Planning

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!

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.*

Wedding planning with Rooi and give away

When I first got engaged I was so excited to start with the planning of the wedding. As my regular readers will know I love stationary, so it should be no surprise to you that finding a note book for planning my wedding was top of the list.

I love finding a fabulous new company that fills my heart with joy and my bank account with dread. Somewhere that I can spend one to many hours looking at beautiful items, while the children are in bed. Rooi offer me everything I want, beautiful gifts for my friends (and me. Items for the home, some of their bedding ranges are stunning, I cannot wait to move house to splash out on them. Then items for my home office but for any office adding that little something a bit luxurious and special. Not forgetting a great range of Katie Spade items for weddings.

Wedding Planning With Rooi

Wedding planning with Rooi

I had seen Rooi over on both Twitter and Instagram. Filling my feeds with the most beautiful items for both your home and your office. While browsing their website I fell in love with a floral range that they stock by BAN.DO. The rose parade is perfect for wedding planning, especially as it has the beautiful floral feel that so many brides to be are after at the moment. Note books, pens, pencil cases, water bottles, even a matching gym bag, so you can hit the gym in style.

I love lists and making your wedding check list is one of the most important ones you could possibly make. So, take some time to yourself, make a drink and head out in the garden sit down and start planning. I always think that having the the right equipment is all part of the fun. When it comes to the right equipment for wedding planning, I think this BAN.DO collect is perfect.

A beautiful note book, set of pretty pens. A lovely pencil case, not only good for your pretty pens but for all of the business cards you will pick up visiting wedding shows. Then a thermal drinks holder for when you are heading out to visit different companies to keep the caffeine levels topped up when making those important decisions.

What do you think to my wedding planning collection? I love it, the quality of the items is fabulous and I would highly recommend ordering items from Rooi. In fact I have my eyes on some of their photo frames that I plan to order soon.

Win a my Rooi collection worth over £50

Would you like to get your hands on this gorgeous wedding planning bundle from Rooi? Well you can do just that by entering the rafflecopter below. Good luck my lovelies.

 

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*This post was made in collaboration with Rooi, thank you for sending me out this beautiful collection. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*