While planning a wedding may be one of the most stressful things you could ever do, there are plenty of times when you’ll love it. After all, who doesn’t love shopping? There are so many things you need to buy before the big day. Perhaps one of the most stressful parts of all the planning is the worry that you’ll forget something! So we’ve compiled the ultimate wedding shopping list for you so you can be sure that everything you need is just a credit card transaction away:
This one isn’t every likely to be forgotten, but we’ve kicked the list off with it anyway. As well as the dress for the ceremony, you might want a lighter one for the reception. Think food and dancing! And it’s not uncommon to change into another outfit for leaving the party for the honeymoon. You’ll need underwear as well. Many brides opt for contouring undies to give the dress the ultimate silhouette shape. Then there is the bridal lingerie for the honeymoon! Are you opting for a veil or a tiara? These can usually be picked up at the bridal shop together with the shoes, stockings, and wraps.
The Mother of the Groom may be happy to help you here. As well as your beautiful bridal bouquet, the Groomsmen will need buttonholes. Any guys in formal wear often wear them. Pick a color to keep them uniform. The bloom is usually selected to match something from your own bouquet. You might choose to have a corsage on the day. Bridesmaids may also wear corsages or floral hairpieces. And your Maid of Honor is likely to need a small bouquet too. Don’t forget all the decorations for the ceremony and reception venues. What about your bridal car? Finally, ask Mom if she would like a bloom for her hat.
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Your wedding jewelry could be as simple or complex as you like. Start with the wedding bands. Most couples choose matching bands. This doesn’t mean they need to be boring, but you should shop together to be sure you’re both happy. Modern bands are often a silver color rather than gold. You could even choose a meteorite wedding ring for each of you. There are many choices in white gold and titanium that could suit you both. Your Husband may want some gemstone cuff links. You may want a necklace to complement the dress. Pearl sets of necklace and earrings are common.
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Asking someone to marry you is one of the most important questions you will ever ask. Your proposal will be remembered for the rest of your lives. It will a subject referred to at dinner parties for years to come. This simple romantic gesture will be loaded with significance. It will be a symbol of your love and your intention to be with that person for the rest of your life. So, you want to get it right. You want it to have meaning. The following tips will provide you with some ideas.
Go Big Or Go Home?
Not necessarily. We often hear about elaborate proposals. This is because they make the news. But there are millions of couples around the world who opt for simpler declarations. Don’t feel pressured to make a big fancy proposal. What you’re offering is big enough. You’re offering a lifetime, not just a gesture. Continue reading →
I hate to say it, but don’t a lot of weddings just look really similar these days? Whenever people want to show me pictures of their wedding day, I kind of know what to expect. Sure, that won’t stop me looking at the photos. After all, who doesn’t want to see such memories of people on what may have been the happiest day of their lives? But the venues, the dress codes, the stories… they can all seem to blur into each other.
Of course, your wedding should be exactly what you want it to be. If you want the exact kind of weddings that you see in Hollywood movies, then you should go for it. Listening to the prescriptions of someone else may only negatively affect your day. But for those of you who want to add some kind of spice to your wedding, this article is for you. Here are some slightly offbeat suggestions.
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Whether you’ve chosen a vintage wedding or a Mexican themed day, it’s essential that the food matches your theme. After spending months planning all the small details of your big day, the last thing you want is the food spoiling that. The good news is that whatever your theme, there is a catering option that’s suitable for it. It’s just a case of getting creative and coming up with the perfect idea. Here are some catering ideas for a selection of popular wedding themes.
The great outdoors
Be it a beach wedding or a wedding atop a hill, if your wedding is set to be an outdoor affair, your food needs to match. For a beach wedding, seafood is a must, but what else can you include? How about opting for traditional foods you would find in a seaside cafe with an elegant twist? For dessert, ice cream could be a fantastic option. For an outdoor wedding that’s not beach themed, the best option is a cookout. There are plenty of wedding catering companies that offer grill themed foods, so have a look into these. Continue reading →
It can be easy to leave your groom out of wedding planning when you are busy planning what you want for your big day. But he does have an opinion on what he likes, and it’s his big day too, so he should be there helping you to make some decisions. Here are some wedding essentials he needs to assist you with.
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Wedding dress shopping can be fantastic as you are trying on so many gorgeous dresses. But it can also be a stressful time trying to decide which dress to get. It can be quite overwhelming going to a wedding dress shop and you don’t know where to start. Here is some advice for when you go wedding dress shopping!
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Even the most organised of brides can find it difficult to keep on top of their wedding day plans. With so many elements coming together at once, some details are bound to slip through the cracks. But, while forgetting some minor details won’t cause much impact, others can put your big day in jeopardy. Use this list of important final wedding details that you should prioritise to make your wedding day a roaring success.
Confirm your accommodation
Not confirming your accommodation beforehand could put a real downer on your big day. Not only for you but for your guests too. The last thing you want is to have to find last-minute accommodation for everyone after your wedding is over. Contact your accommodation in the week leading up to your wedding day to confirm your booking. You should also check that the guests who are planning on staying in the same establishment have reservations too. In addition to this, you need to organise transportation from your venue to the hotel after the reception is over.
Prepare a shot-list
This is a list that you will give to your photographer on the day of your wedding. This should include which guests should be prioritised for group photographs, location shots and poses you want to try. This will help your photographer no end and give you the beautiful photographs you desire. Brainstorm some ideas with your partner and look online to see what other couples have done. Make your list as detailed as possible and ask a trusted friend to assist the photographer throughout.
Update your wedding website
Many couples create wedding day websites that feature vital information that their guests can refer to. It can include weather forecasts, maps, itineraries and more. But this is pointless if the website is not kept up to date. If you have to slightly alter some of your wedding plans a week before, your website can relay the information quickly. This will keep your guests in the loop and stop anyone from getting lost or arriving at the wrong place or time. So take the time in the days before to check and make sure your website is functioning correctly and is up to date.
Get your wedding licence
One of the most important last minute wedding details you need to remember is getting your wedding licence. Without it, your wedding ceremony cannot take place. These are often available from City Hall, but this will vary depending on where you intend to get married. The designated time you have to use your licence will also vary. Getting your licence a week before the day of the wedding a good rule of thumb and give enough time for it to be signed and checked. Remember that you both need to take identification and other vital paperwork with you to avoid delays.
Add these items to the top of your to-do list and ask your friends and family to help you. No bride wants to be calling suppliers or making arrangements on the morning of her big day. So ask for help and have these details arranged in advance so you can relax and enjoy your wedding more.
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Much responsibility falls on the head of the chief bridesmaid. One of these responsibilities is planning a fabulous bachelorette party. Follow our tips to create a wonderful evening that the bride will remember for a lifetime.
- Talk to the Bride
It is important to throw a party that the bride will enjoy. Have a chat with her about the things she does and doesn’t like. Some brides will relish a wild and raucous night. Others may prefer something a little more subtle. You don’t need to go into the fine detail, and you will probably want to keep some of your ideas a secret. But knowing what she will and won’t enjoy is a good place to start.
It is important to work out who will be attending early in the planning process. You can then tailor the evening accordingly. Some activities may not be suitable for all attendees.
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If you are planning to propose this summer, there will be a lot on your mind. You will be thinking about how to make the proposal just perfect. Thinking about the perfect setting for the proposal, plus all of the special words that you will want to get across. Then, of course, there is the engagement ring to think about. Your other half may have an ideal ring in mind. There might be a setting or gem that they have always dreamed of having. If there isn’t something in particular that they would like, you could think about something a little different.
A truly unique and special ring could be a coloured diamond. It makes such a change from a classic clear diamond. It might not have been a choice you would have gone for but there are special meanings to the colour of diamonds. Perhaps there is one that is perfect just for the two of you? You could even theme your wedding around the colour of the diamond. The bridesmaids’ dresses could be in that colour, as well as perhaps the flowers.
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Your wedding should be fun for everyone who’s invited. You might have people from all generations turning up, so keeping them all happy won’t necessarily be easy. How do you entertain Great Aunt Sally while at the same time keeping tiny cousin Timmy from getting bored? Of course, there’s usually music to listen and dance to at the reception. However, many people like to go beyond that to entertain their guests. Not everyone wants to dance, and it can be difficult to find music anyone wants to sit and listen to. If you want to go further, try out some of these ideas.
Getting the Music Right
First, you should start by getting the music right. It’s essential to have some kind of music or it won’t be a real party. Without a band, DJ, or string quartet, everyone will start thinking about going home mighty early. Choosing the right music can be so hard. Firstly, you need to think about your budget. DJs can be expensive but live music costs even more. Of course, it’s only fair that your performers are paid well for their work. As well as your what you can afford, you need to think about what your guests will like. More importantly, what you enjoy matters too. It’s also essential to consider the venue. In some places, the acoustics might not be suitable for certain types of music.
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Preparing for your wedding is a very long process. That doesn’t mean it isn’t enjoyable; it just takes time to plan everything and make sure that it’s going to go the way you want it to go. You probably have a good idea in your head of how your wedding will look, what will happen, and things like that. But there are a few things nobody will tell you about preparing for your wedding. Read on to learn more:
Nothing Will Ever Go 100% To Plan
Nothing will ever go 100% to plan on the day, no matter how much you try. Something small is bound to go a little wrong at least. There’s so much that goes into planning a wedding, that something is likely to be not quite right on the day, in your eyes at least. You should realise it’s nothing to get too upset about and it’s one of those things. If you’re worried something important will go wrong, it could be a good idea to have a plan B.
You’re Getting On An Emotional Roller Coaster
You’re getting on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish when you’re preparing for your wedding. Seriously, you’ll dreg up issues you’ve had for years, whether they seem to be directly related to weddings or not. Make sure you’re prepared for this. Rather than letting your emotions get the better of you, make sure you’re prepared to work through them. Otherwise you could end up turning into bridezilla and alienating your loved ones.
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When it comes to wedding outfits, the focus is often all on the bride’s dress. But there’s a man getting married too. In fact, sometimes there’s two of them and there is no bride. It’s important to pay attention to the groom’s attire just as much as the bride’s. Men are allowed to have their special day, even if they don’t want to look as pretty as a princess. Even if they’re not interested in much else, they should at least care about what they’re going to wear. Men’s suits and tuxedos might all look the same to some people. However, they can come in vastly different styles and wedding attire goes through different trends. Use the tips below to make the best decision on the groom’s outfit.
Decide Between Formal or Casual
The first thing to think about is whether to dress incredibly formally or go with relatively casual. A tuxedo is a classic option for some people. Maybe you even want to go for a top hat and tails. You have to look at the rest of your wedding for inspiration. If everything else is more casual, you don’t want to be too dressed up. A tuxedo might not look great if the bride is going to be in a cocktail dress. You might not even want to wear a suit and tie. A more laid back groom might prefer to wear a jacket and open collar or just a waistcoat.
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Having guests at your wedding makes the celebrations even more special. Therefore, you need to invite people to attend your big day. Invitations can be very stressful, so you should be sorting them out asap. Here’re some essential tips for sorting out your invites.
Sort out your guest list
Before you send out invitations, you need to create a list of people who you want to be at your wedding. Sit down with your partner and discuss how many people you are going to invite each. It’s important also to check with the venue how many they can hold. If there is anyone you want to invite but haven’t got the room for, you can always make a reserve list. Then if people drop out, you can always invite them then. Make sure you don’t let others interfere with who you both want at the wedding. Continue reading →
For a lot of people, the run up to the wedding is almost as exciting as the big day itself. The bachelorette or hen party (depending on where you are in the world) is always a fun event to look forward to. But it’s only fun if you get to do what you want. Being dragged out to a night you won’t enjoy because your maid of honor thinks it’s the done thing isn’t an enjoyable experience. Of course, some women can’t wait to have a screaming night on the town. However, if you’re more of a homebody or you’re sticking to a budget, you might prefer to stay in. Try out these tips if you want to plan a night in with your girls without boring them to death.
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There’s nothing wrong with staying in for your party, but you need something to do. Sitting around tapping your fingers isn’t going to be much fun. You should think about what you’re going to do to keep everyone entertained. It doesn’t have to be a strictly organized activity. You can do something like crafts or playing games. However, you can just as easily stock up on wine and cocktails and talk and laugh the night away. If you know you have a tendency to be a bit commandeering, try not to turn the party into a chore for everyone. Keep it lighthearted, even if you choose an activity to follow.
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