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Tips for Planning an Amazing Winter Wedding

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Spring and summer have always been the traditional wedding seasons. While this may be the popular choice for obvious reasons, there is something special and endearing about getting married in winter. The dropping temperatures and snowy landscape of this season create a splendid fairytale feel, making it perfect for a romantic wedding. If you are one of those daring couples who wish to embrace the beauty of winter and get married amidst the magic of snow and ice, here are some tips to make your winter wedding amazing.

The benefits of planning a winter wedding

The best part of a winter wedding is that you will face fewer hassles when booking the venue. It is also likely that this will extend to the caterers, photographers and band on the date you desire, as you wouldn’t have to compete for dates during this season.

Take advantage of the seasonal elements

winterwonderaThe winter scene is fresh and captivating. You can work this natural factor into your wedding décor. Although it may not be practical to have your party outdoors, you can find a venue that overlooks a wintry landscape to add to your décor. While it isn’t necessary to go with the natural winter wonderland palette of white, gold and silver, you can always embrace the natural esthetics and elements of this season. Consider using bold colors; say red, navy or purple, to create a spectacular setting against the white backdrop.

Make use of snowflakes, pine cones, icicles, snowmen and similar winter-themed decorative elements in your wedding invitations, centerpieces, party décor and favors. Dress up your venue with a roaring fire, plenty of candles and lush, soft textured textiles and you will have a warm and cozy setting.

Dressing up as a gorgeous winter bride with a fantastic entourage

Winter is the time to bring on layered gowns, long sleeved dresses, heavy fabrics, fur capes and perhaps experiment with a color beside traditional white. Choose a dress whose hemline grazes the ground, and it will keep you warm. If you have an outdoor ceremony, it is wise to avoid a long train that will be dragged through wet ground. Decide on appropriate footwear that will keep you comfortable in the cold, should you have to be outside even for a short while.

For yourself, as well as your bridesmaids, you can choose dresses in heavy fabrics like satin, crepe and velvet. How about adding a coat or gloves to your attire? This way, you can keep it on or take it off, based on your comfort. There are no hard and fast rules. You can even choose a dramatic dress, with ruffles or soft waves that are reminiscent of the delicate nature of snow. It will help you beautifully fit into the season this way.

Best for Bride has a fantastic selection of dresses perfect for a winter wedding; ones that will help transform you into a spectacular bride on your snowy wedding day. Visit us today to view our vast wedding collection and for more wedding advice and options.

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Fun Wedding Reception Ideas

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One of the best parts of a wedding is getting the opportunity to share your celebration with your family and friends, many of which probably help keep your love alive with your new spouse through the experiences that you shared with them before you were married. This celebration typically takes place in the form of a reception where your guests are able to share a special moment with you in order to offer their congratulations and celebrate with you properly.

Many couples choose to make the reception a formal event that is filled with fancy foods, desserts and wines. Most often there is a dance floor that can allow the happy couple to continue to be swept up in their fantasy while they listen to special people make heartfelt speeches on their behalf.

While this is a fun and exciting way to celebrate your special union, there are also some whimsical and perhaps funny ways that you can celebrate with your guests as well. If you are looking for a more laid back approach when it comes to your wedding reception or are simply looking for a way to make the time you spend with your guests more fun, the following ideas are a great way to accomplish this.

Remember the Good Times

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Chances are your guests were a huge part of your life when you were going through the dating process with your new spouse and you probably have quite a few memories that you have developed with them.

One great idea that can help make your guests feel as though they are truly a part of your special day is to include pictures of them with you as a part of your reception décor. This will be a great item to add as the guests make their way to the reception area and find their seats.

Party Games – They aren’t just for birthdays

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When we think of party games, we typically think of a kid’s birthday or a baby shower. However, there are some creative ideas that you can incorporate into your wedding reception as well.

Instead of allowing guests to wait in boredom for you to make an appearance, give them something to do instead. One cute idea is to provide each person at the table a puzzle piece to a puzzle that must be solved before they can find what is on the menu for the evening. This small game will give them just enough time to enjoy themselves while you are preparing to make your big entrance.

Make an Entrance

When it comes time to steal the show and present yourselves to your guests at the reception, don’t be afraid to go big. This can be a huge icebreaker and you will have fun adding this fun element to your wedding planning.

Some cute ideas might be, riding in on a scooter or some other vehicle, dancing through the doorway, having a band or your musical selection announce your entrance or, something braver, like swinging on a rope.

Surprise your Bride/Groom

Nothing captures the moment better than presenting your new bride or groom with something that can help them remember the day even better. Don’t be afraid to be creative. Some people have written songs for their new spouse and others have read a poem aloud to them.

Whatever your own special talents are, don’t be afraid to show them off for your guests and for the person that you love the most.

Your wedding reception can be an exciting time to celebrate your new life with your friends and family. Whether you are looking for a serious time or something a bit more amusing, there are some great ideas out there that can help you remember your day even better and to make your guests enjoy themselves as well.

Best for Bride

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The Best Tips that a Bride can ask For

1 Planning a wedding can be a stressful event. However, if you have a good plan, it doesn’t have to be! From the flowers to the cake to the guests; everything requires a decision and that decision should have been made two days ago. If you are having a serious case of the wedding disaster jitters, take a deep breath and check out the tips that have been included below. They are sure to save you some time and perhaps your sanity.

Get your guest list in order

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It’s your day, but your guests are important too. The first thing that you need to determine is how many guests you will be inviting. Knowing this information can make many other decisions so much easier, such as what venue you will choose, what food you will serve, even the style of cake that you will be choosing. Pin this number down quickly so that everything else will begin to fall into place as well. Even though you may not be planning to send your invitations out for some time, you will still want to gather up a list of those who you will be sending a ‘save the date’ to. Whether you are having a close, intimate gathering or a large free for all, you will want to plan for the number of people that you expect to make an appearance. You can usually expect about 70% of those who are invited to show up for the big day.

Think about the weather

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The next question that you should ask is what the weather will be like when you are planning your wedding. If it will be in the summer and you are considering an outdoor wedding, this may help you choose the dresses for your bridesmaids. Try choosing light and flowing dresses so that your girls won’t become overheated and start to show sweat stains on the dresses. This will make for some uncomfortable photos after you say your “I do’s”. Likewise, if your wedding is in the winter you will want to plan accordingly. The last thing that you would want is to be standing outside shivering while you are marrying the man of your dreams.

Set a Budget

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More than likely, you don’t have an unlimited amount of money to spend on your wedding, even though that would make things so much easier. Weddings are expensive and it is easy to get carried away quickly. It is best to set a budget early on in the process so that you are not overwhelmed by spending more than you had planned. Below is a general breakdown of how you should expect to allocate your money:

  • 49% for reception
  • 9% for flowers
  • 9% for entertainment
  • 12% for photographer
  • 3% – for invitations
  • 3% – for gifts for the wedding party
  • 8% – for the wedding planner
  • Remainder for surprise items

Keep in mind that this is not an exact science and you will need an additional budget when it comes to the wardrobe for you and your wedding party. However, this will give you a general idea as to what you can expect.

Plan for an Emergency

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You never know when something will fail on your dress or a button will pop off of your groom’s jacket at the last minute. Being prepared for these potential disasters will save you some stress, tears and pictures on your big day. Make sure that you have an emergency kit available so that you can take care of a few of those last minute problems that pop up with your wardrobe. You’ve spent hours and hours and a ton of money planning your wedding; when the big day finally does arrive, you deserve to have exactly the day that you paid for. Having a disaster will not be in the card for you if you plan for an emergency.

Conclusion

Your wedding is a special day and you can make it even more special by making a plan from the very beginning. This plan will help you to relax and enjoy the planning process as you draw closer to the most special day in your life.

Best for Bride

Best for Bride is an all-inclusive wedding planning store that specializes in beautiful wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses and everything that you will need to make your special day even better. You will easily be able to mark every item off of your list when you choose Best for Bride as your one stop shop in the wedding industry.