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A DIY wedding is the ultimate dream for any crafty types. For any DIY bride worth her hot glue gun, heading over to Pinterest is first up on the list of inspiration. Brides are no longer dependent on letting everyone else create the wedding of their dreams. There are sites dedicated to giving couples the upper hand in planning, decorating, and throwing their ideal wedding day. While popular sites might make it seem as easy as grabbing a few items from your local supply store, a DIY wedding has a few extra steps that might not be on your radar. Trying your hand at a DIY wedding is definitely doable with the right preparation ahead of time. We’ve rounded up some points that may be easy to miss when dealing with all your DIY-details. Take a look at the list below and make sure you’ve checked your list twice.Time
Okay, so doing the wedding yourself is going to take a little extra time than hiring someone to do it all for you, agreed? How much extra time you need to allot yourself depends on how organized you are and what army you have behind you. Do you have amazingly talented friends with an eye for crafts on the fly? Cut some time off. Are you super organized with a wedding binder so immaculate that it’s likely to be passed down from generation to generation? That’s more time off your budget. Time can be your friend or your enemy when you go the DIY route. Just remember one simple rule – if you think a task will take a few hours to complete, always add a few more. It’s better to be safe than sorry you ever tried to figure out how to make Papier Mâché rice holders.Savvy Help
If you wrangle your friends or family members in to help with all the DIY festivities then consider yourself lucky enough to have a great group surrounding you. On the other hand it might be best to figure out which members of your squad will be the right fit. Some of your friends may not be ready to tackle what you throw at them. There are makers and breakers in life. Pinterest is not for the faint of decorative heart. If your friend doesn’t think she’ll be able to make origami doves, she more than likely will return to you with wadded up pieces of paper that only resemble a dove when you squint really hard. It’s in your best interest to decide which in your group are up for the DIY haul.Perfection is Impossible
No matter how many times you check over the binders, how beautifully you’ve designed the wildflower centerpieces, or how well your entire group performed on the whole DIY event, there are going to be issues. It doesn’t matter if you’re planning the wedding or someone else has the reins. A DIY wedding is great way to make a wedding exactly what you want. An asterisk to this, of course, is what no wedding will ever go off without a hitch. You can plan every minute detail down to which leg you lead off with going down the aisle but at the end of the day there is a chance something might not turn out as planned. Coming to terms with this fact before you even make your first craft run will make the next few months a little less stressful.var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google","pinterest","email","print","linkedin");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_US";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="http://labellabridalboutique.com/helpful-guide-diy-wedding/";var hupso_title_c="A Helpful Guide for a DIY Wedding";
The wedding is all about the bride. It might sound like the oldest cliché in the book when it comes to wedding-talk but more often than not it’s a true sentiment. Wedding dress shopping is a far grander event, gowns are often a tad more exciting than a tux, and the general theme of a wedding is usually focused on the beauty of the bride. Yet there’s another piece of the puzzle that has to be there in order for the wedding to precede – the groom.
Getting through the wedding as a groom can be an ordeal. No, you probably don’t care about the different shades of purple and silver. If the names Amaryllis, Lisianthus, or Peruvian Lilies mean little to nothing to you, it’s expected. As a groom you’re idea of getting married means showing up at the right time and then celebrating on the honeymoon. Although most of the smaller details will be safely kept in her domain there are a few things a groom should always take part in – no matter how tedious it might seem.Make Decisions Together
There are some things in the wedding planning phase that you can’t skip out on – as much as you’d love to be doing anything else. Sure, you’ll more than likely be off scot-free when it comes to the important task of picking out table runners or floral designs but before you kick your feet up and wait for the big day to arrive you will have to get your hands a little dirty. The 80/20 rule applies to wedding planning as well. If you’ve never heard of the rule before it simply states that a small amount of decisions shape what the eventual outcome will be like. Think of it as 20% choices and 80% outcome. The top three things you should always have a hand in are the guest list, entertainment, and food. You don’t want a gross meal, a huge guest list which blows your budget, or a DJ with an affinity for playing heavy metal all night long – unless that’s your thing. Sit down with your future bride and decide on the main three. You’ll both be thankful you took the time at the end of the day.Be There When Needed
If you’re not the chief planner then you’ll have little to no understanding of how infamously stressful it can be. Your wedding can be large or small and still include a ton of details that someone needs to figure out. Sometimes all the color choosing and flower details can get to be a little too much to handle. That’s where you come in. If your partner needs to unload some of their stresses, listen. If you can help decide on some things she’s having trouble with, make a choice. You wouldn’t believe how far a small gesture goes when your partner is in the middle of the wedding planning chaos. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and wade in. On the flip side you should test the water with a careful toe. It’s a good idea not to cause trouble with your opinions on things which have already been settled. Telling your bride that you prefer a different color for tablecloths after they’ve already been ordered is not a battle you want to start. Instead – wait. If you see an opening to help, do so. Anything you can do to make planning easier will win you so many points.Mind Your Groomsmen
The groomsmen you choose are likely to be your friends or family members. That means that you should probably be in charge of making sure they understand what’s going on. Think of them as your loyal companions on a long journey – and you’re the leader. You need to make sure they have everything needed to go the distance. Picking groomsmen only to dump them off on your future bride to deal with doesn’t seem like a fair game if you truly think about it. You should be in charge of your group without a doubt. Make sure they are aware of dates, times, and any other events they need to show up for. Give them an itinerary on a card small enough to keep in their wallet. Make sure their phones have reminders programmed in. Do whatever it takes to make sure your crew is well-informed and well-prepared. Shopping for suits is also a prime area where things tend to go astray. If your bride chooses a color, stick with it. Don’t let your groomsmen talk you into something off the beaten path.
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Technology has morphed the wedding industry into a completely different animal. It has given rise to the DIY wedding and made it easier for couples to find help from planners and day-of coordinators. Venues are a mouse click away and searching out the perfect wedding boutique for shopping purposes is easier than ever. There are good points to using technology for your wedding…and then there are bad parts. Emails can get deleted or thrown into your spam folder accidentally, sites can supply incorrect information, and even technology on your wedding day can cause some major disruptions. But when technology behaves then it can be a huge defender of your budget. One perfect example of technology improving the wedding industry is by way of building a wedding website. There are so many reasons why a website is a huge plus. Check out some of the reasons below as well as a list at the end with a few sites which make it easy to build a wedding website.
Save the Cash
The little things add up when planning your big day. Paper goods have long been the tradition when it comes to alerting guests about all the times, dates, and extra information. Instead of plunking down a wad of cash for personalized Save the Dates, why not mix it up a little with the help of technology? A wedding website can be the perfect solution to a budget-conscious couple. Most of your wedding guests will more than likely have access to the internet. People may often joke about your grandma being on Facebook but the truth of the matter is this – your grandma probably is on Facebook and she’d love to check out your wedding website. Guests can be sent the link via email, Facebook, or even Twitter if your guests are tech savvy enough. For guests unable to get access to a computer or who don’t participate in social media then make a special phone call to inform them of all the correct information. It’s easier than trying to send out cards and much kinder to your wallet at the end of the day.
Plans change at the drop of a hat. Say you have an outdoor wedding planned with the forecast showing a beautiful day. The next week a front moves through and you’re left with the prospect of one rainy day parade. Updating all of your guests at the last minute takes time – time you might not have. Not to stress level. Guests might be flying in from another state or driving from several towns over. Making emergency phone calls might not knock everyone off the list. An unscheduled update to your wedding festivities can cause a lot of unneeded chaos. With a wedding website readily available you can easily update all the new information in an instant. A quick message pointing to your wedding website with the updated information you have on hand can save guests from issues with driving directions or time constraints. Paper invitations can be beautiful and personal but they are far harder to change than if you had a wedding website to update accordingly.
If you’re going green for your wedding day then this is right up your alley. Many bridal magazines and sites are brimming with opportunities to make your wedding as friendly as possible when it comes to the environment. Building a wedding website is yet another way to keep that green theme running. There is no extra paper involved which means not only do you save money, but you also save paper and ink. Building a website can take all the waste out of the equation. Think of how many things you might send? There’s a save the date, invitations, guest cards, updated notes you may have to send, and a host of other little paper products which can be easily shrunk down and placed on a website. A wedding website is fully customizable so you’ll not have to worry about a tradeoff between beauty and function. A wedding site is also a great way to have a “keepsake” of your planning process, so to speak. So long as you keep the site maintained it can act as a virtual album to visit from time to time with your spouse.
Here are some wonderful platforms which allow you to build your personal wedding website on. We are not sponsored or affiliated with any of these sites.Minted WeddingWire The Knot eWedding
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There is one essential part of your wedding which might bring you the most joy after the big day is finished. You and your spouse return home to find presents piled up just waiting to be opened. That’s the joy of a wedding registry. Creating your registry is one of the many purely fun parts of planning your wedding. Going to a store with your future husband or wife and choosing all the items you’d love to have for your home is a special time for the two of you to share. While creating your registry might seem like a pretty simple task, building a registry that is actually beneficial to both you, as well as your wedding guests, takes time and a little bit of planning. If you’re curious as to how you should build your wedding registry then check out some of the tips below.Going Hog Wild
Remember how excited you were for Christmas or your birthday as a kid? Your focus was on presents. You couldn’t wait to see all the new stuff you got and the thought of ripping off the wrapping paper kept you up at night. This can easily happen when it comes time to start your registry. Going through the store can be overwhelming. Simply put – the store has a lot of items. A lot of items you would love for your home. In fact, there are so many amazing items in any given store that it’s easy to leave with hundreds of things on your list without even realizing it. That’s where the hog wild term comes in. Walking through your favorite store with a scanner gun giddy with wedding bliss can lead to your wedding registry growing a little too big to handle. Before heading to the store you should always sit down with your partner and discuss what items you truly need for your home. Staples like linens, cookware, and kitchenware are all high on the list. If you already have those items in stock from other family members or past purchases then move on to other areas which might be helpful – décor and household essentials.Include Several Known Stores
One major mistake some couples go in for when planning their registry is picking a single store for everything. It might seem like a simple way to keep your list in order, but keep in mind that guests may want a variety of places to choose from. Not to mention the prices from store to store vary. Technology has made it extremely easy for most wedding guests to pop online, search through your registry, and order something nice in under a few minutes. Online-only stores may be appealing due to price or ease of access but think about your guests. Older guests may be more inclined to visit the store in person to pick out their items. Choosing stores which appeal only to tech-savvy friends may end with limited items from your registry if guests are unable to order online. While choosing a few of your favorite niche stores online is fine, try to include some bigger well-known chains as well. That way all members of your wedding day will be able to choose something beautiful from your wedding registry.No Personal Items
This notch on the list might be a hard pill to swallow for some brides and grooms. That new shaving set might really help get your wedding off on the right foot. Plus those designer shoes you’ve been dying to purchase will really brighten up your new closet, right? Sadly these arguments don’t really hold up when it comes time for you to create your registry. Trying to build a registry with a lot of personal items is tacky in the wedding world. Your wedding registry should always be a reflection of what you need as a couple. These items should help you flourish in your new home or get you ready for living together. Some of the gifts will be essential to helping you operate once you return from your honeymoon. As much as a wedding registry might seem like it’s all about you and your partner, it’s really about you as a couple. It’s tempting to add a few items here and there that fall into the personal gift category but do your best to resist. Find a beautiful lamp or a nice rug instead and add that to your list.
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The wedding industry is changing at lightning speed these days. Technology has had a huge hand in how weddings are planned. It has allowed couples and weddings planners to make the day a truly unique experience for everyone involved. With each new wave of weddings there comes a change in how couples view the event. Some couples choose a certain theme, other couples put the emphasis on fashion, and in current times more and more couples are looking at how their wedding makes an impact on the environment. Going green is what the world is striving for. Companies are cutting down on their waste and looking at alternate energy means. Families are finding small ways to help cut down on their waste as well. In the wedding industry, planning a green wedding is slowly becoming more and more appealing. Since weddings are often large events, making a small footprint on the environment is a great way for couples to have a wonderful wedding as well as feel good about their choices. If you are looking for tips to begin planning your green wedding then check out the items below for some great ideas.Reusable and Recyclable Décor
A wedding is made up of bits and pieces from all over the place. Consider just how many small pieces there are to your wedding day. There are wedding invitations, flowers, table settings, rehearsal dinners, wedding programs, and a whole host of other items that make up a full wedding day. This can also add up to a lot of waste in the process. Think of how much could be saved and recycled or reused if you took a moment to check out green alternatives during the course of planning your wedding. Tablecloths, for example, can be washed and used over again. Buying one-use tablecloths can be a waste and leaves no room for recycling. Items like tablecloths, dinnerware, and a lot of decorations can be used again at some point. For centerpieces try and think DIY. Use items that you’ll be more than happy bringing back to your house once the wedding is done and over with. As far as invitations and paper goods go, always find paper which consists of recycled material. Since you might be printing up quite a few of the invitations and programs think of how eco it is to use recycled paper for all of it.Shop Local
This is one item that tends to get tossed aside by some couples, but also some wedding planners. Shopping local might take a little more time but it is definitely worth it at the end of the day if you’re looking to make your wedding as eco-friendly as possible. Looking for local vendors means that you can investigate their practices behind the scenes. Are they striving for eco-friendly practices in their day-to-day operations? Can you verify that the products you purchased are up to green standards? When you shop local the questions are easier to ask and locating the greenest vendors is much simpler than if you were to try and search online. Local vendors also have the added benefit of being, well, local. That means large amounts of fuel aren’t used transporting the goods to you from the other side of the country or world. Shopping local puts you in charge when looking for eco-friendly shops. Small guest favors can be bought from local shops which may lead guests to checking out the shop for themselves.Green Fashion
One of the greatest ways the wedding industry has changed is the availability of green items and the ability for everyone to make their wedding as eco-friendly as possible. Every part of your wedding can reduce waste. Reducing your footprint on the environment can inspire guests at your wedding to think green in their everyday life. A major way to bring green practices into your wedding is by showcasing your commitment to the environment one the day of your wedding and beyond. Dresses and suits made of recycled material do exist and are becoming more popular with each year. Research gowns online and find out which shops have gowns made up of some recycled materials. You can also buy gowns from second-hand shops. Suit rentals are also a great way to go green on your wedding day. One of the best options for a green wedding is purchasing antique wedding rings and bands. These rings have been around for many years and the stones can often be replaced with conflict free diamonds, or another stone if preferred. Buying vintage wedding rings and bands, which come in a variety of beautiful shapes and sizes, can remind you of your green wedding day for years to come.var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google","pinterest","email","print","linkedin");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_US";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="http://labellabridalboutique.com/how-to-throw-a-green-wedding/";var hupso_title_c="How to Throw a Green Wedding";
Here at Labella Bridal we hold a unique passion for working with our brides and clients. Our duty is to do right by their bridal vision – even if it means going the extra mile! One of our special brides had just 6 weeks to get everything together for her wedding. That meant our staff at Labella had 6 weeks as well!
When you talk about planning a wedding, deciding on a reception, and searching for a dress the time span usually ranges from several months to nearly a year. That means our staff at Labella has a decent amount of time to make sure your dress is perfection in your eyes. Sometimes, though, we like a bit of a challenge! A bride able to keep us on top of our game and on our toes is a true blessing indeed.
With only 6 weeks to help Carol Sejd find her perfect dress, Labella Bridal gave it our all. Carol was absolutely beautiful on her wedding day and wrote us a note thanking us for making her special day ‘Pinterest Worthy’. We couldn’t help but share these gorgeous wedding photos with our readers and want to wish Carol a partnership of love, joy, and many beautiful days to come.
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Traditions go hand in hand when you start talking about weddings. There are traditions which date back hundreds of years, traditions aligned with different faiths, and family traditions that you carry on through the generations. If you’re a bride in search of having a unique, personalized wedding that you create from scratch then you know how difficult it can be to break with those steadfast traditions. The wedding industry can sometimes focus on traditions a little too narrowly which makes it hard to even suggest what things you want to happen instead. Some brides feel that there’s a big book of wedding commandments you have to follow in order to appease both guests and family members. That isn’t the case. While some traditions might be hard to break, there is no rulebook you have to follow on your big day. It’s called your day for a reason. Below are some of the traditional wedding ‘commandments’ you can disregard when planning your event.Bridal Party Fashion
It’s traditional for the bridal party to wear similar dresses on the day of your wedding. Brides usually find a flattering dress and let the bridesmaids each buy a copy. These days having an entire row of peach-colored bridesmaids wearing the exact same outfits is slowly inching out of the tradition books. Having an identical lineup is a commandment you should definitely break if you feel like it – for a number of reasons. One reason deals with money. Some of your bridesmaids might not be able to afford the dress you pick out for all of them. It can be a little awkward trying to tell the bride that the dress she has chosen is a little too expensive for your budget. It’s a tense situation that can easily be avoided. Another reason to bend on the bridesmaid rule is allowing your bridesmaids to showcase their style. Sure, your wedding dress is definitely going to outshine all of your bridesmaids on the big day. If your bridesmaids are true-blue friends then they’ll be excited to step aside and help shine the light on you. Why not give back a little and let them show off their personal styles? Sit down with your bridesmaids and let them show you what they’d like to wear. That way you can let them pick a dress in their style and on their budget while still getting your approval. It’s a win-win for all.Fancy Cake
Let’s be honest – wedding cake isn’t all it’s cracked up to be sometimes. If you do a quick search online then you’ll often read about couples and their frustration over the wedding day cake. They tasted samples, saw what the cake would look like, and were so excited to cut the first slice! Then they tasted the cake. Wedding cakes are known to not be quite as tasty as they should be. Cake is great. For some reason when you mix it with the word wedding they can become dry and flavorless. Traditionally wedding cakes are cut at the reception and feature tier upon tier of delicate flowers or edible pearls. Having a wedding cake at your actual wedding is no longer something that must be done. More and more brides are opting to steer clear of the wedding cake altogether. If you would rather have a sweet treat without wondering if it will be dry and tasteless then don’t be afraid to go a different route. Cupcakes, cookies, and dessert bars are currently gaining momentum. It’s a great way to have a sweet treat at your wedding for less money and less worry taste-wise.Inviting Guests ‘Just Because’
This is one commandment that might cause a lot of stir with family members or friends. But the fact of the matter is this – weddings are expensive. It doesn’t matter if you have a grand engagement or a small ceremony. Even things you thought were cheap turn out to be incredibly expensive. Renting seats, tables, and buying enough food for everyone can set your budget on fire. Guests are what make weddings an expensive affair. How can you get around inviting so many guests? By only inviting the people you truly want in attendance. It’s a novel concept for sure. Traditionally you invited guests that you didn’t really want in attendance just because that was how things went. In modern times it’s okay not to invite people you would rather not see at your wedding. Distant family members you barley see or friends you no longer talk to are probably not going to be hurt if they don’t make the cut. When you sit down to make a guest list with your partner, your focus should be on inviting people you truly want to see when you walk down the aisle.
If you type the word bride into Google then your results page will show more than 200 million entries. That’s because brides are big business when it comes to wedding talk. Brides are the main focus of the day. Guests will constantly refer back to how beautiful the bride looked on her big day. While a wedding should be about a bride and her groom, there are a lot of hands at work to make sure the wedding goes off without a hitch and the bride feels pumped and ready to walk down that aisle. That’s where bridesmaids come in. Having a group of great bridesmaids can mean there’s a crew behind you ready to tackle whatever comes your way. Choosing your bridesmaids might take work but remember just how important they are to making your big day special. While you’re the center of the wedding, your bridesmaids are there making sure everyone knows it. If you’re trying to decide how best to celebrate your bridesmaids then check out these tips below.Meaningful Gifts
Brides usually give their bridesmaids a little gift after the wedding to show their appreciation and love. If your bridesmaids have been amazing over the course of planning and preparing for your wedding then going beyond the usual gifts will make the day extra special. Try and consider the likes and dislikes of each bride. Getting a one-size-fits-all kind of a gift may not always go over well with your entire bridal party. Instead of lumping all of them together it might be a good idea to sit down with your partner and make a short list of ideas for each bridesmaid. Brides are always limited on time so jotting down quick notes one evening shouldn’t break the bank on your time budget. These gifts also never need to be extravagant. Buying expensive trinkets for the sake of it won’t show your brides any greater care than if you bought all of them items that celebrate your connection and gratitude towards each.Team Mentality
It’s easy to build up a head of steam when you’re engaged in the balancing act known as planning a wedding. Rationale can sometimes be thrown out the window in favor of something a little less productive – pure chaos. Brides may need a reminder that one of the most important weapons in their arsenal against planning fatigue comes in the form of their personal bridesmaid army. Your bridesmaids aren’t just there waiting to watch you head down the aisle. If you have chosen close friends and family then keep in mind they are ready to help you with whatever you need. It can be small tasks like running to pick up invitations from a random location or big things like helping the groom finish his vows. Choosing to put your trust in the bridesmaids backing you up will mean a great deal to them. More than likely your bridesmaids want to be there when you need it most. Giving them tasks to accomplish will make them feel like part of the wedding team.Remember Feelings
It might be cliché to talk about but a bride turning into a bridezilla still happens each and every year. Bridal stress has a funny way of turning a small issue into a major rip where brides are concerned. All the stress can eventually lead to a total meltdown. When the tornado starts it might just end with the bridesmaids getting swept up. It’s never a good thing. As a bride you should always keep in mind that people around you have feelings. After the wedding is done and over you might completely snap out of stress mode and go on with life. The people you have yelled at or fought with might not be able to forgive your behavior so easily. Always remember that taking your anger or stress out on your bridesmaids can have serious repercussions. If you feel a fight about to happen then step outside and get some air. Your bridesmaids likely want to help more than hurt. After all is said and done you still want to be close friends with that person. Taking the high road and remembering the feelings of friends will keep the boat steady.
Weddings are pure magic. Whether you hold a grand affair at a huge venue in the heart of New York City or a small gathering at your favorite park, your wedding day is pure magic. Here at Labella Bridal we love playing the role of fairy godmother to make your big absolutely stunning! We wanted to share some of the beautiful pictures from Melissa and Perry’s wedding. The lovely couple looked absolutely stunning on the big day and we couldn’t be happier for them. Check out the pictures below and remember that Labella Bridal is always here to help you look your best for the next special occasion in your life. Credit for these photos goes to the talented photographer, Caitlin Murphy.
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Most people have been to a wedding at least once in their life. The traditional wedding is fairly simple when you’re attending as a guest. You’re seated along with friends or family members, the ceremony takes place, and finally you spend the rest of the evening enjoying music and cake at the reception. Receptions are what guests usually remember at the end of the day. They remember dancing, laughing, and the cake. Children attending your wedding always remember the cake. Guests see your reception as their chance to congratulate you on your big day. Receptions are where the fun happens. So what happens when you don’t actually want a traditional reception? It can get tricky. A reception is where you spend the most time with your guests. It’s where a lot of important moments can happen. Having a non-traditional reception can actually be fun. Sitting down to a dinner and sticking to formality might not be your cup of tea. For brides looking to break the mold then check out some of the ideas below. Labella Bridal is ready to help give you beautiful options for your unique reception.Ice Cream Party
It doesn’t matter your age – ice cream parties are great. There is an endless amount of different topping combinations and ice cream to choose from. Not to mention this option can satisfy most taste buds and group members. Companies rent homemade ice cream machines for parties so you should be able to find machines relatively easy. Ice cream can also be made ahead of time and served during the reception. While this option is likely best done during warm months, a cold treat during winter can also be fun. Having an ice cream buffet is a great way to put a new twist on the whole reception tradition. Make sure to have a variety of ice cream available for your guests. The best part will be the toppings area. Fruits, candy, whip cream, and a lot of sauces will make for a fun part of the day. Hold a funky sundae contest with guests and see who can create the weirdest combination. It keeps guests talking, all age groups happy, and involves everyone.Breakfast Weddings
Evening and afternoon weddings are the norm. Consider just how many brides get married at certain times during the day. So why not change things up a little when it comes to your wedding day? Having an early wedding has a lot of advantages. Some vendors may lower the price for your goods if it means getting multiple weddings in one day. Older guests unable to drive at night may find it hard to get to and from the reception hall. Couples with children might cut their attendance short in order to get kids home to bed. There are a variety of reasons why guests might not be able to stay long at an evening reception so a morning event can be perfect for some. What better way to celebrate a morning reception than by providing guests with a paradise of pastries? A custom omelet station can be just the thing to treat your guests to a delightful breakfast. Pastries are perfect and go well with anything. Having an early wedding can benefit everyone in your group.Potluck
A potluck can be an exciting twist on your reception. It can be a great way to make your guests feel included in the wedding day. A potluck can be formal or informal. Send out a notice to your guests to gauge if their cooking skills would lend well to providing something for the reception. It doesn’t matter if it’s snack foods or desserts – a potluck is about having a little of everything. Some guests may be able to whip up a lot more than your average cook. If you’re a bride or groom on a budget then remember just how important it is to save money where you can. Your guests will more than likely be delighted to help out when they can. Remember all the people over the course of planning your wedding who asked if they could help? This is the perfect opportunity to take them up on the offer. You can even have a theme to your potluck to make it a little more festive. Remember – a reception doesn’t have to be traditional affair. Mix things up and make it whatever you truly want.var hupso_services_c=new Array("twitter","facebook_like","facebook_send","google","pinterest","email","print","linkedin");var hupso_counters_lang = "en_US";var hupso_image_folder_url = "";var hupso_url_c="http://labellabridalboutique.com/alternative-wedding-receptions/";var hupso_title_c="Alternative Wedding Receptions";