You can’t get more romantic than a proposal during the festive period, regardless of how you do it. The internet has an abundance of wedding site inspiration on how you can propose and guarantee a “yes!” as well as preparing for the wedding post-celebration, and we’re here to help.

Down on one knee is the tradition, and old habits die hard, however there are a number of ways you can make your proposal extra special. Overthinking such an important aspect of your life can have you flunking your lines and giving into nerves. Keep your proposal simple and thoughtful; your other half won’t be able to resist.

Winter is all around

This year, we are set for a fairly mild and damp Christmas. Although temperatures have dropped slightly, it is still nowhere near as cold as it should be. This means if you were after a wintery and festive proposal, you might be disappointed. However, why not transform the area around you? Don’t wait for it to snow, bring the snow to you!

Fake snow is easily accessible with a glorious snow machine transforming an otherwise miserable looking scene into a winter wonderland. If you’re having trouble getting your hands on a snow machine (or have a modest budget), then deck the hall with boughs of holly! Pick your favourite location together and decorate with no limit. White cloths to represent  snow, holly and mistletoe hanging from the ceiling and a roaring fire will create a warm, cosy and Christmassy atmosphere. All you need is the mulled wine or cider prepared for the celebration to begin.

Snow is vital to any wintery themed proposal but there are many small (and more complicated) extras you can opt for. For example, how about a trip to the penguin section of your local zoo with festive decorations and “will you marry me?” spelt in the fake snow? Of course, you might need to get the zoo permission first…

Head off on an adventure

If the damp UK isn’t exactly your cup of tea then why not consider the mini trip? You will have the peace and quiet as well as the sunshine if that’s what you fancy. It can be like a pre-honeymoon, and you can never have too many holidays.

Consulting the weather forecast, you can find the perfect area with the most gorgeous sunshine. Winter sun is growing in popularity with the likes of the Caribbean and Mediterranean allowing Brits to escape the winter blues, long or short haul.

 

Winter sun involves more than beaches and cocktails whilst watching the sun set on another perfect day. As delicious as that sounds, you can always head to the slopes as well. What could be more romantic and festive than fresh snow slopes, log cabins and toasted marshmallows? Any experienced skier/snowboarder will be keen but even if you’re not, why not give it a go!

Whether this is over Christmas day itself or just before, a romantic proposal away from home has that wow factor.

Get all involved

Heading away for your proposal has that secluded factor but what if you’re one for big family dos full of laughter, and the dodgy dance moves of Uncle Bob? What if you’re the sort of couple who are the life and soul of the party? Or what if you can think of nothing better home comforts during this cosy time of the year? There are options for you too.

There’s nothing like a festive family celebration, whether that’s on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Get the whole family involved whether that’s a flash mob dance around one of your hometown’s most famous landmarks or a unique (and albeit slightly out of tune) rendition to your other half’s favourite song, a cheering crowd has that celebratory feel.

Top tips

  • Don’t overthink it; the small details that show you care have much more of an impact than any grand yet stereotypical gesture.
  • Tap into their interest; this may seem obvious but it is so easy to opt for clichés when it comes to the theme of weddings. Why hide the ring in the cake when you’ve never seen your other half even dip a spoon into a blackforest gateau?  Keep it small and extremely personal.
  • Be yourself; if big gestures aren’t your thing then why do it? The result will only puzzle the recipient. If a quiet film night in is your favourite hobby, there is no better way to propose to the love of your life. Maybe even act out one of your favourite scenes…
  • Money doesn’t equal happiness; All of the above is proof you don’t need to spend a fortune of proposing, and for the appending wedding either.
  •  Sentimentality beats all; simple really.

 

photo credit: Brittney Tanis via photopin cc

photo credit: Brittney Tanis via photopin cc

There are a so many things to think of and plan for as you prepare to marry the love of you life. One vital component of any marriage is filing for your marriage license. Without a marriage license, your marriage isn’t legal…and that’s a sad thought.

First off, research the regulations around applying for a marriage license in the county you plan to be married in.  Important questions to find answers for include, what is the application waiting period, when does the license expire, how much is the application fee, is there a discount for couples who opt for premarital counseling, do both of you need to apply in person, etc.  MarriageLicenseNow is the perfect place to find the most up-to-date answers to these questions and any additional marriage license information you may need in your county.

Once you understand the application process, timeline and requirements it is time to consider the name you will write on the marriage license. If you plan to change your name after marriage, the name you use on your license may dictate the name-change options available to you after “I do.” For example, if you plan to blend your last names and live in California, the only way you can use the married name change process to affect that name is to list it on your marriage license. Knowing the regulations and your options is more than half the battle!

Finally, work backwards from your wedding date to determine the best date to apply for your marriage license (don’t forget to factor in holiday office closures). Many county clerk’s offices will allow you to set appointments to file for your marriage license, so take the time to make the appointment in advance. Compile all of the require documents and your fee in an acceptable form of payment and then relax, knowing that you’re going to win the marriage license game.

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It is perhaps one of the most exciting moments of your life; you’ve just accepted the proposal and set a date. One of the first things you’ll be maniacally searching for is the dress. Whether you’re splashing out and going designer, buying a pre-loved gown or even making it yourself, one thing’s for sure is that the dress is the focus of your attentions. Big mistake! As central as it may be, it’s equally important to take care over the accessories that will also be on display on your big day. Walking down the aisle wearing a dress encrusted in genuine pearls and antique lace will be fabulous, provided you don’t team it with a pair of, ‘these-aren’t-quite-right-but-they’ll-do’ shoes. It’s all about the details. In fact you can often get away with a more modestly expensive dress, with the addition of exquisite accessories.

Headwear

Sewing a pair of combs into something resembling your gran’s net curtain is never a good look, but with a smidgeon of imagination, your headwear can be perfection! If you’re going for a country peasant/pagan look, then opt for a simple garland of flowers, and if the dress is elegant and chic, why not go bespoke and have a milliner or jeweller design something special just for you. This is more affordable than people think, especially if you contact your local arts college to find a talented student.

Bling

Don’t be tempted to blind guests with your bling! Understated is always safest, unless you’ve opted for a burlesque concept, with vintage, diva-style accessories. A subtle, yet charming set of pearl or diamond earrings (studs or short drop) can set off your dress beautifully. Team this with a stunning watch, such as those sold by Tarratt, you’re already well on the way to achieving that wow. You decide where eyes should focus. Remember that if everything is over the top, people will be concentrating on the busyness of your ensemble, rather than you, which would be a total fail.

Shoes

There was a time when it was absolutely de rigueur for the bride’s shoes to match the dress. And when I say match, I mean identical. The shoes get sent off with a sample of the dress fabric, to be professionally dyed. Of course this is still hugely popular, but current fashion allows a lot more artistic licence these days, when it comes to bridal footwear. The court shoe is being replaced with boots of all types, including white DMs. Sensible ballet slippers are being disregarded in favour of jewel-encrusted Converse. These choices may seem off the wall but they can totally rock your look, depending on the concept you’re going for.

There are three ways to get the wow on the big day: go full-throttle for a couture wedding concept; going avant garde or themed, or getting it so wrong that guests can’t take their eyes off you for all the wrong reasons.

 

What is the ideal situation for a proposal to your beloved? Perhaps you envisage sitting in a Michelin-star restaurant and you pop on one knee before dessert? Or it could be a petal-strewn path, leading to a secret garden with a string quartet playing? Whatever the ideal, what you don’t want is to send a drunken text at three in the morning. Here are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

Scene of the Crime

The very fact you remembered where you had your first date will earn you bonus points but have you gone the extra mile to reproduce the experience down to the letter? Though, if your first date was in a noisy club, perhaps repetition isn’t the best idea.

Film Trailer

You might have read about the chap who produced a film trailer and got his local cinema to show it before the movie his girlfriend had gone to see. The film showed him asking her father for permission, then running all the way to the cinema and bursting through the doors, to get down on one knee and pop the question. What a triumph!

Give Them a Clue

If your other half enjoys puzzles and a bit of adventure, then devise a treasure hunt, going all round the town, leaving ingenious (but not too difficult) clues to find the next one, until they reach the final envelope, which contains the engagement ring. You can make it last an hour or a whole weekend.

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Say it With a Song

Regardless of your singing talents, a good vocal coach can always improve on your current skills. Learn a favourite or romantic tune, then get up somewhere public and sing it. And not hitting every note spot on won’t matter at all because your partner will be in awe that you had the guts to do this in the first place.

Flashmob

This has to be one of the most spectacular and surprising ways to propose, as seen in the movie Friends with Benefits. You’ll need a large open space, such as a mall or park, plus you’ll need to know how to organise a flashmob. You could have some friends, colleagues and relatives take part but if you don’t know enough willing participants, there are companies who can help.

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Heimlich Manoeuvre

Although still highly popular to bake the ring into cake, drop it into a champagne glass or freeze it inside an ice cube, this has been done to death and is very cliché. The other problem is that if they don’t notice it or you get distracted, they may choke to death.

Once you’ve decided to take your relationship to the next level, plan that proposal moment carefully for two reasons: you want it to be memorable and you want the answer to be YES!

 

Choosing a wedding gift can be an absolute nightmare, especially if you don’t know the couple too well, or have never been to a wedding before! But don’t fret; sometimes finding the perfect gift is easier than you think. If you break down your possibilities into categories it can make it easier to assess your choices, so here are four easy options that will get your brain ticking with ideas. Think about your relationship with the couple and how to incorporate this into your gift, and you’re sure to get it right every time.

1. The List Present

Traditionally, many couples will make a list of items they would like to receive as a gift for their wedding. If you don’t know the couple very well or are worried about picking the wrong thing then sticking to items on the wedding list is a pretty smart idea: this way you’re buying something they want and need and have actually requested. Ask them to send you the list and tick off the items that people have already bought them; this way you can choose based on your budget as well as the item, and it will still be a surprise, as the couple won’t know what you’ve decided to get them.

2. The Charity Donation

For the couple, the idea of receiving large or expensive wedding gifts can be a little daunting, especially if they’re short on space. Instead, some philanthropic couples choose a charity or two that they would like their wedding guests to donate to rather than hand them a fancy present. This noble idea can save on space and expense and makes people think about the bigger picture. If the couple haven’t specified a charity that they would like guests to donate to, ask them if they think it would be a good idea and they can suggest one to you that they would be happy to support.

3. The Experience

Life isn’t made of material things; it’s made of special moments and happy memories. Give the happy couple an experience they’ll remember: if they’re a pair of adrenaline junkies then why not book them a sky dive or bungee jump? Check out their interests and find an experience that they’ll both love to do together.

4. The Naughty One

If you’re a cheeky friend of the couple and prefer to take a risk with their wedding gift then why not go for something fun and frivolous? Everyone else will no doubt be buying them functional presents, so head for  a site specialising in unusual gifts such as The Great Gift Company and opt for something silly like giant Jenga, an inspirational print for their wall or a pair of his ‘n’ hers piggybanks

Every girl has that one person they can turn to in times of need. Having a best friend is a vital part of life and most of us just wouldn’t know where we’d be without our best pals. So if you’ve been asked the all-important question and someone has entrusted you with everything in the run up to their nuptials, it’s time to step up to the mark and do everything in your power to be an awesome Maid of Honor

Here are the four stages of the chief bridesmaid’s duties.

Bachelorette Party / Hen Party

Wherever you are in the world, the bachelorette party or hen night is one of the most critical parts of your role as a Maid of Honor. This evening cannot disappoint; as the bride’s last night of freedom, it should be absolutely spectacular. Whether you choose Vegas, a European break or somewhere closer to home, make sure your party is jam-packed with fun activities that everyone can enjoy. It’s not all about the destination; the company is just as important, so always double check with the bride before you post out invitations. For assistance in planning a party, call in the help of a company such as The Stag and Hen Experience.

Bridal Shower

Some people like to have one joined up celebration during the bachelorette bash. But if your bride would like to keep her party and her shower separate, you need to make sure you pencil another date in the diary. The bridal shower is all about ‘showering’ the bride with gifts, so invitees should be close friends and family members and any close female family members of the groom. If you’re unsure about the next steps, read Martha Stewart’s guide to shower etiquette here.

Dress Shopping

No doubt you’ll be asked to help with the cake, flowers, bridesmaids dress/shoes, and just about everything else that needs sorting out. But there is nothing more important than helping the bride find her perfect wedding dress. It’s your duty to attend dress fittings; remember that the bride will be looking to you for honest but kind guidance in finding ‘the one’.

The Big Day

And just when you thought your jobs were over, the big day is the most important one of all. Nothing should go wrong for the bride on the wedding day and, as the Maid of Honor, it’s your duty to make sure everything runs smoothly. If you have the help of a wedding planner, you will be their main communicator. If you don’t, then you’ll have to work a little harder to have everyone lined up and every task completed. But the most important job of all? Making sure the bride is happy all day long.

Good luck with your exciting adventure as Chief Bridesmaid! Add your comments below if you can think of any other important tasks.

 

Weddings can take years to plan: after all, it is supposed to be the most important day of your life! When planning a wedding theme, though, it is all about the detail. If you are going to have a wedding theme then you need to make it as successful as possible by taking it all the way through each element of the day.

Some couples take their wedding theme to the extreme: for example, this Harry Potter themed wedding had over 166,000 shares online! By no means do you need to spend £20,000 to have the perfectly considered wedding theme, and so here is an example of a seaside or beach themed wedding to show you how you can carry a theme throughout right up to the finishing touches, helping you to create your dream wedding on a budget!

A Seaside Themed Wedding

Invitations

The perfect invitation for a seaside themed wedding is of course – a message in a bottle! This can be delivered on a budget and is a great way to introduce your theme to your guests.

Centrepieces

Any centrepiece that has shells, starfish, coral, and lanterns will fit in perfectly into a seaside theme. See some examples here for some inspiration.

Cake

You can definitely go all out with the cake – mermaids, seahorses, beach huts, sand and any other sea life you would like to work with. With this theme there are all sorts of ideas you can try out; be creative! Ideas such as a wedding cake that looks like a sandcastle would make a brilliant feature on your day.

Food and Drink

You may be wondering how the menu can reflect your seaside theme. How about sea food for the main course, ice cream for dessert and sex on the beach cocktails!

Decorations

The decorations for a seaside wedding should be in pastel colours and pale blues, with some nautical touches here and there. You can still be aware of your budget here and use cheaper decorations that will still look great such as chalkboards with cute messages and round paper lanterns hung from the ceiling.

Jewellery

You can even work your theme right through to the bridesmaid’s accessories, why not buy a necklace or bracelet with sweet starfish or shell charm. The groomsmen could also have nautical style cufflinks to suit the theme.

Wedding Favours

Make up some small boxes or bags for each of yours guests and include a couple of small personalised treats such as a stick of rock with the name of your and your partner in the centre! You could also add your names to the bottle label of miniatures to go in the bag. Have a look at the Just Miniatures website for some personalised gifts.

Weddings in 2014 have been a significantly different style than 2013 and the same holds true for bridal showers.  The great thing about bridal shower trends is that they follow the wedding trends very closely.

Here are the Top 4 Bridal Shower Themes and Trends that have emerged in 2014.

Woodland Theme – One of the hottest trends in bridal showers for 2014 is the woodland theme with floral crowns and table numbers made of wood.  Throwing a woodland themed bridal shower is actually much easier than you would imagine.

  • Possible Locations:  City Park, Camping Spot, or Backyard
  • Decorations Ideas: Floral headbands, Pine Cones, Tree stumps for chairs, rustic centerpieces, twigs and branches.
  • Bridal Shower Invitations: Rustic Design with wood or craft pattern background.

Bright Colors Theme – Bright and vibrant colors are back in for 2014.  Don’t be afraid to mix bright yellows with vibrant pinks and reds to make your bridal shower strand out.

  • Possible Locations: Home, Event Center, or Restaurant
  • Decoration Ideas: Balloons, Brightly colored beverages, flowers, Bunting Banners, Fine China with bold napkin color.
  • Bridal Shower Invitations: Simple classic design with bright accent color for the border and important text.

Sparkle Theme – Every girl like things that sparkle.   That sparkle can be anything from a diamond to glitter on her nails.  A sparkle themed bridal shower makes for a very fun look that any girl can appreciate.

Possible Locations: Home, Event Center, or Restaurant

Decoration Ideas: tiaras, glitter, sparking champagne or sparking pink lemonade, nail polish, Christmas lights, sequins

Bridal Shower Invitation Ideas: Bright and fun with glitter lettering or glitter background.

Floral Theme – There are not many things in this world more beautiful than a flower; except for a bridal shower using them as the main theme.  There are so many different types of flowers and each bride will have a different style or favorite flower so each floral themed shower will be completely unique.

  • Possible Locations: City Park, Botanical Garden, Nursery, or Backyard
  • Decoration Ideas: Bouquet centerpieces, floral chains, balloons, ivy, wreaths
  • Bridal Shower Invitations: Select an invitation with the same flower that will be used as the main flower at the party.

Your engagement photos will be used on your wedding invites, as props during your wedding and for years and years to come on the walls of your home. So as you can imagine you want to make sure that they are as perfect as possible. As the old saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case you just don’t want them to be a thousand wrong words. Here are 3 tips make sure that your photos can withstand the test of time and that they turn our just as you had dreamed.

1. Location, Location, Location

The backdrop you choose can take a photo from just ok to breath taking. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and choose several different locations for your photo shoot. You will find the changing up the scenery can change the entire feel of the photo even if you don’t change your apparel. matching-colors (1)

2. Clothing

Let you photo do that shouting not your clothes. These photos are going to be around for a long, long time. Some styles are timeless others are short lived fads so make sure you have clothing that still expresses yourself but don’t distract. Also, another important tip to remember about clothing is that you will want your colors to complement your partners as not to clash. So plan ahead of what you are going to wear. photo-location (1)

3. Photo Props

Props are a fun way to express your individuality as well can really make a photo. However they can also really distract so make sure that the props you bring are well thought out for location and style you are going. For example a picnic blanket, basket, and vintage plates and silverware would go great with a rustic outdoor shoot. photo-props (1) There are thousands of things you can worry about when it comes to taking your engagement photos however if you follow these 3 simple tips rest assured you will get some amazing shots that you will cherish forever.

The bridal shoes have a special importance for the bride-to-be and choosing the right pair could be a stressful task as the pressure of looking your best and feeling comfortable at the same time will be huge.

Add to the equation the fact that they have to match the wedding theme and the set color scheme you will feel tired before you have even started shopping, but if you are one bride that loves to stand out, things begin to simplify. All you need is a pair of shoes that features rhinestones. The more embellished they will be the more chances you have to stun your guests.

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Wedding Inspiration _ Rhinestones Bridal Shoes

You must already know that a bride has to capture everyone’s attention with her attire, therefore paying a special attention to details is required. A more sophisticated, sparkly look is guaranteed to put you in the spotlight and to bring a shower of compliments upon you.

However, pay extra attention when choosing rhinestones bridal shoes to complete your bridal look. If you have already decided upon a wedding dress richly adorned with seamed beads on both the bodice and the skirt, you do not have to buy a pair of very sparkly shoes. They could feature rhinestones only on the heel or on the edges. However, if you would not have them any other way than covered in rhinestones, then choose to match them with a simple dress to create a complementary effect.

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Wedding Inspiration _ Rhinestones Bridal Shoes 2

The size and the color of the small stones are equally important. They have to be in perfect accordance with the color scheme and the formality of the event. If you do not wish to venture too far from the traditional line, white or silver will do just fine, but if you, on the contrary, plan a colorful event, purple, red, or blue stones have to be on your options list.

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Wedding Inspiration _ Rhinestones Bridal Shoes 3

Try to keep a constant track of the balance of your outfit. Things are quite tricky when you decide to go for a glamorous look and the last thing you want is to is to be labeled as kitschy at your own wedding. Consider the fact that all eyes will be mainly on your dress and on your shoes, so try to find the perfect combination.

Last but not least, keep in mind that rhinestones look their best on high heel pumps. As such, you will have to either compromise the comfort of your feet or the aspect of your bridal shoes.

A wedding ceremony is a solemn event, charged with a lot of love and faith and it requires to be accompanied by traditional wedding ceremony songs. You cannot have modern songs as the soundtrack to your ceremony; no matter how big of a fan of them you are, you must keep them for the wedding party.

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The wedding ceremony imposes a certain decency and morality, especially if you intend to hold it in a church or any other place of high religious importance. If you are a very religious couple yourself it will not be hard for you to understand that ceremonies blend wonderfully with tradition, and tradition requires a certain type of music.

But, as even for the most acquainted of us would be hard to choose, you might need a few suggestions to analyze and consider. As you probably well know already, a ceremony is composed of several parts and there are a few key moments that require a well chosen musical piece.

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Appropriate Traditional Wedding Ceremony Songs

The Prelude

Classical music is preferred for the prelude. As it might take a few good minutes for the guests to gather more than one song will be played. A common and appropriate song for this moment is ‘Ave Maria’, by Schubert, but Vivaldi’s ‘L’Inverno’ and Debussy’s ‘Claire de Lune’ can also be played and your choices will surely be praised.

The Processional

The sitting of the guests, the appearance of the pastor and the entrance of the bridesmaids and groomsmen has to be accompanied by music, as well. In this sense we recommend Bach’s ‘Arioso’ (for the sitting), Handel’s ‘March’ and/or Purcell’s ‘Trumpet Tune’.

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Appropriate Traditional Wedding Ceremony Songs

The Entrance of the Bride

Her entrance is probably the most important moment of the entire ceremony and it must be marked accordingly. Therefore, a good musical selection would be ‘The Bridal Chorus’, by Wagner and ‘Canon in D’, by Pachelbel.

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As you now walk down the aisle happily married you will have to be accompanied by music that expresses your feelings of joy and love. As such, we suggest you opt for ‘The Wedding March’ –Mendelssohn’s composition or for Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’.

If you happen to know any other songs of the kind that you think would beautifully mark your ceremony feel free to discuss it with the pastor. Whatever you do needs to have his approval as he is the one who will unite you into holy matrimony.

Every bride dreams about a perfect wedding look that will impress everybody, but we are all aware that this cannot be achieved without some wedding inspiration (as the importance of the event might overwhelm even the most creative of us) and some beautiful wedding flowers.

We are not talking about the wedding bouquet exclusively. All the arrangements that you choose to do with flowers must look stunning; the centerpieces ought to beautifully embellish the tables of the wedding venue, the church flowers (if you also plan a religious ceremony) have to make it seem like you are marrying in Heaven itself and the wedding bouquet has to be the most delicate yet ravishing finishing touch of your wedding attire.

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Wedding Inspiration - Wedding Flowers Package

For all of them you have to establish a few rules that you will follow throughout the choosing process. First and foremost, you will have to decide upon the type of flowers you will use: natural or silk.

The natural ones bring the advantage that they add a touch of freshness to the event while the silk ones are considerably cheaper. Either way, whatever you decide, stick to it through all the decorations. A blending of the two is not well seen.
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Second of all, the flowers have to match the season and the location of the wedding. These kinds of details are very easily perceived by the guests and also praised, if done in the correct manner.

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Wedding Inspiration - Wedding Flowers Package

Thirdly and lastly, you will have to respect the color scheme. Although combinations are very much recommended a totally chaotic mix is not accepted, so think about the color pattern of your flowers before placing your order.

You do not have to have the same flowers for all the arrangements that have flowers in their composition. On the contrary, you could use white roses and baby’s breath for the bouquet, for example, if you are more on the traditional line, or you could combine tulips with hyacinths.

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Wedding Inspiration - Wedding Flowers Package

Nevertheless, buying flower packages is a good way of saving some money as they usually come with a discount. So, the more you order, the bigger the discount.

However, do not venture into ordering a certain package only because it is cheaper, if it does not match your theme or season at all. Choose wisely such as to end up with a great overall aspect that you are sure you and the rest of the guests will enjoy.

Although you may want to host a wedding that is far from traditional you will have to respect and follow some general rules and in the lines to come we will talk about the most important wedding things that cannot be skipped in a wedding, regardless its degree of conventionality.
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The Ceremony

Religious or not you will have to have a wedding ceremony. Of course, it does not have to hold in a church or in a cathedral or any other place of significant religious importance, but you can do it even in the backyard, have your father walk you down the natural aisle and a friend say a few words about your union as a family.

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The most Important Wedding Things

The Vows

No matter how bad you are with wording you cannot skip this part of the ceremony. They will all be expecting you to declare your eternal, unconditional love, therefore not writing and saying your vows will turn the whole ceremony to a disaster, let alone the disappointment of the guests. Just gather your thoughts and formulate a romantic, sincere promise that will make your spouse and some sensitive guests shed a tear or two.

The First Dance

You ought to dance in the opening of the reception. As a just married couple you have to show your love for everyone to see in one of the most elegant of arts. It is also a good way of impressing your attendees and having them remember your one-of-a-kind wedding. You must choose a song representative for you as a couple and it is recommended that you take a few dancing lessons, as well. Even if you are not a great dancer, the first dance is a key element and it cannot lack.

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The most Important Wedding Things

The Toast

Usually, this is given by one of the best men or one of the bridesmaids. However, the parents of both the groom and the bride might want to say a few words too. It is best that you talk to them before and establish who will hold a toast. More than two toasts will make the guests find the wedding party boring. Nevertheless, the toast has to be short and cheerful so as to set a good mood for the upcoming party.

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The most Important Wedding Things

The Cutting of the Cake

It is a moment eagerly awaited by the guest and it is also referred to as the climax of the party. As a general rule, no party is complete without a cake. It is entirely up to you how eccentric or bold you want to make it, but it has to be there and its cutting has to be performed by you first.

Every wedding has to have at the core of it a seed, and very often that seed is the inspiration given by nature, so when you decide to tie the knot in a very colorful season it is a must that you have a color scheme in mind and we thought it would be a good idea to put together an article on wedding colors for fall.
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First of all, you should know that whatever colors you have chosen you have to stick to them. Stay away from inappropriate combinations that might turn your reception décor into a fashion disaster. It would be ideal if you managed to set the theme on a unique nuance for a plus of individuality, but some decorations are harder to find on a particular shade.

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The Most Recommended Wedding Colors for Fall

Now let us get to it and talk about the best colors for fall themed weddings. Without much surprise, we are certain, the star of the season is the burnt orange shade. It is indeed whimsical and it matches the outdoor scenery best. You could use pumpkins (carved or not) to create a link between your reception and the fall nature.

Then you can move on to the seasonal flowers that can embellish your location in an outstanding manner. You can find mums at almost any florist during fall. They feature the colors you need (yellow, red orange) and they come quite cheaply, also. Roses or gerberas are not to be neglected either, even though their price might be higher.

The color of the dry, rusty leaves could also be incorporate in your décor. In fact, you could even use genuine leaves to adorn a corner of the reception. And you could also talk to the baker and decide that your wedding cake features a fall leaves design. You are sure to end up with a very romantic dessert.

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The Most Recommended Wedding Colors for Fall

Mauve, purple, lilac, or plum color could be used for a fall themed wedding, as well. Should you want your wedding to have more of a royal air, you ought to find a way to make full use of the previously mentioned nuances. We believe it is not a very complicated assignment, but with one or two helping hands decorating your location, finding the right wedding attire and the right invitations will be a piece of cake.

Fall is a very generous season in terms of color schemes so put your creativity to the test and come up with a unique wedding idea.

The wedding invitations have the role of informing your guests about the kind of wedding they are politely invited to attend. Therefore, they are the ones to announce the theme of the wedding.
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If your wedding is to take place in the fall and you wish to organize your big event around the season, the invitations should state that so that the invitees know how to choose their attire. It should also include other useful information regarding your wedding.

The guests have to know whether it will be held outdoors or indoors, the hours they should come and an RSVP note that should be filled in with their affirmative or negative answer and returned to you.

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Wedding Inspiration - Fall Themed Wedding Invitations

Now back to the model the invitations should feature, this largely depends on you. There are various websites that suggest a variety of models, but we recommend that you only get inspiration from there and then come up with a personalized idea. Yes, customization might cost more, but these little cards are to speak about your personalities, and since you are unique so should your invitations be.

However, having a design that features a tree with falling leaves will never get old and it is a sure way of impressing your guests and influencing them to say “yes”. The more intricate the design, the better they will know that they are invited to attend an elegant event.

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Wedding Inspiration - Fall Themed Wedding Invitations

As for the colors to use, fall is famous for its burnt orange shade. It is quite whimsical and enchanting, so it will be quite a good idea. Other shades that derive from it could be used, as well. Brown, intense yellow or even orange-red speak about fall in a beautifully painted manner.

If you are an artist, you can create the invitations yourself. This way you will get the chance to practice your creativity, play with your palette and create unique little pieces of art that your guests will not be able to resist. However, as not many of us are that talented, other artists will create the piece of art that you have already drawn in your mind.

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Wedding Inspiration - Fall Themed Wedding Invitations

If you do not have too many invitees you could create different invitations for each of them. Fall is a very inspiring season and you could get more than one design idea, so why not make full use of all of them? Your guests will feel special and their presence at your wedding is then guaranteed.

The thrill of the engagement has passed and it is now time that you two set to work on finding the most suitable of wedding party themes to go for. This job is never easy, especially if you do not share the same passions or hobbies, but you need to reach a compromise and find a theme that speaks about both of your personalities and about you, as a couple.
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If you have found yourself in front of a blank sheet of paper (or word document) for some time now, then maybe we can help you out with a few hints and ideas.

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Ideas for Wedding Party Themes

The Vintage Theme

Vintage should be your wedding theme is you are aiming to host a classy, refined event. The passion for the past, for the history and for the fashion sense of the old days should be enough to get you inspired. Even though it will turn your big event to a very elegant and sophisticated one it requires a lot of work and a lot of thorough planning. You have to have an eye for details and a clear idea about intricate designs.

The most recommended fabric to go with such a theme is lace, therefore, your wedding dress cannot be made of anything else. You can choose antique vases for the centerpieces and antique brooches for the favors. Taking a stroll to the local antiquity shop might prove to be very inspiring.

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Ideas for Wedding Party Themes

The Country Theme

This is the best theme for those of you in love with the country side. It is a great idea as well for those who want to have their wedding reception outdoors, as the venue does not necessarily have to be the country side but just a well organized outdoor location. For a country party you will have to pay special attention to the menu, which has to be rich, and to the wedding band (the DJ is not accepted for this theme).

You could use fruits or wild flowers as table decorations. Homemade dishes and beverages are very appreciated at these types of events, therefore you must also take care of that.

There are of course, many other themes that we will have the chance to debate, but at the core of them all has to be the love, without which marriage would have not been possible. Put some love in everything you do, and it will all come out wonderful.

Destination weddings are mainly dedicated to those couples that take a great pleasure in travelling. Since the wedding should be an event planned around your personalities traveling should not be left on the outside, but on the contrary, it should dictate the organization of it.
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But, there are of course, other things that can determine a couple to opt for a destination wedding. For one, it will be a nice and romantic getaway.

You are, for sure, already sick of the fuzz of the city and exploring a new territory on your wedding day will make the moment one to remember. Secondly, an abroad wedding is guaranteed to be a non-conventional one, so it is most recommended for those who do not wish to follow the home, traditional pattern.

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The Pros and Cons of Destination Weddings

This is surely more fun, but, you are probably going to have a hard time in explaining this to the elderly and even a harder time to convince them to assist, if you really wish to have them near on your big day. However, you should not crush under their pressure and you should not go for something that you do not want, especially when the stake is the most important event of your life as a couple.

A destination wedding is always a lot easier to plan as the guests list is considerably shorter and there is no headache with the decorations; the venue will take care of impressing the few guests you have invited. Just make sure you talk to a travel agent (or a wedding planner) in due time so that you can grasp the best deals available around your D-day.

Another advantage of a weddingmoon (they are also named as such because many a times the couples get to spend some days of relaxation at the destination after the wedding) is the cost.

Even though it might not seem, they are more budget friendly than the traditional kind. Yes, you will have some friends and family with you and you will have to pay for their hotel rooms, as well, but, since they are not many, at the end of the day, the expenses are still far behind those of home weddings.

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The Pros and Cons of Destination Weddings

A drawback will be the fact that you will have to talk your attendees into it, to convince them to take a few days off and to explain the wedding etiquette, what they should pack and what not. Luckily, these are not very time and nerve consuming actions, so if a destination wedding is what you want, then you have all the reasons in the world to organize one.

More and more brides are getting non conformist nowadays and they choose to incorporate a lot of color in the wedding attire, wedding shoes included. And if you are one of those who simply cannot find any link between your personality and traditionalism, then colored shoes are the best thing to go for.
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Sand, ivory, peach are the shades that charm most women these days and how could they not when they can improve your aspect substantially. However, when it comes to shoes, more daring nuances are just as accepted. First and foremost, you need to establish a color scheme for your wedding reception.

If you go for a combination such as white and red, for instance, then there is no question whatsoever as to what color should your shoes bear. Of course, there are many shades of red, so you will have to settle upon one and follow it throughout the entire attire and décor.

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Wedding Inspiration – Colored Wedding Shoes

But why settle for just one color when there are so many beautiful ones out there? If you host a summer wedding and you want it to be a true color explosion your shoes cannot make an exception. Therefore, some pumps with a yellow heel, a blue sole and a fuchsia body will integrate perfectly.

A bling wedding will lose its meaning if you do not wear a pair of shoes that feature rhinestones or sparkle of any kind. They have to stand out as much as possible and they have to match the rest of the accessories, namely the earrings, the bracelet, the necklace and the dress beads.

Do not be afraid to choose bold colors. If your wedding happens to be in the fall, for example, shades of orange and yellow are most recommended. For a fairytale wedding, pink and black is a great combination while for a royal theme golden is more than appropriate.

The style and type of the shoes is quite important, as well. You should consider that the height of the heel will have a strong impact on the comfort of your feet throughout the day. Also, if it is summer, you should also seriously think about wearing sandals. They are a better option, especially if you live in a very hot area.