With the advent of smartphone technology and social media, it’s difficult to walk down the street of any town or city and not see someone on their phone. People love sharing their news and updates on their social media profiles like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and so on. Social media itself has advanced so much that you can now broadcast events live as they happen if you want to. When it comes to their weddings, some couples like to keep a strict control on proceedings which can cause negative atmospheres among guests. Then there are those couples who like to embrace social media on their big day; they look at it as seeing their big moment from a number of different angles.
Birthday celebrations recognize the milestones in a person’s life and these events can be casual or formal. They may be very intimate, with just a few close friends and family; or they can be grand celebrations. In general there are two types of birthday parties: children’s and adults’ parties and each presents its own set of challenges.
The Mediterranean culture has had a profound impact on the world in the form of cuisine, music and, of course, décor.
From characteristic olive trees and leaves and patio furniture, to popular stucco walls and terracotta flooring – the Mediterranean influence is everywhere. One thing to keep in mind is that Mediterranean people are especially attentive to their outdoor spaces. Because most of the region experiences warm and sunny weather, people spend a lot of time outside. Native pottery, sheer curtains, plush comfortable pillows and plenty of outdoor seating are all important when adding a Mediterranean style to your wedding. The other day we found this Mediterranean inspired wedding shoot at Style Me Pretty. Seems like the perfect inspiration for a pretty Mediterranean wedding in Mallorca. Love the rosemary and olive branch combination.
It is the day you have been waiting for … your wedding day. Why not let the breathtaking waters of Mallorca create the perfect backdrop for your big day, while our wedding planner provides you with the perfect boating venue. Throwing your wedding reception on an elegant and uniquely themed yacht will make your wedding day a memorable one.
Celebrity wedding planners manage to cope with the huge demands of famous actors, musicians, athletes, royal families and the like, so you know that they have the skills to help organise a remarkable wedding day.
Here are five of the top male planners that according to the stars have been creating spectacular events for years.
There’s a lot to remember when organising a wedding, so our checklist will help you stay on track of what to do and when to do it.
Twelve months to go (or immediately if you have a shorter lead time)
- Fix your budget
- Decide on your wedding date and book your minister or registrar, discussing arrangements and legal requirements with them
- Book your reception venue (if different) and if required, a caterer
- Book your photographer/videographer and discuss your requierments with them
- Draft your guest list
- Send out save the date cards
- Start looking for your dress and remember most shops need at least a six-month lead time for a made-to-measure gown to be delivered
- Choose your bridesmaids (and their dresses), ushers and best man
Ways to go for a grand entrance
YOUR CARRIAGE AWAITS
For a true fairytale arrival, consider hiring a horse and carriage. As you clip-clop your way to the ceremony heads will definitely turn. For a real Cinderella vibe a glass carriage could be the way to go.
One of the most popular choices for wedding cars is the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Other elegant and traditional options include Bentleys, Jaguars and Daimlers.
Get the party started and keep it going all day long with these entertaining ideas.
How about hiring a string quartet or gospel choir to perform as guests gather at the reception? A string quartet could offer some classy background music during your wedding breakfast too. Later on crank up the volume with a band or solo singer who can help get your guests onto the dance floor. A great DJ will keep them there.
It’s time to get ready for summer celebrations.
Girly, fun and a little bit retro, colourful spots are the perfect theme for a summer party! Here are our top tips for making the most of your polka dots party:
Wedding transport comes in all shapes and sizes and prices vary greatly so make sure you allocate enough of your budget to match your requirements. Firstly you should decide on what type of vehicle you would like.
If your journey from home or a hotel to the ceremony venue, and/or ceremony venue to reception is anything more than a local journey, make sure the car you book is suitable and comfortable for the length of time you are travelling.
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Arm yourself with these useful questions when chatting to your wedding suppliers:
- What style of food do you offer?
- Do you have set menus or could you prepare something special for me?
- Have you catered at my chosen venue before?
- Are you able to provide alcohol? If so, do you charge corkage?
- Are you able to supply waiting staff?
- Do you also offer hire of furniture, linen, china, cutlery and glassware?
- Do you charge for a menu tasting?
- Can you cater for guests with dietary requirements such as nut allergies?
Want to get away and relax in the sun on your honeymoon?
Our travel guide suggests some perfect locations and the best time to visit them.
Comprised of 700 islands in 100,00 square miles of ocean, the Bahamas boasts some of the clearest water on the planet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef!
When to go?
November to April, although the trade winds bless the Bahamas with year-round weather, with winter lows averaging around 70f.
When not to go?
Although June to October is the hottest time of the year, these months also see the most rain, with a chance of hurricanes.
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Don’t miss our top tips!
- Start your planning early – until you start researching you don’t know what legal requirements you might have to fulfil or how long they will take.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions – no question is stupid, you’ll only have your perfect wedding if you make the right choices, and that means asking questions.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – there are specialist wedding planners who deal with destination weddings and can offer you all the advice you need. Most resorts also have in-house wedding planners.
- Visit before you book – if you think you want to marry in a certain location why not take a little holiday there first? You wouldn’t think of booking a venue at home without visiting first after all.
- Get everything in writing – especially before you pay any bills.
- Arrive early – that way you and your groom can acclimatise, check any last minute details and relax before greeting your guests.
It’s hungry work attending a wedding.
Feeding your guests well is the key to them enjoying your day. Here are some ideas on how to keep them fulfilled.
Traditional wedding breakfast
This is still the most popular option for catering for your day guests, usually consisting of a meat and two veg option. Ask the venue to create your menu around ingredients that are in season or locally grown produce.
Ice cream van
If you’re having a summer wedding then hire an ice cream van. Ices can replace a traditional dessert, entertain the children and transport the adults back to childhood.
How to plan the perfect marquee reception
So, you’ve decided that a marquee either at home or in the grounds of a breathtaking venue is the way to go. There are bound to be things you haven’t considered so here’s your guide to making sure all goes smoothly.
The size of your marquee will depend on how many guests you invite, how you intend to use the space and how much space is available where you are erecting it. For 100 people seated you’ll need a marquee around 9m by 12m, but you might want to also consider adding on extras like “chill out” tents as well.
What do you need?
Think about important moments during your day. At the ceremony, do you want an organist/a string quartet/a choir? Do you want music while your guests are eating? And, if the wedding includes evening entertainment, will you need to book a band or a DJ, as well as other styles of entertainment such as magician or a caricature artist?
How can you set the right mood?
Choose the musical style according to the formality of the wedding. A grand venue and formal meal will be best accompanied by a live band. A funky DJ is more in keeping with a civil ceremony and coctails. If the rooms are large, remember to check whether speakers will be necessary – and if they are permitted.
How can all tastes be catered for?
Your guests are bound to be a mixture of ages and they won’t all share the same taste in music. You’ll find choosing a mixture of classics and modern songs will appeal to most people. If you want the dance floor heaving, 70s and 80s disco tunes are always popular.
What is your budget?
The more performers you have the greater the cost so, if your budget is limited, think about keeping things simple: have just an organist for the ceremony; compile a CD of your favourite background music to play during the meal; and then book a DJ for the evening.
Popular wedding photographers get booked up quickly, so start looking as soon as possible.
Decide on the style of photos you prefer. Do you want traditional shots or a more relaxed, reportage style? Choose someone who specialises in your preferred look. Reportage photography may look easy but it takes a certain sill to capture unposed moments well.
Be a master of mixology: My guide to stirring and shaking the signature cocktails that have defined the decades.
1950s – MARTINI
Until de late 1950s, a Martini was nearly always made with gin, not vodka. Served ‘wet’ or ‘dry’, a wet Martini has more vermouth than a dry one. For ‘wet’, try a 1:5 or 1:10 ratio of gin to vermouth.
- 5-10ml dry white vermouth
- 50ml London dry gin
- Fresh ice
- Lemon twist or green olive to garnish
Pour vermouth into a chilled glass. Add gin to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir for 60 seconds. Strain through a sieve into the chilled vermouth. Garnish with a twist of lemon zest or green olive.
Marquees, tipis, yurts and Bedouin tents offer fantastic opportunities for unusual and striking decorations not only on Mallorca.
Fields and farms can provide the perfect setting. Often farmers will rent out a field for a day or weekend; some will even provide local produce. Ask if you can borrow straw bales for seating, and whether there are toilets nearby for your guests. Always check with the relevant authorities if you need either a marquee or liquor licence for the event, and make sure there is access for your tent hire company and any guests with disabilities. You can set up a small kitchen tent and hire catering equipment, although food prepared beforehand will mean less fuss.
Tipis and kata tents consist of a hand-crafted timber pole structure covered with natural canvas. The design allows for easy assembly and is intended to include a real fire in the centre. Giant Hat Kata tipis are huge and can be joined together to form beautiful arrangements with enough space for hundreds of guests. Hire companies can provide gorgeously rustic trestle tables and benches, which you can decorate with foliage and candies. During chilly evenings, lay vintage woollen or sheepskin blankets across the benches.
The budget can be a major influence on your day.
But regardless of whether you have been saving for years or are strapped for cash, you can still have a glorious wedding. Don’t be tempted to borrow money for your celebration – in my experience this simply leads to stress and worry. It is better to start your married lives together without this burden. Continue reading