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Monday, September 23, 2019

A Wedding Planner’s Guide To Finding A Wedding Venue Of Your Dreams

For a few couples-to-be, finding the perfect wedding venue is easy and stress-free because they narrowed their list of favourite
venues even before they got engaged. For others, settling on a good option can be overwhelming. From restaurants, hotels,
barn houses, and churches to castles, choosing the perfect wedding venue can be quite a task. 
Your wedding venue can make or break your wedding's tone, and that's why it is imperative to choose wisely. No pressure,
right? Well, according to top wedding planners, there doesn't have to be, particularly if you are armed with a few useful tips. 

To help you navigate this integral decision, here is a list of the essential factors to consider when choosing your dream wedding venue. 

1. Location 

Whether you plan to get married in a hotel and transferring the guests to another reception venue or to hold the ceremony and the
evening party in the same place, it has to be in a suitable location. 

Most couples tend to pick places where they live or where either the groom or bride grew up. This is particularly true with church
weddings considering that you either need to be a member of the church or have a family connection to the church. 

Other factors to consider include:

• How long it takes to get to the venue as it might have an impact on your day.

• Whether or not there is sufficient accommodation nearby to book. 

• If choose separate reception and ceremony venues, consider the travel time between the two venues. 

2. The Capacity of the Venue 

Knowing the capacity limits of a venue is absolutely imperative---you can't cram 400 guests into a space that's designed to
accommodate 200. And the reverse is just as problematic as you will have to spend a fortune to make it feel intimate enough.
So, when booking a venue, ensure that it can fit your total guest count. 

3. Timeline

Since finding a venue is one of the first planning moves that you make, it is prudent to kick off your search early enough.
However, it boils down to your personal preferences. For people who are very particular with how their wedding venues should
look like, the earlier you find a venue the better. Remember that great venues get booked earlier---even 10-12 months in advance
---so the sooner you initiate your search, the higher the chances of snagging your first choice. 

4. Your Budget

Like any other stage of your wedding planning process, it is crucial to have a clear budget for your venue. The last thing you
want to happen to you is falling in love with a wedding venue that's too expensive. You will end up disappointed, especially
when you begin comparing other venues to it. But the disappointments are unnecessary because some of the most memorable
weddings are those that are inspired by the personalities of the couples-to-be.  So, go for a venue that you can afford and the
remaining components of your wedding will make your big day feel magical and memorable. 

5. Your Style

Can you envisage your big day at the venue? Does it feel right for you? When you look and visit the venue, you should be able
to see yourself getting married there. This means that the architectural style, the surrounding, and the overall d├ęcor should flow
with your personality. From your wedding theme and your style to dresses and suits, it makes a lot of sense if your venue compliments
every aspect of your wedding day. 

The right wedding venue is waiting for you to find it. Keep the above tips in mind and keep searching. You'll definitely find a venue that
warms your heart in an instant. 

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Suited & Booted: Choosing Clothing For The Men At Your Wedding

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Choosing wedding clothing has always been one of the more challenging parts of organising an event
like this. No matter how much time and effort you put into it, you’ll always be left with a small range of
choices, as the companies around you will have a limited array of options available. Of course, when
it comes to a dress, there are loads of ways to spice things up, with options to add your own flair without
any real effort. For men, though, things get a little trickier, and this post is here to help you to overcome
the issues which come with trying to coordinate the men at your wedding.

Picking A Colour

The first step in this process can sound quite simple, though picking a colour for the suits at a wedding
could be a lot more complicated than you expect. You will probably already have a theme for your event,
and this will give you a range of different colours to choose from. Some variety will make the event look nicer,
though, and you need to be careful not to have everything in the same shades. If your wedding is based around
silver, for example, you could consider having blue suits, as these colours complement each other nicely while
still fitting into the regular colour brackets which people like to use for weddings.

Suit Styles

While they may look like fairly simple outfits, suits come in a huge variety of different shapes and sizes, with
some styles looking incredibly distinct. Tuxes can look great for weddings, though 3-piece suits will also have
a place, giving you loads of options to choose from. Fashion is leaning towards simpler outfits at the moment,
though it could be worth trying out some suits to see what you like. Most suit stores will be happy to talk you
through the different types of suit you have available to you, making it fair easier to learn about this area.

Sourcing Your Suits

Getting your hands on the suit you have in mind can often be a challenge. A lot of stores only stock a select
range, and this can create challenges when it comes to getting the colours and styles you want, especially if
you have something unique in mind. Getting custom suits for men is easier and more affordable than ever before.
Services like this gives you the chance to create your own suit, rather than being stuck with the options which other
people have designed. Of course, though, it’s worth thinking about the price of this compared to the premade options
you have available. 

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on the time you put into choosing the suits for the
men at your wedding. While you may be limited in your options, there will always be ways to make this more creative
and add your own charm to it. Of course, though, you’ll have to be willing to put the time into it.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

The Latest Trends in Wedding Music Entertainment

If you are about to get married, you are probably obsessing over planning details. You may be scrambling to find the best venues and vendors while trying to keep track of your guests, ordering wedding attire and more.
One major concern will be the type of musical entertainment you want to hire. Of course, there are tons of cover bands available, but if you want your wedding to stand out, you want to find a band that is in-line with the latest trends.

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Keeping that in mind, here is some of what we are seeing at today’s chicest weddings.
Hiring a Deejay and a Band: Many couples might go back and forth on the issue of whether they want a band or a deejay. Well why not have both?
Deejays are on hand to play in 15 to 20 minute intervals as the band takes breaks. This keeps the atmosphere lively and it is perfect for couples who want to hear a lot of music at their wedding.
Including Specialty Performance Acts: A specialty performance act like a dance troupe, can be brought in to perform while the band plays. They can perform in front or in back of the band while they play…or both!
These performers will not typically be on stage for the entire duration of the wedding but may make one appearance or several periodic appearances.
Boosting the Audio Equipment: Hiring the best band doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have great audio equipment. Therefore, many couples are choosing to use professional audio services for weddings as opposed to using the venue’s system.
Protocol Dances Are a Thing of the Past: When at a wedding, bands often plan their set list around protocol dances including those that occur between the father of the bride and the bride, the mother of the groom and the groom and the first dance of the newly married couple.

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 Today, tradition is going out the window and bands are adjusting their set lists accordingly.
Cover Bands Adding a New Flair: We are all used to hearing cover bands playing the same old songs the same old ways. Today bands are adding their own flair to the music and making it their own.
Some give their music a Latin spin while others incorporate jazzy flavors to give new life to the tunes they are playing.
If you want your wedding to stand out, a unique band is a great place to start. Think of the theme of your wedding and the tone you are trying to set and go from there to find a band that works well with your celebration. Then, look forward to dancing the night away while hosting a wedding your guests are sure to remember for years to come.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Small Finishing Touches That You May Have Forgotten for Your Wedding

If the big day’s coming up soon then you’re probably equally as anxious as you are excited. It’s a lot to take in
and the planning phase of your wedding probably took a lot longer than you expected–but it’ll all be worth it in
the end when your perfect dream wedding unfolds in front of your eyes.

So to help you add some finishing touches and last-minute improvements, we’ve put together a brief list of things
that you may have forgotten during the planning phase of your wedding.

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Give your guests a welcome bag

If your guests are coming in from far away then a welcome bag will always be appreciated to make the experience
more enjoyable for your guests. This can include basics like a bottle of water, some wipes to freshen up, a small
welcome card, a schedule for the day, a map of the venue and some light snacks.

Tell your photographer who the big guests are

Your wedding photographer has to know who the major guests are. Every guest is important, but there are some
such as family members and long-time friends that should get a little more attention when they arrive at your wedding.

Put together a small bag of essentials

A bag of essentials is a great thing to have when the day is busy and full of activities. It could be a foot mask to help
cool your feet during a hot day, a bottle or two of water to stay hydrated or even a light lunch to ensure that you have
the energy to last until the wedding meal.

Plan follow-up contact with your guests

Your guests should receive some kind of message from you after the wedding. Whether it’s a thank you message,
a small memory that you recall during the wedding ceremony or a promise to stay in touch with distant friends and
family members, a small follow-up gesture is much appreciated.

Let your DJ know what songs to avoid

Whether it’s songs you personally dislike or ones that aren’t appropriate for the kids attending the wedding, make sure
you let your DJ know what songs are off-limits as well as the songs which you absolutely want to hear.

Plan out your wedding flowers

Make sure you have a flower of choice when it comes to decorating the venue. You should also get in touch with services
like BridalBouquets to put together a luxurious bouquet of flowers that will add a unique touch to your wedding attire.

Have a backup for bad weather

If you’re having an outdoor wedding then it’s absolutely crucial that you have a backup plan if there’s a chance that it
might rain. This can take a lot more planning but is well worth the effort even if the chance of rain is really slim.

Check for dietary restrictions and allergies

Lastly, make sure you ask your guest about dietary restrictions and allergies before you plan what meals to serve.

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