Planning a Small Backyard Wedding

3595800195_a975c337c0_oCelebrate your love with a backyard wedding, a great idea for couples who desire to share their special day with friends and family in an intimate familial atmosphere. Backyard weddings offer sincere meaning and a personal touch as they occur at a private residence. They may be large or small depending on the space. Read on to learn ideas for planning a backyard wedding.

Selecting a Date

The date selection process is very important for couples planning a backyard wedding. Most backyard weddings transpire during spring through the early weeks of autumn. This is when outside temperatures are comfortable and gardens appear lovely. Although, this is not to say your wedding should not be held during the rainy season or snowy winters. If so, simply ensure that the appropriate measures are taken to accommodate the inclement weather. The benefit of backyard weddings is the date you choose will not be booked, a common problem associated with typical wedding venues.

Choosing a Location

Deciding on a location for your backyard wedding may be an easy task for some homeowners. No backyard? Ask a close friend or family member if they are willing to allow use of their backyard for the occasion of your wedding. Before making your final decision, determine if the backyard is large enough for the amenities and number of guests you plan to invite.

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Make sure you have all the logistics in order for your backyard wedding including such things as the number of restrooms, parking and electrical outlets. Create a list of items you need to rent, buy or borrow. Show consideration to your neighbors by notifying them in advance that you are planning a special celebration. Do your best to keep the late night noise level respectable. Have a backup plan for your wedding in case of bad weather or unforeseen occurrences.

Decorations Ideas

Set the mood for your wedding by adding touches of your wedding colors into the surrounding area in the form of tents, ribbons and candles. Do-it-yourselfers will delight in the opportunity to create wedding decorations such as hand-stamped invitations, hand-painted watercolor programs, aisle garlands, handpicked flowers, hand-sewn seat cushions and altar embellishments.

Reception Suggestions

Many creative options abound for your back yard wedding reception. Offer an old fashioned barbeque or host a potluck buffet. For a romantic effect, string twinkling white lights above the tables and hang colorful paper lanterns from trees. Decorate tables with centerpieces composed of mason jars and wildflowers. Remember, it is your wedding, make it as special as possible.

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February 24, 2014 at 9:05 am 1 comment

Elegant Wedding Tips

36871442Getting married is an important life event for an engaged couple and one of the first tasks involved with planning a wedding is choosing a theme. Of the many wedding themes available from which a couple may choose for their ceremony, an elegant wedding is by far one of the most popular. More than about choosing quality over quantity, an elegant ceremony is about the expression of simplicity, stylishness and gracefulness. Read on to learn more about elegant wedding tips.

Elegant Invitations

Set the tone of sophistication with your wedding invitations by choosing designs that immediately evoke a sense of minimalism and gentle austerity.  Imbibe a sense of artfulness into your wedding invitations by choosing subtle color combinations such as modern black and white or romantic-inspired pastels from the Victorian Era. Add coordinating envelopes and personal touches such as simple silk ribbons, delicate decorative lace or embossed initials.

Sophisticated Ceremony Location

Whether you choose indoors or outdoors for your ceremony, an elegant wedding may be enhanced by location. Transform an ordinary venue into an elegant one with a few simple flourishes such as a beach wedding at sunset when the sky is ablaze with fiery colors or a garden wedding at the height of flowers in bloom. Twinkling icicle light strands may change a plain room reception venue into a sparkling magical wonderland. Elegance may be found in the charm of a rustic country church or in the avant-garde attitude of a metropolitan hotel.

Wedding Gown Elegance

Elegant bridal gowns often feature clean lines and simple designs, a hallmark of most wedding dresses. Walk down the aisle in elegance by wearing a gown highlighting understated details such as simple necklines and minimal decorations. Choose long length gowns in classic colors such as white or ivory. Elegant wedding dress fabrics include tulle, silk, satin or chiffon. Add to your elegance by wearing a bridal veil.

Chic Signature Drinks

Create an original concoction for your guests to enjoy at your wedding reception, an alternative to a beer and wine bar. Get creative with ingredients by infusing your drink with elegant flavors such as julep, passion fruit, honey or ginger. Hire a professional mixologist to create a drink based on your personal preferences.

Refined Centerpieces

Make an impression at your reception with splendid and refined tabletop centerpieces. Ideas for an elegant romantic reception centerpiece include classic silver vases filled with white roses in full bloom or pink orchids submersed in tall clear cylinders of water or hurricane lamps glowing elegantly from the flickering flames of large candles surrounded by a circle of river stones.

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February 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

What Does an Usher Do?

blog picWeddings are exciting life events celebrating the union of two people in love uniting in marriage. For couples, choosing wedding party members is an important task. One of the wedding party roles to fulfill is that of usher, a person who assists with the seating of guests. When selecting ushers, couples look for persons who are friendly, supportive and available to help make your wedding guests feel welcome. Traditionally, ushers are young unmarried males but modern times dictate ushers may be a man or woman of any age or marital status willing to assist with this essential wedding responsibility. Read on to learn more about what an usher does at a wedding.

Preparation

The primary duty of the wedding usher is to assist with seating logistics at the wedding and help as needed. Additional duties of an usher may include managing gifts brought to the wedding, helping with parking, providing programs, directing traffic and giving directions. As a member of the wedding party, ushers are expected to attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Other activities involving usher attendance include the bachelor party or bachelorette party and the wedding reception. Ushers may also be asked to participate in wedding photography sessions before or during the wedding.

Wedding Guests Arrivals

Ushers arrive before guests so that they can review special seating arrangements and prepare to greet each guest as they arrive. Before seating guests, it is best advised for ushers to review the order of seating such as guests then grandparents then parents of the marrying couple. As a rule of etiquette, elderly guests are seated first.

Ushers should ask each guest if they are present for the bride or grooms side of the family. Persons will be seated depending on their response, the bride’ side is on the left and the groom’s side is to the right. An usher offers their right arm to female guests and walks to the left of male guests and asks couples to follow behind as the usher directs them to their seats.

Post Ceremony Duties

After the ceremony, ushers dismiss the wedding attendees one row at a time, this helps create an orderly environment for guests as they depart for the reception. The usher may stand in the middle of the aisle and gesture to each row when it is time to leave. Ushers may also be asked to provide directions to the reception.

Attire

The mode of wedding attire for ushers is usually assigned by the marrying couple to coordinate with the rest of the wedding party. Ushers are expected to be responsible for renting or purchasing the proper attire.

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February 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

About Park Weddings

blog picIf you are a nature lover, then choosing an outdoor park setting for your wedding ceremony is a natural selection. Parks make affordable settings for your ceremony and reception and offer scenic background opportunities for wedding photographs. Choosing a park for your wedding location may at first seem daunting with so many places to choose from, the key for couples is to select a park that personally appeals to both and is within budget considerations. Read onto learn more about park weddings.

Things to Know

Parks make wonderful outdoor venues for weddings filled with sunshine and fresh air. Before selecting a park, be sure to visit the site several times. Each park will have its own rules, guidelines, permits and fees.

Things to consider when visiting a park include checking for access to parking areas, proximity of restroom facilities, direction of the sun and nearby disruptions that may occur at the same time as your wedding such as ball games, concerts or festivals.

Find out if you can bring your own tents, chairs, tables, port-a-lets and musical entertainment. Inquire if guests are allowed to throw birdseed or rice. Ask for information regarding clean-up, some parks charge hefty fines for littering.

National Parks

Get married in the splendor of a national park. In 2013, the United States boasts fifty-nine national parks, each recognized for outstanding natural beauty, significant geological features, unique ecosystems or recreational activities.

The most popular national parks for a wedding include Shenandoah National Park, Yosemite National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Many national parks accommodate wedding ceremonies, a few do not. Be sure to inquire with your local National Park Service or go online to review the guidelines and regulations required for a wedding at your chosen location, for example some parks have a limitation on the number of guests that may attend.

Request a special use permit for your national park wedding. Expect to pay a fee and prepare for a lengthy waiting period before receiving confirmation.

State Parks

With over 6,600 state parks to consider for a wedding venue in the United States, couples should have no trouble finding one that is beautiful and economical. Start by visiting then researching online or calling your state park offices for information about permits for weddings. State Parks are managed by state governments and each may feature different user requirements.

The oldest state park in the nation is Niagara Falls State Park in New York, a popular wedding and honeymoon destination.

Urban Parks

Exchange vows at an urban park, a type of open space located in a city reserved for relaxation and recreational use such as playgrounds, swimming pools, ball fields and tennis courts.

Depending on the budget, urban parks range from small green spaces to huge recreational greenbelt areas featuring miles of trails and multiple facilities. Apply for permits and make reservations in advance when considering a public park as your wedding venue.

Central Park in New York City is a well-known municipal park that is popular for weddings.

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February 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

Boat Rental Honeymoon Business

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Owning a honeymoon boat rental business is a great way to combine a passion for water and weddings. Honeymoon boat rentals provide a type of romantic intimacy not found in large resorts or hotels. Most boat rental businesses open with one craft and grow into a fleet with the possible exception of houseboats. Read on to learn more about boat rental honeymoon business.

Things to Consider

Decide on the type of experiences you would like to offer your honeymooners. Define in advance if your boat rental business will offer all-inclusive extras such as crewed charters and catering services or will it be strictly alone time for the newlyweds. Offer a variety of packages and pricing options such as per day or by the week.

Ensure that your business provides the proper insurance, equipment, local boat authority compliance and licenses for safe operations. Determine limits on where your boat rentals may go and if they may enter international waters.

Sailboats

Honeymooners may sail into the sunset aboard a sailboat charter. One of the most distinctive features of a sail boat is the configuration of the sails and masts and includes iconic classics such as schooner, ketch, sloop or cutter.

Depending on the size and type of sailboat, the crew required to operate the vessel may consist solely of the couple or more as needed. The sails help with propulsion by wind speed, some sail boats offer power motor options. Sailboats come in three hull types: monohull, catamaran and trimaran.

Yacht Charters

Cruising the sea in your own private yacht is a honeymoon dream-come-true for the ocean-loving newlywed couple. Boat rental businesses may offer yachts in different sizes. As a rule, yachts measure 33 feet or larger and include the cabin cruiser, a type of luxury vessel measuring around 39 – 98 feet, superyachts measuring approximately 98 – 164 feet and megayachts, ships over 164 feet. Yachts may feature sails or power engines or both.

Offer yacht amenities such as luxurious furnishings and sleeping quarters, chef, wait staff, bartender, masseuse, gourmet food pantries, air-conditioning, showers, bathrooms, deluxe electronics, satellite services and full kitchens. Luxury perks may involve jet skis, helicopters, cinemas, pool, hot tub, putting greens, over-the-top master suites, basketball courts and on-board spa services.

Houseboats

Houseboats are similar to bed-and-breakfasts, they may be motorized or moored yet either way, they provide scenic views. You will find houseboats in more gentle water such as lakes or inland waterways. Houseboats function much like a home-on-the- water featuring bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and dining areas.

Offer romantic extras for your honeymoon boat rental business such as complimentary champagne, fresh flowers and strawberries dipped in chocolate.

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January 22, 2014 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

About Indian Weddings

blog picIndian weddings feature a cultural extravaganza of ancient traditions and modern influences. Located in South Asia, India is home to many languages, religions and ethnicities. Weddings are considered very important celebrations in India as they bring forth together couples for the purpose of marital union and the togetherness of family. Indian weddings last for about a week and may be celebrated anywhere in the world. Read on to learn about Indian weddings.

Before Wedding Customs

Many couples in India are matched together by the ancient practice of arranged marriages with compatibility assessed before agreement. Occasionally, weddings may occur due to love matches.

An engagement party is thrown many months before the wedding date and the in-between times are filled with a variety of family bonding activities such as dinners and shopping.

Before the wedding, the bride’s hands and feet are adorned with henna in a practice known as the Mehendi ceremony. Also, there are rituals cleansing baths and much traditional song singing and dancing, a popular aspect of Indian ceremonies.

Wedding Attire

Indian brides typically wear a highly ornamental traditional sari or lehenga featuring auspicious colors of red, gold and white. The traditional bridal hairstyle presents a single-plaited braid decorated with flowers. Some brides choose to wear a salwar kameez, a traditional tunic with pants. Brides from India may wear a beautifully festooned veil.

Groom attire includes the dhoti, a traditional garment of India and a kurta, a colorless shirt. If the groom is from northern India, he may also wear a turban. Jodpuri suits may be worn by grooms as well featuring a blend of Western and Indian styles.

Guests are encouraged to dress colorfully with the exception of red, a color reserved for the bride.

Ceremony

The wedding may take place on a predetermined lucky day at a home or chosen venue. Usually an Indian wedding is outside and under a tent. For a Hindu wedding, some of the customs include the groom making a festive processional entrance consisting of his family and friends as the bride awaits her groom adorned in jewelry and flowers. When the groom reaches the bride she walks around him seven times and they exchange wedding garlands.

Other rituals may include the giving away of the bride by parents, tying of the bride and groom’s hands together and taking seven steps together with a vow for every steps.

The ceremony takes approximately three hours to complete.

Reception

Indian receptions are lively events featuring joyous music, entertainment, eating, dancing and singing and may last for up to three days. The groom’s family typically plans the vibrantly-colored reception celebration.

Food may be served buffet style and include traditional favorites such as samosas, chai tea, roti, curry and gulab jamin.

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Dubai Honeymoon

blog picIndulge yourself; enjoy a honeymoon in Dubai one of the world’s most luxurious travel destinations. Dubai, a large city located along the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates offers newlyweds an exciting experience. One of the main appeals of Dubai is the variety of exceptional large scale architectural elements and the high number of extravagant waterfront resorts offering newlyweds everything they need for fun in the sun and water. Read on to learn more about Dubai honeymoons.

About

Dubai is an ever-changing fast-paced metropolitan city that seeks to make a statement in the global economy. The official language of Dubai is Arabic with English as second in popularity. The currency of Dubai is the dirham and the culture is Islamic. In 2014, a tourist visa is not required for citizens of the United States and 32 other countries.

Getting to Dubai

The main airport is the Dubai International Airport featuring three terminals, restaurants, duty-free shops, monetary exchange services, rental car agencies, taxis, lounges, hotels and information services. Upon arrival, international visitors are required to pass through immigration to be cleared and all baggage checked.

Best Time to Go

Dubai is a sub-tropical desert country known for being very hot and humid during the summer. High season occurs late October through May with December and January as the busiest of the months. Temperatures often exceed 100 degrees from April to mid-October.

Places to Stay

Expect to spend an exorbitant amount of money on your resort or hotel stay. The most romantic hotels and resorts in Dubai include the Burj Al Arab, the One and Only Mirage Palace, Al Qasr at Madinet Jumeirah, Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa and the Jebe Ali Hotel. In Dubai, you may anticipate on receiving the finest in world-class accommodations featuring over-the-top extravagances such as private chauffer driven Rolls Royce and 24-carat gold iPad.

Cuisine

Dubai offers newlyweds a cosmopolitan selection of over 5,000 restaurants from which to choose for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For a romantic meal, try the Armani/Amal, a Travel’s Choice 2013 Indian restaurant winner or the intimate ambiance of Reflets by Pierre Gagnaire offering fine French cuisine.

Things to See

Sightseeing abounds in Dubai, where the motto might very well be bigger is better. Take the time to view an evening light performance at the Dubai Fountains, one of the best on the planet. Tour the sail-like tower of the Burj Al Arab, explore the Bedouin deserts, visit the expansive Dubai Mall, experience the man-made Palm Islands, ride one of the fastest elevators inside the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

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January 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

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