How To Thursday - How to Choose Your Wedding Jewelry

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on August 07, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.


This week is How to Choose Your Wedding Jewelry

Jewellery, quite surprisingly, seems to be an afterthought, rather than a priority, when it comes to planning a wedding. Big mistake! The right jewellery should show off your beautiful dress and make you feel fantastic, all day long.

It’s easy to get carried away with your budget, because you want everything to be perfect, but everyone has to rein it in a little. Your wedding jewelry doesn’t need to eat away at your bank balance – there are so many options and solutions for accessories on a budget. Ahead, we’ve narrowed down some tips and tricks to bear in mind when you’re picking out your w-day jewels.

1. Choose Jewellery That You Like - Rather than turn up to your ceremony dripping with diamonds, go with jewelry combinations that you’re comfortable with. Unlike your dress, you can get more than one use out of your marital gems, so pick the kind of jewellery you could see yourself wearing time and time again.

2. Something Old - If you’re after something with more of a vintage feel, or you’d just like to wear something with a little sentiment, the best place to search is your family’s jewellery boxes (with permission, of course!). Does your Grandmother have a gorgeous string of pearls that she’ll lend you for day? Not only will this family heirloom have real meaning as you rock it during the ceremony (something old, people!), but it’s completely free and ripe for the taking.

3. Match Your Jewellery To Your Dress -Your jewellery should express your personality, but it should also complement your dress. Less is usually more – you want to look natural and not cluttered with gems. For example, don’t pair a heavily decorated wedding dress with a necklace, because it’ll look far too busy.

Short-sleeved dresses should include a bracelet and halternecks should focus on the hair accessories. Sweetheart or strapless dresses work best with chandelier earrings and v-necks need something to adorn their neckline, such as a pendant or a choker. Really, you only need to think about one focal piece of jewellery ; whatever you do, don’t choose one of every accessory as your wedding day ensemble will look more disheveled than debonair.

4. Rent Your Jewellery - If you want some real show-stopping accessories on your big day, there’s no point buying them for their RRP – who can afford that? Instead, shop at a jewelry rental store and enjoy the Cinderella feeling of wearing exceptionally beautiful gems just for the night. Be careful with these pieces though and don’t get so drunk that you leave hundreds of pounds worth of jewels in a nearby river.


5. Fake It - Getting high quality replicas is absolutely fine. Really who’s gonna know? No-one needs genuine diamonds when a crystal alternative looks just as gorgeous. Before you start popping tags, consider the cheaper accessories that’ll save you money. You can then invest that extra cash back into your wedding day. With wedding prices so high, you’re going to need all the spare change you’ve got.

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How To Thursday - How to Choose Your Wedding Shoes.

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on July 24, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.


This week is How to Choose Your Wedding Shoes.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue- oh, and don’t forget the shoes! Choosing your wedding shoes may seem like a trivial task in comparison to the other items on your ever-growing wedding to do list, but nothing can ruin your wedding day fun as swiftly as sore feet. Prevent both painful blisters and buyer’s remorse with the following tips.


1. Brainstorm: Needless to say, there are countless wedding shoe styles- stilettos, low heels, white shoes, brightly colored shoes- the list goes on. Think about your dream shoe style, but be sure to incorporate practical thinking into your decision: are you walking across cobblestone to enter your reception venue? Tying the knot in a sandy area? Plan accordingly.


2. Get inspired: Once you have a general idea of the shoe style that you want to don on your special day, seek visual inspiration. Browse bridal magazines and note the options that jump out at you. Search Pinterest and pin your favorite looks to a wedding shoe board. Crowdsource your shoe-finding mission by making your bridesmaids collaborators on your Pinterest board and allowing them to add photos (be sure to add details about your ideal shoes in the board description so that everyone is on the same page style-wise).


3. Get feedback but trust your instinct: Remember that Pinterest board we mentioned? Ask your bridesmaids to help you decide by liking and commenting on your pins. Shoot out an email with a photo of your top two favorite pair of shoes and ask for votes.


4. Buy: Time to buy those wedding shoes! If you’re shopping online, look for companies that offer free return shipping in case you need to buy a different size or style. 


5. Bring back up: No matter how comfortable or well-designed, heels are heels and inevitably wear on your feet (no pun intended). Buy white satin wedding flats for you (and maybe even a pair of rollable for each of your bridesmaids) to change into after the ceremony and photos end and the reception commences.


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How To Thursday - How To Make Your Own Place Cards

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on July 17, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.

This week is How to How To Make Your Own Place Cards.

Your wedding will be one of the most important occasions in your life, and therefore it’s very important to make sure everything is just as you’d like it to be. Putting unique touches to various aspects of your day can help in creating those perfect memories. One way you can add a personal touch to your wedding is by creating place cards for your guests. Not only is it a fun task that everyone can get involved with (who doesn’t love cut and stick?!), it can also help save a lot of money. And the best part? They’re your own unique, original, one-of-a-kind creations that represent your personality and style, all while fitting with your chosen theme. 

The style and cost is entirely up to you; you can go all out or just keep it simple. Creating a place name can be as easy as finding the right type of heavy paper/card and putting your calligraphy skills to the test, or using a good home printer with a decent supply of ink. 

For something a little more adventurous, it might be worth holding on to nice scraps of tissue paper and wrapping paper, buttons, ribbon, and pieces of fabric, as well as investing in gold, silver and black pens (if you feel like handwriting names). You never know when inspiration might strike! 

Another interesting way to create place cards is by using small picture frames. There are so many styles and colours to choose from (and they’re quite cheap), as well as the option of choosing a plain style and decorating it to your liking (try painting it, or gluing on flowers and other decorations). Frames are an interesting alternative to paper place names, as they are less likely to be accidently damaged, and will stay clean due to the glass. They will also serve as a nice token of your day for your guests to bring home if they wish. 

Here are some more ideas for place names: 

  • Use wine corks to hold cards with guests names
     
  • Cocktail umbrellas labelled with the guests names
     
  • Spell out the guests names with Scrabble pieces
     
  • Handwritten bookmark-type place names
     
  • Luggage tags with the guests names
     
  • A photo of the bride or groom with each particular guest for a very personal touch (if it’s a small wedding and this is possible)
     
  • Use a place envelope instead of a place name and include a photo of the couple, a nice poem, or the lyrics to the couple’s favourite song inside.
     
  • A washing line style display with all the guests names and tables numbers pegged onto it.


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How To Thursday - How To Entertain Children At Your Wedding

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on June 26, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.


This week is How to How To Entertain Children At Your Wedding.

Children can add a real sense of fun to your wedding, and many brides and grooms may like to have their own or guest’s children involved in their day. But, it’s worth remembering that even the most well behaved child can become disruptive when tired or bored. Here are ten tips to make sure your wedding is both child friendly and fun for everyone involved. 

  1. Provide each child a goody bag containing items such as a puzzle, coloring book or some treats.

  2. At the reception have a ‘children’s table’ set to one side with crayons, pencils and paper, and ask all your young guests to draw a picture of the bride and groom. Not only will it keep the kids entertained but will also give the bride and groom a memento of the day.

  3. To help avoid cranky kids, make sure there is plenty of child-friendly food and natural fruit juice to hand at all times. Avoid artificial varieties, which will make already excited children even more hyper!

  4. Ask the photographer to take a picture of the bride and groom with all the children present. It will help to make the children feel special and important.

  5. Ask your DJ to play some children’s songs at the beginning of the evening – dancing should tire out any stubborn sleepers in no time!

  6. If you have invited a lot of children and your venue has plenty of outside space, take advantage by organising a treasure hunt or some outside games or crafts.

  7. A children’s entertainer can be a godsend for keeping the kids both engaged and entertained. Often magicians and caricaturists will double up as entertainers for younger guests too, so it may be worth enquiring about if you intend to hire one.

  8. During the meal it might be easier to have a children’s table set up with picnic or finger type food including chips and cocktail sausages, mini burgers or sandwiches – perhaps a teenage relative or a family friend could sit with them and supervise.

  9. If your guests include older children, consider setting up a small room with computer games, board games and a TV if possible.

  10. Make sure you involve children in dancing and games at your reception. They will love to feel important and as if they’re helping out on your special day!


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How To Thursday - How To Add A Personalised Touch To Your Wedding

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on June 12, 2014

How To Thursday brings you Do it Yourself Advice for Your Wedding Day.

This week is How To Add A Personalised Touch To Your Wedding


Instead of letting a wedding planner or catering consultant turn your wedding into another cookie cutter event, use your imagination and make your wedding a day to remember. Here are a few examples of areas you can add a personal touch to: 

Invitations
You don’t have to use traditional formal invitations. What about using a cool origami style invite? Or try using coloured paper instead of traditional white. Calligraphy can look great instead of engraving, or if you have nice handwriting, a personal touch would certainly be appreciated by your guests. Did you fall in love while on vacation? How about printing the invitation on a postcard from the site of your meeting? Your favourite "couple" photo can also be a great choice for wedding invitations. It could also be the start of a tradition, with babies, anniversaries and other milestones marked by your own family photos.

Music
Choose interesting music for your day. Yes, "Here Comes the Bride" is traditional but also very cliché. Pick songs that have real meaning for you both.

Catering
Instead of just calling a number of catering companies and trying to secure the best deal you can, why not call your favourite restaurant and see if they can provide your wedding food? It doesn't have to be a dinner. An early brunch after a morning ceremony, a light lunch, or an intimate dinner after a small private ceremony can be great opportunity to enjoy the food you love best. Do you love Italian or Indian food? Want a 100% vegan menu? The choice is yours.

Wedding Cake
The wedding cake is generally one of the highlights of the day, but it does not need to be tiered or even white! Use your imagination and design how you would like your cake to look. It can be any shape, size, colour or configuration. It can can be covered with real flowers, or even seashells made of icing. Let your imagination run wild!

Dress
Consider a dress of a different shape, length or colour to a traditional wedding dress! Your wedding doesn’t have to be a formal affair – have you considered asking your guests to come in fancy dress or even have casual dress wedding? Many of your guests might thank you for not having to buy expensive clothes for your wedding!

Themed Wedding
Consider a themed wedding. It is a perfect opportunity to incorporate your personalities and passions into your special day. Whether your dream is to be married on a beach on a simple sundress, have a glamorous old Hollywood affair, or even dress like a superhero, then go for it! The day is yours and the possibilities are endless!

Pets
Some couples love to include their children in their wedding, but others prefer to include their pets! Make your furry friend a part of your wedding, and be sure they get to dress up too. A custom collar to match your wedding theme could be a great way to get your pet involved in your big day.

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