Are fancy dances not you or your fiance’s style? Are you not sure you even want to have a dance floor at all? No one and no wedding planning rules say you have to host a traditional wedding reception. In fact, many couples are now shirking tradition, in favor of out-of-the-box options that can be super entertaining, and therefore memorable, for guests. From bounce houses to bubble machines, there are lots of ways to up the fun factor at your wedding and embrace your inner kid. After all, who knows how to have more fun than kids?
Are you and your groom set on a wedding getaway, but facing pressure from parents or family to keep your nuptials local, instead? Many couples love the idea of a destination wedding, but face unexpected obstacles when they begin planning and then waiver on their decision. If you find yourself in that boat, and unsure whether a destination wedding will be a good fit for you, here are some questions that can help you determine where to go with wedding planning.
When planning a wedding the possibilities can seem positively endless or utterly overwhelming. But it helps to enter the planning phase with some key ideas about what matters most to you and your fiancé, so that the big decisions are a little easier to make, and the smaller decisions can just fall into place. Obviously one of the most important choices you’ll need to make early on is where you’ll wed. Here are some key things to ask while trying to find the perfect wedding and reception venue.
Winter can be a wonderful time to host a wedding, one which might just have the backdrop of beautiful winter snows. But sometimes brides worry that a winter wedding means they have to go with monthly themes, such as traditional Christmas colors for a December wedding or New Year’s nods for a January celebration. On the contrary, winter is a great time to choose timeless décor that will look beautiful on your winter wedding and in your photo album for years to come. And though you may not want to choose traditional spring flowers for practical purposes, since they’ll be hard to get out of season, there aren’t many other “rules” about what goes for a winter wedding. (more…)
Want your “I do’s” to feel a bit more personal than the usual lines, “for better or worse?” It is possible to write vows that are meaningful and unique. And perhaps best of all, you don’t have to be a poet to pull it off, either. You just need to tap into your emotions, possibly your memories, and then write from the heart. Of course, that’s not to say that vows have to be sappy or overtly sweet. In fact, they probably shouldn’t be if that’s not you and your groom’s style. Instead, focus on keeping your vows simple and straightforward, because those will ring true and remain timeless, long after your wedding.
When it comes to prioritizing wedding planning, keep in mind that few decisions will have a longer impact than who you hire to capture your wedding day through photographs. While a wedding photographer has long been considered an essential investment, even photography goes through trend cycles. If you’re curious what new products and photo ops have hit the market, or wonder what you should be asking your potential wedding photographers, here are some great questions and ideas. (more…)
Are the boys unsure how to help your man celebrate your upcoming nuptials? Many of the traditional bachelor party traditions have become outdated. Others are just too risqué to make many fiancés feel comfortable. If you want the guys to have a great time without making anyone uneasy, opt for one of the more wholesome yet every bit as fun takes on modern bachelor parties, which will provide great male bonding without any of the potential embarrassment. (more…)
Few wedding planning tasks are more team-building or downright fun for fiances than registering for wedding gifts. It’s like shopping without money, but also a great way to help take the pressure off guests who don’t want to guess at what you want or need. Before you hit your favorite store and start soaring through the aisles with a scanner, though, it’s good to come up with a loose game plan to help keep your registry from becoming an overwhelmingly giant list of random gadgets and none of the stuff you actually need. (more…)
Winter may not be the most popular wedding season, but that can actually make choosing a winter wedding date a great way to create a memorable celebration. If you’d like to make sure everyone has a wonderful time, though, and don’t want to worry about guests getting cold feet about attending your winter wedding, take their comfort into consideration during your winter wedding planning. A few simple choices can help ensure all your loved ones are there to warm you with their presence, instead of having a lot of no shows because of ice or snow. (more…)
When your best friend tells you she’s getting married, you are, of course, ecstatic that she’s found love. You may also be a bit nervous about what “lovely” bridesmaids dress she’ll pick for you, but you’re obviously a good enough friend not to let that show. You’re also such a good friend that while she’s planning her dream wedding you want to throw her an awesome bachelorette party. But how? Throwing a bachelorette party is about some great planning, in advance, and then a go-with-the-flow attitude when the party date arrives. You got this!