Wednesday, May 29, 2013

To Be....Unique!!

Answer me this....What is the first thing that goes through your head after the engagement has happened and planning begins???.......How can I  make my wedding stand out from all of the rest...make mine unique??
How many of you then hit cyber space looking for different ideas, or look in magazines for that perfect idea?
To make a wedding unique, you need to look at all the good tips that can guide you. This will reveal relevant tips that will see you make your wedding as special as you possibly can. First, you have to know that to make your wedding different; the key is in little detail. This can be in the arrangements of flowers, seating, photos and no you don't need a lot money to do this.

 Money will offer you great choices when it comes to making things unique but, if you are keen enough, you will find little things that will work brilliantly for you.  You need to consider the kind of invitations you send out to your guests. They should be tied to the "theme" of your wedding and, instead of dishing out invitations blindly, include a note that will inform your guests some of the details about the event. You can also include a note that informs them of something about the occasion that other weddings do not do.

Why not make a statement about your bridal party to share with your guests. Have you ever been to a wedding and was yearning for more information about people who are around the couple? Make it a learning experience as well as an eye opener for your guests.

Everyone wonders what the dress will look like, right up until they see it...why not make a fuss out of your gown ahead of time.  Invite photographers to make a buzz as they take pictures and have the news spread around.  People will actually want to see the kind of dress you have and get to wonder even more. Your dress may not be special at all but since there was a fuss, you will get more notice making your ceremony unique in this regard.
If there are prominent people around you, make sure you send them an invitation. This is because such people will make your wedding unique. They do not have to come but, you will have tried as word gets around of the dignitaries that were expected.  For example inviting Mickey Mouse or the President to come...they wont but they might send you something.

Here's an idea that most people don't think about, you can go an extra mile to personalize the napkins that you use and so on. Include love songs during the night either as a song or the lyrics placed in with the centre piece, people will not expect them and will go from table to table looking at the different songs. It is good to have different ideas working together to achieve the success that you are looking for. Look for ways in which you can twist things to achieve a blend of difference. Without a doubt, you will manage to create something different from the rest.

Let others compliment you on how your wedding is like (so and so's); this is the best way to ensure that you have done something differently. When others emulate you, you will know that no other wedding compares to yours. Remember, when it comes to designs in clothes, you can actually have something unique by consulting your stylist. Have them tailor make clothes that are just unique to your wedding.

So these are just a few ideas and there are so many more, nothing says you can't take someone's idea and make it slightly different to make it your own.  Let's face it we all take pride in our weddings and think they are the best....because they are, even if your décor is the same as someone else's, you might have a hula dancers or a smores buffet, birds flying loose or fish in a bowl. What ever you do it will be special and a day you will never forget.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Is your man a Groomzilla??

Fussing over décor, fiddling over menus and fretting over fittings; it's the grooms who are driving people up the wall these days, as D-Day approaches.

Move over ladies, your better halves have taken over the reins.  It's your would be grooms who are throwing  temper tantrums, suffering meltdowns and driving people mad over every little detail, in the days before the big day.  Did you know that actor Brad Pitt was recently called a groomzilla by a tabloid reporter?  He was driving his fiancée, Angelina crazy by obsessing over the tiniest details of their long impending wedding.  The actor was meeting local French farmers to finalise the menu, conducting taste tests with Europe's top chefs, assembling and re-assembling the wine list and picking outfits for his brood to wear.  But Pitt isn't alone; micromanaging groomzilla are lurking nearer to home.

We know that, traditionally, the bride-to-be would take her mother to appointments with vendors. Now, the role of mothers is often replaced by the grooms. We admit, if Mama I Do lives 3,000 miles away, we would be more than happy to have Mr. I Do by our side each time we had to meet with a vendor. Of course, it depends entirely on your circumstances: since Mr. I Do lives in the same city and our work schedules are very similar, it would be easy for us to pencil in vendor appointments in the evenings after work.

Aside from attending more wedding-related events and appointments, a lot of grooms are also raising their voices about their own wedding visions. It’s not unheard of anymore to hear of a groom who was particular about the flowers or the ceremony chair arrangement. Some guys do care about cake flavors—and some guys want a little bling on their own rings! It’s interesting what you learn about your man when you’re discussing the details. 
So here’s to all of the husbands-to-be out there who are supportive and lend a hand however they can.  And sorry for that glue gun that burned your hand.
How have you and your significant other divided (or shared) the work in planning your wedding?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Can't afford extravagant centrepieces??...Try thinking out of the Box with DIY

Lets face it weddings are incredibly expensive; making DIY centrepieces is one of the quickest ways to cut your costs. You may think that renting or buying already put together decor will save you time and be less expensive than buying each individual pieces and putting together yourself, but in most cases the opposite is true.

Here are some ways you can DIY your centrepieces and put your personal touch into them.

  1. Photo

This is a fun and exciting way to show your guests your history with each other and everyone will have fun looking at them and flocking to other tables to see what other pictures they can find. Use any accents you would like to make it seem more festive. One recommendation is using black and white or sepia coloured photographers.
   2.  Fruit filled vases

Instead of using those little marbles or stones to fill your vases, use fresh fruit! If you are having a spring or summer wedding, this is such a fantastic idea! You can find a fruit for virtually every colour scheme. If you chose to use citrus fruit, slice the fruit and leave them peeking nicely out of the glass vase. If you choose to use apples, grapes, cranberries or other berries, simply leave them whole and allow them to float within your water filled vase. Have a few flowers with complementing colours sticking out of the top, and if you'd like to add a little more character, invest in a few submersible LED lights and let the light shine through the spaces between the fruit.
   3.  Floating Flora

Silk flowers, submerged in water look incredibly lovely. The best part about them is they are quite reasonably priced and you can find them in any shade you might need. Find various sized glass vases and place your flowers to your liking, then fill it up. If you want to add more flare, a floating candle on top gives it a perfectly charming touch. This centrepiece in quick, easy and very cost effective.
    4.  Ornamental Beauty

Ornaments are not just for Christmas, they come in such a variety of colours and styles that makes finding what you need very easy. If you are having a winter wedding, or one of your colours are silver or gold, this is absolutely ideal for you. But even if it is a spring time wedding with pinks and greens, you can use this great idea to create some fantastic DIY wedding centerpieces! They look the best in tall, wide containers, topping them with real or artificial flowers or some other decoration. If you have the ability, the best time to buy the ornaments you need the week or two after Christmas when they are on sale from 50-90% off at retailers.
     5.     Mirrored Tiers

You would need one large mirror for the bottom tier, then flip over 3 wine glasses, with flowers inside and lay a slightly smaller mirror on the top. Turn one more flower filled wine goblet upside down on the new tier and top with a pillar candle (or flower). This is so very simple to create and looks classy and elegant. Place accents around the base with what ever you choose, to add a little more dazzle.

   6.   Carved Creativity


If you are looking for a more rustic feel, or are trying to cut costs to bare minimum, this is an attractive, simplistic idea. All you need are logs, which most people can get free, some candles garden flowers and a little wood carving know-how. Make sure the logs are as clean as you don't want dirt lurking around your guests' food as they eat.
   7.   Candle Centrepieces


Candles are always a beautiful choice for a wedding centerpiece since they are elegant, romantic, and extremely versatile. Whether it is pillar candles on a mirror tile that is scattered with confetti or petals, floating votive in bowls of coloured water and decorative stones, elegant champagne glasses with dainty tea lights, or stylish lanterns creating a muted glow. Candles will add to the atmosphere while still protecting your pocket book.

The I Do Shop has everything you would need to do your DIY centrepieces. From all sorts of vases, candles and even some extras.  This will also save you the cost of buying your items and then storing them after, you can rent them and have them ready to be put together. This is also a stress free plus to doing a DIY project.
We are here to help make your special day a day you will never forget.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Do's and Don'ts of being a wedding Guest

Have you been invited to a wedding this year?  Ever wonder what the Etiquette rules are for being a guest?  Here are 20 Do's and Don'ts for being a guest at a wedding

Rsvp right away...the couple have decisions to make based on numbers, if you have to cancel do that immediately too.
Make dietary requests unless it has been solicited
Feel obligated to bring a gift to the engagement party
Ask the Bride to be a bridesmaid.  There may be circumstances beyond her control, so don't take it personally if she doesn't choose you.
Pester the happy couple with all of your pre wedding questions.  Ask the members of the wedding party of consult their wedding website.
Ask for help with your hotel bill.  Even if you are flying in from another province, the couple is not required to pay for it.
Purchase items from the wedding registry and make selections based on your relationship with the couple.
Send a gift even if you can't make it to the wedding
Bring a guest unless the invitation suggests otherwise, this includes children
Wear white, Ivory is ok so is black
Bring a shall or a pashmina if you have a strapless dress (unless the wedding is outdoors in the summer)
Bring your gift to the ceremony. You have up to one year to send something (although it is best to send it as close to the wedding as possible)
Wait for a cue from the wedding or venue coordinator if you are late and the processional has already started for the ceremony
Remember to turn off your cell phone during the ceremony
Take pictures during the ceremony, your flash might interfere with the professional photographer.
Remain respectful even if you do not take part in the religious ceremony
Go crazy at the buffet table, there are a lot of guests who need to eat
Wait for the couple to have their first dance before you hit the dance floor, even if the music is calling.  The couples get the honour of the first dance.
Just talk to your date, engage with everyone at your table in polite conversation even if you don't know them.
Call or write the couple to see if your gift has arrived safely if you have not received a thank-you within two months.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Years of Marriage.....and the gifts that come with them.

Have you been married for a long time or are you just getting married?  I am sure you have heard once upon a time that there are certain elements associated with every anniversary in the way of gifts.  Yes that's right so when your beau gives you a poem on a piece of paper for your 1st wedding anniversary, he has actually taken the time to find out this special information.  So don't be upset that that is all you received it has come from the heart.  Here are a list of the elements for every year, did you receive one of these elements for your Wedding Anniversary and if so what was it?
  • Year Tradition         
  • 1st    Paper    
  • 2nd   Cotton   
  • 3rd   Leather  
  • 4th   Linen, Silk          
  • 5th   Wood              
  • 6th   Iron               
  • 7th   Wool                   
  • 8th   Bronze                
  • 9th   Pottery       
  • 10th   Tin            
  • 11th   Steel           
  • 12th    Silk           
  • 13th    Lace          
  • 14th    Ivory         
  • 15th    Crystal      
  • 20th    China   
  • 24th    Opal         
  • 25th    Silver               
  • 30th    Pearl         
  • 35th    Coral         
  • 40th    Ruby              
  • 45th    Sapphire   
  • 50th    Gold                 
  • 55th    Emerald    
  • 60th    Diamond (yellow)