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Planning Pointers: What Not To Leave Until The Last Minute

March 6, 2017

When you first start planning a wedding, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of jobs you have on your to-do list. The good news is that you don’t have to do everything right away. However, there are certain things that you shouldn’t try and organize at short notice. Nobody wants to be stressing out on the run-up to their big day. If you’re planning your wedding, here’s what not to leave until the last minute.

 

The venue

The venue is the first booking most couples make. If you’re looking for a venue weeks or even months before your wedding, you may find that availability is an issue. It’s particularly important to book a venue early if you want to get married on a public holiday or during the summer months.

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The dress

When you go shopping in normal life, you can grab things off the rail and take them instantly. With wedding dresses, it’s not always so simple. You try on samples, and if you like the style, the salon will order your dress, which will usually arrive around 6-12 months later. It is possible to buy samples off the rail, but there’s no guarantee that they will fit you or that you’ll find a gown you absolutely love. If you want your dress to be perfect, it’s best to give yourself plenty of time. Once the dress has arrived, you’ll also have to factor in time for fittings and alterations.

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The rings

You can buy wedding rings from jewelry stores or order them online, but it’s always wise to leave a couple of months just in case you want a specific style, you want to design or make your own rings, or you need a size that isn’t in stock. If you need a ring resizing, it may need to be sent away, so don’t leave ring shopping until the day before the wedding.

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The photographer

If you’re desperate for incredible photographs of your wedding, you’re probably interested in hiring a professional wedding photographer rather than asking a friend to casually snap away on the day. Photographers take bookings months even years in advance, so if you want the very best, it’s wise to get in there early.

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Bridesmaid dresses

If you’ve got a party of girls to dress, the process can be time-consuming. First, you’ve got to find a dress that everyone loves, and then you may have to order it in and arrange fittings. If you’re buying off the rail, you don’t have to worry too much, but if you’re ordering a gown online or from a bridal salon, it’s best to get sorted around 3-6 months in advance.

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When you’re planning a wedding, it’s always a good idea to be as organized as possible. There are lots of things you can do with weeks to go, but don’t leave trying to find a dress, booking a venue or choosing rings until the last minute. Often, these things take time, and nobody wants to be panicking that gowns or rings aren’t going to arrive in the days before the big day.

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Breathtaking Backdrops: How To Plan The Ultimate Outdoor Wedding

March 1, 2017

Every bride wants to get married in place they find stunningly beautiful. More and more couples are choosing to tie the knot in the great outdoors and take advantage of breathtaking backdrops. If you’re considering an outdoor wedding, here is a guide to help you plan your perfect day.

 

Choosing a location

When it comes to choosing a location, there’s a lot to think about. Firstly, you may want to consider whether you want to stay local or go further afield. Some people like to explore different parts of the country or even go overseas while others are keen to stay close to home. If you’re not sure, weigh up the pros and cons of each option. If you’re local, most guests won’t have to travel, but you may be more limited in terms of potential venues. Organizing a wedding further away requires more effort, and your guests will have to travel, but you may find somewhere that makes your heart skip a beat.
If you’ve got a shortlist, take the time to have a look around, and see what you could do with each venue. You may be thinking about hiring a venue, which has amazing grounds or setting up a marquee in a meadow or by a lake. Alternatively, you may be toying with the idea of doing something a little different like having your wedding in a wood or getting married on the beach.

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Sorting out practicalities

When you get married in a golf club or a mansion, you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to provide food, get people to and from the ceremony or ensure that they’re able to go to the toilet in comfort. With an outdoor wedding, these are things you need to think about. If you’ve chosen a remote spot, you’ll need to consider how you’re going to make it work as a wedding venue. It’s great to be out in the wilderness, but you need to have access to basic facilities. Look into options like porta potty rental and get in touch with some catering companies that specialize in outdoor events. If the venue is hard to get to, it may be a good idea to put on transport for your guests.

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Covering all bases

Even at the height of summer, it’s impossible to guarantee clear blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine. If your day could be potentially ruined by the weather, make sure you have a contingency plan. You could investigate hiring a marquee or some gazebos, for example. If you’re getting married in a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor spaces, you could consider using the rooms indoors if the weather takes a turn.

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What could be better than saying I do in front of a breathtaking backdrop? There’s so much to be said for outdoor weddings, but they do require careful planning and preparation. If you’re hoping to get married outside, hopefully, this guide will come in handy. Choose your location carefully, and make sure it delivers on practicality, as well as providing your guests with stunning views.

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Wedding Details That You Absolutely Can’t Forget

A wedding is a huge task to undertake. Whether or not you’re the one planning it, there are so many nuances and services to hire that it’s easy to forget some important things. According to www.celebrationsatthebay.com, the average amount of time it takes to plan a wedding can vary between a week and 18 months—that’s a serious amount of time. But if you wait too long, you might forget some important details and if you don’t have enough time, you’re absolutely going to miss some important things that you want to include in your wedding. Here are a few things to help remind you about some wedding essentials that you mustn’t forget.

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Little Ideas For A Sweet DIY Backyard Wedding

A backyard fete can be synonymous with something special, joyful and close to those your cherish. Charm comes in different shapes and colors, and for many, there is nothing more romantic than being outside and at one with nature to tie the knot. The memories you can create with a backyard wedding are just as magical as the ones you would get if you had chosen a luxury location. So if you don’t feel like getting married in a sumptuous castle or a sophisticated venue, why couldn’t you pick a simple location that can bring you back to the essential: When love is in the air, anywhere is the perfect wedding venue. Get your planning hat on and prepare a backyard wedding that you will never forget.

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