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Tips for Sourcing Your Wedding Suppliers

Publish On 2016-09-20 , 1:49 PM

Once you get engaged and begin planning your wedding it can be hard to know where to start.

Especially as your wedding checklist of everything you need to organise seems to keep getting longer. Here we provide our tips for getting the wedding planning started and sourcing your wedding suppliers and vendors.




First Step of the Wedding Planning Checklist

To begin with we recommend speaking with family, friends and even work colleagues who have all recently tied the knot. If you went to their wedding and liked something in particular ask who the supplier was. Any first hand recommendations you can get will be instrumental in finding your ideal wedding supplier so speak to as many people as you can. Although ensure they are opinions you trust.

If you’re the first to get married and have no one to ask then its time you get busy buying those bridal magazines and browsing the internet. There are some great bridal blogs, websites and wedding directories that will be a huge help in planning your special day. Google will also be your number one resource.




When researching online be sure to keep your budget in mind and to take note of the location of your wedding. Sourcing wedding vendors and suppliers who aren’t local can mean additional fees for travel. In doing your wedding research it is important that you look through the portfolios of each vendor to see the kind of weddings they have done and whether it fits within your style.

You should also read through reviews to see how your wedding vendor stacks up. Wedding forums can also be a great resource for finding recommendations and reading reviews.

The Modern Brides Ultimate Wedding Planning Tool

Another handy wedding research tool for the modern bride is social media. Most if not all wedding industry professionals will have a social media presence. Here you can get an idea of the vendors personality and view their work. Social media is the perfect avenue for getting wedding ideas.




Browsing through social media is also a great way to stumble upon vendors and wedding supplies you haven’t found through other research. Perhaps you find a bridesmaid dress you absolutely adore by searching a particular hashtag on Instagram. Pinterest is a great platform for wedding research and inspiration and will provide you with an array of different vendors work to peruse.

When You Think You’ve Found Your Wedding Supplier

Once you’ve got an idea as to who you might be interested in having as your wedding suppliers you will need to set up a few meetings and make a few calls. Meeting with more than one vendor for each item is important to ensure you are completely happy with who you select. While the grass may not always be greener and you might love the first vendor you meet it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Just because you take the time to meet with another wedding vendor doesn’t mean you can’t go back to the first vendor you met with. If you have met with someone it is always polite to send them a brief email notifying them that you have decided to go with a different supplier.




During your meeting with your wedding supplier it is important that you get to know your vendors personalities and how they work. This way you can gage whether your personalities are likely to clash or not. There is nothing worse than having a stressful or uncomfortable relationship because you don’t gel. Always trust your instincts; you’ll know if they’re the right wedding supplier for you. Also keep your budget in mind when sourcing and meeting with vendors – be honest with them to ensure you are both on the same page and that there are no surprises for either side.

You should also be sure to have a specific list of questions prepared to ask any potential vendors so you can determine whether you are confident in their abilities. Also unless it’s something like selecting your dress, consult with your fiancé to ensure they too are happy with the wedding vendors. Even if they are not all that interested in wedding planning, a secondary opinion is always helpful.

If you decide to hire a wedding planner, they will be able to source suppliers and do a lot of the research for you. However it is always helpful to notify your planner of vendors you are interested in so that they can contact them on your behalf or find similar suppliers and vendors.

If you don’t hire a wedding planner your wedding vendors might be able to help you source wedding suppliers for other planning needs. Professionals within the wedding industry work quite closely with one another so you can always ask them for help.


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15 Things You Can't Forget To Do

Publish On 2016-09-27 , 1:40 PM

With only a week left before you say "I do," the wedding planning may be done but the work isn't over yet. To make sure not a single carefully dreamed-up detail goes overlooked, we've compiled 15 essential to-dos you (and your fiancé) must address the week leading up to your wedding.

1. Confirm your wedding-day beauty appointments and get your manicure and pedicure. (Better to leave this until you only have one or two days to go!) Buy the colors you end up using to fix any accidental last-minute chips.

2. Grooms: Get a haircut. If you head to the barber when you're more than a week out, your hair could look shaggy. Get it cut too close to the big day and you run the risk of looking like it's sixth grade picture day.

3. Grooms, pick up your suit and brides, your dress. Do one last fitting in the store before taking it home — it will give you more time for any last minute alterations.

4. Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes.

5. Call guests who have missed the RSVP deadline. You'll need the final headcount for your venue and caterer.

6. Communicate the wedding-day schedule, any special duties, and important contact information to your parents, the wedding party, and your wedding coordinator. A document with call-times for everyone playing a large role in your day will help everything stay on schedule.

7. Place final payments and cash tips into separate envelopes for each vendor. Give them to a trusted friend of family member to distribute on your wedding day. Ask him or her to greet each vendor and be the point person for questions.

8. Call and re-confirm every last detail with each of your vendors including date, time, and location. Don't forget to provide them with contact info for their point person on the day-of. (You'll be too busy getting ready to direct traffic!) Make sure your photographer has your shot list, your DJ has your song list, and that your venue knows when each vendor will be arriving to set up.

9. Create a seating chart for your reception and share the final version with your caterer, venue manager, reception host and hostess, and wedding coordinator.

10. If you didn't order escort cards with your stationery, it's time to put on your DIY hat and make them. (Ask your craftiest 'maid for some assistance if necessary!)

11. Provide drivers with a schedule and list of names, phone numbers, and addresses for pickup and drop off.

12. Shop and pack for your honeymoon. Though your girls will make sure you're covered in the wedding-night lingerie department (what else are bachelorette parties for?!), bikinis, sun dresses, and SPF 50 won't buy themselves.

13. Writing your own vows? Making a toast? Prepare anything that requires a speech now.

14. Gather a wedding-day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, safety pins, band-aids, mints, and a needle with thread that matches your dress.

15. Pack a bag for your wedding night. Ask some one to deliver it to the hotel where you'll be staying.


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7 New Wedding Trends

Publish On 2016-10-25 , 1:34 PM

Here are some of the best frugal trends for a cheaper wedding:

1. Forgo the Wedding Party

I had a fairly large wedding party when I was married – eight people – and I didn’t realize how costly that could be. I had to pick out and pay for my bridesmaids’ dresses and rent the groomsmen’s tuxedos. I also purchased gifts as a “thank you” to each member of the wedding party, and there were extra costs involved in setting up a head table, not to mention purchasing bouquets and boutonnieres.

Today, it’s less taboo to forgo the wedding party and instead shine the spotlight on just the bride and groom. You can eliminate significant costs and reallocate those funds to other aspects of your nuptials. Or, try what my best friend did: Choose to only have a maid of honor and best man. Assuming you opt for that instead of an eight-person wedding party for which you purchase dresses, tuxes, flowers, and gifts, you could save $800 to $1,000 or more.

2. Serve Signature Drinks

The bar at your wedding is usually included in the cost of the venue or food-and-drink fee. If you choose an open bar, you pay a premium for it – and for the variety of drinks served.

At a friend’s wedding I recently attended, the open bar only served a selection of liquor along with a signature drink that she and her groom made up – a blue-toned cocktail coined “Something Blue.” It was served alongside less pricey drinks and displayed on a menu so guests knew exactly which drinks they could choose from.

Reducing the number of drink choices and the costs of premium liquor can seriously shrink the cost of your bar tab without damaging the party atmosphere at your reception. Just check with your food and drink provider to see if a signature drink is an option.

3. Have Cupcakes in Lieu of a Traditional Wedding Cake

The wedding cake is practically iconic at the reception, with tiers rising above the party and a chance for that classic cake-in-the-face photo op. However, wedding cakes can also be outrageously expensive, with bakers charging for cake flavors, fillings, tiers, and anything extra.

One of the best current wedding trends is skipping the cake and opting for cupcakes instead. They’re already single-serve, so no cutting is required, and you can order a variety of flavors all for a lot less money than a wedding cake – especially if you make them yourself or order from a local bakery, rather than from a specialty shop.

If you still want a traditional cake feel, you can set the cupcakes on tiers and have a small bride and groom cake at the top for photo ops. The average cost of a cake is $4 to $5 per slice versus $1 to $2 for cupcakes in bulk. If you have a 120-person guest list, you’re looking at $480 to $600 for a cake (plus extra for any design elements you want) as opposed to only $120 to $240 for cupcakes – or less if you’re willing to make them yourself.

4. Host a Cocktail-Only Reception

Let’s face it: the traditional wedding reception is nothing new. There’s the cocktail hour, which leads into dinner – chicken, prime rib, or fish, generally – along with some type of salad and dessert. It can cost anywhere from $40 to $75 per plate for the entire service, and depending on the number of guests, this cost can eat up most of your wedding budget.

By swapping dinner for a cocktail reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, you can scale back your food costs without leaving guests hungry. Choosing a cocktail reception also allows you to explore offbeat wedding venues, such as nightclubs or bars, for a more intimate feel.

5. Add Your Own DIY Touches

I’m obsessed with a show called “Four Weddings,” in which four unacquainted brides agree to be guests at, and score, each other’s weddings for a chance to win a honeymoon. Each time I watch, I’m surprised at how high DIY projects and personal touches score when guest brides are judging the festivities. Often, a homemade favor receives a high score, while a fancy, costly centerpiece gets lower marks.

In addition to saving you a tremendous amount of money, making time for a few DIY projects adds charm and personality to your wedding. Make a homemade favor by molding your own chocolates, or create table numbers from cheap picture frames and photos of you and your groom. When compared to purchasing the same items ready-made, the result is a more personal wedding and a less strained budget.

6. Book Off-Season

Wedding vendors are inundated with requests during the summer and early autumn months, which means they increase their prices to match that demand. Choosing to get married off-season – or even on a weekday – could save you significant money, and is more common for budget-conscious brides. Swapping a Saturday affair with a swanky Friday night cocktail party means vendors are more willing to lower prices to snag the off-day work. Or, opt for a holiday themed winter wedding instead of waiting for the busy summer season.

Modern weddings and receptions mean working with a budget and using the resources you have. If you want pricier components, you may need to sacrifice your dream of a Saturday night reception in favor of a Sunday brunch. According to the BBC, you can expect about a 30% to 40% savings by nabbing a weekday wedding date.

7. Go “Rustic”

The word “rustic” may be the best adjective to ever grace the wedding industry. While some brides still want glitz, glamour, and bling, others are choosing more handmade details to help keep costs down.

For instance, wedding flowers can represent a huge chunk of your budget. Rustic brides might forgo them, however, in favor of branches and hanging votives for centerpieces. Or, you might borrow potted plants from friends and neighbors that can be returned or even replanted later.

Rustic also applies to the venue, skipping sleek banquet halls for wineries and even barn-style receptions. If you’re more into the simple life, choosing to label your wedding as rustic means you can avoid a lot of the pricey details and go instead for mismatched dinnerware, DIY decor, and even BBQ for an easier atmosphere and less pressure on your budget.

Final Word

A wedding is already a huge financial burden on a couple just starting out. By being more money-conscious at the beginning of your relationship, you can set yourself up for a lifetime of financial harmony with your new spouse and skip the stress of starting a marriage stuck in wedding debt. Checking out the latest ideas and, yes, creating that all-important vision board on Pinterest can help you zero in on a few trends that can actually save you money.

What’s your best money-saving wedding tip?


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How to have a fabulously Christmas wedding!

Publish On 2016-11-09 , 1:40 PM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for a wedding! If everyone comes together at this time of year, so why not make the most of it and celebrate your nuptials, too? We love a Christmas wedding here at Wedding Ideas, so here are some of our favourite theme ideas to get you in the festive spirit…

Seasonal colours

First off, let’s think about Christmas colours – if you want to avoid the traditional greens and reds associated with the season, then there are loads of modern winter options for you to consider. We love the look of berry shades such as deep reds and purples interspersed with winter whites. It’s a chic option for a Christmas wedding that feels luxurious and festive. Purple calla lilies are a sophisticated choice, and you won’t need many of them to create an impact. Talk to your florist about what will work for you.


If you’re having a late afternoon wedding then it’s going to get dark early, so why not dress your bridesmaids in deep jewel tones that will look great in the evening? Plums and aubergines are a beautiful option in cozy, low lighting.

For bridesmaid gifts you could gift them a contrasting pashmina to snuggle into. Remember that shoes don’t have to be matchy matchy – in fact it’s better and more on trend if they offer a pop of colour. If you feel like being minimal, then just having white and silver for your colour scheme makes a perfect Christmas theme. You could dress your maids in winter white and accessorise with silver and diamante earrings, bracelets or belts. Take a look at our white winter wedding themes for more ideas!

Christmas Trees

We think a beautifully decorated Christmas tree is an absolute must at both your ceremony and your venue. Use the wedding colours you’ve chosen for your tree decorations. Whites, silvers, golds and berry shades are classic and chic, while bright jewel shades of turquoise, emerald, ruby and amethyst will also look wonderful.

Eat, drink and be merry

Christmas is the best time of year to splash out on great food and drink, so serve your guests a festive feast! You could offer your guests mulled wine and hot spiced apple juice as they arrive at your reception, with mini sausages to nibble on. A version of Christmas dinner is a natural choice for your main meal. Most people love a roast – and it doesn’t have to be turkey. If you’re having a buffet you could serve up the main course carvery style, so as well as the traditional turkey with all the trimmings, you could offer a large ham and a vegetarian option.


Entertaining children

Keeping little ones occupied at a wedding will make their parents eternally grateful to you and a Christmas theme gives you some ready-made ideas. First off, you could have Father Christmas for a visit (maybe before the wedding breakfast whilst the adults are enjoying drinks and canapés) and give the kids Christmas gifts to play with throughout the meal. Alternatively have a chill-out room and play Christmas-themed DVDs – we’re thinking Polar Express, The Snowman, and The Grinch. This will leave you and your grown-up guests free to enjoy your amazing wedding day!


A word of warning though before we go… If you have booked a wedding at this time of year, make sure you get those save the dates out super quick to avoid any clashes of commitments over the festive period.


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Finding a Wedding Reception Location

Publish On 2016-11-22 , 1:54 PM

Once you find the perfect venue to get married at, the rest of those wedding day details (color, style, decor and so on) should quickly fall into place. What should you look for in your reception site (aside from that sense of rightness you know you'll have the moment you see "the one")? We have a number of helpful hints you should keep in mind.

Venue: Fernwood Gardens

Before we lead you through all of our top tips, read this: We launched a new service called The Knot Venue Concierge. It's totally free so all you have to do is tell us what you're looking for in terms of budget, guest list and style, and we'll help you with the rest of the details, like booking venue tours. 

Now, on to what to look for...

A Roomy Fit
It sounds obvious but make sure the room is large enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list. The space may look enormous when it's empty, but wedding essentials—tables, chairs, a buffet, a bar, the band or DJ setup, the dance floor—can take up a lot of space. Not to mention your guests will need some elbow room. Even if you choose an outdoor site, you'll need ample room on the lawn, in the arboretum or poolside. The best way to assess the size of a site? Ask to take a peek of the space when another wedding (with an equivalent guest list size) is all set up. Of course, if you decide you must have your wedding at your favorite bar (the one with one bathroom, two booths and three feet of floor space), you can always work backward and tailor your guest list to match.

Eating, Drinking and Partying Areas
There should be logical places within the space where guests can eat, drink, talk and dance. When you're standing in the space, try to envision where each activity would happen (especially if your ceremony will be there). If a room is too small to separate into sections accordingly, you will probably feel cramped. If it's shaped like an S or some other oddball figure, that could compromise your party's flow as well. Also, note the locations of columns or other obstructions in the room—will they block people's views of the dance floor or the cake table where the best man will give a toast?

Privacy varies widely from place to place, as does the importance couples place on it. If you're having a daytime event in a public spot, such as a park, beach or botanical garden, be prepared for strangers to trek past your party. They may even smile, wave and come by to offer their good wishes. If this is okay with you, go for the park. If not, opt for a lawn on a private estate or golf course. Or, hold the reception at a restaurant or gallery that will allow you to buy it out (as in, guests only). Be sure to ask about available security at your site to keep gate-crashers at bay.

Don't think that just because you're indoors, you're safe from uninvited guests. Banquet halls and hotels often hold more than one affair at a time. If there'll be other events going on simultaneously in rooms close to yours, you may hear karaoke-loving guests singing their hearts out to the sounds of Madonna through the walls or meet them over the hot-air dryers in the bathroom. If this bothers you, try to schedule your wedding when there won't be another one next door. If this is impossible, visit the site on a dual-party night and see how the sound carries and whether there really are any major people problems before you make a decision.

Light can make—or break—the mood and the space. If you're marrying during the day, make sure your hall has plenty of windows. Who wants to spend six hours in a dark room when the sun is shining? If it's an evening affair, make sure the room's not too dim—or that the lighting can be controlled for the big entrance, dinner and dancing. If you're marrying outdoors, say, at dusk, will you be able to set up candles if necessary?

Visit the site at the same time of day that you've chosen for your wedding. Even if the space looks romantic by candlelight, you may be surprised by the sight of that outdated carpet during the day. You'll also miss a chance to see how sunlight streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows completely transforms the room, if you only check it out in the evening.

A Great View
What will your guests see when they walk into the room? Whether it's your city skyline, a stunning vista of rolling mountains or crashing waves, exceptional locations with a view are always a plus. If there's no view per se, look to a place's decor or architectural details: Artwork on the walls, fine Persian rugs on the floors, period furniture in the corners or an amazing crystal chandelier as the room's centerpiece all give your reception site that something extra.

The Right Color
If you're considering a certain theme and color palette for your party—say, a modern lounge-style cocktail party reception done in black and red—those dated antique drapes are really going to wreck the effect. The site doesn't have to be done in the exact colors as your planned decorations, but the walls, carpets, chairs and curtains shouldn't drastically clash or conflict with your party's mood or theme. If you want a spring wedding brunch, look for a space that has pastel colors or floral motifs. For a classic wedding, consider an elegant room done in neutrals or black and white.

Ample Outlets
Be sure to take a thorough cruise around the room to see if it has lots of power outlets—especially if you're partying in a place that's not a regular spot for hosting weddings. Your main user of outlets will be the entertainment crew, so take note of all the places where they'll be able to plug things in. If their location will force your DJ to spin records out of the bathroom (kidding, but you get the point), make sure he has plenty of extension cords.

Good Acoustics
If the place is too echoey, it could give some weird reverb to the band, not to mention make it difficult for guests to hear one another talking. A tile or wood floor will amplify sounds while a thick carpet will tend to muffle them. Check out the room's sound quality during an event and tailor your music to the venue too. A jazz combo will sound better at an intimate art gallery than a 14-piece orchestra would (not to mention the fact that it takes up less floor space).

Plenty of Parking
Make sure the site is near a good parking lot, garage or big, empty street where it's legal (and safe!) to park. If parking is a problem, look for other ways to get everyone to the party. Can a shuttle bus or vans take guests from the ceremony to the reception? Inadequate parking isn't necessarily a deal breaker, but it may mean spending more time and money to figure out a viable transportation alternative.

Plan B
While you might not even want to think about rain putting a damper on your outdoor wedding, you can't look at venues without considering an alternative plan of action should Mother Nature have other ideas. Figure out if there is an indoor space that you can use should the weather turn bad or if there is an option to set up an outdoor tent if an open-air celebration is what your heart is truly set on.


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