Ok So, I've become pretty passionate about showing people that It's POSSIBLE to put an event together, big or small on a budget. I'll keep it simple, If you don't have Platinum wedding money then you can't have a Platinum wedding or event. BUT you can take what you do have and make it work and make it nice. So I'll be sharing my thoughts on any and everything pertaining to the wedding and event planning of it all and I can't promise that I won't go off subject from time to time.
Wedding season is in full swing and it's heating up out there!
Really quickly I just want to share with the brides out there a few things to keep in mind for your warm wedding day.
So much time will be spent on your hair and make-up so you don't want anything to ruin it beyond a little touch up. So make sure you stay cool. Definitely consider the season when choosing your wedding gown and head piece. If you have hired a limo or car service make sure that the company assures that the AC in the vehicle they send is working properly. Same for the wedding venue. If you are getting gifts for your wedding party you may want to include small fans (manual or battery operated ) Consider them for your guests as well, especially if any of the festivities will take place outside. The great thing about the fans is they can double as programs or favor.
Umbrellas (parasols) aren't just for the rain. Make sure you or your planner has a (attractive) umbrella on hand for shade. Again if the wedding will take place out doors (park , beach, etc.) you or your planner should pack sunblock, enough for you, your wedding party and guests. Be sure to pack deodorant, a hanker chief, stay hydrated. Most importantly, keep a cool head!
As I remember my wedding day, one moment that stands out is the moment right after the kiss, when we turned to face our family and friends. A member of our wedding party stepped forward and placed a broom at our feet. And everyone began to cheer! Then we~JUMPED THE BROOM!~That has been myexperience at every wedding that I have participated in or was a guest at, that included this tradition. The excitement and joy that fills the room during the jumping of the broom is something you’d have to experience for yourself. Especially when you know the origin and meaning behind this wedding tradition.
A little bit of background:
Little form of marriage was recognized for enslaved blacks during American slavery. In its absence, the ceremonial jumping of the broom served as an open declaration of settling down in a marriage-like relationship within the slave community. Although there is some debate as to where this tradition actually originated. It has been embraced and carried on over the years. After the end of slavery, this tradition was no longer necessary as freedom allowed slaves to marry as they pleased. It made sort of a come back after it was mentioned/shown in Alex Haley’s Roots.
You may not know: Broom jumping is also practiced by non-black groups and different religions around the world with some variation. In the Celtic ritual, it is a symbol of fertility. Several couples interested in history or pagan ritual also are now adopting this custom in their weddings.
Today it is used as a celebratory wedding tradition, A broom itself represents cleanliness, the hearth and family.
So In a turn, the joy of jumping over the broom comes from the fact that it’s now done not because we have to, but because we want to!!!!
Do it in style! It is a great pleasure to help brides and grooms tie their personal taste and style into their wedding tradition by creating custom brooms for their ceremony/ or reception. These days more and more people are in to showing who they are through their personal style, right down to their wedding décor.
Our wedding brooms are a great way to combine tradition and style. Couples can choose their custom broom design based on their style , the theme and/or color scheme of the wedding, the season etc. We also have standard designs to choose from. These embellished brooms make for great keepsakes that can be displayed in your home after the special day, or can just be purchased as home décor. Best of all they are very affordable!
Vision Possible broom featured the Village Bridal Showcase August 2010
All over the Internet you will find lists of questions for your officiant and /or ceremony site interview.
Questions such as
Do you have an alternate location in case of bad weather?
Are there any restrictions on what we can do with decorations, setup, music?
Are there any clean up requirements?
Are there photography/videography restrictions?
Is seating provided?
What is the fee? Is there a deposit?
Is an arch provided for us?
What time can our vendors arrive for setup?
Can we have our rehearsal here, too?
What other events will be here that day?
Is there a coordinator or contact who will help take care of things?
I think the question, "Are there any restriction"? Is pretty vague.
When you hear that you think of things such as, what type of music can be played, or can we use tape for decorations or something along those lines.
So lets add the question, Do I have the freedom to perform my ceremony the way I ’d like or do I have to do it your way?. Be very specific during your ceremony site interview. You could be walking into a, my way or the high way type of setting. If you are a go with the flow kind person then that may work for you. However if you have personality and you want to display that in your ceremony, by doing things a little different, this may be a problem. Now sure in a holy place such as a church, there are some things you just can’t do. But surely walking in differently during the processional, or coming through a different door, or facing another way, is not at all offensive to anyone’s religion. So that should not be a big deal.
Also if this Is a church that you are not a member of, you may have to pay what they call a ( “donation” ) in order to use the church and/or it’s officiant. If you do pay that donation, ask what you get for your money.
For example if there is something that you don’t want on display at your ceremony, do you have the right to say so? Some churches have a on site wedding ceremony coordinator ( That’s usually the lady from the congregation that helps with all the weddings.) Find out if you are obligated to use their services. Especially if you have your own coordinator already. If so, ask to meet this person, and maybe have a meeting with their coordinator and yours to establish a clear understanding of who has what duties. Keep in mind, some pastors, or preacher, or priests or what have you, tend to be rather territorial over there house of worship and may not be open to an outside coordinator coming in to direct the ceremony. Have these things established in advanced so that your ceremony rehearsal does not become a chaotic tug of war. And no one steps on any ones toes. That’s the last thing you need the night before your wedding.
Let this be one thing that you won’t have to find out the hard way.
Throughout the wedding planning process you often find yourself swiping your credit cards and signing checks to pay for items and services for your special day.
After swiping and signing what seems like hundreds of times, before you know it, you have everything you need, and your wedding day has come and gone. Try throwing a DIY project in to the middle of all of those purchases. Nothing makes you feel more proud than watching someone enjoy something you made yourself.
There is a wide range of event elements that you can create.
Everything from invitations , favors, programs, table numbers etc. The Possibilities are pretty much endless!
Creating some DIY elements, is a great way to add a personal touch to your event that your guests will
Surely appreciate and remember. A personal touch is often a conversation piece. Which is also important in pulling of a great event. You want to keep your guests engaged.
The time and effort that it takes to work on those DIY projects is a
great opportunity to create memories.
You will always remember the night that you and mom and the girls sat around the table cutting hundreds of pieces of ribbon and printing out page after page until it came out right.
Creating some of the items for your event will also help cut cost.
With all of the fees applied when making a purchase, such as shipping and processing. You can bypass some of that by just doing it yourself.
Try not to get in over your head. Know your limit and abilities. Make sure you have enough time, know how and help to dedicate toward your DIY project. It’s important not to get stressed out.