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Pre Wedding Preparations

I have always believed that a wedding is not a one day affair, but an event whose preparations can last somewhere around half a year at least. You prepare for a few months, then live through that one beautiful day and then bask in the glory of that day for a few more months. However, to make that one day beautiful, you need to prepare carefully. Pre-wedding preparations aren’t as easy as you think they might be. Yes, this article will surely make them easier for you, but the time it’s going to take you, nothing can possibly reduce that. We shouldn’t compromise on time anyway if we want that one day to be a perfect moment for everyone, isn’t it?

The preparations listed below are just the main categories of all the preparations you need to take care of, and the detailed preparations are listed below them in the paragraphs. The key to preparing well is, and has always been, to write down the preparations so that you don’t forget any minute detail, even if you wish to. Apart from these preparations, you also have occasions such as the rehearsal dinner to take care of. So, stop thinking and start preparing, NOW!

5 Important Things You Need to Take Care of Before Your Wedding

Invitations
One of the first pre-wedding preparations are the invitations. Make a list of people whom you want to invite and start preparing the invitations. If you’ve decided to have a themed wedding, make sure you mention that in the invitation. It is important to prepare these invitations in time, as people need to be informed some time before the wedding as even they need to prepare for it. Remember that, after you’ve decided the kind of invitations you want, even printing them is going to take some time. Once you’ve made the list, check for the addresses you have and ones that you don’t have.

Venue
Another aspect that is going to take a lot of your time is deciding the venue. Finding the perfect place, and that too on the date you have decided, is not an easy task and we all know it, don’t we? The venue needs to be decided before you send the invitations for printing, so make sure you decide the outlook of the invitations and look at venues simultaneously. Once the venue is decided, you need to decide how you’re going to decorate it, and how the seating arrangement is to be kept. If it’s going to be a big wedding, I’d say you just hire a wedding planner.

Food
Deciding the right food and menu for a party, let alone a wedding, is a tough task considering the truckload of options you have. Again, these decisions need to be made mutually by the bride and groom. You need to hunt down few of the best caterers in town, and then see which one offers you the best price amongst all. If the wedding venue is somewhere on the outskirts, are the caterers willingly to provide services there too? The best way to zero in on one company is by asking people who recently got married if they have any contacts of good catering service agents.

Attire
Once all the basic preparations are over, you can now focus completely on yourself. Your attire is one of the most important things you need to pay special attention to. Your wedding is going to be one of the best days of your life and you have to make sure you look your best on this day, isn’t it? Selecting a wedding gown has to be done keeping in mind what the groom is going to wear or vice versa. The footwear, accessories and the tiara also needs to be finalized. Similarly, the attire of the bridesmaid, and of the good man, also has to be thought of. If these are people outside your family, they might want to select their own attire.

Favors
Favors also need to be bought/prepared beforehand so that they don’t become a liability later. You have to first look at a few options you would want to give away as favors, and then zero in on a few. The number of guests who attend a wedding are more than those who attend any other function which makes it important for us to start and finish with the favors in time.

Now that you know these pre-wedding preparations, you can perfectly plan any wedding that you want to. If need be, you can also make a checklist of all the things you need to get in place before the big day. Wedding planning and preparation tips are never ending, and this fact makes us forget a few details here and there. So, to plan and prepare everything in time and to execute it in a much better way, use these tips and suggestions. Remember a stitch in time, saves nine.

How to Choose a Wedding Location for the Big Day

Firstly, congratulations all you brides and grooms-to-be on your upcoming nuptials! From here on begins the planning of the big day you have always dreamed of. A picture perfect wedding! Perfect lights, fabulous decorations, scrumptious food, wedding cake, and the chaste wedding vows, Wow! Sounds so beautiful. However, for all these ideas and plans to fall in proper place, the wedding location you go in for is extremely important. It will truly reflect your style and enable you to cherish the magical moment forever. A wedding venue you select will give you a clear picture of the myriad ideas you can execute in that given room. When a couple starts looking for a wedding location, too often they fall in love with the ambiance and beauty of the place without even considering a few other factors that play an important role. Well, it happens in the moment and one cannot be blamed, after all it is the big day of their life. However, to avoid any regrets or incorrect planning here is an article that will help you select the best of locations and at the same time impress your guests with warm hospitality and fantastic arrangements. Read the entire article to know how to choose the perfect wedding location.

How to Choose a Wedding Location
Capacity: No venue will extend itself magically if you add a few extra guests at the last minute. You need to have a good idea of the number of invitees and in fact add some 50 guests to the number just to be on a safer side, and then look for a venue that accommodates your guest list.
Standing or seated party: When you plan a wedding party it becomes important for you to decide whether you want to serve a stand-up buffet or serve food at the table where people will be seated. While you decide for the same, do not forget to consider the crowd which is being invited, you have to make seating arrangements for senior citizens whatever arrangement you opt for.
Your budget: Sometimes, brides and grooms get carried away by the ambiance of a certain wedding location and happen to shortlist a location which doesn’t even fit their budget. Get realistic, don’t exceed your budget in an effort to impress people. Make sure you and your husband-to-be have set a budget and start searching for venues that fit well into your budget.
Decoration: If you have planned something or have a certain theme in your mind regarding your big day, then look for a location that will translate your thoughts and planning into reality. Discuss with the venue in-charge about the decoration and ask them about the fees they will be charging you. If you find the costs to be unreasonable ask them if they are OK with you employing your own decorators.
In house caterer: Some wedding venues serve only a particular cuisine and you have to go by it. So, find out whether they provide in house caterers, if yes, what kind of cuisine do they serve and the range of dishes in that cuisine. Do not forget to try the food in there before you finalize everything, you don’t want to regret anything, right?
Washroom facilities: This might seem like a very obvious advice on choosing a wedding location. However, sometimes we are so awed by the very appearance of the location, that facilities like this are sidelined. Hence, make sure you look for a clean washroom when you choose a wedding location.
Liquor license: Drinks are amongst the main ingredients for a successful wedding party. Check if the alcohol providers have a valid liquor license, you don’t want to fall into any trouble later. You can also ask if you are allowed to bring in your own liquor, as that works out much cheaper than the former.
Overtime charges and payment schedule: While you are on a hunt to select an appropriate wedding location, discuss the payment details (that includes paying by cash or card), schedule (about the down payment and installments) and other policies regarding the location. Usually the venue authorities allow you to use the location for a specific period of time, make sure you give them an idea about the time you will require, also discuss the overtime charges (in case applicable).
Parking area: Considering small things and thinking about the needs of your invitees will make your wedding party all the more successful and guests will surely bless the newly wed graciously. Parking is one such small thing that can really cause a big problem. You want your guests to walk in the venue with a smile on their face and not a grin (if they didn’t find the right place to park their vehicle). Check if the wedding location provides you with an ample parking space, if not make arrangements likewise.
Room for dancing or playing the band: What is a party without some dancing and singing! When you finalize a wedding location see that they have adequate room for dancing and an elevated platform for a band to play (in case you have a band playing). Also ask them about the provision of music and provide them with the songs you would want them to play during the course.
Wedding photography: Most of the time, the photography aspect is not given a serious thought. Wedding photos are going to treasure these wonderful moments forever. Hence, it is important to go in for a venue with ample natural light. Now, if it happens to be an evening wedding, make sure you ask the people in charge to illuminate the venue so as to get sharper wedding photographs or hire a photographer who can capture images even in the low-light conditions.
Remember marriage is an eternal bliss, wherever it might be taking place in the world. Whatever you decide, choose and plan, I wish you the most fabulous and flawless wedding day ever!

Alternatives to Flower Girl Petals

Almost every aspect of weddings is being experimented with by brides and wedding planners alike. Long, ruffled, flowing gowns have given way to those with sleek and modern cuts. Meaningless (and sometimes useless) favors have given way to DIY and practical ones. The veil has transformed into a hat, and the shoes have outright been discarded for beach weddings.

After all is said and done, the wedding is a roaring success and everyone appreciates the thought, effort, and resourcefulness that went into planning and executing it. However, there may be one aspect that no one thinks about often, or rather takes for granted as a staple in any wedding not to be bothered with a bit of quirk and whimsy: the flower girl’s petal scattering.

There may arise instances when a wedding venue may not permit the use of flower petals to be scattered on the aisle. Or maybe you’re planning a wedding without flowers and the flower girl is the only aspect you’re worried about. Not to worry. We have put together 7 oh-so-adorable alternatives you can use instead of the traditional petals. Browse through them and let us know what you’ll pick!
Flower Basket

For the bride who wants to do something different, but isn’t too comfortable with totally abandoning tradition, a flower girl with a basket of flowers (that she will not scatter) is perfect.
Just Flowers

How in character does this little rock star look! Make your flower girl jump for joy too. Rid her of the pressure of balancing a basket. Just hand her a bunch of fresh flowers that she can hand out to guests as she walks.
Bunch of Balloons

We are yet to find a kid who does not like balloons. Hand the little girl a bunch of bright and colorful balloons and make her day. She can release them as soon as she reaches the altar, just for that added drama.
Super-sized Heart

A wedding is all about love and what better symbol to depict this love than the eternal red heart. Make a really big one out of paper, stick it on a heart-shaped cardboard cutout, and ask her to hand it to the groom when she reaches the altar.
Fun Pinwheel

This will work great if your wedding will take place in a location that will see a considerable amount of wind. Have the kid walk down with a pinwheel, a little something to entertain her while she fulfills her very important duty as a part of your wedding.
Elegant Umbrella

All we can say is that this little girl probably stole the show when she walked down the aisle, until the bride showed up, that is. This is a lace umbrella, but you can always opt for a cute little parasol in any material of the girl’s choice.
Fairy Wand

Every little girl has either dreamed of or dreams of fairies. Make this dream come true. Have her dress up as a fairy and hand her a pretty wand with a star at the top and everything. Watch her flash that 1000-watt smile as she walks down the aisle in glee.
With these super-cool alternatives to flower girl petals, you’re not only going to up the offbeat factor in your wedding, but also going to make a (probably nervous) little girl very, very happy. And who can’t take a little more happiness on their wedding day, right?

Big Advantages of Having a Small Wedding

For a Stress-free Wedding …
Having a small wedding will keep you calm and make you feel more relaxed on the wedding day, because you will be surrounded by familiar faces only.
Different people have different views about a wedding ceremony. While some think that the big day should be big in all aspects, some believe in keeping it simple and intimate. It is a great idea to share the moments of your special day with more people who are your near and dear ones. However, this plan may work well when you have a whole lot of friends and relatives to liven up the event. For others, a small wedding may be just perfect.

If we think a little deeper, a cycle of expenses may be formed while planning a big wedding, which begins with the venue.
Problem Areas You Can Avoid

» Since it is gonna be a large wedding, the venue ought to be some grand palace or a similar bigger place. As the venue is big, the decorative pieces, like the centerpieces, backdrops, and other accessories should match the level of the venue.

» Next comes the wardrobe, one of the highlights of any wedding. A huge wedding hall and expensive decorations is equal to a long, long guest list, and it’s obvious that you want to look your best in front of such a big crowd. Thus, you want to purchase heavy wedding clothes to suit the entire scenario.

» Last but certainly not the least is the menu for the wedding. It is generally believed that the success of a wedding ceremony is judged by the food and drinks served on the occasion. People may forget what were you dressed in or how expensive was your wedding cake; what they will remember is the food served to them, and they will rate the wedding accordingly.
So, a large wedding, in short, is large from every angle, which may, at the end of the day, become stressful and heavy on the pocketbook as well. Having said that, let us now explore the common advantages of having a small wedding.
Reasons to Have a Small Wedding
Easy Management
It is the biggest dream of every couple to make their wedding ceremony a perfect, flawless event and cherish only the good memories. In order to make an event perfectly successful, there should be an ease in its management, and this is possible with a smaller wedding. There are innumerable things to be done as a part of wedding preparations, which requires many hands at work. The smallest mistake may spoil the entire event, and if this happens in front of a huge crowd, it would be even more embarrassing. Hence, it is ideal to keep it small, simple, and easily manageable.
Good Way to Save Money
The most important and obvious advantage of having a small wedding is lesser expenses, resulting into greater savings. You will have a limited number of guests, so less number of invitation cards will be printed, transportation expenditure will come down, and catering costs will reduce, which will ultimately make a perfectly planned budget wedding.
Also, a smaller-sized wedding will allow you to go in for a grand wedding because of the limited number of guests. You might be able to book a higher-priced venue with multiple facilities and luxuries for your guests and still save your money.

The money that will be saved from the wedding can be used for a number of important things, like buying a new home, making investments for a secured future, for your children education, and other personal necessities.
Individual Attention to All Guests

Attending and looking after the guests during a wedding ceremony is a big thing. They are the people, who have traveled so far and come to offer their blessings and good wishes to you for your married life. You will have opportunities to involve each one of them in various activities and make them feel important. Their active participation in the entire ceremony will create a kind of livelihood and make the event more enjoyable. And, if you have 10 to 15 guest tables booked instead of 40, it will be easier for you to approach each guest in person and spend some quality time with them. It will also save much of your time, which can later be invested in dancing and other fun activities.
Scope for Having a Destination Wedding

Who would not like to have a wedding somewhere far and at a destination like Bermuda or Alaska? Well, if you are provoked by the thought and wish for a similar wedding destination for yourself, then know that it is easier with a small wedding. Firstly, there is a wider scope for finding a perfect location because smaller destination wedding venues are abundant as compared to the larger and local wedding venues. Further, it is easier to organize the transport and party arrangements with less number of people in a foreign location.

It is certainly not that small weddings do not pose any difficulties and challenges. You may have to face some negative reactions after announcing your idea, especially from your parents, who believe that since you may be the only child in the family, your wedding should be grand and more inclusive. However, if you explain the whole scenario and the advantages of a smaller wedding, they may get convinced and support you.