Monday, April 26, 2010

Wedding Planning Timetable

Your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life. You need to make sure you plan everything properly. When it comes to planning, time is always the concern. This article will lay out a wedding planning timetable to help you plan your wedding in the right time.

Before you read the timetable it is important to understand that everything in this article is an estimate and the exact timetable for you will depend on the type and size of your wedding.

When you begin setting up your timetable it is important that you give yourself a realistic amount of time. One of the great stresses of weddings is trying to accomplish too much over too short of a period of time. Give yourself the time needed and eliminate stress.

One of the biggest issues can be the availability of venues for your wedding ceremony and reception. This is especially true if you are planning a summer wedding. If the venue you want is not available when you want it is wise to postpone the wedding instead of moving it forward to ensure that it is properly planned.

So, what should your wedding planning timetable look like? The first thing you need to do is plan the venue you wish to use. The venue may require you to book years in advance, so this must be planned before anything else. It is wise to book the venue for your ceremony and reception separately as soon as possible so that you can get the earliest date possible.

All other aspects of the wedding, such as dresses, flowers, and invitations, should be planned over an 18-month period. The main problem with planning the wedding dress so far in advance is the bride may change her shape before the wedding. A good way to get round this is to have a number of fittings for your dress leading up to your big day.

One great way to avoid stress is to plan all the biggest things yourself e.g. the venue, the dress etc and get others to help you with smaller things such as favours or table decorations. This will help save you from many restless nights and allow you to focus on the truly important parts of the wedding.

The most important thing is ensuring that your wedding planning timetable allows you plenty of time to plan everything. You don't want to be planning the biggest day of your life in a rush. The best wedding planning timetable is to book your venue as soon as possible and then do everything else over the next one to one and a half years.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Get fit for your Wedding with Zumba!

I tried Zumba in Edinburgh for the first time a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I wish this form of exercise had been around just before I got married in 2007 as it would have helped with the pre wedding fitness routine!

Not only does it burn calories fast and shape your waist like nothing on earth, it also doesn't really feel like you are exercising!

If you've not heard of Zumba before, it's a Latin American inspired dance fitness routine and involves a bit of Salsa, Merengue, Calypso, Samba and a few others. The good thing is, you don't need a partner (don't you hate these dance classes where you have to rotate between partners? Usually guys with sweaty palms and not a single bit of rhythm in their body!).

You start off with a gentle warm up, then the beat goes up a notch and in no time you are swaying your hips and shaking your bootie to the latin tunes, which include Ricky Martin's Maria, Shakira's Hips Don't Lie, Que Te Mueve Merengue and lots more.

I went along to a class in Corstorphine in Edinburgh run by the Zumba Boys - Tom and David and had a great time. I felt more like I was going out for a night of dancing with the girls rather than to a fitness class. At the end of the class I'd burned 610 calories, according to my trusty heart rate monitor (that's a bottle of wine) and felt ready for the weekend.

If you live in Edinburgh or the Lothians and are looking for a way to shape up for your wedding (or just in general) I highly recommend going along to one of the Zumba Classes in Edinburgh. It doesn't matter if you can't dance or are feeling a bit unfit - this sort of exercise is great fun and suitable for all levels.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cheap Wedding Favours - UK

Are you looking for cheap wedding favours for your UK wedding? A wedding can cost so much these days, and while you want everything to be nice and give your guests a small gift to say that you are glad they came, you will surely want to keep some money for the honeymoon too!

The good news is that you can save a lot on your wedding favours by returning to the traditional wedding favor idea: candy. This way you can have something delicious without having to spend a lot of money.

Of course you would not just buy a chocolate bar and leave it on peoples' plates! You will want to put a little time in to making unique wedding favours that are personalized, so that all of your guests will want to keep them for a souvenir after they have eaten the candy.

The best way to do this is by being creative with the container for your wedding favours. It is cheaper not to buy candy that comes pre-packed in little boxes for weddings, but just order some small boxes that you can find online and then put whatever kind of candy you want inside. You may want to use a cupcake liner too. A lot of people choose chocolates but this is not necessarily a good idea if the weather is hot. Sugared almonds are one traditional favorite. You can get them in several different colors. Or M&Ms, or mints. How about fudge? Or just go for your own personal favorite nuts or candies!

Confetti is a great UK based website that has an online store stocking all sorts of boxes, ribbons, candy and everything you need to make your own cheap wedding favours.

You may want to have the boxes pre-printed with your names and a photo of you as a couple. Alternatively, you can create a wrapper for the box from paper or fabric that is personalized. Depending how much time you have, you could even embroider on it with your names, the date and a small design. This would be a very low cost way to create memorable, but cheap wedding favours. If you are short of time yourself perhaps you have a talented friend or family member who would love to do this for you.

Another possibility is to use glass containers for your wedding favours. You can buy regular small glasses and have them engraved. This may cost a little more for the engraving, but it would create something that the guests would certainly keep forever. You can fill them with candy and cover in tulle tied with a ribbon.

Candles are another popular wedding favour idea and you can even make your own. Buy beeswax and wicks at a craft store, and gather some shells or buy the shells too. Get instructions from the craft store on how to melt the beeswax and add the wick. Tie a ribbon around the finished candles.

This should give you some ideas for cheap wedding favors for your UK wedding that you can use or that will inspire you to come up with your own.