S: Wedding Planner Guide - Laura Naudi
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FC: Wedding Planner Guide Laura Naudi
1: This is the ultimate illustrated journey from hen night to honeymoon and everything in- between.
2: Wedding Etiquette Hen Night Stag Do Bride Groom Honeymoon Stationary Photographer Venue Cake Guest Lists Seating plans Table decorations Flowers Type of Ceremony Choosing of Rings, vows Themed Weddings countdown Gift Lists | Contents
3: Wedding Etiquette | Etiquette - a set of rules or customs which control accepted behaviour in particular situations. weddings are surrounded by tradition, many of which have been forgotten or replaced over time. | The Groom - Firstly there is the small matter of choosing and buying the engagement ring. He has joint responsibility in the major decisions such as choice of wedding venue, photographer and reception. On the day, he needs to arrive 20 minutes earlier to welcome the guests. | The Bride - possibly the most important day in a woman's life, She is involved in the organisation of her day from start to finish.
4: Hen night | Planning a Hen night is not an easy task. It needs to be something different, something special and something that will please everyone. It is the brides last night of freedom so she is expecting a night she can remember. There are a number of ideas that you can choose from for the hen night; the most common being spa days, vip night clubbing, 'hen hosts' and party boats. It all depends on what would suit the bride best.
5: The stag weekend is a big part of the best man's duties. It is aimed at giving the groom a first-class send off into married life. As its the stags last night being single, it needs to be as wacky and fun-filled as possible. Think themes, costumes, pranks, novelties and lots of fun. | Stag do'
6: The Bride | Planing the wedding can be an exciting and special time for the bride, although it can be pretty stressful at times. Organisation and keeping on top of things is important in order to make sure the day runs as smoothly as possible. The wedding dress is one of the most important things for the bride. It needs to be the perfect one as it will make the day that much more special. The bride needs to feel like a princess as it is her special day, one she will remember forever. The next things on the brides agenda needs to be hair, make-up, shoes, jewellery, flowers, bridesmaids, transport and the cake. All of the brides responsibilities are done before the big day, so that she can just relax and enjoy it.
7: Bridesmaids The bride needs to decide who and how many bridesmaids she will be having. Usually she has a 'maid of honou or a chief bridesmaid and then two or three others. They usually have matching dresses | During the speeches which take place during the reception meal, there is a special thanks which is made to everyone who has had an active role in the wedding. The bride usually has prepared a small gift for each of the bridesmaids to say thank you. | Once all the 'jobs' that are the brides responsibility to organise then the big day should be a time where the bride can relax and enjoy every single moment. Normally there are joint responsibilities which are shared between the bride and groom.
8: The Groom | As the groom, it is your responsibility to make sure the bride is looked after and supported for the rest of her life. You need to start off by setting a budget for the wedding. As you may already know, weddings don't come cheap and therefore you will need to make sure you have access to enough finance to fund the big day. Traditionally, the groom is responsible for making sure all legal requirements are fulfilled, as well as paying the church or registrar's fees. Choosing the best man or ushers is not an easy task. Traditionally, the best man is offered to your best friend or closest male relative. You need to ensure that whoever you choose, your bride needs to feel comfortable with them, it could spoil the big day otherwise.
9: The Honeymoon | When planning your honeymoon you need to make sure that you are picking somewhere that is going to suit you both. Exotic places such as the Caribbean islands tend to be most popular for those that love relaxing on the beach with little disruptions. Draw up a list of likes and dislikes and see where the matches are. You local travel agent should be able to help advice you and find you something that is within your budget. | Many companies are dedicated in supplying holidays specifically designed for adults only. These are ideal for couples that are going on their honeymoon as it is guaranteed that there will be no young families or little children. Just peace and tranquility.
10: Stationary | Wedding stationary is an important part of the wedding arrangements as it is used to inform the guests about the wedding. The stationary can be personalised to suit the requirements of the couple. It can be ordered online, in shops or simply out of the wedding magazines. The stationary is made to order so therefore should be ordered in plenty of time. The couple can design their own stationary to reflect their personalities or the theme of the wedding. You are able to choose colours, font type, styles, shapes and themes. There are various books/magazines or websites that are specifically made to promote/sell wedding stationary; making things a little easier for the couple
11: It is important to find a photographer who is experienced, aware of the requirements for your special day and someone who is within your budget. Make sure that they are clear on what time they need to be at the venue, allowing plenty of time for photos before and after the ceremony. The photographs are a lasting reminder of your special day and will be displayed in your home. You need to decide whether you want traditional or more journalistic style of photographs. Ask if the photographer will be willing to capture a mixture of formal and more relaxed shots. If there are any of your guests that have travelled from another country, then maybe you may want to have a shot that includes them in it. Remember, it is your special day, you decide on what sort of photos you have. The photographer knows what they will be wanting in order to gain that perfect shot. | Photographer
12: Venues | The first thing to take into account when choosing the venue is that there is likely to be two parts of the wedding to organise - the ceremony and the reception. A church wedding is the most popular choice for many couples. There are a number of factors that could influence your choice of venue, for example; ease of transport from service to reception. If you are considering a civil ceremony, you have the option of choosing somewhere that will accommodate both the ceremony and reception. You need to consider how many guests you need to cater for, seating capacity and entertainment facilities. Think about historical buildings, hotel wedding receptions, marquee, pub or restaurant receptions.
13: The Wedding Cake | Most cakes are between three and five tiers. They often consist of the bottom being made from sponge, middle from chocolate and top, fruit. | The traditional wedding cake is made from a rich fruitcake. Although many modern cakes now consist of either vanilla sponge, chocolate sponge or carrot cake. | Another trend for weddings are cupcakes. Each guest receives their own cake. traditionally the wedding cakes are covered in white icing, but can be decorated.
14: The Guest List | The number of people you invite has an impact on the cost of your wedding. It is important to decide who you really want there as you may be limited with numbers. Once you have made a list of all those you wish to invite, you need to discuss with your partner any concerns you may have with any of their guests. Once that is all sorted, you can then send off your invites and await for the replies.
15: The Seating Plan | Traditionally wedding receptions are laid out with a top table and then several other tables in the room. You can have circular, square or rectangular table layouts. There are a number of things you should take into consideration when writing your seating plan. Some of the most important include, single people, male/female seating and the closest tables. The tables closest to the head table should be for closest friends/family.Think about mixing the tables up a bit, giving the opportunity for your guests to meet new people.
16: Table Decorations | Whether you are having a formal or fancy wedding, you will want your wedding reception to reflect the theme. The table decorations that you end up choosing will be affected by a number of factors; the venue, the wedding theme and colours, the table size and shape, the number of guests and your budget. You may decide that you are going to have a simple name card for each guest and then some flowers on the table. There is usually small favours which are placed at the set places of the female guests.
17: Flowers | When choosing your flowers it is advised that you search for a florist that has a good reputation. Often choosing a simple color scheme and simple range in flowers will look more beautiful and elegant than one with a larger combination of colours. In order to guarantee that you can get the florist of your choice, make sure you book them well in advance. They are limited to a certain number of weddings in weekend so leave plenty of time.
18: Choosing the Ceremony | Many couples are choosing to have a non-religious ceremony, or to be married by a family member or friend. If you don't go to church on a regular basis, it doesn't rule out the fact that you can have a church wedding. It is entirely up to you and your partner what sort of ceremony you wish to have as it is your special day. You may opt for the more traditional ceremony with set vows, or you may decide that you wish to have a more modern ceremony and write your own vows. Whichever you choose, you and your partner both meed to agree and be happy with.
19: Writing the Vows and choosing of the Rings | Most couples use the set vows to say at their wedding however, you are allowed to personalise your own. you can have the more traditional versions, traditional and non-traditional vows. These few words that are exchanged between the bride and groom are part of a special and romantic moment between them both. it is the perfect place to express your feelings towards your fiancé. A wedding ring is a symbol of the love and commitment between a bride and groom. It is a major part of the ceremony and is something that you will be wearing for the rest of your life. You need to make sure you spend enough time and thought in choosing it as it is a very personal thing to choose between you and your partner
20: Themed Weddings | Aside from the traditional wedding with the white dress and suits, there are various other options that the couple can look into. Fancy dressed themed weddings are becoming more popular and as a result of this, there are more and more options and ideas available. Once you have decided on a theme, you can then design your invitations and table decorations around this. You need to ensure that you are giving your guests enough time to find an outfit. No leaving things to the last minute. Whether your ceremony is based on a religious tradition or a more modern take, there is always something special you can do to make it unique and memorable to both you and your guests.
21: A few examples of different wedding theme ideas include: seasonal vintage romantic beach tropical cultural outdoor western | For your wedding reception you can hire out various evening entertainment. There are ones for the children; clowns and entertainers, magicians and musicians. Then there are also themed evenings. For example; a casino.
22: Countdown to the big day | 6 months before -final dress fitting. choose shoes and accessories -choose attire for groom, best-man, bridesmaids -choose wedding rings -order the invitations and stationary -notify your bank stating that you are changing your name 3 months before -buy your marriage license from the registrar -send out the invitations -decide on the wedding gifts you would like, inform your guests - sort out stag/hen nights -discuss the seating plan with your caterer 1 week before -write the speeches -finalise all the last minute details Enjoy your big day!!
23: Gift Lists | As a tradition wedding presents are bought for the newly married couple. In order to prevent multiples of the same present, you can set up an online gift list. Your guests can log on an order products off your chosen list.