Monday, November 23, 2009

How to Write Your Own Wedding Vows

Writing wedding vows may be the most difficult part of your wedding planning, or you may find it comes naturally, but most people want a few pointers to be sure that they cover everything.

Writing your own personal wedding vows can be a wonderful way to relate your wedding to your own personalities and your life as a couple. If you are wondering how to write wedding vows of your own, the first rule it to make sure they are sincere and reflect your beliefs and your feelings for each other. These tips will help you get started.

1. Do Some Research. You can look on the internet, read books, get ideas from other weddings or even movies. You may also want to look at the traditional wedding services of your families' faiths, even if you are not planning a religious wedding. You may be surprised how little of the traditional ceremony is about religion, and how much of it applies to your hopes and intentions for your life together.

2. Decide on Individual or joint vows. The question here is whether you both repeat the same vow, or each have your own. You need to discuss this between you. It is not just a question of what each of you wants to say, but whether you want to create one vow out of everything that the two of you hold dear. If you decide on one joint vow, it is important to be sure it reflects what both of you feel. Often, one person does most of the writing. If that is you, be sure that your fiance contributes at least one sentence. Remember, all the rest of the party is just a secondary celebration of these vows. You need your partner to be fully involved in this most important part of your wedding.

3. Create a Draft of the vows. By now you should have plenty to say, and all you need to do is put it in order.

- Start with your partner's first name. If you want to use an endearment, use that as well, but it is important psychologically for both the listener and the speaker that your names are used. So you could begin "David", or "My dearest David", or "David, my love". If your fiance is usually known by a nickname, ask whether you should use their nickname or their full name. You may have to rehearse to discover which touches them most deeply.

- Make your vows as precise as possible. Remember that vows are promises to each other: what you will do for each other and as a couple. Traditionally these include a promise to stay together for the rest of your lives, to support each other materially, financially and emotionally, to bring up any children together, to be faithful, etc. What does marriage mean to you? You can include references to how you feel about each other of course, but if you want to tell the story of how you met and fell in love, that is better done in a speech at the wedding party.

4. Discuss your vows with the officiant. You should have his permission, as he has responsibility for conducting your marriage. It will also help him understand you as a couple and how you feel about your wedding.

5. Rehearse your Vows. You can do this separately and together. Even if you are not going to speak the same vows as each other, it is a good idea to compare notes so that each of you knows what the other will say, and ensure that your vows are approximately the same length. Practice speaking your vows until you almost have them memorized but write them on a card to take along to the wedding. Even words that you know perfectly well can be forgotten or mixed up under the pressure of a ceremony.

These pointers should make you feel more comfortable and confident about writing wedding vows.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Planning a Second Wedding - What's Appropriate?

With more than 50 percent of today's marriages involving a bride or groom who have been married before, social attitudes regarding what's appropriate in the wedding ceremony have evolved over the years.

Attitudes have changed a lot over the years and the word "remarriage" is rarely used today. In the past, couples quietly stated that they were going to remarry. Today, the couple happily announces their intentions to marry without the prefix of "re," indicating that they are going into the union with an attitude of making this union its own being rather than a repeat event.

Second weddings (or even third weddings, for that matter) now range from quiet ceremonies in a chapel or courtroom to celebrations with as much pomp as many first-time weddings.

However, some feel it's necessary to hold on to at least a few traditions and customs. Etiquette, after all, still exists and rare is the wedding that goes off without a hitch. Knowing how to handle any dilemmas that might pop up is wise for all brides.

Second-time couples are usually older and wiser than their first-time counterparts. More of the ceremony, reception and honeymoon decisions will be theirs, since they are often paying for everything, rather than those decisions lying with family members who are footing the bill.

Sophistication is often the name of the game with today's remarrying couples. Along with becoming older and wiser, the couple has a better idea of who they are, both individually and as a couple. Let that confidence show in the tasteful, classic choices that you make rather than being swayed by ultra-trendy (or even downright tacky) choices made by younger couples. As an example, an older bride knows her body and has a sense of style.

Most second weddings are less formal than a first wedding, but that doesn't mean they are less lovely. While a large, hoop skirt with long train and seven bridesmaids reeks of first-time, fairytale bride, an encore bride might take advantage of her confidence by wearing something that announces her sophistication and maturity. One attendant is more appropriate than your entire pack of sorority sisters, as well.

The guest list for an encore ceremony can still include all of your extended family and everyone you've ever met. However, most couples prefer to scale things down a bit and concentrate on inviting those who would be considered the most important people in your lives.

Children from your previous marriages, of course, will attend this wedding. If they're old enough to stand up for you as a legal witness, and if that's what you desire, by all means go ahead with this plan. If your children are too young to be witnesses, there's no reason for them to sit in the audience and watch. They can still stand up with you, as bridesmaids and groomsmen, junior bridesmaids or groomsmen, or they can stand with you for a special ceremony to bless your new family unit.

Will you be given away at your second wedding? Some say this tradition would be awkward since the one who would need to give the bride to her new spouse, at this point, would be her former spouse. However, there is a school of thought that frowns up on this theory since it would imply the antiquated view that the woman bounced from being under the wing of her father, to her first husband, and now to her second husband. With women being more independent these days and making their own way in the world, it's her choice whether she'll be given away. March down the aisle on your own, have your father or step-father accompany you, or have your oldest child walk you down the aisle.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Creating a Wedding Guest List

Before you choose a wedding dress or decide on a venue for your big day, there is one very important task that you must get started on as soon as possible.

Creating a wedding guest list can save you a LOT of time and money as you plan your wedding.

A lot of the wedding planning cannot be started until you've decided on a wedding guest list. For example - a decision on your ceremony and reception venue, catering, ordering of invitations, table decorations and more are dependent on the length of your guest list.

You should try to get started on that wedding guest list as soon as the diamond goes on your finger, and refer to it often during your wedding planning over the following months.

Start with a mini file box full of index cards or create a spreadsheet. Either way, you’ll be set to stay organized as you receive RSVPs and gifts. You can keep track of the guests' names, address, phone number, email address, and number of guests for that address. As they RSVP, everything you need to know will be at your fingertips.

Ready to begin your guest list? It's easy as A-B-C! An A-B-C list, that is.

The A list is family, the B list is long-term friends of five years or more, and the C list is people you'd like to invite if your budget allows.

As you get along in the planning and it looks like you can only afford 75, cut it at the B list and leave it at that. Move on. Or, as you receive regrets from people on your A and B lists, begin sending invitations to those at the top of your C list. If you've planned ahead and mailed your A and B invitations early enough, your C list invitations will arrive in mailboxes with time to spare - and your C list people won't even realize they were on the C list at all.

How many guests do you anticipate from your side of the family vs. your fiance and his family? Start out on your road toward marital bliss by deciding early on how you'll divide the invitations. Should your family send out half and his family the other half? Or maybe you'll divide the stack of invitations into fourths, keeping a portion for yourself and giving the rest to your fiance, your parents, and his parents.

How many guests should you expect? Each invitation usually represents two people. However, that doesn't mean 200 invitations will yield a crowd of 400. Most brides end up with fewer guests than originally expected. There will always be a few guests who send an RSVP but don't attend for whatever reason.

Will children be welcome at your wedding, or had you hoped for an adults-only affair? The best time to make this decision is while honing your guest list - not when your distant cousin with screaming triplets shows up at the ceremony.

The best way to let guests know whether kids are invited is by writing on the invitation's inner envelope only the names of those who are invited. Instead of "John, Mary and family," write "John and Mary." Whatever you do, don't state, "No children, please" on the invitation or the envelope.

Feeling pressured to invite your entire company? Invite immediate co-workers and those you interact with each day. Others will understand.

So get started on that wedding guest list now and remember to invite those who will be honoured to attend your wedding and will consider it a compliment to be part of your day.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

How to Save the Top Tier of Your Wedding Cake for your First Anniversary

If you are planning your wedding you are probably finding it hard to think beyond the honeymoon, let alone a year later!

One romantic tradition that has been very popular for many years – saving the top tier of the wedding cake to enjoy on your first anniversary.

If you follow this check list step-by-step, you will be able to enjoy the top tier of your cake on your wedding anniversary. It will remain fresh and tasty for you to celebrate one year later.

1. At the end of the reception remove any ornaments, such as a cake topper or flowers, from the top layer of the wedding cake.

2. To keep any odd flavors from seeping into the cake while it is in the freezer, make sure the layer is set on a plastic plate or a cake board wrapped in foil.

3. Next, firm up the icing by placing the layer in the freezer for anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. Do not wrap the cake with plastic wrap at this stage of freezing, or you will end up with plastic wrap frozen to the cake.

4. Remove the cake from the freezer. Using plastic wrap, cover the cake completely. In order to avoid freezer burn, make sure it is airtight and that there are no bubbles of air between the cake and the plastic wrap. Make sure that you cover the cake three or four times, checking for air bubbles as you go.

5. Cover the cake in tin foil.

6. As an extra precaution, at this point you might want to slide the cake into a large zip-lock freezer bag, remove all air and seal it.

7. Place the wrapped cake in a small bakery box to protect it from other items in the freezer. You can easily find cake boxes at bakeries or arts and crafts stores that sell cake decorating equipment.

8. Place the box deep within a non-defrosting freezer where it will remain for the year. If the freezer self-defrosts, your cake will be ruined.

Remember to begin the freezing process as soon as possible following the reception. You’ll have much better results – and a fresher cake on your anniversary – if the wedding cake is frozen while it is still as fresh as possible.

Unfortunately, if your cake has a crème filling, freezing it is not recommended.

One day before your one-year anniversary all you need to do is:

1. Begin defrosting the cake by moving it from the freezer to the refrigerator.

2. After two or three hours in the refrigerator, unwrap the cake and allow it to continue defrosting in the refrigerator.

3. Two hours before you plan to serve the cake, take it out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.

Finally enjoy your cake while reminiscing about your wedding day and your first year of marriage!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

As much as we would like our wedding to go without a hitch, it pays to be ready for anything!

Whether you are a bride or a bridesmaid, consider putting together a wedding day emergency kit. It will save time because no one will need to make a last-minute trip from the church to a store, and it will definitely relieve stress to know that these handy items are within reach.

Start out small, picking up a few things from the list here and there while you're out, and it won't seem so overwhelming (or as expensive). But, rest assured, all of these suggestions will eventually be used since they are common, everyday items.

Here are a few ideas for things to put into your wedding day emergency kit?

* clear nail polish (to repair a manicure or run in pantyhose) * instant stain remover (such as a Tide pen) * safety pins * nail file or emery board * miniature sewing kit
* Insect repellent (for outdoor weddings or receptions - be sure to test its scent prior to the event so you don't end up smelling like the great outdoors)
* fabric tape
* scissors
* mints
* tampons and pads
* pain killers
* dental floss
* tweezers
* comb/brush
* hair spray
* hair pins/bobby pins
* antacid
* crackers (in case someone forgets to eat)
* batteries (in case digital cameras run out of juice)
* ink pen (for when it's time to sign the marriage license)
* a list of phone numbers for all of your wedding vendors and your attendants
* contact lens solution

Another handy item to have on hand (but it won't fit in the emergency kit) would be a barstool
without a back or sides. Once you've dressed the bride, she's bound to want to sit down before
the ceremony begins, but if she sits in a regular chair, she'll risk wrinkling.

Make sure that someone keeps the emergency kit handy throughout the day. The worst possible thing would be for someone to suddenly need something in the kit and then realise you didn't bring it into the church with you as the bridesmaids are getting ready, and have to send someone to dig through your car to find it.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wedding Day Nerves - How to Keep the Bride Calm

Wedding Day Nerves are very common and quite normal, but here are a few suggestions to help ensure that the bride is calm on the big day!

Tip #1 - Be Organised Early

Make sure that you have everything ready at least one week in advance of the wedding day. Create an exact schedule of the day's events including what time wedding party members should arrive at the church or ceremony venue, a practice session applying your new makeup shades, an emergency kit with essentials (needle, thread, pantyhose, makeup, aspirin, tampons, contact lens solution, telephone numbers to reach all of your wedding vendors). Don't wait until the last minute to get anything waxed, plucked, tanned, permed or straightened!

Tip #2 Don't Micro Manage

Brides spend so much time planning the perfect wedding day that they often have trouble relaxing and letting go when it finally arrives. You've dreamed of this day for years, so enjoy it. Don't micromanage every detail. Trusting a wedding coordinator to handle the fine details can help the day run as smoothly as possible. They're more affordable than you might think, especially when you consider the time they'll save and the stress they'll prevent. If a pro is out of your budget, ask a friend or relative to act as coordinator. It needs to be someone other than the bride's mother so she can enjoy the day, as well.

Tip #3 Remember to Delegate

Delegate! Bridesmaids aren't just for decoration! Make them earn that poufy dress. Traditionally, it's the chief bridesmaid's job to act as the bride's right arm so she should make sure the bride gets a good night's sleep the night before, drinks lots of water all day so she doesn't dehydrate, and help the bride get her wedding dress on.

Tip #4 Expect a Few Mishaps on the Day

The day wouldn't be complete without one or two little mishaps. What if your flower girl's little sister trots behind her, diligently picking up petals as fast as they fall? What if the best man drops your carats, sending guests hunting beneath pews? Or you both get the giggles? Enjoy it! Remind yourself these are the moments that will bring smiles to your grandkids' faces someday, when they ask to hear the fairy tale story of your wedding day.

If you follow these tips you may be able to help to prevent wedding day nerves and enjoy your big day all the more.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wedding Receiving Line Etiquette

If you are planning your wedding you may be wondering whether or not to have a receiving line during your wedding. Read on to find out more about what happens during this tradition and learn a bit more about wedding receiving line etiquette.

A long time ago the wedding party would surround the bride and groom to ward off evil spirits as guests wished them well. These days, the wedding party – along with the parents of the bride and groom – gather into a receiving line as a way for the wedding party to show the wedding guests that they appreciate you attending the wedding and are happy to see them.

What is the most common way to form a receiving line?

Usually after the wedding ceremony you and your new husband or wife will walk down the aisle with your bridesmaids, best man and parents following, then everyone else will follow and takes their place in the foyer or outside, if weather permits. Sometimes the wedding receiving line will happen straight away and sometimes it will happen after some photographs have been taken and immediately prior to the wedding reception or wedding breakfast.

A receiving line is normally formed with the bride and groom in the middle and parents on either side. Place the groom's parents next to the groom, and the bride's parents next to the bride. Next, position the best man on the groom’s side, and the bridesmaids on the bride's side.

A lot of couples decide to skip this tradition because it can take a long time and often seems very formal.

An alternative to the traditional receiving line, would be for the bride and groom do the job of the ushers and dismiss guests from the church. The couple turns to face the congregation and marches down the aisle following the ceremony, taking a moment with their parents once they are ushered out, and then the couple returns to the front of the church. As each row of guests is dismissed from their pew, the newlyweds greet them. Begin with the front row on the bride's side of the church, and then alternate back and forth until you reach the last pews.

What should you say to your guests in the wedding receiving line?

“Hello” is a great way to get started. Be sure to thank you guests for coming and introduce them to your spouse or your parents if they do not know them.

How much time should you estimate for spending in the wedding receiving line?

As long as you keep the greetings short and sweet, you should budget around 30 minutes for 100 guests.

Whether you choose to follow traditional wedding receiving line etiquette or not, it is more important to take the time to acknowledge each guest and thank them for coming and give them a chance to feel like they were an important part of your wedding day.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Wedding First Dance Suggestions

When you are looking for wedding first dance suggestions for your big day you should consider songs that have a special meaning for you as a couple.

If you have a live band your choice may be limited by the songs that the band can perform, but most bands will play a CD if you have a song that you really want that they cannot play. Some bands will even add a new song to their repertoire if you give them advance notice.

For your wedding first dance the possibilities are limited only by your own feelings. There are millions of love songs for it is just a question of choosing one that you like and you can dance to.

Here are 30 popular wedding first dance suggestions:
  • All The Way - Fran Sinatra
  • Always - Atlantic Star
  • Always on My Mind - Elvis
  • Amazed - Lone Star
  • Angels - Robbie Williams
  • At Last - Etta James
  • Can't Take My Eyes off of you - Andy Williams
  • Crazy for You - Madonna
  • Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
  • Everlasting Love - Jamie Cullum
  • Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison
  • I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Michael Jackson
  • Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
  • I've Had the Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  • I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
  • Love is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
  • More than Words - Extreme
  • Move Closer - Phylis Nelson
  • My Girl - Temptations
  • My Heart will Go On - Celine Dion
  • Perfect - Fairground Attraction
  • Perfect Day - Lou Reed
  • So Amazing - Luther Vandross
  • Song Bird - Eva Cassidy
  • Suddenly - Billy Ocean
  • Thankyou - Dido
  • Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
  • When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
  • You're Beautiful - James Blunt

If you are stuck for ideas, go through your CD collection, your friends' CD collections, or have a browse on iTunes and listen to their short sample clips.

Choose a song that you both love, and that says something about your feelings for each other. It does not matter what anybody else thinks. It is the bride and groom who are most important when it comes to choosing a wedding first dance song.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

What does a Wedding Planner do?

What does a Wedding Planner do?

Essentially a wedding planner plans all of the details for a couple's wedding and they take the majority of the work and worry away from the bride and the groom.

Planning a wedding is no small feat especially if you have a large number of guests so hiring a wedding planner can make the difference between a perfect wedding and a wedding with lots of hickups or perhaps even bigger problems.

Wedding planners have a lot of experience in choosing a venue for the event, hiring entertainment, sorting out the catering, helping to choose the flowers, decorations, invitations and dress and much more.

When you are choosing a wedding planner it is very important that you choose someone who has a personality that reflects your own. This is a long process and you will be working closely together for several months. Having a personality conflict in the mix doesn't work. You want someone who is easy to get along with and very competent.

During your initial meeting with the wedding planner it's important to get a game plan in motion fairly quickly. This means sitting down and outlining your expectations for the wedding. They will want to know every detail including the colour scheme you have in mind, how many people you’d like to invite, what sort of theme (if any) you would like to have, where you'd most like the event to take place, what sort of food you want and more.

When you have a wedding planner working for you it's important to keep the lines of communication open. You will be talking to each other a lot - potentially everyday. If a problem does develop you need to address it immediately and the wedding planner will tend to it for you. It is important to remember that the wedding planner is working for you.

Hopefully this will help to answer your question of what does a wedding planner do and let you decide whether or not you want to hire someone to help you plan your day or take care of all the details.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

How to Decline a Wedding Invitation

If you have been invited to a wedding and you can't or don't want to attend, sometimes declining the wedding invitation is the only option. In some cases it will be easy to explain why you don't want to attend, but in many cases you may not want to.

Regardless of the reason you probably want to politely decline the wedding invitation to keep on good terms with the person.

What is the best way to do this? Here are a few tips:

1. Act Now - Whatever you do, it is important not to delay replying to the invitation. A wedding isn't like a party - the couple have many things to plan and they need to know how many people will be there. So you cannot just ignore it if you don't want to go - at least, not if you want the couple to speak to you again!

2. Declining A Formal Wedding Invitation - If the invitation is formal it will be worded in the third person. E.g. "Mr & Mrs William Brown invite Ms Jennifer Scott to the wedding of their daughter Bridget to Jeffrey Thomas on Saturday, May 20th ..."

This kind of invitation requires a written reply. If there is no reply card or it is blank for your own note, this is a suitable form of words:

"Ms Jennifer Scott regrets that she is unable to accept the kind invitation of Mr & Mrs William Brown for Saturday, May 20th."

If you happen to know the bride or groom well, simply returning the card or sending such formal regrets can seem very cold. In this case you may want to call your friend so that they hear it from you first. Or send the couple an informal note a few days before you mail your formal regrets to the bride's parents.

3. Do You Have A Good Reason? There are two types of reasons for declining wedding invitations: good reasons and bad reasons.

Good reasons are the ones you should tell them about, where you very much want to go to the wedding and you are genuinely upset that you cannot. This would be something like an important previous commitment, for example another wedding or family reunion that you already accepted to go to, an expensive vacation you have already booked, or medical reasons (yours or close family).

All you need to do here is call or write a note explaining why you cannot go, or add a line on the reply card. If the reason is a question of priorities then it is often better not stated. This includes situations where you don't want to spend the money (unless the wedding is a great distance away), you don't want to take the kids out of school, your ex-spouse is going, you don't get along with the bride/groom or their family, you went to 6 weddings this year already and you'd like to do something else with your weekend, you just don't like weddings, etc.

In this case you can simply send a note saying "Thank you for the invitation to your wedding. I'm sorry I cannot be with you on your special day but I hope you have a wonderful day and a very happy life together." If you know the couple well, it is also a nice touch to send a congratulations or best wishes card right before the event. Say again that you are sorry you cannot be there and hope to celebrate with them after the honeymoon. You could send a gift too, but this is a matter of choice.

Whatever your reasons for saying no, remember that in most cases the couple will invite more people than they can accommodate. They are expecting and even hoping that some people will turn them down. So unless you are very close to them there is no need for explanations and certainly no reason to feel guilty about declining a wedding invitation.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Unusual Wedding Cakes

Unusual wedding cakes can make a wedding more unique or special not only for the couple but for all of the guests. Luckily, unusual wedding cakes don't have to be expensive. But, of course, like most other aspects of the wedding, if you want to spend a lot, you certainly can!

One option for an unusual wedding cake is to have a themed cake featuring something that is special to you as a couple. This is probably the simplest way to have an unusual wedding cake that everyone will remember. Here are some ideas:

- Create a design in Photoshop that can be printed onto edible paper and spread over the top of your cake. An example would be a mock newspaper front page featuring words and pictures about the couple.

- Have your cake designed around a sport that you both enjoy.

- Have your cake made to look like your home. This one is especially appropriate for couples who are moving into a new home when they marry.

- Take a simple white wedding cake and place real, fresh pale and dark pink roses in a cascade over the top and down one side.

- Have your cake in the shape of your car, boat, or other special item that you own.

- Where did you meet? Recreate the scene in the design of your cake.

Just about any cake designer will understand your wish to have a cake that is a little different. While they usually have standard recipes for the cake itself depending on your tastes, they will be open to your individual ideas when it comes to the decoration. Usually they have a file of pictures of cakes that they have made and you can consult this as a starting point for discussion.

When you are ordering a wedding cake it is a good idea to have the baker make a drawing of what they plan to do so that you can check that they have correctly understood your wishes. This is especially important with unusual wedding cakes.

Friday, February 6, 2009

How to Make your Own Bridal Bouquet

Do you want to learn how to make your own bridal bouquet? If so, there are a few things you will need to think about and some problems you will need to avoid.

Here are some tips for making a bridal bouquet.

1. Decide exactly what you want

If you can decide exactly what you want before you get started this will help a lot. You need to think about what kinds of flowers and colours you want. It is very difficult to carry a colour in your memory so if you have anything that you need the colors to match with, such as shoes or a headband, take it with you when you go to order the flowers.

2. Choose your flowers

Roses work very well in a bridal bouquet and it is traditional to have an odd number of flowers, for example, 7 or more. You will need to find roses that have stems of around 1 foot long. If you are choosing a different type of flower be careful as certain types of flowers may droop or wilt before you make it to the ceremony.

Many brides like to use the same flowers in the bouquet that they use to decorate the church or other ceremony location. Even if you do not use the exact same flowers you will probably want to come up with some sort of theme and make sure that they don't clash.

3. Choose some leaves for your bouquet

This is a very important step. A lot of brides do not realize how important it is and just grab something at the last minute, but the foliage that will surround and separate the flowers can make or break a bride's bouquet. You will can use a mix of leaves and grasses that go together well. Like the flowers, you need to know they will not droop or discolour.

4. Think about other materials for your bouquet

As well as the flowers and green leaves, you will need scissors, a knife, ribbon in colors to match your flowers and some floral tape. You can buy floral tape in a craft store or flower store.

5. Plan Time to create your Bouquet

It can be time consuming make a bridal bouquet. Put it on a checklist so that you do not forget. It can be made the evening before and left in water, but remember to make sure that the ribbons do not get in the water. You can leave the bouquet in the fridge if the weather is hot.

6. How to Create your Bridal Bouquet
  • Set out all your materials and prepare your flowers. Strip or cut leaves from the stem to give the bouquet a better shape, and remove any older petals or flowers.
  • Next prepare the leaf stems in the same way. Holding them all together in one hand to make a rounded head, place the flowers between the leaves so that the bouquet retains a well rounded shape and the flowers and leaves are evenly distributed. Then add flowers all around the outside of the leaves. The stems will naturally fan out under your hand.
  • Check the shape and then wrap the floral tape tightly around the stems just above where you are holding the bouquet. Go around 3 times then with the tape holding the bouquet tightly, put it down and tie the ribbons around it.
  • Finally, cut all the stems to the same length, about 6 inches below the lower part of the ribbon.

That's it. If you have followed these steps, you hopefully now know how to make your own bridal bouquet.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What Is The Best Wedding Dress For A Summer Wedding?

What Is The Best Wedding Dress For A Summer Wedding? A Traditional wedding dress can often be a bit stiff and heavy and there are usually multiple layers. You don't want patches of perspiration appearing under your arms or on your back, so what kind of wedding gown should you choose to stay cool?

It often makes sense to have a lining on your dress. Just be sure the lining is made of a more absorbent fabric than the dress itself. This will also help you to stay cool and comfortable.

White or very pale colors are great in the heat. White radiates heat out instead of absorbing it. That is why many desert tribes wear white clothes and white head coverings. So you can stay with white but choose a lighter fabric if you wish.

If you prefer an informal summer wedding dress, you can choose any color or style. Many brides choose a prom gown style of cut with a long loose skirt in a floral design or single pastel shade, but a shorter dress is often preferred and there is no rule about the color. It is completely your decision.

Another advantage of choosing a dress that is not the classic wedding gown style is that it will often be less expensive. Even if you have it made exclusively for you, the dressmaker is likely to charge less than for a traditional gown and there is usually less fabric to buy. If you choose a ready made dress you can set your own budget and spend as much or as little as you like.

Brides planning a beach wedding usually choose a shorter length dress to protect it against the ravages of sand and surf. You can maintain the look of a white wedding gown but with a slightly shorter, less full skirt, or you can have something more informal.

If you live where the climate is very predictable this is not an issue, but in many areas, Scotland for example, you cannot be sure of the temperature or whether it will rain. In this case, the best solution is to choose a sleeveless wedding dress on the assumption that the weather will be hot, but have a matching wrap or even a bolero jacket that you can add around your shoulders. This allows you to choose something very light as your dress for a summer wedding if you want to.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Choosing a Mobile Disco for your Wedding Reception

Deciding the entertainment component of your wedding reception is probably the most important choice you will make, and will impact the whole mood of your event. So it must be the right choice.

Often, the option of a Wedding DJ or Disco for the reception will appear quite far down the list of possible acts drawn up. Why is this? Well, this is partly due to certain unscrupulous characters sullying the image of Mobile Discos, not turning up, or bringing unreliable and old poor quality equipment along with them.

How do you avoid booking someone like this?

Consider These Key Factors.


When you are looking at booking a DJ for your wedding try not not make your decision based upon price. There are lots of DJ's out there, especially in the phone books that will quote you under £100. This may seem a bargain at the time but these people are likely to be un-reliable and may not turn up at your wedding. A good quality professional DJ will usually cost around £170 - £500 depending on the size of your wedding reception, the equipment needed and your location in the UK.

Association Membership

Check to see if your DJ is a member of an association. There are several DJ associations who promote best practice. - Their members can be held to account if they do not follow the association code of conduct. Two such associations are the National Association of Disc Jockeys (NADJ) and the Wedding DJ Association (WDJA).

Insurance - check to see if your DJ is covered by Public Liability Insurance - this is important should something happen such as a piece of equipment injuring someone attending your reception. Ask to see a copy of their certificate.


It is strongly advised that you get a signed contract from your DJ. If you get a contract, this will give you a legal guarantee that they must attend your wedding. Be sure to read the small print on any booking form or contract and ask them what happens if they are taken ill or have equipment failure on the night.
Ensure you have sufficient contact details for the DJ. A mobile phone number is not adequate. Insist that you have a full postal address and a land line if possible.

This information will help you make an informed choice.

Mohawk's Melodies is a professional Wedding DJ and Mobile Disco company in Edinburgh. a member of the National Association of DJs and Wedding DJ Association you can be assured of a reliable and professional service. We'll work with you to ensure your event runs smoothly and in the way you want it to. After all This will be the single most important day of your life, and you want to remember it for all the right reasons!

Please visit Mohawk's Melodies - Mobile Disco Edinburgh for more information.