Not all Wedding Bouquets Have to Be Real Flowers

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Flowers, who says you have to carry one on your wedding day.  There are many hot and new trends for wedding bouquets that don’t have to be floral any longer.

Magazines and the Internet are filled with so many unique and different ideas for a wedding bouquet.  The custom beaded bouquets are growing in demand and are very original and authentic and gives a personal touch.

vintage4 150x150 Not all Wedding Bouquets Have to Be Real FlowersThere is also the vintage brooch bouquet which is a collection of eclectic vintage brooches assembled in form of a bouquet.  You will see many brides going with his option especially if their wedding is a vintage theme.

For a winter-wonderland wedding how about a faux fur off as you walk down that aisle.  Parasols, umbrellas or seashells can be carried for a beach or destination wedding.  If you are hosting your reception around the Holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas you can create a fall bouquet of branches or beautiful ornaments.  What about the popular paper, fabric or button bouquets?  You can be assured that it would be a one-of-kind arrangement that you design.

There are so many opportunities out there.  The nice thing to remember is the non-floral bouquet will last a lifetime.  You can place in a beautiful vase in your new home as a keepsake or pass it on to another family member as their “something borrowed”.

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Wedding Invitations, Type and Style

invitations 150x150 Wedding Invitations, Type and StyleThe wedding invitation is the first formal communication between you and your guests.   You will select an invitation that best reflects your personality and theme of the wedding you want to create.  For example, if it’s a beach theme, you may choose the invitation to be made out of seashells, keeping it light and fun.  If it’s a black tie affair, you will probably choose very elegant and sophisticated ones perhaps in gold and black, white or ivory.

There are so many types of invitations from classic, modern, and of course traditional.  Start browsing around and look at what is available to you.  You don’t have to send the invitation out until 8 weeks before the wedding so take your time and choose the right one for you.

If you are on a tight budget then consider making them yourself with your own unique, sense and style.  You can do them exactly the way you want with your preferred paper, color and wording.  With a little patience and an open mind, you can create the perfect invitation that the guests will not want to throw away!

Once your selection has been made and the wording is finalized, make sure you read it over and over again.  The last thing you want is a wrong location, date, time or spelling error.  Pass the proof along to family members as well to review.  Don’t forget to add in all the required information as far as times, location, etc.  Ensure you provide a return stamp for the RSVP.  It’s also a very nice touch to add in a map, hotel locations or any other information that may be helpful for this event.

For children 16 or older, you should send them their own invitation.  One thing one of my brides did was number the back of each RSVP corresponding with the name on the invitation.  When the reply cards start coming in, you can keep track and see who has not replied yet in a quick and timely manner.

Once you put those invitations in the mail, the excitement really hits you because the wedding will be just around the corner.

Oh, one last thing….don’t forget those thank you cards after the wedding!

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Is or Was your Wedding a Dream Come True?

imagesCA8M10362 Is or Was your Wedding a Dream Come True?The last of the guests walk out the door, the venue staff packs up your items, and your family members are loading up the car with gifts.  You and your husband make your way out after a magical evening, stop and look back, and realize the night has come to an end.  You wake up the next morning and start your new life together.

Following the wedding, did you ever regret anything you did or did not do?  Was your dress not exactly what you planned?  Was the food and beverage not ample for all the guests?  Did everyone enjoy the venue selection?  Did the day run smoothly?

It is very normal for a bride to look back on the big day and wonder – what if?  It is perfectly okay to ask yourself a few questions, but you should not second guess any of your decisions.  Remember that hopefully, you were in complete control of the outcome, and should be very pleased with how everything worked out.  And maybe the flowers that had to be flown in from Europe just couldn’t fit your budget, but the ones you choose were probably perfect for you.  It’s really not a big deal if one of the napkins was not folded properly, but these are the little things that only the bride will notice.  Do not spend time and stress worrying about small details like that.

I’ve seen it countless times – everyone gets caught up with the word “wedding” and immediately think it has to be lavish and extravagant.  The truth is, it’s all about the people in that room and the love you will share with them.  Things like reality television, social networking, royal weddings, and the “hot trends” of the year have warped the minds of many brides into thinking they absolutely need a Cinderella experience on their big day, and it causes them grief if they cannot have it.  But it must be remembered that this can be achieved in ways other than with decorations, cakes, and a ball gown.

Do not look back on the things you ”should have” done.  It really is not worth it.  Twenty years from now, when you look back at your wedding video and photos you should not see regret, but love.  And you may even have a good laugh at a few things, as trends are constantly changing.  Even my own colour selection from my wedding twenty years ago shocks me today…pink and royal blue! I would never have chosen those colours today, but I certainly don’t regret a single thing.

More important than the tablecloths or the bridesmaids’ gowns will be the love shared between the bride, groom, family and friends.  If you are feeling any negativity after the wedding, try to clear those thoughts immediately and think only of love.  You did the very best you could, and I’m sure it turned out to be absolutely amazing.

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Mother of Groom Wants to Help with Your Wedding Planning

ijsyimage1 Mother of Groom Wants to Help with Your Wedding PlanningMother of the Groom wants to help……what do you do when your future mother-in-law wants to help plan your wedding?

Weddings are a very stressful time for all involved and as difficult it can be between a bride and her own mother, there can be some tension when your future mother-in-law wants to participate.

Weddings are a joyous occasion and the mother of the bride will take part in many aspects of the wedding planning. You always hear “I’m the mother of the bride” as if it gives her the okay to take charge and yes she does have some say!.  If a disagreement should arise it is very easy for the bride to take her mom aside and have a heart to heart conversation.

When dealing with your future husbands mom you may have to tread a little lighter.   The wedding for her son is a very big deal for her as well and she wants to be part of his special day.  She will want to help out with whatever she can.  Do you make you feel wanted and comfortable?  Of course you do as you are now part of her family.  You may not want to give her too much to keep control on things but do pass on some smaller tasks such as making or boxing favours, helping with the invitations or perhaps baking some pastries for the reception.  She will be happy to help.

Your fiance will be also be happy that you included his mom and it will set a good tone for your future daughter-in-law / mother in law relationship.  Sure you may not agree with everything she does or says but if you have open communication you will be able to share your feelings.


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