Planning a wedding can be a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Many aspects related to planning a wedding are made by the happy couple, whether they address a wedding planner or not. And let us give you an example: creating the guest list is totally the happy couple’s task, because their planner does not know their friends and family. Also, choosing the wedding dress and tuxedo is an operation that can be undertaken only by the bride, respectively groom, without their wedding planner’s help. These exact operations that are fulfilled by the happy couple without receiving suggestions from their wedding planner allow them to customize the wedding as they want.
Now let's see what aspects of a wedding can be personalized by the happy couple, during the wedding planning process. Obviously, the first aspect refers to the wedding invitations, that can be handmade by the bride and groom together, or ordered to bear their exact specifications. Sending wedding invitations is an important part of the wedding planning process; the happy couple needs to announce their guests that they are invited to a wedding party, and has to provide their guests with all the details regarding their big day.
Another aspect that can be customized by the happy couple refers to the ring pillow, that can be created by a talented bride. She can choose satin for her ring pillow, and with the help of some beads and scissors, she can create the ring pillow of her dreams. The wedding ring pillow is an item carried down the aisle by the wedding ring bearer; usually the wedding ring bearer is a little boy aged 4 or 5.
Wedding decorations can be also made by the bride and groom themselves. They can make pom-poms, paper decorations, garlands, wreaths, floral arrangements, centerpieces, wooden boxes, wedding candles, festive banners, wall posters, and many others. The happy couple can also create the wedding favors, that will be offered to the wedding guests, as a sign of appreciation for participating at the wedding.
Programs and place cards can be designed by the happy couple as well, so that they or their wedding planner to forget about contacting a wedding vendor selling items like this.
As you can see, when planning a wedding, a couple can take aside several activities that can be undertaken by themselves, and fail to contact some wedding vendors, that could provide them with expensive products. In order to save money and offer their guests the possibility of enjoying some handmade products, any couple could skip several steps of the wedding planning process (like purchasing church decorations, reception floral arrangements, invitations, transporting guests from out of town to the church and wedding reception site, buying a wedding cake, and many others), and allow their guests to benefit of some products created by themselves.
A summer wedding is very appropriate to be held outdoors. So choose a spectacular location for your once-in-a-lifetime event, and consider adding just a few touches to complete the wedding theme.
One of the most suitable locations for an outdoor summer wedding is represented by a botanical garden. A garden like this can be found in almost any large city, and luckily for those who plan to celebrate an event in such location, botanical gardens can be rented for several hours. The problem with this type of venue is that your wedding guests will not be allowed to smoke, even if they are in the outdoors.
Another location where it is possible for your guests not to be able to smoke is a public park. But if you are to compare this small disadvantage with all the advantages provided by a wedding organized in a public park, you can definitely say that this location is worth everything, including not satisfying several guests who are avid smokers. Those couples who are attracted to the idea of celebrating their wedding in a public park, are recommended to find a gazebo on a lake, because this provides one of the most beautiful backgrounds ever. Unlike a botanical garden, that can provide their visitors with chairs and even tables, a public park lacks both chairs and tables. It is true that there are many benches in a park, but you simply cannot invite wedding guests to sit on benches separated by several meters. Plus, a park does not feature tables where wedding guests could eat. This is the reason for which, in case of a summer wedding organized in a public park, the happy couple would have to rent chairs and tables and invest in plenty of white or colored gauze to create a lovely wedding effect in that part of the park where they will hold their wedding.
A beach wedding is also recommended in case of summer. Beach weddings can be extremely formal, but also very casual. If the level of formality of the wedding is very, very low, guests can do anything they want, including smoking on the beach, coming to the wedding in their bathing suits, wearing chaps or flip-flops, and following no wedding etiquette whatsoever. If, on the contrary, the beach wedding is elegant, ladies have to wear high-heels and glamorous gowns, while gentlemen are required to wear their tuxedos and follow every aspect of the wedding etiquette.
Finally, an outdoor summer wedding can be organized at home too. This can happen obviously if the happy couple lives in a house, not in an apartment building. Also, it would be preferable for the couple to live in the rural area, where they have the possibility of listening to very loud music, without disturbing their neighbors. If the couple lives in a house in a large city, it is virtually impossible to turn the music louder, without disturbing someone. However, there is a solution to this too: invite all your neighbors to the party, and you can be certain that no one will get upset by the high-volume of the music.
At a wedding, regardless of the level of formality of the wedding, you simply need to play some contemporary wedding songs, that will be appreciated by most of the wedding guests. Contemporary music refers to all those tracks or tunes released in the 1970s, 80s and so on. These tracks are appropriate for weddings, if they are love songs, or if they pay a tribute to parents.
In order to find the best wedding music tracks, you need to talk to your wedding planner, because a planner knows better than anybody else what kind of music should be played at a wedding ceremony, what music tracks can be considered for the first dance, who are the most appreciated singers and bands, and so on. A wedding planner often has a large collection of music for weddings, that can be presented to any happy couple that wants to increase their knowledge regarding music appropriate for weddings.
Another idea is to discuss this matter with your partner. Who knows, maybe he or she has a certain track that he/she really wants to listen to on the wedding day. By selecting a certain music genre or just several artists, you will manage to narrow down your search from a few thousand to a few hundred songs, or even less.
Next, you need to decide if you will have a live band performing music at your wedding, or if the music tracks will be heard from speakers. It is important to establish this from the very beginning, because, in case you choose a live band, you need to start searching for wedding orchestras several months before the wedding. In case you opt for a DJ, you can leave the task of finding an appropriate DJ as a last moment operation. And if you cannot find a suitable DJ for your wedding, you don't have to panic, because all you need to do is to download the music tracks you want, and ask one of your friends to do the honors and play the role of a DJ.
Music tracks can be found all over the Internet and at music stores. Some of them can be downloaded for free, while others have to be bought. A recommendation that should be made here is to create customized music CDs by using only the songs that you love, instead of inserting tens of CDs into the CD player, in order to listen only to one or two songs from a CD. And an even better idea is to store your music tracks on your computer, and create a personalized list of tracks that will be listened to on your wedding day. This way, you will forget about inserting all those CDs into the CD player, and you also have the possibility of saving some money, by not hiring a DJ.
A spring wedding represents the idea of a fresh new love at its best. Brightly colored flowers, pastel decorations, outdoor locations, lovely event atmospheres, freshness, rebirth, and many other elements can be considered for a spring wedding.
The first thing that has to be considered is the theme of the future wedding. Many couples consider that, if they plan to organize a wedding in the summertime, in autumn or winter, the theme of their wedding will be represented by summer, fall, respectively winter. Well, a summer wedding, just like a spring wedding, can be represented by thousands of elements, this is why it is important for that couple to select a narrower theme. For example, they could make a reference to one of the colors characterizing spring, such as green, and they could plan a totally green wedding.
After selecting the color and theme of their wedding, the couple has to select the location where the happy event will take place. In case of a green wedding, the couple could select to celebrate it in a park, where shades of green are always present, and this, without paying a single cent on exterior decorations.
There should be noted that colors affect our mood and the atmosphere of an event, this is why the color scheme has to be selected along with a wedding planner, that knows more about colors and their significance than a happy couple. If a wedding where only green can be seen, is considered too much for the eyes of those who will participate at the event, we recommend combining green with another color, like silver, to make the wedding atmosphere more elegant. Another mood color for a spring wedding is yellow, that represents happiness and joy. And in case the spring wedding takes place somewhere in May, deep blue accents can be also used (blue is mainly a summer color), to bring up the brilliance of this sunny color.
Spring is the season of new blooms and fresh beginnings, this is the reason for which it is selected by so many couples as the season of their wedding. One of the best ideas that can be considered in case of a spring wedding is to celebrate the wedding in the great outdoors. Flowers, trees, butterflies, birds, everything is abundant in the nature, when spring arrives. So whether the wedding will take place in a backyard or in a park, the happy couple and their guests will benefit of lovely fragrances generated by blooming flowers and trees, great songs performed by birds and insects and of a spectacular background, that will make it to most wedding photos taken by guests.
Marrying couples want their wedding to be unique and remembered by their wedding guests even 10 years after the wedding. Unfortunately, most of them do not succeed in offering their guests the wedding they want, because they choose to follow a path that was already selected by many couples before them. So if they want to throw an unforgettable wedding, they have to use one of these next unusual wedding ideas.
An unusual wedding idea that is rarely taken into consideration by happy couples (which want to save money, not spend thousands of dollars on their wedding) is to offer their guests some thoughtful gifts. These gifts can be $100 each, but also less than $10. In fact, the price is not important; what is important is to offer some memorable keepsakes to the wedding guests. A thoughtful gift could be represented by stars in the sky bearing the recipients’ names, or by a miniature garden, beautifully presented in a sphere.
Another idea is to announce the wedding by using unusual wedding invitations. The only observation that can be made in this case is that unusual invitations tend to be more expensive than the black and white paper invitations. An unusual invitation has to be connected to the theme of the upcoming party, thus in case the couple plans a Las Vegas wedding, they could offer their guests some custom-printed playing cards, where to write all the details regarding their wedding.
An unusual wedding idea is given by an unusual wedding, and a wedding is considered unusual if the wedding location is a location that is not exactly fit for weddings, like for example an aquarium or a public park. A couple searching to help their guests memorize their wedding for years should organize their wedding in a lovely location, that could also offer them the possibility of taking some exquisite wedding photos. A couple could marry directly in the public square, but also at a historic venue; historic buildings have a unique sense of the past and timelessness, this is why they are selected by many marrying couples.
Recently, boudoir photography has been also included among the most popular unusual wedding ideas. Boudoir photography is considered to be a unique present offered by a bride to her future husband. Boudoir photo sessions refer to intimate images, that will be cherished long after the wedding. Usually, photographers that offer boudoir photos are mainly specialized in this type of photography services, having that eye for one-of-a-kind details.
Finally, an unusual wedding could also use an incredibly tall wedding cake, and a memorable wedding cake topper, that could represent the place where the bride and groom met. Couples are recommended to consider their first date to be immortalized by their cake topper, because this date is often a memorable event, like the happy couple wants their wedding to be as well.