Choosing the Perfect Wedding Bouquet

Choosing what kind of bouquet to have for your wedding depends on your budget and the kind of wedding you are having. You have options to choose from whether you want silk flowers or real wedding flowers for your bouquet. Most brides nowadays are quite amazed with silk flowers, it surely offers lots of benefits but of course nothing can really beat fresh flowers. But if you want other than fresh flowers, silk flowers will be a good choice.

One obvious benefit of silk blooms is that it last your lifetime. They don’t wilt at all especially if you are having a warm weather wedding or they don’t freeze at all in cold weather. They don’t wither up at all like fresh flowers do. If you want to keep your wedding bouquet forever as a remembrance then you just have to use artificial ones like silk flowers.

Another benefit is that it comes with lots of choices of kind of flowers unlike with fresh floras. You can get dark colored flowers which you can’t get easily with fresh flowers and you don’t even have to worry with flower arrangement since most silk flowers are sold pre arranged already.

For safety purposes, silk flowers are recommended. There are people who are allergic to certain freshly cut flowers and you don’t want them sneezing during the ceremony. You just don’t need such complication to happen on your wedding day.

Another advantage is that delivery for silk flowers are early so that you have enough time to repair it if there is any problem unlike fresh flowers which are shipped the day of the wedding. But of course nothing can really substitute the true beauty of fresh flowers but whether you choose fresh or artificial flower it goes down to one thing, it should complement every facet of your wedding.

And of course artificial flowers is less expensive than fresh flowers. You can even get big discounts when you buy it in bulk. This is the best alternative for those couples who have a limited budget for the occasion. They can surely save a lot of money when using artificial flowers.

Real Wedding Planning Advice to Avoid Stress and Frustration

Weddings are already stressful enough as it is. Don’t let the planning get the best of you! Make sure you have these recommended “preplanning” mechanisms set up, so that your wedding doesn’t have you tearing your hair out.

1. Get Someone to Save You From Yourself

Weddings are hard to figure out already-trying to do it entirely on your own is impossible. Before anything else, find someone (not your fiancé!) who will be there for you every step of the way. We can all use a shoulder to cry on and a sounding board for our thoughts-and someone to tell us that the drab green and maroon polka-dot bridesmaid dresses are not a good idea.

2. Clear Your Calendar

This seems rather silly-clear your schedule up just to plan?-but as much as possible, avoid timing things so that you are not in the middle of other major life issues when you’re trying to put your wedding together. Life happens, and what may have looked manageable six months ago may blossom into something nightmarish and highly stressful. The less outside stress you have to deal with, the better you’ll feel.

3. Find Your Center

Transform a corner of your desk, your office, your bedroom, whatever, to “Wedding Central.” Put all of the wedding catalogs, all of the lists, all of the phone numbers, everything that has to do with your wedding, in this area. If you can’t clear enough working space for that, use a large, three-ring binder. You’ve already got enough on your mind, you don’t need to turn your living space upside-down to find the caterer’s phone number.

4. Know What They Want

If you haven’t done this already, sit down with your spouse-to-be and discuss what is the two of you want (and don’t want) in a wedding. Make sure your expectations are clear and that you get any misunderstandings or disagreements cleared up as early as possible, including budget limitations. The last thing you want out of your wedding is for it to ruin your marriage.

5. Pick Your Battles

Remember that it will be impossible to micromanage everything involved. Your attention and time are valuable resources, so allocate them wisely. Decide at the outset where your priorities are: what things will need your strict oversight and input? What things will get by without it? If you can do this part well, everything else will be gravy.

How to Make Her Day Special – Tiaras From Dressup Days to the Real Wedding

Little girls love tiaras. Your little girl probably played princess, or wedding, or maybe Miss America pageant. Maybe she’s still in the midst of the days of crowns and rhinestones and the fancy dress-up pageant. There’s just something about rhinestone tiaras that makes a little girl feel beautiful. When she gets older, she may not play princess or wedding anymore, but it’s still fun to take a break from real life and let your (not-so) little girl feel like a princess again. Here’s how you can use rhinestone, crystal, or pageant tiaras to help her feel special, and maybe even a little spoiled, no matter what age your princess is.

Royal Crowns for the Little Ones:

If you have a young daughter with princess-mania, you may need to give into the rhinestone tiaras for a while. Donning tiaras at playtime doesn’t mean she isn’t learning about soccer and science, so as long as her activities are balanced, don’t feel guilty indulging the rhinestone crowns and tiara madness a little. You may want to look for tiaras for sale – whether your budget is of the dollar store tiara variety or something a little more authentic (rhinestone, crystal – just make that tiara sparkle!), giving her a plastic or rhinestone tiara of her own will be a memorable gift. Tell her she’s princess for the day, then spend some quality time playing pretend with her and the new rhinestone tiara – set up a pretend wedding, or provide enough crowns to assemble a small royal court for the afternoon.

Crystal Tiaras for the Teenage Pageant or Prom:

Most teenage girls, even the non-beauty pageant sets, attend one or more formal events during their high school years. Though the crowns and tiaras at home have likely been put away for a while, letting her wear a tiara (maybe more crystal than rhinestone this time) to a special event will make her feel as special as that last pretend pageant in the living room.

A rhinestone or crystal gift from dad can be especially meaningful at this age and will make her evening memorable. If your daughter will celebrate a quinceanera, make her special day extra glamorous with a rhinestone or crystal tiara. If buying a crystal tiara for sale is out of the budget, consider borrowing or renting a tiara for the day. You can find rhinestone or crystal tiaras by looking for pageant or wedding tiaras online.

Bridal Tiaras for the Wedding Day:

A wedding is perhaps the most obvious use of crystal tiaras. A crystal bridal tiara can be a wedding gift from a father or fiancee and often a wedding tiara is more memorable than a crystal necklace. The wedding day is one for a crystal tiara. Again, look for wedding tiaras online or ask your wedding planner or wedding dress supplier for recommendations. Bridal jewelery, bridal bouquet, and wedding decorations can coordinate with a tiara, too. When she looks back at her wedding day, and thinks of the crystal tiara, she’ll remember how someone thought of her as a bridal princess. Soon it will be her turn to provide rhinestone tiaras for her little ones!

Stupid Is As Stupid Does – Wedding Planning Mistakes You Need To Avoid

Even the the most educated, organized, well-intentioned couples can make some of the biggest mistakes when it comes to planning their own weddings. Here are some whoppers that, with a little forethought and planning, you can avoid.

1. Spending Without a Budget

Absolutely the first thing you should do when it comes to the actual event planning is to decide together what style of wedding you want, which vendors are the most important to the both of you, how much money you can afford to spend on your event, and how to allocate those funds. Spend a little time researching general vendor costs so that you will know what to expect and then outline a budget and put it on paper. As you begin spending your money, stick to your budget. If you find you need more money than budgeted for a particular vendor, reallocate those funds from another vendor rather than over-spending altogether. Be realistic… sure, this is your wedding and you want it to be perfect, but keep these two things in mind. First, the real purpose of your wedding is to join the two of you together as husband and wife. As long as is happens, your real goal is achieved. Second, your wedding day really is just one day out of a lifetime of days with your partner. Do you really want to be in debt for years to come because of one party? It’s nice to dream, but a lavish wedding on a shoestring budget can easily turn into financial nightmare – and a source of recurring arguments – once the party is over.

2. Not Researching Legal and/or Religious Requirements Early

Find out where and when you must obtain your marriage license. In Illinois, you must obtain your marriage licence at the County Clerk’s Office in the county in which you will be married, regardless of your home address. No blood tests are required for Illinois marriages; however, even if you are a resident of Illinois, blood tests may be required if you plan to marry in another state or country. Equally important are the requirements imposed by your religious affiliation and/or the church in which you will marry. You wouldn’t want to pay for flower petals to be dropped by the flower girl and then find out that your church doesn’t allow it. Or show up for the ceremony in your $10,000 strapless gown and find out your church doesn’t allow bare shoulders. Many churches also require pre-marital classes, as well as approval for your music selections, readings, vows, and more.

3. Choosing Bridesmaids’ Attire Not Flattering for All Bridesmaids

Before you even go out on your first gown shopping trip, you should have a discussion with each and every bridesmaid as to each bridesmaid’s likes and dislikes. Likely, your bridal party will be composed of bridesmaids of varying body types. Several of your bridesmaids may also feel self-conscious about a particular part of their body. Yes… you are the bride and it is your day; however, you’ve asked the closest of your family and friends to stand up with you and in support of your union. At the very least, you should want each and every one of them to feel your love and support for them as well. If you’re not able to shop for dresses as a group, make sure to bring the one or two women who will best keep in mind the desires and needs of other members of the party and not simply their own.

4. Poor Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Planning

How many times have we seen blooper videos of grooms passing out during the wedding ceremony, or falling face first into the wedding cake? Getting completely trashed the night before your wedding makes for a miserable wedding day, complete with hundreds to thousands of dollars of you looking sick, faint, or simply hungover in wedding photos and videos. Momentos that were meant to remind you for a lifetime of the love you shared for one another on that special day can quickly turn into constant reminders of your insensitivity, thoughtlessness, and lack of consideration for both your spouse and guests. Make it clear – very clear – to your family and friends long before your wedding date arrives that, under no circumstance, will you attend any bachelor or bachelorette party on the night before your nuptials. Equally important is to make wise choices for your rehearsal dinner; it is just that, a rehearsal dinner, not an excuse to throw down pitchers of beer with your bridal party the night before your wedding! If you can’t take seriously the ceremony – the one day – that binds you together as husband and wife for the rest of your lives, how seriously can you possibly be taking your marriage vows?

5. Asking Friends/Family to Act as Wedding Professionals

While it may be true that Uncle George takes some beautiful pictures, it is still NOT okay to ask him to act as your wedding photographer! Why, you ask? First of all, real wedding vendors are trained specifically for providing services for weddings. Wedding photographers, as opposed to Uncle George, know exactly which pictures to take and when to take them, as well as the etiquette involved in providing those services. Secondly, you contract with wedding professionals to provide particular services; with Uncle George, you have to hope for the best and end up doing much of the detail work (ie: photo editing, cropping, printing, etc…) yourself. With wedding professionals, you have recourse if you don’t receive what you’ve paid for; with Uncle George, you have only hurt feelings and regret. And lastly, Uncle George is a relative and a “guest” of your special day. Shouldn’t he be able to enjoy your event without the pressure of providing you with perfect wedding photos? Now, do we really need to get into why Aunt Betty shouldn’t bake your wedding cake?

6. Choosing Wedding Professionals Based Solely on Price

Ever heard the phrase, “you get what you pay for?” There’s probably a reason why Videographer X is only half the price of Videographer Z. Just ask to see samples of their work and you’ll probably see why. When it comes to the “big” vendors (ie: reception venues, photographers, florists, bakeries, etc…), interview several in varying price ranges and compare not only samples of their work, but years of experience, references, and training/education. Also, when talking to each vendor, try to assess whether you would be comfortable working with this vendor and how well their “style” melds with your vision of your special day; this is especially important for vendors who will provide services throughout the day (ie: photographers, videographers, djs, etc…). Your make up artist may be top of the line, but if she makes you feel ugly and self-conscious about your nose size right before your wedding pictures, who needs her!

7. Giving in to “Last Minute Beauty Panic”

No matter how “pasty” you feel the day before your wedding, do not hit the beach or tanning salon! There’s nothing worse than a sun burnt bride with bad tan lines in the wedding photos. No matter how fat you feel 10 days before your wedding, do NOT go on an all-cabbage crash diet! You’re dress won’t fit right and you’ll be weak, tired and cranky on your wedding day…and no matter how much thinner you look, who really finds beauty in a bitchy bride? No matter how large your pores look or how many fine lines you find, do NOT get an emergency microdermabrasion, chemical peel, or laser facial treatment in the week before your wedding, especially if you’ve never before experienced any major facial resurfacing. Scarring and pigmentary changes (light and dark patches) are common side effects of many skin rejuvenation techniques, such as laser resurfacing, dermal abrasion and chemical peels. In fact, don’t even try any new facial soaps, scrubs, lotions or acne treatments in the days before your wedding. Who wants to deal with red, inflamed, irritated skin on their wedding day! Stick to what your skin knows and loves, despite the fines lines and pores, and you’ll be a much happier bride. And lastly, no matter how flat your hair feels, do NOT surprise your hair dresser on the morning of your wedding with a new home perm or hair streaks. If you truly feel the need for a new look for your wedding day, discuss this with your hair dresser during your pre-wedding hair appointment and have her make any major changes needed at that time.

No matter how thoroughly you plan, some mistakes are likely to occur. Remember the real purpose of your wedding day, to marry your soul mate. As long as that happens, does anything else truly matter? If you focus on the mistakes, that’s all you will remember and talk about in the coming years. Resolve to enjoy the day with the one that you love, surrounded by family and friends, no matter what small things may go wrong, and you’ll look back on a wonderful day filled with love and happiness for years to come.