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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How To Thursday - How To Make A Bridal Bouquet

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on June 05, 2014

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


This week is How to How To Make A Bridal Bouquet.


Although creating your own flower arrangements for your wedding can be quite stressful, it can also be very rewarding.  Your creations will be unique and original, as well as matching exactly to your theme and expectations. Flowers are such a large focal point of any wedding, so wouldn’t it be great to decide exactly what all your guests will see? 

Well, you’re in luck. Flower arranging for weddings is not particularly difficult; it’s just very time consuming. Firstly you need to decide what exactly it is you’d like to design – weddings generally consist of the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaid’s flowers, buttonholes for the men, ceremonial flowers (pedestal and end of pew arrangements), and reception flowers (centrepieces). Then, you need to plan the colour scheme, shape, and sizes of your arrangements, and which flowers you’d like to use, as well as where will supply them. 

Many people may not want to take on this kind of responsibility, seeing as the arrangements need to be created the day before the wedding, and kept watered and refrigerated overnight for freshness. The last thing you want is wilting flowers on your wedding day! 

So, for those of you who may not want to design all your flower arrangements, but still want to leave a personalised horticultural stamp on your day, we have selected one arrangement that you might like to try, and one that will the centre of attention of the day – the bride’s bouquet. 

 

You Will Need

Flowers, scissors, floral tape, ribbon and pins.

 

Instructions

1. Prepare the flowers - make sure all foliage/thorns has been removed from the stems. 

2. Same length stems - make sure that all stems are approximately the same length (anywhere from 10-14 inches).

3. Create the base - choose 2-4 flowers that will serve as an “anchor” that you will build around. Wrap the stems together with floral tape. Leave 1 to 1.5 inches of exposed stem visible from where you begin to wrap the stems and about 4 to 5 inches of exposed stem from the bottom. 

4. Build your bouquet – add flowers around your anchored flowers, creating a bunch. Mix colours textures and greenery to your personal preference, and continue wrapping the bouquet with floral tape as you add new flowers. 

5. Wrap with floral tape – when you’re happy with your arrangement, wrap the entire bouquet with floral tape. This keeps all the flowers in place and provides support for them. Start about 1 to 1 ½ inches from the flower heads, and leave some or none of the stems exposed at the end. This is all down to personal preference.

6. Wrap with ribbon – pin the ribbon to the floral tape under the flower heads, and wrap it around the stems down as far as where the floral tape ends. Pin the end of the ribbon to the floral tape to keep it in place.

 


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