Month: November 2016

Your Christmas Wedding Made Easy

So you’ve decided to get married near Christmas! That is a beautiful time of year to have a lovely wedding and create the magic of your dreams. While you may be trying to figure out how to get unique entertainment, wedding reception ideas, and keep on budget, you can use some of these great tips and ideas as you plan. You do not have to spend thousands of dollars to have the wedding of your dream. Here are some tricks to keep up your sleeve.

Choose Venue Wisely

Choose a venue that will host both the wedding and the reception. In most cases, this will allow you to cut costs down as you’re not having to spend on two separate locations. It also makes it easier for your guests to attend both the ceremony and the reception as they only have to go to one spot.

Photographer

Consider talking with a photographer who is getting started in their own business. Typically they take great photos but will not cost as much as others might since they are just getting going. By working with a photographer that is just building their portfolio, you may get a much better deal on the price of photos.

Go Simple with Food

Consider leaving the alcohol for your personal party later on or just out altogether. This will help you to cut your budget around the holidays but still have a wonderful wedding. You can have items such as soup, salad and breadsticks to make sure that your guests are fed and that you have wonderful items at your reception. Also consider making a hot cocoa bar at the reception for something warm and delightful.

Use Decor Around You

If you happen to live in the areas where snow and beautiful fall/winter colors abound, use that to your advantage. Use the nature around you to be a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony, reception or your photos.

Keeping these tips in mind will help you have the winter wedding of your dreams!

Choosing A Wedding Planner for Your Big Day

When it comes to your big day, you want it to be your picture perfect dream. You’ve probably had it planned since you were a small child and now you want to see your vision come to reality. When you’re in the planning stages you may be considering hiring a wedding planner. This is a great idea if you want to work with someone who has been there and understands the ins and outs of planning your event. This is especially helpful as they may think of things you totally forgot when it comes to the intimate details of your day. Here are a few questions you want to ask your potential wedding planner before deciding.

Philosophy First

Determine what the planners “type” of planning consists of. You can typically tell what type of planner they are by their website or their brochures and information. If you’re looking for an elegant type of affair, then try to find a planner who portrays that type of wedding. If you’re looking for something more simple, be sure to talk to the designers to find out what they typically lean towards.

Budget Size

While some brides have a budget that is unlimited, others have a very tight budget they want to work on. Keeping that in mind, you need to discuss with your potential wedding planner what their budget size is. This is due to the fact that some planners will only work with a certain minimum budget and will go no lower. Be sure to discuss this in the beginning so there are no surprises.

What Venues Do They Use

Some wedding planners will only work with a specific venue or type of venue. Be sure to talk about this in the beginning as you may want an outdoor wedding but the planner you’re in talks with only works at hotels or banquet style halls.

Be sure to always discuss these questions with your planner before you make a decision. This will help you to avoid any misunderstandings or difficult decisions later on.

Planning Your Fall Wedding

Fall is a beautiful time of year to plan a wedding. It is usually much cooler in those months leading up to winter and offers a beautiful color pattern unlike the spring and summer weddings. Whether you’re looking for fall wedding ceremony ideas or just a few tips to get you started, here are some fall ideas to keep in mind. Your big day is just that, yours. Make it what you want with these beautiful fall theme ideas.

Color Themes

While you may automatically think orange for fall, there are actually a wide range of color themes for you to choose from. You can choose shades of orange or yellow, but you could also choose shades of red that go well with fall. Consider combining a dark burgundy with a lighter pink tone to help you balance out the palette. Beautiful brown shades go well together too such as a deep chocolate brown all the way to a lighter tan color.

Metallic shades can work as well in your decorations. Golds can work well with your other darker tones to bring some neutral shades into the décor.

Decorations

Whether you go with orange or not, pumpkins scream fall. You can easily have pumpkin décor without the orange that you’re trying to avoid. Consider having them painted the colors of your wedding which can be easily done. You can also incorporate leaves of all colors to help add more fall to the ceremony and reception. These are easily found in your local craft stores or you can talk with your decorator and coordinator to give them your ideas.

Bouquet Options

If you want to truly go with a fall look for your whole ceremony, consider different options for your bouquet than the traditional flowers. Consider having your florist make up something with beautiful leaves, pine cones, and other fall items you’d see around. You can even incorporate it into the boutonniere’s for the gentlemen in the wedding with pinecones and leaves. You can have a beautifully classy fall wedding whether you choose to go with the full orange and yellow theme or if you choose more shades of autumn to adorn your unique wedding ceremony.