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A Blast of Fun and Fancy Decorations for a Unique Dream Wedding

A Blast of Fun and Fancy Decorations for a Unique Dream Wedding

It is rare to see fun wedding decorations. There seems to be an unspoken rule about staying monotonous and safe when it comes to decorating a wedding ceremony. While there are certain rules in churches that should be respected, the reception doesn’t have to be all white and flowery. If you want something new and fun for your reception, here are some suggestions that may spark your creativity.

  • Play with colors – Stay away from the usual white motifs. White is technically not even a color to begin with so why bother using it? You can use all colors in the spectrum. There are so many colorful flowers and cloths available online and they don’t really have to be very expensive. The good news about this is that if you are free to use any color you will have more options. You can coordinate with your wedding planner regarding this. They are trained to know which colors match with one another and which ones should not be placed on the same room. If you do not have a wedding coordinator, there are always sites online that will teach you how to mix and match colors. If in doubt, just Google it and you will be fine.
  • Think of a theme – It would be fun if you could ask your guests to dress up like fairies while you and your partner will be the prince and princess in a fairytale. If you are not this crazy or your guests don’t feel like wearing wings or carrying wands, then you can come up with something more possible. Dressing up as Princess Leia and Han Solo during your reception could be fun while your guests dress up as aliens from different planets. The point of this suggestion is that you can play with a theme that would match you and your partner’s personalities.
  • Wedding decorations on catalogues can be helpful too – There are suggestions on catalogues that could appeal to you. Remember to put your own flare to it. Own your wedding by putting something on the mix that would symbolize or represent you and your partner. What you see on catalogues or on online wedding magazines should serve only as suggestions.

If you are not very creative or you doubt your taste, you can always ask professionals or friends who have better taste than you. Understand that there is a reason why wedding decorations belong to a different department as birthday or Halloween decorations. As long as you put this in mind, you will be fine.

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Why You Need a Wedding Planning Tool

Why You Need a Wedding Planning Tool

Try planning a wedding without any wedding planning tool. It will definitely be like trying to open a can of sardines with your bare hands. Planning a wedding is definitely not an easy task. There are many things that should be taken care of, many things to buy, and many things to organize. That is why you will need all the help you can get. Even if you decide to hire a wedding planner, you will still need to organize some parts for yourself and know what you want your wedding to be like. Otherwise, it will not be as special as you surely want it to be. Here are some tools you can use to help you plan your wedding.

  • Wedding budget calculator – This can be found online and it is for free. This tool allows you to encode your expenses on a list of things that you should have for your wedding day. It will give you a total of all your expenses while it reminds you of what you still need to purchase or get.
  • Wedding budget spreadsheet – like the wedding budget calculator, the wedding budget spreadsheet allows you to encode your expenses as well. The difference is you can write down the list of things you have purchased or will purchase. This wedding planning tool is more advantageous for those who have figured out their own list of must haves. Another advantage is that the spreadsheet gives you more room for miscellaneous expenses.
  • Wedding planner book – There are people who prefer the wedding planner book compared to the human version. Aside from being more affordable compared to its human counterpart, this book also gives you a step by step guide on how to be your own wedding planner.
  • Wedding journal – A wedding journal is important not only as a memoir for the entire process of wedding preparation but for keeping up with your to do list as well. It is also important for planning and scheduling a time table for all things that should be done in a specific number of days. It will also remind you of the small things that you may forget as the wedding day approaches.

You can find a wedding planning tool online and most of them are for free. You should take advantage of these tools since they will help lessen the headache and the stress. Using them will also help you forget tiny but important details on your wedding day.

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Wedding Planning Guide 101

Wedding Planning Guide 101

Congratulations! You are engaged to be married. After the excitement and the high of being engaged, you are now in front of your computer wondering what to do next. This wedding planning guide will give you the basics but as for the rest, you will have to leave it to common sense.

  • Where to begin – This step, you are doing now. Searching for a wedding planning guide online will help you know where to start. You should also know that there are many tools online such as wedding budget calculators and wedding journals that can help you along the way.
  • Budget – You will need to talk to your partner about this. By knowing your budget, you can narrow down the type of wedding you will have, how many people to invite, and how much to spend on foods, clothes, and decorations.
  • Take out your pen and paper and start listing – Begin by having separate lists of things you need to buy, people to inform or invite, things needed for the ceremony, things needed for the entourage, things needed for the reception, etc. The grander the wedding, the more people you will need to help you out. A wedding planner may come in handy if your budget can manage one. If not, then you will have to rely on articles such as this one for advice.
  • Gradually inform the people you will be inviting – This is the tricky part. Most couples may forget people and it may result to feelings being hurt or grudges. The best way to avoid this is to sit down and check your family tree then your facebook profile for your list of friends. Be warned though, there should be at least two of your friends who do not use social networking sites.
  • Assign a trusted friend or family member to work on some of the things you need – You can ask your sister, for instance, to check on the wedding dresses. You can ask your brother to drive you from one place to another. If you’re an only child, then your friends will definitely come in handy. You can ask them to pick up the flowers or the dresses.
  • Wedding Vows, among other things – This refers to the things that will be needed during the ceremony. This includes the bouquet, the ring, and most importantly, your wedding vow. While it won’t be so difficult to make something up during the ceremony, it will still help if you at least have an outline of the things you have to say.
  • Check on another wedding planning guide online in case something is left out here.

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Why You Need a Wedding Planning Tool

Why You Need a Wedding Planning Tool

Try planning a wedding without any wedding planning tool. It will definitely be like trying to open a can of sardines with your bare hands. Planning a wedding is definitely not an easy task. There are many things that should be taken care of, many things to buy, and many things to organize. That is why you will need all the help you can get. Even if you decide to hire a wedding planner, you will still need to organize some parts for yourself and know what you want your wedding to be like. Otherwise, it will not be as special as you surely want it to be. Here are some tools you can use to help you plan your wedding.

  • Wedding budget calculator – This can be found online and it is for free. This tool allows you to encode your expenses on a list of things that you should have for your wedding day. It will give you a total of all your expenses while it reminds you of what you still need to purchase or get.
  • Wedding budget spreadsheet – like the wedding budget calculator, the wedding budget spreadsheet allows you to encode your expenses as well. The difference is you can write down the list of things you have purchased or will purchase. This wedding planning tool is more advantageous for those who have figured out their own list of must haves. Another advantage is that the spreadsheet gives you more room for miscellaneous expenses.
  • Wedding planner book – There are people who prefer the wedding planner book compared to the human version. Aside from being more affordable compared to its human counterpart, this book also gives you a step by step guide on how to be your own wedding planner.
  • Wedding journal – A wedding journal is important not only as a memoir for the entire process of wedding preparation but for keeping up with your to do list as well. It is also important for planning and scheduling a time table for all things that should be done in a specific number of days. It will also remind you of the small things that you may forget as the wedding day approaches.

You can find a wedding planning tool online and most of them are for free. You should take advantage of these tools since they will help lessen the headache and the stress. Using them will also help you forget tiny but important details on your wedding day.

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Secret to a Memorable Wedding: Choosing the Right Wedding Planner

Secret to a Memorable Wedding: Choosing the Right Wedding Planner

Life is full of choices. Just when you choose to get married, you will now need to choose a wedding planner to do all the dirty work for you. While it may be convenient in the long run, trusting your wedding to one person may break or make it depending on your choice. So here are some guidelines to make sure you don’t mess this part up.

  • Wedding planners may come in form of a book and/or human. The book can give you a detailed list of the things you need to do. It is cheaper and you have the freedom to do everything yourself. On the other hand, hiring a talking, walking, thinking human planner will save you all the effort. A human planner can be an invaluable tool so you can worry less and enjoy this special day. Not to mention, you are saved from all the legwork that a human planner can take care of.
  • Ask friends and family – Like most professional services, you can ask for recommendations from your friends or relatives who may know a planner who has done a great job in his or her previous projects. It is always good to have a referral from someone you know compared to reading advertisements made by the planner himself or herself. In case you really need to look one yourself, you can look for a wedding planner or coordinator in phonebooks or in the classified ads sections of newspapers.
  • Interview – Make sure you do this yourself. Consider this as an audition. This is an important job for an important occasion. You need to feel confident with this person. Make sure you can depend on him or her for this special day. Remember that if you’re in doubt, throw it out. Do not bet on someone you don’t connect with or someone who you’re having a hard time talking to. It is important that you understand each other and that he or she can live up to your expectations.
  • The price – You should know that a wedding planner costs about ten percent of the cost of the wedding. If you think this is too much, then think about how much you would spend if you do everything yourself. Also, think about how much time and effort this may cause you. Consider that there is no price for effort. Not to mention the stress you may experience if you prepare everything and be married at the same time.

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Wedding Music: How to Choose Songs for Your Wedding

Wedding Music: How to Choose Songs for Your Wedding

Wedding ceremonies and receptions will never be complete without music. Filling the air with perfect wedding songs is sure to bring romantic atmosphere during the event, as well as bring out a myriad of emotions from the guests. Wedding music also reflects the couple’s relationship with each other and sets the mood of the event.

With these in mind, it’s safe to say that music is one of the most important elements that you should never forget on your wedding day. Choosing the right songs for such an important event is very crucial and requires careful thinking and selection. To help you out, here are the most important considerations that you need to be aware of when choosing the music for your wedding.

Songs That Fit the Wedding Theme. Choose songs that perfectly match the theme of your wedding. Be it a garden wedding or a beach wedding, make sure to select a song line-up that fit the style of your wedding, from songs that you want to hear during the ceremony to those that you’ll want to use during the reception.

Songs That Matter to You and Your Partner. The songs that you choose should speak about your relationship with each other. Whether they’re your favourite songs or not, make sure they all appeal not just to you but to your partner as well.

Songs Delivered by Great Musicians. In terms of your wedding music, you can be as creative as you can. You can use traditional wedding songs from your favourite artists or you can hire your own group of musicians and have them play your choice of songs. Create a list of your favourite wedding songs and make sure your chosen musician can play all that you have listed.

Songs for Your First Dance as Husband and Wife. This is one of the most important parts of the reception, your first dance as husband and wife. Make sure to choose songs that are meaningful to you and your partner. You can even use your theme song for your first dance. Before your wedding day, practice dancing with your partner to ensure that the beat is not too fast or slow for both of you.

Songs for the Wedding Ceremony. It is important that you talk to a church official before you choose the songs to play during the ceremony. The church may have guidelines on what kinds of songs to play, and it is better that you know about them so you’ll know the right songs to choose.

As soon as you’ve chosen that perfect soundtrack for your wedding day, find time to talk to your DJ or live band or whoever it is in charge of the wedding music. Don’t forget to instruct them which songs to play at what part of the wedding ceremony and reception. Congratulations and best wishes!

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Wedding Planning – Things to Think about Before You Tie the Noose

Wedding Planning – Things to Think about Before You Tie the Noose

So you got a groom, a ring, and a wedding dress. Everything is set except that there are so many things to do. You will need sponsors, decorations, order of the ceremony, photography, wedding reception arrangements, wedding invitations, wedding vows, wedding songs, wedding rehearsals, wedding flowers, transportation, bridal party, wedding date, and tons of other things that a normal person goes through before tying the noose. Contrary to popular belief, wedding planning is not as easy as eating peanuts. Regardless of how grand the wedding is, there are many things to prepare and think about before your much awaited day. Here are some things that you might have forgotten.

  • The priest or judge – This depends on your belief or on where you will be holding your wedding. Regardless of our differences in religious and social upbringing, there is one common denominator when it comes to weddings – you will need someone ordained, be it legally or religiously, to wed you and your partner. So with the brouhaha that comes with wedding preparations, do not forget the priest or judge.
  • The sponsors or witnesses – You will need people to witness and hear your wedding vows. They need to sign your marriage certificate as well to make is in no means illegal and is approved by the law.
  • The Reception – Most cultures celebrate wedding like its Christmas. There should be plenty of food and members of each side of the family should be present. While a grand reception is not always necessary, you will at least need to treat your sponsors, guests, and family members somewhere. Whoever said weddings are cheap?
  • The budget – Unless if you’re a millionaire, budget is always the first thing to consider before everything else. When you know how much you have to spend, you can narrow down your options into what your budget can allow. Budget is also the heart and soul of wedding planning.
  • Checklist – To make sure you are not forgetting anything, see to it you have a checklist of the things that have been done and those that need more work. Even couples who can afford a wedding planner should have a checklist for themselves.
  • Wedding Vows – Many men dread this part of the wedding. This is the reason why it is in this list. Encourage your man to make his vows and practice it days before the wedding.

Wedding planning is fun. Despite the usefulness of wedding planners, it is still better if you and your partner can work on it yourselves. You will feel the exhilaration and joy of your wedding day.

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