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5 Last-Minute Planning Details for Your Holiday Wedding
Your picture-perfect holiday wedding is almost here! By now, you should have completed all the big remaining items on your checklist: confirming the final head count and seating chart, arranging set-up and drop-off times with all your vendors, putting your his and hers matching ring set in a safe place.
Before the wedding day, give yourself time to step back and make sure you’ve taken care of the small finishing touches you want to include in your ceremony and reception. Place last-minute orders or requests with your vendors, then sit back, relax and get excited for your big day.
A Few Final Details for a Holiday Wedding
1. Keep guests warm.
Visit your ceremony and reception venues around the same time of day you’ll be there for your wedding. If it’s a little drafty or chilly, you could place a basket of inexpensive scarves or blankets at the end of each row or at each table (for people who don’t want to warm up by hitting the dance floor!).
2. Think outside the (ring) box.
Look for a unique and seasonal way to display the his and hers matching ring set you will exchange during the ceremony. For example, have the best man hold the rings on a pine bow or find a rich red velvet pillow for the ring bearer to carry up the aisle.
3. Celebrate “I do” in style.
Want to make a statement as you walk down the aisle for the first time as a married couple? Give your guests something festive to wave, like sleigh bells or sparklers, to commemorate the moment.
4. Serve toasty beverages.
If you are planning to take gorgeous photos outside to capture your holiday wedding, talk to your caterers about providing hot drinks for people waiting for their turn in front of the camera. Even having a few large cocoa, coffee or tea dispensers handy can make the wait a lot more pleasant.
5. Add festive props.
If you plan to have a busy photo booth or expect the reception to turn into a wild dance party, consider putting together a box of silly and fun props or costumes for guests to use. Wigs, hats, glasses, signs and boas are always popular, and you can also include some specific to your holiday wedding, such as Santa hats, battery-operated Christmas lights, inflatable candy canes or reindeer antlers.
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5 Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows
You want your wedding to be perfectly suited to who you are as a couple - in the past, present and future. As you plan your dream day, you can make decisions tailored to your style and preferences, from the customizable wedding band sets you will exchange at the ceremony to the band that will keep everyone dancing at the reception.
One more way to personalize your wedding day is to choose just the right words to say “I do.” There are many beautiful ways to do this, but writing your own wedding vows can be an especially meaningful exercise. Many couples want to write their own vows but struggle with figuring out what to say. Here are a few tips to get you started and on the right track to expressing how you feel in a way that is heartfelt but not cheesy.
How to Write Wedding Vows
1. Talk to your officiant.
You want the person leading the ceremony to have all the details in advance, so tell your officiant that you would like to write your own vows. Some religious ceremonies may require you to include traditional vows, so it’s important to ask if there are any limitations on what you can add, adapt or omit. Send your officiant your vows with plenty of time before the wedding, and let him or her know if you two will need prompting or not.
2. Start early.
Listen up, all you procrastinators! You will be able to find a thousand excuses to put this challenge off until the last minute, but that will only cause you more stress in the long run. Start thinking about, planning and writing your own wedding vows at least several weeks (if not months) before your wedding. You’ll want to let your ideas form and evolve over time without feeling rushed.
3. Gather examples.
You may feel overwhelmed staring at a blank page as you try to think of ideas, so start by doing research on what other couples have done with their vows. Read examples on blogs and wedding planning websites. Watch YouTube videos. Ask your friends and family. Jot down notes and ideas that click with you. What words would you feel natural saying in front of friends and family as you exchange customizable wedding band sets?
4. Write an outline.
Sit down with your spouse-to-be and decide on a general format for your wedding vows. What do you want the tone or theme to be - sweet, funny, straightforward, romantic, lyrical? Do you want to write them together and have the officiant prompt you to make the same promises? Do you want to write them separately and be surprised by your partner’s words on your wedding day? Decide on an approach, and write out a loose template (some ideas for inspiration_ that focuses on your love, your promises to each other and your future together. Set a deadline for you both to have your drafts completed (and hold each other to it).
5. Practice and edit.
If you are writing your own vows individually, ask someone you trust to listen to you practice and give you feedback. If you are writing vows together, you can also do this together with a friend or officiant. Notice where you stumble or which words sound unnatural. Take out cliches or phrases that don’t sound the way you speak; above all, these vows should sound like you. Edit and rewrite, keeping the words concise and simple. Practice out loud, again and again, working on speaking slowly, loudly and clearly. Print final copies for you and for the officiant, and remember to relax and speak from the heart.
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8 Love Poems to Use for Romantic Wedding Readings
When you and your spouse-to-be are planning your wedding ceremony, it can be a challenge to find wedding readings that capture the depth of the emotions you will feel that day. Here is a selection of eight love poems that can help you find the right words for everything you want to say when you exchange his and hers wedding bands. (These are excerpts, but you can click the title to read the full text of each poem.)
8 Wedding Readings
1. Love One Another by Khalil Gibran
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup, but drink not from one cup.
2. love is more thicker than forget by e.e. cummings
love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
3. Love Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where,
I love you directly without problems or pride:
I love you like this because I don’t know any other way to love
4. Bright Star by John Keats
Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite
5. If Thou Must Love Me by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say,
“I love her for her smile—her look—her way
6. The Kiss by Stephen Dunn
She kissed me again, reaching that place
that sends messages to toes and fingertips,
then all the way to something like home.
Some music was playing on its own.
7. To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
8. A Ditty by Sir Philip Sidney
My true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one to the other given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven
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3 Tech Tips for Budget Wedding Planning
Modern technology has made it easier than ever to plan the wedding of your dreams - whether it’s an intimate affair with your nearest and dearest or an elaborate celebration with 300 guests. Wedding apps and websites help you stay organized, but they can also help you save a ton of money when planning a budget wedding.
A recent Fast Company article featured the story of Naa-Sakle Akuete and Kyle Healy, who are getting married in New York City - traditionally one of the most expensive places in the country to plan a wedding. The price tag for a fully catered wedding with 130 guests? Less than $10,000! That’s compared to a New York City average of $86,916 and a national average of $29,858.
So how did they plan a budget wedding in an infamously pricey city? They used tech tools, creativity and their own time to save:
They found their spectacular Williamsburg roof-deck location on Airbnb, invited guests using Paperless Post, set up a wedding website on The Knot and a registry on Wedding Republic, and jointly planned the event on a Google Drive spreadsheet. Using TaskRabbit, they are staffing the event with waiters, cleaners, cooks, and photographers. Instacart will deliver food and beverages directly to the site, while decorations will arrive via Amazon Prime. When her favorite wedding gown (the Nadia) sold out at the J.Crew store, Akuete managed to find the same brand new dress on eBay in her size for less than the listed price. Finally, instead of hiring a DJ, the couple have been slowly working on a Spotify playlist that will set the mood for each segment of the evening’s events.
Here are a few tips for following in this innovative couple’s footsteps when planning your own budget wedding:
1. Do as much as you can online.
Design elegant e-invitations through Paperless Post or Green Envelope for a fraction of the price of paper invitations. Order matching trio ring sets online and pay much less than you would in a brick-and-mortar store. Look for the decorations, attire, favors and other main purchases on Etsy, Amazon, eBay or other websites where you can find unique and high-quality items for a deal.
2. Seek out venues that don’t typically cater to weddings.
Spaces that are used all the time for weddings often become more expensive. Think of some of the places you love as a couple that might not scream “wedding venue” but are still cozy or charming or elegant. Look on Airbnb for places that might be interested in renting to events, or call your favorite restaurants, art galleries or other businesses.
3. See what can be a DIY project.
You’ll probably want to pay professionals to do many tasks, but for others, be open to doing them yourself or enlisting the help of talented friends and family members. Designate someone the reception DJ, and someone else the centerpiece designer.
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5 Winter Wedding Trends You’ll Want to Follow
A winter wedding may not have the outdoor appeal of a summer affair, but it more than makes up for it with its own brand of atmospheric romance. Cold-weather weddings can be cozy and personal, elegant and sophisticated or eclectic and spirited. The small details, from the lighting to the cocktails, can make a big difference.
See which of these winter wedding trends will set just the right mood for your perfect day!
1. Long-sleeved dresses
This trend is both practical and pretty. Long-sleeved bridal gowns keep you warm in drafty churches or during outdoor photo sessions, but they also have a beautiful vintage look. Explore sleeves in different styles, such as sheer, solid, lace and beaded, and imagine the gorgeous photos your photographer will capture as you exchange matching wedding ring sets.
2. Romantic and modern decoration
Find a balance between classic styles and bold, modern accents in your decor. Incorporate a color palette with subtle whites, creams or greys, mixed with splashes of amethyst purple or rich marsala (Pantone’s color of 2015). Arrange dining tables with some traditional elements - such as candelabras and monogrammed napkins - with unexpected touches - such as modern-art-inspired picture frames or handmade placecards.
3. Playful footwear
Get ready to dance with one of the most fun winter wedding trends - shoes that show your personality. Skip the formal heels and men’s dress shoes, and look for options that you would wear again - whether they’re Victorian-inspired lace-up boots, colorful Oxfords, hipster sneakers or suede slip-ons.
4. Tasting sessions
Instead of opting for a standard open bar, consider setting up a few drink tasting stations with unique offerings. If you two are crazy about craft beer, pick a few of your local favorites to have on tap. If you love wine, put together a flight of three of your top picks. If you can’t get enough of bourbon or gin, create a signature cocktail. With a little planning, this can be a fun and tasteful way for guests to sample great beverages - while keeping your bar budget down.
5. Wild flowers
Talk to your florist about different combinations you can create that go beyond just one type of flower or one color. Pick one word that would describe the look you are going for, and ask advice on how to achieve it. Be open to unconventional additions to your bouquets, such as greens, berries, acorns or other non-living accessories.
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