Planning

Wow, them with your wedding

You don’t want your wedding to be like all the rest. You want your wedding day to stand out as one of the most memorable any of your guests have ever seen. Whether you want your wedding to be a pretty traditional affair or something entirely out of the norm, there are a number of things you can do to make your wedding stand out from the rest…

Unique Wedding invitations

If you want your guests to know your big day isn’t going to be the same old boring event, you need to start with your wedding invitations. Take a look at these unique Paper Themes to see the sort of personalised wedding invitations that will help you announce your wedding in a way that’s unique to you. Or, you could even get crafty and make your own using photos of you and your other half or featuring pictures and words that are unique to each recipient. It’ll be a bit more work, but your wedding will sure stand out right from the off.

Choose a venue with the wow factor

Traditionally, weddings were held in churches or government buildings. Now, there is almost no limit to the kinds of places where you can tie the knot. Tree-houses, underwater hotels, Caribbean mansions, the options are endless, they will elevate your wedding above the rest. Even if you do want to get married in a church, you can still hold the reception in a unique location.

Unusual Entertainment

Everyone has a DJ or live swing band at their wedding reception. If you want to ensure your wedding stands out, you need to do something different. Having a band and a DJ might be essential if you want to get your guests up having a good time, but try to include some unusual acts like jugglers, comedians, acrobats or even a petting zoo to make your reception more memorable.

Forget White

White might be the traditional wedding colour, but if there’s one thing that will make your wedding stand out, it’s ditching the white for a more interesting wedding dress. Pink, red, black – they all make a dramatic impact as you walk down the aisle, and if you’re stuck on white, you can just add little flashes of colour to make things more exciting and show off a  bit more of your personality.

Make your bouquet more exciting

Flowers are undoubtedly beautiful, and they set the scene perfectly for a wedding, but even the most unusual arrangements have been done for death. If you want your wedding to stand out, make your bouquet more exciting by using origami flowers, buttons, fabric or even dried flowers. It’ll look just as beautiful, and it will last a lot longer as a memento, too!

Ditch tradition when it comes to cake

Every wedding needs a cake, but that doesn’t mean that your cake has to be the traditional white fruit cake or marzipan. If you love doughnuts, create a tower of them, or if you’re more of a savoury person, create a tiered cheeseboard instead. It won’t be easily forgotten.

What did you do to make your wedding stand out more? Do you have any other tips to make a wedding more unique?

 

Themed Weddings

Themed weddings can be a lot of fun. If you and your groom are willing, you could turn your big day into an experience out of a book, or your favourite film. This an amazing way to incorporate the thing you love most into your big day. Done right, a fully immersive theme is sure to stick in everyone’s minds.

But, a decision like this isn’t all plain sailing. In a lot of ways, you’ll have to let go of the ‘traditional’ wedding. And that’s not always an easy or popular choice. Stepping away from the crowd like this means you need to get everything right. You will, after all, be under extra scrutiny! To help you out, we’ve got a few pointers on how to make this work.

Make sure you are both on the same page

The first, and most important thing is to ensure that you and your groom are on the same page. The chances are you have quite a lot in common, hence why you want to spend the rest of your lives together. So, draw on those similarities to find something which means a lot to the both of you.This could be something you’ve loved since childhood, like Alice in Wonderland. Or, perhaps it’s a film you’ve come to cherish since knowing each other. Something like a Lord of the Rings theme, for example.

In the deciding stages, it’s important you sit down and talk things through. Make sure that you’re both 100% happy with the decision. This day belongs to the both of you, so it’s crucial you get this right.

Have a dress code

If you’re going all out with a wedding theme, you need to go all out, and a dress code is a big part of that. This should apply to you and your groom, as well as your guests. A traditional wedding outfit won’t look right if everything else is, say, medieval themed. If you’ve got your heart set on a white wedding dress, this can be a bitter pill to swallow. The good news is, a headdress and a few additions may be all it takes to transform your image.

As for your guests, let them know about the dress code as soon as possible. Make sure, too, to include it on your invitations, so no one misses the news. To make this work, you need to give everyone time to find an outfit. In your announcement, be clear and concise about your theme to ensure everyone perfects their image. It may even be worth setting aside examples for those who don’t quite understand. This is especially important if you’re opting for a film theme. Those who haven’t seen the film in question won’t know what you’re after!

Adorable additions…

A themed wedding also gives you the opportunity to include some fun additions. These will be unique to your wedding and may be the thing everyone remembers. So, go all out. Draw on your original inspiration to develop ideas. If you’re focusing on a historical period, find out what the entertainment would’ve been, and incorporate it. A set of stocks is sure to go down well, for example. You could even include games, such as croquet, which were played at the time.

As everyone’s dressed for the occasion, you could even include a photo booth to capture the day. It may not fit with your theme exactly, but many companies offer backdrops and props which could work perfectly. Check out Booth Boys photo booths and others like them to get an idea of backdrops available. Even if you can’t find the perfect thing, it wouldn’t take long to make your own. You could still hire a booth but ask ahead of time if you can use your backdrop instead.

Make sure everything fits…

To ensure the theme works as a whole, make sure everything is in keeping. That includes everything from your decorations, to the food you choose. You want to create an amazing experience which takes everyone to another world. If you’re attempting to create a fantasy world, serving up a roast wouldn’t quite cut it. Instead, you could serve up “Breast of Dragon.” Of course, your dragon breast would be chicken, but that’s not the point. The added touch on the menus will keep the magic alive. It’s also worth carrying the theme through to your reception. Attempt to find a playlist which fits, and have fun with a themed buffet.

What theme would you choose for your wedding?

Wedding planning check list….

Congratulations on your engagement. I bet you can’t stop looking at the beautiful ring you have just been given. I know I spent weeks looking at mine, 7 years on I still lust over it. So, planning your big day. I’m sure your head is full of amazing ideas of what you would like for your special day. It can be overwhelming ensuring you have everything you need and want in place ready for you wedding day.

Wedding Planning Check List

I have put together this easy to follow wedding planning check list. It doesn’t really matter what order you do things in, I have known people that are so excited about trying dresses on they have even bought ‘the one’ before setting the date. Sometimes you might need to be flexible on the date of your wedding as some venues are booked up a couple of years in advance, so make sure you have your venue sorted before confirming your date with other suppliers and sending out your save the date cards.

Wedding Planning check list…..

  • Set a budget
  • Set a date
  • Decide on either a church or civil ceremony
  • Book venue and church – if required
  • Sort out a guest lists for day time and evening guests.
  • Send out save the date cards
  • Decided on bridesmaids and grooms men.
  • Book a photographer
  • Book a cake maker
  • Arrange a florist
  • Choose a dress
  • Choose your bridesmaids dresses
  • Arrange mens suits
  • Choose wedding rings
  • Arrange any entertainment required – band, disco etc.
  • Book transport
  • Book a Honeymoon
  • Decide on menu and drink choices
  • Book your hair stylist
  • Order Invitations
  • Arrange Hen party – or get your hens to sort it.
  • Arrange Stag party – or get the best man to.
  • Buy gifts for the bridal party and the grooms men.
  • Mother of the bride and groom gifts
  • Father of the bride and groom gifts
  • Sort your seating plan
  • All of little extras, place cards, table favours, photo booth props, guest books etc

Wedding Planning Checklist

I hope you enjoy planning your big day. I loved planning all the details of my big day. Although I had booked a venue about 14 months before the wedding date I was a couple of weeks away from giving birth to our son. Which meant I didn’t have time to work on anything for another 7 months, after I got my parenting skills sorted and I could focus on the Wedding as well as my son. I planned and sorted everything else out in those 7 months. It can be stressful at times but worth it, when your dream wedding day all comes together.