Not All Weddings Have To Be Large!

Wedding sweetheart table Not All Weddings Have To Be Large!The small and intimate wedding seems to be a growing trend these days.  Small to some may mean up to 200 people, but in my opinion small is anywhere from 30-100 guests max.  Not all brides want a large lavish affair costing thousands of dollars.  In fact many prefer a very small gathering with their closest family and friends.  The stress level won’t be as high and the wedding will feel more like home.

So many factors must be considered: your ethnic background, your financial situation , the size of your family, and of course your personality.  When I say personality, I mean for example that some people don’t like all the hype of a wedding  and inviting  guests that they may not know personally.  They are usually more quiet or simple individuals who do not like to be in the spotlight, and that is perfectly okay.

With a smaller guest list you can certainly spend a little extra money on the venue to add some special touches.  Perhaps a winery, restaurant, boat cruise, bed and breakfast or a country club.  You want to keep the venue small and intimate.  You will certainly be able to speak with each and every guest.  The ceremony can take place in the same location as well. Decor can be minimal if you select a quaint venue and you may just have to add some flowers, centerpieces or seat covers.

At first, the idea of a small wedding may or may not be loved by friends and family, in particular, parents.  Many parents want to have a large wedding for their children and invite all their own friends too.  When they hear their daughter or son talk of a small intimate affair or are going to a destination, the expression on some parents’ faces says it all.  I think a bride’s mother may be as excited, if not more excited, to throw a wedding.  Don’t worry though, if your family does not seem to agree with your small wedding plans, once they get over the shock they will certainly welcome your wishes with open arms.

If you are worrying about offending anyone just remember that guests not close to you will not be upset that were not invited.  Most people respect the fact that a small wedding is being held with the bride and groom’s closest family.  If anything, you just saved some of those guests money!

It does not matter if your wedding is big or small, extravagant or modest.  You will still follow all the normal wedding traditions but just without 300 people watching. The most important thing is sharing your marriage with the ones you love.

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Choosing Your Wedding Colors for 2015


8e0e5d60b992566be907b2b8faede487 175x300 Choosing Your Wedding Colors for 2015Choosing the perfect colors for your wedding reception may seem like a daunting task, but these days, it’s actually easier than ever!  You can easily coordinate your colors with the invitations, wedding cake, centerpieces, name cards, linens and more, as colors are becoming more popular in almost every aspect of the decor.

Weddings held during a particular season or time of year could easily be reflected in the colors   Although marsala is being listed as a big trend for this year that does not mean other colors are not popular too.

Spring:  You will still see an abundance of bright citrus colors, greens and blue to promise of a happy summer.

Summer:  Bold, bright colors will always be popular.  Remember, it’s all about fun!

Fall:  Try to use colors of the changing leaves such as crimson, orange, yellow, gold or eggplant.  Experiment with different  shades of brown – chocolate, cinnamon, and chestnut are all-time favorites.  Emerald green should also be big for this year.

Winter:  You may aim for a cozy Christmas theme using red, green and gold. Another great idea is creating a winter wonderland of glistening silver, black, white, and ice blue.

Everyone: If you absolutely have to have a pair of heels, go for kitten heels or heels that are three-inches or below.  Another tip is to find a shoe where its incline is fairly close to the ground, like the pumps shown above by Nina from Nordstrom.  Other alternatives are thick, chunky heels, or wedges.  Also, for extra support, opt for a shoe with some type of ankle strap.

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Should I book my wedding on a Sunday?

calendar1 150x150 Should I book my wedding on a Sunday?If you have your heart set on a certain month in which to be married, be sure to start looking at venues early and getting some available dates because reception centres, country clubs, restaurants and wineries fill up fast.  If there is one venue that has always been your dream but offers no available Saturday dates, then you may just have to choose a Sunday night.

Booking a wedding on the traditional ‘day of rest’ has long been a taboo but it is clear that Sunday weddings are becoming more popular than ever.  More and more brides are choosing Sundays, especially if the day is followed by a holiday.  Traditionally, many people do not work on Sundays, so you can select anytime for the reception.  Some couples like to do a day luncheon or an evening reception.  Many brides send out a save-the-date card so the guests can be aware of the wedding far in advance and make the appropriate arrangements.

Ideally, having the ceremony and reception at the same location is more practical.  You can do an early ceremony around 2PM, followed by appetizers and cocktails with dinner served around 4:00.   The day will not be exhaustingly long for the bride and the best part is, and you also won’t have to worry about what to do with the out-of -town guests in between the ceremony and reception.

Another great reason to book on a Sunday could be the prices.  Many vendors may give you a discount, as it will not be on a Saturday night.  A neat tip is to try and find out if there is a wedding booked on the Saturday night before your Sunday wedding.  If there is, find out who the decorator is and you might be able to “piggyback” – see if you can use any of the same decor.  The costs are less because of decreased take-down and set-up time, and I’ve seen this done many times.

The venue you select may also provide discounted meals or rentals for a Sunday booking.  Don’t be afraid to ask this question when you book.  You don’t need to have a late dinner worrying that guests may have to go to work the next day.  Everyone was given an invitation so they have had plenty notice of the wedding date  and some may have made adjustments to their schedules already.

So do not be afraid to book a Sunday wedding! It is becoming a common trend and the advantages could be greater than you think.

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