Feb 22

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Wedding planning can be a very exciting time and it is easy, in the myriad of things that need to get done, to lose track of choosing and ordering a wedding cake. Although it may seem like a, well, piece of cake the selection of a gateau should be given your utmost attention as it plays a very significant role at your wedding reception.

The wedding cake is the centerpiece of any marriage celebration. The cake is what all your guests will admire as they file into your reception hall and what they will use to sweeten their palates once the meal has ended. So, choose well and with care when you are picking out your delectable confection – it carries. There are so many decisions to be made when it comes to weddings that sometimes we can feel overwhelmed by the choices in front of us. Selecting a wedding cake used to be a relatively easy affair as there was generally only a few choices of design, flavor and filling – all that has changed as wedding cakes have become a refined business. Today the choices in flavor and filling are enormous and require lots of tasty testing to finally come up with what suits you best.

If you really want to make a lasting impression then customizing your wedding cake by giving it a theme – maybe one that matches your reception hall or one that reflects an interest, hobby or passion that you share as a couple – is a great way to set your wedding apart from the rest. It is not necessary to completely overhaul the traditional tiered wedding cake if you are not comfortable with the idea.

When it comes to choosing a cake there is a wide variety of styles, flavors, colors and motifs from which to choose. Start your selection process by rifling through as many wedding magazines as possible – they will all undoubtedly have plenty of fine examples to tempt you. Narrow down your selection to your top five favorites.

When you are ready to start looking for the perfect wedding cake, these are the factors that you have to take into consideration in choosing the wedding cake:

Size: The size of the wedding cake will depend on the number of guests that you are expecting. If you are planning to save some cake for guests who could not accept your invitation and will be unable to attend, and are also planning to send your wedding cake to out-of-town invitees, then you should keep this in mind while determining the exact number of people.

Design: Go through the cake sample pictures from different confectioners and bakers. Looking through wedding magazines is also a good way to find a wedding cake design. If you do not find something that you like, you can always design your own cake.

Flavour: While it is important that a wedding cake appeal to the visual senses, it is even more important that it taste good. Else you may be left with a whole lot of inedible wedding cake. Choose from the regular vanilla or chocolate, fruit cake or sponge cake, cheesecakes, and even wedding cakes with a mousse filling. If you are tempted by different flavours and can’t make up your mind, you can have different tiers in different flavours!

Feb 17

catering

Wedding reception is one of the most important parts of the day and how you work with your wedding catering service is critical as to how the whole thing comes off. However, if you’re smart in your dealings you can get a fabulous reception and maybe even save some money for the honeymoon.

One thing you need to realize is that the catering company probably wants to supply everything so if you’re thinking about saving money by bringing in your own champagne or cake this might not go over so good. The reason for this is that if everything is not just right it reflects poorly on the catering company and that’s not good for business. You’ll probably find that many catering companies have developed a network of complementary business associates who can provide you with all the things you need to make your reception a success. You may find that they are a one-stop shop for things like bands, floral designers and cake decorators.

Hosting a big event can be overwhelming and a challenging task for even the most organized person. If you are catering it yourself, you have the added stress of figuring out what food to buy and in what quantities as well as coordinating the cooking and preparation of the food.

If you have specific catering requirements like needing Halal or Kosher meals then the venue may not be able to accommodate your wedding or they may allow you to book outside caterers.

Choosing a caterer

If your reception is going to be in a facility that does not provide food, you will need to hire Wedding caterer. Your wedding caterer will be responsible for preparing, cooking, decorating and serving the food for your wedding.
Your Wedding caterer can also be responsible for beverages and for cleaning up after the event. Before signing a contract, make sure you understand all the services your wedding caterer will provide. Draw up a shortlist of potential caterers and arrange an appointment to discuss your specific requirements and compare prices and services. Ask to see specific example menus, price list and testimonials from other brides and grooms and inquire about the type of wedding packages they offer. Ask each caterer the same questions about their service, ingredients and any added extras so you get comparable quotes from each.

Now that you have decided on the type of reception venue you want then it is time to choose between using the in-house catering on offer, hiring an outside catering firm or catering yourselves.

Many venues have in-house caterers that provide all the food and drink services for celebrations held there. These caterers will be familiar with the styles of meal that their chefs specialize in and will also be able to provide tables and chairs, linen, crockery, glasses, waiting staff and some decorations.

If there is no in-house catering then ask for recommendations from the venue or friends or relatives. Also check the Yellow Pages and local newspapers for contacts.

Feb 14

bridal accessories

Bridal accessories are pivotal to any successful wedding ceremony. Couples nowadays are often spoilt for choice because there are many outlets specializing in wedding supplies with the capacity to create unique one off items such as bridal and bridesmaids’ gown, wedding bouquets and tiaras to make sure everyone remembers the ceremony. Nonetheless, it would be sensible to limit the scope of your spending for the wedding accessories according to your budget and in accordance to the wedding theme itself. A wedding ceremony held on a shoestring budget can be just as successful as a lavish ceremony with an extravagant budget as long as it is planned carefully and meticulously.

Bridal accessories include items such as the bridal gown, headpieces, veils, jewelry, handbags, hair accessories, tiaras, gloves, purses, wraps, shawls, and handkerchiefs. There are many different varieties of wedding gowns that you can choose from. The designer wedding dress is the principle element of your attire on your wedding day-all things that you choose to accessorize with should compliment the dress. Try to match the material of your handbag with the material that is on your gown. Bridal tiaras and bridal veils are beautiful accessories for a bride to go along with your bridal gown. There are lots of different ways to wear a tiara; it can be worn at the front of the head, on the crown, even at the back. The placement of the wedding tiara does depend on how you’re wearing your hair. Wedding handkerchiefs are also quite handy during the emotional moments of the wedding ceremony since they can be easily used to dry the eyes of a weepy bride or groom.

Feb 11

lighting2

Here are the types of lighting commonly used at weddings.

Pin spot

Pin spot lighting is a great way to make you wedding centre pieces stand out. Pin spot A focused beam of light that shines directly onto an object, like a centerpiece or wedding cake, reception lighting photos, as a highlight effect. Pin spot or spotlighting can draw attention to specific areas or objects. The wedding cake is often a great source for spotlighting so the design can be admired. Lighting may also be focused on the head table during dinner when speeches are given by the wedding party.

Color wash

There are a few different types of light fixtures that can create a “wash,” which is basically a blanket of colored light covering an entire area.

Stencil

Gobos circular stencils that are put over a light to project a design or pattern. Popular gobo designs are monograms, dates, or any other wedding motifs. The complexity of the design will affect the gobo’s cost — a simple stencil can be stamped out of steel, while a more intricate design must be laser etched out of stainless steel or a glass that can withstand high heat (costing much more than a stamped stencil). For couples who want lighting that truly adds a personalized motif, gobos (special stencils that can be placed over lighting) can create a specific spot of light with a monogram, wedding dates, wedding motifs, or used to incorporate specific themes. These add a unique and playful touch to any wedding, and are ideal for wedding reception with whimsical theme. Lighting specialists may have various options available for stencil or textured lighting.

LED

LED wedding lights are perfect for adding some light and elegance to your special day. LED Short for light-emitting diodes, LED lights are currently popular for weddings because they use much less electricity (and don’t get as hot) than regular, incandescent light bulbs. This means they can sometimes be wireless, so they’re even that much more discreet. LEDs are great for color changes and vibrant colors. They’re also common in strands and good for accent lighting. LED lights are available for a wide variety of accents, from faux tea lite candles to buffet lamps to floating lights. These emit less heat than standard bulbs and their unique construction makes them a great option for many different types of lighting.

Jan 18

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Wedding is the most important part of anybody’s life as after getting married, one will be responsible for his/her husband or wife. It is the moment that is the most special and celebrated with love all the way. Preparing for wedding is the most time consuming and difficult part of a wedding as nobody wants to empty their wallets after the marriage is over, so it is really important to plan everything be it the venue, be it the menu of the reception, the wedding dresses and most importantly the wedding invitation which has its own essence to play even before the wedding took place. All these should be done after deciding upon the budget carefully.

Wedding invitations or marriage cards offer a preview of the wedding and create a good impression about the couple. So it is always good to be original on your invitations rather than just settling for the generic pre-written ones. You should write your own invitation to describe how special this event is and how important it is to you that your guests attend the ceremony. Wedding cards range in all prices, styles and designs. You should keep in mind various points some tips from websites like vponsale that may affect your final choice of the card are –

  1. The venue of the marriage – It should be kept in mind that your card must correlate with the type of setting you are getting married in like you may choose a venue in church, beach, outdoor, formal or a casual environment.
  2. Season of the wedding – The season of your wedding has a lot to do with your card as it will be mandatory for you to design the card having a feel of the season in which you are getting married.
  3. Themed wedding – In case you have planned a particular theme for your wedding then you must use the same theme in your invitation as well so that everything properly compliments the overall theme of your marriage.
  4. Photo or symbol on the invitation – If you are about to use any photo or symbol on the cover of your wedding invitations make sure it speaks about you and you fiancée. You might consider putting up your own photo together on the invitation.
  5. Color of your invitation – Colors speaks volumes about the persona and choice of the person so it is really important to choose the right color for your card that can compliment both the personalities of the bride and bridegroom individually.

While the above points will assist you in designing your wedding invitation properly there are things to be remembered while drafting your card as well. Most importantly you must first decide as to who will go to announce the marriage in the card, it may be the bride and the groom themselves or the couple’s parents. Then choose either to be formal or informal in your request. You may choose to write the bride’s name with the full name of the groom using the casual term -’the honor of your presence’ if the ceremony will be held in a place of worship. Finally do mention the date, time and exact address of the location with a map too.

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