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Small Weddings, Grand Exits

Who said you can’t have a grand exit for a small wedding? Of course you can! The grand exit is one of my favourite aspects of a wedding and you can have your grand exit whether there is 200+ guests or 10 with family and close friends. Various options can be explored for your grand exit however I suggest whatever you decide, it should be a reflection of you! Your style, your wedding theme; or even something related to your profession. For e.g. if you are a pilot….craft a few DIY paper planes and throw it in the air as you make you’re your way out. There are two key things that you should to note when deciding/planning your send offs – Timing and Photography.

What’s the point of the grand send-off if it’s not captured?! Book the photographer for sufficient time to capture the moment as these make great wedding blow up photos and great laughs. In relation to timing, you can select a song to be played as your last song and have everyone join in. The DJ can make an announcement to invite everyone to get up and dance this last dance with you. At this point be prepared for hugs and kisses. Then your guests can make the human tunnel as you glide away.

Who said you can’t come back to the bar after you’ve had some quiet time and have blessed the marriage if the party is till going on in the reception hall?! Some suggested ideas for the exit toss are: sky lanterns; wedding sparklers; confetti; ribbons; sprinklers.


Weddings Dress Shopping for Curvy Women

Are you pleasantly plump and curvaceous and looking for a wedding dress? Shopping for a wedding dress as a full figured bride can be daunting but it doesn’t have to be! You just need to consider a few important things when shopping. The most important being your own figure, shape, and personal style. Choosing figure flattering fabric is a good starter. Lace is a great choice for women of all sizes, but for plump women it provides a look that doesn’t show off every bump and curve.

Thicker fabrics such as taffeta are also ideal for curvy brides because they smooth everything out, creating a streamlined silhouette. For some full figured women, strapless styles tend to make shoulders look wider and also may not provide the required support therefore you may want to consider opting for styles with thicker straps or sleeves. However, if this is not the case for you….Go ahead and show off that cleavage and feel beautiful in your skin! Also be mindful of the areas you would like to less attention and avoid using things like beaded bodices and sequin or lace appliqués around these areas.


10 Tips to Cut Your Wedding Bill

  1. Trim the guest list. Your per head count is your biggest expense
  2. Choose a gorgeous setting, you’ll save on decorations
  3. Opt for a reception site that already offers chairs, tables, flatware etc. Items such as tents and other rentals add up to a substantial expense
  4. Start the wedding earlier in the day. Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon tea or heavy hors d’oeuvres cost less than dinner and earlier in the day people tend to drink less which will lower your alcohol cost
  5. Limit the alcohol offerings to wine, beer and a signature cocktail. You can also consider Sangria or a punch as a festive but cost-effective alternative to mixed drinks
  6. Have the wedding on a Sunday or maybe a day in the week. Vendors tend to lower their fees for days that are less in demand
  7. Eliminate the champagne toast. Most of the bubbly will be thrown out anyway. Have your guests toast with whatever they’re drinking.
  8. Instead of a live band, hire a DJ or simply use an IPod or maybe even a mobile phone.
  9. Choose an inexpensive to send out invitations. for example Word of mouth, e-invites or simple but elegant prints.
  10. Skip the favors. Write personal notes instead…This might even come across as thoughtful gesture rather than a cut cutting strategy!

Tips on Choosing a Wedding Date

Choosing a date may not be as simple as it sounds. In fact the date is the pillar for so many other key steps in the planning process….Meaning that you may not be able to confirm your location, Officiant, and other vendors unless you have a date. And most importantly the date also affects your budget.

Various other factors come into play when deciding on a date, however I’ll let you in on some general considerations.

Remember that childhood dream you had of your wedding? That discussion that you and your now fiancé have outlined about your wedding day? Your best friend in NY who you would must walk you down the aisle who can only get vacation in the Summer time?……… I think you’ve already begun to see where I am heading with this. The question is “What do you consider the most important thing about your wedding day?” There is no right answer. Whatever you consider should be your first consideration. Will Cherry Blossoms be available in August? I would like a beach wedding, what will the weather be like in January? If the only place you will get married is that Papillote Wilderness and Spa where you’ve spent a romantic weekend, you need to find out if the date is available before you do any other planning.

You may be lucky and wind up with your choice of dates within the time frame of the vendors etc. However I suggest that you check out the second thing on your priority list (probably it’s the photographer whom just absolutely love). Also run your dates by your family members and/or your closest friends before making a final decision.


How to Choose a Wedding Party

First off, take note that wedding party should be chosen after the venue plans are finalized. Even if you’re sure you can’t get married without your best friend from since kindergarten or your favourite sister or all your college roommates standing up for you, you really can’t make good wedding decisions unless you’ve finalized your wedding venue. I know…I know!…you’re wondering why is this so?!…Hear this…you can always add to your bridal party but it it’s horribly awkward-and possibly permanently damaging to a friendship-to have to withdraw an invitation.

After you’ve considered which friend and/or relative to include, you then imagine looking around as the ceremony begins. You then ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Will you feel supported by them?
  2. Are you grateful to have them in your life?
  3. Are they grateful to have you in theirs?
  4. Are they really going to be happy for me?

These are the people you really want as part of your wedding party.

Also take into consideration the following:

  1. The larger the wedding party, the higher the cost
  2. A larger party can make it harder to arrive at a consensus on anything, from bridesmaid dresses to hairstyles to the style of shoes.

Tell us: How many people are in your bridal party? How did you decide who to include?


Is a Wedding Planner Right for Me?

Though almost every bride can benefit from the help of a planner, but if you are in any of these situations you may want to consider a planner:

  1. You are having a destination Weddings: Planning a destination wedding can be overwhelming especially for busy couples and situations where you have no family and friends in the country you would like to wed.
  2. You are having a large Wedding (100 or more guests) – More people means more work
  3. The weddings is at an off-site location – This refers to any location where items such as tents and other rentals are involved. This also refers to a home wedding where you will have to adapt the home and grounds to accommodate a crowd and you may not have the knack for handling these situations.
  4. Difficult family dynamics – While in many case family and friends are willing to assist in planning, often times bride complain that they have resorted to a planner as they can’t seem to settle on much with so many different views and opinions from family and friends and in such cases the planner can serve as a neutral point person, negotiator, and mediator.
  5. Inflexible work schedule – If you can’t devote ten hours a week to planning your wedding for the first two months, five hours a week for the next few months, and ten to twenty a week for the last ten weeks before the wedding, then a planner could be a lifesaver
  6. Organizational Phobia – If organization isn’t your strong point, a planner could be a God sent.


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