From sexy high heels to lovely flats, and from a wide array of pure and demure whites and creams to sweet and innocent blush pinks and nudes, there are a lot of shoes to choose from and this, after the wedding dress, is when it is difficult to pick.
While high-heeled shoes are perfect for brides who want to have their legs look slender and shoes that have straps are the most ideal for brides who will be dancing their hearts out, it is also nice to take the design of the shoes into consideration. Shoes that have a touch of color or a bit of sparkle or glitters are perfect for a bride who has an outgoing, daring personality while shoes with some pearls or some rhinestones are great for a bride who is more on elegance and simplicity. We have put together wedding shoes pictures that you can check to give you a bit of inspiration on choosing your ideal wedding shoes.
For some couples-to-be, choosing the perfect wedding venue is easy because they selected a favourite place even before they got engaged. For many others, the available options are overwhelming. From churches to hotels to restaurants to castles, finding the perfect venue can be quite a task. Here’s a guide on what you should consider before choosing a venue.
1. Number of guests
You’ll need to pick a place that’s the right size for your number of guests. If the place is too small, your guests will be cramped. If it’s too large, the atmosphere will be dull, and it’ll seem like a significant number of guests failed to turn up. Before you start listing potential venues, come up with a rough figure of expected wedding guests.
Review the location of your venue keenly because it can easily put your guests off attending your wedding. If your wedding ceremony and reception are to be held at two different sites, make sure they are close to each other. If the two sites are more than two hours apart, that could make things hectic for your guests. Think about the accessibility of your venue. If a large number of your guests are coming from far, consider choosing a venue that’s near an airport and is easily accessible by road. There should also be accommodation at your venue or nearby.
When choosing a venue, think about your budget. Ask yourself “Can I really afford this venue?” Don’t include venues you know you can’t afford in your list as that will only lead to heartbreak and a waste of time.
4. How hands-on you’re willing to be
The work you’ll be required to put in will vary from venue to venue. Consider a unique location like a barn. You’ll need to make arrangements for lighting, clearing out the hay, hauling in the tables and preparing a backup plan, just to mention a few. If you’re not ready to become hands-on, such a venue or any private rental or marquee wedding isn’t suitable for you. Go for a hotel that may have a one-size-fits-all approach, but will take a huge weight off your shoulders.
If you have a specific date for your wedding in mind, it could take some time to find venues that can accommodate you on that date. Some venues have online calendars where you can check for availability on your preferred date, month or time of the year. For others, you can email them for rough availability.
If you’re flexible with dates, you might find your venue much quicker. If you have a dream venue but it isn’t available on your date, or you can’t afford it, consider scheduling your wedding for an off-peak time like November, early December or February. There’ll be less competition for venues and prices will also be cheaper. You can also consider a midweek wedding though some guests may not be able to attend.
6. Style or theme
What type of event do you want? Is it going to be formal or informal? Do you want something traditional or modern? These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself in relation to your establishing your preferred style. By identifying the elements you’d like to incorporate into your wedding, you’ll narrow down your list of potential venues. For example, if you want something formal and ornate, large hotels, castles and stately homes are great options. If you prefer an informal ceremony, smaller hotels, country houses, barns and restaurants are more ideal.
In this day and age, parking is a critical factor when it comes to choosing your wedding venue. Ensure there’s plenty of parking space at the venue. Include a map in your invitations to show guests where cars should be parked. If your preferred venue does not have enough parking space, tell your guests about the entry points to parking lots that are close by. You may suggest carpooling or provide a shuttle service to ferry guests to the venue.
The perfect venue is waiting for you to find it. Take the above factors into consideration and keep searching. You’ll soon step inside a venue that you’ll fall in love with in an instant.
You must have dreamt about how you’ll get your wedding. Getting there in style and on time takes a little more than just dreaming; it requires careful planning. Here are some essential tips for planning your wedding transport.
Car rental companies experience high demand for their services when many events like weddings, proms and graduations are all competing for transportation. If you leave booking to the last minute, you’ll have fewer options to choose from and higher prices to pay. Once you’ve settled on a date and venue for your wedding, start thinking about transportation. Book a car company at least six months to your big day.
Know Your Budget
Budget affects all decisions about your wedding, including transportation. You should know your budget and the amount you’re willing to allocate to transport. When booking a car company, pay close attention to the mileage costs, hourly costs and the distance to be covered on your wedding day. Prices vary from one company to another. You’ll need to do some research to find one that suits your budget. If there’s a particular company that you like, try and ask them for a package that fits your budget. Most companies will be happy to work out an offer that’s favourable to you.
Make the Reservation in Person
Before you book any car service, do enough research. Search the internet for car rental companies in your area, check out pictures of their cars and compare prices. You can phone a few of them.
Before you make the final booking, go and meet the company representatives. Inspect the vehicles first hand to avoid getting any nasty surprises. Only pay the deposit after you’ve ensured the cars you had in mind meet your expectations.
Think About Out-of-Towners
If a lot of out-of-towner friends and relatives will be attending your wedding, consider providing transport from their hotel to your wedding venue and back. You’ll save them from the stress of having to navigate an unfamiliar area or looking for designated drivers. You can hire a charter bus, which generally carries up to 60 guests.
Get a Contract
After you’ve chosen a transportation company, don’t hire before putting down all the important details in writing. Include details such as model, size and colour of the car, pick-up time, arrival time (add an extra 20 minutes to cater for any traffic or last-minute interruptions), driver’s name, addresses of your destinations, gratuity and any other requests that you may have made. Before signing the contract, make sure you’re well aware of the total cost, overtime rates, deposit required and the company’s refund policy. You’ll be more relaxed knowing that you have a contract to ensure everything goes as planned.
Transportation should not be the last thing you think about when planning your wedding. Start planning well in advance by taking all your transport needs into consideration, doing thorough research of companies, making the reservation in person and including all the necessary details in a contract
Looking for a way to make your big day magical? Why not hold the ceremony at the lakeside. You can seamlessly blend the surroundings into your ceremony, from the calming water to the greenery of the gardens, trees, and mountains in the background. Flowers and succulents can be used to enhance the beauty of the natural vegetation. Wooden signs and lanterns on walkways will add to the lake wedding theme. Make good use of the lake by arriving or sailing away in a boat or a canoe. Fill one of the canoes with ice and juice boxes, water bottles or beer bottles for use at the reception. For more ideas on how you can put together your lakeside wedding, have a look at the photos below.
CONSIDERING A HUMANIST WEDDING? IT COULD BE THE OPTION FOR YOU.
Michael and Petra are radiant. The ceremony has been seamless, with readings from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, and an extract from a Dalai Lama speech. Petra’s sister read a poem about love by W.B. Yeats, the bride’s favourite poet. Vows have been exchanged, the newly donned rings are gleaming, and the legalities are all in place.
With the bridal party heading out of the chapel for a photographic spree under the bright July sun, the picture is idyllic. The Wicklow Mountains loom large behind, and the guests are slowly wandering across the gardens with the promise of a Champagne reception back at the main hotel.
Irish Humanist Association
According to the Humanist organisation, their weddings and partnership ceremonies “are all about a couple celebrating their love for each other, and making a commitment to one another in the company of those people who are important to them”. Humanism itself is “a view of life that combines reason with compassion”.
Less than two years ago, this type of wedding ceremony would have had no legal standing. That was before the Irish Civil Registration Amendment Act 2012, which changed the playing field completely.
In the year 2000 the vast majority of couples in Ireland were married in either a Catholic or Protestant Church. By 2011 the figures choosing to marry outside of these had increased enormously. But for those who did not want a religious ceremony, the options were few.
Legally, they had to be married at a civil service in a government-run registry office, as only members of the clergy were allowed to officiate at ceremonies elsewhere.
Then in January 2013 the change in the Irish law took effect, allowing registered members of secular bodies to perform legal wedding ceremonies.
Now it can all happen on the day, and in the venue of your choice (there are some provisos on this).
Why marry outside of the Church?
The reasons why more and more couples in Ireland are choosing to follow this route?
Some are from different religious backgrounds and find that a Humanist ceremony is a place where they can find common ground. Others don’t have a religion. Some are divorcees and face barriers to marrying in a Church; others like the fact that this type of ceremony allows for a personal dimension that wouldn’t otherwise be possible, whilst dealing with the required legalities at the same time.
Book wedding ceremony far in advance
The Humanist Association (www.humanism.ie) had been campaigning in Ireland for over a decade to bring about the change, and their few licensed celebrants are in serious demand.
So if you do decide to go the Humanist route, reserve well in advance. There are currently only 14 celebrants available in Ireland, and their time is booked up far ahead.
Costs are reasonable, and celebrants place importance on spending time with the couple before the wedding to make the proceedings as personal as possible.
And if at some future date you choose to hold a ‘naming ceremony’ rather than a baptism, they provide this service too!
If you thought finding your wedding dress was challenging, think again. When looking for bridesmaid dresses, you’ll have to think about flattering all your maids while complementing your dress and theme. This can take a lot of time and effort. Check out the tips below to help make the process less daunting.
The Bridesmaids’ Needs
Your wedding is not meant to be a democracy. However, it is worthwhile to take your maids’ needs and feelings into consideration. If you have a sizeable number of girls, conflicting opinions will overwhelm you. You can start by just working with your maid of honour. Let her help you go through numerous bridesmaid dresses online or by visiting different shops. Narrow down the options then email them to the other maids. Listen to their feedback before making a final decision. If you prefer the mismatched look, you can allow your bridal party to choose their own dresses.
Unless you have an unlimited budget, you’ll have to cut your guest list. Deciding on who will make it to the final list can be nerve-racking and painful too. In your mind, you might have pictured a perfect wedding full of friends and family. When preparing your guest list, reality hits you hard. So what do you do when making the tough decision on who to invite and who to leave out? Here are tips to help you finalize your guest list.
Put guests in categories
It’s always good to start by including everyone you and your husband-to-be would want to invite on your list. Divide the list into two categories A and B. Category A is for those people you can’t imagine not being part of your wedding. This category should mostly include close family and best friends. Every other person should fall under B.
Next, get a marker and start crossing out some names from your B list. Set some parameters when deciding who to remove from the list and stick to them. Some of the questions to ask yourself are: How close are you to this person? Does this person know you’re engaged? Have they ever met your fiancé? Did they invite you to their wedding? If the person is a co-worker or business acquaintance, does your friendship extend out of work or business? Your answers will help you reduce your list.
You want your nearest and dearest around you on your wedding day and none are dearer than your bridesmaids. In many cases it can be difficult to ensure that you don’t upset anyone if you don’t ask them to walk down the aisle with you. Some of us have lots of really close friends so picking your bridesmaids is tough. We decided to make your life easier by coming up with a few top tips.
Work out your budget
Your budget comes first. If you can afford to have 4 girls, fire ahead. But if not, then get two- perhaps your sister and closest friend. The bride generally pays for the bridesmaids dresses so if money is an issue you can’t have an army of girls with you. Weddings are pricey and if you add 4 or 5 outfits, girls’ days out and lunches etc it can cost an extra few thousand euro, which you may not have budgeted for.