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Include Your Pet in Your Wedding
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5 Perfect Ways to Include Your Pet in Your Wedding

Did you know that 62% of Australian households own pets? It makes sense why many people look for ways to include pets in their wedding day. There are some things to consider before you can be sure that your pet is part of your wedding day. This should not stop you though as it is very possible with adequate planning. We have put a list of 5 perfect ways to have a pet-friendly wedding.

1. Pet Inspired Wedding Invites

This is a fun way to involve your pet in your wedding festivities. Why not have your pet involved in the planning process? It is not always possible to have your pet on the actual wedding day, so this is a great alternative. Speak to a professional photographer and have them take a few beautiful pictures of your pet that you can use for your invitations or save the dates.

2. Let Your Pet Attend

There are many ways to have pets at weddings. You can have your pet as your ring bearer or have your pet in your wedding photos. To successfully pull this off there are a few things to consider. Look for pet-friendly wedding venues. Ask yourself if your pet behaves well in new places or with a crowd of people. Find someone to take care of your pet on the day.

3. Decorate with Pet Photos

If your wedding venue won’t allow you to have your pet come along or you cannot find a good pet sitter for the day, including your pet in your wedding decorations. If your pet has been a big part of your love story you can show this in a cute display that has pictures of your furry friend. Free-standing frames with pet pictures displayed around the venue are also a big hit.

4. Pet Inspired Wedding Cakes

This is a tasty way to have pets at weddings. There are many pet inspired cake toppers you can use as a cute way to have your pet in your wedding day. Some bakers are able to paint wedding cakes with watercolor paint, why not have them paint your pet. If you want to take it a step further, have your wedding cake made in the likeness of your pet.

5. Include Your Pet in the Registry

The wedding registry is a good way for couples to get things that they will use in their future home. You can include specific gifts for your pet in the wedding registry. Some couples have asked their wedding guests to make a donation in their name to pet charities such as the SPCA so that they can help other pets as well.

At Clarence House, we have a long-standing tradition of hosting beautiful and unique weddings. Contact us today and we can help you have a uniquely Australian wedding.

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5 Great Ideas to Have Simple and Elegant Wedding

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. This famous quote works in many aspects of life, weddings included. There are many ways to have a simply elegant wedding. Many themes lend themselves to simplicity. Even though planning an elegant wedding ceremony and an elegant wedding reception takes time, the results make it worth the while. You must find the things that matter most to you and invest in them and the rest is just details. We have put together a list of 5 great ideas to have a simple and elegant wedding.

1. Decide on a Size and Budget

Before you can start worrying about the venue or what color chairs you will have, set a realistic budget, and decide how many guests you will have at your wedding. Just because you want to have a simple wedding does not mean you must have a limited guest list. Try accommodating the number of guests that best suits you. Deciding to spend within your means will make this whole process less stressful.

2. Personalize Your Wedding Inspiration

We all love getting inspired by people’s weddings online. This is a great way to get ideas that you may want to incorporate into your own wedding. When looking for elegant wedding ideas for receptions, for example, focus on borrowing ideas that work well with your theme as opposed to adding things just because. Remember the aim of a wedding isn’t only to impress people, you want to celebrate your love. This keeps things in perspective.

3. Get Rid of Unnecessary Things

Simplify your life. If you have chosen a delicious wedding cake already, will you need to add a dessert table as well? Stop yourself from adding unnecessary things that just add to your stress without improving the wedding experience. Be picky about what you choose to add to your wedding and don’t be swayed by people’s opinions. Remember when it comes to simplicity, less really is more.

4. Use One Venue for the Whole Day

When looking for elegant wedding ideas for reception, bear in mind of the venue you have chosen can allow you to have the ceremony there as well. Having both events at the same venue will save you the hassle of having to ferry people from the wedding ceremony venue to the wedding reception venue. By so doing you can also save money as you will only have one venue charge and not two.

5. Make the Wedding Memorable

Finally, if you want your wedding to be simple yet elegant, focus less on what the extras on the wedding day will be and more on what the overall experience will be. By so doing you can save yourself a lot of stress and have a simple yet stunning wedding that does not need all the bells and whistles for it to be memorable.

At Clarence House, we have a long-standing tradition of hosting beautiful and unique weddings. Contact us today and we can help you have a simple and elegant wedding.

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Top 5 Ideas to Choose Wedding Cake in 2020

Have you ever wondered why wedding cake trends are always evolving? This is because the wedding cake is very important and symbolizes future sweetness in the marriage. Some have even gone on to say that the wedding cake is the only guest with its own table, that’s how important wedding cake is. We have put together a list of wedding cake ideas you can use to choose yours this year.

1. Floating Tier Wedding Cakes

Traditional wedding cakes are always tiered. But why not take it up a notch in 2020? These wedding cakes are a clever way to add the illusion of height to your wedding cake. Instead of having a tall 7-tiered cake why not have the classic 3 tiers but with a luxurious twist that adds some extra height. This is one of the wedding cake trends in 2020.

2. Luxurious Pearl Wedding Cakes

Pearls are known to be the queen of gems. They have been a part of the bridal culture for a very long time. Instead of leaving the pearls in your grandmother’s jewelry box why not use them to make your wedding cake glow. New wedding cake trends incorporate edible pearls in the wedding cake. You can have this as a standout feature at your wedding as well.

3. Grand Multi-Tiered Wedding Cakes

These wedding cakes are showstoppers and are the pinnacle of luxury wedding cakes. They are usually tall and have many tiers, some going as high as 10 tiers. Because of their large size, these become the focal point of the wedding reception. Lore has it that the number of tiers reflects how long the marriage will last so the sky is the limit with this one and have as many tiers as you please.

4. Redefined Carved Wedding Cakes

This is one of the latest wedding cake trends. Art can be incorporated into your wedding cake to give a visually stunning result. Sculptured cakes can take any form that you like and cake makers have fun creating one of a kind cakes. Some new sculptured wedding cake designs are gravity-defying and are a great way to express the couple’s individuality during the wedding reception.

5. Watercolor Wedding Cakes

Paint has been incorporated into wedding cakes for a very long time. This wedding cake trend, however, takes painting wedding cakes to the next level. With watercolors, you can have pretty florals added to your wedding cake or have contemporary graphics. Scripted calligraphy with special messages can also be done. You don’t have to stick to light colors, dark watercolor will make any cake pop.

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Top 7 Australian Wedding Traditions and Customs

Did you know that for a long time, couples in Australia threw stones into the water instead of exchanging wedding rings? This is a classic example of how Australian wedding traditions and customs have always been unique. There are many other Australian wedding traditions that can be traced down to the settlers and the aborigines, below are some of them.

1. A Classic White Wedding Dress.

Whenever people imagine Australian dream weddings, this comes to mind. The white wedding dress tradition has been there for many years. It symbolizes hope and future joy in the marriage. Now brides opt for many different colors, but this remains a well-loved tradition.

2. Something Old and Something New

As the old rhyme goes, for marital bliss a bride must have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Australians have a tradition of being gifted something old such as a piece of jewelry from a parent to commemorate the day.

3. Waiting to Unveil the Bride

This old tradition is well-loved and is still followed by many couples even now. The groom does not get to see the bride on their wedding day until she walks down the aisle. He only sees her face as he unveils her. This gives an exciting element for the couple on their wedding day.

4. Parents Walk Down the Aisle

When it comes to accompanying the bride down the aisle, both parents get to do this. In many other cultures, this was traditionally done by the father but that’s not the same in Australia. The mother’s role in the wedding is respected by allowing both parents to walk their daughter down the aisle.

5. The Wedding Smoking Ceremony

It is well known that aborigines and settlers shared the land for a long time. This tradition is a miscegenation of their two cultures. The couple gets fanned with the smoke of burning plants or herbs. This was supposed to ward off ill spirits and bring healing and blessing to the relationship.

6. Lamingtons Instead of Wedding Cake

We all love wedding dessert and for many European cultures, traditional wedding cake takes pride of place. Australian wedding receptions have a tradition of having lamingtons. This is a traditional vanilla cake that is cut into squares, covered in chocolate, and then sprinkled with coconut flakes.

7. Having a Wedding Unity Bowl

This heart-warming tradition has been passed down for many generations. Family members and close friends put stones in a bowl, and this represents their support for the couple’s union. The stones have the names of whoever has put them in the bowl, and they can also have different colors to represent the different families.

At Clarence House, we have a long-standing tradition of hosting beautiful and unique weddings. Contact us today and we can help you have a uniquely Australian wedding.

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6 Ways to Save Extra on Wedding Expenses

Did you know that in 2019, average couples spent between $32,000 and $53,000 at their weddings?. This was a significant increase from the average prices 5 years ago. In such a climate it is prudent to find ways to reduce your wedding expenses so that you do not incur any debt. We have put together a list of money-saving tips you can use to make sure that your wedding does not break the bank but is still a day to remember.

1. Start with a Set Budget

It may seem like it’s not important to mention this but write down a list of common wedding expenses. From this, you can craft your wedding budget. Remember to include sundries and unexpected costs. You can then start to look for ways to save. It’s hard to save by doing just one thing but with a combination of different saving methods, you can reach your target goal.

2. There’s Always Room for Negotiation

On your list of estimated wedding expenses, you will have put down quotes you received from different vendors. When vendors give quotes there’s almost always a little wiggle room in their pricing. Don’t shy away from negotiating with your vendors. A little off one bill and a little off the next bill adds up to big savings on your wedding expenses breakdown.

3. Give Yourself Enough Time

Many couples have realized this too late. The earlier you start to plan your wedding; the easier it is to get bargains. If you book your wedding venue and catering early, its most likely going to be cheaper. With more time on your hands, you can do more research and get vendors that are the least expensive without sacrificing quality.

4. Serve Your Food Buffet Style

Catering is almost always one of the biggest bills on the average wedding expenses breakdown. Reducing it even by a little can take off a significant amount of your total wedding budget. One way to do this is to serve your meal buffet style. This ensures that you will not need a big complement of the wait staff and there’s less waste than a sit-down meal.

5. Consider Non-Traditional Flowers.

Florals can cost a pretty penny but this need not be the case. Instead of using traditional flowers such as roses and tulips, opt for non-traditional flowers. Many couples have been embracing greenery in their floral pieces. This has a rustic feel to it and you can save at the same time. Other ideas include brooch and button arrangements and ornament bouquets.

6. Get Creative with It

There are many more ways to save money. You can make your own photo booth, get a friend to DJ, borrow instead of buying some things and choose a wedding venue that does not need a lot of décors. Some couples have used dummy cakes just for the pictures and had one cake to be cut for the day. Having your ceremony and reception in one place will reduce transport costs.

If you find these ideas inspiring, we have many ideas you can incorporate into your wedding day. Read our other blogs.

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The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Reception Seating Chart

Did you know that a wedding reception seating arrangement chart can take weeks and even months to perfect? On top of being time-consuming, it is almost always impossible to please all your guests. It is not always possible to seat everyone with their favorite people so there has to be a way to compromise. Below are some tips to make your planning stress-free.

1. Give Yourself Enough Time

When you have received the bulk of your RSVPs, it’s time to start working on the table seating chart for the wedding reception. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to take your time arranging your guests in a cohesive manner. Many couples have made the mistake of trying to get this done the night before the wedding and been overwhelmed. Do not make that mistake.

2. Get Your Numbers in Order

The best way to start your wedding reception seating chart is to decide how many people will sit on a table. You have to take into account the table shapes and their capacity. You can then start a rough draft of guest placements. You can put this into a new spreadsheet or use free wedding seating chart templates. If you have this done, then you’re well on your way to getting the ultimate seating chart.

3. Prioritize Your Placements

Different families have varying dynamics and these should be respected in your placements. If you have divorced parents, it may be a good idea to keep them on separate tables. Quarreling aunts are also best kept on opposite sides of the wedding venue. Once you have placed the important people on their tables then you can fill in the blanks with people they get along well with.

4. If Overwhelmed, Get Help

It may not always be so clear cut who to place on what table. In such cases, you can call for backup. Parents can be invaluable in this situation. They can help you figure out how to seat their friends and how to diffuse any potential conflicts that may arise on the day. If you are still not sure that the seating arrangement will not cause problems on the day, inform your wedding planner in advance so that they can deal with any problems on the day.

5. Keep Your Wedding Venue in Mind

Now that you have assigned all your guests to a specific table, you can then decide on the table arrangement. Important guests must have a clear view of all the wedding festivities. It may be a good idea to place them close to the dance floor or next to where the bride and groom will be. Guests that have special needs such as those in wheelchairs and the elderly can be put in a central place where they can easily move around.

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Top 7 Weekend Wedding Planning Ideas

Who doesn’t love an unforgettable wedding? Weddings bring families together in a celebratory mood. If you’re wondering what could be better than that… imagine a whole wedding weekend of festivities.

Planning a wedding weekend can seem daunting but it does not need to be. Welcome parties and good-bye brunches are just the icings on the cake, there are many more ideas we have put together below that you can use to keep your wedding guests entertained all weekend long.

1. Plan Your Wedding Weekend

Have a wedding weekend checklist that you will use to ensure that you make all the necessary reservations in good time. Listing all your planned activities will help you come up with a packing list for a wedding weekend for your guests. Circulate this list well on time.

2. Gift Your Guests with a Welcome Bag

This is a fun way to make sure that your guests get in the mood for the weekend. You can put together small gifts that are personalized for your wedding. You can also include the wedding itinerary with important dates, specific times and transportation details.

3. Have a Welcome Party

This is the perfect start to any weekend. Members of both families and friends that may not be as familiar with each other can use this time to get acquainted. If you are planning to have an extravagant weekend, make this part a bit more laid-back so that all your guests are at ease.

4. Book a Hotel Hospitality Suite

If you are planning to have your guests staying in one place, reserve a hospitality suite. Wedding weekend venues may also have accommodation for large groups, these are also a great option. Having everyone in the same place makes it easier for planning group activities.

5. Plan ‘Other Activities’

Yes, everyone will have traveled to celebrate with you but incorporating other activities that aren’t part of the standard celebrations can make it more fun for them. This can become a mini-vacation where people get to relax as well as enjoy the wedding weekend.

6. Have a Rehearsal Dinner

This is a must-have event that people will be looking forward to all weekend long. It is a great chance to thank important people that have been involved in your wedding planning. You can gift them with a bottle of wine or flowers and also have speeches or toasts from loved ones.

7. Have a Farewell Brunch

At the end of a great weekend of festivities, this is the perfect send-off for your guests. It will be the perfect time to thank all your guests. It does not need to be a big expense as you can host it at a family home or a friend’s backyard.

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Your Wedding Day Photo Shot List (6 Unique Ideas)

Did you know that the average couple spends about 8-10 percent of their wedding budget on photography and/or videography? There are many reasons for this, more than enjoying the photoshoot on the day, photos are what your children and grandchildren will see. This is an art that you can enjoy for a very long time to come as it documents the beginning of your new family. We have compiled a list of unique photo shots for your big day.

1. Ask for Drone Pictures

This will literally take your wedding photos to new heights. Photos were taken by a drone to give a beautiful bird’s eye perspective to your day. You can have some aerial photos taken as you walk down the aisle. This will show your wedding dress in all its splendor and capture that beautiful moment for years to come. Add this idea to your wedding shot list.

2. In Rain or Shine

The weather may not always cooperate with your planned shots but take it in stride. Capturing unexpected weather changes will give your shots a very unique style. These unexpected shots are the most memorable and you will always have a story to tell. Use the changing weather as a backdrop for very unique photos.

3. Make a Splash

This for the more adventurous couples that want to compile a unique wedding photo shot list. If there is a pool at your wedding venue you can take a dive at the end of the day. Talk to your photographer and see if he can capture some underwater shots. These quirky water photos will be a hit with whoever gets to see them.

4. Utilize Negative Space

Ask your photographer to go wide and make use of whatever negative space you have available at your wedding venue. This can be in the form of a brick wall or a very high hedge. Negative space photos will make you and your entourage stand out and make the pictures more memorable. Make the background composition of these shots very simple for the extra flair.

5. Capture Beauty in the Chaos

Candid moments that can be considered as ‘messy’ can make for very beautiful pictures. Imagine a shot that captures the moment when confetti is billowing around you and your loved ones. If you decide to have a cake fight, capturing this moment can be fun. These shots are made for the wedding album. Add them to your wedding shot list ideas.

6. Capture Action Shots in the Festivities

While your guests are dancing or walking from the ceremony to the reception, ask your photographer to capture these live-action shots. These candid moments can be breathtaking especially in photos. Finally, talk to your photographer and make sure he captures candid moments of those that are near and dear to you.

If you find these ideas inspiring, we have many ideas you can incorporate into your wedding day. Read our other blogs.

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5 Perfect Ways to Pop the Question | Proposal Ideas 2020

Are You Wondering How You Are Going to Pop the Question?

Taking that step to ask your partner if they will spend the rest of their life with you can be a daunting task. However, you want to make sure that you’ve done it right. Whether you choose a grand and elaborate gesture or you opt for a low-key private proposal, the point is to make it memorable. This is why we’ve put together this list of creative ways to pop the question.

1. Organize a Treasure Hunt

Clarence House is an excellent wedding venue where you can organize a treasure hunt that ultimately leads to your partner finding a note with your question. Boasting lush gardens and stunning ballrooms, this will be a treasure hunt they will never forget. We’re pros when it comes to helping out with marriage proposal ideas. Our wedding planners can give you good tips.

2. Digital Proposals Are So in These Days

One of the best proposal ideas we’ve seen to date is of a man who re-wrote his girlfriend’s favorite Disney-movie – sleeping beauty – and inserted his proposal into the film. Proceeding to rent out an entire movie theatre and invite friends and family, he really set the bar quite high for creativity, effort, and an all-time unforgettable proposal.

3. Flash Mob Proposals Are All the Rage

If you’re sure that your partner won’t mind all the attention then consider a flash mob proposal. If you really want to impress, don’t just hire others to dance but be involved as well like this man who organized a spectacular flashmob surprise proposal. Don’t forget to get permission to do this flashmob proposal in a public space.

4. Ink Your Proposal in the Sky

Is love making you feel dizzy and high? Well, why not take it to the sky – literally. Get a skywriter to creatively pop the question on your behalf. Not only is this ingenious but it’s very special. How often does one get a sky-high proposal? If you want to knock the wind right out of your partner, then this is definitely a one-sure fire way to do it.

5. Compose/Pick a Song and Sing It

Are you a musical couple? Does your significant other enjoy it when you serenade them in song? One of the proposal ideas that we’ve seen becoming a trend is composing a song and then singing it as a proposal. Not only is it personal, but it will leave a lasting memory making that song one of your all-time favorites as a couple.

Get a Helping Hand with Your Proposal

Our team of wedding planners here at Clarence House is ready to help you plan your proposal. Get in touch with us for more wedding proposal ideas.

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Wedding Ideas and Inspiration 2020

Did you know that the average wedding takes 528 hours or 22 full days to plan? This is equivalent to eleven months of being in full-time wedding planning mode. If you are planning to get married this year, we have compiled some wedding ideas and inspiration for 2020. Read on to find out what these are.

1. Personalize Your ‘Gram Wedding

Most couples are having Instagram worthy of weddings. No detail is left to chance and every photo taken reflects the copious amount of work put into making the day splendid. A wedding hashtag can trend for a while and many couples aspire to have that perfect wedding. In the midst of all the planning, a wedding can lose its soul and become just another photoshoot-worthy big event. Find personal details to make your day personal and one that really reflects who you are.

2. Consider Using Non-Traditional Florals

Are you conscious about the environment? Does the idea of buying thousands of dollars’ worth of flowers only to have them discarded the next day not sit right with you? Non-traditional florals may be the perfect solution for you. You can have potted plants as your wedding florals. These can then be taken by your guests as part of the wedding favors. Your wedding will have looked beautiful and your guests can continue to enjoy the flowers in their homes. Alternatively, if you still choose traditional flowers to consider donating them to nursing homes and hospice centers instead of throwing them out.

3. Give ‘Foodie’ Wedding Favours

Being a food lover has never been more popular. People are spending time finding the perfect dining experience and sharing it with loved ones. Your wedding is a perfect time to let your inner ‘foodie’ glow. You can share some treats that mean something to you as a couple as part of your wedding favors. A little note to explain the significance of the treat to your guests will give it that extra personal touch.

4. Use Photos to Tell Your Story

A picture can tell a thousand words. Instead of having a video of your love story you can print some photos that show how you met and precious milestones of your relationship. This can come in the form of a vision board that you can use later in your home. This wedding inspiration is one that can stay as a reminder of your special day for many years to come.

5. Glam Up the Photobooth

A photo booth is a fun and engaging way to keep guests entertained at your wedding. Instead of having the traditional props and backdrop for your photo booth you can use a unique site in your wedding venue and glam it up to be your photo booth. Your venue will be a big part of your budget and you can get even more out of it.

At Clarence House, we have a team of dedicated wedding consultants to make your wedding something to cherish. Contact us today!

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Trending Greenery Decor Ideas for 2020 Weddings

Did you know that the average couple spends $1400 on flowers for their wedding day?

Incorporating wedding greenery into your flower arrangements can cut this bill significantly. Roses, peonies and lilies look classically beautiful but it’s perfectly okay for you to opt for other ideas and using greenery in lieu of all the above is certainly one of the leading wedding trends of the year. Read on to find how you can use greenery to give your wedding that unique style.

1. Incorporate Garlands into Your Decor

Top of the list of greenery wedding trends for 2020 is garlands. Garlands are versatile. They are easy to incorporate into any wedding theme. Wedding garlands can be very detailed which makes them easy to adjust to give you just the effect you are looking for. Muted themes or over the top ideas all can be expressed using garlands. You can use them to line the aisles at your wedding venue to give them a fresh and chic look. Your tables can shine with these nature-inspired table runners. You can incorporate them into the bridal crown or drape them around the cake.

2. Swop Out Floral Centre Pieces for Potted Plants

Before you dismiss this greenery wedding décor idea for being too ridiculous and out of the box, give it some thought. Floral centrepieces have been ubiquitous with weddings since time memorial. They’ve been tried and tested and stood the test of time. But just because an idea has worked before does not rule out room for innovation. Potted plants can make perfect centrepieces for your tables. They come in many shapes and sizes and can be manicured or natural-looking and wild. These can then become part of your wedding favours. If you’re working with an event planner from your venue, ask them if they have potted plants for just such occasions.

3. Consider Bringing a Tree Indoors

This might seem like yet another outrageous greenery wedding reception idea but if done right it can make your wedding décor pop. The idea of bringing the outdoors inside is not a new one but bringing a tree indoors can make your ballroom have that extra edge. Wedding planners at exclusive venues often have such mobile trees that are used specifically for this. If they don’t, they might know where to hire one at a good price. A well-placed tree can make a room feel more intimate. You can use the branches to hang other bits of décor.

4. Have Fun with Your Greenery

If you have decided to use just greenery for your wedding or want to incorporate it into your florals, why not commit fully and have fun with it? You may feel like green can easily come across as one-toned, but this is far from the truth. Find greenery with many different shapes, shades of green and textures. Eucalyptus, jasmine vine and monstera leaves are some of the top pick you can use to give your greenery more depth. So get creative, feel free and create stunning one of kind bouquets and décor.

Keen to check out some venues that can work with you to achieve this greenery theme? Contact us for more information.

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Don’t Miss These 10 Summer Wedding Ideas for 2020

Are you planning on having a summer wedding? This is an exciting season to have your big day. Getting a vision of what you want your day to look like on time will reduce your stress as you get closer to the day. We have put together 10 summer wedding trends for you to get inspired.

1. Go Bold with Your Decor

Summer is all about color and beauty all around. Your summer wedding reception décor should be the same. Adding a few statement pieces, incorporating innovative lighting and having flowers literally everywhere will make your wedding pop. Find a theme that resonates with you and then have fun with it, after all its summer!

2. Take Time to Plan the Guest Experience

After the wedding is over, most guests will not be able to remember the small details like your place settings or the style of champagne chutes you had. For it to be a day to remember, find something unexpected (think of unique performances or interactive entertainment) that your guests will always talk about.

3. Consider a Unique Altar or Backdrop

Having a unique altar is one of the most popular wedding ideas for summer 2020. This can be a focal point for all your décor and can be a conversation starter. Instead of the traditional altar or the usual flower backdrop, you can have a different theme for your altar. Let it reflect your interests and express your creativity.

4. Make Your Guests More Involved

Another idea for a summer wedding reception is to have your guests participate more in your wedding program. You can have them read aloud personalized wishes to the couple in-between different parts of your wedding reception.

5. Have an Art Inspired Wedding

If you are an art lover, this one is for you. Many couples are including works of art in their weddings. This can come in the form of a special art installation or one of a kind art inspired wedding invitations.

6. Set Up a ‘Touch-Up’ Booth

For many ladies, a lot of time is spent waiting in line for the bathroom so they can touch up their makeup. You can hire a makeup artist to set up a booth where the ladies can get a fresh coat of lip-gloss or redo a few curls.

7. Have Fun with Your Wedding Favours

You can have your guests personalize their wedding favors. You can set up a photo booth where guests can take fun photos, have them printed and added to a key chain with the names of the bride and groom and the date of the wedding.

8. Make Your Bouquet More Personal

You can have meaningful additions to your bouquet. A discreet photo of a loved one or jewelry from a special time in your life can make your bouquet more special.

9. Have Family Inspired Cocktails

Custom cocktails have been done before and they are usually inspired by the bride or groom. This summer let your inspiration come from your family. This is a fun way to honor them during your big day.

10. Make a Difference

Let this be a chance to reach out and share a message that’s close to your heart. You can add fun quotes to your wedding menus or your wedding program.

Armed with these simple wedding ideas for summer you’re well on your way to planning an unforgettable day!

Visit our website today for more summer wedding trends. Chat with us and let us work together to give you the wedding of your dreams.

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Top 6 Tips to Find Out Your Wedding Style

The faster you can decipher your wedding style, the sooner you can start planning your wedding. Here are tips to help you figure out your wedding style.

Planning a wedding can be a stressful affair. From the décor to the menu, to the venue and the clothing. It can be a nightmare. However, one simple way to figure out all these issues is to first find out what your own unique wedding style is. So, how do you go about finding what your wedding style is? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top 6 practical tips.

1. Defining Style

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s define what the wedding style consists of. Wedding style refers to your choice of colors, décor, music, food as well as minor details that will make your day personal. Style can encompass traditional wedding themes or contemporary elements. But the bottom line is that style is personal. No one can choose it for you.

2. Look at What Inspires You

What type of weddings inspires you? Romantic elegant wedding theme, vintage weddings, rustic weddings, or traditional weddings? What inspires you is a great place to draw ideas of what your own style is.

3. Spend Time Thinking About Your Story

Spend time reflecting on your own story. What things make you and your partner unique? What are some of those elements that you’d like to come through on your big day? What do you want your guests to know about you as a couple? Do you guys share something unique that you’d like represented? Faith, religion, culture?

4. What Are Your Favourite Colours?

Colors affect all of us differently. We all have colors that make us feel happy and some colors we are immune to. What are those colors that conjure up happiness in you? There are some couples who like sombre dark colors and others who prefer bright and cheery ones. Settling on colors early on will make choosing décor, flowers, and bridesmaids dress easier.

5. What Type of Venue Appeals to You?

What wedding reception styles appeal to you? An outdoor wedding, barnyard wedding, chapel wedding, or destination wedding? The place you wish to say ‘i do’ will help you to figure out what your style is.

6. Create a Portfolio of Ideas

Spend time browsing picture-based sites like Pinterest and Instagram to see different wedding themes and styles. Doing this will show you what you like. You’ll also be able to visually see what you don’t like. Create a portfolio or folder of pictures to aid you in refining your own style.

7. Consult with Wedding Experts

Once you’ve got an idea of what you want, consider talking to a couple of wedding experts who’ll help you refine your vision. Wedding stylists and planners like the team at Clarence House can offer insightful recommendations and guidance. Armed with these top tips you’ll be able to sift through the different wedding styles to identify your own unique style.

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Entertain Your Guests with 8 Wedding Games in 2020

Throw a wedding that’s not only fun but filled with great games geared to get people having fun from the word go!

Wedding games are a great way to break the ice, get people loosened up, and ready to have fun on your big day! If you were wondering how you were going to entertain guests, boy do we have some ideas for you – 8 to be precise. Whether you’re having a small intimate wedding or a lavish one with lots of guests, these games are going to be a hit.

Indoor Games

For some inspirational fun wedding reception games for guests keep reading!

Jenga

Jenga is not only a game that deserves to be on this list because of how easy it is to play but because of the way in which it brings people together. It’s one of those games that will demand a good amount of concentration as well as good-natured fun.

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This is one game that’s sure to get the crowd roaring with laughter. The bride and groom sit with their backs to each other and have their partner’s shoes and one of their own in one hand. The master of ceremonies asks them questions pertaining to them as a couple to see how well they know each other.

I Spy with My Eye

Now I spy isn’t a game for the tiny tots alone. It’s one of those wedding mini-games that’ll get everyone involved as they try to figure out the thing that’s being asked.

Board Games

Yes, with an array of board games to choose from you can have one entire table dedicated to these alone. Consider placing dominoes, chess, checkers, monopoly and even a deck of cards on this games table.

Truth or Dare

Things are certainly bound to get very interesting when you play this risqué game. Watch as people’s dares turn into very interesting proposals. Best left to the end of the night, this is bound to be a memorable game.

Outdoor Games

If you’re hosting your wedding outdoors, you might like to consider some outdoor wedding reception games.

Wedding Bingo

Bingo never disappoints. It’s a great ice breaker especially if you’re throwing an intimate wedding and wish your guests to know each other.

Wedding Drinking Game

No list of wedding activities for adults would be complete without at least one drinking game! Step in flip the cup. In this game, guests take it in turns to answer trivia questions. If a person gets a question wrong they are obliged to drink a shot! Let the games begin.

Musical Chairs

Do you want to see grown-ups scrambling for chairs? Then say hello to one of the most hilarious wedding ceremony games you’ll ever get to play – musical chairs. It’s a game where a chair is progressively removed and music played. When the music ends people are meant to rush for a chair. The person without a chair is automatically disqualified.

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10 Useful Wedding Favour Ideas 2020

Wedding favours are small tokens of appreciation that you give your guests to thank them for coming to your wedding. The tradition of giving out favours is an old one and therefore one that many couples adhere to. As such, there can be quite an enormous amount of pressure to find appropriate favours. If you’re looking for creative wedding favour ideas then you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve put together a list of wedding favours that you can derive inspiration from.

1. Unique Wedding Favours with a Twist

where unique wedding favours are concerned, we’ve got a few ideas you might like to consider.

(a) Plant a Tree

We live in a world that’s rapidly facing global challenges. If you’d like to do something worthwhile how about giving guests a tree to plant? Even a potted plant can make a difference. Make your wedding an opportunity to raise environmental awareness by planting trees.

(b) Local Artisan Goods

These goods can be anything from soaps to scented oils. They don’t have to be anything fancy but what will set them apart and make them special for your guests is the packaging or how you present them.

(c) Personalised Jams

Whether you decide to make your own jams or to buy them, jams can be a really cool wedding favour. More-so if your wedding was vintage-inspired. There are tonnes of creative ways to package your jam favours. We think fabric covered pots are just perfect.

2. Costly Wedding Favours to Get People Talking!

If money is not an issue and you really want your guests to feel appreciated (and talk!) after your wedding, then here are some of the most expensive weddings favours considering.

(a) Mini Liquor Bottles

Gin, champagne, tequila, scotch, whiskey, and brandy, choose the alcohol of choice to spoil your guests with. If you want to take things a step further, consider getting the bottles personalized.

(b) Organic Honey Bottles

Real organic honey is a rare thing in our world. Most of the commercial honey sold on the markets has preservatives and all sorts of things added to it. Your guests will appreciate the taste of organic honey. Honey as it was originally meant to be.

(c) Premium Chocolate

Well, it’s no secret that premium chocolate made by the world’s leading chocolatiers is as great a gift as any. If you really want to impress, keep the following brand names in mind: Vosges Haut chocolate, Jacques Torres chocolate, Teuscher chocolate and Pierre marcolini.

3. Quirky wedding favours making people smile

Any list of great wedding favours must include a couple of favours that are sure to draw out a smile from your guests. Some of the quirkiest favours that made us smile include:

(a) Tea Sachets

Love is brewing anyone? Yes, very cheesy but these wedding favours will certainly be appreciated by their recipient when they are enjoying the brew.

(b) Love Wristbands

You can get creative where wristbands are concerned. From getting your name and date printed or simply a statement about love, these wristbands can prove to be a great hit.

(c) Matching Socks

Yes, matching socks as wedding favours are so cliché – but you’ve got to admit that they are practical. Give or take a few years, most people will still have your socks somewhere in their home!

(d) Scented Candles

Votive candles have been used as wedding favours since time memorial and they continue to be popular for a reason. Do you have a favourite perfume? Now, you can even get your candles infused with a scent that’s uniquely yours to make them even more special.

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Traditional Wedding Reception Timeline Guide

We’ve all attended weddings that have gone way past their schedules and appeared disorganized. Not only does it show a lack of respect for your guests’ time but it reflects poorly on your organizational skills. To avoid being the talk of the town take time to learn what a wedding reception timeline should look like.

So, without further ado here is what your traditional wedding reception schedule of events should resemble:

1. Cocktail Hour

Duration: 1 Hour

Cocktail hour ushers guests into the first phase of your reception. Ideally, this is the time your guests get a chance to mix and mingle while family photos are being taken. As a couple, you’ll probably miss out on this part so ensure that there’s plenty of entertainment perhaps in the form of a live band or a DJ to keep things running smoothly. Platters of food and drink should be readily available.

2. Invite Guests to Sit Down for Dinner

Duration: 15 Minutes

As soon as the bride and groom arrive from their photoshoot, have someone start inviting guests to proceed to their seats to get ready for dinner. The bride and groom can take the time this is happening to freshen up.

3. Bride and Groom Entrance

Duration: 10 Minutes

With your guests all seated, it’s time to make your grand entrance as husband and wife into the reception space. Today couples are opting to make their debut entrance through song and dance. It’s up to you really how you wish to be introduced to your guests at this time.

4. First Dance of the Night

Duration: 5 Minutes

While everyone is still in festive spirits, this is the ideal time to slot in your first dance as a couple. You’ll likely have people join you after the first song, so you might like to slot in extra time for this.

5. Welcome Remarks and Toasts

Duration: 5 Minutes

After the first dance, a family member should welcome guests. This toast should not devolve into a speech about the bride and groom. Instead, it should merely be a courtesy call to welcome guests and hope they enjoy the meal, anything beyond five minutes is now a speech!

6. Dinner Is Served

Duration: 45 Minutes

Depending on what type of catering you’ve chosen, this can take 45 minutes to an hour. If you’ve selected a family-style traditional sit-down meal, then your service staff will be on-hand to ensure that serving is carried out in an orderly fashion. If you’ve gone with a buffet, you might need to give more leeway as self-service can take slightly longer.

7. Wedding Party Toasts Bride and Groom

Duration: 10 Minutes

While meals are being served, this is the perfect moment for members of your wedding party to take it in turns to say a few words about you. This doesn’t have to be everyone in your train. It can simply be the maid-of-honor and the best man. Let people know ahead of time that their wedding speeches should not exceed four minutes maximum.

8. Dances with the Parents

Duration: 10 Minutes

There is nothing like that father-daughter dance or that mother-son dance. It’s a special and intimate moment. Once this is over, however, cue your DJ or band to take over with some high-energy songs that are sure to get people moving onto the dance floor!

9. Bouquet and Garter Toss.

Duration: 10 Minutes

In a normal wedding reception timeline, while people are still on the dance floor, you’d gather them around for the bouquet and garter toss. Many people are now, however, choosing to do away with these two traditions. So, if these aren’t quite up to your alley, feel free to skip them.

10. Cutting the Cake

Duration: 10 Minutes

Cake cutting can ideally be done towards the end of the traditional wedding ceremony timeline. The service staff should be ready to start passing dessert and getting coffee out to guests. Most people will start leaving after this moment as this signals that the event is coming to a close. Use this time to thank your guests one last time.

11. Final Dance and Exit

Duration: 5 Minutes

Some couples usually have one last song before they make their grand exit. Once the dance is over, your wedding party can send you off with much fanfare amid sparklers or you can opt for celebratory bells instead.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what a traditional reception event timeline looks like.

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List of Egyptian Wedding Traditions
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Complete List of Egyptian Wedding Traditions

Are you looking for some Egyptian traditions for your wedding?

An Egyptian wedding is a very special historic ceremony that has been carried on from generation to generation since the times of the Pharaohs. Although Egypt has been exposed to many civilizations, such as Greek, Roman, and Islam, many of the traditions of ancient Egyptian marriages still remain in modern Egyptian weddings. Here is a complete list of Egyptian wedding traditions.

1. Egyptian weddings

Although arranged marriages are not quite the norm anymore, when it comes to Egyptian weddings, they still are not an unusual occurrence. Once both families have given their approval, a marriage agreement is drawn up.

2. The mahr and shabka

The marriage agreement is made up of two parts, the mahr, and the shabka, where the groom has to bring two gifts to the girl’s family. The “mahr” is a sum of money that a groom-to-be pays to the girl’s family, while the “shabka” is a tradition where the groom gives to his wife-to-be jewelry.

3. The engagement

The engagement period gives the couple time to get to know each other. The bride’s family will host the engagement party at home or more often at a hotel with wedding decorations of several kinds of flowers and lights.

4. Wedding rings

The symbolism of the wedding ring is said to date back to Ancient Egyptian culture. Wedding rings are said to represent the perfect circle or marriage not ending.

5. The Henna night

Egyptian women have a henna party for the bride and her female cousins and friends which is held a day or two before the wedding ceremony. This night is usually themed, mostly with girls wearing belly-dancing outfits.

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The Egyptian wedding ceremony starts with a car parade with wedding decorations of flowers and ribbons. When the bride and groom reach the hotel they are received by a “Zaffa” (procession), another human parade of belly dancers and drummers. Christian couples celebrate their marriage in a church conducted by a priest with prayers and readings from the Bible.

Muslims hold a wedding ceremony called “katb el katb” which is performed by the Maa’zoun in the local mosque or at the house. The ‘Mahr’ and ‘Moa’khar’ are written in the contract during the ceremony. The ’Moa’khar’ is the money a Muslim bride receives in case of a divorce.

7. Cutting of the cake

As elsewhere in the world couples cut the wedding cake, which is several layers high and feed each other. The bride then tosses her flower bouquet behind her back to other hopeful females. The wedding celebration is marked by plenty of food and drinking of a traditional sweet drink called “sharbat” which is prepared from various fruits and herbs.

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Best Greek Wedding Traditions That Everyone Likes
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5 Best Greek Wedding Traditions That Everyone Likes

Are you planning to take your wedding to Greece or just looking for a little inspiration of Greek culture for your ceremony? You have come to the right place.

A lot of cultural and religious symbolism is woven into the tapestry of weddings celebrated throughout the world and Greek weddings are not an exception. If you are a couple looking to get married, there is a rich well of unique Greek wedding traditions. Here are the 5 best Greek wedding traditions that everyone likes.

1. Wedding crowns (Stefanas)

One of the biggest and most recognized traditions of the Greek wedding tradition is the wedding crown, locally known as a Stefana. The tradition of placing the crown on top of the bride and groom, before the priest can then go on to bless the couple, originated in the 11th century. Stefanas are very beautiful Greek wedding decorations and attractive pieces made from flowers and valuable metal, specially joined together. They symbolize the union of a couple.

2. The Date!

Popular to Greek orthodox tradition, there are dates for your wedding which are considered good fortune and other dates which are very much discouraged. January, February, and June in Greek culture are generally considered good months of fortune and marriage. The dates that the Greek will most likely avoid include August 29, a day that marks the death of Saint John; the first two weeks of August, devoted to the Virgin Mary Lent and September 14, the celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

3. Making of The Marital Bed

Some families in Greek culture may go through the ritual of making the bed. The tradition includes the throwing of money and sometimes rice to represent prosperity for the marriage and after that, a baby has to be put on top to signify blessings for fertility. Although this might be outdated for other Greek families it’s still very much alive in most Greek families.

4. Dressing The Bride and Groom

Before the wedding, the best man will shave the groom in the morning to represent trust and then after that, close friends will help him dress. For the women, the maid of honor leads the dressing of the bride to get her ready for the wedding ceremony.

5. The Dances

Traditional Greek wedding dances include the Sirtaki, Zeibekiko, and the Dollar dance. In the Sirtaki dance, the family and best friends of the groom dance in a circle with their hands on each other’s shoulders. The newlyweds traditionally share the last dance of the night, popularly known as the dollar dance, and guests can throw money at them, or pin money to their clothes.

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7 Lebanese Wedding Traditions That You Might Not Know

Are you eager to learn more about what happens during a Lebanese wedding?

Lebanese weddings are all about having fun and making a statement and the wedding reception is the finale to the entire process. These weddings require great food, a great venue and plenty of partying. If you have been invited for the first time to a wedding in Lebanon, you should not assume that you’ve seen it all. Here is a list of 7 Lebanese wedding traditions that you might not know.

1. Fireworks

The Lebanese love fireworks and it is very traditional in Lebanon to have fireworks at a wedding reception. So, if you’re attending a Lebanese wedding for the first time, be prepared for an explosion of fireworks over your head which usually starts at the cutting of the wedding cake by the newly-weds.

2. Lebanese zaffe

The Lebanese zaffe makes the wedding reception a truly extravagant Lebanese wedding and is a highly-anticipated part of the celebration. This extravagant warm-up to a big party is when the bride and groom make a grand entrance to the church surrounded by drummers and professional zaffe dancers.

3. Fine dining

Lebanese wedding catering plays a key role as food is one of the most important elements of a Lebanese wedding celebration. Whether it’s a mezza, which is multiple platters of delicious food, or a 3-course sit-down meal, you can guarantee that all Lebanese weddings will have a scrumptious feast.

4. High energy and lots of dancing

There is no Lebanese wedding without dancing as these weddings are all about celebrating the whole night. Hence the wedding venue selected should have great ideas on making sure everyone gets on the dance floor and have a good time. In most instances, there are belly dancers to perform as well.

5. Dramatic photoshoots

A lot of pictures of the couple are must-haves for a Lebanese wedding, and they are often in a garden or other outdoor setting. On a sunny, weekend day, it is common to see Lebanese couples posing in parks with their photographer for countless upon countless photos.

6. The wedding cake

Another common Lebanese wedding tradition is cutting of the wedding cake with a sword by the couple. Extravagant Lebanese wedding could be an understatement when it comes to Lebanese wedding cakes, with some easily reaching 9 layers, or even more.

 

7. A long night for the bride and groom

While many cultures around the world send off the newlyweds before the wedding ends to the bridal suite or to their honeymoon, at a Lebanese wedding, the bride and groom are expected to stay at the wedding reception until every guest has made their exit. Leaving before the guests are considered rude or disrespectful.

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5 MOST IMPORTANT CHINESE WEDDING TRADITIONS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
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5 Most Important Chinese Wedding Traditions you should Know About

Are you of Chinese descent or just looking to incorporate Chinese wedding customs into your ceremony? 

Chinese wedding traditions are still considered very important in modern-day wedding ceremonies, many of which were ancient rituals that were performed. However, a few key ones have been passed and incorporated into modern Chinese weddings. These traditions are still highly esteemed and very important parts of Chinese culture. Below are the 5 most important Chinese wedding traditions you should know about.

1. Chinese tea ceremony

The tea ceremony is a traditional formal ceremony to introduce both families together. They get to drink ‘Tsao Chun’, a Chinese tea, often together as they sit, cross arms, and the couple exchanges ring. The couple then receives what’s called ‘lai’, a red envelope representing good luck, and is often filled with money, jewelry, and expensive items. Only the family participates in this tradition and a feast is served with everyone invited once the wedding ceremony is over. 

2. Chinese wedding banquet

The banquet is usually characterized by Chinese wedding decorations and is a lavish and expensive ceremony. On arriving at the traditional Chinese wedding reception, guests have to sign their names on a scroll to present their gifts to the couple. The food served is considered symbolic in Chinese culture, fish representing abundance, and usually lotus seeds for fertility. A total of 6-8 courses are usually served at the banquet.

3. Chinese wedding invitations

The typical Chinese wedding invitation is placed in a red envelope with gold sealing. The wording written on it is read from right to left with the information of the bride and groom in it. The invitation has in it the date for the banquet, names of parents, birth dates, the venue, and all other relevant information. The double happiness symbol is engraved in most but not all Chinese wedding invitations.

4. Chinese wedding dress (Qipao)

It’s a typical Chinese tradition for the bride to wear a special red dress called a Qipao. She also wears a red veil on the day to cover her face. In Chinese tradition, red symbolizes prosperity, happiness, and good fortune. In modern Chinese weddings, the bride wears a white gown but some weddings like to stick to the traditional way. Another modern-day tradition is to change into 4 different dresses throughout the night.

5. Post-wedding

The day after the wedding festival, the bride has to prepare breakfast for family members. The couple also receives gifts that morning from the elders and the bride is formally introduced to the groom’s family. This is when she is formally given a formal title within the family. Three days after, the bride and groom visit the bride’s family and offer a roasted pig for them to enjoy with the rest of the family.

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10 Best and Unique Italian Wedding Traditions
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10 Best and Unique Italian Wedding Traditions

Are you looking for some Italian inspiration for your big day?

Italy is well known for having a deep culture and unique tradition passed on from generation to generation, and their weddings are no different. Here we take a look at the best and unique Italian wedding traditions for you to consider.

1. La Serenata

In this intimate Italian wedding tradition, the groom organizes a serenade under the window of his bride, the night before the wedding. The groom then meets up with the band under the balcony of the bride and starts singing along with them.

2. Confetti

Confetti is widely recognized internationally as colored paper shapes that are often thrown at the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony. In Italian culture, confetti is colorful sugar-coated almonds, with assorted colors and tastes.

3. Bomboniere

Bomboniere is an Italian wedding tradition that stands for gifts given to guests to thank them for their attendance at the wedding. Bomboniere usually contains a present, confetti, and printed ribbons.

4. The bride’s dress

he wedding dress has many superstitions, the major one being that the bride should not look into a mirror while wearing the wedding dress, before her big day. On the wedding day, only the bride should be in white for good fortune and blessings for the couple.

5. The bridal bouquet 

For a perfect Italian wedding, the groom has to provide the bridal bouquet. This is considered as his final gift to his woman before they become a couple. The bride may be the one to choose the florals she wants, but the groom has to pay the bill.

6. La Giarrettiera

In the southern part of Italy, its cultural tradition for the bride to wear a garter which is thought to bring the bride good luck. The garter is taken off by the groom in a special moment at the end of the wedding and thrown to the guests.

7. Engagement

Engagement rings date back to the medieval ages and is now a common tradition all over the world. In the Italian culture, the man proposes to a woman, giving her a ring with a diamond representing love and a prosperous future together.

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8. Hen (bachelorette parties)

In the Italian wedding tradition, these parties are an opportunity for family and friends to have fun. A night out with friends usually happens a weekend before the big day.

9. Groom’s tie

At the Italian wedding reception, the groom cuts his tie into many tiny pieces and offers it up for sale to the wedding guests. The money collected is used to contribute to the wedding expenses.

10. First dance

At the first dance, it’s an Italian wedding tradition for guests to hold streamers attached to the bride and groom’s hands as they waltz, and wrap them up.

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Wedding Wishes What to Write in a Wedding Card
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Wedding Wishes: What to Write in a Wedding Card

Are You Trying to Decide What to Write in a Wedding Card?

After shopping long and hard to find the perfect wedding card for the soon-to-be-married couple you can then have a pretty rough time figuring out what to write in it. However, drafting the perfect wedding message doesn’t have to be difficult at all as there are no hard-and-fast rules about what to write in a wedding card. Here are some great wedding wishes to offer your congratulations to the bride and groom.

1. Wedding Card Etiquette

Wedding cards are customary for anyone wanting to send wedding wishes to an engaged or newly married couple. You may want to bring the card to the wedding reception or mail it directly to the couple whenever you wish. Congratulations for a wedding are welcome anytime by any couple.

Wedding cards come in many different formats, from standard greeting cards to homemade cards, small tags attached to gifts and even simple, digitally created wedding messages that are printed and sent to the couple with their gift.

2. Can One Use the Term “Congratulations?”

Yes, “Congratulations” is often the basic message people want to express in their wedding greetings. It serves as a support as well as celebratory remark to say to the couple even if you’ve never met one of the marrying couples. However, if the couple happens to be very traditional or come from a very traditional family, you may want to just write “best wishes.”

3. What to Write in a Wedding Card

A perfect wedding wish should be sweet and full of sentimental value and completely tailored to the couple. If you and the couple are lifelong friends, you may want your message to be a little more heartfelt, conveying how happy you are that they’ve found each other. On the other hand, if your relationship is casual it’s best to stick to something more straightforward like “best wishes for a fun-filled future together.”

If you are really good friends with the bride and groom and they both have a good sense of humor, a funny wedding wish may be much appreciated. If they are more reserved, formal wedding wishes like “May your love shine throughout the years” will be great. If the couple is religious and you share their faith, a spiritual verse or sentiment inspired by the bible will be well-received.

For your family that know you best and whom you know best, like your mom, dad, or your siblings, you’ll want to create an over the top wedding wish. Remember to mention the new addition to the family. Before you sign your name on the card be sure to add a sweet warm closing for the couple.

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Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony
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Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Do you want to personalize your wedding ceremony, but don’t know where to start?

Wedding ceremonies come in all forms and it’s up to you and your future spouse (as well as your officiant) to decide how you’d like the proceedings to go. There are several ways to make your ceremony feel like you and represent your love, little touches that will make your ceremony truly feel personal. Here are some creative ways to make your wedding ceremony more personal.

1. Let Your Wedding Officiant Get to Know You

Your ceremony will largely be led by your officiant, so it’s important to choose someone who is keen to get to know you and your spouse and will be able to understand your personalities, your story, and any special needs or desires you may have.

2. Add Heirloom Accessories

One way to personalize your wedding ceremony is by including accessories or other items passed down from family members or friends, like your great-grandmother’s handkerchief or brooch, or a religious item that has been part of your family for generations.

3. Share Photos

If you can, display photos of you and your spouse in the entryway to your ceremony space so that your guests can have a quick summary of your history as a couple.

4. Involve the Little Ones

Children can add a light-hearted and fun-loving touch to a wedding ceremony. You can have your flower girl or page boy making their way up the aisle with a sign in hand announcing the bride’s arrival or have them carry the wedding rings on special cushions or in an engraved box.

5. Choose Meaningful Music That You Love

Some ceremonies require specific musical selections, but if you have any flexibility in the score of your ceremony, choose songs with some significance to you as a couple.

6. Set Up a Cool Seating Arrangement

Another way to personalize your wedding ceremony is to mix up your ceremony seating arrangement and get your guests to mingle, if your ceremony venue has flexibility, keeping in mind your guests’ comfort.

7. Include a Unique Ritual

You may choose to include a unique ritual, like a handfasting, wine, candle lighting, or sand ceremony into your wedding ceremony, with the approval of your officiant.

8. Add Your Own Vows

Make your vows extra special and meaningful by adding in some words of your own. This will make your wedding ceremony absolutely your own. Be sure to use your officiant as a resource or sounding board.

9. Have a Fun Recessional

Now that you are married, it’s time to celebrate. Choose upbeat music for this exciting time and if your venue allows, you can ask your guests to toss confetti or pom-poms, paper planes, blow bubbles, or wave ribbon wands or flags.

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10 Effective Tricks for a Stress-Free Wedding Day
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10 Effective Tricks for a Stress-Free Wedding Day

Are you feeling overwhelmed by all the pre-wedding preparations?

A wedding is probably the biggest and memorable event you will ever throw, so it is important that you enjoy it. Although it is an exciting time, it can also be stressful sometimes. Here are 10 effective tricks for a stress-free wedding day.

1. Hire a Day-Of Coordinator

Hiring a wedding specialist to handle the details on an actual day will alleviate so much stress. This enables you to be a guest at your wedding.

2. Keep It Simple

Avoid lining up many activities like manicures, pedicures, and salon trips on the morning of the wedding. This way, you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy your amazing day.

3. Get Your Beauty Done by Professionals

Consider hiring a professional to do your hair and makeup at your home or the venue where you’re getting ready, on the morning of your wedding.

4. Avoid Checking in on Your Venue Beforehand

It can be tempting on the wedding day to peek in or drive by the reception site while everyone is setting up. It is best to wait for the big reveal when everything is in place.

5. Have Someone That Knows How to Bustle Your Dress

Make sure you have a friend or relative who can bustle the train if you have one. This person should practice and stick around even after the ceremony to button you into shape.

6. Plan to Be Ready Early

You need to plan to be ready at least an hour earlier than you should be leaving for your ceremony so that you don’t panic even if there are any delays during the morning.

7. Hire Experienced Suppliers

Always hire experienced wedding suppliers as they know all the tricks of a smoothly-run wedding day. This will take a big weight off your mind on the wedding day.

8. Assign a Photo Wrangler

Do not waste any of your time trying to get everyone you need to be in your pictures. Delegate someone ahead of time, a family member or close friend who is familiar with everyone.

9. Have Backup

Put other people in charge of a backup plan, delegate, and let go of any control. Have a backup prepared, like a local taxi number in case the wedding car breaks down or create a playlist on the laptop in case the band doesn’t show up.

10. Enjoy the Day Together

Make a date with your new spouse during the reception, even if it’s just for 5 or 10 minutes. If your ceremony is at the same wedding reception venues, you can take a few moments to hang out in a dressing room.

Where to Go for All Your Wedding Ideas and More?

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Top Ten Wedding Proposal Ideas for Every Couple
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Top Ten Wedding Proposal Ideas for Every Couple

Are you totally in love, but overwhelmed at the thought of planning the perfect, memorable proposal?

A wedding proposal is a story that you will remember forever and will often share with others throughout your life, so you’ll want it to be impressive and perfect. However, a truly great wedding proposal can be very hard to think of. To help you create your own perfect moment, here are the top ten wedding proposals ideas for every couple.

1. Dinner Proposal

Preparing a home-cooked meal featuring your partner’s favorite food is one of the simplest and most romantic proposal ideas. Place the ring in your pocket and propose either in your kitchen or dining room.

2. Game Night Proposal

Plan a night where the two of you play all of your favorite games and sneak in the winning “Will You Marry Me?” pieces in a game like scrabble.

3. Pet-lovers Proposal

Another wedding proposal idea for every couple is to attach the ring securely to your dog or cat’s collar. At the right time call your pet over and have it present the ring to your partner.

4. Signage Proposal

If your partner is close to her family, you can have your friends and family carry a different sign that spells out the big question. Make sure you hire a professional photographer and/or videographer to capture the big moment.

5. Vacation Proposal

Plan a proposal during a family vacation at the beach, mountain or other destination of your choice. Get down on one knee and pop the question on the balcony of the rental or vacation house.

6. Video Proposal

Creating a video featuring your family members and friends encouraging your partner to say “yes” is another wedding proposal idea for every couple. Get down on one knee as your partner finishes watching the final product.

7. Treasure Hunt Proposal

If your partner loves the spotlight, one great wedding proposal idea is to send your partner on a treasure hunt, with clues all over. When she gets to the last hint, the prize should be you on one knee.

8. Sports Stadium Proposal

This is one of the best wedding proposal ideas for sports fans. Get down on one knee while you two are cheering for your favorite team at their home stadium.

9. Flash Mob Proposal

You can pop the question with the help of friends, family and some super cool choreographed dance moves. End the dance by getting down on one knee.

10. Photograph Proposal

Hire a professional photographer to take photos of you and your partner. Pull out the ring and surprise her, during your photoshoot while the photographer captures every precious moment.

Where to Go for All Your Wedding Ideas and More?

Call Clarence House wedding venues Sydney today. Our professional and dedicated team will help you prepare, plan and organize your special day, from start to finish, to make your luxury wedding the most memorable day of your lives. Visit Sydney’s best wedding venues now or send us an email at admin@clarencehouse.com.au