How to Make Unique Wedding Cards

Escort Cards Vs. Place Cards
For an intimate wedding, use place cards with each guest’s name. Escort cards let guests (mostly couples) know which table they are sitting.
After the ceremony ends, the guests head towards the reception venue. Before you and your husband arrive, it is better that everyone finds their tables. Even though place cards can help get the job done, escort cards are much easier to reduce any sort of confusion. With the guest names and table numbers displayed on the cards, you can be sure to enter your own reception with nothing but celebration on your mind.
Elegant Escort Cards
Before you decide what type of escort cards you want for your wedding, figure out whether you’re purchasing them in bulk or taking them on as a DIY project. Once you have figured that out, you can easily finalize a concept that goes with your wedding theme and colors.

These escort cards are inspired from the holidays, Thanksgiving specifically. You can place appropriate stickers on the cards to match the theme.

These bronze bells along with a white ribbon and paper heart cutout is just amazing. Arrange them on a wooden board to work its graceful charm.

The shell escort cards are perfect for a wedding by the ocean. Place individual wooden boxes for each table with the guests’ names in different sections. They can pull out their cards, and find their respective tables.

These heart-shaped escort cards are made of thin sheets of wood with the guests’ names ingrained on it. Place the cards on top of a bed of bamboos to show off your amazing style.

Don’t these look amazing? For the display, all you have to do is get the wooden stands that can hold the heart-shaped cards. Trust me, these cards are going to be a hit at your reception.

Rustic and chic, these mini heart-shaped chalkboard cards can be made at home. Write down your guests’ names with colorful chalk pens, and hang them on a hemp string.

By using a decorative fabric piece, you can place individual escort cards hanging on a colorful string and wooden clothespins. Write the names on a cardboard cutout, and display the cards for the guests.

If you wish to add a bit more color to your escort cards, try using different colors for the cards as well as clothespins. These cards work really well for garden weddings.

For a simple yet beautiful display, try placing the cards in card holders. Place them in perfect single file rows at the entrance for your guests to find.

What a wonderful and quirky display this will be! You can have the popcorn made fresh on the day of the wedding, or prepare them a day in advance. While the guests find their tables, they’ll have a big box of popcorn to munch on.

You can make an online purchase of corks, depending on the type of display you wish to set up and the number of corks you’ll require. Write down the guests’ names on the cards and place them on the arranged corks.

Here’s another way of using hearts and clothespins. With this combination, you can come up with so many different ideas. Use a cardboard to stick all the escort cards on.

This cozy display works amazingly well for intimate weddings. By hanging these origami heart-shaped cards, it brings the display to life. You can have different wooden shelves for each table or one big shelf to place all the cards.

The combination of heart-shaped escort cards and clothespins is endless. Here, as you can see, the cards have been transformed into gorgeous keepsake items for the guests. This makes a wonderful way for the guests to remember the wedding.

For each guest, place a fresh, vibrant rose along with their names. Make sure to pick the same colors as your wedding theme to keep the display intact.

Tie a heart-shaped cardboard cutout with the escort cards. Other than placing a rose next to each card, you can even place candles, bells, and other decorative items.

Last, but certainly not the
least, opt for a gorgeous display of a blue heart clipped to a cardboard paper. With floral arrangements on the table, you can sure make the display a thing to talk about.
As you can see, there are tons of fun ways to display the escort cards. Add your own creativity to any of the suggestions mentioned above, and set a magical tone for the evening.

How to Find a Right Band for Your Wedding

Since you’ve already decided to hire a band instead of a DJ, the next logical step would be to find the best of the best, for you. Hiring a band is like entering a pact where both parties need to be clear as to what they want and can offer. So let’s get to business, and understand the process of hiring a wedding band, the right way.

Things to Consider While Hiring a Band

Although you’re free to choose the band and the music/songs they will play, it is important to consider the comfort of your guests. The entire act performed by the band should not just entertain, but engage the guests for an unforgettable evening.

Before Approaching a Band

1. ‘Research’ is your new best friend, and the people you approach will be your wedding planner, friends, family members, coworkers, entertainment agencies, and the reception venue. This will widen your search and help you find a band that you may not know of. Based on their suggestions, find the bands’ social networking pages and websites. You will get a lot of information here, and know what kind of music they play. And if all else fails, rely on the mighty Internet for an abundance of results.

2. Decide what musical requirements (jazz, disco, calypso, blues, etc.) would you like to hear, your budget (more on this later), and then approach a band. Will there be dancing or a quiet, intimate dinner with background music? The wedding theme has to match the music that’s played at the event.

3. What will be the size of the band? The answer to this question can be determined by the number of guests invited to the reception. If you’re having an intimate―just family and close friends―dinner, a big band will be a waste and inconvenience to all.

4. Apart from the guests, ask yourself, “Is the venue spacious enough for the band I have in mind?” If it’s an outdoor event, the stage can’t be too far from where the guests are seated. On the other hand, you don’t want to crowd the area too. Know this, a good band performing in a well-lighted and easy-to-maneuver room will make the night memorable.

Meeting with a Band

1. After you narrow down your choices, contact the band(s) via email, phone, or a message on their website/social page. A professional band will reply to your inquiry in 2—3 days. However, if they haven’t been able to reach you for any valid reasons (they were busy with another gig or couldn’t reach you when they called), do make a decision whether or not you wish to meet them in person.

2. Does the band have any prior experience of performing in front of an audience? Where have they played before? Do they have any written letters of recommendation from people who saw them perform? Can they provide any contact information from former clients for referral? You should have a clear understanding on all these questions (and perhaps a few more from your side) from the band. At the end of the day, it’s all about entertaining and being entertained.

3. If the band obliges, ask for a demo. The band may send you videos (or links) of their previous performances. But, since you are looking to hire a live band, a live performance is what they should be judged on. Plus, find out whether the band only ‘performs’ or ‘entertains and engages’ too. Performing songs is limited to the band playing music in the background while everyone, including the newlyweds, going about their business. On the other hand, entertaining and engaging guests means the band becomes an integral part of the event.

4. What will the total cost be? Does the band have any popular package? Do they take song requests? Are travel fees included or does that cost extra? Depending on the time of the event, how long will the band perform? Will this influence the cost of the band? Keeping your budget in mind, you need to know exactly how much the band is going to cost. Be realistic and know that weddings can be an expensive affair. Apart from the band, you have a lot of other things on the list. So search and find a band that will work within your budget, and not the other way round.

5. Paying good money for a band that’s worth it is never a bad deal. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t negotiate. If the band is exceeding your budget, and you’re determined to hire them, there will be some way you can break in the deal.

6. Get a signed contract with even the minutest details mentioned. This will include safety of the band and guests at the venue, date, time, and location of the performance, mode of payment, breaks during the performance, list of ‘must play’ songs, dress code, food, overtime fees, cancellation policy, etc. When all the details have been worked through, on the day of the event, none of the parties can revert from their promise.

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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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How to Decorate a Church for Wedding?

downloadWhile planning a church wedding, you need to consider designs for the aisle, the pews, and the altar.

❤ Before you begin planning the decorations, talk to the church administrator and get to know what is allowed and what is not.

❤ Some churches don’t permit the use of candles, while some don’t allow you to toss real flower petals (as this might wet and damage the carpet of floor and is also a slipping hazard).
❤ Also, keep in mind the number of seniors and children that will be attending the wedding. Accordingly you can plan out what kind of decorating material you can use. For instance, candles can be dangerous if there are a lot of children. Flowers with too strong a fragrance can pose problems for seniors.

❤ Before using candles as a decoration in the church, make sure there are fire extinguishers and other fire-safety equipment at hand.
The aisle and pews

❤ a ❤ Go for something simple. Bunch up a couple of contrasting flowers with leaves and hang them from the pews.

❤ b ❤ Try something elaborate. Have stands flanking the aisle with flower bouquets atop them and ribbons flowing to the ground.

❤ c ❤ This idea calls for a little more work. Place bunches of small flowers in tiny buckets as depicted above. Complement them with satin ribbons of the same color family.
❤ d ❤ Refurbish or buy tin boxes to fill with neat and compact flower arrangements. Place these on stands at the sides of the aisle.

❤ e ❤ Organza is one of the most popular fabrics used in any kind of decoration. Make huge bows with this sheer fabric and stick them on the corners of the pews.
❤ f ❤ Baby’s breath, organza and satin ribbons, and another flower of your choice; use these simple and easy-to-find materials to make simple hand-held flower decorations and tie them to the sides of the pews.

❤ g ❤ Try something a little different with your pew decoration. Have more of green and just a single flower, along with a pillar candle, some ribbon and tulle or organza bows in the same color.
The altar

❤ a ❤ This image depicts the seating area of the bride and groom during the ceremony. Something as simple as a fabric neatly covering the stools and altar flanked by tall flower arrangements can look elegant and sophisticated.

❤ b ❤ Again, simplicity is the key. Using two different floral arrangements along with tall candelabras on both sides is all you need to maintain the atmosphere of the church and have gorgeous decoration for your wedding.
❤ c ❤ This image is for the bride who wants to have a more elaborate altar for her wedding. Tall, rich floral arrangements on all four sides is just what she needs.

❤ d ❤ Coming back to simplicity, here’s another decorating idea that uses a lot of green. Here however, only single pillar candles placed on the altar do the trick.
If you do not wish to use real flowers, you can always go in for pretty artificial ones in silk, paper or even plastic, though they won’t have the classic charm of fresh, fragrant flowers.

Beautiful church decorations help create a more celebratory and refreshing atmosphere to make your special day truly memorable. So use any of the ideas mentioned here and you’ll have a gorgeously decorated church for your wedding.

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Tips to Decorate A Hall for Your Weddings

Your floral designer is the one who’s going to make your day. Throughout the ceremony, the flowers used to decorate the hall or the reception venue will be the main attraction. The guests will be admiring its beauty, its consonance with the season and the themes and how harmonious it is with the season. In many cases, the floral sets the tone for the wedding and makes the place become bright with colors. Choosing a florist to achieve all of these effects requires hard work. You need to find the right person so that the decor she puts up will be one that will make your hall look elegant and magnificent. We provide few tips on how to choose a reliable and competent florist.

The best approach to a great choice will be to look at her portfolio of flowers. See how glamorous they look and whether they fit an important occasion as your wedding. See if her collection favors summer, winter or the particular season in which you are marrying. She will definitely have photos of past work. Take a look at them. Do you like the arrangement? The design? The colors and the type of flowers used? Take time to brief the florist of any special effects you want so she can incorporate that into her regular designs.

Though your family members and friends may help with the decor, the florist will be the main person responsible for your wedding decoration. Choose somebody who has a proficiency in formal events and will let your wedding ceremony be the most talked about. Select one who understands your unique needs and will do something to appeal to your personality. Though you will need to cut down costs if you are on budget, you have to make sure that your decor carries glamor and befits a formal occasion like a wedding. No matter the cost, you must retain the formality of the wedding.


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Tips for Cheap Wedding Invitations

images (1)Planning a wedding on a budget might seem challenging what with the cost of wedding trousseau, decorations and venue. But with a bit of careful planning and thinking out of the box, you can have a beautiful wedding on a budget. A wedding invitation is the first thing that the guests notice, when they are notified about the upcoming nuptials. Just because you are on a budget does not mean that you need to compromise on the design and quality of your wedding invitations. Even on a budget, you can have elegant and unique wedding invitations. There are many ways in which you can bring down the cost of printing wedding invitations. From hiring artistic friends to do the calligraphy on the invites to downloading designs for invitation from the internet, there are many options that you can consider.

Affordable Wedding Invitation Ideas

Purchase Online
One of the best ways to save on wedding invitation is to search online for some great deals. There are many online wedding stationery sites that has a huge collection of beautiful invitations to choose from. They are usually cheaper than traditional wedding invitation cards and you can avail huge discounts when you order in bulk. The best thing about selecting a wedding invitation from such online sites is that you get a huge selection to choose from and you can even customize them by changing the font or the color of the design and motif. If you are skeptical about ordering wedding invitations online without looking at the actual invites, then you can ask them to ship you a free sample of a few designs that you liked. This will help you to decide whether you like the design, motif and quality of paper of the invites. Most online stores oblige by sending free samples of wedding stationery and you can take full advantage of this.

DIY Invitations
Of course one of the best ideas is to design and print the invitations yourselves. If you have a small guest list and are artistically inclined, you can hand paint your wedding invites to have personalized wedding invitation cards. However if you are not the creatively skilled or simply don’t have the time, then you can download some free wedding invitation designs from the internet and print them in your printer. Choose a good stationery for printing all such invitation cards. You can go to a wholesale stationery shop and purchase handmade paper or any fancy paper for printing your wedding invitations. You can choose from pretty and simple floral designs to more elaborate motifs. If you are having a casual wedding or a beach wedding, then have a motif in the wedding invitation that echoes this. For a beach wedding, a starfish motif or seashell motif is simply stunning. For more formal weddings, stick to a black and white geometric motif. If your wedding invitations are on the simpler side, then jazz it up by lining the envelopes of the invites with beautiful colored handmade paper. This idea does not cost a lot and you get elegant invitations as well.

If your heart is set on having beautiful calligraphy to address the invitation, then be warned that it is going to cost a bomb. Does that mean that you should abandon the idea of calligraphic invites. Well you can still have beautiful wedding invitations worded in calligraphy without going over budget. One of the best ideas is to enlist the help of friends who know calligraphy to write your invites. This will help you to get beautifully addressed invites without spending a lot.

These were some ideas that you can use to cut down the cost in wedding stationery. Use embellishments like sequins and organza ribbons to give the wedding invitations a classy and expensive look. If you plan from the beginning, then you can have beautiful wedding invitations at a very low cost.

Wedding Tips Before Buying Wedding Dress

downloadsThe 4 Styles of Wedding Dresses

  • Ball gown
  • Empire
  • Princess cut
  • Sheath

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It is true that as a bride, a girl will have all the attention on her, which means that her dress has to be as immaculate and beautiful as she wants it to be. Whether it is a custom-made gown or one from a boutique that catches her fancy, a bride knows she has to literally hunt for the one that will not just complement her but also enhance her mood and appearance.

While every bride dreams of walking down the aisle looking her very best, shopping for her dress is one uphill yet fun task that she has to undertake. This requires prior planning and a lot of searching. After all, saying ‘yes’ comes at a cost, and this involves saying yes to the dress that takes away not just her breath, but will eventually succeed in leaving the guests and the groom in awe on the ‘D-day’. Given here is a bride’s guide to find the perfect dress.

Know Your Body Type

The first and most important point every bride needs to know before shortlisting her dress is her body type. Knowing your body type will help you eliminate styles that do not flatter your figure. This will also help you decide on the material and pattern that will suit you best. The main point is that your dress should be able to accentuate the best features of yourself, and for that, knowing your body type is essential.

Envision the Minute Details for the Wedding

When we say minute details, it includes seeing yourself in your wedding dress inclusive of the veil and accessories that will make you look stunning. The location, setting, and theme of the wedding are important factors that will help you decide on your dress. Having a clear idea of how you want your wedding to be will help you decide if you want to have a princess-like dress, a ball gown, or a flowing romantic gown. Remember, the setting plays an important role in helping you pick the right dress that will suit the ambiance of the ceremony.

It is Okay to Try Out Different Styles

Confused with what will look best on you? You needn’t be; allow yourself to try out different styles while at the wedding salon. You never know what will look good on you till you have tried it out. Often enough, brides make the mistake of believing that if something looks good on a mannequin, it will look good on her as well. Remember that the mannequin is not you, which means that you need to hit the trial room to know the perfect fit of the dress that catches the fancy of your eye. Besides, you will also get a first-hand experience of the fabric that will make you look fab.

You Can Opt for a Colored Gown

Afraid, you won’t be able to pull off a pearly white gown? The good news is that, you can opt for a colored gown that will enhance your complexion. When you go shopping for your dress, give a second thought to trying out the off-whites, ivories, blush, and champagne-colored dresses that are there at the store. You are never really sure if something will look good on you till you try it out, and I believe if something suits you, then you should seriously consider it as an option. Undoubtedly, your gown will decide the mood of the evening, and you have the liberty to play with it.

Sometimes Opinions Matter

If you are confused between dresses, it always helps to take a second opinion from someone you trust. It is perfectly fine to bring along a trusted entourage to help you select the perfect dress. Do remember though, that ‘too many cooks spoil the broth.’ When you decide to go shopping for your dress, do limit your entourage to a couple of people―this can include just your mom and sister or a close friend, and definitely not a big group. You should be the showstopper for the evening, so it is best to keep your dress under wraps at times.

General Awareness of the Customs Followed

If you are thinking of a proper Church wedding, then it would be wise if you consider asking around for the customs followed before investing in the dress. Some religious or ethnic backgrounds might take offense with you flashing bare shoulders or head. It is best to follow guidelines specified rather than face embarrassment on the wedding day.

Leave Room for Alterations

Buying a dress too small for your frame will leave you in discomfort on the wedding day. It is best to buy a dress that fits you well, when you try it. The point is, buying a dress that is one size smaller than your actual size with the hope that by the wedding day you will fit into it is seemingly unrealistic. Buying a dress that fits you well, gives you room to alter it if you have indeed lost weight prior to the D-day. Remember, your dress can always be altered to fit you snugly.

Pay Attention to the Overall Cost

When you go into the store to purchase your dress, you need to take into consideration the other aspects that come along with the dress. This often includes the veil, gloves, and other accessories you use to customize your dress. All of this comes at a cost, and you definitely do not want to get a rude shock when the dress is delivered. Considering all the hidden costs will help you plan out your actual budget.

Plan Your Budget

Way before you begin searching for the right dress, you need to chalk out your budget. This will allow you to decide if you want a custom-made dress or one picked up from the local boutique. Besides, it will also help you decide on the fabric of the dress, as certain fabrics are more costly than the others. Planning your budget will also help you look at the options available to you with that range, and it will ensure you do not go overboard, thus, saving cash for your honeymoon.
Apart from these guidelines, you also need to remember to take along any hand-downs or accessories that you intend to use for your wedding. This includes the veil and tidbits that have an emotional value attached. Last but not the least, don’t just keep trying on dresses; take a decision, and finally, go for the one that makes you look immaculate and radiate happiness.