• Wedding
  • Genuinely Practical Wedding Planning Tips

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    There are plenty of people out there who would advise you to follow their instructions when it comes to wedding planning (ourselves included!), but there are some tips that are commonly forgotten while getting caught up in the excitement of the venue, the food, the dress, and so on.

    Here are a few practical hints you may also want to keep in mind before the big day finally rolls around.

    Think past the day itself

    It might be hard to imagine married life, but you need to at least consider it before the night of your wedding. Once the celebration is over, the rest of your life begins. Make sure you’ve actually talked about something other than the wedding ceremony with your spouse-to-be before you actually get married.

    Don’t forget important bookings

    You might not be sure about what you want at first, but it’s important to think seriously and make decisions as early as possible in order to minimise unexpected costs. For example, if you decide you need to book different entertainment, caterers or photographers at the last minute, this may be a budget-breaking decision you’ll wish you could have avoided.

    Add personality to the day

    You don’t really need your dream wedding to look like ones in magazines. It’s much better if everything has a little bit of uniqueness to it, so your guests will remember it for all the right reasons. Ensure everything about the day is packed with references to yourself and your new spouse rather than simply generic.

    Don’t compromise on the dress

    For brides, the wedding dress is often a highlight of the planning process. This is an opportunity to pick out your absolute dream outfit and have everyone mesmerised when you walk down the aisle, so don’t feel like you need to get the process over with and pick anything that’s vaguely suitable. Spend time trying on different options until you’re truly happy with your choice.

    Compromise on a few things

    The wedding dress should remain up to the bride, but in fairness, it’s impossible to take that approach with everything. If you’re lucky enough to have friends and family who want to help plan your special day, let them give you a hand and take some of the pressure off you. Getting everything absolutely perfect is pointless if you’re too stressed to enjoy it.

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  • Top Engagement Ring Styles In 2017

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    Most engagement rings tend to be classy enough to stand the test of time, as long as you choose wisely, but there is an element of taking inspiration from current trends for a lot of people. Particularly fashion-focused brides may be keen to get ideas from what’s currently popular, especially based on what some of the best known celebrities and style icons are opting for.

    Here are a selection of some of the emerging trends that we expect to see more of this year, based on the best engagement rings we’ve seen from top designers and worn by influential stars.

    1) Minimal and simple

    The most noticeable aspect of engagement ring design when you look at a selection of recent favourites is the focus on a straightforward, fairly minimalist look. Typically these kind of rings will just feature one diamond, or at least have the focus on one with only tiny decorations surrounding it.

    2) Geometric shapes

    A big trend that’s emerged recently for engagement rings is the prominence of straight lines, squares and rectangles. This modern, often art deco style deviates somewhat from the traditional classic look, which is probably why it appeals to many brides. Square diamonds are one of the most noticeable current trends.

    3) Rose gold

    This pink-tinted metallic colour was everywhere in 2016, mainly since it was introduced as a standard iPhone colour, and that is set to continue this year. Engagement rings are no exception, since it’s a flattering colour for jewellery and looks very current.

    4) Floral inspiration

    Some of the most fashionable new ring settings are taking inspiration from plants and flowers. This may take the form of an organic, intertwining vine or even a collection of petal-shaped diamonds.

    5) Vintage, with an opulent twist

    As an alternative to genuine vintage engagement rings, many people are opting for variations on classic designs with more elaborate details and decorations added to them. These kinds of designs draw from the elegance of designs that have stood the test of time, and take them to the next level.

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  • Hidden Wedding Costs You Might Not Have Accounted For

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    You need to work out a budget before you start planning for any wedding, but of course things might not go exactly as you planned. It’s easy to miss things off your list at the beginning of the planning process, when there’s already so much to consider, so try running through this list of common omissions and check that everything is accounted for so you don’t go wildly over-budget.

    Service charges

    If you’re hiring staff to wait on tables, serve drinks at the bar and so on, you need to remember to check if service charges are already included in the price, or whether you will be expected to pay this bill on top of everything else after the wedding.

    Other venue costs

    The venue you have chosen may choose to include or exclude certain facilities from the price you pay. For example, check whether renting the supplies for laying your tables (e.g. cutlery, linen and even chairs) is actually included. Cleaning fees are also important to clarify and often forgotten.

    Delivery charges

    As well as the cost of food, drinks, flowers and other supplies, you must take into account any delivery fees associated with these, as they can be a significant expense. This is especially true if you have ordered anything last minute or booked a very specific delivery slot.

    Contingency plans

    If you have a backup plan due to the potential for things like the weather to disrupt your plans, make sure you actually set aside money to pay for those things. This might include hiring a wedding marquee at the last minute (although you should have it reserved already) in case rain threatens to ruin your outdoor plans.

    Legal fees

    This shouldn’t be expensive, but you do need to remember that getting married actually costs money. You will need to pay for your marriage licence as well as the fees for whoever carries out the official ceremony.

  • Bridal Bouquet
  • Planning Your Wedding Flower Budget

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    While your wedding flower budget won’t likely be at the top of the list in terms of overall expenditures for your wedding, there are a number of things to consider.  As with nearly everything related to weddings, the specific flowers, bouquets and centerpieces that are favored at any given time change with the times. In the Victorian era, orange blossoms, either in a headdress or a bouquet were a required accessory for brides. Today, red or white roses are as common at a wedding as lilies and baby’s breath. Of course, you needn’t limit yourself to these type of flowers for your wedding. Nor do you have to follow the latest hip trend, which will more than likely be the most expensive.

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    For more information relating to your wedding flower budget, please be sure to see all of our wedding flower articles.

    Fresh flowers are everywhere at weddings. The bride and bridesmaids normally carry bouquets and sometimes in their hair as well. Most men in weddings wear boutonnieres. The mothers and sometimes grandmothers will generally wear corsages. On top of this, the flower girl’s very job is to carry a flower basket or bouquet. The bottom line here is that flowers are everywhere at weddings!

    However, it’s important to know that this figure can vary quite a bit and depends on how elaborate you get between your ceremony and reception. If your priority is on flowers, you’ll likely spend more.  If not, you can get away with planning a much smaller wedding flower budget.

    There are a number of ways to reduce your wedding flower budget.    One way to do this is to go seasonal! Some flowers, such as roses, baby’s breath, carnations, orchids and calla lilies are available year round and their prices don’t fluctuate much. But, others are much more reasonable. Here are some of the more common wedding flowers and the seasons in which they are available and will ultimately have the smallest impact on you wedding flower budget:

    Spring

    Anemones, daffodils, delphiniums, hyacinths, lilies, peonies, sweet peas and tulips.

    Summer

    Asters, chrysanthemums, daisies, English lavender, forget-me-nots, hydrangea, irises, larkspur, lilies zinnias

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    Asters, chrysanthemums, dahlias, marigolds, zinnias

    Winter

    Amaryllis, anemones, camellias, Casablanca lilies, daffodils, forget-me-nots, hollies, poinsettias, stargazer lilies, sweet peas, tulips

    Nearly all flower prices, and especially roses, go up during the first two weeks of February due to Valentines Day and also may be higher than normal in the two to three weeks prior to Mother’s Day.  Keeping this information in mind could go a long way to keeping your wedding flower budget in check.

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  • Choosing A Stunning Bridal Bouquet

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    If you are operating under a tight wedding budget, you may be thinking that there is no way you’ll be able to afford a stunning bridal bouquet.  If  you are concerned about what your bouquet is going to look like, don’t’ be.  You see, the real cost of a bridal bouquet is tied directly to the labor costs associated with creating it. But – and this is key – the kinds of flowers you choose, along with the size and particular style of your wedding bouquet have a lot to do with the overall cost as well.Learn about how to keep your wedding flower budget under control.

    Here are the top 7 you’ll likely want to choose from:wedding-flowers

    1. Biedermeier

    This is a type of nosegay that is made up of concentric circles of several different types of flowers. The circles give the bouquet somewhat of a striped or bull’s-eye look. Because of the kinds of flowers used in this bridal bouquet, it tends to be a bit more expensive.

    2. Cascade

    This type of bridal bouquet looks like a waterfall of flowers and greenery. The flowers in this type of bouquet can be varied or all the same type. This style works best with more formal gowns and brides that are on the taller side. Labor costs with this type of bouquet make this a more expensive choice.

    3. Composite

    This type of bridal bouquet employs a technique in which flowers or their petals are wired together on a single stem. this creates the look that it’s one large blossom. Pricing depends on the number of flowers chosen as it will impact the labor cost.

    4. Hand Tied

    This bridal bouquet has a bunch of flowers tied or wired together, or even anchored in a holder of some type. This style is usually the most inexpensive.

    5. Nosegay

    This consists of a cluster of blooms which are all of the same length. They are gathered to form a round bouquet and are normally bound with ribbon or lace. This style tends to be on the less expensive side, but can make a great bridal bouquet.

    6. Pomander

    This is simply a ball covered with blossoms and is carried by a ribbon. This type of bouquet is normally carried by child attendants. They can cost anywhere between $25 and $75.7.cinnamon-citrus-bridal-bouquet-elegant-wedding-flowers-color-palettes

    Posy

    This bouquet is simply a small nosegay. Posies are generally quite inexpensive because they don’t require as many flowers as some of the other bouquets.Keep in mind that it’s not “mandatory” that you carry a bridal bouquet.

    It’s simply a matter of personal preference.  I hope that with the information provided in this article, you don’t go without one simply because you feel a bridal bouquet is out of your price range.  As you can see, you’ve got plenty of choices when it comes to having a truly stunning bridal bouquet without breaking your wedding flower budget.

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  • Countdown to Perfect Wedding Hair

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    Read magazines for inspiration and make a scrapbook filled with pictures of hairstyles you like. Aim to perfect your usual look for your wedding day rather than do something radical, but if you’re thinking of experimenting with a new colour or cut, now is the time to do it so that there’s time to fix any disasters.  Develop a relationship with your hairstylist, show him a few pictures and listen to his advice as you start thinking about your look. Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks – even if you’re trying to grow it – and give your hair regular conditioning treatments.

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    Make a formal consultation appointment with your hairstylist. Take your scrapbook of clippings with you and discuss different options and if they suit your personality, dress and wedding theme. Try a home treatment on your hair to keep it in good condition, especially during the dry season as it can easily become frizzy and dehydrated from the sun.

    Try this at home:

    • To improve gloss and shine, rinse your hair with soda water.

    • To add moisture, comb wet hair with warm olive oil and leave to soak for a few minutes before shampooing as normal.

    • To stimulate root growth and soothe your scalp, blend an egg yolk with a few tablespoons of honey and leave on your hair for a few hours before shampooing as normal.

    One to Two Months

    Book your trial runs and plan them in the morning to gauge the staying power of your hairstyle. Take your veil or headpiece and accessories with you and try them on when your hair is done. Discuss your bridesmaids’ hairstyles and accessories, and plan how the schedule will work on the day. Make sure your stylist is actually available on your wedding day and allow extra time for any unexpected delays. A nice idea is to treat your mum to a trial run and conditioning hair treatment.

    Two Weeks

    Have your final colour treatment as well as a good trim. This will give your hair time to settle.

    The Day Before

    Check with your hairstylist if you should wash and condition your hair the day before, or on the morning of your wedding day. It will depend on your hair type and chosen style, but most hairstylists recommend doing it the day before as your hair will be easier to handle and style.

    On the Day

    Have a glass of bubbly in the salon with your mum and bridesmaids to calm the nerves, sit back and enjoy a few quiet moments to yourself while your hairstylist works his magic. Remember to wear a button-up shirt so you can change easily later on without ruining your hair. If you have an intricate headpiece, ask your hairstylist to come to your home to help you put it on once you are dressed in your wedding gown. One of your bridesmaids should keep a small can of emergency hairspray and a few extra hairpins in case any of you need to fix wispy, flyaway hair.wedding-hair-problems
    Top tips for your big day from hairstylist Shayo from Shwhy Makeovers;

    • Don’t suddenly go for a drastic new look that will have your groom and your guests wondering who (or where) you are!

    • Correct use of hair products is essential; make sure you use the right shampoo and conditioner, such as anti-frizz products for a sleeker style and volumisers for a fuller one – believe it or not this makes a big difference.

    • Choose the right colour bobby pins for your hair – gold pins for blonde hair and black pins for darker hair. Nothing looks worse than seeing the pins sticking out of an up style.