Wedding Planning

Decorating Your Wedding Gift Table

You can have a lot of fun decorating your wedding gift table because the possibilities are endless. The first thing you have to realize is that even though it is called a gift “table” you don’t necessarily have to use an actual table if you’d like to get more creative. Depending on theme and style of your wedding you could use something as simple as a cart or something as fancy as a hammock.

An antique wagon can also be used to hold wedding gifts and is perfect for an outdoor wedding. You can purchase any wagon, antique or modern, and paint it to fit in with your wedding day theme.

If you do choose to use an actual table you still have plenty of choices for decorating it. Taking a wedding related object and placing it on the center of the table will give it a more authentic feel and ensure your guests that it is the proper place for them to leave your gifts. Large plants make a great addition to any wedding gift table, as you can put one on each side.

The simplest way to decorate a gift table is to simply put a tablecloth on it. To jazz up your wedding choose a color that no other table is decorated in. This will help the gift table stand out to your guests. Using a matching table runner is a great way to tie the gift table in with the rest of your wedding without having it get lost in the shuffle. The flowers you use to decorate your wedding venue with can also be used to line the gift table.

Most couples choose to set a box out on their gift table so that guests have a place to put greeting cards. You can decorate the box anyway you want, whether that involves paint, felt and other decorations or something else. Some couples even choose to turn their greeting card box into one that resembles a ballot box, but you could make it look like any kind of box you want. You can even choose a glass box that you can easily paint to match your wedding colors if you don’t want it to be clear.

Additionally, many couples use their gift table as a distribution point for certain types of wedding favors such as wedding sparklers, disposable cameras, or wedding bubbles since it is located in a centralized place. It’s much easier than placing these items at each individual reception table.

Outdoorsy brides often choose to take a birdcage and turn it into a receptacle for their wedding day greeting cards. This is something that can quickly and easily be decorated and will add a unique touch to your gift table.

Your wedding gift table should reflect what is important to you and your partner. It can be as simple or as fancy as you’d like it to be. As long as your decorations are non -offensive and not dangerous you should feel free to do whatever you want with your gift table. This means avoiding anything that would upset your guests and choosing not to decorate your wedding gift table with any kind of candle, as this can cause a dangerous situation to occur.

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Adding That Celebrity Touch To Your Wedding

If you’re in the process of planning your big day, there’s every chance you’re doing all you can to make it THE most impressive day of your life and a wedding which blows every other out of the water. Whether you’re planning an outdoor summer wedding or an indoor winter wonderland wedding, one thing is for sure and that is that there’s a whole host of extra special touches which you can add to turn your big day into an exquisite, stunning ceremony. As such, we thought we’d take a look at just a few of these, ones which we ourselves believe are nothing short of the best and those which can add a celebrity touch!

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  1. Light Up Letters

There’s something extra special about seeing your name in lights and if anything is going to add a celebrity touch, it’s this! Whether you spell out the initials of the bride and groom, your initials or simply opt for a love heart to light up the venue; light up letters are all the rage at the moment and are transforming venues up and down the country.

What’s even better is that it doesn’t need to cost a fortune to hire for your ceremony and companies such as Light It Up UK are offering you the opportunity to hire for as little as £75, dependent upon your requirements.

Go on…see your name in lights and add that stunning centerpiece to your big day without breaking the bank! If it’s good enough for celebrities, it’s good enough for you!

  1. Luxury Toilets

One of the pain points many have with outdoor weddings is the toilets, however you’ll be pleased to know that there is such thing as a luxury toilet which is fit for a king or queen! Forget your traditional portable toilets which you’re likely all too familiar with from festivals and outdoor events; luxury wedding toilets offer something even more impressive than you’ll likely have at home … all in the comfort of the great outdoors!

Whether you’re looking for luxury toilet trailers or a completely bespoke toilet set up which is tailored to your event, companies such as Event Washrooms, who offer luxury toilet hire in London and Kent, offer stunning options and are available all year round.

Why settle for second best when you can treat yourself and your guests to sanitary heaven and transform the experience of those who need to spend a penny! It really is a great investment in your big day and one which we KNOW will get the guests talking!

At the end of the day, you might have a stunning venue but it’s the little extras which transform your wedding day and with a little thought, even the smallest of budgets can go a long way and bring in things which other people don’t and offer yourself and your guests an experience which they’ll never forget – a good one, of course!

 

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Exciting Summer Wedding Games

Summer time is the best when it comes to having a wedding. It has been found that more brides choose the month of June to tie their nuptial knot than any other time of the year. Well, it’s just that summers are so vibrant and fabulous in many places around the globe. There are lush green landscapes, sweet smelling flowers, wonderful weather, and more daylight hours to make your wedding a magical experience. It’s the perfect ambiance for a wedding, so having a summer wedding is ideal for both the ceremony and reception; particularly outdoors.

The wedding reception is the time for the new couple to celebrate, but it is also the most appropriate time for the guests to get engaged in the celebration. The crowd can get involved in exciting summer wedding games that offer fun and enjoyment to those participating. There are various kinds of games that take the amount of fun each wedding guest is having to another level, and this can be added to by creating the right atmosphere. Tropical drinks during summer are an absolute favorite treat, so let the guests settle at the table with a host of tropical flavored drinks nearby as they play their summer wedding games.

One fun game to play is to serve your guests a variety of tropical cocktails without telling them what each one is. The participants will be given paper to write down what drinks were served to them. Once the designated timeframe is completed, the couple then asks for the paper from each of the groups. The group with highest number of correctly identified drinks is declared the winner. You can choose any type of prize for the winners, but going with something inexpensive and summer-themed like Hawaiian leas is always a great choice.

Another fun-filled game is the “tropical destination game” that involves showing pictures of Hawaii, Jamaica, or other tropical areas. The game includes writing down where the guests would like to visit in these tropical countries as well as what they’d like to do while they’re there. Points are awarded based on who has the funniest or most original ideas, plus you can add bonus points for any guests who get a little naughtier with their answers. Since summer is typically a gorgeous time of year wherever you happen to be, this can be a great way to enjoy the weather and make your wedding reception more entertaining.

Though many people think of a wedding reception as a glorified banquet with some dancing and cocktails, you can make it into so much more with some inventive planning and research. There are opportunities throughout any wedding reception to incorporate games and other fun elements like wedding sparklers or bubbles without too much fuss, and a summer wedding gives even more of these opportunities than most other seasons. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for ideas on how to add some summer wedding games to your reception because they will probably have an abundance of great ideas.

At the end of the day, wedding games make your entire event more fun and memorable. You don’t have to do anything elaborate and you can even just break out the croquet or bocce ball set to add a summer wedding game that everyone will love to play.

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Choosing the perfect perfume for your wedding day

Like a lot of other things come wedding time, choosing the perfect perfume for the bride adds a distinctive smell and significance on your wedding day. In all honesty, all women love perfume and especially discounted perfumes for the grand day!

Now that you have been presented with a perfume discount, the big question is whether you should opt for an entirely different smell than the norm or just go with your everyday scent.

Perfumes for bride are plenty and as a bride looking for a new scent, you should always ask yourself whether it will be a one-time affair or will you be wearing the perfume again. Seek to find out whether if it is wise if you spent a good fortune on a designer perfume that you might only wear once or twice.

A perfume and cologne expert advises that the best perfumes for bride tip is finding a scent that you fall in love with. You will wear it even after the wedding day and get your money’s worth!

Versace Yellow Diamond and how to buy the a great perfume

Arguably a great perfume for bride. It is a brand that any bride should have in her perfume collection. To make sure that you purchase a fragrance that you love, you have to spray it on your skin and smell it. The perfume and cologne expert explains that on your skin, a great perfume smells stronger.

On paper strips it will not bring out the real scent, however once you spray it on your skin, your body heat helps push the pure scent of any perfume outwards. The other way of knowing that you are buying a perfume for bride that will last is to leave it on your skin for an hour and smell it again afterwards.

Unlike other fragrances, Versace Yellow Diamond initial scent lingers on your skin, and it will be a testimony a few hours after that. You can be rest assured that you will be wearing a designer perfume on your grand day and not only will your looks stun all in attendance but your smell as well.

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Three Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Photographer

There’s a myriad of tips and tricks to bagging the perfect wedding photographer. Stick to your budget. Set a budget, even. Choose local. Venture afar. Trust testimonials. Check out the amount of Facebook likes a photographer has. Go with who your friends and family recommend. Always chat with potential photographers before booking one. Really, there’s no end to the advice offered to would-be weds ahead of their big day.

For an alternative and expert insight into booking the best wedding photographer, why not ask a bunch of wedding photographers for their advice? The three tips below are the top three provided by actual and professional, working wedding photographers in the UK.

Tip One

Do not be afraid to ask for what you want – no matter how quirky, unique or ‘out there’. Engagement photo shoots, wedding fashion photo shoots and just about everything in between are do-able…provided you find the right photographer.

Professional photographer, Francesca Hill, for example, is not just willing to accommodate her clients’ wishes when possible; her excitement and joy at being asked exactly that is a fair indicator of a photographer’s dedication to perfectly capturing your wedding goings on. To quote Francesca: ‘‘Could you do a mini fashion shoot for my clothing line’ is possibly the most random request I’ve ever received whilst shooting a Wedding?” […] my answer was of course yes!’.

No doubt when her client made this request and received Francesca’s answer, she knew – this is the photographer for me. Hence, if you have a definite idea, no matter how individual, as to how you want your wedding photography to be shot or as to any pre or post shoots you’d like to also have done, ask photographers before booking one – often the energy in the response you receive will tell you everything you need to know.

Tip Two

Everybody dreams of the fairytale big day, but injecting an element of realism back into the mix can produce some stunning, candid and touching honesty in your wedding photos that will remind you – for you and your partner, the fairytale really did come true.

Hence, photographers such as Katy and the team at Katy and Co Photography, share how they work and why that works for them – and their clients: ‘[we] blend into the crowd, nothing contrived or re-enacted, we will just capture everything as it happens. Couples frequently tell us that with so much to think about, their weddings rush past before they have chance to savour all the details of their unrepeatable day. We aim to photograph the essential, dramatic moments of your ceremony as well as documenting the minutiae and idiosyncrasies that make your day individual to you.’

The tip here is then, find a photographer with whom you are comfortable…book them, and on the day, forget they are there.

Tip Three

To end, Adam Prosser perhaps offers the best tip of all, which he first gave while speaking with Stylist Magazine.

Adam believes that the trick to finding the perfect photographer to capture your perfect day is to ‘choose a photographer that has pictures in their portfolio that capture the way you would like to remember your wedding. For example do you want a photographer that will make a straight forward record of the day or a photographer that will capture the romance and bond between you and your partner? Or what about all the detail touches you have slaved over for months? These things can easily be overlooked. Additionally though, try not to shop on price! When budgets are tight it’s easy to look at the pound signs before the work/talent/ability itself. Try to research photographers that tick the boxes visually and then narrow down to what fits your budget.”

So, whatever your style, dream or budget, remember – don’t let yourself be too swayed by friends, family or even price tags; listen to what photographer’s have to say, and share with them your vision.

 

 

 

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Choosing the Best Wedding Photographer for Your Budget

Finding a wedding photographer isn’t difficult – you can throw your engagement ring and hit twenty. Hiring one whose style you like and that you can afford, well, that’s a different style entirely.

Unfortunately, anyone with a half-decent camera thinks they’re a wedding photographer these days. Maybe they’re trying to get in on what they see as a lucrative industry, but maybe they’re genuinely interested in sharing your special day with you. You won’t know until you start to talk to a few. Here’s a few tips on how to find a wedding photographer on a small budget. First, figure out your budget for wedding photography, and then follow these steps:

Don’t just google ‘Best Local Wedding Photographer On A Budget’.
The first ten pages are results of people who are probably (not always, but probably) well out of your price range. You’ll have to be a little more creative. Put the word out amongst friends, family and co-workers that you’re looking for a photographer to talk to, one that preferably has wedding experience.  Many people will tell you that ‘you get what you pay for’ when it comes to cheaper photographers, but that doesn’t also mean that the most expensive option is the best.

Look on budget-oriented websites.
If you’re in the US, you’ve got a range of options. Thumbtack.com seems to be growing quite a lot. You post what you’re looking for and then photographers make bids for your business. Gigmasters.com is another place where you can compare vendors without the gloss and glitter of wedding-oriented websites.

Think of other options.
Think about tapping the local talent by checking on Craigslist and at local colleges. There are photography majors who want to build a portfolio who would likely cut you a great deal that a professional couldn’t.  Anyone you talk to should be able to provide a sample of photographs they’ve taken so that you can see their style.

Try them out.
Even if an ‘Engagement Session’ isn’t free, it should be a pretty nominal fee. Those pictures should be able to tell you if you like the way you interact with the photographer and how you feel about their style.  If your budget allows it, you can try several ‘engagement sessions’ – there’s nothing wrong with having lots of beautiful pictures of yourselves!

Ask for extras.
These non-traditional photographers may or may not be able to offer post-processing for your pictures, but you are far more likely to be able to retain the rights to your photos. Professional wedding photographers usually don’t allow you to keep the rights to your photographs, and charge you for digital copies or physical prints. By having all of your photos, you have the ability to retouch them later as you see fit and to print and use as you like.

Don’t tell them your budget too early.
By offering your budget amount at the start of the conversation, you lose a lot of negotiating power. You want to be able to talk to the photographer first and get an idea for their style and personality before telling them what you’re able to spend. If they can tell you a few budgets that they’ve worked with in the past and what those budgets have covered, you’ll have a better idea of what you are going to get for the amount you’re able to spend.

Stick to your budget, but make sacrifices if you have to.
It is always hard to walk away from what your heart is set on.  If you end up being faced with a photographer you totally love, a package that offers everything you need and want but is just out of your price range, maybe it’s time to reconsider your budget.  Don’t try to spend more than you can, but see what else can be juggled around or reallocated.  Can you shave off some costs on your wedding cake?  Maybe don’t spend money on expensive programs? Cut down some of your floral arrangements?  If you find the wedding photographer that’s perfect for your big day, try to make it work for both of you.  You’ll be glad you did, and they’ll do their best to make it perfect since you made it happen.

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