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How to plan a wedding abroad in 10 easy steps

Getting married abroad is becoming an increasingly popular option for many people.  If you live in a country where the weather is notoriously unpredictable then the call of warmer, drier climates is often irresistible.  Getting married in a particularly beautiful or exotic location also further adds to how special and exciting your big day is.  If you’re not convinced yet then here’s the deal breaker, it can often mean less stress and lower costs, what more could you ask for?  Many couples are now choosing to turn their wedding into an extended holiday with all the most important people in their lives invited.

If you’re tempted by the idea but still worried about how you’d go about planning such a monumental event then you’ll be relieved to know it’s not all that difficult, it’s a lot like planning a holiday!  Here is my guide on how to plan a stress-free wedding abroad.

1)      Find a location and check out the legalities attached to getting married there

Depending how soon you want to get married you could even take a holiday out there first to scout out the best locations and accommodation.

2)      Work out a budget and make sure it is definitely realistic.

If you are taking guests with you, work out early on what you are going to pay for and what they need to pay for themselves, speak to them early on as well so that you can gauge interest and have an idea of numbers.

3)      Documentation and forms

If documentation and forms are needed then get them filled out and sorted straight away to avoid wasted time if it falls through later down the line.

4)      Book your wedding package/wedding planner

When you know the numbers for your wedding start looking for your ideal wedding package and accommodation and get it booked. If you book a wedding package you will usually have a wedding planner that comes with it who can sort everything out in your chosen location for you.  Make sure that you get their details so that you can start communicating with them straight away.

5)      Passports

Make sure that you and your guests all have valid passports; some countries require you to have them for at least 6 months in advance of when you’re due to travel.

6)      Wedding dress and groom’s suit

Start looking for your wedding outfits as early as possible, when getting married abroad this can be one of the most stressful parts of the planning!  Sometimes it can take a long time to get wedding dresses fitted and altered so make sure that you’re getting your requests in plenty of time as there’s often a waiting list.

Sophia Tolli Bridal Gown

7)      Organise/book your honeymoon

If you’re going somewhere separate for your honeymoon then make sure you get this planned and organised early on.  Make sure that it is going to be a smooth transfer from your wedding destination to your honeymoon.

8)      Take out insurance

Put your mind at rest by taking out wedding insurance to cover you for your big day.  Make sure you have travel insurance arranged as well to cover you if anything were to happen to your flights or your luggage.  Then if the worst case scenario actually happens and you lose your luggage, wedding outfits and all, the fact that you’re covered by your insurance will take at least a little bit of the sting out of last minute shopping for wedding dresses in Gauteng, South Africa or for the Groom’s suit in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

9)      Invitations

It’s usually best to get invitations out for weddings abroad at least 6 months in advance.  This might seem like a long time ahead, but remember people will want to book accommodation and flights at the best prices possible and book time off work.

10)   Organise the finer details with your wedding planner

Find out what your wedding package includes and decide anything that you want to take yourself, e.g., wedding cake.  If you want to get your hair or make-up done professionally before your wedding then make sure that you’ve booked these kinds of appointments in advance as well.

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Sarah Hewitt is a new blogger who blogs about anything and everything. You can contact her via her Twitter page

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The Secrets of an Event Planner: Planning your Wedding like a Professional

I’m an event planner.  That is precisely why I wanted to hire someone else to plan my wedding.  Planning a party, event, wedding, shower- each of these things has its own stresses right up until it’s over, and planning all of these things within the space of six months is an overwhelming nightmare.  I have long sympathized with ‘bridezillas’ knowing that under their scales they are generally lovely girls who are simply experiencing the stresses of event planning; stresses which I have learned to take on board (without anyone else seeing the external effects) over the course of a lengthy professional career.  Much as an emergency ward nurse, I imagine, I see people crazed by the pain of a trying ordeal who immediately return to being sympathetic, friendly personalities as soon as the pain is alleviated- in this case meaning the event [wedding] is over.  Is this how a person wants to feel on their wedding day?  I certainly did not.

Alfred Angelo Disney Wedding Dresses

Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

Hiring an event planner is not about outdoing your friends’ or relatives’ weddings, or even about getting a better end result.  Hiring an event planner is about alleviating as much stress from the shoulders of the couple as possible so they are able to fully enjoy their own big day.  It’s about hiring a data entry specialist to get all the contact details, spellings and phone numbers of your friends and family into the event software quickly and correctly; it’s about having someone else taking twenty calls a day ringing up to RSVP, to ask what will be served on the menu (when the wedding is a year away), and to change their minds about attending over and over again; hiring someone to plan a wedding is an investment in always being shown the three best options on flowers, food, cakes, venues, etc. with all the proper research done and dusted, and you simply pointing and saying ‘that one.’

Why, then, doesn’t everyone hire an event planner?  Why didn’t I?  The problem with hiring an event planner is that it takes away from the actual wedding budget, and in the face of dropping all those zeros, a seasoned event planner must roll up her sleeves and say “I’ll do it myself.”

If like me you are planning to go it alone, I have a bit of solid advice for you to help arrive at the altar feeling fresh, prepared, and with only a few slight bumps where the scales are sticking out under your perfectly tailored satin gown.

  • Lock in everything possible– right now.  Sit down with only one other person, your soon-to-be spouse, and decide when and where you will have the bridal shower, the hens and bucks nights, the rehearsal dinner, the wedding and the honeymoon.  Do not leave the room until this is done.  Call and make bookings for everything.  If you need to book catering, book the tasting now.  Pick the three best options for each venue or option, and only explore those.  Do not waste time hemming and hawing, or you will end up with choice #42 on the list instead of choice #3.
  • Plan slightly under all across the board (except for booze and food).  If you can fit 150 people in your reception hall, plan for 120.  Plan to spend only 70% of your ‘full’ budget.  Plan under, because as all event planners know at the last minute there will be expenses, you will have to take in extra guests, and you will have unforeseen battles to tackle.  This wiggle room saves your skin over and over again.  That being said, and for obvious reasons, over-plan for drinks and catering.  A trick of the trade?  Assume each adult will have 6 adult beverages, and 1 Bottle of Wine = 5 Beverages, 1 Bottle of Beer = 1 Beverage.
  • Make technology your friend.  There is fantastic, free, software out there which can help you keep track of everyone invited, their details, what events they are coming to leading up to the wedding, help you create table plans, remind you to call the caterers, remind you of the day to order the flowers, keep track of dietary requirements, and the list goes on and on.  You will reach a point where you literally cannot remember everything and this will make you feel like you are losing your mind and the world is spinning out of control.  Have one resource to go to where all the information has been recorded.  Also remember that a paper wedding invitation is romantic, but that following up with emails, in this day and age, is a luxury that you should afford yourself without hesitation.
  • Delegate.  Ask a family member to take all the RSVP calls.  Ask each bridesmaid and groomsman to take one task on board that you won’t be able to do on your own.  Get the bridesmaids to pick their own dresses.  Get the groomsmen to pick a few wedding bands for you to audition.  Everyone is willing to do one task.  TRUST YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
  • Be where the buck stops.  Let’s be honest, as the bride it’s your day that you graciously ask opinions about from one other person and one other person only- your partner.  At the end of the day you are where the buck stops.  There has to be one person sitting at the top of the pyramid that settles debates, makes final decisions, and throws out bad ideas- even the ones that come from your soon-to-be mother-in-law.  Stand firm, stand tall, and put your foot down.  Everyone else will get over it.  Trust me.  I’m a professional.

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Jessica Josh has spent the past 5 years writing and blogging online.  She has worked with a number of different companies in the wedding entertainment and corporate entertainment niche such as

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Before You Shop For Your Wedding Dress

Shopping for a wedding dress is an exciting time in any woman’s life. It is your chance to be the center of attention and choose something that makes you feel amazing on your special day. But sometimes the stress and anxiety of the day tends to rain on the bride-to-be’s parade. To ensure that you get the most out of the time, there are several things that you can do to plan ahead. When things go smoothly, you have a better time and feel more comfortable with the experience.

wedding dress from Mori Lee

Look at Pictures to Get Some Ideas

Bridal magazines are everywhere, so take advantage of all the photos provided. Which dresses stand out to you? Are there some that you absolutely love and others that you are not interested in at all? Before you try on one dress, you have the opportunity to see what is out there and get some idea of what type of wedding dress you like.

Some brides choose to tear pages out from their favorite magazines to bring along with them while trying on dresses. This can help the stylist at the boutique narrow down the dresses that she brings to the bride. Others will share the photos with friends to try to get everyone looking for similar dresses.

Come Up with a Budget

When you walk into a boutique, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with the number of dresses available. The prices range from inexpensive to downright outrageous and you need to know where you stand as far as the budget goes. How much money are you going to spend on your dress? Does the amount include the shoes, the veil, the accessories and the undergarments? You don’t need to have an exact figure in mind, but you may want to come up with a range. If you are determined to stick to the budget, only try on dresses that you know are priced right for you.

Bridal Gown by Alfred Angelo Disney

Gather Up a Group of Friends and Family You Trust

It helps to bring along a couple of friends or family members to enjoy the experience along with you. However, make sure that you are surrounding yourself with people that will make the time enjoyable for you. You want friends that will allow you to make your own decisions and not sway you one way or the other. You also want friends that will be honest with you when a wedding dress you try on is not flattering or just isn’t your style.

Make Several Appointments at Local Boutiques

Don’t assume that you can just show up at the local bridal boutiques and try on dresses. Most want brides to make an appointment. A specialist will work with the bride to choose dresses, try them on and talk about any adjustments that need to be made. Getting those dresses off and on can be a real challenge and it helps to have a professional around. This person will remind you to try on your dress with heels to make sure you have the right length and explain some of the bustling options.

Choose Suitable Clothing

Because you are going to be trying on multiple dresses at multiple locations, make sure that you dress in comfortable clothes that are still going to be appropriate for boutique shopping. You don’t want anything that takes a long time to take off or put back on. Many brides look for items from Wherever you shop, make sure they have a wide range of comfortable clothing that still has that designer look. The more comfortable and confident you are the day you begin to try on wedding dresses, the more enjoyable the experience will be.

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How To Come Up With A Unique Wedding Invitation?

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Nowadays, a lot of couples search for a truly unique wedding invitation. Although there are some couples who choose conventional wedding invitations, still there are huge numbers of couples who want to be distinct when it comes to creating their wedding invites.

Wedding invitation is one of the important things that need to be considered when planning a wedding. A well-prepared wedding invitation will truly be cherished by the guests. With lots of wedding invitation designs to choose from, there are couples who wish to go beyond the conventional wedding invitation. If you want to create  Unique Wedding Invitations, then you should take into account various things.

Factors to consider when creating unique wedding invites

  • Consider your wedding motif- The wedding invitation must coincide with the wedding motif. The color as well as the theme should complement each other.
  • Take into consideration your budget- How much are you willing to spend for a wedding invitation? If you want to have a luxurious wedding invitation, then you should be willing to spend some more. Unique Wedding Invitations do not have to be expensive. All you have to do is to be creative and resourceful.
  • Consider the wedding timeframe- To come up with unique wedding invitation; you should have ample time especially if you are going to create your wedding invite on your own. As a matter of fact, even if you are going to hire a wedding invite specialist the whole process still take some time.

Some of the unique wedding invitation ideas

1.      Balloon invitation– if you have a playful wedding theme, then you can pick a brightly colored balloon and have the couple’s name engraved in it. You can also add other wedding details such as the wedding date, location, and romantic lines. The couples can also attach a note at the balloon and the note contains the wedding details.

2.      Handkerchief wedding invitation– This is one of the oldest yet very unique wedding invitations. The wedding details are engraved in the handkerchief and usually the names of the couples are embroidered in the handkerchief.

 3.      Musical wedding invitation– If you have a traditional wedding invitation, you can make it unique by simply adding music into it. You can incorporate your theme song or perhaps a beautiful video featuring your love story with your mate. This is a perfect wedding invitation idea for it sends out a message to the guest that you as well as your partner are madly in love with each other.

Commonly used materials for creating unique wedding invites

  • Handmade papers
  • Dried flowers
  • Silk
  • Shells
  • Handkerchief
  • Flat wood
  • Dried leaf
  • Many more

Professionally-made wedding invitation

If you want to have a perfectly unique wedding invitation, then you may want to hire the service of professional artist who is well-experienced in creating unique wedding invitations. There are graphic artists who will be drawing the image of you and your partner. It is a proven fact that creating a unique wedding invitation can be very difficult and challenging, but as long as you are creative and willing then it will be very possible for you to create a unique wedding invite.

If you are on a tight budget, then you can create your own wedding invitation. If you are working on a limited budget, then you can go online and search for affordable wedding invitations. There are thousands of beautiful and unique wedding invitations on the internet.

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Finney Stephen is an experienced wedding planner, who is dedicated in creating unique wedding invitations. If you want to come up with a unique wedding invitation, then all you have to do is to contact her and she will guide you through the different wedding invitations at a reasonable cost.