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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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More Tips For Choosing A Wedding Dress

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in How To Quick Tip on September 03, 2013

Buying a wedding dress is not an easy task. There are so many types, shapes and colours that you may end up feeling completely overwhelmed when you begin to shop. So here is the second part of our “how to buy a wedding dress” guide with some tips and advice keep you calm and enjoy the experience of choosing your dream gown. 

1. Remember, unlike other typical clothing stores, many wedding gown stores will not often have the dresses in your size. You may be making a decision based on a dress which is too large or too small and will definitely need to be altered. This is where deciding on a silhouette beforehand can help you. If you know that a certain type of dress is flattering to your figure, it's easier to take the plunge when you're standing in a dress miles too big with huge clips in the back and trying to imagine how the correct size will look. 

2. It’s your wedding day so you can do what you like and wear what you like. Don’t choose a dress to suit others or wear what your mother thought was the best option! The shape, length and colour are all your choice – just wear what you feel most comfortable in on the day, and what you would like to look back on in years to come and be happy to have worn. 

3. Wedding dresses are typically sold by designer and style number, so note which designers you like and the style numbers - this can help you find similar styles that may be more affordable than the exact dress you want. 

4. If you feel you’re at your most beautiful in a particular dress then buy it! No matter what style of wedding you are having or how long before your wedding, if you feel beautiful in it you will shine on your day. 

5. Consider is renting a dress. This can be a far more affordable way to get yourself a fantastic dress (for the day). The other bonus is not having to clean, store, or ever deal with it again. Men rent suits all the time so why not?! 

6. If your budget allows and you’re lucky enough to have a master seamstress as a good friend then perhaps you could make a dress from scratch. It requires a lot of planning, fittings and expensive material. But, you’re getting exactly the dress the want. 

7. Another option is to modify a dress. Perhaps your mother or another family member or friend still has their dress in storage. Again, if your budget allows, or you know a seamstress you may be able to modify an older dress. With the right know how a size 16 dress could easily be turned into a 10, and the choice of fabrics and embellishments to add will be entirely your choice. 

8. If money is an issue or you just don’t want to spend a fortune on a dress for one day it may be worth looking in thrift stores or charity shops. You may find a dress at a great price that can be altered to suit your taste.

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Why Wedding Photography Is So Important

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in Photography Quick Tip on August 19, 2013

If you’re set to get married soon and are in the process of planning for the big day, here’s a tip that might save you from some sadness further down the road; don’t go cheap on the photography if you can help it. It turns out that spending too little on photography is one of the biggest regrets brides have after their wedding, while spending too much rarely causes remorse.

For a wedding issue that will soon be hitting newsstands, New York Magazine created an infographic titled “What They Would Have Done Differently.” The magazine asked one hundred recent brides about what they’d do differently if they could go back in time. Surprisingly over 20% of brides say they wished they had spent more on wedding photography.

As well as documenting your wedding ceremony, wedding photos also give you the opportunity to capture the fun side of your day, all while looking your very best and happiest. When you look back at your wedding album in years to come, you want photos that will make you smile and reminisce not only of your "I dos," and the formalities of the day, but also of the silly, light-hearted, and shared moments spent with family and friends. Many couples perhaps don’t think of this while they are busy planning their wedding, but it’s definitely worth keeping in mind. 

Although your wedding may be one of the most special occasions of your life, don’t forget that it only lasts for a day, and unfortunately nobody can remember every little detail. Spend wisely on your photographer and get the shots that you want. Also, make sure that each of your guests has the Snappy Ever After app installed on their phone to help you document every special moment of your day!

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How To Choose A Wedding Dress

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in Fashion How To Quick Tip on August 06, 2013

All eyes will be on you on your wedding day so it's important to make the best dress choice possible. Here are some helpful hints and tips to get you started on your search for your dream gown.

 

Research. Before you even begin to shop around, it’s important to have done some research. You should always have a bit of knowledge about dresses, and know some of the terms used in reference to them as well. It would be a good idea to begin by looking at bridal magazines and websites to give you an idea of what is available as well as the styles you may be interested in looking at. 

 

Decide on your style. Wedding dresses are made in several different shapes. Again, before you consider buying a dress, it would make good sense to know what style will suit your body shape the best. It would be a good idea to consider the types of dresses you already own and which ones make you feel the most comfortable. Look at photos of different styles of dresses. Wedding message boards and forums and websites such as Pinterest are a great way to see photos of real women in dresses, rather than relying on touched up photos of professional models.

Some common types of wedding dress include: 

  • Ball gowns – generally look great on most body types, unless the bride is very short in which case it may overwhelm her figure. 
  • A-lines – have a fitted bodice and a gently flared skirt. Again, they suit most figures and are a good choice for women not completely confident with their lower body, but who don’t want to wear a ball gown. 
  • Empire waist – have a flowing skirt that falls from just beneath the breasts. They are a great choice for a casual non formal wedding, or for a tropical or beach wedding due to their light flowing fabric. They are also a great dress choice for pregnant brides as they provide extra room in the waist and are comfortable to wear. 
     

Picture it. Image yourself on your wedding day. What are you wearing? What style is your gown? What fabric? Is it embroidered or beaded? What colour is it? There are so many choices and brides often find it very overwhelming looking at hundreds of different styles. So again, before you even start to try on dresses, envision how your dream dress will look. Look at photos in magazines or online, talk to friends and decide which dress will suit your particular shape. Then write down a quick description of what you’re looking to find. For example, “satin, cream, beaded, strapless, a-line style”. Now that you have a reference it will be a little easier to look for that particular type of dress.

 

Consider the circumstances. A wide variety of factors can affect what makes a particular dress appropriate to the occasion. 

  • Formal ceremonies usually call for floor length gowns and long trains, while informal ceremonies (especially destination weddings) are a great place to wear a shorter more casual gown. 
  • The weather can play a big part in the type of dress that you choose. If you're getting married in the winter, you may not want to wear a dress made of light or thin fabric. In the middle of summer a heavy satin dress may not be a good idea! 
  • Most traditional ceremonies will call for a white gown, however, in recent years more women are choosing dresses that best complement their skin tones or colours including red, pink, blue or even black. Pick the colour that you like best and that suits you best. After all it’s your day and your choice! 

 

Decide your budget. When deciding on your budget, you don't need to set a very specific price at the beginning. Decide on a general price range such as $1000 - $1500 for example. Some experts suggest devoting 10% of the overall wedding budget to the bride's attire (the gown itself, as well as the veil, shoes, slip, jewellery etc).

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Tips For Planning Your Honeymoon

Posted by Rachel Donnelly in How To Quick Tip on July 18, 2013

With your wedding planning underway it’s time to turn your attention to your ultimate holiday, your honeymoon. Maybe you’ve been dreaming of walking along a beautiful sunkissed sandy beach in the Caribbean, or you’re looking forward to an action packed adventure. Now is your chance to make like a celebrity and have that dream holiday! So here are some tips for planning the perfect newlywed trip.

You get what you pay for. You’re so excited to plan your honeymoon and spend some well earned relaxation time with your new husband or wife. But don’t book the first deal just because it’s cheap. There’s a reason it could be so cheap. You could be travelling during rainy/hurricane season or the hotel could be undergoing renovations. Make sure you do some research before you book. 

Be different! When people think of honeymoons they almost always think of the beach. Maybe it’s not your thing but your new partner loves the sun. Compromise on a destination that will make you both happy. Have some fun in the sun, but also perhaps plan a few activities such as wine tasting, scuba diving or maybe a hot air balloon ride. There’s plenty of choice to suit you both!

Time is money. Don't fly halfway around the world if you have only have a limited amount of days for your honeymoon. Do your best with the time you have. If it’s limited maybe you might be best off holidaying closer to home, or maybe even delaying your honeymoon until you have more time. 

Review panic. Try not to obsess over travel reviews. If someone complained about the air conditioning a year ago and no one has mentioned it since, assume it has been fixed. If many people have the same complaint over and over, assume it is a valid issue. Try not to get hung up on small issues. You could miss out on staying in some great places if you take every review literally. They always say you can’t please everyone, and that’s certainly the case with travel reviews!

The To Do List. Never wait until the last minute to book your honeymoon. But also, don’t book too many activities in advance either. You’ll be under a tight schedule up until your wedding, and this is a very draining and exhausting time. On your honeymoon you may well just want to relax and not take part in many activities. Book a couple of things to do, but don’t fill your days just in case!

Legal Stuff. This is very important: Do not book your honeymoon with your married name. Make sure that all travel reservations match your legal documents that you will have when you are travelling. You will not have documentation that includes you married name unless you decide to delay your honeymoon for a number of weeks afterwards.

Home Sweet Hotel. The best part of travelling is having new experiences! Be open to this and don't expect things to be "just like home." Try different types of food and drinks or stay in a hotel that isn’t a typical “you” hotel. Your honeymoon will most likely be the greatest holiday of your life, so get as much as you can out of it.

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