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8 Reasons to Have a Small Wedding


If you’re on the fence about having a small wedding ceremony, you might like to know that there are a lot of perks to doing so. While a large and lavish wedding may seem like a dream come true, the realities that accompany such a large affair might not be worth the extra dough and energy. Explore the following reasons as to why an intimate wedding might be the best route for you.

1. Large weddings require a lot of energy and time to plan, which equals more stress. If you choose to have a small wedding, then you’re proactively cutting out unneeded stress during the planning process, as well as your wedding day.

2. Are you planning a wedding or a production? Large weddings typically have banquet captains and wedding planners behind the scenes equipped with headsets and walkie-talkies that coordinate each step in the production. Smaller weddings don’t require this type of manpower and reflect that by exuding a more personal and relaxed energy.

3. The most obvious reason to opt for a smaller wedding is because you’ll save money. Weddings, unless you go the extreme minimalist route, are expensive regardless of the size, however you’d be surprised at just how much you can save by cutting down the guest list. Every wedding guest requires an invitation, a meal, drinks, and a designated spot at your wedding; all of which comes at a cost.

4. If you have a smaller wedding, then you’ll be able to allocate more of your budget to your wedding getaways. How nice would it be to schedule a spa day a day or two prior to your wedding? Or going over seas to an exotic destination for your honeymoon instead of having to stay close to home?

5. There are countless romantic wedding destinations to choose from, but if you’re working with a small budget then you’ll most likely need to cut down your guest list in order to have your wedding at one. Destination weddings tend to be on the smaller side anyway, since a lot of wedding guests aren’t able to get away.

6. The fewer guests you have, the more time you’ll have to allocate to each guest. It’s proper wedding etiquette to visit with each guest at some point during your wedding reception and thank him or her for coming. If there are 600 guests at your wedding, then this respectful gesture becomes almost impossible.

7. If you opt to have a smaller guest list, then you can put more money into other aspects of your wedding, for example your wedding dinner. Having fewer guests could give you the opportunity to be choosey about your wedding food.

8. Fewer guests also means you’ll have more venue options to choose from. For example you could hold your wedding at a home, in a backyard, a park, vineyard, restaurant, art gallery, or perhaps an adorable bed and breakfast.

There are two (or more) sides to every aspect of your wedding planning, including the size of your guest list. The most important aspect of this decision is that you know the pro’s and con’s of each, so that you can make the right decision that fits your budget and wedding vision.

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7 Practical Tips for DIY Wedding Invitations


If you are planning to make DIY wedding invitations, it is incredibly important that you set aside enough time. A DIY wedding is worth it only if you do not allow it to stress you out too much, and if the time you spend is worth the amount of money you save. Here are a few tips for DIY wedding invitations:

1. One of the best ways to sabotage an effort at DIY invitations is to miscalculate the amount of time they are going to take you. Most wedding experts recommend that you send out your invitations at least 6-8 weeks before your wedding, and you should probably set aside approximately two months to complete the entire task of designing, assembling, printing, and addressing your invitations. The time may also vary, depending on how large your wedding is (and how many invitations you will have to address!) It may also depend on how much help you have. The process can be tedious, so you will want to do it in increments so that you can actually enjoy it. If you are completely stressed and pressed for time, you will not have fun!

2. Decide on your envelopes before you begin designing your invitations. This is crucial, because there are very specific sizes out there. You do not want to finish designing and printing out your invitations and then realize that the size envelope you need is actually nonexistent! Choose your envelopes first; the paper size will follow.

3. When you choose your paper, make sure it is a bit smaller than your envelope to allow for wiggle room. Also, double check to make sure that any inserts you want to include will also fit within the envelope dimensions.

4. Before deciding on an invitation design, print it out to see what it will look like on actual paper. If you still love your design as much when looking at it in hard copy (not on a computer screen), then it is probably the right one!

5. If possible, take a calligraphy class, or recruit friends or family with beautiful handwriting. Taking a calligraphy class will come in handy not just for addressing your wedding invitations, but also for the many thank you notes you will be writing in the months to come. A tangible, handwritten note or letter has so much value, given that we live in an age of texts, twitters, RSS feeds, and emails. Knowing how to write beautifully will give you an unexpected edge, not just for your wedding season, but also professionally.

6. Have several people proofread your invitation before you send it. It is truly embarrassing to send out an invitation with typos; like your wedding, your invitations should be elegant, classy and as flawless as possible.

7. Weigh everything before you buy postage to buy the right amount.

Remember: if DIY wedding trends are not for you, or if the amount of time you would spend simply is not worth it, do not despair. Some people really enjoy the process of making wedding invitations, centerpieces, etc.; others do not. If you are in the “do not” category, simply sit back and enjoy the process of choosing your invitation design and having them professionally addressed!

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Designing Your Wedding Invitation List


When it comes time to begin your wedding guest list, there are three questions that you need to answer:

Do I want a large, medium, or small wedding reception?
A small wedding reception can be intimate and lovely, but for people with very large families, they are sometimes not possible. Do your best to blend what you want with what is practical for your situation.

When you picture yourself getting married, who are you unable to imagine not being there?
Even if there is someone who you do not see often (yet who perhaps played a very influential role in your life), you should invite him or her. This could be a high school English teacher who played an important role in your career. Inviting people like that says a lot to them, even if they are unable to attend your wedding.

Who do you not want at the wedding?
This could include a number of people, but more than likely, it’s not people you necessarily “dislike.” For personal reasons, you may decide that you do not want children at the wedding, so no children are included in the guest list. You may not want to open the invitation to work colleagues, which is completely acceptable. The more consistent you are with your choices, the better you will be able to explain your wedding invitation list to people who didn’t get invited.

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Dress Your Shape Online with "Figure Flattery" at David's Bridal


Worried you won’t find online wedding dresses that fit your shape? Don’t be! At Davidsbridal.com, you’ll find different links for various body types, and specific gowns for each. Knowing what your body type is and how to find the ideal bridal dresses for your shape is one of the secrets to finding the perfect gown. You’re welcome to drive around town, going from one wedding gown boutique to another, asking wedding dress vendors which gown fits your shape, or you can visit davidsbridal.com.

Where: Visit the home page at davidsbridal.com and click on the link titled “Bridal Gowns.” There you will find a box in the middle of the page called “figure flattery.” Click on this and you’ll be well on your way to finding your ideal wedding gown.

What: Below the words “figure flattery” you can choose which body size you’d like to shop for: Plus, Petite, Maternity, or Tall. Click on the appropriate size and you’ll find a large selection of gowns that are designed to flatter your specific body type.

Extra Info: Once you make your way to the appropriate gown selection, you will find a box that has the text “sort” to the left of it. Click it and you can view the gowns in one of three configurations: Price low to high, price high to low, or newest arrivals.

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Contemporary Wedding Invitation Designs


Contemporary wedding invitations feature the most unique and modern designs that include interesting color combinations, eye-catching fonts, photographs, and textures. If you’re a modern bride who wants to make sure your wedding invitation designs stand out from the pack, then take your time when choosing a design that fits your personality and your zest for only the hottest design trends.

Fortunately for you, there are numerous designs to choose from. The fact that they tend to be grouped in categories makes it easy for you to narrow it down. Explore the following wedding invitations and see if any of them tickle your fancy.

Modern Wedding Invitations
Modern wedding invitations are fresh as well as fashionable. If the tone of your wedding is just that, then it’s imperative you choose invitations that represent that style and vibe. Open your mind and your pocketbook to modern designs and interesting shapes and textures, and you’ll be well on your way to having the modern day wedding of your dreams. Popular modern wedding invitation themes include the following:

  • Stripes: Stripes placed on any part of your invitation will make it pop.
  • Multiple Photos: Your possibilities with photos are endless. An ultra-modern choice would be to take photos at a photo booth and have them printed on your invitations. (Also ideal for your “save the date” cards.) Have fun with this idea, and experiment with various photo configurations on different areas of the invitations.
  • Dots: Dots are like stripes in that they turn a rather ordinary invitation into extraordinary by making it pop.
  • Motif: Choose a meaningful emblem or symbol and either enlarge it or make it smaller, color it and put it anywhere you choose on your invitation.
  • Quotes/Verses: Pick your favorite poet or philosopher and explore various quotes. Choose the one that best represents this joyous occasion and have it printed on your invites. Also, play around with the size and type of font. For example, you could choose a light color that works well for the background and have the quote written in cursive, which will give the invitation a more romantic style.
  • Bold: Bold designs have something extra special that makes them stand out, for example, multiple folds. If your invitation is fun to open because of the interesting folds, then your guests will know right off the bat they’re in for a treat.

Another way to make your custom wedding invitations stand out is by choosing a fun and modern theme.

  • Animals
  • Beach
  • Damask
  • Las Vegas
  • Vintage
  • Winter
  • Artists
  • Bamboo
  • Beach
  • Butterflies
  • Celtic/Irish
  • Fairy-tale
  • Fleur de Lis
  • Hawaii
  • Hibiscus
  • Lighthouses
  • Nautical
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Sunsets
  • Vintage
  • Wine/Vineyard

Choosing the right wedding invitations is much like choosing your wedding gown, engagement ring, or even your flower arrangements. You want your invitations to reflect your own unique style, while still leaving an impression on your guests.

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Dress Your Entire Wedding Party Online


The best part about getting married in the digital age is that you have a ton of wedding resources right at your fingertips—online. There are countless wedding websites with info about the hottest wedding dress designers, trendy color combinations, and top-notch accessories. Some websites even help you design your entire wedding! At Davidsbridal.com, you can explore various wedding attire and accessory options for each member of your wedding party.

Dressing your wedding online is so easy and fun. After you click the “dress your wedding” link and go forward you will automatically be taken through the registration process. Once you are registered, you can pick and choose from the various David's Bridal dresses for your bridesmaids as well as attire for the rest of your wedding party.

You can dress any or all of the following: Junior Bridesmaid, Flower Girl, Mother of Bride, Mother of Groom, Groom, Groomsman, Ring bearer, Father of Bride, and Father of Groom.

This is a great way to see your entire wedding party all together in their wedding attire before you make your final decision on what they should wear. This way you can play with colors, styles, and even backdrops before adding anything to your cart. Even if you don’t buy online, this is a fantastic way to make solid decisions before visiting any wedding dress vendors.

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Online Wedding Planner: Check these To-Do’s Off Online


Whether you work a 9 to 5 or not, being able to check wedding tasks off your to do list online saves you time, gas, and energy. You even have the ability to replace a wedding planner/coordinator with an online wedding planner, if you are so inclined.

Before your fiancé even popped the question, I’m sure you, like most women, did a little online wedding planning. Perhaps you perused wedding ring sites? Even women whose engagement may not be anywhere in site tend to find themselves window-shopping on the Tiffany & Co. online store.

With the luxury of elaborate wedding planning websites like OurWeddingDay for almost any business out there, you’re able to search wedding venues and take virtual tours. This allows you to cut down your list of possible venues before even stepping foot on the property.

You can even design your wedding reception décor online. There are countless wedding blogs, wedding photos from the past, present, and future that will give you more ideas than you’ll know what to do with. Even if you hire a wedding décor designer you’ll have an idea of what you want before you even meet with them.

Other aspects of your big day included in online wedding planning:

  • Choose your wedding gown
  • Wedding photographer
  • Wedding supplies
  • Makeup and hair artists
  • Wedding playlist
  • Your honeymoon


Ideas for DIY Wedding Favors


DIY wedding favors serve two purposes: they act as both wedding table decorations and as complimentary gifts to your guests. Not only that, but favors also give you a chance to be creative and individualize your wedding! Here are a few ideas for wedding favors:

  1. Customized Jones Soda bottles featuring a picture of the bride and groom. Jones Soda bottles have a naturally retro look, and pictures of the happy couple add a personal touch. Place different flavors at place settings so guests can trade for their favorite flavors.
  2. CDs with music that is meaningful to the bride and groom. CDs make great DIY wedding favors because they are something that your guests can use after your wedding!
  3. Seeds to plant your favorite herb or flower. You probably never thought that lavender seeds could make excellent wedding reception supplies! Guests can go home and plant their seeds, and they will be reminded of your momentous occasion as the plant grows, .
  4. Edible Arrangements. When in doubt, send home some delicious chocolate! You can purchase luxurious ribbon (that fits in with your reception's color scheme) and silky satchels to package the chocolate or candy. Guests will be delighted.

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Wording for DIY Wedding Invitations


If you are the type of bride to take on the task of making DIY wedding invitations, then chances are you are also the type to forgo the formal and conventional wording often found in traditional wedding invitations. Traditionally, an invitation will read: "(parents of the bride) together with (parents of the groom), request the honor of your presence…" If the bride and groom are hosting, the invitation will read something like: “Please join us at a celebration of…”

However, many brides opt for more casual wedding invitation wording, such as “With joyous hearts, we invite you to attend…” Another example of unique wedding invitation wording used to describe the reception is: “Buffet, music, and merriment to follow.” This is lighthearted, fun, and tells your guests the most important thing—that your reception is going to be a blast!

Just remember not to get too fancy with DIY wedding invitations, because many people tend to just peruse it and you want to avoid confusion. Make sure to include the basics: the date, time, who is hosting the occasion, whether there will be a meal, appetizers, or dancing, and any additional information that is helpful. For example, if you are getting married on the Sunday after people set their clocks forward or back, you may want to note that on your invitation, to avoid guests arriving an hour late or an hour early.

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Have a Fabulous Wedding on a Budget


Weddings are expensive and can be difficult to plan on a tight budget. Fortunately there are countless ways to save money without sacrificing quality. Wedding budgets come in all shapes and sizes, so don’t feel alone in your quest to cut costs in as many areas as possible.

Guest List
Only invite your nearest and dearest. If you feel guilty about not inviting certain friends or family, you can hold a non-hosted wedding cocktail hour at a bar or restaurant of your choosing. This way those who weren’t invited to the wedding won’t feel left out and will at least have the opportunity to wish you and your fiancé well. Another option is to hold a potluck wedding dinner for the guests you weren’t able to invite.

Bargain Shopping
Visit your local bargain store, for example the 99 Cent Store, for deals on wedding decorations such as vases, centerpieces, table clothes, glassware, candles etc. You’ll be shocked at what you’re able to find and how much you’ll save. Stay away from department stores and boutiques.

Only stick to two types of flowers and make sure to choose flowers that are in season. Out of season flowers are more difficult for florists to obtain, thus costing them and you more money. By making use of fillers, you can make your centerpieces look full without having to use many flowers. Also, make sure to transport your ceremony flowers over to your reception venue.

Bar Options
Although not traditional wedding etiquette, some couples opt to have a cash bar versus an open bar at the reception. Offer free soda and juice and have a cash bar that serves cocktails, wine, and beer at a reasonable cost. If you do go this route, be sure to notify your guests in advance so it does not come as a surprise. Another option is to offer a champagne toast and a certain number of bottles of wine per table, and once those bottles run out to offer your guests a cash bar. A third option is to not offer any alcohol at all. There are certain religious couples that do not condone alcohol consumption, and therefore don’t offer it at their wedding. This choice is entirely up to you and your fiancé, but guests must be informed of such decisions in advance.

Destination Wedding
There are countless destination wedding locations to choose from that will fit your bill. For example Mexico has gorgeous resorts that cost much less than resorts in the U.S. or abroad. Inexpensive destination weddings are ubiquitous because they tend to cost much less than traditional weddings. Weddings that take place at an exotic destination can double as the bride and groom's honeymoon, and tend to be much smaller than traditional weddings.

Go Green
Instead of spending money on fancy wedding invitations, go the eco-friendly email route. You can design paperless invitations online and have your guests r.s.v.p. online as well. Put this practice in motion with your thank you notes and name cards as well. Prior to the wedding send out an email to each individual guest informing them of their table number at the wedding, cutting the cost of paper, supplies, and not to mention man power.

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