Engagement Party Ideas

Engagement Party IdeasWhen it comes to planning your wedding, you may know exactly which chapel you want to have the wedding in and you may have been dreaming about your wedding dress for years, but what to do about the engagement party might be lower on the list. Who plans the party, and what happens there?

What is the engagement party?
This is a small affair designed to celebrate the new couple and create a setting for future family members to get to know each other.

Who hosts the engagement party?
The parents of the bride are traditionally the ones to host the party, but it is becoming common for friends of the bride or groom or the future bridal couple themselves to host the party, as well.

Who should you invite?
This isn’t a preview of the wedding. This is usually a more intimate affair, with only close friends and family coming to celebrate. You may choose to send out invitations one to two months in advance, but since the invitees are only going to be close family and friends,


Backyard Wedding Reception Ideas

Backyard Wedding Reception IdeasWhen throwing a backyard reception, what happens there is limited only by the constraints of the space and the flexibility of your imagination. If you want to have a barbecue, go ahead. If you want a luau, party on. Taking the wedding reception outside of the reception hall affords the bridal couple a lot of freedom if they’re ready to accept it. Here are some ideas to make a backyard wedding reception easy and wonderful.

In a traditional reception hall wedding reception, there is a dance floor surrounded by tables. In less-formal receptions, some people choose to forego some of the tables and serve appetizers, but the layout is pretty much the same. In a backyard wedding, you can choose any layout you like. Instead of a circular arrangement of tables and chairs, try using the topography of the space to create conversation areas. They could be standing tables around a swimming pool full of lily pads and sunflowers, comfortable lounge chairs on the deck to watch the sunset from, and other groupings of chairs and tables around the yard. Place a food station at each conversation


Unique Wedding Cake Toppers For Your Dream Wedding

Unique Wedding Cake Toppers For Your Dream Wedding After the wedding ceremony and the party is over everybody wants to have a reminder of your special day. Aside from pictures, one of the keepsakes a couple can have is the cake topper. Unique wedding cake toppers do not only add glamour and class but it also serve as a focal point for a theme adopted for the wedding. Before, it is only used to enhance the appearance of the cake and to add style to the wedding centerpiece.

Cake toppers fall into two categories. One is the traditional wedding cake topper. It is traditional in the sense that they are classic in nature and they depict a traditional wedding. The other one is comical or humorous cake toppers. Today a cake topper is one of the most important details a cake should have. Some of the unique wedding toppers are mostly custom made.

Custom wedding toppers are mostly expensive but you can see the craftsmanship in every design which is worth the pay. If the couples are just looking for the traditional type of cake toppers, they can have it pre-made from


How To Plan A Wedding, Few Tips To Remember

It is a fact that marriage should always be organized according to the wishes of the couple. So, if the bride and groom have a dream of getting married on the beach, it will hardly make them give up! But it is interesting to evaluate the “pros and cons” of this decision.

Positive Wedding Favours on the Beach

Positive Wedding Favours on the Beach

Naturally gorgeous scenery;

Offer a unique experience for the guests;

Turning a few hours event into something “grand”, since most of the guests have to prepare for the trip and usually end up staying more than a day in the city where the wedding took place (as well as the bride and groom );

The certainty of wonderful photos with that unique beauty of a beach.

Negative wedding points on the beach

Greater attention to factors such as (and mainly) the climate;

Availability of a larger budget

The possibility of bad weather requires a plan B, ending with the dream of performing the ceremony outdoors and standing on the sand;

The fact that not all the guests will


Wedding Reception Food Ideas

  You want to have pizza at your wedding? As odd as this may sound, more and more people are opting to have pizza as a wedding reception dish. No matter what your wedding type, pizza can make a great wedding reception food choice. After all, it is still your wedding and you should be able to pick what food you want for the reception. Here are some ideas about how to have pizza at your wedding reception and make it the talk of the party for all the right reasons.

There is a kind of pizza for every wedding type. First, decide what type of wedding you are having. Is it formal, informal, or casual? Is it traditional, contemporary, or unique? Next, inventory your likes and dislikes. If you could have anything at your wedding reception, what would it be? Do you truly want barbecue pizza at your haute-cuisine reception? With a little creativity, you can make this happen.

For a formal wedding, pizza can be a part of pre-dinner appetizers in the form of mini-pizzas. Have goat cheese and sun dried tomato on crostini or gouda on toast points with grape tomatoes. If you want to have pizza as


Various Wedding Party Presents For Men

Today, from traditional, contemporary to really quirky, there are wide choices of wedding gifts for grooms and male attendants. Often, giving gifts to these men is done during the rehearsal dinner, bachelor party, or wedding shower. There is no best time to present wedding gifts just as long as each recipient is at the event.

For the groomsmen, gifts for them can be anything that will really appreciate. Thus, the groom should look around for items that fit the references of his groomsmen. The assignment of the groom is to be able to know the likes, interests, hobby, or lifestyle of each groomsmen, that if he don’t know the groomsmen that much.

When choosing groomsmen gifts, it doesn’t need the gifts to be similar. A groom can buy different kinds of gift items that suit the different taste of his attendants. For example, one gift is for the sports enthusiast, the other one is for the alcohol-lover, another is for a groomsman who likes extreme outdoor activities, and the last is for groomsman who enjoys cooking.

Here are some various wedding party presents not only for groomsmen but also for other men involved in a wedding:

Sports and Leisure Gift Ideas


Wedding Planning

With so many couples planning to personalize their wedding today, sometimes do-it-yourself wedding ideas make the best option. There are many parts of your wedding that you can personalize to make your entire occasion truly unique. Going DIY is also a practical way to cut down your expenses without sacrificing the quality of your wedding experience.

One famous detail of a wedding that is often DIY is the wedding favor. While wedding favors are usually added to serve as thank you gifts for the guests, they can also be a great starting point to design a wedding in a truly personal theme. You might be planning a wedding with a theme that best describes your love story and it kinda a struggling to find supporting accessories to make it work. Thus, going DIY is a smart idea to come up with wedding favors and other wedding accessories that match the wedding you want.

DIY wedding favors are not as complex as you might thought. In case you don’t have any theme yet to follow, but you know you want to include your favorite poem or inspirational quote on your favors, then think of something that your guests will use and


Unique Wedding Reception Venue Ideas

Sometimes it is a good thing to have what everyone else has, but sometimes it is better to stand out from the crowd. Do you want a wedding that people will remember? Do you want a reception that shows what kind of people you are? Choosing an alternative wedding reception venue can be a great way to add some playful individuality to your wedding reception.

Some alternative reception venues can also help save money. Using a public park, library, or beach will not cost very much money. They require obtaining permission from the establishment or city, and it is also helpful to remember that if you are hosting a wedding or reception in a public space, the public can, and probably will, be a part of the party.

Entertainment facilities are usually accustomed to hosting wedding parties. Amusement parks, zoos, and dude ranches are possible wedding reception venues. These kinds of places can often be much more kid-friendly than some of the more traditional wedding venues. Because you are designing your own reception, there is the option of incorporating some of the park’s amenities into the reception. You could even hold a fairy tale or theme wedding in one


The Price of Wedding Invites

Invitations are the first element of your special day that your guests will see. Because of this, they set the tone for your wedding… Let’s take a look at wedding invitation costs so you won’t be surprise anymore and so that you make the best choices.

Typical costs:

Wedding invitation prices can range you from $1 – $2 per invitation with DIY kits from stores to $2.5 to $4 every single invitation for uniform invitations on mid-weight paper to $9 or more each invitations that use a best printing process like engraving or letterpress or a superiority handmade or silk paper.

Most of the couple spends $700 on invitations and reply-cards, according to some wedding planning research.

Tips while ordering your wedding Invitations…

Order your invitations at least 4 months ahead of the wedding bells. You do not want to have to rush the printer, you do not want to rush it at the last minute and ruin them. If you find out you’re going to have problems, this is going to give you a lot of time to fix it.

Order extra invitations! Order at least 30-40 extra invitations in case you need them, and ordered that all prints will be much more


Your Guide to a Beach Wedding Party

For those who would like to put a different twist to their weddings, or follow Hollywood weddings that have been conducted on a beach, a beach wedding party is a great wedding theme choice. The fresh air and outdoor comfort makes beach weddings a popular option during the late spring and summer months. But before you head out into the sand and dream about that sunset view towards the end of your wedding ceremony, here are some important things that you should plan for.

Have enough preparation time. Having ample time to source for suppliers and plan the whole wedding is essential in making sure that everything will run smoothly. If you run out of time, you might end up with limited choices, which can greatly affect your budget and how the whole wedding will turn out. Preparing well in advance will help you avoid missing out on key items and opportunities.

Get a wedding officiate. If you are not living near the beach area, chances are you may not know a wedding officiate in the area. Get in touch with local chapels and churches to get an available officiate.

Coordinate with suppliers regularly. Take a trip down to the location


Wedding Theme Ideas

Elegance is in the details, and providing a theme to tie the details of your wedding together can create beautiful results. Here are some themes to consider when choosing a wedding theme for your wedding and reception.

Depending on the time period you choose, a period theme can make for a very stylish and formal wedding or an eclectic and fun one. Choose a Victorian wedding theme set among gazebos and rose gardens with lots of lace and gilding. Try a fifties wedding theme with hoop skirts, bobby socks, and old-fashioned rock and roll.

This theme can be in decor or fashion. Choose butter yellow, cornflower blue, and maroon for colors. Put stylized chickens on everything from the invitations to the tablecloths to the cake and favors. You could even host the reception at a farm or in a barn.

Butterflies, unicorns, and stars:
Take any pretty animal, icon, or image and make a theme of it. For a butterfly wedding, stitch butterflies into the bodice of your gown with gold or silver thread or wear gossamer wings, emblazon the cake with sugar-crystal butterflies, and release live butterflies after the vows and rings are exchanged.

Cultural and Ethnic:
Weddings that


Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Professional Wedding Decorator

Hiring a wedding decorator can be helpful in many instances. Sometimes the wedding is so large or of such scope that it would be nearly impossible to decorate it without the help of a professional. A decorator can also help implement theme weddings and take them from start to finish in a clean, continuous fashion. A wedding decorator can also help a wedding stay small and under-budget in situations where money is tight. Once you’ve decided to hire a decorator, interview and select carefully. Here are some things to ask to make sure you get the best decorator for your needs.

First, figure out what you need in a decorator. Why are you choosing to hire one and what specific goals do you have for them? Write these down. What are your hopes for each decorating need? Do you have a theme? Also consider a budget. What are you willing to pay for decorating needs, as a whole? Write down any questions you want prospective decorators to answer.

The following questions may be helpful guidelines while you’re making your list:
1. Do you offer free consultations? A good decorator will. You’ll want to do a small phone interview beforehand, though,


No One Said Planning Weddings Was Easy

 The proposal has been made and accepted. Now the phase of planning weddings has to be entered. What is an exciting time of a couple’s life can turn into turmoil if a plan is not set up and followed. A wedding planner would be nice. At the cost of nuptials today, many cannot afford the expense.

The first thing to be considered is the wedding budget. Tradition dictates that the brides parent’s cover the cost of certain things. The same follows for the parent’s of the groom. Tradition is often cast aside with couples paying for their wedding or splitting the cost with parents. Just set a figure and stick to it.

A place to hold the ceremony must be first on your list. If you are planning on a church wedding you have to be sure you can co-ordinate the church and the reception hall. As for the reception, you need to look into seating space, food choices, and friendliness of staff. Check with friends and see how their experience was.

Now that you have a place to be hold the ceremony you can begin looking at gowns. Professional shop guides will aid you in a style and fit that