Wedding

The Secret Benefit Of Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are more of a tradition than a necessity these days. Even in an ever-more digital world, there’s something delightful about being able to hold an invitation in your hands and run your fingers over the beautiful calligraphy. While it might be easier (and cheaper!) to just invite people over the internet or with a phone call, few brides are able to resist the lure of beautiful invitations being sent out to their friends and family.

While these invitations might be primarily ornamental rather than functional these days, the reality is that invitations give you a chance to request more than just an RSVP from your guests. Add a section onto your invitations that allows you to ask a few questions; questions that will allow you to be able to ensure that your guests have the best possible time at your wedding.

Below are three questions you could ask on your invitations, and why they are so important.

Question One: Do You Have Any Dietary Restrictions?

No one wants to be the wedding guest sitting at their reception table, unable to eat anything that’s put in front of them. There’s a wide variety of dietary restrictions that your wedding catering should be able to provide for– but only if you know what restrictions your guests may have. You need to know if they have religious restrictions, allergies, or intolerances such as Celiac disease, so ask the question on your invitation; then you can ensure all your guests are provided for.

Note: This is not an excuse for guests to be picky eaters! Restrictions — which have to be obeyed — are very different from “I just don’t like this much”. Provide a tick box of answers instead of allowing people to write in their own answer, as it helps to eliminate any picky requests.

Question Two: Do You Have Any Seating Preferences?

Figuring out the seating chart for your reception is like playing a human game of Jenga; you have to get people in just the right place, or there’s a risk it will all fall down. If you know beforehand that certain people don’t want to be seated near one another, then it makes planning far simpler. So ask the question on your invite, so no one has to acknowledge the awkwardness vocally– but you are still able to tailor your seating plan to suit.

Question Three: Do You Have Any Particular Requests?

It helps to give examples of the requests, such as:

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Mobility restrictions, such as not being able to walk far to get to a room within a venue
  • Questions about gifts or the registry

The vast majority of people replying to your invitation will leave this section blank. However, for those that do want to make a special request, this gives them a chance to do so without appearing overly demanding. If a request is made that you need to respond to, you can either deal with it yourself or delegate the task to a bridesmaid.

As the above reasons show, invitations do have a place in modern weddings. Use them to glean the information you need to ensure you and your guests have the best experience imaginable. Good luck!

Top 5 Honeymoon Locations in Thailand

Choosing the location for your Honeymoon can be a bit of a mind field. Unless you have always had your heart set on a destination, when you start to look at different places it can become a little bit over whelming. So to add to that have you thought about traveling to Thailand on your honeymoon?

Thailand is often thought of as a backpackers stop off, which often it is however it is also so very much more. Offering those beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise sea, luxury accommodation and amazing food, I truly believe it could be the prefect location for your honeymoon. I have put together my top 5 honeymoon locations in Thailand.

Phi Phi

Phi Phi is a collection of islands located to the west of Phuket, and only accessible by boat. Making it the perfect romantic get away. Phi Phi is a relaxed island, with beautiful sandy beaches and clear turquoise sea, paradise at it’s best. Phi Phi offers many different types of accommodation from budget to luxury hotels, there is also a variety of restaurants and bars for the evenings. Phi Phi not only is a stunning collection of islands it also offers plenty for you to do, including amazing snorkelling, shark watching tours, rock climbing not various boat trips. Phi Phi is popular with people popping over for a couple of nights, why not book one of the many luxury hotels for a couple of nights of paradise before heading back to mainland Thailand.

Karbi

Karbi is a collection of small islands located around 400 miles south of Bangkok. The islands not only have those stunning beaches and turquoise sea, there are also lime stone cliffs for those who love to rock climb and rainforests, with a wealth of historic monuments to visits. The islands are home to many small fishing villages where you are able to taste lots of local produce. With numerous different excursions to take part in you will never be short of something new to do while staying in Karbi.

Hua Hin

Hua Hin is one of Thailand’s oldest resorts, it offers something slightly different with a real mix of old world charm and modern living. The beaches in Hua Hin are as beautiful as the smaller islands, with water sports being very popular in this area. Of course there are plenty of adventures to be had in Hua Hin, with caves and waterfalls to explore. As Hua Hin is a fishing town there are so many restaurants for you to be able to try the catch of the day not forgetting the traditional Thai food. Hua Hin is a great place for you to visit while on honeymoon with various accommodation types to fit your budget.

Khao Lak

Staying in Khao Lak gets you away from the busier resorts in Thailand, like most of the resorts it offers beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants and accommodation types to suit any budget. One thing that makes Khao Lak a must have visit for me, is that it is located near to the Khao Lak­ Lam Ru National Park. Giving you the chance to see wildlife at home in its natural environment, elephants, tropical birds, monkeys and so much more. If you are planning on doing some island hoping Khao Lak is a great place to start with regular boats leaving to various islands. Why not use Khao Lak as your base and spend a few days visiting the different islands.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is the third largest off the islands of the east coast of the main land. Koh Samui is becoming increasing popular with honeymooners, an island that offers everything you could wish for. Beautiful beaches, fishing villages, luxury hotels and history with various Buddhist monuments and temples around the island. If like me your partner is more interested in exploring the island and the cuisine than reading a book on the beach or by the pool, then Koh Samui would be perfect for you as it offers both. Take a boat to out to the marine national park to see the conservation work that is happening to protect the marine life around Koh Samui.

All of these locations offer just about everything you could possibly want from a Honeymoon, activities, relaxation, luxury and not forgetting making amazing memories. Which of my top picks would you chose for your Honeymoon to Thailand?

*This post was made in collaboration with Destination2.co.uk holidays. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Booking the perfect wedding band on a budget with Headliner….

When planning your perfect wedding day, you start with setting a budget, which honestly goes out of the window after you fall in love with your must have venue. Then you start looking for a photographer, choosing the suits, the all important dress, the list is endless and your budget keeps changing or things get reduced. So to save some extra you decide that you will have your cousin who thinks he’s the worlds best DJ to sort out the disco for you in the evening, knowing that it will all go horribly wrong, yet you’re hoping the drinks will be in full flow for people to notice to much. However when you look back and think about the evening music, you will regret not having what you really want…. a live band… a good live band…. no an amazing live band.

Headliner

My Hubby is a drummer, he loves music it’s something that is always being played in our house, he is also loves live music. He says nothing sounds better than a live band or musician, they make an event, especially a wedding. Now there is nothing wrong with having a disco if that’s what you want, but why not WOW your guests with an amazing live performance, it’s not as expensive or as difficult as you think.

Headliner

Headliner is the perfect place to start looking for a wedding band, they believe that finding the perfect band for your wedding shouldn’t be a stressful task, it should be affordable and it should be reliable. Headliner started when husband and wife team Stan and Maria struggled to find the perfect band for their wedding but also being on a budget. They wanted to make finding the perfect band for your wedding so much easier than spending hours searching the internet for someone, only to find they are way out of the budget or live they don’t actually sound very good.

Booking with Headliner

Finding your perfect band couldn’t be easier using Headliner. Just have an idea of the type about the genre of music you like or even an artist, add in your location, your event type and search what they have for you. I did a quick search for a random Saturday in June next year, with only a budget of £500 and it gave me 520 results of artists that would be available within my budget. If you have a bigger budget then you can add a higher price range and edit your criteria to you. Choosing your artist you then request a quote for the date, your artist will then email you back with details within 48 hours, if you decide to book then you pay a deposit via their secure online booking system. It’s really that easy. And not forgetting their price guarantee match for all other online competitors.

Not only price match they also guarantee that whatever happens you will have an artist arrive for your wedding even if your chosen one is unable to attend. They have yet to a band not turn up for a booked event but they will ensure that if one does not arrive they will you get one that is as near genre that you have chosen as possible and as quickly as possible. So all you have to worry about is enjoying your wedding day and throwing some shapes on the dance floor.

It’s not only bands

Headliner is so much more than just finding that perfect band for your wedding reception, you can find the harpist, the string quartet for walking down the aisle too or back ground music during the wedding breakfast. They also offer magicians, singing waiters, roaming bands, caricaturists and even acrobatics. So Headliner really is your one stop shop to finding all the entertainment you require for your big day.

 

*This post has been made in collaboration with Headliner, as always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Getting suited and booted with Dobell

For years it has been that you would hire suits for the Grooms men at weddings. However things are changing, with many couples now buying suits or even trousers, shirt and waist coat without having the jacket. For our wedding we did hire our suits because my Hubby wanted a traditional morning suit, but I think if we were to get married again he re-think this.

Tweed Jackets from Dobell

Dobell

Tweed jackets are now very popular, for a smarter look with jeans for an evening out or more formal occasions with a nice pair of trousers.

Tweed waist coats from Dobell

Dobell

I have a friend who married just over a year ago and he and his Grooms party opted for tweed waist coat, white shirt, chinos and bow tie, all wearing brogues. It really suited the Groom and the rustic style of wedding.

Dobell offer a fabulous range of Grooms men items, from tuxedos, dinner suits and morning suits, they really have anything you could want for your Grooms party. Their prices are reasonable with a suit starting at just £79.99 or they currently have an offer of two suits for £140, so you could consider buying your Grooms mens suits instead of hiring them.

Dobell kindly send my Hubby out a Green Tweed Jacket, so he could see the quality of the items and have a a jacket that he can wear for occasions that require a smarter look and also for a casual day out. The jacket normally retails at £99.99 however it is currently on offer for £49.99, such a brilliant price for a tweed jacket.

The Green Tweed jacket that my Hubby was sent, is lovely. It is a nice thick wool blend fabric, fully lined, looks wonderful with  pair of jeans out for lunch or with chinos for an evening out. I have to say that I was impressed with the quality of the jacket, it’s well cut with true to size fit. I often find when buying clothing on line for anyone in our house that sometimes items are not true to the size, which is some times a annoying as you buy something bit its far to big or to small then you have to arrange to send it back and get new items sent out to you. My Hubby now has his eye on the matching waist coat to go with his lovely jacket.

*Thank you Dobell for sending my Hubby a lovely jacket. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*