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Tips for Choosing Good Wedding Planning Software

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 15:56:00 +0000

When you first dig into the details of planning your wedding, you quickly find things can quickly become disorganized and quite overwhelming. There's a lot to keep track of when planning a wedding, but one great way to help make sure nothing is forgotten is to choose some good wedding planning software, then using that wedding planning software to make sure the best day of your life goes off without a hitch!Now wedding planning software is not just for brides. In fact, it might be a better idea to have someone else in charge of keeping track of all the details. The bride is nervous, excited and stressed out enough about this big day in her life, so wedding planning software can be purchased for use by a professional wedding planner, a great friend, family member, or someone else who's placed in charge of keeping track of the wedding planning details.Before buying wedding planning software, you'll want to look around at various offers. Be sure to compare not just prices, but see what kinds of features are offered in the wedding planning software packages you're thinking about buying too. You can get started by searching for wedding planning software with any search engine online, and maybe look for wedding planning software reviews too. This way you'll be able to see how others like the specific wedding planning software packages you're thinking about buying.Now, what features and capabilities should your wedding planning software have?1. Expense tracking. Good wedding planning software should offer some kind of way to track expenses and help keep you within budget. Some weddings can run as high as $20,000 or more before everything is said and done, but by tracking all of the related expenses in your wedding planning software, you'll be able to make sure you can meet or beat the budget you've allowed for various wedding expenses.2. Guest Tracking. Your wedding planning software should be able to track however many guests you intend to have at your wedding. Good wedding planning software won't limit you to just 100 guest entries either, it should be able to handle the really big weddings too.Other key points about guest tracking that your wedding planning software should be able to handle include all the little things like: Are they coming from out of town? Do they need help finding accomodations? What gifts did they give you and have you sent a thank you card yet? Did they attend various events such as the bridal shower or rehersal?3. Reception Seating. Great wedding planning software will even allow you to help figure out the seating arrangements for your wedding reception! Seating can be extremely important and complicated at any wedding, and the larger it is the harder things seem to be. Having wedding planning software which helps you manage this though, will help prevent any major disasters on that special day. You wouldn't want to sit Aunt Edna and Uncle Joe together - or even at the same table - if they recently went through a nasty divorce right? So look for wedding planning software which has features that can help you make sure no mistakes of this sort will happen.4. Reception Details. Great wedding planning software should also allow you to manage all the misc details about the reception too: What foods will be served, what catering company will be used, where will the reception be located, what entertainment will there be, etc. These are all important wedding details that must be arranged and kept track of, so any good wedding planning software should offer a way to do so.There are many other features you'll find in great wedding planning software. These could include: Music management, vow and ceremonial details management, and having misc checklists and todo lists readily available. So when you're looking around for great wedding planning software, keep in mind all the minute details that will need to be tracked, and be sure the wedding planning software you choose offers those for you.[...]



Wedding Planning Stress Sydrome

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 08:05:00 +0000

Getting married soon? Nervous about the big day? Having jitters already? Learn how to beat the pre-wedding and wedding jitters. Overcome Wedding Planning Stress Syndrome, a term coined by former bride and wedding photographer assistant Victoria Carrington so that you will look and feel your best on your big day!I was once a bride and I am now the assistant to Sam Carrington, my husband, owner of Sam Carrington Photography specializing in wedding photography. I have combined my experience with my continuing observation of brides and brides-to-be to coin the term Wedding Planning Stress Syndrome. Every bride knows that there is nothing more nerve-wracking than planning a huge event, especially one that will change your life forever (hopefully). How can you be aware of and overcome wedding jitters? The stress of a wedding comes from many sources and the first step to conquering a case of nerves is to recognize the causes of the stress. Stress and anxiety due to a wedding comes from:- Planning- so many decisions to be made-how will you make the right choices? Choosing photographers, caterers, venues, florists, dress shops and cakes can be a daunting task, especially as most of us in this generation were not taught to entertain. How exactly do you know how to choose the right vendors? Various articles may point you in different directions. Each friend you talk to has a different horror story. The stress begins here.-Perfection-everybody knows that your wedding day should be perfect right? That is not an easy ideal to live up to in any circumstance. Although we intellectually know that nothing can be perfect, our hearts still want the fairy tale wedding in which every little thing is perfect. Thinking about a breach in the desired perfection can lead to waking up in a cold sweat many nights before the wedding.-Pleasing-so much of wedding preparation involves pleasing a myriad of others, some of whom may have opposing tastes and requests. At this delicate time of your relationship with your intended life mate, you must pay careful attention to his needs and the needs of his family. But what about your family and their wishes? And where exactly do your needs fit in here? Perhaps nowhere but it will be very stressful for you to figure this out.-Position-some of the main stress of wedding planning may have to with determining your new role within your new family-to-be and sometimes even with your family of origin. You may need to jockey between your divorced parents or his, step-parents or even between your beau and his parents. The tension can wear you out and make you feel stressed. You may need to be a peacemaker or an umpire. In worst case scenarios, you may need to be block punches from being thrown.You may be saying to yourself Yeah, all that stress stuff is true but I am too stressed to do anything about it. Anyway, a little stress can not be that bad can it? Could I really have Wedding Planning Stress Syndrome? The answer is-yes, stress can be very bad for you, your health, your relationships and ultimately for your enjoyment of your wedding day. The harmful effects of stress are well-known and they impact on your life as you are planning your wedding. Stress causes you to:-not think as clearly as you should at times. You have a lot of major decisions to make and thinking clearly will be in your best interest. Being able to come up with a brilliant solution to a thorny planning problem will make you look good to your future family too.-not feeling as good as you should. Physically, stress will wear you down. It will make you feel more tired yet it may make you not rest or sleep well at night. Stress can cause muscle aches, headaches and stomach aches. It can exacerbate pre-existing health problems at a time when you need to feel your best and get a lot done. Importantly, stress can also cause your body to be less resistant to germs and diseases as your immune functions get compromised. You certainly do not want to be sick on your big day!-Not cultivate relationships like you need to. In this del[...]



Wedding Plan News For Your Perfect Wedding

Fri, 12 Nov 2010 03:09:00 +0000

Let's face it. Unless you plan to elope on the spur of the moment, planning a wedding is never easy. There are just too many things to consider - dress, venue, favors, invitations, and menu, just to name a few - that wedding plan news stories about the latest in weddings that contribute to easier planning are highly appreciated.
And these news point to a new direction in weddings that breaks the mould of old-fashioned concepts without taking away the solemnity and the joy of the occasion. Here are some of these new developments.
Change of Guard: Wedding Expenses
Remember the old times when the bride's parents were expected to pay for the wedding expenses? It used to place a strain on personal relationships and money matters on both sides of the soon-to-be-wedded couple. After all, the general rule was that whoever pays had the most say!
The good wedding plan news is that, nowadays, everybody can pitch in with the expenses. This will definitely affect your wedding planning in terms of how big the affair will be, who will be invited, where it will be held and other matters.
Active Participation: The Groom
Remember the times when the groom was expected to just sit back and relax and let the bride decide on virtually everything about the wedding? After all, so the reasoning goes, a wedding is the bride's day!
Of course, this placed unnecessary strain on the hapless bride who must coordinate with the wedding planner about everything from the favors to the venue. And you may have heard of couples calling it quits because of the strains of wedding planning.
Well, the happy wedding plan news that just came through the wires is that grooms are now taking a more active role in planning their wedding. Not only are they expected to become the bride's full partner but they are happy to do be one!
As can be expected, this makes the job of the bride and the wedding planner so much easier. After all, three heads are always better than one especially when the third head is the groom.
Wedding Registry: Make It Appropriate
Again, remember the times when the wedding registry was limited to household items? There were many reasons for this fact like couples were not allowed to live in one house before the wedding.
The good wedding plan news is that, nowadays, you and your groom can decide to list down almost everything that you will need after the wedding sans the usual household items. After all, your house must be full of them as it is and receiving these gifts can add to the clutter.
Instead, you can ask your wedding planner to draw out a wedding registry with a twist. For example, if you plan to spend your honeymoon in a skiing resort, then hotel accommodations and skiing equipment are more appropriate to your needs. After all, wedding gifts are supposed to make the couple -you - happy so you might as well tell your guests what will make you happy. In a very subtle and sophisticated way, of course!
In conclusion, to make your wedding planning easier, you can always hire a wedding planner who can worry about these things for you. Just make sure that your vision still comes true since it's still your wedding.(image)



The Basics of Wedding Planning

Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:50:00 +0000

Now that you are engaged, where do you start? Although many women fantasize about their wedding day, there is a tendency to underestimate just how much time and effort is required to bring their dream to fruition.The key to great wedding planning is organization. It is important that one is very methodical to ensure a flawless wedding day. No wedding is perfect; however, with careful planning, many mistakes are avoidable.Firstly, the couple should select a wedding date that is considerate of all parties involved. A realistic date is usually six months to one year in advance. When selecting a date, be cognizant of holidays and pricing (venues for May and June weddings tend to be more expensive than other months).Secondly, start a wedding binder. A binder is a useful tool to keep planning on schedule. Divide the binder into monthly sections and label each month prior to your wedding date. Search the Internet for a wedding checklist to assist with a basic timeline. To keep plans on track, set a goal to accomplish each month. In addition, keep several folders in the binder for receipts, contracts, etc.Next, spend some time visualizing your wedding day. Think about color schemes, themes, venues, etc. Then, select a color scheme and/or a theme that embodies your vision and coordinate everything around it. This process will assist in determining the components required to make your wedding day fabulous.Subsequently, the couple should plan a wedding budget. Establish budgetary parameters for the wedding ceremony and reception. Set priorities and decide which elements of the overall wedding necessitate the most money. When planning your budget, take into account the size of the wedding party and guest list. Create a realistic budget and be sure to allocate enough money for each component: reception, photographer, videographer, floral design, disc jockey, favors, rentals, honeymoon, etc. If considering hiring a wedding planner, this would be the time to do so. Also, include their fee in your budget.Immediately following, book the place where the wedding ceremony will take place.Then, book the reception venue. Popular wedding venues are booked months in advance, so be sure to book early. The availability of these two venues will dictate the date of your wedding; be prepared to be flexible. The wedding meal and cake should be the next consideration. Ascertain whether or not the venue will provide the meal and the cake or if an independent caterer will be needed. In any case, take time and schedule several tastings with multiple vendors.Select the wedding photographer and videographer based on referrals and work samples. Use a similar strategy when selecting a band and/or a disc jockey. Ask for references and sample mixed CDs. If possible, attend an event where the band or disc jockey is performing.Deciding on a wedding gown, bridesmaids' dresses, and tuxedos is an enjoyable experience. Browse several different bridal shops or the Internet for online vendors. Pick attire that is complimentary for the entire wedding party. Have multiple fittings to ensure proper tailoring. Following wardrobe selections, visit local florists to choice coordinating floral design.Look for wedding invitations and favors for your special day online or at a bridal store. If you are creative, make your own. Plan ahead so you have plenty of time for preparation. Send wedding invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding.Lastly, finalize transportation, schedule hair stylist appointments, register for wedding gifts, make honeymoon arrangements, etc. Refer back to your wedding checklist and use it as your guide. Check off completed tasks to make certain no detail is forgotten. To make sure everything stays on schedule, follow up with vendors throughout your wedding planning.Wedding planning is very exciting and rewarding. Keep your eyes on the prize and those overwhelming moments will vanish quickly. Organization and time management will guarantee a successful wedding day!Cong[...]



Wedding Planning Tips - How Do You Begin Planning Your Wedding?

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 23:24:00 +0000

Firstly warm wishes for the to be couple. These are exciting in one's life and I said this from personal experience. The first thing that pops up is how do I start planning the wedding and from where to begin it. Grab a piece paper/note book to jot down the essentials and these noting will be your rough wedding planning requirement list.


Wedding planning initial steps -


It all boils down to budget whether it's purchasing a car or splurging on the wedding. You will have to be clear of the resources that are available you to. Mark your expenses down by at least 15-25% less so that later on unforeseen expensive do not out you in a fix. You can start your wedding planning from here onwards.


Thereafter what is of utmost importance is whether you plan to arrange you wedding yourself or you would like a professional to plan it for you. Take into consideration your work schedules, if you schedules do not permit you such freedom them it is advised that hiring a professional shall be good.


The professional does the planning for you right from starch and will be responsible for details and any problem that goes with planning. But in case you have a tight budget then its better to do the wedding planning yourself as professional can be expensive proposition.


Wedding Planning Step-by-Step Guide


It is very necessary that you plan your wedding step-by-step even if you hire a professional to help you or you are doing it yourself. Wondering where to find that wedding guide? In case you have hired a wedding planned then they will provide you one. If not then bridal salons and bookstore do have them.


And the Internet is always there. Sites like theknot.com & more such give wedding planning guides for free. While if you like to find more options and search extensively the type "free wedding planning guide" on Google. Further reference can be taken from a guidebook on wedding preparations. Reading a guidebook may lead to newer and exciting ideas on planning your wedding.


How to start my own wedding planning?


When you say how do I start my own wedding planning, it means that to have reached a decision to plan it yourself, which can be quite an experience. Well waiting for what, click online and search a website that has required information to cater to your needs. Here you can find trial wedding speeches for the groom, attendees and also for the maid of honor all for free.


Wedding checklist and wedding planning guide can also found here. A few websites also checklist that are do it yourself types designed keeping in mind those who shall be planning their wedding all by themselves. You can always have a print out of these checklist, but if you rather be in constant touch with the website they shall be able to guide in moments needs. So here's the way to plan for your wedding.


I sincerely hope that I have been able to help you answer a few doubts about "How do I begin planning my wedding". These are times that will never come back so live every moment and every day to its fullest, sets backs are just temporary so never let the stress bug you. Marriage is there to lead life together and involves more than a wedding ceremony.

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Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:00 +0000

Some might say that one's wedding day is the most important day of their lives. It is a union that is only surpassed by the birth of one's children. The key to a happy and well organized wedding is preparation and organization. That is the goal of this step by step wedding planning guide. Some may think that all the hype about wedding planning is just overplay; however that is not the case. Planning your wedding can be one of the most complicated things to do; especially if you don't prepare yourself for the long list of things that need to be done. This quick little wedding checklist should help you get all aspects of your wedding moving in the right direction.Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- The BreakdownLet's break down planning your wedding into 3 sections. First we will talk about the budget, location, guest list and theme for the wedding. Once we have a direction on the where; we will move to the when. Those are the first and foremost things that need to be considered and decided before any further steps are taken.Then we will move over to all the booking and reservations that are involved with wedding planning. This would include aspects like catering, the band and the photographer. The last thing that we will cover in this wedding checklist will be the maid of honor and the bridesmaids; the best man and the groomsmen; the ushers, the ring bearer and the flower girls.Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- Section OneThe first thing to consider when you begin planning your wedding is the budget. This is usually a touchy subject; as it is traditionally the parents of the bride who will foot the bill. However; now that we have entered the 21st century; just like many other common traditions; the parents are no longer expected to carry all of the financial weight. The funds can come from anywhere; but the most important thing is getting a realistic estimate of what you will have to spend. Once you know how much you can spend; you know how much you can afford.The next thing on the wedding checklist in this step by step wedding planning guide is the guest list. Many think that this is the hardest part of wedding planning because it has to be based around the budget. Deciding how many are going to be on your guest list does take presentence, to most people, over the location and theme. This is because of how special this day is. It all revolves around how many close friends and family members you want to share your special day with. Some may want to decide the location, theme and guest list all at once; as these will be the major contributors to the overall expense. Either way; the guest list is a crucial factor when considering the realistic budget you have to divvy up for the other aspects of your wedding.Now the wedding checklist comes to the location and theme. The further ahead that you book the place in which you want to have the wedding ceremony; the cheaper it will be. Some people are very traditional and want to be married in a church; but for those who want to choose another special place; there are many alternate locations to consider when planning your wedding.Here are some ideas for planning your wedding location: The Park The Beach A Place of Historical Significance A Place of Personal Significance At A Family or Friends Home OverseasOnce you have decided on the location; the theme is next on the wedding checklist. The theme and location sometimes go hand in hand. For example; if you choose to have a beach wedding; then the theme will most likely be based around a luau of some sort. After choosing a theme to match your budget, location and guest list; you can move onto the more intricate pieces of planning your wedding; like the actual reservations and bookings. (See section two of this step by step wedding planning guide)The final aspect covered in this wedding planning section is all about the when. Ask yourself: When do I want to have my wedding? There are 12 months e[...]



Wedding Plans & Precious Bridal Tips - Things That Can Spoil the Perfect Wedding Day If You Let Them

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:05:00 +0000

Wedding plans: have you made yours yet? Are you to be a spring bride? If so then you need to get things rolling "now" to avoid any last minute hiccups that could spoil your wedding day. You need to be "organized," if not, then "prepared" being the more appropriate word to use for the worst happening. When making wedding plans keep in mind that "two heads are better than one." Having someone at your side along way can help tremendously in the way of coming up with ideas and to help lighten the load. This can be a stressful time for the future bride, however by knowing the things you want and how to go about getting them will have you avoid hours of bridal mayhem. Make sure to involve your future husband with all wedding plans so he has the opportunity to contribute or have his say.It does not matter how precise you are you can bet something will go belly up on the day. Even the wedding experts can get it wrong sometimes. It only takes the slightest little thing to spoil what may have taken you a year or two to plan, if not longer. Typical mishaps like forgetting to inform the chauffeur where the church service is to be held or mislaying the wedding rings are a couple to mention. If you finalize particular wedding tasks early enough then you're half way there in having a mishap carefree day.Drawing up a wedding-to-do-list should be your top priority. Put a date in your diary to meet up with them who you have allotted a particular wedding duty to carry out. Keep these meetings regular so you know where you're up to with the wedding tasks. What's been accomplished can be ticked off your wedding-to-do-list. The more ticks there is the fewer headaches. Duties for wedding helpers might include ordering the flowers, baking the wedding cake, sending out invitations down to booking the minister for the wedding ceremony. Let the happiest day of your life stay that way by planning ahead.The content bride will always look the prettiest on the day more than that of a miserable looking bride.By highlighting some vital wedding issues will help you get yourself in order to achieve the perfect wedding. If you experience difficulty in planning your wedding, then in all due respect it maybe down to you that is making it difficult. You need to relax and take time out to think and not rush.There are a lot of steps you will need to take when planning a wedding but taking one step at a time is the answer. Taking too much on at once can cause problems and cause you unnecessary stress. When planning a wedding, you need to make detail planning of the program. Let us begin with the wedding reception, some couples dedicate more of their time to this part of their wedding than any other part of the wedding events. You need to make sure that the venue hall is an ideal size for accommodating all your guests. Estimating the number of guests coming at this stage is not good, it is best to have exact numbers if it is a sit down meal because you could end up spending over the odds. Planning the reception should have you include and allow for the catering, decorations and entertainment.Involve yourself with the catering and by doing this you get to check the menu with your caterer and change things as you go along. Wedding entertainment like hiring a disco DJ or live band is fabulous for getting people in the mood for dancing.If you have to much on your plate and have no time to involve yourself with the catering then you will need to get a final head count for any meals to be served concerning your wedding to your caterer. This count should include the wedding photographer and coordinator as well as your wedding entertainment members, such as the DJ or singers.When planning a wedding it is favourable to have wedding favors. The more unique the wedding favour the more it excites the guest. Send wedding invitations early so your guest will have time to prepare themselves for your special day. Your[...]



Wedding Planning - It's All Down to Timing

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 10:15:00 +0000

Nobody will ever tell you that wedding planning is easy! In fact, planning a wedding can be made a lot easier with plenty of organization and a realistic timetable. Of course, the amount of time that you will require to complete the full wedding planning procedure will depend on the type and size of wedding that you are considering.


Wedding Planning Getting Started


Set a realistic timetable. A great deal of the stress involved in wedding planning is due to the amount that needs to be accomplished, in a short space of time. To reduce this stress, give yourself more time!


Of course, you may be restricted, in terms of venue availability, but if you are given a choice, it is always worth extending your timetable rather than reducing it. There is often a great temptation to get caught up in the moment and to try and push the wedding date forward; resist this, as you could be heading towards a wedding planning headache!


Wedding Planning Suggested Timetable


Depending on the venue that you are planning on using, you may need to book your wedding up to three years in advance! With this in mind, you should select a venue for both your ceremony and reception, at the earliest possible opportunity.


Wedding planning experts suggest that all other aspects such as dresses, flowers and invitations should be planned over an 18-month period. One of your first considerations needs to be the size and type of wedding; in fact, you will need to have a rough idea of numbers, before you even approach venues. However, if you have fallen in love with a specific venue, it is may be that you have to alter your guest list to fit in!


The wedding dress is something that will be considered, at a relatively early stage. Bear in mind however, that a bride may change her shape in the run up to a wedding so always schedule in a few staged fittings to make sure that there are no nasty surprises, on the big day.


Wedding Planning - Key Tips


When wedding planning, it is important not to lose sight of the ultimate aim. Remaining flexible on the smaller items that you are not really bothered about will save you many sleepless nights and will also do wonders for your budget. Get others that you trust to help with the planning. This way you do not have to shoulder the whole burden and you can also brainstorm to produce new and novel ideas.


The real key to success when it comes to wedding planning is to allow yourself plenty of time. Write lists and stay ahead of the game!

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Wedding Planning Sites

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 07:10:00 +0000


What wedding planning sites are important to visit for the bride and the groom-to-be, and for everyone else involved in the wedding planning? There are numerous online resources offering tons of information about everything regarding planning a wedding. Which ones of them are vital?

First, if you are just starting to plan a wedding, it might be a good idea to locate a website with a free or paid wedding planning guide. What's good about any wedding planning guide is that it has a sequential layout, helping you learn what happens when. If you do not start your journey with such a guide, it's easy to get lost on your way due to loads of available information.

The next important segment of wedding planning sites is chats and forums. This is the place where you can obtain priceless information from real people. It's usually very easy to spot if someone is just speaking their mind, or if they are trying to promote some product or service. Generally, if you see a message with no promotional links, it's most likely a genuine post. Furthermore, real people share their good and bad experiences about various vendors and wedding service providers, so you will know exactly what to expect.

On the forums, you can also ask questions or read answers from other users. For example, are you looking to plan a quiet wedding on a small budget? You can find precisely that information for planning this type of a wedding. Are you interested in a beach wedding? You'll get that info too. Are you looking into organizing a very special and unique wedding? This information you will also find on any large wedding forum.

Online wedding planning tools are also extremely important. Many of these tools are free, and even do not require to be downloaded. Once you sign up at their website, you can enter your password-protected area and browse through a detailed step-by-step wedding planning application. Once you enter the details of your wedding (guest lists, estimated budget, the date of your wedding, etc.), the tool will generate numerous helpful reports that you can also print out for future use.

There also are directories with any imaginable wedding products and services. These include directories with: wedding dresses, tuxedos, wedding rings, bridal hairstyles, accessories, wedding cakes, cake toppings, and many more. All these directories state the prices of the products, and some also have the customers' ratings and comments. Furthermore, there are directories of wedding services, including: wedding planners, ceremony locations, reception locations, wedding music services, photo and video services, florists, stylists, and many more.

The above and many other types of wedding planning sites will help you plan your own wedding that would conform to your desires, budget and life circumstances.








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Yes, There Really is Useful Wedding Planning Software

Wed, 10 Nov 2010 02:45:00 +0000

Wedding planning isn't an easy task. A wedding is an incredibly complicated undertaking - unless you plan to elope or just go downtown to the justice of the peace. For a relatively large, traditional wedding there are many activities and events that you'll need to track to keep the wedding on schedule.


Now there are people who actually choose to become experts in wedding planning. That's what they do - day after day. While hiring someone to help you with your wedding can be the perfect solution, it's not always feasible. A professional wedding planner may charge as much as 10% of the cost of the wedding. For many couples this extra charge is quite sufficient for them to take over their wedding planning themselves. Now there is plenty of software available that can help make this decision a smart one.


In looking at wedding planning software, one feature you definitely want is a calendar. Remember that this is not just a function for keeping track of dates. Your planning software should allow you to set notifications for important events. Wedding planning software usually uses E-mail reminders. And if your mobile telephone has a text-messaging feature, the ability to receive e-mail reminders on your cell phone is a great benefit.


Since wedding planning includes a significant number of tasks, being able to coordinate these tasks is essential in a wedding planning software program. After sending out your wedding invitations, you should be able to easily track who has responded and who hasn't.


Also your tasks aren't limited to your wedding ceremony. There are also specific tasks that are associated with the wedding reception which you also must track. Since a seating plan is the norm for a wedding reception, your wedding planning software should help you track the seating arrangements. Also think about gifts. No doubt, you'll receive many gifts from friends and family. Tracking those gifts so you can send a thank you card is a very handy feature.


Along with scheduling and tracking, wedding planning involves money and budgeting. You really don't need anything as complicated as QuickBooks or PeachTree, but you do want to be able to monitor your spending so that you don't end up broke before the ceremony.


Another advantage of some wedding planning software is that it allows you to create custom stationary to use for your wedding. This can be a useful overall plus because it can save you a bundle of money. A software program with this feature will usually contain templates that you can use as a guide for creating invitations and any other stationary you might need for your wedding.


The best way to look for wedding planning software is to do a search on Google. You'll find a variety of options from free online services to low priced online to dedicated software that runs on your PC such as Smart Wedding. You must compare features carefully - free is not always best, so be careful and do some thinking about just what you need and just what you want to do with the software. No matter which wedding planning solution you choose, it'll make your wedding a lot easier.

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Tips to Kick Start Your Wedding Planning

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 22:07:00 +0000

If you have experience with project planning in a professional sense at your employment then you should treat the planning of your wedding no different. Wedding Planning is a must for small or big weddings - perhaps it's more critical to plan out your wedding for the large weddings for everything to run smoothly on the day.


A Big or Small Wedding?


First of all, you should have a general number of guests you would like to invite. This will determine everything else you do in your wedding planning. Do you want a small cozy wedding or a large wedding gathering? Is it what you want or what your parents or in-laws want? Is it within your budget? Once you answer these questions your wedding planning has now been kick started.


Assign Tasks


In a project situation, it is important to delegate tasks and so in your wedding planning you need to determine who will be responsible for certain aspects of your wedding. For example you may want to designate responsibility of handling of catering for yourself while delegating the responsibility of the wedding music or entertainment to your partner.


Wedding Budget


A commercial project always has a profit and loss statement and a budget. A wedding plan profits when you succeed and you lose when everything falls apart - you don't want the latter to happen. One of the more important aspects of wedding planning is your wedding budget. You should have a general number in your head of how much you want to spend on your wedding and from that starting number you can allocate money to the 'sub-projects' of your wedding such as the catering, the reception hall, etc. Watch carefully how you spend your wedding budget and always keep a look out for ways to save money on weddings.


Wedding Research


Keep note of what works and what doesn't when you attend other weddings, talk to the caterers and the musicians or the DJ if you like their service. Talk to the wedding couple or other recently wedded couples to ask them what worked in their wedding and what didn't and what other advice they could offer. A part of your research would take you to wedding expos and shows around the country in your city or local area. At the wedding show you can take into account the latest trends and products that are popular in the wedding industry. You will be able to talk to reception services, caterers and bakers for your wedding cake. You will able to see their showcase of wedding dresses and possibly catch a catwalk display of the dresses. Remember your purpose at these shows - that you are there as research for your wedding plan and not be tempted by the other extras that aren't really a part of what you want for a wedding. Your purpose is to get an idea of how much everything you want at your wedding would cost as well as your options in the variety of wedding areas.


Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location


Finally, a major element to your wedding project plan is to arrange the ceremony and the locations of the ceremony and reception. If you are religious it would probably be assumed that you would be wedded in a church or other religious building. If aren't religious and are looking for a civil celebrant you will also need to plan around that. Planning your reception location would probably take into consideration the research you have done previously. Shop around for prices; ask around for testimonials of good service to find the perfect location to suit what you want and your budget.


Good luck in your wedding planning!

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The Wedding Planning System

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 17:35:00 +0000

So, you are finally engaged! And the first thing that comes in your mind is to plan your wedding. It is easy to think of planning a wedding, but the real question is how to plan it? It is never a surprise that planning a wedding is a hard task. With all the events, wedding is perhaps the grandest of all, and the most difficult to handle.


Time is clicking, and you have so many things to consider. You want everything to be organized; in short you want your wedding to be as perfect as possible. You tend to browse all the latest bridal magazines that have pages of photos of stunning bridal gowns, rings, and other items related to weddings. You have read some wedding tips and ideas that can help you plan your big day. But the thing is, you are still stranded figuring out how to get things started.


When it comes to planning a wedding, the key is to start planning and organizing long before your wedding day comes.


Start by creating a wedding planning system that will help keep all your wedding details in one place. You can buy pre-made binder or make your own. To buy or to make, you have to make sure that your binder will have some tabs for each category your wedding planning will be having. Some examples of category are: wedding outfits, bridal jewelry, reception (catering, DJ, decorations, favors and etc.), ceremony, photography, transportation. Alternatively, you can have an accordion file, which will organize your wedding details using the same category tabs. This file will let you see each category at a glance. Whichever organizer you choose, use it to keep track of all you pictures, business cards, brochures, receipts and all the necessary documents related to each category.


Once you have picked the appropriate wedding planning system for your wedding, you can then start researching all about wedding. You can find so many wedding planning books in the market, or you can can research online. Visit your favorite local book store or online store, where you can find some writing tips to read on.


Use a wedding timetable, that will include all the things you will need to accomplish for the entire months before your wedding day. The first few things you will include on your wedding timetable are: brainstorming with fiance and parents about the budget and finances; deciding the number of guests that needs to be invited; deciding what type of wedding to plan; finding wedding coordinators. These are the basic things that a usual wedding timetable has. You can add or change it using your computer, if needed.


Once all the details involved in your wedding are clear to you, you can then start to build a manpower that will help you get prepared. You have your groomsmen, bridesmaids and other wedding attendants whom you can entrust several tasks needed for your wedding. Also, you can start scouting different wedding supplies you will need, such wedding invitations, wedding decorations, wedding favors, reception supplies and the likes.

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Some Common Questions on Wedding Planning

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 14:34:00 +0000


You will need to think about your wedding planning job once after you have decided to get married. There are people who say that it is very difficult to plan for a wedding. It is mainly because wedding planning is not your full time job. You still need to go to your office everything while you are planning for your wedding. You can only plan for your wedding when you have spare time.

In fact, wedding planning is also very stressful. You will lose your temper easily if you are too obsessed with the details in your wedding planning. As a result, you will need to do your wedding planning job carefully. You should also learn to take thing easy. Here are some of the issues you may need to know when you are planning for your wedding.

First of all, you should start your wedding planning as soon as you decided to get married. In most cases it will be perfect if you can start to plan for it at least a year before your big day. As a matter of fact, in some cases you will need to book your wedding venue a year before. This is because a lot of other couples would probably want to book it if you are planning to get married on a popular day in a popular location. Besides, you will also need to consider a lot of issues such as wedding invitations, wedding favors, dresses etc. As a result, it will be a good idea to start planning for your event about a year before.

Some couples may consider hiring a wedding planner to help them to plan for the event. Of course there are people who say that there is no need to hire a planner. However, you should know what a wedding planner do before you may your final decision.

A wedding planner is basically a person who will help you to plan for your wedding. One of the advantages of hiring a wedding planner is the planner will usually have a lot of experience of wedding planning. And they will know how to save time and money when you are planning for the event. People will only plan for their own wedding once in life and they will not have experience before hand. As a result, they may not know the tips to save time and money when planning for the wedding.

Of course it is not a must to hire a wedding planner when you are planning for your wedding. What you will need to consider is whether you can afford the time to look after all the details. This is the most important. If you know that you are very busy and you will not have to time to plan for the event, you will be advised to hire a wedding planner.

One last thing is about the budget. You should try to understand who will be financing the event. In some cases the couple will finance the wedding. However, the parents or family members may sometime be involved. In this case you will need to know who is going to finance the wedding so that you can have a better idea about your budget.








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The Importance of Wedding Planning

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:01:00 +0000

Regardless of the style and size of your wedding and wedding budget, it is imperative that you take the time to include wedding planning. This does not necessarily mean that you need to hire a professional wedding planner or coordinator, but you will be able to pull off the biggest event of your life much more smoothly, and with much less stress, if you consider hiring someone to take care of the wedding planning.


Individuals who are on a limited budget may consider asking someone close to them, perhaps a relative or friend, to perform this role and handle the wedding planning for them. Traditionally, this role has been unofficially filled by the mother of the bride; who handles all kinds of wedding planning details. As weddings became more sophisticated over the course of time, families began to outsource this position in order that both the bride and her mother could share this very special time without a lot of hassle and stress.


Nevertheless, when budget constraints are a concern, asking someone close to you to handle the wedding planning can take a tremendous strain off the bride.


The individual who handles the wedding planning can handle as much or as little as the bride wishes. Even if the bride and groom are only planning to have a small, intimate ceremony it is well worth the effort to begin wedding planning early; at least six months prior to the big day. This is especially important if the happy couple wishes to reserve a popular site to hold their nuptials. Many of the most popular sites for weddings become booked as much as one year in advance. This is also true for caterers, photographers and many other important wedding service providers.


In many cases, it can prove to be financially beneficial to begin wedding planning early as well. It's possible to take advantage of numerous discounts and deals by shopping early and at strategies times during the year; especially after the prime wedding season. Usually this is only possible when brides begin to plan their weddings several months in advance.


If the wedding is going to formal in natural, it's an absolute must to begin wedding planning early; preferably a year ahead of time. Not only must sites and vendors be reserved in advance, but a formal wedding usually also includes an extensive guest list. Most brides who plan formal weddings find it necessary to not only send out wedding invitations six to eight weeks in advance but to send out save the date notices as well. This is particularly important if the wedding is going to be held out of town and travel accommodations will need to be made or when a wedding is planned to be held during a popular social season.


Initially, by handling wedding planning in advance brides can handle all the numerous details that go along with a wedding at a steady, even pace rather than at breakneck speed just a few weeks before she walks down the aisle. This strategy allows the bride to enjoy her big day, assured that all the details have been handled.


 

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Fun Wedding Photo Ideas

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 15:37:00 +0000

Pictures are an integral part of any wedding. Newlyweds are usually thrilled to get their pictures back from the photographer so they can relive their special day. But there are many special activities you can build into a wedding that involve photos.One fun idea that many brides employ is to take photos of everyone as they arrive at the wedding, almost like you do at a high school prom or company Christmas party. You can provide a backdrop and couples can pose either for a paid photographer or for whoever happens to pick up the camera. These pictures can be taken with a Polaroid camera for instant fun or with a disposable camera. If you want slightly higher quality photos, go for a digital camera. This can be an excellent way to keep guests busy and happy until the "official" reception begins with the arrival of the bride and groom. As an extension of that idea, you can take instant photos and create scrapbook pages or memory book pages with the photos. There can be supplies on hand so guests can create pages on site, or pages can be pre-made and photos simply placed into the prepared spaces. If guests don't want to create pages on site, or the bride doesn't want this particular activity going on, the photos can be saved for later. As a gift for the bride and groom, someone can create memory books with these photos. If Polaroid cameras are used, another option is to have the people in the photo sign the Polaroid photo and place that in a basket somewhere. The bride and groom will enjoy looking at the photos later.While it's not a particularly unique idea, many brides like to provide disposable cameras on each table at the reception so guests can capture candid shots of the reception and the table guests. These photos can be added to the newlyweds' wedding album or they can be placed into a separate album showing the wedding from the guests' perspective.Another fun activity sure to be entertaining is to create a "silent photo guess" area. Here's how this works: before the wedding, someone close to the bride and groom collects pictures of the bride and groom at various stages in life. The photos should depict the bride and groom doing things, not at Christmas or with their first birthday cake. In other words, the photos should include some action, but it shouldn't be obvious in the picture what has taken place or where the person is. Much like a silent auction, people will come along and look at the photos, then take a silent guess as to what the photos show. They can write their guess on a piece of paper and put it in a numbered basket that corresponds with the number on the photo. Reading these guesses during the reception is entertaining and sure to be amusing. The bride or groom can provide the real answers. This is a particularly fun activity at a relatively small, family wedding where the participants know the bride and groom very well. If you want to provide an area for guests to have their photos taken but aren't thrilled with the "prom night" idea, how about having a photo corner set up somewhere in the reception hall or facility. Here, the wedding photographer will take candid shots of wedding guests. They might be couples, but could also be entire families, friends having a good time, or the groom being carried on the shoulders of the best man. Whatever the pictures end up being, they provide a fun, "let it all hang out" area for the wedding guests and a surprise for the bride and groom. Since they will likely be busy with all the reception details and having the time of THEIR lives, they might appreciate knowing their guests had a pretty good time too, as evidenced in the photos.[...]



Pre Wedding Activities

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 11:52:00 +0000

Planning pre-wedding activities is a little something extra that's not required, but certainly fun and entertaining for the guests. If the bride and groom keep in mind the distance some guests have traveled and keep activities relevant to that level of fatigue, they're sure to hit on some winning activities

As you go about planning activities for the wedding, keep in mind other factors as well. Do many people have children with them? Will you provide childcare or will the children be participants in the activities? If you have several guests who are older, perhaps activities can be tailored in a ay they can participate as well.

Some of the more popular pre-wedding activities include things like a group manicure. All the women in the wedding party or ho are close to the bride (and certainly this could include men if they like manicures and want to hang out with the ladies) head to a nail salon and get their nails done. This can be relaxing for many women and provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the wedding weekend. The men might choose to golf or play a game of tennis while this is going on.

Many brides and grooms choose to provide structured activities for their guests prior to the wedding. If the wedding is on a Saturday night, for example, they might choose to provide a Friday activity, especially if most guests are local to the wedding. You might have a wedding luau. Many times pre-wedding activities center around bachelor and bachelorette parties, but what about a stag party that includes all the members of the brides and grooms families? You could plan some fun (and appropriate) games and head out to a restaurant for a night of fun and games. Be sure to limit the drinking and carousing as this might not sit well with some family members.

Here is a fun activity that can be done right before the wedding. Have someone begin a gift basket. The theme of the basket is "advice for the couple" and could be started by the best man or maid of honor. They take the basket to someone else's house, perhaps an aunt or cousin and leave it on the doorstep. That person adds an item (a book on how to end spousal arguments? Or a CD of romantic music?) and brings the basket to someone else's house. This activity can begin a week or two before the wedding and everyone should know it is coming around. .

The basket can also be circulated the weekend of the wedding, but this ill only work if everyone is local and if they know the basket is coming. In this case, it also might be helpful to have someone bring the basket to a house, collect the item and the take the basket to the next location, reducing the need to have each person take the basket to its next location. Once it's full, someone can be in charge of putting the basket items together, wrapping it all up to make it look nice and bringing it to the bride and groom. It can be delivered right to the wedding as a gift in and of itself.

Whatever activities you choose, be sure to keep in mind the needs of your guests and the limitations of those guests. If you want to plan an activity that includes everyone, and you choose golf, but grandpa is in a wheelchair or uses a walker, that might not be the best activity to plan.(image)



Wedding Cake Activities

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 07:17:00 +0000

Upon arrival at the wedding reception, many guests head for the cake table so they can admire the cake. Some time later, the bride and groom come along for a picture opportunity and the grand cutting of the cake. Then everyone enjoys cake and it's gone. Believe it or not, there are many more activities that can make the wedding cake more about fun and less about tradition.Of course, watching the bride and groom push cake into each other's mouths is a long-enjoyed tradition, but there are many more fun - and less messy - activities to consider as well. One new option that's gaining popularity is to have cupcakes instead of a cake. This is a method that is usually more affordable than having a cake and it can be a lot of fun. Cupcakes are decorated in alignment with the wedding theme, just as a cake is, but the cupcakes are instead arranged on tiered cake plates and displayed on a cake table until it's time to eat them. The cupcakes can be simply handed out on plates to each wedding guestNow, what's fun about using cupcakes instead of a whole wedding cake is you can save money, certainly, as many reception halls and caterers charge a per slice fee to cut and serve the wedding cake, but you can also build activities into the cupcake presentation. For example, the cupcakes that are for the bride and groom can have a different decoration than the ones for the guests. As an extra touch, you can have the baker include a special prize in one or several cupcakes. A small charm or tiny toy can be baked into the cupcake. Whoever gets the charm wins a special prize. These prizes can range from a gift basket or gift certificate to a restaurant to a dance with the bride or groom.Some brides like to use a Southern tradition and have charms baked into the wedding cake. Similar to the idea above for cupcakes, this involves baking small charms or tiny toys (but usually charms) into the cake. Those who get one of the charms are said to have good luck. You might even consider having charm bracelet charms baked into the cake, which are then made into a charm bracelet for the brideNot everyone enjoys cake. How about an activity for those who won't be eating cake? They can be required to do the "Macarena" or the chicken dance during the time when everyone else is eating cake. If they manage to do the dance continuously while the other guests enjoy cake, they win a prize. Or they simply get to sit down, as now they are tired!In keeping with the dance during cake theme, how about a requirement that in order to get cake, a guest must perform an impromptu dance first? Or there could be trivia questions about the bride and groom or about popular culture. Guests must correctly answer the questions before getting their cake. There could be competitions among tables or individuals for most questions answered correctly.Many people believe that once the cake is cut, they are free to leave if they wish. Since cake cutting usually comes after the meal and after dancing and other traditional celebration activities, many people take the opportunity to leave the party after the cake is cut and enjoyed.If the bride and groom want their guests to stay after the cake is eaten, it is worth some extra effort to build some activities into the cake-cutting event so people will stick around longer. This can be as simple as telling people not to leave, or can be more subtle and fun. For example, each person could receive a slip of paper with his or her cake. These slips of paper could be prepared ahead and provided to the catering company with instructions that one folded strip of paper be placed on each plate with the cake. The paper mi[...]



Overnight Wedding Reception Ideas

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 02:33:00 +0000

Some brides these days are turning wedding receptions on their head and creating super long receptions that run through the night and into the morning. If this is you, planning some activities for those long nighttime hours is essential.Generally, if an all-night reception is planned, it goes something like this: the wedding is held in the early evening and reception follows. By about midnight, many of the guests will have left and the group that is remaining (generally the younger guests, but not always) will continue to dance and party and revel into the early morning hours. At some point, breakfast will be provided and everyone will go home to crash. Why do you need activities for such a reception? The answer is simple. You want to keep people entertained through the nighttime hours, you want to keep them at the reception and not let them give in to driving home to crash and sleep and you want to provide them with a real party. Let's face it: if they are willing to hang in with you for the duration, they deserve something for their effort.First, you need to be fairly organized about the activities you plan. Consult with your DJ about these activities and leave it to him or her to keep things on a schedule. Do not plan to cut cake in the middle of the night. That activity should take place during the more traditional evening hours, so those not intending to stay all night can leave. However, if you're determined to keep your guests all night, you could hold one activity back with the hope it will keep guests in the house longer.Depending on your guest list, you might hold off on the father-daughter dance until after midnight, or you could save a few toasts for the late night hours. In any event, having some other fun events is a great idea.As guests begin to fade, bring in a piñata, which you can find shaped like a wedding ring, a bridal dress or a champagne flute. Fill it with a variety of goodies. Candy is always popular, but you could also fill it with silly toys found in the carnival section of the party store. Have the DJ play a spirited song and let everyone have a chance at the piñata. Do this on the dance floor and really let people have a swing at it. There should be plenty of room. Once the piñata breaks, everyone can enjoy a taste of sweet candy or can enjoy some silly little carnival game or toy.People who stay for the duration of the wedding are going to need a rest. Plan a photo presentation or video viewing for this purpose. You could have someone who's familiar with PowerPoint create a photo presentation or have someone put together a video of photos. Do this around 2 or 3 am and have it last a good half hour to 45 minutes. This gives everyone a chance to sit down and relax and also gives the DJ a chance to sit, have a rest and rejuvenate for the next round.In that same vein of allowing the guests a little relaxation, one activity that some brides employ is a non-activity. If the weddig is outside, you can provide inflatable mattresses and have some torches lit. If guests ant to sit down and relax, they can do so on the mattresses and still be part of the activity while resting. If it's been a long day and someone needs to rest, those reception room chairs don't seem the most comfortable. If the reception is indoors, think about providing large pillows for guests to sit on or create a corner with inflatable mattresses and lots of fabric. This can be a chatting area where people can go to rest but still be part of the fun. They can chat and catch up with other guests and then head back for more partying when they're rejuvenated.[...]



Post Wedding Activities

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 22:43:00 +0000

For many couples, the wedding is not over once the reception is. Depending on the location of the wedding and the couple's relationship with their families, often there are other activities that follow the main eventOne of the most obvious is a breakfast the day following the wedding. This is a time for everyone to touch base with each other, check in on how everyone did and perhaps share memories of the night before. This breakfast activity can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Some people like to have this breakfast at a relative's house because that is friendly and familiar and more conducive to everyone hanging out and enjoying themselves. It can be potluck style or catered. You can also meet up at a restaurantMany families like to have the bride and groom open presents the day after the wedding. There are many who believe the bride and groom are required to open presents in the presence of family for good luck. In that case, building in the opening of presents is essential. This can be a simple gathering of friends and family or you can turn the present opening into an all-out activity, where each item is opened, demonstrated or displayed and discussed in great detailOpening gifts doesn't have to a dry activity. You can add some silly fun. How about starting with the smallest and moving to the largest gifts? Or working in the reverse order? You might even create a game. Everyone has to guess what's in each gift prior to its being opened. (Of course, people can't guess on their on gifts.) Someone can be in charge of keeping a tally and whoever gets the most right, wins a small prizeThe women in the bride's family might want to help her pack up her gown (or send it to the dry cleaners) and preserve her wedding bouquet. This can easily be done at home and the women (particularly those who are crafty) might want to get started on preserving the flowers as wellIn the crafty light, some brides might want to plan a scrapbook party for after the wedding. You won't have photos back from the photographer, but you can scrapbook many other wedding events, such as pre-events like manicures, various parties and the candid photos take by wedding guests the night before. More than being focused on the photos, this activity gives the women a chance to reflect on the events of the wedding, laugh at all the fun ties and journal and preserve memories before some are lost. It will also help the bride feel as if she's partly in control of all those photos before she leaves on her honeymoon and takes yet more photosIf gifts were opened on this "day after the wedding", crafty groups might want to make thank you cards. Choose a design long before the wedding, perhaps even making a prototype as well. Then have all the supplies on hand and give everyone good ideas about how the cards should be made. Even the men can get on this act, helping to fold the cards, perhaps handling any computer work and even getting their fingers on glue and scissors. Send the bride and groom off with these homemade cards so when they get back from their honeymoon, all they have to do is jot off a quick note.Some brides and grooms plan activities the day fter the wedding that are designed to help everyone calm down, relax and unwind after what has likely been a busy weekend. In this light, you can plan a picnic at the park and bring along games to play. You might pack a football, a volleyball net or items to play baseball. You might bring along water guns or a dartboard. Whatever it is, the idea here is to have some fun and blow off steam. Make your own rules when playing the g[...]



Wedding Guest Book Activities

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 19:38:00 +0000

Traditional brides don't have to have traditional guest books. Certainly you can purchase a standard guest book and ask your guests to sign it, but there are so many more guest book-like activities that are more unique.Let's move from the popular to the less well known. One very popular option allows guests to sign a picture of the bride and groom. Simply take a picture of the bride and groom and have it matted in a mat several inches larger than the photo itself. Place a frame around this, but don't include the glass or Plexiglas frame. You'll add this later. Some people prefer to use "bulldog" clips to keep the mat together instead of putting the picture in the frame. The picture can be framed after the weddingMost couples choose a nice photo of themselves for this picture/guestbook option, although if there's a formal engagement photo, this is an excellent way to preserve that photo and show it off to friends and family. If photos are taken before the wedding with the bride and groom in their wedding attire, you can certainly use this photo. Many couples opt to either leave the mat empty or they place a temporary picture in the mat and add a wedding picture later. Be sure to have a nice Sharpie marker handy and place the picture on either a sturdy easel or on a table where guests are sure to see itAnother option is instead of providing a picture of the bride and groom to sign, the guests are provided with a picture of themselves! Simply provide a Polaroid camera and assign someone the job of taking pictures of the guests as they arrive at the reception. Once the picture is dry, provide a Sharpie and they can sign the picture, make a note to the bride and groom or hand draw a silly picture. It can be whatever the guest wants it to be. This is a unique, and personal, way for guests to "sign in" at the wedding. Whoever handles the taking of the pictures should also handle putting them in an album of some sort. A scrap booker might provide a special memory book with the Polaroid pictures in it, or the pictures can simply be placed in a nice album and presented later to the bride and groomMany guests don't give a great deal of thought to the guest book. They whiz by the guest book table more concerned with getting their cocktail and hitting the dance floor. If this is a concern, provide a "traveling" guest book. Send each guest something either to sign or decorate before the weddingIn this "traveling" guest book scenario, there are several options. One of the easiest is to send each guest a small piece of paper and ask them to write something meaningful or thoughtful for the bride and groom on it. The pieces of paper are returned prior to the wedding (to ensure a better response, provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with the paper) and can be compiled in some meaningful way for the bride and groom and presented to them on their wedding dayIf the guest list is a creative or particularly close group, there is one other option that is even more meaningful. Again, in a scrapbook fashion, send each guest a piece of paper to sign or decorate. The paper should be the size of a photo album, so it might be a 6 x 6 piece of paper, an 8 x 8 piece of paper, or even 12 x 12, if the guests are up to that larger size. In a letter that arrives with the paper, the guests are instructed to create a memory page for the bride and groom. They might include photos, quotes, little anecdotal stories, or combine all of these with stickers or embellishments. It's thoughtful, meaningful and personal and it's an excellent way to include[...]



Bridal Bouquet Activities

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 15:13:00 +0000

When a bride orders her wedding bouquet, it might not seem that any "activities" will come from it other than as a thing for the bride to hold. But the bridal bouquet can be the source of many interesting activities and meaningful gestures

During there ceremony there are all kinds of possibilities. Certainly you can go traditional and have a flower for both the mother of the bride and mother of the groom. The moms, in particular, love this activity and guests usually appreciate it as well. But what if you turned that traditional gesture on its head and supplied flowers for both the mothers and the fathers?

If the bride supplies flowers to both the men and women, there are a couple of ways to do this. What if dad's flower was enclosed in a verse that he will then get up and read at the ceremony? What if it was a flower to recognize the members of the family who have passed, and it gives dad an opportunity to recognize those family members

If the bride chooses not to have a unity candle, but wants some gesture like it, she can have her bridal bouquet designed by having several small bouquets put together. At an appropriate time during the ceremony, the bridal bouquet is "broken up" and various people might receive a share, such as the mothers and fathers of the bride and groom.

Now, if the bride wants to hang onto her bridal bouquet during the wedding ceremony, but is willing to have some fun with it at the reception, there are a few options there as well. How about a dance involving the bridal bouquet? This is silly, but fun. The bridal bouquet is on display somewhere near the dance floor and guests must guess a flower that's in the bouquet before they can enter the dance floor. The first few guests might not have a problem as some flowers are obvious, like roses and tulips, but others might give people pause. Of course, this won't work if the bridal bouquet is all roses or some other single and obvious flower but for a traditional mixed bouquet, it can work well.

For a naughty touch, the bride can hide her garter in the bridal bouquet and actually put it on her leg before the groom takes it off. Or she can have a couple of breakaway bouquets that are wrapped in garter belts, so hers doesn't get thrown, but instead the tiny bouquets with garter belts attached are thrown.

When it comes time for the bride to throw her bouquet, there are several options. Some brides choose not to keep their bouquet and simply pluck one flower out of it before chucking the whole thing during the bridal bouquet toss. This is an alternative to having a special bouquet set aside for throwing, and there are others as well.

Are there are a lot of single women coming to the wedding? Maybe one thrown bouquet won't be enough. Many brides these days are opting for something a little more fun. There are a few options, really. One popular option is to have the florist create several small bouquets and then bundle them to look like one bouquet. They are tied lightly with a ribbon. When it comes time for the bouquet toss, the bride unties the ribbon, and throws the "bouquet" which is actually several little bouquets. Several women will catch the bouquet, rather than just one.(image)



Buffet Table Activities

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 10:35:00 +0000

Most wedding receptions include a buffet-style meal where everyone stands in an enormous line waiting while those at the food table decide if they want Italian or Ranch dressing on their salad.There has to be a more unusual way to get people to their food, and a faster one at that, right? There are several fun options you can employ to feed your guests quickly and with a minimum of groans of hunger.Here are some fun options.One of the most popular is the number system. Each table is assigned a number and the MC or DJ calls numbers at various intervals. The people at that numbered table then find the buffet and begin their feast. You can place the numbers in a variety of locations. For the most utilitarian version, just place the number in the flower arrangement on the table.Some brides don't like this look of numbered table as if at a convention. In that case, you can put the numbers under the flower arrangements, or under the chairs. If you have place cards at the tables, you can write a small number somewhere on the card so people know which table they're sitting at. For a fun variation, you can have the florist play around with the table floral arrangements. If the arrangements are going to have a dozen flowers, you could have the florist add one extra flower to table "one", two extra flowers for table "two" and so on and make the guests figure out which number table they are based on how many extra flowers they have in their arrangement.The flower method could be cost-prohibitive, of course, if you have a large guest list and many tables.Now, if the number system doesn't thrill you or make you think "unique", there are other options. Each table can have a color and the DJ simply calls out the color name. Depending, again, on how many tables you have at your reception, you could coordinate the tablecloths with the color of the table. So you might have white, pink, lavender, beige, and yellow tablecloths, and the guests sitting at that table simply move to the buffet table when the color of their tablecloth is called.Another popular option for moving people easily to the buffet table involves having a little fun with your guests. You provide each table with a buzzer, either a bell like you might find at a store, or a small silver bell. Just something they can buzz or ring. The DJ or MC asks a trivia question, or a question about the bride and groom. The tables buzz in with their answers. The guests at the table with the first correct buzzed answer move to the buffet table. You repeat the process until everyone is finally on their way to getting some grub.The trivia method is an especially fun way to help guests to get to know one another, as they might have to work together to come up with an answer. If your guests are hungry, you're sure to hear muffled groans and sighs of exasperation. But even with the small complaints, this is always a crowd pleaser because it's fun and gets everyone involved.Now, this next option is fun but can engender a bit of jealousy sometimes. When people get their place card, whether it's placed on the table, or they pick it up when they look at the seating chart, you can put a number on it. But not everyone at the same table will have the same number. If you have 100 guests, for example, you might choose to have 10 people at the buffet table at a time. So each person would be assigned a number 1 through 10.In the same scenario as above, the DJ or MC will call a number and those numbers will head for the buffet table. There are [...]



Wedding Toast Activities

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 06:03:00 +0000

Giving a toast is a responsibility that puts fear in the speaking hearts of most members of a wedding party. While it's not usually something that is particularly long or involved, it's public speaking (which doesn't sit well with many people) and really puts people on the spot.

If you are planning a wedding and know that most members of this wedding party are hams who won't mind the whole "public speaking" thing, then by all means keep the toasts traditional with dad, the best man and others taking their expected turns at the microphone.

But if you're looking for something different, either because you want to save putting people on the spot, or you simply want to do something different and fun, read on.

First, you can certainly take the whole toast thing off the agenda if you wish. There are no rules requiring a toast at any wedding. Weddings should be unique events and reflect the personalities of the bride and groom.

But if you want to do something a little different, there are options. You can go the video route, which asks people to essentially make a toast on camera and then the video is given to the bride and groom later. This isn't a particularly unique idea, but it does solve the issue of not wanting to put people on the spot and still gives everyone a chance to say something special to the bride and groom.

If your guest list includes many outgoing people then consider "pass the microphone". This can work in several ways. You can either be silly with it, or deadly serious. Most people like silly. Say dad takes the microphone first. His last name ends with T (so, let's say dad's last name is Smith). He must find someone whose first name begins with a T (Tom? Tony? Tina? Theresa?) and pass the microphone to that person, who then gives a toast

This method of giving toasts does put people on the spot (certainly before the fun begins you can warn them so if they are really uncomfortable, they can escape to the restroom or bar) but it can also be a lot of fun. Getting people when they least expect it and then asking them to remember something funny or meaningful about the bride and groom can result in interesting, funny and truthful results.

The speaker might choose to finish this sentence, "I remember when (groom's name here) was a little boy, he always ..." or answer this question, "When was (insert bride's name here) at her silliest? Tell us the story". You might have to give each speaker a minute or two to collect their thoughts, but you're sure to have some interesting stories, some unique anecdotes and some different perspectives on the bride and groom.(image)



Pre Wedding Reception Activities

Sun, 07 Nov 2010 03:02:00 +0000

There are so many little details to worry about when planning a wedding some might get forgotten. One tiny detail that often gets overlooked is how to keep guests entertained before the wedding reception "officially" begins.There is no requirement that brides entertain their guests at all. After all, they have already attended your wedding ceremony (which was surely engaging and entertaining, right?) and they will soon get music, food and drink. What more could they want? It turns out, a lot. While the bride and groom are off having pictures taken, the guests are left to their own devices, chatting with other guests and wondering when the buffet will open. In that light, it's worth at least considering some pre-reception options for keeping wedding guests entertained until the reception begins. Here are a few options, some tradition, some not so, but still fun.First, you can do the traditional thing and provide guests with drinks and perhaps some light snacks. If the wedding is in the summertime, how about providing lemonade and iced tea? Or if it's the winter, coffee and hot tea or even hot cocoa depending on the style of your wedding. Providing a light snack isn't a bad idea, either, and that can be some appetizer-type food or just nuts, especially if the meal will be heavy.Now, if you want to stray from tradition, there are many options. Some brides opt for entertaining the guests in the truest sense of the word. Clowns, anyone? How about live music? If you want to venture into the fun and funky, consult the party planning pages of a local children's or parent's magazine. Here, you can find people who will entertain your children at their birthday parties, but many of them will happily take on wedding jobs. You can hire a clown to make balloon animals for the kids (and adults) in attendance, or to juggle a few things. Some clowns are true entertainers and will happily get the crowd involved by fetching items out of women's purses and juggling them. Other non-traditional options for entertaining your guests include hiring a band to play music beforehand. If you plan to have classical music at your wedding, you can have a band come and play covers of current pop songs, or you can simply have your hired band arrive a bit early to entertain guests waiting for the full reception to begin. If there are many children at the wedding, it's not too expensive to hire a children's band to sing and entertain the children for a bit. Then if the kids are a bit bored at the reception, they'll still have the memory of the earlier entertainment with them. In addition, while the children are being entertained, the adults can have a chance to chat and they will surely thank the bride for thinking of them in that way.Some other options for entertaining your restless crowd before the festivities begin are to include them in the reception before it begins. This is a great time to ask people to sign the guest book and write something meaningful, since they will have more time than they would usually have as they file into the reception hall.If the reception and the wedding ceremony take place in the same location, but the bride and groom are off having pictures taken, it may not seem as if there's this dilemma of how to keep the guests entertained, but there in fact, is.In this case, you can have servers circulate with appetizer trays or you can do something more elaborate, such as some of the suggestions above. One popular [...]



Fun Ideas For Unity Candles

Sat, 06 Nov 2010 18:53:00 +0000

If you are planning a wedding and plan to have a unity candle as part of the ceremony, you might want to think outside the box.

Traditionally, the unity candle involves three candles. The bride has one, the groom the other, and their two lighted candles light the third candle. This is done to represent the coming together of the two people to make one unit. In some alternate methods, family members are invited to participate in the unity candle lighting, often the mothers of the bride and groom, or other close members of the family. Each family then lights a candle, and together they light the unity candle to symbolize of the coming together of the families.

Now, there are a few twists you can add to this fairly conventional aspect of a wedding ceremony. You can provide each guest with an unlit candle when they arrive at the ceremony. After the couple lights the unity candle, they can ask the guests to move to the front of the church (or wherever the ceremony is being held) and light their candles with the lighted unity candle. This can take a bit of time and might be best with a smaller guest list. But it is a meaningful way to not only get your guests involved in the ceremony itself, but also symbolize the union of family and friends with the marriage.

If there is a large guest list and it would be a prohibitive waste of time to do a candle lighting involving everyone at the ceremony, some brides and grooms like to bring the unity candle to the reception. Light the candle again and provide each guest with a small votive candle (the candle holder will be on the tables at individual table settings). As guests come into the reception area or hall, they can light their votive and take it to their table to place into the votive holder. This small votive candle can double as a wedding favor, particularly if you decorate or enhance a plain votive candleholder in some way to coordinate with your wedding.

Of course, you can forget having a unity candle at the ceremony altogether. Many brides these days are trying to reduce the length of the ceremony and spend more time planning the reception. In that light, some choose to do away with a unity candle altogether. You can certainly do this, or you can cut it out of the ceremony and make it part of the reception.

o do this, you can use the votive candle option suggested above, or you can simply incorporate the unity candle lighting into the reception activities themselves. For example, you might choose a quiet moment in the reception to have a lighting of the unity candle. It might be during a short prayer prior to the serving of the meal, or right before the cake is cut. In this case, the unity candle can then be used as decoration on the cake table. As the bride and groom cut the cake and pieces are served to guests, the candle can also serve as a reminder of the couple's new bond and that the bond is shared with all the guests as well.

Although having a unity candle at the wedding or reception isn't necessary, it is certainly an option that many brides and grooms opt to include. But it's important to remember that as with so much surrounding wedding planning there are ways to make it unique and interesting and special to the couple getting married.(image)