By Audrey Isaac, 100Candles.com

It should come as no surprise that candles are one of the most popular elements of a wedding. With their romantic glow and soft flicker, they are the perfect tools for couples to create the warm and welcoming atmosphere that they want for their celebration.

From the vows to the final moments of the night, here is how you can include candles in every step of your special day.

The Ceremony

While the ceremony is a relatively short part of the wedding timeline, it remains the most sentimental and meaningful moment of the day. What better way to capture the intimacy of the ceremony than with soft candlelight? Line the aisle with tall vases or luminaries filled with pillar candles for a breathtaking aisle to walk down.

Better yet, incorporate candles into the ceremony proceedings to signify your commitment! The unity candle is a special tradition with three candles at the altar. Each of the newlyweds holds a lit candle and, together, they light the third candle to represent their joining in marriage. To say the least, it can be a very emotional and meaningful ritual.

The Cocktail Hour

Cocktail hour can seem like just a transition between the ceremony and reception, but keep in mind that it’s the first time that guests get a chance to socialize and chat before the reception. If the cocktail hour space is separate from the reception area, consider keeping it simple with votive candles on cocktail tables. If the two spaces are one and the same, feel free to let the reception décor do the work.

The Reception

It probably comes as no surprise that the majority of the décor is saved for the reception space – it is, of course, where most of the time is spent. Between dinner, dancing and dessert, the reception is a time for celebrating the couple’s marriage and joining together as friends and family. While professional lighting is often used on the dance floor, use candles to complement the feel and highlight special places, like the sweetheart (or head) table, the cake table and the guest book table.

Keep in mind for all parts of your wedding to discuss your lighting plans with your venue coordinator, especially if it’s an indoor property. With candles, you’ll want to stick to the fire regulations – in some cases, battery operated candles may be a better choice.

The Post-Wedding

For guests, the wedding ends as they leave the venue. For the couple, however, the magic is only just beginning. Get in touch with your wedding night accommodations to see if they can set up some battery-operated candles before you get there – that way, the mood will already be set upon your arrival. There’s no better way to end your perfect day!

Everyone’s wedding day is different, but it’s safe to say that candles can help give your special celebration feel just the ambience you were looking for.

Audrey Isaac is the spokesperson for 100 Candles, a wholesale market for candles and lights. Since 2002, thousands of wedding and event professionals have entrusted 100 Candles with their wholesale candle accounts. For more information, please visit http://www.100candles.com/.

Not all of us can afford the luxury of spending a ridiculous amount of money on our wedding or even if you can sometimes it just does not make sense to. You can turn your destination wedding from an extravagant cost to a money saving deal.

The goal is to plan your wedding so that everything goes smoothly and you can relax and enjoy the day. This will largely depend on the wedding vendors that you choose. So, let’s go through some tips on how to choose the perfect wedding vendors with affordable prices.

1. A Wedding Planner

When you start to search for the perfect wedding vendors first question that comes to mind is whether or not you should hire a wedding planner. If you are someone who loves organizing events even if they are just parties at home, you won`t freak out if something goes wrong (e.g. the flowers don`t match tablecloths) and you are not short on time why not take the responsibility on yourself. Otherwise, hire a planner and that will save you a lot of stress. Also, your wedding planner in The Dominican Republic can help you find other great vendors like photographers and florists etc. because they know everybody and can offer special deals and packages to meet your budget needs.

2. A Photographer

You might be able to save on a wedding planner, flowers and invites, but saving on a photographer is not recommended. Everybody will forget about the flowers, flaws in organization and someone’s drunk antics, but the photos will capture your precious memories for generations to come. Hire a local photographer in the Dominican Republic to save on travel expenses and be confident that they know magical hidden places for spectacular photo shoots. An experienced photographer will know many wedding vendors and you won`t puzzle over the question of where to find them?

3. Hair and Make Up

If you know your way around a make-up brush you can probably save on a make-up artist. Apply natural make up, add some highlights and the sun will make you shine. Similar to the make-up a natural approach can be taken with your hair. Use the Dominican Republic`s laid-back atmosphere to your favor, curl your hair into nice waves and fix them in place with a spray. These tips are all that you need to look gorgeous at the seaside.

4. Venue

One option is to find an all-inclusive hotel that offers reasonably priced wedding packages. Fortunately, this is a common practice in The Dominican Republic. The other option is to be creative and get married in an unexpected place – like a deserted beach or natural park etc. In order to save on catering, find a local family restaurant and ask them to prepare a cocktail party for you.

5. Invites

Go green and use digital invites – it will save you money and trees. The same tactic can be applied to the maps and thank you notes.

Bonus: You will give your guests the chance to write back to you. Also, you can make the invites more personal and original by attaching a nice video of yourselves.

5. Flowers

If you were at home you could ask your relatives and friends to help you decorate the venue with flowers, however it may not be so easy at a destination wedding. You can always find ways to save money – choose bigger tables which means fewer center pieces. Remember that less is more. With the lavish nature of the island you don’t need a lot of decoration.

6. Promote Your Vendors

Every business needs more clients. Negotiate reduced rates with the vendors in exchange for promoting them. You can leave their card at every table or send their contact by email to every guest.

7. The Wedding Cake

Who needs a huge cake at a beach wedding when you can offer fresh fruit to your guests? Choose local fruits in season and you will not only make your guests happy, but will save a great deal.

There are many small sweets shops on the island where you can purchase local sweets and give them to your guests as presents. This is a nice traditional Dominican wedding touch that will cost you close to nothing.

8. Don’t Mention the Word Wedding

When looking for the wedding vendors in the Dominican Republic be sure to forget the word – wedding. When they hear it they usually jack up the prices.

9. Music

If one of your guests (friends, colleagues) sings or plays an instrument don’t be shy about asking them to help out. They may even feel flattered. Otherwise, there is a delightful Dominican ¨Cantada ceremony¨. Instead of background music or a band guests sing throughout the wedding. It is an easy way to make your wedding more intimate and fun.

10. Follow Up on Your Leads

Do your homework, select the vendors that you want to hire and start following them on social media and sign up for their newsletters. In short, don’t let them fall off your radar. Whenever they offer deals and discounts you will be ready to take advantage of them.

Planning a wonderful wedding on budget is all about compromise. Define your priorities and be ready to let go of less important elements. A wonderful wedding also involves a lot of research – if you put in a bit more effort it will pay off.

Megan Wilson is a Content Manager at Boykophotography.com. She has been working to combine her skills and professional background to bring higher-level perspective into her work. Currently she is sharing her experience and vision on the hot topics from the world of photography.

Your wedding is likely to be the best day of your life and you need to film it to remember each detail. Having a good wedding videographer will allow you to do that.  The person that you hire will capture every detail of your big day for posterity, so that you can watch it as many times as you want.

Here are some tips for hiring the best videographer for your wedding:

References

Start with as many references as possible. If you have any friends that have been married recently, ask them for references. If your friends do not mind, you can even watch their wedding videos to see which ones suit your tastes. Once you collect several references, you should start combing through their portfolios to find the best one for your needs.

Watch Wedding Films

You need to watch at least three complete videos that your prospective videographer has created. As you watch through each of these films, think about how it makes you feel: if you feel emotional, it means that the videographer has managed to forge an emotional connection with you.

A good videographer should be able to transport you to the wedding day whenever you watch the film. Most importantly, a well-made video should make you wish that you were there for the event.

Visit Their Website

As you binge watch the videographer’s films, make sure that you visit his/her site. You could learn a lot by just visiting a website. The videographer’s web design and online presence can tell you more about him/her than anything else.

The more well-presented and developed a website is, the more technology savvy the videographer should be. This is a good thing when it comes to selecting a videographer and editor.

Know Your Favorite Style of Filming

Which style of filming do you prefer? Some videographers like the documentary style, where the video shows your whole wedding as it unfolds and includes interviews from your family and friends. Others like the storytelling approach, where moments from your big day are weaved into one structured narrative.

Some videographers prefer the ‘fly-on-the-wall’ stance, where your wedding is filmed as it unfolds and the video is edited later. If you have a song that you want to include in your video, do not forget to speak up and let your videographer know.

Meet the Videographer

Do not forget to meet with your potential videographer to ensure that you get along with him/her. An in-person meeting is very important because the videographer will be a big part of your wedding day. When you have the right person for the job, you will not feel self-conscious; in fact, you might not even notice that the camera is there!

If you get good vibes from a certain videographer, you should consider hiring him/her. On the other hand, if you do not like the person during your initial meeting, think about looking elsewhere.

Clarify the Filming You Want

Before your big day, you need to let the videographer know the type of filming that you prefer. One of the biggest complaints that most couples have is that videographers move around too much. If you want yours to move around, that is fine; however, if you prefer less movement, you should let him/her know beforehand.

According to Austin Ryan Taylor, an  Atlanta wedding videographer, a picture is worth a thousand words, but video doesn’t have to say anything at all; it naturally tells the story of your wedding day and everything you felt on that day. For this reason, you need to choose the right videographer. Doing so will make you feel more comfortable on your wedding day and leave you with a great video to enjoy.

Together with industry experts, renowned stylists and wedding dress designs by Maggie Sottero and Nicole Spose, we have brought to life a beautifully styled shoot set amongst alluring lavender fields.

The talented team who helped to bring this elegantly ethereal vision to life have written up a style guide especially for our couples so that you can all take something away from it and use it as inspiration for your own magical day.

Read all the details and see the complete gallery here. 

Become a Wedding Planner

How to Become a Wedding Planner – What You Need to Know Before You Begin a Career in Wedding Planning

Do you have what it takes to begin a career in the wedding planning field?

Becoming a successful wedding planner takes more than a business card and a business license. It takes hard work, long hours, determination and self-motivation. Your career goals may start off with a dream but if you’re looking just to merely “party” on the weekends, you’ll have to rethink those aspirations.

For those that are serious, we’ve provided a clear and concise guide on how to get your foot in the door and your hands dirty with all of the essential wedding planner duties.

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Wedding Planner Career Overview

Working as a wedding planner is often really fun and incredibly rewarding. It involves attending catering and cake tastings, choosing linens and centerpieces, and more fun activities.

Seeing months of hard work come together on a perfect, beautiful wedding day is very rewarding, and among the best experiences planners have in their careers. And there’s great perks, such as being invited to industry parties, going to super-fun conferences and staying at posh hotels while you “tour” event spaces.
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It makes sense that a wedding planning career seems quite glamorous, however there are still plenty of reasons why you wouldn’t want the job. Make sure you understand the reality of the career before you dive in head first.

Typical Duties

Don’t let the movies and TV shows fool you into thinking this is a glamorous job. Wedding planning is real, hard work and playing with flowers and drinking champagne makes up about 2% of what you actually do. The rest is straight-up business: negotiating, contacting and following up with vendors, making sure the day-to-day details of running a business happen, etc.

A head for business and head for design is quite necessary, and if you don’t have a “business head,” your wedding planning partner should.

Typical duties of a wedding planning include hiring vendors, working with the bride and groom to make decisions concerning the wedding’s details and making sure the actual wedding day runs smoothly. They keep the celebration on budget and supervise the setup of the party. A wedding planner’s duties are fully encompassing with the day’s events.

Work/Life Balance

Wedding and event planners frequently work in the evenings and on weekends to meet with clients and to coordinate weddings and related events. It’s important to keep in mind that most of your clients work a 9-5 job and will expect to meet and talk with you after work and on the weekends as you plan the wedding together.

Also, U.S. weddings happen on Saturdays, which will keep you busy nearly every weekend, while many of your friends and family have off. However, wedding planners generally take a day or two off during the week to relax.

Certain months of the year are the “busy season” for wedding planners. For example, if you live in the Midwest or northern U.S., you can expect your busy season in the summer. However, if you live in the southern U.S., spring and fall months will be your busiest time.
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Dealing with others’ emotions is another aspect to consider. Brides, grooms and their parents can be very emotional during the wedding planning process and on the big day. As their planner, you become their confidant, psychologist and mediator. If you love to help people, are a good listener and know you’ll really care about your clients, wedding planning will be a rewarding career. Brides, grooms and their families rely on their wedding planner to be the voice of reason and the calm throughout the wedding planning storm. But if you foresee this weighing too heavy on your own life and causing you anxiety, it’s best to steer clear.

Besides the schedule and emotional aspects of this career, it also involves hard, physical labor. You can expect to be on your feet for 10-15 hours on the day of the wedding. You might be moving boxes, setting up wedding details, helping with table linens and more. Wedding planners have to be on their “A” game mentally all day, which is often as exhausting if not more exhausting than the physical parts. Yet for many, the reward of seeing all their hard work come together on the wedding day and enjoying praise from clients easily makes it all worth it.

Income Potential

Most successful wedding planners have managed long-term careers due to their passion for event planning and helping brides plan one of the biggest days in their lives. Successful event planners are fueled by passion for what they do and not monetary compensation.

Many wedding planners support themselves and their families with their careers, however becoming incredibly wealthy through such careers is rare. It takes years of hard work to build a reputation and strong business in this field. However, once your reputation and network is solid, you’ll enjoy the rewards of your hard work for years to come.

Demand

The number of wedding planners in the U.S. alone is approximately 10,000. This number encompasses both the hobbyists and professionals because it is a career that you could get into just by purchasing a business license and business card. There are no national requirements or regulations for certification for wedding planners in the US. This lack of regulation also provides the profession with the distinction of having one of the highest attrition rates due to the wrong start in business.

With that being said, people will never stop wanting to get married or have weddings. There will always be a need for good, solid planners that have built up a beautiful resume, portfolio and reputation.

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Is a Wedding Planning Career Right For You?

The daily stresses and personalities that come with being a wedding planner can be a lot to take in at first, especially since many envision this career as one filled with lavish parties, clients who love everything the planner does, and unlimited budgets. Yet most of the time, this is the exception, not the rule!

If you’re considering a career as a wedding planner, check out what is required with this line of work, and what comes with it:

Passion and Commitment

One of the biggest differences between a “regular” job and a career as a wedding planner is the time commitment. If you want to thrive financially and professionally as a planner, you need to be available before and after the normal 9-5 work day. Some clients will call you at 9PM and expect instant answers to their burning-est of burning questions. If you’re new to the business and want to create a solid reputation, you need to take calls like these with a smile. And before you say, “No, not me; I’ll set boundaries from the start,” keep in mind that frantic brides won’t always respect such boundaries! An unresponsive wedding planner can make for a very disappointed client, even if the fault wasn’t yours.

If you’re really passionate about being a wedding planner, learn to love the late-night calls and the unscheduled consultations. If you aren’t passionate, you might want to look elsewhere for employment.

Honesty and Integrity

As a wedding planner, most days will consist of interacting with clients, the clients’ family and friends, and assorted vendors. Since you’re speaking with dozens of people for the same event, you’ll likely answer the same question 10 different times one day. Or you could be asked the dreaded “Does this dress make me look fat?” It’s essential to answer questions in a way that is honest but also appropriate to situation and the person. Saying “Yep, that dress totally makes your hips look wide” is not what any client wants to hear, especially when they’re paying you. Try “I do like that dress, but I think this dress may match your personality more and flatters your body type” and similar answers instead.

It’s also important to note some vendors will seek to pay you a commission for promoting their services above competitors. In these situations, remember that you were hired by your client, not the vendor, so you must ensure your recommendation suits your client’s needs and fits their budget. Be willing to put your client’s needs above your own, even if that means making a little less commission from vendors. Reputation is everything in this business, and it’s certainly not worth risking your image over a few extra bucks!

Quick Thinking

As a wedding planner, it’s entirely possible to receive phone calls at 6AM the morning of a wedding from a vendor stating they cannot do what they are contractually obligated to do. People tend to panic when they hear things like this, especially brides, however part of your job as a wedding planner is to remain calm and begin problem-solving immediately. Whatever else, don’t tell the bride unless you absolutely have to. She and her family hired you to handle any situation that arises, not to tell them about every problem and expect a solution. The cake may melt, a dress may not fit, or a vendor might not show up…all of these issues become your issues. And you must address them.

Building relationships with a variety of vendors is imperative, because in addition to expanding your network, you can call one of them at a moment’s notice.

Your biggest job, no matter what little jobs you do here and there, is to ensure clients enjoy their wedding day, and to deal with any problems until the wedding day is over with.

Understanding

Sensitivity is a very necessary part of being a wedding planner. You must be sensitive to needs of numerous people just for one event! Emotions are at a high, tempers flare, tears stream and the wedding planner is often caught in the middle of it all. A calm personality is required, as is being a source of comfort for others. You may deal with a bride and mother in disagreement, family spats, even vendors who do not follow through. There will be times that you want to walk out, or tell everyone exactly where they can put everything, but your top priority is to extinguish fires, not make them worse. It’s not part of your job to point fingers or blame people, but to remain calm and create an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Wrap-Up

For some, most of the character traits needed to become an expert wedding planner come naturally. For everyone else, they are skills acquired over time. If you flip out at the idea of a vendor not showing up, fear not. Not everyone has ice water running through their veins, and eventually you’ll learn how to channel these emotions into something productive. Pretty soon your clients will be inquiring how you stayed calm when they felt overwhelmed for most of the day or night. You can beam with pride as you tell them that they won’t need to plan as many weddings as you did to earn that sense of calm!

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Wedding Planning Education Requirements

No required certifications or licenses are needed to become a wedding planner in the United States. If you ask 10 successful wedding planners how they started, you will receive 10 different answers!

When thinking about the best way for you to get started, consider your current level of event planning experience. This could be event planning at your current job, church or simply planning parties for family and friends, such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Any prior experience is very helpful when creating a wedding planning career. Business and or marketing experience is a fantastic asset when launching your own business as well.

TPlanner Ad 2ake inventory of your experience, then evaluate the many, many education options available. Think mentoring programs, community college classes, wedding planner conferences… you get the idea.

Educate yourself about the business, and try to make your education as well-rounded as possible. While plenty of programs offer the basics, the best way to learn this biz is by doing. Shadow an established wedding planner or obtain an internship. The Association of Bridal Consultants has an internship program for members, as do assorted well-known planners.

And don’t limit yourself to planning–working for a caterer is another great way to gain experience. Even as a member of the wait staff, you can learn what really takes place at a wedding reception. Other options include working for a florist on busy weekends or at a dress shop. Take some photography, floral and cake design classes as well. It’s essential to be knowledgeable in all aspects of weddings–this helps vendors do their job and ensures client happiness.

Again, the wedding planning industry does not feature legal licensing. However, you can take classes or courses to become certified. Be careful how you present your title, as you don’t want to mislead clients. And while you’ll still need to apply for a business license with your city or state, remember there’s no such thing as a wedding planner license.

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Starting Your Professional Wedding Planning Business

To be a wedding planner, and to be respected as a professional, there are many benchmarks to be achieved. You must prove a level of experience or training. The bridal consultant is supported by referrals from other wedding professionals and former clients. In order to gain this referral base, you must be able to prove your value. You must show them your training level, your experience within the profession and your ability to make it work.

Registering Your Business

Now that you are in the process of learning about weddings, take the appropriate steps required by your city, county or state to license your business. You’ll want a business name and through your local agencies you’ll be able to find out if your business name is available.

Advertising

When your training is complete, and you are properly registered and licensed as a business, start to investigate advertising for your business. Most major bridal magazines can be costly for the newbie, but, if you can afford it, consider only those having local books for just your area.

Online directories such as Team Wedding, Home of Top Wedding Sites can offer more affordable advertising or even some free wedding advertising.

Do local searches online for keywords such as “wedding planner in (insert state or locality)” or “(your state) weddings” and list with these sites. Some planners do very well with Yellow Pages listings and others do not, but, definitely have a listing in the white pages of the telephone book. In most states, a complimentary listing will get your name and phone number published both online and in the print book.

Consider local bridal shows to exhibit your new business and to network with other vendors as well. These can be an affordable way to generate business, but make sure you go prepared- your booth and presentation is everything at a show!

For most new wedding planners, digital marketing (via Facebook or Google AdWords) is likely going to be the most cost-effective way to find new customers. If you’re out of your element, don’t worry- there are lots of professionals out there. Don’t rush into a relationship: take your time, interview your potential marketing partners, and make sure you pick a great fit for your business.

Website & SEO

Planner AdToday’s bride has limited time and uses the web extensively to find resources. Your website can serve as your 24/7 brochure. This website should tell about your business and what services you provide to the bride.

Contact information is a must. List a phone number and your office address or PO Box number. This information will go a long way to provide the bride with the trust factor she craves. If you have some references and pictures, be sure to include these too.

You don’t need to spend thousands on a website either, with amazing website building tools like Weebly you can build a free website that you are proud of in no time.  Make sure it makes you appear professional. At the very least, have your own domain name and use it.

Once the website is done, you’ll likely be pressed at some point to look into SEO (search engine optimization). SEO is a long-term strategy and should only be undertaken by those that are serious about growing their business!

Business Cards/Pamphlets

Once the name is registered and you are licensed according to your locality requirements, you’ll want to design a business card to promote your business. Design them in accordance to your own vision and personal style. Clean, trendy and nothing too fussy, you want to present yourself in a professional way and these business cards are a way to make a great first impression.

Along with business cards, you can design some pamphlets too. This is perfect for when you’re set up at a bridal shower and meeting brides face-to-face. You can immediately pass them pamphlets with all your information and not just send them to your website.

Location, Location, Location

Get set up in an office. Optimally, an office separate from your home will seem most professional and will allow you to meet with clients more comfortably, however, many consultants do operate out of their home office, at least at first. You’ll need a computer, printer and fax/scanner set up so that you can send and receive contracts, floor plans, etc. A high speed internet connection is also advised so that you can check email and communicate with your clients. many businesss owners use their cell phone to communicate now. Be sure to check your email as often as possible. Daily is best.Always answer email and any other message within one day, if possible.

Join Associations

Further your professionalism by becoming a member and a part of a professional bridal associations such as American Association of Wedding Professionals, June Wedding Inc., ACPWC, and AFWPI With a reputable association you will be offered membership so that you can remain on top of wedding trends and continue your education.

Go Out There And Get Your Wedding And Event Planning Business Going

If you aren’t ready to become a wedding planner now, at least you know how to get started. If you are still in school or college, I highly recommend that you take some business management and marketing courses. Also, if you can get into any courses offered for the hospitality industry, these will prove to be very valuable. While in school, and possibly working part time, try to align yourself with a job that can get you experience in the field. Intern for a local wedding planner. Work for a caterer, florist, hotel or bridal shop. It never hurts to know more about this business and will contribute to your overall professionalism.

Recommended Client-Facing Documentation

  • Client services agreement (contract)
  • Scope of work
  • Liability agreement
  • Sales document that outlines pricing, payment terms, dates, etc.

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12 Reasons Not to Become a Wedding Planner

Working as a wedding planner is often really fun and incredibly rewarding. It involves attending catering and cake tastings, choosing linens and centerpieces, and more fun activities. Seeing months of hard work come together on a perfect, beautiful wedding day is very rewarding, and among the best experiences planners have in their careers. And there’s great perks, such as being invited to industry parties, going to super-fun conferences and staying at posh hotels while you “tour” event spaces. They also get to work with wonderful clients on one of the most important days in their lives.

It makes sense that a wedding planning career seems quite glamorous, however there are still plenty of reasons why you wouldn’t want the job. With that in mind, check out 12 things to seriously, seriously consider before you start a career as a wedding planner:

Evening and Weekend Work

Weekend events and evening client meetings mean time away from family and friends. Being a wedding planner equals a work schedule that’s all over the darn place–forget “9 to 5,” because it’s not happening. If you own your business, you can set time boundaries to help with this and even plan other types of events to create a more balanced schedule. However, the reality is 95% of weddings happen on Saturdays and many of your clients need to meet after their work days to discuss plans.

Hard Work–Both Physical and Mental

Working on the wedding day is hard work. You’ll spend 10-15 hours on your feet and need to be mentally “on” no matter what. Even if your physical prowess and mental capabilities are awesome, the day still takes its toll. It’s important to remember this when considering this career.

Wedding “Hangover”

This refers to how you feel the day after a wedding–it’s like you ran a marathon, then went out drinking all night. You’re going to be dehydrated, sore and tired from working a wedding (see #2).

Difficult Clients

Sure, you’ll try to avoid clients who aren’t ideal, however, there will be some who slip through the proverbial cracks. Having difficult clients can take a serious mental toll–it’s already a stressful job, and when you add difficult clients to that, you will undoubtedly question why you chose this career. It’s important to walk away from the wrong client when you know something isn’t going to end well.

It’s Not Your Wedding

Working with clients means making THEIR dream come true, not yours! This is a challenge for some event planners who want to keep rehashing their own wedding or trying to convince clients to go with their vision only. Part of wedding planning is working on weddings that are not your style or taste–and you need to be okay with that.

The Emotional Connection

Wedding planning is an intense industry! You’re dealing emotional brides and emotional family members on a very emotional day. Many planners grow close to their clients which means you work even harder–not that this is a bad thing! However, it’s difficult not to take it personally if something goes wrong or your clients are not 100% happy with your services or ideas. If you get your feelings hurt easily, you might want to avoid this business.

Saint-like Patience

If lacking patience, determination and thick skin, this isn’t the career for you. That’s not to say it won’t take a few years before you’re comfortable in your business and comfortable working with all kinds of brides. It will also take a few more years to get your reputation established, make a good living, and start seeing referrals.

You Aren’t a “People Person”

Planners work with a wide variety of clients and vendors. The wedding industry is very social and being a planner is probably the most social job in the industry. If you are shy, introverted or otherwise dislike people, being a planner could prove very difficult. This isn’t to say that you can’t overcome your social issues, but it’s something to think about. Being an event planner may be the encouragement you need to deal with shyness and related fears.

Ego

Confidence is an important part of being a wedding planner. An enormous ego is not.

Multi-Tasking and Organization

Being a wedding planner means multi-tasking and staying organized. Seriously organized. Not only do you have to remember each of the million things on your mind, you have to think and act quickly. When engaged in the planning process, you might be working with 10-20 different couples at a time. If you aren’t extremely organized, it will become apparent.

The Stress

Being an event coordinator was just listed on Forbes.com as the 6th most stressful career–that’s out of ALL careers! If you live to problem-solve, remain cool under pressure, and actually thrive under pressure, this is the job for you. If you don’t handle stress well…you may want to think of something else to do for work!

No Passion

Don’t do it unless you’re passionate about it–whatever it is! To be successful and thrive as a planner or as anything else, you need to LOVE what you do. Many planners make serious sacrifices to be successful, which doesn’t happen without serious passion. Integrity is just as important. Remember that!

Yes, this is the not-so-glamorous side of wedding planning. If you’re willing to take the bad with the good, go for it!

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4 Things to Consider Before You Get Started As A Wedding Planner

Google receives thousands of “how to become a wedding planner” searches each month, while many colleges and universities are considering adding certificate and degree to their course lists. If you’re among those considering a career in wedding planning, check out a few things you should think about before you get started:

Does Wedding Planning Fit Into My Lifestyle?

Wedding and event planners frequently work in the evenings and on weekends to meet with clients and to coordinate weddings and related events. Most of your clients work a 9-5 job and will expect to meet and talk with you after work and on the weekends as you plan the wedding together. Most U.S. weddings happen on Saturdays, which will keep you busy while many of your friends and family have off. However, wedding planners generally take a day or two off during the week to relax.

Certain months of the year are the “busy season” for wedding planners. For example, if you live in the Midwest or northern U.S., you can expect your busy season in the summer. If you live in the southern U.S., spring and fall months will be your busiest time.

Dealing with emotions (not yours) is another aspect to consider. Brides, grooms and their parents can be very emotional during the wedding planning process and on the big day. As their planner, you become their confidant, psychologist and mediator. If you love to help people, are a good listener and know you’ll really care about your clients, wedding planning. will be a rewarding career. Brides, grooms and their families rely on their wedding planner to be the voice of reason and the calm throughout the wedding planning storm.

Besides the schedule and emotional aspects of this career, it also involves hard, physical labor. You can expect to be on your feet for 10-15 hours on the day of the wedding. You might be moving boxes, setting up wedding details, helping with table linens, etc. Wedding planners have to be on their “A” game mentally all day, which is often as exhausting if not more exhausting than physical labor. Yet for many, the reward of seeing all their hard work come together on the wedding day and enjoying praise from clients easily makes it all worth it.

What Classes and Certificates Are Needed?

No required certifications or licenses are needed to become a wedding planner in the United States. If you ask 10 successful wedding planners how they started, you will receive 10 different answers!

When thinking about the best way for you to get started, consider your current level of event planning experience. This could be event planning at your current job, church or simply planning parties for family and friends, such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. Any prior experience is very helpful when creating a wedding planning career. Business and or marketing experience is a fantastic asset when launching your own business as well.

Take inventory of your experience, then evaluate the many, many education options available. Think mentoring programs, community college classes, wedding planner conferences… you get the idea.

Am I Really Just Doing This For the Money?

Most successful wedding planners have managed long-term careers due to their passion for event planning and helping brides plan one of the biggest days in their lives. Successful event planners are fueled by passion for what they do, not monetary compensation. Many wedding planners support themselves and their families with their careers, however becoming super-duper wealthy through such careers is rare. It takes years of hard work to build a reputation and strong business in this field. However, once your reputation and network is solid, you’ll enjoy the rewards of your hard work for years upon years.

Will I Be Ready for Everything I Have to Learn?

Some people plan their own wedding and decide its what they want for their career. Yet there’s a big, big difference between planning your own wedding and working with a paying client to plan their wedding. Planning weddings for a living requires understanding and knowledge of:

  • Family dynamics
  • Reputable vendors
  • Wedding day coordination
  • Detailed and correct timeline creation
  • Budget creation and management
  • Contract review
  • And much more

In addition to understanding the details of planning the actual wedding, the many elements of starting and running your own business also require consideration. Aside from having the correct licenses and insurance, you’ll also need to market your business, determine pricing, invoice and bill clients, attend networking events, balance your books, know where to advertise, learn how to hire staff, and more. And more.

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Advice From Experienced Wedding Planners – 10 Tips

Embarking on a career in wedding planning? The following tips, or “lessons,” will certainly be of help. Even if you’re well into your career as a wedding planner, you can still benefit from these tips. Enjoy!

Do the Education Thing

Who really does know what they’re doing when they start a job?  Very few people, and that’s okay. Educate yourself about the business, and try to make your education as well-rounded as possible. While plenty of programs offer the basics, the best way to learn this biz is by doing. Shadow an established wedding planner or obtain an internship. The Association of Bridal Consultants has an internship program for members, as do assorted well-known planners.  And don’t limit yourself to planning–working for a caterer is another great way to gain experience. Even as a member of the wait staff, you can learn what really takes place at a wedding reception. Other options include working for a florist on busy weekends or at a dress shop. Take some photography, floral and cake design classes as well. It’s essential to be knowledgeable in all aspects of weddings–this helps vendors do their job and ensures client happiness.

Detach Those Preferences

You pretty much have to take your own opinions, likes and dislikes out of the picture when you work as a wedding planner. No matter how many brides you deal with with taste like yours, you’re still going to work for those whose selections make you throw up in your mouth. Colors, style, theme, whatever – you must put aside your own feelings and provide the couple with what they want.

Understand How NOT Glamorous the Job Is

Don’t let movies and TV shows fool you into thinking this is a glamorous job. Wedding planning is HARD work and playing with flowers and drinking champagne makes up about 2% of what you actually do. The rest is straight-up business: negotiating, contacting and following up with vendors, making sure the day-to-day details of running a business happen, etc.  A head for business and head for design is quite necessary, and if you don’t have a “business head,” your wedding planning partner should.

Certification Vs. License?

The wedding planning industry does not feature legal licensing. However, you can take classes or courses to become certified. Be careful how you present your title, as you don’t want to mislead clients. And while you’ll still need to apply for a business license with your city or state, remember there’s no such thing as a wedding planner license.

Remember to Research

When performing market research, reach out to other planners via legitimate channels and ask for help.  Do NOT ‘secret shop’ other planners in your area–they won’t be happy about it. Attend networking events and find colleagues who will exchange information with you instead!

Have Patience

Everything has its own time. It’ll be several years before you feel comfortable as a wedding planner, and that’s perfectly fine–everyone has to start somewhere!  And don’t expect more experienced planners to hand you what they have worked so very hard for. While many will be willing to help, it’s not appropriate to think they’ll spill trade secrets.

Find Your Voice!

Find a way to be unique and separate yourself from your competitors. Try writing your website and package information in a “creative bubble”–don’t look at anyone else’s site for at least two weeks and go from there. That way you’re starting fresh and won’t “copy” other people’s work.  After all, you need to be able to define what you do without outside influence.

Be Creative

Okay, you may not have any photos from events you’ve worked because you haven’t been hired by anyone yet, but for God’s sake don’t use stock photos. That implies it’s your work, and it’s not. Take pictures of flowers, make tablescapes in your dining room, or leave your site’s image gallery empty until you can fill it. You can also find an up-and-coming photographer also looking for exposure and stage some shots.

Pricing = Balancing

Yes, your prices should be less than someone who’s been in the business for years, but that doesn’t mean you have to under-cut. If all other local wedding planners are charging $1500 for wedding weekend/day of coordination and you are charging $250–well, you’re hurting the industry and your business. Get an idea of the market and create prices from there. Also be cautious when clients ask for a discount, as negotiation is part of being a planner. If you lower your prices at a client’s request, you’re saying you weren’t worth what you were originally charging.

Trust Your Gut

You’re not going to get along well with every client, and some just aren’t worth it for you. This is a hard lesson to learn, but an important one. It’s easy to take any client who comes your way when first starting out, as you need to gain experience and build your portfolio. This happens even when your gut is telling you to run screaming from the room. Learn how to trust yourself when you know someone isn’t a good fit for you. If the “this person is a wing nut” bells go off or you don’t like someone the moment you meet them, it’s not going to get better. In fact, it will get worse. Much worse.  Learning to turn away business is as important as learning how to manage your business.

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5 Things People Don’t Tell You About Becoming A Successful Wedding Planner

Considering a career as a wedding planner? Whether fresh out of college or pondering a career change, you’ll want to think long and hard before getting started in the wedding business. It can take years to establish yourself, though once you do you’re usually golden! Here are five things people don’t tell you about becoming a wedding planner and starting a wedding planning business:

Image

Yes, this is a bit shallow. However, people tend to “size up” others they’re meeting for the first time before anyone opens their mouth! We often do this without even being aware of it. Brides do it too–they have a preconceived notion of what a wedding planner should look like. It therefore follows that your overall image needs to be sharp, chic and up-to-date.

Professionalism

This is how you win the respect of your peers and clients. Maintaining a sense of calm and a professional demeanor at all times is essential to your reputation. This doesn’t just refer to the actual wedding, and all the meetings before that, rather it’s something to maintain every single day. People will start to take notice when you enter the room thanks to your professional ‘tude. After all, you never know where you might meet your next client!

Organization

Organization is one of the most important parts of a wedding planning! If planning more than one wedding, it’s highly necessary to have a system and use it. Every bride wants and deserves to be special, and every bride needs reassurance she’s in good hands. It’s your job to make her feel that way. If you don’t implement a system and stick to it, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle during every wedding you plan. Besides, organization equals client thank-you’s, and you’ll thank yourself too! Use an “old-fashioned” calendar, a mobile device, or anything else that works for you.

Passion

It’s important to love your job, no matter what it is! However, wedding planning is absolutely a fun business to be in. You have a flexible schedule, can take off and go to lunch with partners and friends, go shopping in the middle of the day, etc. In addition to doing all of these things, the most successful planners work on their business all the time. They work nights and weekends, and often keep strange hours. But they’re passionate. It’s not work, because they love it. If you don’t have passion for the wedding business, you might want to think of another career to try!

Success

Part of playing the role is becoming the role! If you truly feel and believe you are successful, other people will believe it too. Get up every morning, look yourself in the mirror and say out loud, “I am a wedding planner, YES!” It’ll become second nature!

If you love it, it’s worth working hard for. Good luck!

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How to Get Real-World Experience & Training as a Wedding Planner

How To: Be a Wedding Planner
One of the questions wedding planners are frequently asked is how to get started in the wedding planning industry. Ah, where to begin! It’s a different journey for everyone, however a few wedding planner tips are quite universal:

Get Experience

The first thing to do  is to gain some real-world job experience, whatever the industry. Learning how to behave professionally and be respectful of coworkers and colleagues are skills that EVERYONE should have, no matter what the occupation. Becoming a strong writer is very important as well, as you’ll be emailing a lot among other things. Start your emails with a greeting, and remember to use capital letters, perform a spell check, and sign each email with a closing.

Real-world job experience is helpful as it exposes you to a variety of people and how an office works. Many wedding planners are sole proprietors, meaning they’re the boss and may only have a few people working for them, if any. Most planners do not have full time employees but rather rely on people to work for them on an hourly basis as needed, such as on-site during events. Not all planners can afford to have full-time staff, so these jobs are often few and far between. However, when looking for a new hire, established planners generally look for people with real-world experience.

Corporate event planning experience is fantastic training for a career in the wedding planning industry. Many planners got started by working corporate events! Note that a job title may not necessarily say “Event Planner” but can involve event planning skills. Think jobs in marketing, business development, and public relations, all of which can provide exposure to event planning.

Offer Your Time!

It’s entirely possible to keep your day job while gaining experience in the wedding planning industry. Take advantage of your evenings and weekends to volunteer for a wedding planner, or help out with charity events. While many opportunities like these are unpaid, they’re still fantastic in helping you obtain the experience you need.

So How About Finding These Opportunities?

Do some research to find out about the wedding planners are in your area. They don’t necessarily have to be the “top” planners in the city or region, however it’s still recommended you work with planners who have been in business for several years. It’s also recommended you choose ones affiliated with a bridal association. You can find planners in your area by looking at the vendor lists of sites such as Style Me Pretty. Other options include websites such as theknot.com and weddingchannel.com. Resource “libraries” with retail store fronts such as The Wedding Library in New York City and The Bridal Bar in Los Angeles, San Diego and Atlanta are good places to look for volunteer, intern and job opportunities.

Don’t forget that other vendors are also excellent knowledge sources! For example, working for a floral designer or a caterer can provide the fantastic experience and exposure you need.

Networking and Education

The best way though to find job opportunities is through the aforementioned associations in the wedding and special event industries. Many of these organizations have educational programs and events designed for those who want to get started in the wedding industry.

Do your homework! Try to join an organization with a local chapter in your area if possible. Numerous great local networking organizations are helpful. You can also check your local colleges, particularly their adult education or extended education departments, to see what educational/certificate opportunities are available in event planning.

Remaining active in networking and educational programs helps your resume stand out from others when applying for wedding planning jobs. It shows that you’ve done your research and are dedicated to learning more about the industry. Additionally, attending networking events and participating in educational programs allows you to meet people who know of job leads or volunteer opportunities. Collect business cards and stay in touch with these people – you never know when they or someone they know might have an opportunity! What’s great about these educational programs and networking events is many happen in the evening, or are work-from-home, which allows you to explore and pursue your interests if you have another job or are transitioning to another career.

Reading is Important–Very Important!

If you want to be a wedding planner but don’t enjoy reading, you’re missing out. Besides, most wedding planning books, websites and blogs are image-tastic! The amount of information out there is truly amazing, so there’s no excuse to not read as much as your schedule allows.

If you hope to start your own business at some point, there’s no time like right now to learn as much as you can. Books, websites, blogs….plenty of info is out there regarding how to start or run your wedding planning business.

Now, you of course still need real-world experience!

What are some of the skills required? What should you know? As someone once said, “Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart.” It’s not easy. If you don’t handle pressure well or don’t like surprises, it is doubtful you will like this career. However, if you thrive on chaos, know how to put out proverbial (and maybe a few literal) fires, and can juggle many different tasks at once, you likely have some of the skills you need to succeed. First, and perhaps most essential, you’re a project manager – you’re managing many different people, details, and usually different priorities. You also deal with a lot of different personalities–brides, vendors, family members, other hired help…

Effective time management is a necessary skill–this includes your time and the time of your clients. Wedding day timelines are great for this. You also need a thick skin–learn not to take everything personally. Remember, you’re doing business, and that’s it, and that’s all.

Other requirements include excellent financial planning skills, as you’ll need to know how to create and stick to a budget. Patience is a virtue for a reason, and very important in the wedding planning industry. One saying about wedding planners states, “A wedding planner is a mother, sister, friend, drill sergeant and psychologist.” Boy, is this true!

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For the entire history of the weddings, brides were obliged to go to tailors and specialized shops to choose the perfect dress. DevotionDresses.com is here to change the rules of the game.

The Master of European Craftsmanship

The use of the modern technology while remaining true to tradition is what makes up DevotionDresses.com. Sustaining our timeless European wedding tradition, we make sure to pay attention to every detail in the dress-making process to create the perfect wedding gowns. We work only with the most experienced European designers that update our collection of astonishing dresses regularly to guarantee that we meet and set global wedding trends. The decades of European wedding dress making tradition ensures that our dresses are of the finest quality made from the premium materials.

Sewn From Scratch Just For Your Special Day

Every bride desires her wedding dress to be one-of-a-kind, which is why we are the first ever European wedding dress company to offer you the custom-sized wedding gowns directly from the tailors to ensure that your dress fits you perfectly from the first try. Taking it beyond the cookie cutter and the standard size, our dresses are made from scratch to fit your measurements. DevotionDresses.com has a team of the most skilled designers that bring you the perfect sized gown for your most special day.

All our gowns are not only customizable in terms of size, but to suit your desires even more can also be modified in terms of sleeve length, neckline, etc. Selected by you, and created from the ground up, our dresses come with customizable features that can be adjusted when selecting the gown of your dreams, whether you want a little extra on the train or want to show off the legs, we’ve got you covered. Thanks to our wide choice and variety of the customizable options, your beauty will be accentuated instead of hidden. DevotionDresses.com is a game-changer in the industry to say the least and that is why it offers you a large selection of exquisite designs and a team of tailors ready to make your gown unique.

Over 1,500 New Wedding Gowns From Europe Fashion Houses

Straight out of the designer’s sketchbook and everything you’ve ever dreamed of, boasting a wide collection of the newest and most exquisite designs. European bridal fashion at its finest where every connoisseur will find a dress upon her taste. Our fine selection of the best of bridal wear is not only regularly updated, but also has in-depth filters for you to narrow down your search for your dream gown.

We make sure that when you walk down that aisle, you walk with the utmost grace. Which is why our experienced team of designers works hard to bring you the hottest designs straight off the runway. Our collections are original and unique, stylish, and most importantly tweaked and sewn specifically for you.

Luxury European Bespoke Dresses for a Fraction of the Price

We cut out the supply chain mark-ups. Our gowns are sold all over the world in bridal boutiques, but thanks to our direct collaboration with dress-making factories, we offer you all the chic at a higher quality without a hefty boutique price tag.

Thanks to uniting Europe’s leading wedding dress manufacturers, we created a unique platform that offers you the widest range of designer premium quality gowns at a just price. On DevotionDresses.com you can order your own luxury European designer wedding gowns for just a fraction of the retail price.

Outspoken Quality Without Compromises

A satisfied customer is our motto, which is why ensure that your wedding dress is the most fascinating and exclusive. We are more than sure of our quality that we ship all our dresses with a 24-month warranty.

To safeguard that your dress reaches you on time and in perfect state your delivery is handled by DHL Express to ensure reliability and on-time delivery of our products all over the world. We use premium packaging so your dress is snug and safe throughout its journey to you. Furthermore, our designer made boxes are great for rehearsal and un-boxing photos.

Tailored to fit you on your first try, and flawless in every way, our wedding gown is the ultimate way to make your walk down the aisle a walk of ultimate perfection.

If you’ve decided you want to hire a band for your wedding, there are some key questions you should ask to ensure you are getting the best person for the job. The answers to these questions will help you to ensure you are getting an entertaining NJ wedding band for your special day.

How Much Do Your Services Cost?

This is of course a big consideration when hiring a band or any other service for your wedding. There’s no point in adding a band to your short list of contenders if their price is outside of your budget. It’s important to be aware of how much money you can allot to your wedding music, so you only consider bands within that budget.

What is Included in That Price?

This is very important. Comparing prices isn’t always like comparing apples to oranges. What one band includes in their price won’t necessarily be reflected in the price another company offers. It’s important to get a clear understanding of what is included in the price. A contract may include a breakdown such as this: three hours of music over a four-hour period, such as three sets of one hour each, with 2 half-hour breaks, or something similar to that. Find out what they do during their breaks (do you need to provide other music? Do they provide recorded music?) You may actually find a higher-priced band offers a better value than one that is less expensive.

Do You Provide Your Own Equipment?

Most bands will provide their own sound equipment, lights, etc. – but don’t assume that’s the case. Always get in writing what services the band provides and those they expect you to provide.

Do You Take Requests?

If you would like to make requests of your band, be sure they are OK with that. Some will be more than happy to accommodate you, while others will have specific set they like to stick to. Ask the band for their repertoire list and be sure there are at minimum about 40 songs on there that you approve of. They’ll need that many songs to get through a three-hour set. Similarly, if there are songs on the list that you would prefer they don’t play, be sure they are willing to be respectful of that. If there’s a particular song you really want at your wedding but it’s not on the band’s song list, you can always ask them if they can learn it. They may be willing to do so, but not necessarily. It’s a big burden on a band to learn a new song, and especially if you are giving them short notice, sometimes learning a new song is not possible. Remember that your event is likely not the only one that they are preparing for, so try not to make unrealistic requests. And bear in mind that if you have very diverse musical tastes, a single band may not be able to accommodate every style. It never hurts to ask, but the country band you are hiring may not be able to accommodate your request to play a Rolling Stones song.

What if a Band Member Gets Sick?

No one wants to believe that this will happen, and it’s very likely that it won’t. However, it’s imperative to have a contingency plan in writing should one of the band members get sick or be otherwise unable to attend the event. You may not be able to prevent these things from happening, but you can have a plan in place. A band worth its salt will have a go-to list of professional musicians they have worked with before and who can effortlessly stand in at the last minute. The “new” band member should fit into the band so seamlessly that the wedding couple should not notice a difference (but they should always be brought up to speed and not deceived).

Eventually, in every man or woman’s life, they will find someone they love and want to spend the rest of their lives with. This person has to be someone that will not only love them for who they are, but that will put up with them when they decided to bring home a new puppy without checking with their spouse or when they choose to shop the day away bringing home shopping bags full of expensive clothing and handbags but still managed to find the perfect gift for their spouse. These are the things that make couples strong and these are just some of the reasons couples choose to get married and when they do, they have a lot of preparation before the big day arrives.

If you are getting married soon and it seems like your wedding day is approaching faster than expected, keep reading as we are going to share with you some tips that will make getting ready for your wedding day easier and more effective. We will also show you some use at home products that rival salon quality and that can save you time and money.

The first step to getting ready for your big day, and this could well be the most important, is to plan. Create a schedule and stick to it to ensure that every aspect of your big day is carefully planned. This will help relieve stress and ensure that your wedding day is memorable for all of the right reasons.

Now that you have your big day planned and you have schedules created, let’s take a look at your appearance. Your wedding day is your most photographed day of your life and you want to look your very best of course. If there is anything that you want to improve on, you should get started on it as soon as possible. Maybe you want to lose a couple of pounds, perhaps you want a nice tan or a clearer complexion, getting an early start on this will make your wedding photos even more special.

Hair Care

Speaking of your appearance, there are many at home remedies and products that can give you a “just left the salon” look for a fraction of the cost. We wouldn’t recommend dyeing your own hair before your big day unless you are experienced, but there are many hair care products that can add highlight, volume and an innovative twist to your current style. Try a leave in conditioner or an intense oil serum that will give your hair the much needed nutrients it craves to look its best.

Teeth Whitening

Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life and you will be smiling a lot. Make sure your teeth are as white as they can be with a home teeth whitening kit. These are easy to use and can improve the whiteness and appearance of your teeth in less than a week.

Complexion

Another at home product you can buy to look your best on your big day is a professional style clarifying mask. Men and women can use these to make their skin look cleaner, clearer and more youthful. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles, clear up acne or tighten and tone your skin with an at home clarifying mask and family and friends may not even recognize you on your wedding day.

Skin Care

Now that we are focusing on your skin, why not treat yourself to a sugar scrub? There are a wide range of sugar scrubs available that you can use in your shower to slough away dry skin and the effects of aging leaving your skin healthy and youthful looking.

Your big day is important and it can be a fantasy come true for many. Using these simple tips and purchasing some easy to use at home beauty products can make it much more memorable and help you look and feel your best.

The big day is looming and you want to give the bride an extra special day to celebrate before she walks down the aisle. Bridal showers are a fantastic way to treat the bride-to-be before the big day and can be a great excuse to gather friends and family together for the celebrations. If you are planning to throw a bridal shower then you will be a busy bee getting everything ready and ultimately, to throw the best bridal shower ever – focus on the details. If you are struggling to find the perfect gifts and decorations for your shower, take a look at these essential party accessories you can’t go without.

Party Decoration Ideas

No party is complete without decorations and it’s important to go for subtle dainty decorations that will blow the bride-to-be and your guests away. Treat her to the perfect day with special decorations that create memories and help to celebrate the day.

Wedding Favy offer a huge selection of incredible bridal shower decorations to make your party special. Add a touch of personality with personalized decorations for everyone to enjoy. Customized balloons and cake bunting will make her feel special. Create elegance with lanterns or small potted succulents to brighten the room. Bag yourself some custom banners or water bottle labels to make your bridal shower perfect.

Themed Shower Ideas

What better way to make your shower stand out then by using a theme that everyone can work with. This will work really well if there is a theme to the wedding, like a winter holiday wedding or beach wedding. If you want to keep your bridal party more traditional, then you can inject some excitement using a theme for small gifts for your guests.

A novel anchor bottle opener or handheld silk fans can be great practical gifts for all your guests to enjoy when they come to the wedding if it is a beach wedding. Similarly, if the wedding will be set around the holidays, then a christmas or winter wonderland theme can work great. Winter themed candy jars and lollies can be a great touch for guests to enjoy.

Personalized Bridal Shower Ideas

A dash of personality will create an amazing atmosphere for both the bride-to-be and guests. You can personalize decorations or wedding favor type gifts to guests to show them you care. Create your own personalized bunting or buy glitter numbers or letters to display around your venue to add a personal touch.

Gifts for the guests are also important and these are always better when they are personalized. Take a look at the Bridal Shower Co. for an abundance of personalized gift ideas for your guests that they can treasure. From practical gifts to sentimental gifts that your guests will love.

Wedding Favor Goodie Bags

Do you remember when you were younger and whenever anyone had a birthday party you would be given a goodie bag before you left. Bring back this incredible tradition and give guests a mix of small token presents they can take home with them. Buy in bulk and create your own small goodie bag that your guests, and the bride-to-be, will adore.

Throwing a bridal shower is a great way to extend the celebrations before the big day. Before you throw your shower make sure you know the wedding shower etiquette to ensure the day is perfect. If you’re planning to throw a bridal shower then make sure to keep it simple and sweet and you’re sure to pull off the best celebration.

Which idea will you use for your bridal shower? Let me know in the comments below.

By Hollie Jones

Hollie is a freelance writer and co-writer for the Hollie and the Ivy blog. She is passionate about upcycling, interior design, crafts and weddings. Hollie enjoys writing about these topics and spreading her knowledge and experience to others.

The way your mother dresses for your wedding is important. Naturally, you will be the centre of everyone’s attention, but your mum is going to get her fair share of attention too. It is also a special day for her. Therefore, it is only natural for both of you to want her to look her best, which is why we have written this special shopping tips post.

Shop Together

If you can, shop for her outfit together. This gives you the chance to spend some time together before your wedding.

An outfit that fits in with your wedding theme

It also helps to keep you involved enough to guide her gently towards those outfits that will work best with the style of wedding you are planning.

Remember She Has to Wear It

When you do go shopping for her outfit bear in mind that she is the one that has to wear it. She has to feel comfortable and confident, so make sure that you only gently guide rather than insist.

Special Enough

Some mums worry about spending a lot of money on an outfit that they will only wear once. This is understandable, but you need to encourage your mum to spend a bit more than she normally does, and buy something special. Your wedding day is an important day for her too, so you want her to look her best. When your mum sees the photos, she will be pleased that you persuaded her to buy something special.

If she wants to, she can always sell her outfit after the wedding. Provided your mum is a standard size and chooses an outfit that is not too radically different her mother of the bride outfit will be easy to sell for a reasonable price.

Where to Buy

Many mothers of the bride do exactly that. If you are lucky, you can pick up a nice outfit by buying one of these previously owned dresses or suits.

However, these days it is often just as cheap to buy on the High Street rather than buy a second-hand designer label outfit. For example, this mainstream retailer sells plenty of dresses that are suitable for the mother of the bride. All you have to do is to click the link to view the selection and find the perfect outfit for your mum.

Outfit Ideas

A mother of the bride outfit can be either a dress, a suit or, in some cases, a trouser suit. Potentially it can be made out of any kind of fabric, but the richer, more glamorous, fabrics work best. They are special, and because they are heavier, they tend to hang nicely and flatter the figure. Importantly, they crease less, which means that they stay looking good all day long.

In some cases, it can be a good idea for the mother of the bride to reflect accents of her daughter’s wedding dress in her outfit. For example, using accessories that are a similar shade to the bride’s bouquet.

Provided you follow the basic tips above, both you and your mum will love her outfit, and she will look wonderful in the photos and videos.

When you are planning a proposal, you want to make sure that you have chosen the right engagement ring. However, the world of engagement rings can be a very confusing one. You may have questions about stones, styles and budgets and have absolutely no idea where to start.

The good news is, that this simple guide can help to take the stress of finding an engagement ring. Follow these steps to help you pick the perfect engagement ring for your other half.

Remember Budget

Before starting to look for an engagement ring, think about your budget. Whether you have a little or a lot, be realistic about what you can expect for your price range. Also remember that your budget is your maximum and not the minimum amount you should spend. Think about your partner, too. Would they prefer a large rock, or something more minimalist? Would they rather you spent more on the ring, or left some money to put towards the wedding?

Question of Stones

If you are your partner have traditional tastes, you may opt for a diamond ring from specialists such as F Hinds Limited. If you choose diamonds, you will need to become familiar with the four C’s: carat, cut, clarity and colour. Generally speaking, the higher the four C’s, the more expensive the ring.

If diamonds are not for you, there are other options. Stones such as amethyst, ruby and emerald are becoming a popular alternative for engagement rings. Plus, they tend to be cheaper than diamonds, so are a great option for smaller budgets.

Style and Taste

Speaking of style, when picking an engagement ring, it is important to remember who will be wearing it. While you may love a simple gold band, your partner may prefer a modern platinum ring. When choosing, think about the sort of jewellery your other half normally wears. Do they wear small delicate pieces, or statement jewellery? Do they like rose gold or silver? Asking these questions will help you to pick the perfect engagement ring.

The Right Size

While you could get the engagement ring resized, when you pop the question, you would like it to be a perfect fit. To find out your partner’s ring size, there are some clever things you can do without raising suspicion. You could take a ring your other half wears on their ring finger, trace it on a piece of paper, or measure it against a ring sizing guide. Alternatively, ask friends and family, or try to measure their finger while they sleep.

Reception comes only once in your life. You should enjoy it with the best possible things. You should try almost everything that is within your budget to make it a memorable one. Try to adopt the best facilities, as well.

If you are planning your posh reception, you can plan a number of things for it. Your wedding comes once in a life, and you should have maximum enjoyment from it, by communicating with the guests, who arrive at your reception. Everybody wants that the reception becomes a lifetime memory for themselves, and also for the guests, who visit them on the reception day. If you see really want to make your reception, a memorable one, you should keep six things ready for your reception, here are six things are definitely going to give you a memorable reception for your one and only marriage.

Posh Venue and Transport Services

Having a proper venue for your reception is really going to give a wonderful experience of the wedding ceremony to your guests. Thus, you can choose a luxury reception lounge, where you can invite all your guests, such that they become a part of your reception. Try to choose a reception lounge, which is bounded by beautiful trees, gardens and much more. There is nothing better than enjoying your reception in the lap of nature. Apart from a beautiful reception lounge, you should also offer transport services, such that your guests can easily arrive your reception lounge, and go to the home back. You can hire taxis, or other luxury vehicles, at your own expenses, such that your guests do not have to worry about arriving at your reception and going back home.

Invite Celebrities and Make a Dance Stage

The key way to make your reception a memorable one is to have a lot of fun. You must be knowing a number of celebrities, who live close to you, and there are a number of celebrities in your country or the state where you are living in. Try requesting one of the celebrities, who can arrive at your reception, and make your reception a memorable one.

Arrange a dais, where the particular celebrity can perform to give you and all your guests a lot of fun. Apart from inviting a celebrity, you can also give a chance to all the celebrities to enjoy on their own. Arrange a stage for them, where they can have their favorite music, and dance to the tunes of their favorite music. If you keep the two things, it is really going to give a lot of fun to all the guests, who come to your reception.

Good Meal and Liquor

You should have a proper menu of food items, such that your guests can have one of the best meals in their life. Try to have both the veg and non-veg dishes, such that all the guests who arrive at your reception, can enjoy the food in the best possible way.

Apart from it, you can also arrange liquor, such that the adult guests in your reception can enjoy it. If you keep liquor for adults, you should also keep chocolates for small children who are invited. You can visit OMG Entertainments for more such things to keep in your reception.

The Complete Guide to Wedding Music, With Songs for Every Part of Your Special Day!

The Complete Guide to Wedding Music, With Songs for Every Part of Your Special Day!

Music is one of the most important elements for a successful and fun wedding. It sets the tone for either an elegant and romantic affair, or a lavish, wild party.

Our complete guide to wedding music and songs will help you to set your wedding to music. It’ll help bring your vision to life from cocktail hour to hitting the dance floor. Your selections have a lot of ground to cover and we’re here to help you plan every song of the celebration!

Post last updated: March 2017

Guide Contents

Planning Your Reception Music
Planning Your Wedding Ceremony Music
Planning Dance & party Music
How to Hire Live Entertainment (Band or DJ)
Top Wedding Songs by Genre
Top Wedding Songs by Year
Best Songs for Special Dances & Notable Events
More Posts About Wedding Music

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How To Plan Your Reception Music

Wedding reception music is open to the atmosphere you want to create. The task will be a bit harder than just handing over a list of your favorite songs to the DJ but rather fine “tuning” each segment of the party and the vibe you want your guests to feel and take part in.

Cocktail Hour

The cocktail hour is where it all begins. For this segment of the evening, you’ll want light, gentle background music that fills in the silence between chats and sips. Once the hors d’oeuvres and drinks are done being passed around, it’ll be time to get the celebration revved up and in full effect. It’s time for the bridal party to be announced!

Announcing the Bridal Party

The bridal party will be introduced with a song, and then a different song introduces the bride and groom. You can have a lot of fun with this part of the party. You may even want to ask the bridesmaids and groomsmen for ideas on what kind of song they want to sashay into the celebration with.

Other Reception Events

Each event during the reception – cake cutting, garter toss bouquet toss – should have a special tune selected to be played. And this is left completely up to the couple getting married. Choose something kitschy or a bit offbeat. Go with songs that have special memories attached or meanings. Of course, have it fit your couple style and personality too! This may be the most fun you have during your wedding planning together.

Special Dances

The first dance is reserved for the bride and groom, and the selection should be “their” song (first dance wedding song). There are also father/daughter dance songs, a song for mother and son (mother and groom) to dance to, both sets of parents (with the bride and groom dancing with their new in-laws before reuniting) and even step-parents and the wedding party song.

Whether you want to include all of these combinations or just a few, they all need a special melody to take a spin on the dance floor with. And don’t forget the last dance. Like the first, it belongs to the bride and groom alone.

Your music makes your moments. Work with your wedding musicians or DJ to create the effect – and the memories – you want to have forever.

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Planning Your Wedding Ceremony Music

The wedding ceremony tends to include softer and more romantic pieces. It usually consists of classical wedding music or ballads. There should be about five songs played as a prelude when the guests are seated, then a special song when the mothers of the bride and groom are seated.

There are two songs during the processional, one when the bridesmaids enter, and the most dramatic – special to the couple – as the bride walks down the aisle. The most joyous music is played in the recessional, when the bride and groom leave together.

You can think about adding some special songs at different points in the ceremony as well, such as after exchanging the rings and vows, lighting the unity candle, or taking communion.

Here are the main wedding ceremony music sections to plan for:

– The Prelude: When guests start arriving at the ceremony location. Classical wedding music can be most appropriate here.
– The Processional: When the bridal party and the bride make their entrance. Classical wedding music is traditional here.
– The Ceremony: When the bride and groom are married.
– The Recessional: As the bride and groom walk back down the aisle and out of the ceremony site.

For more information on wedding ceremony music see the following:

Wedding Ceremony Music: How to Plan Your Ceremony Music.
Ceremony Music List: A full list of wedding ceremony music.
Classical Wedding Music: For fans of the old, classic wedding ceremony music.

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Planning Dance & Party Music

Before you even start prepping for your wedding music, you’ll have to decide what kind of entertainment you’ll want at the party. Do you want a live band or a DJ playing all of your favorite tracks? Depending on what you decide, you may have a more limited song list to go by.

How To Hire & Work With Live Entertainment

There are so many different routes to take when it comes to live entertainment. Everything from a classical quartet for your ceremony music, a pianist to jazz up cocktail hour or a cover band to make the most out of your rented dance floor, this all comes down to exactly what type of celebration you want your guests to experience.

Of course, you can mix and match too or hire the band or trio for a specific segment of the party. Don’t limit yourself to one style if you want to add different vibes to each and every event of the night.

It’s important that you go through some type of interview process as well. Make sure you’ve seen the artists play live and chat with them a bit to make sure you’ll be getting exactly what you want before you hire and sign the contract.

How To Hire & Work With A DJ

Maybe you want a DJ to take the reigns of the party and be able to spin all kinds of music at any given moment. Most of the time your DJ will also act as master of ceremonies too which is a huge added benefit. You will even have the ease and ability to create a playlist without any added pressure to a live band that may have to learn your favorite songs from scratch.

Of course, you’ve got to go through an interview process here as well. Take a look at the DJ’s portfolio, experience and most importantly, their reviews online. Make sure you get acquainted with him/her in a way that you feel comfortable hiring him/her for your big day and they understand how you want the celebration to flow.

Hiring a Band/DJ: Do’s & Dont’s

DON’T hire blindly or just by word of mouth.

DO plan your dance floor space around the number of guests that are attending and make sure there’s enough room for a band or DJ to set up.

DON’T hire a one-dimensional band for the reception. Your guests will easily be bored with the same genre played over and over.

DO ask questions. No matter if you’re hiring a live band or a DJ, it’s important to ask questions such as:

  1. Are weddings your primary focus? Have you performed/DJed at weddings before?
  2. Can you help us create a song list? Do you have any preferred suggestions?
  3. How/Can you handle song requests?
  4. Can I hear you play / Can I hear some examples of mixed tracks?
  5. Do you like to get the crowd pumped?
  6. Do you have your own sound equipment?
  7. Do you have specific packages / What’s included in your package / How long will you be available to play for?
  8. Do you have liability insurance?

 

DO tell them about your reception space and make sure they’re acquainted with the acoustics, space available, etc.

DON’T take responsibility of setting up the music equipment. Make sure someone from their company is prepared to do that job.

DO make sure there’s a sick day policy included in your package. If someone from the band comes down with the flu, there needs to be a Plan B in place.

DO check the venue for amperage and outlets if you plan to hire a live band.

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Top Wedding Songs By Genre

Classic

Even if you plan to rage on the dance floor all night long, you’ll want to throw a few classics in the midst of all the fun. Break up the party just a bit for a softer swing on the dance floor and for everyone to catch their breath. Besides, Grandma will thank you for these ones.

  1. “We’ve Only Just Begun” The Carpenters
  2. “Have I Told You Lately” Rod Stewart
  3. “The Way You Look Tonight” Frank Sinatra
  4. “Love Me Tender” Elvis Presley
  5. “At Last” Etta James
  6. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” Elvis Presley
  7. “Sugar Sugar” The Archies
  8. “My Girl” The Temptations
  9. “I Got You Babe” Sonny and Cher
  10. “What A Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong

 

Country

Maybe you’ve got a taste for country music. There are tons of great songs to choose from in this genre that will fill up the party with southern flavor. From ballads to those that will make a line dance break out, here’s some of the best.

  1. “Sweet Home Alabama” Lynard Skynard
  2. “She’s Everything” Brad Paisley
  3. “Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash
  4. “Check Yes or No” George Strait
  5. “Love Story” Taylor Swift
  6. “I Loved Her First” Heartland
  7. “Don’t Blink” Kenny Chesney
  8. “Amazed” Lonestar
  9. “Breathe” Faith Hill
  10. “Honey Bee” Blake Shelton

 

Pop

Pop music will usually be the biggest hit of the night. Most people will have heard the trendy songs and it’ll get them pumped and out on the dance floor. Throw several of these fan favorites in the mix to keep the party going.

  1. “Umbrella” Rhianna
  2. “Bad Romance” Lady Gaga
  3. “Raise Your Glass” Pink
  4. “Shake It Off” Taylor Swift
  5. “Marry You” Bruno Mars
  6. “Can’t Stop This Feeling” Justin Timberlake
  7. “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jepsen
  8. “Best Song Ever” One Direction
  9. “Firework” Katy Perry
  10. “Moves Like Jagger” Maroon 5

 

Hip Hop

Although, the party just isn’t complete without a few hip hop songs thrown in too. Use some of the most popular from years gone by to get everyone pumped in the crowd. These are great for breaking the ice.

  1. “21 Questions” 50 Cent
  2. “Baby Got Back” Sir Mix-A-Lot
  3. “Work It” Missy Elliot
  4. “My House” Flo Rida
  5. “Rapper’s Delight” Sugar Hill Gang
  6. “Hot In Herre” Nelly
  7. “Let’s Get It Started” Black Eyed Peas
  8. “Big Poppa” Notorious B.I.G.
  9. “Da Dip” Freak Nasty
  10. “Love Lockdown” Kanye West

 

Ballads

Having ballads on the playlist to break up the faster dances are a must! A bit of romance for couples to show off their slower moves will help round out the evening in a more balanced way. Here are ten that will win over the crowd every time.

  1. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” Elton John
  2. “Marry Me” Train
  3. “All of Me” John Legend
  4. “Thinking Out Loud” Ed Sheeran
  5. “Come Away With Me” Norah Jones
  6. “I Won’t Give Up” Jason Mraz
  7. “All My Life” K-Ci and JoJo
  8. “Crazy Love” Van Morrison
  9. “One and Only” Adele
  10. “I Could Not Ask For More” Edwin McCain

 

Tropical

Maybe you’ve planned a destination wedding on the beach or maybe you want to bring a bit of your family’s culture to the dance floor. Whatever the case, adding some tropical tunes to your playlist can make the party even more fun and full of festivity!

  1. “Is This Love” Bob Marley
  2. “Kingstown Down” UB40
  3. “Jammin” Bob Marley
  4. “Exotic” Priyanka Chopra & Pitbull
  5. “Zumba” Don Omar
  6. “Hips Don’t Lie” Shakira
  7. “Feeling Hot Hot Hot” The Merrymen
  8. “Beach in Hawaii” Ziggy Marley
  9. “La Bamba” Ritchie Valens
  10. “Angel” Shaggy

 

Oldies

Of course you’ve got to throw in some oldies as well. This will delight your older guests and get everyone moving and grooving together. These are the ones the entire crowd will sing along with too!

  1. “Hound Dog” Elvis Presley
  2. “Rock Around the Clock” Bill Haley and The Comets
  3. “Chapel of Love” The Dixie Cups
  4. “Respect” Aretha Franklin
  5. “Under the Boardwalk” The Drifters
  6. “The Twist” Chubby Checker
  7. “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” The Temptations
  8. “Rockin’ Robin” Bobby Day
  9. “That’s Amore” Dean Martin
  10. “The Loco-Motion” Little Eva

 

Dance

Adding some dance songs to the mix will help out. A couple of your favorites thrown in while everyone is already out and about on the dance floor will keep the celebration flowing. You’ll be surprised how many of your family members already know how to do the Cupid Shuffle!

  1. “Cupid Shuffle” Cupid
  2. “Twist and Shout” Beatles
  3. “Shut Up and Dance” Walk the Moon
  4. “Shout” Isley Brothers
  5. “Footloose” Kenny Loggins
  6. “Single Ladies” Beyonce
  7. “Cha Cha Slide” DJ Casper
  8. “We Are Family” Sister Sledge
  9. “Celebration” Kool and the Gang
  10. “Play That Funky Music” Wild Cherry
  11. “YMCA” The Village People

 

Rock

Of course, the party isn’t over until a few rock’n’roll songs have been played. Whether it’s a rock ballad or something to heighten the energy of the event, here are some of the top rock tunes for a wedding.

  1. “Livin’ On A Prayer” Bon Jovi
  2. “Just Breathe” Pearl Jam
  3. “Crash Into Me” Dave Matthews Band
  4. “Don’t Stop Believin’” Journey
  5. “True Love Waits” Radiohead
  6. “Love Song” The Cure
  7. “Iris” Goo Goo Dolls
  8. “White Wedding” Billy Idol
  9. “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” Rolling Stones
  10. “You Shook Me All Night Long” AC/DC

 

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Your proposal is a moment you and your partner will remember forever, no matter how it goes down – which is why it’s a good idea to plan the moment carefully and account for all the small details. The little touches are what will be remembered most more than the grand gestures. With this mind, here are a few ways you can ensure that big moment goes smoothly, if you’re the one doing the proposing:

Public or Private

Some people love big displays of affection, where everyone in the nearby vicinity can see you and your partner and coo over your love for one another, whereas for others the thought of people watching them or witnessing such an intimate moment is terrifying. Work out what your partner would prefer before you plan anything – and if you can’t guess what they want, go on the safe side and opt for a private setting.

Choose the Right Ring

For some, the ring is the most important aspect of a proposal: it’s the takeaway item that you get to show off to family and friends and the physical representation of your promise to one another. This is why it’s a good idea to do your research to discover what your partner will like. Take a look at the jewellery they already wear and seek the advice of an expert such as Diamonds Factory advisors will guide you towards the right ring.

When you’re choosing the ring, try not to mix metals (unless they already wear a combination of silver, gold or rose gold jewellery). It’s a good idea to work out their ring size beforehand too so there are no awkward moments when they first put it onhere are some helpful tips on how to do this.

Pick a Special Location

It could be the first restaurant you had your first date in, the park you enjoy walking around together on a Sunday afternoon, or simply in the comfort of your living room. Choose somewhere you both love and that you’ll return to regularly to remember that special moment as a couple.

Get Family and Friends Involved

Whether it’s simply letting their parents in on the secret beforehand – and asking for their blessing if you’re a traditionalist – or arranging a big party afterwards to celebrate the news, get your families together soon after you’ve popped the question. Not only does this allow them to meet and mingle way before the big day, it’s also a great way of celebrating the moment and having everyone you love around you to share your excitement for the future.

Avoid Special Days

If your partner has an inkling a proposal is coming their way soon, try to make it a surprise by avoiding those big special days throughout the year – e.g. your anniversary, their birthday, Valentine’s Day, Christmas etc. You also want your engagement day to be yours, not shared with another holiday or special occasion. A true surprise is something every person being proposed to wants, so try to keep it a secret and ask that big question out of the blue!

Adopt all of these tips to ensure your proposal is perfect for you and your partner. Don’t compare your plans to what your friends have done or those viral videos you see being shared around Facebook. Your proposal needs to be special just for you and the one you love, so do whatever you know you’ll both love and feel comfortable with.

If you’re in search of inspiration to pair your engagement ring with a wedding ring, look no further! Our friends at Ritani.com have rounded up some of their best-selling engagement rings and paired them with wedding bands to create beautiful matching sets. Read on for dazzling wedding day inspiration.

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Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in Platinum (1.5 CTW) for a Round Center Stone

 

There’s no better way to show off your love of sparkle than this larger-than-life “Royal Crown” three-stone engagement ring design, a spectacular showing of diamonds. A cluster of dazzling diamonds is created when paired with a five-diamond matching wedding band. You’ll definitely turn heads with this much brilliance as you say “I do.” Shop this set.

French-Set Halo Diamond Band Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in 18kt Rose Gold (0.34 CTW) for a Round Center Stone

 

 The combination of the classic halo setting and fashion-forward rose gold metal creates an extra dose of sparkle for the modern fashionista. Rose gold engagement rings make a distinctive choice, but are even better when paired with an additional row of matching diamonds for a streamlined look. Shop this set. 

Solitaire Diamond Braided Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in 18kt White Gold (0.32 CTW) for a Round Center Stone

 

If you’ve said “Yes” to a round diamond solitaire ring, add extra sparkle with a micropavé band to create a stylish backdrop for your center diamond. If the band of your engagement ring is sleek and simple, think about adding a diamond wedding band to bring extra oomph to your new accessory. This classic pairing never goes out of style. Shop this set.

Vintage Halo Micropave Diamond Band Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in 18kt Yellow Gold (0.53 CTW) for a Marquise Center Stone

 If you seek brilliance to match your vintage engagement ring, make a statement with a matching band for a gorgeous look that’s all your own. Even better, 18k yellow gold really makes diamonds come alive, especially when highlighting fancy-shaped diamonds like this Marquise. Shop this set.

French-Set Halo Diamond ‘V’ Band Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in 18kt Rose Gold (1.48 CTW) for a Radiant Center Stone

 Can’t get enough diamonds? Enshrine your sparkle with even more sparkle! This best-selling wedding ring is elegant and eye-catching with a band of shared-prong diamonds in an above-average carat weight, creating a dramatic look. Even better, this wedding band also looks beautiful when worn on its own. Shop this set.

French-Set Diamond Band Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in 18kt Yellow Gold (1.48 CTW) for a Cushion Center Stone

 

This sparkling classic is enhanced even further when you add a shared-prong diamond wedding band. Varying sizes of diamonds create more opportunity for scintillation — the magic ingredient that gives diamonds their brilliance. Shop this set.

Bypass Micropave Diamond Band Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in Platinum (0.19 CTW) for an Oval Center Stone

Let your fancy-shaped diamond shine alongside a classic wedding band. This micropavé bypass setting gives the engagement ring a modern feel, which is further elevated with the juxtaposition of a simple, smooth wedding band. When worn alone, this simple rounded wedding ring is perfect for the bride who doesn’t want to worry about diamond or prong damage. The classic design of this band is great for comfortable, fuss-free wear with or without your engagement ring. Shop this set.

Tapered Channel-Set Diamond Band Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in 18kt Rose Gold (0.93 CTW) for a Princess Center Stone 

 

This princess cut engagement ring is unique in rose gold, but the matching channel-set diamond wedding band takes it to a whole new level. The diamonds in each band create continuous streams of brilliance. Channel settings also provide the most safety for your diamonds, with metal edges to protect them from bangs and scrapes. Shop this set.

Solitaire Micropave Braided Diamond Band Engagement Ring With Matching Band

in 18kt Yellow Gold (0.25 CTW) for a Round Center Stone

This pairing marries the pavé diamond band of your engagement ring with a simple, smooth wedding band in matching 18k yellow gold. Not only does this combination highlight your center diamond, but it’s also a practical addition if you’re looking for a no-fuss wedding ring. Shop this set.

Diamond Micropave Band Engagement Ring With Matching Set

in Platinum (0.45 CTW) for a Pear Center Stone

 

For a truly dazzling look, showcase your fancy-shaped center stone against a backdrop of micropavé diamonds. The micropavé diamonds are set with tiny prongs arranged close to the band, minimizing the chances of catching on clothing and making this bridal set perfect for everyday wear. Shop this set.

 

Designed to fit together, just like the two of you, a bridal set takes the guesswork out of finding the right match for a wedding ring. If you’re looking for a perfect match to your engagement band, make sure you select the right setting and styles, as there are many different kinds of diamond settings and band styles: pavé, micropavé, channel set, french-set, knife edge, plain, rounded, and more. If you’re not sure what kind of wedding band is best for you, contact Ritani’s customer service, who will be happy to help you select the perfect wedding band for your engagement ring.

Ritani.com, based in New York, specializes in handcrafted engagement rings, wedding rings, bridal sets and fine jewelry for your wedding day.

Becca Luna is a luxury goods aficionado and writer in Seattle. Follow her on Twitter @beccarisa.

An eternity ring is the ultimate symbol of a long lasting relationship, a representation of your love for your partner and the perfect gift. But when is the right time to purchase such a lavish ring?

Milestone Anniversary

One of the most popular occasions to gift 77 eternity rings is on a milestone anniversary, if you’ve been together say 25, 50 or even 70 years. It’s a way of letting your partner know that your affections for them are as strong as your wedding day when you initially exchanged rings and that new piece of jewellery solidifies this.

Milestone Birthday

When you get married, you’re going to celebrate two birthdays forever more as your partner’s big day becomes just as important as your own. This is why the gift of an eternity ring is a good choice for a significant birthday, whether that be their 40th, 50th or even their 90th!

Valentine’s Day

What better day to proclaim your ever lasting love than the one day a year, set aside for those who wish to let their other half know just how much they mean to them. An eternity ring is a wonderful, unexpected surprise they can open on the 14th February.

Surprise Gift

Sometimes you don’t need a reason to give a special present to the one you love, perhaps you just want to surprise them over your usual big Sunday breakfast or have been feeling like you need to declare your love for them in a stronger way of late.

First Home Purchase

For many, renting a home together is commonplace before marriage and many newly wed couples choose to wait a few more years before mustering up a deposit and buying a home. That’s why, if you have any money spare, an eternity ring is a wonderful new home gift that you can give your partner on the first night together.

Addition to the Family

The arrival of a new baby is a wonderful occasion and the perfect way of celebrating this milestone as a couple is with an eternity ring, to look back on and remember the memories of those first few moments when you got to enjoy your newborn as parents, after arriving home.

Choosing the Right Eternity Ring

When it comes to choosing the perfect eternity ring pick out a design that complements their wedding band and engagement ring: choosing a gold band when all they wear is silver jewellery isn’t the best option. Most people wear their eternity ring alongside their wedding band and engagement ring, but it can be worn on any finger you wish. According to tradition, there is also a certain order rings should be worn with the wedding ring first, then engagement ring and finally eternity ring – this is because the wedding band should be worn closest to the heart.

Next is to decide what type of stone setting you want; eternity rings are traditionally a little glitzier than the wedding band and even engagement ring your partner is perhaps wearing. Take some time to browse styles and choose something that reflects their personal tastes and preferences.

An eternity ring is also a big investment, so perhaps when it comes to deciding on the ‘right time’, ensure that you can afford to purchase one before making your choice.

A honeymoon is the perfect excuse for a married couple to start their life together on the right track. If you and your new spouse have a fondness for culture, art, and beauty, then there are plenty of incredible locations around the world that you can visit to open up your mind and tantalize your senses.

Here, we’re going to take a look at just some of the honeymoon destinations around the world that could be perfect for couples that love art and culture.

Unlock the beauty of Spain in La Rioja

The northern wine region of Spain combines cuisine and culture with miles of stunning green vineyards. The perfect budget-friendly option for couples who enjoy a chance to soak up the finer things in life, this romantic location is home to the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, where you can check out an incredible corkscrew collection, alongside wine bottles from ancient Rome and original Picasso paintings.

Try a Tour of Europe

Most of Europe has something to offer couples when it comes to art and culture. From the beauty and mystery of Switzerland, to the incredible natural beauty at the heart of Zurich. A cruise or trip through Europe could give you the perfect opportunity to combine numerous adventures into one during your newlywed honeymoon experience. Plus, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to check out the stunning Galerie Gmurzynska, with locations in Zug, St. Moritz, and Zurich.

Explore the Lights and Sounds of Shanghai

There are 27 national museums in Shanghai that’s more than any other city in the world. On top of that, this location is perfect for culture lovers because it’s home to iconic landmarks such as the Yuyuan Garden and the Bund on the Huangpu River. Two of the best places to visit include the Shanghai Museum, and the China Art Museum.

Get the City Vibe in New York

If you and your new spouse are culture lovers who also enjoy great music and great stage experiences, then there are few places better to visit than New York. The home of Broadway for musical and theatre lovers, New York also plays host to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where you’ll find the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the New York City Ballet. On top of that, there are also hundreds of galleries to explore and museums to check out across Fifth Avenue.

Samarkand

Located within Uzbekistan, Samarkand is described by UNESCO as an Islamic masterpiece of culture creativity, and a crossroads for world culture that’s come together over two millennia of growth. If you’re trying to keep your culture-loving partner satisfied, the Old Town of the 14th and 15th centuries is sure to meet the mark, with houses full of remarkable interior decoration, and vast courtyards.

Your Perfect Honeymoon

Choosing the perfect honeymoon destination will always be a personal experience, but this list of cultural gems should help to give some inspiration to those of you who are searching for a way to satisfy your love of art and beauty, while you celebrate the start of your new life as a married couple.

Europe is a favourite travel destination for holiday makers, be it for a short weekend break or full on beach break. With so many beautiful countries being a short plane journey away, it is little wonder that weddings are now also becoming popular in Europe too. If you are considering adding a little twist to your wedding, why not try organising a European wedding for you and your friends and family? After all, getting your nearest and dearest together for one of the biggest days of your life is important and the location you will choose will speak volumes about the love you share. No matter where you choose to get married in Europe, be sure to check that both you and your wedding party all have a European Health Insurance Card to take with them for the duration of the wedding trip. You can get your EHIC card on this website.

Here are just a small handful of the best locations and countries to get married in, in Europe:

Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

The private island Sveti Stefan can be found sitting picturesquely in the Adriatic Sea and is certainly a very much sought after wedding location for many couples from around the world. This holiday spot is relatively unspoiled and offers a stunning backdrop for your holiday photos.

Oxarafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Iceland is the ultimate destination for nature lovers. The island offers everything from stunning scenery and abundant wildlife. In particular many people have pointed out the beautiful Oxarafoss waterfall found a mere 30 minutes’ drive from the capital particularly beautiful. It even has a chapel in which to house your guests- just remember to wrap up warm.

Castillo De Santa Catalina, Spain

If you are looking for a spot of sun and history, then be sure to make your way to Spain’s medieval fortress of Castillo de Santa Catalina for your Big Day. This destination is set in a beautiful plot of land and offers impressive views of the sea. This beautiful place even comes with a host of hotel rooms, perfect for housing all of your guests.

Cochem Castle, Germany

For that fairy tale feeling, why not look into tying the knot in the beautiful Cochem Castle in Germany? This Romanesque castle is the perfect place to get lost in romance and will really make your wedding one to remember. There are a wide range of stunning rooms and archways to choose from when it comes to getting some stunning wedding photo pictures too!

No matter where you choose to host your wedding day, be sure to plan ahead of time and ask plenty of questions about the suitability of the venue for your wedding party size and specific requirements. Also double check to see if your friends and family are able to attend- while a foreign wedding destination is glamorous, not having your nearest and dearest by your side may help to finalise the decision to get wed at home but honeymoon elsewhere in Europe instead!

Lots of people are interested in elegant wedding gowns for an affordable price. It is true that many people are interested in indulging themselves as much as possible on their wedding days and they are not going to be especially interested in all of the sales and deals that are available to them. They are going to feel less indulgent if they decide to go down that route. However, other people are interested in saving money as often as possible, and that includes on some of the most special occasions.

Different Sleeve Styles

One of the main factors that is going to alter the look and feel of a wedding gown is the sleeve style. A lot of people are never going to choose one particular sort of sleeve style, so this is a good way to narrow down some of the wedding dresses on a particular list. Wedding dresses with long sleeves, no sleeves, straps, or short sleeves are all popular. In the 2010’s, wedding dresses that have a lacey overlay that acts as sleeves with a more opaque inner dress have been popular. Fortunately, the sleeve style is not going to affect the price much, and people can be shopwise by using promo codes or other forms of discount deals offered by many online stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser or even Lord & Taylor.

Vintage Wedding Gowns

A lot of people are really interested in the wedding gowns of the past. Some people just like vintage styles in general, and others are very traditionalist and conservative. While many people today might not like the values of the past, they are still going to be interested in a lot of the styles. It isn’t too difficult to find genuine antique wedding gowns from the 1950’s and even earlier.

Other people might be able to find wedding gowns that were made today, but in a genuinely vintage style, and this can be just as special for them. Of course, even a 1990’s wedding gown is going to count as vintage today, and some young people getting married today might be drawn to wedding gowns that they will remember from their childhoods. Some vintage gowns might be less expensive than others.

Wedding Gowns or Dresses

One of the other main factors that changes the look of a wedding dress is whether or not it looks like a huge ball gown or whether it has the shape of a dress that someone would wear on most other locations. Many people like the look of a huge ball gown. Other people might think that it is too impractical and extravagant. It’s hard to say which is going to be more effective beforehand, which is why it is useful for people to try everything on first. Different styles are going to work for different people. It should be noted that even if ball gowns look like they are going to be significantly more expensive, this is not necessarily going to be the case. People should be able to find discounts on ball gowns and smaller dresses just as easily.

There are lots of different wedding dress styles out there. Just a comparatively small change in the layout or design of a dress can make it look entirely different, and this is going to add to the complexity of choosing a dress in the first place. Non traditional trends going on today on how one finds the perfect wedding dress make dress hunting more exciting.

Buying wedding jewelry can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re looking for something unique. It’s important to get it just right, after all, this is the lasting symbol of the most important relationship of your life. Antique and vintage jewelry have a character all of their own. Such finely-crafted heirlooms have been handed down through generations and really stand out in the jewelry world

Choosing antique jewelry is one way to make certain your choice is one-of-a-kind, but making the right choices is crucial. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect antique engagement and wedding jewelry such as those at Gesner Antique Rings.

Recognizing Vintage Periods

Antique wedding jewelry can be categorized by the era it was made. Each period has its own style and trend that make it easier for jewelers to date the items and to recognize reproductions. Here’s a rundown on some of the most popular periods.

Victorian (1835-1890)

Wedding jewelry from this ear is very sought after and though it can be hard to find, it’s not impossible. Traditionally, Victorian brides and grooms exchanged finely designed wedding bands that were either plain or pressed with intricate symbols of eternity. Almost all wedding bands were engraved with the couples’ initials and the date of the ceremony. Most Victorian wedding bands were made from yellow or rose gold. Popular diamond cuts from this era are rose cut, old European cut, antique cushion cut, and mine cut.

Edwardian/Belle Époque (1890-1910)

During this era advances in technology and the manufacture of platinum greatly influenced the quality of wedding jewelry. Edwardian grooms gave their brides engagement rings made with diamonds and other exotic gemstones. Ring designs were based on Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. All rings of this era were made from platinum. Popular diamond cuts were rose cut, traditional cut, old European cut.

Art Deco (1915-1935)

The Art Deco period saw the glamour of the Roaring Twenties and the turmoil of the great depression. This era saw white gold used for the first time to make wedding jewelry and the engagement ring as we know it today. Filigree settings were in vogue and rings had very intricate detailing. Eternity rings were common, as were old European, old traditional, round transitional and round brilliant diamond cuts.

Retro/Mid-Century (1935-1960)

Wedding jewelry from the Depression and WWII era was designed to look glamorous while using the minimum of resources. Solitaire diamonds were set in illusion mounts which made them look square shaped and larger in size. During this era, we saw wedding bands designed to match the engagement ring. Rings were made from yellow or white gold or a combination of the two. Common diamond cuts were round transitional cut and round brilliant cut.

Estate (1960-Present Day)

In the realm of antique jewelry, this category is used to denote items made after 1960. This incorporates a wide variety of styles including cluster engagement rings of the 1970s and marquise solitaires from the 1980s.

Factors to Consider

As well as the era the ring was made, there are many other factors to consider, such as:

  • Karat number: This tells you how much gold there is in the ring. The lower the karat, the less gold content, and the harder the ring will be.
  • Clarity: This is a measurement of a diamonds inclusions and flaws. A highquality diamond will have neither.
  • Color: Fancy diamonds are available in black, yellow, pink, blue, and green.
  • Cut: This includes the proportions, symmetry, and polish.
  • Fluorescence: This is the diamond’s ability to glow under a UV lamp. This can affect the value of the stone.

Alternatives to Diamonds

If you are looking for a vintage ring that’s out of the ordinary and want to avoid diamonds there are many other options. You will be able to find a wide selection of rings containing rubies and sapphires. It’s best to avoid coral, opals, and pearls in wedding jewelry, not only are these stones connected to superstition, they don’t age well if they’re not taken care of.

The important things to remember when you’re shopping for vintage engagement and wedding rings are to find a reputable seller and one who is knowledgeable about the products they carry. Do your research so you don’t end up spending money on an “antique” ring, which you later find out to be a reproduction.

Sean Austin is a jeweler who shares his knowledge of gems and jewelry around the web whether he’s offering up tips for buying engagement rings or discussing the conflict free diamond industry.

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. For many, this is more than the motivation they need to get into top shape. But, it’s certainly not the only reason. Your wedding day, the celebrations beforehand, and your honeymoon are going to to be physically strenuous. You’re going to need plenty of stamina. Right Path Fitness recommends offers brides to be the following tips:

You Can’t Outrun Your Fork

If you’re trying to get into shape for your wedding, it’s important to know the role that diet and exercise play. Eating a healthy diet and cutting your calories will lead to weight loss. If you add a healthy workout routine, you’ll tone your muscles, burn fat, and improve your figure.

Keep in mind that you cannot exercise your way out of poor food choices. Here’s an example. In order to burn off the calories in a single Big Mac, you would have to run five miles.

Use a Personal Trainer

There are many reasons to invest in a qualified personal trainer.

  • They’ll teach you to use the proper form. This will maximize your results and help you avoid injury.
  • They can design a plan around your needs.
  • Personal trainers provide motivation and encouragement when you need it most.
  • They can help you to set fitness goals.

Personal trainers don’t work for free, but most have very flexible options. There are even trainers who provide their services online.

Decrease Your Sugar Intake

Cutting out pastries and ice cream is a no brainer. Unfortunately, your diet could be full of hidden sugar. High carb foods such as white bread quickly break down into sugar in your body. Then there are fruit juices. A glass of orange juice isn’t much better than soda pop when it comes to sugar content. Granola bars are often nothing more than glorified cookies.

Focus on Core Strength

Your core is the group of muscles in the center of your body. This includes your abs, back, chest, even your pelvic floor. Virtually everything you do places a demand on your core muscles. You use them to walk, dance, stand, maintain balance, bend over, etc.

Now, imagine how many of those things you’ll be doing at your wedding. By building good core strength, you’ll have the strength and stamina that you need.

Eat Healthy Nutrient Dense Food

If you’re going to cut calories, you’ll need to maximize your nutrients per calorie. Salmon, spinach and other leafy green vegetables, blueberries, sweet potatoes, and quinoa are examples of relatively low calorie foods with powerhouse nutrient levels.

Enjoy Your Big Day!

Remember that a healthy, happy bride is a beautiful bride.

If you’re a first-time bridesmaid and are wondering what the heck you have to pay for, don’t fret. Many newbie bridesmaids have this question, and let’s face it: being a ‘maid isn’t exactly cheap. Help yourself avoid unnecessary expenses by learning what you are expected to pay for.

The Dress

Paying for your bridesmaid dress is standard. Hopefully the bride will choose pretty but not-ridiculously-expensive dresses. If she wants dresses for an insane price tag, it could be argued that she should foot some or all of the bill. Keep in mind you are also expected to pay for your shoes and jewelry. Sometimes the bride’s gift to her bridesmaids is jewelry to wear in the wedding, but she will let you know that.

Bachelorette Party

The bachelorette party is usually planned by the Maid of Honor and bridesmaids. As such, everyone is expected to contribute. This can involve paying for dinner, club entrance fees, spa or beach weekends, and other entertainment.

Bridal Shower

Whoever hosts the bridal shower pays for it. The mother of the bride might pay for the shower, however it is frequently hosted by the Maid of Honor and the bridesmaids. As such, you will have to fork over some cash for food or decor. Do not, repeat do not ask guests for contributions. They are bringing gifts to the shower–that is their contribution.

Hair And Makeup

Generally the bridesmaids are responsible for their hair and makeup. You may opt for a professional ‘do from the same stylist working with the bride, or do it yourself. If the bride wants everyone to have their hair and makeup professionally done, she should pay for it. This doesn’t always happen, but it is certainly a nice gesture.

Budget some money if you are going to be a bridesmaid–you will be happy you did!

Your friends are getting married, so it’s understandably an exciting time. With all the craziness going on, it’s easy to forget about the rehearsal dinner. Rather than panicking over what to wear, use the following guidelines to arrive at the dinner looking fabulous.

The Golden Rule

The “golden rule” of rehearsal dinner dress is finding out where the event is being held. This will give you a very good idea of what to wear. For example, if the dinner is at a high-end banquet hall, it makes sense to wear a cocktail dress and heels or nice shirt and slacks. If the dinner is at the local crab shack, you can easily get away with casualwear. Rehearsal dinners are never as formal as weddings, so even if the Big Day is super-formal, that doesn’t mean the dinner will be.

Middle Ground

The rehearsal dinner isn’t at a banquet hall, nor is it at Jim’s Barbecue House. It is at a restaurant–so how should you dress? Finding the middle ground is recommended, particularly if the restaurant is on the nicer side or within a country club. Go for “presentable yet comfortable,” such as a tea-length dress or dress suit. You may have to follow dress guidelines depending on the venue, such as a shirt and jacket or dress/skirt. Check the guidelines prior to the rehearsal dinner date so you don’t show up under or overdressed.

The Invitation

If you need more help determining what to wear to the rehearsal dinner, look at your wedding invitation. How formal and flowery or not the invite looks is a big hint on how to dress for both the dinner and the nuptials. If the invite is no help for whatever reason, ask a member of the bridal party or even the bride if she is one of your besties.

Keep these tips in mind…and remember to have fun!

Whether you’re hosting a wedding shower, attending a wedding shower, or the person the wedding shower happens around, it’s a good idea to keep a few etiquette tips in mind. Use the following as an etiquette guide to prevent mishaps and annoyed people.

Q: My Bridesmaids Are Hosting My Shower And Asked Me For A List Of Names. Does This Happen A Lot?

Essentially, yes. Feel free to go a step further and not only provide a list of guests, but a spreadsheet so your bridal party team can keep up with the responses.

Q: Should The Wedding Registry Be Included On The Invitation?

Add registry information to the shower invites–it is a gift event, after all! It is normal to put registry info on shower invitations, however it is considered tacky to include it on your wedding invites.

Q: Can Guests Be Invited To The Shower But Not The Wedding?

Yes, but it is in very poor taste. Your guests are bringing a gift, so it is rude to ask them to pay for a present but not attend your wedding. The only exception is a guest who cannot attend your wedding but still wants to come to the shower.

Q: Is Throwing A Shower For A Second Wedding Appropriate?

Keep a second wedding shower small, such as close friends and family only. You likely already have a toaster oven and plenty of other household items, so consider asking for donations to favorite charities or “experience” gifts such as theater and concert tickets.

Q: Can I Have More Than One Shower?

If it makes sense to do so, yes–just don’t invite the same people. Asking your guests to purchase two gifts for you is a lot! Schedule two showers if you are dealing with out-of-town guests and other people who can attend on specific dates only.

Hope these answers help!

One of the many decisions you have to make about your wedding is the makeup. Airbrush makeup is a popular trend among brides after celebrities increasingly used it to look camera-ready. It involves applying lightweight makeup through an air gun machine. It creates a flawless, matte finish that lasts all day. If you cannot decide whether to splurge for airbrush makeup or go the “traditional” route, read on!

Natural Look

Airbrush makeup results in a completely natural look because the application is so fine it allows your real skin tone to show through. The stuff does not come off on clothing and never looks caked on, unlike regular makeup. Foundations are mixed to create a perfect blend that matches your skin. Airbrush makeup is also waterproof, so it will survive any happy tears. Just be sure to blot instead of wiping airbrush makeup!

Lasts All Day

The supreme durability of airbrush makeup is another reason to consider it over traditional makeup. Regular makeup can smear and requires a lot of blotting and maintenance to remain shine-free and ready for photos. Airbrush makeup is guaranteed to last 16 hours, meaning you will still look fantastic by the time the reception and even the post-reception party is over.

Ideal For Photos

The matte, flawless finish and long wear time airbrush makeup offers makes it ideal for photos. Your wedding pictures are those you will treasure for the rest of your life, so it makes sense to want to look as perfect as possible. Reminiscing over your wedding should not involve comments such as “I can’t believe how shiny/cakey my makeup looks.”

Cost

Airbrush makeup is much more expensive than going to the drugstore and stocking up on regular options. However, many brides are more than willing to make the investment because the results are so flawless and long-lasting.

Is airbrush makeup worth it? We think so!

Help yourself navigate the often-challenging waters of wedding planning with one or a few helpful apps. Dozens upon dozens of wedding apps are available, however some belong in the wedding planning pantheon. Let’s look at some of these apps to get you started, shall we?

iWeddingDeluxe–The Wedding Planner

Described as an “all-encompassing” wedding app, iWeddingDeluxe is like a digital wedding planner. Plan your wedding by category, such as venue info, contact info, and budget while also taking advantage of app tools such as photo storage and links to wedding favors. There’s even a way to record what each guest wants to eat at the reception, such as chicken or salmon.

BRIDES Wedding Genius 5.1

BRIDES Wedding Genius 5.1 is a wonderful tool for the “stylish bride” that makes finding the best venues and vendors easy. Browse hundreds of photos, save favorites, and enjoy exclusive discounts from the app’s partners.

Fun Wedding

Creating the ultimate playlist for your wedding day is super-fun with this app, which provides song selections in categories such as “bride and groom”, “groom and mother,” “bride and father,” and more. The app also features the top 200 most-requested songs and hits from the 1950s through today. Fun Wedding is a fabulous way to ensure everyone feels the beat of the rhythm of the night!

Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Mag

If you want to plan a destination wedding but do not know where to begin, consider this fantastic app, which is also the companion to the magazine of the same name. Use it to research destinations around the world, including those in the Pacific and Caribbean. Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Mag features amazing images of each location, as well as important resort details and contact info.

Use these and other well-reviewed wedding apps to plan the perfect wedding! Have fun!

Are you busy planning an upcoming event?

Maybe you are approaching a milestone birthday? Perhaps you are planning a party for your son or daughter’s graduation? Or, are you planning your wedding reception? No matter what applies, whether it is a personal or corporate occasion, you will want to make the event one to remember for all of the right reasons. Below, we reveal 12 bright ideas to add an extra touch of sparkle to your celebrations.

1. Hire a Photobooth

There is only one place to begin, and this is with photobooth hire in Sydney.

A Photobooth not only adds an element of fun to the event, but it creates memories that will last forever. You and everyone in attendance will be able to look back at the photos that were taken and reminisce about the day.

2. Hire a DJ

The right music is so important for any event. It gets people in the mood and ensures you all have a fun-filled evening.

3. Choose a Theme

One way to give your celebrations a bit of sparkle is to add a theme to the event.

For example, you could choose to have a 50’s themed party, or a superhero event where everyone comes dressed as his or her favourite superhero. This gets everyone excited for the event and ensures there is already a talking point.

4. Give Gifts

A small token gift can go a long way.

By giving all guests a small gift to show your appreciation for their attendance, you can make them feel special.

5. Caricature Artist

Another option is to have an artist draw caricatures of your guests.

This will certainly make your event stand out from the crowd, as your guests will have a souvenir that they can take home with them.

6. Welcome Guests in Style

Set the tone for the event by welcoming guests in style. You could have some type of entertainer at the door while guests walk in, such as a fire breather, or if you are on a tighter budget, simply decorate the entrance lavishly to create excitement.

7. Use Colour Wisely

Make the venue lively, colourful, and exciting. One of the best ways to do this is with lighting. Lighting has the power to transform any space.

8. Sweet treat

You could have an ice cream van at your event, or you could create a pick-and-mix section. Or, what about having a fairy floss stand?

9. Hire a Band

Hiring a band is a great way to make your party one to remember.

If you are organising a wedding reception, you could even get the band to write a wedding song just for you and your partner.

10. Face Painting

Of course, this suggestion is only suitable if there are children at the event (big kids count too!). Face painting never fails at children’s parties or any type of event whereby kids are in attendance. It is not only a great way of making them happy, but it keeps them occupied and quiet for the few minutes they are having their face painted.

11. Hire a Magician

Magic never fails to impress.

Having a magician at your event is a great way to get everyone talking. If you are organising a sit-down meal, the magician can perform tricks at each table.

12. Niche Catering

Think outside of the box with catering.

Liaise with your event caterers and get them to create something unique and vibrant that is going to be different from a standard party buffet.

Whether you choose one or all of these ideas, you’re now sure to be able to provide a party atmosphere with a bit of something extra special for your guests to remember, well after your party is over.

Unique Venue Ideas: Desert Wedding Inspiration

The desert may not come to mind when you think about your wedding day, but really, why not? Whether you live in a state like Arizona or decide to jet off to a new spot to swap vows, this sandy scene may be exactly the type of space you’ve been envisioning. Utilize its mystery and texture to create a wedding day that screams unique, personal styling.

From succulents to camel-tones, these outdoor spaces can help transform your big day into something less traditional and strict to something more relaxed and ethereal. From your dress to your reception tables a bit of the desert can come into play in original, trendy ways that are full of detail!

Check out some of our favorite desert wedding inspiration and ideas below. Do some research as you dive into your ceremony plans and reception decisions.

10 Bohemian Wedding Hairstyles

Ethereal with a bit of whimsy, bohemian brides are throwing the most romantic and stunning of weddings. From lush flowers to flowing fabrics, there’s something to storybook-like in quality about this style genre. And we’re loving every bit of it. The soft dresses, the free tresses and the organic, natural beauty of the entire day, it’s a sight to see.

Today we’re showing off some beautiful, bohemian wedding hairstyles that will get your wheels turning and help you finish off your bridal style for your own big day. Long, wavey tresses or your brunette curls topped off with a flower crown, you can find some of our favorite looks below!

Remember that your wedding day if all about what’s in your realm of comfort. Don’t stray too far from your norm and embrace your personal style. If you’re more of a boho gal, steer clear from the prim and proper hairdos and go with something more organic!

Choosing songs for your wedding can either be a fun experience or downright frustrating. It may seem appear and lighthearted but when you don’t know what to be looking for, it can quickly down the wrong path. Music plays a very special role in the lives of people as it can bring back memories like replayed film in people’s minds.

Check for Any Restrictions

When celebrating a wedding according to traditional practices, there might be limits to song choices. These religious practices are determined either by the religion the couples observe or where the ceremony is to be held such as when having a destination wedding in a sacred area in Sri Lanka. Theme can also play a role like when having a wedding according to native cultural practices.

Choose the Songs You Both Love

 It’s normal to have disagreements in anything as a couple, even with wedding preparations. To save time, get the easy parts out of the way. Do you have a theme song? Use it for your first dance. Are there favorite songs you know your friends love to dance to? Use it for the reception.

Stick to What You Know

Choosing songs for your wedding could be a fun opportunity to discover new favorites together but this also takes time and new music might need to be discussed between the two of you. Don’t stop yourselves from including something fresh tunes but music you’ve both loved increases sentimentality during the wedding. The event is about celebrating how far you two have come along in your relationship as you take on a new life change.

Ask for Suggestions

Not sure what will make your guests get up on their feet and start dancing? Ask them! Try to include a wide range of songs so everyone can have their moments. Think about your entourage to your high school buddies to your in-laws. Let’s not forget grandma and grandpa. Watching them dance might just be the relationship goal visual you need to start off your life together. What gets added to the list is still at your discretion so getting recommendations you two would prefer not to play isn’t an issue. It’s your wedding so you still get to choose.

Plan for the Entire Wedding

There are certain parts which receive more attention such as the processional, recessional and cake-cutting so choice of music for these are very deliberate. Each bit has its own ideal pace so choose songs accordingly. For example, the bride and groom’s entrance into the reception venue will set the tone of the party so pick something upbeat but comfortable enough for the two of you to dance to.

Deciding the wedding music can be a pleasant experience to share with each other. Still feeling a bit lost? There’s nothing wrong with getting help from the wedding band. If you’re celebrating your wedding anywhere south of Scotland or even just an avid music lover, check out the wedding bands Glasgow has. The music-loving city has several bands covering a wide range of music with their own varying styles. You’re sure to find one that fits your taste.

With beach weddings becoming increasingly popular within recent years, they certainly have many advantages over more traditional weddings. However, despite their clear benefits and recent soar in popularity, there is one major factor that differentiates beach weddings from any other: dress code.

Generally speaking, beach weddings come hand-in-hand with hot temperatures unless you’re unlucky with weather, or specifically choose a time in which the climate is cooler. If you know you’re likely to experience typical hot beach weather naturally accompanied by sand, wind and waves, what you choose to wear is crucial to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible on the big day.

So, if you have a beach wedding to attend, or even planning to become a beach bride yourself, and have no idea how to stay cool whilst still looking elegant and wedding-appropriate, keep reading to discover some great beach-attire tips guaranteed to keep you looking your best against those pesky beach elements!

Wear light and Airy Fabrics

Weddings, including both the ceremony and reception, tend to be all-day events. Therefore, if you’re on a beach for the entire time in a hot climate, the last thing you want is to be wearing heavy materials unable to keep you cool. Certain fabrics such as cotton and linen have been tried and tested to be some of the most breathable materials in hot weather, making them an excellent choice for beach weddings. Linen dresses in pastel colors are ideal for women, and cotton loose-fitting shirts with light colored suits make a great option for male guests.

However, as a bride, choosing a beach-appropriate wedding dress can be slightly more difficult, especially if you have a specific style of dream dress in mind. However, fabrics made up of specific silk-blends can be just as breathable as cotton whilst still providing that air of elegance every bride wants on her wedding day. For a great selection of beach wedding dresses that won’t break the bank, check out PreOwned Wedding Dresses to discover a variety of options.

Wear Sand-Appropriate Footwear

When it comes to weddings, the majority of attention falls upon the outfit with footwear often being left to the last minute or completely neglected altogether. But, with regard to beach weddings, footwear must be considered simply due to the abundance of sand you’ll be experiencing on the big day!

For the ladies, stilettos are a huge risk to take as they’ll just sink into the sand and make walking very difficult. Instead, opting for flat shoes would be the safest option and the most sand-appropriate guaranteed to provide comfort all day despite the terrain. However, if you’re worried about looking too casual in flat shoes, opting for a pair of wedges is a great alternative to stiletto heels as they’re far more robust and less likely to sink.

For men, footwear is a slightly easier factor to tackle as flat shoes are likely to be the shoe of choice anyway for a wedding. But, when sand is involved, ensure to wear well-fitted shoes that won’t allow grains of sand to slip in and irritate your feet.

Sunscreen

This may seem very obvious, but research has shown that only 29% of women and an even lower 14% of men regularly use sunscreen when outside in the sun. During a beach wedding, it’s likely you’re going to be exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays for hours at a time, so it’s essential you protect your skin.

If you’re hosting or attending a wedding in a tropical destination, the sun can be very strong and often relentless against those exposed to it for long periods of time. So, if in these conditions, it’s essential you reapply sunscreen throughout the day to ensure maximum protection. Just applying it once before the ceremony begins isn’t going to be enough and, especially if you’re the bride wanting to look your best in photos, you don’t want to be tainted with bright red sunburn!

Beach weddings have certainly increased in popularity throughout recent years, and it’s essential to take into account all aspects that may differ from a wedding in a more traditional, indoor setting. Beaches naturally possess many more characteristics than indoor locations so, to ensure you can enjoy the entire day without feeling too worried, hot, or uncomfortable, tailor your outfit, footwear and actions on the day to fit your surroundings. Beach weddings certainly don’t come around every day, and it would be a shame to ruin your experience by not following the above tips!

Rachel Lamb is a sales assistant at a bridal boutique. She enjoys sharing her wedding dress buying tips online. Her articles appear on bridal and lifestyle blogs.

Looking to get away on your big day? Here are the absolute best wedding destinations in Europe!

Verona, Italy

You all know the famous love story, Romeo and Juliet? Verona is where this play by Shakespeare was set. Doesn’t that just scream romance? For couples seeking a deeply beautiful, historic destination, this is the one. Every step that you take will fill your heart with wonder and joy; Verona is undoubtedly a stunning picturesque wedding location.

Prague, Czech Republic

The simplistic, antique architecture and stunning, sunset backdrops are enough to persuade anybody. The gothic style of Prague emits an instant sense of romance. And for those considering, the famous Charles Bridge is a fantastic location for wedding photos. Please bear in mind, when you are living in an area within the EEA, to carry your European health insurance card. And if you do not own one, find out more here.

Western Cyprus

Akamas Peninsula specifically, relatively undiscovered. Hugely underrated. The area is home to Aphrodite’s Rock (the birthplace of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite). With nationally protected forests to explore and amazing accommodation. Pathos is home to some unreal villas, which you can rent out.

Venice, Italy

Venice is more of a predictable option, it may be a popular choice but this is for a reason. Hundreds of couples choose Venice as their wedding destination because of its distinctive beauty. The original city of love!!

Esterel Mountains, France

Located between Cannes and St. Tropez, Esterel Mountains are home to various famous vineyards. Carefully decorated with natures touch, a beautiful backdrop location for those deeply in love. Your ceremony and reception will be amongst the stunning ocean views and surrounded by sensational sandy beaches.

Nowadays, more and more brides-to-be are taking the DIY approach when it comes to their special day. From making the invitations to preparing the flower arrangements, being a DIY bride allows you to express your creativity while saving tons of money.

If you’re a DIY bride who is handling her hair and makeup, you’re going to need to remember a few things to ensure that you look flawless on your big day. With so many responsibilities on top of the inevitable nervousness before the wedding, it may be easy to forget some very important beauty-related details. That’s why we’ve made a list of four important beauty tips to ensure that you look flawless on your wedding day.

Sleep!

If you’re running on two hours of sleep, all the makeup in the world won’t be able to cover up your droopy, tired eyes. On the days leading up to the wedding, be sure to stay as organized as possible so that you can rest up on the eve of your wedding day.

In the event that you do have to pull an all-nighter before the wedding, find an eye gel that can brighten tired and puffy eyes. The Ginzing eye gel by Origins will minimize puffiness and redness.

Don’t Forget the Lip Balm

Chapped lips are not a good look on your wedding day, especially since you’ll probably be in about five hundred photographs that you’ll be stuck with for the rest of your life. Make sure to have some lip balm on you at all times. EOS lip balm is known for its ability to keep lips feeling hydrated for hours. You can purchase this from anywhere, even Staples.

Make Setting Spray Your New Best Friend

After you’ve spent an hour carefully applying your makeup perfectly, it would be devastating if a couple of inevitable tears of joy left streaky stains on your face. That’s why setting spray was invented. After your makeup is applied, simply spray this product onto your face to keep makeup safely in place for hours. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is an industry favorite.

Bring Extra Bobby Pins

When it comes to wedding hairstyles, you can never have too many bobby pins. Many brides make the mistake of attempting an elaborate style with just a few bobby pins on hand. If there is ever a time to splurge on a pack of one hundred, it’s on your wedding day.

Conclusion

By following these four simple beauty tips, you will be able to ace your DIY hair and makeup routine and be the most stunning bride that your friends and family have ever seen.

Weddings are stressful and expensive business.  It is also true that a major chunk of your wedding budget is reserved for the photographer. While it is true that you get what you pay for, hiring the most expensive or even the best photographers is not enough. It is important to understand that as clients, you will have to work with them to help them create magical photographs that will be the account of your special day for the rest of your life.

Weddings are, for most of us, once-in-a-lifetime events. To make sure everything goes perfectly, it requires a great deal of preparations and planning. This is true for the photography part as well. Make sure you are not making an of these wedding photography mistakes before we dive into how to bring out the maximum potential of your wedding photographer.

Here are some tips to get the very best out of your wedding photographer:

Only Hire a Professional

A professional is not someone who has all the quality “ticks” present on their website. Neither does it refer to your cousin studying photography. By ‘professional’ we mean someone whose main source of income is wedding photography.

Check their portfolio and online reviews. If the photographer has already covered a friend’s wedding and they are happy with their work, then that’s a great sign. A professional wedding photographer covers hundreds of weddings during an year, which gives them enough practice to be able to repeatedly capture photographs that communicate everything you are feeling on that day.

Meet Before the Big Day

Get to know your photographer before you book one. After all, you will spending one of the most special days of your life with them.

When the wedding dates are close by, set up a final meeting with them, to inform them about any last minute changes and help them prepare accordingly.

Research and Identify What You Like

Research wedding photos online, but remember you are doing this to educate yourself and not your photographer. Pick out photos that you like and then try to identify what elements of those photos are appealing to you. You can then communicate the same to your photographer to give them an idea of what you like and how you want your photos to look.  

Remember to be realistic with your expectations. The photographs you find online are usually the best work of a few photographers. A photographer takes thousand of images, but only puts the best few shots on display. You need to understand that not all of your hundreds of wedding photos will look like that.

Let Your Photographer Choose the Bridal Shoot Location

A professional has a better understanding of light and other elements that make up a photograph. It is thus, smarter to let the photographer decide the location of the bridal shoot. Of course you can specify the setting, for instance, ‘the beach’ or ‘the garden’, but let the photographer choose the specific spots for the shoot at that location.

Don’t Micromanage

Photography involves creativity. It is important that you understand that and grant the photographer, and for that matter all the other artists involved in your wedding, some level of creative freedom. If you get to know your photographer beforehand, it is easier to do this.

Graham and Kheng, Perth wedding photographers say, “Freedom gives way to creativity, and creativity brings magic into art. So let the photographer have some freedom and create beautiful photos that you can cherish for a lifetime.”

Conclusion

At the end, remember it is YOUR wedding, and that you are the most important person on that day. So have fun and do not let yourself get stressed if something doesn’t go according to plan. It would probably be too late to make any amendments on the wedding day anyway, and the stress will show in the photographs.

If you have any other wedding related tips you want to share, feel free to do so in the comments below.

It’s always fascinating to see what the rich and famous give each other when invited to a wedding. Lavish, unbridled gifts with price tags you probably don’t even want to know are an all-too-common sight at celebrity weddings! It’s unfair to say that an expensive gift automatically equals a great gift, though, as there are plenty of thoughtful and useful presents to give a bride and groom that don’t cost much. That said, if you genuinely had all the money in the world and wished to purchase the newlyweds something extravagant, then you’ll love some of these following options.

Send them on an unforgettable island honeymoon

A honeymoon should really be a dream vacation after the wedding, a place that seems too good to be true. That’s why it’s hard to go past an island honeymoon. Sipping cocktails on a beach under the sun is true relaxation, and not to take anything away from some gorgeous honeymoon spots like Paris or Rome, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of a bustling city and really unwind in nature.

It’s fair to say that a lot of people don’t select an island getaway as their first choice for a honeymoon simply because of the cost, but if you’ve got the cash to splash, then picking up the tab for a memorable post-wedding trip is a must. As for locations, there are a wealth of options to choose from, but the destinations on this list are easily some of the best. Crystal-clear waters in the Maldives? An ocean vista in the Greek Cyclades? A day of snorkeling in Fiji? Picking one place is the hard part!

Matching his and her watches with an engraving

Other than gifting two impeccably beautiful timepieces as wedding presents, watches do make a nice symbol of synchronization and the flow of time. But the cherry on top? An engraving of the date of the couple’s special day on the back. This simply adds that delicate touch on an already gorgeous wedding present. Deciding on which two luxury watches to select can be difficult, but browsing through a place like this will give you an idea of what styles are on-trend for men and women. Hint: No one will be unhappy with a Patek Philippe or Jaeger-LeCoultre!

The finest coffee machine money can buy

A delicious cup of coffee is many people’s first thought of the day, so it goes without saying that a premium coffee machine will be a very welcome gift to any married couple’s household. Any contraption that gives you hot steamy coffee with frothy milk from the press of a button is music to the ears of any coffee drinker! From the beautifully-designed to the weird and wonderful, there are several great coffee machines to look at here, any of which are bound to be used each and every morning.