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Wedding Transport Ideas

Getting yourself and the bridal party to and from the wedding venue’s is rather important in the grand scheme of things. Though everybody does it not everyone will do it the exact same way.

Horse and Carriage

A horse-drawn carriage screams romance and is perfect for a fairytale or Victorian themed wedding. However, you must be sure to find alternate transportation for your wedding party if everyone will not fit. I don’t think these come in a stretch version.

Vintage Automobiles

Beautiful vintage cars are always in style and they make for gorgeous photos. A beautiful vintage Rolls-Royce is one that is mostly used for weddings due to its sophisticated and glamorous look and feel.Again, you may have to find alternate  transportation for your bridal party because this vehicle will most likely only fit the bride and groom.

Limos

This is the classic mode of wedding transportation. It’s less of a headache because everyone will surely fit. There are many different variations on a limo from luxury to town car and from stretch sedan’s to stretch SUV’s. The choice of which style of limo depends more on your personal taste and the size of your wedding party.

A Party Bus

This is another option that will assure that your entire party will fit and then some, these buses usually vary in size and can seat up to 45 people depending on the size. Depending on your personal taste and budget you can get anything from the basic party bus to a glam’d up ready to rock bus.

There are many other choices when it comes to choosing how you’ll get back and forth to your wedding, these few selections just scratch the surface of your many options.

 

 

Winter Wonderland Decor

Winter Wonderland wedding are very common around this time of year in the colder regions of the world. However, properly executing these weddings is not always as easy as it seems. Following a few simple steps will assure that your big day will be all that you hoped for.

What to wear?

Select a pure white gown perhaps with a white faux fur trim. Gold or silver beading would also look nice and reflect the light as you walk down the aisle.If the wedding dress you choose is simple and form-fitting, consider wearing a white, hooded cloak with white faux fur trim and carrying a white fur muff, rather than a bouquet.A gold or silver dress would also look stunning. Wear a gold or silver tiara instead of a headpiece and veil.Rather than black, select a white tuxedo with a gold or silver-colored vest and bow tie.Simple white gowns with gold or silver trim or beading. A straight cloak with white faux fur trim, or ones that are edged in gold or silver trim.Shimmering gold or silver dresses would also provide a lovely contrast to the bride’s pure white dress and is in keeping with this winter wonderland wedding theme.

It’s the decor that sets the proper theme setting when it comes to winter wonderland wedding ideas. Here are some suggestions to transform your reception:

  • Get some large, willow branches if possible (if you can’t find these then use regular tree branches). Spray paint all the branches white. Then lightly spray paint some branches with gold glitter paint and some with silver glitter paint. Set the branches in buckets filled with sand or gravel. Cover the outside of the buckets with shimmering gold and silver-colored fabric, gathered up near the rim and secure with a length of white ribbon and a beautiful bow. String small, twinkling lights throughout the branches and place the “trees” throughout the room.
  • Make or buy various sizes of white and silver snowflakes. Hang from the ceiling.
  • Cover tables in a white tablecloth. Add smaller accent cloths of gold and silver. Another thing you can do is leave the white tablecloth as is and sprinkle some gold and silver confetti around the center of the table.
  • For the budget-minded couple, create balloon bouquets of silver, white and gold balloons. Use white curly ribbon to tie the balloons together, leaving streamers of ribbon hanging down. Secure the bouquets to some sort of weight (such as tying it to bricks sprayed white, gold or silver or covered in cloth).

For most of your winter wedding reception centerpieces and decor, stick with a pure white and then add in a few enhancements of silver or gold.

  • Buy plain wicker baskets and spray paint some baskets in white, some in gold and some in silver. Tie a large bow to the handle or glue a length of ribbon around the basked and glue a bow on one side. Fill with gold, white and silver Christmas balls. You could follow the same basic idea, except use clear glass bowls instead of baskets, so the balls show through.
  • Use a small glass bowl and fill with glass beads or white gel beads. Set a several small votive or pillar candles into the bowl nestled within the beads.
  • Use elegant white flowers arranged in a simple white vase. Tie gold and silver ribbons around the neck allowing the streamers to hang down. You may also wish to have the flower tips dipped in a gold and silver dye.
  • Place a mirror in the center of the table and arrange 3 wine glasses of different heights on the mirror. Fill with water and float a white flower in each. Sprinkle some glitter over the mirror and arrange some votive candles underneath the glasses.

Winter Wonderland Wedding Favors:

  • Purchase white Christmas balls. Using glitter paint, write your names on the balls with your wedding date. Glue a small silver or gold bow to the top. This will make a nice remembrance for your guests to hang on their own Christmas trees each year.
  • Take two square pieces of gold or silver colored material and sew together, leaving a small opening at the top. Fill with potpourri and sew opening closed. Add lace, ribbon or other trim to decorate the sachet.
  • Cut a circle of white tulle and fill with candies, chocolate kisses, mints or nuts. Gather the tulle up and secure with silver or gold ribbon.
  • Tie two beeswax candles together with ribbon. Add a small spray of baby’s breath or a flower slipped under the ribbon.

What would a winter wonderland wedding be without an all white cake?

A Bouquet or Substitute:

  • Carry a single white candle with gold and silver ribbon tied around the middle.
  • Use a fur muff.
  • Carry an all white bouquet with accents of gold and silver bouquet jewelry.
  • Carry a single white rose with gold and silver streamers tied to the stem.

Weddings Military Style

Ceremony Location

Many military weddings take place at military chapels or on academy grounds , if you’d like to use another location, run it by your installation. Most military chapels are like other in-demand ceremony sites — you need to reserve them at least a year ahead of time, often by applying in writing to the chaplain’s office. All service academies have more than one chapel; at the Air Force Academy, for example, there are Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish chapels. To marry in a military chapel at a service academy, you must be a graduate or one of the following: a dependent of a graduate; an officer or enlisted person assigned to the academy complex, or his or her dependents; or a faculty or staff member, active or retired, or his or her dependents.There will probably be no charge for the use of the chapel, but a donation to the chapel fund will be expected. Rules for decorating military chapels vary across the country, but all flowers, candelabra, and other decor are arranged by the Chapel Altar Guild and are the same for all weddings. Some chapels and churches do not furnish decorations; the couple plans them themselves.

Choosing An Officiant

If you marry in a military chapel, the chaplain will perform your ceremony, and when you reserve the chapel you’ll arrange a meeting. A few sessions of pre-wedding counseling may also be required. If you’d like your civilian clergy person to co-officiate, talk to both officiants early about the possibility. Chaplains are commissioned officers and are paid by the service they represent; you do not need to pay them a fee.

The Arch Of Sabers

After the ceremony the newlyweds walk through an arch of sabers, which are curved swords with only one edge. Actual swords are used in a Naval wedding. The arch is not mandatory, but it’s definitely a memorable part of a military ceremony. On most bases, at least one chapel or an honor guard usually has sabers available for wedding ceremonies. Another possible source is the local ROTC unit. The arch is usually formed outside of the church or chapel; traditionally, a sword should never be unsheathed inside a religious sanctuary. Only commissioned officers can carry sabers or swords and participate in this ceremony. (The Marine Corps is the exception, with NCO’s also authorized to carry them.) Often the military groomsmen participate, but other officers (guests, perhaps) may be designated to help create the arch. Usually 6-8 officers are included. Officers have been known to detour from tradition, announcing the couple or lowering the final two sabers to block the couple’s way and demand that they kiss! A Marine Corps tradition, often adopted by the Air Force, is for the last saber bearer to “tap” the bride with his saber and say, “Welcome to the Air Force, Ma’am.”

The Reception

Military receptions at academies or bases are often held at officers’ or enlisted clubs on the installation, or you can have a traditional hotel or restaurant reception. Military guests are traditionally shown to their seats in order of rank. You might play  regimental music, including the theme song of the bride’s and/or groom’s branch of service. Decorations could include American flags and/or the standards of your unit(s) in addition to flowers.

The highlight of a military reception comes when the bride and groom cut the cake using a saber , one belonging to the groom if he owns one. The groom presents it to the bride and she cuts a slice of the wedding cake with the groom’s right hand resting over hers.

Eco-Invites

An Eco-friendly invite or announcement can set the tone for your green wedding. There are many options for 100% recycled, partially recycled, or completely tree free papers from wedding stationary suppliers.

Think about it, you will use more paper then you even realize for your wedding:

  • Engagement Announcements
  • Save the date cards
  • Shower Invites
  • Shower Thank you cards
  • Wedding invites
  • Ceremony Programs
  • Place Cards
  • Menu Cards
  • Wedding Announcements
  • Thank you notes
          Because of the many times a bride and groom must communicate with their guests they are finding ways to do it electronically to save on paper and printing costs. This is where wedding websites would come into the picture. There are many styles to choose from and they are fully customizable as well as reasonably priced. There are even options to have your site archived and on CD after the wedding is over.
         If the electronic wave is not for you however, you can explore the man different printing companies that can use eco-friendly paper to send out to your guests. As we all know “green” products are not always wallet friendly so please keep that in mind when you are exploring your stationery options.
ENJOY!!!

Halloween Wedding Ideas

Though Halloween isn’t seen as the most romantic time of the year , it doesn’t mean that you can’t find a way to make love sprout up around it. Whether you guys share an anniversary during the Halloween season or you’re lovers of all things Halloween there’s a wedding theme out there for you.  I have a few great ways for you to add the spirit of the season to your big day.

          If you’d like to incorporate your wedding dress into the fun, try touches of color and antique embellishments. A dark-hued sash with an embellished brooch would look chic. Try a black-net birdcage wedding veil and a pair of to-the-wrist gloves, or antique jewelry for even more drama.

Pair your vintage dress with a dramatic Victorian up-do, this is sure to add to the drama of your look. If you’d rather wear your hair down have your stylist create a loose half-up style with long, flowing curls pulled back with an antique bejeweled hairpin.

Try and keep your makeup sophisticated, with that being said it does not mean that you can’t be dramatic. Fantasy makeup is great for the Halloween season. Consider deep plum eyeliner and shadow, or a rich raspberry color for your lips. However, to avoid going overboard, choose just one area of the face to highlight. Remember don’t do anything that you will regret when looking at your pictures a year or two from now.

 

In order to extend the Halloween chic theme to your venue you can go with an all black reception. The black linens in a heavy velvet material or something similar will add to the “goolish” feel of Halloween without making your guests feel awkward. Accent the table with silver chargers , bold flower arrangements, and candles will brighten up the table enough so that your reception isn’t mistaken for anything to dark and mysterious.

Try infusing Halloween into your menu and even the drinks served at the bar. Ask your caterer to craft a signature drink for your event and serve it to all of your guests throughout cocktail hour and the reception. You can also infuse pumpkins into many of your menu items because it is so versatile. Try things like pumpkin bread or a pumpkin spread for the dinner rolls. You can even throw a pumpkin pie in there for dessert!

Allow your guests to join in on the fun and wear costumes too. Include a photo booth at the wedding so your guests can go in and enjoy taking pics with you and other guests. Your guests will feel like a big part of your wedding day, especially when they see the pictures in a scrap/wedding book later. Another crafty idea; let the guests receive key chain versions of their pictures as a very personal wedding favor.

No matter how you choose to incorporate this spooky season into your wedding just remember that you’ll be looking at these pictures for the rest of your life, so make sure you’re happy with every little detail.

ENJOY!!!

Country/Farmhouse Weddings

When most couples think of a romantic, beautiful setting, they don’t typically imagine a barn. Tastefully decorated, however, a barn can be a great venue for a memorable wedding.There are many types of barn buildings to choose from in different sizes and shapes. Some barns are specially built to host wedding receptions, dances, parties, and other events, while others can be easily decorated for the perfect day.

Aside from a great place to host the reception party, barns make for great photographic backdrops. To ensure that the barn appears an asset in your photographs rather than an eyesore, make sure that it is well cleaned, repaired and painted, if need be, and decorated to suit the occasion. Make sure the grass around the barn is freshly cut and all debris removed.

Nothing says country farmhouse more than a bale of hay.While hay bale seating for guests might be a little to much , forming an alter out of hay is perfect to set off your decor, rustic and, if draped with silk or ribbons, can be simply elegant. Either attach hay to an altar that’s already standing, or order a custom-made frame, as long as you have the time and funds to do so.

Instead of dressing the wedding party up like bad country table linens, consider using western embellishments to match the theme. Leather cowboy boots, bridesmaids in shirt dresses with large belts, cowboy hats on all the groomsmen and officiant, and horseshoe brooches or lapel pins all help match the scene while allowing the party to look sharp.

 

The food should be modern versions of country classics, such as miniature apple pies with gourmet ice cream, vegetable soup served in carved-out pumpkins, egg and ham canapés, fresh vegetable salad, corn, whole grains, apples and carrot cakes. The wedding cake, however, should be traditional: white tiers with autumn-colored floral accents and either a rich chocolate or light almond interior. However, this aspect is totally up to you because not every one enjoys the same types of foods.

 

In all planning a country themed wedding is not as intricate as it seems, you just have to make sure you are willing to invest time into planning it perfectly. Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

Wedding Insurance.

On your wedding day the last thing you want to think about is a sudden disaster , but it happens. In the event that you have any type of disaster on your big day you can assure that you’re covered by securing wedding insurance.

Wedding insurance protects a couples investment from things beyond their control and reimburses them for their expenses.

For example, What if the limo driver doesn’t show up the morning of your wedding and you have to book another company at an inflated price right away? Or what happens if the reception hall you booked went bankrupt weeks before your big day and your not able to get back your deposit back? These are things that your insurance will help you take care of. 

Wedding Insurance also takes care of more tragic events like your dress catching on fire, the loss of your wedding bands, and even the costs of having to postpone your wedding all together for events you couldn’t control. Wedding insurance However, does not cover a change of heart , watches , jewelry (outside of your bands) or semi-precious gemstones, and your engagement ring.

A basic policy that covers loss of photos , videos, attire, presents, rings, and deposits usually costs anywhere between $155-$550, depending on the amount of coverage you want. General liability insurance , which covers up to 1million dollars for accidents, costs around $185.However, before you buy wedding insurance , check with each of your vendors because they may have an insurance policy of their own in the event that they can’t deliver their services.

Do not wait up until the last minute to insure your wedding because their may be certain time restrictions on any given policy or claim.

In all , wedding insurance is great to have, even if you never have to use it.
ENJOY!!!!