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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Arranging A Destination Wedding In Cyprus

Cyrpus beach wedding ideas

With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Cyprus is a popular European destination wedding location and it has so much more to offer!

Weddings Abroad Destination Cyprus Matching SetFun, sun, beauty, sight-seeing, relaxation and an active nightlife is what you will get with a Cyprus destination wedding.

Imagine gliding in sandals across the golden sands while feeling the light sea breeze ruffle your hair. You catch the natural scent of the sea while hearing only the sound of gently crashing waves as a backdrop to your chosen wedding music. It's magical and relaxed and you have no need to rush off to pack for a honeymoon because you're already there!

With abundant sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches,  historic and picturesque attractions, exotic and tasty food it is no wonder Cyprus is such a popular destination for weddings. Did I mention the nightlife? For livelier couples shopping and nightlife are a great added bonus.

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Where to get married in Cyprus?

All destinations were not created equal so make a wish list of the 'type' of wedding/vacation you want. Do you want to see the sights, chill by a pool, enjoy ocean sports and games, enjoy the busy nightlife and shopping? Your wish list will help you and your travel agent decide which is the best location.

They may advise you to check out Limassol and Aiya Napa if you want a great nightlife and shopping. They are also known for their tourist attractions and are popular destinations for weddings. Paphos to the West of the Island of Cyprus retains its old rustic charm while being a growing centre for tourism and may suit those who want something more serene. Another popular destination for a Cyprus wedding is Protaras.

How to get married in Cyprus - legalities

Your travel agent will be able to assist you with finding out about the legal requirements for getting married in Cyprus and advise you about everything you need for your special day.

They can provide a full wedding package or just take care of flights and accommodation. They can also advise you on the many different venues and locations you can choose for your wedding which include, beaches, gardens, churches, town halls, hotels and more.

You can alternatively shop online via Amazon for one of their many guides to getting married in Cyprus. They have guides re the legalities and re the various locations and their distinct attractions. Page down to view my selection. You can see everything they have on Cyprus weddings HERE.

Getting married in Cyprus is relatively easy but you will need to make sure you have copies (two for safety) of various legal documents pertaining to your identity, single/married/divorced/widowed status and so on. You can find a comprehensive list of requirements and fees relating to getting married in Cyprus via: Getting-married-in-Cyprus-guide - Amazon

Destination Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Save The Date
Destination wedding save the dates Cyprus

Your guests will have a LOT of planning to do themselves if they're joining you for your Cyprus destination wedding, so get those save the dates out at least a year ahead of time, so they can save, book time off and make other arrangements as needed. They will be planning for a short holiday and so will need the sort of advance notice that holiday planning requires.

 Cyprus save the date

Destination Wedding Invitations -Cyprus

About two months before the wedding, send out the invitations with all the particulars. It may be the case your guest list is small and you will instead have a wedding reception in your home town upon your return. This will ensure all your friends and family are happy and enjoying celebrating your wedding. You can have a recording on hand screening your destination wedding ceremony during the event.

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Wedding Destinations Abroad Guest Information
Wedding Destinations Abroad Guest Information

Planning Your Cyprus Wedding Decor/Catering/Entertainment

With the nitty gritty of the legalities out the way you can focus on the more pleasant wedding arrangements such as the invitations, the dress, bridal party clothes and all the decorative, reception, catering and music aspects. Some features of the decor and reception, catering may be included in your wedding package. Check the details thoroughly and ask questions about anything you're uncertain of.

Questions to ask your venue host:

  • Are candles on the beach allowed
  • Can you have music/ a dj on the beach and until what time
  • Is alcohol allowed on the beach?
  • How can you late can you remain on the beach?
  • Can you have a BBQ, grill food on the beach?

Destination Wedding Guests Needs

Your guests may be suffering from jet lag, may have had long waits in airports, long drives to the hotel and now be sitting or standing in hot sun on the beach. It will all be worth it of course, but for their comfort give some consideration to all this and ensure their comfort as much as possible.

Prepare the following for your bridal party and guests comfort
  • Shade for guests to sit out of the hot sun
  • Hydration for guests they might waiting in hot sun for a while
  • Hand fans for guests
  • Bug spray
  • Seagulls (be aware of them!)
  • Other tourists (you might need a permit to have use of a section of beach or it will be included in your package).
  • Cover food/keep it cool
  • Washroom facilities near the site

What to wear for a beach/destination wedding

Light and airy for comfort is the name of the game for a beach wedding! Perspiration and hopping barefoot on hot sand is not attractive and neither is hobbling down the aisle on heels that are sinking into the sand. So put on your practical hat and give comfort and glamour a big consideration. They go hand in hand for a beach wedding.

Not all Cyprus couples will be marrying on the beach, so you can of course dress accordingly for those other venues, wherever they are.

Beach wedding footwear for bride and groom

Foot wear is important! You as a bride don't want to be teetering across the sand in heels (have you ever tried walking on sand in heels?) it won't be catwalk style that's for sure.

Flipflops might be too casual so instead a pretty diamante encrusted beach wedding sandal is a good choice. Nice and airy, with protection from the heat of the sand.

For the groom a male version of a smart sandal or a casual loafer shoe accompanied with a shorter trouser leg (trendy calf length) will look smart and in keeping with the beach theme. The groom can also roll up loose pant legs for photos taken next to or in shallow sea waters.

Wedding Dress

Below is a selection of wedding dresses suitable for beach weddings. Consider the venue and the weight of the dress and how you will pack it for travel. For a beach wedding the dress (usually white) can be short and lacy, or long and floaty but light material with minimal detailing.

You can also detract from those traditional choices with a modern wedding dress with blue ombre shading on the skirt, or a bohemian, hipster style summer dress with floral embroidered detail. Coral is a trending color for weddings this season. You have a lot of choice. As noted above the aim is comfort and staying cool.

The grooms beach suit

The groom can wear a formal suit, but for a hot beach wedding I'd opt for a modern trendy more casual alternative, such as calf length trouser, turn ups or even a roll up. Shirt can be formal but worn out and without a tie, or Hawaiian with floral pattern. A straw boater style hat would compliment the look. Have a look at the suggestions .

Bridal Party clothing

Apply the same consideration for your maid of honor, bridesmaids, flowergirls, pageboys, ring bearer, best men, mothers and fathers of bride and groom as for the bride and groom. Cool and comfortable! Colors can match the theme of your wedding, with light airy dresses (any length), sandal type shoes, shorts and casual shirts for the men.

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Saturday, 9 March 2019

How To Plan A Low Budget Wedding

You Can Still WOW Your Guests And Have A Perfect Day With A Small Wedding Budget - Here's How

Whether you have a small wedding budget or simply don't want to spend a fortune on your wedding (other priorities) we have tips and advice that will ensure you have a classy elegant wedding that doesn't break the bank! Your friends and relatives will ask you afterwards how you managed to pull off such a lovely wedding on such a small budget. You can direct them here! ;)

Plan to fail if you fail to plan

Planning ahead and being organized is all important for any wedding but especially so for a small budget one. A budget of $5000, £3000 I believe is realistic. If your budget is smaller than this then trim costs further by making savings on numbers attending, venue and dress. This article will show you how to keep £'s or $'s down without losing anything on style.

Wedding Planners  and Organizers

To Help you get organized you may want to invest in a wedding planner journal. The Knot wedding planner and organizer is especially popular among new brides to be.

OR .. you can start making savings right now and print off a FREE wedding planner checklist such as that provided by Martha Stewart.

This is a very comprehensive wedding planning checklist that is available as a PDF doc. It includes a wedding timeline, budget planner, guest checklist, photography planner, music planner, flower planner and reception seating planner.

If you have a spreadsheet program, you can record wedding budget costs and schedules via that and update it easily as things change - they will!

Set the Budget and then Set Budget Priorities

You'll have a budget that includes dress, venue, catering, invitations, cake , photographer, cars, gifts, decorations etc. and then decide as a couple what is MOST important to you. Usually a bride has an idea of where her main focus will be - invariably the dress and venue. If that's the case then from your total budget set aside the amounts you feel you NEED (not want) to spend on those two areas to get the best result as per your 'wants'.

This will give you an idea of what is left re all those other things and it is on those other things that you need to focus your energies re making savings. That's not to say you can't still make savings on your dress and venue, you can! But the most creativity will come from the items for which you have the least cash available.

Beautiful Wedding Dress On A Small Budget

Pre-Loved  - Worn once, specialist cleaned, can be as much as 75% less than the original purchase price. If going this route ensure you allow a small budget in case you need alterations and give yourself a LOT of time to hunt down the perfect dress. There are lots of Facebook groups and eBay lists etc. as well as Charity, Thrift stores that sell wonderful pre-loved wedding gowns.

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You can make huge savings. From what I've seen so far re China Dresses on Facebook groups is that the bride while delighted, often the dress isn't quite like the promotional photo, so make sure you read the reviews and keep your expectations realistic! Most importantly ensure your measurements as provided to them are spot on.

Borrow - sometimes a family member or friend has a wedding dress that they are happy to loan you with no cost to you other than specialist cleaning afterwards.

Make it Yourself - if you have the skill why not? I saw a beautiful wedding gown recently a bride crocheted! It was stunning. Many of us don't have those skills however, but if you do ... worth considering and what a wonderful sentimental keepsake that would make.

Buy a Prom Dress Instead - many prom dresses look a lot like wedding gowns and they're much cheaper.

Making Savings On The Bridal Party

Bridesmaids, Maids of Honor, Mother Of the Bride, Groomsmen, Bestman, Father of the bride, Flower girls ...

Wow it's an endless list with a LOT of expenses re outfits, shoes, grooming, hair and makeup for the ladies and gifts afterwards. The best way to keep costs down in this regard is to keep your bridal party small to non-existent. This may however NOT be possible if you have a large family who and friends list who want to be part of the special day. So what to do? Explain to your bridal party you're on a budget and so plan to keep things simple but elegant.

Ask them if they'd consider wearing something in the color scheme you're planning so they can take their place in the Bridal Party but explain that you can't purchase their outfits for them. If you're not dictating what they wear (outside of color theme) then this request is NOT unreasonable as they'd generally be buying something to wear to your wedding in any case. if they can't do this, they themselves are opting out of the bridal party and so that takes care of the 'we want to be in it' ordeal!!

You can also make savings on occasion buying pre-loved bridal party outfits but you then of course have the difficulty of finding a set that fits your bridal party!

How to Save Money On Wedding Flowers

DIY I made my own floral centerpieces for the reception tables and was able to use the flower arrangements left behind from the previous wedding! Matching it all up wasn't my priority so I took what was offered. If you're going this route, have a few practice runs so you know what you're doing and what flowers work best. You can be very creative with rustic themes, using glass jars as vases and strings of LED lights.

Artificial Flowers - there are many silk, paper, rubber wedding flower options today that look every bit as fabulous as the real thing and of course they last longer and you don't have to worry about timing and storage. You can also try your hand at making these yourself following a YouTube tutorial to make further savings.

How To Have A Low Budget Wedding Reception

Have it at home - In the Garden

Obviously you can only do this if you have the space! If you're planning a garden wedding reception, this will incur costs as you have to prepare for good and bad weather and that means shelter, possible heating and waterproofing. Unless of course you've also got room indoors! A garden wedding reception with a BBQ is a great way to save money and super fun and relaxed.

Book a local community hall, pub, church room

There are many places within most communities that have room hire services for weddings and they're not expensive especially if you agree to provide the decorations yourself.

Go to the local Bar and Guest Pay For Themselves

To avoid the cost of hiring a room, you could make an arrangement with your local bar and food landlord to make a space for you, which they'll be happy to do with all that lovely trade coming their way. Then the guests can pay for their own food and drinks.

Book a mid-week, out of season wedding date

If you do this you can make massive savings on wedding venues. If the time, day of the week and the month of the year are less popular for weddings, you can sometimes save as much as 50% on the cost. Make sure you check their terms when booking and that any fee quoted is the same when the date swings by!!

Read all contracts thoroughly and DO spend money on wedding insurance if parting with big sums of cash.

How To Save Money On Wedding Photography

Friend/Family - this is of course the cheapest solution to wedding photography and videography however be aware that this person won't want to spend all their time (despite the fact its your day) taking photos and they may not take the photos you want them to take, so even if you do rely on a friend or family member re this DO try to have an element of organization agreed with them before hand, re what group pics you want and where they need to be when etc. And don't forget them in your thank you speeches and re gifts!

Have a Facebook Page - Create a page for all your guests to upload the wedding photos they took of your day, you will definitely have some there that are wonderful, unexpected and worthy of a place in the wedding album. You can pick your favorites, save them and upload to a site like SnapFish for cheap printing!

Book a student photographer, qualified new in business, out of season - all these will offer cheaper photographer rates than for seasoned professionals, established in business and of course will be cheaper off-peak.

How To Save Money On Wedding Catering

  • Keep your guest list small
  • Have a Buffet rather than a pre-set meal
  • Do your own catering and rope in friends and family with culinary skills to help!
You can still have a sit down meal with a buffet menu. Be organized so people aren't getting hungry in long queues and ensure the food doesn't run out. Ensure you have enough seating and tables. Provide your own disposable tableware to save costs re the venue providing them. If you're having a bar, let the guests pay for their own drinks. I've done this at every wedding I've been to, it's fine and for me expected.

How To Keep Your Guest List Small

Invite your closest friends and family who are local and let others know you wish they could be there but you're having a small intimate gathering. Don't publicize your wedding outside the group of attendees if it makes you uncomfortable saying 'no'.

Exclude +1's and children that aren't in the bridal party - harsh but this keeps costs down catering for people you don't know and may in fact not attend.

How To Save Money On Wedding Music

  • Record your favorite wedding songs and dance music and play it via your venues music device.
  • Hire a local band who want the exposure and are happy to offer a reduced price.
  • Recruit talented friends and family to do a stint.
  • Have a karaoke!

How To Save Money On Wedding Cars

There is usually someone in the family with a nicer car than the rest. Ask if they'll decorate it with a ribbon and transport you on the day. Offer to pay for any costs for cleaning etc.

Save Money By Being A DIY Bride

What if I'm not crafty? 

You don't need to be crafty yourself, you can recruit helpful friends and family members to assist! A great way for enlisting your crafty friends to help with DIY wedding projects is to host a crafting party rather like a wedding shower but with a twist. Invite your friends, prepare the space, provide wedding crafting materials, a work space and refreshments (no alcohol, you don't want wonky fixings or spilled drinks!).

DIY Wedding Centerpieces and Table Decorations

Trending Wedding Table Decorations for 2017 and 2018 weddings include mason jars or recycled jam jars which you can fill with little strings of LED lights or tea lights. You can also add pebbles and shells for a beach theme or for something simpler add water and a floating candle or plastic flower. There are lots of options. The jars themselves can be decorated with ribbon, glitter, burlap, lace etc. These jars can be used as DIY centerpieces or can be hung from trees (outdoor weddings) or the ceiling (carefully).

If you're a fan of rustic and shabby chic themes, you can source eclectic vases from thrift stores. On the subject of thrift stores, for a tea party vintage theme you can buy some very cheap pretty china from charity shops which you can use to make cake stands (dinner plates for this) and centerpieces using teacups filled with candy / flowers or turn the teacup into a home-made candle holder - fill with a wick and wax. Amazon also have a wide range of popular craft materials for making your own table decorations as well as books full of inspirational ideas.

DIY Wedding Favors

There are though lots of great DIY favor tutorials on YouTube. Check them out as a cheap way to learn how to make them.

DIY Wedding Invitations

The advantage that DIY wedding invitations have over pre-ordered ones is that they will be very personal and unique to you. Your guests will appreciate the thought and the gesture that bit more. If you're not very crafty choose a simple design and print out the wording. Make sure to spell check thoroughly! Bad spelling is a clear sign an amateur is at work!

Personalized Printed Invitations

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Another source of cheap wedding invitations that are personalized is Zazzle. They may not appear cheap at first glance BUT Zazzle often have mega sales on, with as much as 50% off so you can save here by keeping an eye on those sales! ***This is Zazzle's COUPON page - bookmark it!***

Take Advantage Of End Of Season Sales And Closing Down Wedding Store Sales

Wedding trends do change year on year, season on season BUT NOT THAT MUCH! So you can buy a wedding dress in an out-of season sale or closing down sale that remains trendy for when your wedding date comes around and this applies to much of the rest of the items too. Consider wedding decoration sales (that won't perish if stored), wedding invitation and stationery sales (SEE HERE for latest offers) and job-lots of favors and accessories on places like eBay.

That's it for the moment Beautiful Brides-To-Be! Please do add to these wedding budget tips and advice in comments below and share your saving stories!

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Inviting Children To Your Wedding - Pros and Cons

It's a real dilemma when cost and venue size dictate guest numbers

Do you invite all children, no children or some and not others to your wedding

You want children at your wedding but you can't invite them all due to numbers

When a wedding is restricted as most are by numbers, children are often the first to be 'cut' from the guest list especially if they're not particularly known to the bride and groom.

Despite that obvious consideration many guests will be unhappy if their children were left off their wedding invitation and other people's children were invited.

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You don't want kids at your wedding but some have to be there

You may have decided that you want a child free wedding but you have close friends and family who you are willing to make an exception. They may have children who are in the wedding party (flower girls, Paige boys) or you may know them very well (nieces, nephews and God children etc.). Inviting some children and barring all other children will be a problem if you don't make it clear there are a few exceptions and it's just about 'numbers'.

Flower Girl Gifts by Jill Renee

You don't want ANY children at your wedding

If this is the case, and you make it known then your guests are free to decide whether to attend or not based on your decision. DO NOT be offended if they decide not to attend if they can't bring their children (of any age) as they will have their reasons for not doing so. These reasons will be legitimate and ones you may not appreciate if you yourself have not yet had children. But trust me, there are plenty.

Real story

I came across this 'email' someone posted on a blog a couple of years ago which was written by a guest explaining to a wedding couple why their wedding invitations regarding children's attendance needs to be explicit and also why for some parents the 'no kids' rule will be difficult to swallow. I have posted extracts here as some of the information (while pompous in delivery) is valid and explains some issues facing parents regarding wedding attendance.

 " a parent, just as I would expect my wife to join me at a wedding, I would expect that my child would be included in an invite. .. for some parents, it is not possible to leave a child, so prohibiting a child is effectively prohibiting that parent from joining you; these parents may assume that you know this and cannot possibly mean to exclude their child, since it would mean excluding them and you chose to send the invite. 

Also, there are some parents for whom excluding a child is simply insulting (for some, even more so than not being invited themselves); they will assume that you are not acting in a way that is insulting to them and assume that children are included". 

In essence some guest may assume their children are welcome even if their names are not on the invitation. Others will wonder if they are or not, but may be afraid to ask.

Will You Be My Flower Girl?Others will realise they are not invited and will be upset about that, more so if they know other guests children have been.

In conclusion

It is more than reasonable of you to impose whatever restrictions you need on family groups to ensure everyone you really want at your wedding is able to attend. You can explain the issue re restricted numbers to guests and they can then choose to be understanding or not to be. You cannot please every guest and believe me .. you won't!

What I strongly do advise against

Inviting some children from a family group and not others, not only will this start a family feud but it is grossly unfair to the children you're essentially denying exist. Invite them all or none. This may be difficult regarding numbers but consider the bigger picture ... do you really want to alienate this family from your life? These decisions can have ongoing consequences and I speak from experience.

What issues have you experienced from inviting or not inviting children to your wedding?