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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.

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.*

How to Have a Fairytale Wedding

The number of factors that you have to think about when planning your perfect wedding can be overwhelming. From guest lists to dresses, it is easy to forget some of the basics.

Yet, from the menu to the décor, these simple ideas can help to transform your wedding from a day you’d rather forget to a fairytale. Here’s how to have the wedding of your dreams.

How to Have a Fairytale Wedding

Have a Delicious Menu

Everyone loves food at a wedding, and this can put pressure on the bride and groom to prepare the most impressive food possible. While some venues have in-house caterers that can provide a set menu, there are many that do not include these as part of the wedding package.

If you choose to hire a caterer, they can help you to plan your menu and adapt their skills to what you are looking for. When thinking about your menu, you might want to think about more unusual options, such as an ice cream bar or sweet station. You can prepare these within your party if you want to, ensuring that you have full control over the desert. Stations such as these allow your guests to grab a quick snack while on the move, enabling them to chat and interact with each other whilst they eat. This will give your reception a great atmosphere where guests can focus on enjoying themselves.

Common wedding food stations are:

  • A popcorn station
  • Grazing tables, such as an antipasti, fruit, breads and dips
  • S’mores
  • Milk and cookies

You might also want to consider non-traditional cake options such as a cheese wheel cake, not to be confused with cheesecake. Apart from the obvious health benefits, this alternative to fruitcake can be an attention-grabbing centrepiece, decorated with vines and grapes for a natural look.

Transport Fit for Royalty

Riding in style can be one of the most exciting moments of your wedding and make you feel as if you are straight out of a Disney film. If you want to go down the traditional route, a wedding limo might be the best option for you. Limousines can add an extra sense of sophistication to your special day, and they also make a great photo opportunity.

Taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip in a limo also has practicalities such as being able to take you wherever you need to go quickly, and with a GPS. If this sounds like your perfect wedding transport, Allure Limousines is a luxury stretch limo and car hire company that you can trust to get you to the wedding on time, with a service that considers your individual needs before every proposal.

Décor to Die for

When it comes to wedding décor, simplicity is key. For the perfect fairytale wedding, you should aim for a neutral colour scheme such as cream or gold, which will help add elegance to your venue. Your décor, however, should be seamless, and it should suit your overall theme.

Popular ways to decorate your wedding include:

  • Blossom trees
  • Rustic stacked crates
  • Old bottles as vases
  • Greenery garlands

When decorating your venue, you can add interest to your décor by adding hangings and flowers from the ceiling or using decorated table lamps or candles. If you really want to recreate your favourite fairytale, you may even choose chandeliers as your centrepieces, transporting you straight into a Hans Christian Anderson tale.