The most memorable wedding reception is seldom the most expensive, the most elaborate, or the most time consuming, but more likely involves the most forethought and planning. Our experts have a talent for finding what matters most and including with that the most significant memory making event for each couple.
- Plan an Eventful Wedding – oh the excitement of a wedding that recognizes grandparents, parents, and other life long relationships! What about planning your amazing great day on the anniversary of a grandparent? Invite the Grandparents to stand at the head table with the Bride and Groom, and celebrate their day with era themed music and dances.
- Combine a Holiday Celebration – Christmas will never be the same again, and nobody will ever forget your anniversary when you combine your day with a Holiday. And the decor? It’s all a flutter of the holiday, combined with wedding bells, lace, and white satin. What could be better? Can you define the holiday without your wedding party?
- Set a Theme to Celebrate – Seasonal or an era, themes can be a fun way to add memorable content and even a time-stamp to a wedding. Perhaps, the era of the Bride and Groom’s birth?
- Black Tie & Masquerade – pull all your plans together for a masquerade ball, and present the most mysterious with a fun prize for their costume. One of my favorite blends this formal event with ‘famous couples’ and combines the winning musical selections with a magical theme of great music.
- Casual Afternoon Tea – a quartet of stringed instruments performing as the sun dips low in the western skies might be a better choice for the most casual, yet memorable event. Entice the rain with some rainmaker tunes.
- Breakfast with Strollers – when the coffee is hot, the air offers a chill of early morning, and the musicians are strolling through the audience, what could be more memorable at your wedding reception than musicians playing the early hours?
- Big Band Era Music and Dancers – wedding attendance can be even more fun when everyone dances, but if your attendees aren’t dancers, perhaps dancers on the stage can give them a few tips and ideas. Inspiring a line dance, or group dance might be a good option, if you want more action among guests, but any big band era music dances can be fun for multiple age groups.
- Cover Band Entertainment – current tunes, selected for the many hours of memories stirred with words, music, and hours of together time, making life better before, during, and after the wedding. A selection of popular tune might inspire dancing feet.
- Specialty Show Stoppers – showcase a favorite singer, the look-a-like tribute artist sends out memory making show tunes from talented featured singers.
- Memory Making Moments – whether your music is relevant or classic, the tunes you showcase at your wedding will be the most remembered music of your life. I still know every single word to ‘The Rose’ and ‘Ever Green’ even 35 years after the fact
Planning a wedding is not an easy task. It can drain you financially and emotionally if there is no help at hand. Every couple’s dream is to make their wedding as unique as possible so that their guests will remember the event for years to come. To plan a dream wedding, one has to invest a lot of time and energy into it. A simple way to make sure you get an unforgettable experience is by organising your wedding in a resort. We list out 8 reasons why a resort might be the ideal place for your celebration.
Venues with guest accommodations have some major advantages. And it doesn’t matter whether your wedding is a one day affair or a three-day event or whether the guests are going to stay there for a night or for an extended respite. You can cut down on the transportation cost since the event is happening at the very place you and your guests are staying. You will also get a lot of time to relax and enjoy. Since the resort staff will be at your beck and call you can be sure that your guests are cared for throughout their stay.
All under one roof
When you host your wedding at a resort, all the vendors will be in one place and they will be coordinated by the resort staff. The catering, linens, tables and chairs, and bar service will be taken care of and you will be stress free. You don’t have to worry before, during and after the big day. Since the vendors and the entire bridal party are stationed at one place, there will be no room for errors.
If you want a little bit of pre-wedding pampering, you can do it at the resort. You and your guests can go for spa services; you can enjoy beauty treatments until it’s time to get dressed for the big event. After the wedding you can even book a couples message and unwind.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, the weather won’t always be accommodating. However, resorts will have multiple venues on the premises. So in case if the rain plays spoilsport, they will have a back-up plan and you don’t have to worry about it.
A certain level of excellence guaranteed
When you book a resort you get access to their experienced staff. They are trained to handle all kinds of big events. They will welcome your guests and provide them delicious food and outstanding service. In short, when you organise your wedding in a resort you are assured of a certain level of excellence.
Pre and post wedding activities
You can really impress your guests by organising pre and post wedding activities. This will also give them a chance to mix and mingle and have a good time. You can plan some indoor and outdoor activities. The morning after, consider a relaxing dip in the pool or a game of golf or badminton.
Resorts often offer exciting extras like organising the rehearsal dinner in a cruise. Check with the resort if they can add something exciting to your package for additional charges.
A unique location for each event
A wedding involves not just the ceremony and reception. You will have small events like the rehearsal dinner, and brunch after the wedding. In a resort you get to host each event at a separate venue. You can have a waterfront ceremony, a tented reception, and finally the post-wedding brunch at a restaurant. Look what all options are available before you book a resort.
Having a great wedding reception can complete your happiness in your very special day. You can enjoy the time when you are becoming a princess in a palace in one night. To perfect your very special day, especially in the wedding reception decoration is one of the main roles after the run down and the food that you should hardly think about. This is the one that can attract the visual scene of the guests before seeing the bride and the groom. Here are some tips for you to make your wedding reception decoration great.
The first thing that you should do is by choosing the theme of your wedding reception. You can choose any kind of themes that you and your spouse can choose like the cultural theme, Arabian night theme, the western modern wedding theme, and even for the very traditional cultural that you will choose. Try to pick the out of box wedding theme if you have some longer times to prepare it. By picking the theme, you will easily pick the decoration which actually fit the theme. For example, you will pick the Arabian dining set, like the glass and the plate, and also you will pick the dessert floral decoration for the flower buckets which it will be put in some parts of the wedding reception place.
The second thing to make your wedding reception decoration great is by choosing the main color of your reception. After choosing the main theme, all you need to do then is by making the color scheme in your wedding. It will look better if you have, for example, Purple Arabian decoration rather than only Arabian decoration. This contrast which is made by the color scheme will also make you easier to adjusting the wedding reception decoration.
The third thing to do is by perfecting the nuance with lighting. Lighting is the only one which can boost your decoration. This lighting will play the maximum role when they reflect the main decoration. For example, you can put a light under the flower bucket to make it more real and perfect. You can also put it near the big wedding background to give such reflection from the color of the background. This playing of lighting will make your decoration one hundred percent perfect.
The last but not least is by not neglecting to the costume. Costume is really not belonging to the wedding reception decoration. However, how will the decoration work well and deliver the nuance if the wedding consume is not appropriate to the decoration. At least, the costume is in the same line with the cultural theme. This might be a big zonk to the decoration if the costume is not appropriate or match to the decoration.
Well, your dig day is here and you’ve been reassured that everything is in place and the ceremony will go smoothly. As confident as you are in the venue staff, wedding planner, caterer, florist and photographer, you’re not too certain of some of your wedding guests. It can be stressful thinking that the unpredictable or unpleasant, predictable behavior of your guests can leave a black eye on your wedding day memories. As full as your family and friend’s lists are full of interesting characters, let’s hope you don’t have many of the following worst wedding guests:
Crazy Mother-In-Law. Yep, the one sobbing uncontrollably and is quick to point out flaws in everything from the bride’s dress, to other guests and in-laws to the ceremony to the newly established marriage.
Inappropriate Father-in-Law. Father-in-laws don’t tend to be as emotional, but they can still show their displeasure. They can prematurely take advantage of the old man leniency exception when they blurt out inappropriate comments, remarks and jokes. After their tirade, they may spend the rest of the ceremony in a peaceful slumber, letting the special occasion pass him by.
Emotionless Dad and Girlfriend. It is forbidden for your dad and his girlfriend (if your parents are separated or divorced) to show any emotion or any hint that they are enjoying themselves.
Emotional Mom. Some moms can’t conceal their emotion and will cry at every moment of the wedding. To better cope with their emotions, most will either turn to exerting control over your wedding or turn to the bottle to drown their emotions.
Bridesmaids-Zillas. You genuinely love and respect your bridesmaids. However, the emotions and responsibility of the day and their coveted positions can make them act strangely out of character. Some may become demanding, entitled monsters while others accept your request to be your bridesmaid either out of obligation or some other ulterior motive.
Maid of Honor (Privilege). You’ve picked your best friend whom you’ve known nearly since birth as your bridesmaid. You’ve placed confidence and trust in her. However, she isn’t bridesmaid material. The pressure may cause her to go on a power trip where she will manipulate, constantly complain about everything, make excuses for things, make unsolicited remarks, crave to be the center of attention and put her wants and needs before the bride’s.
Fraternity of Groomsmen. You have a unique bond with the men in your wedding; so much so that you’re like brothers. As close as you are, you know they love alcohol nearly as much as your friendship. This means they will likely have their fill by the time their speeches come about. You just hope they don’t share X-rated blackmail-like speeches.
Not Your Brother’s Keeper Best Man. Your best man has always had your back and he won’t let you down this time by telling everyone in attendance of some of your deepest, darkest secrets and mistakes that shouldn’t be repeated in front of children.
Obnoxious and Obscene Siblings. Oh, yes, you can’t forget your brothers and sisters. While they are grown up, technically speaking, they still think and act like irresponsible, sex-hungry teenagers with their “significant others.” You just hope nobody catches them making out, getting drunk or stones in the parking lot.
Unpredictable and Unruly Extended Family. You have a large extended family, meaning you don’t know everyone very well. You are, however, worried about some unpredictable, unruly behavior. After all, you don’t want desperate cousins flirting and making out with your groomsmen, gossiping aunts pressuring you to call off the wedding because they someone who will be a better spouse, unruly children running around screaming bloody murder and drunk uncles. In a way, you figure if it gets too bad, your wedding could be made into a book or movie.
Who’s That and Other “Random” Guests. Are these guests your great grandma’s second cousin twice removed that you “had to” invite, a “date” of one of the guests or a random guy who just crashed your wedding for some free booze and cake and flirting opportunities?
While it is impossible to completely predict and control guest behavior, it is still important to enjoy your special day. There may be embarrassing, awkward moments, but why should they bring a tarnished memory of your wedding?
An elegant wedding car makes it possible to create a stylish and sophisticated entrance to and from your wedding venue. Beyond the great look of the wedding car, they are also appreciated for offering a convenient form of transportation that will make sure you arrive at the venue on time. Let’s take a look at the main things involved in organising the perfect transportation:
Make the right choice
The actual process of choosing your wedding car can be quite daunting because there are many different things that need to be carefully considered.
Theme – Firstly, the chosen vehicle should be able to match the theme of the wedding to make sure it doesn’t look out-of-place. The preferred car model can include the modern, modern classic, classic and vintage. Every car will have its charm, but it is still important to base your decision on the all-round theme of the wedding. Also, it is necessary to consider the colour of the vehicle, as well as the decorations, such as the flowers and ribbons.
Size – the preferred size of the wedding car will relate to factors like the number of passengers and the type of bridal dress. It the bride is wearing a big or long dress, it is essential to make sure there is enough interior space. Additionally, it is worth considering the comfort level, especially if travelling for the longer distance.
Maintenance – make sure to only use a service that regularly maintains and services their fleet of vehicles. This will help to avoid the disappointment of a breakdown on the way to the wedding venue.
Budget – the cost of booking the chosen car will depend on a variety of factors. The cost is influenced by factors like the type and class, time of year, and extra packages ordered. Also, the overall distance to reach the wedding venue and reception will have an impact on the total cost.
How to book?
The process of booking your wedding car isn’t something that can be left until the last-minute because there are many things that need your attention.
Cars available – any decent company will have a decent size fleet of vehicles to choose from. It can help to see the various cars in person to avoid any disappointment at a later date. Also, if you do make the arrangements in person, this may make to easier to specify your needs to make sure you are getting what you really want.
Early booking – ideally, the wedding car should be booked as early as possible. For the busy summer period, the can be as early as six months before the date of the wedding. Also, the early booking is important when looking to book the vintage car because there is a limited supply of these vehicles. There is likely to be more flexibility if you intend to book a standard limousine, Mercedes or town car.
Weather – the chosen car should match the expected weather for the time of the year. While it can be tempting to book a convertible there is the risk of unexpected showers on the day, or gusty winds that will ruin the bride’s hairstyle. A soft-top convertible can make a practical compromise to minimize the potential issues.
Overall, it is essential to use a company that is well established, very reliable and offers the affordable prices. If you take the time to do your due diligence on the available options, you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding a wedding car that matches the specific needs.
When it comes to planning, most couples first select a venue for the wedding and then determine where they’ll spend their honeymoon. But for some, it’s a single decision.
Destination weddings are dramatic, beautiful, and also in some ways, more convenient for the bride and groom. While there is some risk that less guests will be able to come, for some, destination weddings allow a couple to focus more on their wedding and worry less about planning the honeymoon since they won’t have to travel again.
But if you do opt for a destination wedding, it’s important to select a gown that fits the venue. Princess ball gowns may be gorgeous, but destination weddings, especially beach ones, require more breathable material.
Here’s our guide to the perfect gown for your beach ceremony:
1. Ditch heavy material for lightweight fabrics: Heavy material is not only harder to navigate, it’s a nightmare for warm, humid weather and sandy terrain. Look for gowns made with crepe, charmeuse, chiffon, or organza. What to avoid? Satin, lots of tulle, taffeta and brocade are generally not great choices.
2. Opt for a detail skirt instead of a long train: As elegant as a long train can be, it can be a big mess on a beach, between the sand and wind. Instead of tripping down the aisle, try to get the same effect instead with an intricately detailed skirt. For a bohemian look, try a netted, sheer illusion skirt.
3. Evoke natural beauty with an elongated neckline: Deep necklines are often flattering, but they’re and especially great fit for beach weddings. But instead of a strapless or sleeved look, opt for straps. The look is not only perfect for the beach, but it’s practical, keeping your dress in place but also great for hot days. Thin spaghetti straps exude a casually elegant look: we love especially paired with an embroidered sweetheart bodice, or beaded trim. For a bustier bride who wants just a little extra support, slightly thicker straps offer that extra coverage but still have that beachy vibe. Tapered embroidered straps or illusion and jeweled, these are both great options.
4. Fitted works too: Think a flow, light skirt is your only option? In fact, fitted trumpet and mermaid gowns are great picks because you won’t have to worry so much about the wind. Just make sure you opt for an airy bodice for breath ability. A great example is this ruched bodice ivory trumpet. With a strapless, sweetheart neckline and simple design, it’s not much fuss and high on elegance.
Planning a wedding can get busy and messy, so there are quite a few recommendations I have for someone who may not be the most organized person to begin with. There are many different 12 month wedding planners and organizers out there, some made by The Knot, and some that you can even find at Walmart or any other stores. These planners can help you remember things you may not have been thinking about, or didn’t even know you had to do. They give you checklists, timelines, outlines, and different formats of how you should be writing out seating charts, lists, etc. With these planners, you can become one of the most organized people overnight! They are that simple and helpful!
Another recommendation I have is the service of an actual wedding planner. I am a wedding planner at a rental and wedding coordinating company, and I help brides do all sorts of things. I not only help them, I actually do most of the actual work. They will send me all of their contracts from their vendors, and I will organize them and put them into a specific folder for a later date when I begin creating the wedding timeline. These vendor contracts are just a small piece of the information I receive from brides.
The types of information I receive varies from what types of things we will be using to reserve seats, to the minute a bus will arrive. A wedding planner takes care of it all for you, and all you need to do is communicate back and forth with them. The perk is that you will be mostly stress-free, and can just gather all of the information from each vendor, and bring all of that jumbled information to the wedding planner, and they will sort through it and make sure it is all in an organized manner for that special day.
Once a wedding planner receives any sort of information about the day, they will begin to create a wedding timeline. A wedding timeline is a basic step by step of the day planned out to the minute. The wedding planners want to know any and all information the bride has for their special day so that they know how to assist, and where to assist at. Since they will be the point of contact throughout the entire day, they need to know when the florist will be arriving, what the photographer’s phone number is, what time the entertainer will begin to tear down at the end of the night, etc.
There are many perks to using the service of an actual wedding planner, but if you do not have the amount of money in your budget for one, the different types of wedding 12 month planners that are out there for you to purchase are a cheaper alternative if you want to plan your wedding completely on your own!
Many people talk about your wedding day being the happiest day of your life. What they do not talk about are all of the problems that can happen along the way in those short 24 hours. One problem is that you may spill on your wedding dress. Let’s be honest, there is a possibility you will be getting some sort of stain on your dress. A solution to this is to have some tide to-go in the reception area or around you at all times.
Another problem that can happen with your dress is that it can rip. If you are transitioning from house to the church, or the church to the reception venue, you are most likely going to be getting in and out of cars. It is possible that your dress can get stuck in the door and rip. It is also possible that someone may step on your long train (if you have one) and it can rip. An easy fix would be to keep a roll of fabric tape around you in addition to the tide to-go stick.
Another issue that can happen on your wedding day is rain. The weather is something that is completely out of any human’s control, but I have found ways that can solve this issue. With being around so many weddings that have been rained out, you always need to make sure to have a backup plan. You need an indoor venue backup in case the forecast is not what you want it to be. If everything is planned outside and there is no available indoor venue, make sure to have a tent set-up available if need be at last minute. I have been to so many weddings that actually turned out perfectly even though the rain tends to come in unexpectedly. The only reason they turn out as perfect as they do are because we always have backup plans.
If you are having a wedding during an iffy weather situation, I would always be prepared with large umbrellas. I would make sure to get a lot of them, and provide them for your guests. The umbrellas can actually make a really cute photo opportunity as well if everyone is carrying the same umbrellas or are color coordinated with your wedding theme. Something to not forget about is to make sure to provide them for your wedding party. The wedding party should have colors that complement their dress scheme so that just because they need to hold umbrellas, they are doing it in style since there are photo opportunities at all times. The best photos are never planned ones.
There are many different issues that can happen or pop up during a wedding day but there are many preventative measures that can be taken in order to help you be as stress-free as possible. In all reality, that is the goal.
There are many different planning aspects that go into planning your own wedding. You cannot forget the little details that go in between all of the larger decision processes. Once you get engaged, you should first set you budget and pick a theme. You and your fiancé should be making these decisions together, so you should be talking through your ideas together and make sure you’re both getting involved!
Once you have talked about your theme together, you should look at your budget and what you envision spending on your special day. One very important thing that you must have when planning a wedding is a folder/notebook containing all of your information about venues, photographers, photos of ideas, etc. so that nothing will get lost. You can keep all of your contacts, contracts, emails, and quotes in one place so that you can access them easier. This will help the closer you get towards the date because most vendors will ask for other vendors contact information so that they can be in contact and on the same page about everything the day of.
Once all of this is taken care of, you can set a date and
create a guest list. You should first decide what part of the year you
want to get married in, and check with your important family members
before you book anything. You need to be very flexible in this process
because it is very hard to get the first date you decide at a venue.
Most people are booked up until 2020 right now, and 2018 just started. Once you have chosen a venue, the next steps would be to
find a photographer, a dress, entertainment, catering and drink, and
suppliers. Some things will be harder than others, but if you planned
your date far enough in advance, you should have plenty of time to find
the perfect people for these jobs in order to make your special day that
much better! Do not let the planning get the best of you, make
sure to enjoy it along the way! It is you day, so you need to make sure
that you are not just focusing on making other people happy, and you
focus more on how to make you and your fiancé happy. Marriage is so
exciting and your wedding day should be the best day of your life, but
remember what really matters- you will be with the person you love the
most for the rest of your life!
Once you have chosen a venue, the next steps would be to find a photographer, a dress, entertainment, catering and drink, and suppliers. Some things will be harder than others, but if you planned your date far enough in advance, you should have plenty of time to find the perfect people for these jobs in order to make your special day that much better!
Do not let the planning get the best of you, make sure to enjoy it along the way! It is you day, so you need to make sure that you are not just focusing on making other people happy, and you focus more on how to make you and your fiancé happy. Marriage is so exciting and your wedding day should be the best day of your life, but remember what really matters- you will be with the person you love the most for the rest of your life!