Groom and Bride

How I Use Decoration To Bring Out The Wedding Mood

As a professional wedding decorator, I love to have the wedding decorations set the mood. A wedding is an important event in the life of boththe bride as well as the bridegroom and often their loved ones too. The excited chatter, the busy preparations, and a pleasant anticipation that can so often be observed at any wedding are always best accompanied by glimmering decorations that match that mood and perhaps enhance the brightness of the occasion. Every piece of decoration speaks of the happy celebration in the air.

Decoration Ideas

Mr. & Mrs.

Mr. & Mrs.

The kind of decorations and the extent of detail may often depend on the budget one has for the wedding ceremony. However, when creativity pours out, then even low-budget ceremonies can look simply grand. Moreover, there is a whole host of DIY wedding ideas that people can try out. Read My Secret To Organizing A Budget Wedding.

 

Decoration ideas may be tried out with a variety of elements such as wedding cakes, bouquets, lamps and lighting, arrangements of food stalls, ribbons, linen, carpets and so much more. The decorative elements range from beads of varied kinds to exquisite lighting and flower arrangements that bring alive the moments.

Decoration Themes

Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor Wedding

Having a theme that underlies the entire decorative scheme has become very popular in recent times. From the wedding invitation to the event setting and decor, all fall in the same theme. There is a great deal of wedding theme ideas available such as peacock theme, beach theme, country theme and much more. Nowadays, there have been instances of fandom themes as well which have inspired some great wedding photo shoots.

Color Schemes

There is another trend that involves introducing a color scheme to the decorations. Be it the table linen, the chair covers, or the sashes, a great color scheme will certainly bring out a well-planned look to the whole setting.

Wedding Table

The wedding or the dining tables often hold the focus of the guests in any wedding. Be it the linen or the centerpiece, everything has to be thought about in order to get the perfect outcome. Confetti is generally considered to be a good addition.

Wedding Cake

Special Wedding Cake

Special Wedding Cake

There is not much that needs to be told regarding wedding cakes as most of us are already aware of the multitude of varieties and creative decorations with which cakes can be ordered. It is best for cake decorations to go along with the theme or color scheme, if any.

Wedding Flowers

There a thousand different ways in which flowers can become part of the wedding decorations. Be it the bouquet that the bride carries or the flowers that adorn the tables and the sides, one definitely requires an eye for detail when it comes to planning out the floral aspects, keeping the many factors such as size, shape, color, and number of flowers etc. in mind.

Lighting

Perhaps the most impactful part of the whole decoration process, the lighting can be the key to setting the right mood. The look and visual appeal of all the other decorations depend on how the place is lighted. It affects everything from the mood of the gathering to the photographs that are clicked. Not only this, the decorative lights also play a great role in the visual appeal created.

Conclusion

Joyous Couple

Joyous Couple

I believe wedding decoration is an art, but at the same, it is very much a science. So as the floodgates of creativity and innovation open, they merge with planning and rationality to produce some of the most amazing decorated wedding sets that would sure set anyone’s mood and bring alive the celebrations that would be forever cherished.

My Secret To Organizing A Budget Wedding

All of us want our weddings to be a fabulous and memorable one. Even so, planning a wedding is a huge and stressful responsibility. With huge expectations and dreams, we want to go all out on our wedding plans. But is it possible to have an amazing wedding without the expenses going out of hand or before you go broke? The answer is yes!

Following some simple tricks and tips will go a long way to help you plan your wedding within an affordable budget. Here are some of the tricks I suggest for a successful wedding:

Decide Your Maximum Budget

Planning

Planning

As obvious as it seems, it is important for you to begin from the very start and decide the capping amount you are willing to spend. Decide what will be the maximum amount you will be able to spend on your wedding, taking into consideration all of the formalities also.

Get A Wedding Planner

The sooner you get a wedding planner, the better it is. A wedding planner will help you recognize the options you have available for yourself within the budget you have decided. From there on, you can choose the options more effectively.

Prioritize/Organize Your Expenses

Sweet Couple

Sweet Couple

The second big step to a successful wedding on a budget is to organize your expenses effectively. Create a checklist of all the things that will be necessary for the wedding. For example:

 

  • Wedding Dress
  • Venue
  • Photographer
  • Reception Food
  • Decorations
  • Music, etc.

Decide On The Necessary Expenses, Don’t Go Cheap

After you have decided on the items of your checklist, organize them according to your priorities and cut off all the expenses that do not seem necessary. The high priority items should not be compromised on. The expenses you know are necessary such as wedding dress, photographer, food, etc. should not be low quality or cheap. Read My Idea Of Choosing The Perfect Wedding Gown.

Don’t Forget The Areas On Which You Can Cut The Expenses

Party Drinks

Party Drinks

There are some areas which we emphasize more on, even when not needed. Some of the items that can be excluded or went low on, in my opinion, are:

 

  • Pre-Wedding Festivities – Cut down on the pre-wedding festivities or just hold small events inviting a small group of people to celebrate them. This will save you a lot of expenditure.
  • Wedding Dress (Renting) – Instead of buying an expensive wedding dress that you will probably not be wearing anywhere else, you can just go for the renting option. This will not only save you money but also offer you the dresses in trend for cheap.
  • Decorations (multi-purpose) – You can use the decorations that are multi-purpose, this will help you save on future expenditures.
  • Photography – You can use a reference or friend for the photography, this will help you get discounts and save money.
  • Catering Services – Instead of going for a high end catering or restaurant services, you can look for affordable and small chain caterers which offer delicious food.

Extra Tips To Save More

If the above points still do not help you, you can also go for saving on the jewellery by either renting it, buying it on discount or EMIs. Instead of using wedding cards for the invitation, you can go for a wedding website invitation that is much more affordable. For DJs, you can go for the low-end ones who still offer good music. Do not miss out these wedding card alternatives.

Conclusion

No matter what happens, never forget that you matter the most. You should focus your money on the things that you will remember the most from the very beginning. Create a budget and stick to it till the last moment, no matter how much society pressures you.

Wedding Party

Wedding Planning Tips: How I Deal With A Large Crowd

Planning a wedding is one hell of a task for anyone, so was my experience dealing with the management and planning a big fat wedding. Meanwhile, trying to do all the things that popped in my head and trying to get a smile on each guest’s face, I learned how to deal with the large crowd at the wedding. Though at first, it seems a horrendous task to start with but trust me it is one’s experience that will always be worth remembering and even more cherishing than the struggle, in future.

If you have a large family and you are marrying in your hometown then it is definitely going to be a big event to host for you. The main task of dealing with the large crowd starts with this basic idea of getting an understanding and consent that, what you have to deal with is on your plate now and start planning for the same right away.

Let me help you with some of the bullets that really helped me not only in dealing with a large crowd but also to put a smile on their faces!

 

Plan It After Researching

Plan Your Wedding

Plan Your Wedding

Planning and researching properly are the basic steps for any successful event ever hosted by anyone. Since I had to select many vendors and service providers for several works and functions, I had to first get an understanding of what and how the market for such services works. Therefore, I researched a lot, read nearly all the relevant articles, blogs, surfed many websites, et cetera. I nearly asked for brochures and quotations from nearly 10-15 firms and then tallied them to find out the best suitable for my kind of expectation.

For research purposes, there are various websites to visit such as Pinterest, and many others.

Set A Wedding Place According To The Number Of Guests

Guest Seats

Guest Seats

The wedding is a one-time event, and it will obviously affect savings of years. But compromising with any factor for a wedding can affect the whole event in a negative manner. Therefore, after discussing the total number of expected guests in the wedding, a proper and relevant wedding place must be chosen. Moreover, the facilities of the wedding place selected must be properly checked and evaluated for the condition of the services provided such as air conditioning and the heating situation at the place.

The theme says it all. No matter how small/big the space is, you can always come up with the best theme to show the wedding in your dreams to the guest. Accordingly, you can choose your wedding gown too. Read My Idea Of Choosing The Perfect Wedding Gown.

 

Planning The Meal

This is one of the unforeseen expense that I thought was not given that much from my side. Planning the meal chart and discussing it with the vendors is of utmost importance. Asking the wedding caterers, a certain important question is necessary for proper understanding. Choosing the best package for a meal is necessary which includes all kind food items within to satisfy all the guests. Counting the number of guests in therefore one of the most important tasks since a number of plated for the vendors has to be a number near around the number of guests.

Time To Display Some Organizational Skills

Managing such a large crowd at a wedding is one of those moments where one can demonstrate his/her organizational skills. I took up the challenge of managing the event in a very organized manner with making notes, listing out the to-do list, taking pictures and screenshots to show to the vendors for what I desire from them, checking emails regularly for any new updates and saving the mobile numbers of important persons and vendors on my cell phone.

Baby Steps

Wedding Decor

Wedding Decor

For organizing such a wedding of large guests to deal with, I took one step at a time. Doing it haphazardly will at the end complicate the situation on the table. Putting together the wedding planning schedule and prioritizing the things in logical order one by one would help in finishing the tasks too much fast.

I took the event too much seriously and didn’t enjoy it to the fullest, I hope you would understand and manage the events in such a way that you enjoy to the fullest. Though one of the most important things I would suggest you not to do are to not hiring any vendors before confirming the wedding date and don’t settle for the price that vendors say, negotiate a bit according to your budget. Keeping up with an emergency contact sheet or phone numbers of the vendors is of utmost importance to deal with any emergency situation.

For the D-day, all the wedding guests are coming to watch and celebrate with you, so be happy and welcome them with a big smile on your face!

My Idea Of Choosing The Perfect Wedding Gown

It is every girl’s dream to dress up beautifully for her wedding. I am no different and would like to make sure everything is as close to perfect as it can be. One of the most important and crucial phases is the dressing up part. Even crucial is the process of selecting my wedding gown.

The Shopping

Wedding Dresses

Wedding Dresses

Shopping for my gown would be tiring and stressful. I would have suddenly entered a space where I have little to no experience. This unfamiliar ground would be swamped with different designs, styles, materials and I would have absolutely no idea where to begin. And of course, with the high emotions at stake, I would want to make sure I do it right.

I think the best way to select a gown best suited for me would be to go backward in my thought process. The venue would already have been decided by the time I go shopping. Depending on that I can adjust my budget requirements. If it is going to be a wedding that would be attended by close family and friends, it would be a waste to spend lakhs on it. Important as the dress maybe, I do not want to overspend on it.

The Design

Lace Wedding Dress

Lace Wedding Dress

Over the past years, there have been a lot of changes in the way designers do bridal gowns. Scores and scores of designs have emerged by both experienced designers and freelancers. One thing I am sure of it that I do not want to put my wedding gown in the hands of a freelancer. Freelancers are quick to design ready-made dresses but are often inexperienced when it comes to customizing wedding gowns. So, experienced designers, it is.

I will have to search through the designer’s collections and decide if their style would work on me. Better yet, I’ll take my mother’s and best friend’s advice on which style to go for. I have already made them write notes as I went on and on about my wishes and desires to my wedding. Now, all I need to do is find the ones that satisfy my requirements.

The Shortlisting

After researching about various designs and styles, I shall shortlist a few so that one or the other might just click. While doing that, however, I’ll make sure to try out every kind of fabric so that I’ll know which kind will gel with me.

I want to know how they feel as I move, dance and jump and if they accent my body shape.  I’ll also feel confident about where I am putting my money.

These designs make me feel special by just seeing them. The way their graceful layers fall towards the ground, the snow-white material and the tiny mirrors that light it up. They do not have the gaudy feel that most of the gowns I have seen in real life do.

The Appointment

I will schedule my appointment with the designer well in advance so that I shall be mentally prepared for the interaction. I know there will be assessment, trials, and retrials until one is selected to be the best suited.

I have cleared my whole day for this particular purpose and would want the gown to emphasize my natural body shape while at the same time look simple and elegant.

The Selection

The Bride

The Bride

Finally, once I have selected the one I think would suit me beautifully, I wouldn’t want to go back and forth on my decision. Also, once I have decided the gown, I will no longer try more pieces as they will only prolong the selection process and make me doubt myself.

Though all of this would happen five to six months in advance because that is when I would have to order the dress, I wouldn’t want to get to the fitting phase well until the wedding is a week or so away. They say a bride loses weight during the time of her wedding.

I wouldn’t want to get it fitted well in advance only to change the fittings once again at the time of the wedding. Resizing it a week ahead should work.

Trusting my decision, I would declare myself prepared for the best day of my life.