FLOWERS & YOUR STAR SIGN

Decorative flowers are one of the most pleasurable parts of every wedding, with an array of shapes, forms, colours and aromas that create the perfect backdrop for a declaration of undying love. The only problem is, with such great variety, how do you select the right blooms? Perhaps it’s time to look to the zodiac for answers!

Brides and grooms like flowers that make bold statements! Daffodils certainly represent this fresh and vibrant Aries energy. Characterised by their physical and mental fortitude, these rams (their symbol) are confident and fierce, dynamic and full of energy. Tiger lilies are ideal for those in this sun sign, as are flowers from thorn-bearing trees/shrubs such as roses. If you’re looking for a wedding flowers for your Aries, daisies are a sure bet as they generously reflect the enthusiasm Aries tend to generate and the colour of passion.

Taurus the bull is reliable, sensuous, and ambitious. Taureans love lilies for their sensual appeal. If you’re looking to make a Taurus blush, send a vibrant bouquet of the Stargazer lily, which are just big, bold, and romantic enough to make her feel like she’s your one and only star. Even though they’re best known for being as headstrong and fierce as a bull, there’s an indisputable warm heart in Taurus; they appreciate nature’s exquisite beauty with flowers that appeal to their full range of senses, and the lily’s dramatic form and fragrant perfume will indulge their romantic, sensual side. The rose would be the classic choice, with its delicate petals and magnificent scent. Its stems are also strong and sturdy, just like Taurus.

Getting a Gemini to the altar isn’t always easy, as the people born under this quick-thinking sign are known for their love of freedom. Start with beautiful peonies, if possible, whose double-lobed leaves and delicately fragrant aroma represent Gemini’s inborn duality and fresh outlook on life. Witty and inquisitive, lively and communicative, it’s no surprise that Gemini’s have highly sociable and playful personalities. Geminis like to have a peaceful balance in their lives, for which calming lavender is always a perfect. Gemini’s also enjoy chrysanthemums.

The showy Leo is going to need flowers that stand out, and none can do that better than the flamboyant ranuculas. Bold, colourful and sturdy, choose the orange and red varieties to remain true to Leo’s solar heritage. If that’s not enough to help Leo make a brassy floral statement, there is always the expressive sunflower! These strong, bright flowers certainly help to convey Leo’s bright and fiery energy. Roses are a great romantic choice, as they have by creativity and drama. Leos are passionate lovers, with confidence and strength as well as their unfussy, loving spirit.

The hydrangea would be a wonderful way to express Virgo’s multi-level manner of thinking. From a distance, these attractive blooms look like large balls of feathery colour. Up close, one can note the delicacy of the petals and the intricate design. Calm your Virgo with hydrangea – the blue version, of course. Send your Virgo a bouquet that includes asters, which symbolise daintiness and love. The Daisy-like asters have that wildflower beauty, starshaped flowers and lush texture.

Wedding flowers will have to be, like Libra, “perfectly beautiful.” Libra will love the calla lily, with its bloom’s elegant lines supported by long, sturdy stems. The calla lilies are so profoundly proportioned and graceful; it looks like they could have been created by one of Libra’s favourite fashion designers! In fact, your Libra’s refined tastes will actually prefer a bouquet of red tulips to roses for Valentine’s, something to keep in mind for other giftgiving occasions, too!

Sexy and exotic, this provocative-looking flower has quite a lot in common with the average Scorpio! Scorpio wants to be the best at everything. In the same sort of quest for excellence, gloriosas use tendrils at the ends of their leaves to climb over other plants and grab their fair share of sunshine. The powerful Scorpio is known for intensity and passion. They’re perceptive and focused, when buying for a Scorpio, bold is best, and gardenias with their intensely seductive fragrance are a great match as their boldness is matched by their sweetness.

Sagittarius will search far and wide for adventure, and most have travelled at least part of the world – if only through books, movies and travel websites. They are also lively, bright and vibrant much like the parrot tulip. Get a bunch of these flowers together and it’s hard not to think of “fun” – the core of every typical Sagittarius’ personality. Generous, open-hearted individuals, Sagittarius are associated with travel and expansion. They can be compulsive or impractical at times, but these people-lovers are always great gift givers. If you’re shopping for a Sagittarius, you have a tough job because the gifts they give are always so right! Try purple flowers: they’re elegant and original, a true favourite for all occasions.

When Capricorn makes the march down the aisle, the atmosphere must be elegant and tasteful. They must make the Capricorn statement: “I have arrived!” Rare and mesmerising, hellebores would certainly fit the bill. They are also known as the “Christmas rose. Capricorns have a witty sense of humour, are go-getters, ambitious, stable and shrewd. While you may at times find them rigid or materialistic, they’re dedicated souls who will always come through. A symbol of success and good cheer, the poinsettia is an ideal winter gift for your Capricorn, but don’t be surprised if her home is already adorned with them! If you’re trying to catch the attention of a Capricorn, bigger is always better, so be sure to try bold shades like red, orange, and blue.

Every Aquarius makes the claim of being one of a kind, so the flowers that surround this strange bird’s nuptial rites must reflect the spirit of the individual. As it happens, amaryllis would be the perfect bloom for this role, as there is only one species of this plant. Its coloration, usually white with crimson veins, makes it unique, as well. Because it also flowers at a different time from most other species, it’s known also as “the naked lady.”

The orchid fragile, yet awe-inspiring in its beauty would be the appropriate flower to appear at a Pisces wedding. Like the acrobatic twin fishes, the orchid displays the ultimate in flexibility. Its stems contain no fibre, and the plants are adaptable enough to grow from one stem or a series of adjacent shoots. Pisces are romantic, emotional, and affectionate souls. With the fish as their symbol, it should come as no surprise that Pisces feel comfortable with plants that grow naturally around water, like bamboo, in their home or office, though their emotional sides perk up with bright daffodils around.

BIRDCAGES

With their interesting shapes and ornate details, birdcages are no longer just for birds. Whether they are made of wood or metal, newly painted or rusted and bent, these stylish floral receptacles instantly create a display and can showcase anything from indoor plants and freshly cut blooms to books and nests.

Vintage cages tend to be more decorative and visually interesting than today’s mass-produced pet store versions, and are typically the style used for decorating. You can also find good reproductions that mimic the style and details of their vintage forefathers, but which aren’t an actual, working birdcage.

As an alternative to your standard floral centrepieces, birdcages add a tasteful element and project a sense of order and refinement. They also provide some height.

You’ll find them in various shapes and sizes and, if purchasing them, you can paint them to tone with your theme.

Small floral arrangements can fill up the space inside most adequately, but let your imagination run wild. Think votive candles, wedding favours, a seating card or advice cards for the new couple.

To take this idea a step further, you could try using cages of alternating heights or sizes, but keeping the colour uniform in order to hold the overall look together. A long row can make a striking presentation at your reception, and they’re sure to be great conversation starters.

Hang them off trees to decorate an outdoor area, from the ceiling or rafters, and even a marquee … picture cascades of flowers oozing through the bars.

By simply adding ribbon, candles, florals, signs and other accents, you can make a boring birdcage into a fun and creative addition to your special day – stylish centrepieces that won’t break the bank. A handful of roses placed inside and trailing ivy spilling through the bars can instantly turn an empty birdcage into a work of art with little effort.

Centrepieces

Centrepieces featuring herbs such as sage, rosemary and parsley can channel the aesthetic of the Italian countryside. Rustic potted plants convey comfort and intimacy when they’re used as table arrangements at your reception.

Perfect decorative centrepieces for a beach wedding are glass vases filled with sand and seashells, or even a gold fish in its very own bowl.

Garden weddings can take a cue from the same concept, but with colourful stones or fresh lavender instead. Children and kids-at-heart are sure to enjoy these unique centrepiece options, which can double as party favours.

Candles can be reused, and they always reflect romance and add ambiance. With so many styles of candles to work with, wedding candle decorations provide an easy way to craft that specific look you’re after. Never has it been so affordable or simple to design and enhance your wedding décor with candles … and let’s not forget the wonderful fragrance they often emit!

If you’re looking to use what you already have to create centrepieces throughout the year, start saving as many glass jars as you can. In every size and shape; they can be reused for just about anything. Simply remove the labels and clean thoroughly (in a dishwasher if you have one) and dry before reusing. Yes, I’ve actually brought a jam or pickle just so I can use the jar when empty!

Don’t just use your jars for flowers – consider putting a photo of you and you’re beloved into a jar and placing them on the guest tables. Just slide the photo in and turn the jar upside down and display for all to see. You can fill jars with items of your choice … reception candles or battery operated lights. You can also paint them or glue fabric or coloured paper to the outside to match your colour scheme or festive decor.

Decorating your table with picture frames adds an elegant look, especially for weddings and other receptions. Table numbers, family photos, menus or place cards are just a few items to place in old picture frames.You can transform old frames into chalkboards, write messages or names on them and place them around your home or at place settings. Remember: you can paint the frame any colour you choose.

These are just a few ideas that can be quite easily transposed from wedding to home. And, if you do still want to add a few florals, perhaps consider a sprinkling of rose petals on the tables.

Finger food

There’s a lot to be said for plated menus … no queuing at buffet counters, and the food is beautifully presented just the way the chef envisaged. Between courses is a good time to have your speeches, ensuring the evening flows according to your timetable. It’s also a more formal dining option, harking back to an age of grace and elegance. However, it should be said that this is by no means the only option.

FINGER FOOD vs CANAPE

Finger food is designed to be just that – eaten with your fingers. Your guests won’t need a knife, fork, spoon or chopsticks. Finger foods often include miniature pies and burgers, spring rolls, petit, sandwiches, little pizzas or skewers, arancini, tarts etc. They’re generally fairly filling items, often around two to three bites, ensuring your guests feel like they’ve eaten rather than just nibbled.

If dinner and dessert aren’t being served, you could include ice cream cones, small pastries, cookies or other sweet items to be served in the last 45 minutes of your event. This also helps to signal the winding down of your event – as does turning the lights up, music off and opening the front door.

CANAPÉS

Canapés are usually more refined than finger foods, smaller and more formal. Traditionally served on a toasted bread base, there are a huge range of bases that can be substituted – rice cracker, rosti, cucumber rounds or wonton crisp. However, it is a single delicate bite where you can let your imagination run free. Use a small shot glass for soup sips, a Chinese spoon for a petit duck salad or a rosemary sprig to skewer prawns.

Because canapés are generally created as one-bite morsels, it’s very easy for guests to indulge while still holding their glass of bubbly and a napkin. Your canapé dishes could include little tartlets, delicate cigars, savoury cones, blinis, or a host of bite sized delicacies!

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BOWL – CARTON – FORK FOOD

Bowl food is not just soup. Commonly described in the industry as walk‘n-talk food, these dishes can be served in bowls, baskets or boxes. The dishes themselves are obviously more filling – they’re mini meals – and guests will usually need some sort of utensil to eat them with, although something like fish and chips can be nibbled using the fingers.

Your bowl food dishes could include a salad, pasta or noodle options, soup or gazpacho, risotto or a variety of seafood dishes. You can either individually portion these dishes as we would or, for ease of service, salads can be served on a large platter for guests to help themselves or a hot wet dish like curry or tagine can be placed on low setting in a slow cooker for self service.

CARVERY STATION

A simple way to fill up later in the evening is a carvery station. This can consist of a glazed ham, a roast sirloin or leg of lamb kept warm in a very low oven, then carved and served with warm rolls, salad fillings, accompaniments and chutneys. To compliment the carvery, we often serve small salad cartons for the vegetarians, gluten free guests or those wanting a lighter option.

PLATED

For a more formal level of guest service, plated dinners are a natural choice. You endeavour to create a pop-up restaurant where a full meal is served in courses to seated guests. The meal may consist of a set menu where the guests are served any number of courses pre-chosen by the host, or the host could offer their guests a limited choice of dishes per course. Offering variety to guests can slow down the service slightly as the waiters will need to take the orders and the chefs will need time for plating the dishes. However, this does allow for speeches or other formalities of the evening to take place between courses, if desired.

An alternative is to have an Entrée Trio to start. This is a tasting plate of three small choices of entrée, offering your guests a visual sensation and a variety of tastes while removing the need to take orders.

Plated events generally increase costs over the cost of a buffet event due to additional staffing requirements for on-site meal plating and for service to all of your guests at the same time.

BUFFET

When catering for larger numbers, the old adage of ‘less is more’ is worth bearing in mind. A well-planned buffet is more appetising than lots and lots of different contrasting flavours and foods. Think about flavour combinations and avoid clashes, as people often pile a little bit of everything onto their plates.

The standard buffet generally includes a compound salad, a hot vegetable dish, a starch and up to three main dishes, with condiments and dressings. A bread selection can either be served at the buffet table or on each individual table. A selection of desserts may either be served at a separate station or served once the mains have been cleared.

At a wedding the top table would be served at their table followed by each table being invited to the buffet in a pre determined order (generally family first followed by the remaining tables).

One alternative is to have themed buffet stations, which is a full meal where menu items are served in various areas of your venue at several tables in a buffet style. Often, each station has a specific theme. This can be so much fun, as the station themes are endless! Stations can also be combined, with a Chef to prepare items to order.

This type of menu style often allows guests to enjoy a wider sampling of menu items compared to a standard buffet. Your guests are also likely to circulate more, often leading to a talk / mingle atmosphere.

INDIVIDUAL TABLE BUFFETS

Individual table buffets are fast becoming a favourite. Guests are served central platters that generally consist of two mains, a salad and a vegetable dish, placed in the centre of each table.

This is a more formal style than a buffet, as guests are not required to stand and move to a get their meal. It is a very interactive form of dining and helps break the ice, promote conversation amongst guests who may be unfamiliar with each other as the platters are passed around the table.

Desserts can either be served in the same central platter style or on a dessert station if you would like your guests to stand and mingle at this stage of the evening.

This is a more cost effective option as fewer staff members are required than a would be for a plated meal, and the meal is easier to portion per table.

KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE

So, you’re about to decide on your catering options, and you’re bamboozled by the range of menu items on offer. The team at The Difference Catering explain your options and help you work out what will be best to serve to your guests.

It’s worth remembering these points before you get started:

• Provide a variety of foods to please all appetites and tastes.

• Check with guests regards food intolerances – do you need gluten free options?

• Try to provide a mix of hot and cold food.

• How long is your function and what time of day is it?

• Is your event formal or informal?

And remember – you are not in the kitchen at your own event, so preparation is a key ingredient.

The amount of food you require per person depends on how long your guests will be milling before the main meal, whether there is indeed a main meal to follow, and whether that main meal is light or more full. As a general guide allow 3-4 canapés per person for pre-dinner drinks of an hour’s duration or four pieces of finger food per person per hour for a cocktail or standing event.

A popular option, if you do not have the time or space for a sit down meal, is to have a standing or grazing menu consisting of a combination of the following styles eaten over the duration. This allows guests to mingle, encouraging a fun and fluid atmosphere.

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FROSTING OR FONDANT?

As with all aspects of your wedding cake, the covering comes down to your own preference and style. I were to marry my gorgeous husband all over again, I would choose frosting. I love the informality of frosting; it’s very nature ties in beautifully with the vintage themes that are so popular. To my mind, there is nothing prettier than a frosted cake with beautiful ribbon, adorned with fresh flowers – just stunning!

If you like a slightly more formal design but prefer the taste of frosting, then you should consider opting for a smooth frosted base, embellished with fondant decorations. Hand-made sugar flowers are particularly effective.

If you do opt for a frosted design, remember to ask your cake designer what type of frostings they offer. A cream cheese frosting or a pure white snow cream frosting seem to appeal to the vast majority, but there are other options available that your cake designer may also be able to offer, including Swiss Meringue Buttercream, Italian Meringue Buttercream or American frosting – all super yummy!

If your tastes lean more towards fondant, then the design options are extremely varied. I would feel confident to say that any theme can be bought to life with fondant. It is possible to create all sorts of magic, right across the board, from simple elegance to flirty ruffles and intricately detailed sugar flowers. Fondant does exceptionally well in the hands of very artistic cake designers who can create extroadinary wonders with it – whether on cupcakes or a more traditional wedding cake.

One of the main things to consider is the season you are marrying in. Be mindful that your cake designer should be asking you about the venue and where the cake table is situated, particularly if you are considering frosting during the summer. No cake will take kindly to being placed in direct heat or sunlight! Most established wedding venues are well aware of this and will provide an appropriate setting. However, if you plan to marry in a domestic or rural setting, please do not be tempted to think that the cake will look beautiful situated outside for all the guests to admire during the ceremony – it will not look very beautiful after it has been sitting for an hour or two in the February heat and all the icing has melted onto the ground!

Things That You Need To Know When It Comes To Wedding Planning

TIP! Practice your walk down the aisle many times on the days leading up to the wedding. Make sure that you do this at the actual site of the wedding, as you will want to test out the floor with the shoes you are going to wear.

Wedding planning can be an enormous task to take on. You have to pick the perfect venue, dress, etc. and for many, it’s the most important day of their lives. The ideas in this piece is meant to assist you every step of the way so that you get the most from your budget.

TIP! Consider getting married outside of wedding season. This would be anytime other that May through September.

Practice your walk for your wedding day. Do this at your actual wedding site to make sure you’re familiar with the floor there. This allows you to have confidence in every step on the big day.

TIP! If you plan to serve your own food at the wedding, try shopping wholesale at places like Costco. If you shop wholesale, you will be able to get lots of food at much better prices.

Purchasing a wedding gown online can save a lot of money. If you decide to go this route, purchase the dress early so you will have time to get it altered. It is also important to realize that alterations can cost quite a bit of money. Figure in this additional cost while making your budget.

TIP! Purchasing your wedding gown on the internet can be a budget saver, cutting down your costs by hundreds of dollars. Make sure to order early so you have time for alterations if any need to be made.

It is obvious that that most important aspect to think about in a marriage is the one whom you will marry. Do not rush this life altering lifelong decision. Think about this person and what things will drive you crazy, along with what you can’t live without.

TIP! Keep the wedding in line with how you are personally. Make sure it reflects your spouse as well.

Spend quite a bit of time writing your vows so that they include all the things that are important to your union with your spouse. It’s important to understand that a marriage is a strong commitment that takes both of you making sacrifices. When you are saying your vows ensure your spouse knows and understands that you love them with all of your heart.

TIP! Use a friend’s property to host your wedding. For example, a large backyard could be the perfect setting, and you will save a lot of money this way.

Don’t wait until your wedding day to try walking in your shoes and gown. Practice going down the aisle until you feel comfortable. If you are worried about a twisted ankle, choose attractive flats instead. Footwear that’s not so sexy is preferable to falling on your bottom on your wedding day!

TIP! Try tying small decorative items into each element in the wedding decor. You can use the same ribbon on centerpieces, your dress or as a hair embellishment.

A multi-tiered wedding cake can set you back well over a thousand dollars. You can save money by serving cupcakes, small tarts, or cake pops. These arrangements are beloved for their affordable price range, versatility, and convenience. Guests can even take a cupcake home.

TIP! Make sure that you carefully consider what to include in your vows, as they will be something that your future spouse remembers forever. Marriage is a life long commitment that requires love, sacrifice and the art of compromise and forgiveness.

Your assistant just needs to be someone who is capable of keeping up with all your photographic gear and following along unobtrusively behind you. Your assistant can help you corral the wedding party for great photographs.

TIP! Evenly disperse all of your invited guests among the available tables at your wedding reception. This means making sure there are no odd numbers at any table.

Your guests shouldn’t have to hang around while your pictures are taken. The pictures with the groom’s and bride’s parties should be shot ahead of time. The pictures for the bride, groom and immediately family can also be done in advance.

TIP! If you can, it’s a good idea to have a cruise ship wedding with just your family and close friends. Your honeymoon will start right after the ceremony.

If possible, see if your reception venue offers lighting choices. Certain occasions throughout the evening will call for their own separate mood and lighting, such as a first dance or cutting of the cake. Ask the venue about this before committing to it.

TIP! You can turn one of your friends into a “mail-order minister” so that she can officiate the ceremony. Your ceremony will be less formal, and you will save money.

If you want a relative or friend to officiate the wedding, they can get ordained online. This will not only save you money by not having to pay for an officiant, but will also make your wedding very special. Always consult your local laws to ensure that this is legal, and be sure to get the right paperwork and accreditation in order.

TIP! If you wish to serve guests multiple courses, make sure they are entertained with dishes of small and sweet appetizers on each table. Consider sugar roses which match the wedding colors.

If you plan a destination wedding, consider your guests’ travel arrangements. You may have guests who will make vacation plans around this day and they should have adequate time to prepare. You can send out invitations or reminders to save the date as far as eight months ahead of time. This will allow your guests to make proper arrangements.

Vows Yourself

TIP! If you plan to give a speech at a wedding, write out and practice what you will say beforehand. If you are unprepared for the speech, this can become very obvious very quickly, and leave you feeling humiliated in front of the other guests.

You should definitely consider writing your wedding vows yourself. Of course, copying vows from another source is easier, but keep in mind that your partner knows you well. When you write your vows yourself, you add a bit more meaning and depth to this special day to remember. Use inspiration if needed, but add your own special touch.

TIP! Plan every aspect of the wedding from the food to the events that occur within the reception. Those that have elected to join you on this important day in your life deserve to enjoy themselves.

As you audition various videographers to film your wedding and reception, compare several vendors. Always request a portfolio, or ask to see an online gallery of previous clients. Look at the sound and quality of the video as well as the editing. You could get wedding on VHS tapes a long time ago, but getting them on digital video or DVDs can help you enjoy them for years. Consider the facts and your impressions of the videographers available to make a decision.

TIP! When planning an outdoor wedding, it is important to have an alternate plan established so that you are prepared if bad weather becomes a factor. Whether you rent some kind of rain cover, or have a location that can accommodate a quick move inside, always have a plan.

You can save money when planning your wedding by thinking of flower arrangement alternatives. Use your imagination when it comes to what your flower girl could carry. Use silk flowers, which will cost you much less. Silk flowers save money and can be kept afterwards. Plus, silk flower arrangements can be made weeks or months in advance so that you can be sure you have exactly what you want.

TIP! Do your research before hiring a wedding planner. Consider creating a scrap book of appealing fabric swatches and wedding images that represent the look that you are going for.

Your family might encourage you to follow tradition or make certain choices, but this day is about you and your spouse-to-be. Thank them for any suggestions and kindly decline their ideas with an explanation that it is your turn to make these decisions. As you reflect on that day when you had your wedding, you will not regret it.

TIP! Gift registry is a tried-and-true wedding tradition. For a pleasant atmosphere, you should make your guests understand that they do not have to bring anything.

Begin planning your wedding as early as possible. If your wedding is well into the future, you have more choices in venues and services. This allows you to get services you not only need, but can afford.

TIP! Find a wedding day photographer who is able to capture memories. Ask the photographer how he sees the day unfolding.

Ask your vendors for recommendations about the other services that you need. Ask your photographer if they can recommend a good band. Ask the band if they can recommend a caterer for you. These vendors may give you great rates, as well.

TIP! Add depth to your floral decor and centerpieces by incorporating floral elements of different heights. Put taller flowers in tall vases with compact heads.

Brides ought to practice their smile in their mirror. This will help you to be sure that your smile looks great in the wedding photos. A bit of practice will ensure you get the effect you most desire.

TIP! When planning your wedding music, research your DJ or band to ensure that they know the music that you want the most. Tell them you would like references prior to hiring anyone.

Whatever the size of your wedding, you probably want it to go perfectly! Whether this is your first wedding or fifth, preparation is key. The useful ideas in this piece will assist you in making smart decisions and steering clear of common pitfalls.

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Things You Can Do To Ease Your Wedding Planning

TIP! Set a date outside of the wedding season. The wedding season runs from May until September.

The majority of couples invest lots of time and money into organizing their perfect wedding. Before you start planning, take the time to read these essential tips, so that you don’t waste time or money during the planning process.

TIP! You will need to make a choice about how much alcohol you want to pay for, and which type of serving will be most cost efficient. Open bars are expensive, especially if they’re open for a long time.

If you plan to serve your own food at the wedding, try shopping wholesale at places like Costco. Wholesale shopping will let you get food for cheaper. Also, ask family or friends to help offset the cost of the food.

TIP! Wedding pictures are very important, you can look back at them whenever you want. It might cost a littler extra to do so, but hire yourself a professional photographer so that on your big day you can get the quality of photographs you desire for your momentous occasion.

Use the property of a relative or friend to hold your wedding. If you know anyone with a large enough backyard, you can save a lot of money on your wedding. Make sure you hire someone to set up and clean up, but even that cost will be minimal.

TIP! Make sure to shop multiple photographers before picking the right one to shoot your wedding. You’re not going to want to work with people that aren’t competent photographers.

If your family joins you for a destination wedding, have them join your on your honeymoon as well. This will help with the monetary aspect of your trip. They will have great memories from this too.

TIP! Full length mirrors are great for practicing the “aisle-walk.” If you will be wearing heels, this is even more crucial.

See that the lighting at the reception venue has the ability to be dimmed. This might seem like a trivial detail, but you want to be able to lower the light for your first romantic dance as a married couple and increase the lighting for other moments of the reception. Before giving the venue the thumbs up and your money, ask them about this detail.

TIP! See if you can find a willing helper who can assist you with looking after your equipment and moving it when necessary. Your assistant can help you corral the wedding party for great photographs.

If you are going to use a wedding cake with vibrant colors, opt for a coordinating tablecloth. Good options include designer prints, novelty fabrics or special occasion fabrics like satin, velvet or silk.

TIP! If you are going to use a wedding cake with vibrant colors, opt for a coordinating tablecloth. You can tie all of the elements together by choosing fabrics that have unique textures, patterns, solid prints or those made of satin, silk or velvet.

If it is within your budget, you might want to take a wedding cruise with just your closest friends and family. This will allow you to enjoy your honeymoon as soon as the festivities are over. Call around to different cruise lines to see if any are running wedding specials.

TIP! Borrowed jewelry is both beautiful and acceptable for your wedding. This can allow you to look the way you want to and add an element of charm to your wedding.

Try searching Craigslist to find a local DJ or band for your wedding. To ensure your safety, meet the interested party in a public place before giving them any money.

TIP! You don’t have to go all out when it comes to purchasing things like centerpieces for the tables in your wedding. Use a small, simple center piece instead of a large one that takes up a lot of table space.

The table centerpieces can be expensive and should be artistically pleasing. Don’t crowd the entire table with one centerpiece; instead, find a more simple option. You do not want your guests to be unable to communicate because there is a large centerpiece in the way.

TIP! If a bride and groom are from a different culture, be sure that you have both of the traditions represented in the wedding. Then try to get a reception set up that shows the other side of the marriage if possible.

If both parties who are to be married are from very different cultures it is important to incorporate both sides beliefs into the ceremony. This creates a memorable and intriguing contrast that is sure to satisfy family traditions on both the bride and groom’s sides.

TIP! If children will be playing a role in your wedding, you should dress them comfortably. Pick soft fabrics that are not too tight, and will bring comfort are important.

Meeting a wedding planner? Do your homework. Use fashion designers as your guide to help inspire you in creating the look you want. Use clippings from magazines or pictures and even lyrics to songs to let your planner know what you want.

TIP! Make sure that your wedding is planned down to the smallest of details so there will be no unexpected surprises. You want to make sure that every person who is sharing in your special day has as wonderful a time as you do.

Be sure to take care of all legal details if you are planning a destination wedding. Be it a residency restriction or some other requirement, you ought to make very sure that your wedding will be legitimate.

TIP! You want a skilled photographer for your wedding pictures who is going to do more than just get the shot. You want them to create long-lasting memories.

Plan group fun times on your special day. This keeps your family and friends from just standing around killing time and getting bored. The possibilities for participation are endless, but it should flow with how the rest of your wedding is organized and styled. Your wedding can be more memorable with a lot of fun and interaction for everyone.

TIP! It is vital that your wedding lives up to the bride’s expectations so that she can be happy during the wedding. A stressed-out or disappointed bride may melt down or get depressed during the wedding.

In order to make the wedding go smoothly, make sure the bride is satisfied with every aspect of the wedding. You could cause her a lot of stress if she’s doing all of the planning or if there are any surprises that might disappoint her. In order to prevent your fiancé from being upset, ensure that you run everything by her.

TIP! A great way to save money on your wedding is by using other alternatives to flower arrangements. A flower girl does not need a large flower wreath.

The groom’s tuxedo should fit perfectly. Ask for friendly advice from other people before you make a decision on what tuxedo you want to get. You want your wedding pictures to memorialize you and your bride looking your best.

TIP! Consider the weather at the time of year you are planning your wedding. For example, don’t hold an outdoor wedding during a heat wave–people might not stay too long, if they are uncomfortable.

You can plan a wedding even if you don’t have lots of money. No one should go in debt for a wedding. Doing a lot of things yourself can save a lot of money for you.

TIP! Be on the lookout for a rainy day. For an outdoor wedding, create a “Plan B” since it could rain.

Get started as soon as you can planning the wedding. The sooner you start, the more choices you will have in every aspect of your special day. This will also allow you to book the vendors you want to use for your wedding.

TIP! Ask vendors you’re already using to recommend other services you need. Your photographer may know some great wedding bands in the area.

Serving a small meal after your wedding may be better. This is especially true if a lot of people will be attending your wedding. You can stay within budget by serving small meals to loved ones. Another option is to cut the guest list.

TIP! Mother of the bride and any bridesmaids who are going to help you get ready should be ready well before the time for you to put your gown on. You need to be the central focus during the final moments prior to the ceremony.

When planning a wedding, be sure to consider the weather. If it is going to be an outdoor wedding, guests probably will not want to spend a lot of time, if the day is a hot and humid one. Winter weddings are especially difficult to plan because you have to deal with potential cold, ice and snow. Guests may not be able to travel to your wedding if there’s a blizzard, and may be afraid of getting sick and go home early, if you don’t supply enough heat. Provide comfort to your guests with small accommodations and features, like having fans available if you are having a summer wedding.

TIP! Open a bank account for wedding savings! Keeping a fixed amount of money in a separate wedding account will allow you to monitor how much you are spending, while making it easier to stick to a budget. If a wedding is not in the near future, open an account that can be used later in your life when you are ready.

A great thing to think about when you’re preparing for your wedding is to smile when you’re looking in the mirror. This will help you to be sure that your smile looks great in the wedding photos. A bit of practice will ensure you get the effect you most desire.

TIP! A great bridal party gift is a customized jewelry piece that has some emotional connection to you and your friends. Long after the last toast and garter toss, your bridal party will have mementos to remind them of everything you’ve been through together.

If you have always wanted to get married in Vegas, do it! But if you want something traditional and more meaningful, the tips provided in the text above, might just help you in planning a fantastic wedding that you can look back on with pride, for the rest of your life.

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Planning A Wedding? Try These Tips And Tricks

Generally, a large amount of effort is put into planning the wedding. When you it comes time to plan your own, use these tips below.

TIP! If you choose to take care of your own food serving at your wedding, try going to wholesale stores, such as Costco. When shopping wholesale, you can get large amounts of food for cheaper than you could if you did not wholesale shop.

You can practice walking down your aisle days before the actual wedding. Go to your wedding location to practice while wearing your wedding shoes. In this way, you can be sure everything will go smoothly on your wedding day.

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TIP! Purchasing a wedding gown online can save a lot of money. If you decide to go this route, purchase the dress early so you will have time to get it altered.

Wedding dresses are notoriously expensive. Look at dresses that aren’t actually classified as wedding dresses. They are usually much less expensive but they can be just as beautiful. For example, a bridesmaid dress is typically much less expensive and may be just what you’re looking for. Even if you think you would like to change it in some way, it should be less expensive than if you bought a wedding dress.

TIP! When you are planning on who will be giving the speeches at the wedding, have them rehearse the material before you so that you can make sure everything is appropriate. Certain jokes or comments might not sit well with certain age groups.

Purchasing your gown on the Internet can save you thousands of dollars, but it’s important to buy early so you’ll have time to alter it before the big day. Keep in mind that sometimes the alterations will cost more than the gown itself. Be sure to work the additional cost for alterations into your overall budget.

TIP! The single most important factor when you are getting married is also the most obvious, your choice in bride or groom. This choice will affect you forever, so take your time and don’t rush.

Use a friend’s property to host your wedding. For example, a large backyard could be the perfect setting, and you will save a lot of money this way. Your only cost will be hiring someone who can come in before the wedding to set up and stay after to clean.

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Of course, the focus of your wedding should be on the person whom you plan to marry. Don’t rush this decision, as it alters your life like no other. Think hard about this person and what things in your life you can’t do without, as well as the things that will drive you up the wall.

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TIP! Plan an itinerary and post it online. Share this with your guests, so they are aware of what is happening when.

If you’re terrified at the thought of spending a fortune on a wedding cake loaded with calories, talk to local bakeries about something with a smaller portion size. A variety of healthy alternatives are available for a wedding cake that won’t cause sugar shock.

TIP! If you’re serving several courses, offer sweet treats. Sugar roses that blend with your wedding colors would be a nice touch.

Think about your guests when planning flower arrangements for the reception. The flowers will often just get in the way when your guests are trying to eat. You also might want to take into consideration that some guests may be allergic to the pollen in the flowers. Think about putting non-scented candles out to create a romantic atmosphere.

TIP! Silk flowers are an attractive alternative to expensive floral arrangements at a wedding. You can buy your silk flowers well in advance of the wedding whereas fresh flowers have to be selected, arranged and delivered on the wedding day, which can be more stressful and problematic.

Before choosing a photographer for your wedding day, browse around for ones with the most skill and experience. Having a photographer take pictures you do not like would be a shame. For good local photographers, look at online reviews or ask loved ones for recommendations.

TIP! You can a choose a menu that combines the best of both families and their culture. You can a unique touch by offering cultural favorites, such as desserts, drinks or and edible wedding treats.

Keep in mind all things when considering a venue for your receptions, like having adequate dance floor space. You can make room by moving some chairs and tables around when it’s time to dance, just make sure you find enough space for people to get their groove on.

TIP! If the couple’s families are from different cultural backgrounds, both sides can be honored by incorporating traditions, foods, decors, or rituals from both sides. This solution creates a contrast that will honor the traditions of both families.

Practice before a mirror for your walk down the aisle. Flats may be a better choice if you think you may hurt your feet. A sensible pair of shoes is better than injuring yourself by wearing high heels.

TIP! If children are attending, make sure they are dressed comfortably. Use soft, loose fitting fabrics.

Divide your table settings evenly. Don’t put an odd number of people at any table. Tables should also be grouped based on their age. This will help increase the chances that guests will be able to talk and chat together.

TIP! Research your wedding planner in advance. It is always recommended that you take some time to design what you can call your wedding board.

After you select and purchase your dress, see if you can leave it at the store until the big day. Keeping it at home could result in staining or wrinkles. If you keep it at the shop, that means it will remain pressed and fresh for your wedding.

TIP! Think about the legalities of the location you choose when you are planning out your wedding. Before you start booking services and hotels, make sure everything is taken care of, from fees to residency requirements.

Consider the appearance of your wedding cake when deciding how to display it. For example, if your cake is unusually colorful, match its color to the hue of the fabric underneath it. The right piece of fabric can create a stunning display that makes the cake stand out even more. You can select from a variety of fabrics, including velvet, satin or silk. Likewise, you can choose a solid color or go with something textured or patterned.

TIP! Gift registries are traditional parts of weddings. Gifts should not be mandatory to attend your wedding.

If you are going to be giving a wedding speech, make sure that you practice and plan appropriately. Being well prepared will help you to not freeze up, or babble on nervously, and will help you give a thoughtful and well spoken speech that you can be confident about.

TIP! Hire your wedding photographer to create memories instead of simply taking photos. When selecting a photographer, be sure to ask them how their wedding days typically go.

As a first step of planning your wedding day, make a list of all the things you want in order of priority. For most brides, where they are having the wedding takes precedence over who they are inviting. The flowers they are going to carry is often more pressing than the cake they will be cutting. A prioritized list will help you plan your budget, and delegate the funds to the right area.

TIP! It is better to select your bridesmaids gowns before you select your bridesmaids. Many friendships end over a disagreement about the bridesmaids’ gowns.

Add drama to your floral arrangements by using different elements of varying heights. One great way to do this is to use tall vases and longer-stemmed flowers with smaller heads. Surround those vases with more voluminous flowers that are shorter, like sweet peas and peonies. Have the shorter flowers be lighter in hue than the taller blooms.

TIP! Compose your very own wedding vows. It may be less work to use something already written, but you know your future spouse the best.

In order to prepare in dancing when it comes to your first dance, practice dancing a couple days before the wedding using a long skirt. You could be used to dancing or walking around in a long skirt, but your future husband might not be used to it. This can help him feel more comfortable, especially if the dress is puffy near the bottom.

TIP! Flower arrangements can end up eating a large portion of your wedding budget, but they don’t have to. For example, rather than an expensive floral arrangement for your flower girls, use a beautiful bow adorned with a few magnificent flowers.

Plan out fun and interesting group activities for the guests and members of the wedding party. Do not just have your friends and family stand around waiting for your nuptials to end. You can have all kinds of activities, from contests to volleyball. Your wedding can be more memorable with a lot of fun and interaction for everyone.

TIP! Your wedding planning should take weather into account. An outdoor wedding may not be the best choice for a hot, humid day, since many of those you invite may not stay long.

If you have always wanted to get married in Vegas, do it! However, if you would prefer a traditional wedding, the wedding-oriented tips featured above should help you to plan a magical day, that you will remember forever.

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Getting Married? Try Using These Tips For A Great Wedding!

TIP! Marriages between people of different faiths are common nowadays, but it helps to discuss how this will affect your marriage, in-laws and children, before you marry. Make sure you understand everything about your fiance’s religion and what the expectations concerning religion will be in your marriage.

Weddings can seem very overwhelming and planning them can be stressful. When planning a wedding, you should be willing to keep informed of the trends and ready to try new things to make the event one to remember. Read this article to find out more about how you can plan a successful wedding.

TIP! Before the wedding practice walking down the aisle. Also, practice it at the wedding venue in the shoes you plan on wearing.

The right wedding dress can be quite expensive. Look at dresses that aren’t actually classified as wedding dresses. They are usually much less expensive but they can be just as beautiful. A bridesmaid dress may fit the bill and be much cheaper than a wedding dress. Remember, the dress you chose can be altered to change the styling, and the total cost will still probably be less than the cost of purchasing an official wedding dress.

TIP! Include elements that tell about you, your spouse and the relationship. Select a theme which reflects your relationship.

Your wedding photographs will perhaps be the most important photographs that you ever own. Be certain to hire the best photographer you can to get a clear and touching record of your special day.

TIP! If you want your reception to stand out, go with ethnic themed catering! Chicken and steak are a little boring, so how about going for a variety? Variety makes things interesting, so why not incorporate it into your big day?

Do not place too many flowers on the tables at your wedding reception. Usually, the flowers are only in your guests’ way. Not only that, but you may have some guests who are allergic to flowers. To give the tables a romantic look, consider using non-scented candles as a centerpiece.

TIP! You can rent jewelery and diamonds if you wish to look at your best but cannot afford to. You will look stunning but won’t have to spend a lot, so your budget stays intact.

Make certain that the reception area you choose has enough dancing space. You want to have ample room for everyone to get down, so if the dance floor of your favorite venue is lacking at least make sure that you can add some size by moving nearby tables and chairs.

TIP! One thing to think over during a wedding would be the transportation. Try to get taxis and limos for people that can’t get a ride so they can get back to where they’re staying when the night ends.

A multi-tiered wedding cake can set you back well over a thousand dollars. You can save money by serving cupcakes, small tarts, or cake pops. These arrangements are convenient and affordable. Guests can take home wonderful treats as they depart.

TIP! Brides should de-stress their skin before walking down the aisle. Find products with oatmeal proteins and sea salts, for example.

A great gift for your guests at a destination wedding is a basket that you have delivered to their room full of vacation goodies. Include useful items like sunglasses, a hat, tourist map, pamphlets and a disposable camera. A local restaurant guide is also a great thing to include in the basket because it can help them to find great places to eat.

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TIP! Do not make guests stand around when you are taking photos. The photos concerning the rest of the wedding party should be done in advance.

Keep your wedding dress at the bridal shop until the big day. Bringing it home could expose it to dust or dirt, getting it stained or other damages. If the bridal shop takes care of it, you can be sure that it is going to be in perfect condition for your wedding.

TIP! If you wish to have a wedding cake that stands out and is a focal point in your reception, you may want to consider a matching piece of fabric. Whether you use a solid piece of fabric or opt for one with a pattern, choosing the right material can help attract your guests’ attention and create a more stunning visual display.

If you can afford it, you can try having a wedding on the cruise you like. You could just invite only those close to you. By doing this, you can be on your honeymoon as soon as the ceremony ends. Some ships will give special deals to people who get married on board.

Multiple course receptions should have treats on the table for guests to consume between servings. Get sugar roses in colors that match your theme, or perhaps some crisp crackers.

TIP! If the wedding couple both like to travel they can use decorations that portray that interest. For example, you could make your wedding invites or your save-the-date cards look as though they were vintage postcards or travel passes.

Centerpieces on the tables at your wedding can really set you back from a budget and aesthetic perspective. Instead of purchasing a large centerpiece that will take up the whole table, keep it very simple. This has the added advantage of not making it difficult for guests to talk to each other due to a huge obstruction.

For instance, consider a menu of contemporary fusion with popular dishes. Make the menu unique by adding ethnic desserts, beverages and wedding favors that are edible.

TIP! If you plan on giving a wedding speech, plan the speech and practice it. Don’t wait until the last minute to write your speech, or forget about it once it’s written.

If you are including a wedding speech, make sure you write it out and practice before the wedding. Don’t wait until the last minute to write your speech, or forget about it once it’s written. If you don’t practice, you might ramble, make silly mistakes or completely forget what you wanted to say.

TIP! Make sure that your flowers are beautiful To make the whole room peaceful, go with a retro theme that includes colorful flowers. Bright flowers are ideal for many situations.

Consider renting couches and chairs instead of tables if you aren’t planning on serving a meal at your wedding reception. Furniture like chaises, sectional pieces, or a lounge chair can often get your guests to interact more. Plush seating arrangements encourages comfort and relaxation among your guests, meaning you can even partition differing lounge environments through your reception site.

TIP! Have your floral decoration display flowers of different stem length and different sizes and shapes to add dimension and uniqueness to them. For long stem flowers, use tall vases.

When starting out with plans for your wedding, create a list of what you want in a prioritized order. After doing this, you may realize that the flowers, or the venue, are more critical to you than the number of guests, or the type of cake you choose. If you make your budget in accordance with your preferences, you can guarantee that your money is spent in a way that best reflects your desires.

TIP! Don’t let your family members influence your whole day with their traditions or suggestions; this is a day for you and your spouse, not for them. Let your family member know what you want and thank them for helping, but do not let them influence your wedding.

So that you and your fiance are prepared for the first dance at your wedding, you should both spend some time practicing a dance with you wearing a long skirt. You may already be comfortable moving about in long skirts, but your fiance may not be. This will ease any awkwardness that he might be feeling, especially if your wedding dress is puffy on the bottom.

TIP! Start the wedding preparations early. When you begin your plans well before your wedding date, the selection of venues and necessary services will be much larger.

Start planning as early as you can. A year might seem like quite a long time, but there are many things that must be done. Plan as soon as you can so you have more options.

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TIP! A great thing to think about when you’re preparing for your wedding is to smile when you’re looking in the mirror. This makes sure the bride’s smile comes across the right way in photos.

Use a credit card that has rewards or other perks to pay for everything. Weddings can be quite costly, but having a credit card with miles or other perks can at least give you some relief from the costs associated with your big day. Use the card to make purchases related to your wedding and you will quickly accrue points towards rewards.

TIP! A nice gift you can get your bridesmaids is a piece of customized jewelry that will connect all of you together. This lets them all have something after the wedding they can all relive and enjoy.

Open a bank account for wedding savings! This gives you a crystal clear idea of what your wedding budget will be. The sooner you open such an account the better, even if a wedding is not yet on the horizon.

TIP! Once you know what kind of wedding you want to have, write it down and then shop around for places that do that. Once you start seeing what service providers will work with your design, you can begin to sort things out by price and type of services offered.

By now, you should have quite a few new ideas for planning a wedding for yourself or for someone else. If you apply the tips you just read about while planning your wedding, you’ll have a memorable and easy time when your special day arrives.

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