As with any wedding ceremony, there are million different things that need to be planned. So it is very significant that you begin planning your wedding six to twelve months before the time. This will ensure that you have enough time to get the wedding all set. By beginning early, this will also ensure that you can book the right reception hall, photographers, videographers etc.
The first part of your wedding organizing begins by creating a wedding financial plan. There is much of free advice on creating wedding budgets online including online budget planners or excel spreadsheets you can freely download.
Once you have put a financial plan into place, be sure that you stick with it. Having a budget in place will ensure that you have sufficient money for all you will need for the wedding. If you go over in one place think of the other thing you need to reduce.
One of the next important tasks is to set a wedding date. This is perhaps one of the most essential steps, since everything will hinge on the date you have chosen. You will need to harmonize everything with your wedding date. Your selection of wedding date can also make a difference to the cost of things for instance the reception venue.
The next is the guest list. If you create a guest list in advance, you will it will be easy for you to know what size of the reception hall you will need. The guest list also gives you numbers for the invitations and wedding favors. While you may have quite a few months before the big day ensure you get out your invitations at least six weeks in advance. If it is even still far in the future, you might want to send a save the date card.
After you have your planned budget, wedding date and guest list all sorted, you can then look for a place to have the wedding reception. You will perhaps want the reception location to match with the theme and overall tone of the wedding. If the wedding is on the more formal side, then you will need a more formal reception hall. Nevertheless, if you are planning an informal wedding, then the backyard might be perfect. So be sure to keep the tone of the wedding in mind when looking for the perfect reception location.
If you are considering having a church wedding, ensure the church is available. You will need to schedule a meeting with the priest or pastor to ensure that everything will work out for your selected wedding date. Be sure to find out if the priest or pastor call for pre-marital counseling, as a lot of them do nowadays.
After you have the main components of the wedding in place, you can then carry on with the wedding organizing. No matter what type of wedding you decide on to have, it is significant that you remain organized throughout the whole planning and preparation process. With some simple wedding organizing, you can have the wedding of your dreams.
TIPS TO CHOOSING THE IDEAL WEDDING PLANNER
The wedding planner is somebody you can applause to the highest heavens with the success of your wedding or one to blame in case something gets off-center. The consultant plays a very essential role in your event and the caliber of the planner you have picked can make or break your ceremony.
It is therefore very important to be very careful when choosing your wedding planner. You can never change horses in the middle of the race so once you have selected your consultant it is risky to get a replacement especially at the last minute of your preparations.
Here are some tips to pick somebody you wouldn't regret once the wedding ceremony and the reception are over.
GET A PERSON WHOSE PERFORMANCE YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN
Most wedding planners are suggested by family and friends of the couple. Nevertheless, it would be best to pick someone whose work you have already witnessed. The planner can be the very person who took charge of your friend or sister's wedding and who did a very good job.
CHECK THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE PLANNER WITH HIS USER
If you are short-listing planners who were very much recommended by a colleague or a friend, ensure you talk to other couples who got made use of the planner's services before. It can be a person in the community. Ask if they would vouch for the same planner or if they have some regrets about using him in the first place. Make your decision only after you are pleased that his reputation is not a fluke but a product of hard work he has maintained through the years.
(Copyright Elena L.F)
Because of the difficulty of the economy, many couples are choosing to organize small, but intimate weddings rather than a huge wedding. One way to save money is by trimming down the list of invitees. Even though the list has been trimmed down, bear in mind that the guest who make it to your final list will feel extra special for getting an invite. This offers the avenue for you to do extra preparation for them which would not have been possible with a huge wedding. For instance, rather than give them a few chocolates, consider giving each of them their own box of candy or better still offer each one a champagne toast.Wedding ideas for a small wedding are limitless.
Most couples erroneously believe that the planning will be simpler because the wedding is smaller – this is far from the truth. It is important to consider every detail when putting together a wedding. Nothing will be hidden from a huge crowd of 150 people; in a small wedding, every minute detail will be noticeable. One great suggestion will be to hire a wedding planner to make everything easy. Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting times in one's life and it can also be one of the most stressful times in the life of an adult. Every couple would want a wedding of their dreams which will offer them romantic and beautiful memories to treasure for the rest of their lives. Turning this dream to reality while on a budget is such a challenge but can be achieved using creative avenues to organize an intimate and romantic wedding.
Lighting is a very effective item to use during a wedding ceremony and reception. A combination of evening sunlight with plenty of tiny white lights can produce a romantic and lovely atmosphere for an outdoor wedding. Lighting is budget-friendly and can help a couple maintain a limited wedding budget while at the same time create an intimate and beautiful wedding and reception venue.
Another way to accomplish a splendid and elegant backdrop for a dream wedding is by using chair covers and flowers for enhancing beautiful lighting. Chair covers can be either homemade with discounted fabric, or may be rented from a wedding and event rental outfit at an affordable price.
Many times, people are able to rent beautiful items to help them create an elegant setting for their wedding. Chairs, tables, centerpieces, lighting, tablecloths, plate settings and chair covers are all items that party rental companies provide at affordable rates. If renting party and ceremony items is not an option, keeping them intimate and simple is an awesome way to create a theme for a wedding. Water can also be used as a backdrop for establishing a romantic, inviting and memorable wedding ambience.
Citing the venue of an outdoor wedding close to an aquatic landscape with a waterfall will create a beautiful and lovely atmosphere that is both intimate and elegant. Small, electric fountains showing water flowing over rocks may be used as a cynosure for the wedding reception to maintain the water theme of the ceremony.
Maintaining a wedding budget is important so the couples do not begin their lives together with worries about wedding debt.
(Copyright Elena L.F)
Are you still engaged and searching for a memorable wedding destination where to get married?
Weddings abroad are memorable occasions, but getting married in romantic Italy, land of renowned splendor and history will be at all times remain in your heart like an unforgettable event!
Discovering the best wedding destination is a concern for all couples planning to get married. Choosing the right place can be very challenging when there are a lot of options and possible venues. Italy is one of the countries with more wedding locations, rich in magnificent venues and places for an excellent wedding and honeymoon.
Places like Florence, Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Venice and in the last few years even Puglia are all destinations that have an exceptional combination of romance and history. They are locations in Italy which can turn your wedding into a special date to keep a good lasting memory. Places like Florence, Rome, and Venice have their history and their stylish and charming buildings, breathtaking and famous churches. Unique landscapes and views all make them perfect as wedding destinations. A place like the Capri and the Amalfi Coast, you will enjoy romantic and breathtaking natural terraces overlooking the sea and luxurious villas and hotels. In Puglia, you will be spellbound from her coasts and from her magnificent absorbed farms in the green, surrounded by the mighty his secular olive trees.
MARRIED IN ITALY
Really getting married in Italy is easy. For one, there is no citizenship requirement and you can fix your marriage on any day of the week (but special permission is required for Sunday weddings). Wedding organizers and planners would be a great help to get all done especially if you are not living in their settlement. They would know who the best vendors are the town, and can help get your wedding details prepared so that as when you arrive, virtually all you'll have to say and do is "I do".
This lovely country is a complete favorite for wedding locations. There are a lot of options where you can hold your ceremony - aside from the mentioned cities and towns. No matter where you decide on, it would be one of the most romantic places in the world. Just everywhere, in the country, there is beauty under the blue Mediterranean sky.
Other essential decisions are the kind of wedding ceremony you want, the number of guests that will be attending and your preference in terms of setting for the event; whether you prefer a villa or a castle if an indoor or outdoor wedding is better. All necessary in order to determine what kind of romantic location that will best suit you.
Once you have picked up your perfect venue, your wedding organizer will offer you a typical Italian meal or a rich buffet, both will be a real gourmet Italian wedding menu!
As soon as the needed confirmations are made, your personal wedding planner will send you regular emails with the updates on the progress of the event being organized for you and the available choices to suit your personality.
Each added service (either from the transportation to the flowers that will be used, again from the bride hairdo and make-up to the photographer, etc.) will be picked for you according to your preferences.
The services are given to the brides and grooms will always comprise reservations for the professional photographer, florist, musicians, make-up artist and hair stylist. Fireworks will also be provided. Others include wedding favors, handwritten invitations on special Italian Renaissance paper, vintage cars, balloon and boat rides and all kind of guest activities (wine tours, cruises, etc.).
In order to avoid a bad situation you need to be sure about the trustworthiness of your wedding planner: most of them sometimes are not based in Italy (even if seems yes in their site) and are not professionals. An additional guarantee for you is to choose a planner with one licensed tour operator and travel agency; as they are better and authorized by the Italian law to organize for anyone any kind of service including a memorable honeymoon!
A wedding is the most important and unique time in one's life and it requires the services access and excellence planners.
(Copyright Elena L.F.)
Whether it is a life-long dream or you have never really given it much thought, a wedding is a truly unique event. However, the happiness and joy of organizing this special day can give way to stress with the preoccupation of making mistakes.
Paying special attention to even the smallest detail is the secret to organizing a unique and unforgettable wedding.
The "Confettata", a typical Italian tradition, and very deeply rooted in the region of Puglia, is a beautifully decorated table of sugar coated almonds, known as "confetti".
WEDDING IN PUGLIA
Puglia, the land of marvels and tradition. The landscape of Puglia lies as a breathtaking background to the beautiful images in the wedding album that will be proudly shared with family and friends.
Wedding celebrations in Puglia are not a one-day affair. The festivities continue for two or three days with sumptuous food, entertaining music and lively dancing for the enjoyment of the Bride and Groom, as well as family, friends and sometimes even neighbors and passersby.
Here are a few tips if you wish to respect customs and traditions when organizing your wedding:
The most important thing to remember is that the wedding invitations are to be sent at least two months before the wedding date. The Bride and Groom personally hand deliver the invitations to each and every guest except, of course, to those who live too far away, in which case the invitations are mailed. This step can be very time-consuming and depends on the number of guests that are invited, so planning is very important. Also, if possible, organize the delivery to guests who live in the same area, all on the same day.
Pouches of sugared almonds should be included with the party favors, to be given to those who send flowers or a gift, even if not invited. Party favors for the parents and the Maid of Honor and Best Man should be different and special. It is also important to give a small pouch of sugared almonds to anyone who sends a card.
SETTING UP THE PERFECT "CONFETTATA"
The "Confettata" is the emblem of the wedding reception. The beautiful shapes and vivid colours of the "Confettata" are extremely appealing to guests and especially to children.
Every detail of the decor must reflect style and good taste and must be carefully selected to blend in with the theme and colour scheme of the reception.
The first decision to make is where to set up the table. It is recommended to set it up away from the diners so they are not disturbed by guests serving themselves to these sumptuous sweets. Restaurants normally have a designated area that has been carefully chosen to accommodate the "Confettata".
The tablecloth on this table is usually the same as the one on the dining tables, but you can, of course, choose differently if you wish. Ideally a white tablecloth should be used as it will emphasize the beautiful colors of the candy.
The containers can be of different shapes, colors and materials such as silver, lace or the classic and timeless crystal. These containers should also be chosen according to the style of the event.
The star of the show which is, in fact, the "Confettata", offers an astounding number of choices. White classic sugared almonds from Avola and its chocolate variant are a must. For the rest, you can choose according to your personal taste or on the season. The shapes vary and you can choose between classic, round or heart-shaped, all in a wide range of colors and flavors.
It is recommended to put a small sign in front of each container identifying the type of candy. This will make the selection easier and will avoid a pile-up of guests at the table.
Don't forget the paper cones that guests will fill up with their favorites to take home.
Caramels, chocolates and other candies can also be included.
Flowers, ribbons and petals strewn over the tablecloth will add an extra touch of class.
(Copyrigt Elena Le Fosse)
If you are in the process of organizing your wedding, you have no doubt realized that there are never-ending details to be taken care of. It is difficult for the Bride and Groom to take time from their numerous life commitments to deal with inevitable unforeseen and last-minute events. For this reason, turning to a professional Wedding Planner is the most effective way to ensure a perfect wedding.
THE WEDDING PLANNER IS INDISPENSABLE FOR A WEDDING THAT IS MEMORABLE.
With the countless activities that are part of our daily lives, it is difficult to dedicate the time needed to properly organize a wedding. The role of the Wedding Planner was created to relieve the Bride and Groom of all the tasks involved in the organization of this event. With the assistance of a professional, you are assured to have nothing to do except sit back and enjoy the most important day of your lives. It is the Wedding Planner's responsibility to make your "special day" extra special and to deal with unexpected and/or last-minute issues. The creativity of these professionals enables them to propose original ideas based on the wishes and desires of the Bride and Groom, always keeping in mind that every wedding is unique.
WHY RELY ON A WEDDING ORGANIZER?
There are many reasons to seek the help of a professional Wedding Organizer, and we have listed the main ones below.
By consulting an expert, you will be assured of the highest quality of services and you will avoid the stress and fatigue of organizing the event by yourselves. The attention paid to every single detail will make the difference between a simple wedding and a wedding that is a truly unique and memorable experience. You will be relying on someone who is knowledgeable and experienced in the field and is specialized in all the creative aspects, from the setting and location to contacts with the various professionals who will be involved with the event, and so much more. Your Wedding Organizer is there to grant your every request, making sure that the most important day of your lives is extraordinarily special. Do not leave anything to chance: when engaging a Wedding Organizer, all you will have left to do is think about enjoying the moment, without worrying about anything other than having fun.
(Copyright Elena Le Fosse)
Jeff Sutton, the Manhattan real estate tycoon and 522nd wealthiest man in the world, chose the breathtaking scenery of Puglia for his daughter's wedding. The fairytale wedding between the young Renee Sutton and Eliot Cohen was celebrated on August 31, 2017, at the Lido of Santo Stefano in Monopoli, at a cost of approximately 25 million dollars.
Over 400 guests were flown in from New York, by private jet, to attend the billionaire Sutton-Cohen wedding and were treated to $500 per night accommodations at the Borgo Egnazia Resort, with private beach, and dinner selected from a 20-page menu prepared by international chefs. Former Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, was among the many VIPs attending.
The staggering budget was certainly not a problem for Sutton, known as "King of Retail" and member of a Syrian Jewish community that dominates business in Manhattan and whose fortune of over $3.5 billion, according to Forbes, surpasses that of Donald Trump.
Here is a small glimpse of this breathtaking wedding held in Monopoli.
The couple were married in a traditional Jewish ceremony near the ancient Abbey of Santo Stefano, on a spectacular platform suspended over a rocky outcrop.
Meanwhile, the nearby beach of Lido Santo Stefano of Monopoli was transformed into a party area, complete with stage and dance floor.
Creativity and elegance reigned at the dinner held in the magnificent Borgano resort. Guest tables were set up in natural rock formations, dressed in exquisite lavender details, lavish flowers and original star-shaped decorations.
The eight trucks needed to transport flowers and decorations for the ceremony and banquet halls have now become legend.
The strictly kosher menu was put into the capable hands of Chefs Domenico Schingaro and Antonio Scalera of Puglia.
For the music, Sutton hired New York's Elan Artists agency, who turned to Orchestra Sinfonica Giovanile del Levante, directed by Federico Morresi. The Bride and Groom chose a mix of classical and pop music with Bocelli and the inevitable notes of Coldplay.
In conclusion, the request that is now most often put to wedding planners is for a wedding in Monopoli. One of the reasons is certainly to follow in the footsteps of billionaire couples, such as Sutton-Cohen, but another very important reason is that an enchanted wedding atmosphere, such as that offered by Puglia, will certainly lead to the writing of a beautiful fairytale.
(Copyright Elena Le Fosse)
FOR THE LOCATION OF YOUR DREAMS
Organizing a perfect wedding that pleases family and friends and, most importantly, the Bride and Groom, is certainly not child's play. Once the date has been chosen, it is time to seriously think about the ceremony and the first step is to book a location. Today there is a vast choice of locations, to please all tastes and budgets: discotheques, farmhouses, villas with swimming pools, seaside restaurants, historic residences, agritourisms immersed in nature and much, much more. It is important to choose the location according to your preference, as well as the style of event you desire, perhaps with the help of an industry expert such as a Wedding Planner, to avoid unpleasant surprises and ensure that your Wedding Day is truly unforgettable.
A FEW TIPS
As gracious hosts, the Bride and Groom should consider the comfort of their guests, with special attention given to the elderly and to children.
One unwritten, but very pertinent rule, is to opt for a reception location that is not too far from the location of the ceremony (not more than a thirty-minute drive) to avoid inconveniences, especially during the hot summer months. Remember to provide your guests with clear and precise driving directions.
Another important element to keep in mind is the weather. You have found a fairytale location, with beautifully manicured lawns, but with no solution in case of rain? Costs for last-minute tent rental can be quite high and installments require a deposit which is usually non-refundable. Better to opt for a practical and already well-equipped solution.
Historically, couples have preferred to celebrate their wedding during the mild season, under clear blue skies, during the period of April through September. However, winter weddings are becoming the new "must have" for the more original and trendy Bride and Groom, especially during the Holiday Season.
Despite the cold, the advantages of a winter wedding are numerous: the flowers are especially fresh, suppliers are not as busy and there is a wider selection of locations to choose from, such as castles and countryside farmhouses, that lend a particularly unique atmosphere.
(Copyright Elena Le Fosse)
WEDDING AND TIMELINE FOR A PERFECT CEREMONY
Organizing a wedding is a very emotional, stimulating and captivating experience, but also very demanding. It is as if the Bride and Groom are making a movie, where the director and producer work together as a team to create a quality product while respecting budget and deadlines, to everyone's satisfaction.
It is always best to plan ahead for the wedding invitations, locations, apparel, menu, wedding favors, honeymoon, and anything unexpected.
How to create a picture-perfect wedding? Simply follow a timeline and rely on trustworthy and experienced people such as a Wedding Day Coordinator or Wedding Planner.
Once the date for the Big Day has been decided, it is time for the preparations to begin. A Wedding is a memorable occasion and not only for the Bride and Groom. Everything must be perfect, a wonderful celebration of love to be shared with family and friends. At the initial stages of the preparations, there are multitudes of things to do and it is often difficult to know where to begin. Relax, buy an agenda to record your "step by step" action plan, without stress: the important thing to remember is to respect the timeline.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The first step towards a successful event is to choose the date, and this should be done at least one year ahead. The reservation for the restaurant/location and the preparation of the guest list should also be done within this timeframe. Although this may appear to be excessive, time really does fly and things don't always go as they should, so it is wise to give yourselves extra leeway.
Six months before the event is time to select the Maid of Honour and Best Man, the wedding bands, suppliers and very importantly, the wedding dress.
Other things such as the accessories, floral arrangements and various decorations can wait to be chosen up to one month before the wedding.
A final word of advice: take up offers of help and delegate whenever you can.
(Copyright Elena Le Fosse)