Wedding

The Wedding Elements That Will Make Your Day Memorable

It’s hard to make a wedding unique because there have been millions of them throughout human history, and there will be millions more to come. But if you want your big day to be memorable then here are the elements that you have to make special.

Personal touches

Personal touches can really make a wedding memorable for the couple and their guests. This shouldn’t feel like a typical ceremony pulled out of a magazine or even a glitzy Hollywood film; it should feel like your day. Little details can really make the difference. Even the lead-up to your wedding should be memorable. Sending handmade save-the-date cards to your guests will make them feel truly welcome to one of the most important moments of your life. Maybe you could include a photo booth at the reception so you and your guests can all take silly pictures too. That’ll make the event memorable.

The entertainment

Make sure the entertainment is spot on too. If you want your wedding to be unforgettable then you have to set it apart from other weddings. Even the transport to the reception venue could be entertaining; maybe you could take your guests in a party bus or even hot air balloons if you’re feeling adventurous. You might even want to consider looking at professional live bands for corporate and high-end wedding events. That’ll give you and your guests some quality live music to enjoy whilst you dance in an inebriated state. Remember, the entertainment for your big day really does make the whole event memorable. It doesn’t have to be overly complex; simplicity is often the key. Weddings are all about getting on the dance floor with your loved ones and making fools of yourselves.

Dining options

A wedding might be a deeply symbolic occasion that marks the lifelong union of two people, but let’s be honest: everybody’s thinking about the food. You and your guests might feel an emotional pull when it comes to the personalised elements of your big day, and the right entertainment will make the event fun for everybody. However, delicious food is the thing that will tie your entire ceremony and reception together. It will be the icing on the cake, you might say. That’s why you have to make your dining options spectacular if you want your entire day to be spectacular. A wedding needs a good standard of cuisine if it’s going to be memorable for the right reasons; people remember their food-based experiences in life.

Make sure you cater to all of your guests. Have meat-based, vegetarian, and even some vegan options available. Have nut-free options too. You need to think about different dietary requirements and make sure that any guests with allergies or an intolerance of certain foods have their own dining options. As for the cake, you should think outside the box. Many traditional wedding cakes are fruit-based, but that might not be your favourite flavour. Why settle for a bland and unexciting cake on your special day? Get a Victoria’s Sponge or a classic chocolate cake to celebrate your matrimony. If you choose a flavour that you and your guests actually enjoy then the cake will be more than a symbolic fixture of the day; it’ll be a tasty and iconic memory that sticks in everyone’s minds.

Beautiful occasion shoes from Lace and Favour

I love shoes, I have so many pairs. Honestly I have more shoes than I know what to do with, that, however does not stop me wanting more. I have found that over more recent years I wear flat shoes or boots. Gone are the days when I would go on a shopping trip wearing stiletto boots, oh how I loved those boots.

Now however I save my heeled shoes for evenings out with my Hubby or with friends. I might not been out every weekend like I once was, but it doesn’t stop me planning out my outfit when it comes to going out. I so often find I over dress for a meal out with the girls, well that or they just don’t make much effort…. haha!

Occasion shoes from Lace and Favour

Lace and Favour are one of my favourite online bridal boutiques, they have all the accessories you could possibly need for your wedding day, including a lovely collection of bridesmaid dresses. They got in touch recently to see if I would like a pair of their occasion shoes, why would I say no to this?

As my regular readers know, I am very indecisive, I probably spent 3 hours over a couple of nights looking at all of the beautiful shoes. I knew quite quickly I loved the Perfect Bridal Company Esme, velvet and t-bar shoes. Of course it wasn’t quite so simple as they come in a collection of different colours, 8 different options to choose from. Velvet or suede, one colour or two, glittery heal or not. For someone like me it wasn’t easy to choose between them all.

Beautiful occasion shoes

I opted in the end of the berry velvet and gold glitter t-bar shoes, something a bit different. The gold glittery heal and the berry velvet of the toe and base, such a lovely contrast. The t-bar and pattern is made of of a non glittery plain gold leather. The soul is a cushioned leather, as soon as you pop your feet into them, you can feel that they are well cushioned.

Occasion-Shoes-from-Lace-and-Favour

I have not worn them out of the house yet, however they have been used in the house. I like to bed in all of my new shoes at home before taking them out, these are very comfy, I think they will be great for a whole day. Although they have a heel hight of 8.2cm they are easy to walk in.

One thing about Lace and Favour that I love is the way your items arrive packed to you. Ivory tissue paper is wrapped around box, with their own sticker and always a small note, which I love. It’s the little touches that really make a company stand out for me and the whole shopping experience with Lace and Favour really is wonderful. My Perfect Bridal Company shoes, arrived in a box, a beautiful boxed covered in pretty flowers, it’s a box I would happily keep to store other items in. I’m a packaging lover, which might seem odd to some but to me it makes all the difference.

As soon as I spotted these shoes, I know they would be a bit different. Not only would they make for lovely bridal or bridesmaid shoes, I knew I would be able to wear them to a ball or attending as wedding as a guest. I also think I would be happy to wear them with a trouser suit or possibly even a pair of jeans, heading out for dinner. My 5 year old daughter said ‘Oh Mummy they are so gorgeous’ she wasn’t wrong!

What do you think to my choice of shoes? Would you wear them?

 

*This is a collaborative post. I was sent these shoes in exchange for this blog post.*

 

Post Brexit Wedding plans?

A destination wedding is no longer a dream for some couples. After all what’s not to love? For most it’s the guaranteed sunshine or the setting of your dreams, often a lot cheaper than in the UK. Plus, you’ll be surrounded by only your closest friends and family and won’t have to worry about the guest list looking like Beyoncé is having a bash.

Still, there are tricky hurdles that can all but put the brakes on an overseas wedding, namely, the exchange rate.

Post Brexit Wedding

Even if you find a great wedding organiser, or you decide to do everything else you could be facing language issues and deposit concerns all while trying to work out exactly how much it will cost you. Not to mention those expensive transfer fees when we’re talking about large sums of money.

Wedding planner Illy Goodhall saw how her brides would look longingly on at the beach bridal wear, but then be put off by the additional fees and organising. And with the help of her sister and expert in money exchanges Zsofia Foster, she has set up her own online exchange company.

Their new exchange platform, Wedding Forex, allows couples not just to lock in an exchange rate for 12-months, but for suppliers to use their details on an invoice, cutting out the middleman on most transactions.

Plus, your guests can use it too! With the news that overseas guests can find themselves spending £700 each, those bad conversion rates can really add up. Not to mention suppliers like florists, photographers and venues, who often find themselves shelling out over a £1000 a year to change currencies.

How does the platform benefit a wedding party?

Post Brexit Wedding

On average couples will spend £7,000 with local suppliers when planning a wedding abroad, which will be broken down into smaller payments to each supplier, incurring a number of transfer fees and variable exchange rates by banks or other third parties.

One of the reasons couples choose to get married abroad is to save on the cost of their wedding, but often some of this saving is lost in large transfer fees or unpredictable currency fluctuations – a la Brexit.

WeddingForex allows its clients to lock in an exchange rate and benefit from reduced transfer fees which could ultimately save them upwards of £1,000 on the overall cost of their wedding, not to mention a honeymoon or any additional travel requirements later in life.

They can also offer use of the service to their guests, for booking travel or accommodation, with guests spending an average of £700 to attend a destination wedding, savings could be significant for them too.

First-hand knowledge

27-year old Illy has built up a successful wedding planning business over the past four years, she created the business with a team who have first-hand understanding of the wedding planning process, something a bank or other foreign exchange might not appreciate.

Illy said,

“I got the bug to plan weddings when I had my own, but before that I had been happy working in the Foreign Exchange industry. When I realised that overseas weddings were on the rise within my own clientele, I began to understand the pitfalls that they faced with regards to sending money abroad. They either worried whether it was safe or didn’t realise they could lose out on transfer fees, often leading to more money being sent later down the line. It just seemed to click, and before long we launched a bespoke service just for the wedding industry.

The amount of interest we have had since launching in September has been phenomenal. We have ambassadors already in France and the UK and plan on rolling out the scheme across Europe and beyond. It is hugely exciting.”

So, what do you think? Would you use a dedicated wedding forex to make things easier? I’d love to find out.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*