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4 Mistakes Every First-Time Bride Should Avoid

Follow these tips so you don’t fall prey to the biggest pitfalls of wedding planning.

1. Opening registries in too many places
It’s understandable, you want dinnerware from one store; barware from another; and bedding from somewhere else, so you create a bunch of different registries. Good for you—not so good for your guests, who’ll have to make several stops to find you the perfect gift. The solution?, where you can import all of your existing registries—and even add new ones—onto one universal gift list that your guests can shop from. Plus, you get to keep all the signup perks the stores give you (free gifts, completion discounts, etc.).

2. Dress shopping with a large entourage
Of course all your besties are excited for you and want to be part of the planning process, but too many onlookers can lead to too many opinions—and your inability to pick the right dress. Try to bring no more than 2 or 3 supportive pals whose advice you trust—and tend to agree with.

3. Ordering flowers without first doing your homework
Bouquets and table arrangements can quickly become one of your biggest wedding expenses. Before making any final decisions, it pays to do a little digging to ID flower costs. For example, want peonies at your winter wedding? Expect to pay a pretty penny. These flowers, which bloom in the U.S. in spring, will have to be flown in from a place as far as New Zealand.

4. Leaving too little time for hair and makeup
Your wedding day should be blissful, not stressful. To ensure you’re as relaxed as possible while you and your party are getting ready, work out a hair and makeup schedule well in advance of your big day and pad your time with each pro. Oh, and don’t forget to nibble as you primp. You don’t want to feel faint during the ceremony.

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Proper Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Wedding invitation etiquette can be a little more intricate than you may have anticipated. Planning a wedding is full of these fun little things that you would never know if you’ve never planned a wedding. Have no fear! We’ve got all you need to know and more – you’re totally covered when it comes to the in’s and out’s of wedding invitations. Here are the important things to remember.

When It Comes to Sending Them

If you are having a wedding that is local to where most of your guests live, you’ll want to mail your wedding invitations at least six to eight weeks before the wedding. If you are planning to have a destination wedding you should be courteous to the guests you plan to invite by sending invitations out a little earlier. Sending the invitations sooner it allows those guests who have to travel the time to adequately plan for travel and make arrangements for accommodation. You’ll want to get them in the mail three months before the wedding date. If your wedding is going to be a more remote or exotic location, send them out even sooner – perhaps four or even five months before the wedding. Travel arrangements to far-flung destinations can be more difficult to plan, so if you expect people to come to your wedding, give them lots of notice!

When It Comes to The R.S.V.P

Be sure to ask all of your guests to R.S.V.P. at least two to three weeks before the big day! That way you can get meal options and seating arrangements sorted in plenty of time for all those last minute changes you may have to make up until the actual day. This tends to be the hardest part, unfortunately.  Be sure to keep track of who has and hasn’t sent back their R.S.V.P. so you can call them a few weeks before the weekend to confirm their plans.

When It Comes to The Wording

Wording can be a bit difficult. Think about the type of wedding you are throwing. Is it formal? Intimate? A little modern and not-so-traditional? Also, things like: Do you want to invite couples only? Or kids? If you don’t want to invite children, that can be implied on the reception card, but not the invitation itself. Keep your wording simple, direct and clear. You can update your guests with the bridal party, registry and other social events via your wedding website or social media page.

Here are some examples of traditional and modern invitation wording. There are so many possibilities these days, though!

Formal Invitation Wording

Formal invites normally are written as if sent from the parents of the bride to the guests:

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Smith

request the honor of your presence

as their daughter

Brittany Nicole Smith

is married to

Jason Carter Joseph

son of Mr. and Mrs. Abel Joseph

Saturday, the fifteenth of September

two thousand and sixteen

three o’clock in the afternoon

The Bath Priory

Bath, England

Reception Immediately Following

Modern Invitation Wording

Modern invites are a little less formal and can be an announcement from the couple or even from divorced parents collectively inviting the guests:

Chloe Beth Smith


Jonathan Maxwell Clohecy

together with their families

cordially invite you to their wedding

Saturday, the fifteenth of September

two thousand and sixteen

half past seven o’clock

in the evening

Crown Ballroom

72 & Amsterdam

New York, NY 90123

For all of your wedding invitation questions and needs be sure to check out Couture By Invitation for affordable handmade wedding invitations and wedding decorating!

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Why Wedding DJs are better than Live Bands

One of the most important aspects of a wedding is choosing the music. The bride and groom might be on the same page for the music and not the person playing it or vice versa. Are you going to want a live band? Or will you want one of the local wedding djs to bring life to the party? There are a number of factors to consider when choosing your live music, and oftentimes it is the wedding djs that come out on top.

Music Selection

Live bands have their merits, but they are also limited by the music they have practiced and/or heard. With a dj, you have the mountain of music they’ve collected over their career as a professional. If you’re looking for something low-key and mellow, slow jams are always at the dj’s fingertips. When you want the energy to pick back up, the wedding dj can make a slick transition into a more upbeat tempo.


A great concern for making couple preparing for their special day is space. If the venue is too small, all the party will have is an iPhone with the latest downloaded music or Pandora Radio. Since live bands tend to take up so much space with each of their member’s set-up, the wedding djs can manage much more with a lot less.

Saving on space can also free up the dance floor to the guests at the party. You won’t have to worry about rotating anyone in or out and everyone can shake their groove thing.


This one tends to be a big issue for everything at the wedding. For live music, particularly, having a local wedding dj will save you money in the long run. Look for people that family or friends know. Always ask for someone with a high recommendation and extensive experience in playing at weddings. You want to make sure that what you’re paying for your local wedding djs is worth it. Be careful as Wedding DJ prices
are all over the place. Read their reviews on and  to make more educated choices.

Personal Experience

In my experience, having a local wedding dj play the party was fantastic. The dj for my wedding, Angelo, talked to my wife and I well before the date. He wanted to go over exactly the type of vibe we wanted the party to have. As certain cultures go through stages of a party, he had a sheet with a full breakdown of specific event during the event.

His dj style really brought out the energy of everyone at the party. I’m not partial to public dancing, mostly because I don’t consider myself much of a dancer. Thanks to the local wedding dj recommended to us by my brother, I danced like no one was watching in a room full of people.

That’s one of the things to keep note of. When it comes to a dj, he can get even the shyest person in the room to let loose and shake it. Shop around and you’ll be sure to find the wedding djs to suit your needs.

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Food Truck Catering for Weddings: Important Tips

There are a variety of ways to cater your special day, but one of the hottest new trends is food trucks for weddings. From tapas to street tacos, to scrumptious gourmet options and desserts, today’s food trucks won’t disappoint. That said, choosing the right food truck catering service is the key a successful outcome. The following tips will help.

Researching Food Trucks for Weddings

Before you sign on the dotted line take the time to do research, visiting websites like Yelp, asking for local referrals, etc. If food trucks are popular in your community, plan a day out where you visit several, sample the foods, etc. A lot of local restaurants these days offer food truck catering as well.

Ask for Expert Advice

Professional food truck caterers will have experience catering large events and most will be able to help you coordinate everything. Ask them for expert advice covering recommendations on feeding a large group of people, based on their specific experiences. You’ll also want to ask them how much food they think you’ll need to satisfy your guest list and effective ways to keep them happy while they wait in line.

Liability Insurance and Permits

Make sure the food trucks for weddings you’re considering have the necessary liability insurance and permits from the health department. It’s also important to check with both the venue and the trucks to review any necessary documentation. When it comes to venues, make sure they allow food trucks and ask about electricity hookups, parking, etc.

You May Need More Than One Truck

A great way to avoid having your guests wait in long lines is to have more than one food truck available. This also makes the dining choices a lot more enjoyable and varied, also including dessert.

Dealing with Lines

Combining the dining time with a variety of other activities like live musical entertainment, a photo booth, etc., can make it easier to cut down on the lines. Providing entertainment will also make waiting in line a lot more enjoyable for your guests. Limited menu items can also help decrease lines because it reduces the amount of prep work the food truck staff have to do. They’ll be able to prepare a few things ahead of time, or during slow periods, prior to the reception, streamlining the process. When guests only have a few options the ordering process will be a lot faster and less work will be required during the rush. Also, when the menu is limited, it helps the food truck employees figure out which of the food choices would go fast and address it accordingly.

Food truck weddings come with lots of great perks including great food options, they’re budget-friendly, ease of having everything in one place and yes, style. You’ll be able to enjoy the food you and your guests will love, ranging from spicy street tacos to gourmet options, to artisanal coffee and ice cream. Then there’s the convenience of location flexibility, always an important factor. Let’s face it – what’s not to love about food trucks for weddings?

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Groom’s Gifts: Choosing The Right Cufflinks

Cufflinks are a great gift for any man – and especially so for the groom. As they come in an extremely wide range of designs, there is surely a design that is meaningful to him. Taking the time to choose the right cufflink conveys sincerity and a sense of intimacy.

In this article, we put together a short guide on what to look out for when choosing cufflinks.


The motif is the face of the cufflink, and is the main visible part when it is worn. You can never go wrong with personalized cufflinks, such as a pair of alphabets that represent his initials. These cufflinks are easy to pick and add a touch of uniqueness to your gift.

Otherwise, you can be subtler when personalizing your cufflinks by choosing a theme that bears a special meaning. For example, you could get a pair of anchor cufflinks if the groom is in the Navy, or perhaps a Watch Movement themed of cufflinks for a mechanical engineer.

Closure Mechanism

There are many different types of cufflink closure mechanisms. However, we recommend getting the bullet-back and whale-back models for convenience of wear and superior security. Both the bullet-back and whale-back models of cufflinks have a tail that swivels: this makes them easy to insert by swiveling the tail parallel to the axel, and secure on your shirtcuffs by swiveling the tail perpendicular to the axel.

However, silk knot cufflinks are only secured by the knots at their ends. This is usually not a big issue since these cufflinks are much lighter and do not fall off easily.

Cufflink Material

Apart from motif, cufflink material is the most important factor in the formality of the cufflink. Hence you must consider the occupation of the groom when selecting it. Fabric cufflinks are usually worn by students and interns. Steel cufflinks are acceptable for almost every work occasion. Silver or gold cufflinks are usually reserved for executives or more formal occasions like weddings.

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Wedding Planning Tips | Planning a Wedding Reception

Your wedding reception is probably one of the biggest expenses and the most stressful things you’ll go through. We’re going to talk to you about your wedding reception. Your wedding reception is all about details. This is where you and your style and your budget and everything all comes together and creates your reception. Your guest is going to walk in and they should be able to say, “Oh, this is Tom and Kathy or, you know, it’s really going to fit you two. It’s all about you that day. So, you need to really work and look at what; what you want that day to look like and how you want that event to look, and it should be about you. If you like candles, do all candles.

Don’t let it overwhelm you. Look at everything and know that it’s a process to plan that reception. And if you are a very organized person, then this might be something that’s not intimidating to you, but if not, this is where a wedding planner would come in handy and worth every dime that you pay. A good wedding planner is there to orchestrate all your vendors; make sure they show up on time; if they brought the products that they; they promised in their contracts; that they’re doing exactly what you’ve paid for; to be your eyes and ears, that day.

Usually, what happens is the wedding coordinators are the ones that decorate during the day. If you decide to do this, on your own, keep in mind that this is a big part of your wedding day. Instead of getting your message and your pedicure and getting your hair done; majority of your day is going to be decorating, and if it’s not you, it’s going to be your family members. When people don’t have a coordinator, most of their guest are watching the clock because for the simple fact is, they know that within an hour or so, they’re going to have to clean up the mess. Its highly encouraged that anyone getting married hires a wedding coordinator.

For more information on a hiring a wedding planner check out Envisions Weddings.

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Sasha Prince photography – Freezing your time-less precious moments!

Come and experience the joy of memories and the recollection of events with Sasha Prince Photography – your one stop shop for best photography in town!

We are not just any photography shop, we are the planners and the creators who strive to make your day as perfect as possible for you. We plan your wedding shoots in such a manner that they become etched in the pictures and we create pictures that speak thousand words especially when you look at them even after years.

Based in Hawaii, we offer photography services in Lahaina, Wailuku, Kahului, Kaanapali, Kahana, Napili, Kapalua, Wailea, Makena and Kihei. Whether you are arranging a full-fledged wedding with thousands of guests or it is a simple affair or even an elopement, we take care of all the photography needs and make sure that you have the happy moments in your hands, to see and recall whenever you feel like sharing them with your kids and grandkids.

We provide both traditional as well as photojournalistic photography where we focus on finding the most precious moments during your wedding and other events. In addition to this, we also provide portrait packages that help to capture the best moments in your life, situations and milestones in a very artistic manner to make them most memorable.

We understand that it is human nature, that in the presence of someone, you would not be as expressive with your partner, as you would be if you were alone. We, as photographers are as unobtrusive as possible. We are observant and quick to capture any special moment at the right time. We would be relaxed, but extremely agile at the same time so as to capture spontaneous moments in seconds! We want to capture the perfect chemistry between couples!

Along with this, also make wedding albums and work on prints and travel logs, thus taking care of all your needs related to photography in the finest manner. Our albums are designed and printed in such a manner that they become lasting memories for you as we are not just photographers but we are creators and planners and we fill your venue with colors and spirit that make it something out of this world.

We not only take pictures but we also capture the emotions and the happiness of the event. We make sure to create a timeless collection that helps you remember those events and weddings as it was just yesterday that they took place.

You just choose the venue and the package and we will take care of the rest. We will make your event most memorable and simply amazing so that you and your guests enjoy every moment of it and relive it for every day of your life…

We make your dreams come true with our amazing photography – choose your package now and get the perfect combination of class and style for pictures that help you celebrate life and love! Visit our website to learn more about Wedding Photography MauiMaui Photography

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Lotus Flower and Water Lily flowers in a wedding


Lotus flowers and water lilies are both beautiful and exotic looking flowers. Both make excellent cut flowers for decorations or can be set up in bowls to float. If you are planning on having water lilies and/or lotus flowers in your wedding, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The main thing is that lilies and lotus flowers are NOT the same thing. They have many similarities, such as they grow in water and share a few colors, however, there are some major differences that you should be aware of when planning on how to incorporate them into your wedding ceremony. Knowing this information can help you to decide whether or not you want them and if you do, how to use them efficiently to get the most out of your decorations.

Water lilies come in a large variety of colors; you can generally find them in any color you want. This means you can easily color coordinate them with the color scheme of your choice. Water lilies open in to a wide star burst shape with pointy petals. The petals grow in abundance but are around half the size of the actual flower. They are usually thin but sturdy. The flowers put off a strong fragrance and attract small insects. The leaves come in a variety of colors as well; either mottled with pink, burgundy or green or in solid colors of green or burgundy. They lay flat on the water while the stem and flower grow above. Most of the plant is edible and high in vitamins and nutrients. Water lily flowers live for a few weeks before drying up and dying.

Lotus flowers only grow in three basic colors; pink, white and cream. However, unlike the water lilies, most varieties of the flower change colors. They are shaped like a cup, very similar to a rose. The petals are long, around twice the size of the actual flower and papery thin. They have a perfume fragrance but not as strong as the water lily. The leaves only come in green, but grow tall and mostly stand above the water. The stem and flower grow very tall above the water. Lotus flower plants are completely edible and are considered a food staple in Asia. The flower only lives around five or so days.

Now that you know the difference between water lilies and lotus flowers, the possibilities of using them for decorating your wedding ceremony are endless. The flowers could be used in the bouquets for the bride and maidens; hung around the area the ceremony is to take place; set in small bowls to float in various areas; a water fountain with them in it, the lotus flowers in the back and water lilies in the front; the flower petals or leaves can be used to decorate cakes or other foods. Both flowers have religious affiliations with deeper meanings attached. However, that doesn’t mean you can only use them if you are religious.

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Marquee Hire Mythbusting – Don’t Believe the Hype!

According to the experts at, marquee hire is the kind of thing written-off by far too many people before even considering it.  Despite the fact that the appeal and value of a fabulous outdoor marquee event is universally acknowledged, the vast majority of people still don’t genuinely consider looking into the idea for themselves. Why is this the case? Well, just as with so many things, it all comes down to the way in which a great many myths and untruths cloud the subject in the minds of the masses.

So in order to set things straight and indeed in the best interests of those planning events in the near future, here’s a quick rundown of seven of the longest-standing marquee hire myths of all time and the respective truths behind them:

1 – It Costs a Fortune

First and foremost, if you’ve always simply assumed that marquee hire is outrageously expensive…well, let’s just say you’re not alone. This particular myth has an understandable foundation as in decades gone by, marquee hire was very much an exclusive asset the likes of which wasn’t exactly affordable by the mainstream crowd. These days however, hundreds of marquee hire firms are offering endless products and service packages for the most incredibly affordable prices imaginable. In many instances, marquee hire can actually be more affordable than organising a standard indoor event.

2 – You Need Flat Grassland

Likewise, there was indeed a time in years gone by when in order for a marquee to be erected, a large and relatively flawless expanse of grassland was required.  These days however it’s quite to the contrary – exquisite marquees can be set up pretty much anywhere. Well, there are of course common sense limitations which should be relatively obvious, but from concrete to sand to tarmac to grass, pretty much any surface of any size and indeed any shape is fair game for a marquee event.

3 – You Need All Manner of Licensing

While there will of course always be certain licensing requirements and restrictions attached to all UK events, they are no more complicated when it comes to marquee hire than they are with any other kind of event. In fact, things can be even simpler for those looking to make the necessary arrangements as it’s simply a case of having the marquee hire company tick all such boxes on your behalf. It’s not as if you yourself can be expected to know the ins and outs of event licensing and applicable regulations, which is precisely why you really don’t have to worry about it.

4 – It’s a Nightmare to Arrange

As already touched upon above, one of very best things about marquee hire service packages these days is the way in which they can be provided as fully comprehensive service packages, ticking every essential box. More often than not, all that needs to be done by the customer is to inform the company what it is they want, where it is they want it and when. After this, the marquee hire company takes care of all the arrangements from top to bottom, allowing the customer to focus on far more important things.

5 – It’s a Nightmare to Close Down

There will always be those who assume that the close-down and clean-up processes following a marquee event can be nothing short of nightmarish.  Which in a certain sense may not be entirely untrue, but at the same time is something that the customer need not worry about. The reason being that this represents yet another box ticked by the professional marquee hire service provider, who in the case of a leading brand takes care of everything.

6 –The Weather Might Ruin Things

Contrary to popular belief, marquee events can be organised for any time of the year whatsoever, irrespective of the weather. The simple fact of the matter is that if the hardware used and event management provided is of a high enough standard, there’s almost nothing the weather can do to possibly sour the event.  Once again, it’s simply a case of ensuring that the service provider selected is up to the job.

7 – They’re Really Only for Weddings

Last but not least, marquee hire may be traditionally associated with elegant and exquisite wedding receptions, but this is far from the only type of event for which marquees are suitable. From birthday parties to corporate events to outdoor music performances and literally everything else across the board, marquees offer an affordable, flexible and enormously rewarding alternative to indoor venues for every type of function imaginable.

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The Best Locations In Australia For Wedding Photos



A couple’s wedding photos are something they cherish for the rest of their lives. Those getting married in Australia have several choices of locations that are ideal for taking wedding photos at. The big cities such as Melbourne are offering lots of stylish and luxurious wedding locations for wedding photos.

The best locations in Australia for wedding photos are the ones which have some meaning to you. Don’t select your wedding photoshoot based on what is trendy and hip at the moment. Think about where you first met, what activities you like doing together or what your personal style is. You will find YOUR wedding location in Australia.

Perfect Australian Wedding Photography Locations

Australia has a variety of locations available which makes it a perfect country for destination weddings. The rainforest in Queensland, the iconic Sydney Harbour with it’s Opera House, the red centre or the stylish european inspired city of Melbourne.

We give you some ideas for wonderful wedding locations in Australia, Your wedding photographer will have lots of fun photographing your wedding.


Rainforest and luxury resorts for weddings

The rainforest of Paronella Park provides beautiful scenery for wedding photos. With cascading waterfalls, rock pools, gardens and huge ruins, Paronella Park is breathtaking. Its Castillo, featuring a grand staircase, provides couples with an excellent location to have their wedding party photographed.

The Qualia Luxury Resort can be found on one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. Wet edged pools and handcrafted timber are found at the resort, which is an extremely sunny location for couples to have wedding photos done at. The resort accommodates both indoor and outdoor weddings. Outdoor weddings are held on the resort’s lawn, which looks out over Whitsunday Passage. The resort’s Pebble Beach also makes for a great backdrop for wedding photos.

To have wedding pictures with a rural feel, couples can be photographed at the Chapel Hill Retreat. Within the Blue Mountains lie Mt. Tomah’s foothills, a beautiful location for wedding photos. On a foggy day a couple’s wedding photos can be enhanced by the atmosphere.

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The Camp Cove Beach at Watsons Bay is also a popular location for couples to take wedding photos. While the beach itself provides a beautiful photo opportunity, other locations within the beach that lend themselves to wedding pictures include visually stunning cliffs, and a view of the Sydney Harbor in the background. Many couples choose to have their photos taken on the beach at sunset, as this can lead to some unforgettable photos.

Hyde Park is also a location that couples have wedding photos done at. Its 16 acre vegetation provides some interesting photos for couples to remember their wedding day by.

Bradley’s Head Ampitheatre in the Sydney Harbour National Park is another location where many couples have their wedding photos taken. Couples can pose for photos with the city’s iconic bridge in the background. When the days are sunny the waters under the bridge simmer, adding even more to a couple’s wedding photos. Even on gloomy days storm clouds can make for some interesting photos that couples can capture.

For couples who love animals, wedding photos at Taronga Zoo in Sydney can be very memorable. The zoo is located on the water of Mosman’s north shore. Couples can have their wedding photographs taken with the Sydney Harbor in the background, as the zoo provides a 180 degree view of it. The Sydney Skyline can add wonder and magic to a couple’s wedding photos.


Best wedding photography locations in Melbourne

The Melbourne Zoo also offers plenty of locations for wedding ceremonies or functions. The bride and groom can also feed the giraffes with the wedding bouquet.

Another location in Melbourne that is ideal for wedding photos to be taken at is The Royal Botanic Gardens right next to the Melbourne CBD. Spots within the garden that are popular with couples getting married are ponds and fountains as well as the sprawling lawns. There are lots of other parks in Melbourne which usually don’t charge

But Melbourne has far more to offer and is known for luxury and stylish wedding locations. Imagine your wedding photos taken in the new George Ballroom with its high ceilings. The perfect venue for your wedding.

The laneways in Melbourne offer a perfect backdrop for more quirky wedding photos and have luxury restaurants nearby. The steps of Parliament (careful: permit might be necessary) or the Fitzroy gardens are other well known wedding photo locations in Melbourne.

Melbourne has also some of the best beach locations for wedding photos in Australia. It’s wonderful empty beaches which are close to the Melbourne CBD in St Kilda, Port Melbourne or Brighton. Luxury restaurants are directly at the beachfront making it easy to just go out for a few wonderful wedding photos at sunset in Melbourne. St Kilda Pier, Princess Pier or even insider tips such as Carrum Downs are perfect spots for your wedding photos.

These are just a few of the many locations where couples can have unforgettable wedding photos taken within a variety of different visually appealing settings.

Have a look here for some more ideas for your wedding photos in Melbourne.

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