Find the Right Wedding Stationery Printing Company

mockup5Finding the right wedding stationery printing company can sometimes be difficult. We’ve put some tips how to select the right wedding invitation printers together, to help guide you through the wedding printing process.

1. If you don’t have your wedding stationery design available, find a printing company who has a designer catalogue of pre-made wedding invitation designs ready to view. This way, you’ll be able to either select one of their existing designs, or will be able to customise one of the details to better suit your wedding day theme.

Most decent wedding stationery companies offer a wide selection of designs to choose from, including contemporary, classic, rustic, elegant, vintage, modern, typography based, floral, script, traditional, boarding pass, art deco, chalkboard, destination, chevron, watercolour and more.

2. If you are on a budget, find a wedding printer who print your wedding invitations in-house. This will keep the costs down, as you’ll cut out the unnecessary middleman.

3. Choose a wedding invitation style that will best suit your wedding day theme. There are many printing options to choose from, including digital, letterpress, metallic foiled, pocket fold invitations, thermography, laser and die cut. Make sure to get samples if you are unsure of how your invitation designs will look once they are printed.

4. If you have commissioned a designer to create completely bespoke wedding invitations from scratch, be sure to provide them with a detailed job spec. It may help to send pictures of some wedding stationery examples that you like. This will help guide the designer to achieve the perfect wedding invitations to complement your special day.

5. Plan the printing of your invitations early. Some of the more complex wedding stationery can take up to 10 days to move through the printing production process.

6. Get printed samples of your wedding stationery on the different paper types that are available. The colour, tactile feel, paper finish and weight may look quite different to screen samples.

Choosing a Wedding DJ

In my time as a DJ, I have found myself on stage with many big stars of our time, like Usher, 50 Cent and Macklemore.  You would think that I would know exactly how to do my job no matter how stressful the situation, so you can imagine my surprise when I found myself collapsing into a pit of extreme nerves at the wedding of Vimal Badiani and Niralie Karia, whose modern Indian wedding took place in Devi Garh by Lebua in Delwara, Udaipur.

I, DJ Rugrat (Nainesh), flew all the way from London to India to take part in this amazing wedding in a beautiful international destination, and arrived to find myself full of nerves and completely awestruck from the beautiful landscape that was all around me.  Exquisite architecture and beautiful, eye-capturing scenery, it was all so mind-blowing that I just stood there, staring around me, thinking, “How the hell does anyone do anything here?  All I want to do is just stand here and stare.”

The Palace looming in front of me was Devi Garh, a heritage hotel that once housed royalty in the 18th century.  Every single inch of this place was beautifully crafted, combining modern and contemporary architecture to create a dream, royal wedding for any couple. I roamed the grounds and tried to see this place as something other than a fairy tale.  The remarkable character of the Palace got my mind going, and I started understanding how I could harness the beauty and culture of this place and use it to form the best experience for this happy couple.

In the sun down party that revealed most of the guests, most of which were English and Indian descent, I prepared my playlist for the wedding reception, adding in bollywood music, my own produced music, and the current popular pieces to offer a good amount of variety.  My own work combined with the Mehndi and Sangeet night, and a phenomenal live band that brought India’s sound into the ceremony, made for a great night, it was completed by some family dances that floated across the floor and captivated the room.

The wedding ceremony itself was beautiful.  The groom entered on an elephant – which was certainly a sight to see – and was marched in by a brass band and dhol players.  The ceremony was outside and conducted by Pandit Vasudev Mehta, who focused on presenting a complete Hindu wedding ceremony that took place in both English and explaining the Sanskrit Hindu Vedic Scriptures.

My moment as the wedding DJ went well, show-casing my talent with the castle as a backdrop.  Experts at presenting, Musical Movements created another spectacular wedding that sent everyone home happy and all danced out.  This wonderful vimalie wedding was an overall success, complete with delicious food and drink.  Apresh Chavada, the photographer, and Hariom Mistry (H.O.M Productions) the videographer, did excellent jobs and were very professional in their style at capturing this happy moment.

Due to the wonderful experience and by how well we were received, I am looking forward to returning to India again in February to perform in Kerala.  It was an amazing and life-changing experience overall.

india_weddingWritten by the Musical Movements Team

Reasons Why Singapore Is a Top Destination for Marriage Proposals

Sealing a lifetime of companionship and commitment is a task that is feared by most men. This is because of the fact that they are afraid to be rejected by the love of their life. To lessen their negative feeling, men are advised to bring out their best in their proposals. This way, the woman will feel the sincerity and the willingness of the man to offer his life and all that he is to the woman who will be his lifetime partner. In fulfilling this task, go beyond the usual beach or restaurant setting when proposing. Go out of the country. When choosing which country to go to, consider Singapore. Why? Four reasons are given below to justify the significance of Singapore as a proposal hub.

Ingenuity. In terms of land area, Singapore is truly one of the smallest nations in Asia. Yet, the city-state is home to the most unique locations, either natural or man-made, that can be used as site of a wedding proposal. The Marina Bay Sands is one of the recommended man-made locations where males can bring their girlfriends for an unforgettable proposal. This practice has actually been done many times in the past through flash mob proposals or projected “Will You Marry Me?” signs on large LED panels.

Accessibility. Singapore can be easily reached through the state-of-the-art Changi airport which permits international plane landings. From this airport, tourists can get to all the other favorite destinations in less than an hour or so through public transportation. Given the ease of transportation that Singapore offers, males often find it convenient to invite their girlfriends for a weekend getaway in Singapore in order to fulfill their planned proposal. This is truly more feasible than scheduling a romantic trip to Europe or Americas, an event that could hamper the couple’s busy work schedule.

Amenities. Aside from the premier locations, boyfriends love the idea of Singapore having numerous amenities which can aid them in their proposals. For one, the best signage companies in Asia can be found in Singapore. These establishments can help the guys in creating decorative romantic signage that can be used to pop the dreaded question. Limousine services in Singapore can also be availed at affordable prices. By using a limousine, the couple can enjoy a private tour around the city while sharing a sumptuous meal. At this point, the man can surprise his girl with the ring which is expected to be answered with a booming “Yes!”

Affordability. Although Singapore is indeed a first-world country, numerous tour packages are offered to foreign nationals for a two or three-day trip in the city-state. These tour packages are mostly available all year-round so the men can have ample time in planning and securing the packages. Offices that administer these tours are also very cooperative whenever clients wish for the secrecy of the transactions. This is very beneficial for the males who want to surprise their girlfriends with their planned proposal trip.

Singapore is not only an emerging site of international business conventions and meetings; it is also becoming a popular romantic spot for males who want to ask the hand of their partners for a lifetime of commitment. While many other couples settle for simple proposals, most men nowadays prefer to surprise their girls with a proposal in a limousine taxi service, flash mob or a hearty dinner by the beach. Surely, Singapore can accommodate any kind of proposal that a man has planned for his girl.

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Tips When Choosing Outdoor Furniture for That Great Outdoor Wedding

Weddings are once-in-a-lifetime events which require scrupulous planning and execution. Aside from the gowns and venues, the furniture that will be used during the event is also of equal importance. Most especially for those who will be holding their weddings outdoors or lunch/dinner reception. Because of this, five tips are mentioned below to guide couples and event planners in selecting the best outdoor furniture that will complement the wedding’s motif.

  1. Event planning. The furniture that will be used during the actual wedding event and the reception should be chosen in such a way that it will compliment the motif of the wedding. Such complementation can only be achieved if the wedding itself is planned very well. For example, the bride and groom together with their wedding consultant must have discussed meticulously the details of the flower bouquets, the garden decorations and even the intricacies of the entourage’s gowns. Only after these minute details are cleared will the discussion regarding the wedding furniture be harmoniously be tackled. Also, the couple must have envisioned the kind of furniture that they prefer to be used in their wedding, whether it is wicker, bamboo or hard wood.
  1. Scan local shops. After wedding planning, the couple with their organizers can look for furniture shops in their vicinity that sell outdoor furniture. Many outdoor furniture shops are located in popular shopping malls or streetside shops. However, many furniture fanatics also attest to the quality and exquisite designs of outdoor furniture that are sold in rural shops outside a country’s metropolis.
  1. Align the motif with the supply. Once planning and scanning are finished, then this would be the time for the couple and the organizing team to align their motif with the available supplies. It would be easier for the team to buy outdoor furniture if they have already matched a specific local product with the general theme of the event. In this regard, tables, stool, chairs and desks can be used to further accentuate the outdoor wedding venue. For the reception, wooden table napkins and decorative flower vases which are also sold in furniture shops can be purchased to beautify the wedding ensemble.
  1. Venue provisions. Venues for garden weddings and receptions have in-house furniture which can be made available for the couple during their wedding. Knowing this, the organizing team will only have to discuss with the venue owners regarding the rental of these materials. Popular beach wedding destinations also offer customization of couple chairs and tables in order to better fit with the motif and design of the wedding.
  1. Imported furniture. Singapore outdoor furniture is truly one of the best in the region. However, there are still times when the furniture pieces that the couple wants are not available in the entire city-state. At this point, the couple can then contact foreign suppliers who can help them locate and purchase the materials that they like. Singapore’s neighboring countries offer durable and stylish materials which are sold at affordable prices.
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Father Daughter Wedding Speech

father_daughter_speechThe other day, I was asked to help a gentleman write the speech he was to deliver at his daughter’s wedding reception.  With his permission, I share it with all of you.

Hi there (smile) I’m Dan, and for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Amanda’s Dad.

To be honest with you all.. when I first began thinking about what I would say here today, I wasn’t sure I could come up with the right words in fact.. I didn’t know the first thing about how to write a speech, let alone a good speech, or one that was worthy of showing the love I have for my daughter.  I wasn’t interested in any poems or rhymes or haiku’s .. I just wanted something heart felt… and maybe a little clever and witty with a little humor thrown in for good measure…

So, I talked to a couple of people…..and this one person said to me, ” Dan, you know, after reading these notes you’ve given me – you’ve already said it…”  she went on to say that I just needed to trust my instincts a little more…  So,  she helped me put some sentences together and clean up spelling.. but you know… after I took a second look at my notes, from that perspective… i realized she might be onto something.. And Boy oh Boy, I hope she was right. (laughter)

………..AMANDA……. My First Born………..mi Amiga  my  little bambina;   She was born on Christmas eve, 1987.. @ 11 pm .. her Mom and I got to pick the date… yeah, we actually had a choice.. Christmas or Christmas eve… She was an instant bright and shiny star to everybody that saw her, and to me…… I was instantly smitten.  She had me at ____.   We’ve been comrades ever since….Eventually, I became a weekend Dad… and I never wanted to share her with her friends… that was MY time- ME TIME, and I was gonna have her all to myself.  Well…. I’m kinda glad I did that back then, cuz now – I’m sharing her big time!!! (laughter)

……….yeah….Let me tell ya about Amanda  She’s super.  she’s terrific   Shes spectacular!  She’s funny and fun.  Really!… She’s rather wacky and can even make even an injury fun! [share the story of why you say that part, then smile & pause) (change the tone now..)…Let me tell ya something… I guarantee that if her Mother were here today, she’d be soooo proud of our beautiful daughter.  I know that she would be supportive and positive like she always was..and I know she’d have loved being a Grandmother.  She raised Amanda to be all those things too- and more.  She truly is the best parts of Kate and me.

Well… (say with reflection) if i can give you guys any advice today.. I would say.. do things for the other person and put the other person first every single day.  Even if you don’t want to, or your too tired.  Put the other person first even when you don’t have the time, or even if you think they’re being silly …even if you don’t think they deserve it.  Just do it… Cuz when it comes down to it…. as I see it…a great marriage really depends on showing the other that you are their best friend.   And if you put each other first in all things and in all ways…it will prove over and over again that the love you declared today to each other can be trusted and relied on throughout time….. and distance… and through all of life’s trials and tribulations.

I’ll wind this up by saying..from my heart, I love my oldest daughter.  I’ll always be your dad and i’m here for you both…  Thank you to everybody… for being here today and for being there for Amanda and Jack. I’m very happy for the both of them.  They’re good for one another, and adding ____________ to the family is definitely gonna: ___________ (improve my golf game….or something frivolous & or corny) {laughter}  END IT WITH LAUGHTER & and a toast.”Cheers”

THE END

written by: Amanda’s Dad & Rev. R Haiston, 2013 WeddingsofSanDiego.com & WeddingsofCoronado.com

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Hiring a Wedding Photographer

Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the most important things you’ll need to consider when planning your wedding. The wedding photographer is the one that’s there specifically to capture all the precious moments of your special day. They’ll snap images of the cute little flower girl, shyly walking down the aisle, scattering rose petals, your husband to be as he watches you walk down the isle, and your mother with years in her eyes as she watches her now grown up child marry. These are the special moments you’ll never want to forget and they’re the shots a professional photographer is there to capture. The following recommendations will help you choose the perfect CT wedding photographer.

Experience is Essential
The one place you don’t want to cut corners when planning your wedding is hiring the photographer. This is your special day so you shouldn’t put the huge responsibility of your wedding photos in the hands of an amateur. A professional will be able to take exceptional photos in all settings from sunny celebrations held outdoors to crowded indoor receptions; they’ll be able to orchestrate the perfect shots.

The Interview Process
Do your research, ask friends and family for referrals and when you come up with a list of photographers to interview, ask to speak with a couple of their past clients? Ask their clients if they would recommend their wedding photographer to their best friends, if they were on time, if they were personable and even how they were dressed. In addition, ask to see some of the photographer’s photo albums and not just random photos. If possible, ask to see a complete set of wedding photos so that you know you’re not simply being shown their best random shot.  In addition, be sure to ask how long after your wedding you can count on receiving your photos.

Shooting Styles
In many cases, wedding photographers specialize in a specific style of photography including candid shots, portraits, photo journalistic, artistic, traditional and formal. It’s also a good idea to take a few clippings from bridal magazines that can give the photographer an idea of what you’re looking for and the styles you are leaning toward.

Choosing the Package
When it comes to your wedding photos, you don’t want any surprises. Remember, the photography is something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life so you want to make sure you clearly understand what you’re going to end up with. It’s also important to consider how many hours will be covered and whether or not you’ll need two photographers which largely depend on the size of the wedding. You’ll also want to find out how many proofs you’ll receive and if you’ll be provided with all of the images. In addition, find out how you’ll be receiving your photography; will they be downloadable, or on a thumb drive or DVD. As far as what package you should order, go for the best that you can afford on your budget.

Planning Makes Perfect
Secure your wedding photographer at least 10 months before your big day because the best photographers are usually booked out a few months.

Don’t just “wing it” with your wedding photography; one of the most important aspects of any wedding. “Cheap” definitely doesn’t add up to “good” and you don’t want to risk missing out on beautiful wedding photos because you hired an inexperienced photographer, or a buddy that happens to own a camera.

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Wedding Catering in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo can be found at the tip of the Baja California peninsula. These two towns are a perfect combination of gorgeous scenery and unique weather. Cabo San Lucas, in particular, is also known for its exciting nightlife and fun atmosphere, while San Jose del Cabo complements the former through its romantic and serene atmosphere.

During the past few years, Cabo has become really popular as it turned itself into a perfect destination wedding location. If you choose to get married in Cabo, you can expect to have a high end wedding party to take care of.

Wedding Preparations in Cabo

You may actually expect to experience a truly stunning wedding ceremony while overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, the white sandy shore and the Sea of Cortez. This is perfect location with all the various beaches which can serve as your romantic getaway for the honeymoon.

Aside from the actual wedding proper, you can also expect convenience when it comes to preparations. For instance, there are a lot of accommodations that you can select from for all your guests. Even the food catering Los Cabos is amazing with a wide array of food menu options to choose from.

At the same time, in order to help in turning your wedding into a stunning and upscale one, there are also a lot of wedding designers who can make your wedding a dream come true. The services include a package which is composed of Mexican artistry, hospitality, and savoir-faire which can certainly guarantee you an unforgettable wedding event.

What The Package Includes

While you can actually choose to prepare every element of your wedding one by one, you can actually avail of the package which will provide you everything that you need. For instance, the package includes providing for the accommodation and venue, where you can get a comprehensive list of villas and resorts that usually caters to destination weddings.

You can also be assured that the food will be great with the help of a Cabo San Lucas chef. Event planning is also taken care of, including the florist and the photographer. There are also extra services that you can expect, including spa services that would be perfect before and after the wedding ceremony and reception. Los Cabos can really give you the dream wedding that you have always waited for.

Light Up Your Wedding

Maybe you’ve picked the perfect venue for your wedding, or maybe you had to settle for something a little less-than-perfect. Either way, a good lighting design can take your space from ordinary to extraordinary, making your event feel romantic, lively, and even magical. Here are some tips for setting the mood with your lights.

Cluster your candles (or electric candles) in groups for best visual impact.  A good centerpiece design should give some thought to the lighting elements. A gentle light coming from the center of the table will flatter your guests’ faces, too.

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Use light to draw the eye to features you want to showcase. Usually this is columns, trees, or special tables. Putting attention on specific areas is a great way to “hide” the other areas of the room you may not want your guests to see.

Use color to amplify and unite the space.  Modern LED uplights are easy to set up and dial in to any color. Putting the same color on opposite walls can help pull a room together. Just don’t use colored lights to light guests’ faces, as they are usually not flattering on skintones.

Make sure your DJ and lighting designer coordinate what lighting will be used. Usually, the event lights will be dimmed as dancing begins. Most wedding photographers will tell you they prefer more available light for dancing, so avoid turning the lights completely off.  Smart use of light can make the dances seem romantic, without having to be too dark.

Paper asian lanterns are a great way to add a little gentle light while also filling vertical space.  You can build a very large feature of different sizes of paper lanterns for a reasonable budget. The safest way to light them is with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, to minimize heat inside the lantern.

Jon Kline is founder of MKE Production Rental, offering wedding lighting design in Milwaukee.

The Benefits of Hiring a Wedding Planner

You’ve been dreaming about your Prince Charming and your magical wedding day for as long as you can remember and now your dream is finally coming true. Now that you’re engaged the whirlwind planning process needs to begin. Unfortunately, planning a wedding can be stressful for the best of us which is why you should consider hiring an expert to help you. Following are a few of the top benefits of hiring a wedding planner to help you plan your dream wedding.

Stress Relievers
Hiring a wedding planner will help you avoid dealing with the ridiculous amounts of stress that comes into play when planning a wedding. The process that precedes your wedding day should be exciting and fun, but it won’t be if you’re left in charge of everything. It’s the wedding planner’s job to make sure you don’t have to deal with avoidable conflicts by reducing stress for you, your fiancé and your family. Even more important, if your mom or mother-in-law end up getting into a spat over the centerpieces or cutlery (and they just might), your wedding planner will smooth things over. Best of all, on the morning of your special day, you should be sipping champagne and relaxing with your bridesmaids, thinking about one thing and one thing only, marrying the man of your dreams; if you hire a wedding planner, this is exactly how it will be. Your wedding planner will have a carefully thought out plan in place, including important appointment schedules, checklists, itineraries and precise timelines and will be there to carry them out.

Vendor Expert
Reputable wedding planners will have developed relationships with all the best vendors, which gives them the huge advantage of knowing which are terrible and which are exceptional. Your wedding planner will be able to recommend vendors whose services fit into your budget and they’ll ensure that your vision is carried out just as you dreamed. It’s also their responsibility to deal with boring, time consuming vendor tasks like appointment scheduling, contract negotiation and payment.

Out of Town Wedding Planners
Hiring a wedding planner is crucial for brides who plan to get married in a different city or even in a different country. Just imagine how great it would be to have someone who’s familiar with a different time zone, as well as venues and vendors. They’ll be able to represent you and organize all of the intricate details, including hotel accommodations for you and your guests, fun things for them to do before or after the wedding, welcome baskets, maps, directions and more. For example, if you’re going to get married in New York City, look for an NYC Wedding Planner that is local to that area.

Budget Friendly
If you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget, hiring a wedding planner may seem counter intuitive. The fact is this simply isn’t the case. Hiring a wedding planner will actually save you a lot of money in the long run. Wedding planners work with their clients and are happy to help you set a budget and make sure that you stick to it. Experienced wedding planners also know how to get you the most cost effective deals in town with vendors who appreciate the business the planners send their way on a regular basis.