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Whether you share a pet with your betrothed, or you have a pet that’s been a major part of your life, even during the dark days of singledom, As long as your pet isn’t the super-anxious type, or prone to acts of aggression, there’s no reason why your pet can’t become a part of your big day.
If your pet is going to be a part of the ceremony, make sure they’re calm enough to handle a big group of strangers. Keep them on a leash and halter at all times, even if they’re being carried.
If you decide to add flowers to your pet’s collar, or adorn them with a wreath or garland, make sure the plants being used won’t cause allergies or skin rashes. Also, be sure your pet’s vaccines are up-to-date, and provide plenty of water throughout the ceremony—nervous pets pant, and that means they get extra thirsty. It’s OK to provide occasional treats, but don’t overdo it, and don’t forget to provide them with their normal food.
Even if you don’t include your pet in the ceremony itself, you can still incorporate them into the photo session, either with a few pre-wedding shots, or in a separate area on the day of the wedding.
Most importantly, consider the ceremony from the pet’s perspective. Weddings and receptions can be hectic and overwhelming even for people who understand what’s going on; for pets, they can cause considerable anxiety. Be honest about your own pet’s ability to adapt and whether the events, noise and crush of strangers might be too much for him or her to handle. Being a pet owner means making selfless decisions to benefit your furry loved one, so remember: Although it might be fun and meaningful for you to include your pet, it might not be the best option for them.
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No doubt about it, from interiors to fashion to weddings, the Boho look is hot, and if you like to be unique, it’s definitely a style you’ll want to consider. Not sure where to start? Here are a few Bohemian wedding ideas to get your creativity flowing:
• When it comes to table linens, the Bohemian style is all about patterns. Add some flair to your reception with colorful runners, chair covers, and napkins that mix and match coordinating colors and styles—preferably in bright tones like blue and green or orange and pink.
• When it’s time to make place cards, ditch the computer and opt for handwritten cards. Too busy? Hire a calligrapher to design them for you.
• Forget the formal flower arrangements, and instead gather ranunculus, roses or daisies, and put them in unusual containers, like teapots or even mason jars spray-painted to match your colors. Choose blooms in a single hue for big impact or combine flowers with Moroccan-style lanterns for an evening reception.
• Skip the veil. Instead, wear a beaded headband or add some flowers to your ‘do. If you decide to wear your hair up, consider using bobby pins with beaded flowers on the ends to add some whimsy.
• Dress casual—well, maybe not casual, but a Bohemian wedding is about choosing your own style, so think outside the box when choosing your gown. Vintage is great, and so are loose, flowing styles and empire waistlines.
Having a unique sense of style is something to be proud of, and your wedding day is the perfect time to show it off. Start with these tips, then add your own for a Boho vibe that’s strictly yours.
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Everyone is familiar with a baby shower. These events tend to be for ladies only and are designed to “shower” the mother-to-be with gifts for the baby; however, there is a new trend in parties for new babies. A sprinkle is like a shower—but a little “lighter.”
What’s a Sprinkle? Sprinkles are often hosted for parents-to-be of second or third children, but can also be utilized for the firstborn. Instead of guests bringing large gifts, the gifts are usually on the smaller side—perhaps diapers, wipes or gift cards. The focus is more on celebrating the upcoming birth of a baby than on overwhelming mom with tons of presents.
Another differentiating factor of a sprinkle as opposed to a baby shower is that generally the father and other men are invited, too. Instead of traditional baby shower games or organized activities, the events may be more laid back—such as corn hole, board games or the like.
One thing that is similar between baby showers and sprinkles is the food. These are usually a great time to get together and enjoy great food. Instead of putting all of the work on the hosts, it may be more of a potluck type event. Just don’t forget the cake!
As you can see, a sprinkle is a fun alternative to the regular baby shower. Whether you are a parent-to-be yourself or you simply want to plan an event for someone close to you, it is worth considering the benefits and fun of the sprinkle.
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This summer, you may have heard about a fascinating wedding trend from South Korea, where men and women are getting paid to attend strangers’ weddings. NPR first reported on the strange seat-filling trend, describing agencies that cast young people as fake friends to make weddings seem better attended than they really are. So when a nervous bride wants to save face over a half-empty church, they simply hire professional wedding crashers.
Then there was The Wedding Ringer, in which Kevin Hart played a professional best man, paid to arrange bachelor parties and speeches for friendless grooms. And while that might have seemed like an amusing Hollywood fiction, this summer we also learned about Jen Glantz, a professional bridesmaid who’s “helped dozens of strangers have the best days of their lives.”
Unfortunately, for too many brides and grooms, there’s too much pressure to have the best day ever. Although, we know that in reality it’s really the best weekend ever. Planning the rehearsal, ceremony, reception, and morning-after brunch can quickly stress out even the most organized couple. So how can you avoid walking down the aisle to a half-empty church or banquet hall?
- Plan Ahead: Most professional wedding planners recommend booking your wedding venues as soon after the engagement as possible. Failing that, plan on booking a venue at least nine months to a year in advance.
- In 2014, couples invited about 136 guests to their wedding on average. Find a venue that fits with your guest list, that way you don’t have to hire seat-fillers for the big day.
- Have you considered beach wedding places? Outdoor wedding venues are usually custom arranged for your needs. While a church might look empty, beach wedding places never will.
- Consider booking unique wedding places outside peak wedding season. The summer is obviously the most popular time for beach wedding places, with 15% of all weddings happening in June. Book in April, and you might be able to get your dream venue after all.
Finally, consider event venues that offer wedding packages. Some of the best wedding places offer a wide range of banquet halls, outdoor patios, ballrooms, and chapels to suit parties of every size.
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Instagram and Twitter let you share your wedding with far-flung friends and loved ones, and they’re also fun for guests who want to send you well wishes in a unique, if public, way. All you have to do is hashtag your wedding! But like any aspect of your wedding, sharing your big event on social media takes some planning. Here are five quick steps to help you successfully incorporate social media into your event.
1. Take some time to craft your hashtag - Yes, your names are fine, but if they’re common or you want something more unique, now is the time to decide. You might make it more unique by adding the date of your event or the location.
2. Make it readable - Check it for spelling errors and capitalize the first letter of each word or name to make it easier for guests to use.
3. Make sure it’s not in use - Check your hashtag to see if another wedding has already used it or to see if it’s associated with pictures you may not want linked with your wedding.
4. Practice makes perfect and increases viewership - You don’t have to wait until your wedding day to use your hashtag. You can use it to post pictures from the shower, rehearsal dinner or other events leading up to the wedding.
5. Get the word out - Once you select your hashtag, make sure everyone knows about it. Put it on your save-the-date cards, and use signs at your reception – by the guest book or photo booth, if you’re having one, and on individual tables – to serve as reminders.
Most importantly, have fun with it. Make your hashtag memorable, but don’t waste time or energy becoming obsessed with finding the perfect one.
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While some couples thoroughly enjoy the experience of being surrounded by all of their family and friends on their wedding day, including any little ones, others prefer to have an Adults Only Wedding where couples can relax and the noise level is lower. If your ideal wedding only includes the over 21 set, consider these tips to ensure you don’t offend any of your potential guests, especially those who may need to make a tough decision regarding their attendance.
Address Them Properly
One of the most difficult elements is making sure everyone is aware of your wishes. It may seem like a good idea to print “adults-only” on the invitations, but this isn’t advised. It’s the fastest way to offend some of your guests. Instead, make sure you only list the names of the individuals invited. Don’t leave anything up to interpretation.
Children Can Still Be in the Wedding Party
Some couples feel if they are having an adults-only reception, they can’t choose a flower girl and ring bearer. This isn’t true. Presumably these children will belong to individuals to whom you are quite close. They should understand their children are more than welcome at the ceremony but will need child care for the reception. You may even supply a babysitter for anyone who can’t make other arrangements, such as out-of-town guests.
Don’t Make Exceptions
Despite not listing children on the invitations, you may still encounter couples who ask about bringing their children. The best thing you can do is make it a strict rule. If you make exceptions for some people, you will find many other guests who struggled to find accommodations for their children are resentful.
Handling Hurt Feelings
Even if you take the right steps, you may still find some people are hurt by your request. Claiming budget constraints is one of the easiest ways to alleviate these feelings and help patch things up, while allowing you to remain firm. An adults-only reception is a perfectly reasonable option for couples who would like a more laid-back evening. Follow these tips and you can reduce the snags you encounter along the way.
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Formal and candid photos play a big part of any wedding, providing you with a lifetime of memories you can share with family, friends – even your children. Make the most of your wedding photos with these five simple tips.
1. Pick – and book – your photographer early. Ask friends, browse websites, or ask your caterer or venue provider or anyone else you trust to provide suggestions. The most popular photographers will be booked well in advance, so be sure to start this process early.
2. Decide which shots are most important to you, and share the list with your photographer - Make sure to fine-tune your list closer to the event once your day has been planned, so you can add any last-minute items or shots.
3. If you’d like some photos taken outdoors or at unique locations, ask your photographer for suggestions - Let him or her know a little bit about yourself, your spouse and your relationship, so the ideas and pictures tell a story that’s unique to you as a couple.
4. Rely on your photographer to make suggestions about shots, lighting and angles - After all, you hired your photographer because you like his or her work and style. Having a professional photographer you trust will enable you to focus on your guests and your new spouse while your photographer handles the rest.
5. Provide a photo booth or disposable cameras for guests to record the day - If you have a booth, ask guests to leave a picture or two in a special container near the booth or guest book, so you can enjoy them after the ceremony.
Most importantly, relax, don’t overthink it, and let your photographer do his or her job. The last thing you want is an album full of photos of an anxious-looking bride or stressed-out groom.
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One of the most important, and most memorable, parts of your wedding reception is the music that you play. From the first dance to the last, these songs will be forever associated with your big day. Because this is such an important decision, you do not want to leave these musical decisions to chance, do you? Here are five tips for building a playlist perfect for your wedding.
Consider a Theme – While this may or may not work for you, sometimes a theme can make creating a playlist much simpler. A theme gives you a starting point and makes the process easier.
Think About Everyone – While you do not want to play every song for grandma, perhaps you can forgo certain songs she might find offensive. It’s all about making everyone feel comfortable.
Include Important Songs - Make sure you include important songs to you and your significant other. You want to play “your song” or songs that make you think of one another. This is vital to convey the mood of love.
Add Dance Favorites – If you want to get your friends and family moving, include some hits that get everyone out on the dance floor. While these may not always be your favorite, sometimes it’s worth it just for the fun factor.
Don’t Forget Today’s Hits – You want a few songs of today sprinkled in the mix too. Even if you are a fan of older music, having songs of today will put a time stamp on your wedding and help you remember the day well.
As you can see, there is a lot to think about when creating a wedding playlist. Try not to worry too much. Remember, the most important thing is that you choose music that pleases you and your significant other. As long as you are happy everyone should be happy.
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The traditional wedding dinner can be the ideal choice for many couples; however, it is far from the only option. If the standard “chicken or fish” wedding meal does not seem like it would suit you and your spouse-to-be, here are three other alternatives that you may want to consider.
• Potluck – Although this “down home” dinner may not seem classy enough for a wedding, it can be a fun choice for a casual coupling. Have your guests bring a favorite dish and everyone will enjoy many family favorites. Encourage guests to write down their recipes and share them with the bride-to-be as an extra gift.
• Food Trucks – The food truck craze is at an all-time high. Why not bring in a couple of local favorites and let them cater your wedding on the spot? This affordable option can deliver a lot of fun. If your wedding is especially big, you can bring in a variety of trucks to cover all kinds of tastes.
• Salad Bar – A bit “greener” than the typical buffet, a salad bar is affordable, classy and healthy. Choosing a salad bar is one way to keep costs down without forgoing the meal altogether. With the addition of bread and perhaps soups, you can make a meal that is still memorable.
As you can see, you do not have to go with the same old meal for your wedding! Do not be afraid to try something different, and you will create a day that the couple and their guests will never forget.
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A traditional wedding cake can be a glorious creation. However, many couples want something a little different for their special day. They don’t want the same cake hundreds of other couples have chosen over the years. If you’re looking for inspiration for changing up your cake so it’s everything but traditional, consider these ideas.
A Nautical Theme
Whether you’re having a beach wedding or have chosen a beach theme for your reception, decorating your cake with something from the sea can easily integrate your cake into your theme. If you choose to use real seashells, make sure you thoroughly wash and sanitize them before placing them on your cake.
Most people choose ceramic or plastic for their cake topper. You will find a vast array of your typical options, as well as a number of comical or non-traditional poses. However, if you want something that exudes class and looks elegant, consider a gilded topper. These toppers stand out and look amazing atop a white wedding cake.
Using fresh flowers to decorate a cake has become relatively commonplace but have you considered using fresh produce on your cake? Fresh herbs can create a fun look for your cake, depending on the plants you choose. Fresh fruit can also be beautiful when cut and arranged decoratively on your cake. Your guests can even eat the decorations!
Most wedding cakes feature white or ivory frosting and may be decorated in frosting or fondant in other colors as well. However, you can opt for something out of the ordinary by requesting fondant that is dyed in a unique pattern. Perhaps you want a marbled look to your cake or even the impression of a watercolor painting.
While there’s nothing wrong with going traditional with your wedding cake, there are plenty of options today for dressing up your cake. You can opt for a creation that really stands out and keeps your guests talking.