Wedding Flower Guide

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Wedding Flower Guide

When it comes to choosing wedding flowers, many brides may know the wedding flower they want in their own bouquet, but are a little mystified about the rest of the wedding flowers needed to fill out the ceremony and reception.

While you can leave all your wedding flower selections in the hands of a capable professional florist and get great results, you may want to take a more hands on approach. We hope this wedding flower guide will help making planning your most special day just a little easier.

Your first decision should be whether you plan to use a professional florist to create a wedding flower arrangement and bouquets, or if you’d rather visit a wholesale wedding flower retailer and order flowers to make your own bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and so forth.

If you are the creative type, a simple floral craft book will give you all the tips and tool lists necessary to create your own custom wedding flowers that reflect your personal style. It’s a good idea to purchase some flowers to practice with ahead of time to make sure you’ll be happy with your results. Whatever you decide, there are some standard traditions and suggestions to help make sure you’ve covered all your wedding flower needs.

Wedding flowers for the church would include:

Altar wedding flower arrangements
Pew markers/decorations

Wedding flowers for the reception would include:

Wedding flower arrangement for the bridal table.
Table centrepieces
Buffet table decorations

Wedding flowers for the bridal party would include:

Bridal bouquet
Small Bridal bouquet to toss
Groom’s boutonniere
Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet
Bridesmaid bouquets
Best Man boutonniere
Groomsman boutonnieres
Flower Girl bouquet or petal basket
Mother of the Bride/Groom corsages
Father of the Bride/Groom boutonnieres
Step-parent corsages/boutonnieres
Grandparent corsages/boutonnieres

A Few Extra Wedding Flower Tips

Maid/Matron of Honor wedding bouquets should be slightly more elaborate or in a different color shade than the rest of the bridesmaid wedding bouquets.

The Best Man boutonniere should be slightly more elaborate than the rest of the groomsmen boutonnieres.

The corsages/boutonnieres for the parents should differ slightly from the step-parents, and all grandparent corsages/boutonnieres should be
different as well. It makes it easier for guests to keep track of who’s who.

Wedding flower arrangements from the church can be transferred to the reception hall for double duty.

Bridesmaid wedding bouquets could be set in waiting vases and used as decoration for the bridal table.

Remember, these are just wedding flower guidelines. When it comes to your special day, your wedding flower selections and arrangements should reflect your personal taste and style. You can keep things simple or get as elaborate as you like, as long as your wedding flowers help you create the perfectly romantic wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

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5 Tips For Planning A Cheap Wedding Reception

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5 Tips For Planning A Cheap Wedding Reception

The wedding reception is an important part of any wedding. The reception is often the easiest way for many to celebrate their marriage with their close family and friends. Unfortunately, wedding receptions can be expensive. Those who are not prepared to pay for a large reception may feel as though they cannot have a reception.

Fortunately, you can have a wedding reception without the high cost. You can easily plan a cheap wedding reception. This type of reception does not have to look cheap, and will be sure to keep to your low budget. These five tips will help you to have the cheap reception that you want.

Have Solid Invitation Numbers Available

If you are planning for a cheap reception, you need to be sure that you avoid waste. You want to be sure that you are planning for the exact amount of people that will be at your reception. At most, plan for the number of invitations that you have sent out. Always require RSVP’s to be sure that you know the exact number of people who plan on attending.

Set a Budget

If you are planning a cheap reception, you need to make sure that you have a solid budget. Plan on the amount of money that you can afford to spend on your wedding reception. Force yourself to stick to that budget. If you want a realistic budget, talk to others who have planned receptions. This will give you a general idea of the cost of a wedding reception that you will be able to base your budget off of.

Plan Inexpensive Centerpieces and Wedding Favors

If you want to have a wedding reception, you must have centerpieces at your tables, and wedding favors for your guests. These objects cost money, however, and are counter intuitive to the cheap reception thought process.

You simply need to find centerpieces and wedding favors that are inexpensive. Be sure to avoid any pieces that look cheap. While you want to save money, you do not want your reception to look cheap.

Constantly Compare Prices

Be sure to comparison shop for all of the objects that you need to rent or purchase. Comparing prices will help you to find exactly what you want for your reception, but at the lowest cost possible.

Utilize a Professional

No one should attempt to plan a wedding on their own. If you want a cheap wedding reception, talk to a professional. A professional wedding planner may have the resources that you need to find wedding rentals and decorations for cheap.

You do not need to have a cheap looking reception to have a cheap wedding reception. With carefully selected items and serious planning, you can have the wedding reception that will help your family and friends celebrate your wedding at a price you can afford.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

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How to find memorable Wedding favours

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How to find memorable Wedding favours.

Your wedding is not just a celebration of your love, it is also a way to thank the special people in your life. Wedding favors, in particular, are the expression of that gratitude. It says thank you for being there and also, is a token of affection.

That’s why couples should give as much thought to their wedding favors as they do to any other detail in the wedding. Why give something boring and generic, which will only end up gathering dust in the corner of a closet? Make it special, make it beautiful, and make it unique something that, when seen, will make them remember you and your wedding.

You’ll find many unique ideas for wedding favors. Here are just things to consider as you choose from the selection:

* Follow your wedding theme. Did you have a beach wedding? A little glass jar with sand and shells can be used as a paperweight. Add a romantic quote or a verse from a poem with a sea theme, and you have something appropriate and practical. Dried flowers pinned against a refrigerator magnet make a lovely garden wedding favor, while a Medieval themed wedding can have chocolate coins in a velvet pouch.

* Be nostalgic. Dress up a photo frame with a couple portrait, or a CD with your favorite music. Even an ordinary box, useful for odds and ends like paperclips or jewellery, becomes a touching wedding favor if it’s filled with potpourri and a personal note from the couple thanking the guest for sweet memories.

* Give something useful, but dainty. What about a champagne charm with a heart (to ‘toast’ your new life), with a note that says that you hope that your guest will have many days as happy as this wedding is for you? A sachet with potpourri, to put into the closet, can also carry the scent of the flowers in your bouquet. These are things that they won’t buy for themselves, but will definitely appreciate while carrying the theme of your wedding.

* Think ‘sweets’. Chocolates and candies are always a welcome souvenir, and can be wrapped to reflect the theme of your wedding. If you have a very elegant evening wedding, try rum balls in a small gold box; or if you have a seaside wedding, give chocolates shaped like sea shells. You can even ask some suppliers to form your monogram into a chocolate, or have chocolate handpainted to look like little bouquets of flowers.

* Even ordinary wedding favors become extra special if they’re presented properly. Try grouping your wedding favors to become part of the table centerpiece. For example, little boxes of chocolate, arranged in a tier, can add to the beauty of the reception area. Or, you can have chocolate rosebuds inserted into your regular floral centrepiece. Now that’s a ‘sweet’ discovery!

There are so many unique wedding favors that the problem isn’t what to give, but which one to give. And with the large variety, there’s bound to be one that fits into your budget and theme.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

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Your Wedding Theme

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Whether it’s a traditional, formal or off-the-beaten-track wedding, you’re putting the whole event together yourself by planning its every phase. These days, with so much available on the Internet, it’s easy! All you need is some time and a clear idea of the feeling you want to get across.

Start with a theme and you’ll have a coherent image you can use throughout the entire wedding. You may be surprised, in fact, how potent just a word or concept can be, once applied as your marriage theme.

Love angels, for example? What could be more perfect than finding ways to incorporate angels in every phase of your wedding?

From the flowers to the guest favors to the vows, you can find a way to carry out the theme through the entire event. Is it to be a casual wedding of two Renaissance types? The Renaissance theme is compatible with the wedding ritual, and makes for an unforgettable event.

Getting married on February the fourteenth? Hearts and flowers are perhaps the most traditional and best beloved of all wedding themes!

When you’re planning your wedding, save time to choose the music with care. Get together with whoever is providing the music and talk about the right pieces for the two of you. There is nothing that sets the tone like music, and your wedding music will live in your memories for the rest of your lives.

The rings, the vows, the wardrobe all the choices you must make to create an intimately personal expression of your love, are made so much easier by following a theme. But the idea behind it all is what counts.

You can choose one word to describe the spirit you wish to be your wedding, as if the coming together of two hearts creates a separate entity with one quality.

Is it joy? Is it contentment? Is it a giddy, bubbly, mirthful adoration? Pick a word or a phrase and keep it in mind. It’ll tie everything together and make the experience more perfect. And your wedding theme can become a foundation throughout your marriage.

Till next time.

Cheers!

Sarah

Wedding Reception Food

reception food‘When people think about wedding food in general, the first thing that usually comes to mind is chicken, steak or fish and you generally know it’s not going to be the best meal you’ve ever had. Weddings still have a ‘general’ reputation for poor food, but there are many venues now that pride themselves on their food if you are willing to pay for the quality.

When it comes to selecting your food, take a risk and be different. Don’t just give your guests a boring old steak, which 9 times out of 10 when cooked on mass at a wedding, aren’t particularly tender and are never cooked to everyone’s individual liking.

When you go for your tasting at the venue, be aware that when they prepare the food for you to taste they have just made one plate of food so they’ve put everything into it and the food is perfect. However, when it comes to the wedding itself and they’ve had to make 100 of that one dish, it may not be good as the tasting.

Be clear at the tasting, that if the food does not taste as good on the wedding day and if your guests food is tough or cold, what is your recourse for compensation? I’ve seen brides and grooms incredibly upset over food so bad that you couldn’t even eat it and I’m not sure where they stood legally.

With finger foods at a cocktail reception, make sure they are ‘finger’ foods. Many times finger foods are too big and too awkward to hold with one hand. You can’t have a glass in one hand and have a bite to eat with the other hand, when you need two hands to eat a canapé.

You may decide to have a great selection of canapés and drinks upon arrival and then you can forfeit the entree saving you a bit of money so you’re just paying for the main course and dessert.

You can also save a little bit extra by skipping the dessert and just having the wedding cake served with ice cream or cream. You don’t have to order the full three courses plus canapés plus wedding cake if you are struggling with budget.

Too much food at weddings is wasteful and I’ve been at weddings where there have been 10 or 12 courses and by the 5th or 6th course people leave the food on the table untouched. You’ve got to ‘wow’ your guests so they go away feeling satisfied and raving about the food, rather than them saying how wasteful it was.

Whether you have a sit down dinner or cocktail style, it’s really going to change the feel of your special day, so choose carefully.

A cocktail reception is always going to be a lot more casual and relaxed. Guests will float about because no one has a designated seat to return to. It’s a more casual and works very well if you want a non-formal wedding reception.

If you’d like to stick with tradition and have a sit down dinner, give a lot of thought to who you place next to each other at tables. It’s never a good idea to put strangers next to each other on your wedding day. It’s much nicer to sit with people you know. Where possible, allow guests to be with people they know and if you happen to have a group of people that don’t know anyone, by all means put them all together.

Have your seating plan clearly mapped out on display at the front of your reception and have tables clearly signed. Too many times I’ve seen guests walking in circles around wedding venues because they can’t see what number or what name their table is. So make it really easy for your guests. You can also have someone handing out pieces of paper with the seating plan so they take it with them while searching for their table.

A great idea is to get postcards printed online with a photo of the two of you with a thank you message on it with the seating plan printed on the back. That way they know how to get to their table and they will take it home with them as a gift. You can also have some ushers to seat people if you want a more personal touch, but you’ll need at least 6 if you have a large crowd.

Statistics show that at weddings, the two things people remember the most are the music and the food, so get it right!’

Another great extract form Sue Taylor’s book ‘Everything You Need To Know About Your Wedding Day… But No One Will Tell You’

Check out her website here www.suetaylorphotography.com.au

Cheers!

Sarah