Your wedding should be one of the most special days of your life, with every little thing centered around you and your newlywed partner, so why do newly married couples purchase gifts for other people on their special day?
It is quite traditional for the bridge and groom to buy gifts for each other on their wedding day; this is usually to reflect their new found commitment for one another. Choose a gift that you can hold on to forever so that you can both remember how special your wedding really was to you; maybe purchase something you can engrave your names and wedding date on.
As well as buying gifts for each other, another tradition is to purchase gifts for people who played a big part of your wedding. To help you decide who should receive a gift and how extravagant this gift should be, I have listed some advice for you.
Buying a gift for your parents on your wedding day is a more recent tradition, the gift is given to symbolize your thanks to them for raising you so well. You should purchase a gift that they can also hold on to forever, this will be to show that you are always there for them and you are always going to be a part of their family.
A great idea for the fathers is a watch, he can wear this watch with pride and every time he looks at it, it will remind him of your special wedding day.
For the mothers, a watch is also a good idea, depending whether she likes to wear a watch. An alternative is a gorgeous silver bracelet that she can similarly wear each day with pride.
The bridesmaids are going to play a huge part in helping the bride prepare for her big day, not only will they help with the whole wedding planning process, but they will also arrange a number of parties and showers for you, and they will also be there for you when you start to panic!
If you have a maid of honor who has helped out enormously, it is a good idea to buy her a gift of higher value or more sentimental value.
A great idea for bridesmaids gifts are maybe some part of their wedding attire, dazzling jewellery, photo albums or even a gift basket.
Best Man & Groomsmen
The best man and groomsmen will be there for the groom who will start panicking days before the wedding, they will be the ones who stand by the groom as he marries the girl of his dreams, so it is important that the groom shows a little appreciation for their efforts and friendship. The groomsmen will play a big part in arranging plans for the groom to celebrate his final few weeks as a bachelor with a number of parties.
A great gift idea to groomsmen and the best man are photo frames, pen sets, cuff links etc.
If there has been anyone else who has played a big part in helping you arrange the wedding, then you should also provide a special thanks to them as well.
Kerry is newly married and brought all the people close to her personal gifts. She brought all the women engraved silver bracelets from http://www.corazonlatino.com/ and the men personalized cuff links as a way of saying thank you.
There are so many details to plan in any single wedding, and they can all seem equally important. If you don’t spend enough time on certain elements, however, it can have a huge impact on the success of your wedding. Your flowers, for example, won’t influence whether your guests have a good time or not, but the music played at your reception will. Here are some tips and tricks to help you pick the right music for your wedding.
Set the Tone
Think about the style of wedding you’re planning, and try to pick music that sets the tone you want. If you want a reception that’s more like a giant party, choose songs that are upbeat, uptempo, and high-energy that will encourage people to dance. If you are planning a more formal, classier wedding, you might want to choose songs that are more traditional and romantic, without as many uptempo dance songs.
Do Some Research
When planning your wedding music, take advantage of the experiences of the brides and grooms that came before you. There is plenty written online about wedding music, and you can find lots of suggested songs and playlists. You can also read about wedding music mistakes. You can search online and find suggestions that can help you create your own perfect wedding playlist. It can be very hard to start from scratch, but browsing online can give you a starting point as well as new ideas to try out.
Hire a Professional
It’s best to hire a professional DJ who is experienced with weddings, even if it costs more money. Your choice of DJ, however, can be the difference between a great reception and a not-so-great reception. Hire a DJ who has a long track record of successful weddings, who has been in the business for a long time, and someone who has plenty of positive online reviews and can provide references. Hiring an inexperienced or inexpensive DJ can be a big mistake.
Consider His and Hers
The bride and groom should work on the wedding music together, and agreeing on a first dance song might be the easiest part. You should help each other to come up with song ideas that show both of your tastes and styles in a way that compliments the other. You also need to think about family and friends. Don’t pick songs that are sexually suggestive if it will make you uncomfortable around your grandparents, for example.
When you do come up with ideas for your wedding music, don’t leave things to chance. Work on coming up with a set playlist for the DJ beforehand, and make sure he can accommodate all of your requests. If you have certain songs or music you do not want to be played, write them down on a specific no-play list, or a DJ could end up innocently choosing a song you hate when he needs a substitution or runs out of songs you wanted.
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Although I am not planning a wedding, nor do I plan to plan a wedding in the near future, I have to say that the idea of giving the groom complete control of the big day would definitely appeal to me. This is something that is explored in the hit BBC3 program ‘Don’t Tell The Bride’ and I have discussed this notion with my girlfriend on a few occasions; only to be told not to hold my breath.
However, upon watching the show, it’s clear that most of the time the grooms do a pretty good job of wedding planning and even when you are sitting there screaming at the television that what they’ve done is hideous and the bride is going to hate it; she ends up jumping for joy at the sight of her tacky wedding day.
So just how much can you trust the groom to wedding planning? If not the whole wedding then what little parts can you safely leave up to us men? If you want your man to get involved then here’s a rough idea of what he can and can’t handle.
The Stag Do – This may seems like an obvious point but there are still so many brides out there that want to have a say in where the groom goes for his bachelor party. If there’s one thing a man can organize it’s a knees up in a brewery and if you trust your man then give him this one night and then he’ll be yours forever.
The Suit Hire – Even if you think your man has a scruffy dress sense, trust me; he is going to want to look good on his wedding day. When it comes to suit hire you can rely on him to do you proud and look his best.
Transport – Obviously you won’t be arriving at the ceremony venue together but hopefully you will leave for the reception as one. Therefore why not leave him alone with a few car hire magazines and watch this task get ticked off the ‘to do’ list quicker than the vehicle he hires.
Menu – Most men I’ve come across definitely know good food when they see it, so why not keep a smile on his face and his stomach full by letting him design the menu.
Wise Words – One of the most romantic things about a wedding are the vows and so why not give your man the chance to tell you exactly how he feels. Even if the words aren’t what you would have chosen at least you know they came from his heart.
Flowers – It’s a well-known fact that almost all men will wilt like an under watered Chrysanthemum at even the sight of a flower shop, so save him the trouble and deal with the blooms yourself.
Invitations – Although there are many creative men out there that could do a great job with the invitations, there is more chance of being allowed to go and watch ‘El Classico’ live for your honeymoon then wrestling the responsibility of the invitations from the bride.
Any Other Clothes Apart From The Suit Hire – As mentioned above, a groom will be able to sort his suit hire out with aplomb but anything else fashion orientated will leave him foaming at the mouth. Choosing a suit is one thing but helping decide on bridesmaid dresses and wedding shoes is completely another.
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As a man, Chris Mayhew likes the idea of wedding planning on his own but understands that some things should definitely be left to the bride. He is working for Anne Harding; a bridal shop who also offer suit hire in Bristol.
Weddings are often an important display of tradition, and the music is no exception. If you’re looking to put together a great playlist for your big day, you can’t go wrong with the classics. Here are 7 of the most popular wedding songs of all time.
I Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
This classic by the King himself is perfect for a close, slow dance at your wedding. This platinum selling single has been covered by a range of notable artists, but the Presley version remains the most chosen for wedding day dances. A little known fact about the song is that the melody is based on the romance, Plaisir d’Amour by Jean Paul Egide Martini.
More Than Words – Extreme
A beautiful ballad with soaring harmonies, sweet lyrics and amazing acoustic guitar work, it’s easy to see why More Than Words makes its way into so many wedding ceremonies around the world.
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Clapton wrote this sweet song while waiting for Pattie Boyd to get ready for a party. It has made regular appearances at weddings due to the lilting melody and gorgeous lyrics. For something a little bit different and more modern, consider the Michael Bublé cover of the song for your special ceremony.
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
This number one hit from the American rock band Aerosmith remains a staple track for romantic dances during the wedding and reception. It is one of the band’s most popular songs, and is undoubtedly a great alternative for those who want a heartfelt love song without being too corny.
More Than A Feeling – Boston
For something with an energetic classic rock vibe, you can’t go past this great track by Boston. Great for some more up-beat dancing, everyone will be tapping along to this classic as the night goes on.
You’re Still The One – Shania Twain
Shania Twain is known for producing some seriously catchy love songs, and this is one of her finest. Twain wrote the song to hit back at critics who said that her relationship would never last. With heartfelt lyrics and smooth country inspired melodies, You’re Still The One is a wonderful wedding song choice.
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
The Joe Cocker version of this song is one of the most beautiful and heartfelt ballads that you can include in your wedding playlist. Definitely one for a slow dance, You Are So Beautiful holds a special place in the heart of many couples.
With the playlist sorted, you can start planning your wedding invitation card designs. Surprisingly, there are a range of important parallels between the music you choose and your invitations. It’s important that they are personal, unique and match the theme of your wedding. With these top tracks, you’re bound to find a special song for your wedding day that perfectly expresses the love that you and your partner share.
Mindi is a wedding invitation card maker and specialises in specific theme based weddings. She is currently studying event management and wants to start he own wedding planning business one day.
Have you ever thought of making your own wedding dress? If you have then it is important to know the six parts of a dress that must come together harmoniously so that you have the perfect dress for your wedding day.
The first part of a dress is its silhouette. There are a number of silhouette designs but a few examples are the A-line, Empire or Ball Gown.
The second part to consider is the neckline. A neckline design can be low cut or high cut, round or v-shaped, with straps or strapless etc. A few popular neckline designs are the Bateau, Cowl Neck or Dipped style.
The third part is the waistline. The key differences between waistline styles are the height of the waist line as well as its shape.
The fourth part of a dress is its sleeve style. Many dresses are sleeveless, some have half sleeves and still others have full sleeves and there are many styles in between.
The fifth part is the back which can be closed or open or a few other styles.
The last part to consider when making or choosing a dress is the train. Wedding dresses that are more traditional have long, flowing trains but the style can be adapted to any length.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Olivia Picton is a freelance writer that likes to write about weddings. She also works part-time working with a company that does DIY wedding videos.
Deciding who to invite to your special day may very well be one of the most crucial parts of your wedding planning.
The size of your wedding guest list will obviously be determined by your budget, so take some time out with your partner to think long and hard before putting pen to paper. Remember, each guest you invite will cost you another meal, more drinks, and an extra wedding favor.
I can’t tell you who to invite, but I can, give you some general tips on who you may want to avoid. It goes a little something like this:
Please, please don’t tell me you have added ex’es to your wedding guest list. Ok, fair enough, each situation is unique, but as a general rule, any kind of ex- partner should be ex -communicated from the guest list. Why? Well, it’s going to be awkward for your husband or wife-to-be, and possibly for their friends and family. Add your friends and family to that equation while we’re at it. Don’t question me. No ex’es. I’m glad we’ve got that sorted out.
Everybody loves kids. Ok, most people love kids. However…and yes there is a however, we can pretty much conclude that the majority would prefer a wedding without children running around. Or is that just me?
Seriously though, where there are kids there must be some form of kids entertainment, kids meals, change table facilities, etc. So if its family-friendly you are aiming for, make sure you account for this when choosing your venue.
“I’ve only met you several times, but I’d love you to come and see how good I look in a wedding dress. I’d also like some presents. Thanks.” This is how you may come across to that acquaintance you’re considering inviting. You may think they will be offended if you don’t ask, but have you considered the fact that they may actually be offended if you do?
If you’re interested in developing a friendship with an acquaintance, go and socialize with them. A wedding invitation isn’t the only way into their hearts.
Bring a friend
Hmm. This is an awkward one. Who gets to bring their partners and who gets to leave theirs at home? Are they married? In that case they should bring their other half. If they are living together, then yes, according to wedding etiquette you should invite the friend and their partner. Any other situation, according to the wedding experts, is dependent on their relation to you and your budget.
Distant or estranged family members
If certain distant or estranged family members are important enough to invite to your wedding, then why is it that you haven’t seen them in so long? If they will not be offended by not being invited then these are the guests to cut from you list, not the ones who will never let you forget it.
Inviting colleagues to your wedding can be as awkward as a work Christmas party. It may also appear that you are trying to climb the corporate ladder, otherwise known as sucking up.
If you don’t socialize with colleagues outside of work or work functions, you should probably leave them off the guest list.
People you don’t know
Introductions at weddings are about as awkward as introductions at funerals. Whether it’s your parent’s friends, your uncle’s new girlfriend, or your friend’s new fling, do you really want them watching you experience such intimacy with your new bride or groom? Weddings are personal, and intimate, if the introduction is so important it should probably happen before the big day.
Weddings are not reunions. They are way more expensive for one and if you haven’t seen Jenny since year four, scrap Jenny from your wedding list.
If there is someone you suspect may cause drama at your wedding..Please pause here to refer to the ‘ex partner’ section…then maybe they should be left off the list. It’s your day, your rules. Just saying.
Put it this way, it’s probably the only day that will be known as ‘your day’. This means it’s your rules. Invite those who you genuinely want to be there to celebrate your love with on this one special day you will never forget.
About the Author
Amanda Jurrissen is the expert of all things wedding. When not writing for Newcastle wedding venues such as Longworth House, she writes for WHITE wedding magazine and several other publications. She dedicates the rest of her time to her most demanding boss, that being her incredibly colorful, larger than life little girl.
Your wedding day should be special, of that there is no doubt. But have you been to any truly memorable weddings before? They tend to be rather nice occasions without too much in the surprise department. Why not buck the trend and make your big day even bigger? You don’t have to spend a fortune to ensure that people will never forget this spectacular event. Here we look at some ways in which you can be sure that the guests will be astounded by your wonderful wedding.
Provided that you are both crazy about sports, why not hold your wedding at a big sporting event? Combining your passion for sports with your loved one is an excellent way to kick off your married life. Guest can wear the team’s colors, saving time and money on choosing those formal stuffy outfits. You may even be lucky enough to get a bespoke announcement over the tannoy, announcing that you are the special couple of the day.
They say that your wedding day is one of the most stressful of your joint lives. You can add to this stress by engaging in a bungee jump as soon as you both tie the knot. Or perhaps a tandem parachute jump is more your style? You can tone the adrenaline down by holding your nuptials in a hot air balloon, just make sure the basket can hold the wedding party’s weight, otherwise it could be a very short married life that you experience!
Historical Romantic Couples Theme
Imagine being compared to some of the most famous couples of all time? You could set the theme to re-enact the partnership of Anthony and Cleopatra, or perhaps you would prefer comparisons to JFK and Marilyn Monroe? The guests could all be adorned in the period costume of the day and everyone would marvel at the amazing photos of your special event. Just bear in mind that most of these famous couples did not live long enough to enjoy old age together!
Forget about the future in-laws and the arguments that are bound to follow, how about a real war theme for your wedding day? Think about a battle or war that means something to both of you and plan your day around the memorable event. You should also try to think about an outdoor venue for the dramatic day in question. You could dress the bride’s family in Redcoat uniform and the groom’s guests would take on the mantle of the Confederate Army. If nothing else, it would take your mind off the real battles that may await your married life together!
Superhero Wedding Theme
This one is always a fun spectacle and there are so many glamorous and interesting characters to base your day on. How about Superman getting hitched to Snow White, or The Hulk sharing his vows with Lois Lane? Whatever your combination you are sure to start your married life in a way that you will never forget. Ask the guests to follow suit and just don’t forget who the real stars of the day are supposed to be!
Rita D’mello is a renowned Florist in Perth. She loves flowers and is the primary reason for starting this business. She feels that flowers go a long way to enhance a weddings appeal and impress visitors.
Spring is a fantastic time of year, and makes for a perfect season to have your wedding in. Whether you are having it this year and are planning the final points, or have just gotten engaged and deciding what season you wish to have it in, spring is definitely a time to really consider and can give you great inspiration for ideas.
The middle of spring is usually when you can get a spots of nice weather. Of course this is never guaranteed and is really unpredictable, but you probably have the best odds to get a few rays shining down at this time of year. If you are jetting off abroad to host your wedding it will of course depend on the country you are going to as to what the weather will be like in the spring. However if you are sticking to Europe then it will be nice and warm but not too hot and sticky like it would be around July and August time.
When it comes to a spring wedding you should definitely let the colors of the season affect your choices. When I think of spring I envision pretty pastel colors like pale greens, yellows and pinks which would work beautifully in a wedding when used correctly. Of course when it comes to choosing a bouquet and floral decorations for your venue it should be easy, placing really happy flowers like sunflowers and tulips will give a real sense of the outdoors and bring in pops of color.
As well as pretty and delicate colors being spread across table decorations, bridesmaid dresses and more, you should let the simplicity of this season influence what you choose for your bridal attire. Instead of a low flowing veil, you might want to try out a simple wedding tiara or headband; there are some gorgeous choices around. Keep your jewellery simple too; it is important to let your stunning dress do the talking. You may even want to select a second dress to wear at your after venue; if you are abroad a shorter white dress would be great if you plan on celebrating on the beach.
If you have decided to have your spring wedding close to Easter, you could use this by creating a fun Easter egg hunt outside for any kids attending. Weddings can be a bit long and boring for children and the last thing you want is for them to get restless. You could even make the clues related to you and your newly married other half and then the adults would want to join in too! If the weather is lovely make the most of it, try to book a venue with an outdoor area so if the sun does shine you have the option to spend a lot of your time outside.
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