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    6 unusual, affordable ways to make stunning wedding flower displays

    Flowers and floral arrangements can do so much to add romance, intrigue and drama to a wedding venue, it’s difficult to know where to start when it comes to singing their myriad virtues.

    Planning something suitably attention-grabbing and unique, though, can also be a bit of a nightmare. Taste in flowers is so subjective. Different blooms have so many personal and historical affiliations for all of us. Trying to come up with something both new and beautiful can feel a bit…well, like being unable to see the woods for the trees, as it were. And that’s before we even get to discussing how expensive those intricate pre-bought arrangements can add to those rapidly spiralling big day expenses!

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    6 unusual, affordable ways to make stunning wedding flower displays

    So, with all that in mind, here are six 6 unusual, affordable ways to make stunning wedding flower displays. These are quick examples intended as a jumping-off point for general inspiration. Each of the ideas below should help prove that it’s well within almost everyone’s budget – and, moreover, their imagination – to put flowers and greenery firmly at the heart of any décor scheme, while still creating a memorably bold, beautiful and highly original look.

    Hanging gardens

    One of the biggest logistical headaches you’ll face when dreaming up stunning-yet-cost-effective floral displays is figuring out exactly where to put them. Gathering friends and family in one finite space with enough room for eating, drinking, speeches and dancing is already hard enough without making things feel cramped. So where to put those beautiful, cascading arrangements you had your heart set on? One cunning solution is to (quite literally) turn the whole idea on its head.

    Hang your floral displays down from above: attaching individual bouquets or entire planted beds (provided you’ve checked the weight limits!) over tables or dancefloors. This  gives a wonderfully unique feel to most spaces, and goes a long way to cheering up those typically bland marquee ceilings without having to spend a packet on fancy chandeliers.

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    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins

    In order to ensure every minute of their wedding is perfect, the future bride and groom spend every waking hour planning the ceremony down to the finest details. However, there are some things you cannot plan for. For one, you can hardly predict what the weather will be like when you are booking that luxurious outdoor venue.

    However, there is another thing nearlyweds fear even more than bad weather, and that’s superstition. Just like traditions, there are many wedding superstitions passed on through generations. While some dismiss them as relics of past times, others go out of their way to find something borrowed and something blue.

    Wedding superstitions range from those related to wedding jewellery. Others to what you should or shouldn’t gift the newlyweds. There are also rules they should follow before and after the wedding. In this article, we list 7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins

    Your Wedding Ring Shouldn’t Be Too Loose or Tight

    Just like in the old tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the wedding ring should be perfect. If the wedding ring is too loose, that could result in the couple breaking up. Similarly, a ring that is too tight is often related to jealousy and restrictions someone in the relationship imposes onto the other.

    If you are afraid of this superstition coming true, the best way to make sure the wedding ring is a perfect fit is to try on the rings at a dealership before the big day. Companies like Leo Hamel Fine Jewellery and Engagement Ring Store in San Diego offer a wide range of unique wedding rings, and one of them is bound to be a perfect fit.

    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins

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    Something Old, Something New…

    Probably the most well-known wedding superstition involves the old English rhyme ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue’. But do you know what it means? Each of these items represents something and the bride has to wear one charm related to each.

    ‘Something old’ means that the bride has to wear something that symbolises her old life. The phrase ‘Something new’ stands for the happy future the couple is going to have. Also, ‘Something borrowed’ usually involves borrowing something from a happily married couple so that the newlyweds can get some of their good luck. Finally, ‘something blue’ stands for fidelity.

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    Watch Who You Borrow Your Wedding Jewellery From

    In line with the previous entry, some brides are very mindful of who they borrow their wedding jewellery from. While most borrow the accessories they are going to wear on their wedding day from friends and family, superstitious brides warn that you should only borrow jewellery from someone in an established, happy marriage.

    Dropping The Ring is Dooming the Marriage

    A superstition dating back to folklore, dropping the ring during the ceremony is believed to be a bad omen. Moreover, this superstition also states that the one who dropped the ring will be the first in the couple to die! Morbid, isn’t it?

    On the other hand, if the ring drops on its own, the groom should put it back on. This will help drive off the evil spirits that caused the ring to drop in the first place.

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    Pearls Represent the Tears of the Bride

    There are different accounts involving this superstition. While some believe that the pearls represent the future tears of the bride, others indicate that the pearls will replace those tears and signify a happy marriage.

    7 Ominous Wedding Superstitions and Their Origins pearls

    Never Gift a Watch

    While many grooms enjoy receiving a vintage, mechanical watch, in many cultures doing so is a bad idea. A tradition originating in Europe states that a watch given as a gift to the couple signifies that the time is running out on their relationship. This likely has to do with the fact that timepieces signify the passing of time, which is never good for something that should last ‘until death does you part’.

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    You Shouldn’t See Each Other Before the Wedding

    We’ll wrap this article up with another well-known superstition saying that the bride and the groom shouldn’t see each other before the wedding because it brings bad luck. In fact, this superstition was born from the similar old tradition that the groom shouldn’t see the bride before the wedding. And the reason for that is so that he doesn’t change his mind.

    Somehow this tradition evolved into a superstition involving bad luck. In reality, lots of couples spend time before the wedding together. However, grooms should still try not to see the bride in her wedding dress. Not because of tradition or superstition, but because their first glimpse at their wife-to-be is something they cannot fake in the wedding photos!

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    The First Steps in Wedding Planning

    Congratulations, you and your soul mate have tied the knot and are now engaged. After celebrating and showing off your ring, it’s time to start planning your big day. It can seem like a fun and exciting thing, but when it comes down to it, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start.

    The First Steps in Wedding Planning

    Don’t let the daunting process put you off, its hard work but it is fun hard work. During the first steps in wedding planning remember it is the most important day of your life. Relish in the fact that you and your fiancée have total power to create a perfect wedding day that reflects you and your personalities. This article explains where to start with your wedding planning and the most important things you need to do to kick it all off.

    Set up a timetable

    Make a planning timetable and schedule yourself weeks in which you want to get certain this done. This will help ensure you stick to time frames and don’t forget anything. You won’t be able to pick an exact date until you have booked your venue. You won’t be able to organise entertainment until you have booked that date and so on. So make a list of all the things you need to do and put them into your timetable in chronological order.

    The First Steps in Wedding Planning

    Create a vision of your day

    Before you sample any food, try on any gown or decide on any flowers, look at the bigger picture and create a vision in your head of what you want your big day to look and feel like. Imagine the style and vibe of your wedding and close your eyes and picture it. This will help you to ensure when looking at wedding venues, you pick the right place for you to create this vision.

    Here are some key questions to consider when creating your vision; big or small? Outdoors or in? Home or away? Modern, classic, romantic, vintage, rustic or glam? Fancy or casual? Spend some time looking through wedding magazines and Pinterest to give you some inspiration.

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    Set a budget

    Sit down with your family and work out what everyone is contributing. With this information, you can get yourself an overall wedding day budget. Then divide that up into sections so that you can have a limit for how much you spend on the wedding venue, flowers, dress, entertainment etc. This will avoid overspending in one area, leaving you short in another.

    Start a guest list

    Your guest list will probably be added to many times along the way of your wedding planning journey, but now is the best time to start drafting one. Keep in mind your vision of how big or small you wanted your wedding to be. Also keep in mind that more guests mean higher prices in other areas, as catering costs are usually based on per-head.

    Select the wedding party

    Now it’s your turn to propose to your groomsmen and bridesmaids. The earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist for their help. Remember that they are going to be donating their time and efforts to you, so make it a nice gesture. Get creative with your proposals and make them feel appreciated. This will help encourage them to help you to the best of their abilities.

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    Book the venue

    Now that you know roughly how many guests you are having and chosen your budget, you can decide on your venue and get it booked! Remember that the reception venue will be the backdrop for most of your photos and can influence the overall feel to your day. Ensure that you select the venue with the look, price and extras you want. Also, by signing your venue contract, you will officially have your wedding date!

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    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport

    So today I have a little post about wedding transportation to share with you. if you want to arrive at your wedding in style it is time to think how? Will it be a classic car? A quirky stretch limo? Fairytale horse and carriage? Something completely and utterly bonkers? Unadulterated luxury? Today’s post as a bit of everything.

    From classic to quirky. Top ten types of wedding transport

    From classic to quirky. Top types of wedding transport open top wedding car

    Bride and bridesmaid transport

    A few things to consider:-

    How big is your dress and how big is the inside of your dream car? This needs to be checked. If you have a HUGE dress, the last thing you want is for it to be creased and crushed after being squeezed into a tiny back seat.

    Horse and carriage

    If you are opting for an open top car or horse and carriage, does the roof come down quickly if the weather is not so hot? And if the roof does come down, will you be stooping for the entire duration of the journey?

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    You may want a horse and carriage but factor in the inordinate amount of extra time that journey will take. If there is some distance to travel, this option just isn’t practical. If you have set your heart on this, why not just start the journey in a car and transfer to the carriage nearer the wedding venue?

    Stretch limo

    Got lots of bridesmaids? Maybe a stretch limo is an option. One car-lots of room and an injection of glamour too.

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    Whatever mode you consider, make sure you shop around and get recommendations. You can even use a well known trade directory and find local wedding car hire services to give you a helping hand.

    Groom and groomsmen

    Very often the men’s transport to a wedding is a bit of an afterthought. Taxis or family and friends usually bear the brunt of the responsibility, but why not make their journey special too? You could opt for a stretch limo aswell and then at least the bridesmaids and groomsmen have a way to get the wedding venue after the service, whilst the bride and groom hijack the other limo.

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    You can hire a classic sports car for the day or half day. What better way to arrive at your wedding than in a classic red Ferrari?

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    Guest transportation

    Now usually guests can find their own way to your wedding, but if your venue is remote, or even a surprise, this is something to consider. Theree are some fab bus services, from limo buses to red London buses. If you are having a country themed wedding, why not see if you can hire tractors to transport guests?

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    Specialist cars

    Now my sister and her husband both had Mini Coopers when they got married. They were members of the Mini fan Club and well….they were quite obsessed with Minis. So they chose to have as their wedding car a stretch Mini. It suited them perfectly and shows that there is a wedding car out there to suit everyone.

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    So there you have it. How will you be getting to and from your wedding? Would love to hear from you. Bye for now, Jenny.

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    Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

    Every year, reputable jewellery brands come up with all different engagement and wedding ring designs. Now, when it comes to shopping for that perfect engagement ring, there are so many facts to consider. While many people like to shop for engagement ring as a couple, some men want to woo their girlfriends with a surprise engagement ring as a token of their love.

    If your future wife is choosing it herself, half the job is done!  However, if you are planning to surprise her with a magnificent stone to pop the question, you need to get your hands on the most exquisite ring to make sure she says yes.  You should know by now that the engagement rings will be one of the most expensive purchases you are ever going to make, apart from a car or a house.  A big decision to make because this is going to be the purchase that lasts for a lifetime.

    Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

    Here is an infographic that reveals 20 interesting facts about choosing the perfect engagement ring for a happy new beginning. This infographic has been designed by Elena from americantungsten.com wedding bands shop

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