Wedding Head table Design Ideas

308638 155962491163954 155952557831614 274567 301820663 n 150x150 Wedding Head table Design IdeasIs tradition changing?  For years we have seen the long straight head table set up for the bride, groom and bridal party.  It can be a bit more difficult to communicate with the entire bridal party especially if it is one large long table.  Now, we are seeing more brides looking at different options for their head table.  Many want a more intimate, restaurant feel as if they are spending the evening out with their friends in a relaxed and fun atmosphere (which they are of course).Head table rounds1 150x150 Wedding Head table Design Ideas

Over the last couple of years  I have seen some unique head table setups.  Many brides want to avoid the long table look and opt for “out of the norm”.   It is surprising to hear a few couples mention how shy they are and don’t want to be in the spotlight while eating their meal.    Others just want to be different and make their wedding their own style.

Here are a few ideas: 

Restaurant style:  How about one round table in the centre of the hall with color linens and centerpieces entirely different from all of your other guest tables.  It would be quite evident that is the “head table”.  You can even ask your decorator to hang crystals or paper lanterns from the ceiling that will be only over your table.

263280 265040880178279 195546980461003 1348434 6803629 n 150x150 Wedding Head table Design IdeasModern Twist:  Boardroom or U-shape “King table” as it is called is set up in the centre of your venue by using 8 tables in a square formation. This is one of my favourites as you can accent the centre of the tables filled with many candles, a water pond which is really cool, or floral arrangements.   

Not So Traditional:   If you still like the look of the traditional head table in front but want to change it up a bit, then try round tables placed side by side instead of using long banquet tables.  You can seat 6 people at one round facing the guests.  You will still have a traditional head table look but with a little more shape in character.  Place spot lights under each round and see how beautiful the head table shines at night.   

You will know which style is best for you.  Always remember though the size of your bridal party and venue space can make a huge difference from what type of head table you choose.  Make sure if you want a “king table” it will fit in your venue or you will be very disappointed to find out closer to the wedding it won’t work. 

 Grab a piece of paper and pencil and start sketching!

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Destination Weddings: The “After” Reception

Wedding Honeymoon1 150x150 Destination Weddings: The After ReceptionA destination wedding has always been your dream, right? But the cost for all  guests to attend is usually out of most brides’ budgets.  You may choose to make it a small gathering and invite up to 50 family members and friends, but there are most likely others that you wish you could take along with you.

Many couples are choosing to host an “after” destination wedding reception in their hometown by inviting all the guests who they would have liked to have had.    A reception that occurs after you’ve returned from your destination can be larger and would be a great way to celebrate with all of your family and friends. It should take place within 2-6 weeks after the wedding – if you wait too long, the excitement is gone.

You can make it as formal or informal as you like and can be held anywhere from your own backyard to a lavish country club.  You can still wear your wedding dress and follow all the traditions.  Ensure you have a DVD running of your destination wedding so the guests can feel as if they were a part of it.

You can also choose the follow the same theme as your destination in colours, menu, cocktails and favours.  For instance, if you were married in the Caribbean perhaps the colors could be white and turquoise, the favours seashells, the signature drinks pina coladas or daiquiris, and the menus could reflect island foods.

When sending out the invitations, make sure they clearly identify that you have already been married.  Not all guests will know that a destination wedding took place.  For many couples, they will note on the invitation “no gifts please” which is an appropriate gesture on your part.  Remember some of these guests already paid their travel and accommodations for the first wedding!  Most people will bring something anyways.

Destination weddings are becoming very popular and if you are happy with this ceremony/reception alone, don’t go through all the added expenses to throw another party.

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How to Ask Your Family to Help with Wedding Costs

wedding money How to Ask Your Family to Help with Wedding CostsHow do you ask your family to help out with some of the wedding bills?  By the time you add up the dress, limo,  venue and caterer, flowers, music, photographer, wedding cake, and so much more,  you will be amazed at your final tally.

First and most important rule is don’t spend more than you can afford.  A very nice and elegant wedding can be done on a budget.

In the past, parents of the bride would traditionally pay for the wedding while the groom’s parents took care of the rehearsal dinner.  Boy, has this changed.  More and more couples are paying for the wedding on their own and finding it very difficult to stay within their budget.  What can you do for help?

Obviously both sets of parents are going to contribute some type of monetary gift to the wedding.  The best thing you can do is set out a budget, put down all the items you would like to have and attach a cost associated with it.   Once this has been completed then set up a night with both sets of parents to let me know where you stand and areas you may need assistance in.  “Old school” parents want to see everything on paper and know exactly what you are spending.  See what their reactions are like because they may come out and say they are going to contribute a certain dollar amount.  If they don’ t say anything at all then you should approach the topic carefully and ask if they would help with a couple of things.

You know what financial situation your families are in so if you feel this would put too much pressure on them don’t ask for help and let them come to you.  Keep in mind though if you are asking for help they will have something to say about certain costs and you will most likely hear “do you really need that”?

If you are one of those lucky brides where Daddy is paying for it all then that is great.   If things don’t work out that way and you both are paying for the entire bill, you will receive gifts of money from your guests that you can certainly put towards all of your purchases.  Having a wedding is not a way to make money anymore.  Most couples are just happy to break even and enjoy the  celebration!

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Choosing the right Decorator

Wedding winter wonderland 150x150 Choosing the right DecoratorThe wedding is one of the most important days of your life and when you are engaged all sort of ideas go through your head.  You think of the venue you want, the invited guest list, your colour theme and menu.   While some brides will opt to do their own decor with the help of family and friends, many will choose to hire a decorator.

There is so much time and energy involved in planning a wedding that hiring a decorator is extremely helpful to put all your visions together.  How to look for a decorator?  Take the opportunity to go to various wedding shows as many decorators set up a booth and ask  family or friends for referrals.  Once you have narrowed down your selections (hopefully only 2-3), set up an appointment to meet with them.  It is very important that you connect right away with them on a personal level and they understand what you are looking for.   Ask to see samples of their work and find out where their next wedding set up will be so you can take a peek.  Provide them with what type of theme you are interested in and always provide them with a budget.  You don’t want to fall in love with chiavari chairs only to found out you can only afford seat covers.

There are many decorators out there so do your homework.  Find someone who is very reputable and has been in the business for a long time.  I have heard horror stories of brides signing up with a decorator that was new and offering very inexpensive prices but did not come through for the wedding.  Go over the entire cost and make sure there will be no added charges to your quote.

Once you have chosen your decorator, ask if he/she can do a mock set up in your venue with the linens, centerpieces and seat covers you are interested in.  Sometimes what you see in the store does not look as good in your venue.  I have many brides that will have their decorator bring in two sample colours and are sometimes happy they did!  They end up picking the color they never thought would match their hall.