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DIY Candle Centepieces for Weddings

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Your wedding can turn out to be the most gorgeous affair of the town with proper wedding lighting options. Table candles, among various lighting options, can absolutely make the venue look extravagant. We recommend you to use candles to accent your wedding table decoration.

As a part of table decoration, candles are the best ingredient when it comes to wedding. It can be used even during the day time to marvel the creativity you have applied. Stone filled jars with candles placed in between can pull the entire wedding table decoration together. When it comes to the dinner party, nothing can make the tables more beautiful than the soft glow of candles.

To make the tables shine, you need few other elements along with candles. Here are some interesting ideas you can try as table candle decoration for wedding:

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Take a jar filled with glass gems. A wide variety of glass gems are easily available in the market. You would find different shades and sizes easily. To keep a uniformity with the theme of your wedding, you can go for a particular shade instead of multi colored gems. Next is the container, which also must be of transparent glass finish. You can play around with the glass holders, available in the market in various shapes, sizes and colors. To add an aromatic fragrance to your wedding venue, you can go for one of those sweet smelling candles.

Once you have all the materials, start filling the jar with the glass gems. Next you place the candle in the glass vessel, adjusting its height. Light the candle right when the guests’ starts filling the dinner tables or right after you call the table open for a scrumptious dinner.

Tea candles are great for wedding table decoration. These candles come at cheaper prices and are available almost in any store. A variety of colored aromatic candles are also great option for table decoration, but, white always looks best when it comes to wedding.

Do not miss out the candle stands or candle holders. For safety issues it is better to go for those fancy wrought iron candle stands. The sleek look of wrought iron would make the tables look more spacious.

The floating candles can be used as center pieces while the taller ones are best used to illuminate the table along with decoration. If you are using white floating candles it is ideal to use bright flower petals like red, orange or pink.

Apart from flower petals and colorful glass gems, paper ribbons can also be used as complimentary table candle decoration. If you are following a vintage style wedding, look for some ivory lace wedding candles. Or if you have organized a beach wedding, the use of shells along table candles would be the perfect addition to the detailing of your wedding decoration. The other decorative items that can be used to enhance the look of the wedding table along with candles are water pearls, light garland, crystal marbles, dry leafs and so on.

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Trending Wedding Themes

Trending Wedding Themes

GO BOho

Choosing a wedding theme can be so difficult that many couples opt not to choose anything at all – they simply throw a big party, buy a nice dress and hope for the best! Still other couples are bound by religious tradition to have a very specific type of wedding ceremony and reception. But those who have no such affiliations, yet want a cohesive theme to tie their wedding day together, can draw inspiration from a variety of different motifs that will be hot in 2015.

Go Boho

The biggest single wedding theme this year, according to a leading wedding idea website, is definitely bohemian chic. The advantage to this type of wedding theme is its rustic, informal style, which allows brides and grooms to create a very personal and intimate atmosphere – think communal dining on long wooden tables outdoors, organic food served family-style, and lanterns or white twinkling lights to add cozy charm. Flower arrangements look like they were just picked off the field, and tend to incorporate natural and seasonal elements like pine cones and acorns. Other elements of a truly boho wedding can include vintage lace dresses, flower crowns and watercolour-inspired invitations in pastel hues.

Look to the Past

Vintage weddings are still big, a trend from years past that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere – probably because it’s so romantic, and you can have so much fun with it. Pinterest boards are full of whimsical vintage touches; you can go full-out and have an old-fashioned country fair, complete with bunting, cotton candy and a kissing booth, or just make use of tasteful accents like making your invitations look like old-style movie tickets, putting money envelopes in an antique birdcage, or selecting vintage china for the reception.

Glamour Now

For some brides, the thought of ‘something old’ just isn’t appealing, nor is the casual charm of a boho wedding. Glam girls should not despair: this year, shiny metals like silver (first) and copper (second) are being used right, left and centre. Flowers go ultra-luxe for the big day and so does food; tasting menus with succulent small plates are trending now. Dresses include sparkling applique, and veils are big again this year.

Pink Pop

Nothing is as feminine as pink, and this year it makes a big appearance on wedding day as a bold contrast to blinding white. We’re not talking about delicate pink pastels here, but overstated, bright pink accents (like shoes, flowers and balloons) accentuated with swatches of sequinned sparkle. It’s basically bling with pink, and what keeps it looking classy is all the crisp white on the tables – and on the bride, of course.

Whether you want to make a loud and proud statement or enjoy an understated evening with your favourite people in the world, do it in style, with a wedding theme that reflects who you are as a couple and how you want your life together to be represented. GPS Decors can bring your wedding theme to life with beautiful creations beyond your wildest dreams. Call us to arrange a complimentary consultation today.

How to Address Wedding Invitations

Wedding Planning Guide 2015 – Article No. 5

Once upon a time, everyone wrote everything by hand – whether it was a love note, an important message, or just saying hello, you had to take pen (or quill) in hand and fire off a missive. Today, snail mail is so rare that most people don’t have a lot of experience writing out cards of any kind; why bother, when you can create a Facebook event or send an e-vite?

Stationery Design by So Pretty in Print ( www.soprettyinprint.com ) Photo by L' Atelier Lumiere
Stationery  by So Pretty in Print ( www.soprettyinprint.com )
Photo by L’ Atelier Lumiere

Sadly, digital formats are not yet in vogue when it comes to wedding invitations. There is still an art to the wedding summons, one that you will need to learn if you intend to send out your own wedding invitations rather than engaging a service to handle this detail for you. Your wedding invitations may be handmade or store-bought, but even the most gorgeous stationery can fall flat if the envelopes are improperly addressed. Here is what you need to know about addressing wedding invitations:

Stationery by So Pretty in Print ( www.soprettyinprint.com ) Photo by L' Atelier Lumiere
Stationery by So Pretty in Print ( www.soprettyinprint.com )
Photo by L’ Atelier Lumiere

Salutations – They might not matter much anywhere else, but they matter here. Some of the common salutations to use when addressing wedding invitations include:

  • Miss/Ms. are the appropriate salutations for unmarried females
  • If guests are unmarried but living together, address the envelope alphabetically by last name, i.e. ‘Miss Jane Doe and Mr. John Smith’
  • If addressing to a single person who will nevertheless bring a guest of some kind, use the person’s name on the outer envelope (Mr. John Smith) and then on the inner envelope, put ‘Mr. Smith and Guest’
  • Married guests with different last names: put the male’s name first followed by the female (Mr. John Smith and Jane Doe)
  • For guests with children under 16, use the children’s names on the inner envelope only: Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Tom, Dick, and Harry
Stationery by So Pretty in Print ( www.soprettyinprint.com ) Photo by L' Atelier Lumiere
Stationery by So Pretty in Print ( www.soprettyinprint.com )
Photo by L’ Atelier Lumiere

Tips for Wedding Invitations

What if you have a lot of single friends – should you force them to scramble to find a guest who is willing to come to your wedding and share in the costs? Not necessarily. Your single guests should be free to bring someone only if they choose. They can definitely come solo.

It’s a faux pas to say ‘Adults Only’ – simply do not include the children’s names, and let your guests phone you for confirmation. You can tell them individually that you prefer a child-free affair. The same goes with including other information, like your wedding registry – DON’T! Let your guests ask you what an appropriate gift would be; you can direct them personally to your registry.

Stuffing the Envelope

Much like your wedding cake, your invitation has many layers. Start with the outer envelope. The next layer is the inner envelope, into which goes your invitation, followed by the reception card, the RSVP card with envelope, and finally map and directions on top.

Success! Your wedding invitations are both beautiful and in good taste.

 

 

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Wedding Inspired from Udaipur’s Palace

Rajasthan’s Udaipur has been called the “Venice of the East”. Here the theme is clearly one of ancient romance, but it’s the fruit of a contemporary vision. Opulent silks, richly coloured, and ornately carved wood furniture are just a few of the design elements that envelope guests in royal mystique.

Venue – Dreams Convention Centre

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Photography by – Memories Media

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How Dates and Times Impact Wedding Costs

wedding-dateWedding Planning Guide 2015 – Article No. 4

Marriage, it seems, will never go out of fashion. Even with the rise in cohabitation, every year, over 150,000 Canadians still choose to formally tie the knot, with an average sticker price of just over $32K – a whopping investment to make for a one-day party. Yet this already high cost can become even higher depending on where, when, and how you get married. Time of year, and even time of day, can have a huge impact on your costs. Here’s what you need to know to control the final cost of your wedding.

Save the Date

If you’ve been a frequent wedding guest, you’re probably aware that the most popular months to get married are July and August. 49% of weddings will occur between July and September. The most popular month to marry in is August. September has edged out July for second most popular month for the second consecutive year. Because demand is so high, expect to pay a premium in these months. The least popular months are January, March and November, so you can expect to save money from venues and vendors eager to keep busy during this low season. If you are willing to take a risk on weather or have a partially indoor wedding, consider shoulder season months like May, June, September and October, where prices will also be lower than in peak season. Summer weddings run the risk of messing up your friends’ cottage plans, but it’s a sacrifice most people are willing to make, especially with 6-9 months’ notice.

Watch the Time

If you absolutely must have a Valentine’s Day or Christmas wedding, or you really want to get married in June, there are still ways to save. Like most events, weddings are cheaper if held Sunday to Thursday; most venues won’t be packed, so you’ll have your pick of dates, and discounts should be offered. A Friday brunch reception in the winter can save you big bucks compared to a Saturday dinner reception on an August long weekend An even greater savings can come from having your ceremony and reception at an unconventional time – breakfast, say, or brunch. Holding a brunch reception means that your alcohol costs should be greatly reduced, allowing you to plow the savings back into a really spectacular meal; you can have chef stations where guests can order custom omelettes and waffles, or load up on seafood platters heavy on premium ingredients like raw oysters, shrimp and smoked salmon. You can also have an afternoon or evening wedding with a cake reception. If this is specified on the invitation, guests will know to go ahead and eat lunch or dinner first – you’re going to be providing not only delicious wedding cake, but lots of other sweet treats and beverages for them to enjoy.

 

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Winner Couples’ Choice Award® 2015

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ABOUT THE COUPLES’ CHOICE AWARDS

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States, Canada and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 200,000 newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2014 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).

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Wedding Alcohol Calculator

Alcohol Calculator Wedding Planning Guide 2015 – Article No. 3

Few events say ‘license to drink’ like weddings.  If you aren’t the sort of person whose friends and family love to tie one on, you might think that the alcohol is going to take a backseat to the food, entertainment, and décor, but unless your entire guest list will be abstaining, you’re going to have to serve liquor. For the average wedding, alcohol costs tally up to between 10 and 20 percent of the entire wedding budget.

The irony is that you, the bride and groom, might end up being the most sober ones at your wedding. While a sip or two may quiet any nerves, the last thing you want to do is end up staggering around with a garter in your teeth or shoving cake into the wrong person’s mouth. Plan to keep your own alcohol consumption to a minimum so you can enjoy your day to the fullest – now, and when you watch the video later.

The same pressures do not apply to your guests, who are limited only by their driving arrangements and personal tastes. Most people will want to take advantage of the special day by indulging in some good food and wine! Here is what you need to consider when planning the alcohol at your wedding:

Bottles and Cans

You know you want to serve beer, wine, hard liquor and champagne, but how much should you stock? The first thing you need to know is how much each bottle (750 ml) contains, in terms of servings.

  • 1 bottle of wine = 5 glasses
  • 1 bottle of champagne = 8 glasses
  • 1 bottle of liquor = 18 mixed drinks

There is still some math involved. If you are having bottles of wine at the table during dinner, and you assume each guest will drink two glasses during their meal, you can get by with 3 bottles of wine per table of 8 guests. As a rule, match 2 out of the 3 bottles to the main course. If your main course is prime rib, put 2 bottles of red and 1 of white at each table; if your main course is Dover Sole, put two bottles of white and one of red.

Alcohol CalculatorOpen Bar

Whether or not you put wine out, you should know what most people like to drink at weddings, and stock accordingly. An open bar at the reception should be able to mix any drinks that the guests request, but popular mixed drinks traditionally include daiquiris, mojitos, martinis and margaritas, so by all means jump onto this theme and have the bartender create a signature mixed drink along these lines (if you create it, they will come).

– Estimate roughly one drink per person for each hour that you plan on serving drinks at the reception. If you expect your wedding reception to last for four hours and you have invited 100 guests, estimate a total of 400 drinks.

– Use standard per-drink consumption measures to determine the amount of alcohol you will need for your reception: 1 to 2 ounces of alcohol for each cocktail, 4 ounces for each glass of wine and 8 to 12 ounces for each beer, depending on the size of the glass, bottle or can.

– Calculate spirits based on 1.5 oz. per drink to ensure a sufficient supply. Although a standard cocktail contains 1 oz. of alcohol, spillage and incorrect measurements may happen unless you have professionals tending bar. Since a standard 750 ml bottle will make 18 cocktails.

– Calculate beer needs based on whether you want to serve beer on tap or in bottles or cans. For a total of 200 servings of beer, purchase a half keg for beer on tap or 33 cases of 12-pack bottles or cans.

– If your guests are predominantly young men, expect a higher beer consumption. A predominantly female audience may consume more wine and wine coolers.

Alcohol Calculator2Champagne Toasts

You might have wait staff circulating with trays of champagne at set intervals, or you might confine it to toasting the bride and groom – it’s really up to you –Calculate champagne based on six glasses per bottle. For 100 flutes of champagne, purchase 17 750 ml bottles. Just know that the average drinker will drink 5 drinks in total throughout the course of the event. That’s about 1 drink per hour, for the average person. Other things to keep in mind:

-Cater your drinks menu to your guest list: If a lot of elderly family members will be in attendance, a nice punch might be a better drink choice to circulate at the reception than shots of Jager.

-Cater your drinks menu to your wedding theme: If you’re having a black-tie wedding, make sure to stock top-shelf booze; if you are having a beach wedding, make sure to have plenty of pina colada mix.

-Cater your drinks menu to the time of day: Luncheon and even morning wedding receptions are becoming more popular, and they are easier on the budget. You can definitely amp up the mimosas and ramp down the hard liquor if you’re having a daytime event.

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Wedding Costs by the Numbers

Wedding Planning Guide 2015 – Article No. 9

The average cost of a wedding in North America is around $27,000; it’s the biggest party most people have ever thrown, and the price tag is certainly not for the faint of heart. In fact, one in five couples will spend more than $30,000, and one in 8 will spring for a wedding that costs more than $40,000 – not including the honeymoon. If you are thinking “That’s more than the down payment on my house!” you’re probably right. Why is it that, with the economy forcing people to tighten their belts, wedding spending rages on unabated?

The answer is that marriage is (traditionally supposed to be) for life; you get one chance at your wedding, and you want it to be memorable for all the right reasons. In addition, unlike other types of parties like milestone birthdays that have the potential to go big, there are certain customs that go along with weddings that naturally add to the costs (like the pricey gold rings). And there are certain expectations regarding style and luxury as well. Here is what today’s couples are spending all that money on:

Guests: the average number is 141, with average spending on each guest running close to $200

  • Reception: the venue alone costs an average $12,000
  • Catering: food and drink rings in at $8600
  • Engagement ring: diamonds are forever, the $5,300 average price tag stings right now
  • Reception band: entertainment has a high price at over $3,000
  • Photographer: budget more than $2K to keep your memories preserved, with another $1500 for the videographer
  • Flowers: expect to drop another $2K on flora
  • Wedding gown: the $1,000 average price tag is surprisingly modest for a dress that many brides keep forever, when you consider it would only buy two wedding cakes at the average $500 price
  • Locale: Want to get married in Manhattan like Mr. Big? Expect to pay over $70,000 for the privilege. That’s what average weddings cost in New York City.

 

How to Afford the High Cost of Tying the Knot

Yes, weddings are unique, incredible, day-long parties that join a couple forever. But the wedding industry thrives in part because they know that you, the soon-to-be-weds, are at their mercy. As soon as you put the word ‘wedding’ in front of anything – dress, cake, makeup, you name it – you are automatically paying a huge premium for an item that would cost far less if it were for something else.

So how can you keep your wedding affordable? Here are some expert tips:

-Book in the off-season. Just like vacations, weddings have an off-season: it’s October to May. Wedding costs are cheaper all around in these months.

-Think outside the box. Booking on a Sunday, or having a morning wedding harbour cruise, or getting a florist friend to handle the flowers in lieu of a gift, are all creative ways to save.

-Crowd funding: it really works. If you think crowd funding your wedding is tacky, consider holding a themed wedding shower where you ask for gifts to finance your honeymoon. Since the vast majority of couples live together before marriage, do you really need to register for a better toaster? No. An outdoor party with a “Help send the Smiths to Mexico” theme, complete with risqué piñatas, Mexican food and sombreros, will be fun for all your friends, and will actually end up paying for your trip.

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Hiring a Wedding Caterer

Wedding Planning Guide 2015 – Article No. 1

Whether you’re planning an extravagant gala or a simple luncheon, food will be an important part of your special day. Your guests will be gathered together in one place, enjoying a delicious meal against the backdrop of your stunning wedding décor, and you want this part of the experience to be at least as memorable as all the rest. Quality, freshness and presentation are essential elements of your wedding feast.

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Here are the steps to take to ensure you make the right choice when it comes to your wedding caterer:

Pricing & Costs

If your budget is unlimited, you have nothing to worry about! Most of us, however, have to consider working within some sort of a budget. The first thing about budgets is to determine how important the catering actually is to you, and to the theme you have chosen. For example, if you and your guests are not really interested in dancing the night away or drinking a lot, the focus might be more on the food. The reverse is true if you want the designer dress to take centre stage – this could detract from the catering budget.Many small desserts close together

Food Quality

Even if the bride and groom are fairly indifferent to food, the guests might not be…so it’s important to make sure the caterer has high standards for food quality. When discussing menus with a caterer, they should be able to tell you where their ingredients are sourced, how the food pairs with wine, and how the menu will match your theme (casual, elegant, vintage, etc.).  Ask these key questions:

  • Is your food fresh or frozen?
  • Will it be prepared same-day or the day before?
  • How will the food be presented?cocktails

Beverages/Corking

Many banquet halls and reception venues can handle the alcoholic beverages in-house, but if your caterer will be handling this aspect in addition to the food, it’s important to know if they charge corkage fees – as it can save you a lot of money to bring your own alcohol, if that’s allowed. You also want to know if your caterer can run a bar and provide staff, especially if you plan on having an open bar that will need to be continuously staffed for the duration of the festivities.

Catering Services

This might seem obvious, but it’s essential to find out what is actually included in your wedding caterer’s package. Will they do food only, or will they be arranging other elements of your wedding day, such as equipment and staff? Don’t forget to find out if the following things are included in your caterer’s fee:

  • Tables, chairs, cutlery, linens – what kind and what quality
  • Staff – what ratio of staff to guests? The ideal ratio will depend on whether you’re having a buffet or a plated meal
  • Post-event charges – will you incur additional costs for clean-up, breakages etc.?sweets strawberries fruit snacks at party

Professionalism

This is perhaps the hardest part to quantify – or maybe the easiest, depending on your EQ. The question is, how easy is your caterer to work with? How do they leave you feeling – excited and in control, or anxious and embarrassed by your lack of catering knowledge or your slender budget? Are they flexible and amenable to changes, and willing to work with your wedding planner? Do they respond quickly to your messages? Remember, there are lots of caterers out there. If the one you have met with doesn’t feel like a good fit, there are many other possibilities.

It’s your special day – take the time to find a caterer who gets what you’re aiming for and can make it happen!

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