Friday, February 17, 2017

Best Types of Flowers for a Winter Wedding

Winter Wedding Flowers
There is nothing quite like choosing flowers for a winter wedding. While you may have fewer choices in the winter than you would in the spring, there are many beautiful flowers that are the perfect accompaniment to a wedding held during cold weather.

For an elegant touch of class, silver is a great accent color during the winter. This makes flowers such as cymbidium orchids a perfect choice, but you can also choose to pair roses with anemones and even add some pine cones to the mix. Anemones also pair well with ranunculuses and sweet hydrangeas to make a dark but winter friendly décor.

Since red roses are so common for winter weddings, if you want a unique look, consider using peach roses instead. When including them in your bouquets a touch of red berries adds that little something extra you are probably looking for on your wedding day. Any color rose can even be paired with pines for a warm cozy winter feeling.

Roses can also be paired with flowers such as Queen Anne’s lace and chrysanthemums to create a pastel look for your wedding, If you like things delicate and fancy these may be the most appealing to you.

Centerpieces and bouquets for a winter wedding can benefit from the inclusion of succulents. These flowers are easy to obtain in the winter and can withstand any temperature. Like other flowers, succulents can also be used with pine and pinecones to make your wedding look and feel like a winter wonderland.

If you can get them, white poppies are also a great choice for winter wedding flowers. They are very trendy these days and you can pair them with any other color to complete your wedding day style.

A unique flower you may not have heard of, but one that fits any wedding perfectly, is the Bells of Ireland. The flowers got their name from the fact that they look like white bells. These long lasting flowers are bright and beautiful enough to make any winter wedding feel more elegant.

One of the most common flowers to use for a winter wedding is carnations and there is a good reason for that. They are available in many colors, including pale yellow, white, purple, salmon pink, and standard pink. The popularity of this flower at winter weddings may also be due to the fact that it is the official flower for the month of January.

Another common type of flower seen at winter weddings is the poinsettia. In addition to bright red, poinsettias can also be orange, purple and even marble. You can combine more than one color of poinsettias for an eye-catching winter wedding.

Last but not least, though it may seem a bit unconventional, it is not unusual to see winter brides use mistletoe as their wedding flowers. As long as you pair the mistletoe with bright whites and reds you’ll find that it’s the perfect way to complement a winter wedding.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Should You Have A Spring Wedding?

Merits of Having a Spring Wedding
When choosing your wedding date, how likely are you to choose one in the spring? Many couples prefer getting married during this season than during any other. There are some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not you would like to get married in the spring. Your answers to these questions will point you in the right direction.

How do you feel about pastel colored bridesmaid dresses? While some brides think they are too plain others know that their bridesmaids may prefer pastel colors to harsher colors. When your bridesmaids were pastel, each can choose her own color and the wedding party will still look coordinated. While pastel colors are frowned upon for summer, winter and fall weddings, they are popular for spring weddings.

Do you believe in the idea of re-birth? If you do, spring is the ideal season for you to get married in. The season is traditionally associated with renewals and re-births and for many couples it feels like the perfect time to make the transition from engaged to married.

Is an outdoor wedding venue something that appeals to you? Outdoor weddings are usually the most comfortable for your attendants and guests because the temperatures tend to avoid one extreme or the other. No couple wants their guests to be overheated or freezing cold during their wedding.

How do you feel about having flowers included in your celebration? Many types of flowers are in bloom during spring, making them more affordable and easier to obtain than they are the rest of the year. One popular choice among spring brides is cherry blossoms.

Do your friends and family have summer or winter vacations planned? Jet setting friends and family may find them traveling during these seasons and unable to attend your wedding as a result. Fewer people make plans for travel during the spring and with very few holidays you will have your choice of convenient dates.

Are you and your partner culinary superstars? If so, or even if you simply want to support local grocers and farmers, a spring time wedding provides you with the perfect excuse to incorporate the freshest, most healthy selection of fruits and vegetables to use when serving your guests. Farmers markets can be an excellent source of local produce.

Do you have your heart set on a popular wedding venue for your spring wedding? Summer is the most common season to get married in, so if you are eye a particular venue for your wedding chances are it may already be booked solid through the summer months. The rush to get married is usually slower in the spring, making it the ideal time to get married for your choice of venues.

These are the questions to ask yourself if you are contemplating whether or not you want to get married in the spring. In most cases, the more of these questions you answer yes to the more likely it is that a spring time wedding is ideal.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Eco Friendly Alternatives to Traditional Wedding Items

Alternatives to Wedding Confetti
Since so many traditional wedding items use up the world’s resources you may be looking for eco-friendly alternatives. There are many items that you include in your wedding while helping preserve natural resources.

One of the biggest resource wasters associated with a wedding are the invitations, save-the-date and RSVP cards. You can avoid this by purchasing invitations and cards that are made from recycled paper. Look for items that can be printed using soy based ink. Alternatively, if you don’t have your heart set on paper invitations or wedding announcements you can send them out digitally.

Flowers may be a staple at most couples’ weddings, but this can become wasteful when the flowers are simply thrown away at the end of the day. If you use flowers in your centerpieces you can offer to let a few of your guests take home the flowers from the table. As far as the baskets of flowers that make up your wedding day décor, it can be a nice gesture, and an environmentally friendly one, to donate those wedding flowers to a hospital or nursing home once your wedding is over. For your own bouquet you can have the flowers preserved and keep them as a cherished memento.

Feeding everyone is a huge part of any wedding, but there is often food leftover. Sending your guests home with the leftovers can be a great way to send them a little extra thank you and will avoid food being thrown away. If you prefer, give the leftover food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen.

To combine your wedding cake and your guest favors without having any waste, consider using a tower of decorated cupcakes in place of the traditional wedding cake. Not only does this save you money on favors, a tower of cupcakes will likely cost much less than a wedding cake would. Ask the bakery you order from if your cupcakes will arrive in boxes made from recycled cardboard. If you have your heart set on a wedding cake, you can still make it eco-friendly by requesting that the cake topper be edible flowers made from sugar or fruit.

Guest favors don’t have to be wasteful and they don’t have to be wedding cupcakes if that is not something that interests you. Other eco-friendly ideas for your guest favors include candied apples, homemade treats or even your own signature soda.

Confetti is a very popular item found at most weddings, but if it’s made from plastic or foil it can be terrible for the environment. Instead, choose alternatives to confetti that are safe for the environment like birdseed or rice to have all the benefits of confetti without any of the factors that can harm Mother Earth.

To leave your wedding in style, without harming the earth, you can have your guests’ toss 100% biodegradable fake snow. It looks like real snow but will immediately dissolve the first time it rains after your wedding day. Biodegradable rice is also an item commonly tossed at eco-friendly weddings. Birdseed also works well because your guests will have fun sending you off and when everyone is gone, the birds will swoop down and have a feast.

With the rising cost of most items associated with the typical wedding, more couples are choosing eco-friendly alternatives.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Choosing a Conflict-Free Wedding Diamond

Choosing a Conflict-Free Wedding Diamond
Shopping for your wedding ring is something many women dream of. Today most brides are choosing a conflict free diamond ring. Choosing this type of ring is easier to do the more you know about it.

Being able to identify your stone is the first step in choosing a conflict free diamond. These diamonds always come with a Kimberly Process certificate. The store you buy the diamond from should have a certificate to give you if the diamond truly is conflict free. Any legitimate jeweler will have the System of Warranties statement, which you can also ask to see when making your purchase.

One of the easiest ways to choose a conflict free diamond for your wedding ring is to give your business to a retailer that specializes in them. The most famous example of a jewelry retailer that sells conflict free diamonds is Tiffany & Co.

The countries that produce conflict free diamonds include Canada, Australia and Russia, among others. These countries are participants in the Kimberly Process mentioned above and have seen their revenue greatly increase as a result. The increased revenue benefits those living in each of these countries.

The initiative for the Kimberly Process was completed by both the gemstone industry and the United Nations. Its purpose is to ensure that conflict diamonds are no longer sold because in the past the sale of diamonds was a way to pay for brutal wars. Since the Kimberly Process was started 98% of diamond distributors worldwide adhere to its guidelines. It is now law in 74 different countries that any diamonds sold must be conflict free. In 2003 the Clean Diamond Trade Act was passed in order to provide legislature for the Kimberly Process. Those who are members of the process trade conflict free diamonds with each other and hold each other accountable for having their facilities pass inspection to prove their diamonds are conflict free.

During the period of time between 2010 and 2014 millions of carets worth of diamonds were mined under conditions that many people objected to on a moral level. The resulting idea was that going forward the definition of a conflict diamond became a rough diamond that was one that was mined specifically to pay for military actions rebelling against government.

Be aware of the fact that purchasing a conflict free diamond should be no more expensive than purchasing one that is not conflict free. Do your homework when shopping and you will be sure that you aren’t paying more for your diamond than you need to.

To go in a completely different direction consider purchasing a vintage stone wedding ring. If it is a vintage stone, you can be sure that it is considered conflict free. You will be purchasing a beautiful ring that is eco-friendly as well as produced ethically.

Choosing a conflict free wedding diamond is an important decision that every bride must make, either on her own or with the help of her fiancé.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Putting Together a Timeline for Your Wedding Day

A Timeline for your Wedding Day
You want your wedding day to go as smoothly as possible and one way to make that happen is to have a timeline put together in advance. This will help everyone involved in the wedding stay on track and collaborate on the sequence of events for the day.

When putting together a wedding day timeline it is important to build in enough time for tasks such as hair and makeup. The larger your bridal party is the more you need two or more makeup artists/hair stylists to make the process go as quickly as possible. Many wedding ceremonies have started late because the bridal party wasn't ready on time. Building in enough time for everyone's hair and makeup to be done is a crucial step in helping your wedding day flow smoothly.

Your wedding day timeline should take into account the time of day you want the ceremony to begin. Whatever time you put on your invitations expect that your guests will arrive approximately 30 minutes before then. It is important that any photos scheduled to be taken before the ceremony should be finished by the time guests begin arriving. You will also want to ensure that music will be playing when guests get to your venue and that they will be able to get into it. Also consider the fact that while the majority of your guests are likely to arrive before the scheduled start time, inevitably there will be at least one or more guests who arrive at the venue late. This should be kept in mind when putting together your wedding day timeline. Most weddings start anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes after the scheduled start time.

Scheduling your cocktail hour and sit down dinner is also important. The cocktail hour is especially important if guests won't have to travel between venues to attend your ceremony and reception. Even if they do have to travel, you will need to know the approximate time it takes to get from the ceremony site to the reception site. You can then choose when to have your cocktail hour begin.

Sit down dinners are typically served to guests within 15 to 30 minutes after the cocktail hour officially ends. Plan on 45 minutes to an hour for your guests to eat and enjoy their meals. Any toasts that are to be made during the reception should be made while guests have their dinner plates in front of them.

After the dinner has ended and dancing has begun it is typical to give your guests one hour until the wedding cake is cut, which usually signifies that the reception is coming to an end. Within that hour you should schedule your garter and bouquet toss if they are to be included in your reception.

Once guests have left your reception venue you will need to plan on approximately one hour for the breaking down of your venue. Keep this in mind when tasking wedding party members with cleanup.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hiring a Fireworks Company for Your Wedding

Professional Fireworks Show at your Wedding
If you really want to end your wedding with a bang, consider hiring a fireworks company to ensure the festivities are performed carefully by trained professionals. This ensures everyone's safety and will help you impress all of your guests.

There are many professional fireworks companies that you can find by performing a quick online search. Once you have accumulated a list of companies in your area you will want to call them and speak to them about their services before deciding which company to hire. You also want to make sure that they have all the right certifications, becoming a pyrotechnician authorized for weddings and other events is a labor-intensive process and many “professionals” either forge their paperwork or ignore the fact that licensing and permitting are required at all.

Before you call any fireworks company it helps to have a general idea of the amount of money you are able and willing to spend on their services. You may be able to negotiate with companies to get the lowest price possible.

When calling any fireworks company to inquire about their services you will want to discuss with them the logistics of how the fireworks will be set off. You should always double check with your reception venue to ensure that fireworks are allowed before you pay any company for their services. How small or elaborate you want your fireworks display to be will depend on what the company offers you and what your venue allows.

It is recommended that the fireworks company you hire is able to come to your reception venue to see where they would be setting up their display. This well help you confirm with the company what you are hiring them to do. You will also want to arrange for someone to clean up after the fireworks display has concluded.

Other considerations when hiring a fireworks company for your wedding should include making sure that they have the proper insurances and licenses to do so. Reputable fireworks companies will have the insurance and licenses; generally companies that don't are run by amateurs and you should avoid hiring them.

For the most part, the crew you hire to perform your fireworks display will stay out of sight during the wedding as much as possible. It is often preferable to have crew members wearing an official company uniform so that they can be identified as fireworks experts. You will also want to ensure they are dressed for their own safety and comfort.

The fireworks companies you hire should tell you in advance how the needed equipment will be arriving at your venue on the big day. The bigger the show will be the more equipment they will need and this often involves bringing them in on large trucks, trailers or vans. Check with your venue to ensure that the fireworks company you hire will have a place where they can park their vehicles and unload the equipment.

In the event of inclement weather you will want to know what the fireworks company can do for you. In some circumstances, you’ll want to just buy some wedding sparklers to have on hand in case you can’t have a fireworks show at all. Though most people don’t consider sparklers to be fireworks, it can be a viable alternative if you are in a pinch. Some companies will offer you at least a partial refund if weather conditions prevent them from being able to perform the show that you paid for. This should inspire confidence in hiring them.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Planning the Ultimate Fairy Tale Wedding

Entering Wedding in a Carriage
Most little girls enjoy being read fairy tales and when they grow up they want nothing more than a fairy tale wedding. This is a wedding like no other and one many little girls look forward to their whole lives. If you are planning one you will need to tackle the most important aspect of the planning process.

You can’t have the ultimate fairy tale wedding without a castle to get married in. While this is an ambitious undertaking it is not impossible to achieve. Though it is likely you don’t have the means to rent an actual castle, you can search for a wedding venue that has just as much magic to you. This could be anything from a beautiful park to a sprawling country club to a five star luxury hotel. Only you can decide what your ultimate vision for your wedding is, but having a castle of some sort is a very important aspect of any fairy tale wedding; even if it’s just made out of cardboard.

When you have acquired the venue of your dreams you will want to search for the dress of your dreams. For a fairy tale wedding you may not even want to limit yourself to the traditional white dress. A soft pink or rose wedding dress would likely make you look and feel like you just stepped out of a fairytale.

Planning for a fairy tale themed wedding gives you many options in décor, food, drinks and entertainment. You may choose to make your wedding simply feel like a fairy tale or may take inspiration from actual fairy tales from your childhood, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves or Cinderella.

For a proper fairy tale wedding, consult with a local bartender and request that they create a signature cocktail for your wedding. They may be able to create a cocktail that will compliment your theme. This can also be a way to save money; many couples have a signature cocktail created for their wedding to avoid offering a full bar while still providing guests with adult drinks.

The way you arrive for your wedding is something that you and your guests will always remember. Though getting married at a castle is too ambitious for most people, you may be able to arrange to arrive at your wedding venue via a horse drawn carriage. You may also wish to leave your wedding the same way you arrived. This will only add to the fairy tale feel of your wedding.

Another way to bring the theme into your wedding is to rent a photo booth for the reception. You can find one that allows you to change the background whenever you want. Acquiring just the right backgrounds can turn pictures from your wedding into more meaningful reminders of the day and of what it means. It also allows your guests to enjoy themselves and get lost in the theme.

Creating a fairy tale wedding is something any couple can do if they put their minds to it. The magic of your favorite fairy tale will only enhance your wedding day.