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.
Your wedding will be the happiest day of your life to date, but planning isn’t always that fun. Weeks or months worth of hard work, all culminating in one day can be particularly high pressure. And it can feel like everything’s been done before. However much you strive for originality in your day, someone’s always got there first. But don’t give up – there are plenty of ways to inject a bit of your own personalities into your big day, even if it’s all been done before.
Get your pets involved
Nobody else has pets like yours, so even if everyone in the world had their dog walk them down the aisle, or their pet pig as their ring bearer, it wouldn’t be the same every time. Animals bring their own fun (and risks) to the wedding day, but you won’t find another flower girl like it.
Don’t opt for the traditional limo entry if you don’t think it’s you – add your own flair. If you’re a bit of a biker chick, enter in a sidecar. Animal lovers could come in on horseback, romantics in a horse-drawn carriage, and the thrill seekers could have the ultimate show stopper and enter by parachute. Your wedding day is the time for expressing yourself, so let your personality and interests shine through in your choice of vehicle.
Ask for original gifts
As is customary, make sure you have a gift list made public for guests to follow. An interactive one is a bonus, so you’re not inundated with duplicate presents. But feel free to express your personality within your gift choices – Nighthelper.com has some great gift options to get your imagination going.
Which soon-to-be-married couple wouldn’t enjoy an evening cocktail making with professionals? Trying to concoct the perfect recipe for your signature drink is the perfect pre-wedding fun to take your minds off the stress, but offering a bespoke cocktail at your wedding is a really cute treat too. Make sure the name, flavors, and presentation is fun, quirky, and romantic.
Offer child care
Many guests are stuck in the awkward position of having to leave early due to sleepy kids or to relieve babysitters at home. If you’re aware that you’re inviting a fair few parents, it can be a really thoughtful touch to hire a few qualified childminders to take care of people’s kids while they dance the night away, and the children get to have fun with the others too.
Always include a surprise
The best way to make your wedding memorable is to include a surprise of some kind. Whether it’s your pup as your flower girl or a choreographed dance routine to a surprise mariachi band as your first dance, people are certain never to forget it.
Weddings can be really formulaic, but other than the legalities, there’s no reason you can’t shake it up and follow whatever schedule you like, as long as the focus is always the love that you and your future spouse share.
As any soon-to-be-bride will know, there are hundreds of different components that make up the average wedding. When you are planning your big day, you will know how important it is to keep a handle on all of these, as hard as it can often be to do so. However, what you will soon realise is that some aspects of your big day are more important than others. Sure, it will be really nice if the chair covers and the table centrepieces are both in exactly the right shade of apricot. But, what really matters is that you have a great day spent with those you love, and some of these people will include your bridesmaids. The concept of bridesmaids dates back many thousands of years, although their role has obviously evolved since then. If ‘bridesmaids’ is the next thing to tick off your wedding to-do list, here are some things you need to know.
Choosing your bridesmaids If you are a bit of a social butterfly with a lot of pals, you may find it excruciatingly difficult to choose your bridesmaids from all your friends. But it is something that must be done. When picking how many you are going to have, consider a few things. Practically speaking, the size of the altar is one thing that could potentially affect the number of bridesmaids you have. Also remember to think about the size of your wedding party. If you and your fiance only have 30 guests between the pair of you, it may be a bit odd if 12 of those people are bridesmaids! You might need to be ruthless when it comes to who makes the cut, but think about who you truly want by your side when you finally say ‘I do’.
Having the bachelorette party Wedding planning can be stressful. One of the best ways we can blow off some steam is by throwing ourselves into the bachelorette party – arguably one of the most fun things about getting married! The bachelorette party planning is the responsibility of your bridesmaids, but a little guidance from you will never go amiss. For example, you might need to outline certain things, like price and what kind of activity you are comfortable with. Bachelorette parties are now up there with bachelor parties in terms of notoriety – so go wild if that’s what you fancy, but remember to tell your bridesmaids what kind of event you want.
As weddings become more and more contemporary, the actual role of the bridesmaid has got somewhat lost in translation. Unfortunately for your bridesmaids, it isn’t just about drinking cocktails and getting to wear a pretty dress! You will find that in the run up to the wedding you may need to rely on your bridesmaids for emotional support, planning and just generally getting everything together for the big day. Once you have chosen your bridesmaids, sit down with them and tell them gently what you need from them. That way, you can all look forward to planning the wedding together – after all, who better to do it with than your best friends?
Your wedding day is the first day of the rest of your life. Getting it right can ensure your marriage starts the way it should. There’s a lot to consider when you turn your hand to planning, and we know you already have enough to think about. Even so, we’re going to give you one more thing to consider. Too often, a couple forgets to think about the start of their wedding. It makes sense. Why would you worry about it if you aren’t there? Because your guests are there, that’s why! None of the guests knows each other, and they’re be making polite chat. Do everything you can to ensure the ice breaks easily!
It can be hard for guests to get to the wedding. Their getting lost could mean that important person isn’t there to see your special moment. Make sure that doesn’t happen by arranging travel for your nearest and dearest. Though this is an extra stress for you, you’ll be glad of it on the day. Hiring a coach from somewhere like this company will ensure everyone can arrive without worry. This step is especially important if your venue is off the beaten track. You won’t have to worry about your guests finding it if you’ve already got travel arranged!
Don’t let your guests wait in silence. Plan a playlist they can listen to when they arrive. Pick gentle, melodious music that can play in the background. Nobody wants to walk into a lot of noise. Make sure to hand the playlist to the organizers, and ensure they know to keep the volume down. You’re saving the dancing for your evening do, after all! This is just a little background noise to help break the ice for those awkward moments.
Often, a venue won’t open their bar until after the ceremony. Request that the bar is open for arrival so that guests can get themselves a drink while they wait! This saves people from feeling awkward and not knowing what to do with their hands! It will also make the wait seem shorter because they’ll have something to do. They’re less likely to notice if you’re a little late when they’re got a pint in their hands!
The groom will be at the venue for the arrival and should mingle among the guests during the waiting period. He’s bound to be nervous, but this is essential in ensuring your guests are at ease. It can also take the groom’s eyes off the clock! Make sure your man knows to greet everyone, and do a few introductions. He’s going to be the only one there at that stage who knows everyone. Introducing a few people will allow for conversation openers that wouldn’t usually be there. It’s also a fantastic time for him to say a little thank you to everyone for coming before events get underway. This personal touch will mean a lot to the people attending!
Planning the perfect wedding can be more than just a little stressful. It can have us at the brink of pulling our hair out and if things don’t come together on the day, it could lead to tears ruining the very expensive makeover that was executed perfectly for the day.
Getting married is supposed to be one of the most special and important days of your life, but it’s often also remembered for being one of the most stressful. That doesn’t just include stressing on the day either… oh no, the stress can last for months and possibly even years in the build up towards the big day in an attempt to make sure everything turns out EXACTLY how you planned it to be in your wedding scrapbook…
But ladies, in case you didn’t know, it doesn’t actually have to be that stressful at all! Here are some of the top tips to making sure your day runs as smoothly as it should do.
If you really don’t cope well with stress, the last thing you need to be doing is planning your own wedding. Hiring a wedding planner doesn’t mean that you can’t help shape up your wedding day – in fact, you will make all the final decisions and it will still be exactly how you want it to be. You can instruct your wedding planner on absolutely everything – from what flowers and music you want in the actual ceremony to what food is served and how many glasses of wine are on the house to guests. They will also have all the best contacts for entertainment, bridal attire and hospitality services.
Have everything in one place
It is stressful having to pick a place to tie the knot, a place to get the photos done and then a place to have the reception. One way to stop yourself from getting stressed and being bombarded by numerous calls is to pick a single location to do it all. There are so many hotels that offer package deals and that way, you’ll get it all cheaper as you won’t be having to pay separate companies and so on.
This is also a good idea because it means transportation is so much easier for your guests. It’s all very well turning up to your wedding in a horse and carriage or supercar, but parking is essential for your guests as they’ll likely have travelled from all over the place to be there for your big day.
Women are often labelled as being nightmare brides in the lead up to their wedding. It’s a running joke amongst people that women want THEIR day to be perfect and everything has to be done THEIR way, with THEIR decisions being the only ones that count. But that’s certainly not the case. There are lots of soon to be grooms out there who want to have their input into day just as much the bride. There are responsibilities you can leave to the groom such as catering, getting the suits for the men sorted and whatever else he might want to get involved in.
Your wedding day is the most romantic day of your life, and it is also a day that demands a lot of preparation: From going on a fitness boot camp program to choosing where your guests will sit, there is a lot to think about. So much in fact, that it is easy to forget about what wedding means: A day of romance. What is more romantic than Romeo and Juliet’s love for each other? While you may want to leave treason and death at the end out of your special day – Shakespeare’s unforgettable love story didn’t care for a happy ending – you can still find some precious wedding inspiration in it, especially if you are considering an Italian themed wedding.
The beautiful story of Romeo and Juliet plays in Verona, which is a city in northern Italy. It is not any city, though: They call it the City of Love. So, what best inspiration for a day of love than to give your vows in an environment that will remind your guests and yourself of Romeo and Juliet’s love? But, there is more to Italy than just Romeo and Juliet. Italy is a warm and sunny country that has a long history of romance, beauty and strong emotions that are embedded in its culture. This is the country of birth of the Renaissance, and this makes Italy a place that combines beauty and love under the sun. While you may not be able to set your wedding ceremony in Italy, you can certainly plan your honeymoon there. In the meantime, why not set the scene with an Italian décor for your big day?
What Makes Your Décor Italian?
As you are thinking about putting a bit of Italy into your wedding day, you need to consider a few elements to get things completely right. The perfect Italian Catering is at the heart of your celebration, as this will immediately give it a sunny side that your guests won’t forget. But why not go down the DIY route to add cute touches that will make all the differences, such as hand labeled bottles of olive oil on the tables, a small glass of limoncello liquor for your guests, and why not some scented candles with lavender, lemon, and rosemary to complete to picture? You can pick a location that focuses on simple stone and white washed walls décor, with a great view onto a garden or the sea.
You can also add an extra touch of Italian romance with the creation of your own vows that could address the bride as Bellissima, for example. Also, you can just as well get a live Italian band to accompany you as you walk through the aisle. There are plenty of options to bring a sense of Italian lifestyle into your day and make it a unique discovery of romance and love for your guests and yourself.
Are you in the midst of planning a wedding? Are you counting down the days to the most important day of your life? If you’re getting married soon, your prime goal may be to look and feel your best on your big day. Every bride wants to look in the mirror and feel incredible on the morning of their special day. If you’re keen to impress, this guide will help to ensure that you steal the show.
Most brides try and get in shape before the big day. If you want to lose weight or tone up, it’s important to start early. It’s much better to lose weight or build muscle gradually, rather than crash dieting the week before. If you’ve still got a few months to go, start preparing now. Set yourself some goals, and work towards them. You may have a goal weight in mind. Or you may simply want to tone up your arms or your abs.
The best way to lose weight healthily is to watch what you eat and combine a healthy diet with regular exercise. You don’t need to starve or cut out foods you love completely to slim down. Try and follow a healthy eating plan or join a slimming club. Many people find it easier to lose weight when they do it with others. The pressure of a weekly weigh-in can also push you to work harder, especially if you’re seeing results on the scales.
If you’re not very confident in the kitchen, you’ll find some simple recipes online. Try and shop in advance and plan a menu. Avoid buying anything that will tempt you. If you’ve got chocolate bars and cakes in the cupboards, it’s much harder to resist them. Give yourself a day off the diet one a week, and treat yourself.
If you’re new to exercise, there are lots of different options. You could join some beginner classes at the gym or arrange some personal training sessions. If you have friends that are used to working out, go along with them, and they can show you the ropes. If you’re not taken with the idea of the gym, don’t worry. You could play tennis, go swimming or start running after work. You could also invest in some home gym equipment or do a DVD workout in the comfort of your living room.
Try and be patient when you’re working towards weight loss goals. You may find that during the first couple of weeks, weight drops off you. But such results aren’t sustainable, and you may plateau. Keep going, and you’ll get to where you want to be.
For many brides, finding the perfect dress is a priority. But there are other considerations to bear in mind. You want to look amazing on your wedding day, so it’s important to cover everything. Think about your overall look, as well as the dress. Plan the finished articles from top to toe. Once you’ve ordered the dress, start thinking about your hair and makeup. Look through some magazines and search online for ideas. Cut out any images you like or save screenshots to your phone. When you go to your hairdresser for a trial, take the cutting and pictures with you, so that you can show them what you have in mind. When you’re planning your hairstyle, think about how it will match your dress. If you’ve got a high neckline, for example, you may prefer an updo. If you’ve got a strapless dress, you may prefer to have your hair down. When you’re with your stylist, try some different looks. You may be surprised at what suits you best. If you have any hair accessories, take them to your trial with you.
On your wedding day, you want to look radiant and more beautiful than you’ve ever looked before. Make sure you plan a makeup trial before the morning of your wedding. Look for inspiration in magazines and online articles. Most people tend to go for a natural look on their wedding day. But this is a matter of personal choice. Go with a look that suits your individual style and personality. Ask your makeup artist to provide you with some miniatures so that you can touch up your makeup during the day. If you love makeup, but you’re conscious that you want to look natural when you walk down the aisle, consider making changes for the evening. When the party’s in full flow, you can go for something a little more daring and dramatic. Perhaps you could add a bright red lip, for example.
Adding key pieces of jewelry is a fantastic way to add finishing touches to your bridal look. When you’re choosing jewelry, make sure you show off your unique style. Many brides opt for conservative, delicate bracelets and earrings on their wedding day. But you don’t have to go for traditional jewels. If you are going down the traditional route, pearls are a timeless classic. If you’re going vintage, look for antique pieces made from rubies or Colombian emerald gemstones, for example. If you’ve chosen a modern dress, silver is always a winner. Gold works well with Grecian style gowns for outdoor weddings.
The style of your dress will often dictate the kind of jewels you choose. If you have a very fancy and detailed dress, you may go minimal with your accessories. In contrast, if you have a plain gown, you could be bolder. Try different pieces on with your dress, and see how the ensemble comes together.
One key consideration for your bridal jewelry is your wedding band. Many brides go for plain bands in the metal that matches their engagement ring. But you don’t have to choose something understated. If you want to, you can opt for an embellished ring or customize your own design. You may wish to personalize your bands with your initials or your wedding date, for example.
In the days before your wedding day, think about any final touches you want to add. Do you want to have your nails done or treat your toes to a pedicure? Would you feel more attractive ad confident with a golden glow? Book any final appointments in advance to prevent a last-minute panic. If you’re having a spray tan, leave at least a day between your appointment and the wedding. Go for a shade that is slightly darker than your natural skin tone, rather than a deep tan. If you have time, book your nails on the morning of your wedding. If you’re getting married early, go for the afternoon or evening before.
All brides want to look their best when they walk down the aisle. Start planning your wedding day look in advance. If you have aspirations to lose weight or get in shape, set yourself some goals and get started as soon as possible. Make sure you have realistic aims, and try and be patient. Stick at it, and you’ll soon get the results you want. It’s essential to find a dress that makes you feel incredible. But don’t forget the details. Book hair and makeup trials, and make sure you have appointments sorted for your nails and any other extras you fancy. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready on your wedding day, so you’re not rushing. When you’re all dressed up and ready to go, relax, stay calm, and have fun. It flies by in an instant, so soak up every minute.
If you’re organising your own wedding, you won’t need us to tell you that there are a million and one things to think about. In fact, you might be wishing it was all over just so you can think about something other than the wedding! Arguably one of the biggest parts of your day will be making sure everything runs smoothly for your guests as well as for yourself. After all, you have invited them to what is essentially your event, so it is up to you to cater for them. A large chunk of this is providing them with good food and drink, as the wedding meal is where much of the socialising happens. We’ve all been to a wedding where all that was on offer was a stale buffet, and wedding food is famously un-appetizing. But, if you’re willing to spend a bit of time shopping around for caterers, you could end up with a wedding meal to remember.
The BBQ Here in Britain, we love a good BBQ. Maybe it’s because we don’t get the chance to have them very often, but if you’re planning an outdoorsy wedding they are a great option. With that being said, you can also easily create indoor BBQ food with the right caterers. Plus, if you are on a major budget, BBQ food is easy enough for you to do yourselves – just ask the groomsmen if they don’t mind being chefs for an hour or so! Make sure you provide plenty of different options and speak to local caterers about quality meat. Veggie skewers are also a must, and a big bowl of salad to go with your burgers and hot dogs never goes amiss. Not the classiest of wedding food, but you can be sure everyone will love it.
The cake Typically, wedding cakes are thought to be white, laden with icing and very, very sugary. But there’s no reason why you can’t go against the grain when it comes to your wedding cake. If you’re a lover of all things sweet and can’t make up your mind on one specific type of cake, why not have different ones? A different cake on each tier not only looks interesting but offers your guests something new too. More and more people are also opting for lots of individual cupcakes rather than a traditional cake. This is a perfect idea if you are a having a contemporary style wedding, and they are easier for your guests to eat too. If you’re not into desserts at all, you might want to go against the grain completely with a fabulous Cheese Wedding Cake. It’ll be something that your guests remember for years to come!
As previously mentioned, traditional wedding caterers are infamous for often providing dry, bland food. If this is something you’re keen to steer well clear of, street food vendors could be your answer. Street food has come on in leaps and bounds over the past few years, now providing restaurant quality food in a more casual setting. Consider booking a selection of street food stalls for your guests to flit between during the meal. This is also a great opportunity to experiment with different types of cuisine – as you can get everything from street food pies to street food curries these days!