Beautiful Weddings: Four Steps in Choosing a Wedding Theme

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“There are no perfect weddings—just beautiful ones.”-Author Unknown

Wedding themes are an integral part of wedding planning as it serves as the basic blueprint of all the aspects involved in your wedding. In a sense, it also sets the tone for the kind of wedding you have. Choosing a theme for your wedding is paramount to the overall success of your wedding as it provides a semblance of cohesion to all the elements involved.

Furthermore, it sets your wedding apart and would add personal touches to create a mood for your wedding guests that would best illustrate who you and your spouse are as a couple. However, as there is a myriad of wedding themes available online and on bridal magazines, it can be a bit of a challenge to choose just one that would suit your preferences. Worry not, however, here are some steps that you can follow so that you can get started:

1.) Choose a venue

Where you will hold your wedding is a pivotal aspect as to how you choose your wedding theme. More often than not, your wedding venue would already be a reflection of what you and your spouse already like. Your venue should not only be big enough to hold your guests, but it should also be appropriate to the kind of theme you have selected. After all, there is no point in holding a beach-themed wedding in a formal banquet hall. Similarly, a garden wedding works best if you held your wedding at an actual garden as well. With all this in mind, you should have a theme in mind before you start choosing your venue.

2.) Brainstorm with your partner

If you are having an especially challenging time on zeroing down on a single theme, sit down with your spouse and brainstorm. Think about the key words and aspects that define you both as a couple and try to integrate this as much as possible into your wedding theme. For example, if you and your partner love the great outdoors or are both nature lovers, you would probably like a garden-themed wedding. If the both of you are jet-setters and have traveled countless times together as a couple, then you might want to utilize this as a theme. Incorporate these elements into your wedding theme and let it convey a story to your wedding guests.

3.) Look for inspiration online

Perhaps you already have an idea of the kind of wedding theme you want but are unsure of how it would look. You might have a rough picture in your mind but could not piece it together. Thankfully, we have an unlimited resource when it comes to inspiration, and you can start looking for them online. Pinterest, for one, is a great website for seeking wedding theme inspirations. Try to look at as many wedding themes as you can and save the ones you like. More often than not, you would gravitate towards two or three wedding themes. From there, you can formulate your own theme and picture out what it is that you do want.

4.) Ask for help

You cannot always do everything alone and more often than not, your families and friends with a creative streak would be honored to give you their advice. Ask your artistic relatives and friends, and you will be surprised at the plethora of ideas they would give you. Furthermore, this would be an excellent opportunity for you and them to bond, and it would make them feel great that they had a hand in helping you with your wedding. Once everything is set, you might even want to ask for their assistance again in crafting décor items and wedding souvenirs should you choose the DIY route.

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Post-Wedding Organization: Four Crucial Things to Do After the Wedding Day

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“Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments to create your love story.”-Jennifer Smith

You might think that after you have said your I do’s, cried to your wedding songs, danced with your new spouse, mingled with guests and ate some spectacular wedding food that it is all over. However, your wedded bliss does not actually start until you have taken care of post-wedding tasks. These are integral errands you need to do before you start settling into your married life with your spouse. So, before you start dipping your toes into that married life and embarking on a new journey with the love of your life, here are some of the post wedding tasks you need to take care of:

1.) Clean and preserve your wedding dress

Regardless of whether your dress is a thrift buy or a designer label, you would want to keep it in mint condition. After all, you might not just know it, but you could loan this to your future daughter for her to use in her own wedding. Have your dress professionally cleaned, and if there are any substances that should not be used, inform your cleaner so that they can clean it properly. To ensure that your gown is in good hands, choose an established dress preservationist whose expertise includes bridal gowns. Lastly, to ascertain it retains its pristine condition, store it in a dark, cool and dry place.

2.) Send thank you cards

Every single one of your guests would deserve a thank you hard simply for being there for you on your big day. While there is no absolute need to send them immediately after the wedding, they should ideally be sent within the three months after the big day. This would give you and your spouse enough time to give each note a personal and heartfelt touch. Do not delay as anything that is sent beyond three months would feel like an afterthought instead of a sincere desire to thank them. Take note, your guests took the time out of their schedules to be there for you and show their love and support, so be genuine in writing your thank you cards.

3.) Change your last name

After your wedding, you might think that changing your last name is immediate—almost a perfunctory response to getting married. Unfortunately, it is not that straightforward and is not as easy as it is on social media. You need to take care of all the legal technicalities when it comes to changing your last name. This means you need your official marriage license to state your new last name on it. In addition to this, you are required to update your social security card, driver’s license, bank accounts and anything that bears your legal name on it. This will ensure that should you need to process any transactions using any of these; you would not be encumbered with legal snags.

4.) Handle gift registry returns and exchanges

Setting up a wedding gift registry is an excellent avenue for wedding guests to buy the couples what they actually want and need as they embark on their new wedded life without so much of a hassle. Unfortunately, as much as the married couple wants this to work out, it never goes as perfectly as they hoped it would be. More often than not, you would get an extra set of silverware and maybe even gifts that were not on your registry list at all. As this is a likely possibility, it is best if you took care of all the returns and exchanges as soon as you can as stores have different return policies. Furthermore, some stores offer special discount prices for leftover items on registries which would then leave you free to purchase them at a cheaper rate.

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Get Hitched without Breaking the Bank

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When thinking of weddings, we immediately think of the damages. It will cost us the venue, guest list, gowns and suits, invites, food among other things. Then, there’s the theme to think about. A whimsical wedding at Blue Gardens, Quezon … Continue reading

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Four Reasons to Hire A Wedding Planner

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“Weddings are not about spending the least amount of money or the most amount of money; they are about spending good money on the elements that are most important to you and your partner.” -Kristi Richardson

 

Planning a wedding is no easy feat. There are a lot of aspects and elements to consider that a bride would feel by the overall logistics that are involved in simply pulling off a grand event. After all, this would be one of the momentous and biggest events in a woman’s life; it is only right that she be extra meticulous when it comes to hashing out and planning the details. For this reason, many brides would elect to avail of the services of a wedding planner, and you might not just know it, but it could potentially be your best investment when it comes to your wedding day. Without a doubt, careful planning and execution are two essential aspects that can make or break a wedding—an expertise of many wedding planners. So, if you wish to have a wedding to remember for years to come, you might want to hire a wedding planner.

Other than ensuring that everything goes seamlessly on your wedding day and assisting you with the planning, there is a myriad of reasons why hiring a wedding planner would be advantageous. Here are four reasons why:

1.) You deserve everything to be perfect on your wedding day

Most brides have envisioned what their ideal wedding would be like at a very young age. In their mind, they have already mapped out how their big day would look and feel like. Unfortunately, translating your perfect wedding is not as simple as you wish it to be—especially if you are undertaking the planning alone. This is where your wedding planner would be helpful. Planning a wedding takes a lot of hard work and time to put together perfectly. Your wedding planner has the necessary expertise and experience to pull it off as they have organized the same event over and over that it has become somewhat of their specialty. As a consequence, with their constant practice comes perfection.

2.) It helps you stick to a budget

One of the most integral aspects of planning a wedding is your budget. A wedding no matter how big or small will inevitably cost you and if you bungle your budget and receive the bills, you might find out you just spent more than you initially bargained for. A wedding planner doubles as a financial adviser by realistically telling you what you can do with the budget you have. More often than not, they offer you affordable alternatives or would ask you to compromise to ensure that each aspect of your wedding is top notch.

3.) Wedding planning should be enjoyable, not stressful

Regardless of how much planning goes into pulling off a wedding, it should be an enjoyable process. Furthermore, while you are planning a wedding, you should never neglect to spend special time with your special man and groom-to-be. After all, days leading up to your wedding should be filled with bliss and anticipation, not anxiety and stress. Hiring an excellent wedding planner will help you with that, and they have all the necessary skills to deal with everything on your behalf.

4.) You have a day job

Having a 9-5 job and hashing out the nitty gritty details of what you want to happen in your wedding just would not mix. Planning a wedding takes a lot of commitment and effort, and if you have a day job, it might not be as easy as it would be had you just hired a wedding planner. Your wedding planner would function as your personal assistant whose job is to look for potential vendors for you and basically do all the running around for your wedding.

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Birthday Bash: Children’s Birthday Party Checklist

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“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” -Barbara Johnson

 

Throwing your child a birthday bash is the perfect way to show him or her that they are being celebrated. After all, children themselves are gifts in our lives and one way to show them that is to commemorate their birthdays appropriately. However, while throwing a birthday party for a child may seem straightforward and easy enough, there are a lot of things you have to consider. After all, if you want your event to be a success, you need to plan accordingly. From selecting the best theme of your child’s birthday party to doing a headcount of your prospective guests, here is a checklist of the things you need to do if you intend to throw a birthday bash for your little tots:

1-3 MONTHS BEFORE

1.) Discuss with your child what kind of party he or she wants

Does your child want a ranch party theme? Then you better look up some fun ranch party packages beforehand. Is he or she more interested in having the party at home? Then try to see in which part of the house you can hold the party in. Regardless of what it would be, discuss with your child about the party, they want to have. You may dream up a lot of plans, but this is their party after all. Let them decide what they want, and you can plan from there.

2.) Come up with a guest list

Prior to coming up with a guest list, ask your child who they would like to invite to their party. From there, do a headcount so that you can appropriately plan how much food you are going to be serving your guests. Are you planning to invite his entire class? Or just a few select friends? Deciding on a headcount is crucial as not only will this give you an idea of how much food would be needed, but would also help you in selecting an appropriate party activity for the kids.

4 WEEKS BEFORE

1.) RSVP Important Guests

By now, you should already have an idea as to which guests your child is going to look forward to seeing during his or her big day. Call them up four weeks prior to the birthday party and ask whether they could make it or not. Your child is not likely to appreciate it if he finds out that his or her best friend would not be there the day of his or her party.

2.) Send invitations

Design written invitations and make sure they align with the party’s theme. Send them out to your guests and indicate whether parents are invited as well, and ask them to RSVP.

3.) Make a schedule of activities for the party

Children have short attention spans. Considering this, you have to find a way to ensure that 2-3 hours of the party would be filled with energetic activities or fun entertainment—something to keep a room full of kids occupied. In addition to that, you should think of games that are appropriate for the age of your child and his guests.

4.) Plan the menu

Know what you want to serve to your child’s party guests. Make sure to incorporate some of your child’s favorite foods as well. Remember to keep it simple and something that would not cause too much of a mess. Pizza, chicken, sliders—these are things that kids love and are easy to prepare.

ON THE DAY

1.) Clean the place

Spruce up the house—especially the areas where the party will be held. Display the food a couple of hours before the guests are set out to arrive. Cover them to make sure no outside elements contaminate them and to ensure freshness.

2.) Give parents who are staying some tasks

An extra helping hand would always be appreciated. If some of the parents are staying over for the party, give them a set of tasks to help you out.

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