Proposing to the one you love is a nerve racking enough life event, without the extra added pressure of whether or not they’ll like the ring that you’ve chosen. From worries about whether they’ll say yes, to whether you’ve picked the right time or place, by following this guide there’ll be one less issue to worry about as you’ll be sure to have the perfect ring to put on their finger when you pop the question.
If you’re confident that you can pick the perfect ring for your partner then don’t doubt yourself. It’s always helpful to speak to her close friends, or family members such as her mum or sister, to check with them first whether they think she’ll like it. If you can organise it secretly, why not arrange to go ring shopping with them. Before picking a surprise ring be sure to get her size right. If a surprise goes down well, it’s easily the most romantic and best way to propose.
Go Shopping Together
Some couples who’ve been talking about getting married for a while prefer to go shopping together. This is probably a good idea if your partner is expecting you to propose soon and you’ve already been planning getting married in the future. Take a look at the beautiful selection available at F Hinds online to get you feeling inspired for styles and shapes or head to the shops and try and few on for size to see what styles you partner likes. This way you’ll be 100% sure to get it right and it also helps couples who’re on a budget as you’ll be able to budget for how much to spend and only consider rings within a certain price range. Although less romantic, the most practical way to engagement ring shop and a sure way to not end up with a disappointed finance.
If you’re partner has her heart set on a certain type of ring, size of diamond or type of band, then it obviously bear this in mind when making your choice. The best way to find out without giving it away that you’re going to propose it to get her friends and family to find out and feed you the information so you can pick the right ring. If they’re the type of person who has already selected a ring they have in mind and have gone out of their way to make sure you’re aware of this, then finding the perfect ring is made much easier as all you have to do is get the right one. That way you can be sure to please and will have a very happy fiancé on the big day.
If there’s one form of guaranteed entertainment at a wedding, it’s music and dancing. After all, what’s a celebration without music? However, if you want to knock it out of the park when it comes to how enjoyable and memorable your big day is, a disco (or a live band) shouldn’t be the only entertainment that you have on offer.
Your wedding day entertainment should blow your guests away; it shouldn’t give them the same memories that every other wedding they’ve ever been to has. You want to be as unique as possible when it comes to the entertainment that you offer, to ensure that your wedding really is a show stopper.
So, with that in mind, below are some truly unique wedding entertainment ideas that are guaranteed to make your guests’ day.
A great way to ensure that everyone enjoys your big day and has a laugh with you is to incorporate an array of games that everyone can get involved in. We’re not talking board games – although giant versions of these can also work well, more like garden games, such as boules, ring tossing, and playing cornhole. The great thing about these types of games is that you can opt to personalize them to fit your wedding theme and style. For example, you could order specially designed wraps for your cornhole board from a specialist site like www.LetsPlayCornhole.com/cornhole-wraps/, to personalize the boards to fit your big day perfectly. Or, for instance, you could opt to create a ring toss that links to your wedding in some way or another – perhaps you could have one ring toss pole with a bride on and the other with a groom on? Get creative and have some fun, and you can make sure that your big day is as fun and memorable as possible.
Bring out your inner child
Weddings are all about having fun, so why not bring out your inner child and celebrate your nuptials in style? To make your big day even more enjoyable for everyone in attendance, find ways to bring out your inner child and have some fun. One way to do that is to hire a bouncy castle for you and your guests to bounce on. Believe it or not, there are plenty of bouncy castle hire companies that offer adult bouncy castle hire, perfect for weddings (and other events). Just make sure that if there are any kids in attendance, that before any adults get on, the kids get off. Or, if you’re holding your wedding somewhere with plenty of outdoor space, why not hire a giant slide for everyone to have a go on? Or, what about booking swing boats? If you want to ensure that your big day is remembered for all the right reasons, getting creative with your entertainment is a must.
A big part of any wedding is making memories, which is why it’s so important to ensure that you get creative when it comes to capturing memories. Yes, having a wedding photographer is a must, but that’s not all you need. As well as natural-looking photographs and group shots captured by the photographer, you also want to ensure that there are some more fun and quirky photos taken. To do this, hiring a photo booth is a great option, especially as if you ensure that there’s a bucket of props on offer too, having a photo booth can be a whole lot of fun. Another option is to have a life-sized photo board of you and the groom created with cut-outs where your faces should be, for your guests to stand in and snap photos. Or, how about hiring a caricature to come and draw pictures of your guests – these could make great wedding favors.
A wheel of truth or dare
Truth or dare is a lot of fun, especially when you’ve had a few drinks, so why not incorporate it into your wedding with a wheel of fun? If you or the groom are handy with woodwork, perhaps you could make your own DIY wheel, if not, you could always opt to have one custom-made via an online site. Either way, having a wheel of fun with a combination of truth questions or dares, can be a lot of fun. Aim to personalize the things on the wheel, to make the game more fun. For example, perhaps you could have dates like ‘tap cousin Lisa on the head and run – don’t let her see you’ or truths like ‘who is your favorite uncle?’. Get creative and see what you can come up with. The more creative you can make the wheel, the more fun you will have. For more ideas, resources like www.moncheribridals.com/wedding-ideas/ can be useful.
Another great way to ensure that your big day is enjoyable for everyone in attendance is to plan an array of sport’s activities for everyone to get involved in. Think sack races, egg and spoon races, relay races – get creative and come up with a range of ideas that anyone who wants to, can get involved in. Perhaps you could even give out little medals and trophies for the winners to up the ante a little? For ideas of ways that you could personalize the sports activities that you have picked, have a browse online – sites like Pinterest should have plenty of ideas that you could try, so it’s more than worth taking the time to have a browse.
Yes, every wedding needs a disco (or a live band) – what’s a wedding without dancing? But that’s not the only entertainment that you should offer – get creative and come up with some unique ways to keep everyone entertained throughout the day and into the evening. Hopefully, the ideas and suggestions above will help you to do that, but if you’re still a little stuck, there’s sure to be plenty of ideas online, it’s just a case of finding the ones that are a good fit for your big day, that’s all.
When it comes to your wedding day, it goes so fast that it’s easy to forget exactly what happened when you look back. In fact, small details can often get forgotten after the big day. But as it’s the biggest day of your life, you want to be able to remember the whole thing from start to finish. Therefore, here are some top ideas you need to ensure you capture your big day, so it’s never forgotten.
Book a videographer
A videographer is one of the top ways you can capture your big day. After all, they will film every moment of the day for you to watch back with your new husband and family in the years to come. And it’s a great way to remember everything that happened during the special day. You can also get extras too as part of your package. For example, you can come and get them to film in the morning while you and your bridesmaids are getting ready for the big day. It will give an insight for your new husband on what you were up to on the morning of the wedding! And you could even ask the videographer to go and speak to the guests during the day. It’s good to have clips of people sending well wishes for you to look back on!
Hire a photographer
Hiring a photographer is one of the most important jobs for your big day. After all, they work to capture the whole day with photos you can keep forever. And these pictures will be around your whole house for the next however many years. So you need to make sure you like the style of the photographer before you book them. Have a look at their previous photos to see their work. And companies like Dream Wedding tend to have reviews on their site so you can check what other brides and grooms have said about the photographer. Also, you need to decide when you want the photos to be taken from. A lot of people are opting to have the photographer arrive at the bride’s house before the wedding. That way, you can have photos with your parents and your bridesmaids before you go to marry your partner!
A new thing which has come into popularity over the last few years is photobooths. After all, these are an excellent way to capture the evening of your wedding. After all, your photographer might go home after the first dance. So you won’t have anyone taking photos of the rest of your big day. And you might miss out on some great photos of your guests. Therefore, a photo booth allows your guests to take more fun photos that you can keep forever. And as well as having great pictures of your friends and family, you can go in and take photos with people who might not have been in your main wedding photos. For example, people just arriving in the evening for your do! Therefore, it’s an excellent way to ensure you remember everyone who came for your special day.
And doing some additional things like adding cameras to the tables, and getting people to post photos during the day during a hashtag are also excellent ways to capture your special day.
In some ways, the now-established tradition of giving favors to those who attend your nuptials is quite strange. After all, you just bought your bridesmaids, groomsmen and all your guests dinner and drinks. You provided entertainment and sought to ensure they were happy and comfortable… and now you give them a gift at the end of the night? Nice!
Of course, it’s all a part of the day. We all want to send our guests off home with a smile on their face and, most importantly, a memento of the day. We open up our marriages to share them with others; it’s no surprise we want that memory to last in the form of favors.
When it comes to choosing the favors for your own wedding, you have several options. As ever, some of the decision-making process comes down to budget – but we’re not going to tangle with that. Instead, let’s examine the concepts behind the areas you can source your favors from. That way, regardless of your budget, you can find a concept that suits you and spend whatever you see fit within the confines of it.
Traditional wedding favors with be sugared almonds or foil-wrapped chocolate. Something small and delicate that can sit prettily on the table during the meal then subsequently dropped into a handbag as guests leave. It’s the perfect option if you’re otherwise sticking with tradition.
Not all weddings have to be serious and focused on true love and nothing but. If you’re a couple with a sense of humor, then it makes sense to incorporate that into your favors. Silly posed photos in frames, novelty gadgets, and custom bobbleheads all give a sense of whimsy to your favors while still achieving their main goal.
Note ‘inexpensive’ rather than ‘cheap.’ Disposable items make for great wedding favors, such as paper fans or small bags of nostalgic candy. You can keep it simple and still make an impact. You’re trying to make people smile, not provide them with a favor worthy of being an heirloom they pass through the family for years to come!
Our lives are lived online in the 21st century, so why not harness that for your favors? You can still provide guests with a physical piece of card, on which you can print a QR code. When scanned, this could link to a website where you plan to post pictures and memories of the wedding day itself. You could also link to a specific playlist that you’ve set up of songs that were going to be at the wedding or a YouTube dedicated channel for people to upload their own footage. It might not be a favor in the conventional sense, but it will keep the excitement going even as you head off on honeymoon.
If you have a small guest list, then it might be viable for you to look to personalize gifts. Wine bottles, magnets, and pens are common choices – all embossed with the names of the guests and perhaps your wedding date. At least they won’t have an excuse for forgetting your anniversary, anyway!
It seems that often, there are two types of people when it comes to weddings. There are those couples who want a private, intimate affair – sometimes the kind of ceremony when only the immediate family are in attendance, or maybe no actual guests at all. Then, there are those couples who long for a big, flashy wedding, with lots of friends and family around to see them say the words ‘I do’. If you fall into the latter category, you probably see your wedding as just as much about your loved ones as you do about your partner. After all, it’s a chance for everyone to come together and enjoy a great big party, and the opportunity to catch up with people they maybe haven’t seen for a while. But a large majority of your guests will probably have been to many weddings before yours – so what can you do to make your big day stand out among your guests?
Have a theme Okay, so themed weddings either make you jump for joy or make you cringe until you can cringe no more. But whatever camp you sit in, there is always a way to tie a theme into your wedding day in a way that suits you. It is a great way to grab your guest’s attention and from the outset you know it will be a wedding to remember. You can go as full on or as subtle as you like depending on your own personal tastes. For example, if you are a huge lover of Disney but don’t want your wedding day to be taken over by princesses, fairies and flying elephants, you can inject your theme in a more muted manner. This could be by wearing some Disney inspired jewelry, or even naming your tables after famous films.
Deliver the goods when it comes to the food Wedding catering is notorious for being typically poor – but many highbrow companies have seen this gap in the market and have seized it with both hands. Browse the market to find reputable catering services for events and weddings that may be able to help you feed the masses on your big day. Weddings are very long days in themselves, especially for your guests that attend both the ceremony and the reception – so make sure you have some good food and drink on offer to help replenish them!
An amazing venue They say it’s not about where you are, it’s who you’re with. While this is certainly true for many occasions, on your wedding day, it’s only natural to want to have a great venue at your disposal. Obviously, most people are limited in where exactly they can pick for their wedding as location is usually the prime factor. But, as venues are typically the most expensive part of the wedding package, you need to make sure you get it right. Stately homes and castles are pricey but provide a stunning backdrop to your special day – or why not go quirky by getting married on a boat or outdoors?
Your wedding ring is important. It is a symbol of the love and commitment you and your husband have for each other. You love is unique, and your wedding ring should be too. More couples than ever before are choosing to create their own wedding rings, rather than simply picking out something generic, which could be seen on the fingers of countless couples, from the store.
If you like the idea of designing your own custom wedding ring, but you don’t know where to start, take a look at these top tips for creating your own ring:
The most important thing to remember when designing your own wedding ring is to keep calm. So many brides add to their already ample stress levels by worrying about their ability to create an attractive ring, but what they forget is that there are professionals who will help them create the ring – they are not alone in the process and neither will you be!
If you do not come from a design background, then it stands to reason that you won’t be able to pluck a beautiful ring design out of thin air. You will need to look for inspiration. Luckily, inspiration is everywhere. It can be found in the shapes of nature, the jewellery of famous designers and on websites like Pinterest, which aggregates thousands of design pictures for you to peruse at your leisure or https://antwerpdiamonds.direct/ where you can find fabulous lose diamonds to use in your wedding ring designs.
Try Rings for Size
Just because you are planning to design your own wedding band, does not mean that you can’t try a whole bunch on. Looking at pictures and inspiration boards will only get you so far, you need to try the ring on for style to see if you really truly love a particular design, whether that be retro or minimalist, to see if you really love it.
Find a Designer
Finding a bespoke wedding ring designer who you click with and who listens to your ideas is a vital part of the process. Unfortunately, you will not get on with every ring designer, and some will specialise in certain styles that you are not interested in, so you need to do your homework and check out the portfolios of multiple designers before you settle on the one for you.
Check the Small Print
When you do find the right designer for you, it is imperative that you check the small print on any contract before you sign it because many designers will require various amounts of money at various times, whether in the form of deposits or final payments. Once you start the process, it is almost impossible to back out without losing money, so you need to be absolutely certain of what you are doing.
Another thing you will want to consider before designing your own wedding ring is the cost of doing so. When you’re creating your own design, costs can quickly spiral out of control, so you would do well to let your designer know that you have a firm budget in mind, which cannot under any circumstances be exceeded if you want to stick to your wedding budget.
There is nothing wrong with being interested in the latest trends, but when it comes to wedding rings, do you really want to be a slave to them? After all, your wedding ring is going to be on your finger for the rest of your life, so choosing something which is classic, but which also speaks to your individual style is a much better idea than choosing a piece which is currently in fashion, but may not be quite so pleasing as you grow older.
Let Your Freak Flag Fly
That being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a design that most people would find strange, but which has personal meaning to you. For example, if you and your hubby to be have a special song, don’t be afraid to engrave the lyrics onto your ring. Some people have been known to have their favourite film quotes, scientific formulas and even Klingon messages on their wedding rings!
Bone Up on Stones
Whether you’re opting for a classic diamond or another stone, it is important that you are able to recognise the quality of stones. Stones can differ immensely in price depending on their condition, colour and appearance, with a very clear diamond costing several times as much as one with even a slight impurity, but as long as you know your stones, you will not be in danger of getting ripped off.
While we’re talking about stones, don’t be afraid to choose something a bit different, if you adore opals or have a passion for sapphires, don’t shy away from including them in your design just because it’s not traditional.
Of course, your wedding ring is likely to be made up of more metal than stone, which is why you should also get to know your precious metals. Sometimes, metals can cost more not because they look better or are more precious, but because they are heavier, and knowing this, for example, can help you to save money in the best possible way.
Plan Well in Advance
When you are having anything custom designed, you need to leave plenty of time before the date it is needed, not only because creating a ring from scratch takes time, but also because things can and do go wrong, and there so no guarantee that a ring will be ready on the day you need it. So, aim to leave at least eight weeks between your first design appointment and your wedding day, but ideally, you should be looking to have your ring created as soon as you start planning the wedding seriously to avoid any hiccups. If you take note of these tips, put in some time to understanding the design process and the logistics of wedding rings, and you pour your heart and soul into creating something you will treasure forever, there is no way that you will ever be disappointed by your wedding ring.
The one thing that trips up most brides is the details. You can gather your bridesmaids and groomsmen together to help you plan a wedding day but every single bride in the world will always panic that she has forgotten one of the details of her wedding day. It’s like that dream where you’re standing naked in front of everyone you know; you don’t want it to happen and it’s embarrassing if it does!
Forgetting wedding details doesn’t have to be a huge deal as long as the detail you forget isn’t one of the big ones. For most, being organised is key and the biggest day of your life should be meticulously planned. If you are able to you should absolutely hire a wedding planning service that can be on hand to help you out and make sure you stay calm. Otherwise, get a notepad and pen, you have alist to write!
Outfits: Quite an obvious one but you should be very clear to your groom about colours and styles you want on your wedding day. While you’re thinking of your wedding dress, you need to remember your wedding night lingerie, your shoes and a bag to hold your phone and other bits in. it’s not always all about the dress – the details count!
Venue: Planning your venue is fun but remember to check exactly what comes in the package you get for your chosen place. You want to make sure you’re getting good value for your money so find out whether costs include table and chair covers, the cake knife and stand and a DJ. These details may sound trivial but when it comes to your wedding day, you cannot forget these!
Food: Have you checked whether any of your guests are vegetarian? Sometimes, trying to cater for different tastes and diets is a little too hard but if you’veordered finger food catering from Diamond Blue Catering or other such companies, you would be able to order a variety of food that is set for every taste.
Invitations: While you may have remembered the invites, have you included absolutely everything in them? Have you given your technologically-challenged guests a phone number or postal address to respond to in case email isn’t their thing? Have you included the time of the service if you are having a church ceremony? The smallest details can really throw off your guests and if you are choosing to get married in an obscure location, make sure you spend time making up maps to send to each guest.
The smallest details can really derail a wedding but as long as you’ve made lists, mind maps and you’ve asked, asked and asked again, you should hopefully have every detail fulfilled far enough in advance that you can fix any last-minute mistakes with theminimum of stress. Getting hitched should go off without a hitch and you should know how every second should go. Go and get married; you’re ready!
Brides generally come withan entourage of people in the lead up to the big day. Whether you are newly engaged, in the middle of prepping your wedding, or on the cusp of the biggest day of your life, you have very likely got a flock of people around you at your beck and call. That’s not to say you’ve turned intoa demanding Bridezilla, ripping people to shreds with a mere cut of the eye. It’s just that friends, sisters, cousins, aunts, your soon to be mother in law, your mum…all these people PLUS hairdressers and make-up artists will be hovering round you and waiting for instruction. The most important person in that entourage isyour mum. She’s been there from your first breath, first steps and first words. It’s only fitting that she should be there by your side to see you take the next set of first steps in your life: as a bride.
All the attention can get a little overwhelming, so take some time to step back and look at the big picture. Look at the women in your life who have come together from two families to make your day beautiful. Think about how you can honour what they’ve done for you. Perhaps your mum has been your automatic wedding planner, helping you write lists and making plans across a calendar so the timing is prompt and efficient. Perhaps she actually paid out for an actual band ofLuxury Wedding Planners to take the stress out of your hands for your day. So how can you honour your mum on your wedding day? The day may be about you, but without her you wouldn’t be standing where you are now.
Get traditional on the day. If there’s a necklace, piece of precious jewellery or even a tradition that your mother hopes you could do for your wedding day, honour it. Wear the jewellery with pride and make it your ‘something borrowed’.
Get giggling! Prepare your wedding favours together, arrange freshly cut wildflowers together, take a calligraphy class to write place cards together. Any wedding job can have a fun injection just by sitting and being together.
Let yourphotographer know that there has to be a few photos of your mum and you together without anyone else in the picture. This woman brought you into the world and taught you how to do everything you know how to do now. Cherish that in print.
A special gift goes a long way. Anembroidered handkerchief with a poem describing your love for your mother is a keepsake gift as well as a place to capture the tears.
Weddings are emotional ceremonies. It’s your day and about you as the bride, but don’t forget where you came from and how you got to where you are now. Even if your relationship isn’t the best friendship in the world, you can still include and be grateful for the mother you have by your side on your wedding day.
Your wedding should be, in theory, the happiest day of your life. Well, at least one of the top five. There are the days your kids are born, if you have them. There is your first paycheck. And then there’s the day you realize you paid the store clerk with a single and they gave you change for a ten. Those are all pretty sweet, also. But I digress. It should be the happiest day of your life, but the thing about a wedding is this. Although it has two leading characters, there is a sizeable supporting cast. While the two of you may give virtuoso performances, there’s always the risk of some scene-stealing further down the card. It may be for the best of reasons – a giggling fit during the vows, a funny best man speech or the priest catching the bouquet. It may also be because of a spectacular tantrum pulling focus from the happy couple. How do you avoid the lesser-known wedding day disaster – the Bridesmaidzilla? Picking Your Bridesmaids As noted before, you do need to be decisive when picking bridesmaids for a wedding. It’s the bridesmaid’s choice in the end, and you have to pick who you’re happy with. That said, if there is a chance of one bridesmaid being miserable because her sister couldn’t be one, think. Does it make a huge difference to have five instead of four? Picking The Dresses Outside of the shallower Hollywood rom-coms, you rarely get a group of four friends who are identical in shape and size. Picking the right dresses for your crew, then, can be a tense process. You may have three who are delighted with the cut and the color. There may then be one who looks at what you’ve bought and says “Oh, they’ll look great! I will look like I’ve dressed up for Hallowe’en!” That’s why sites like alanavivi.com are so useful. You can decide on a color theme, but allow each bridesmaid to choose their cut and style. No need to play the percentages, everyone can look drop dead gorgeous. Just a bit less so than the bride, of course. Maid Of Honor/Head Bridesmaid Fiascoes The bridesmaids at any wedding should usually be the best friends of the bride herself. The best, best friend will be the head bridesmaid or maid of honor. However, do you know who your best friend is? Do they? And more to the point, do those who are not your best, best friend know that? This is something that requires clarity early on. It may be worth making the decision that you won’t be having a maid of honor at all. Should the decision be questioned, explain that they’re all bridesmaids because they mean the world to you. Putting one of them above the others would just be too difficult emotionally on such an important day. The one caveat to this is if you have been asked to play the part of maid of honor to one of your own party. In that case not returning the favor would look like a snub – and guess where that leads?
If you grow up with a group of close friends, you’ll usually find that you all get married at roughly the same time. That’s because most people aren’t as unique and different as they’d hope. We do all follow a set path through life. So, on average, you’re probably going to get a proposal in your early twenties and be wed before you’re 25. The people you grew up with will be having their own weddings at the same time. This means that it’s difficult to ensure your wedding stands out from the rest and feels unique. But, we do have a few ideas that should make it easier to ensure your wedding feels original and fresh.
One of the ways that you can make your wedding a little different is to change the seating. Traditionally, the seating at the ceremony is in lines, pointed towards the bride and groom. But there’s no reason why you can’t plan things a little differently. For instance, you can position the chairs so that they form a circle with you and your partner in the center. This will make your wedding feel and look unique. It will also lead to some stunning pictures if planned correctly. Make sure you ask your wedding planner about this possibility and don’t just settle for typical ideas.
Alternatively, you may want to think a little bigger and instead make your wedding unique by choosing an unforgettable location. For instance, if you have a beach wedding in Hawaii you can get married on the sand, barefoot! How cool is that? The best part is that you’ve got an excuse that will allow you to only invite family and friends who you feel particularly close to. Anyone else won’t be able to come because the wedding will be too far away and possibly too expensive. Of course, Hawaii isn’t the only killer location for your wedding.
You could also choose to have your wedding somewhere there is romance and thrills for all. For instance, a wedding in Italy could be a wonderful choice. Particularly, if you adopt some of the italian wedding traditions. It will make your ceremony truly special.
Build Up Those Contacts
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Once you’re married things change a little. Instead of sending out separate Christmas cards each year, you write them and send them out together. How about making sure that you have all the contact information you need? You can do this by encouraging guests to leave the address and contact details as part of the ceremony. Better yet, have an address book at the entrance where guests can write their details as well as a lovely little note on your wedding day. It’s a little spin on the classic guestbook often put out by the happy couple.
Finally, at your reception, how about leaving little information cards about you and your partner on the tables for your guests. This will allow them to learn things that they never knew about you and it’s a fun little add on. Unlike some of the other ideas it won’t cost a fortune, but it will certainly create an impact.