The hottest trend in weddings: Smaller Guest Lists

T E N reasons to have a small wedding:

1. You get to celebrate one of the biggest days of your life surrounded by people who love you.

2. You can feel more relaxed on your wedding day. Because you’ll be surrounded by friends and family. Your wedding will feel more like a celebration with close-knit friends and family, than a production.

3. You can save money. You can save thousands of dollars by having an intimate wedding, which means you won’t have to go over your wedding budget.

4. You can splurge. Some couples choose a small guest list not necessarily because their budgets are small, but because they can pull out all the stops and have a truly lavish wedding. You get more ‘wow’ for less wallet with a small wedding. When you’ve got fewer guests, you can splurge on the things that really matter to you.

5. You have more options when choosing a venue. Since you won’t need a large space to accommodate your guests, many small wedding venues will be open to you. A smaller guest list means more creative venue options like bed & breakfasts, museums, garden, art galleries and restaurants.

6. You have more freedom to customize your wedding to your own tastes. A small wedding gives you the opportunity to get your creative juices flowingand make your unique wedding a reflection of the two of you.

7. You get to spend time with your guests. How many weddings have made you feel like a stranger fulfilling a social obligation? Small weddings aren’t like that. When the guest list is small,  the bride and groom can spend time with each of their guests, making them feel welcome.

8. You can make your guests feel at home. Because you will be able to spend at least some time with your guests, they will feel more at home at your wedding. Also, when the guest list is small, guests will have a better opportunity to mingle with most of the others. Chances are that many of your guests will know one another.

9. You can get your guests involved. A small wedding will give you the opportunity to get your loved ones involved in your special day. Also, it’s a lot easier pulling off a DIY wedding with a guest list under 75, than a big scale production.

10. You can have a wedding that people will remember. Because your wedding won’t be typical – the kind your guests have been to over and over again – your wedding is more likely to be remembered.

Guestbook Alternatives

Instead of having an ordinary guestbook, that you hardly will look at again, have you consider to use other alternative as a replacement?

There are few alternatives that you may want to consider:

1) Using a wishing tree: let the guests to write their wishes and hang the wishing tag on the wishing tree (and this can be part of your cocktail rception’s decor as well! Imagine those pretty trees becoming part of guest’s amuzement).

2) Using a scroll signature book: let the guests to write their wishes freely and in the end of the day, you can keep it nicely by just scroll it in (oh yes, you may customize the background using your own photo ^^)

 

3) Using polaroids: either individually or in a group, however they come, and put it on the pages of the  guestbook/scrapbook. The guests will then sign on the bottom of their picture.

Autumn Wedding Theme & Design: Red & Orange

For brides who love warm colors, orange and red are the colors for your wedding theme.  Shades of orange include pumpkin, salmon, rust, persimmon, coral, and amber. Orange flowers include mango calla lilies, roses, alstroemeria, gerbera daisies, orchids, tulips, birds of paradise, and snapdragons. Shades of red include apple, burgundy, coral, crimson, fire engine, maroon, ruby, and vermillion. Red flowers include roses, gerbera daisies, orchids, Peruvian lilies, tulips, freesia, hypericum, and calla lilies.

Eternel Journey: Red and Orange Theme

 

Meaning behind the colors:

  • Red: passionate, dramatic, romantic and dripping with desire
  • Orange: energy, enthusiasm and warmth

Autumn Color Wedding Theme

In America, autumn is usually considered to start with the September equinox. In traditional East Asian solar terms, autumn starts on or around 8 August and ends on about 7 November. In Australia, autumn officially begins on March 1st and ends May. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter.

So let’s begin our Autumn wedding theme series 🙂

AUTUMN / FALL WEDDING COLORS

With color swatches, finding the right flowers, decorations, souvenirs, and a lot more other wedding stuffs, will be a breeze since you already have a complete idea of how those colors would look when combined together. And of course, shopping for items would be so much easier too. And regardless of what kind of items you are looking for, it is also much better to begin shopping / sourcing early!!!

The Wedding of Barbie & Ken

Remember how our childhood filled up with these Barbie things?

How we adore their pretty dresses, make them different hair style, bring them to the prettiest state?

Now, a super-talented—and super-creative!—photographer Beatrice de Guigne masterminded this ingenious photo shoot then captured it all on film over three days. I found the photos and just had to share them with you!

Here’s the story behind….. “Barbie & Ken were married at Faraway Castle, in Plasticity. The bride bought her dress from The Fairy Godmother shop and her shoes from the Cinderella Store. The groom wore a suit from The Prince Charming Emporium. The couple met more than 50 years ago (yes I know they look young). Barbie was tired of waiting so she asked Ken to get married.”

Ribbon Wands

I loved the use of ribbon wands. They are such a pretty pop of color on the tabletop. Imagine kids running around playing with them. Even if you put a number of wands in a jar like this would make a fun centrepiece for a kids table, or a funw ay to incorporate some colour to a gift table or bar table. For easy DIY tutorial, click here or feel free to drop us an email for order 🙂

 

Summer Wedding Theme & Design: Pink & Tiffany Blue

The Tiffany theme has been growing in popularity in recent years. Inspired by the classic Audrey Hepburn style, the unique signature color, or the classic styles – a Tiffany blue wedding is elegant, timeless and luxurious. When you combine tiffany blue with pink color,  it’s simply such a sweet looking wedding.

Eternel Journey : Pink & Tiffany Blue Theme

Meaning behind the colors:

  • Pink: happiness, playfulness and a sense of fun
  • Tiffany Blue: romantic, elegant and timeless

Wedding Trends in 2011

In 2011, many couples are tying the knot! And guess what’s popular among 2011 wedding? Two major trends for 2011 wedding that I concluded are:

1) Sophisticated Elegance Returns
It’s back to basics with elegant, sophisticated style in 2011. Wedding decor will be understated with modern design elements trumping DIY touches. Scripted calligraphy, custom monograms and classic wedding cakes embody this trend. Brides will wear pearls and grooms will ditch the sneakers in favor of more tasteful wedding day kicks.

2) Outdoor Venues—Where It’s At
Couples will gravitate toward outdoor ceremony and reception venues. The raw, minimal backdrop of an outdoor setting leaves room for personalization and customization, a major perk for creative, hands-on nearlyweds.

Tents for Your Wedding?

Weddings are special events. It has to be unique on its own way. It could be the setting and/or the décor. To a certain extend, it is the way the tents are set or arranged to make the event unique. Using a tent for a wedding can allow you to host the event in the park, reservoir deck, back yard or property of friends or family.

Tents can be a great addition to an outdoor wedding for many reasons.  Not only can a tent greatly enhance the appearance of your wedding, it can also greatly increase the comfort of the wedding ceremony or reception by sheltering you and your guests from the unexpected ever-changing weather forecast and bugs!

Some pictures of stylish yet very different tented weddings with details of how the decor was acheived.

Traditional white wedding tent: simple and elegant with tan carpet, gilt chairs and traditional style flowers around the sides. What stops this decor from being boring is the green accent color from, unusually, the wine glasses, and a splash of gold on the roof.

Shabby chic: another very fashionable look. Here the style comes with traditional bunting strung across the roof, a chill out area with sofas and vintage style accessories.

Blackout: Blackout walls or ceilings with starlight lighting make for a very popular look in the UK right now. Here, a single blacked out wall with starlights is combined with more traditional ivory lining and fabulous red rose floral centrepieces to stunning effect.

Something really special: Lit all in red with light stencilling and raised table centrepieces with white ball lights, this tent really stands out.

 

Creative Ideas for Wedding Programs

One question: Do we need wedding programs? They are not a requirement, BUT programs are important—they give people something to look at while they’re waiting for you to walk down the aisle! I believe your guests may be grateful if you have one.

However, for certain ceremonies they are more necessary than others. For instance:

  • If you are having a religious or traditional wedding, with many guests who are of another faith or culture
  • If you are having a large wedding, where guests are unlikely to know the bridal party
  • If you are having a particularly long ceremony where guests will want to be prepared to wait a while
  • If you have many people who you need to thank

There’s no specific guidleine in making a wedding program. It can be exactly what you want it to be, whether it’s a thick booklet, or a single sheet of paper with only the most important details.

Different Styles of Wedding Programs

Feel like having one? Your guests also will be able to bring it back as one of the memoirs from your special day 🙂

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