Some Tips For Your Wedding Planning!

When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and then there are things you need to know—advice so essential that any bride who’s lucky enough to hear it thinks, “I’m so glad someone told me that!” If you’re wondering whether there’s something you may have missed (or even if you’ve got everything under control), check out our indispensable planning secrets below.

Pay attention to the weather

Heed the weather and other potential annoyances. Guests have been known to skip out early from hotter-than-hot summer tent weddings and improperly heated winter loft receptions. Bugs (gnats, deer flies and mosquitoes) also swarm in certain areas during certain seasons. Consider renting pest control tanks to alleviate the problem or including bug repellent in guests’ gift bags.

Plan your wedding date carefully

Know ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as a trade conference, charity walk, or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. Also, be aware that weekday weddings bring in big discounts for couples.

Clarify a meal plan for your vendors

A usual unforeseen wedding expense is feeding the wedding day crew. Before you sign the contracts, make sure you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead. Having a clear idea of how many wedding vendors you may need to feed will let your wedding caterer plan ahead. Don’t forget that vendors include your photography assistants and band assistants as well.

Make a uniform kids policy

You have four choices: You can welcome children with open arms; you can decide to have an “adults only” wedding; you can include immediate family only; or, you can hire a child care service to provide day care either at the reception space, in a hotel room or at a family member’s home. To prevent hurt feelings, it’s wise to avoid allowing some families to bring children while excluding others (unless, of course, the children are in your bridal party).

Always provide accurate driving directions

Make sure guests know where they’re going. As easy as online map programs are to use, sometimes the directions are wrong or there’s a quicker, less traffic-prone route to take. Ask your ceremony and reception sites for printouts or digital copies of recommended driving directions and even test out the routes yourself. One of our readers shared a story about a wedding they went to. The bride and groom made an unclear map and 90% of the guests arrived late. The couple had to extend their rental time of the church.

Take planning one step at a time

Put together a wedding planning schedule and do things one by one, in a logical order, so you don’t take on too much too fast and end up with everything snowballing around you. Don’t hire any vendors before you’ve confirmed your date; don’t design your cake before you’ve envisioned your flowers; and don’t book a band before you’ve settled on a space.

Plan you guest list with a ‘priority’ tier

Pare down your guest list with the “tiers of priority” trick. Place immediate family, the bridal party and best friends on top of the list; follow with aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends you can’t imagine celebrating without. Under that, list your parents’ friends, neighbors, coworkers and so on. If you need to make some cuts, start from the bottom until you reach your ideal number.

 

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Where To Save And Where To Splurge!

It’s easy to go overboard when it comes to spending for a wedding, particularly your own. It’s basically a big party where you get to call in all your favorite people celebrate you and the one you love. It also doesn’t help that you’re probably being bombarded with tips, advice, and many “back in my day” monologues.

As a bride, particularly in this day and age, it’s important to be able to cut through all the noise and keep your eyes on what really matters: You and your groom! It’s important to be practical and have a clear idea on which details of your wedding you can save on and which ones you can go extra on.

So today, we’ll be sharing with you some of spending or splurging tips!

Wedding Dress
SAVE

Let’s be honest about this one ladies. Don’t let the likes of “Say Yes To The Dress” put a blinders on your eyes. It can get very tempting to get a wedding gown that you’ve fallen in love with (along with the often expensive tag that goes along with it). However, it is important to remember these two things:

  • You’ll probably only wear it once.
  • If you’re planning on passing it down–styles are going to be so different 10 to 30 years from now.

That’s the sad reality about wedding gowns. It’s ultimately better to save some major bank by going to a gown rental shop. I know, your romantic sensibilities might be a little miffed but that money you save can always go to something else!

Wedding Photography
SPLURGE

A common enough regard by most brides AND their grooms is that everything happened so fast! It’s easy to get swept away with all the energy that a wedding day brings. So it’s very important that you hire a professional team to capture everything for you.

Images caught on (digital) film will always be something that you and your loved ones can look back on. Also, professional photographers usually come with their team so you get more than one angle for special moments. Since this is a day that you’ll want to remember forever, it’s important to get it properly documented.

Extra tip: you may want to ask your guests and loved ones to chill trying to document your wedding day for their social media. While well meaning, you want them to be there for you and not block the pros who are trying to do their job!

Food
SPLURGE

Let’s be honest, everyone lives to eat. While pretty presentations are nice, flavor is what’s going to stay with you.

It’s not a party unless there’s good grub! Also, chances are the food is something that your guests will be talking about for years to come. So if you really want to leave a good impression on your guests, food is a good route to go.

Invites
SAVE

In the world where digital is king, having to print and send out invites is an extra expense that you can do without. A lot of people are as busy as you are. They may not have the luxury of waiting around for an invite to arrive or they can also completely forget to RSVP.

Sending out a digital invite is a cost-effective way to get the word out and responses are almost instantaneous. If you still want to print out invites, a few are good for principal sponsors. It’s also something that your professional photographer team will be able to use to bring about fantastic mood builder photos.

WEDDING RINGS
SPLURGE

The rings are the pretty much the most tangible thing about your wedding that’s going to stay with you and your groom. Spending a little more toward the rings that won’t tarnish is a good idea to do.

Also, good looking rings make for excellent photos!

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Real Wedding Regrets As Shared By Real Brides

Hindsight is always 20/20.

This is particularly true when it comes to events that your poured countless hours of planning and funding. In this context, we’re talking about weddings, of course. Today, we tap into the real accounts of some of our readers who share some of their biggest regrets on their big day.

Nothing is perfect, after all. So if you’re getting ready to plan your wedding or if your to-do list is already crossed off and now you’re just waiting to say the big “I do,” take note of these bridal regrets.

Too many bridesmaids.

 

Bride Rhea shares more about this regret:

“Believe it or not, I had 10 bridesmaids. Some were handpicked by me and some were handpicked by my mother and mother-in-law. So you can imagine that the sheer number of them added stress and drama–not to mention the additional costs in dresses. If I could do it over again, I would definitely put my foot down and just stick with the ladies that I picked. That way, my day would be more meaningful and not be all about the petty rivalries some of the ladies had. It also turned out that my mother and mother-in-law didn’t even like the ladies they chose. They did so out of some misplaced sense of family. So to the other brides out there, please learn from me. The people in your entourage should only be the people you want.” 

We’ve gotten several stories regarding this topic as well. It has always been in our experience that a happy bride makes a happier wedding. Sometimes, this means having to say no to family and holding your ground.

Not having an on-the-day coordinator.

 

Bride Christine shares more about this regret:

“I kinda went crazy with being hands-on. So I figured that I got everything down to a T and didn’t need an on-the-day coordinator. Boy was I wrong. There was utter chaos. People kept missing their cues. The caterer forgot to serve the appetizers at the moment the guests were seated. So instead of just sitting back and enjoying my day, I had to keep sending my bridesmaids on little errands to the caterer or the DJ or the videographer. It seems that I made myself too indispensable to the execution of the wedding that I needed to coordinate AND be married that day. So, dear Lord, learn from my example. Save yourself the headache and hire a coordinator or at least an on-the-day coordinator. People have that job for a reason.”

A wedding day coordinator is a crucial part of the execution of a smooth wedding day. They make sure everything is in place and everything happens according to schedule. They take on all the stress so the bride and the groom can have the day they’ve wanted for so long.

Waiting until the very last moment to book my wedding vendors.

 

Bride Mia shares more about this regret:

“Oh my God, let me tell you about my biggest wedding regret. I was a pretty foolish bride and didn’t do any studying on when to get best prices from vendors. I figured that there would always be someone who was offering their services, venues, and whatnot. How wrong I was. Turns out things were booked six months in advance and when I was lucky enough to find an opening, the price was twice and sometimes three times more than I would have paid if I booked early. So Mike and I had to end up cutting out several of our dream wedding plans and made do with what was available–at steep prices.”

Yikes. Sadly, this is something that is still a pretty common occurrence in the wedding market. Brides who end up booking wedding vendors at the last minute. In doing so, they end up missing a lot of the good deals that get snapped up several months previously. If you’re planning your own wedding soon, take this advice to heart: do your research beforehand and book your vendors of choice several months before the date of your wedding.

Not only will you be saving yourself from crunch time, you’ll also be able to score significantly better deals that those who book with limited and expensive choices.

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The Benefits of a Long Engagement

When it comes to engagements, the question has always been: is shorter or longer better? Several decades ago, the norm seemed to be that the wedding was to follow shortly after an engagement was announced. However, the recent trends reflect that this has changed significantly. More and more couples are prolonging their engagements to a minimum of a year and often even hitting the five year mark.

So we started to wonder if there was a sort of wisdom to this that other generations did not catch on. Today, we discuss the merits of a long engagement.

A longer engagement means a longer period for building wedding funds

The present trend that seen quite a spike is that of couples paying for their own wedding. While donations from sponsors or other family members are still welcome, the bigger chunk of the expenses are shouldered by the bride and groom.

With proper planning and realistic targets, the bride and groom can add more funds toward a ceremony and reception that will meet their desires. As our reader, Imogene, will share:

My fiance, Harold, and I had a three-year engagement. We were the ones paying for the whole thing so we spent two years of that engagement pooling together our funds specifically for a wedding and a honeymoon. It is a constant source of our pride that we paid for everything and didn’t incur any debts. We proved to ourselves that we could stand on our own two feet and still get the wedding of our dreams!”

A longer engagement helps build the foundations of married life

The practical approach, wherein the bride and groom pay for most of the wedding cost, helps the groom and bride build a stronger foundation to the fiscal development of their married life. If they are able to count on each other to meet deadlines for payments or to hit savings quotas, they’d be more assured that the one they chose to marry is indeed a partner for life.

The wedding planning period of the engagement can bring about stress that can either make or break a relationship. It is also in this period that a bride and groom can build their processes on how to weather their storms together. As there is a drastic difference in the sort of fights a couple who are just dating have compared to a couple who is engaged–this is a fact that often comes as a surprise. There should ideally be a stronger vested interest in an amicable solution. If there isn’t, then this should be a glaring red flag for both the future bride and groom.

A long engagement helps the bride and groom find their own way of doing things. It also provides them a deeper look into the person they’re about to swear their whole life with. Our reader, Payton, shares his experience:

“Rachel and I had an extended engagement. We actually had a five year engagement–something that most people would poke fun at. But she and I used that time to really peel away our walls and really bare our souls to each other. It wasn’t pretty at times and sometimes I thought that we wouldn’t make it. At the end of the day, I knew I couldn’t stand it if she wasn’t in my life. I was lucky enough that she felt the same way. So we worked out all our problems and now when we encounter issues, we use the things we learned during our engagement period to guide us through.”

A longer engagement heightens the probability of scoring a good deal from wedding vendors

It cannot be stated enough that wedding expos are a must for brides and grooms. Wedding vendors are known to provide major on-the-spot booking discounts. Any bride or groom who is looking to save up on costs would be wise to attend several wedding expos. Get familiar with the vendors and if you see any that meet your needs, get their contact information.

There’s a big chance that they’ll be part of another expo and if you don’t have the funds now, you can work out to getting enough when the next expo rolls around. A long engagement enables couples to score better deals and major savings in their wedding costs. There also the chance of winning any giveaway raffles from expos like an all expenses paid honeymoon trip or even a cruise.

Taking a chance on a relative start-up wedding vendor may have a degree of risk but the rewards can be pretty great. Our reader, Sierra, shares her experience:

“Theo and I were engaged for almost four years. Every year, we’d find expos to visit and we compared prices to non-expo offers and those that were. When we finally decided to do an on-the-spot booking, we were offered a 40% discount off our buffet and given an extra hour for our wedding venue. There were so many other perks, too! He won us a week-long cruise! We look back fondly on those days and we still agree that having a long engagement was a good idea.”

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Wedding Gifts You Won’t Regret Asking For

One of the enjoyable, yet stressful, things about wedding planning is sitting down and coming up with a list for your gift registry. Getting married is a bright new start in anyone’s life and the last thing a happy couple needs is getting stuck with stuff they don’t end up using. Not only is it wasteful but it can end up hurtful to whoever decided to get you that gift to begin with.

We asked hundreds of married couples about what wedding gifts that stood the test of time and is irreplaceable because of its usefulness. So, today, we share with you our findings.

Knife Block

This is a definite must have for any home since it’s just so darn useful. It is able to hold a variety of knives for different uses. One item in a knife block that sees a lot of mileage is the kitchen scissors. Not only does a knife block keep your knives in healthy condition but it also makes sure that you’ll always know where they’ll be.

This makes it ideal for the culinary beginners.

Dutch Oven

It can seem daunting but it’s one of the staples of any kitchen. It’s best for stews and braised meats. It can take a bit of work in terms of maintenance but repays you with its longevity and durability. It also makes a good presentation piece for large dinners and heavy duty cooking.

Garbage Can

One of the more overlooked staples in a home. Most brides and grooms fail to appreciate the need for a durable heavy duty garbage can. It’s one of those things that you don’t think of until a mishap occurs. Sturdy garbage cans save you from leaks, spills, and bad smells. High end garbage cans are also fairly easy to clean which makes for an overall healthier home.

High Thread Count Sheets

Having quality sheets that fit the bed, launder like a dream, and can stand up to wear and tear is a must have. Even if you’re living in a starter condo or sharing an apartment with your future spouse, getting pieces that build a homey bedroom is something your marriage will thank you for.

A good night’s rest is a crucial partner in weathering the storms that relationships and life in general brings.

Glassware

Let’s be honest, if we were left to our devices, we’d probably still be using plastic glasses–they’re low key, serves its purpose, and affordable. So never miss out on the chance to be gifted quality glassware. A set of dishwasher-safe glassware must be added to your wedding gift registry pronto!

Don’t go overboard with asking for  crystal stemware. Instead, opt for pieces that will go well with the other pieces in your home–like the china or the serving platters.

Quality Serving Platters

Having quality serving platters will always save the day whenever you’re entertaining guests. Not only can they be sturdy and economical, they can also make into useful conversation starters. It’s also a good chance to select pieces that reflect your personality.

Storage Bins

Storage will never go out of style. Woven baskets, artsy boxes, and others is always needed in a home. Stylish storage options are also available so not only do they serve a function, they can add to the atmosphere and ambiance of your home.

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The Wedding Day Emergency Kit

It is often the ideal of most brides and grooms that their special day go off without a hitch. However, as our experience has shown us, this is never the case. It is mostly minor but emergencies will occur no matter how you try to avoid it. So instead of stressing out or getting caught unaware, it’s prudent for any bride and groom to ready an emergency kit for the big day.

A common misconception is that only the bride will need an emergency kit. Let us tell you that the groom is also subject to Murphy’s law. To be on the safe side of things, it’s best to assume that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. This is why being prepared is so great. From the day you start planning your wedding, it’s good to get an early start on your emergency kit as well. So let’s break down the things that should be in your emergency kit.

For Clothes

-A small sewing kit with needles, thread, buttons, and most importantly safety pins
-Hemming tape
-White chalk for masking stains
-Scissors
-Clear nail polish for any runs in the dress, veil, or stockings

The last thing anyone wants is to have a fashion boo-boo on an important day. One of our contributors, Stacy shared some of her experiences on how an emergency kit saved the day. “What people forget that an emergency kit isn’t just for the bride and groom. It’s also for the entourage–father’s of the bride, bridesmaids, groomsmen–no one is exempt from the benefits. I had to deal with a bridesmaid who lost quite a bit of weight in between fittings so her top looked too loose. Some well placed safety pins swiftly rectified the issue.” Now, don’t think that the emergency kit is solely for fashion emergencies! Let’s go on to the other members of the kit.

For Touch-Ups

-Lip balm
-Bobby pins
-Tweezers
-Combs and brushes
-Makeup remover
-Cotton Swabs
-Tissue (Lots of it)
-Lipstick in your chosen shade
-Nail polish in your chosen color
-Hairspray
-Deodorant
-Hydrating Mist
-Loose powder
-Facial powder
-Eye drops
-Small mirror
-Dental Floss
-Breath mints
-Hand wipes

If you’ve ever seen Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner, then you have a pretty good idea on the good a well-stocked emergency kit can do. Stacy says that brides and grooms shouldn’t be intimidated by the somewhat extensive list that builds good emergency kit. “The whole point of an emergency kit is to have a ready answer for any mishap for the bridal party.” Now we go on to the general side of the kit

Miscellaneous

-Band aids
-Bandages
-Soothing creams
-Pain killers
-Tampons
-Extra earring backs
– Nail File
-Oil Absorbing Sheets
-Sunblock
-Anti-allergy meds
-Granola Bars
-Lint Rollers
-Sole Protectors
-Antacids

Fortune favors the prepared–this is something that has always been said. Any wedding coordinator worth their salt will tell you that this is true. It’s cost-effective to slowly build the kit over time as certain items on this list are more affordable on certain times of the year. Most of the items of an emergency kit are probably already present in your home so putting it together shouldn’t be that hard. Then it’ll the matter of having someone you trust man the bag on the special day. To be time efficient on the big day, it’s good to have a separate bag for the groom and the bride for the specific things.

Now it’s time to get started on your emergency kit and have a stress-free wedding!

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Lovely Venues for Your Winter Wedding

Filling the atmosphere with love when the world grows cold and the air seems hushed is always a great idea. This is why winter weddings have such a unique charm that’s all their own. One of the biggest parts of any winter wedding is the venue. Getting a place that’s beautifully blanketed by snow is an absolute must. So today, we’ll be posting our picks of the best winter wedding venues.

The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park

For winter receptions, The Ahwahnee Hotel hosts the lucky couple and their guests in the Solarium where tall windows provide an unparalleled view of the Glacier Point and the indoor fountain of local jasper gives a hint of outdoor. Stone walls and giant fireplaces lend an old world feel to an already special event. Their Solarium can hold up to 180 guests and rental fees can reach $2,500 to $3,000 for five hours.  Quite a steal for such a spacious location. The ceremony itself can be held outdoors if the bride and groom would prefer it.

Event Above, Staten Island NY

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Never disregard the city for a winter wedding. Above’s Ballroom is over 6,000 square feet and has over 19 foot high floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible panoramic views of the New York City skyline and the Staten Island bridges. Their ballroom comes with 4,000 LED Illuminated Crystals and can accommodate up to 325 guests. So the ballroom is a perfect place to hold your reception while outdoor terrace is available to hold the ceremony itself.

The Peaks Resort & Spa, Telluride CO

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 A famous author once said, “Oh what are men compared to rocks and mountains?” Well, a bride and her groom can truly experience the wonder of rocks and mountains in this venue. Ceremonies can be held at either the Mt. Wilson Terrace which have beautiful sunset views of the San Juan Mountains or at the Altezza Deck which have dreamlike glass walls that surround the deck to provide an unobstructed view of the majestic views around. Snow dusted walkways add drama to otherwise regular wedding pictorials and the lovely bride can even don a cape! Just more reasons why a winter wedding is special and unique.

Ballroom at the Ben, Philadelphia PA

If you ever saw Silver Linings Playbook and was enraptured at the grandeur of the ballroom where the dance competition was held, this is your chance to hold your special event at that place. They have a mezzanine and antique chandeliers which can add sophistication to any wedding or reception. So if you do want to hold your nuptials during the winter but you’re not a big fan of the cold, the Ballroom at the Ben will be your sanctuary.

Union Hill, Sonora CA

If you want a rustic touch to your nuptials, this place is perfect for you. Union Hill has several venues of varying sizes to choose from so you can go for an intimate celebration or a large boisterous party. Their wedding chapel can accommodate up to 208 guests. It’s roomy and it’s classic–perfect for the bride and groom who want a laid back and classic wedding.

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Most Popular Wedding Gown Styles of 2016

When it comes to the topic of weddings, there’s a pretty big chance that one thing on everyone’s mind is: What sort of dress will the bride wear? The bride and her dress, after all, often serve to be the centerpiece of any nuptial event. Wedding gown styles have seen several trends through the years. This year saw the return of some classic designs and the upsurge in the demand for some new styles. Let’s take a look at the different styles that dominated 2016.

Trumpet

The trumpet style is notably fitted on the bride’s body and starts to flare around the thighs. This style is preferred by petite or slender brides who want to show off their tiny waist. The fit truly accentuates the stomach and hips so more daring brides have embraced this style wholeheartedly. This style may not work well with pear-shaped brides as the fit may accentuate the hips in an unflattering way. An old complaint about this particular style revolved around how hard it could be to walk down the aisle with so much around the legs. However, it all comes down to the sort of material that is chosen. Airy materials like tulle are now the common answer to this issue.

A-Line

The A-Line dress style has a fitted bodice and waist that has a skirt that flows out around the bride’s feet. This style is quite popular as it suits different body types quite well. Quite versatile in its design, it can incorporate a strapless style like the one in the photo above or have sleeves sown in for the more conservative bride.

Ball Gown 

The Ball Gown wedding dress  often has a corset or a fitted bodice which either gathers or flares off at the waist. The most striking feature of this style is the often eye-catching full skirt that cascades around the bride. This style slightly went out of style in the 70’s and 80’s as there was an upsurge in demand for a sleeker dress design. However, with the marriage of Kate Middleton, there was a sudden reprisal in the demand for a more princess-like dress. Dressmakers reported a 54% increase in the requests for the ball gown wedding dress or something that would fit a fairy tale type wedding. The ball gown gives off a romantic vibe that goes well with rustic or country weddings. Just imagine this dress with fall leaves as a background!

Sheath

The sheath design takes on quite a classic and simple look to it. This style of gown has a narrow shape that flows straight down from the neckline to the hem. This makes this style ideal for tall and lean brides. The material often varies between lace or satin. Both often give the appearance of lightness and sleekness–something that brides with an hourglass figure can take advantage of as a good opportunity to show off their curves. Sheath style dresses also go well with a modern backdrop so it is the first pick choice for city weddings.

2016 weddings are now wrapping up. Now, these dress styles have dominated this year and I’m pretty excited to see what sort of style or materials will conquer 2017.

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The Best Wedding Destinations

Our planet is a beautiful place. We’ve been blessed with various seasons, temperatures, and views that sometimes feel out of this world. So when it’s time to pick an ideal place to tie the knot, the decision making can be a tough one. Don’t you fret, though! We’ve round up the best wedding destinations so you and your loved one can just sit back and select which one works for you.

Rustic Romance: Provence, France

Nothing says romance quite like a fairytale castle and that’s exactly what Provence has in abundance. Imagine taking lazy strolls in sprawling vineyards, sipping locally bought wine, and having a picturesque countryside as the backdrop to your “I do’s”.

This prime wedding destination boasts of centuries old olive trees, romantic chateaus, and sprawling vineyards. A lot of the gorgeous chateaus in the area combine the romance of the country and the conveniences of the 21st century like, Wi-Fi, working fireplaces, heating, en-suite baths, etc. Other chateaus even include a ballroom, a private outdoor pool, a tennis court, and a helipad. The Chateau Villermaux in Correns is one such place.

Depending on your budget and what sort of vibe you want your big day to have, you and your bride will have a lot of choices on which chateau works with what you want.

Paradise Charm: El Nido Palawan, Philippines

White sands, crystal blue waters, private islands, and stunning sunsets. This is what El Nido, Palawan of the Philippines is known for. Mother Nature provides all the ingredients for a magical and memorable day in paradise. The beauty of having a beach wedding is that shoes are optional!

Nothing quite beats the charm of having a gorgeous photography session by the beach with the crystalline waters glistening behind you. El Nido beach weddings offer a more laid back yet chic appeal to any nuptials.

Hailed as one of the wedding destinations of the recent decade, El Nido is home to various resorts ranging from budget to high-end. An example of a go-to resort in El Nido is Stunning Vistas Beach Resort. They offer premium wedding packages and stellar honeymoon packages for couples that choose to book their resort for a wedding.

City Landscapes: Manhattan New York, USA

City lights, modern architecture, luxury, and first-world convenience. Don’t count off the hustling New York City from your list just yet. One of the best things about getting married in a city is that suppliers are a dime-a-dozen and all located nearby. Out of town weddings tend to hike up wedding costs as suppliers need to ship their staff and their wares to where the wedding will be. Having your wedding at the heart of a metropolis removes that hassle.

Also, places like Midtown Loft & Terraces boast of all conveniences like private modern elevators, fully equipped kitchens, staircase with a sky light, 24-hour doorman secured building, and many more. This wedding destination also offers a 360-degree view of the famous Manhattan skyline that includes the Empire State Building and the gorgeous Marble Collegiate Church.

Beauty and convenience right there for your use. Should you prefer a more in-touch with nature wedding, there are various sculpted gardens to choose from. All of these and more located in one enchanting wedding destination.

Vintage Dreaming: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Getting married in a place rich with culture and history is something the best weddings are made of. And if there’s any location in the world that’s rich with culture, it’s Amsterdam. The cobblestone streets and elegant alleyways where artists and poets gathered is a wonderful addition to the air of romance.

It gives a certain distinction, having your wedding in a culture-rich destination. Apparently, getting married over the famous Amsterdam stone bridge is an option for couples. Imagine the unique snaps that would make! If you’re aiming for exclusivity, The Dylan is a good choice. Their in-house restaurant, Vinkeles, is a Michelin starred venue so the food is sure to be good.

Amsterdam comes with several archways, tree-lined roads, and an old historic vibe that’s sure to enrich the very special day that you and your loved ones will remember for a lifetime.

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Planning A Casual Wedding

A casual wedding can be a relief to many couples because it doesn’t come with the pressure of making grandiose plans. For low key couples, those on a budget, or those who have few family and friends, a casual wedding is often a dream come true.

The biggest mistake many couples make when having a casual wedding is falsely believing that planning is unnecessary. Small, casual weddings still require meticulous planning, just less of it. However, planning a wedding does not have to be difficult or overwhelming when done correctly.

Couples must ensure they are providing for their guests, especially if the wedding is set to take place outdoors. This type of wedding calls for some way to shield guests from the sun beating down on them. One simple way to do this is to erect a tent where guests can gather to get some shade and cool off on a warm day. This is also helpful in the event that rain dampens a couple’s wedding.

Don’t forget the trip to and from the church pre and post ceremony.  Limousines are the go-to vehicle of choice, and although they can be expensive, they don’t have to be.  Look for reputable companies like Albany Limo Service, that charge reasonable rates, and you’ll still be able to create that once-in-a-lifetime ride on a budget.

Even casual weddings require seating arrangements for the ceremony and reception. Couples should ensure that their guests will be able to see everything going on no matter where they are sitting. Having everyone assigned to sit in a specific seat will allow the ceremony and reception to proceed smoothly. Failure to plan a seating arrangement means chaos could ensue.

Every couple has their own vision of what constitutes a casual wedding. Guests should be informed in advance exactly what a couple’s definition of a casual wedding is. These weddings often take place on a day other than Saturday or Sunday, typical days of the week to hold a wedding. They can take place much earlier in the day than more formal weddings usually do.

One aspect couples should avoid when planning a casual wedding is running a cash bar at the reception. Couples who are on a tight budget can and should choose to offer an open bar but limit it to a small selection of beer and wines,which are much more affordable than liquor. Even at a casual wedding, guests will not appreciate being asked to pay for drinks.

Casual weddings still call for invitations to be mailed to guests’ homes. Online invites are often used for other casual events but it is frowned upon using them for a wedding. To fit wedding invitations into a tight budget many couples choose to design and print out their own invitations at home.

A timeline should be created when planning any wedding day, no matter how casual it is. This allows everyone involved in the wedding to be on the same page so that there is no confusion amongst them on the big day. The more the day is structured the happier everyone will be, including the wedding guests themselves.

Lastly, a plan for cleaning up the wedding site at the conclusion of the day must be devised in advance. Couples should avoid leaving their venue a mess whether it is at a private home or a public location.

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