3
Jun

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, emails or phone calls can suffice.

What about the bridal party?
It is common to reveal your choices for the bridal party at this time. If there will be hurt feelings, you may choose to do it at another time, or you could incorporate everyone present by asking friends to be ushers and to help with the bridal shower, bachelorette party, or wedding registry.

Are there gifts?
No, other than the engagement ring, gifts are not commonly exchanged at engagement parties. You may choose to announce where you will be registering for wedding gifts, however.

Where should you have the party?
Anywhere you like! They are commonly held in restaurants or in backyard garden parties, or in meeting halls. Any place that feels celebratory and comfortable to you is the best place to have it.

What should it be like?
This is a time to celebrate each other, to introduce your significant other to family and friends, and to start the process of becoming a family. You can share photos, toasts, and favorite songs, if you like, or it can simply be a night of sharing stories and getting to know one another. The engagement ring is often given ceremonially at this time, though the recipient may have had it for some time already.

How can I make it special?
If you are hosting the party yourselves, this may be the first chance you have to create something together that symbolizes you as a couple to your family and friends. You can incorporate some of your favorite foods, things that represent the two of you as a couple, and things that you hope to celebrate in years to come. If you know the colors and theme of your wedding already, you can incorporate these colors into a small garden party or create simple favors or centerpieces that go along with your wedding’s theme. For garden parties, fairy lights are a nice, simple touch, as are candles and favors. Just make sure to take safety into account when putting those candles and centerpieces together.

No matter what you choose for your engagement party, whether it is as simple as Mets jerseys and hot dogs or as extravagant as black ties and champagne, the point of the evening is to celebrate family, new and old, and forge bonds together that will change and grow for a lifetime.

28
May

Have a Stress Free Wedding

Now that your journey in finding your soul mate has finally come to an end, the culminating event in celebration of this wonderful accomplishment is here: your wedding day. This day should be one of the happiest days of your life. It should be a party where you and your partner share your joy and happiness to the people that mean the most to you. Yes, the day you become one should be a joyful event. Yet, it can add up to months and months of stress because of all the planning involved in bringing it all together for one grand event. So, what can you do to avoid the stress and add more joy to your wedding day? Here are some tips that should help:

1. Start early in planning your wedding. Most reception facilities, photographers, and entertainment providers are usually booked up to 2 years in advance for prime wedding months of the year. Start making calls early to see what dates are open.

2. Choose the wedding dress carefully. One the most important decisions that a bride must make in the course of planning her wedding is the design of her wedding dress; this should take top priority. Factors like the bride’s body shape, the theme of the event, and even the budget, are all considered when choosing the perfect wedding gown. You must try on plenty of dresses and check several shops before you find that one special dress that will best suit you.

3. In choosing flowers for the event, bear in mind the theme and the color choices selected for the occasion. Matching them with the entourage’s and the bride’s gowns is a must! Check the seasonality and availability of these flowers. You can order the freshest (and the cheapest) kinds of flowers that align with the growing season around your wedding date. If you want to de-stress yourself, do not chose non-seasonal flowers, as you may find it very difficult to order especially when your wedding date falls out of the flower’s season.

4. Wedding invitations show your desire to invite those you want to be present on your wedding day. You must have a complete list or quickly finalize the line-up of your guests to avoid forgetting anybody that should be present for your very special day. You would not want special people in your lives to feel insignificant because you accidentally forgot to send them an invitation!

5. Weeks before the big day, prepare your wedding vows. It should be meaningful, straight from your heart, and well rehearsed to avoid embarrassing moments. Do not wait for the last minute to draft your wedding vows.

6. Most couples choose to brand their wedding rings with their initials. There are also some who choose to have symbols or dedications as gestures of love and devotion engraved on their rings. Plan on your wedding bands early so you can adjust your budget and your time around them. Aside from your wedding bands, a nice set of silver engraved cufflinks can also be a special item. Like the rings, wedding cufflinks can also be engraved with any design you wish to have. This item is equally memorable since it can be made to fit your choice of shape, size and material. Wedding Cufflinks can express those ideas that one fails to put into words.

When everything is set and ready, you can relax and wait for the special day you exchange “I do’s”. The memories will serve as lasting treasures that are worth keeping for the rest of your lives.

26
May

How to Make Your Wedding Favors Effective

Wedding favors are minor details of the wedding that are often overlooked to the last minute. What is worse is they are also often thrown by guests after a few hours or even minute on their hand or bag. But if you are a bride who wants the favor to be affective and a success, don’t overlook your favors neither choose a boring one, instead go for something unique and personalized.

Many brides would think that wedding favors cost big, or if they will make their own it can take a lot of time. Don’t fret because you don’t need to spend a lot on your wedding favors nor spend too much making them because there are plenty of inexpensive favors to choose from, as well as favors that are easy to make.

But how to make your wedding favors effective? This is a question that should be given a solution. Remember, your wedding favors will serve as the memorabilia of your wedding, so they need to be something worthy to be cherished by the guests.

1. Choose favors according to your budget. The common fault of brides is they tend to spend a lot of money and time making wedding their wedding larger and elaborate than they even want to have. Although it is a surefire that guests will be delighted with IPODS or designer watches as your tokens for them, but these put a huge dent in your pocket.

Aside from the fact that they serve as your wedding memorabilia, wedding favors are also tokens of appreciation to your guests –so just keep them simple, yet sweet. By simply having your simple and inexpensive wedding favors engraved, you can turn them into something precious and thoughtful. Take time to search for the best deals around or online, then enjoy saving some extra money and seeing your guests.

2. Keep simple but with style –simple wedding favors are often easy to decorate. If you have a long guest list, don’t hesitate to ask your bridesmaids and other members of the family help you. Sure they will never say no, in fact it can be a privilege for them to help you as they understand that you have thousands of things in mind. Additionally, it makes a great bonding for everyone of you while decorating little trinkets for the guests.

When making or decorating your wedding favors, whether you have friends or relatives to help you, there’s no reason to spend to much time and money on them when there are some easier ways that you can take. Go simple, but don’t forget to be stylish as well.

It is also important to choose wedding favors that suit the theme of your wedding. If you don’t have a theme, at least choose favors that fit your personality or what is common between you and your groom-to-be. You can find themed wedding favors as well as unique wedding favors on many websites that specialize on wedding supplies and etc.

22
May

Six Cheap Wedding Ideas

 In America, it is estimated that the wedding costs play roughly at around $27,000. If you would consider your practical side, that amount is gigantic enough. In these times when worldwide financial crisis is being experienced by everyone, wouldn’t you think spending $27,000 on a wedding alone is an over-the-top venture already? Why would you spend $27,000 to have a gorgeous wedding celebration when you can have the same experience with cheap wedding ideas?

It is a common scenario wherein the couple splurges to really give a grand wedding experience for everybody to witness and celebrate with. But if you are going to be expensive on your wedding and you have nothing left after the celebration, don’t you think it would be a little difficult to start with the new phase of your married life?

If you are so keen on having a grand, dream wedding but having a little issue on the budget, consider the following cheap wedding ideas below.

1. Do it off-peak. Traditionally, weddings fall on months of May to December; hence, wedding services and goods are normally pricey. Schedule your wedding then on the dates that fall on the months of January to April to avoid high costs. Cakes, wedding hosts, venues, and other wedding essentials are a lot cheaper than when you would avail them on the other months.

2. Keep your guests at the right number. Normally, wedding guests number to as much as more than 150. That means 150 for the food, 150 chairs, 150 invitation cards, 150 wedding favors and giveaways, so on and so forth. You don’t have to do this. Keep the number of guests thin by sending invitations to people whom you are only close with and you will discover how much you can save by just doing this simple cheap wedding idea.

3. Don’t hire a number of photographers. In this high-technology era, everyone can pretty much handle different high-end digital video-cameras, so why not have a relative or friend do the task? Surely, they would be more than glad to be of help to your wedding. Wedding photographers are always expensive, so cut them out of the expenses if you want to save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars.

4. Pick inexpensive yet stylish wedding favors. There are many dollar-worth simple items which you can purchase for wedding favors or giveaways. Little, fashionable bags with colorful ties or ribbons with candies or chocolates are great ideas but won’t give you headaches with the cost.

5. Simple and not-so tall wedding cake. Tall, extravagant wedding cakes are costly, we all know about that. Opt these out and choose a simple, short wedding cake. Focus on the design and style of the cake, and guests will still be wowed by the presentation.

6. Invitation cards. This is one of the most effective cheap wedding ideas that you will never ignore. People who are invited in a wedding don’t particularly pay attention to the kind of invitation card given to them. They are more concerned on what dress and gift they would give to you, so don’t be extravagant with the cards. Just make sure they have the complete wedding details including the list of venue, date and time, entourage, sponsors, and etc.

16
May

Edible Wedding Reception Favors To Delight Your Guests

 There is always something special in edible favors that makes them a hit during any kind of wedding. A couple can never go wrong giving edible wedding favors to their guests. Who doesn’t like food anyway? So if you are a bit confused on what kind of wedding favor to give to your friends and loved ones at your wedding, consider something edible.

First, you have to choose a kind of food that will make your edible wedding favor, since there are various options to choose from. It could be candy, mint, almond, chocolate, cookie, cupcakes, jam, honey or anything that savors anyone’s taste. Your decision may depend on some clever experiences you had or what is common between you and your spouse-to-be. For example, it may happen to be that you both enjoy cookies and milk, so probably your decision is to give out cookie wedding favors and provide jars of milk for your guests. There are also some instances like a couple decided to have a monogram themed wedding, and they chose custom M&M’s as their edible wedding treats for their guests.

Many brides prefer edible wedding favors over others because they find them cheaper than other types of wedding favor. So if you are on a tight budget, it would make a practical idea to go for something that can be eaten by your guests. Also, most edible favors are easy to make or package at home. So whether you will make or buy the favors and package them at home, there will never be a big problem just do it ahead of time.

When it comes to packaging your edible wedding favors, there are plenty of options you can choose from. Depending on the choice of edible treat you want to give out, you can have them packaged in fancy little wedding favor boxes, organza bags, Chinese takeout boxes, mint tins, paper bags, small jars, bottles etc.

Edible wedding favors such as cookies, candies, mini cakes, and chocolates can be presented in a particular shape of your desire. The most common shapes for these edible wedding favors are heart, bridal gown, love birds, kissing bells, and wedding cake. You can find cookie cutters in all shapes if you want to cut your homemade wedding cookies in a shape you desire. Molds for chocolate and candy favors come in all shapes as well. You can find so many tools and materials that you can use in making your edible wedding favors at a local craft store or online.

Speaking of online, you can choose between shopping at a local store and shopping online. Shopping online is an ideal option if you are too busy and don’t have time to visit local stores one by one. Online shopping also gives you a much wider selection of wedding favors to choose from, as well as different options to personalize them. Visit websites that specialize in party favors in different varieties, from edible wedding favors, practical wedding favors, unique wedding favors to a lot more.

4
May

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 area, and the guests will naturally flow from one area to another.

Decorations need not be extravagant in a backyard wedding reception. Play up the yard’s features with extra flower plantings and possibly the addition of some flowering trees. Small flower arrangements of roses or carnations on the tables and about the reception area will go a long way toward creating beauty and ambiance. The cost of decorations could be cut in half, and perennial flowers and trees will be wonderful reminders of the day for many years to come. If the yard you’re using doesn’t have many features to play up, create a dance floor and surround it with tables. Erect a tent above the dance floor and swathe the tent poles with tulle. String fairy lights up the poles and around the tulle and place lanterns on the tables. It creates a perfect ambiance for an evening garden wedding.

Theme weddings are fun in backyard gathering spaces. You can create a high tea with finger sandwiches, teapots, petit-fours, and prissy flower and herb cuttings. You could also create a masquerade ball with gilded tablecloths and ornate decorations.

Some nice additions to any garden or backyard wedding reception are arbors and gazebos. You could place a flower-covered arbor at the entrance to the reception, and the newlyweds could walk underneath it to be announced to the guests. A gazebo is a fun place for a conversation station, or could even serve as the space for the couple’s first dance.

Use your imagination and let your sense of play run wild for your backyard wedding reception. There is a lot less at stake when the reception is in your own backyard. Let this be your day and dress it up with dreams. Plant a flowering tree and decorate it with a commemorative plaque. With a little luck you’ll dance in that gazebo on your fiftieth anniversary.

25
Apr

The Known Customs of Weddings

Weddings are celebrated with some kind of ceremony almost everywhere in the world. The ceremonies vary greatly among different nations and religions. But whatever the form of a marriage ceremony, it serves the important purpose of announcing to the community that a man and a woman have been joined in matrimony. The wedding ceremony may be a religious one performed by a clergyman. It may be a civil ceremony performed by a civil official, such as a judge or a mayor. It may be only a couples declaration before witnesses of their intention to marry.

Some people today chose to write their own marriage ceremony, or perhaps have a favourite poem to read. In some places a transfer of property makes a marriage binding. In other places blood is drawn from tiny scratches made on the hands of the bride and groom. The blood is mingled, sealing the union. Among some people the marriage rite consists only of the bride and groom sharing the same food.

Many of the customs associated with wedding ceremonies are based on neither church nor civil law. They developed from wedding customs of the earliest times and come from many lands. The wearing of the bridal veil may have come from a superstition dating back to early Greek and Roman times. The veil was thought to conceal the bride from evil spirits. The veil is also believed to have been worn as an indication of the brides innocence and purity.

The ring is the most widely used symbol of marriage today, as it has been for centuries. The word wedding comes from the old English word wed, which means promise or pledge. During Anglo Saxen times a betrothal, or promise to marry, was sealed when the bride or groom to be gave the sweetheart a ring. The ring, a circle with no beginning or end, was considered a symbol of eternity. The fourth finger of the left hand was chosen as the ring finger because of mistaken beliefs that a vein or nerve runs from that finger to the heart.

The best man and the groomsmen, or ushers, have been explained as a survival of the ancient practice of wife capture, in which the bridegrooms friends helped him in his struggle to carry off his wife. The brides attendants were supposed to protect her from being captured.

In ancient times people drove off any unfriendly spirits around the bridal couple by making noises, brandishing weapons, lighting fires, and waving torches. Many practices that were supposed to prevent bad luck and bring blessings to the bridal pair have come down through the years.

Throwing rice after a newly married couple is a very old custom. The ancients threw rice at a bride and groom to distract evil spirits. Rice, a symbol of fertility among some people, expresses the hope that the couple will be blessed with children.

Every state and nation has its own laws and requirements governing marriage. There may be regulations concerning the ages at which a couple may marry, the procedures for a license to marry, the recording of the marriage, or the type of ceremony.

22
Apr

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 cake shops or even order online from the cake topper catalogs that online cake shop prepared for potential clients. You can always order anytime and you have many choices of designs to choose from that will suit to your wedding theme and cake.

With a wide selection to choose from and a wide array of themes from a simple monogram, humorous, traditional, symbolic, castles, circle of Love, military, precious moments, animals, characters, crystals, Swarovski, religious, career, sports and lot to more and from sculpted and from ceramic, glass, porcelain or gold, certainly a memorable wedding is just a grab away.

There are some unique non-traditional bride and groom designs that you can choose for a unique wedding. These decorations include a bride that has caught her groom in a fishing line, a groom carrying his bride, a bride and groom kissing, a bride and groom dressed in military garb, football jersey or other costumes and a bride and groom engaging in sports. The choice seems to be endless and your imagination is your only limitation.

You may come across of the well-crafted designs. In addition to simple toppers are convenient and humorous unique designs that are truly amazing. To impress the guests, custom and personalize unique wedding cake toppers are made like a replica or caricature of both bride and groom. Each piece is hand sculpted with great attention to every detail from photos provided by the customer. This is closer to having your own self on the cake itself where you can have your face printed on the cake too.

Just be sure in choosing the right topper, choose unique wedding cake toppers that go along with your wedding motif and theme. Add a more personalized touch that will display your own style and personality for each wedding topper signifies the special moment cherished by couples, a special reminder that they could cherish for a lifetime.

15
Apr

Tips on Planning a Dream Wedding on a Budget

 When we hear the word wedding, we oftentimes have the notion that it’s expensive, costly, pricey, and the list of synonyms go on. Having that dream of wedding of yours isn’t really all that impossible. You can have your way and finally bring to life the wedding which you think would remain too elusive. You deserve to have the wedding you have dreamt of for already a long time and you can really make that happen. With that driving force and the right plan you’re an inch away towards achieving that dream wedding.

Budget Planning

This is really a very important factor that must be considered. You can’t come up with a good wedding without having to spend time running over budget and the like. It is very rudimentary that the couple will really have to set aside enough time for them to discuss on how to handle the budget for their wedding as to whether they would like to have a grand wedding or just an average one but still has the posh elegance.

Religious Aspect

The couple also has to decide who is going to officiate their wedding and under what religious rite their wedding is going to be celebrated. It’s good if both have the same religious beliefs otherwise they have to deliberately decide whose religion they are going to follow. This is an element which must be greatly considered.

Setting the Date

It is also equally important to carefully figure out the exact date of this big event. This must be decided deliberately because there are certain factors that may influence the outcome of your wedding. For example, if you happen to hold it on holiday vacations then a lot of guests wouldn’t be probably able to come as they are also away for a trip. That’s how the importance of deciding the right date gets in.

Wedding Theme

The bride especially gets thrilled with the wedding’s theme or concept. This just makes a lot of brides-to-be get all too ecstatic. A term “bridezilla” was even coined in the urban language for those obsessive brides wanting to have the best wedding from among the rest. As for the wedding theme, there is actually a vast collection to choose from. You can go for something contemporary or you can also go years backward to give your wedding that quaint charm.

Choose the Venue

Here’s another element that has an immense impact on the outcome of the wedding. This is also something you can flexibly modify. Some couples would want to hold their weddings the conventional way around. That means a church ceremony. Some would also want to have some modifications in it. That’s why we now have beach and garden weddings. The venue must be scrupulously picked so that it may not interfere with the solemnity of the ceremony. If you happen to hold the wedding at the beach, be sure to have a plan B just in case the weather goes bad the entourage and the guests will not drench from the pouring rain. Just make it very sure that the contingency plan is always ready.

11
Apr

Booking Your Reception Hall

Planning a wedding can be a little bit like jumping off a cliff. It’s easy to start, but where do you go from there? There’s so much to be done and it seems like if everything isn’t perfect the day will be ruined. Take a breath. It’s going to be okay. Your wedding day is about you, and all you need to do to have a great wedding is be true to yourself and take things one step at a time. Here are some wedding reception ideas and the steps you need to take to book a reception hall on a budget.

1. Plan
Take some time and sit down with your partner. Make some general decisions about what you want your wedding and reception to be like. Do you want a small or large reception? Add up the numbers. You’ll want to take into account your friends and family and any guests they will be bringing. Do you want children present? This will affect the kind of venue you book for your reception. Children may not enjoy themselves at a very formal wedding reception, but at an amusement park or ranch, children would be very welcome.

What theme, if any, do you want for your wedding? A theme wedding can brighten up an otherwise plain reception hall and it can create a seamless, festive wedding experience. Some wedding themes are renaissance, butterflies, fifties, candlelight, winter wonderland, and beach themes, to name a very few. Do you want your wedding reception to be indoor or outdoor; formal, intimate, eclectic, traditional, or contemporary?

Finally, in considering your guests and your own needs, what special needs do you need to accommodate for? Do you need a separate kitchen to prepare food for those with allergies? Do you need a hall that is easily accessible for those with handicaps? What religious or cultural traditions, if any, will you want to showcase? What kind of parking do you need? How many guests are coming from far away? You may want to choose a wedding reception hall that is close to major highways, airports, and hotels.

Now that you have this important information in front of you, choosing and booking a reception hall should be simple.

2. Budget
This is a small but imperative step. Decide how much money you are willing to spend on a reception hall. The hall may or may not include catering, a wedding cake, chairs, linens, dishes, flatware, a DJ, and access to alcohol. Make sure to budget separately for these items and ask each reception hall candidate what they include in their wedding reception package.

3. Book it
The farther in advance you book the reception hall, the more likely you are to get it and the cheaper it will be. Some people even book popular spaces years in advance. So get started as early as you can. If you only have a few months before the wedding, do not panic. There are plenty of alternative venues that don’t require intensely early booking. Try out a public park, a farm, a restaurant, a museum, the rooftop of your apartment building, or a friend’s backyard. Try booking your reception venue in the off-season (the wedding season is May through August, but the peak season will vary from venue to venue) for greater availability and less cost.

Based on your list of requirements, make a list of reception halls that could accommodate your needs. Find them through talking with friends and family who have married recently, through online searches, and even in the phone book. Call each place and ask about what is included in the reception package, how many people they can accommodate, if there is alcohol allowed or provided, what the total cost will be, what dates they are available, what their deposit and cancellation policies are, what parking is offered, how they deal with special needs, and any other questions you may have.

When you have a reception hall you really like, hand over the down-payment check, write a date on your calendar, and check “Find Reception Hall” off your giant list of wedding things yet to be done!