Tips To Use When Making Wedding Plans

Are you currently making wedding plans in preparation for your big day? If so, then this article is for you. Inside of this article, I will show you some ideas for making wedding plans that can be a great help in helping you to plan for your wedding day. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in the wedding planning process – these tips for making wedding plans can work for you.

It’s important that you confirm a lot of the small details regarding your wedding. You want to secure things such as the music, food, and reception part of your wedding. All of these things need to be considered when making wedding plans for your big day. In fact, let’s take a look at the individual things that you will need to attend to when it comes to planning for your big day.

1) DJ or a band?

Who do you want to perform at your wedding? Do you want a live band or a single DJ to perform? This is something that you need to plan out way ahead before a lot of other things to make sure that your wedding is in order. To find a good band or DJ, one of the best things that you can do is ask your friends for help.

Take a look at their wedding video footage and analyze the band or DJ and how well they’re doing. Take a look at the theme of the wedding and how well they match up with the wedding theme. If you want a more modern wedding rather than traditional, then it’s in your best interest to find a band or DJ that can match with this flavor. Here’s another thing to consider when making wedding plans.

2) Should you hire a wedding planner?

Wedding planners can be tremendously helpful when it comes to planning your wedding but they come at a price. You will have to weigh out the pros and cons of hiring a planner. If you’re planning on having a large wedding, then maybe a wedding planner is best for you. But if you want something small and to the point, then maybe a wedding planner isn’t for you.

If you’ve decided that a planner isn’t for you, then you should know that there are a lot of things that you can do to plan an awesome wedding on a shoestring budget. For example, one thing that you can do is have the wedding in your backyard instead of a church. This will save you tremendous amounts of money and will save you a lot of time also. I was personally apart of an outdoor wedding and it was fabulous.

Consider these tips when making wedding plans for your big day.

Good luck with making wedding plans for your wedding.

 

The Lure of the Engagement Ring

You have been dating the person of your dreams for quite some time now. You may or may not be staying together as a couple, either of the two has its own relationship problems; if you do not live as a couple, the feeling of loneliness that surges through your heart every time your partner says the words “good bye” after a lovely day well spent together inspires you to do more and every time you turn mistakenly to share with him or her your feelings, the empty space that greets you, quickly turns your inspiration to do more into a resolve to do more now! For those who have taken their relationships a step further by moving in together.

Due to the loneliness felt each time a partner says good bye, different forms of pressures and feelings set in they could be the need to make your love official for the whole world to see or you both want to start a stable family. Whatever motivates you into finally making the first step to the most important commitment you would ever make in your entire life might not be off importance but the symbol which you must provide while taking this step is of the utmost importance – “The Engagement Ring”.

Today purchasing an engagement ring has now become the status quo of identifying yourself as one who is already taken and ready for marriage but have you ever played with the rock or band on your hand and thought about its history? Since it’s not specified in the bible or the oldest documents that give detailed accounts of practices before marriage in time passed.

The popular engagement ring of the modern age had its beginning as recent as the 19th century and wasn’t always a symbol of undying affection, it was more or less the first part payment of the bride price to be paid to the bride’s family but handed over and worn by the bride. It was a kind of insurance provided for the woman, in case the prospective partner which was always the man at that time disbands the marriage thereby compromising the woman’s virtue and appeal to other men.

The true meaning and symbol of the engagement ring started shining through in the 20th century, when men gave their fiancĂ©es a band that symbolized their love and intentions for a marriage union, the engagement ring signified that she had been taken, out of limits and ready to be married to her true love and it was placed on the fourth finger of the left hand, for that finger was believed to have a vein running through it which came directly from the heart therefore symbolizing the finger as a “heart finger”. Earlier rings could just be a piece of silver or an iron band without any adornment, which the woman inserts into her fourth finger on her left hand, this was the practice for a short time till commercial rings and the media took over the engagement scene.

The Adverts shown on engagement rings in the middle of the 19th century suggested that men should spend no less than 2 months of their monthly income to purchase the perfect ring for his precious bride to be and just with an advert the definition and style of the engagement ring took a new direction.

The modern engagement ring is a symbol that shows that a person is engaged to be married with style. The cut, pricing and make of the engagement ring although not all important, adds a certain flavour to your engagement day or ceremony and has spurned a new jewellery market all on its own.

The Engagement ring now comes in different designs; it could be a band made of precious materials such as Gold, Platinum or Silver or it could be a band laced with gem stones to provide an irresistible beauty to the ring. The different major designs of engagement rings shall be discussed below.

Different Types of Engagement Rings

Solitaire rings; these are the quintessential classic engagement rings, the solitaire ring consists of a band and a gem stone; the band could be made from any material of your choice ranging from gold to platinum while the gemstone should also be chosen to fit your peculiar characteristics, it could be diamonds or sapphire cut in different ways that would be explained below.

Engagement Rings with Side stones: These exquisite rings are made with gemstones inserted into the sides of the band, which can be made of any metal material depending on your taste. Some side stones ring also come with a central stone at the middle. The popular gemstones used for this design of rings are usually diamonds but you can personally customize your gemstone to the taste of your love.

The Three Stone Rings or the Trinity ring: this is a ring design with its own romantic history, it is believed that each stone in the three stone ring symbolizes the past, present and future of the time in which a couple has spent together and the ring would bind them together for all eternity. The ring design is that of an immaculate platinum band with three exquisite gemstones; one at the middle with two place strategically by the sides. The gemstones are usually mad of diamonds but you are allowed to customize yours into three different types of gemstones if you so desire.

The Matching Bridal Set: this is a beautiful combination of both the engagement ring and the actual wedding band, there is no set design on how a matching bridal set should look like but it is generally good to have either the engagement ring or the wedding ring accentuating the other and vice versa I.e. an exquisite platinum engagement ring with a gemstone should be paired with a simple Gold classic wedding band, providing the bride with a touch of colour.

Tension Rings: let the name not act as a barrier to you when considering the tension ring for it is one of those designs we call simple but indefinitely classy, it consists of a band made from any material of your choice, tightly holding a gemstone in its grip with pressure i.e. the gemstone is not held by prongs but clasped in between the two sides of the band material you chose. The band material serves as its holding support. It is highly recommended you go for two contrasting colours for the band and the gemstone to bring out the true beauty of the tension ring.

The Different Cuts of Gemstones

The Cushion cut: this method of cutting a gemstone, gives the stone a classic shape that is between a rectangle and an oval, it is one of the most popular jewellery cuts and it’s also known as the antique cut.

The Marquise cut: the method employed in cutting the shape of the marquise cut gives the gemstone an oval shape in the middle with ends. This ring has a classic elven or should I say earthy look that brings out the supernatural beauty in your bride.

The Emerald cut: the emerald gem naturally has its own defined shape and this cut method clearly mirrors it, the emerald cut is a rectangular cut with cropped corners protruding at its four ends.

The Asscher cut: this method of cutting the gemstone gives it a shape people say is similar to the emerald rectangle but it is more octagonal in shape than rectangle, the octagonal shape helps it catch light and reflect it in different directions. It’s a perfectly beautiful cut for a rings gemstone.

The Princess cut: this is one of the most used cuts on gemstones, it is square in shape and helps bring out the beauty of the gemstone used quite demurely.

The Round cut: this cut general looks round but its more than that for it has different spikes added to its surfaces making it one of, if not the most shining gemstone cut of the lot, it is known amongst women for its ability to blind the eye (sparkle).

The Heart cut: perfect for the romantics at heart and shaped to belly their hearts, it is a simple and classy cut that is quite popular amongst women.

After giving a general expose on engagement ring designs and cuts, the next step is to bring to your notice the leaders in the industry that provides you with the best and most expensive rings- in some cases- out there.

Bill Barnes: the producers of some of the most exquisite and expensive engagement bands out there.

Tiffany: everybody knows the name Tiffany this designer house also provides customers with top of the range rings and prices defer.

Tacori: the Tacori design is also one of the most sought after engagement rings in the jewellery industry the cut and arrangement of its designs are always a joy to behold.

Affordable Weddings Favors, Wedding Gifts & Wedding Accessories

Weddings are a joyous occasion, and there should not be any stress when it comes to wedding gifts, favors, or accessories. There are over two million weddings held every year in the United States alone. It is estimated that over seventy billion dollars is spent on American weddings in a single year. The average wedding budget for Americans is $20,000.

You can search various outlets to accomplish a stylish wedding without busting your budget. A great way to cut costs is to reduce the price of your wedding gifts, favors, and accessories. If you are to be a guest expected to come bearing gifts, your job is easy if the couple has a gift registry. If they do not, I recommend making a short list of things you know the couple likes to do. Upon reviewing the list, deciding on a gift should be fairly easy!

Sometimes couples provide gifts to their guests besides just wedding favors. These may come in many different forms, but all serve as a way for the guests to celebrate and remember the wedding.

Wedding favors are a fun part of any wedding. They come in many different forms – customized bubble containers, candy bags, anything from customized fans to match books. A quick search online reveals a multitude of sites devoted to wedding supplies. More choices than you could imagine. The meat of decision is narrowing the choices. You must decide between useful and frivolous.

What would a wedding be without its accessories? Surely there are successful, beautiful weddings without accessories, but what better way to convey elegance than by flaunting your wedding accessories? One of the prime examples of a common accessory is the guestbook. There is usually a table devoted to the guestbook, along with a picture of the couple about to be married. Some couples choose a more creative route. They have a large matte on which the guests can sign their names and write little messages of encouragement. This seems more useful than a guestbook; it is something that can be displayed in the home without the “cheese” factor of keeping your guestbook out in the open. It is also more interesting to view than flipping through a book of meaningless signatures.

It is not necessary to spend a lot of money on your wedding gifts, favors, or accessories. You should decide what you are looking for and how much you can afford to spend. Then do the research! It takes little effort to research online for affordable wedding gifts, favors, and accessories. One important thing to remember is to not sacrifice quality for price. You do not want to jeopardize the elegance of your wedding by having cheaply constructed wedding gifts, favors, or accessories.

Wedding Dress Topics

Which one of you brides has always wanted and dreamt of having a lace dress? This blog post is going to inform you on everything you need to know about finding your perfect lace dress. All fabrics that wedding dresses use are all beautiful, but none of them come close to how romantic and historical lace is.

Back in history, when a bride would wear lace at her wedding, this demonstrated the wealth of your family and prosperity. It would tell everyone that you came from a wealthy family and that you could afford to get married in a lace wedding dress. Things have changed since then, and that is not what people think of when they attend a wedding. Now you see more lace on a dining room table or in the house, but you do not see it as a symbol of wealth.

Lace wedding dresses are still around though. They are very popular in the wedding dress world. But now, you can see lace not only as the whole dress but little bits and pieces of lace throughout the bride’s attire for her big day. For instance, in her veil, as an sash around her waist, of course the all over lace look, or even just lace being placed on the skirt or top of the dress.

SHORT WEDDING DRESSES

When you are searching for your perfect wedding dress, don’t get something that you won’t love. If you don’t want to get a long dress with a cathedral train, then don’t. Do what you want to do because when it comes down to it, this day will be all about you. If you have always pictured yourself in a short, playful wedding dress, then try and find what you have always envisioned. Trust me, there are some short wedding dresses that are to die for, you may just have to look a little bit harder. Some of the reasons why brides may choose a short wedding dress over a long and traditional dress is if the wedding is more informal, on a beach, at a court house, a summer/spring wedding, or even if the bride just wants to be different!

Short wedding dresses are also becoming very popular for brides that want to have two different dresses for their big day. They will a formal and elegant dress for their ceremony and then at some point during their reception, they will switch into a more playful and sexy short dress.

DIFFERENT KINDS OF FABRICS

With going along with the last post that I did, I felt that it was necessary to cover some of the basic types of fabrics that every bride should be familiar with. Every kind of fabric has its own way to flow and make the dress appear. Another thing for brides to consider is that a fabric will look completely different on every bride. Finding the right fabric is just like finding the right shape of your wedding dress. I hope that the description of the top five wedding dress fabrics will help you in finding the perfect dress!!!

Satin– When you look at the fabric satin, you see the shinny surface and the glowing effect that is appealing. Most of the time, the wedding dresses will be embellished my adding lace, beads, or gems to make a dress have more glam. Satin dresses are a very free and flowing kind of fabric that lead to a sexy, romantic look.

Silk –It is the most luxurious fabrics manufactured. This fabric is very breathable and versatile. It is also very flowing and free to walk in. Because of the smooth surface it has, it clings and fits a body of a bride that is a gorgeous look to a romantic wedding.

Organza– This is one of the stiffer fabrics that you will find when you go wedding dress shopping. Because of the stiffness of this fabric, you will most likely find it in the dresses that have a fuller skirt or many layers. You will also find this fabric with a light lace overlay on it also. Lace always adds an additional touch to a glowing fabric.

Brocade– This kind of fabric can make a dress look from traditional to modern and even stylish. Usually soft brocade is used for wedding dresses to make them look more formal and elegant. Some of these dresses will have a pattern in them by using threads woven into them. Also, you might see these elegant dresses in royal weddings that indicate status.

Pakistani Wedding Dress Selection – Top Five Secrets for Buying Wedding Dress

Top Five Secrets for Buying Pakistani Wedding Dress

Wedding is an enjoyable and happy time, and Pakistani wedding is celebrated with much fanfare as the exotic Pakistani wedding dress also coming in to spice up the whole event. The bride and groom are in an excited state and the families spend all their energies to enable a thorough preparation for the wedding ceremony.

A daunting task lay ahead as there are several features that need to be put in place while the planning gets done. The selection of wedding apparels become equally important, and with these top 5 secrets for selecting Pakistani wedding dress, you can possess rich and elegant looks during the wedding ceremony by opting for the best dress.

Researching to Find the Ideal Dress

Prior to selecting the dress, extensive researching will have to be carried out to find all the dress types that are in vogue. The bride can take the pick from lehengas, bridal gowns, sharara, gharara and other dresses for the big day as the groom also has his fair choice to make.

Also, when the researching is done, the trendy fashion, the latest models and the designer dresses comes to light. With the wide array of choice, the bride can pick the best dress for Pakistani wedding that suits her taste and makes her look gorgeous during the wedding ceremony.

Deciding on the Color, Style Pattern and Extra Work

It is also essential for the bride to look into the various designs, patterns and colors related to the dress for wedding, as the very many dress varieties come in various designs and patterns. The color of the wedding dress should go well with the complexion of the bride, and the design and pattern of the dress should enhance the charm of the bride. The extra work done on the dresses, as that of stone work, pearl work and embroidery also need to be considered to select the most elegant dress as that fits well for the wedding ceremony.

Your Wedding Dress

As the Pakistani wedding is an elaborate ceremony, the bride will have to select dresses as that meet the needs of the ceremonies like the mehndi nights, Walima and other ceremonies that lead to the wedding day. The ideal dress that embraces traditional value as well as unveils western influences can also be selected from the innumerable varieties of wedding dresses. The dress for the wedding day should also be selected with care, as the bride becomes the star of the function, and is looked upon with awe during the wedding ceremony.

Where to Buy?

To make the right choice with respect to the bridal outfit stores is another of the important aspect that needs to be viewed with concern. Though there are many bridal outfit stores and designer outlets, the one that possesses great variety and also offers great deals will be the best source to take your pick as when it comes to dresses for wedding.

Your budget

The main component that influences your buying decision happens to be your budget. You’ll have to consider the varieties that fall well within your stipulated budget, and there are gorgeous dress varieties that match your budgets.

When you are eager to select the ideal wedding dress, these top five secrets for buying Pakistani wedding dress comes to your aid, as you can make the best choice to look gorgeous during the wedding ceremony.

Wholesale Wedding Accessories – Turning One Thousand Dollars Into Ten Thousand

For just a few minutes, try to keep an open mind about wholesale wedding accessories, as they are NOT for the poor nor are they for “trailer trash” weddings. Truth be told, whole sale wedding accessories can stretch even the smallest of budgets to well outside their normal means. Having said that, if you’re planning a wedding on a small budget, it’s time to put away that “I’m upper class” attitude and start thinking with your wallet rather than your ego.

What to Buy…

Get beyond ribbons and bows when it comes to accessories for the wedding. Yes, you can get those things, but they are just a small part of it. As a matter of fact, you can do nearly all of your decoration shopping via wholesale wedding accessories. Heres a list of about 10 different things you should consider.

– Ribbons. Bows. Raffia.

– Theme Colored Balloons.

– Silverware & Eating Utensils.

– Picture Frames.

– Table Cloths. (Theme Colored)

– Napkins. (Theme Colored)

– Guest Gifts.

– Table Centerpieces.

– Candles. (Theme Colored)

– Candle Holders.

– Vases.

– Small Statues. (Table Decor)

– Plates and Dishware

– Chair Pillows

– The List Goes On & On…

Where to Buy…

Wholesale wedding accessories should never be bought from a department store or even a local wedding shop. Such places charge 2, maybe even 3, times as much for accessories during “wedding season”. To truly get a low-cost bargain, you need to deal with — you guessed it — wholesale dealers! Such dealers will offer the best wedding goods at rock bottom rates, and they will even deliver the accessories to whichever location you choose.

Go to a favorite search engine, such as google, and type in “wholesale wedding accessories” or “bulk accessories for wedding” and you’ll find a plethora of different companies and retailers that offer outstanding deals. Browse a few websites and shop around until you find the most acceptable price for your weddings budget.

Using wholesale wedding accessories is the best way to save money on the budget while showing your guests that there was NO budget and you spared no expense creating this beautiful event.

Tips to Kick Start Your Wedding Planning

If you have experience with project planning in a professional sense at your employment then you should treat the planning of your wedding no different. Wedding Planning is a must for small or big weddings – perhaps it’s more critical to plan out your wedding for the large weddings for everything to run smoothly on the day.

A Big or Small Wedding?

First of all, you should have a general number of guests you would like to invite. This will determine everything else you do in your wedding planning. Do you want a small cozy wedding or a large wedding gathering? Is it what you want or what your parents or in-laws want? Is it within your budget? Once you answer these questions your wedding planning has now been kick started.

Assign Tasks

In a project situation, it is important to delegate tasks and so in your wedding planning you need to determine who will be responsible for certain aspects of your wedding. For example you may want to designate responsibility of handling of catering for yourself while delegating the responsibility of the wedding music or entertainment to your partner.

Wedding Budget

A commercial project always has a profit and loss statement and a budget. A wedding plan profits when you succeed and you lose when everything falls apart – you don’t want the latter to happen. One of the more important aspects of wedding planning is your wedding budget. You should have a general number in your head of how much you want to spend on your wedding and from that starting number you can allocate money to the ‘sub-projects’ of your wedding such as the catering, the reception hall, etc. Watch carefully how you spend your wedding budget and always keep a look out for ways to save money on weddings.

Wedding Research

Keep note of what works and what doesn’t when you attend other weddings, talk to the caterers and the musicians or the DJ if you like their service. Talk to the wedding couple or other recently wedded couples to ask them what worked in their wedding and what didn’t and what other advice they could offer. A part of your research would take you to wedding expos and shows around the country in your city or local area. At the wedding show you can take into account the latest trends and products that are popular in the wedding industry. You will be able to talk to reception services, caterers and bakers for your wedding cake. You will able to see their showcase of wedding dresses and possibly catch a catwalk display of the dresses. Remember your purpose at these shows – that you are there as research for your wedding plan and not be tempted by the other extras that aren’t really a part of what you want for a wedding. Your purpose is to get an idea of how much everything you want at your wedding would cost as well as your options in the variety of wedding areas.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location

Finally, a major element to your wedding project plan is to arrange the ceremony and the locations of the ceremony and reception. If you are religious it would probably be assumed that you would be wedded in a church or other religious building. If aren’t religious and are looking for a civil celebrant you will also need to plan around that. Planning your reception location would probably take into consideration the research you have done previously. Shop around for prices; ask around for testimonials of good service to find the perfect location to suit what you want and your budget.

Good luck in your wedding planning!

Janey McKenzie is a staff writer for BetterWeddingIdeas.com [http://www.betterweddingideas.com], a free wedding planning guide providing couples with hints and tips to enable them to plan every aspect of their wedding effectively. The article above can be found in our wedding planning [http://www.betterweddingideas.com/wedding-topics/wedding-planning] category. You may publish this article on the condition that it is not edited and all html links to our website is kept intact.