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Wedding Order of Service

Publish On 2014-03-27 , 5:01 AM

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Planning your wedding order of service

A wedding reception can comprise a lot of formalities and it’s important to get them in the right order if your wedding is following a traditional format. Furthermore, if your reception is in a hotel or function centre, the general booking time is for four hours – some places may add a surcharge if your celebrations run for any longer than this. Choose the activities you’ll be including from our list (right), then decide when to begin and end each segment.

The master of ceremonies

Organising a master of ceremonies (MC) to oversee your reception is the best thing you can do to keep it moving along. Your MC may be a friend, family member or hired wedding professional who acts as a master of ceremonies, toastmaster and dance caller, plus helps to organise the wedding speeches. A sense of humour also doesn’t go astray! Don’t forget to provide your MC with a detailed time line (see below), then check that they know how to pronounce everybody’s names correctly!

Wedding dances

Traditional receptions may include:
1. Bridal dance (bride and groom)
2. Bride and her father dance 
3. Groom and his mother dance
4. Whole wedding party on dance floor

Your order of reception time line:

Time ____ Everyone arrives at the reception

Time ____ Wedding party and parents of the bride and groom form the receiving line

Time ____ Drinks and hors d’œuvres are served

Time ____ MC announces dinner

Time ____ First course and/or second course are eaten

Time ____ Cake-cutting ceremony

Time ____ Toasts and speeches (allow about 5-10 minutes for each speech)

Time ____ Best man reads the telegrams and emails

Time ____ Bride and groom mingle with guests

Time ____ Bride and groom perform bridal dance; guests dance

Time ____ Bride throws bouquet; groom throws garter

Time ____ Bride and groom say their goodbyes and depart

Time ____ Host and hostess farewell guests

 

Source: http://bridetobe.com.au/article/planning-your-wedding-day-wedding-order-of-service



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Expert Tips For Planning The Perfect Summer Wedding!

Publish On 2014-04-08 , 5:27 AM

If you plan to have your wedding during your favourite season (summer!), when days are long and warm, and nights are starry and romantic, make sure to read these tips before starting the planning process. Not only will your guests thank you, but it will be the best summer wedding they’ve ever been to!

Location, location, location
First of all, when choosing your venue, make sure you are not going to a place that will be right in the middle of hurricane season, which will pose the threat of destructive weather and travelling issues.

Beach wedding?  Check the tides.  A full moon will let you know to expect the swell of the tides and thus, waves and aggressive motion in your background.

If you are thinking about a ceremony by the water, keep in mind that you may get attacked by bugs and insects.  Look around to see if you have other options where you will have less of a chance of being attacked.

If you do, however, plan to exchange your vows by the water, make sure you have a microphone and that your voices are not drowned out by the sounds of the water.

Make sure that you have a plan B, in case of rain.  No bride wants to be drenched with makeup running down her face!

Timing is everything
When choosing the time of day, if possible, don’t get married midday, when there is the highest risk of unpredictable rain showers. Instead, opt for morning, late afternoon or early evening, when you have better odds of dry weather.

Happy guests = happy wedding
You want to ensure guests are comfortable throughout the entire day (and night).

Keep them hydrated and cool, especially if you are having an outdoor wedding. Provide cold water bottles, fans and air conditioning where possible!  If you do have part of a wedding outside (ceremony) and then go indoors for the reception, make sure the room is cool before your guests enter.

Keep in mind that many people suffer from allergies.  Make sure the grass is not cut the day of the wedding as this will surely activate any seasonal allergies your guests may suffer from.

Offer guests bug repellant.  There are bugs, mosquitoes and bees during the day and especially at night.  Place citronella candles around and offer beautifully packaged repellant to your guests.  This will be so appreciated.

If you are on a beach, provide flip-flops for everyone.  Who can walk in the sand with heels or want to sweat in dress shoes?  Just last night, I saw the most interesting thing at a wedding meeting: plastic heel attachments that ladies can snap onto their heels that saves their heels from digging into grass as they walk.  Such an amazing invention and a gift that every high-heeled lady will be grateful for!

Smile.  Picture Time!
When planning your picture-taking schedule, plan for as late as possible.  In the early afternoon, it is the most humid and hottest part of the day.  A sweating and uncomfortable bride will not be happy taking pictures at this worst time of the day.

Brides, make sure you keep a bag with your maid-of-honour or someone else who will be with you the entire day.  Fill your bag with everything you need for touch-ups, from make-up to deodorant and perfume.

Brides, look and feel your best.
When shopping for your dress, remember the conditions you will be in.

A long or poufy heavy dress will make it really uncomfortable for you in the heat, and on grass or sand.  Lighter fabrics that are more flowy not only look stunning, but will make you feel much more comfortable.

Brides, also keep in mind that less is more, especially on hot humid days. A really extravagant updo, for example, will have a hard time keeping its shape.  You can still stay cool and gorgeous with a simple updo and not stress about your hairstyle unravelling.  Summer is easy and casual and your summer wedding look should be, too!

Keep the menu light and refreshing.
Summer fare should always be light and fresh.  No one wants a heavy meal in the hot weather.  Think gazpacho soup, fresh salads, light grilled meat (like chicken or fish) and lots of fruits and vegetables.  Desserts should be bite size, colourful and beautifully displayed.  Rather than rich and heavy cakes, lighter treats such a lemon squares, fruit tarts and sorbets make for more summer-friendly treats.

 

Source: http://blogs.slice.ca/expert-tips-for-planning-the-perfect-summer-wedding/



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9 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Wedding Planner

Publish On 2014-04-16 , 5:05 AM

You've decided to hire a wedding planner - but how do you know which person is right for you and your big day? Thanks to a growing industry and what seems like a million different wedding blogs, it's not always easy to sift through the hundreds of event coordinators out there. Not sure where to start? Ask yourself these nine important questions as you search for the perfect wedding planner.

 

 

 

1. Where is she located? It's smart to find someone who's located in the region where your wedding will take place, if only because she's sure to have plenty of connections. Plus, if your planner is near the venue, chances are she's worked there before and may be familiar with some of the regular vendors.

2. How many years of experience? Time doesn't say everything, but it certainly speaks to some measure of success. Look for someone with a reputation, not only because it will give you peace of mind, but also because you want to work with someone who's respected within the community.

3. Who are her frequent collaborators? Most wedding coordinators work with the same vendors over and over again, so do a bit of research to find out who her friends are in the business. You'll get a great sense of her taste and those are most likely the people she'd refer you to in the future.

4. Would I ask her to grab coffee? You'll be talking to this person very, very often throughout your engagement, so be sure that you genuinely like her. If she seems a bit cold, elitist, or argumentative, just remember that you'll be trusting this person with the most special day of your life - not to mention your dollars and cents.

5. Is she timely? If she can't respond to an email on time, chances are she won't be too quick to tackle your burning questions, either. Look for a wedding planner who is prompt, organized, and coolheaded.

6. Am I impressed by her portfolio? The images a wedding planner chooses to place on her website should be the best of the best, so if you aren't blown away by the work she's shared, move on. You should feel inspired by her previous events - go for the one who dazzles you.

7. Is she on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest? It's 2014, and if your wedding planner doesn't have an Internet presence, that's a red flag. Even if you prefer a more classic, vintage taste, you want someone who's well connected and regularly reinventing her style.

8. Do I appreciate her sense of design? Look at everything from her website design to her personal fashion sense to recognize whether or not your tastes will mesh well. Weddings are all about presentation, so it's important to find a person who presents herself - and her business - in a way that you respect and admire.

9. How does she feel about my vision? Most importantly, it's your day. The first time you speak, give her a rundown of the details you've been brainstorming. The right wedding planner will be excited by your ideas and expand on them in a creative, thoughtful way. Otherwise, you may end up with an event that doesn't suit you.

The bottom line: If you're picky about only one thing throughout the planning process, make it your event coordinator. You'll be passing the reins to this person again and again, so it's crucial that you feel confident in your decision.

 

This article was originally posted at: https://ph.she.yahoo.com/blogs/love-sex/9-questions-ask-choosing-wedding-planner-201800237.html



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How To Plan An Eco-Friendly and Vintage Wedding

Publish On 2014-05-21 , 2:30 PM

Eco Friendly Wedding

 

 

 

Looking to plan a stylish sustainable wedding? Here are some tips and tricks to keep it environmentally sound.

  • Hire a coordinator that will properly source green-friendly choices for your wedding.
  • Plan your ceremony and wedding reception in the same place to save energy on transportation.
  • Choose a location that has a good recycling policy.
  • Use recycled paper or materials like bamboo, hemp and kenaf.
  • Create custom invitations by hand or ask your printer to print with soy-based ink.
  • If you prefer to keep it paperless, reach out to guests with an e-card invitation or via telephone.
  • Create a wedding registry that includes a charitable cause or items that are green-friendly or organic.
  • For the bridesmaid dresses, opt for frocks from vintage stores.
  • For your wedding dress, choose designers that use environmentally sound fabrics and practice fair trade acts.
  • For hair and makeup, use organic or mineral products that are not tested on animals.
  • Use a florist who uses locally grown organic flowers.
  • Faux or silk flowers are another option for wedding flowers.
  • Rent an energy-efficient hybrid car for transportation. Alternatively, hire a horse and carriage or a rickshaw for transport, or even a bicycle-built-for two.
  • For entertainment, opt for acoustic singers or hire an ensemble to play stringed instruments.
  • For food and favours, use items that are organic or fair trade.

Read more at http://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk/planning/receptions/eco-ideas/2011/08/09/how-to-plan-an-eco-friendly-wedding#3qIjvUUGOP5Wu7yx.99

Vintage Wedding

 

 

A vintage-inspired wedding theme can also have eco-friendly credentials. Here are our top tips for planning a vintage-chic celebration: 

  • Select a vintage era that sets the tone of your wedding.
  • Try to find a manor for your venue where you can hold the ceremony and the reception. With an antique décor and furniture, a manor will create the perfect ambiance without you having to purchase extra themed decorations.
  • Wear a gown that has been passed down in your family or from shop second-hand.
  • Dress your bridesmaids in frocks from vintage stores or have them wear their own dresses.
  • Dress the men up in their own morning suits or tuxedos. If they don't have one of their own, they could borrow it from a mate.
  • Use recycled yellow paper and hand write your invitations for an "olde-world" effect.
  • From antique photo frames to candles made of beeswax or soybean - double these up and use as table cards and as favours.
  • Arrange for a horse-drawn carriage for your environmentally-friendly transport.
  • For old-fashioned fare, create a menu that reflects the era of your theme - and ingredients should be free-range and locally grown produce.
  • For a fun photo opp, take vintage style bikes around a park.

Read more at http://www.bridesmagazine.co.uk/planning/receptions/eco-ideas/2011/08/09/how-to-plan-a-vintage-wedding#55sgbAbyABkhHerZ.99



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Top 10 Wedding Budget Tips

Publish On 2014-06-14 , 12:50 PM

Top 10 Wedding Budget Tips: Clever Ideas To Save Money 

Here are some wedding budget tips on how to save money for the savvy bride. Cut-down your wedding cost with these creative ideas without sacrificing on style.

On wedding dress

It will save you a lot more if you prefer a designer couture by replacing the fabric or search for wedding dress options instead. You may also pick a main color theme and then have your bridal entourage or wedding party to choose their own dress with that main color.

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On bridal hair and wedding make-up

Head out to a salon if you want your hair done by a hairdresser to save on money. If you will do your own bridal hairstyle, do keep your hair plain and simple. However your wedding make-up is an essential part of your look, specially with your wedding photos. You have to hire a professional make-up artist if you want your wedding make-up to remain throughout the day or might as well ask a friend who knows how to do it for you.

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On wedding venue

Have your wedding ceremony and your wedding reception combined in one place. That can save you various site fees along with wedding transportation from one place to another. Choose a naturally romantic location to lessen the cost of additional wedding decorations. Destination weddings often tend to have a lesser number of guests.

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On wedding stationary

Save on postage stamps. You may instead send out a group email and just tell your wedding guest to set a date in their journals. With wedding invitations, think about creating and designing your own. What you need to do is just choose the best font for your wedding theme, then print! Just keep it simple using high-quality paper.

On photography and videography

Settle for a service-only photo and video packages to be able to hire your dream photographers and videographers at affordable rates. Just avail the wedding album and edited wedding video later on.

On wedding flowers

In case you choose to have a professional carry out the wedding flower decorations, it can get very expensive. To cut down on cost, set up your own floral arrangements as well as bouquets and pick flowers that are in season.

On wedding cake

Wedding cakes can be quite costly. You can instead create and come up with your own wedding cake or simply get a basic cake coming from a local market, then set decorations around it. Other couples make use of fake cakes merely for the picture taking, then serve the real slab cake later on.

On catering

Serve a simple menu dish. Brunches, buffets, and hors d’oeuvres are cost effective than a three-course sit down meal.

On wedding favors and giveaways

Make your own wedding favors and get creative. You can make use of photo souvenirs as giveaways taken from your wedding party photo booth. Your guest will have an hilarious time as well posing with their most wacky shot and get their photos right away.

On honeymoon

Book in advance your romantic honeymoon travel destination and make the most of promos from airlines. Just refrain from traveling while in peak season. It’s when destinations are most crowded, very busy and will be more expensive.

 

Source: http://weddingphotography.com.ph/9293/top-10-wedding-budget-tips-clever-ideas-save-money/



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