Tips for a Floral Themed Wedding Decor

Tips for a Floral Themed Wedding DecorDecor plays a major role in any wedding. It adds character to any venue and creates the ambience for the occasion. The best seller for any wedding decor is a floral theme. It is the most adaptable and perfect for any season. All you need is the right kind of flowers. We give you some brilliant ideas to make your wedding look prettier with flowers. You can also log onto any of the good matrimony sites to get more ideas.

Deck up the Mandap with flowers – The wedding mandap is the most important part of any wedding venue as the actual wedding takes place there. So it’s important to doll it up beautifully and what better way than with flowers. Choose the flower colours as per the general colour scheme of the wedding or according to the bride’s attire and have the whole mandap covered with flower garlands from top to bottom.

Flower Backdrop – Have a floor-to-ceiling backdrop with greens and colour coordinated exotic flowers like lilies and orchids to set the scene for

Catering to Your Wedding

Catering to Your WeddingWedding catering has always been one of the most crucial aspects of planning a wedding. Besides choosing the food menu items for the palette, you also need to think of other factors – could there be potential allergies to certain types of wedding food, will the food arrive on time, and will it taste great? For all these reasons and more, it is very important that you take the time to review the details of providing great cuisine through a responsible and reliable wedding caterer. Ideally, you will find someone who has experience in catering wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, theme weddings and bridal showers. If the caterer is a custom designer, baker or Chef, they might also help you plan your stunning wedding cake or cake tops. Here are some tips we have found that might help make planning your wedding catering easier than you might think:

  1. Meet the Caterer(s) in person with questions.

Many local wedding florists, planners and coordinators know the industry well. Ask them about potential caterers for your event. If you contact a

How to Choose a Pearl Necklace for Your Wedding Day

How to Choose a Pearl Necklace for Your Wedding DayThe elegant beauty of a strand of pearls has fascinated brides for centuries. People believe that wearing pearls on their wedding day will bring bliss to their marriage.

Pearls are classic wedding jewelry. How do you choose that perfect pearl necklace?

Here are some tips:

There are four types of pearls:Akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls, SouthSea pearls, and freshwater pearls. Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea pearls grow in oceans. They are more valuable than freshwater pearls for their rarity and high luster.

Akoya pearls are the most popular. These pearls are valued for their rich color, mirror-like finish,and appealing roundness.

As with any other gemstones, the value of pearls is determined by their quality.

A pearl’s quality can be A, AA, AA+, AAA, AAA+. The last two, AAA and AAA+ pearls, have the best quality and they are most valuable. For pearls of the same size, an ‘A’ quality pearl necklace costs only a small fraction of AAA quality pearl necklace.

The quality and value of pearls

Choosing a Color for Your Wedding Dress

The most traditional Western wedding dresses come in all different shades of white, each of these different colors more for different skin tones and tastes. However, the more adventurous can now find more colorful options on the market too, ideal for standing out from the pack and celebrating a truly unique wedding.

Many major brands such as Marisa and Allure bridal wedding dresses have several different shades of white for you to consider first, as you may well find that going down the traditional route is better for you. If you do this, simply be aware that there will be better shades to suit your natural coloring.

It is often recommended that very fair skinned brides choose more ivory shades in their wedding gowns, since dark skinned women can opt for almost every shade of white for their dress. Skins with yellow undertones often do very well with pure white dresses, and tanned skins look particularly nice with richer, cream colored whites.

This is just a brief guide to whites that you can wear, so try out a few of the different ones above and see just how they work together with your particular skin

Ideas for Eye Catching Bridesmaid Dress Designs

There are many aspects involved in creating the perfect wedding, including picking out a gorgeous wedding dress, finding the perfect venue, booking a good caterer and hiring the best musical entertainment. Another important thing to think about is picking out the right bridesmaid dresses for the occasion too, and this can be more difficult than it first appears.

One thing to consider here is that you will likely have several different people as bridesmaids, each with different body shapes, preferences and skin tones. Picking something to fit all of them at once was always going to be a tricky task, but there are some ways to please your bridesmaids and choose some eye-catching bridesmaid dresses that suit your big day too.

The first step is to take into account the personal preference of your bridesmaids in general, considering how daring they are prepared to go in the cut of their dresses and the length of the hemlines. Your bridesmaids will want to feel comfortable, but this does not mean that you cannot create a show-stopping look anyway.

Of course, the first way to create a really eye catching look is to choose a dress that

Places Where You Can Use Pre Wedding Photographs

If you are one of those excited couples who believe that you are entitled to have the best wedding ever, there is nothing wrong in that. You rightfully deserve to have the best wedding for yourself as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity where you join hands with your partner to enter a world of marital bliss and have two souls walking towards a single goal. A wedding includes several arrangements that come together to make a successful event and one of the most important aspects is the photography. Professional wedding photographers are always at hand when you get to approach them whenever you intend to.

Most professional wedding photographers offer wedding packages to the couples which often include pre-wedding photography along with capturing the best moments of the wedding day. These sessions are something that not all couples prefer due to the added costs but is often recommended for various reasons. Apart from getting to know your photographer and his style of capturing photographs, you get benefitted by the following ways.

  • Wedding invitations– While you prepare and print wedding invitations, you can always include the pre-wedding pictures in the invites o give

Tips for Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding should be fun and exciting. However, if you don’t do the proper research and stay within your budget things can go bad in a hurry. What you need is to keep things well organized and simple. Here are some tips to help make sure your weeding plans go smoothly.

  1. The first thing you should decide is how big and complex you want your wedding to be. Do you want a small wedding? Or would you rather have a big wedding? You need to make sure both you and your partner are on the same page and agree on things. Prepare to make some compromises.
  2. Decide on a good theme for your wedding. This includes how people will dress, food, location, and decorations.
  3. How much can you really afford. There is no reason to go all out on a wedding if you cant afford it. This could lead to some really big problems with your families and you as a couple.
  4. Do you want to hire a wedding planner? Wedding planners are certainly great and do a good job. But there not necessary either. Be sure if you do hire one that they don’t get you spending allot

When To Order and Send Your Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations should be ordered when you have all the details of your wedding set… place, time of ceremony and reception as well as your guest list. Plan to place your invitation order at least 3-4 months in advance, some companies may require 4-6 months. Especially, if you are ordering custom made invitations or handmade invitations and coordinating ensembles. Depending on the intricacy of your design and because they are not mass produced, but rather assembled one by one it can take anywhere from 4 to 10 weeks for your order to arrive. Also consider the factor of the design process, possibility of errors, proofs and changes in your design.

Ideally invitations are sent 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding. It is best to send out-of-town guests their invitations 8 weeks in advance, as this will allow for making travel arrangements. Consider sending out-of-town guests save the
date cards earlier, with information on hotels, flights and car rental.

Keep in mind that you will need time to address your invitations, ask family and friends for help. While doing it yourself is the most cost effective way. There are other alternatives you may want to consider: the

How to Plan a Cheap Wedding

There’s no doubt about it, weddings can be expensive. The average cost of a wedding today is $20,000 – $25,000, and weddings are estimated to be a $25.3 billion industry. But don’t worry if your budget cannot stretch for the most expensive custom-made gown, elegant invitation cards, or the top photographer, it doesn’t mean that your wedding will be any less unique or special than anyone else’s.

You just need a bit of guidance and a few tips to help you achieve the dream of your big day. Here are a few suggestions with tips on how to save on some of the more expensive aspects of a wedding.

Wedding Gowns

Do you really need a hand-made wedding dress with beads and diamantes? This is where the big cost is and there are several options in cutting the cost. Why not opt for a second-hand wedding dress? It’s probably only been worn once anyway and you can get a once expensive dress for half the price. Consider buying an evening gown/cocktail dress from a department store or look into renting your wedding dress for the day.

The Reception

This is where the cost

Secrets to a Successful Stress Free Wedding

Your wedding is supposed to be the most important day in a your life, and yet for many, just getting there in one piece is harder than fitting stilettos on an elephant. Why is it so difficult? The biggest problem is stress and how the interplay of all the different participants at your wedding adds or subtract from that stress. Here are some wedding ideas to have a truly successful and happy wedding.

Scientists use the term HOMEOSTASIS (homeo = the same; stasis = standing) to define the physiological limits within which the body functions efficiently and comfortably. Stress disturbs homeostasis by creating a state of imbalance. The Lord knows how easily some people can cause us imbalance. Well, the secret of all of this is that, if we know how difficult it is to change ourselves, we must then take for granted that we are not going to be able to change others, especially between now and the wedding date. So what can we do to make or create STASISHOMEO “the ability to maintain the same mental condition we enjoy now on the day of your wedding” (LOL)?

The all time stress-o-meter gives the following

Design Your Own Beautiful Wedding Ring

It used to be that if you wanted to buy a nice custom-made wedding ring, you’d have to visit some fancy high-end jewelry store and be willing to part with a large portion of your wedding budget.

Well that’s still the case for some people, but thanks to our modern times it’s now possible for you and anyone else who wants a custom wedding ring to create a unique diamond wedding ring from the comfort of your own home.

Oleg Cassini will have nothing on you as you sit in your chair sipping a soda looking at the various wedding ring photos that your favorite online jewelry store makes easily available.

You will quickly see that it’s easy to design your own wedding ring online. The first thing you want to look at when you set out to build your own wedding ring is the setting. You’ll have your choice of wedding ring settings in various metals like: gold, white gold, sterling silver, and platinum. While studying the stylish settings, be sure to check your ring size for accuracy in purchasing a comfortable fitting wedding ring.

Next, you’ll want to select the right diamond

Saving Money on Photography for Your Wedding

Weddings are momentous occasions to all people involved; especially the families of the bride and groom. One very important aspect of a wedding is to commemorate the event with beautiful pictures so that the day never really disappears.

Hiring professional photographers is usually the preferred way for couples to capture the moments of their wedding forever.
Professional photographers can charge an obscene amount of money for their services at times, but there are a few ways that you can save money on photography at your wedding.

Here are some of things that you can do to save some of your money for the honeymoon instead. Let’s take a look at what you can do.

  1. Place disposable cameras on tables at your reception and let your guests capture special moments for you.
  2. Ask a friend or family member to take special photos of the ceremony for you or videotape it
  3. Check at colleges and universities who are studying photography and hire a student to do it. You can get professional looking photos for a fraction of the price.
  4. Have your photographs taken before the wedding by having your wedding party to gather together at a professional photographer’s shop
  5. Have your

Beautiful Balloon Wedding Decorations

Need a quick idea to dress up a mediocre wedding? Balloon decorations are just what you need. These do-it-yourself ideas are not only low-cost but also lovely additions to a wedding ceremony or reception. Adding balloon decorations to your wedding is a smart way to be creative and save money.

Balloon Arch

The balloon arch is a perfect way to add flair to your celebration. The easiest way to construct the piece is to get a pre-built wedding arch made of white metal. If a wedding arch is not available, you can build an arch using strong bendable metal wire. Just make sure it is sturdy enough to stand on its own.

After positioning the arch, simply attach full balloons onto the arch using wire ties or string. Wrap the tie around the base of the balloon and then onto the arch. It is best to start at the top and work your way down both sides evenly to crate a uniform look. This can be done with multicolored balloons or balloons of one shade. Balloons should not be filled with helium however.

The more balloons you can attach, the better the piece will

How to weather proof your wedding

Couples spend untold time planning their wedding to ensure nothing goes wrong. However, the weather is one variable that just can’t be controlled or predicted, no matter how many forecasts you read.

To help ensure rain, clouds or a blazing sky don’t spoil your celebration, here are some ideas to use in creating a wet weather contingency plan.

If it’s hot and sticky

  • Think about your locations. If the wedding is outside, you’ll need to make sure there’s plenty of shade for your guests, whether it’s under trees or covered by a marquee.
  • Station plenty of jugs of cold water around your venues and encourage friends and relatives to indulge so they don’t get dehydrated.
  • Provide cans of deodorant in an amenities baskets in your restrooms so guests who overheat don’t have to smell of sweat.
  • Set guest and wedding-party seating where everyone can enjoy the best breezes. You could erect huge umbrellas for shade or even set up huge portable blowers to circulate cool air.
  • Instead of traditional favours, give everyone a paper fan or parasol to keep themselves cool.
  • Protect your food by making sure, for example, that dishes such as ice-cream are properly refrigerated until the last

How to choose a marriage celebrant

To understand celebrants, what they’re like and what to expect, you need to know something about them. Firstly, they’re not all the same (there’s the good the bland and the dreadful!), and secondly, the price they quote doesn’t tell what you really need to know!

You want a celebrant to suit you. Not just any old celebrant, but one who understands what you want. One who can create and deliver your personal, special wedding ceremony.

So… how to choose a marriage celebrant that’s right for you? To achieve the wedding you want – be very careful with your celebrant selection. If you want a great ceremony, you and your guests will really enjoy, then, be prepared to invest in the services of  professional celebrant.

If you want wonderful memories to last a lifetime – be sure to ask a prospective celebrant:

  • What do clients say about you? (‘Genuine’ testimonials)
  • How long have you been a celebrant?
  • What celebrant qualifications do you have?
  • How many weddings have you conducted?
  • And most importantly of all, make a time to meet with your prospective celebrant and see how you get on. Is she or he your type of person?

Tips for looking great in your wedding photos

Making sure you are happy with the way you look in your wedding photos is crucial for most brides; after all most couples have a bride and groom picture smiling out at them from the sideboard for the rest of their days. Your wedding photos will also be a major expense so you want to be sure you are happy to show them off to your friends and family.

Here are some of the ways you can make sure you look great in your wedding photos:

To make sure a double chin doesn’t ruin your photos, make sure you keep your head held high. This will also give your jaw definition and make you appear more confident. If keeping your chin up makes your neck ache, try leaning forward a little instead to achieve the same effect.

Think what to do with your hands. Fiddling with your dress or hair can spoil your pictures and make you look nervous. Try to keep your hands hanging loosely by your sides, otherwise hold a clutch bag that complements you dress or hang onto that bouquet!

Keeping a fixed smile in place can make your jaw ache,

Selecting the Perfect Wedding Gift for the Bride and Groom

One of the most memorable days in our lives is when two people commit their love to one another through marriage. Wedding gifts are traditionally offered to the newlyweds as tokens of affection and love as well as a means to provide the new couple with starter home supplies.

In days of old, couples did not live together until they were married. After being wed, the two typically would start building their lives together, including moving into their own home and starting their own family. Wedding gifts allowed friends and family of the pair to provide the newlyweds with some much needed home supplies and gifts of good luck and fortune that hopefully the couple would carry with them for many years. In colonial times, traditional wedding gifts might include home made quilts, food and perhaps even furniture for the new home.

In contemporary times, more and more couples are marrying after having lived together for many years. While many wedding gifts still have a characteristic theme of supplying the new couple with home goods, a majority of couples already have much of the things they would need to supply a new home. Thus, wedding

Budget Tips For Your Wedding Reception

Wedding receptions are expensive affairs and can set you back a pretty penny. However, most brides have their heart set on an all out wedding reception. Here are some ways to cut back the costs, without compromising on the quality of the wedding reception.

Alcohol is probably the largest expense at any wedding reception. There are several ways you can cut short the liquor budget at your wedding reception.

  • Offer punch – virgin and spiked – instead of having a bar. This works really well if you are having a summer luncheon wedding reception.
  • Offer only wine and beer along with soft drinks, coffee and tea at the bar. Ask the staff to pass around glasses of champagne especially for the wedding toast.
  • Close the bar an hour before the wedding reception ends. Serve only cold drinks, tea and coffee afterwards.
  • If possible, choose a venue that allows you to bring your own liquor. Once you are bringing your own liquor the rates go down considerably and you can consider having an open bar at the wedding reception.
  • The venue is another large expense for the wedding reception. Think about having your wedding during off-season. Most wedding venues will be

Sending Out Your Wedding Invitations

It really doesn’t matter if you are planning to have a large or a small wedding; you still have to send out invitations. For larger wedding parties, you should buy your invitations at bulk party stores, or wedding warehouses in order to get the best buy for your money. Of course, you can always choose to make your own invitations which is also nice and unique.

Common homemade invitations are often made up of tissue paper over white regular paper, and decorated colored paper. When it comes to wedding invitations, some people even use calligraphy to hand craft their invitations and it adds a nice elegant touch to your invitations.

When you make your invitations by hand, you can address each one individually so that you can add unique invitations to your guests that are addressed specifically to them.

When you hand make your invitations, there are no limits to what you can do to them or what add-ons that you can use. The most popular additions to hand made invitations are:

o Photos of the happy couple

o Artful calligraphy accents

o Paper flowers

o Poems, verse and prose

Online Wedding Dress Shopping

Taking the hassle out of finding your perfect and unique wedding dress.

Getting married is no longer a case having only two options, church or court house, as it used to be. These days it is possible to get married just about anywhere you like, so whether you want a fairytale wedding or something a little more unconventional, you can arrange to have your wedding just about anywhere.

You might want to step out of a horse and carriage and step through the doors of an elaborate church in order to say your vows. You may prefer to hire a room at a posh hotel and enjoy a civil ceremony to declare your love and intentions. You might even want to shout out your vows as you leap 200 feet down from a crane as part of a bungee jump ceremony – the possibilities are endless.

Designers and retailers have realized that weddings are not what they used to be, and people like to use their imagination more and do some pretty wild things as part of the ceremony. And because of this, you can now get some stunning wedding dresses and bridal gowns to