Monday’s Wedding Tips, Facts and Fun – Choosing your Stationery

Posted by admin - August 8th, 2011

This week we take a look at wedding stationery!

When you have picked your date you will want to let people know when it is so that they don’t go and book a holiday or can take the time off work and Save The Dates are great for this!  A good idea for save the dates are magnets (Emma had these for her save the dates and they are very handy) they can be placed on a fridge or notice board somewhere people will remember it is.

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Your invites are sent out anything from 4/5 months before the wedding to 6 weeks before. If it is a popular time of year (July/August) then it might be a good idea to send them out a bit earlier.

When looking to order your invites many websites will send you samples free so you can get a feel for their designs. Try and order as many samples as you can so you can have a varity to choose from. There are so many different designs out there you will be spolit for choice!  You may even decide that you want to make your own invites! You can have a lot of fun with this and make them very personal to your own taste. If you need a lot of invites why not get your family and friends involved. Lots of people also include an RSVP slip and addressed envelope to make it easier for people to respond. You could also add the travel details/maps of where your ceremony and reception are located along with public transport info, taxi numbers and local accomodation too. This will be a great help to your guests and much appreciated I’m sure!

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Now the stationery fun does not end there (and we love our stationery here at Military Wedding Discounts). Many have Order of Service’s which include the running of the service and any hymns/songs, prayers and readings you are having. Many guests like to take these as a keepsake of the day. These are usually placed on the seats or given out by your Ushers as people enter the ceremony .

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The seating plan is one thing a lot of brides dread!! Most Seating Plans are at the entrance of the reception with the table name/number and a list of who is sitting on each table, then on the table will be a place card with the guests name. I will show you ways in which you can make the place cards different and have a double use next week.

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A guest book is a great chance for your guests to write a personal message to you wishing you well in your new life together. This can be on a designated table (maybe next to the cake?) or you can give the job to an Usher or Bridesmaid to take it around to each table between courses at the reception. Make sure you keep it handy for later though incase any of your evening guests would also like to write a few words!

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Last, but by no means least, is Thank You cards! It is a nice gesture to thank people who have attended your day for any presents/money or just to show your appreciation of their attendance. It is always nice to get a thank you card as it makes you feel happy that your gift has been appreciated.

When opening your present and cards have a notebook or paper and a pen to hand so you can make a note of what people have given you so you can make the thank you cards that extra special and addressing them to the person and thanking them for their actual gift.

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Terri @ Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Monday’s Wedding Tips, Facts and Fun – Making Your Guest List

Posted by admin - August 1st, 2011

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Today we are going to look at making your guest list.

This can be a minefield for some brides with parents wanting to invite everyone they know, deciding if you ask people for the whole day or just the night, do you put plus one??

Here are some tips that will hopefully make it easier for you when making your list….

First of all make sure you have decided on your budget. This will help you to work out how many people you can afford to sit for dinner. Also, make sure you check what the capacity is for your venue. You may pick your venue before you make the final guest list and you do not want to go with somewhere that will not even fit your family in!!

Make time to sit down as couple and work out who you want to invite. Think about whether you will be having children at the wedding, do you want to have family members there that you rarely see, will you invite work colleges to the whole day or just the evening, will you let parents invite people?

Don’t feel pressured into inviting people who you’re not really ‘friendly’ with or don’t know to the wedding if it means you have to give up inviting someone that you really want there. It can be hard when parents are helping to pay for the wedding. Sit down with both sets of parents and go through who you want to invite and the key word here is to compromise!

To keep on top of the guest list, as this can become a headache later on, keep a record of who you are inviting and if they are all day guests or just evening. A good way of keeping on top of the guest list is to start a spreadsheet. You can then record who you have invited, day/evening, contact address, telephone number, e mail address, if you have had the rsvp, any diet requiments and any other information that you may need.

The next step is the fun bit – picking your invites! We will look at stationery next week ( I am excited about this!).

When you do send out your invites make sure you put a date that your guests have to rsvp by so once this date has passed you can start to chase people up. It is a good idea to have a reserve list as there may be people who you have invited to the evening that you you would like to go to the whole day but you didn’t have room for them.

Last of all try not to get too stressed with the guest list, planning your wedding should be fun and you dont want to look back and wish you had stressed less about the guest list!

Terri @ Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Monday’s Wedding Tips, Facts and Fun

Posted by admin - July 25th, 2011

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Today Terri brings you some fascinating wedding facts from around the world…

  • In Egypt women pinch the bride to bring her good luck
  • Bride in the middle east paint their hands and feet with henna to protect themselves form the evil eye!
  • Czech Brides and Grooms are showered with Peas instead of Rice
  • A gold coin from the brides mother and a silver one from her father is placed in each show of a Swedish brie to ensure she never goes without
  • To bring fertility and luck a pine tree is planted in front garden of the newly wed couples home in Holland
  • The two most popular days in Las Vegas for getting married are new Years day and Valatines day
  • Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the  heart.
  • In Hindu tradition rain on your wedding is thought to bring you luck
  • In Greek Culture outting a sugar cube into your glove will make the sweeten the union

Terri @ Military Wedding Discounts xXx

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Monday’s Wedding Tips, Facts & Fun – Choosing your wedding date

Posted by admin - July 11th, 2011

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When you first start planning your big day you will need to look for one that’s special to your as a couple. In today’s blog post we look at what to think about when choosing the date.

First think about the kind of wedding you would like as this will help narrow down the dates that you can pick from. You may want a summer themed wedding with lots of bright colors and flowers or you may want a Christmas wedding with berries and holly. Another way of couples choosing their day is by getting married on a day that is special to them. This may be the date they meet, the anniversary of the date they got in engaged or maybe another memorable date within their relationship.

Saturday is the most popular day to get married although Friday and Sunday are popular also.  If you do choose to get married on a  week day be sure to give your guests plenty of notice as they will need to take time of work. An advantage of getting married on a week day or Sunday is that suppliers and venues will usually charge you less and therefore help to keep the costs down as these days are not as popular to get married.

Try and have a couple of other dates just in case the date that you want is taken.  If you have your heart set on a venue you may have to be flexible and work around their availablity.

Once you have got a date in mind look for any events that might be occuring on that weekend. This may effect prices of local hotels where guests might want to stay, there may be road closures making getting to the venue difficult. Ask the venue when you enquire about the date that you have in mind.

Don’t let this stress you out and have fun choosing – now go get that diary out and find your perfect date!!!

Just for a bit of fun, if you’re still undecided on the month then maybe this verse will help you….

Married when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind & true.
When February birds do mate, You wed nor dread your fate.
If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
Marry in April when you can, Joy for Maiden & for Man.
Marry in the month of May, and you’ll surely rue the day.
Marry when June roses grow, over land and sea you’ll go.
Those who in July do wed, must labor for their daily bred.
Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see
Marry in September’s shrine, your living will be rich and fine.
If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.
When December snows fall fast, marry and true love will last.

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Terri @ Military Wedding Discounts xxx

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Monday’s Wedding Tips, Facts & Fun – Choosing your Wedding Dress

Posted by admin - June 27th, 2011

Buying your wedding dress can seem very overwhelming, with so much on offer for you to choose from it can become a headache when it should be one of the best parts of wedding planning.

We have a few tips to help you make shopping for your dress an enjoyable experience.

- you generally need to order your dress 6 months before your wedding day, so start shopping around for your dress around 9/10 months before your wedding day.

- have a think about what you are looking for and what your budget is before you hit the shops. This will cut down on the amount of dresses that you will have to try on.

- think about what you will be comfortable in and will suit your wedding, you may be get married abroad somewhere hot so a full on layed dress maybe might not be the most practical so look at light/flowing materials.

- take along someone who wll give you their honest opinion and not just say what they think you want to hear. You don’t want someone with you who discounts dresses as it is not their cup of tea.

Above all have FUN!!! Try on lots until you find the one and don’t settle on something that you are not sure off.

Make a day of it, split up all that trying on with a nice lunch out. You could make it a day with your bridesmaid and have them come along with you so they can try on bridesmaid dresses too.

One last thing make sure you pick a dress that you adore and that you feel 100 % comfortable .

If you have any dress tips that you would like to share then please feel free to leave them in the comments box.

Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Monday’s Wedding Tips, Facts and Fun!

Posted by admin - June 21st, 2011

Well I think we all knew that weddings were an expensive business BUT this is just something else….

The most expensive wedding took place in a purpose-built stadium in Dubai and cost a whooping £22 million – and I thought my seating plan was hard work!

The world’s most expensive dress was  worth over £7 million and  was made with 150 karats of diamonds.

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The biggest wedding on the planet involved 21,000 couples, and 9,800 couples joined by a  satellite

Octavio and Adriana Guillen had the longest engagement ever  lasting 67 years

Minnie Munro was 102 when she married her toyboy lover aged 82, this made her the oldest bride ever!

A couple of Expensive and bizarre wedding facts here! Hope you are all having a good Monday!

Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Monday’s Wedding Tip – Wedding Superstitions

Posted by admin - June 13th, 2011


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There are many things that couples automatically assume are the ‘done thing’ or traditional when planning their wedding, but do we really know why we do them? 
Many of these traditions go back centuries and in today’s world do not have much meaning but are still followed by couples all over the world. So today we decided to take a look at some of these traditions and their meanings…. 
Most weddings take place on Saturday nowadays but in the past Saturday’s were considered to be an unlucky day to get married. 
Monday for wealth
Tuesday for health
Wednesday the best day of all
Thursday for losses
Friday for crosses
Saturday for no luck at all
 
Before the white wedding dress was made popular by Queen Victoria, brides would wear their best dress to get married in. White is often the choice of brides, it is believed a white wedding dress symbolises maidenhood. 
Married in White, you have chosen right,
Married in Blue, your love will always be true,
Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl,
Married in Brown, you will live in town,
Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead,
Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow,
Married in Green, ashamed to be seen,
Married in Pink, your spirit will sink,
Married in Grey, you will go far away,
Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.

Bridesmaids were dressed in a similar way to the bride to confuse evil spirits. 

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The wearing or the veil is was also to warn off evil spirits, this was the believe of roman brides. In the eighteen hundreds the veil became popular in Britain where it is associated with modesty and chastity. 
One other tradition that is observed by brides around the world is - 
Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in your shoe

Although some of the customs go back centuries this rhyme comes from Victorian times. 
Something old – This represents the bride and grooms old friends who they hope will still remain close after marriage.
Something new – symbolises the newlyweds’ happy and prosperous future
Something borrowed – This is often leant to the bride by a member of her family and is usually of great value, this must be returned to the lender to bring the bride good luck.
Something blue – This originated in ancient Israel where the bride wore a blue ribbon in her hair to represent fidelity. 
The placing of a sixpence in the brides shoe is to ensure wealth within the marriage. Most brides today will use a penny but have a search on the internet you can find websites that sell sixpences for weddings! 
Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Monday’s Wedding Tip!

Posted by admin - June 1st, 2011

Picking your Bridesmaids

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Well do I have a treat for you!! Seeing as I am 3 days behind (really trying hard to get to grips with ‘Scheduling’ lol!) you will have plenty of reading to catch up with so make sure you come back at 2pm and 5pm (GMT) to catch the rest of today’s posts!

One of the first decisions you will probably make when planning the big day is who will be part of your wedding party – bridesmaids, best man, ushers etc. There are no rules on who you should or should not have or how many (my husband had 3 best men!) but make sure you give it plenty of thought.

One thing that you should consider when picking your bridal party is how reliable they are? When picking you are not only showing people how much you think of them but they will also be helping you with the planning (if you need them to) and helping things run smoothly on the day relieving a lot of the stress from you.

Can you trust your chief bridesmaid to arrange your hen night/weekend? Will they support you during the planning and offer an ear when planning gets too much and you need to vent??

If you pick wisely then your bridal party will be worth their weight in gold!

Military Wedding Discounts xx

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Monday’s Wedding Tip!

Posted by admin - May 23rd, 2011

Welcome to Monday’s Wedding Tips where each week we will be providing you with some great tips to help plan your day!

1. Managing your Budget

One of the first things you should think about when you start to plan your wedding is what your budget will be. Sit down with your Fiance (and your Family too if they are contributing) and work out how much money you have to spend and what your priorities are.

Make a spread sheet, or if you’re anything like myself, use this as a great excuse to buy a new notebook and include EVERYTHING you will be paying out for from the Venue right through to your Favours and allocate a percentage or amount of your budget to each of these.

Do try your hardest to stick to this and remember if you go over in one thing then you will need to knock this off something else – if you REALLY want the Photo Booth at your reception but it puts you over budget on your Photography allocation then maybe reconsider those Louboutin’s – The high street stores have fantastic alternatives saving you £/$’s (some fab examples coming up later this afternoon for you!)

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