Relationship experts report that too many couples fail to ask each other critical questions before marrying. Here are a few key ones that couples should consider asking:
Regardless of what type of wedding you are having, planning is essential. There can actually be even more planning involved when planning a wedding on the beach. After all, there are going to be numerous unique and unexpected problems that occur. Because of this, here are five things to keep in mind as you begin planning beach weddings.
1. Weather alternative
Just when it seems that you've navigated hundreds of decisions, and had near-missed tizzies with just about everyone involved in your wedding - ANOTHER hard decision! What to give your best friends for helping you through this blessed event?! Here are some helping guidelines:
- A gift that will remind them of your wedding after it's over. Think durability.
- A gift that is conducive for all your bridesmaids irrespective of fit or size
- Think of something that they can wear or have with them on the day itself
- It would be ideal if your gift helps co-ordinate their look at the same time.
For all the reasons above jewelry makes an ideal gift. By buying affordable jewelry gifts for your bridesmaids you solve two problems at the same time: their jewelry will now co-ordinate with each other (while matching their dresses) AND you're giving them a wonderful gift that they will be able to appreciate long after your wedding.
When booking a DJ, watch out for the prideful, “full of himself” DJ, that has a name like “Jammin Joe”, or the quiet DJ who thinks his job is just to just play music. Your Typical Wedding DJ tends to fall in one of two extremes. Many high end DJs, are very "flashy", or "showy" and love to be the center of attention, hear themselves talk, and have this attitude “how glorious am I”. On the other extreme you have many of your low end DJs, who camp out behind their messy equipment and don’t give any direction or leadership. A DJ has to be a leader, one who is comfortable, making announcements, and guiding your guests, as well as all the vendors you have working for you, communicating with them, so that they know what is happening. Our DJs are in the middle of those two extremes. The first two hours before dinner and during dinner we are formal and elegant, When you make your grand entrance, you will hear an introduction that will get your guests excited when you walk in. We say what we need to say, but also know when to shut up. The last half of the reception (the dancing part), we are interactive and are very good at getting people on the dance floor.
A big ego is the last thing a DJ needs, but unfortunately a common trait. Many of them will have some hyped up name that they go by. All of our four DJs are here to serve you, so they don’t need an alter ego stage name, because it’s not about them, it’s about you, the Bride and Groom, and your guests. You are the boss and we will do what you want, but we will also advise you from our years of experience; however the final decision is always yours. As a wedding DJ you are trying to please a wide range of ages and ethnic groups, and someone may not like something you are playing, but you have to put your pride aside and be polite and courteous at all times.
We seem to find that most brides seem to fit fairly well into one of four categories. Which one are you?
1) The Minimalist
So you’re looking for a wedding minister, eh? Not as easy as it sounds, right?
The Officiant you choose should match your personal style and the type of wedding ceremony that you'd like to have. For instance, you may not choose the same minister for an informal wedding in the park versus a formal religious ceremony in a church. Your ceremony is the spiritual heart and soul of your wedding day. Yet, many people are uncertain about how to choose an officiant. Some couples are initially intimidated when talking with the person who may be partnering with them on one of the most important days of their life. If you and your fiance are already members of an established church, then the choice is easy. But if neither of you has an affiliation with a local church, you’ll want to be looking for a minister who can serve you well on your special day. Here are some tips on where to look and what to ask.
Many brides ask us why we insist on an engagement shoot for all our wedding couples. Think of the engagement shoot as an audition for the photographer and a dress rehearsal for you. This time allows us to get to know each other. As the photographer I get to see what makes you comfortable in front of the camera, what makes you laugh, what relaxes you. As the subject you get to know the photographers work style and personality. On your wedding day you will spend more time with your photographer then any other vendor. My goal is always to make you so comfortable with me that by your wedding day I am a trusted friend. This makes a HUGE difference in the final photos. If you are relaxed and comfortable your photos will be more natural.
Going through your engagement photos with your photographer is another really important step in getting the best possible photos on your wedding day. Viewing and discussing your engagement pictures allows you to tell the photographer what you like and don't like about your photos. Perhaps you don't like profile shots because it highlights the shape of your nose, or you prefer close up head & shoulder shots over full length shots. Whatever your personal preference, your photographer will have a better understanding when you can go through a photo session together.
On your wedding day often the last thing you think about doing is preparing food - one of the most important things you need to survive until the reception!
To stop you from the embarrassment of fainting away at the alter, here are a few ideas of platters that are light, nutritious and energising.
Wedding Planning Guide
Have you always had an idea in your mind about your perfect wedding? Whether it be a simple wedding ceremony at a scenic spot at sunset followed by cocktails; or big church wedding with a full nuptial mass and a formal wedding dinner in one of the best hotels, good planning can help you achieve the wedding you want with a minimum of stress on your big day.
The most common question I receive is "how much do you charge". That is a good question however, it should not be the first or most important question when hiring your wedding officiant. To often Brides and Grooms plan their very detailed wedding ceremony and reception right down to the detail and want their wedding to be perfect! BUT They think of the Officant as the person who just marry's them. Yes the officiant does marry you, but they also create and perform your entire ceremony!
Your guests are sitting there watching and listening to your entire ceremony. If your officiant is not professional, does not speak clearly and with expression, does not have the ability to put together a well organized, well flowing ceremony for you, it can be a disaster.