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Category Archives: Weddings

All about Decorating Scheme

Beach. Whether the bride and groom live near a beach, or the wedding is destination style, there are many directions to take the decorating. Nautical designs are a classic way to design a wedding – a navy blue and white color scheme, stripes, and accessories with anchors, lighthouses, shells, and sailboats on them create a fun and distinctively beachy feel.

Springtime. Though your risk of rain is higher, an outdoor spring wedding is perhaps the most beautiful kind. This time of year is associated with new life and new beginnings, so there is no better time to start this new chapter in a couple’s lives together. It is easy to surround guests with greenery and blooming flowers during this time of year because they are everywhere in nature. Garden materials can be used as props, and this is the time of year when a bride gets away with adding a little color to her wedding dress.

Winter. Having a wedding ceremony and reception during the winter lends itself to decorating with the most classic of wedding colors – white. Create a white winter wonderland by hanging sparkling snowflakes or using faux-snow in the centerpieces. A white-on-white color scheme can get monochromatic, so many sure to use dimension and texture throughout. When decorating for a winter wedding, consider getting an ice sculpture that is visually stunning and seasonally appropriate.

Western. If a wedding is taking place in the west, or a couple simply wants their reception to resemble a hoedown, there are plenty of decorating scheme ideas to achieve this. Try replacing white tablecloths with red gingham print. Also, use cacti instead of flowers for centerpieces. Bandanas, cowboy boots, and horseshoes are among the images of the Wild West that first come to mind – use them in the decorating scheme for a western wedding.

Dream for Fantasy Wedding

First consider this. What is your fantasy wedding? Not looking at finances, but really the dream.

What do you really want? You might have the whole thing mapped out, but if not, for now get an idea.

What is the theme of the wedding. Is it on a private island? Is it in the snow, with a cathedral? Paint the essence of the picture in your mind.

Now that you have an idea, in essence it is like a title of a book or movie or even a picture. This imagination process is important. So we look to the future.

Knowing the one line idea of the concept of your fantasy wedding, you can take the step further. What location is it in?

What does the venue look like? What about your wedding dress? Knowing these parts can all come together.

Now we want the bliss. We want the supreme happiness, and dreams being made reality.

So take a pen and paper. Write it down! Turn the idea in your mind to paper, so that you can work on it! Now is the time for some research, and planning, because you have made the first step to creating a wedding of bliss!

Dream for Wedding Venue in Luxury Hotel

Let go of the planning pressures

Many luxury hotels now have dedicated wedding planners which can alleviate a huge amount of pressure from the bride and groom. Having a team of experts on hand to guide you through the planning process, offer guidance and advice and of course ultimately turn your dreams into reality can make or break the big day.

The beauty with a luxury hotel is that you actually offload some of the planning pressure to the team experts whom you trust completely, and this leaves you with enough time to concentrate on other important activities concerning the occasion, knowing that a professional is taking care of the venue. If you tried to put a price tag to this value, it is invaluable peace of mind for your special day. This is exactly what luxury hotels in Newcastle aim at delivering to their clientele, including much more that is added to the package, moreover the services come at affordable fees.

It is imperative that you find a company that has years of experience in assisting newlyweds through their big day. Ideally you want to deal with a hotel that is accustomed to assisting these prestigious guests have a great day, by going out of their way and even making suggestions that will make the occasion more pleasurable. One cannot afford to compromise on their wedding day, they must ensure that they make the right choices concerning the venue for the special date.

Inform the guests

After you have booked the venue and rooms, the next step that one needs to take is send out save-the-date cards, which inform the guests of the wedding date. In these invites, you can include important information like the rooms details and travel information if necessary. You can also include a map to the Luxury Hotel Newcastle, the address and ensure that you send these details early enough to avoid rush preparations and disappointments. Lastly, prepare welcome bags for your guests as a thank you gesture and have them placed in their rooms prior to their arrival.

Wonderful Wedding Gown

Remember Your Dream Dress

When you are picking out your wedding dress, you will want to go with a picture of your dream dress in your mind. You have probably been dreaming of what your wedding dress will look like for years. It is important that you do not settle for something less than your dream, but keep looking until you find exactly what you are looking for, even if it takes quite a bit of time.

Flatter Your Figure

You will also want to make sure that you pick out a wedding dress that flatters your figure. Some figures may not look great with some styles of wedding dresses, so make sure that you find the style that makes you look your best. No bride wants to feel less than beautiful on her wedding day, so find a style that works with your figure, and never buy a smaller size planning to lose some weight.

Always Try Them On

You should never purchase a dress that you have not tried on. Even though it looks totally amazing there in the window or on the hanger, you will never know how it will look on you until you try it on. Make sure that you try it on and that it fits you perfectly before you make the purchase.

Sure, it is probably going to take you some time to find the perfect wedding gown, but the time spent will be well worth it. Your wedding dress is important and you want to feel amazing at your wedding reception and ceremony, so make sure you pick out the perfect wedding dress.

Wedding Dreams with Reality Budget

1. Find the source of the money.

So where is this money coming from? The money tree in the backyard? Don’t you wish that existed? Is it coming from your savings? Are your parents contributing? Are Visa, MasterCard and a line of credit involved? Don’t get into too much debt over your wedding or you will be struggling to pay it off and fighting over money the first few years of your marriage.

2. How much do you have to spend?

Once you’ve found where the money is coming from. Ask yourselves if this is a realistic budget to plan your dream wedding with? If not… you might want to consider prolonging your engagement and saving up for the things you want. If you want to get married as soon as possible then you need to understand that you might not be able to have all of the things you’ve ever hoped for on your wedding day. Instead, consider having a smaller more intimate wedding.

3. Set a budget and do your research.

Once you’ve found the amount you are working with, break down your budget into categories then allocate the funds appropriately. Budget for flowers, photographer, reception costs, etc. You can do an internet search for budget sheets that will help you list out the costs and keep track of all of your expenditures.

Successful Stress Free Wedding

1. A great stress reducer is getting in shape for the wedding.

Let’s face it; you are going to have a second full time job. Planning and organizing a wedding is a time-consuming and energy zapping experience, not to mention the marathon parties, the family get togethers, and all that glorious shopping. Don’t forget, all the marathon parties, food, drinks, cake, drinks, dinners. Did I mention drinks? This sends your body and nervous system for a loop.

What’s the best thing to do? Go for a walk. That’s right, a nice calm, stress relieving, pound reducing walk. Or if you are so inclined, go to the gym and work out. Aspiring brides and grooms who want to get fit for their perfect day are latching onto a fitness trend where gyms, personal trainers and spas all promise weight loss, toning and a healthy glow in “bridal boot camps.” The more energy you use, the more stress you rid yourself of (and it helps to tone your legs and build your cardiovascular system so that you can dance all night long at your reception!)

It is also very important to be eating right and taking time to rest both of which can vastly improve energy levels. Start drinking more water instead of caffeine and sugar-loaded liquids. Reduce salt intake. Caffeine, sugar and salt, cause chemical reactions to your nervous system by making you jumpy, nervous and high-strung, so make sure you watch your consumption of these items. Salt, or sodium, also helps your body retain water, causing that bloating, puffed-up feeling.

2. Secondly, couples have to realize they shouldn’t expect “perfection”. Expect a “terrific” day and set reasonable expectations.

This actually is considered the number one stress factor – desperately seeking perfection. You must remember what your main goal is, and that is to get married to the one you love the most in the entire world. Setting expectations that are too high will create stress and lead to frustration, and then more stress.

There will be stress, you can count on it. Why? Because there are not only a lot of decisions to be made but also many details to be worked out, and others may want, or try to influence you. Such pressure is not bad or wrong; it just requires that you and your fiancé be aware of what is really happening. Try to respond to issues and avoid reacting to things. It will make a big difference.

Remember, things will go wrong; you are dealing with people and lots of variables. Don’t sweat the small stuff; the key is that if something does go wrong only you will know about it. The best way to make sure that things don’t go wrong is to plan carefully, track faithfully, and confirm diligently.

*The week before the wedding call all your vendors and check the date, time and location with them to verify the correct details. Give a list of their phone numbers to someone in case any of them don’t show up on the day.*

3. Picture your wedding the way you want it, visualize all of your details clearly in your mind, and stay focused on what you want.

Couples are constantly re-defining weddings. They seem to place more importance on their wedding being a celebration of individual love than on fussiness, formalities or old-fashioned, outdated etiquette. They are celebrating who they are, right now.

Remember, if you fail to dream, you will live your nightmare, so figure out what it is you want and go for it. With this mental image, you can list down all the details, and one by one, when you have either completed them or delegated them to someone you trust to make sure that they get done the way you want them to be done, you can check them off. Having this list is a huge stress buster and it helps you sleep at night. Another secret for a good night’s sleep is to have a notebook beside your bed, and every time you wake up thinking that there is something you think you missed, write it down.

Often simplicity in a wedding ceremony is much more beautiful than having too much. This helps keep stress levels down as well. You can also create a great wedding website at [] where you can keep everybody informed about what is happening and that will help keep you focused.

Build Dream Honeymoon

For most couples, this may just not be something that is achievable. But how do you go about having your dream wedding and having your dream honeymoon? How can you have your cake and eat it too?

The best way to build your dream honeymoon (and not have to skimp on your wedding costs to do it!) is by setting up a honeymoon registry, instead of accepting physical gifts from your friends and family at your wedding. Let’s face it, the majority of us have what we need around the house anyway, right? Who needs a fancy vase when you can skip over to Bora Bora for a month or so?

If you haven’t heard of a honeymoon registry as yet, then what you need to know is that they are set up so that each guest may donate a given amount towards the wedded couple’s honeymoon costs. If all the guests at your wedding are donating costs towards your honeymoon, then you are likely to be able to take your dream honeymoon without putting any money towards it yourselves.

Honeymoon registries are usually done online. Cash wishing wells at weddings (which could be for your honeymoon) are now becoming a little bit of a faux pas. A honeymoon registry may have an unlimited dollar amount to donate to your honeymoon, or suggested increments to choose from.

The other items you can add to your honeymoon registry might be special activities that you do instead during your holiday. These can be things like a couple’s reflexology treatment, a 3 night accommodation package at a specific hotel, a jungle safari, or even an amazing degustation meal for two at a special restaurant. These sorts of items might appeal to your guests who are wanting to provide a gift that is a little more personal than just a dollar donation amount going towards your airfares or spending money while away.

Why not consider a honeymoon registry instead of the traditional gift registry or gift donation? If you want to take your dream honeymoon and still go all out for your wedding, then it’s a fantastic option.

Exotic Wedding Dream be Come True

Your wedding can be as elaborate or as simple as you want. If you fancy the romantic idea of a wedding or honeymoon in Kenya with an idyllic beach as the backdrop and the sounds of the Indian Ocean lapping against the shore or in the bush, in tented wilderness camps, riverbanks, in remote safari lodges, Journey Kenya will allow you to go wherever your imagination may take you.

Astounding views of the ocean greet you from every angle along the coastline, making romantic walks along the beach a favourite pastime for many young lovers. Imagine the sun beating down through cloudless blue skies, warm crystal clear waters gently lapping a fine sandy beach for as far as the eye can see. If this conjures up the image of romance and love in your mind then getting married in Kenya is your dream.

The contrasts of the landscape and the outstanding natural beauty of Kenya must be seen to be believed. From long stretches of white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters protected by the coral reef to the National Parks with spectacular game viewing opportunities. Game viewing on the way to and from the altar has to beat the normal pre- wedding stress!

Kenya is the ultimate romantic escape, there is a certain mystery around the country that draws couples and honeymooners to celebrate their love. If you’re looking for romance, seclusion, luxury and wonder, Kenya is Africa’s forte.

If you thought your wedding day was a day to remember then your honeymoon in Kenya will surely be in your mind for the rest of your lives. From indulging spas to luxurious game lodges, what better way to kick of the first part of the happiest time of your life!

The ‘classic’ African honeymoon is probably a luxurious safari followed by a romantic beach break. Options here are numerous and include Mombasa and its north and south coastal areas, the islands of Lamu and Manda off the Kenyan coast. Enjoy the stupendous location, marvelously theatrical décor, great food and service, and unexpectedly good spa treatments.

Plan Dream Wedding on Budget

1. Start with a plan. Of course you need to plan if you want a dream wedding on a budget. This will make the whole procedure coherent. Regardless it being weeks, months or year, there must be the right amount of time period for the wedding to be planned. This is essential because it makes the whole process organized, less complicated and less daunting. Keep a notebook where you can keep records of the names and phone numbers of people involved. You can also compare prices of your options here while planning a dream wedding on a budget.

2. Books and Magazines. Bridal magazines are a big help in planning a dream wedding on a budget. Problem is, these can be so expensive. You’re lucky if you get free copies from department stores, bridal registry desks, floral shops and bridal shops. Better guides offer information on all aspects in the whole engagement, from the planning to the honeymoon. You can take note of your preference, desires, needs and plans. You can mix and match. Take for example, getting inspiration on the bow of one gown, the sleeves from another, and the lace from the third. Just by flipping through these magazines, one may have an idea of what she wants before going off to the dress shops and florists. This will allow her to save money, time and effort to have a dream wedding on a budget.

3. Be your own consultant. Ask yourself if you really need a consultant. If you think that this is not really a necessity, that you can actually make all the planning and the consultation on your own, then you can save money and still have a dream wedding on a budget. If you have the time to figure out the best prices and alternate choices by yourself, then you don’t have to spend on bridal consultants’ fees. There is a great deal in the prices of printers, florists, bakeries combined. If you visit the one that you will settle for in the end, then you will be able to save hundreds of dollars. If you are opting for a church wedding, then personally go to the church where you want your special day to be held.

4. Be your own wedding planner. The more you read up on weddings, the more you will be able to know what is needed on the special day. A lot of brides-to-be have bridal consultants with them in every step of the way but that can be very expensive. Since you are already on a tight budget, then it would be really practical if you plan the event yourself and have a dream wedding on a budget. Ask around about florists and other stores that can help in decorating the church. You can also be there during rehearsals so that everyone involved will do exactly what you want them to do. Just in case you need help, then you can turn to a close friend or a relative as your assistant.

Theme Reception for Winter Wedding

The good news is that anyone can do it. No college degree in interior design is required to build an extraordinary winter wedding theme reception. And if you do it right you, by considering your choices carefully, might be able to actually save money because many of your decorative items can serve multiple purposes.

So what do you need to build a great winter themed wedding? It is simple really. You need close consideration of your desires, a focal point, and some attention to details. It really is as simple as that.

Dream Specific Wedding Dreams

Of course, the starting point to designing a winter theme reception is to decide what aspect of the theme you have in mind:

Perhaps, your idea of a winter wonderland is a nineteenth century Christmas celebration theme. Such a nostalgic look can be magical.

Perhaps you want to use your favorite Christmas movie such as, “It’s a Wonderful Life” as your inspiration for your wedding theme.

Maybe you want a more elegant look featuring fire and ice (crystal, silver, and candles or a roaring fire in the fireplace).

Perhaps it is the snowflakes themselves that you would like to build your winter wedding around.

Perhaps it is mittens and snow angels or snowmen.

Maybe you envision a wedding reception that embraces your love of snowboarding.

The point is that you need to know exactly what you want your winter themed wedding to look like before you ever start doing any of the legwork. That way, you will protect yourself from spending money on items that, though cute, do not actually help to achieve exactly the look that your want.

Choose a Focal Point

Whatever exact facet of the winter wedding theme reception you choose to celebrate your wedding with, your next step in the design process is to decide on a focal point for the reception facility.

For some it might be a mountainous four tiered winter theme wedding cake accented in dusted blues, greens, or silvers and crystal wedding cake jewelry.

For others it might be a snowflake ice sculpture accented with rotating colored lights.

For still others the proper choice might be a large painting from your favorite artist hanging in a prominent place during the reception – relocated to their living room wall by trusted friend while they are on their honeymoon.

Or perhaps you want to commission another kind of artwork such as a sculpture to be the focal point of your wedding reception.

Brides often assume that they have to have a cake and an ice sculpture. But the reality is that choosing a single focal point for your winter wedding theme makes it more memorable. For example, a reception that only has an ice sculpture, or a painting, or… without the compulsory cake sitting in the corner but then serves a cake or other dessert that the guests actually want to eat (Yes, many bakeries around the country make mouth watering wedding cakes, but we have all been to weddings where they served cakes that were hard to choke down as well) has a much better chance of being impressive than one that opts for the customary course.

Of course, merely having a focal point for your winter wedding reception is not enough. You have to choose a location for your focal point and design your room layout around it. Otherwise, you end up spending, potentially, hundreds of dollars on something that just sits in the corner and is barely noticed.