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Planning the Wedding of Your Dreams

Planning your Phoenix wedding is an exciting experience especially when it’s a fairytale wedding. Fantasy weddings are probably one of the most popular themed weddings. Every single girl has dreamed for years of walking down the aisle to her Prince Charming in her stunning ball gown feeling like a real fairytale princess. It is a sight to behold and a pleasurable memory to relive in your wedding photography Phoenix. It is a long lived fantasy which will finally become a reality.

Fairytale wedding creates the atmosphere of royalty and romance. Let your imagination be your guide as you plan a fairytale wedding. There is absolutely no limit to the creative ideas you can incorporate in every aspect of the wedding. Here are a few ideas you can use to make that fantasy wedding seem like it came straight out from a fairytale book.

o A great idea is to arrive in the wedding ceremony in a carriage pulled by a white horse.
o When choosing for that perfect wedding dress, go for sophistication and glamour. Ball gowns complete with a petticoat will look absolutely beautiful. For a more full-out princess look, do not forget to wear a tiara, opera-length gloves and a floor length veil.
o The bride’s hair with look romantic in a half or full updo with cascading ringlets.
o The shoes should be strappy and sparkly or you can still opt for wearing glass slippers for a more princess-like effect.
o For the bridesmaids, choose dreamy dresses that match your color scheme.
o Black tuxedos for the groomsmen will look stunning next to the bridesmaids. For the groom to stand out and look more like a Prince Charming, a white tuxedo is worth considering.
o The invitation is an essential element in depicting the fantasy theme. It can feature elements like carriages, castles or glass slippers. But if you refer something more formal, choose elegant fonts and style for the wedding invitations.
o To complete the fairytale experience, book your ceremony and reception in a castle. If you do not have the access to a castle then a ballroom is close enough.
o Centerpieces for this type of wedding should be grand. Sparkling ice sculptures are perfect centerpieces that can create a dramatic effect. If you live in a warmer climate and ice sculptures are not an option, use candelabras or towering vases filled with fantasy floral arrangements.
o Classic choices for flowers arrangements are usually used in this type of wedding. Roses are the popular choice. The bride’s bouquet will typically be a hand tied bouquet of roses or a cascading style of lilies. Flowers and candles are essential in pulling off a fairytale look.
o Make a grand entrance at the reception by going down a spiral staircase or by using a spotlight. A romantic waltz for your first dance with your fiancé will definitely add a personal touch to the wedding.
o Do not forget to set the mood by your choice of music. Hire a harpist or a string quartet at least during the ceremony. Then later on, let the DJ play songs that will create a dreamy atmosphere.

Planning the Wedding of Your Dreams

They say money can’t buy love – and it also doesn’t necessarily have to buy the wedding of your dreams. On the contrary, you can get the wedding of your dreams even when you’re on a budget!

From the time they are born, little girls dream of their wedding day. They envision sparkling lights, a princess gown, a handsome groom and a giant party thrown in their honor. When the big day finally approaches, however, brides begin to realize that the wedding of their dreams might be out of reach financially – or so they think!

The truth is you don’t need tons of money to have the wedding of your dreams. A wedding is the first amazing adventure that you’ll take as a couple, and planning it will be wonderful – with or without a huge budget.

First and foremost, don’t hire a wedding planner. Sure, it will be nice to have someone coordinate your big day, but think about it – it’s your big day, not someone else’s! Why wouldn’t you want to have your hands in the dirt when it comes to planning your wedding?

Save yourself some money and do the planning yourself. Set a schedule of what you need to accomplish month by month and plan out how much each month will cost so that you don’t find yourself with tons of bills to pay, come wedding day. Consider doing just about everything yourself – and of course, with the help of your loving friends and family.

Consider having your wedding in your own backyard, or perhaps, in a park or on the beach. You can have it at your parent’s home, or even at your best friend’s apartment. Who says you need to rent somewhere to boogie down with your loved ones after the ceremony? Renting a place is an unnecessary expense, especially when you’re on a budget. Remember that your wedding is about the person you’re marrying, not about where you have it.

You can also save money when it comes to your wedding gown – consider going vintage, or even wearing and repurposing your mother’s old gown. Designer wedding gowns can cost thousands, and even more inexpensive gowns at bridal retail stores can run you upwards of $500. A vintage dress could cost $20. Online retailers like eBay and Etsy are great places to find vintage clothing.

Remember, this is your wedding day, and you don’t have to wear a big, frilly gown if you don’t want to. If a simple sheath that you saw at the thrift shop for $10 is calling your name, don’t be afraid to wear that on your big day.

Another way to save money is to do your own invitations. These days, you can create just about anything on your computer. Microsoft Word has a surprising amount of templates, or you can write your invites by hand and then make photocopies. If you’re good with Photoshop, you can craft something stunning.

Consider sending out an email instead of paper invites – you’ll save yourself money on stamps, and you’ll be saving the planet! E-vites are all the rage with parties these days, so why not capitalize on their popularity by applying them to your wedding day? This option is good for both big and small weddings and doesn’t cost you a dime!

Instead of hiring an expensive caterer on your big day, consider coming up with a low-key meal that your friends and family can pull together. Instead of a sit-down dinner, go for a buffet-style meal, where your guests can help themselves. This sort of dining situation will also save you money on waiters – an unnecessary expense, especially if your loved ones can cook!

The same goes for the alcohol – buy it in bulk at a big box retailer and have that bartender friend of yours mix up some drinks. Or, if you dare, go buffet style on that end as well, and let your loved ones mix up some liquid courage for themselves!

Some of the best wedding desserts come from couples that have thought outside of the box. Don’t assume that you need a traditional three-tiered wedding cake that will cost you hundreds of dollars. Maybe you love ice cream – why not set up an ice cream sundae stand for your guests?

Wedding and Not Involve the Bride In Major Decisions

Just recently I was reading about Oprah Winfrey’s new reality show coming up called “Don’t Tell the Bride”. Apparently she’s looking for brides to be who will agree to get married and allow their groom to plan the entire wedding without her knowledge or even a clue of one thing he plans ahead of time.

There will be eight couples chosen and these couples must sign an agreement that the bride will stay out of the entire planning and if she agrees they will receive $25,000 towards their wedding. This is an opportunity for couples in several different ways. Number one, they will get a free wedding and a $25,000 wedding is a nice amount of money and will purchase quite an elaborate wedding. Next, these couples will have the opportunity to be seen on Oprah’s reality TV show which will give them exposure before millions of people who are hooked on watching these types of programs.

These are a couple of really nice pro’s that should attract many couples to fill out the application and agree to participate. But are there any cons to this agreement for the couples themselves? Well let’s look at a couple of things that came to my mind.

It’s always been traditional for the bride to plan most all of the wedding including picking out her wedding dress and the dresses of her bridesmaids. Gee, she won’t even know who her maid of honor or brides maids will be until the wedding day. Also the bride usually chooses the colors they will wear, guess that will be a surprise.

Then there’s the selection of flowers. How many grooms know, without asking, what his bride likes when it comes to flowers? What about the music played and songs sung, can a groom do all this including knowing exactly who to invite without asking his bride? What if some important relative or friend is left out, how will that be handled for all eternity?

What if the groom selects a dress the bride actually hates? This actually happened to me many years ago when I was forced to select a dress I disliked over one I loved due to the influence of my step mother’s decision. I’ve never forgotten how I felt walking down the aisle in that distasteful dress.

Has Oprah thought about the repercussions of a marriage starting out with numerous disappointed brides when they show up on their wedding day and see colors they hate, dresses they loathe, guests who were never supposed to be invited and flowers they are allergic to that they must hold onto as their bouquet? Would his future mother-in-law be invited? What about food ordered from the caterer that the bride finds disgusting or at least something she never would have ordered?

How many couples are willing to place their marriage beginnings in the hands of someone who’s never been married? And if Oprah was planning on getting married would she allow her groom to plan her own wedding? Also, isn’t Oprah using this opportunity to bring her ratings up since she left her day time talk show to start her own television network?

We need to acknowledge that Oprah is a giver and is known for her generous heart. Let’s also remember that most CPA’s remind their rich clients that they must take advantage of numerous large write-offs or they will grace their money to the government instead. So, giving away $200,000 for eight couples to get married is really nice and it’s also a smart business move.

Planning the Wedding You Really Want

There are four simple secrets to planning a wedding without (a) losing
your sanity or (b) having your dreams stolen by the people around you.

o Eat the elephant one bite at a time.

o Stand strong, sister!

o Give yourself time.

o Hand over the reigns . . . at the END.

Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time

Have you ever heard about how to eat an elephant? The answer is “One bite at a time.”

It’s the same with planning something as elephant-sized as your wedding. Even if your wedding is relatively small in terms of the
number of guests or the number of vendors, planning a wedding is
an elephant. There are many, many decisions you have to make.

Wedding task check lists make it clear that you don’t need to
find a florist or invitations first thing. Finding a venue and a
caterer are tasks that need to be addressed earlier on.

Even if flowers and invitations are crucial pieces of your
wedding dreams, don’t worry about them until it’s time. Don’t
try to jam the entire elephant into your mouth at once.

Stand Strong, Sister!

Do you want the wedding of YOUR dreams? Or are you relatively
happy if you get half the wedding that you want and half the
wedding that other people think you should want?

If it’s the latter, that’ll be no problem. Other people are more
than willing to take over your wedding. You don’t have to put
any effort into getting people to bully you around to creating
the wedding of their dreams.

It’s a little more effort (although about 90% of it is purely
psychological effort) to be sure that you get the wedding of YOUR

There are essentially two types of people who will try to take
over your wedding:

o Family members (including soon-to-be in-laws)

o Vendors

Handling these two types of “controllers” takes different approaches.

Vendors are with you just for this wedding. Family you have to
live with for the rest of your life!

Where do your priorities lie in managing these two types of

With professional vendors, your top priority may be getting what
you want, at the price you’ve negotiated, and it really doesn’t
matter if you have to step on a few toes to get it. You’ll be
polite and professional when dealing with vendors, but you must
not be a push-over.

With family, your priority may lie with maintaining loving
relationships for a lifetime. You should be no more of a
pushover with family than with other vendors, but you SHOULD make
sure to hear their side of any issues that arise and to
continually emphasize (both with your words and
with your actions) your gratitude for this loving effort they’re
putting forth for your very special day.

A third possible type of controller is a combination of the other

o friends or family providing services for your wedding.

This can be a little trickier, because you’re both dealing with
them as a vendor and planning to have a relationship with them
for the rest of your life. This requires a balance of the
strategies used with family members and the strategies used with

You’ll need to find the right balance between treating a
particular person as a vendor who is a friend/family member vs. a
friend/family member who is doing you a favor by providing
something you’d otherwise get from a vendor.

Give Yourself Time

To have the most flexibility, you should start your wedding
planning anywhere from a year to eighteen months before you’d
like to actually get married.

Don’t panic! People have successfully pulled together weddings
with a few weeks or even a few days of planning. The 12-18 month
suggestion is just that, a suggestion. It’s based on the idea
that spreading the tasks out over time will cause you less

A longer timetable also allows for those chunks of time when
you’re lying on your couch thinking, “I could not care less if I
had a wedding!”

But, for those who find the last minute approach preferable (or
necessary), timetables can be completely ignored.

If you’re planning your wedding under a tight timeline,
controlling your own brain is one of the most important things
you can do. If you panic, you’ll not only make yourself miserable
at the time of panic, you’ll be more likely to ruin your wedding.

Even if you’re working under a tight timeline, plan in rest
periods. You need to take a couple days (or at least a few hours)
here or there where you don’t work on your wedding. Spend this
time just having fun with your beloved and remembering why you
wanted to marry him in the first place. Or spend the time by
yourself, resting and doing things you enjoy (other than wedding

When you’re working on your wedding, work on it, concentrate and
move forward. When you’re not working on it, put it from your
mind and remember that your wedding is but one day in the
wonderful life you have ahead. Don’t screw up the life just to
have the wedding.

Hand Over the Reigns . . . At the END

Even if you hire a wedding planner, don’t completely hand over
the reigns early on. Not if you want to achieve the wedding of
YOUR dreams.

But as you’re getting down to the week or so before your wedding,
the balance between the importance of planning your dream wedding
and the importance of living your dream wedding will shift. It’s
time to stop with the planning and start with the living.

Unfortunately, the planning won’t actually be finished a week or
two before your wedding. Some of the most important things you
have to do to stop others from taking over your dream wedding
have to be done right before your wedding. In fact, many of them
have to be done the day before or the day of your wedding.

But, repeat after me: “I don’t want to be planning my wedding on
my wedding day.”

You want to be living your wedding on the day of your wedding.
And if you can manage to start living your wedding several days
or even a couple weeks before your wedding, the better off you’ll

To hand over the reigns in the right way and at the right time
comes down to (a) being prepared to tell others exactly what you
want and (b) handing the reigns to the right person/people.

One excellent reason to hire a wedding planner is if you don’t
know the right kind of people in your personal life to do (b).
If you ended up with a lot of unreliable or free-spirited or
wimpy friends and family, you’ll need to hire someone to hand the
reigns off to. It’s critical to be able to hand off the reigns
and live your wedding day!

Planning the Wedding Budget

When beginning to plan your wedding, sit down with your fiance and talk about the wedding you want and the wedding of your dreams. Your wedding should be able to relate to your friends and relatives, to who you are and what you are becoming. Next after deciding on some general parameters you will want to have a plan that will help you best determine to track costs.

Take a planner and on the first page write down everything that you will need, for your dream wedding. For example the florist, photographer, cake, reception sites, wedding consultant, ceremony and any other vendors. Now after you have put down everything that you will need for your dream wedding on the next page title that page your realistic wedding. Now on the realistic wedding page list everything that you will need and the amounts for each. For example start with the florist and put down the cost of the floral centerpieces, bouquet etc.Now this is for the realistic wedding only. Remember the first page is your dream wedding. Also for the realistic wedding make a list of the amount money needed to feed your guests. When you are finished and after you have done your homework and compared the dream wedding verses the realistic wedding you will then have a realistic budget for your entire wedding.

Now sit down with your finance and take a real hard look at what your wedding will cost. Now the both of you will have an idea with what you are really working with for your budget. With the right planning you may be able to cut costs and save in different areas. For example if you decide to have a buffet brunch your cost on food would go down considerable. If your choose flowers that are in season this would help lower the costs of your flowers. Remember planning is the key for any wedding and planning early.

Planning Your Own Wedding

One of the most common ways to reduce wedding planning stress is to hire a wedding planner. Unfortunately, wedding planners are not always affordable and neither are some of the ideas they will have for your wedding. This leaves most brides planning their own wedding.

In this article we are going to take a look at a few quick tips to help you get started planning your wedding in the right way.

Tip #1: Set A Realistic Budget

We all hate budgeting, but it is necessary. You don’t want your marriage to start off in a big debt because of your wedding. The two of you will need to come up with a final price tag that makes sense for your wedding. For some couples it is $30 000 for others it is only $5000. With a little creativity and work you can work within either of those budgets.

Tip #2: Select A Date And Time For The Wedding

This will be one of the first things you will need to decide. Make sure that you think this through. A summer wedding will cost more then a winter wedding. Can you afford to have your wedding in the summer? Will you save some money by having a wedding in the fall?

You should also keep in mind the time of day you will be having the wedding. A wedding that takes place in the mourning will be cheaper then one that takes place in the afternoon.

Tip #3: Decide On The Perfect Location

To save money and to capture the mood you should consider alternative locations to the usual ones. For example, you may be able to get married on the beach or even a local park. Both of these options can be rather inexpensive.

Regardless, of where you choose to have your wedding make sure you book the venue early on in the planning process. The best locations always seem to be booked months ahead of time.

Tip #4: Decide On The Number Of Guests

It’s a good idea to decide how many guests you want to attend your wedding very early in the planning process. The number of guest will effect your budget and many of your catering decisions. Even for a small 50 guests keeping them fed can get very pricey.

Tip #5: Decide On A Theme, Feel, And Look

Coming up with a theme is easy for some and harder for others. Sometimes your locations set the theme for you. For example, if you have your wedding at the beach then the beach can be your theme. For a more traditional wedding you may have to consider more about the look and feel of your wedding. What colors do you want to make use of? How do you want to make use of flowers? How do you want to make use of lighting?

Tip #6: Decide On Food

The food you have for your guests is very important. You don’t want your guests living unsatisfied and hungry. You have to decide if you want a multi-course meal or something more simple.

Tip #7: Decide On Entertainment

Do you want a band? Would you prefer a DJ? Make sure that you book one sooner rather then later. The good ones are always busy.

Would you like a simple, easy, and stress free way to plan your wedding?

Start Planning the Wedding Decoration

If a couple is planning their wedding day, then they are probably well aware today, that they have to spend a lot of time into planning it.

One of the biggest problems, at least in the initial stages of the planning, is where to start.

If you are looking for some unique wedding decorating ideas, then hopefully this article will give you a few inspirations to get you started.

Firstly, you will want to decide what sort of wedding you are going to have. Are you going to have a traditional wedding or something particularly modern or unique?

Of course, it is your choice and it is your special day so what you are going to do is entirely your choice between you and your partner.

You will find a lot of different decorations by searching the internet. There are many options to choose your unique wedding decoration.

There are so many different aspects of the wedding ceremony that make the day unique and special. Decorating is definitely one of them.

If you are looking for something particularly unique and original, then you are certainly not alone. You will be able to find many inspirations and different ideas and if you want, you can even do something a bit more extreme. There are some particularly crazy wedding ceremonies that have taken place.

When planning your decoration, you want to have something which obviously fits in with the theme of the wedding you have chosen.

Some people like to have a certain colour theme for the ceremony for example. Certain colours means certain things to some people, and if you have a love for a specific colour or set of colours, then you may want to deploy these preferences in the decorations.

Decorations fall into various different categories as well. Firstly, you have traditional decorations, modern decorations and sort of elegant and baroque kind of decorations.

Generally, the sort of decorations that you want to use depend largely on the sort of surroundings. For example if you are having a church wedding, you will typically want to have traditional sorts of decorations.

Grooms Make Planning the Wedding

For most people, marriage happens only once in their lives and they always get excited about their wedding plans. Because of this excitement, they may make wrong decisions they will soon regret after their wedding day. They miss the obvious signs that could have avoided a mistake.

Here are the common wedding planning mistakes made by the couples that can serve as a lesson to those who are planning on tying the knot:

  • Impulsive decisions. Because the couples are overly excited, they often make rushed decisions about booking wedding vendors. They often forget to collect and compare detailed information from different vendors. Pros and cons must be weighed first. It is important to gather data by making surveys, asking opinions and gathering feedback from others, conducting your own research about the wedding vendors, etc. Give yourself time to think before making any decisions you may regret later on.
  • They are easily convinced by advertisements and persuasion. Wedding vendors will always saying good things about their product and services. They hide their flaws so they can make a sale. They also make suggestions that you should have this and that in your wedding, but in fact these things may be unnecessary. Their words can be very persuasive, and an emotional couple can fall into this trap. Avoid being a victim of this strategy by not completely relying on what they are saying. Do your own research.
  • Inaccurate budgets. Guessing how much you are going to spend on this and that can cause a couple end to miscalculate their budget. Expenses will go higher than your budget allows, and some couples end up in debt due to their excessive wedding expenses. Do not let this happen to you. Make sure you find out how much each expense will really cost you.
  • Making a commitment with the first vendor you meet. Do not make the mistake of booking the first supplier you speak to. Find time to inquire with other suppliers. There might be someone who can offer you better service and product than the first one.
  • Over spending. Because couples are so excited about having their dream wedding come true, they tend to spend on whatever suggestions that are shown to them even, if it is really unnecessary. You can avoid this by being strict about your budget and keeping track of your expenditures.

Wedding of Your Dreams on a Budget

If you are on a budget, you can still have a dream wedding if you follows some basic steps. You should start with planning your wedding and upfront establish a budget that works for all involved. You will find that you can plan a non-traditional wedding that not only cuts costs, is a lot of fun and easy to do. You can also opt for a smaller wedding that can allow you more flexibility in terms of costs. You can also make wedding crafts that are unique and inexpensive to add to the professional setups. With these ideas in mind, let’s first look at the non-traditional wedding.

Many couples have chosen the beach as a low-cost venue to have their wedding. If you go this route, you only need to worry about paying the clergy, and be prepared to offer a reception that takes place either in a nearby restaurant or hall that is near where you marry. This is a fun, more casual way to get married that is wonderful, intimate and low costs. Remember, that your wedding day should be the day of you and your future-husband’s dreams and it shouldn’t all be about money. People are coming to help you celebrate your love for each other, and coming to the beach is one way to do it.

If non-traditional is not your bag, you may opt for a smaller, more intimate affair. While you may want to invite every family member from around the world and every friend you’ve made since grammar school, your budget will say otherwise. You can invite as many people as you can afford, and as a result, invite everyone to the church ceremony, but only invite select people to the reception. In this way, you can save money, and everyone can see you tie the knot.

Making wedding crafts and decorations is another fun way you can reduce wedding costs. Instead of paying for expensive centerpieces, you can go to the craft store, engage your creativity and make your own with the help of your bridesmaids and other interested parties. You can find deals on wedding runners, flowers in bulk that you can set up and make favors that are personalized and individually made rather than spending for the traditional book of matches that used to be the norm.

Tips for Planning the Wedding

Wedding is ‘your’ day, a special day. It should be celebrated in a special way. It is always good to plan your wedding ahead. Planning not only will keep everything in flow and saves you from a chaos; it also let the occasion be special in a special and memorable way.

Planning does not only involve booking a banquet hall and the main ceremony. It accounts for the least detail as well. It involves how to invite your guests, designing the invitation cards, sending those cards to your guests, wedding dresses for bride, and groom, best man, and bridesmaid, outfit for the bride’s mother, wedding menus, wedding songs, wedding gifts, bridal flowers etc.

Planning starts with allocating the budget for your wedding. No matter what your financial conditions are, you surely will have a budget for the day. When you have an over all amount to be spent for the day, make a checklist of all the events and arrangements needed to be made. Allocate a budget to each category in the checklist.

For planning a wedding, you may hire a wedding planner, find a wedding planning website, or do it on your own. It is expected that most of the couples going to be married are working and don’t get enough time to properly plan their wedding. So they opt for hiring a wedding planner. A wedding planner is a professional wedding consultant who guides you through the entire process of your wedding, from planning, designing, purchasing, to the actual ceremony being ended. There are different wedding planners and choosing the best for you can only be planned by the couple.

There are online wedding planning tools as well. These tools include a wedding budgeter, wedding checklist, guest list, tickers, etc. a wedding budgeter provides calculating and estimating the wedding budget. The checklist is a complete and comprehensive list to things to do can be found online. Some tools can provide links to photos and latest trends as well.

Wedding Guest list keeps track of all the guests you are willing to invite, allow you to group them too. It facilitates you to send invites, mails, RSVPs and thank you notes as well. There are many more tools that can be found online. Many couples create their own wedding website where they coordinate with each other and with their friends and family. It is a good idea to keep interacted with your guests and inform them about the big and small events.