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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Seasonal Weddings: Five (5) Tips for A Sunny Wedding

Most people love the summertime – the warmth of sun, the blooming flowers, and the spectacular night sky. It is no wonder that given the chance, many brides would prefer to be wedded during this time as opposed to doing it during the rainy days. If you’re one of these women, holding a summer affair may just be the perfect opportunity for you to shine. Be extra-radiant when your special day comes. Here is a quick guide to arrange a successful wedding during the dry seasons.

Venue. One of the first points to consider is the place where you’ll exchange solemn vows with your significant other.  It has got to be in an outdoor location so you can take advantage of the earth being so alive! A popular choice would be in a garden such as The Oasis or 55 Events Place. You’ll be surrounded by the beauty of nature from the fragrant roses, to the tall trees and lively skies. You may opt to do it in your own backyard too, if you’re aiming for a more intimate event. Another preferred option would be to plan for a destination wedding in beaches found in the Boracay Island or Coron, Palawan. From the calm sea to the sparkly sands to the fresh air, you’ll be guaranteed to enjoy a serene and private ceremony. Whichever you decide, always keep your aim to the goal: to make it as unforgettable as possible as this happens only once in a lifetime.
venue2Date. Setting the month can be a lil tricky. Would you have it on December, January, April or May? Which brings the most significance to you as a couple? Remember that majority loves this season so you may need to create a good game-plan to ensure the best experience for everyone. When it comes to timing, should you go for a morning, afternoon or evening rendezvous? Be sure to record the highs and lows or change in temperature. Having it during noontime may be too hot and certain parts in the afternoon may produce glaring sunlight. Choose an hour that would provide cloud cover so you can bask on the great outdoors.  Consult your photographer to attain those flawless shots.
date1 Motif. Aim for shades ranging from white, yellow, orange and anything bright. Selecting the right colors can do wonders in achieving a relaxing and stunningly beautiful atmosphere. Be imaginative in incorporating items that you can associate with the sunny weather – fashionable straw hats for the ladies or stylish sunglasses for the gents.
motif2Theme. When you conceptualize, think about how you can exude a fun and blissful ambience memorable enough for all the people who’ll witness the occasion. Make a checklist on the decorations to use, the food and beverages to serve. If the chairs are made of metal or plastic, cover it up with cool linens to protect from the scorching heat. Offer lemonades, punches or mojitos to refresh the attendees. Have extra ice for the drinks. Perhaps you can utilize fans and distribute them as souvenirs too.
theme2Special items. Weigh in the things that would give utmost comfort to the guests. Have portable electric fans, AC units and hand-held cooling devices readily available anytime. Setup tents to shade everybody in case the glare of the sun becomes intolerable.mini portable electricfan

Wedding Photography: Must-Take Shot List During The Wedding Proper

It is recommended that every couple should have a shot list in mind when they scout for the person who’d do their photographs. In this way, aside from the usual must-takes, the photographer would also know if the special requests and preferences made are possible and doable. Whether it’s a catholic wedding on a historic place like Binondo Church or San Agustin Church, an intimate garden affair on The Glass Garden or The Oasis, or it would be done on a secluded beach in the magnificent Boracay Island or Colon, Palawan, here is a quick checklist of the portions during the ceremony that are most essential to take.

Wedding-Limousine-300x202The limo and its arrival. The occasion officially begins as soon as the bride and groom arrive on the venue. The initial glimpse is comparable to a love story caught on film just waiting to unfold.

  • Guests arriving and the ushers guiding them to their seats.
  • Everyone’s expressions. Search for raw emotions and unguarded moments.
  • The groom’s limo from afar and up close.
  • The bride’s limo from afar and up close.
  • Him exiting his limousine.
  • Her stepping out of the bridal car. Her right leg on the ground while the rest of the body still inside. Close-up expression as soon as she sees everybody.
  • Spectators’ faces on the first view of her.

During the ceremony.

  • The choir and the processional music area.
  • The groom waiting at the altar with his bestman and the church official.
  • The procession. Groomsmen and bridesmaids partnered with each other as they march towards their seats one at a time. The ring bearer and flower girl following closely. The whole entourage.
  • The bride with her father walking down the aisle. Her side profile, front and back. The future husband’s face upon seeing his lady for the first time.
  • The father giving away his daughter. Her mom gazing from a distance.
  • The holding of hands.
  • The priest or minister officiating the wedding. If applicable, the bible readers, the chalice being raised, the sign of peace and receipt of communion.
  • The exchange of rings and vows. Zoom in to their hands and rings to capture the essence of the union. The looks they’re wearing while uttering their promises. Their parents’ emotion in between.
  • The kiss. Close-up and otherwise.
  • Them being introduced to everyone as man and wife. People clapping and happy.
  • In groups and with family in front of the altar. Optional.
  • The couple leaving. Flying confetti and birdseed thrown and showered. Well wishes from attendees.
  • The newlyweds on their way to the reception.

Best Flowers for Your Hair

Aside from the celebration of the love between a marrying couple, the bride is the focus of every wedding. Everything concerning the bride is much prepared and awaited for such as the bridal gown, the shoes, the make-up, and the hairstyle. Basically, the whole styling of the bride is often anticipated by many of the guests.

In deciding on the whole look of the bride, several factors come into place. One is the personal preference of the bride which also often dictates the styling of the whole wedding. The venue, whether it is as grand as Palacio de Maynila or as simple as a small private restaurant, is also often considered when deciding on the styling of the bride.

The bride’s hairstyle, albeit not as big as what the bride will wear, has a big impact on the overall look of the bride. Among the trends reappearing especially with the increasing popularity of garden weddings, is the use of real flowers on the bride’s hair. Instead of using hair accessories, various flowers can be used to adorn and enhance the bridal hairstyle. This kind of hairstyle is also perfect for garden-themed venues such as The Oasis and Fernwood Gardens.

Below are some of the best flowers that can be used on bridal hairstyles.

Gardenia. There are many things going for this flower that makes it an excellent choice for the bridal hairstyle. Gardenias are perfect in size for the one-flower bridal hairstyles. A single gardenia is intricate enough with its beautifully-layered white petals that will surely match any bridal gown. These flowers are often placed on the sides of whatever hairstyle the bride has chosen. While some choose to have only one flower, it is also a popular option to use a cluster of two to three flowers.gardeniaStephanotis. It is not a coincidence that one of the names by which this flower is known is the name “bridal veil”. Several pieces of stephanotis are often used in bridal hairstyles and they exude the pristine and dainty look. However, this type of flower can be a bit pricey. It also has a nice fragrance and a flower can hold up really well even if you wear it for hours on your hair..stephanotisOrchids. For those who prefer to have a little color in their hair, orchids are excellent choices. There are many options when it comes to color and they do not carry very strong scents. It is not unheard of to use vibrant-colored orchids for those who want more than a hint of color to their whole outfit.orchids