How To Thursday - Fun Photo Props

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

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

This week is How to Make Your Own Fun Photo Props.

Photo Props are are great way to have to fun with the photos of your wedding, encouraging your guests to be a little bit silly and just enjoy themselves as your professional photographer or anyone with a camera captures the moments of your day. Photo Props will help you and your guests remember that an important part of your wedding day is to have fun and enjoy yourself.




What you’ll need:

- Printable Photo Props (Download them or if your creative draw your own)

- Pair of scissors

- Permanent adhesive or tape

- Sheets of cardstock

- Dowel rods cut to around 6 / 7 inches in length

- Stanley Knife






STEP 1:

Download and print or draw the photo props on to the cardstock. Be creative, there is no limit to the number of fun things you could draw or print for your props.




STEP 2:

Cut out the props using scissors and make use of the stanley knife for the cutting out the tricker shapes such as moustache, lips and heart-shaped glasses props etc.




STEP 3:

Position the dowel rods near to the middle or edge of the cut out, and secure with a few drops of glue or adhesive tape.




STEP 4:

Have Fun! Thats it, it couldn’t be easier.

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How To Thursday - Chocolate Wedding Favours.

Posted by Darren Dunne in How To on April 10, 2014

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

 

This week is How to Make Your Own Chocolate Wedding Favours.

 

Edible treats make for the best wedding favours. Even if your guests have eaten too much cake, they will still have room for these delicious homemade Chocolate Wedding Favours.

 

If you'd like to make your own Chocolate Wedding Favours here is what you need – 

- a microwave or double boiler
- several bowls and spoons
- chocolate moulds (plastic or metal)
- moulding chocolate
- small pouches or boxes
- ribbon and message cards




 

First find a chocolate that you feel suits your wedding theme. You can find these in confectionery and baking stores or websites like ebay, amazon or try cakescookiesandcarftshop.

Once have your mould a know what you want your favours to look like, and then you can start the best part, melting your chocolate. You can use chocolate chips or broken up chunks of chocolate, either way, use caution during melting because chocolate can scorch easily and that doesn't make for delicious wedding favours. Melt the chocolate in small batches in a microwave safe bowl in your microwave. You can also use a double boiler to melt the chocolate slowly over hot water.

Now pour the melted chocolate into your moulds. Don't overfill them because the chocolate will harden on the mould and this can make removing your chocolates a little difficult.

Make sure the chocolate is filling all of the crevices. If not, give the mould a soft few taps and that should solve the problem and remove all the air bubbles in the chocolate.

Place your filled moulds into the fridge and allow the chocolate to harden. When the chocolates are solid you can remove them from the moulds by gently trying to pop them out.

Now you can express your inner creativity and package your chocolate favours. You can purchase ribbon, drawstring pouches, tiny boxes, or other packaging at any good craft shops. Place one to three of the wedding favours inside the box or pouch. Tie ribbon around the box or to the pouch and why not add personalized tag to each one just in case your friends and family forget whose wedding they are at.

Make sure you keep the filled packages in a fridge to prevent your lovey new chocolates from melting before the big day.

 

Bonus Tip!

Why not try using different chocolate types like milk, dark and white. You can even add a small drop of food colouring to white chocolate to make it match your wedding theme.

And why not use some modelling sticks form a craft shop to make fantastic little wedding themed chocolate lollipops.

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Wedding Tip Wednesday

Posted by Darren Dunne in Quick Tip Wedding Tip Wednesday on April 09, 2014

It's #WeddingWednesday and that means we are going to give some helpful tips on planning your Wedding. 

5 tips on choosing your Wedding Cake. 

No Wedding is complete without a Wedding Cake. It is one of the most important peices of your wedding, with a large chunk of the typical evening traditions and cereomny centered around it, cutting the cake is one of the first things you do together as a newly wed couple so it should reflect that importance. But also it can make a statement as a centerpiece at your Wedding, about how you feel about each other, with your added flare for style, or the dramatic.  

So, how do you make sure that you get the perfect cake for your wedding? We have five tips to help you pick your perfect wedding cake.

1. Get Inspired 

Browse websites, blogs and magazines for pictures of wedding cakes you like. Gather them all upinto one album on Facebook or Pinterest and pick what type of cake you suits what you. Then talk to cakes makers for further inspiration and see what he/she comes up with. Which brings us to...

2. The Cake Maker

When it comes to choosing your baker or wedding cake designer, don’t just go for the first one you find online. Browse their website to see if their style suits yours and ask friends and family who may have used their services or online forums to find out if they are reputable. Arrange to meet with them and get taste samples of your cake and make sure they can make a cake to the right size to cover all your guests.

3. Options  

Explore your options, Wedding cake no longer means boring fruit sponges covered in white icing. You can have any colour, shape or flavour you like. You could also go for somethign non-traditional such as cupcakes, macaroon towers or even crepe cakes to consider.

4. Transport

Plan how your wedding cake is going to arrive at your wedding reception venue on the day. Therefore, don’t book a cake designer who lives hours away. Make sure you know whether he/she can transport the cake to you on the day, or if it needs to be collected personally and if so have it transported safely. You don't want to have spent a large amount of budget on a cake to have it fall apart in the back of someones car.

5. Budget 

Possibly the main concern when it comes to planning your weddding cake. Bare in mind that with your wedding cake, you really are getting what you pay for. A bigger budget will afford you a more professional design, more expensive ingredients and the opportunity to go bigger. However don't settle on the first price you are given, shop around and get different prices but without comprising the qaulity. 

Now that you have those quick tips you should be well prepared to go out an start searching for your perfect Wedding Cake.

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Weekend Wedding News

Posted by Darren Dunne in News on April 07, 2014

Weekend Wedding News - The new, interesting and weird of wedding related news over the weekend.

A bride who was kidnapped and was forced to marry an older man, eventually escaped captivity and after finding true love after 35 years, celebrates by permanently wearing her wedding dress, for the last ten years.

When she was 18, Mrs Junfeng was kidnapped from her hometown and sold to a remote village to be the wife of an elderly man, but after 15 years in captivity, she found the courage to run away. 

Xiang Junfeng, 47, from Jimo in the Shandong province of China, is otherwise known as 'sister wedding gowns' by locals because of her tendency to wear her wedding gowns all year round. 

She was originally sold to a man in Linyi, in China's Shandong province, but she claims the man almost used her like a slave, forcing her to work in the fields. She later escaped, running to a village in Liujiazhuang village in Jimo city in Shandong province were she was helped by a local woman. 

This woman eventually introduced Mrs Junfeng to her brother, Zhu Zhengliang, who she married in 2004.

Before the big day she bought one dress, and later made three others, so she could rotate them and always be wearing one for each of the four seasons.

After she met and married her husband, he helped rehabilitate her to everyday life.

She said: "I had only ever known a violent and abusive man and I avoided men until I met my new partner who brought me truly out of my shell, and treated me so differently."

"My wedding day was the happiest day of my life and I never wanted it to end, and that was when I decided I wanted to not only keep wearing my wedding dress, but actually bought four other wedding dresses as well."

The only thing that upsets Xiang is that she can't register her marriage officially because she doesn't have the correct paperwork because of her first marriage. 

However, the local police station said they are thinking of helping Xiang in becoming registered.

She said that locals regarded her as strange because of her obsession with the wedding dresses especially when she is working in the fields but added: "I don’t even have any other clothes."

But she said the main thing was that it didn’t disturb her husband, who knew that it made her happy

She said: "I don’t care what people say about me. My wedding dresses are part of my life and I will continue to wear them regardless."


Source Daily Mail Uk







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Hi Wedding Awards

Posted by Darren Dunne on April 03, 2014

Snappy Ever After has been nominated in the Best Newcomer category of Hi Magazines Wedding Awards 2014.

The 40 Categories in The Hardys Hi Wedding Awards 2014 cover every possible service offered to brides and grooms around Munster, from music and flowers, to venues and videographers. Each category faces considerable competition from the other suppliers nominated, and all participants, both nominees and winners will receive The Hardys Hi Wedding Awards Logo 2014 to place on all their marketing material for the year and will be recognition for their dedication and services to the industry in Munster. “The Hardys Hi Wedding Awards 2014 will be the most important and most stylish Munster wedding awards for the industry and their role is important in recognising the successes, dedication and extremely high levels of quality and service provided by the Munster wedding industry. We want to see Munster recognised as the most stylish wedding location in Ireland and will ensure that everyone in the industry is recognised for their exceptional service and commitment to the industry. Everyone in this industry in the Munster counties can be extremely proud of their achievements and Hi magazine and our corporate sponsors look forward to building on the great success that exists in Munster for the wedding and civil partnership market” said Michael Mulcahy, Publisher of Hi magazine.

All of us here at Snappy Ever After are excited to be nominated.

If all you Brides & Grooms reading are on the edge of seat, just like we are and can't wait to find out who the winners will be on the night then sign up for our newsletter so we can let you know when we win... or if we don't... 

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And don't forget to head on over Facebook and show Hi Magazine your support for Snappy Ever After. 

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