INVITE YOUR WEDDING GUESTS IN STYLE!

Weddings would not be what they are if the bride and the groom just walked down an empty, lonely aisle and said their vows in front of an officiant. There is joy in having a crowd of witnesses to see you two taking the biggest step of your lives. It’s a great joy to be declared husband and wife and to celebrate with the rest of the world that you have achieved a new status on that day. This is where Wedding Invitations come in.

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It is not enough to just drop the invite in the middle of a conversation with your friends. It is mandatory (kinda) to send your family and friends an invitation to the big occasion. Let them join you as you say I do and dance the day away as you celebrate your new found status.

Here are some tips on how to invite your wedding guests in style:

  • Have a Vision– It is very important to know in your mind what kind of cards you want to have as a couple. The first question every designer will ask you is what exactly you are looking for. Gather Inspiration by checking out the internet and even sites like Pinterest will have great ideas that you can customize to make your own.

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  • Find the right Designer- Once you have identified what you want, it is very important to look for someone who understands your vision. This will help avert any potential disasters.
  • Know Your Colors- Consider your color scheme for the day and maybe try to incorporate them into the invites. Be sure to keep readability in mind as you choose your colors. Don’t sacrifice readability for pretty; otherwise you will have killed the purpose of the invites.

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  • Choose Your Wording carefully- Learn the rules when it comes to wording an invitation. Normally, whoever is hosting is listed first on the invitation. Spell out everything that you want the invitee to remember.
  • Don’t Crowd the Card- List only the key points in you invitation i.e. Ceremony time and location, the hosts, the couples names, the dress code (Optional) and the RSVP information.

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  • Start Early- Aim to have your cards out and ready to mail six to eight weeks before the wedding. If you are having a destination wedding, have your cards out even earlier, like ten to twelve weeks before the wedding.
  • Consider the Costs– The price per invite will vary widely depending on the design, ink, typeface, printing process, paper and quantity. Research your options ahead of time and pick your priorities.

 

  • Triple Check the Proof– Before printing, the designer will send you a proof. Check the proof thoroughly before you okay it. Pay special attention to details like date, time and spelling. Do it carefully so that you don’t accidentally gloss over any mistakes.
  • Invite as per Household and NOT every guest– Send only one invitation per family and also for couples.
  • Always order extra– This will be cheaper than going back to print more invitations later on. This will really come in handy in case you have to resend an invite for any reason.

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Lastly, remember to keep it personal. Whatever you decide on as an invitation let it fully express your personality as a couple.

Your wedding invitation is your guests’ first peek into your wedding day, so you definitely want to make it shine.

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TO FEED OR NOT TO FEED YOUR SERVICE VENDORS…IS THAT REALLY THE BIG QUESTION?

Believe it or not this is a controversial question that actually features in the minds of some couples. To feed or not to feed the service vendors at their wedding. I know some of you will frown at the absurdity of such a notion, but I think before we start preparing the Hangman’s Noose we should listen to the reasons that people have as to why and how they make such a decision.

Service vendors usually carry the bulk of making your wedding day a success. Without them your wedding day simply would not be happening. They are crucial in executing your dream and making it a reality and thus it is important to have them in mind as you plan for your day.

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Most couples will argue that they are paying them an arm and a leg so that they can deliver professional services for them on their wedding day. This to them is proof enough that they then should fend for themselves on the big day. The big question is: How do you expect a photographer who will be following you around for the most of the day, to keep their maximum energy in check without any food to rejuvenate them?

MY TAKE: Making sure your vendors are properly fed is important.  Some of the service vendors will even have it clearly stipulated in their contracts. This doesn’t mean you also have to feed your baker or florist. It mostly refers to service vendors who are at work on location, for example, the Band, Photographer, videographer, your planner, DJ plus their assistants.

Ensure that as you make your guest count for the meals also factor in the vendors. As you create your wedding timeline, make sure that you allocate the right time for your service vendors to take their meals. Your wedding planner, photographer and videographer should have their meal when the couple is also eating so that nothing important is happening. The band and the DJ should be fed before the guests have their meal. This will enable them to entertain the guests during meal time.

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What is your take on this issue? Do you think that since the vendors are being paid then they should just feed themselves? Or do you feel that our African Culture would be highly violated if these individuals were not fed? Let us know what you think about it in the Comments section below.

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TIPS TO BEAUTIFUL WEDDING DÉCOR

One of the top priorities for any bride is selecting beautiful wedding decorations. How does one go about picking the best looks for her wedding ceremony and reception? Here are some tips on how to do it accurately.

  1. Think in terms of a broad color palette as opposed to just one or two colors. Add different shades to your main color and add richness and depth to your overall look.

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2. Try out different textures when it comes to Linens, Chair covers and Sashes. Don’t shy away from mixing different fabrics together, style can be created this way.

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3.Work on creating an interesting floor plan by working with different shapes of the tables. Use some square, round, high and low tables for a different look and feel.

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4. Use light to add color and set various moods in the room. The interesting thing about lights is that you can easily move from a romantic mood to a party mood just by changing the lighting.

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5. Be creative by incorporating beautiful, creative centerpieces. Stray away from the norm of having flowers as centerpieces and you will realize the many other beautiful options that are available out there.

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6. Use your environments to your advantage. Remember that it will always be cheaper to have a reception in a garden as opposed to transforming a hall into a garden by decorating it.

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7. If you are working on a budget, stray away from having centerpieces for every table and work on one huge beautiful centerpiece that can be centrally placed.

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8. Remember that your Cake is also a kind of decoration. Play around with it. Display it prominently. Work with fresh flowers, different colors and textures to make it stand out.

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9. Do not shy away from expressing yourself. Research and look around at different sources for some creative ways to make a dramatic statement for your big day.

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BUDGETING FOR A SMALL AND SIMPLE WEDDING

In the words of Chris Brogan, “The goal isn’t more money. The goal is living life on your terms”. One of the questions that get pulled up in a Wedding Consultation session is, “How much is the budget for a small and simple wedding?” Considering the harsh financial times that we are going through as a country, I totally understand where my clients are coming from. They still want to have a wedding that includes their family and friends but while at it they would like to not end up breaking a bank just to get their Happily Ever After.

Just like Chris Brogan suggests, it is not about hassling friends and relatives to contribute more money so that you can have a glamorous wedding; but it is about living your life on your terms. Sit down as a couple and think through things very critically. What are your priorities as a couple? Is it the Wedding or the Marriage? Remember, the Wedding is just a one-day event while your Marriage is for life. Do you want your guests involved in your financial burdens such that they look forward to your wedding so that the burden can be eradicated from their shoulders? Narrow down on the important things and go easy on the unnecessary things.

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Here are some tips that will enable you to have a beautiful, simple wedding without breaking the bank.

  1. Decide What’s Most Important

Pick your top three priorities and allocate a little extra money for them (like your gown, catering, and DJ). Next, pick the three things that come lowest on your priority list (maybe flowers, cake and invitations), and budget accordingly.

  1. Cut the Guest List

We know it’s tough, but one of the fastest and most effective ways to lower your wedding cost is to cut down the invitees. Also consider the size of your wedding party: Gifts and transportation are cheaper for two than for ten.

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  1. Pass on costly Details

Free yourself of the pressure to upgrade and instead make honest choices based on what you want. As a general rule, before you sign a contract, look through the list of what you’re buying and, ask yourself, “Will anyone notice if we don’t do this?”

  1. Consider Printing Costs

Having two shades of ink on your invitation might match your color scheme, but it can also add massive printing costs.

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  1. Get a Smaller Car

You will get your bridal party to the reception with one big car cheaply as compared to with a stretch limo.

  1. Substitute less Expensive Flowers

Choose flowers that are in season, and pick locally grown flowers rather than expensive ones that need to be specially ordered from afar to reduce costs.

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  1. Simplify Your Menu

Reduce the number of overall dinner courses and keep your menu simple. Stick with the specialties of the season and region.

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  1. Save the Good Stuff for Later

Have the caterers bring out the fancy wine for the toast, but pour a less expensive champagne the rest of the night—no one will ever see the bottle or know the difference.

  1. Cut down on the Cake Extras

Order a small, fabulous cake that’s exactly what you want and, in the kitchen, have several sheet cakes of the same flavor cut for your guests. And stay away from tiers and (time-consuming) handmade sugar flowers, fancy fillings and special molded shapes.

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Picking the Right Flowers for your Wedding

Your wedding day is one of the ways of showing off your personal tastes and there is no better way to make a statement than by the use of FLOWERS!! Flowers are among one of the things that most of the weddings in the world incorporate because they tend to act as a symbol of love. Flowers represent a couple’s personal taste and thus will influence the tone of a wedding.

When selecting wedding flowers, couples should take some aspects into consideration.

  • Do your due diligence: When picking your florist, conduct proper and serious interviews that will help you get what exactly you are looking for. If they can’t see your vision, then they will not be able to execute it.
  • The season: Pick flowers that are suitable for the season that your wedding will be happening. Flowers that are in season are more affordable than asking the vendors to look everywhere for a flower that doesn’t bloom at that time. The effort to get it for you will cost you a high price.

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  • Current wedding trends: Florists are moving from past traditional floral arrangements and they are creating styles that make weddings more unique. The right flower arrangement can personalize weddings in a unique way. Some couples are using the Wedding bouquet to enhance the bride’s beauty whereas others come up with corsages for their bridesmaids. You can check out here, Wedding Bouquets outside the box!

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  • The Wedding theme: This can be a daunting task for the couple, but hiring an expert florist can help them deal with this task. An expert can be able to create a unique arrangement for their wedding just by listening to their tastes and preferences.
  • Make it personal: It is as simple as selecting your flowers for a specific reason.

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  • Have examples: Just like you will go to your tailor with fabric swatches for your bridesmaid’s dresses, then it is also important to have some samples that will help in briefing your florist.
  • Budget: Let your florist know how much exactly she is working with so as to understand how lavish it can or can’t get.

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The main issue is getting the right florist, one that is done then the flowers issue will just fall into place! Looking for a great Florist for your Wedding? Bridal Heaven Kenya is here for you!!

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A Day-Of Coordinator and why you need one

Planning for a wedding can be a very daunting task, what with all the decisions that have to be made and executed. Creating something that is only in your mind and being able to make it a tangible reality requires a lot of time and effort. After all has been said and done and the big day is finally here, how do you ensure that all you have planned for is actually executed? That is where a Day-Of Coordinator comes in. For those who went with a Wedding planner from the start, then the wedding planner will be the coordinator. If a couple opted out for the wedding planner then a Day-Of Coordinator will truly come in handy.

When people see the term “Day-Of Coordinator”, they think that the term is self-explanatory. To some point it actually is but in reality, the coordinators job will stretch beyond the ‘Day-Of’. The coordinators job will actually start a month or around six weeks to the wedding day. This because they will have to meet with a couples vendors and the rest of the team that is working to make the special day happen. Meeting with the vendors helps in familiarization and essentially creating a working rapport.

The first thing the Coordinator will start working on is creating a timeline for the big day. This will be done with the consultation of the vendors involved to ensure that everything goes on without a hitch. Since the Day of Coordinator is not acting in the capacity of a planner, it means they cannot vouch for the professionalism of the vendors that the couple has already selected. This means that the couple should not blame any hitches that occur due to a vendor’s negligence on the Coordinator. This is clearly quoted in the Day-Of Contract that is signed before the partnership.  The couple should also be able to let all vendors know that the coordinators job is to streamline everything and thus work willingly with them.

On the Day of the wedding, the Coordinator will make sure that everyone is following according to the set timeline, and that is everything is flowing smoothly. In short, the Coordinator acts as a point person between the venue, the vendors and even the guests. The idea is that no one bothers the couple with questions because the coordinator can handle it.

Remember, a Day-Of Coordinator is also an affordable alternative to a full service wedding planner, and something that all couples should definitely consider.

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Wedding Bouquets Outside The Box!!

Ever asked yourself why Brides carry a bouquet of flowers with them on their wedding day? One could try as say that it gives her something to do with her fidgety hands but the truth is that it is a tradition that has been passed down from older generations, albeit for the wrong reasons.

In the 15th Century, June was the month when most couples would have their weddings. This was because the Annual Bath day would be in May. Normally every household would have a big tub filled with hot water and the annual bath day would commence with a dip by the Man of the house, followed by any male members of the household, they would then be followed by the ladies of the house and lastly the babies in the house would take a dip. So by the time a wedding was taking place in June, the members would be relatively clean especially the head of the household who took the first dip. To ward off any ghastly scents, the bride carried a bouquet of flowers with her as a form of perfume. Crazy…right?

Back from the 15th century to modern days, Bouquets are more sentimental since women tend to associate flowers with affection especially if they are gifted by a loved one. Just as the Bouquets true meaning has changed, so have the bouquet designs changed over time.

If you are planning for your wedding, then think outside the box and go for a bouquet that not only speaks of the affection you share with your man but that also speaks volume on your personality. Check out these unique bouquet designs and let us know what you think about them and which one you would go for.

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TIPS TO PLANNING YOUR OWN WEDDING

Planning for your perfect wedding can be strenuous and very time consuming. This is why most couples opt to get a wedding planner. I once saw someone on social media ask why they need a wedding planner to help them plan THEIR own wedding, Key word here being THEIR wedding. I will not dwell on why you should get a wedding planner and on what to look for in one as you make your decision but for tips on that you can check out this past article, Wedding Planners: Their roles and what to look for in one.

Today, what I will be dwelling on is tips for those couples who are looking to plan their own wedding. At times due to financial constraints or because they are not too busy, a couple may decide to plan all the details of their wedding. How does one go about it? Here are some tips from a former bride.

  • Hire a Day-of Coordinator: If you are going down this road of planning your own wedding, then it means you have decided not to have a Wedding Planner. A Day-of Coordinator will be very important for coordinating everyone around on that special day. As a bride or groom you will not have the time to be up and down to be coordinating everyone and thus the importance of having someone do it for you and you only get to pay them for that one day.
  • Write down the Non-Negotiable things for your wedding: This are the kind of things that you will want in your wedding at all costs and you will not negotiate it at all costs. You can term them as your main priorities.
  • Food: For food the rule is to ensure that the food is good and that the food is enough. PERIOD
  • Pay people to do stuff that you don’t need to worry about: If you can pay someone to execute those little things that need to be done, then do it. Do not stress yourself trying to pull off some D-I-Y that will give you sleepless nights. If you have to, delegate tasks and avoid the unnecessary hassle.Plan1
  • Learn to say NO: If there are things that you do not want at your wedding, don’t let others force them down your throat. Say No and get to enjoy your day as you exactly want it. It is your day and it will only happen once so don’t let it get diverted to the wishes of others.
  • Try to find a balance between what is Trendy right not and what will be Classic forever: This is not easy but it is very important. Trends will come and go and what might look great now will not be the same a couple of years down the road. This is a day that you want to remember for the rest of your lives and if you can get that classic look for your wedding then it will immortalize that special day for the rest of your life.
  • Clean Up crew: Think beyond the wedding day to what will happen to the mess after the event. Some venues have crews who will do this as part of the venue package or for an extra fee. Ensure that you know what will happen afterwards so that you or your family are not stuck cleaning up after a long hectic day.
  • Lastly, Have fun: Be present in the moment. Eat with the guests. Dance to the music. Live in the moment and don’t let this special day zoom past you. ENJOY THE DAY!!

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