Rain is an absolute nightmare for brides and grooms to be – nothing else can generate more anxiety and more stress than the thought of a rainy wedding day.
However, although things may seem pretty dark, rain is really not that bad if you prepare well. How to turn your rainy wedding day into a success? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.
Get ready. If you want to have an outdoor wedding, be ready to face the eventuality of rain as well – and do this regardless of what season it may be. A wedding tent is an inexpensive, easy way out of the rain, but if you can negotiate this with your venue, an extra-indoor space would be fantastic as well.
Offer comfort. Don’t let your guests’ appetite for party be dampened by the possibility of rain – offer them amazing food and cups of hot chocolate to boost up the morale and create a sense of comfort and warmth.
Don’t be sad. It rains – it’s not the end of the world in any way. In fact, you can totally turn this to your advantage if you put a smile on your face, a pair of fun-colored rubber boots in your feet and take a clear umbrella over your head. Have fun with your rainy wedding day – it makes it more unique and unforgettable.
Take amazing pictures. A talented photographer will really turn the rain into stunning photos – so don’t be afraid to go outside for the shooting. You will not be disappointed!
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Your wedding guests deserve to feel really great celebrating your love story – and food will always be a hugely important part of this. Of course, you want to serve foods you love and you know your guests will love – but looking at the latest food trends can inspire you quite a lot.
So, what are the freshest food trends for 2018? Read on and find out more.
Drip cakes are all the rage. Gone are the days of simple, white, tiered cakes. These days, smaller drip cakes are highly popular – not only do they look more than spectacular, but they also provide couples with the opportunity to settle for more than one flavor, so that all guests are happy.
Herbal cocktails are very popular too. If you want to add a little special something to your signature wedding cocktail, herbs are the way to do it. Not only will these add a lot of appeal and uniqueness to the way your cocktails look, but they will also add plenty of flavor as well!
Serve the best combination: choux-nuts. Somewhere in between the perfect fluffy doughnuts and the finesse of the choux pastry, these sweet combos are a huge hit in 2018. Fill them with unique ingredients that will feel like true pampering for your wedding guests – we guarantee they will love them!
Black foods are surprising and pretty. You don’t have to serve an all-black wedding menu to participate in this trend. Naturally dark colored foods will do the trick very well – so focus on black beans, black rice, and other similar ingredients to pull this trend off in an elegant way.
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Inviting out of town guests at your wedding is not something you can actually avoid – especially if you don’t plan on having your wedding in your (or your future spouse’s) hometown. Keep in mind, though: out of town guests will most probably need a special kind of treatment and you should do everything in your power to make their trip feel truly memorable.
How to do that? Here are some tips to make your out of town guests feel truly welcome:
Make sure they have accommodation options. You could book an entire hotel for your guests if you have that many people coming from out of town. Or, if this works better for your situation, you could just provide out of town guests with a list of options they can check out when searching for accommodation (it will still make everything easier for them!).
Guide them through the town. Send your out of town guests a “survival kit” for your wedding location. It should include a map of the place, GPS coordinates for the most important locations, taxi phone numbers, pictures with the landmarks, as well as actual written instructions on how to get to/from the essential spots (hotel, wedding venue, etc.). Don’t forget to include an extra-list with touristic attractions too!
Offer welcome baskets. You don’t have to spend a fortune on these: homemade products, local goodies, a bottle of nice wine, personalized cosmetic and care products – these are just some of the elements you could include in your welcome baskets.
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Wedding tradition and wedding options can be confusing for couples who want to do things differently – but if you’re in love with the idea of a daytime wedding, you will definitely come to realize there’s absolutely no reason not to have one. They’re less expensive, they’re fun, they’re classy, and they can definitely help you create unforgettable memories!
How to plan a daytime wedding? Here are the absolute basics to keep in mind.
Yes, you will have to wake up earlier, at about 6 am (since your wedding will start at 11 am). However, the great news is that you can actually spend your evening napping, taking advantage of the hotel spa, or simply spending time with your (now) spouse.
You shouldn’t serve heavy foods during a daytime wedding, particularly because it will most likely be around lunch time. A luncheon will be perfect as a seated meal, but if you want to, you can also serve a brunch buffet with a variety of delicious foods.
As the bride, you can dress however you want. However, the other guests will dress according to the dress code – and yes, it can be formal or informal as well. Keep in mind: a formal day wedding is not as glamorous as a formal evening wedding!
You are totally allowed to serve drinks – but our advice is to stick to lighter wines, rather than liqueur. It is quite unlikely that people will consume a lot of alcohol given the circumstances, so this is perfect if you want to limit the alcohol (or not serve it at all).
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Your wedding is one of the most important events you will ever plan – so it is perfectly understandable that you want all of your guests to be able to attend it. Before that, though, you should first make sure to send out the invitations the proper way, following all the etiquette rules associated with this step.
What are they? What are the wedding invitation etiquette rules everyone should know? Read here to find out more:
Give people enough time to send back the RSVPs. For local weddings (without too many out of town guests), two weeks is a decent deadline (starting from the moment you send out the invitations). For a medium-sized wedding, allow guests to send the RSVPs in about four weeks. And if you want a destination wedding, allow them to send the RSVPs back in about twelve weeks.
We know you might be tempted to send online invitations – but they are still not widely acknowledged and accepted in the wedding world. Because your wedding is rather formal, you should still send out the classic paper invitations. You can, however, use the online invitations for any of the pre-wedding events (engagement party, bridal shower, and so on).
Plus-ones are not a pre-requisite – and your guests shouldn’t take it as such either. Address your wedding invitations to the exact people you’re inviting (and add “+ Mr. / Mrs. …” if you want guests to bring in plus ones). Remember, this is not a surefire way to ensure you won’t receive RSVPs including more than one guest – but it can definitely lower the odds.
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Your wedding menu is one of the most important things you will have to plan when breathing life into your dream Big Day in Virginia. Of course, your guests will attend the wedding to celebrate with you, not just for the food – but since this is a very big part of the wedding’s atmosphere, you will definitely want to make sure the food you serve is appreciated.
How to plan the perfect wedding menu? Check out the following tips:
Don’t serve your cocktails on an empty stomach. The cocktail hour may not last longer than 1-2 hours, but even so, serving your guests with just cocktails is a bit tacky (not to mention it can lead to a huge disaster and it can make the guests feel less in the mood to party during the big reception).
Don’t serve foods that could cause a mess. Would you like lobster sauce spilled on your evening gown? Probably not – so you might want to skip foods that are overly messy (lobster is one example, but there are many others).
Try to make everyone happy – including guests who might have specific dietary restrictions (no meat, no lactose, no gluten, etc.). This may be difficult, but it is definitely doable, so give it a try together with your caterer. Furthermore, try to avoid foods that are very frequently allergenic (e.g. many people are allergic to peanuts, so you might want to remove them from your wedding menu too).
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