Friday, July 26, 2013

What To Include In A Wedding Program

Are wondering what to include in a wedding program? 
Have no idea where to start? 
You've come to the right place! We’ll tell you what a wedding program is, tell you whether programs are required, and tell you what to include in a wedding program.

What to Include in a Wedding Program (program by Harmony Creative Studio)

What is a wedding program? A wedding program is a booklet or single sheet of paper that shares the details of your ceremony to guests. It can include the wedding party, parents, the location, and more. Are wedding programs required? No – but I think programs add a personal, handmade touch. To see what to include in a wedding program, begin reading below:

1. Wedding Date
You’ll want to include your wedding date somewhere in the program. In this example (above), it is placed at the very top next to the location, which is #2.
2. Location
Include the name of your ceremony space and/or the location.
3. Couple’s Names
Add a personal touch with your names somewhere on the ceremony, typically written in large type with an ampersand in-between the names.
4. Parts of the Ceremony
Although not required, if you include parts of the ceremony in a wedding program your guests can follow along easily. This is especially helpful for religious ceremonies, if some guests aren't familiar with the service. Some things you can include are names of readers, musician(s), song titles, prayers or verses, and the officiant’s name.
5. Names of Wedding Party + Parents
The names of your wedding party along with names of parents adds a personal touch. It also tells guests ‘who’s who’ in your wedding party.
6. Message
An optional message, such as “Thank you for celebrating with us”, can be included.
7. Map to Reception
Include a small map on the back of your program with directions from ceremony to reception. Guests will appreciate it!

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Inspiration Board #8: Parisian Pastels

I’m inspired by the pastel perfection that is LadurĂ©e.  I’m dreaming of  gooey macaroons, soft textured florals, pretty pinks, fresh yellows and minty greens, all with a dash of ooh-la-laa!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Inspiration Board #7: Anyone For Pimm's?

you can be sure that come rain or come shine British folk will be out in the garden spending time with family & friends, It’s pretty certain that in true British style we will crack open the Pimms to go with our soggy barbecue! Pimms is such a pretty drink, served in a jug packed full of brightly colored summer fruits, it’s the perfect inspiration for an intimate outdoor wedding. I love the idea of a relaxed picnic wedding, guests chilling out on picnic blankets and perhaps a lazy game of croquet on the lawn.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Inspiration Board #6: Shades Of Pale

This inspiration is taken from the classic wedding scheme of white on white, but softened a little with hints of the palest pinks, blues and greens.  A subtle, pretty and feminine scheme with hints of shimmering pearl and mercury glass against the softest spring blooms and floating fabrics.  Perfect for a girly-girl who doesn't want pink, this look is understated, relaxed and sophisticated.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Wedding Gowns by Zahavit Tshuba

Dear fashion forward brides,

May I present to you a selection of modern, daring, ‘not for the faint hearted’ wedding dress designs by Israeli designer, Zahavit Tshuba.
I love the way Zahavit Tshuba plays with textures – combining crochet, corded lace and even fine knits with slinky silks, delicate tulle and some of the prettiest embellishments you ever did see.
Giant pearls, crystal encrusted shoulders, sheer capes, flapper esque fringing and metallic fabrics all add to her unique, one of a kind designs.
If you’re looking for something different for your big day, these stunning dresses may just be right up your street.
What’s your favourite gown?
I’m more than a little obsessed with the fourth dress with the peplum bodice and tulle skirt bottom.
Zahavit Tshuba is based in Tel Aviv, check out her website for more information.
I’m waiting to report back on whether (and where) they are available outside of Israel – once I know, you’ll be the first to know, pinky promise!

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day America!

Happy Independence Day America! Hope Everyone Has A Fun & Safe Day :) 

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tip Tuesday: How To Pick Your Wedding Band

When it comes to choosing your wedding band, award-winning fine jewelry house Yael Designs knows best – they’ve designed engagement rings and matching bands for couples around the country and outfitted such beauties as Kerry Washington and Teri Hatcher. Here are some tips on what to consider when choosing your wedding bands:
Ring 1
DO choose a ring that’s the same metal as your engagement ring. Although platinum and white gold look very similar when they’re brand new, these metals wear differently, so you could end up with two very different looking rings in just a few years.
Ring 2
DO make sure the rings have something in common. You don’t have to have matchy-matchy wedding and engagement rings, but there should be one repeated element, whether it’s same-shaped stones, a channel-set band or similar engraving.
ring 4
DO consider this when choosing an eternity band. If it has diamonds or gemstones all the way around, your wedding ring will be hard to resize if you lose or gain weight.
ring 3
DON’T worry about your ring matching your husband’s. Do you and your husband wear matching clothes? (Please say no!) Your wedding rings should reflect your personal styles, not each other’s.
DON’T pick a wedding ring that overpowers your engagement ring. Your rings will look best together if the bands are similar in width.
DON’T solder the rings together! You might eventually want to wear your rings on different hands, upgrade one of the rings, or leave one ring at home when you travel.
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Tip Tuesday: Hosted Bar

Every couple wants to save money planning their wedding. Even couples with an unlimited budget still search for that one thing where they can absolutely say....."I'm not paying that much".

 Three Tips for a Hosted Bar:

Hosting the Bar at your reception is always a big chunk of change. Instead of doing a "Full Hosted Bar", think about just offering a few selections such as Beer, Wine and a Signature Drink. Guests will love that you are not making them pay for their beverages at your wedding that you invited them to. 

I get that some couples have a Cash Bar using excuses such as...."we can't afford to buy everyone drinks"
Seriously, if your inviting them, then you should not be making them pay. If you need to cut down on the number of guest then do it! Budget in for at least a few beverages that guest will not have to pay for and if they want something different then by all means let them pay. 

Have an amount in mind that you do not want to go over during your reception. Inform your Wedding Coordinator or someone you have asked to be informed when it is getting close to your limit. You then can decide to do away with beer or wine or tell them to keep it going. 

1: Consider only having Cocktail Hour for 30 to 45 minutes. This is where you will be offering Beer, Wine and your Signature Drink

2: Close the bar during announcements and dinner, guest will carry whatever drink they have into the reception room where also water, coffee or tea can be found on the reception tables.

3: After dinner open the bar back up offering Beer and Wine. If guest want something more they will be more than happy to pay for it. 

 Leave it to your Bartender to inform guest and have cute little signs on the bar letting them know what is offered.
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