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Wedding Planning Tips You Can’t Afford To Miss (3)

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Wedding Planning Tips You Can’t Afford To Miss

Your wedding is an extremely important event in your life. It should be memorable and enjoyable, but this is only accomplished with proper forethought and planning. This article will lay out some tips for the perfect wedding and help you to focus on celebrating this joyous occasion with those around you.

You will want to schedule sessions with potential disc jockeys before hiring them for your wedding reception. A good disc jockey will be able to get people motivated and get your wedding party started! A terrible disc jockey will have a terrible selection of music and can be a mood killer. You want to know what their music selection is like and have some idea of their ability before hiring them.

When ordering wedding invitations, make sure that you always order a few more then you are expecting to mail out. When you will be writing the invitations you might realize that you should have had someone on the list but did not. Since it costs quite a bit to have them printed, it is good to just have them handy.

Get help! Whether you get help from family or friends or hire a wedding planner, don’t try to plan the wedding all by yourself! Planning a wedding is a big job for two people, and will give you stress that you don’t need. Delegate responsibilities – so that you can remain calm and have fun with it!

If you are planning a big family wedding, be sure to assign roles for people in your family during the wedding. Honoring and thanking the people involved are very important. Make sure that moms, dads, grandparents, and other important people are given a role that they are comfortable with doing.

Make sure you have an open communication with your fiance when you are getting married, so you can choose a location as well as a theme that you both enjoy. Planning a wedding can be fun, as long as you put your own personality into it and love the choices you make!

To prepare for photographing a wedding, it is vital to figure out how to turn off the sound on your digital camera! This may require a fair amount of research online, or calling the company directly, so do it long before the wedding date to ensure you’ll be totally prepared when the day comes.

I was at a wedding last year which seemed more like a circus. Not only did they have the typical events like bouquet tossing and garter removal, but they insisted on playing games throughout the night. Many guests won’t be expecting to have to compete at your reception, nor will they welcome the opportunity. Try to keep entertainment such as this to a minimum.

Weddings are important to plan correctly, as they are important milestones in many people’s lives. By using the tips from this article, you can learn to plan a fantastic wedding easily and effectively reducing the stress involved in figuring out what to do and what not to do. A wedding is a joyous occasion so use the advice from this article and enjoy the moment!

The Growing Trend of Planning a Wedding Online

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The Growing Trend of Planning a Wedding Online

Congratulations on your pending nuptials! You have a ring, a date has been set, and all is right with the world. If you are just starting to plan out your wedding day, you know that there are many steps you must take on the way to organizing your big event. Sure, you could hire the services of a wedding planner to do much of the grinding legwork for you, but likely you will want to be involved in making most of the arrangements yourself with the assistance of your future spouse, of course. So, where should you start? Online, of course! Yes, there are many terrific benefits in planning a wedding online. Let’s explore what they are and how you and your intended can harness the internet to your advantage.

Savvy couples have discovered that an important part of successfully planning a wedding online involves doing some research. Click on Google, enter certain search words such as “wedding dj” or “wedding photographer” and numerous results will pop up. By searching within these same results you can further narrow down the list by entering in your city and state. The final Google produced list should be much more manageable to sort through.

Those wedding vendors who really want your business will have attractive and easy to navigate web sites listed in the Google results for your perusal. Planning a wedding online has never been easier as you can review a photographer’s portfolio; listen to sample music clips; watch video clips; tour reception sites; uncover valuable honeymoon information; and much more. Contact those vendors who strike your fancy and ask them for price information, availability, and references. Most will accept an email message from you or have an easy to fill out form on their site whereby you can receive additional information. Planning a wedding online can help you to reduce stress by allowing you to weed out vendors ahead of time: you contact them on your own terms to keep everything under your control.

Some couples use email as an important part of planning a wedding online. By sending out “hold that date” notices to invitees, guests can be notified well in advance of the wedding date and reserve that date on their calendars. Later, you can follow up with the formal invitations and, yes, you can order those online too!

Other benefits of planning a wedding online include:

Gift registries can be set up on the internet or at your local retail store and made available to your guests online no matter where they live. Guests will be able to review your list, select the item they want to give to you, order it online, and ship it directly to your home address.

Do you know which stores in your area sell bridal and gown outfits? If you aren’t sure, there is plenty of information online to help you sort all of that out. Even tuxedo rentals can be ordered online, although an in person fitting is still recommended.

Additional online wedding planning can include finding party favors, buying disposable cameras, shopping for bridal gifts, and locating just about everything else related to the event. Some couples create separate web sites loaded with pictures, driving directions, menus, gift registry information, and more. If that sounds like too much work for you, there are sites that will allow you to set up your information with them. Simply enter “planning a wedding online” in your search parameters to get the best results.

Yes, planning a wedding online can be used to your advantage. The end result is time and money saved and stress avoided. Use the internet today to make planning a wedding online a reality for you and your intended.

Wedding Planning

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Wedding Planning

He’s popped the question. You’ve chosen a date. And now, you’re swimming in a sea of euphoria with no horizons. Good thing, too, because there are literally a thousand things to arrange before the big day.
You do the research, buckle under and dive in. But you find your fiancé’s ardor for the event itself seems to have cooled. It’s not that he isn’t mad about marrying you; after all, he is a great guy, even if he can’t tell a Vera Wang from a Gunny Sack. It’s that his preparation style is hands-off, to say the least. And planning a wedding isn’t a job built for one.
So what to do? Here are ten ways to involve him without increasing both of your stress loads:
1) Delegate areas that have a prayer of interesting him.
The worst thing you can do is expect him to match your ten to twenty years of feminine wisdom on the relative merits of buttercream vs. fondant.
Here are some probable no areas when roping in a reluctant wedding planner:
Selecting the cake frosting
Choosing the favors or favor packaging
Selecting the wedding colors or floral arrangements
Then there are the potential maybes, fraught with fewer hazards:
Choosing the photographer
Choosing the videographer
Arranging the rehearsal dinner
Arranging the all-inclusive honeymoon
Renting big, tricky items like outdoor tents
These are probable yeses, well worth running by your guy:
Selecting the DJ or the band
Setting up and maintaining your wedding website
Researching and selecting charities, if you choose to donate instead of giving out favors
Setting up the carriage, limo or other transportation arrangements
2) If you ask him to help you choose vendors and styles, narrow down the choices first.
It’s a jungle of options out there, enough to give the most natural-born party planner pause. So if you want his opinion on photographers, invites, flowers or cakes, narrow down the options to three or four. He’s less likely to feel overwhelmed, and more likely to feel like an important part of the process.
At times, it’ll feel so good to share the load that you’ll be tempted to drag him into the buttercream debate despite your better instincts. At these times, take a deep breath, count to ten, and call your mother or your maid of honor.
3) Ask him directly for help. Let him know how important his input is to you, and that you can’t do it without him.
Guys like to be needed. Your frank request for help may be enough to pull him out of his comfort zone and onto your team.
4) Try the Art Director/Production Staff approach.
If you think your guy wants to help, but feels uncomfortable playing “art director,” give him “production staff” tasks. Have him make the payments, pick up the food or decor, handle the rentals, do online comparison shopping, or reserve the hotels and reception halls. These are all jobs that will take a load off your shoulders, while freeing up time for the aesthetic stuff you probably enjoy and he doesn’t.
5) Get a calendar and put all the planning in black and white.
Your fiancé probably doesn’t have the first clue in what goes into a wedding.
Get your wedding planner, write it all down, and show him. Once he gets over the shock, you’ll both probably be able to identify areas that interest him. Make lists of the things you’ve each agreed to do, and cross them off as they get done. At the very least, he’ll be far more supportive when he sees what you’re going through.
6) Weave his family heritage/ethnicity/traditions into the ceremony.
What did his parents do? He might be surprised at the question, but it could lead somewhere valuable. He might ask his parents about their wedding, and find your wedding consequently enriched. Look through their wedding album together. Are his ancestors German, Polish, Italian, Croatian, Asian? Incorporate some old-world traditions into your ceremony.
7) Don’t bring him in too early.
Treat your fiancé as a bit of a pinch hitter. Sure, you may be fully aware that you can shave 5K off your costs by starting your favor crafts and reservations 18 months ahead of time. But if he’s like most guys, the wedding won’t become real to him until it draws closer. Expect him to jump in about six months before the actual ceremony, and break into a (relative) frenzy of activity about one month in advance.
8) Talk about something besides the wedding.
Guys aren’t the only ones who complain about brides-to-be talking of nothing but upcoming nuptials. Sometimes, even girlfriends get overwhelmed by all the wedding chatter.
Spend some time alone chatting about anything but the wedding. See a silly movie, split a hot fudge sundae, or watch a basketball game. Do something spontaneous that reminds you both of why you decided to marry in the first place.
9) Check your subtext for hidden meanings.
Tempting as it might be, make sure you’re not using your fiancé as a coin-toss tool (ever noticed how people flip coins to find out what they really want?). When you ask for his opinion, take it seriously. And when you give him ownership of a task, don’t second-guess every step.
Imagine that your fiancé has told you he’s going to draft a dream team in his fantasy football league, and it’s going to cost him $20K to participate. Now imagine that he’s told you your help is supremely important to him.
You’d be a little hesitant to give opinions, right? Some of your ideas might sound feeble, even to your own ears. Hopefully he’d welcome your thoughts, however odd it felt for you to venture them. Now imagine your fiancé feels kind of like that when it comes to the wedding.
10) Remember that men become wedding experts by having one.
Chances are, your sweetheart will open his eyes to the wonder of a wedding by the time the rose petals are tossed. Forever after, he’ll be examining friend’s receptions with a practiced eye, and anticipating the next excuse for a Really Big Shindig.
So keep him around, and count on throwing a first-rate anniversary celebration ten years down the road. In a way, that’ll be the party that really matters, won’t it?

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Who doesn’t like balloons? Okay, maybe there are some people out there who are not fans of balloons. If you are a fan of balloons, you might know that there are lots of creative things that they can be used for, not just for play. As a party planner, I have spent much of my time figuring out how to utilize balloons for almost every type of even you can imagine. They are usually very reasonable in price and can be made to look very festive.

Many weddings utilize large balloons for their reception decorations. These large balloons can be made into sculptures of almost anything imaginable. The bride and groom may enter their reception through an archway or giant heart made of balloons. Different messages may be printed on the balloons for the couple – their names, wedding dates, simple congratulations messages – almost anything. I’ve seen people do some very interesting things with large balloon sculptures. One couple chose to have a large balloon sculpture that looked like cupid for their Valentine’s Day wedding. At first I thought that the idea was a bit too bizarre, but it turned out to be quite a hit. The guests raved over it. Another couple that I’d agreed to help coordinate their wedding, decided to opt out of having flowers at their reception. As their centerpieces for their tables, they had balloons made into flowers. Next to their cake and head table, they had large balloon sculptures of various flowers. It was a unique idea that worked
out well for them.

Many companies choose to advertise on large balloons. Everyone has driven by car dealerships and seen large balloons flying from the cars that are for sale. Most of the time, they are brightly colored and do an excellent job of attracting attention. Some businesses get incredibly large balloons with something printed on it, such as a sale or their company name, and fly them over their office or stores. People who are driving past cannot help but notice the large balloon and even people from farther distances may be able to notice the method of advertising.

Of course, small balloons and large balloons are most often used for parties or special events. If you have a baby or a birthday, you might receive balloons. They represent almost every single occasion that is in existence. No matter what you want a small balloon arrangement or a large balloon sculpture for a special event, you can most likely find a party store near you that is more than willing to help you bring your creation to life.

Ten Secrets to Planning a Successful Wedding Your Friends Will Envy

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Ten Secrets to Planning a Successful Wedding Your Friends Will Envy

Brides who know it all need go no further into this article than this paragraph, because it is not for them. Neither is it for those who are satisfied with where they are in their wedding planning and the progress they’ve made so far.
You’ve got the dress. You’ve got the man. The caterer’s booked, along with the photographer and the D.J. Are you still worried about your wedding day? Will your guests enjoy themselves? Most importantly, will you enjoy yourself? After all, it is your day!
Whether you have the next year or a limited time for your wedding, your event can still be just as spectacular as those seen in the magazines and TV Shows. Yes, you can impress your family and friends with your celebrity-style wedding. I am going to show you how.
1.) Remember Your Guests. Your family and friends will have gone to some expense to enjoy your nuptials with you. Make sure that you show your appreciation and include them—guests like to feel like they belong. If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, be sure to provide them with a welcome basket in their rooms. This can be done on your own (or you can buy pre-made) by adding inexpensive staples and mementos of your host city. If you opt not to provide a basket or gift for your guests, at least supply them with an itinerary. Guests who come to another city for a weekend for only one event will want to see more of you and share in your wedding events. Inviting them to your rehearsal dinner or a post-wedding brunch is a very kind and generous gesture.
2.) Get a Theme. When a bride comes to me, one of the first questions I ask is “What is your theme?” When they say they don’t have one, I must admit, part of me knows this will be an uphill battle. Ever heard of the saying, “If you stand for nothing you’ll fall for anything?” The same is true with themes. If you don’t have one, you will find yourself (subconsciously) with five different unrelated things in your wedding. It’s horrid. Pick a theme. The theme doesn’t have to be big—look at who you and your fiancé are. What are your hobbies? What do you do for a living? Golden Age of Hollywood, Mardi Gras Masquerade, Country, Mediterranean, etc. The possibilities are endless! And just to simplify it, yes, your colors can be a theme. However, you must consistent. If your “theme” is going to be green and pink, decide on what shades and stick to it—no forest, chartreuse, lime and mint all over the place. We’re at a wedding, not a kaleidoscope. Should you pick colors, try to pick a maximum of three and make sure that they complement each other. Try to pick “in-season” colors as well—pastel pink at a November/December wedding is a bit odd. Your theme will pull your whole event together—from food to favors, everything will coordinate in style.
3.) Décor. Even if your place is low on the totem pole of venues, you can still make it look like a million bucks. Are you wishing that Christopher Lowell or Martha Stewart could come in and work their magic? They can—pick up an interior decorating book at your local bookstore or library. Pay attention to lines, textures and silhouettes. How do they make you feel? Is that what you want to convey at your wedding? Implement things like flowers, candles, sashes, seashells, etc. into your décor. You will save money but also give your theme some authenticity. Find out from your venue what type of restrictions you are working under (i.e., no open flame, etc.). If you have some money to play around with, invest in some props to go with your theme or a lighting and staging company to help bring it all together.
4.) Get Personal. Being unique definitely sets you apart in the minds of your guests. Step out of the ordinary with personal vows and toasts. Share your relationship with your guests—name your assigned tables after places that you and your fiancé have traveled, favorite foods, movies, etc. Display pictures as centerpieces and to spruce up a cake or gift table. Celebrate who you both are by incorporating ethnic and family traditions. For example, if you have a very close relationship with your extended family, and your guest list is small, opt for the American/Family style dinners—where the dishes are sat in the middle of the table and guests serve themselves. If your culture calls for a special wedding dress, have the best of both worlds and wear your gown to your ceremony and your traditional dress to your reception. Include your guests in ethnic rituals like jumping the broom, the Hindu vermillion powder ritual, etc. Guests love to see picture shows! These are very easy to do, and give your guests an opportunity to get to know you.
5.) Don’t Skip the Cocktail Hour. While you are off being in love and grasping the concept that you are a “Mrs.”, your guests are left at your reception site awaiting your arrival. Be generous and have sumptuous treats to greet them. Create an environment conducive to mingling and conversation with soft music playing in the background. You do want people to get to know each other and talk—so don’t blast it. Opt for Jazz classics, songs that make people feel like they are at something important. Another thing you should definitely consider springing for is extra wait staff. It is quite a hassle to have to repeatedly go to the bar, and once there wait in line. It also adds a sense of refinement to your event with butlered drinks being passed—it makes your guests feel important. Here is a chance to incorporate your personality by having a signature drink passed and available at the bar. Put up a little sign in a silver plated frame explaining the significance. Your guests will feel included and also get the chance to try something new!
6.) Don’t Skimp on the Food! Food and drink make the event. Good food and drinks make the party! I understand that budgets are limited, but there is no need to have your 300 guests fighting over Ritz crackers and spray cheese at your 7:00 p.m. reception. The reception (including food) should take a big chunk out of your budget—and it should show. If it doesn’t what it will show is that you are cheap, and your guests will leave to find food elsewhere mid-reception. Who wants to stay at a party hungry? If your choices and funds are tight, ask your caterer what they can do to help you out. Ask if you can provide your own recipes (pick up a nice cocktail book. I personally love Cocktail Food by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford with Lori Lyn Narlock). Bulk up on the presentation—that may mean for you, no ice sculpture or five foot eagle made out of lox, but you could add fresh flowers and candles. Add variety with themed stations, convenience with buffets and elegance with plated dinners.
7.) Have Assigned Seating. I know a lot of planners are against this, but it does work out better for your guests. Of course keep your couples together, but do encourage single guests to get to know others at the reception. I have seen where there has not been assigned seating, a single guest finds his/her way back to their seat to find someone’s coat or purse in their seat with five people talking that all know each other. A bit intimidating.
8.) That’s Entertainment. Whatever you choose—a band or a DJ, make sure that they mesh with you and your personality. You also want them to reflect the overall theme and formality of the group (for example, no harpist at a country western wedding). When interviewing a DJ, ask to see pictures from prior events, if available. What does their guest pool look like? Is it similar to the one that will be at your own wedding? What does their selection and library consist of? You will need someone who is not too low-key that they put everyone to sleep, and not so over-the-top that they want to rush to the nearest exit. You need a professional to gauge and tempt the crowd. Definitely make sure that you keep music playing through their breaks. The dead silence will definitely murder the fun at your party.
9.) Get the Party Started. Nobody likes to be the first on the dance floor. But it is your party! You will be the center of attention, as you should be, and everyone will follow your lead. If you get up and dance, your guests will too. While your DJ maybe fantastic, your guests know you—your excitement will be contagious and they will not be able to resist joining in. Make sure that you are social. Instead of the boring receiving line, you and your new husband can go from table to table to say your “hellos” and “thank yous”.
10.) Get Help. It is always fun to meet someone who wants to hear about your wedding—all the time. Get your creative juices flowing, take advantage of vendor discounts and learn secrets of the industry by enlisting the help of a professional wedding planner. Everyone will have a job to do at your wedding. Yours will be to be the bride and to enjoy the first few hours of married life with your family and friends. While you may think you can handle an emergency during your wedding, more likely you cannot. Definitely enlist the help of a wedding planner to do your Day Of coordination.

The Wedding Of Your Dreams With These Tips

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The Wedding Of Your Dreams With These Tips

Your wedding should be a day about you and your partner. Letting others get too involved in the planning process (even if they are paying for it) will only result in a day that doesn’t reflect the two of you. This article has ideas on how you can make your wedding your own, and keep an eye on the budget at the same time.

If you are choosing an outdoor wedding, be sure that you have closely followed the weather and have chosen a location that can quickly be changed to indoor, should the weather change, all of a sudden. If you aren’t careful when choosing an outdoor wedding, you could find yourself disappointed when the entire event is rained out.

Add some sentimental value to your wedding attire while saving money. Jewelry can be a very expensive addition to your wedding look. You might find some choice pieces that are hiding in a relative’s or friend’s jewelry box. These items can add unknown appeal and design effects to your dress that make you feel beautiful and instill warm feelings during your day.

Wait before making major wedding decisions. When you go to see a venue that you are sure you love, don’t put down a deposit right away. Go home, look at a couple of other places, and make a decision then. Making impulse decisions can cost you more money and a lifetime of regret so make sure you think as much as you are able to.

If you are concerned with your wedding budget, keep your bridal party small. This means there will be less gifts to buy for your attendants and less bouquets to purchase. If it is too difficult for you to decide which people to include, consider just having a best man and a maid of honor to make things easier.

Carefully research your wedding planner. If they have a website, make sure that you can find the information that you need. The most important things are their credentials, any reviews, contact information and what services that they offer. You need to have someone who is experienced and trustworthy to help with your special day.

One consideration many people don’t think about when planning a wedding is how they will keep underage guests from drinking. This activity is illegal and you never know who might call the police on your event, especially the people who own the venue you’re using! Protect everyone from prosecution and let the bartender know who shouldn’t be served.

When you are choosing the right cake for your wedding, be sure to choose something that incorporates both of your tastes. There is nothing worse than a wedding cake that isn’t enjoyed by both the bride and groom as it shows a one-sided nature to the marriage already and can be quite a disappointment for one of you.

There is no way to completely get rid of that stressful feeling from planning a wedding. You can, however, take control making sure that you are getting what you want and your partner wants without offending everyone who is trying to help. Use the advice here to make all of these things a reality.

Memorable And Practical Details And Ideas For Weddings (2)

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Memorable And Practical Details And Ideas For Weddings

Choosing the perfect dress for your wedding is essential. It should fit your style and personality, but above all it should make you feel extra special on your big day. There are many styles to choose from and this article will give you some fantastic tips for finding the perfect wedding dress.

You will want to schedule sessions with potential disc jockeys before hiring them for your wedding reception. A good disc jockey will be able to get people motivated and get your wedding party started! A terrible disc jockey will have a terrible selection of music and can be a mood killer. You want to know what their music selection is like and have some idea of their ability before hiring them.

If you plan to serve your guests a meal with multiple courses, keep them entertained during the serving process by placing small dishes of appetizing sweets on each table. Opt for sugar roses that match your wedding color palette, edible, sugared petals, or thin, flavorful crackers to whet the appetite.

If you want an outdoor reception, think about the position of the sun. Make sure your guests won’t have the sun in their eyes during the exchange of vows. Use the position of the sun as a natural source of lighting, but you can also have artificial lighting for after sunset.

Weddings are typically cheaper to hold in the off season, which is November-April. Most people get married in the spring and summer, which leads to venues increasing costs. With so many engaged couples competing over the perfect wedding locations, venues can afford to increase their prices and maintain their customers. The off-season (especially January-March) sees fewer weddings and therefore, much cheaper prices.

It is not uncommon for couples planning for their wedding to lose sight of the purpose of the event. Remember that the wedding ceremony itself is what is important and that your reception is the celebration and party element that simply compliments your union to your partner. Put in the effort to make your ceremony just as memorable as your reception.

It’s important to research the laws in the location you’ve chosen for a destination wedding before you get there. They may have a curfew, or rules about alcohol consumption, or even licenses that you need to buy for photography or alcohol sales. Check with a local wedding planner for assistance.

When photographing a wedding you’ll need to wear sensible shoes! That means no high heels for women as you might find yourself standing on a chair or pew and the last thing you want to do is take a tumble and ruin the wedding! Flat shoes with a good tread will keep you stable.

As stated at the beginning of this article, finding the perfect wedding dress for your big day is essential. Your dress should make you feel confident and beautiful, so you want to pick one that is a right fit for you and who you are. Hopefully this article has given you some great advice, and you are on your way to finding your perfect dress.

Managing An Event For 10 people versus 100 !

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Managing An Event For 10 people versus 100 !

When it comes to planning a small event and a big event, you will notice a huge change. You should be aware that it will make the entire planning process change. When you have a small event, you can plan with a breeze, but when it comes to planning for larger events, you should know that it comes at a very different price.

The most important thing about planning a smaller event then a bigger event is that you don’t have as much as a hassle with details. Small events are often casually planned because they are usually your friends and they sympathize with you. However, when you have guests that hardly know you, it’s a big deal about everything. You should know that there are quite a list of things that you need to do to have a fabulous party event, however, when you are only caring for ten people, you tend to overlook the smaller details. When it comes to managing a smaller event you are able to make quick decisions, but when you have to throw a party for 100, your options are limited.

That’s the next point; with bigger parties your options are limited. You can’t just decide one day that you would like to have duck and then the next have ham. If you are getting it catered, the supplier will tell you that your requests can not be dealt with in such a small time, however, they can easier find the foods that you wish to have for a small group of ten. Also, with the food comes the drinks and that can be quite an expense. You should know that an open bar can be expensive even for ten, but it can be even more costly when it comes to asking for a cash bar. So the solution to your problem for both cases is to limit your drinks. With a small party you can have two or three different kinds, but with a larger party, you may have to offer more. Depending on your guests, the event, and the budget, the drinks could be less than expected for any type of party.

Once you have gotten over the food and drinks, you then have to think about the seating. Not only do you have to plan to sit ten people, but ten times that. However, when it comes to seating, the larger events have the upper hand. You are able to be able to place your guests with either people they like or don’t know, but can easily avoid those who despise each other. This can be a blessing if the event happens to be something like your wedding.

The budget is tightly effected by the size of the event. The smaller the event the smaller the budget can be, but you can spend and pay close attention to details with a smaller event. You will find that a small event can be one hell of a party, but with the larger parities, you tend to skip out on great ideas simply because they didn’t fit into the budget. When it comes to budget, the smaller parties are in the lead, but there are so many discounts that you can get in bulk that the two options are almost tied.

There are so many more factors of planning an event that is affected by the size of the event. Usually smaller has a lot of benefits to the guests and the planner, but there are times that you just need to have a grand celebration and you need to be prepared to sink in the time to plan the event as well.

Take The Headache Out Of Wedding Planning (3)

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Take The Headache Out Of Wedding Planning

The perfect wedding is one where the couple can relax and even laugh at the things that go wrong on their wedding day. It is a fact that something will go wrong and it is best to expect it and to take it in stride. This article can help you to adopt the right attitude to a happy wedding day.

Before you get married you MUST honestly disclose to your future spouse what your financial situation is. If you get married only to have your spouse find out that you’re in imminent financial ruin your marriage won’t last very long. Both of you should come to the table with a list of debts and a copy of your free credit report, and then figure out how to move on from there.

Try hiring a wedding planner. They can be an invaluable source. It’s not everyday that you get married and they can help take you through all the stages. They should be there to help reduce your stress, so be sure to choose someone that has good references, is trustworthy, and is willing to listen to your wants and needs.

Pick food for your wedding that YOU enjoy. Don’t worry about what your guests think, it’s your day to enjoy! The only thing you should consider, is if you were a vegetarian, then you should offer a few meat options to your guests and not force a tofurken on them.

Meanwhile bachelor and bachelorette parties are very popular in today’s society; consider what strain it may bring to your relationship before you have even wed. Instead, opt to have a thank you party for all of the wedding participants and bring everyone together in an open event. This avoids any questionable outcomes of a bachelor or bachelorette party and makes everyone else feel included.

Make your own decorations for the wedding reception. Enlist your friends and family members for help in creating favors, centerpieces and other decorations. Look for the unique talents that these individuals may be able to offer; if someone has nice handwriting, ask them to address your invitations and offer a service of your own in return.

If you’re having an informal wedding ceremony and want the experience to be more personal and intimate, consider arranging for a close friend or relative to register as a justice of the peace so that they may wed you. It’s not a complicated process and can make your wedding even more special.

If you want to have an outdoor wedding, that is great, however there is one caveat. No matter what the weather forecast is, anytime you have an outdoor celebration it is essential that you have a back up plan. This means you should schedule your outdoor wedding in the garden of a big home.

As previously mentioned, the fairy tale wedding doesn’t really happen. Every wedding has it’s unexpected disasters and the best thing to do is accept they will happen and don’t stress about it. By putting a proper attitude in your wedding plans, you can make your wedding day a whole lot happier.

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Great Tips To Make Your Wedding Special

Weddings are beautiful and can be fun, but they also require lots of planning and hard work. Those last few weeks the stress can really build. With good planning though, you can have confidence that everything will all work out, even though there may only be a couple small things that go wrong. Below are a few tips to help you plan this huge event.

Add depth to your floral decor and centerpieces by incorporating floral elements of different heights. Use tall vases for flowers with longer stems and more compact heads. Surround the taller vases with shorter, more voluminous flowers like hydrangeas, peonies, or rosy-hued sweet peas. The shorter, fuller flowers should be lighter in color than the taller, more prominent blooms.

Try to have a couple close friends on standby to solve emergency problems. This should be your day, so you should be able to enjoy it without worrying if the priest will be there on time. After you found these friends, let go of the problems and allow them to do things for you.

Plan early if you’d like to have a destination wedding. You need to book far in advance to ensure that all the locations you’ll need to rent, from hotel rooms to ceremony to reception, will be available during the time you wish to use them. You should also check into renting vehicles ahead of time, just in case.

If you are planning on having designer dresses or gowns for your bridesmaids, consider purchasing them as their bridal party gift. Many bridesmaids find it expensive and taxing on their income to pay for such extravagant attire that they will only wear once. If you choose to have such a pricey item, make sure you don’t put pressure on them to pay for it.

Wedding planning can be extremely stressful and time-consuming. Some couples do not want to deal with it. To help with wedding planning it is often effective to enlist the help of a wedding planner. A wedding planner is a professional who can help you organize and plan your perfect special day.

Never forget that your wedding is YOUR day, so YOU need to choose the items you want for it. Decorations, cake, food, dress, shoes, it’s all up to you. Don’t let your friends or family get bossy and try to turn it into their dream wedding or you’ll regret that mistake for the rest of your life.

If you have your heart set on a destination wedding, make sure you choose the end location carefully. You’ll want to pick a place that is meaningful to both of you, but also consider how many people will be able to afford to join you. You may choose a location closer to home to ensure your family can be there.

The most important part of the wedding is the marriage and that means the two people getting married should be very sure to marry the right person. No matter how well you think you know someone, life can get complicated at times and you want to become closer at those times rather than allow circumstances to separate you. Hopefully with the tips above your special wedding day will come and go with ease and leave wonderful memories that last a lifetime.