Wedding vows can oftentimes be a nerve wracking part of the wedding ceremony for the bride and groom, especially if they’re personally written ones. This guy goes above and beyond the normal traditional wedding vows and sings a compilation of songs to his bride to express exactly how he feels! Love it!
You have been gifted with organising the bachelorette party for one of your closest friends. It’s an honour to be asked, and you don’t want to let her down. So how do you throw an extra special bachelorette party? The Guest List
First up you need to find out who is on the guest list. You can help the bride-to-be choose, but no doubt she already knows whom she wants to come. You may have to take into consideration that there will be older guests coming, like moms or aunts. However, still be sure that the party is tailored to the bride-to-be. Older guests could come for afternoon celebrations before the naughty shenanigans start. Or they may want to join in too! A paperless invitation app is a super way to get those invites out and to keep track of who can attend. They let you customise beautiful online invitations for a plush effect. The Theme
You will need to find out what kind of bachelorette party your friend wants. You want to create an unforgettable experience. Some ladies like feather boas, party paraphernalia and naughty games and gifts. Others may prefer a glamorous event with little black dresses and a hotel stay. Will you be staying close to home or is this a chance to go all out and organise a girls’ holiday abroad? If you are considering other destinations, choose a warm climate and a city that knows how to party. Bali, Hawaii or Australia are the ultimate in luxury. A Party on a river cruise in Perth might suit your group down to the ground. You could then spend some time touring the city as a group and adding in adventures such as Jetpacking, sailing or swimming with whale sharks. You also need to decide if there is to be a colour theme. The girls could all dress in black, and the bride could wear a standout colour. Or you may all want to go pink or metallic. Looking your best on the night is key, so take a peek at my post on smoothing shapewear that guarantees the perfect silhouette.
Money is the tricky one. Some in the group may be high earners, and others not so. Pick a budget that suits everyone and stick to it. Make sure everyone pays beforehand. Don’t let the bride know the cost and certainly don’t leave it to her to collect the money. This is the job of head bridesmaid. Favours and Games
This is a chance to gather stories about the bachelorette from the past. Get everyone who is attending to email you at least one funny or embarrassing tale. You’re not aiming for full-on humiliation here, just some sweet nostalgia. Provide mini goodie bags for all the guests. Include a disposable camera for each, so that they can take pictures at the party. You can then create a memory book as a keepsake. Think about including some props. These could be anything from Playboy bunny ears to silly moustaches. Crowdsigns make some awesome photo props that create hours of endless snapping opportunities.
The most important point to remember is to have fun! You are involved in part of the last few weeks of celebrating your best friend as a single girl. Give her a dazzling send-off. And if you’re not yet married, I’m sure she’ll be returning the favour soon!
You might have been dreaming of your wedding day since you were very young. So you might have an idea in your head of just how you want it. It is meant to be a fairy tale and dream day, isn’t it? Sadly, our dream budget might not be our actual budget. But what if I was to tell you that you can still have your dream wedding but by being frugal? You don’t have to have a cheap looking wedding, by cutting costs. You just need to know the right places to cut costs and the effects that they will have. So sit back, relax, and have a read through some of my tips. I hope you find it useful as you plan your wedding.
One of the first things to do is to know your budget. You can’t plan anything until you know what that is. There might be savings stocked up for the wedding. There might not be much. Whatever it is, you need to know what you have to work with. Don’t feel disappointed by the budget, though. A small ceremony in a garden or park can be just as magical as a grand wedding in a manor house. It is all about how you use the budget you have.
One of the next things to do is think about what matters the most to you. Does an expensive cake mean more to you than having more guests present? Would you rather have a professional photographer or a friend to take the pictures? When you make decisions like this, you will be surprised at how much you can save. You will want to have an amazing wedding day. But at the end of the day, you’ll just want to be married to your love, right? So think about what is most important to you.
Do It Yourself
When it comes to weddings, companies know that there is money to be made. So when you enlist a professional, it can be costly. There are several things that you can do for the wedding yourself, though. Think about your invitations, for example. You could copy the style of wedding invites that you have seen before. Even by getting or borrowing some crafting equipment, it might be cheaper to make your own. You could look at the laser cut wedding invitations by Pure Invitation to give you some inspiration.
There are plenty of other things that you can do yourself. If you want to get married by a minister, could a friend get ordained online to do it for you? If you don’t have the cost of hiring a priest or minister, you can save money there too. Having a friend participate could mean so much more to you too. You could also make your own wedding favours or decorations. If you are a keen baker, you could even make the wedding cake. Ask around and see what talented friends you have that are willing to help you.
With so much emphasis on the brides and grooms, it can be easy to forget about saying two simple words. Thank You. Guests will often have traveled a long distance to celebrate your union. Maybe they bought expensive gifts or donated their time to help you prepare for the ceremony. A wedding day wouldn’t be the same without your guests.
There are lots of simple yet effective ways to thank friends and family with keepsakes that are worth keeping. The following six tips have been compiled to provide some extra inspiration to ensure everyone is smiling as much as you two are!
Welcome gift bags
A small bag of essentials is perfect for showing gratitude to guest on the wedding day itself. If all of your guests are staying at the same hotel, ask the reception staff to give a handmade bag to each of the wedding parties when they check in. This simple gesture provides a very warm welcome. Fill with mini treats such as luxury bath products and fancy biscuits so they can enjoy some home comforts during their stay.
Special treats for bridesmaids, groomsmen and top table
Chances are these are the people who have provided you with the most encouragement and love during the planning process. A bachelorette or bachelor party is a treat you can plan a few weeks beforehand.
On the morning of your wedding, say a personal thank you to each of your parties. While the focus may be on the couple make sure that everyone else is feeling good too. Treat bridal and groom’s party to a delicious breakfast and some pampering alongside your schedule.
Gifting each of your bridesmaids a spa day pass will help them relax after looking after the bride! Groomsmen may appreciate a good bottle of liquor or pair of suave cufflinks. You know your wedding party best! So pick out gifts that reflect your personal taste and interests. Mothers and Fathers will appreciate simple yet sentimental gifts such as photo canvases or vouchers for a mini-break. They deserve a generous gift after putting so much effort into your big day.
A subtle way to say thanks
Write a heartfelt thank you note on a chalkboard at the entrance to your ceremony or reception. Do the same on the back of your table markers for guests to read when they take a seat. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated; just a simple thank you for all the support from guests.
Also, make sure to mention guests in your wedding speech. It’s easy to focus on your partner, so try to name-drop a few special people before thanking the entire reception for attending.
Cheap and cheerful keepsakes
You can add your name to pretty much anything you like! Fill mason jars full of snacks for guests to grab when leaving. Candies are usually cheap in bulk and will provide a colourful effect. By adding a ribbon and a mini label with your wedding name and date you can transform a simple item into a gorgeous gift. Music lovers could even provide guests with homemade CD’s featuring their favourite romance tracks.
Thank you notes are the first official correspondence you will send out as a married couple. How very exciting! Choose a notecard that reflects your style. You could carry on your wedding’s colour scheme right through to your luxury wedding stationery.
A handwritten thank you note is a traditional and sentimental keepsake for guests. Add in a specific note about the gift they bought you, or a memory from the day. Maybe they were throwing some great shapes on the dance floor? Did they catch the bouquet? Personal mementos will make guests feel truly appreciated.
To save time, you could try using Touchnote. It’s a photo printing app which sends a picture postcard straight to your correspondents from your smartphone. You could even send these out during the honeymoon if you want to keep friends updated from your exotic location!
Provide the best experience for guests
The simplest way to thank guests is to provide a comfortable and enjoyable day. So if you are planning an outdoor wedding, ensure you have umbrellas on hand in case it rains. Provide warm blankets for the evening reception. Even something as obvious as stocking up the bar and ensuring there is enough food to go around will make all the difference. Just think about the next wedding you will go to. What sort of day would you like to experience? If you can cover the basics, you won’t go far wrong.
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Winemakers and chefs have used the delicious flavors and aromas from the vineyard for ages but Stolen Fruit brings it to the glass with their new line of grape-based mixers. They are super easy-to-use mixers, are so versatile and can be mixed with or without alcohol for delicious cocktails and mocktails.
We tried them out last weekend and they’re delicious, with or with the booze! Mix them with your favorite sparkling water or juice for a non-alcoholic drink that still feels fun and festive or add in sparkling wine and/or your favorite spirit for a yummy cocktail. We tried Stolen Fruit with Vodka and Prosecco and loved both!
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We totally get how stressful and time consuming planning a wedding can be. Coupling that with work and your other every day activities can oftentimes leave little room for going to the gym. Don’t worry though, this is where FitnessMat can help.
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