring your guests have a fab time.

Be careful when it comes to your seating arrangements

Sorting the seating plan leaves many couples shuddering in horror. After all, it can be a nightmare sorting out who is sitting where. But if you want to hold the perfect wedding reception, you need to make sure everyone will be comfortable in their seats. After all, you don’t want for your guests to feel uncomfortable next to someone they don’t like. Therefore, spend time getting the seating arrangements right. And if you can’t please everyone, let people sit where they want and have no seating plan! That way, you can’t be blamed for any awkward seating arrangements.

And remember if you need some help holding an amazing wedding reception, you can hire a professional wedding planner to organize your day. They will be able to think of small touches which will make it extra special.

 

Across The World: The Best Menu for Your Wedding

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Across The World: The Best Menu for Your Wedding

Planning a wedding is never an easy task. You have to rent a venue, look for the perfect gown, choose a cake, and so much more! There will always be this pressure to have a perfect wedding. Choosing your wedding menu is also going to be an important and challenging part of this.

It’s perfectly natural that you’d want to impress your guests. However, you must keep in mind that there are a lot of other factors you should consider in planning your wedding menu.

For instance, you must take note of the time when you will be serving the food to your guests. Is it going to be around lunchtime or dinner? How many guests will you be serving? How much is your budget for wedding food? Are you planning for a seated-plated, a buffet, or a food station?

For more info on how to cut your wedding food costs. Here are some ideas as well:

Wedding Menu: Asia vs. Europe

When looking into versatile wedding menus, you can look into European or Asian cuisines. If you’re looking for a light and fancy dinner food, you might want to look into European food. But even though European food is light, it can still satisfy your taste and appetite.

However, if you are looking for a hearty lunch with an oriental twist, the Asian cuisine is a good place to look into. Being a large continent, Asia can surely offer you a wide array of cuisines that will fit your and your partner’s preferences.

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The European Cuisine is mostly popular for Italian, Greek, and French dishes. This is also probably why most buffets and restaurants avoid missing out these particular themes. Unlike other continents like the American or the Asian continent, European Cuisine has a quite definitive identity because of their drinks, cheese, herbs and spices.

Italian Wedding Menu

Pasta, cheese, herbs and seafood are staples in Italian food. This is because Italians are very conscious about what they take and particular with the quality of the ingredients in the food that they cook.

Greek Wedding Menu

Surrounded by bodies of water, Greek food has a lot of similarities to the Italian cuisine. However, Greek cuisine emphasizes on the color. You might notice that Greek food involves a lot of flavor and color going on by adding fruits and vegetables together. Their dishes are also more on dairy products than meat.

French Wedding Menu

The French on the other hand are famous for their pastries, meat and drinks. Spirited drinks, cocktails, and other alcoholic drinks are a usual especially during dinner time for the French. This is also why classic champagne or signature cocktails are always present during a wedding, most especially for the symbolic toast.

Choosing Among Asia’s Best

Since Asia is a very big continent, it is quite challenging to sum up its cuisines in one definitive line. There are a lot of ideas that may come to mind when we say Asian cuisine. However, we can categorize Asian cuisines as East Asian, South/Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern (as known by most people) or West Asian.

Japanese Wedding Menu

Ramen, sake, and sushi are some of the most famous Japanese dishes. Like most other cuisines, the Japanese are known for using unique ingredients only common in their country like the bonito flakes, mirin, dashi and miso are some of their well-known food ingredients. However, the Japanese are not very keen on drinks.

Indian Wedding Menu

Curry and turmeric, those are some of the things that come to our minds when we hear about Indian cuisines. However, curry based dishes aren’t the only dishes you can serve on your wedding day. Indian cuisine is also known for Buddhist and Hinduist influences. This is also why vegetarian dishes play an important role in Indian dishes.

Don’t Sweat It – It’s Your Day!

At the end of the day, your wedding itself is the most important thing, and not just the food. Fortunately, nowadays you can go for a food tasting with caterers before you book them. That way, you won’t be making decisions out of thin air.

Stressing yourself about the smallest details might actually just lead to a bad wedding day. Remember that choosing the perfect wedding menu for you and your partner is not all about impressing your guests. More importantly, it should embody you and your partner’s tastes and preferences.

Engaged: Now What?

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Engaged: Now What?

 

Just got engaged? Congrats!! – Here’s what you need to do next.

Make The Announcement

Some couples just don’t feel right if anyone knows their big news before their parents and other close family members do. So if possible, tell both sets of people in person, face to face. If your parents don’t live nearby, put in a special phone call, or surprise them with a visit!

Think About Ideas

Sit down with your fiancé and talk ideas. Think about the style you’d like, whether it’s a beach bash, a sit-down dinner in a ballroom or a ceremony on a mountaintop. Get creative! It is your wedding day after all – you can do what you want!

Decide On A Date (ish)

While you don’t have to set a firm date now, it’s smart to have an idea of what month or season you want to marry in. Then you’ll know how long you have to get things organised. Because your wedding’s size determines where you’ll hold the party, how much it will cost (prices usually rise per guest) and whether travel will be involved, creating a guest list is one of the most important things to do. So make your list! – Your fiancé and both families should do the same. You can, and likely will, cut later, but this first number will be your base.

Settle On A Budget

It’s rare these days that the bride’s parents pick up the whole bill, so decide on your bottom line. Find out from both sets of parents how much they can contribute (if anything!) Never expect everything to be paid for!

Organise Yourselves

Buy a notebook and separate it into sections for each budget category. This way you can write down the amount you want to spend on the item and then note your expenditures. As you get to your limits, you can start to figure out ways to cut costs.

Pick A Venue For The Ceremony

Finding an officiant and a ceremony site can be simple. Maybe you like the idea of country house wedding venues, but moved away from there a long time ago. – Even if you’re no longer living in the area – you may have family who still are, and can help out. Sometimes for the sake of convenience, couples choose a place that’s in between their homes and their parents’. And then there’s the destination wedding; just make sure that everyone you really want to join you and your groom can afford to travel and is able to make it.

Pick A Reception Venue

Think again about those wedding dreams, and see how they mesh with reality. Perhaps you envision an outdoor garden. Great, but what if you can’t find just the right place, or the weather becomes an issue? Maybe there’s a quaint hotel with a pretty courtyard that would suit. Use local resources to narrow down options like a wedding planner or a recently married friend. Check wedding websites and bridal magazines. Then start scheduling visits.

Amazing Ideas That Can Keep Your Wedding Food Costs Down

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Amazing Ideas That Can Keep Your Wedding Food Costs Down

Amazing Ideas That Can Keep Your Wedding Food Costs Down

 

When it comes to planning a wedding, many couples worry about the amount of money they need to spend. Most people try to cut down costs in a variety of ways. However, there is still one part of a wedding that many people forget to budget for. And that is the food! Wedding food can be very expensive, especially if you fail to set yourself a reasonable budget. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can limit the amount that you spend on food for your big day. Hopefully, these ideas should help you!

Limit The Bar

Many couples have an open bar at their wedding evening party. This is when all the drinks are paid for by the couple, and the guests get to drink for free. However, as you may suspect, this can become extremely expensive. Some couples decide to limit the amount they spend on an open bar by setting a limit. Once the limit has been reached, guests need to start paying for their own drinks. There are some ways that you can make this even cheaper. You could, for instance, have a BYOB party. This is where guests will bring their own drinks to the party and will go down very well if you are having a boho-style wedding.

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Think Of Alternatives

Okay, so there are some wedding traditions that you won’t be able to get away without. One example is the wedding cake. You can’t have a wedding without a cake! But there is one downside to this tradition – getting a cake can be very expensive! There are some ways to reduce the cost, though. One of the best is to think of a cool alternative. For instance, what about a cheese wedding cake? You’ll find that most of these alternatives work out cheaper than a traditional cake.

Keep Staff Numbers Down

During the reception, you will need to have waiters and waitresses who serve all the dishes to the guests. If possible, you should try and limit this waiting staff to the only front of house staff that you have. Otherwise, you are only going to push up your costs because you will have to pay extra wages. Some couples choose to have servers walking around with trays of appetizers before the meal. Do you really need to employ these extra servers? Can you even afford it? The answer is probably not. So keep things simple and just stick to waiting staff.

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Serve Sharing Dishes

You will have certainly been to a restaurant where you have the option of ordering big family size portions that you pass around the table, right? And did you notice how much cheaper it was to order the larger dishes compared to an individual meal for everyone? It would have certainly worked out a lot cheaper! And it will be like that for your wedding catering as well. So instead of having individual dishes at the reception, go for sharing platters. Not only is this cheaper but it also creates a great communal atmosphere during the meal!

Tips for Limiting Your Wedding Guest List

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Tips for Limiting Your Wedding Guest List

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Weddings can be tremendously expensive. The bigger the wedding, the more expensive it becomes. You might need extra transport, a bigger venue, more invites and a lot more food and drinks. Food, in fact, is one of the biggest expenses of your wedding day. A great way to save your money is to cut your guest list down, and the best way to keep your numbers low is to ask yourself these questions.

When Did You Last See Them?

Is this someone you only see at special occasions? Or even less? If it’s less, they don’t need an invite to your wedding. If you want a small wedding, only invite people that you see regularly. Or perhaps people that you’d like to see regularly, but family and work gets in the way. If you haven’t seen them for a year, and haven’t missed them, cross them off.

Would You Buy Them a Meal?

At the end of the day, you might well be buying all your wedding guests a 3-course meal, plus drinks and canapés, maybe even a buffet afterwards. Would you buy them a meal in everyday life? If no, are you sure you want them at your wedding?

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Are They on the List Because of Someone Else?

Often when we make a guest list, there’s a lot of “well, we need to invite her, because we’re inviting him”. Often this happens with work friends or extended family; people you’re worried might get upset if you don’t invite them. Don’t do this. Invite who you want to. Only because you want to. Explain to people that you’re only having a small wedding, so not to get offended if they’re not invited. You’ll probably find that quite a few of the people who only made the list because they know someone else on it will be quite relieved they don’t have to face the expense of being a wedding guest for someone they’re not really that close to.

Will You Speak to Them on the Day?

Will you or your partner take time out of your wedding day to speak to this person? Would you notice if they weren’t there? It they aren’t going to have a positive impact on your day, don’t invite them.

Do They Need a Plus One?

Are you giving everyone a plus one? Obviously, partners you know should be invited. But if you need to cut the numbers down, don’t feel bad about asking people to attend on their own.  A lot of people are opting to do that these days.

The best thing to do is to decide what size wedding you want. How many guests do you want to invite? Pick a number that works with both your dream wedding, and your budget. Next, write a first draft of your list, then go down it answering these questions, and cross out any names you can. If you decide that you do want a big wedding, there are other ways to save. Look at ukweddingsavings.co.uk for tips and deals to help make your wedding day perfect, and within budget.

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.

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

You’ve found the girl that makes your dreams come true and know, without a doubt, that she’s the one. You’ve decided that it’s time to pop the question and make it official. But before you do, it’s important to slow down and take the time to think a couple of things through. You may already know what you want to say. You may have an idea of the type of ring that you would like to buy and know where you want to pop the question. But it’s a good idea to take a step back and not rush things. After all, you want to ensure that your proposal is memorable for all the right reasons, right? As well as being memorable, the chances are that you also want your proposal to be wonderfully meaningful to your fiance-to-be. With that in mind, here are 11 things to do before uttering those four little words:

  1. Talk to her parents

The idea of asking her parents for their blessing might seem a little outdated. However, you would be surprised by how many people appreciate the gesture. You don’t even have to ask if it would be okay to propose. It’s just courteous to let your partner’s parents know that you’re hoping to spend the rest of your life with her. Tell them how excited you are for the future. As well as how you have some incredible dreams that you would like to fulfill with their daughter. The chances are that they’ll be just as excited as you are, so there’s no need to worry.

  1. Determine her style

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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Even if you know your partner better than anyone else in the world, that doesn’t mean that you are 100 percent sure about what her ring style would be. Just because she wears a certain style of jewelry, that doesn’t mean that she would want her engagement ring to be designed in the same style. You see, an engagement ring should be elegantly timeless. It shouldn’t be designed in a way that reflects today’s fashions. This is because fashions change constantly. A great way to get an idea of the type of engagement ring that she would like is to look at her Instagram or Pinterest. She may have a secret wedding board on there that could inspire you. Or, failing that, talk to her mom, sister, or closest friends, to get some help getting a better idea of the style of ring she would appreciate.

  1. Decide how much you want to spend

Despite what you might have heard, there’s no right or wrong amount to spend on an engagement ring. A lot of people believe that the amount you spend on an engagement ring should equate to around three month’s wages. So, say, for instance, you earn $1200 a month, you should spend at least $3600 on a ring. However, the amount that you choose to spend on a ring is up to you – there really is no right or wrong amount to spend. Spend what you can afford, don’t worry about customs like the one mentioned above. All that matters is that your fiance-to-be loves the ring.

  1. Go ring shopping

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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This is the most enjoyable and most stressful part of popping the question – picking the ring. If you’re really not sure what type of ring she would like, you could always wait until after you’ve proposed and go ring shopping together. However, this should only be a last resort, as it’s much more romantic to pick a ring yourself. To make shopping for a ring a little easier, why not invite her mom or one of her friends along? After all, it’s always good to get a second opinion on things. Don’t just go to one shop, go to lots of different ones. Any rings that you like take a picture of and jot down the details to refer back to, later on.

  1. Consider having a custom ring made

If you struggle to find a ring that you like in the shops, perhaps it could be worth having a custom one made. Admittedly, it will probably work out more expensive, but if it means giving her the perfect ring, it’s worth doing. If you’re going to design a ring yourself, take the time to research the best custom ring designers around. To ensure that you end up with a well-designed ring that looks just how you imagined it would. Take the time to look at the different metals, the different settings, styles, and design options. As for the diamond, take the time to look at all the options, from white round diamonds to more unique diamond colors, like gray. Look at the colors, sizes, and shapes on offer – if you’re unsure what type of diamond is best for a ring, consult an expert.

  1. Start planning your proposal

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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Once you’ve got the ring sorted, the next step is to start planning how you will propose. You may already have an idea of how you want to go about this, or you may be unsure. Either way, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to take your fiance to- be’s feelings into account. If she’s someone who loves to be the center of attention, she would probably love a big, public proposal, such as in a restaurant, for instance. However, if she’s a more private person, she may prefer a more intimate proposal. If this is the case, you need to find a location that is perfect for an intimate proposal, such as an empty beach, for example. However you choose to propose, it’s important to ensure that the proposal is romantic, special, and memorable.

  1. Get everything sorted out

Like with most things, it’s the little details that make the most difference when it comes to asking your partner to marry you. Of course, the location is important, but the little things are what make it feel that little bit more magical. Things like having a bottle of bubble hidden away to crack open once she says yes, for instance. To get ideas, have a browse online on sites like Pinterest.

  1. Decide if you want a photographer

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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You’ll only get engaged once, so it’s important to capture the moment. You can opt to take photos afterward, or you could hire a photographer to hid somewhere and snap pictures as you propose? These can make wonderful keepsakes for many years to come – you could even display them at your wedding reception. The important thing if you hire a photographer is to ensure that you tell them exactly what photos you want captured beforehand. It’s also important to do a practice run to ensure that they know where you will be and where they should be to capture your images. After all, the last thing you want is your partner spotting the photographer. Or the photographer being in the wrong place and missing your proposal.

  1. Plan a post-engagement celebration

Once you’ve popped the question, you and your fiance are sure to be on an absolute high – happy and incredibly excited. Instead of just heading home, why not celebrate your engagement? There are lots of ways you can choose to celebrate; it’s just a case of determining what your fiance-to-be would enjoy doing. Would she like the idea of having a party with all of your closest family and friends? Or, would she prefer to celebrate just the two of you over a romantic meal? It’s nice to have a plan in place for celebrating your engagement; it’s just a case of determining the best way to celebrate it.

  1. Practice what you want to say

“Will You Marry Me?” 11 Things To Do Before Uttering Those 4 Little Words!

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The chances are that once the time comes, you’re going to be incredibly nervous. So much so that you may not be able to think of what you want to say. That’s why it’s a good idea to practice what you want to say beforehand, to ensure that you don’t end up lost for words. If you’re worried you might forget your words, it might be a good idea to write them down and keep them in your pocket. Just in case your mind goes completely blank, so that you have them on hand to refer to.

  1. Make it as special for her as possible

Last but not least, take the time to think about the ways you can make the proposal as special for your fiance-to-be as possible. It’s not just about finding the right words or choosing the right venue; it’s about being romantic with her. Simple gestures, like holding her hand, or telling her how beautiful she is before you pop the question, are all it takes.

You’ll only get engaged once, so it pays to take the time to think the proposal and everything that goes with it, through properly. The last thing you want to do is rush things and end up messing it up or forgetting something important. Take note of the 11 things above to do before you propose, to ensure that you get every aspect of your proposal, just right.