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Wedding Transportation Ideas

You ought to know…
…decorating the car is generally done by the groom’s male friends – men who effectively have lost their chances with the bride who’s being whisked away.
There’s nothing wrong in arriving or leaving in your personal car or even a limousine on your wedding day. However, there are quite many of us who love that extra bit of attention from our guests and thus end up arriving and leaving in style. Not bad I say, after all, it’s one day dedicated to splurge and go big on style.

You can go traditional or contemporary, and choose your mode of transport accordingly. You can make quite an impact going overboard and hiring a chartered chopper to lift you up from the venue, or opt for a cozy gondola sailing into a scenic sunset to make it one memorable wedding exit. The point is, if you intend to splurge, you can try out just about any idea that comes to your mind.

Let’s look at the ideas that you can actually consider for that perfect wedding entry or exit.
For Glam Weddings…
You get to strut your stuff in these ultra glam cars that are fit for royalty, the royalty that’s you! These modes of transport provide luxury, comfort, and are a bit high-end, and hence need to be booked well in advance. You sure are going to get heads to turn with a decorated stretch limo running down the streets. You can also hire a chopper to airlift you from your wedding reception or drop you at the church.
There’s nothing better than a pearly white Limo!

You can enjoy the drive to the church with the bridal party, or serenade your beloved in a stretch limo. It’s definitely got style, elegance, and the luxury that you need for a memorable wedding.
How about a comfortable SUV?

It’s got style and power, and loads of comfort. Who wouldn’t love arriving in an SUV? Like the limo, you get ample space and privacy, and hence an SUV makes for a good option for wedding transportation.
Set the mood with a vintage car!

What’s better than treating yourself to a blast from the past? Let your guests do the talking as you enter in one of the hey-day classics. Definitely a mood setter!
How about a modern, sleek sedan?

An all time favorite the world over to transport the newly weds, a sedan is a stylish means of commuting to and from the church. Although slack on privacy, a sedan provides comfort and plush interiors. It’s a good bet at reasonable rates.
Just the two of you in a convertible.

You get the privacy that you need, what more can you ask for? There’s you, there’s him/her, and the stars at night to give you company. Convertibles make for a great wedding exit, try getting your hands on one.
Life is one big safari, care to join us?

Just how cool it is to take off in an open safari jeep? Perfect for setting the mood of adventure, and experiencing the wild side of life, this is sure to garner attention as you roll down the terrain.
Absolutely no fuss…

Thinking of a beach/ lawn wedding? It will be incomplete without a grand entry/exit on a neatly-decorated golf cart. Leave in style I say, without getting sand on your clothes.
The Daredevil Wedding…
Your idea of fun is adventure. If you simply can’t do without adding a tad of danger, and loads of fun, to everything that comes your way, then why should your wedding be a regular one. You can spruce up your wedding party by entering or exiting in style. How? Well, you know the many ways to be adventurous, and here, sky is just the limit for the ideas you can come up with.
Don’t you think your winter wedding is incomplete without a snowmobile?

You can zip-zap through the snow, just the two of you together. The drive is going to get cold, and you could do with a good amount of cuddling. Enjoy the drive down the mountain slope, and hold on tight.
Ho, Ho, Ho! Here we go sledging down the slope all in tow.

How about getting your guests to enter on sledges instead of lavish cars? It would be quite a sight to see the newlyweds arrive on a sledge with the bridal party in tow.
What bliss, hanging on the ropes of life, where danger and peril both lie.

You have chosen an exclusive location for your reception and the only means to get there is a suspended cable car. What do you do? Well, you get your guests and your spouse to leave their inhibitions and travel, of course.
Two by two, all aboard the boat that sways.

What do you do when you’ve selected an island in the sun for a wonderful reception? Hire a boat/cruise or a water taxi and get there. Simple as that, ain’t it?
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.

How about arriving in a canoe? Better still, making a splash while exiting the reception on a canoe, decked up in flowers for the purpose. The same goes for a speed boat and a jet ski.
Something that’s Mundane…
This is a part of your daily routine. You simply cannot do without these modes of commuting and it makes sense to incorporate them into your wedding. You can have loads of fun in these transports for sure. Apart from transporting all of your guests in one go, these modes of transport make for an interesting backdrop for amazing wedding portraits.
Anyone up for an adventure?

Load your guests into a bus and heed to your reception. You can have a mini-reception aboard the bus itself. An open-top decker bus makes the prospect sound a tad better.
No hassles, no fuss, it’s all fun on a trolley.

Why spend your hard-earned money on a lavish car for a matter of few hours. Taking the trolley, school bus, or tram is economical as well as interesting to try. Give it a thought, you’re going to have some quality time with all the guests or bridal party commuting together.
Doing the locomotion, eh?

Imagine what a sight it will be if you reach the station/sub all dressed up in your wedding gown or tuxedo. It sure sounds like an experience of a lifetime. The only downside is that you won’t have an iota of privacy in here.
Let this be the worst-case scenario.

Actually not the worst-case scenario, it’s just a case of wanting to merge your day-to-day activities with the most important day of you life. Hire a taxi and sit comfortably watching the world pass-by, as people give you knowing smiles.
Anyone interested in a race?

What a splendid way to exit the reception. Made for each other, your motor bike can be the perfect mode of commuting from the church to the reception.
Thumbs up for an eco-friendly mode of transport.

How about hiring a cycle carriage, and cycling your bride right to the reception. These rickshaws look adorable, and are sure to get you a whole lot of attention from your guests. Do give it a try, I bet you will enjoy the ride.
Why not on a bicycle meant for two?

This is a perfect getaway for those who love their bike. Cycle down from the church to the reception, or make that as a perfect wedding exit. The two of you so in love with each other, cycling down the road in tandem is such an adorable sight.
Truly, country style.

How about doing away with everything fancy and leaving your reception on a saddled horse? Trot away into the sunlight, just the two of you, romancing nature. What a sight!
Last but not the least, the stunner! A red fire truck.

Imagine the sight – a red truck loaded with the bridal party, and the couple sitting comfortably atop. This sure is one swell idea to try.
Phew! This was just about some of the ideas I could stumble upon. There are many more quirky ways to enter your wedding reception, like using a tractor, arriving in a hot air balloon, and so on. The list is pretty much endless, and you can add to it by leaving your comments. Have fun and enjoy your wedding.

Essential Tips to Plan a Vintage Wedding

It is no secret that planning a wedding is one of the most monstrous tasks one can undertake. And while there are professionals who make it all seem like a breeze, the truth is that there are so many details and intricacies involved that it is quite easy to get overwhelmed. Throw in a theme as complex as vintage for the wedding and you better be prepared for some serious work. Not to scare you, but the deal with planning a vintage wedding is that you either get it right or wrong. There’s no in-between. However, this does not mean that the planning cannot be fun. In fact, the more sure you are about the fact that you want vintage as your wedding theme, the easier it will be to plan it. So, with this first tip, let’s delve into the world of all things vintage and explore the various facets that such a wedding will demand.

The Preliminaries

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, there are some preliminaries that you need to decide so as to get a clearer picture about what your wedding will look like.
Do you want to go for a classic vintage theme or do you want a melange of retro and classic vintage? While vintage will have touches of the early 20th century, a retro-inspired wedding will have those of much later years.
Once you decide the sub-theme, decide on the exact year or decade that you want to focus on.
The next thing you should decide is the scope of the theme. Do you want everything in your wedding to coincide with the theme or do you want little whispers of the theme throughout.
Next, from the year that you pick, decide on the colors that you will use. For a classic theme, fresh and/or muted colors like apricot, cranberry, cream, blush, mint, etc., will work. For a retro-inspired theme, think rich and luxurious tones like black, navy, silver, gold, ivory, crimson, etc.
Do you want your guests to pay heed to the theme (read: dress up as per the theme) while attending, or will it be limited only to the wedding party?
Conduct your own thorough research on the year/s you select to make the planning much easier.

The Stationery

Once you’ve picked the year, the ease of getting on with the rest of the planning will depend on your research and your choices. To give your guests a hint about your wedding theme, pick your wedding stationery accordingly. Whatever year you’ve picked, study the use of fonts, colors, paper, and lingo that was prevalent then to get an idea of what your save the dates, invites, and other stationery should look like. While incorporating these elements, it can be quite tempting to cram in all the wonderful styles you come across. Don’t! It may render your stationery over-the-top and loud, when you should be aiming for classy and fun.

Psst! If you want your guests to be dressed in accordance with the theme, inform them about this in the save the dates so that they get enough time to prepare. Take it a step further and also give them names of rentals where they can get costumes from.

The Venue

It was common practice in the yesteryear to hold weddings in homes and then move out to the garden for the reception. If that’s possible with you (note: the guest list will have to be suitably modified to fit into the home), then nothing like it. You could also go rustic with a gorgeous barn wedding. If not, then ballrooms with high ceilings are your next best bet. If you’re still not feeling the vibe you want for your venue, then ask around at heritage buildings if they allow weddings to be conducted. Another option that most couples forget to take into account is restaurants that have a vintage theme. Take a look at them, and see if they’ll let you hold a wedding.

The Décor

Here’s the biggie: coordinating everything on display at the wedding with the theme you so eagerly picked. The trick to perfecting wedding décor, vintage or not, is to pick the colors first and then pick the items. The rule of thumb you should follow is to pick 2 brights or darks and 1 neutral to balance the overall effect. Once you’ve picked the color, the items shouldn’t be that difficult. Keep in mind the color of the venue while deciding on the color. Also, remember to check what was trending in the year that you picked, and pick colors accordingly.

Again, the chances that you’ll be overwhelmed with the plethora of ideas floating around off or online, are more than high. You love those monogrammed burlap favor pouches and the wild flower bouquet that a woman on the other side of the country used on her wedding day and put up on the Internet. But you’ve already promised your grandma that you’ll be giving away her homemade jam as favors (thumbs up, BTW!). The sheer number of stuff out there is bound to make you confused as heck. One of the most-often repeated tips to plan a vintage wedding minus all the melodrama is that you must learn to be extremely organized. Instead of liking ideas one day and forgetting about them the next, make a note of every idea for every aspect that you like, and on a pre-decided date, sit, look at all of them, mix and match ideas, and pick a winning combination.

Another great idea is to pick a venue that already has touches of the theme that you’ve picked. This way, you’ll save a lot of time and money as regards to the décor. Here are some items and ideas you can never go wrong with, be it a classic or a retro-inspired wedding.
Books, candles, antique lamps, and flowers in cups, vases, or watering cans as table décor
Bunting all over the place
Hired vintage furniture to set the mood
Paper pom-poms as venue décor
Combination of cotton and burlap
Gramophones as the focal point of any area
Stacks of vintage suitcases
The Attire

It won’t make sense if your entire wedding venue is perfectly accented with vintage flair and you walk down the aisle in a dress which has a very modern cut and style. You will need to really really hunt around for truly vintage gowns. Ask your grandma if you can modify hers and use it. Look online for vintage gown dealers. There are a lot of wedding planning websites that can direct you towards such vendors. The absolute must-haves in the attire for the bridal couple are:
A sexy pin-up inspired hairstyle
Pearl jewelry
Suspenders and hat for the groom
Lace; in shoes or dress or gloves
You could even look up what your favorite style icon (of the year you picked) wore on their wedding day to get some inspiration.

The Food

Now this is really a matter of personal preference. Most couples will opt to pick contemporary food even after opting for a vintage theme. You could do the same. And if you still want even the food to be within the scope of the theme, you can always opt for using interesting methods of presenting the food. For instance, use striped straws in the drinks you serve. Keep polka-dotted napkins for the guests to use. You can take it a step further and find out what the popular foods of the era were and have one or two of them included in the menu. You could even ask someone in your family for a recipe from the era, have it prepared, and make it the highlight of the menu. As far as the cake is concerned, we suggest opting for a simple homemade cake as was the trend.

The Entertainment

A vintage-themed wedding will be incomplete without reminders of the glorious music of the era. Ensure you have the lilting tune of a trumpet or saxophone in the background. Hire a jazz band if you must. Get your hands on a gramophone in working condition and play songs that were popular then. Since circus entertainment was also big back in the day, you could even hire performers as entertainment. The Charleston, Heebie-Jeebie, and the Shimmy were quite popular dances then. Use one of them for your first dance and encourage guests to follow suit.

The Favors

The Internet is your best friend when it comes to vintage-themed wedding favors. There is just so much stuff that you can get inspiration from, you’ll be spoiled rotten for choice. Here are a few ideas that you can use to remind your guests of the theme as they pick their favors and leave the party.
Mint tins or tins with candy
Edibles like hams, honey, marmalade
Matchboxes with vintage photo covers
Fancy letter openers
Inspiration You Can Use

Here’s a slideshow full of inspiration waiting to be drawn from for both styles of a vintage wedding: classic and retro-inspired. Enjoy it!

To top off the grand success that your vintage wedding will be, make sure you have a getaway vehicle that measures up to it. Get away on a cute tandem bicycle for a classic vintage affair or in a vintage car for a retro-inspired wedding. Whatever you pick, do it in style. After all, what’s a wedding without some oomph, right!?

Simple Wedding Reception Ideas

First and foremost, let us clear something up―a ‘simple’ wedding reception does not necessarily mean ‘cheap’. Any and all elements of the party are organized and combined in a subtle, less grandeur manner.

For a bride-to-be, one of the most essential parts of planning a wedding is to transform her expectations and ideas for the day into reality. So, if you are someone who has always envisioned her reception party to be all about mingling with family and friends, and enjoying the evening as a newlywed, then the suggestions mentioned below will come in handy.

Venue

Barn Wedding

Garden Wedding

Beach Wedding

Selecting a venue that is close to the wedding ceremony location is always an ideal choice. You can save a lot of trouble on transportation, not just for yourself but also your guests. In addition to that, you can keep your guests entertained while the two of you spend some alone time before the reception party begins.

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Décor

Pick a venue that doesn’t require a lot of additional décor elements and already has a chic ambiance. You can choose a barn, a restaurant with an outdoor seating area, a garden, or the beach for dinner; all you need are some handful of décor items.

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Place Cards

With each guests’ place decided, a simple place card on the table will suffice. There are times when certain brides-to-be like to use different elements (favors, knick-knacks, signature drinks, etc.) along with the place cards. But if you don’t wish to invest too much of your time and money on this, then a regular place card is totally acceptable. In the same manner, you can place a table with escort cards at the entrance to let your guests know where they’ll be seated for the party.

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Table Centerpieces

It’s true that many talented and experienced wedding planners can easily plan, delegate, and organize a spectacular reception party together. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t do so yourself. The inspiration for decorating the tables with centerpieces has to come from within; take insights from your likes. In the end, whether it’s you or a wedding planner putting the elements together, it’ll eventually reflect your personal taste in the end.

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Table Numbers

Finalizing a typeface for the table numbers can be a tedious task for it has to complement the venue, décor, and ambiance of the party. If you can’t find the perfect typeface, customized or otherwise, do give sites that provide free fonts a chance.

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Beverages

In the ‘spirit’ of keeping things simple, choosing the drinks to be served at the party will also require some decision-making on your part. From a limited open bar option to serving only wine, champagne, and/or beer to a signature drink works wonders.

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Meal

Sit-down Dinner

Buffet Dinner

When it comes to the meal, there are a few options you can choose from. Of course, a sit-down dinner is always a popular choice. However, there are other ways to go about it. Instead of meal, you can serve heavy appetizers where guests can mingle, chat, dance, and have a great time. On the other hand, you serve a family-style dinner, keep a buffet meal, or have a family cooking party as well.

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Cake

There are countless bakeries that can help you create a wedding cake that is out of this world. But, since simple is the game, we wish to divert your attention towards how charming these above given cakes are. Basically, we believe that your guests will be more interested in what’s on the inside, than its outer beauty.

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Dessert Table

If you wish, you can skip pricey tiered cakes altogether and instead, serve your favorite desserts like brownies, macarons, donuts, lemon squares, and S’mores. Ask bakeries to provide you a variety of their most popular or favorite treats to be placed on your very own dessert table.

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Favors

Homemade items like cookies, brownies, candles, etc., can make for wonderful wedding favors. On the other hand, you can even give your guests their very own cactus pots. Basically, these are low fuss, high satisfaction favors that almost everyone will adore and remember you for.

Finally, we’d advice you to take your time in planning and organizing every aspect of your wedding ceremony and reception party (apart from the occasions leading up to the big day). This day will come once in your lives, and enjoying it the way the two of you want is of utmost importance.

How to Decorate a Reception Hall

A wedding is one of the most awaited days in a person’s life. Once the date of the ceremony is fixed, the couple starts with frantic preparations. One important element is the wedding reception.

Planning a reception includes the budget, ambiance, seating, wedding cake, catering, drinks, D.J, staff, photographers, etc. Wait, aren’t we forgetting something? What about the decoration for the reception hall?

Using nature to decorate the reception hall is a fabulous idea. Pick out inexpensive, yet gorgeous flowers for this. If you have a theme, make sure these flowers are in sync with it. Have beautiful arrangements, centerpieces, and even a floral arch at the hall’s entrance. If possible, try including unique elements, such as bonsai trees, and adorn them with string lights for a greater impact. You can use flower centerpieces and also hang flower bouquets from the ceiling.

It is always advised that you try and stand out than playing along with the cliché. Elements such as antique pieces, vases, trunks, mirrors, and chests will give your reception an old charm. They’ll make for a very tasteful (and slightly expensive) decoration idea. Candles are used extensively nowadays. Place them in pretty candelabras or let them float in stone basins of colored water.

Decorating the ceiling can render a fairy tale appeal to your reception party. You can adorn the ceiling with curly glossy ribbons and bows. Colorful balloons hung from the ceiling can fill the atmosphere at the reception with a mood of fun and frivolity. For a more unique look, you can hang Chinese lanterns on strings, specially if the hall has an open area. Similarly, you can opt for different patterns in lanterns; choose types that are in sync with your color scheme.

The lighting in any hall will depend on the type of party you are hosting. For a wedding reception, you have a lot of freedom in deciding the lighting. You can arrange the lighting in such a way that it sets a particular ambiance and influences the mood of the entire venue. Wire wreaths with tiny bulbs mounted on walls and pillars will add to the festive feel of occasion. Trees, ornamental plants, and other such elements can be decked up with tiny, multicolored bulbs. Lanterns can greatly influence the atmosphere in a party, and they are thus strongly recommended.

The wedding cake is the main attraction of a reception party. Thus, it’s only natural that this table will be decorated carefully and tastefully. Use flowers that match the color scheme of your wedding theme to decorate the table that will hold the cake. You may also want to experiment a little and use some lights along with the flowers to embellish this table. Don’t go over the top though. Keep it simple, yet graceful. Candles work great on this table too. Small candles placed around the cake will only add more focus on the cake.

The other tables at the reception can be decorated with miniature versions of the floral arrangement used on the main table, to maintain uniformity. You can put candles in holders and place these on flat mirrors. The light of the candles will get reflected in the mirrors, and give a surreal look to all the tables. You can spread some flower petals around the mirrors if you wish. Don’t use bright colors for tablecloths, as these will then become an eyesore.

As we have already advised, unique elements really help in making the decorations stand out. If you want to try something different, use origami patterns to decorate the venue. Have pretty flowers and lanterns in colorful paper, and hang them using translucent nylon string. This way, the decorations will be seen, but not the strings. Some couples prefer to decorate the place with their photographs. You can gather pictures of the two of you including prom shots, baby pictures, pictures of beloved pets, engagement photographs, etc., and have them displayed at various spots at the venue.