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Having a wedding outside can be an amazing experience in the summer as well as the winter, but make sure to brace yourself against the elements. The weather can be unpredictable, especially in the UK. When venue dates have to be booked over a year in advance in many cases, it can be hard to guarantee good weather. Booking it in the summer is your best bet with an outdoor wedding, but don’t be afraid to have it in the autumn or winter.
If we could predict the weather with 100% accuracy, then back-up plans wouldn’t need to be made. Unfortunately, having an outside wedding does mean that Mother Nature will be an uninvited guests. Your wedding will require some form of pop-up shelter, just in case it does get wet or windy. Check that they have removable sides and doors to them as well. Good weather means you can make the most of the sunshine, and if it’s bad you can simply zip the heat back in.
Dressing the bride
Finding the perfect dress takes time. Not many brides prefer to have a dress that completely covers the shoulders and arms. Daring to have a great outdoor wedding may mean that you have some form of shawl or jacket that matches your dress as well as keeping you warm if a breeze picks up. Wind-proof hair is also a must have for an outdoor wedding. Keep a few ideas for your wedding hair style in mind and decide on the day when you know what the weather is going to be like. One of the saviours for your hair will also be a handbag sized bottle of hairspray. Secure the wispy bits that come lose during the day, and look fabulous until the end of the evening.
A small investment into umbrellas can save the wedding photos. After all the time that you have spent getting ready, it would be a shame for wind or rain to ruin the look. Scarves and umbrellas, co-ordinated to fit with the colour scheme and general wedding style can still look elegant in the photographs, without drawing too much attention to the bad weather. Most brides will opt for a full length gown with heels on. As we all know, heels are not a friend with soft, muddy ground. Having a pair of silly wellington boots on hand for the bride and bridesmaids will ensure that their shoes stay looking good and feet are kept warm.
Make the most of it
Enjoy that you are having the ceremony and/or reception outside. Decorate the area in items that would not work, or would not be allowed, inside. If a woodland location is your ideal venue, then look for alternative seating. Hay bales wrapped in cloth can easily fit in with your location as well as colour scheme. If you’re choosing a beach, ask your guests to attend the ceremony in barefoot to fully enjoy the atmosphere. There are many ways to enjoy and utilise the fact you’re outside in the fresh air.
Sometimes, preparation isn’t enough. Rare extreme weather condition might come into play, and you can’t have a wedding knee deep in mud and flood. For light rainfalls, snowfalls or even a windy day, a little bit of bad weather shouldn’t ruin your day.
Beth O’Brien is a Bournemouth University student, who is passionate about fashion and believes that you should always be prepared.Nadine Sheree in Garden Wedding
When it comes to a time when you feel it is right to take your relationship to the next level, simply blurting out “will you marry me” is not the way to go. Women want romance, they want to feel wanted and planning the perfect proposal will help you get the answer you were hoping for.
Things have changed so much over the years. Many people these days move in and live together before they get married, which was taboo many years ago. We get to know each other’s quirks well before the wedding bells start chiming. Yet even if you have been living together for years, planning the perfect proposal is still essential.
A Proposal To Match Your Personalities
Not every woman will find going out for dinner and a quiet proposal the proposal of her dreams. Others won’t enjoy the spotlight being put on them at a football game when the screen comes up with a big sign. This can leave her uncomfortable and unable to say what she wants to say. Remember not every woman wants to get married when they are put in a sticky situation.
You need to plan the evening or day accordingly. Think about her personality and the things she loves to do and then make your proposal one she cannot say no to.
I have witnessed some spectacular proposals over the years. The best one was a man who made a complete film about their lives together and hired out an entire movie theatre. He invited all their friends and family to sit in the theatre and the couple arrived slightly late after the lights had dimmed.
This way she had no idea that the people sitting in the theatre were her close family and friends. They put the movie on which she thought was just a preview and she mentioned to him how strange she thought it was that so many things about the couple on screen matched their lives together.
At the end it showed the man running into the theatre, she was amazed and then he got down on one knee and proposed. It was such a unique proposal and one that will stick with me for many years.
You want your proposal to matter and so it needs to be unique and it needs to match your personalities. Now we can’t all afford to hire out an entire movie theatre, but you can make a plan that is special for her. Hire a limousine, take her on a surprise weekend away or whisk her off somewhere really special for the night.
Do It Right
It’s very likely that you will be a little sweaty on the night. Even when you have been together for many years, there is always the possibility that she will not accept your proposal. This is not to scare you and is not a reason to hold off because if you hold off for too long you could lose her just as quickly.
Do it right from the start by planning the perfect proposal adventure and wait for the right moment to pop the question. Maybe you plan the overly done dessert surprise, having the ring hidden in the dessert which she orders. While this is a lovely idea, the risk of her swallowing or even choking on the night is a real possibility.
Every woman has the ideal notion of the perfect proposal in her mind. Maybe she’s mentioned it to you in the past or spoken to her friends about it. Speak to her close friends and find out if she has; recreating that night can be a magical proposal to her.
A proposal doesn’t need to include you riding up on a white horse, a romantic dinner or a wonderful weekend on an exotic island. Don’t make a snap decision and just go for it; plan it out. Be prepared for any answer and ensure the night is magical, perfect and unique. Put yourself in her shoes and decide what she would want that would make this night one to remember.
Limo hire Rugby is a wonderful addition to the perfect proposal. An opportunity to drive in style and something that you don’t do on an every day basis.Nadine Sheree in Getting Started
You have done your best to ensure that your wedding ceremony is successful. You have the perfect location, experienced wedding planner and an excellent band, so what remains? Oh yeah, your wedding dress. On your wedding day the dress is the most important thing to you as a woman. That’s what your friends have come to see and will keep talking about for many months after the wedding. That’s what’s going to lift the value of your pictures. But wedding dresses don’t come cheap; costing between couple of hundreds to thousands. But do you really have to buy and expensive dress before you can have a perfect wedding? The answer is no. If you have little budget for your wedding dress and you still want to get something that will be admired, here are a few ways you can go about it.
The first place you want to go if you’re looking for cheap but quality wedding dresses is online. Online stores provide you with the opportunity to browse through thousands of dress options, prices, designs and styles. Online dresses are cheap because the stores sell the dresses directly without the involvement of middlemen who generally contribute to the high pricing of wedding dresses. However you need to take caution when purchasing dresses online. Make sure you supply the actual measurement and buy only from stores that have return policy in case you don’t like the cloth when you see it in the physical.
Buy A Used Dress
Yes, used dresses usually come very cheap and affordable, and most of them are not actually used but pre-owned. They are dresses offered for sale by brides who have called off their wedding or have purchased more than one dress. Again, the best place to find great deals for pre-owned or used dresses is to go online.
Rent A Dress
You rent the car, location and tables and chairs, why not the wedding dress. After all you’re only going to wear it only once and it’s allover. You can find stores that rent out wedding dresses in your area by doing online search. Write down a list of stores and find out how much they rent out their dresses before you go to the store in person. This will help save time and get you the best deals.
Buy Off The Rack
Buying off the rack simply means buying a sample dress on display at bridal stores. If you order a dress it will be custom-made for you, but bridal stores will sell their fixed-size sample dresses for you if all you’ll require is minor alterations.
Borrow A Dress
If you have a relative, friend or colleague who doesn’t mind you making alterations to their wedding gown, then you should consider contacting them to save you plenty of money, buying a wedding dress. After all most people just store away their wedding gown in the stores never to use it again. Borrowing a dress from someone close to you – like your mother – will help develop additional emotional feelings between the two of you.
Make A Dress
If you have experience making dresses and you’ve never had any reasons to practice it, you have one now. So go get the sowing machine ready, buy materials and sow your own wedding dress by yourself. DIY gives you the chance to do whatever you like with your dress and make it look really unique; you could get calls to make dresses for other people if you really do this very well. And if you don’t know how to sew you can get some else around to do it for you. It’s all the same.
Emily Peters recently got married and she found the perfect dress online along with a guide on popular wedding hymns to play on the day so she loves the internet for giving her a perfect wedding.Nadine Sheree in Bridal Gowns & Accessories
This white and black feather bouquet from Emplume would be gorgeous any time of year but the colour scheme and unique texture of the bouquet is perfect for a Halloween wedding!
Red and black is a great colour scheme for a Halloween wedding. This first bouquet uses a mixture of black and red flowers with black accents for a gorgeous bouquet with a gothic feel perfect for Halloween. (Source)
The Little Orchid Shop did an amazing job on this bouquet for a Halloween themed wedding. Also in a red and black colour scheme, this bouquet includes thistles and little black skulls but doesn’t look tacky at all! It’s very unique and absolutely gorgeous! (Photo by Elizabeth Vanderbij)
Purple can also be a great colour for Halloween. This bouquet combines a deep purple with a dark red and black for a stunning colour scheme that is just dark enough to be Halloween-worthy. I love the feather accents as well! (Bernardo’s Flowers)
Another gorgeous bouquet in deep reds, purples and blacks from Flora Nova – this bouquet is sophisticated and stunning – love it!
Purple and black can also work well on their own – this bouquet has purple in a variety of shades paired with black for e very elegant but still “dark” bouquet – perfect for a Halloween Wedding.
Nadine Sheree in Flowers, Halloween Wedding
Many couples rule out the possibility of weddings abroad as they believe that this option will be more expensive. However, with the cost of getting married steadily rising, destination weddings can actually work out cheaper than tying the knot at home.
In January 2013, the Church of England has announced that it is raising its fees 40%. This barely covers the basic cost of getting married in a church and doesn’t include the extra such as the choir, organ, bells and flowers. Adding in the costs of a venue rental and catering for the reception and other expenses and weddings can start to become incredibly pricy.
Weddings abroad are also usually cheaper because they end up having fewer guests. When you are getting married abroad there is no obligation to invite every last cousin, co-worker, aunt and family friend whom you haven’t seen for years. Only your very best friends and close family members will attend so this will cut your costs down. A destination wedding also doubles as a honeymoon so you will not have any additional costs after the ceremony because you are already in your destination.
The average cost of a wedding in the UK is £21,500 and some couples splash out more than £100,000 for a lavish celebration. This is a lot of money to spend on one day of festivities and it leaves young couples starting their life together in debt. In contrast, the average cost of weddings abroad is only £7,000-£8,000 including all essentials and even the cake and the dress. Wedding costs are much more affordable in other countries and due to favourable exchange rates your money will stretch further.
More and more couples are opting for weddings abroad where prices are cheaper. At least 26% of UK couples chose a destination wedding last year.
Is it Rude to Ask Guests to Pay for Airfare?
Some people feel that couples who are getting married abroad are selfish to expect their guests to pay for airfare to attend their wedding. However, when it comes down to it the wedding day is all about the bride and groom and they should be able to get married wherever they please. It is up to the guests whether or not they want to attend.
Another way to look at it is to think about choosing to hold your weddings abroad instead of receiving wedding gifts. These days many people have already lived together before getting married and they have all of the household necessities that they require such as kitchenware, candlesticks, bedding, etc. Therefore they often don’t really need wedding gifts. You can let your guests know that they can spend the money that they would have spent on wedding gifts on a plane ticket to your wedding instead. That way, they will get to enjoy a fantastic holiday and give you a “gift” by attending your wedding.
Weddings abroad make a lot of sense if you have many guests attending from around the country. They would have had to drive or fly to your local wedding location and pay for a hotel anyway, but they can use the same money to fly to your exotic wedding destination and enjoy a sunny holiday on top of it all. In fact, in some cases it might even cost them less.
Tips for Getting Married Overseas
If you are planning on celebrating your nuptials in a foreign location, here are some tips to make sure that your weddings abroad go smoothly:
- The first step is to choose the destination. Is there somewhere that has a lot of meaning to you, such as where you first went on holiday together?
- Consult a local wedding planner. Find someone who has an in depth knowledge of the destination and will be able to speak the local language and help you navigate your way through the details.
- Make sure that you understand the legal implications of weddings abroad in that particular country and that you jump all of the appropriate hoops before you leave. If you don’t have all of your paperwork filled out you might find that your marriage is not valid when you return home!
- Try to incorporate the local culture into your wedding ceremony, such as by including traditional music or food. If you are getting married somewhere exotic you might as well embrace it and this will make your wedding more unique and fun.
- If you are choosing to get married in a destination you have never visited before, it is always a good idea to do an inspection trip before you commit. Book a cheap flight down to the venue and make sure that everything looks as good in real life as it does on the brochure.
- Some resorts abroad will offer full wedding packages including marriage licenses, wedding ceremonies, flowers, cake, reception, bar, food and much more. These packages might save you money, so be sure to do your research and compare prices.
If you can get married in the sunshine and save money, why not consider weddings abroad?
Weddings abroad offer a lot of advantages and they can even be cheaper than getting married in the UK. Here are some tips for planning your ultimate exotic wedding.Nadine Sheree in Destination Weddings
If your organizational skills are seriously lacking and your wedding day is looming, it may be time to enlist the help of a wedding planner. The wedding planner can take care of all the important aspects of any wedding, leaving you to get on with finding the perfect wedding dress and making sure you look as beautiful as possible for your big day. A wedding planner can really take the heat off and help you to relax, rather than worrying about anything going wrong. They will ensure the whole day goes seamlessly and that every aspect of the wedding is dealt with accordingly.
Manage Guest List
You can expect the wedding planner to manage your guest list and keep in regular communication with both yourself and the guests. They will be able to answer any queries from your guests and make sure you don’t over-book. If you are planning a large wedding, the managing of the guest list can be a mammoth task all of its own and the wedding planner can take this off your plate. They can also manage RSVP’s, so you can easily keep track of which guests are attending. It is not the best part of arranging a wedding, so if someone can deal with it for you, all the better.
Keep to the Schedule
The wedding planner will ensure that the whole ceremony runs smoothly and within the time schedule. The last thing you want is for everyone to be sitting down at different times and the speeches being delayed, so the wedding planner will ensure this doesn’t happen and that the whole day runs like clockwork. The expertise of the wedding planner will enable them to do this without rushing your guests or chasing them out of the ceremony!
Track Your Budget
Weddings are expensive enough, so the last thing you want to do is overspend. If you don’t have a degree in accounts, it can be difficult to manage your budget effectively. The wedding planner will keep track of all your outgoings, so that you stick to your budget. They will monitor every aspect of the wedding budget and make cuts were appropriate, so you concentrate on enjoying your day without worrying about your finances. It’s your big day, so you want to have fun and this never includes dealing with finances.
Keep Calm under Pressure
It’s one of the biggest days of your life, so it is no wonder that you feel a bit under pressure as the day approaches. The wedding planner, on the other hand, is experienced in dealing with weddings, so will be able to remain calm and collected under pressure. They will listen patiently to your needs and will do their best to fulfil all your desires for your big day. It is important to have someone around you who won’t get into a flap, as it will help to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible.
Give You Advice
The wedding planner will give you the kind of advice that you won’t get from anyone else; honest advice. They have the expertise of planning other weddings prior to yours, so will be able to provide you with unrivalled advice. It will include everything from the seating plans to the decorations, so you have the wedding day you always dreamed of. This sort of advice will help you to feel more content about the style of your wedding and will save you from constantly fretting about people having a good time.
Take Care of your Gifts
In the midst of all the wedding celebrations, it can be very easy for gifts to be mislaid and never seen again. An aspect of the wedding planner’s duties is to make sure the gifts are taken care of and that you receive each and every one after the wedding day is over. The wedding planner will keep your gifts safe and will have them sent back to you. No one would organise a wedding just for the gifts (hopefully!), but they do come in handy and you certainly don’t want to miss out on any of them.
If you want to receive the kind of gifts you will really appreciate, why not add some personalised wedding gifts to your list, to make them extra special.Nadine Sheree in Getting Started
There are few things in life which seem to cause the levels of stress planning your wedding day does. Although this is meant to be one of the happiest days in our lives, it can cause much worry and arguments between couples and in a few cases, separations. Although I can’t promise to relieve all your worries about planning your special day, I hope this article will help you in making sure the planning process runs like clockwork and that you don’t have a nervous breakdown before you get to your actual wedding day.
Exchanging your vows is integral to the wedding ceremony and is a chance for you both to express your feelings of love, care and devotion towards one another. Instead of choosing to say traditional wedding vows, why not consider writing the vows yourselves to make the day more romantic and personal.
2.Choosing A Venue
Although the idea of getting married in a remote Scottish castle may seem romantic to you, it may not be so appealing to some of your guests you wish to attend because travelling arrangements may be difficult for them. Consider a happy medium which takes into account the effort it will take your guests to attend along with your wish for a romantic setting.
If your guests have to travel far, making sure they have somewhere nearby to stay is a must. Consider a block booking in a hotel and you may even be lucky enough to get a discount. Make sure you book well ahead of the event to ensure there are enough rooms available.
If you are dead set on having your wedding in a remote Scottish castle, make sure you arrange transport from a nearby meeting point such as a railway station. There’s no point arranging a grand wedding if none of your guests can actually get to the event.
Decide with your fiancee the style of music you both wish to have at the reception. If you are into hardcore trance music this may not go down well with your old Auntie Ethel. Aiming for something that all ages can enjoy is sometimes difficult but will ensure your guests enjoy themselves.
Choosing who you wish to have as your bridesmaids could become a source of resentment amongst your potential candidates so choose thoughtfully. Also consider what your budget will be for spending on bridesmaid presents and remember this is a good way of thanking them for all their help on your special day.
7.Choosing A Wedding Photographer
Make sure you see a sample of his or her work before you book the photographer and you need to ensure the magic of your day is captured the way you want to remember it. If it is a spring or summer wedding, remember to book in advance to avoid difficulties in finding somebody suitable. It is also worth noting that taking wedding photography is a different skill to other forms of photography, so choose somebody experienced in this field.
8.Guest List/Sending Out Invitations
This should be done well in advance, a year being an ideal period of time. This will allow you enough space in which to receive replies and make the seating arrangements at the venue.
Arranging the catering needs to be done around 6 months prior to the big day, so you can take into account any dietary requirements your guests may have. Choosing a local caterer is sensible, if the venue doesn’t have the facilities to supply food and drink.
10.Relax and Enjoy!
Perhaps the most important tip would be to relax and enjoy the day. You have been planning and working hard in bringing everything and everyone together, so now just let your hair down and have some fun on the best day of your life.
Alastair is a freelance writer and supplied this article on behalf of Bundles of Joy, who supply bridesmaid presents and other gifts for special occasions.Nadine Sheree in Getting Started
When choosing the person that you are going to trust to capture your wedding in the best way possible, for the fairest price and with the most benefits, there are a few things that you must take into account.
The key to getting the best wedding videographer is to check out their experience. As bad as it sounds, many amateurs see weddings as an easy place to start and will offer their services at great prices, however, very often you will end up with a low quality product from someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Your wedding day is special and you want your video to be the best it can be – especially if you’re not having a photographer because you’re relying on the video.
There are many ways that you can find out about the experience of a videographer, the easiest being ask for demos. Every legitimate and experienced videographer should be more than happy to show you some of their work. If they tell you that they can’t due to privacy reasons, then they’re not the people for you – cross them off your list right away. For the willing competitors out there you should be sure to watch more than one piece by them and make sure that you watch an entire video from start to finish, so that you’re confident in the knowledge that they can produce a good quality, full length film, rather than just a few good shots. You should also be aware that the video will not be perfect. It is normal to see a few errors in a long video, although they tend to be hidden pretty well.
Good communication skills are paramount to the smooth running of your day. The videographer should be willing to communicate and get on well with other guests; this is essential if they are to make sure that everyone knows what they’re doing, they understand the purpose of the video and they know what to expect.
There are many styles that videographers can adopt but they all have the favourites, however, when you ask about the style of their filming the choice should ultimately be down to you. If they don’t give you the choice and you’re not happy with their decision then don’t choose them. The overall product is something you’ll be paying a lot for and you want it to be the best it can be, so only agree to an option that you’ve chosen.
You should also make sure that they are using the best equipment, although any camera in the hands of a professional can produce a good result. You should also ask about the final editing and format of your film and about the price of extra copies.
All of this has to be taken into account when thinking about swapping your photographer for a videographer, or even if you’re considering having both.
This article was written by James Oscar – if you want wedding videos Manchester, he recommends choosing www.ysdmedia.co.uk.Nadine Sheree in Photography
Whether a loved one or friend is soon to be married, most likely you will want to present the bride or groom with a unique and meaningful gift that will be cherished for a lifetime. Toasters and appliances are all too boring and hardly make for a treasure to remember. Why not think outside the box and give the bride and groom a jewelry gift that comes from the heart? Jewelry gift options for the bride and groom can be simplistic or elaborate.
A Special Treasure for that Special Couple
So then, now that you have decided to give the gift of jewelry, you must decide what suits the individual’s unique personality. The options are virtually limitless, and you may choose something sentimental for someone close to you, or something more casual if you prefer. A personalized jewelry gift is always appreciated, and this may include pendants for the bride, inscribed with best wishes for happiness. Zodiac charms make nice gifts for both bride and groom and these too may be inscribed with a name or special wish. A birthstone pendant such as Amethyst which represents the month of February is a lovely gift as well.
If you want to represent the bride and groom with jewelry that is inspired, why not design your own? You can put together words and create a lovely and meaningful charm bracelet for the bride. The groom may appreciate a dog tag with his name and date of the wedding.
Time to Think Outside the Box
Not all jewelry gifts for the bride and groom have to be in the form of bracelets, pendants or earrings. How about a matching set of watches for the happy couple? Many watch styles can also be engraved with initials or names and dates if you wish. How about a lovely rhinestone or crystal brooch for the bride? Pearls are another good choice when selecting a bridal gift, and these may be found in various colors, apart from traditional white or eggshell.
Hairclips with studded crystals or rhinestones make nice presentations and a nice gift idea for the bride. How about a musical jewelry book for the bride, so she may keep her treasured pieces safe and secure. For the groom, a wooden valet box is a lovely wedding gift, and you can have this engraved as well.
From the Parents of the Bride or Groom
For parents of the bride or groom, choosing a special gift is an important decision. If you are the parent of the bride, a jewelry gift she will wear every day will mean the most. Lockets have been cherished throughout the ages for the significance it represents. A photo of the couple may be placed inside, or any small token can be used. You’ll find lockets in gold, silver and combination metals. Some lockets are designed with simplicity in mind, while others are more intricate or ornate. In addition, the locket may be inscribed with a few heartfelt words. When choosing that special locket, a delicate chain may also be included. With many styles to choose from, such as the simple box or link, more ornate styles such as serpentine or Figaro add a touch of style.
Remember when selecting a gift for the bride (or groom) it may easily become an heirloom piece that may be passed down through generations. It’s a lovely thought to know that your selected gift may be treasured by your grandchildren or great-grandchildren many years later. For this reason, choose something sentimental and enduring. While a string of cultured pearls make an exquisite gift, a jewelry piece that may be engraved can speak volumes. The memories you make with your bridal gift can indeed last a lifetime.
Now that you’ve gained some insight and inspiration for choosing gifts for bride and groom, don’t forget one important detail: anything you choose will be appreciated as long as it comes from the heart.
Jenny Houston is a professional blogger that writes for AllureBridals.com, a leading designer of wedding and bridal gowns.Nadine Sheree in Gifts & Registeries
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