Transportation Idea for Your Wedding

You ought to know…
…decorating the car is generally done by the groom’s male friends – men who effectively have lost their chances with the bride who’s being whisked away.
There’s nothing wrong in arriving or leaving in your personal car or even a limousine on your wedding day. However, there are quite many of us who love that extra bit of attention from our guests and thus end up arriving and leaving in style. Not bad I say, after all, it’s one day dedicated to splurge and go big on style.

You can go traditional or contemporary, and choose your mode of transport accordingly. You can make quite an impact going overboard and hiring a chartered chopper to lift you up from the venue, or opt for a cozy gondola sailing into a scenic sunset to make it one memorable wedding exit. The point is, if you intend to splurge, you can try out just about any idea that comes to your mind.

Let’s look at the ideas that you can actually consider for that perfect wedding entry or exit.
For Glam Weddings…
You get to strut your stuff in these ultra glam cars that are fit for royalty, the royalty that’s you! These modes of transport provide luxury, comfort, and are a bit high-end, and hence need to be booked well in advance. You sure are going to get heads to turn with a decorated stretch limo running down the streets. You can also hire a chopper to airlift you from your wedding reception or drop you at the church.
There’s nothing better than a pearly white Limo!

You can enjoy the drive to the church with the bridal party, or serenade your beloved in a stretch limo. It’s definitely got style, elegance, and the luxury that you need for a memorable wedding.
How about a comfortable SUV?

It’s got style and power, and loads of comfort. Who wouldn’t love arriving in an SUV? Like the limo, you get ample space and privacy, and hence an SUV makes for a good option for wedding transportation.
Set the mood with a vintage car!

What’s better than treating yourself to a blast from the past? Let your guests do the talking as you enter in one of the hey-day classics. Definitely a mood setter!
How about a modern, sleek sedan?

An all time favorite the world over to transport the newly weds, a sedan is a stylish means of commuting to and from the church. Although slack on privacy, a sedan provides comfort and plush interiors. It’s a good bet at reasonable rates.
Just the two of you in a convertible.

You get the privacy that you need, what more can you ask for? There’s you, there’s him/her, and the stars at night to give you company. Convertibles make for a great wedding exit, try getting your hands on one.
Life is one big safari, care to join us?

Just how cool it is to take off in an open safari jeep? Perfect for setting the mood of adventure, and experiencing the wild side of life, this is sure to garner attention as you roll down the terrain.
Absolutely no fuss…

Thinking of a beach/ lawn wedding? It will be incomplete without a grand entry/exit on a neatly-decorated golf cart. Leave in style I say, without getting sand on your clothes.
The Daredevil Wedding…
Your idea of fun is adventure. If you simply can’t do without adding a tad of danger, and loads of fun, to everything that comes your way, then why should your wedding be a regular one. You can spruce up your wedding party by entering or exiting in style. How? Well, you know the many ways to be adventurous, and here, sky is just the limit for the ideas you can come up with.
Don’t you think your winter wedding is incomplete without a snowmobile?

You can zip-zap through the snow, just the two of you together. The drive is going to get cold, and you could do with a good amount of cuddling. Enjoy the drive down the mountain slope, and hold on tight.
Ho, Ho, Ho! Here we go sledging down the slope all in tow.

How about getting your guests to enter on sledges instead of lavish cars? It would be quite a sight to see the newlyweds arrive on a sledge with the bridal party in tow.
What bliss, hanging on the ropes of life, where danger and peril both lie.

You have chosen an exclusive location for your reception and the only means to get there is a suspended cable car. What do you do? Well, you get your guests and your spouse to leave their inhibitions and travel, of course.
Two by two, all aboard the boat that sways.

What do you do when you’ve selected an island in the sun for a wonderful reception? Hire a boat/cruise or a water taxi and get there. Simple as that, ain’t it?
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.

How about arriving in a canoe? Better still, making a splash while exiting the reception on a canoe, decked up in flowers for the purpose. The same goes for a speed boat and a jet ski.
Something that’s Mundane…
This is a part of your daily routine. You simply cannot do without these modes of commuting and it makes sense to incorporate them into your wedding. You can have loads of fun in these transports for sure. Apart from transporting all of your guests in one go, these modes of transport make for an interesting backdrop for amazing wedding portraits.
Anyone up for an adventure?

Load your guests into a bus and heed to your reception. You can have a mini-reception aboard the bus itself. An open-top decker bus makes the prospect sound a tad better.
No hassles, no fuss, it’s all fun on a trolley.

Why spend your hard-earned money on a lavish car for a matter of few hours. Taking the trolley, school bus, or tram is economical as well as interesting to try. Give it a thought, you’re going to have some quality time with all the guests or bridal party commuting together.
Doing the locomotion, eh?

Imagine what a sight it will be if you reach the station/sub all dressed up in your wedding gown or tuxedo. It sure sounds like an experience of a lifetime. The only downside is that you won’t have an iota of privacy in here.
Let this be the worst-case scenario.

Actually not the worst-case scenario, it’s just a case of wanting to merge your day-to-day activities with the most important day of you life. Hire a taxi and sit comfortably watching the world pass-by, as people give you knowing smiles.
Anyone interested in a race?

What a splendid way to exit the reception. Made for each other, your motor bike can be the perfect mode of commuting from the church to the reception.
Thumbs up for an eco-friendly mode of transport.

How about hiring a cycle carriage, and cycling your bride right to the reception. These rickshaws look adorable, and are sure to get you a whole lot of attention from your guests. Do give it a try, I bet you will enjoy the ride.
Why not on a bicycle meant for two?

This is a perfect getaway for those who love their bike. Cycle down from the church to the reception, or make that as a perfect wedding exit. The two of you so in love with each other, cycling down the road in tandem is such an adorable sight.
Truly, country style.

How about doing away with everything fancy and leaving your reception on a saddled horse? Trot away into the sunlight, just the two of you, romancing nature. What a sight!
Last but not the least, the stunner! A red fire truck.

Imagine the sight – a red truck loaded with the bridal party, and the couple sitting comfortably atop. This sure is one swell idea to try.
Phew! This was just about some of the ideas I could stumble upon. There are many more quirky ways to enter your wedding reception, like using a tractor, arriving in a hot air balloon, and so on. The list is pretty much endless, and you can add to it by leaving your comments. Have fun and enjoy your wedding.

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Tips on Wedding Menus

Deciding the menu is a pretty simple affair. Once you’ve chosen your menu items, you can move on to organizing the wedding menu. By organizing I mean planning how people will sit, what your tables will look like, types of glasses. All the fine details.

Now don’t let this stress you out – it actually can be a lot of fun! Here’s some tips to get you on the right track. These tips assume you are not having your meal catered and are doing all your own planning.

Decide what time you are going to have your meal at. This will tie to the time of your wedding to some degree. If you are getting married in the morning are you having lunch, brunch, or a mid afternoon meal. Afternoon wedding, are you having a super time meal, a later evening meal.

Are you going to rent your dishes? Borrow from family? Use disposable plates? Same goes for glassware and flatware. If you are having a smaller wedding you can often get good pricing on sets at discount department stores.

If you are purchasing your dishes, what is your theme? Color? Style?

What type of glasses are you going to use? Wine glasses for certain, what about coffee cups, water glasses. Again either borrow or visit a discount department store.

I recommend renting your dishes, flatware, and glasses from a catering company. The prices is usually very nominal. Everything matches, they deliver the clean dishes, after your meal you simply put the dirty dishes in the containers supplied, they pick them up and take care of cleaning them.

If you supply your own dishes, then somebody has to be prepared to do clean up. Renting dishes is simple, affordable, and lets your guests focus on enjoying your wedding.

You will also need to decide what the theme for your tables will be, what type of flowers you will use and whether you will get locally grown flowers or purchase from a florist. If you choose flowers in season in your local area you can make beautiful flower arrangements for a fraction of the cost.

What about your tables and chairs? Does the hall or facility you’ve rented provide them? If yes what do the charge. If they do not then you’ll need to contact someone who does rent these items. If your wedding reception is small you may be able to borrow enough chairs and tables to accommodate your guests.

Tablecloths and table coverings – you’ll need to decide color and style. As well you’ll have to decide what type of decorating your going to do. Your decorating and colors will have a lot to do with your general wedding theme. Fun, romantic, tropical?

The quickest way to get organized is to grab some paper and a pencil. Draw a rough diagram of the room layout, then begin sketching in your tables, how you will seat people, where you want your flowers and decorations. Once you’ve have a visual the rest will fall into place.

As some friends to give you a hand with decorating. Most halls will let you into the day before to complete your decorating and set up. In fact, before you rent the hall make this a pre-requisite.

Most important! Enjoy the planning – this is your wedding, one of the biggest events of your life. There is no right or wrong, there is only what makes you happy. When your happy, your guests will relax and enjoy themselves whether they are seated at formal dining tables or around…

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How to Select the Perfect Wedding Caterer

What makes a perfect, memorable wedding? For you, as the bride/groom, it would be the ceremony and the event itself. But for your guests, it has to be a satisfied palette. One thing’s for sure, the layout, setting and ambiance along with the choice of catering is what is going to create an impression on most others. It’s all about the food, and the service, that your guests are going to be talking about post your wedding. And it is solely up to you to make your guests feel satisfied.

With such a herculean task at hand, it is advisable that you begin searching early. To avoid last-minute running around, we suggest you book a caterer, well in advance. To do that, you definitely have to shortlist the best from the rest.

I am sure you are hounded with questions like, what to expect from a good caterer. Well, we would say, don’t just go by the appearance of the presentation but take into consideration the following points mentioned here. The criteria for choosing the right caterer for your event should be…

Ask Around
The best way to finalize a caterer is to ask around. Have a word with your family or friends who have recently called for the service of a caterer. Chances are, if they have satisfactory reviews about the food and service provided by the caterer, you can be assured of good quality for yours as well. There’s definitely no publicity as trusted as word of mouth. Caterers who leave their guests more than satisfied are sure to be a hit even at your function. After all, the whole idea is essentially about catering to your guests, and the best way to do it, employ the help from one of your guests itself.

Taste it to believe it
Before you settle down with a caterer, we suggest you attend a few tasting sessions. This means you have to spend some time doing ground research as well. Which just implies, you have to be bold enough to ask the caterer for a tasting. You could probably invite a few friends over, and try out some of the dishes that the caterer excels in. Do keep in mind though, the quality of the food is directly proportional to the quantity that is provided. If possible, pick up business cards from caterers when you attend a function or two, this will help you shortlist a caterer rather quickly.

Decode the Specialty
You would save a lot of time if you ask the caterer if he specializes in large-scale events. There are plenty of caterers who specialize in smaller events, and are inept at handling larger crowds. It would be wise if you ensure your caterer has previously handled an event as big as yours. Again, the key word here is to check the caterers credentials. This can be done by asking for their catalog/portfolio which should have the past events he has worked on.

Plated Service or Plain Delivered
First and foremost, ensure if your caterer provides services or you have to separately arrange for them. While some caterers provide the best quality of food, their services are limited to delivering the food to the event. You are free to ask if the catering company has a staff of their own or if they temporarily hire staff. You definitely want to avoid a rude shock on the day of your wedding in case the caterer does not have a staff to cater to the guests.

Novelty of Cuisine
While deciding a caterer, ensure that you get a good deal. This includes a superlative visual appeal with a sumptuous meal. Remember, it is a wedding reception that you are looking forward to, and not just any ordinary party, and it has to be something special. Ensure your caterer is well-versed with presentation skills. Apart from presentation, the caterer should also be well-versed with a variety of cuisines to present you with a varied portfolio to choose from.

No Complaints Please
Just how important it is to check the credentials? I would say checking the license is of utmost importance. Ensure the caterer has an up-to-date license to prove that they aren’t violating rules pertaining to health and cleanliness. Do make sure to check the records with the local health department to check for prior complaints or issues registered with them. Remember, the more experienced a caterer, the better service you are sure to get.

Get a Rough Estimate
A good caterer should give you a rough estimate of the total cost of the event. He should also be able to suggest a menu that will suit your budget and go well with the wedding theme. Ensure that a drop in price does not resound with a drop in quality. Another important factor, is to make a note of any hidden cost. Ensure that the caterer is truthful about the total cost of the event, just so you do not end up with a blown up bill on the actual day itself.

Last but not the least, once you have shortlisted the perfect caterer, make sure you read the contract carefully before you sign the services. Do remember to ask your caterer a whole lot of questions before you finalize with the perfect wedding caterer for your event. A word of caution, trust your instincts and well, yes the little birdie that give you both the good and the bad view about something/someone.

How to Select the Best Wedding Singer

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important days of your life. You have thought about it since you were young and now, as you are going through all the planning and preparation leading up to the special day, you have to find the right wedding singer. Even though there are hundreds of options out there, not all are going to be the right fit for you and your partner.

Not only is hiring the best wedding singer available important for you, it is also essential for your guests. You want your wedding day to be a happy and exciting time for all of your family, friends, and loved ones. If you get a bad singer, it will not take long for the entire event to be ruined. There are tips to follow and steps to take to choosing the right performer. Always do your research ahead of time.

Perhaps the best way to discover the right wedding singer for your special day is by asking around to your friends and family members. Chances are they have hired someone for their own nuptial day or they have been to a wedding where the performer really stood out. Those people that are closest to you are the ones that you can trust the most to give you honest answers about who they have heard.

You can always check online at various wedding websites for reviews and testimonials on different singers. However, make sure to do this with caution. There are businesses out there that will hire professional writers to complete testimonials and reviews for them even if they have never heard them perform before.

Go through your phone book to discover local wedding singers. You can call all of those that seem to be interesting to you. When you do call them, be sure to ask them all the questions you have about your expectations for your wedding. If they seem to be a good fit, request references from previous customers. Professional wedding singers will not have a problem sharing satisfied customer’s numbers.

Make a choice of what you want as far as the complete package of entertainment. Are you and your partner looking for someone to sing along to music over a PA system or do you want someone that is accompanied by a band? This is going to make a big difference in who you research and hire.

Get prices on all of the singers you interview. You are probably working with a budget as far as how much you have available for the entertainment portion of the night. You do not want to fall in love with an artist only to find that they are way out of your price range. You also do not want to pay a high price for someone that delivers poor quality music.

Before you head out to the wedding singer market, take a look inside your own personal circle of friends and family. If you have someone that you know that can sing the songs you want at your wedding ceremony or reception, it will make it all that extra special when it is someone you are close to. It can also be a more affordable option.

Finally, always schedule a one-on-one interview with the person you think you want to have at your wedding. They may seem to fit the bill, but when you sit down with them they are not what you expected. You want to be sure that the person is not only able to understand and communicate with you, but also that they are friendly and someone you want around on your special day.

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