Posts Tagged ‘wedding planning’

Mar 19th, 2010

Beautiful Wedding Cakes

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

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 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 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