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IDEAS FOR FAVOR BAGS

Posted by Thomas Callaghan on January 28, 2011 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Ideas for Filling Those Wedding Favour Bags


Most people will opt for elegance when they are thinking of a theme for their wedding. This will be applied right down to the stylish organza wedding favour bags to get for each table.

But the real question still remains what will you decide to put in those bags for your guests to open?

Before you start thinking about the different options, think about your budget. Clearly you will have a figure to stick to, and your choices will be very different if you are spending £1 per person as opposed to £5 per person for example. Once you have your budget sorted out you can start looking for a variety of wedding favours to buy.

Some people like to get different things for different people. Individual gifts are touching and very personal, but they take longer to find and buy. Consider your timescale before going for this option. It might be better to buy different things for men and women if time is of the essence.

You dont have to stick to chocolate or mints for your wedding favours. You can buy tea lights, fans, bookmarks, small photo albums, bottle stoppers the list is endless. Limit your search to your chosen upper budget if you can, although not all websites have this feature.

You will always be able to find unusual wedding favour ideas as well. Some couples buy items that are related to the time of year they are getting married in, such as seeds to grow a seasonal plant. Others decide to buy a stack of £1 lottery tickets or scratch cards, giving one to each guest with a wish for good luck!

Whatever you decide to buy for your wedding favours, there is no doubt that you have a wide range of great ideas to choose from.

10 Most Common Wedding Planning Mistakes

Posted by Thomas Callaghan on April 11, 2007 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Even long after the wedding is over, we always hear a few ‘coulda, woulda, shouldas’ when talking to brides. With help from the fabulous team at TLC, we have put together a guide of the top 10 mistakes couples make during the planning process and easy ways to prevent those post-wedding regrets.

1. Choosing The Wrong Venue First, make sure the location you’re booking is the appropriate size for your event and isn’t painfully far from your ceremony location. More importantly, make sure the venue can supply certain elements you’ll need, like dinnerware and table linens. You don’t want to book your event and find out you have to source every single item for your event on your own. Destination wedding venues are a completely different story.

2. Lacking Organization Between appointments with your florist, cake tastings, dress fittings and RSVP dates it’s so easy to veer off track during the wedding planning process. Do yourself a huge favor and get savvy with social media tools and create a comprehensive timeline of important dates and deadlines from the get-go.

3. Saving The Small Stuff For Later Leaving the little things until later is okay, but remember that those little details add up quickly. Tying bows to water bottles, ordering props, putting together welcome bags, creating place cards and making favors should not be left to the last minute. Calling your bridesmaids for an all hands on deck cram-session the night before your wedding will leave you stressed with dark circles the next day… not chic.

4. Signing Off Too Late As soon as you put a ring on it, start getting a feel for color schemes, venues and creative partners you’d like to book for your event. Whatever you do, start making decisions as early as possible! Just as your calendar will quickly fill up, so will your desired florist’s, baker’s and DJ’s so act fast.

5. Creating The Seating Chart Too Early This is one element of your wedding day you actually want to leave until the last minute. It’s not unlikely that natural disasters, tear-filled breakups and illnesses will have names dropping from your guest like flies, so wait until a couple of days before your wedding to create your seating chart.

6. Ignoring The Morning-Of Schedule There are a ton of things to do the morning of your wedding day including breakfast, hair and makeup, exchanging of bridesmaid gifts, family photos and videographer interviews. Make sure you wake up early and stay organized the morning of your wedding day. You’ll be surprised how quickly the time passes!

7. Winging It It may be your big day, but Mother Nature is boss. Make sure you have a contingency plan for rain,wind,snow, raging wildfires and any other disasters that could entirely change your wedding. Unexpected events may be out of your hands, but you can still regain some control with a backup plan (or two).

8. Leaving Your Guests In The Dark As Thomas always says, a well-informed guest is a happy guest. It’s also a sign of a fabulous host. Triple-check your invitations for any cryptic language, create a wedding website, print ceremony programs and dinner menus, and sincerely thank your guests the day-of for celebrating alongside you.

9. Neglecting The Lists Before the wedding, be sure to keep your DJ, photographer and videographer informed. Prepare a ‘shot list’ for your photographer with names accompanying each image so photos can be taken quickly and efficiently the day of. Be sure to give your DJ a full list of songs you want and don’t want to hear the day of your wedding. Lastly, give your caterer a list of foods that are off-limits and any dietary restrictions guests might have.

10. Asking Too Few Questions It’s so important to ask potential creative partners the right questions. Failing to do so can cost you some serious cash and lead to major headaches down the road. Along those lines, but sure to thoroughly read contracts and revise them if necessary. Tap into your network of lawyer friends you know ...the google masters and ask for their help!

Thomas`s extra points.... Getting Carried Away So many brides look back on their wedding and wish they had kept it from getting 'bigger than Big’ à la Carrie Bradshaw. A little stress throughout the wedding planning process is normal, but feeling the urge to tear your hair out at 2AM is a sign to stop everything and scale back. This day is supposed to be fun and happy, so take a breather and remember what’s truly important.

Forgetting Your Belongings Before the big day, designate a parent or your MOH to gather your belongings at the end of the night. Leftover cake, the sign-in book, extra wedding favors and gifts are all prime examples. There’s a good chance you will have succumbed to the champagne by midnight, so it’s important to have someone you trust in charge.

 

Dont Let Wedding Planning Stress Kill Your Relationship

Posted by Thomas Callaghan on June 13, 2006 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

When we’re little, most of us have an idea of what our wedding will be like. The white dress, the prince charming – it’s a fairy tale day come true! Of course, this is the end goal here, but now that we’ve grown up and begun the whole process, we know that everything doesn’t just happen for our wedding day; someone has to do all the planning and do it right. The someone(s) in question (unless you have a fantastic wedding planner) is usually the couple of the hour.

The idea that this is a once-in-a-lifetime event puts a whole lot of pressure on it to be perfect. There is no next time, no do-overs. The pressure is real and understandable. However, with all the stress, the appointments, the decision making, and the seemingly endless worrying about every aspect of your wedding day coming together without a hitch, there can be less attention paid to the person who this is all for – your spouse-to-be.

Wedding planning can occasionally be a catalyst for the death of romance in a budding relationship and a long-established one, alike; but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few ways to avoid this and keep the whole wedding-planning process fun, exciting, and just one more way to bring the two of you even closer.

Designate time when wedding planning discussions are not allowed. It’s easy to let the wedding dominate every conversation you’re having. It’s on your mind all day and who better to blab to than the person you’re teaming up with on this? This can become incredibly daunting, and we’re not saying you’re being a Bridezilla (or Groomzilla), but eventually one or both of you is going to be too exhausted to talk about your centerpieces or bridesmaid dresses. The same rules we can recall with mobile phones (not at dinner, not after 9pm, not at church, etc.) can apply here – whatever times work best for you two to just enjoy each other’s company and wedding-speak.

Plan your romance. You may be thinking that this seems contradictory to the romance that spontaneity brings about, but we’re grown/growing up. Simply put, life is busy. If we waited around for a spontaneous moment to arise, we might be waiting for weeks, months, a year! We actually have to make plans to make plans (wedding planning), so I think for anyone reading this blog, you are fully aware of the value and importance of planning. Planning ensures that things get done — your romantic life is no different! In this busy time in your life, plan a night to get away from all the stress. Whether it’s a movie night, coffee date, going out for drinks and laughs, or just planning on cooking dinner together, we want you to let the sparks fly again! We’re sure you can take it from there.

Embrace the element of surprise. When someone isn’t expecting something to happen, you better bet they’re going to remember it that much more. Not only that, but a surprise really affects a person. This surprise can be in the form of a kind gesture, releasing a stressful duty from your significant other (calling the caterer, running errands, cooking dinner), giving a thoughtful gift, or planning a night for the two of you to get away for an activity you both enjoy like hiking for the weekend. An unexpected surprise is going to relieve stress, bring you closer together, and help your significant other understand why they fell in love with you in the first place.

Throughout this entire process, it’s extremely important to be mindful of your significant other and of your relationship in general. It’s easy to get carried away with wedding planning process, but don’t let the wedding planning stress kill your relationship! After all, without a bride and groom, there can’t be a wedding, can there? Happy planning, lovebirds!

Wedding Insurance ? Yeh or Nah ....

Posted by Thomas Callaghan on March 11, 2006 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We get asked this a lot .

With the cost of getting married spiralling and more couples are looking to protect themselves financially in case the big day goes wrong.

Many weddings now cost upwards of £10,000. But for the cost of an extra tier on the wedding cake you can get insurance policies which will cover many of the nightmare scenarios that haunt prospective brides and grooms.

A growing trend for couples to organise their big day independently - booking venues, catering, flowers and the rest separately - means that many of the costs are not insured and there is no central point of complaint or recompense if things go wrong.

If couples book a service or goods from suppliers and they go bust, they will have to join the list of unsecured creditors and will be near the back of the line when it comes to claiming back costs.

And insuring the big day is of even more concern if couples opt to have their wedding in a marquee or in premises not usually hired out for functions, when public liability cover will be needed to protect against claims for injury or damage.

Wedding insurance A number of firms offer wedding insurance, ranging from specialists such as Wedding plan and Ecclesiastical to household names John Lewis ( our fav ) and Marks and Spencer Different suppliers offer different cover so it is important to tailor one to your needs.

For example i always suggest John Lewis whom include public liability cover which will pay out in the event of any claims arising if an accident occurred. Most policies have different levels of cover that you can choose from and will specify how much will be paid in different circumstances.

John Lewis has 12 levels of cover costing between £46 and £355. Couples should consider what their most significant costs are and choose a policy to cover them. A key detail of a policy is the amount that it will pay in the event the wedding has to be cancelled. This ranges from a few thousand pounds for the cheapest levels of cover, to as much as £50,000.

What is covered i hear you ask ?

A quick total of the various costs will give you an approximate figure. The cancellation amount will pay if the venue cannot be used or if a key member of the wedding party – bride, groom and parents or guardians – dies or is ill or injured before the ceremony.

Policies will also pay if the wedding dress or other special outfits are lost or severely damaged. If those paying for the wedding are made redundant and the wedding has to be cancelled, policies will payout. However, the policy has to have been in place for eight weeks before notice has been given.

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