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How To Choose Your Wedding Music

Organising a wedding can seem like a mammoth task for a bride-to-be. It requires careful planning to make certain everything is perfect on your big day. And you know that while your guests only have to turn up and enjoy the day, you are the one who has suffered many sleepless nights planning every little detail.

One of things that is most important to get right on your wedding day is your choice of music. Choosing the right music will bring a romantic feel to your wedding – both at the ceremony,  the wedding breakfast and indeed the reception party.

Music For Your Ceremony

When you are selecting your wedding music, you might like to break it down into different parts. Perhaps it would be nice to have someone singing live at your ceremony. If this is something you would like to consider, then you would need to discuss your choices of music or hymns with your officiant if you are planning a church ceremony.

Once he is happy and gives you permission, you can start to ask around your friends and relations for recommendations as you begin your search for the right person to sing at your ceremony.

Another alternative for you to consider is to have a harpist playing softly as the guests begin to arrive at the church. And then as you as you enter the church you have the harpist play a piece of music that is very special to you and your groom.

After the ceremony guests can listen to the gentle harp music as you sign the register. This music is also perfect for a drinks reception – a harpist is one of the best ways of adding romance and elegance to your wedding.

Music For Your Evening Party

After your wedding breakfast is over, and the speeches are done, all the serious stuff is finished and it’s time to dim the lights, relax and let the party begin. This is the time to let your hair down and join your guests for some fun on the dance floor.

Many couples choose to have a disco for their evening entertainment. A good DJ will play a mix of songs to suit all ages. You can also give him a list of songs you would like him to play, as well as any you don’t want.

A live dance band is also a popular choice for the evening entertainment.  Tribute bands, country and western bands, jazz bands, rock’n roll bands are just a few of the different options for your reception music.

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How To Find The Perfect Beach Wedding Dress

Beach weddings continue to grow in popularity. Every year more and more couples are jetting off to the exotic beaches on foreign shores. And it’s easy to see why. The glorious setting of a tropical island, with the fine white sands, palm trees, clear turquoise waters and breathtaking views make this a most romantic place to exchange your wedding vows.

So as as you begin to plan for your perfect day, one of the most important things you have to do is find your perfect wedding gown.

There are a few things to consider when selecting a dress for a beach wedding. For instance, is your wedding going to be a full blown formal affair or will it be a small, more intimate occasion? Most beach weddings seem to be the latter of the two with just a few guests. Mostly due to travelling expenses etc.

So what makes a perfect beach wedding dress? Of course, there are hundreds of different dresses to choose from out there, and it’s just a case of trying on as many as it takes until you find the one that is perfect for you.

Tea Length Dress

Many brides choose a tea length dress if they are are going to be walking to their ceremony on the sand. If the temperature is going to be hot then this type of dress is perfect. This is also a very practical option as the sand won’t make the bottom of your dress heavy.

Floaty Dress

If you think the beach may have a gentle breeze, then a chiffon floaty dress will give you a very simple yet romantic look. Some pretty sandals or even bare feet, and a flower in your hair will give you the perfect look.

Strapless Dress

Of course a strapless dress is always popular with beach brides. Loose curls, sparkly jewels and a pretty bouquet is a very romantic look. Don’t forget evenings can be chilly – have a shoulder wrap handy.

A-line Mini dress

An organza dress with a strapless neckline and an A- line mini skirt is a perfect choice if you are lucky enough to have a great pair of legs. This is a lovely relaxed style and excellent for showing off a tan.

Mermaid Style Dress

A mermaid style dress is perfect style for the bride who wants a more elegant look. A ruched bodice with embellishments the sparkle when the sun catches them will certainly be your perfect look.

3 Secrets To Perfect Wedding Etiquette

Everyone who has ever planned a wedding will tell you that although it’s exciting and fun, there are moments when it can be extremely stressful. It’s also a bit scarey. You are in fact planning to leave your single days behind you, and become one half of a couple – for the rest of your life. But from the moment you said yes when your boyfriend proposed you have spent almost every waking moment imaging how you want your wedding to be.

When The Bride And Groom’s Family Meet

But what are the rules? What about etiquette and traditions? How do I begin this mammoth task of planning a perfect wedding?

Now you are planning to get married, it means you and your husband-to-be are both about to gain a new family. So it’s important right from the start to first introduce both sets of parents. Followed then by close family and friends.

This way both families can get to know each other and be invited to become involved in the wedding planning. Your in-laws will always be a part of your lives from here on – after all they are your husband’s parents.

How To Plan The Guest List

So as soon as you have set the date for your wedding it’s time to get the ball rolling. You need to let people know well in advance where and when your wedding is going to be. This gives your guests plenty of time to make arrangements for things like taking time off work etc.

So now comes what can often be a very stressful task – planning the guest list. You will need to enlist the help of both sets of parents for this, as there will obviously be guests coming from both families. Once you have decided who you are going to invite you can begin sending out the invitations.

What Should Your Invitations Say?

Wedding invites need careful consideration. You can only invite as many guests as your budget will allow, so plan your guest list accordingly. The invitations need to contain details of the place, date, and time of your wedding, and where your reception will be. Guests will also need to know if they will need to arrange transport to the reception venue.

Invitations to single guests should state if you are happy for them to bring a guest. If you don’t want children at your wedding then you should mention this on the invitations. You should also include directions to the church and reception venue and details of your gift registry if you have one. Lastly, add an RSVP with a date and details of where to send it.