DIY Wedding: Five Ways To Incorporate Fun Material Into Your Wedding

Once the wedding proposal has been made and accepted the fun begins. Your wedding day will be a labor of love that is sure to incorporate childhood dreams and a grown-up wish list. And here are some ideas for a DIY wedding!

SURPRISE AISLE RUNNER
If you are a bride who leans to the wild side, consider a non-traditional aisle runner for your wedding ceremony. What’s wrong with using a fun leopard print fabric to glide up the aisle on? Leopard print can be purchased in a variety of shades and you can buy extra fabric for pew bows and to embellish candle stands and reception tables.

LEATHER AND LACE
Anything goes when planning a wedding, so don’t be afraid to embrace a daring theme including lace accents. Bridesmaids can don leather sashes to accent their lacy gowns. Leather and lace touches would be lovely on bouquets, boutonnieres and reception centerpieces. Pair these materials with darker wedding colors like chocolate brown, deep magenta and black.

OVERDO WITH TULLE
Lots of brides utilize tulle in their wedding decorations, but consider bumping it up a notch! Purchase three or more colors of tulle for a festive and colorful event. Use the rainbow of tulle to make pew bows, reception table runners and chair accents. You will have instant wedding joy using small layered squares of tulle for candy favors tied up with twine and colorful tags thanking guests for attending.

COWBOY UP
There is a growing trend of cowboy themed weddings featuring easy cotton wedding clothes, wildflower bouquets and fun calico prints with leather accents. Have crafty girlfriends help make calico print table runners, napkins or place mats for each guest. Top your tables with mason jars, simple flowers and a scatter of buttons for the perfect touch. Using leather products by Rustico, wrap silverware bundles in leather bows and make candy-filled leather pouches as wedding favors.

BURLAP DREAM
Let burlap be the unexpected star of your wedding reception. It is lovely to work with, affordable and adaptable. Use it for a wedding aisle runner trimmed with rose petals, as well as for the ring-bearer pillow and chair bows. You can stitch drawstring bags filled with spa products as gifts to wedding attendants.

When planning the perfect wedding it is a wonderful idea to incorporate fun materials as they add interest, rich texture and unexpected touches. Be creative and a little daring and you are sure to be pleased with how your memorable day comes together.

I’m Gettin’ Married in the Morning: Six Items Every Wedding Reception Needs

Joann & Doug  0744There are lots of details to keep track of when you are planning a wedding. Many of these details involve the wedding reception. This is going to be the place where the wedding guests spend most of their time, which means you want it to be as perfect as possible. Here is a list of six items every wedding reception needs.

1. Table Cards
A key to a good wedding reception is organization. You need to make sure to place cards at each table to make it easy for guests to find their seats. If you want to get creative, you can label the tables with song titles or famous names to make them more memorable.

2. Music
Unless you are going to hire a band, you will need a good DJ to keep the atmosphere energetic at your wedding. Avoid the temptation of making your iPod the DJ. Even if you do decide to make an iPod playlist for your reception, you should get someone to monitor it to skip songs if things are too slow. And if you do have a band, use the IPod to provide music when the band is on break.

3. Cake
The cake is one of the most important parts of the reception. You don’t have to pay a fortune for a wedding cake. Get some cake pans and have a friend who likes to bake make your cake. This will create a special desert when you have a friend make you a custom cake. They will be honored, and you will save a bundle. One trendy idea is to have decorated cupcakes in lieu of a cake. If you choose to do this, you can plan it the same way as you would a cake. Purchase some nice cupcake pans and ask a good friend to make a variety of types. You could have lemon, rasberry, chocate – the options are limitless.

4. Open Bar
Don’t be cheap when it comes to this part of the reception. There are plenty of other areas where you can save money. An open bar will guarantee that your reception will be lively.

5. Photographer
Make sure that the photographer gets plenty of shots at the reception. As well as lots of candid shots, try to gather everyone together for as many group shots as possible.

6. Centerpieces
Beautiful centerpieces create a great setting for a wedding reception. Flowers are the traditional centerpiece, and you won’t go wrong if you choose to use them. However, feel free to get creative with your centerpieces. One romantic idea is to roll up a page of sheet music of your song. Wrap it with a beautiful ribbon and place it in a vase in place of flowers to create a striking centerpiece.

If you plan ahead, you will be able to gather together everything that you need to create the ideal wedding reception. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. You only have one chance to host your wedding reception. Make it count by planning out every detail.

Great GIft Ideas for Your Spouse-to-Be For Your Wedding Day

Your wedding day is one of the most exciting moments of your life. When you dream about standing in front of your spouse and exchanging vows, you probably don’t stop and think about a gift for your spouse to be. Purchasing something for your new spouse lets that person know that you look forward to your future together, and you can use any of the following gift ideas for your spouse.

Decorations for the Holidays
Even if you lived together before the ceremony, you might still lack some holiday decorations. Treat your future spouse to holiday decorations that you can use together. You might fill a box with an inflatable snowman for the front lawn, Christmas lights for your bushes or porch and an ornament with your names on the front. You can even find fun decorations that you can use for Halloween, Fourth of July or other holidays.

A Guys Night Out
When a man announces his engagement, his friends immediately tease him. Show him that you’re a cool chick by giving him some freedom after your wedding day. Make a gift certificate on your home computer that entitles him to one night out with the guys. You can even create multiple coupons that give him a quiet night at home without you or free cooking for his guys night.

Home Security System
A great idea for a wedding gift is a home security system.. A security system will keep your home safe and protected even when you aren’t there, and you can even arrange for the installation of your security system before you leave on your honeymoon according to a Henderson home security company . With the new security system, you’ll both feel safe while on vacation. Your loved one will see the practicality and thoughtfulness behind the gift and will be glad.

Digital Goodies
Treat your spouse to be to digital goodies that you can both use on your honeymoon. A digital camera lets you capture the amazing sites that you see, while a digital camcorder will help you make videos that you can share with loved ones back home. You might even opt for a new smartphone for your future spouse. A smartphone helps him stay connected, but he can also use the phone to check email, play games and surf the web. If you already have these items, consider purchasing a tablet, laptop or other computer.

With everything you experience on your wedding day, you don’t want to worry about what gift to give your spouse. Digital devices, a home security system, holiday decorations and a night with friends are all fun gifts that you can use.

Your Wedding Day: Six Tips for the last-minute slim down

Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, but after working out and dieting for months, you might still have a few extra pounds that you want to eliminate. Eating healthy, choosing replacement meals and increasing your cardio can all help you get rid of those last few pounds. So here are some tips for that last-minute slim down!

Increase Fiber Intake
Fiber has a number of benefits on the human body. It makes your stomach feel full, and fiber can help push toxins and waste out of your body. Eat foods high in fiber in the days leading up to your wedding, or take fiber supplements.

Drink More Water
Water naturally removes toxins and impurities from the body, and water can also hydrate your skin and give you a healthy glow. Drinking water can also help fill your stomach and make you feel fuller as you eat less.

Replace Meals
Use meal replacement shakes (MRS) in place of at least one meal every day. Meal replacement shakes have all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs but fewer calories than a full meal. If you need to lose more weight, you can even use shakes in place of two meals every day.

Cut Down on Sugar

If you want to lose weight before your wedding day, eliminate processed sugars from your diet. Processed sugars add extra calories to your diet and can lead to weight gain. Replace sugary salad dressings and condiments with healthier sugar-free options.

Use Olive Oil
Olive oil has less fat and calories than butter or other oils, and olive oil can give your food a great flavor. Before you sit down for each meal, take a single teaspoon of olive oil by mouth. Olive oil lubricates your system and helps flush toxins out, but it also makes your stomach feel full. You’ll find that you eat less at each meal when you eat olive oil beforehand.

Increase Cardio
Cardio exercises boost your heart rate, increase your pulse and help you lose weight faster than other types of exercises. If you can’t afford a gym membership, invest in a few workout DVDs that you can do at home or take a long run around your neighborhood. Cardio routines help you burn away fat and build muscle, and you’ll see results quickly.

Whether you’re days away from your wedding, or your wedding is a few months in the future, you have time to get in shape. Changing your diet and adding cardio exercises to your daily routine can help you lose weight quickly.

 

Our guest blogger today is  Kandace Heller

 

Invite Wedding Guests Creatively

Each wedding is truly unique and not only for every couple, but for the wedding guests as well. But, one of the best ways to make your wedding guests feel that your wedding is, indeed, extraordinary is to start everything with sending them invitations that are unique and very creative.

Instead of being the same old bride that ships out pieces of paper with the date, time and place, why not be a bit creative? To help you stand out above the rest, here are five creative ways to invite wedding guests you may want to consider:

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If you are inviting your wedding guests to travel with you to your wedding venue, then you should consider printing your invitations on a luggage tag. Just remember that while luggage tags are small, you’re going to have to be creative to fit all of the details in.

Post Card

Post cards as wedding invitations may prove to be very handy for each wedding guest. Include some pre-nuptial photos of the couple, and the details of the wedding must be printed right at the front side of the post card. To add some variety, make sure that each post card has a different photos of the couple.

Audio CD

Hire someone with a good voice, and give them the details of the wedding that will serve as the lyrics. From there, ask them to sing everything to the tune of your theme song. Just make sure that everything will be recorded clearly. To cut expenses, it would also be wise that the groom or the bride or both of them sing out the song. This adds more excitement to your wedding guests. Hand this audio CD together with the printed version of the lyrics.

gatsby-sqCustom Couture Musical Invitation

For the bride that really wants her wedding to be memorable and celebrity inspired, consider working with a professional custom couture wedding invitation company. Imagine a guest opening a gorgeous box and your song serenading them as they admire the beautiful invitation embellished with your wedding theme. Music Box Invites can even work with artists to create a painting or illustration exclusively for you that is used on the invitation. To understand how this works, check out their videos.

Message in a bottle

Insert the details of your wedding inside a clear bottle together with some colorful seashells and sand. Make sure to use a cork or cap that tightly seals the bottle to prevent the sand from spilling. Wrap an attractive ribbon around the neck of the bottle according to your wedding motif and theme.

DVD Invitation

If movie making is part of your favorite past time activities then making a movie out of your wedding invitation would surely make it all extra special not only for your partner but for your wedding guests as well. The musical score of your movie must include love songs that will capture the heart of every guest and make it hard for them to refuse such invitation. This mini-movie must also include some clips of the couples’ photos. A story line telling the guests just how the couples met each other would also be great.

Wedding invitations are just one of the many aspects of the wedding preparations. Whenever you plan to tie the knot, it is always best to set aside not only money, but enough time as well to prepare everything. This way, everybody can have the chance to think and plan about the best and most appropriate things that will contribute towards a memorable and extraordinary wedding.

Guest Blogger, Jessica works for How Much Is It? — Here, you can find prices on weddings, car repairs, pets and so much more. With more than 3,000 guides, you’re bound to find the price on just about anything.

 

 

Combo Stag Parties ~ The New Rage!

DSCN0344Participation in a wedding party can be a huge responsibility. Other than the obvious bride and groom, there is no person with more duties than the maid of honor! The best man is up there too, as both help to relieve the organizational stress that is part of a wedding. Planning and implementing the matrimonial send-off, the bachelor and bachelorette party is one of their key responsibilities.

Where do you go? How many days? Who do we invite? How do we collect payment for the trip?

Using a professional service to help plan and implement the party will eliminate the stress and hard work associated with this type of event, thus freeing time for the more important duties of the maid of honor and best man. The professionals are seeing  the hottest buzz lately has been the “combo party”.

What exactly is a combo party? It is a combined bachelor and bachelorette party to the same destination at the same time. The larger group size helps to reduce the overall cost per person and simplifies the planning and implementation of the trip. As always, it is custom tailored to fit the needs of the group. Activities can be shared or separate, as are the accommodations. The beautiful part about it is that since the company custom builds the package some activities can be shared and some can be private. It is all up to you.

From the young soon to be wed to older second marriage couples, combo parties share wide appeal.  In this day and age with many couples cohabiting before marriage the attraction of a quick weekend get away together with a group of friends is intoxicating! Today’s less traditional values have spawned new ideas in the bachelor and bachelorette marketplace. Short inexpensive weekend party trips to celebrate the matrimonial send off are all the rage.

New Orleans is a favorite destination for combo parties with limitless options – beginning with a hotel strategically located in the French Quarter with flexibility to your accommodations. It can be set up a variety of ways – such as couples rooming together or a group of friends sharing a room. The hotels offer both double and quadruple occupancy with king and two double beds. Three nights in NOLA is perfect! It’s just enough time to enjoy the city and experience the fun that New Orleans has to offer. The schedule might look like this:

  • A Friday evening on a Bourbon Street balcony party with open bar for both bachelor and bachelorette groups together.
  • A Saturday evening bachelorette or bachelor party pub crawl with optional visits to gentleman’s clubs or ladies clubs in the French Quarter. Perhaps later in the evening the group reconvenes at one of the many  jazz clubs located just off of Bourbon Street.
  • The food options are limitless with separate dining options or combined group dining. If your group likes beer they can organize an afternoon party bus for visits to two New Orleans area brewers.

New Orleans is just one of the  many destinations a professional stag party planner can offer. East Coast destinations include Boston, Savannah, Jacksonville and Tampa. West Coast destinations include Portland and Seattle. They can even assemble a five night combo trip to Amsterdam, Bruges or Munich or custom build a trip for your group or you can join a pre-built package.

 

Bachelor-PartyGuest Blogger, William Tabone  from Play Harder Tours ( playhardertours.com ) offers a turn key solution to your bachelor, bachelorette and combo party needs. We help reduce the stress associated with the planning and implementation of your party. We will help plan, create and email invitations. With follow-up and collect payment for your weekend send-off to matrimonial bliss! Please call Bill at 904-910-7009 to discuss your event or email him: bill@playhardertours.com

 

How to be the perfect Best Man

Being a Best Man is a challenging and often daunting undertaking. Below Lawrence Bernstein and Anna Quayle of greatspeechwriting.co.uk share their advice on how to tackle the responsibilities of the day, and also deliver the perfect speech and be the perfect best man!

He’s your best friend. You’ve known him since you were kids. You’re his wing-man: the Dynamic Duo, Maverick and Goose (he’s Goose of course). You were there the night he met his girlfriend. You encouraged him to go and talk to her. And now, five years later, he’s finally popped the question: Will you be his Best Man?

No doubt there’ll be man hugs, handshakes, and slaps on the back. After all, it is the ultimate accolade. The greatest honour a man can bestow on a friend. The pinnacle of your long, fruitful bromance.

Then the Groom puts the fear on. It’s going to be a massive wedding. Marquees, fireworks, swing bands. They’ll be hundreds of people. The Bride’s millionaire parents are pulling out all the stops. It’s costing tens of thousands of pounds. And your speech as “The Best Man” will be the main event. After all, you have always been “the funny one”.

Then there’s the other stuff: Getting measured for suits, not losing the wedding ring. You read something once about the bridesmaids’ toast (but no one seems to know how or why this happens). And of course, you have to organize the all important “Stag Do (bachelor party)”. Like Napoleon surveying the vast Russian Steppe in 1812, the enormity of your task starts to sink in.

Measuring up
The Groom might ask you for help in choosing the wedding attire for the groomsmen. In most cases this will involve selecting a suit hire company that is conveniently located, arranging a fitting session for the group and organizing the collection and safe return of the suits.

Planning the Last Night Out
Remember this is not your stag do. Whatever fantasies you might have about flying helicopters, racing dune buggies or carousing in the flesh pots of Amsterdam need to be put to one side. Ask the Groom what he wants to do and who he wants to invite. Do not impose an agenda on him. Will it be a Stag weekend, day or night? Decide on a reasonable budget for the event and a location. Oh and PLEASE do not plan this the night before the actual wedding – we need the groom to present and sober, thank you!

Once the outline has been agreed you will need to organize invitations for the stag party, make the hotel and other reservations and think about mundane issues like transport and logistics. Check that any bars you might be planning to visit are happy to take stag parties. If the plan is to go abroad you will need to ensure that the group have valid passports, visas (possibly) and insurance. Check the Foreign Office website for travel advice to make sure you are not going to a war zone, somewhere with a revolution in progress, or any location where Brits are especially vulnerable. Remember that the best stag dos are planned carefully in advance, not improvised by a group of well-meaning drunks on the streets of Newcastle, Dublin or Riga at 2 o’clock in the morning!

The “Do” itself
Contrary to common wisdom on a stag do, it is not the job of the Best Man to get spectacularly drunk, humiliate the Groom by shaving, tattooing or otherwise exposing their private parts, or to live out their own stag fantasies.

Primarily, your job is to ensure the day or weekend runs smoothly, the Groom has a fantastic time and eventually he gets home safely. Any problems that emerge during the day will be your responsibility to resolve. Everyone else will look to you for leadership. Expect little help from other party members, especially once the alcohol starts flowing.

Wedding Day Duties
It is your responsibility to get the Groom out of bed, cleaned up and dressed presentably, and importantly transported to the church in good time.

He will undoubtedly be nervous so be supportive and don’t make things worse! Make sure that you have the wedding rings safely secured in your inside jacket pocket. You will be asked to present them during the service. Also ensure you know where the church is  – a good suggestion is to drive the route beforehand at least once.

You may also be responsible for organizing the Ushers, and for getting the guests seated in the right place. This will vary from wedding to wedding but try to take as much pressure off of him as you can.

The Speech
So it’s already D-Day and Zero Hour is fast approaching. Everyone has told you repeatedly how much they are looking forward to your speech. Some have asked you to make last minute changes reminding you of some hilarious incident or other that MUST be in your speech. Be strong and resist their requests. Your speech was (hopefully) written well in advance.

It begins with a thank you on behalf of the bridesmaid and for the Groom’s generous toast (hopefully he remembered to give it in his speech!).

Your comments are well structured, funny and poignant. You have not included anything offensive.

You have avoided clichéd wedding jokes, you have included some stories about the Groom as a teenager, described the night he met his bride to be and incorporated a carefully worded report on the stag do!

You have practiced your delivery in front of a trusted friend. You have written it onto hand cards which are securely placed in your inside pocket. You are sober, focused and ready to deliver!

To conclude
These are your main responsibilities. But the specifics will vary from wedding to wedding. Being a Best Man is a major undertaking and your reward will be the appreciation of the Groom, his wife and family. You will have the undying gratitude of the stag party. You will bask in the acclaim of the reception audience for your brilliant speech. And you may even have the honour of the first dance with the chief bridesmaid!

Our guest blogger, Lawrence Bernstein of greatspeechwriting.co.uk has always loved writing, and made the move to a professional speech writer in 2005 after placing an ad in a magazine offering his services. Since then he’s written for clients in politics, business, charity and sport, as well as special occasions such as weddings and birthdays.

 

Choosing the Best Wedding Photographer for you

Hardy-1Part of the wedding planning process involves finding someone that is going to be able to capture the entire day in the way that you want to remember it by. A wedding photographer is well trained in their expertise and they understand the importance of professional photography for your special day. However, not every wedding photographer is going to be the best for you as every person has a different wedding style and personality that requires a photographer that understands their style. Here are some tips for choosing the best wedding photographer.

Style

You should have an understanding of what the style of photography you would like for your wedding. Every wedding has a theme or style with it – whether it is something such as a country theme, black and white, formal, or a more laid back style that shows your goofy and outgoing lifestyle. By knowing what the type of photography you want to have you are going to have a better understanding of what to expect from your photographer and they will know what you want from them.

References

Once you know the style you desire, ask around for some references of photographers that friends, family, and colleagues recommend. You can also go online and search for photographers, then look at samples of previous work they have done. See how their work compares to the type of photography you would like to have.Hardy-8

Meeting

After you have narrowed down your options to a few photographers after seeing their work, set up a meeting with them to get to know them in person. You will want a photographer that is going to be easy to get along with, be willing to flow with your wedding day and also is professional. You do not want a photographer who might show up late or act unprofessional on your wedding day.

Agreement

Once you have settled on someone, write up a contract that you both agree on, including the date and time they are needed, the pricing, and the types of photography that you desire. Keep in touch with your photographer for the whole time up until the day of your wedding to ensure they are still going to make it and that you are not left without a photographer on your wedding day.

Your wedding is a day you want to remember and have excellent photographs that capture your day. Having a professional photographer that you are able to get along with and who understands your desires is going to make your day more hassle free as you create those long-lasting memories.

Hardy-9About the Author:

Colorado Wedding Photographer, Hardy Klahold is pleased to bring you this article on choosing the best wedding photographer for you. If you are interested in seeing his work, be sure to check out his website at http://www.hardyklaholdphotography.com/.

 

 

How To Organize A Motel Wedding

Joann & Doug  0781A lot of people think that organizing wedding is one of the most tedious and daunting tasks of all times. The truth is that the most difficult part of organizing a wedding is to look for a venue. Since wedding season is always on, the venue availability can become a major issue for many would-be couples.

Apart from beaches and banquets, motels are becoming increasingly popular wedding venues among modern couples who don’t need to blow a significant amount of money so every detail could be “just perfect”.

Motels are affordable and provide best bang for the buck when it comes to organizing an event, especially considering that some motels (like the one in Toowoomba) boast an award winning wedding venue. You can expect professionally managed staff and guidance if you are planning to organize your marriage in a motel. However, since motels are in high demand, make sure you get the booking done at least 3-6 months in advance.

Let’s go over top five things that you must know when planning a motel wedding:

1. Read The Contract Carefully

Make sure you go through all the terms and conditions the motel would give you for your wedding before taking any decisions. There can be a very high possibility that you might end up paying thousands of dollars if you don’t take a note of all the charges and fees being applied for the services provided. Ask as many questions as you like to make sure the marriage doesn’t end up being a burden on your bank account before it even starts.

Some motels demand a 50% deposit at the time of booking, while some may ask for the same 10 days prior to the wedding. Every motel will have different payment schedules. Look for a place where the payment schedules matches your convenience. Make sure you’re able to make the payments on time as well, otherwise your advanced booking payment will be forfeited.

2. Ask For Special Rates For Guests

Here you’ll need to have negotiate with the Sales and Marketing team. Ask them for a special rate they’re willing to provide for your guests at the motel. You can also ask for discounted rate for the wedding party. Try to do this at least 6 months prior to your wedding date to get good deals, because once the weeding season starts you may not get any opportunity to negotiate with them due to high demand and low availability.

You should base your negotiation tactics on the fact that you will likely fill the whole venue.

Also, please try and make it as easy for your guest as possible. Send them a wedding invitation with the map of the area of the wedding, and don’t be surprised if not all of your friends or family can make it, especially if your wedding is far from the hometown. And if you wish, you can cut the list of guests down yourself for a more intimate wedding.

3. Know Their Arrangements

Most motels have connections with almost every service provider you will need for the most beautiful day of your life. Ask your motel staff if they’re willing to provide additional services such as florist, bands, DJs and so on, so you don’t have to spend too much time making preparations. They can handle everything on your behalf. Also, don’t forget to ask them about post-reception events as well.

4. Is There Another Event On The Same Day?

Ask them if there’s any other event taking place on your marriage date. How do they plan to accommodate two events? Make sure the motel has all the necessary resources and enough space to accommodate two big events on one day. Plan out the timings well to prevent service clashes and delays.

5. Make Sure You Know The Local Laws

Marriage laws differ not just from country to country, but from state to state as well. Make sure you know the laws of the place you aim to get married at. For example, it would be easy to get married in Las Vegas where they allow drunk couples that just met to change their lives in an instant, but it is much harder in most other places. For example in the UK you would have to wait 7 days to meet the “residency requirements” before you can get married, and also wait 15 days.

Keep these tips in mind when planning a motel wedding to make sure you do not have to face any kind of hassles and complications on your big day. Your guests should be treated well throughout the wedding, so your big day is always remembered as a memory to cherish.

Mark is a father, a husband and a blogger. He enjoys spending time with his family, diving, traveling and chess. Find him on his Twitter – @TomMark84.

 

Planning the perfect Bachelorette Party

Bachelorette-Party-Limo-girlsA bachelorette party and reception are common accompaniments of any wedding. Whether you are the bride, a bridesmaid, or even a close friend or family member of the bride, you may want to consider offering to throw either the bachelorette party, or reception. Of course, if you do, you should also realize that you are taking on a large responsibility not only in terms of financing the event, but in planning it down to the last detail. Here are some fun ideas to keep in mind that are sure to make the process of planning such an event easier for you.

Set a Budget
Whether you are taking on the cost of the event on your own, or will be receiving some assistance from the bride’s family or other friends, the fact remains that you will want to set a strict budget ahead of time to ensure that you do not spend beyond your means. After all, these parties and receptions can be very affordable if you look in the right places. Decide now what you are willing to spend so that down the road you don’t find yourself overwhelmed with accessories you thought wouldn’t add up.

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If the bride herself is not planning these events, it is a good idea to consult with her during this time to ensure that the right people are invited to the reception or bachelorette party. After all, the last thing that you want is to accidentally invite somebody who should not have been, or to leave somebody important out! Plan together to decide how many would be the max amount, or if an open house event might be better for including lots of friends.

Choose a Location
The best way to start planning a party or reception is to decide on the location. Once you know an approximate number of guests that will be attending, you can get a better idea as to how large of a venue you may need. Furthermore, consider what kinds of features you want in the location. Are you looking for somewhere with a bar and food service? Would you prefer somewhere quaint? These are all questions to ask along the way when deciding a theme.

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All elements of the wedding are memorable and something for the guests to get excited about. Whether you use online inviting such as Punchbowl or Evite or you go all out and have custom made invitations try to do something that matches or complements the bride’s wedding theme or her favorite things. For example, does she love “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? Consider sending out invites and using phrases from the movie.

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Regardless of whether you are throwing a bachelorette party or reception, the fact remains that the people in attendance will expect to be entertained the entire time. Consider a photo booth rental so that people can capture their memories from the special night, or even book a live band to play. This way, everybody will be sure to have a great time at the party or reception.

The key in planning one of these parties, is to make sure it is something people can come to celebrate the new life of the couple. It should be a place to make memories and share in their commitment.

 

Guest poster is Brooke Chaplan at Fotoboyz Photobooth.

 

 

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