Creating A Wedding Day That Your Guests Will Remember Forever

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?

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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.

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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!

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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?

Sensational Ways To Include Your Mother At Your Wedding

Brides generally come with an 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 into a 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 is your 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 of Luxury 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 your photographer 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. An embroidered 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.

Unique, Chic Concepts For The Best Day Of Your Life

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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.

 

Play With The Seating

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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.

 

Choose An Awesome Location

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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.

 

Facts And Thoughts

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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.

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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!

Adorable Ring Bearer Idea

We are always looking for super cute and unique ideas to share with you for your wedding and we just LOVE this adorable way of getting kids involved in your special day!

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Cute Morning of Wedding Shots

Unique Wedding Guest “Books”

After months of planning and making sure every detail of your big day is all set, your wedding day is about appreciating the special and life changing moments. Here are a few unique ways of remembering all of those who celebrated your new beginning with you!

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Northern Owl Creations– 100 Piece Wedding Heart Puzzle for Wedding Guest Book with Heart Tabs

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Gathered Nest Designs– Hearts & Wood Background Wedding Guestbook Alternative Art Print

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Alphabet Canvas– Wedding Guest Book Wood Wrapped Canvas

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My Wedding Reception Ideas– Guest Signing Stone in Glass Vase

Flower Girl Fairytale

Flower girls are always in awe of the glitz and glamour of the wedding day!

They fall in love with the whole process; from the hair and make-up, to the fancy dresses that they and the bridesmaids are fashioning. But, above all, they fall in love with the fairy tale of the Bride. From seeing her dress for the first time, to helping her get into her dress, or truly feeling like a princess by being allowed to “put on” the wedding dress for a quick feel, they couldn’t imagine feeling more special!

We love it when their expressions and pure joy throughout the day are caught on film. Check out these priceless photographs!

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6 CRITICAL STEPS YOU NEED TO TAKE IF YOU PLAN TO CHANGE YOUR NAME

The wedding is approaching, or just behind you.  Before you go writing checks you can’t cash, or booking that honeymoon in the married name, here are 6 important steps you need to take to save time, money, and convenience down the road.

  1. Banking – Before checks are made out in a brides newly married name, brides should file for their new social security card and bring it along with their new license/ID in their name and their certified marriage certificate to change their name on their bank account(s) or open a joint account with their spouse in their new name.
  2. Credit Reports – Many brides are curious about what happens to their credit when they change their names. You DO NOT need to notify the 3 main credit bureaus (TransUnion, Equifax and Experion) when you change your name.  When you update your name with creditors (bank, credit cards, etc…) the bureaus will add the new name to your account, but they will also keep your maiden name on file too. This ensures that your established credit remains with you even as your name changes.
  3. IRAs – Couples need to add each other to the IRAs as beneficiaries and make sure to use the name(s) taken post marriage.
  4. Taxes – A woman’s name must be changed legally before it can be listed as a new name on her taxes. She must file for her name change with Social Security, using the SS-5 form. If a couple is married prior to December 31st, they can file jointly on their taxes. File the IRS 8822 form to ensure that they are aware of the new name. Note: if the IRS is not informed of the bride’s name change prior to tax season, but she has been paid in her married name, they will hold her returns until they can verify her legal name.  If the bride is paid in her married name, but has not legally changed it with the Social Security/IRS, there can be major snags in tax returns as well as social security benefits/payouts.
  5. Honeymoon Flights – If the bride or spouse books flights for the honeymoon in the married name, but the driver’s license and/or passport has not been updated, most airlines will require the ticket to be repurchased in the maiden name without a refund. Take the time to get your name changed properly.
  6. Change Your Name Properly – You could wait in line for hours and file mountains of paperwork, and there is also a lot of misleading information out there about how to change your name when you get married. MissNowMrs.com, the first and leading name change site for brides-to-be, cuts down more than 13 hours of paperwork and costs only $29.95. And, if you know a bride-to-be you can pick up a MissNowMrs.com card at your local Rite Aid store.  It’s the perfect budget and time-saving wedding gift — every time she writes her name she’ll remember you!


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