Choosing Your Bridesmaids

Choosing Your BridesmaidsIdeally, choosing your bridesmaids should be a fun process where all of your friends and family rally behind your decision. Even if someone wanted to be selected for a specific role and got passed by, they should still be happy for you and be ready to do whatever you call on them to do during the wedding planning process. However, this isn’t always the case, so often times there is politics involved in your bridesmaid selection process. Fortunately, choosing your bridesmaids doesn’t have to be a nightmare if you use some careful planning and a scientific process to determine who is chosen. Here are some helpful tips on choosing your bridesmaids that will make the process as simple as possible.

Maid of Honor

The very first thing you want to do is to determine who your maid of honor will be. This choice will probably require the most amount of thought and may even be very difficult, but once she has been selected the rest of your bridesmaids can easily fall in place. If you’re having trouble choosing a maid of honor, think about your very best friend in the world and your closest family member. If you feel like there may be a feud based on which friend you choose to be your maid of honor, consider choosing your closest sister since most girls won’t care about the order of bridesmaids after the maid of honor.

Family

Whether or not you choose to have your sister be your maid of honor, you should always consider your closest family members before anyone else. If you truly have friends that are closer than your sisters, it’s certainly okay to choose them instead; just be prepared for some hurt feelings. This is especially true if you choose one sister and not another because this can lead to a harsh sense of rejection. Just remember, your family will always be there for you no matter what life throws at you, so you should always consider them before you consider your friends for a role in your wedding.

Friends

Delegating friends to be part of your bridal party can be a little tricky depending on how many different circles you are a part of. For instance, if you hang out primarily with a group of girls that all know each other very well but give the maid of honor title to a childhood friend, there may be some bitterness because she doesn’t know your current friends very well. Similarly, if you choose from within that circle of friends, the other girls in the circle may be hurt because you regard one of them closer than the others. It can be a slippery slope, but just remember that the choice is yours and your girls should back you up no matter what.

Other Considerations

Sometimes your bridesmaid choices won’t be as cut-and-dry as who you want in the bridal party. Other factors such as finances, responsibility level, or just geographic location can stand in the way of a first choice being possible. Make sure you consider all the variables that go into picking your bridesmaids and try to look at it from a scientific point of view. Sometimes it seems like a person is the right choice at first, but when you weigh out all the details it turns out that someone else is a much better fit for that role after all.

Choosing Artificial Wedding Flowers

Artificial FlowersWedding flowers are an essential part of the decorations for any wedding, and often times they will not be included in the price of your venue rental. Occasionally, a ceremony or reception venue will supply standard bouquets and centerpieces around the hall that will be reused for every wedding that comes through, but often times you’ll need to supply them yourself. That isn’t all bad, though, since you will probably have a personal preference in the variety and colors that you want your wedding flowers to be. Unfortunately, the cost of buying wedding flowers is usually pretty high, which means you’re going to end up paying an arm and a leg for plants that you’ll be throwing away the next day.

The good news is that there are many great alternatives to buy expensive wedding flowers from a florist, namely artificial flowers. Though it may sound like you are compromising from your original plan of having real flowers, choosing artificial wedding flowers actually has many benefits over buying the real thing. Here are a few things to consider before you decide whether to buy real flowers or opt to buy artificial flowers for your wedding.

Types of Artificial Flowers

There are three main types of artificial flowers that can replace the real thing; plastic flowers, paper flowers, and wooden flowers. Plastic flowers are a great choice because they are very inexpensive and are made to look very similar to the real thing. They are also available in a wide variety of colors; even color choices that you can’t get with real flowers because they are too complex to occur in nature or for your florist to use dye to reproduce. Also, since you can buy them made from recycled plastics, they are considered eco-friendly.

The next option is paper flowers which don’t actually look anything like real flowers but will still get the same point across. You can either spend a lot of time folding paper into the shape of flowers yourself, otherwise you can buy them premade to save yourself a lot of time and paper cuts. Like plastic flowers, paper flowers can be made from recycled materials.

Lastly, there are wooden flowers available that look very close to the real thing except they are carved out of wood. Most commonly, you will see wooden roses when shopping for flowers made out of wood. Though they aren’t made from recycled materials, they are the closest you can get to real looking flowers while still shaving off the vast majority of the expense.

The Smell

Artificial flowers don’t have a scent naturally, but fortunately they make floral sprays that you can use to imitate the scent. Just squirt a little on each bouquet or single flower and the smell will linger well through your entire wedding ceremony and reception. Since the fragrances are derived from actual flowers, it will smell very close to the real thing.

Great Keepsakes

One of the hidden benefits of buying artificial flowers for your wedding is that they don’t rot over time. This means that instead of throwing them in the trash like you’d have to do with your real flowers, you can hand them out to your guests as keepsakes that will last virtually forever. Your guests will love taking home their artificial flowers, and you can save money at the same time.

5 Tips for Booking a Honeymoon

HoneymoonThough many couples will spend a fair amount of time alone in their room during their honeymoon, most couples will spend much more time out seeing the sites and exploring. In the days of yesteryear, couples would almost exclusively sit in their Jacuzzi tub in the “honeymoon suite” and completely ignore the outside world. Today, honeymoons are essentially a glorified vacation meant to get the new marriage off on the right foot. However, since it is a reward you only get once in your lifetime, many couples try to make their honeymoon the best vacation they’ll ever take in their lives. Here are 5 tips for booking a honeymoon that will make it as memorable as possible both inside and outside of your hotel room.

Research the Location

Before you book your honeymoon, figure out what type of activities you want to do while on vacation. Once that is determined, you can research different locations that fit your criteria. It is a good idea to spend as much time as possible researching your potential honeymoon destinations to ensure that your honeymoon is everything you want it to be. Take your time and be sure to read as many real-world reviews as possible to find the best place that fits within your budget and offers the type of activities you want to do as a couple.

Make an Itinerary

Though it may sound really romantic to go on your honeymoon without a plan, it can actually be a huge mistake. It can be really stressful trying to figure out what to do without any notice and while you’re trying to relax, especially if you’re going during a busy season when some activities may be booked up in advance. Your best bet is to have an itinerary to help you know what you’re doing each day. Try to keep it flexible and leave a lot of open time to do whatever you feel like doing, but having no plan at all can lead to a disastrous experience.

Resort Reputation

When you’re deciding on a resort for your honeymoon, you may find yourself torn between two different places. If that ends up being the case, you should always go with the resort that has the best reputation. If you recognize the brand of a resort, chances are that they will have higher standards than a resort that you’ve never heard of, so it only stands to reason that they will provide great service.

Make a Budget

One of the hardest things you’ll need to do when planning your honeymoon is to figure out your budget. Remember, you’ll be going on this trip right after you shelled out a ton of cash for your wedding, so you probably won’t have an endless amount of cash to spend. Just make a budget in advance and do your best to stick to it, but always plan to bring extra cash for purchase and expenses that you didn’t plan for ahead of time.

Factor In Tips

One important factor to remember when you head out on your honeymoon is that you’ll need to tip for certain services. If you have a driver take to your resort or to another area while you’re on your trip, you’ll need to offer them a tip. If you eat out for dinner, you’ll need to tip your server. Plan ahead for tips as part of your budget to ensure that you don’t run out of money for the things you really want to do while you’re on your honeymoon.

Choosing Your Wedding Shoes

Wedding ShoesOne of the most important parts of your wedding day wardrobe, though often overlooked, is your wedding shoes. Though many styles of wedding dresses will cover up the appearance of your wedding shoes, they will still be seen from time to time so they must look great with your wedding dress. On top of that, there are other things to take into consideration such as the comfort of the shoes as well as your height in comparison to the groom. Since it can take a really long time to try on every pair of shoes that you are interested in, knowing ahead of time the criteria you want can really make the job a lot easier. Here are a few of the most popular styles available, and weighing out the pros and cons ahead of time can make choosing your wedding shoes a lot less stressful.

High Heels

High heels are an obvious choice because they are classy, add height, and are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. If you’re headed out for a night on the town, high heels are by and large the go to shoe for most women. If you are much shorter than the groom, a pair of high heels can really help you close that gap and make you look taller than you really are. However, since you’ll be on your feet a lot throughout the day and night of your wedding, high heels can get quite uncomfortable and make your splendid day a real nightmare. If you plan to walk down the aisle wearing high heels, you probably want to bring along another pair of shoes for dancing later on at the reception to avoid discomfort.

Flats

Flats are a very popular choice among brides because they come in a variety of styles and are incredibly comfortable to wear over long periods of time. The best part about choosing to wear flats for your wedding shoes is that you can use them during your ceremony and not need to bring along another pair for when it comes time to dance at your reception. However, if you are much shorter than the groom, flats do absolutely nothing to create the illusion that you are taller. While this doesn’t bother too many brides, it is definitely something to consider when choosing your wedding shoes.

Wedges

Wedges are the perfect compromise for any bride that wants the height advantage that you get while wearing high heels but most of the comfort your get when wearing flats. Wedges will certainly add a few inches of height to close that gap between you and your groom, but since the heel runs the entire length of the shoes you will get more balance and support for more vigorous activities such as dancing. Though wedges are more comfortable than high heels, they are not quite as comfortable as flats and you should still consider bringing another pair of comfortable shoes for the reception. That said, wedges can be the perfect compromise for any bride looking to only bring along one pair of shoes to their wedding ceremony and reception.