Monday, January 30, 2017
Serving cheese plates will allow guests to serve all types of cheeses, while keeping the costs down. Cheese can be sliced in various sizes and it can be served with fruit and many cracker types. Buying them bulk will save a great deal of money and you can always ask family members to help you with the preparations and with displaying the food. Even choosing a professional catering company, cheese can add elegance to a finger food meal. Tea sandwiches are also easy to prepare and to serve. Ordering tea sandwiches will allow the servers to bring the right amount of food and keep it flowing. There are a variety of sandwiches to choose from, including for vegetarians, seafood sandwiches and so on. Sliders filled with different meat will also do. Other easy wedding food ideas are represented by hors d’oeuvres, such as vegetable platters and deviled eggs.
Moreover, sushi can be served as finger food and it is quite easy to make. You can simply order cooked rolls and vegetable rolls for guests who don’t like eating raw sushi. The food is easy to eat and will have a great success. You can set up a station and everyone can simply come and serve themselves, or you can have waiters pass the platters throughout the reception. A table with food options such as stuffed mushrooms, mini quiches, wings and meatballs will work as a great addition for both indoor and outdoor weddings. You can make the layout quite fancy and such items don’t actually need the clean-up process. Macaroni and cheese work well also for casual weddings and bruschetta can be perfect for those who don’t eat meat.
These are some simple ideas that can make any wedding a great success. Food is quite important at weddings and as long as it is delicious and it looks great, nothing else matters. Guests will appreciate anything with taste.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Time of YearThere are a few factors that go into this consideration. The first is temperature. You don’t want a day that is too hot, or a day that is too cold. You don’t want guests freezing and shivering during your ceremony, but you also don’t want them sweating the whole time either. In most climates spring and early fall are the best time to have you wedding, but depending on your location that can differ. If you are further north a summer wedding might be perfectly enjoyable, and if you’re further south a wedding in the later fall might be what you want. Also take into consideration the precipitation in your area. Although you certainly can’t control if it rains, in some places during some seasons it’s more likely than others. Become familiar with your local weather.
LocationThere are many places that you can have an outdoor wedding, but make sure you pick a place that best accommodates your needs. While a backyard wedding might seem quaint, if you are planning on inviting hundreds of people it might not be realistic. There are many other lovely outdoor options if you do your research. For instance, your hometown might have a botanical garden or a city park that you could rent for a small fee that would work wonderfully. Many reception sites also offer outdoor locations on their premises, and they are prepared to handle outdoor weddings.
Always Have a Back-Up PlanIf you’re planning an outdoor wedding, no matter how much research you do and how well you plan, there is always a chance that mother nature might interfere in some way. Whether it is excessive heat, a thunderstorm, or even unexpected snow, make sure you have an alternative. The best alternative is to have an indoor location available. Perhaps it’s another property owned by the place that you are renting your outdoor space from. You could also go with tents for you wedding, which will cover you in case of rain. Just keep in mind that you’ll need big tents with plenty of space, because guests seated at the edge of the tents may just get a shower they don’t want if there’s wind that day.
Friday, January 20, 2017
The Best Big Top for Your Big DayThere are three basic tent styles for large, outdoor affairs like weddings: traditional pole tents, frame tents and high-peak tents. Sometimes the location will dictate what type of tent you require, and sometimes it’s simply your personal preference. Why don’t we take a look at all three to see which one will work best for you?
Traditional Pole TentThe most popular tent is the traditional pole-type tent. This tent has center poles (or more, depending on the tent’s size) and requires tension to hold the in the air. Pole tents are staked for additional stability. Most types of tents come in several materials that include canvas, nylon, polyester or transparent vinyl.
Frame TentA frame tent is a free-standing, galvanized-steel or aluminum-pipe structure with no center pole, but frame tents still require the same rope- or cable-anchoring system as a pole-supported tent to hold it in place. If your reception will last through the night, consider getting a frame tent made of transparent vinyl, so you and your guests can see the the magic of a moonlit night, stars and any outdoor-landscape illumination. Check out the video below to see a clear, frame tent:
High-Peak Pole or Frame TentYou already know tents come in lots of different styles and shapes. Tents also come in a variety of colors, though white is the most popular for weddings. If you want something with a little more pizazz for your wedding tent, ask about high-peak tents. As you can see from the photo at the right, high-peak tents are reminiscent of medieval tents that had tall, pointed tops. There’s a photo of a high-peak-tent interior at the right. You can obtain high-peak tents that require poles or are built with a steel or aluminum framework so poles aren’t necessary.
Do your homework when you go tent shopping. Find out which type of tent can best withstand the weather patterns in your region during the month or season you’ve chosen to get married. Pick the right tent, and you’ll have one less reason to be tense about your wedding day!
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
First you should plan to have the wedding location decked out in country western decorations! Here’s a great idea: find some cowboy boots from a thrift store, fill them with your favorite flowers and use them as nice centerpieces. If there are any picnic tables around, use red checkered table cloths and hay bales for seating. If you have any trees or bushes nearby, you could string lights all through to add some drama to your western wedding ceremony.
Second, if you are having a “Wild West” wedding theme it’s a must that you some country tunes to go along with the ceremony. Trust me, your guest will have a blast square dancing and line dancing to some good old country music.
In addition to the good country music, we can’t forget about the food for the reception. It’s not a real wedding hoedown without some finger licking barbeque, roast pigs fried chicken and ribs. Your guest will definitely be ready for a hearty meal after all of that of dancing.
To be sure that you are staying true to your “Wild West” theme here are some extra tips that will help you have the hoedown wedding of your dreams.When you send out invitations make sure they have a western theme. For example, cowboy boot invitations or cactus invitations, anything that ties in with country western will be fabulous!If you want to incorporate your theme into your wedding attire, the bride could wear some rhinestone encrusted cowboy boots and the groom could wear a cowboy hat.To top it all off at the end of the reception, you and your groom could leave via hay ride or horse drawn carriage! That will absolutely end the night country western style!
Since you couldn’t make it to the west to have your wedding, these great ideas will help bring “The Wild West” to you and help you have a remarkable wedding shindig!
Sunday, January 15, 2017
The first thing you should do is choose a ski resort that accommodates everyone. There are many wonderful places you can go to ski, but don’t forget about your guests. Not everyone may want to hit the slopes. Make sure, when picking your resort, it offers a variety of activities for everyone. Next on your list is finding a local wedding planner. I know you are wondering, “Do I really need a wedding consultant?” The answer is “Yes, you really do!” The local wedding planner will know all about the ski resort and what it offers. The wedding planner will also be able to handle all the leg work regarding the wedding, so you, the groom, the wedding party and your guests can kick back and enjoy your special time together.
Next, you must book the resort early. Again, you must book the resort early. In order for you to get your arrangements in sync with your wedding day, it would be best if you booked at least 12 months in advance. As soon as your arrangements are confirmed, send out a save-the-date card so your friends and family can make travel arrangements. In addition, you’ll help your guests by having your wedding planner provide a detailed itinerary for each person attending the nuptials. Make sure the itinerary includes:
- A map of the area
- Transportation arrangements to and from events
- Wedding planner’s phone number and emergency contact information
Finally, consider taking your own photographer with you. Hire a photographer located near you, so you can meet and see his or her work before you commit. Remember, photos are the greatest memories, and you want to make sure you have a good photographer, because there’s only one chance to get fabulous wedding photos. With these wonderful tips to guide you, you can relax, think good thoughts and get ready to be the Snow Queen at your spectacular winter ski wedding!
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Many outdoorsy or nature-inspired gifts can be appreciated by both groomsmen and bridesmaids. Here are just a few ideas:
– For a casual outdoor wedding, consider monogrammed outdoors or sporting items. What groomsman would not love a barbeque kit, cooler seat, insulated lunch bag or party beverage cooler personalized with his initials? Bridesmaids are sure to appreciate rustic, yet beautiful equipment that they can use on a romantic picnic or trip to the beach, such as a canvas picnic basket or insulated wine chiller bearing their monogram.
– Who says that a gift has to be something that can be unwrapped? Many groomsmen and bridesmaids love to receive gift certificates. Why not select a gift certificate for a fun summer activity? Consider certificates for white-water rafting, horseback riding, canoeing, or any adventure activity that members of your wedding party would enjoy. Tuck the gift certificate into a beautiful handmade envelope made of an organic, rustic paper.
– For a summer beach wedding, consider having wedding party gifts crafted of genuine sea glass. There are many sea glass artists to be found on the internet and elsewhere who would love to custom design and create sea glass cufflinks for the groomsmen and sea glass pendant necklaces for the bridesmaids. Have them made in the colors and spirit of your wedding décor.
– How about giving the wedding party something they will definitely be able to use, perhaps even before the wedding reception is over? A pair of nice designer sunglasses will get a lot of mileage during the summer days following the event. They will also earn you quite a bit of ‘friendship’ mileage. Your maid of honor will adore you after you give her a great pair of designer shades! If you are unsure of styles, just go with the current favorites: Ray-Ban Aviators or over-sized Versace shades.
These were just a few ideas to get you started. Really consider all the summer activities your wedding party enjoys. From gardening to golf, you will soon see that there are many outdoor-inspired or nature themed gifts to choose from. At very least, consider revamping a traditional gift with a decoration, motif, or engraving that embodies the spirit of your outdoor wedding theme. This theme, be it tropical, garden party, woodland or floral, can be the focal point of the perfect bridesmaid or groomsman gifts for your summer outdoor wedding.