Monday, June 26, 2017
So you've been assigned the job of planning the bachelorette party for the bride and her girlfriends! - Congrats! That's a big responsibility. These are the memorable moments of spending time with your best friend before they start married life.
This is an exciting time, but it can also be very stressful because you want to make everything perfect for the bride to be.
If you need a helping hand, here are the top 5 things to remember.
1. Speak to the bride
Ask her what she wants! - It's really that simple. Don’t fry your brain trying to come up with something without knowing if she will actually like it or not. If you want her to have the time of her life - find out what she expects.
Ask is she has any restrictions, or anything that she would really like to do. Also find out if she had a date in mind, as this can determine your location, along with who she wanted there. - You’d hate to end up inviting her new enemy along!
Now you have all the important information, respect what she has told you. - It's her party remember - no one else's.
2. Choose a theme
You should come up with a theme for the party, even if it's something as simple as choosing the bride's favorite colors. This will just make it a whole lot easier when buying costumes, decorations and also planning any activities. This will save you from trying to come up with a whole idea from scratch. Instead, you have the basic guidelines to follow when shopping for all the bits and pieces.
3. Create a countdown
Come up with a checklist that you can cross off as you get things done. This will keep you a lot more organized, and being able to visually see yourself make a line through the tasks will play a big role in keeping your stress levels down - which is very important! Some people overlook the stress that bridemaids have when planning a bachelorette party, but if you're having trouble, it's okay to ask for help.
4. Make the reservations
Whatever you plan on doing, whether that be a fancy dinner, a night out clubbing or even to watch Hunks The Show (hubba hubba) - make sure to mention you are booking for a bachelorette party, (and do it well in advance) as many places offer special packages or even VIP treatment. And if you're gonna do it - go all out and get the best.
5. Collect the money
Don't think that you're supposed to pay for this bachelorette party all by yourself - because you're not. All the girls (besides the bride) are supposed to chip in all together so it's fair.
So when planning everything, any purchase that you make - write it down, and even store all the receipts in an envelope. That way when everything is sorted, you can invite the ladies round and show them everything you've had to spend, and then divide it up between you all equally.
As long as you plan everything out properly, there is no reason it shouldn't be a fun experience.
There are so many logistical issues and organizational decisions that need to be made when you are planning your wedding. If you want to avoid these going wrong and resulting in wedding day headaches, you need to give some thought to the following things.
Don’t Leave Planning Until the Last Minute
This is the first thing that’s important to point out. If you are going to leave everything until the last minute, then it’s almost certain that you will miss something out or do something that will later cause you problems. Instead, you need to plan early. But that doesn’t mean that absolutely everything needs to be done early on. In fact, it can often be better if you things like sending out invitations until a little later. People can forget they’ve made that commitment if you send them too early and ask for a quick response.
Have a Plan for Getting People to Where They Need to Be
You need to have a clear plan in place for how you are going to make sure that everyone gets to where you want and need them to be on the day of the wedding. If you can’t make this happen, the day will be more likely to end in chaos, which is not what you need at all. If you are organizing a wedding that is going to be taking place somewhere unusual that’s difficult to get to, you could hire yourself a limo bus. These can fit lots of people on, and they can help you to make sure that no one gets lost or doesn’t get to where you need them.
Delegate and Accept Help
Many people who organize their own weddings tend to want to do everything themselves. In a way, this is pretty understandable. You want to be in charge of what happens, and you want to be the master of your own destiny. However, you need to delegate to those around you. And you also need to accept help from those around you who want to help you out. There is not much that can be achieved by rejecting the help of others and thinking that you can do everything alone because that’s never usually the case.
Don’t Hire Friends Where Pros Are Needed
There is always a temptation to hire friends when you need something relating to your wedding to be taken care of on the cheap. But if you allow your friends to do the jobs that are best left to the professionals, then you are opening yourself up to all kinds of problems that you don’t need to make. It’s one of those things that lots of people forget about. But you could later find that you have a huge blunder blunder on your hands. That’s not what you want, so if the job is specialised in some way, hire someone with the right skills to handle it.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
You may have purchased the ring, but have you thought about where you’ll get down on one knee?
A marriage proposal is a life-changing milestone in any relationship. An intimate moment the two of you will share and one that will turn into a story you’ll tell for years to come. Whether you’ve purchased the ring already or not, you know that planning a proposal is an exciting yet nerve wracking time. You’ll want this moment to be memorable. So, how can you make it yours?
To help you find inspiration, ProFlowers put together a generator featuring some of the best wedding proposals. Browse through the collection below to find a style fitting for the two of you:
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Not all DIY decorations are as simple as one, two, three. As you may know from attempting something you pinned on Pinterest or shared on Facebook, your projects don’t usually turn out like that perfect image you were expecting. The most common decorations brides like to create on their own are centerpieces. If you’re looking for an inexpensive, yet elegant, look try submerging flowers in a vase. This sounds simple right? Don’t be fooled, some brides fail to realize the detailed direction that goes into pulling this off. Here are some tips to help you create your own submerged flower centerpieces.
Your first step is to go to a dollar store and purchase tall cylinder vases. Then find marbles or glass beads that can sit at the bottom of the vase creating a more elegant look. You may want to consider what flowers to use before purchasing a vase so you can find vases with a decent height. Great flowers for submerging in water are Roses, Orchids, Spider Mums, and Gerbera Daisies. You may have to trim the stem an inch or two so it is completely submerged.
The hardest part is getting the flower to stay in the vase after pouring water into it. If it isn’t sturdy the flower will quickly float to the top. A trick to getting the flower to stay in place is to use a fish weight (sinker). You can find sinkers almost anywhere from $2-$10 a bag depending on the quantity.
--> Use floral wire to tie the fish weights to the flower and hide the weight under the marbles. Once everything is placed where you want, gently pour the water to fill the vase. I would recommend putting most of the centerpieces together the night before, and only pour just enough water to keep the flower alive. Then, have your friend or wedding coordinator pour the rest of the water the morning of your big day. Adding floating candles to the top can help make this DIY project look more professional and add to your elegant feel.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Outdoor summer weddings are beautiful but bring more challenges than couples realize. So proud of my team and all the MacGyver things we did to keep the linens/napkins/menus from blowing off the tables, tying signs down, keeping candles lit, power issues, fixing centerpieces and more! DIY is tough you really do need us on your side!!
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
When you decide to get married, it can become very clear how much pressure and stress there is on you. The problem is that there are a lot of shoulds that surround a wedding day. But how many of them do you actually have to obey, and how many are the thing that you don't need to do? Read on to find out.
You don't need to break the bank
The idea that your wedding should cost a fortune isn't one that you have to subscribe to. No one can tell you how much to spend on your big day, and no one has the right to judge you for your budget.
Everyone has different financial constraints including current responsibilities, gifts from family members, and the value that they assign to particular elements of the process of getting married.
That means if you choose to find a way to save money on your engagement and wedding, like looking for engagement rings from Diamond Registry this is totally fine.
Stores like the one above can help you lower the cost of this item by cutting out the cost of the middleman as you are dealing directly with the supplier. The same goes for if you choose to have a less expensive venue or catering service. You really don't have to break the bank to have a good day and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
You don't need to invite everyone you know
Another should that a lot of couples get caught by is believing that they should invite everyone they know. Whether they are close friends, acquaintances, or even family member that they don't particularly like.
But before you send out an invite to every single person in your world, stop. Remember that you are paying a substantial amount for each and every person that you are choosing to have at your wedding. If they aren't going to make a positive impact on the day, then it's probably best to leave them out.
You don't have to be rude about it. You can just say that you have limited to places. Or that you are looking for a more intimate ceremony because you don't like being on the show in front of loads of people. But stick to your guns here, as an unwanted guests are a cost that you shouldn't have to bear.
You don't need to diet
Lastly, something that many couples feel they should do is to diet before they tie the knot. Although it’s not just women that feel this pressure, as now men do as well. The thing is, do you really have to do this?
Why can't it be about celebrating your love as a couple, which can include accepting the way that you are now? Yes, I know that most folks want to look nice for their photos. But you can do this in other ways like getting a fancy suit, a lovely dress, or a professional makeup artist to help you out on the day.
You don't have to change to get married or to please other people with your appearance on the day. So don't feel like you should be crash dieting on the run up to your marriage. In fact, you'll probably have enough to worry about without this added pressure anyway.
Monday, June 12, 2017
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1. Spending More Then Your Budget
Before you start shopping for your wedding dress or search for a venue, it’s important for you and your fiancé to set a budget. The number one mistake couples make is blowing their budget or not even setting one to begin with. I know you’d much rather skip to the fun stuff as soon as you get engaged, but you’d be setting yourself up for disappointment and possibly debt. The last thing you want to do after returning from your honeymoon is having to pay off credit card loans. If you’ve underestimated some expenses, don’t panic! You may just have to give up an item or trade it in for a less expensive option. One important tip to consider while drawing up a budget is to include charges for overtime, gratuities, and car services from start to finish. It’s better to assume you’ll be paying more and end up paying less than your budget at the end of the night rather than spending more then you anticipated.
2. Not Getting a Contract
Having a paper or email copy of a contract from EVERY vendor will save you on the big day. Written contracts, not verbal, provide you with a legal document stating the expectations the individual or business must uphold to. If the golf course only set up 10 tables, it’s easier to go back to your contract and show them that you had requested 12, and for them to fix it rather than you running around trying to figure out how to get two extra tables and chairs. Having a contract can also save you from getting extra charges for set up and tare down and inform you of what counts as an upgrade.
3. Doing it All Yourself
While working on projects with your fiancé can save you money it will cost you time. There are plenty of benefits to DIY projects. Rather than doing everything you found on Pinterest try and choose your top two or three and then do some research to find a ready-made version of the others. With websites like Etsy and Amazon it shouldn’t be too hard to find that rustic ‘Welcome to the Wedding of’ decal. Buying that for less than $20 can keep you from breaking your DIY sign in half after painting crooked and not noticing until you’re half way done.
With all that said don’t save anything for the morning of. There is no such thing as a “little task” when it comes to planning a wedding. You don’t want to realize that you somehow are missing place cards for guests H through K the morning of. It’s better to get ahead on your wedding timeline. You’d be surprised by how many people demand your attention and how many miscommunications with vendors pop up the month of your wedding. The closer the wedding gets, the busier you’ll be, so sticking to your timeline is essential.
4. Doing Anything Before the Guest List
Your guest list determines most of the other elements of your wedding such as the venue, catering bill, ceremony seating, and party favors. You wouldn’t want to put a down payment with a catering company that charges extra for a reception with over 100 people, and you realize you have 150 guests. Another mistake couples make is to invite more than they are planning because they assume a percentage of them will RSVP “No”. This can create problems if the venue you already paid for isn’t able to hold the total number you invited. You won’t be able to guarantee how many guests will attend until you receive all the RSVP’s. Only when you get this number set should you begin deciding the other details.
5. Trying To Please Everyone