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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Plan a Backwater Wedding in Kerala

Wedding Event: The wedding can be planned by the couple themselves; however, it is advisable to hire a wedding planner because it requires a lot of research and planning in hosting a backwater wedding. Depending on the budget, a backwater wedding can be organized either in a simple or a lavish manner. It can be a modest beach party or a grand ballroom reception. Also, it can either be a private affair with few close friends and family or it can be a big lavish matrimony in Kerala with a large number of guests.

Wedding themes: The backwater wedding can be based on either a western or a traditional Kerala theme. You can arrange for a traditional welcome with “Thalapoli” or traditionally-dressed girls with garlands and welcome lamps. Given that backwaters are a very popular wedding venue, you can get easy access to florists, sound providers, videographers, decorators, etc. Kerala is known for its elephants, and you can easily arrange for a few at the wedding. If you are opting for a traditional style marriage, a few decorated elephants can provide a memorable experience for the guests. You can even arrange for performances by local folk dancers.

Food: Kerala offers a wide variety of cuisine options. The traditional vegetarian menu or Sadhya of a Kerala wedding consists of rice, rasam, sambar, along with a number of curries and vegetables, teamed with pickles and papad. Modern wedding menus may include three or four course meals, including appetizers, biryani or plain rice, curries, and desserts. Tapioca appetizers and Kerala bread called as Idiyappam or Palappam served with curries are deliciously savoured. Depending on your guest list, you can also add Chinese or Continental food to the menu.

Pick a Wedding Limousine

Go and inspect your car before you pay a deposit. Make sure they appear to be clean and well presented inside and out. They should have no signs of excessive wear and tear, other than minor day to day signs. Pick up a champagne flute and ensure they are clean!

Make sure the wedding car is registered, and inquire whether they are licenced by the local licencing authority to do weddings. There should probably be a valid permit or sticker on the windscreen in most instances.

Make sure your car is fitted with functioning air conditioning. Some older cars don’t have it, or it will only be effective up to mildly warm temperatures. Thereafter you may be sweating all day!

A competent company will provide ribbon for your car, a bottle of champagne (where legally allowed) chilled water and perhaps interior decoration such as flowers and tulle. Exceptional ones will also have an emergency haberdashery kit for last minute repairs, Bandaids, Panadol and hair clips or ties.

Pay a minimal deposit. If they want 50% or 100% up front, be cautious. You stand to lose a substantial amount. 20% is a more reasonable amount, with the balance payable in the week before the wedding.

If you are booking for an extended time, ask if you can bring a plate of sandwiches or sushi or snacks to tie your wedding party over.

Ensure your chauffeur is going to be neatly groomed and presented in uniform or suit and tie!

If you want red carpet, ask for it! None of these items should cost you any more above your existing quote.

If you need transfers after the wedding, ask your limo provider. If they do not offer this service, they should be able to make recommendations.

If the stretch does not have a fifth door or bridal door, you may be entering the car next to the rear wheel. Ensure the driver has a wheel cover to protect you and your bridesmaids dresses from tyre black when entering and exiting the car.

Lastly, call the limousine company a week before your booking and confirm the details. On the day of your wedding, get your bridesmaid or best man to ring 1st thing and re-confirm.

Survive a Winter Wedding

Make sure you have an early ceremony

When you have a wedding in winter you need to take into consideration the fact that the amount of daylight in a day is limited. Therefore it is suggested that you look at planning the ceremony so that it is as early in the day has possible, which will ensure that there is enough available light for great photographs.

Choose the wedding venue carefully

Always check that the venue you plan to have your wedding at will not mean that your guests have to linger outside. Appreciate that your guests will want to be inside where it is warm and dry.

Brides need to invest in a warm jacket!

It is not nice hanging around outside in the cold but sometimes when it comes to the photography it is a necessity. The winter scenery should be taken advantage of but you will need to invest in a good jacket to ensure that you stay warm at any point where you need to be outside.

Also don’t forget about the outfits that you choose for your bridesmaids. Warm elegant dresses will ensure they are all comfortable and remain happy throughout the day.

Hire an appropriate winter wedding car

Getting to the church or reception on time is a must, and therefore it is important that you hire a reliable wedding car which will handle the harsh winter season conditions. The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is a perfect choice of car for a winter wedding and is loved by Brides and Grooms across the whole of the country. It does not only fit beautifully amongst the winter scenery, but it will do the job just fine keeping you exceptionally nice and warm in the cold climate. Additionally the magnolia leather seats will add that extra touch of luxury which can not be rivalled by any other car.

Surprise Bachelorette Party

  1. Step #1. You need to pick a date for the party. The bride can be included in the planning as long as it is not a surprise to her. If it is a surprise, you have to make sure that she’s available on that day. It doesn’t make sense to have the party on a night that she can’t attend.
  2. Step #2. Find out who the women are in the wedding party. They will be involved in the plans so you need to know who they are. You also want to include the mothers of the bride and groom so they won’t be excluded. Find out who else the bride wants to invite so no one will be left out.
  3. Step #3. Come up with a theme that is suitable for the bride as well as the guests. Sex themed parties may not be appropriate for everyone so you need to think of the bride and the guests when you plan the event. If the bride isn’t into erotic things, you can treat her to a day at the spa. You can also take her to a fancy restaurant or to a club to celebrate as long as the budget will allow for it.
  4. Step #4. Buy invitations that match the theme of the bachelorette party. Make sure to send them out in enough time so the guests can RSVP in time. If you’re making a reservation, you need to know how many people are going to be there. You don’t want to make a reservation and not have enough room for everyone.
  5. Step #5. Make sure there’s a designated driver if you go out drinking. Since a lot of people drink during the event, it is important to have a designated driver. You can also rent a limo or a bus if you have it in the budget.

Buy and Send Wedding Invites

The guest list needs to be made before invitations can be ordered. Do not simply count how many people are on the guest list because too many invitations will be ordered. Each couple or family should be counted as one invitation. Consider how much each person will cost at the reception before inviting everyone the couple has ever met.

Price can be a consideration when ordering invitations, especially if there are many guests invited. Each invitation is a keepsake and almost considered barter for gifts from the guests. Therefore, brides should not go for the bottom dollar, low quality invitation. There should be some quality in the invitation while keeping it affordable.

Look for invitation creation companies that offer other services along with their high quality invitations. Make sure they include envelopes for free with the order. Any part of the invitation design should be altered for free. See if the company offers free shipping, even if it is conditional.

It takes time to print invitations and have them shipped. It can take as little as two weeks and as much as six weeks. It could take an additional two weeks to address, stamp, and send all of the invitations. The return address should be printed on the envelope or address labels that match the invitation should be purchased.

Triple-check the spelling of full parents’ names and locations of the ceremony and reception. It is also a good idea to double check the addresses for the locations. There should be at least two other people outside of the bride proofreading the invitations for various errors. Brides memorize the information and often skip over a typo without realizing it.

Choose an appropriate font style, colour, and size. A simple font allows more wording on the invitation. Frilly fonts only look good in large type. Beware of illegible cursive fonts. Couples can have their names in a larger, frilly font with the rest of the information in a smaller, simpler font. If the first initial looks great in the font, the rest of the invitation will look great as well.

Buy the rest of the wedding stationary at the same time as the wedding invitation. This ensures all the stationary will match the theme created for the wedding. Also, if brides do not order accessory printing now, she may not get around to it later in the planning process.

Wedding stationary includes many different categories. Invitations, RSVP cards, thank you cards, announcements, envelopes, ceremony programs, seating cards, save the date cards, location map, napkins, and other miscellaneous paper is included in the wedding stationary category.

Decide how far in advance to send out wedding invitations. Don’t forget to factor the time it takes to print and ship the invitations. Consider where guests live in relation to where the invitations are being sent from.

Most places recommend sending invitations out six to eight weeks in advance. If time is of the essence, sort invitations by zip code and send them out in that order. Brides need to keep an accurate list of responses for vendor and hall guest count requirements.

This is where it is important to include response or RSVP cards. Especially if providing dinner or drinks, an accurate guest count can save on money and will ensure there is plenty of food for everyone.

Comparing Wedding Venues

You should first think about the location. Unless you want a destination wedding, the location should be fairly close to you, such as in your city or the next. If the drive would take an hour or more, you might want to get a block of hotel rooms for you and your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Otherwise, you will have to worry about everyone arriving on time and then making the long drive back after a busy day. Be sure to factor lodging into your expenses in this case, since it is customary to pay for at least a portion of the hotel costs for your bridal party. In this way, you might find that it is easier and cheaper to pick a venue that is closer to your house.

Your next thought, as you browse wedding venues, should be whether you can choose your own vendors and services, or if you have to go through those that the location provides. Many locations that host weddings will require you to purchase a package from them that includes catering, photography, flowers, music, and more. If you do not have much time to choose each vendor on your own, this may be a good idea, but it is often a bit more expensive because the work is done for you. If you were hoping to hire a friend for photography, use your own music and speakers, or leave it up to a friend to videotape the event, you should find a location that does not make you use their preferred vendors.

If you are trying to save money, you will no doubt be comparing the prices for all the wedding venues you are considering. But if the one you really want is a bit more expensive, you can find ways to bring that price down. For example, many places reduce the price if you have your event in the off season or even on a certain day of the week when they are not very busy. Find out how the date of the ceremony and reception would affect the price before you make a decision based on money. You might be able to find a way to afford your dream location.

Types Of Lace Wedding Dresses

Lace appliqué

Here the decorative lace detail is sewn to the base fabric such as netting or tulle. This style is an excellent way of incorporating the romance of the lace into your wedding day look. The appliqué can be over the bridal gown or be concentrated on other areas such as skirt, neckline, or bodice.

Long lace sleeves

They are great in hiding the tops of arms thus ideal for those who aren’t comfortable with the look of their arms. To be able to pull off great moves on the dance floor, you should ensure that the lace isn’t too restrictive. As rule of thumb you should go for a lace fabric that provides you with a bit of stretch.

Lace overlays

These are outfits that have a top layer of lace on them. While most of the layers are permanent, there are some that are removable thus you are able to transform your wedding outfit the way you want.

How to clean your lace dress

Lace tends to stain easily especially when it’s cleaned the wrong way. Due to this, it’s paramount that you learn how to properly clean your lace outfit. If you aren’t planning of taking it to a professional dry cleaner to clean it for you, you should follow these steps to give your outfit a great look:

You should start by soaking the outfit in warm water that contains one full cup of detergent bleach. You should let the dress soak until the water cools. You should drain the cold water and refill the tub with warm water. You should continue this process of replacing the water for about 24 hours.

When all the dirt has come off you should rinse your dress then place a soft towel on it. To press out all the water you should carefully roll up the towel.

Alternative Wedding Day Transport

Transportation has to be one of the toughest questions a bride-to-be can answer because after all the months or even years of planning there will be a point where you will finally arrive on the day and all of your closest friends and family will be waiting for you to see how beautiful you look in your wedding dress.

Now traditionally you have a few options; hire an executive car such as a Mercedes S Class, hire a vintage car such as a 132 Morris Isis, become a fairy-tale princess and arrive by horse-drawn carriage or alternatively borrow your dads Jaguar for the afternoon.

While these modes of transport can be grand and impressive on the eye, on a day where anything is possible they lack a bit of originality. You need to arrive in style…

Arriving by private helicopter is the ultimate way to arrive to your wedding or reception and will definitely impress your camera wielding guests. The good news is hiring a private helicopter for your wedding is now more accessible and reasonably priced than you would think (depending on your budget of course!).

From as little as £650 you and your husband or wife to be have a variety of options at your disposal. You can be picked up from the church or picked up at a location near to home, taken on an exciting aerial view of your home town and then dropped off in style at your venue to the amazement of your friends and family.

The benefits of hiring your own helicopter include many things such as:

  • Being in full control of your schedule so that if things run over you are able to change pick-up times with a simple phone call
  • Treating yourself to an added extra so that a bottle of champagne is waiting for you on board – Imagine flying over your local area whilst sitting back in celebration having just gotten married!
  • No hassle travel as you soar above the landscape eliminating hectic traffic that may upset your wedding schedule
  • Perfect photo opportunities when you arrive at your venue
  • Quite simply an experience of a lifetime that everybody will remember forever

Wedding at a Golf Resort

Destination wedding have become popular in recent years. There is certainly something romantic about exchanging vows on your favorite mountaintop, beach, or cable car. The entire theme for the day can be built around the flavor of the location you choose. Many couples have a country that is significant to them because of their ethnic heritage or a trip they’ve taken. Sharing that with family and friends on their special day is a wonderful gesture.

For those who don’t wish to travel for their big day, there are other suitable locations. A couple that enjoys outdoor adventures doesn’t have to go to a mountaintop to get married. They can choose a local park, field, or other green space right in their own community. With the right set up, an outdoor space can evoke the romance of mountain climbing in the Alps.

To keep the festivities a little closer to sea level, you might want to try a venue with a waterfront view. A beach wedding has an outdoor flair with a casual feel that might be just your style. Other water-related settings include a marina or town dock. Some towns have a municipal space with a pavilion overlooking the water. You may be able to find a restaurant in a setting with a water view.

If water isn’t your passion, maybe golf is. Planning your wedding at a golf resort could be spectacular. A golf resort will offer lovely green space, a catering kitchen, and overnight accommodations. If golfing is an activity you enjoy, having your wedding at a golf resort could mean working in at least 18 holes with some of your guests.

Of course, if tennis is more your things, head to the tennis club. There’s nothing more romantic than exchanging vows in the club overlooking the court where you took your last victory. Most tennis clubs can offer either indoor or outdoor spaces for your wedding. They may even be willing to clear out the bubble and take the nets down to offer you an inclement weather option. Those tennis bubbles can hold a lot of wedding guests – and shrimp cocktail, too!

Wedding Registry

Gift giving is a way for family and friends to celebrate the couple’s union and help them stock their new home. Couples can take the guesswork out of gift buying and increase their odds of receiving exactly what they desire. Engaged couples can feel free to register for whatever it will take to make their new house a home; be it china, crystal, appliances, or electronics.

It is understandable that young couples who are looking forward to starting a family would anticipate receiving gifts that would assist them in this endeavor; however, in a recent census report statistics show that more and more Americans are waiting longer to get married.

Research indicates that the average age now for women marrying for the first time is 27.1, and for men the average age for first time marriage is 29.1. What this ultimately means is that by the time couples decide they are ready to “tie the knot” each has already established a home filled with all the necessities for living a comfortable life.

So what is the appropriate gift for a couple that will already have two of everything? Some believe that etiquette frowns on a couple requesting monetary gifts, therefore it is suggested that family and friends discreetly spread the word of such a wish. In most cases newlyweds use these monetary gifts to enhance their honeymoon experience. One thing is for sure, no matter what the age or social status of a couple is; they all share one common denominator-the desire for a romantic honeymoon!

In consideration of these statistics registries have evolved to accommodate these situations by instituting Honeymoon Registries. Couples select their destination and can choose from a variety of gifts such as honeymoon suite upgrades; spa services; exciting excursions; monetary trip contributions; gourmet dinners; or champagne. Larger gifts can be divided into smaller increments. Some honeymoon registry organizations provide a wedding website with the ability to link to any social networking platform in addition to the ability to email the link directly to family and friends.