A Little Inspiration For Your Big Day

Ah Weddings! A wonderful thing, committing to spend the rest of your life with one person.  A day to share your love with your family and friends, or perhaps not.  There are loads of different ways to get married and not all of them need to cost you the earth.  We’ve pulled together three different weddings shared by three very different couples that will hopefully inspire you when choosing your special day.

The Slight Hitch

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Chris lived in Kabul, Afghanistan for 8 months of the year.  Whilst Nancy was based in the south of England.  The pair knew that they would need to plan their wedding around his breaks from Afghanistan.  Except Chris had a pretty epic idea for his stag do.  He wanted to ride home to the UK from Kabul on his motorbike. The only issue was the trip was going to be unpredictable when it came to timing.  So the two decided not to tell anyone else what they were up to and to head to Gretna Green where they could be more flexible with dates.  Chris made the 4000 mile journey on his motorbike for the charity Mission Motorsport.  He was delayed by 2 weeks at the Caspian Sea and arrived in Dover 24 hours before they were due to get married.  They jumped in a car and raced to Scotland.  Got married.  He returned to Kabul 3 days later.  The couple said the wedding cost them the grand total of £600 (£300 being the Christian Louboutin shoes Nancy bought to go with a £40 dress) and Chris raised £40,000 for the charity.  

 

The Home Stayers

Tom and Aisha both had a love for family and decided straight away that their family home was the perfect place to hold a very boho wedding.  The whole event was staged in their garden with Aisha wearing a vintage wedding dress which was the inspiration used when designing the bridesmaid dresses.  The guests sat on hay bales and the bride rode her beautiful white horse bareback down the aisle.  All food was produced from their own customised vintage catering van.  The couple said they spent less than £1000 on the whole wedding which was less than half what they spent on a month long honeymoon!

 

The Modern Couple

 

Ned and Pauline were based in Calgary, Canada.  They knew that a lot of members of their family wouldn’t be able to travel from Europe to share in their special day.  So instead of having guests, they nipped off on their work lunch break, to a stunning waterfall in the Rockies and set up a live feed for all their relatives at home.  It was winter and Pauline wore a dress borrowed from her mother whilst Ned opted for jeans and a shirt.  Both the bride and groom went back to work and spent their first night as a married couple at home doing exactly what they would normally do on a wednesday night.  The wedding cost them $300 and they both said it was the best $300 they have ever spent.  

 

Make your wedding completely unique for the two of you.  Because it is your love that matters.  That should come first.  

Imaginative Ways To Let Your Personalities Shine Through On Your Big Day

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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.

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Arrive in style

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.

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Offer a signature drink

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.

Avoid A Cool Arrival For Your Wedding Guests By Taking Steps To Break The Ice

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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!

 

TRAVEL

 

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!

 

PLAYLIST

 

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.

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ASK FOR THE BAR TO BE OPEN

 

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!

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MINGLE

 

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!

Essential Help For Brides To Be When Sorting Out Their Honeymoon

One of the best things about getting married is the relaxing honeymoon after the big day. Believe us, after the stress of wedding planning, you will be ready to relax with your new husband. However, a lot of people leave honeymoon planning until the last minute as they are busy planning their big day! But you should be sorting the honeymoon at least nine months before you go. Here is some essential help for brides to be when sorting out the honeymoon.

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Get it booked well in advance

 

It’s so easy to leave sorting out the honeymoon until the last minute. However, you are not going to get the best deals available to you. After all, flight and hotel costs will go up dramatically just before the big day. As well as this, they will get booked up, and there won’t be any space for you and your new husband on the jet! Therefore, go and talk to the travel agent at least nine months before you want to go on a honeymoon. That way, you will have a chance to look at different options and make the right decision that you won’t regret later.

 

Don’t get yourself into debt

 

A lot of us forget that their life after the wedding so if you get into debt now, you and your new husband will end up paying it off for the next couple of years! Therefore, as much as you want a brilliant honeymoon, you should ensure you don’t spend too much on the special trip. Make cuts on other unnecessary things for the big day so that you have more to spend on your honeymoon! That way, you won’t end up getting in debt after the wedding day!

 

Go clothes shopping and pack your case early

 

With all the stress of wedding planning, it’s hard to find time to go honeymoon clothes shopping. But you don’t want to end up leaving it till last minute as you might not find everything you need. It can be hard to buy new clothing when you are busy paying for everything for the wedding. However, look in the sales and look online for discount codes such as Lord&Taylor Promo Codes. That way, you can buy new clothes on a budget for your honeymoon. And remember to pack everything early. You will be so busy that you won’t get a chance to do it the day before the wedding!

 

Decide if you want a new passport before you go

 

You might get excited and rush to book your honeymoon with your new surname. However, you need to ensure that all these details match your legal documents. Otherwise, you could end up with confusion about your travel reservations if you don’t have any matching documents. Therefore, you should decide if you plan to change your passport book before you go. If you can’t afford the cost at the moment, you might want to put your maiden name and then change it at a later date!

 

Remember to think carefully before booking when to go. As it says in this article, you might want to leave it a couple of days after the wedding as you will be exhausted the next day. It also gives you a chance to speak to relatives who might have traveled a long way for the big day. And you get to open your presents and cards which are always fun!

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