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In most surveys of the most stressful things one can experience in life, a wedding always makes the top 10. It is meant to be one of the happiest and most memorable moments of your life. However, the lead up to it can be far from that. To make a wedding memorable the guests should be entertained. This can be done easily by hiring party products such as a photo booth, chocolate fountain, Ferrero Rocher pyramid etc. With a fun photo booth not only will these items be a talking piece but your guests will be able to take a memento home with them.
Creating Fun Memories for Wedding Guests
For example the wedding photo booth will print out photos upon which you can have a personalised message such as:
“Congratulations Claire & John 26/02/17”
or whatever you fancy. Furthermore these photos can be stuck in to a guest book where your guests can write a message along side their photos in order to make your day a little more special. With a large variety of props mixed with a small splash of alcohol the photos will be fantastic!
A fountain of chocolate which you can dip a variety of food products, such as fruits, biscuits, marshmallows etc. For some reason kids love this much more than adults, maybe it is due to the free food or perhaps it’s the sugar content, or the mess factor, who knows?
Imperial Photo Booth provide a variety of party products which can be hired for your wedding. However they do not just cater for weddings, but also private parties such as birthday parties, anniversaries and corporate events. If you have a wedding coming up then check out their website and their gallery in order to get a feel for some of their events. If you do decide to go ahead with booking a photo booth, you will not regret it!
People tend to put a great deal of effort into everything regarding wedding preparations. Wedding fashion is often the most important part of the entire day. For lots of people, this doesn’t end with the wedding dress and the suits. The different makeup styles for weddings are just as important. People who add the right styles of makeup on their weddings are really going to get some excellent wedding photographs as a result, and they’re truly going to have a day to remember.
Different Makeup Styles for Weddings
Traditional Makeup Styles
While most people aren’t going to want a return of the mid-twentieth century in other ways, the mid-twentieth century clothing styles and makeup styles have been making something of a comeback in recent years. These are styles that are going to allow people to look very classy and elegant without looking as if they are wearing too much makeup.
Wearing some bright red lipstick, strong mascara, and smooth red blush is going to cause a lot of people to think about the 1950’s right away. Light blue eye shadow works well here as well. Thinning the eyebrows only adds to that effect, since natural eyebrows are ‘in’ these days, but heavily trained eyebrows were more popular in the past.
Women in the 1950’s and 1960’s tended to put a lot of effort into their appearance, but they didn’t look as if they were wearing an extreme amount of makeup. The bright red lipstick and the bright eyes of 1950’s glamour can still work well in the context of a modern wedding. Some people might even decide to go back further in time for the same thing.
Wearing some silvery eye shadow or darker eye shadow combined with heavy mascara can automatically make the eyes look really smoky. Combining these smoky eyes with nude lipstick or subtle foundation that evens out the complexion without adding any color can draw more attention to the eyes.
For a lot of people, it’s the eye makeup that’s the most important. This is especially true for a wedding, where people are going to want to leave their lips free for the kissing part of the ceremony anyway. Smokey eyes can have a dramatic look without looking the least bit tawdry. They are classic in a way that is still very modern, and so a lot of people are going to prefer them for a fashionable modern wedding. People can find lots of great makeup styles at Makeupbyellia. Hiring a makeup artist on a wedding day can make all the difference in the world. Read more
It’s time to choose your wedding rings. Are you going to opt for matching his and hers matching rings? Do you prefer to have individual styles? Is your husband-to-be not bothering with a ring at all?
Even after making this decision there are more to come. Do you want platinum, gold, titanium, or something else? Do you want contemporary or vintage? Would you like precious stones set into your ring? Will your wedding band match your engagement ring?
Today I am bringing not advice, just ideas on choosing his and hers wedding rings, so that you can see just some of the options available to you.
Choosing His and Hers Wedding Rings
Matching wedding bands
This can be a romantic gesture, especially if your rings are engraved or fit together in a special way.
Love this white gold set with the heart motif when placed together.
Vintage wedding rings
If you want something a bit different, that maybe has a back story and some history behind it, then a vintage wedding ring may be for you. There are lots of specialist stockists or you can shop in vintage shops or online stores such as Etsy.
Contemporary wedding rings
You could do ultra modern with a contemporary wedding ring. Some designs are like mini modern pieces of art and are sure to be a talking point wherever you show it off.
Love this angular design from Orro.co.uk.
Or this super sleek platinum design. Read more
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So your best friend just got engaged and she’s asked you to be a bridesmaid. Yay! Well…maybe. Being a bridesmaid is exciting and fun, but it can also be stressful and a little overwhelming, especially if you aren’t sure what your responsibilities are. To give you some idea of what it’s all about, here are six things you’ll probably need to do as a bridesmaid. We have also added six ways you can go the extra mile and learn how to be the best bridesmaid ever!
Help! I’m a Bridesmaid! How to be the best bridesmaid ever
1. Ask the bride!
This isn’t just a disclaimer, it is fundamental! Ask the bride what she expects from you as a bridesmaid. Make sure she knows that she can contact you for help with anything. Try to get an understanding of what she has in mind first so you can adjust your expectations. In some cases it might be a good idea to find this out before agreeing to be a bridesmaid, to ensure you have the time and money to dedicate to the task.
Be the best:
At the start of wedding planning, your friend might not even know where to start with wedding planning or what it is she expects or needs from you! Help out by doing your own research first (reading this article is a great start!) and give her some concrete examples of things you are able to help with. Try offering your email address and phone number as the RSVP details on her engagement party invitations so guests can contact you about whether they’ll be attending or not. This will save her having to deal with that. Making an offer like this (or something similar) shows that you are on board and thinking about what needs to be done. Let her know that you understand the commitment is more than just showing up to the wedding in a pretty dress.
2. Buy the bridesmaid dress
As a bridesmaid, you will likely be expected to pay for your bridesmaid dress, shoes, jewellery, and maybe even your hair and makeup appointments on the day. While some brides are extra generous and will shout you for some of these things, you should definitely set aside a little cash for it. Chat with your bride about what she has in mind so you can determine the price range to be prepared for, and then be ready to pay when the time comes.
Be the best:
Be prepared to help the bride choose bridesmaid dresses and accessories, but be as accommodating as you can. Don’t make a fuss if you hate the dress or it isn’t your colour, and don’t try to make things about you. Give your honest input if it is asked for, but don’t make the bride’s job difficult! Planning a wedding is hard! The exception to this is if the bride is selecting a dress that is well outside a reasonable price range (eg. several hundred dollars for a dress might be excessive).. It is definitely acceptable to let her know you are going to have difficulty affording it, and let her decide whether to stick with it and make up the difference or find something else.
3. Go to everything
One of the most important aspects of being a bridesmaid is offering support, and unless there is a very good reason (props to all you long-distance bridesmaids!), this requires you to actually show up! Find out key dates as far in advance as possible, and do what you can to be there for them. This includes the engagement party, the wedding (duh!), wedding rehearsal and other events. This applies most of all to the wedding, of course. Unless you are in hospital, incapacitated, there’s really no excuse for missing the wedding.
Be the best:
Take it upon yourself to be a sort of behind-the-scenes host when it comes to wedding-related events. Help the bride with the planning before the day. Get there early and help set up. Make sure there is enough food out and that everyone has a drink. Talk to the Aunty that’s sitting by herself and looks a little out of place. Hit the dance floor first to encourage others to get into it. Your energy and support will make all the difference and truly cement you as the best bridesmaid (and friend!) ever. Plus, it’s good practice for the wedding day, when you need to be the bride’s eyes and ears for problems so she can focus on enjoying herself.
4. Throw the bridal shower/hen party
This one is a step above just showing up! The bridesmaids, led by the maid of honour, are usually expected to throw the pre-wedding party for the bride. Usually this is either a bridal shower or a hen party, depending on the preferences of the bride. Sometimes the bride wants both, in which case she will likely designate one to you. The bridesmaids are usually responsible for both the planning and the financing of the event, but this depends on the expectations of the bride.
Be the best:
Know your friend and what makes her tick, and communicate with her about what she wants the party to be like. Don’t be that friend that invites strippers to the party with her religious family, or forgets to buy alcohol for the shower of a bride that loves to party. Remember that the party is for her, not for you, even though you are the one planning it. Try your best to make it a day that she will love! For best results run everything by her to make sure she likes the sound of it, but keep one or two meaningful surprises up your sleeve to really blow her away.
5. Help the bride with everything
Okay, this might seem a little obvious, but this is the most important part of being a bridesmaid! Find out what your friend needs help with, and help her! You don’t actually need to help with everything, of course, but be willing to help with anything! This might mean taking responsibility for addressing wedding invitations, helping her choose wedding flowers, or listening to her rant about a disagreement with the groom. Be the person she can bounce ideas off or take along for a second opinion. This should pretty much be second nature if she’s your best friend, but it’s kind of official now, in your role as her bridesmaid.
Be the best:
Find out what is stressing the bride most and see if you can take it off her hands for her, or at least help her out. Is she freaking out about choosing the right photographer? Offer to do the research for her and come up with a few good options to make the choice more simple. Does she have to DIY bonbonniere for 200 guests, but she has no idea how to work a glue gun? Take some home with you to do while you watch Game of Thrones, or offer to come round and spend the day marathoning the craft.
6. Make a great speech
If you’re the maid of honour, you get the pleasure of making a speech at the wedding reception. Usually this speech is focused on the bride, your friendship, and how happy you are for her to be marrying the love of her life. When you’re writing the speech, keep in mind that guests at the wedding will include the bride’s new in-laws, some of whom she will be meeting for the first time. There might also be other special guests, like her boss or an important client. Make sure the speech is appropriate, not embarrassing. This is absolutely not the time to roast your friend! Don’t hit the champagne before giving the speech, either. Be on your best behaviour, basically, and show your friend in a positive, loving light. Let everyone in the room know how much you adore her, and why.
Be the best:
After the wedding, give the bride a beautiful copy of the speech as a gift. It might be carefully handwritten or typed up, framed or on loose paper she can scrapbook or put away in a memory box. You could also include a favourite picture of the two of you, perhaps one taken at the wedding. This will be a great memento of the wedding day as well as of your friendship, and will remind the bride of all your support and love during the months of planning.
So now you know how to be the best bridesmaid ever. Wedding planning can be stressful, but it can also be a beautiful (and fun!) experience to go through with friends by your side. If you’ve had the honour of being asked to be a bridesmaid, throw yourself into it and take the opportunity to show your friend how much you love her in a whole host of practical ways. After this, you’re going to be friends for life.
This was a guest post by Maddison Wallace from Paperlust Wedding Invitations. Maddison is head of content at Paperlust. She is a communications professional, postgrad student, part-time librarian, and occasional wedding photographer. She loves words and drinking cups of tea.
Both weddings and honeymoons can be expensive. In today’s economy, it is often necessary to decide which of these two events merits the most attention in regards to money output. Should you go all-out on the wedding and maybe book a quick weekend for the honeymoon or should you keep the ceremony small and simple and splurge on a honeymoon?
While there are many factors, including the amount of time you have available, that go into making this decision, here are a few things to consider.
Should You Spend More on Your Honeymoon Than on the Wedding?
It is important, as a couple, to consider what is best for you. You want your friends and family to share in your excitement, but this is your special time and the final choice must be one the two of you feel meets your needs best.
Focusing on the Wedding
Very often, little girls dream about their wedding day and plan everything from their dress to the kind of flowers long before they even understand the entire concept of marriage. Weddings can range from a simple ceremony in front of a few to an elaborate affair booked at a wedding resort two years in advance. For most couples, the wedding and reception are considered part of the same event.
Advantages of spending the most on your wedding include:
- You can share your special moment with a lot of people.
- You can have your dream wedding location.
- A fantasy can come to life.
- You don’t have to decide between special features but can instead have everything you want, from the ice sculpture to a petal-strewn bride’s walk.
Disadvantages of spending your budget mainly on your wedding include:
- Your honeymoon may not be as elaborate.
- It’s only one day, which some may argue makes spending thousands unjustifiable.
- Simplicity is often a lot more impactful.
- In the future, many people regret spending so much on their wedding as the money could have been better spent elsewhere,
Focusing on the Honeymoon
The honeymoon gives the couple a chance to relish in each other’s company without having to deal with the demands of everyday life. It’s their first break as a wedded couple, and the romance is heightened greatly. They can explore a new area or spend time alone, the choice is entirely theirs. The special memories created during this time can fuel family traditions down the road.
The advantages of spending more of your budget on your honeymoon include:
- You’ll be able to spend more on the location, just think about how romantic and relaxing a honeymoon in the Maldives would be. This is something you may not be able to budget for if you spend everything on the wedding.
- The honeymoon will last longer.
- You can do more on your honeymoon and explore new locations and activities together.
- You can connect more as a couple.
- There are more memories to talk about in the years to come.
- The honeymoon spot can become a place for renewing vows and going on special family trips.
Disadvantages of spending more on the honeymoon include:
- The ceremony may be a lot smaller.
- The bride may find giving up a long-held vision difficult.
- You may not be able to have your dream wedding location.
- A person’s wedding day is often one of the greatest days of their life, the more you spend on it the more special it will be.
Whichever choice you make, both your wedding and your honeymoon are events that are likely to happen only once in a lifetime. Deciding which is the most likely to bring about happy memories throughout the years is the key to your final decision. Take time to think about the pros and cons of both, then go with what your heart tells you.
In the end, this special time is about you as a couple sharing your love. You can always split the budget evenly and have a beautiful wedding and honeymoon!