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8 Times You Won’t Want to Wear Your Engagement Ring

November 28, 2016

The desire to wear your engagement (or wedding) ring at all times is completely normal, but if you want to protect the ring you’ll want to avoid wearing it in several, sometimes surprising, situations.

You don’t only need to worry about losing your ring, but about damaging the ring or simply putting it in situations where the gem or the metal will lose its shine. Here are the times that it’s best to go without your engagement (or wedding) ring:

1. The Beach

Besides the obvious risk of losing your ring in the ocean or even just in the sand, you’ll want to avoid taking your ring to the beach because you risk damaging your ring or the stone. The abrasive sand could result in scratches along your ring’s band and even the stone. This’ll cause your ring to lose some of it’s shine. You may also get sand in between stone and the setting, which could cause major damage.

2. Working Out

When working out, you’ll run the risk of a ring slipping off of a sweaty finger and being lost. Plus depending on the type of exercise you’re doing, you could damage the ring significantly.

3. Taking a Shower/Bath

Wearing your rings in the shower or a bath is a perfect way to lose a ring. It’s so easy to take the rings off during this time that there’s really no excuse for protecting your rings.

4. In a Pool/Hot Tub

Wearing a ring in a pool or hot tub makes it easy to lose it as well. Hot tubs will be worse when they are on, but at least they aren’t as much ground to search. One thing that few consider is the effects of chlorine on their rings. Chlorine will cause a filmy look on your stone making it lose it’s luster.

5. Cleaning Anything

For similar reasons as the chlorine in the pool. You won’t want to clean with your rings on as the chemicals in the cleaning products may cause your gem to lose it’s shine. You could research each cleaning product to ensure it’s safe to use, but it’s easier to just take the rings off and store them someplace safe.

6. Moisturizing

This may surprise some of you. Moisturizer will actually leave a filmy layer on your gemstone and will require you to have your rings cleaned in order to restore their luster.

7. Playing Sports

Playing sports doesn’t only risk losing a ring, but also damaging it. In sports with swinging motions you may have a ring fly off and if so it may be difficult to recover and even damaged if recovered.

8. Gardening

Gardening can result in a buried ring, which is one of the worst ways to lose a ring. Even if you don’t lose the ring, particles can get in between the setting and cause your gem to come loose, and you don’t want that!

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7 Engagement Photo Ideas

November 22, 2016

Taking engagement photos is one of the best ways to document the entire process. Planning a wedding can be exhausting and taking engagement photos can bring the much-needed relaxation. This is also an opportunity to unleash your creativity. At the same time, taking these type of photos lets the couple learn more about their wedding photographer and vice versa. The photographer can learn more about the couple and what they really want when it comes to photography the more time they spend together. Even though professional photographers can provide suggestions about the best engagement photo session, we will present seven engagement photo ideas that may inspire you.

First dates

This is definitely one of the most beautiful parts in every relationship. The initial excitement and the effort to learn more about your partner are feelings that cannot be forgotten. That’s why it is a smart idea to go to the places where you dated and even wear some clothes that you used to wear back then if possible. If you remember this day because of the specific weather (for instance if it was raining), you can get some umbrellas and use sprinklers if you are taking photos on a sunny day.

The special place

Many couples have a special, exclusive place where they don’t go with other people (and we are not talking about the bedroom). It might be some hill or park where you used to visit alone. Visit this place and take some memorable engagement photos.

Athletic photo session

Do you love sports and fitness? If you and your partner are athletic types of people then you can visit the local gym and take some great photos. Don’t forget that you will need to dress adequately. You can also make an athletic outdoor photo session in case you usually use the local park for fitness activities.

Shared hobbies

Every person has specific interests and hobbies, but there is a great chance that both you and your partner share at least one hobby or activity that you find joy in. For example, maybe you both like baking cakes. If this is the case, ask the photographer to come to the kitchen and let them take some fun and interesting engagement photos.

Places abroad that you have visited

Do you remember the time when you enjoyed your holiday abroad? Well, it might be a good idea to visit that place again and take some engagement photos there.

A rustic ranch

Are you a fan of the countryside? There is no doubt that couples can take some incredible engagement photos if they visit some rustic ranch out of town. There is something about nature and the surroundings that make the photos special. In addition, the couple will feel completely relaxed and happy in these calm and peaceful areas.

Run from zombies

The last engagement photo idea is for the brave ones and those who want a completely different engagement photo session. You can use the help of your friends and turn them into zombies trying to catch you and your partner.

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How to Save up Enough for Your Dream Wedding

November 15, 2016

Let’s face it. Weddings are expensive, and even if you DIY as much as you can, comparison shop like a fiend and get major discounts, you’ll still be setback a pretty penny. Here’s how to plan so you can save up enough to throw your dream wedding:

Determine Your Budget Before Anything Else!

One of the biggest mistakes couples make when they begin to think about their wedding day, and how to save money, is to start planning their wedding. They’ll begin looking at venues, caterers and more “to get a feel for how much they’ll need to spend”. However, this can be detrimental in the long run as it may make you attempt to save an amount that isn’t feasible.

A better technique would be to determine what you can realistically save each month, and how much your total budget will be 6 months from now, a year from now and 2 years from now. This will give you a good idea of where you’ll stand in terms of your overall budget and can help you plan when to have your wedding.

Plan Your Wedding for Next Summer/Spring

One way to boost your budget is to put your Christmas bonus or tax return into it! If you get both, you may be able to get a big boost in cash to use by waiting and saving both your Christmas bonus and tax return.

Even if you don’t get a Christmas bonus, the tax return will help add a boost to your income, and if you can wait for two tax returns you’ll be in a great place!

Set a Monthly Savings Goal and Stick to it!

Set a goal to save X amount every month. If you’re afraid you’ll spend it, put it into short-term Certificate Deposits (CDs) to both gain some (small) interest and prevent you from taking out the funds early. Make your savings goal ambitious, but not unrealistic. If you can, follow the 50/30/20 rule. This rule is the simplest form of budgeting in which 50% of your funds goes to living expenses, 30% to savings and 20% to entertainment. If you follow this budget, you’ll be able to shell away 30% of your income and even if something comes up you should still have significant savings accumulated by the time of your wedding!

Remember, you’ll want to ensure that you’re saving more than you need for the wedding. It can save you in a wedding emergency!

What are you waiting for?

It’s never too soon to start saving for your wedding. Some even suggest starting on your first date! While it may seem silly, it makes sense. So if you and your significant other are even talking about getting married or approaching that level of your relationship, you’ll want to consider beginning saving. Even if you don’t get married you’ll have a great savings fund!

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10 Unique, Personal Wedding Favors

November 14, 2016

Wedding planning can be one of the most exciting and stressful experiences in your life. In the end, you can rest assured that all of the effort you’ve put into this activity will pay off. According to many experts, the small details can make a huge difference when it comes to the success of your wedding day. One of these small details is the wedding favors.

Wedding favors have been used for hundreds of years. Some sources say that they came in the form of small chocolates. Wedding favors are small gifts that are given to the guests of the wedding. In other words, they are used as a sign of appreciation. The best part about these favors is that it is up to the couples to choose them and that there are many different types of wedding favors to choose from. If you want to impress your guests, you should opt for unique, personal wedding favors and we have prepared a list of ideas that can help you.

1.  Maple syrup

Let’s be clear, almost every person likes sweet treats and this is exactly what they will get if you use maple syrup as a wedding favor. Find a suitable bottle and fill it with maple syrup or buy some from the local store. Remember to add a tag that describes the event and highlights your appreciation.

2.  Wooden magnets

Many people are collecting magnets and they can surely use such a favor on their fridge This simple, yet unique item can be engraved with your names or the date and initials of the couple. They can be designed in different forms.

3.  Caramel apples

Now here’s another sweet wedding favor that your guests will love. Wrap a caramel apple into cellophane and top it with toffee or sprinkles to improve the taste and appearance. Remember to tie an appreciation tag to the handle.

4.  Succulent plants

Why not give something that your guests can keep and watch grow over time? Give them a cute succulent plant and ask them to grow and take proper care of it.

5.  Candy favors

If you want to stick to the tradition and add a personal touch to the wedding favors you can use candy favors or small boxes filled with candies to be more precise. Don’t hesitate to use goodie bags and small jars.

6.  Unique personalized ornaments

Use wooden or ceramic ornaments to share some love messages or decorate glass bulbs with pieces of dried flowers. Everyone likes unique personalized ornaments.

7.  Personalized cookies made of sugar

If your guests feel the urge to eat something sweet, they will be amazed by these cookies. Use sugar or other edible decorations to write down your initials on the cookies.

8.  Wedding day soundtrack

Use the help of your wedding DJ to choose the most memorable songs from your wedding and create a CD that you will use as a wedding favor.

9.  Peppermint bark

Put the bark in a wrapping and include a recipe inside the package. Your guests will appreciate this!

10.  Personalized wedding cards

We all use cards every once in awhile, so why not personalize a set of beautiful cards and give these sets to the guests?

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4 Incredibly Cute Ways to Include Your Pet on Your Wedding Day

November 9, 2016

Dogs and cats have already found their way into our lives becoming welcome at home, in public, on the internet, and at work. But what about a pet at your wedding? Yep, they’ve already inserted themselves into one of the most important days in our lives.

For many of us, our pets are our best friend, so it is a no-brainer to include them, but the difficult part comes when you think about how to include them. Here are four special ways to include your pet in your wedding:

1. Let your pet be the videographer

You can take a unique and adorable approach by strapping a GoPro to your pets’ back and letting them record the big day from their perspective.

This would not be a wedding video replacement because you can’t guarantee that your pet will get the important moments, but it’s a fun way to get some extra video that’s bound to make you laugh, say awe, and give your pet a good hug.

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2. Let your pet be the ringbearer

Giving your favorite pet the rings to walk down the aisle is a growing trend now. Many couples are overjoyed to see their beloved companion bring the rings down the aisle. There are a growing number of items on Etsy which can help you dress your pet up for the occasion.

Most couples let a friend walk their pet down the aisle, but well-trained pets could do this themselves with the proper motivation (hint: treats).

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3. Dress them up and put them in the bridal party

Another growing trend is to include your pet in the bridal party (if they have the patience to stay there the whole time). Finding an adorable dress or suit for your pet is easy and can add to the cute factor. You and your guests may get a good laugh out of it too!

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4. Include them in your wedding photos

One of the most common ways to include a pet in your wedding is to take your wedding and engagement photos with them. It’s a cute way to include them, and one that will guarantee some great candid shots.

A Parting Thought

When incorporating pets into your wedding it’s best to embrace the slip ups.There’s going to be awes, a few gasps and plenty of laughs, but that’s part of the joy of including your pet in your wedding.

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Wedding Venue Trends: 2011 to 2017

November 3, 2016

Wedding venues come and go, but these last few years have been full of surprises. Couples are choosing new, unconventional wedding venues and at the same time, are moving away from venues which were long the most popular choice.

Here are our 5 key findings in our Wedding Venue Trends Report:

beach

Beach Weddings

Beach weddings have long been the most popular wedding venue, but in the last 5 years, they’ve been on the decline. How much have they declined? Beach weddings have dropped in popularity by 27% over the last few years.

Beach weddings still remain the most popular type of wedding by far, but in 2-3 years we could see another venue at the top, and we may already know which venue…

barn

Barn Weddings

If the last couple years have proved anything, it’s that barn weddings aren’t just a fad. They’ve been steadily growing in popularity these last few years proving that they’re here to stay. If current trends hold true, barn weddings will become the most popular wedding venue by 2020.

hotel

Hotel Weddings

Hotel wedding venues haven’t seen a major increase or decrease in popularity in the last few years. Any change in popularity has been insignificant, meaning that hotels remain a common choice for many couples.

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Castle Weddings

Castle weddings have always been rare. Even though they make for a fairy-tale wedding, their cost is often prohibitive for many couples. 2014 and 2015 saw a rise in their popularity, and things were looking promising, but their increase in popularity was short lived and they returned to pre-2014 levels of popularity this year.

summer camp

Summer Camp Weddings

After several years of relatively low popularity, summer camp weddings appear to be on the come up. There have been small examples of summer camp weddings and they make for epic wedding venues, but many couples may be reluctant to try such a radically new type of venue. Still, many couples are leading the way and thanks to their courageous choice in wedding venues, we are seeing an increase in summer camp wedding popularity. 2017 should see even more summer camp weddings, and we can’t wait for this unique type of venue to get the credit it deserves.

The Data

In order to find these key points, we analyzed search queries across the U.S. using Google Trends. Here is the raw data for those interested in seeing the facts for themselves:

Google Trends Research

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7 Wedding Traditions That Nobody Expects You to Follow

October 26, 2016

Recently, couples have been dropping wedding traditions left and right, both managing to make a more creative and personal wedding than ever before while also going back to the basics.

As such there have been many traditions that have been losing popularity, and now some of the traditions that just 10 years ago were in more than 50% of weddings are now in less than 10%.

Here are the wedding traditions that you can skip without anyone so much as batting an eyelash:

1. Large Weddings with a Large Guestlist

What originally started due to the financial constraints many couples faced has become a trend of its own. We’re talking about small guest lists and intimate venues. Many couples are now throwing smaller weddings by choice and here’s why:

  • You won’t need to chaperone your guests on your special day
  • You’ll be able to spend more time with those who are closest to you rather than spending only a few seconds with each guest
  • The smaller wedding contributes to a more soulful and intimate feel.

2. Large Bridal Parties

Similar to the trend above, many have downsized their bridal parties as of late. While you still hear of the 12 or 15 person bridal party, it’s becoming more and more common to see small or even nonexistent bridal parties.

This is both financially easier on your close friends who will no longer need to worry about their dresses as well!

3. A Bride’s “Going Away Suit”

Some of you may not even realize this was a thing, as it has become an increasingly rare thing. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a “going away suit” is simply where the bride changes into a more comfortable outfit when leaving the wedding. It can also be applied to the groom as well.

While it would seem like it’d be popular, it’s actually quite rare to see this tradition at weddings.

4. Carrying Over the Threshold

Surprisingly, this tradition has seen a steep decline in the last decade. It’s reported that only 12% of couples still follow the tradition. It’s falling out of favor could have something to do with its not so innocent roots or just laziness.

5. Matching Bridesmaids

It has become increasingly popular to have mismatched bridesmaids and groomsmen. This originally was because one color and style may not be flattering on all body types, but has allowed couples to add more character and style to their weddings.

This trend will likely grow in popularity and become the norm along with nontraditional wedding dresses.

6. Assigned Seating

As weddings get more intimate, traditions like seating the family of the bride and groom on separate sides have quickly fallen out of favor. We see this in the popularity of the “pick a seat, not a side” signs and decorations:

7. Traditional Vows

Traditional wedding vows have also fallen out of favor. You may often see personalized vows in their place. Even wedding officiants are offering multiple options for wedding vows and examples of previously customized vows they’ve seen

It’s Your Wedding!

Ultimately, it’s your special day. Don’t feel pressured to follow (or skip) traditions based on their popularity. Instead, plan a wedding that will make you and your partner the happiest.

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Most Common Wedding Traditions

October 6, 2016

 

In this modern time where the wedding trend is to try to be different, we sometimes forget the old traditions that have been passed on to us. Modern couples nowadays prefer not to conform to these common wedding traditions; they change some of it or choose to remove it totally from their wedding program.

We have listed here some of the most common traditions in a wedding, its origin and what it symbolizes. Check it out and you might decide to make your wedding special by adapting these in your own wedding.

 

Giving Away the Bride

Once upon a time when women were still considered a ‘property’, the giving away tradition is the father’s way of using his daughter as a currency to pay a debt or purchase a land or livestock. Today, this has a more heart-warming meaning – representing the parents’ blessing to the marriage. This is also very symbolic of the transition of the girl’s life from being a daughter to becoming a wife. Nowadays, some brides opt to walk with their mothers or a close relative while some choose to own this moment and walk down the aisle alone.

 

White Wedding Dress

Back in the old days, the brides usually just wear their best dress to their wedding. However when Queen Victoria got married in 1840 and wore a white dress, the tradition of “brides in white” has long since been followed. The bride’s wearing of a white dress is said to symbolize her purity that she offers to her husband. Now, most brides also use off-white or beige shade. There are also some who prefers to go for bold colors like red, purple, and even darker shades such as black.

 

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

The expression above is one of the oldest wedding customs. It is said that the bride’s outfit must contain something old, new, borrowed and something in the shade of blue for luck. The “old” denotes the bride honoring her family and her past. “New” signifies her future. “Borrowed” symbolizes borrowed happiness. While something “blue” represents purity, love, and fidelity.

 

Dove Release

Doves are a symbol of love because they choose their mates for life – very fitting for the occasion of celebrating the couple’s life-long commitment to each other. The dove release is commonly done after the wedding ceremony. The pure white color of the doves signifies the couple’s welcoming their lives together in purity and without regrets from their past. Common alternative now to doves are butterfly and balloon release.

 

Cake Cutting

In this custom, the bride traditionally slices the cake while the groom helps her. This is seen as the first task that the couple does as husband and wife and said to signify their promise to forever provide for each other. The wedding cake also symbolizes an abundant, long lasting and a happy marriage.

 

Bouquet Toss/ Garter Toss

Towards the end of the wedding reception, the groom tosses the bride’s garter backwards for his groomsmen and some of the bachelor guests to catch. Likewise, the bride also tosses her bridal bouquet to her bridesmaids and single ladies. It is said that whoever gets the garter and the bouquet will be the next in line to get married.

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Wedding Superstitions – Good Luck or Bad Luck?

September 23, 2016

Find out how these wedding superstitions originated and why a lot of people in this modern time still believe them. Can you count how many of these you still believe in?

1. Bride and groom seeing each other before the wedding
BAD LUCK: This belief stems from the old custom of arranged marriage. The father of the bride will not allow the groom to see his daughter’s face in fear that he will have second thoughts and back out if he sees and finds the bride undesirable. Today some couples prefer seeing each other before the wedding because it calms them and gives them reassurance on this commitment. Some still follows not seeing each other though because adds up to the excitement and longing for the wedding.

2. Rain on your wedding day
GOOD LUCK: Most would think it is very unfortunate if it rains on your wedding particularly if they prepared for an outdoor wedding and failed to have a Plan B. In some culture however, rain is considered good luck. It signifies cleansing of the couple’s bad memories and past. It also means fertility and long lasting marriage for the newlyweds. Some will even argue that the rain represents the last tears that the bride will shed for the rest of her life.

3. Fitting the wedding gown before the wedding day
BAD LUCK: In some cultures, it is believed to be bad luck for a bride to fit her wedding gown before the wedding because the wedding day will not push through. These days, this belief is no longer very popular as brides want to become their best beautiful self during her wedding that she wants her dress to be a perfect fit.

4. Getting knives as wedding gift
BAD LUCK: When a newlywed receives a knife set as a wedding gift, many will believe that the marriage will not last because knives represent broken relationship.

5. Spider on the wedding gown
GOOD LUCK: Though a lot of brides will probably shriek in horror in finding one creepy crawlers on her garment, a lot of people actually believe it is a sign of good fortune as spiders are considered a best of luck omen.

6. Pearl engagement ring
BAD LUCK: With the pearl’s look resembling a tear, some people believe that it is bad luck to use it in any of the bride’s jewelries. They believe that the bride will have a marriage full of tears.
In the end, the only thing that will matter is not whether you choose to believe any of the wedding superstitions are true; what will matter is whether or not you will let any of your beliefs affect the happiest day of your life.

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Wedding on a Budget – Make It Work!

September 13, 2016

Not all couples are lucky (and wise!) enough to save for their weddings. So for those planning on having their dream wedding but working on a very tight budget, read on and catch a few tips to still make this work.
1. Decide on your budget early and be strict about it.
Let’s take a tour inside your finances and find ways to work this around. Open your bank account and check its status. Do you have enough funding there to use for your wedding? No? That’s okay. Compute all fixed income starting today until the day of your wedding. Also check if there will be other sources of fund – maybe the parents are willing to provide funding aid?

Next, list down all current non-wedding expenses and obligations (car insurance, family responsibilities, bills, etc.) and post-wedding expenses (savings for new home, utility bills, mortgage, etc.). Remember to take care of NECESSITIES FIRST! Afterwards, compute what’s left and stay firm on that budget. It might be tempting but stay away from loans as much as possible. You would not want to begin your happily ever after with debt.

2. Try not to rush your wedding preparation.
Take your sweet time planning your wedding. The longer the time you have before the wedding means more time to earn and save for it. This also gives you ample time to carefully select your wedding vendors. Have sit-down meetings and book only those who you can trust, have a long list of recommendations – and of course the ones that can offer the best price to fit your budget.

3. Make your priority list
Make wedding decisions easier with a priority list. Simply put, it is a list differentiating what you need vs. what you want. You can list down all the wedding vendors that you would probably book and arranged according to priority. Top of your list should be the non-negotiable (church, reception venue, caterer, photographer) and the bottom ones would be the nice-to-have’s (alcohol, lights and effects, DJ). You can even go further and make a comprehensive list with different options for each category. From this list, it will be easier to decide which vendors will be paid first and which ones will have to take a backseat for the meantime.

Next, draft your guest list. Remember to invite only those who are important to you. Limit it to immediate family and closest friends and colleagues only. Ask yourself some questions such as – do I really need to invite the whole office?

4. Tap your creative side and enjoy some DIY’s together
If you enjoy doing arts & crafts then why not try to do some of the items on your wedding checklist yourself? Make your own thematic decoration or personalize your gifts to your wedding party. If you don’t have any idea on how to start, there are plenty of references you can gather from the internet. Browse on Instagram, Pinterest or wedding sites for new ideas.

No talent? No problem! Ask your talented friends who are willing to lend a hand. Maybe you know someone who does calligraphy as their hobby. Why not ask them to do your wedding invites?

 

In the end it all comes down to what you want. Do you want to have a simple wedding yet a secure future? Or do you still prefer a grand wedding but with a hole in your pocket the next day?

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Choosing a Venue – items that should be on your checklist

September 7, 2016

We all have an idea of what our perfect wedding venue is. It should be somewhere you can see yourself walking down the aisle at, exchanging vows and grooving to your first dance. Don’t make the beauty of the place your only consideration when booking the wedding venue. Make sure you only book the best wedding venue that meets all your event needs and gives you your money’s worth. Arm yourself with the right questions to ask and knowledge of what has to be considered. Be sure to clarify the items below before you sign any contract.

1. Budget and amenities

Check out the cost of the venue and verify if it matches your wedding budget. If it’s a no, don’t get disheartened yet. Check all the facilities that they provide and see if they offer some freebies that cross out some of the items on your wedding checklist. Value for money should always be considered.

2. Outdoor considerations

If you are eyeing for a beach or garden wedding, check if the venue offers contingency plans for rain and other unexpected situations. You may also want to visit the place on the same time of your wedding as well to check other important elements; best lighting spot, venue ventilation, etc.

3. Number of guests

Be sure you already decided on or at least have a ballpark figure of the number of guests that you will invite for the wedding. The capacity of the venue should be able to hold this number and still have enough spaces for an activity area, a registration and a few spaces for your other wedding gimmicks like a photo booth or dessert table.

4. Proximity

If you are having separate venues for the wedding rites and the reception, make sure that the distance from the preparation venue (if you will stay in a hotel for make-up and pre-wedding shoot) to the church and up to the wedding reception is not that far from each other.

5. Venue house rules

Be aware about every rule in the wedding venue so you can adjust your preparations (wedding decorations, effects, etc.) accordingly. Also good to check what other fees they will charge if you bring in outside food and beverages or not accredited wedding vendors.

6. Parking spaces

It is important to check if there are enough parking spaces to accommodate your guests’ vehicles and how secure it is. Check also if there will be another event same time as yours so you can check for shared parking rules and make reservations if necessary.

7. Venue hours

How long will they let you rent the venue? Is this enough to cover the wedding rites, reception program and a few more hours for the after party? How early is the ingress time and how late is the allowed time for egress?

8. Facilities for special needs

Are you having elderly or PWD guests? Be mindful of their needs and check if there’s a ramp at the entrance and also if there are PWD restrooms available.

9. Other amenities

Is there a changing room where you can retouch before the wedding reception starts? How about the basic sounds system offered? Are there built-in lights available and how does it look like?

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Why an Outdoor Wedding is the Best and the Worst

September 2, 2016

One of the most important decisions that an engaged couple will make is choosing their wedding venue. Not only will this dictate when the wedding will take place, but it will also be that place where you will exchange your vows to forever. It will also be marked on your mind and your guests’ memories. So it has to be special and perfect.

Contemplating if an outdoor venue will be great for your wedding? Let us help you by pointing out some factors why outdoor weddings are the best and could be your worst nightmare.

Pros of an Outdoor Wedding

1. Natural beauty
Whether you choose to get wed at the beach or a garden, you can be assured of amazing photos in an outdoor venue. With its breathtaking scenery, your guests will have fun taking their selfies because every area is a photo worthy background.

2. Natural light
Photographers love natural lighting. And any outdoor venue will offer this with the presence of the gorgeous sun.

3. Kid-friendly
Good thing for couples who have so many guests bringing kids. Kids by nature are restless when enclosed in an area such as indoor venues. They run around and throw tantrums that sometimes interrupt the prepared program. An outdoor venue will distract the kids and will help their guardians manage them better.

4. More affordable
An outdoor venue can be more affordable especially if chosen venue is not your typical wedding venue being rented. In addition, an outdoor wedding offers more options for themes and has very minimal need for styling – letting you play with your creativity better and guarantee you more savings over an indoor wedding venue.

5. Great ambiance
There is always something about outdoors that gives off a romantic and calming vibe among the guests. Guests feel more informal and relaxed that adds up to the intimacy of the event. Whether it is a fantastic sunset as the backdrop or garden lights and lanterns, it will certainly set the mood for a romantic night.

Cons of an Outdoor Wedding

1. Uncontrollable weather
Probably the biggest challenge in an outdoor wedding is the unpredictable weather. It could be sunny all week but suddenly rain on your wedding day. This can certainly be a disaster if you have not prepared any Plan B.

2. Bugs
In a wedding, sometimes surprise guests come. But you wouldn’t want this unwanted guests to ruin your wedding– bugs! Summer season attracts flying insects everywhere. It can be an irritant for guests and distract them from the ceremony or reception program.

3. Heat
Warm summer season with the sun blazing down could be a good thing for your photos but certainly not for the comfort of your guests. Sweat clinging on the backs of your guests and constant fanning can be really irksome. To reduce this concern, provide refreshments or fans as gifts and you may also set a dress code so your guests can come ready.

4. Uneven ground
Outdoor weddings will help guests get comfortable with nature. But their feet rarely do! Imagine your guests coming in high heels or their best shoes without a decent cemented pathway to walk at. It could ruin their favorite shoes forever and will make them uncomfortable all throughout the wedding.
In the end it’s all up to you. The key here is to be proactive and always be prepared for the inevitable. Best of luck!