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Celebrating your big day means including all of the things you hold most dear. You gather up your best friends, family members, favorite foods, favorite music, and even your four-legged family members. Celebrating your big day with your beloved pet is a trend that has changed to a tradition for many couples. A wedding without man’s best friend just wouldn’t be the same! Integrating your pet into your wedding festivities is easier than you might think. There are endless ways to make sure your furry friend is a memorable part of your big day.

Ring Bearer

Depending on how well your dog is trained, this activity might be best given to a member of your human family as opposed to a canine one. If your dog is well behaved and follows simple commands without the worry that he or she will run off into the great beyond with your rings in tow then why not have them perform the ring bearer duties? Wearing a collar with a simple bag attached, or even carrying a lightweight basket down the aisle can make your beloved companion an important (and cute) part of your big day.

Guest Greeter

Who doesn’t love being greeted by a happy dog waiting to welcome them to a wedding? Having your pooch act as the official wedding greeter can instantly put people at ease and round the day out with total happiness from start to finish. Locating your dog by the entry to your wedding – with a human companion, of course – can be the perfect way to show off your pooch as well as have them fill a role that might ordinarily be overlooked at most weddings.

Walking Companion

While many brides have a family member walk them down the aisle, some brides have also opted to have another member of the family at their side. Walking down the aisle with your pooch can be an extra special way to honor your furry best friend. Having someone waiting at the end of the walk to take your pet’s leash is a perfect way to include your companion in the big day without it getting out of hand. As with the above tips, this depends on the personality and behavior of your pooch. Getting pulled down the aisle when your dog sees a squirrel or smells something new may not go over too well.

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Planning a summer wedding can be one of the most exciting parts of your big day. It’s the time of the year where people are ready to party, celebrate each other, and have the time of their lives. So what better way to put on a show for your big day than to throw the best summer wedding possible? Splash your big day with the unique joys of hot days and warm nights. If you are looking to incorporate some entertaining bits to the overall theme of your summer wedding then check out these tips to make your day even more unforgettable.

Refreshing Signature Drink

It doesn’t matter what kind of theme you’re going with – there’s a refreshing drink just waiting to be made. Having a signature drink at your wedding can add that little something extra which will have guests talking about the big day for months to come. A signature drink can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic which makes it a perfect treat for everyone in the family. Work your caterer to create a drink that is both yummy and reflects aspects of your wedding theme, or even the two of you as a couple. It’s sure to be a tasty hit!

Cooling Down

Keeping guests cool at a summer wedding is yet another area in which unique twists are a small way to wow the crowd. Having a “cool down zone” is not only a fun idea but it’s important to the health and happiness of those attending your big day. The cool zone can have special misting fans, paper fans which double as gifts, and a refreshment station with drinks as well as cold snacks. Your cooldown station can double as the perfect place for guests to meet for conversation. Every good wedding needs the place for guests to gather. Why not make a splash with a place for catching up and cooling down?

Summer Station

With all the great things about summer comes…some not great things. Depending on where you live in the world there may be extra guests at the reception including mosquitoes and other annoying bugs. That’s where an all-in-one summer station comes in. Load up a table with everything from bug spray to clip-on bug repellants. Include wipes for those looking to freshen up their makeup or hair, spray deodorant for anyone in need, neutral perfumes or body sprays, soft hand sanitizers, and whatever else your guests might need to look their best as you party on into the evening. Remember, little touches make the biggest impact. Keeping these tips in mind can give your summer wedding a little more sizzle.

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Weddings can usually leave your pockets a little lighter than they once were. Wallets may be bone dry by the time you say “I do”. While throwing one wedding to remember is always worth it, consider what comes immediately after your wedding day – the honeymoon. When budgeting for your wedding day it’s important to set aside some funds for the first big trip you and your spouse take as a married couple. Fortunately there are plenty of honeymoon alternatives to staying in a luxury hotel or traveling around the world to indulge in that won’t take more than its fair share of your wedding budget.

Glamping

Looking for a unique setting to start your married life in? Glamping has slowly become a fun, unique way to spend a few days getting in touch with nature. If you aren’t too keen on being one with nature then glamping is ideal. Instead of flimsy, cheap tends you’re more likely to stay in beautiful yurts or elegant canvass tends with plus beds as well as easy access to beautiful surroundings. If you’re willing to try something truly unique then camper rentals may also be the perfection option for a honeymoon you’ll never forget – though it won’t be because of the price.

Home Rentals

Airbnb type rental sites are continuing to dominate the industry. More people are choosing to avoid expensive rental properties and opt for something a little more personal. Properties can be found that are way below average for hotels in the area, plus some come with amazing amenities from thoughtful homeowners. If you prefer to travel on your honeymoon then consider this option.

A ‘Few-Day-Stay’

While this option might not be the most appealing of the group it has begun to gain traction where couples are concerned. Instead of taking the whole week to enjoy your honeymoon, rent a nice place for three days at most. Less days means you can afford a nicer destination, can get home and settle quicker, and generally feel refreshed instead of frazzled once your week away is up.

 

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It’s a question every couple has to answer during the course of planning their wedding. Invite children to your wedding or let parents know they need to arrange a babysitter for the big day. The decision can cause hurt feelings, guests not showing, or children running through your reception with handfuls of cake ready to smear it on whatever is closest. If you’re going all in and inviting every member of the family then you’ll be happy to know there are a few ways to make sure both children and adults have a fun day.

Hire a Professional

This is one of the easiest solutions to making sure children at your wedding have a place to be themselves and enjoy the day apart from the adults. Hire a professional performer to keep the kids entertained. This could be anything from puppeteers, magicians, clowns, balloon artists, or even face painters if you’re feeling very bold. These professionals are the perfect way to have the best of both worlds – adults are happy and kids are having fun.

 Kids’ Menu

There is definitely a chance that children might like your offering lobster salad on endive spears or those delightful gruyere-and-parmesan beignets. There’s an even greater chance they’ll love small ham and cheese sandwiches or hotdogs. Having a section for kids to sit during the reception can also benefit from having a kids’ menu to round out the appeal for children.

A Room for Children

This option will depend on the season. For cold weather months, having a specific room for children at your wedding stocked with toys or some sort of entertainment is a great option. Having a movie party might even be a great way to keep kids interested. In warm months you can section off an area for kids. Ask parents to bring children a change of clothes for after pictures and set out sprinklers for an exciting treat on a hot day.

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It’s one of the biggest issues you might find yourself dealing with during the course of planning your wedding, but it’s also one that gets the least amount of airplay in bridal magazines or online. Dealing with annoying bridesmaids? Check. Ideas for keeping your groomsmen on time for the big day? Tons of ideas for that. But when it comes to maneuvering around overbearing in-laws during the planning phase…that one is a little harder to figure out. Each circumstance dealing with in-laws will obviously be a little different but here are a few tips to help keep the sailing smooth.

Dole Out Organized Jobs

Your in-laws might just be the slightest bit controlling about what they want to see in the wedding. Ideas can turn to arguments at a moment’s notice. Instead of trying to dance around every suggestion, why not avoid the conflict altogether and have pre-planned jobs for your in-laws to take on? This is a perfect way to remove any sort of space for confrontations. With jobs already planned out (to the t, mind you) there won’t be any reason for a disagreement.

Communication Helps

Talking things out might not always be the end all, solve all solution to your issues with in-laws and wedding planning. Although talking through any issues you share might be a good starting point. While it might seem like an easy option to just storm out or throw your hands up after the fifth time of discussing why you want the wedding processional to happen a certain way, explaining your thoughts might help your cause a lot more.

Patience is a Virtue

The most important thing you can do when dealing with frustrating in-laws is to remember that patience is the perfect weapon in your arsenal. Remember that this is your wedding – no matter what. Your spouse is on your team to make sure your wedding, the one the two of you plan, is exactly what you want. Patience will keep you sane when in-laws step over the line from interested to overbearing.

And if things get too dicey you can always elope in the Caribbean!

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Some wedding trends you see coming from over the hill and other trends show up without any warning. These trends might make you fall in love with a new wedding theme and other trends you’ll want to avoid like the plague. Every now and then a wedding trend enters the industry with just the right amount of fizzle to attract an audience. Recently the trend of having a surprise wedding is one way to give your guests a memory they’ll not soon forget. If you’re interested in giving guests a shock then check out these tips for the surprise of a lifetime.

Trust No One

This might sound slightly dramatic but if you’re planning a surprise wedding then the only people in the need-to-know category are you and your partner. Each of you might feel like you have some safe names to unload your surprise news off on but it’s better to play it safe than sorry. Letting it slip to just one person could blow the entire surprise accordingly. If you must tell someone, bring on an outside source such as a day-of planner or a family friend willing to go full social media blackout.

Invent a Believable Cover Event

If you’ve never in your life thrown a swanky cocktail party then now is not the time to plan an imaginary one. Friends and family who know you and your partner may start suspecting something if you suddenly bring up the idea of an exciting event you’ve never once mentioned before. Inventing an event that makes sense for you and your partner is the key to keeping the illusion alive.

Indulge in the Different

A surprise wedding is as different as different can be. One major tip to a successful surprise wedding is embracing the idea of a total surprise. Indulge in the uniqueness of the whole event. A surprise is a great way to create a completely casual, fun event for unsuspecting guests. Some guests are more apt to let their hair down after the initial shock so use this to your advantage and plan the fun wedding you’ve always had your heart set on.

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For many brides the day of your wedding is the one day of your life that you truly want to feel like a princess. You have the beautiful dress, you’re the star of the day, and your amazing partner is waiting at the end of the aisle for you. Each part of your wedding day serves to give you that special moment – from the time you arrive to the moment you wave farewell to well-wishers. That means your arrival to the big day should be nothing short of amazing. Think about it. Queen Elizabeth II has her gilded carriage, Cinderella had her Pumpkin, and Rapunzel has Maximus. There’s something to be said about starting your wedding day off on a high note by showing up in a spectacular fashion. Just make sure you’ve come up with a Plan B…just in case. Here are some delays you may want to be aware of when the time comes.

Animal Issues

Go online and search for videos containing horses bucking brides off during their arrival. The sight of it can alone make you cringe but consider being on the receiving end. Animals are, well, animals. It goes without saying that animals have their own set of rules. Your perfectly behaved stallion can be set off at the smallest of things. Horses pulling carriages have been known to spook when put in new circumstances. No matter which animal you choose to help liven up your arrival, just remember in the back of your mind that dealing with animals can be tricky from one day to the next. Always make sure you have someone qualified to assist.

Old Cars

There’s nothing quite like stepping out of a beautiful, polished car which harkens back to a time long ago where cars were much more than just cars. Depending on the car age there are some tricky things running under the hood which can break when you least expect them to. Classic cars are absolutely stunning but require a specific knowledge of how to drive them. If you’re a bride in the market of showing up in a show stopping care then plan to have an experienced driver handling the car for you. Letting a random wedding guest or friend take the wheel might result in you sitting on the side of the road with a malfunctioning vehicle.

Unique Transportation

Brides arriving via helicopter? Check. Brides flying in on tiny DIY-built planes? Sure. Brides hopping off trains as part of their grand arrival? It has happened before. There have been hot air balloons, sky diving, and even paragliding to your wedding day. These arrivals are exciting enough to leave lasting impressions on your wedding guests for years to come as well as giving you a great story to tell. But having a backup plan can save the day when your adventurous arrival doesn’t work out as planned. Trains get delayed, planes remain on the ground, and hot air balloons can’t fly in much wind. Having another idea will save your arrival and still leave an impression on your guests.

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Some parts of planning a wedding can be boring. That may come as a shock to some brides in the midst of crunching numbers, but the fact of the matter that calling the same venue for the billionth time to make sure they have enough seating for your guests can get old, fast. Thankfully there are more fun things than boring things when it comes to planning a wedding. One of the tastiest jobs you’ll have during the planning process is getting to decide on what cake you’ll be indulging in on your big day. So when the planning blues have you stressed just remember – you get one day of sitting down and tasting a bunch of cake. Below are a few tips which can help you narrow down the perfect cake for your wedding.

Fondant vs. Buttercream

It’s the battle of taste when it comes to these two. Think of it was looks vs. taste. Buttercream is the top pick when it comes to a divine-tasting wedding cake. Checking out wedding websites can give you a good idea on just how many people use buttercream frosting on their cake – it’s a lot. Fondant, while edible, plays another role when it comes to wedding cake. Have you ever browsed Pinterest only to find a popular Harry Potter cake, a beautiful weeping willow tiered masterpiece, or a cake made to look like the solar system? That’s all thanks in part to fondant. Often compared to edible Play-Doh – although many people have tried eating Play-Doh – fondant can help create a stunning cake to wow your guests. So it comes down to taste vs. looks.

Cake Height

Have you ever caught an episode of funny videos in which a beautiful wedding cake is either too big to get into the room, too tall for the ceiling height, or just too big to remain upright? Sure, cake height might be a relatively small thing in the grand scheme of things but it can be a make or break moment when you find that your cake can’t be brought into the reception hall. Make sure you review cake height and other factors with your baker before finalizing your plans.

Pick a Flavor You Want

Your wedding cake is meant for your consumption, along with a bunch of your guests. Picking out your wedding cake should mean that you and your partner get a flavor you enjoy. Some bakeries will have a wide range of flavors to pick from. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming trying to decide which flavor you think everyone would enjoy. Instead of thinking about your guests, pick out a flavor that you like. If you like chocolate, go for chocolate. If you like vanilla, pick vanilla! Don’t get pushed into a cake flavor you don’t like.

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bridesmaid dress

The role of bridesmaid is an oft-talked about position in the wedding. You’re usually an acquaintance of the bride, related to the bride, or have known the bride since you were both toddling around in diapers. Whatever your relationship there are certain rules every bridesmaid is expected to follow. This ran range from being a drama bomb diffuser to helping plan small parts of the wedding. The pluses of being a bridesmaid always outweigh the negatives. – though one sore spot is usually the most popular subject amongst bridesmaids. What do you do with the bridesmaid dress that isn’t likely to be something you can wear out to any other occasion? Below are some ways to upcycle your bridesmaid dress into something you’ll be proud to have in your closet.

Trendy Skirt: While the upper portion of your dress might not always be salvageable, the lower part might be worthy of a little creative thinking. If your dress is form-fitting then it could be tailored into a upscale version of a pencil skirt. Dresses with a larger skirt could be made into a big, beautiful skirt that makes a bold statement.

Little Black Dress: Depending on what kind of dress you are left with after the wedding, this next idea might be perfect for your upcycling project. Dyeing your bridesmaid dress black is one good way to get the most out of your purchase. A little black dress is a must have for any wardrobe. Plus, a formal black dress can also come in handy during the holiday season when you have work parties to attend.

Trash Your Dress: A popular post-wedding event these days is all about trashing your dress for a photoshoot. Check with your bride or other bridesmaids if you want to get a group together to trash your dresses in one, magical photoshoot. It can be a great way to have fun with a dress you’re likely to never use again and make a memory you’ll be able to share with friends.+

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Every bride is different. Some brides like short dresses, some like long. Some brides buck a white wedding and other brides go all out on traditional. No one bride is the same which means that no one wedding is the same. There are those weddings you hear about which take years to plan and then there are the weddings which seem to take, at most, a couple weeks to get right. If you’re a bride willing to take a few risks in order to speed things up in the planning department then read on for some tips which may help you arrive ahead of schedule.

Top Three

Planning a quick wedding requires you to cut down your list of wants. So when you realize a quick wedding is what you want, sit down with your partner and pick out the top three things you really “must have” at your wedding. It gives you a jumping off point so you at least have the things you really want at your wedding.

Pin Down a Date

If you’re planning a wedding on the fly then pinning down a date early on will give you a timeline for when things absolutely must be completed. Think of it as the kick you need to make sure stick to your original plan instead of adding useless tasks to the docket.

Alert Everyone

Guests need to be made aware that the wedding isn’t going to be a far in the future idea. If you have family coming from elsewhere, adhere to a strict schedule. Grabbing a plane on short notice can be tricky and expensive so be courteous to guests from everywhere.

Organize Everything

You have less time to plan which means things happen at a much quicker pace than when you have a longer timeline to play around with. Instead of weeks between finalizing arrangements, you have days. The best course of action is to get organized as quickly as possible so dates aren’t left in the dust.

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