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Mar 19th, 2010

Beautiful Wedding Cakes

Mar 19th, 2010

Choose Barbados as Your Destination Wedding

Fancy getting married on a tropical paradise island, with white sandy beaches, warm turquoise blue seas, swaying palm trees in the breeze and lush tropical gardens, creating that picturesque back drop to that very special day?

Then come to Barbados. Barbados has been accommodating weddings now for over 20 years to seasoned holidaymakers and celebrities alike. Tiger Woods and his beautiful Swedish model wife Elin Nordegren were married in Barbados on the 5th Oct 2004.

Popular wedding locations in Barbados are beach weddings, great house weddings, tropical garden weddings, church weddings and weddings at sea i.e. catamarans and private yachts.

Beach weddings

Beach weddings are located on the sandy public beaches of Barbados; popular beaches for weddings in Barbados are on the south west coast and the west coast of the island. A beachfront wedding can be as large or as small as you want it. With the reception being held at the any of the nearby restaurants that back the beach.

Your wedding location can be decorated with a decorated arch and your isle created by placing a bed of petals or isle runners for you to walk down. Also dependant on your budget a marquee could be placed onto to the beach, please bear in mind facilities such as rest rooms may have to be hired in, as some locations do not offer this.

Imaging your wedding taking place on a beach, watched by your close family and friends, or just you in an intimate ceremony with the striking blue seas and a tropical sunset at the backdrop to your wedding pictures.

Weddings will usually take place in the mid afternoon, as the sun is at it coolest.

Great Houses and Plantation Houses

Barbados has some of the most beautiful great houses and plantations houses in all of the Caribbean.

Beautifully maintained properties set amongst acres of lush matured gardens driveways lined with thousands of years old mahogany and or tall palm trees. Such properties are hundreds of years old, and are steeped in history and provide an amazing location for your wedding.

Weddings will usually take place in the gardens. Whiles receptions can take place in one of the dinning rooms but this is for formal seating. Other arrangements can be made for an informal setting.

Church Weddings

An old favourite, the church wedding. Walking up the isle in a beautiful old historic church, with an organ playing and filling the air with harmonious gospel like melodies. Get married in front of god with your friends and family present.

Catamaran and Yacht Weddings

Set sail on your own private catamaran or yacht for your special occasion. Saying I do out in the great blue yonder is ideal for the couple looking to get away from a normal kind of wedding.

This way your partner and you or even a few close friends and family could get away and sail out to sea with your own captain and crew.

You can laze around on deck or take a drive with the sea turtles, but what ever you choose, you know it will be a day to remember.

Barbados is a fantastic location for those of you that are planning on getting married; it is a unique island, which is unlike any other place in the world.

AUTHOR: Gary Wynters

Mar 19th, 2010

Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding in the Caribbean

Are you gearing up to plan your wedding? Although many couples opt for a traditional wedding back home, you may have another thought. You may want a picture perfect fairytale wedding in the Caribbean. If so, you want a destination wedding. Unfortunately, most couples mistakenly believe destination weddings are not only too costly, but too difficult to plan. Luckily, the entire process can be a lot easier and cheaper than you originally thought. How?

The first step is to decide on an area. The Caribbean includes many islands. Two popular choices include Jamaica and the Bahamas. If you are worried about costs, price compare. If you have a little bit of financial freedom, make your dreams come true. Opt for your first choice. Regardless, you will be presented with luxury hotels, tropical weather, and beautiful beaches!

Next, you must decide on a date. When doing so, give yourself time. Although you will have a Caribbean destination wedding, you still likely want a few close friends and family members to attend. Not only do they get to attend your wedding, but they get their own tropical vacation too! Still, it likely wasn’t a vacation they anticipated on taking; give them a reasonable amount of time to save money. Also, you and your guests need passports. Give these time to arrive too.

Once you have an ideal destination and date in mind, you will start to examine wedding venues. Your first look should be at all-inclusive resorts that offer free weddings. Yes, really free weddings! Many resorts provide guests with a free standard wedding, provided they meet a minimum stay requirement. The stay requirement varies depending on resorts, but it is reasonable, such as a 3-day or 5-day stay.

What else should you look for in a Caribbean resort when planning a destination wedding? The ability to have your wedding onsite. Not only that, but a choice of places. A large resort may give you the option to use their wedding chapel, a banquet room, garden, or their beach. You also want the ability to upgrade your free wedding package. Right away, Caribbean resorts claim you get a “standard wedding.” Look at the inclusions and you will be surprised, because it is actually a lot. Still, have the ability to include a tux rental, in-room hair and make-up, professional photography, and more.

Have your destination wedding double as a Caribbean honeymoon too. As previously stated, many all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean give you a free wedding with a minimum 3, 5, or 7-night stay. It will not take that long to plan your wedding, so meet the minimum required stay by combining your wedding and honeymoon. Choose a luxury all-inclusive resort, one with great onsite activities, a mixture of restaurants, and upgrade to a suite. You won’t feel as if you are shortchanging yourself. You still get the honeymoon of your dreams!

Contact the resort in question. To prevent scheduling conflicts, you may want to do this before officially booking your travel arrangements. Let them know you not only want to stay onsite, but have a wedding too. In most cases, you will be put into contact with a wedding planner, even when making use of a Caribbean resort’s free wedding. This wedding planner makes it easier to plan a destination wedding when you are located hundreds or thousands of miles away.

Order destination wedding invitations for your guests. You may also want to include information on area hotels and resorts. As previously stated, your destination wedding guests are unlikely to attend your wedding and leave. Many will use the opportunity to have a tropical vacation. For that reason, it may be a good idea to point them in the direction of other hotels and resorts. Your honeymoon and their Caribbean vacation may overlap. You love your mother, but do you want her sitting next to you at the pool on your honeymoon? Luckily, most free weddings include a couple of guest passes for those staying offsite. Additional passes should be available for sale too.

AUTHOR: Boris Ralston

Mar 15th, 2010

Finding a Good DJ? What to Ask when Interviewing DJ’s!

Putting together a party, especially for large group affairs, can be a hassle. Sometimes, you get flustered and think that you’ll never get everything you need ready in time for the social event. You have catering to deal with, reserving a location, invitations, and most importantly, the DJ. How do you know what DJ to choose?

First of all, you need to know what questions to ask, besides how much the DJ charges. That is only one aspect of determining who to hire. The first and foremost question should be if the DJ is insured and can provide proof of liability. You don’t want to be responsible if something goes wrong with his equipment. Secondly, you should ask if the DJ is going to be using professional equipment. Though this doesn’t mean that he will be talented, it does guarantee that the sound system will be of professional quality and not embarrassing. If using professional equipment, then failure is rare, but the DJ should have back up equipment available at the facility in case of a malfunction.

The next considerations are regarding the music in general. You should be able to discuss the musical selection with the DJ prior to the party, making sure that he or she can provide the song list that you require. Also find out if the DJ is prepared to take requests or not this is something that is greatly appreciated at any event. Also, make sure that the DJ is aware of the type of party you are planning and that he is familiar with the proper procedures and etiquette for this type of party. Most DJ’s also MC the event in question, so you’ll want to be sure that the DJ you hire has experience with whatever type of event you are holding.

Make sure that the DJ is allowing the proper amount of set up time required. In most cases, the DJ should be completely set up with all equipment ready to function and music waiting when the first guest arrives. Typically, this takes at least an hour. Review the proper attire for the event and be certain that the DJ is prepared to dress appropriately. Whether the party requires formal wear, is themed, or is even a costume party, the DJ should blend in.

Be sure to set up a written contract. You don’t want anyone backing out on a “word of mouth” deal. Everything should be documented, including price, services provided, and requested services. Also, note that prices can vary widely from DJ to DJ. Keep in mind that the cost will cover not only the event but all of the planning involved, which can add up to 20 or 30 hours of the DJ’s time.

If you adhere to these questions, chances are that you’ll choose a great DJ who will provide the appropriate entertainment for your event and please your guests. So don’t be overly stressed about the matter; relax and enjoy yourself!

Author: Timothy Rea

Mar 15th, 2010

Wedding Cakes – How to Order the Perfect Wedding Cake

If you have knocked the socks off your guests as they stand and cheer because you will settle for nothing but the very best on the day of your wedding, then you know that you have served a truly spectacular wedding cake.

Don’t be distracted by confetti, crashing cymbals and trumpets because when it comes to your wedding cake you need to attempt something truly remarkable.

Conventionally, wedding cakes are cakes that are dished up to all the guests after the wedding during breakfast. Usually the wedding cake is huge and different from the ordinary cakes that are had at other occasions. Usually, the wedding cake will be multi layered and will have a hefty icing decoration with beads and similar embellishments that reflect the event’s grandiose.

Wedding cakes can either have a simple or a complex decoration. Depending on the bakers creativity, each cake will have its own artistic distinction. As long as the cake conforms to its main purpose, that of being edible so that it can be eaten, it does not matter what embellishments it possesses.

Because a wedding cake is an extremely important part of the celebration, here are a few tips for buying the perfect wedding cake.

1. Check the amount of time it will take you for ordering the cake. Time is an extremely important factor when it comes to making wedding plans. Without doubt you would not want your wedding to be a hurried affair. As the wedding cake forms a part of the wedding, you need to devote enough time on ordering the wedding cake. It is better if you ask your local bakeshop how much time they usually take when it comes to wedding cakes so that you can place your order well in time for the cake to be created perfectly. This way you don’t need to be in a big hurry when it is time for your wedding cake to be served.

2. Find out the costs and details of the cake. Many couples find the treats that come with their wedding cake extremely fascinating. But they often forget that each embellishment and each twist on the cake has its own price. Therefore, it is always better for you to clarify with your baker the cost of each decoration that is featured on your cake so that you know just how much you will be paying.

3. Give your baker details of the wedding. Today, weddings are not restricted to the church alone. Today people are very particular and creative about their wedding venue. Therefore, in case your wedding is going to be in some place open, such as a beach or some place, it is recommended you inform the baker about the location. Usually icing can be affected by environmental conditions. So in case your wedding is by the beach or in a garden, your baker can make the necessary arrangements to ensure that the cake is made and placed in such a way that the environmental conditions do not spoil it.

4. Decorate your wedding cake yourself. Nowadays, many people have started decorating t heir own wedding cakes. For those who are in a tight budget, this is an excellent idea. All you need to do it order a simple, plain wedding cake and go to a retail store to buy your own decorations.

So set aside a particular moment when it comes to presenting your wedding cake because your wedding can be given a lot more glamour if you have the perfect wedding cake.

Author: Abhishek Agarwal

Mar 15th, 2010

Bachelorette Party Games

Bachelorette Party Games

Bachelorette party games have begun to grow in popularity over the last 50 years as women began having more wild and outrageous bachelorette parties – similar to the celebrations that men have. Party games for bachelorette parties are a lot like bridal shower party games since they test how well the attendees know the bride-to-be. The main difference is that while bridal shower games are fun in their own right, bachelorette party games usually add some debauchery and mischief into the mix.

Balloon Pop

Balloon Pop is a perfect way to involve several kinds of games. The objective of the basic balloon pop game is for the attendees to pop balloons to try to get to the strip of paper that is found inside. The winner of this bachelorette party game is the person who pops the balloon that reveals the paper with the bachelorette’s name.

Balloon pop games for a bachelorette party can easily be spiced up by having dares written on the strips of paper, such as “dance with a stranger” if your party plans on painting the town that night. Another funny option might be to have everyone write something down on the strips of paper, then blow the balloons up and have people pick one to pop and read, beginning the sentences with “On the honeymoon night…” This is a great bachelorette party idea that can be changed to fit the bachelorette’s preferences.

Who Knows the Bachelorette Best

This bachelorette party game will reveal once and for all which guest at the bachelorette party knows the bride-to-be best.

  1. All attendees will be asked to answer a list of questions about the bride to be.
  2. The bachelorette will first fill out the questionnaire, and then leave the room while the guests answer all the bachelorette party game questions on the list.
  3. The bachelorette returns and the questions and correct answers are read out loud.
  4. The winner of the game is the woman with the most correct answers.

The list of questions can be as clean or dirty as you’d like. If you want to make it very interesting and maybe embarrass the bachelorette a bit, tailor the questions so they ask personal, mischievous questions about the bride to be and her groom. The bachelorette party game questions will certainly get the party started, and you might learn something about your friend that you never knew!

“I Never”

A must- have staple at bachelorette parties around the globe is “I Never,” by far the most interesting of bachelorette games.

  1. The bride-to-be and guests sit in a circle.
  2. Each person either has something to drink or tokens of some kind (think candy or pretzels) in hand.
  3. The first person starts with an “I Never” statement like “I never shoplifted.” Anyone who has shoplifted before has to take a drink of their drink, or put one of their tokens into the center.
  4. Then the next person comes up with a different statement, and it continues around the circle as each person comes up with a creative and sometimes funny “I Never” statement.
  5. When someone runs out of a drink or their tokens, they’re out of the game, and the last person in the circle is the winner.

Better hope that you have been a good girl, and have “never” done anything naughty!

Guess What’s in the Bag

A game that can lead to rather risqué answers is the Guess What’s in the Bag bachelorette game.

  1. The hostess should begin with a brown paper bag.
  2. The first step is to secretly place an object into the brown paper bag. This can be any object the hostess desires- either clean or somewhat naughty.
  3. The bachelorette then puts her hand inside the bag for ten to thirty seconds. As the bachelorette feels what the item inside is, she is also describing it to the guests.
  4. The guests guess what the object is, and whatever guest correctly guesses what the item is gets to keep it as their prize.

Feel free to put any item in the bag, personal or otherwise. Don’t forget to use things of funky shapes and sizes to throw off the bachelorette and the guests! And hostesses, don’t put something in the brown bag that you aren’t ready to part ways with!

Party Prizes

As with any other party, bachelorette party prizes should fit the theme of the party. If the hostess decides to throw an elegant and clean bachelorette dinner party, the favors should be of the same elegant taste. These prizes don’t have to break the bank, but should show that some thought and time went into preparing them.

Some excellent ideas for bachelorette party gifts for any type party are bath soaps, a somewhat naughty gift bag, nicely scented sachets for between the sheets or in a clothing drawer, a fun girl’s night out picture frame, or perhaps a calming candle that can be a romantic mood setter or a decorative piece.

Make sure you get all the girls together by sending out evites for the party! This is an easy way to get the word out and track RSVPs.

Author: Jaime Smith

Mar 11th, 2010

How To Plan A Wedding

Planning a wedding involves making lots of decisions, and depending your wedding date, the process of planning can be hectic to say the least. This is why you need all the help you can get in terms of ideas and activities that will help you plan your wedding with ease.

1. Always Involve Your Partner In Planning

Your partner is plays a huge part in planning your wedding. When you cooperate with each other in the wedding plans, you may be pleasantly surprised by the creative ideas that you can come up with together. You may not always agree on everything, but do agree to disagree and find solutions that please the both of you.

2. Decide On The Guest List Before Anything Else

The number of people attending your wedding affects almost every aspect of wedding planning, from the venue, to the budget, the menu, and everything else in between. Sit down with your partner and decide carefully who gets to come to your wedding, and then make the other decisions around the guest list.

3. Choose A Location For Your Wedding

Whether your wedding will be indoors or outdoors, the venue you select should comfortably fit all your guests and provide amenities such as a kids’ section, bathrooms and care for the elderly guests. Also check whether there will be room for you and your partner to have some private moments together at the venue. Choose a location that will be accessible for your guests, meaning that they do not have to travel far to get to your wedding.

4. Choose A Theme For Your Wedding

This is where all the creativity comes in, and you can have the wedding of your dreams. The theme of your wedding can range from the seasons- summer wedding, winter wedding, fall wedding or spring wedding. You could also have a Victorian wedding or a beach wedding. Themes are abundantly available for you to choose from, and you can even combine two themes into one. Only make sure that your theme is practical enough and will be appreciated by your guests as well.

5. Create A Realistic Budget For Your Wedding

How much you spend on your wedding can make or break the planning process. Many disagreements arise from this, especially if one partner has more costly ideas for the wedding than the other. Always be realistic, and save as much money as you can because to be honest, your wedding day is only one out of your whole lives together, and you do not want to start your marriage when you are broke. Thinking long term usually helps in making the wedding budget.

6. Hire A Wedding Planner For Efficiency

When all the above aspects of planning a wedding are agreed upon, you can now look for the best wedding planner to take over. Do not let the planner, even with their expertise on weddings, to make major decisions for you. You can of course leave room for adjustments, but your planner should be able to make your guest list, budget, venue and other parts of your wedding work together.

These are the main steps to planning a wedding successfully, so consider them when planning your big day.

Author: tommyomo

Mar 11th, 2010

Most Common Mistakes Made While Selecting A Wedding Photographer

Once in a life you get an opportunity to get married and this is one of the most special moments in every bride’s life. So they spend a lot of money in wedding dress, halls, church, reception, drinks, and foods etc for making this occasion a grand and memorable. But in most of the cases they don’t think too much about the photographer they have hired for the entire coverage of their wedding and this is where they make a big mistake.

The photos and videos which of our wedding are always an asset and they are the only source through which we can live those moments again in future. So if they don’t turn out to be well as we expected then it’s really a biggest loss not only in terms of money but also in terms of cherished memories. A good professional photographer knows very well to capture those moments and expressions which you face during your wedding and this are the most cherished moments you can ever seen in future. So this one mistake should be avoided if you are planning to get married.

Secondly, in most of the cases I have seen that people hire the photographers recommended by their friends or family members. They don’t even think twice before hiring such photographers whether they are really capable of producing some good photographs. You just meet them on recommendations and fix the charges and call them on the main day. You should make sure that you check the works of the photographers before hiring them. check whether they have a good rapport with you so that they can work upon your wishes on how you want your photos.

Then the next common mistake which people make is that they try to change the photographer’s style of working completely. It’s good to place your opinion about how you want your photos to look, but never expect them to change their style of working. If you don’t like their way of working then it’s appreciate their work and move on to the next person rather than spoiling your day.

Check the attitude and personality of the person you are hiring as a photographer because ultimately he is the one who is going to work with you on your special day. So you don’t want to ruin your day if both of you and your photographer’s personality don’t match well. Check your comfort level with that person when you are checking out their works. After all you don’t want a stranger to enter your wedding and ruin everything up.

Make sure you discuss each and every minute details of your wedding like which all are the important people for you and how well they should be considered while clicking photos.

Author: Martha Lim

Mar 4th, 2010

Planning for a Dream Wedding doesn’t have to be a Nightmare

It’s that one special day in every woman’s life that has the ability to make her happy and make her cry at the same time. That one magnificent event that should only come once in a lifetime. Two soul mates tie the knot in a union of companionship and everlasting love. So, have you experienced your wedding day yet?

Well, for all you newbies out there, I will give you a little advice. Your wedding day is supposed to be a day you’ll never forget. I’m talking about a moment that compares to the birth of a child. It should be filled with love, happiness and perfection. Therefore you should go all out and treat it like you’ll never do it again. Make your wedding one of the dream weddings people envy.

What do you consider dream weddings? For me it basically consists of a few different things. However, it may not be what you think.

First of all, I want my wedding to be in the right location. Secondly, I want to have the perfect honeymoon. That means the right getaway at the perfect time of year. And that’s it. I don’t want a massive crowd of people gathering around – I don’t want the stress of a wedding planner – and I especially don’t want anyone getting upset about the event. This is why the term “dream weddings” means simplicity to me. I’m talking about a destination package for just me and my bride. No stress and definitely no chaos. Far too many couples turn their wedding into something full of stress, anger, and disappointment. What a way to ruin a sacred event. Dream weddings are about laughter and happiness. So I suggest you keep that in mind when you’re whining over a particular flower arrangement. Is that really how you want to recall your wedding day?

The music is always important. They say that, “Music is the soundtrack of our lives,” so consider your own preferences – make sure the music reflects the times of your lives. And don’t forget your parents and grandparents also. If everyone’s era is recognized, that makes it the wedding reception more of a participatory event for all.

These days you can plan dream weddings online. Browse through the infinite package deals and gather your ideas from there. You can acquire dream weddings at the click of a mouse. It all depends on where you want to go and who you want to come. Maybe you’re just looking for a package deal that includes the wedding ceremony and honeymoon – this is a great way to have a relaxing event that you’ll never forget. Plan dream weddings far in advance with the aid of the internet. Round up a large list of names and numbers and research. Hop online now and do a search for a number of contemporary dream weddings and begin the dream.

Scott “Free” Saraniero is the co-founder of The Satelites, NY’s Premier Dance & Party Wedding Band, performing weddings in the tri-state area since 1986. Scott also writes about these experiences more at http://www.TheSatelites.com.