Unique Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

Having a traditional wedding has long been forgotten. No longer are the days where bride and groom stand up to be announced in front of the whole room, have a first dance, and play the cheesy and corny wedding games that newlyweds in the 1970s played. Today a wedding is about expressing your uniqueness as a couple, your feelings of what a wedding should be, and a way to show off what your ideas of a great wedding actually are. What is a great wedding? What makes a wedding unique? The ideas are plentiful and in this article we plan on addressing some of the new trends in wedding planning as well as some of the great ideas that have stuck around for decades without being cheesy.

Wedding Food

Family style? Buffet? Individual dishes? What kind of wedding food should we have? Honestly it might all boil down to budget and that’s okay. If all you can afford is one specific type of food, be it family style or a buffet, then that’s quite alright. There’s no sense in going into debt over something such as food. We will say, however, that with the ever-growing food truck industry, it might be a fun and exciting idea to hire a food truck to cater your wedding. Imagine a taco truck set up outside, serving the best and most authentic beef, chicken, and chorizo tacos to all of your guests as they drink and dance the night away. Not only will be it be talked about for ages but it will also be great for when people have a few drinks in them and crave great food that is not typically served at weddings.

Desserts: Cake or not?

Actually some people don’t have cake at all. There is an ever growing trend amongst brides and grooms across the entire United States of America where they simply don’t have a cake. Some of them serve individual cup cakes, some serve cookies, and others simply offer a mixed dessert bar that is full of single-serve dishes that range from cookies to cheese cake or even slices of pie. This allows guests a variety and the nice part is that it remains available throughout the entire evening versus having a designated time for desserts which causes some guests to miss out if they simply weren’t in the mood.

Consider a band versus a DJ

Sure, you can’t go wrong with a good hustle or the Cha Cha Slide. However, an experienced band will not only get the crowd moving but they’ll also know when to play a slow song, fast song, or when to even talk to the crowd. In order to really understand a crowd a band must not only be skilled at what they do but also have an understanding of individuals’ actions and how they work. Most bands will play for 45 minutes with a 15 minute break. Some of them, however, have enough members that some can break while the rest continue playing, leaving the dance floor movin’ and groovin’ all night long.

In the above examples it’s almost impossible for your guests not to have not only a fun and exciting but also unique and unforgettable time at your wedding. When your guests leave, they’ll not only talk about the interesting food and music options that you offered but also the great dessert choices that they had.

Choosing the Right Wedding Singer for Your Own Big Day

If you are in the midst of planning your own wedding entertainment, there is certainly plenty to choose from and one of the most cost effective, yet memorable options available to you is to hire a Wedding Singer!

One of the main benefits of hiring a Wedding Singer is that you get a massive amount of choice and flexibility due to each individual vocalist having their own sound and of course genre. The possibilities are truly endless and you can ensure that you will find the perfect Wedding Singer to suit your taste and give your wedding evening reception the perfect ambiance.

But where do you start when searching for a wedding singer?

One of the best ways to find a singer to perform at your wedding is to use an online entertainment directory so that you can save yourself a lot of time and potentially money too! Many entertainment directories will have their own dedicated categories for singers, with many sub-categories too! To give you some inspiration, let’s take a look at different types of singer you might wish to book:

Female Singers

Choosing a Female Singer to perform at your wedding reception gives you a huge selection of vocals and styles to choose from. Some female singers will offer dramatic performances and big voices in the style of Cher, Whitney Houston and more. Or you could opt for someone who has a modern touch! Female Singers are one of the most popular choices for wedding entertainment and you can book them for pretty much any part of your big day!

Male Singers

Male Singers also offer a massive choice in genres and singing styles and with the popularity of male vocalists such as Michael Bublé, they are an extremely popular choice among weddings. Imagine your first dance to a crooner style song, or if you want something a little heavier, choose a Male Singer with a rock background. There is a huge selection of Male Singers available to hire and like female singers, they are also suitable for any part of your wedding, from your ceremony right to your evening reception.

Carol Singers

Is your wedding around Christmas time? Why not make it even more festive and book Carol Singers for during your big day? Perfect for during your drinks reception, or perhaps wedding breakfast, Carol Singers will use their vocal talents to sing popular Christmas songs. You might find that some of your guests join in too! We can’t think of a better musical entertainment choice for a December wedding than this!

Guitar Singers

There are many Guitar Singers to hit the charts at the moment, such as Ed Sheeran and the classic Bruce Springsteen. This has seen an increase in this type of booking for wedding receptions as they offer quite a bit of versatility. From a beautiful first dance ballad to more upbeat and rock style performances, Guitar Singers can easily get your wedding guests up onto the dancefloor! They need very little space to perform which makes them perfect for smaller, more intimate weddings too.

Pianist / Singers

Did you know that most Pianist / Singers will come to your wedding venue with their very own keyboard or baby grand piano? You don’t have to worry if your wedding venue doesn’t have it’s own equipment with the portability of these types of instruments. Famous piano singers include Elton John and of course Chris Martin from Coldplay who both offer a stunning performance. If you love piano music and you want your wedding reception to have a touch of class, why not look at booking a Pianist / Singer?

Opera Singers

If you are a fan of the Opera and fancy something a little different for your wedding evening reception, why not choose an Opera Singer who can add a stunning and dramatic atmosphere to your big day? Your wedding guests are unlikely to expect this type of entertainment, however with their mind-blowing vocals and Operatic Arias, this type of performance will certainly add the WOW factor! Another way to include an Opera Singer into your wedding day (if you are not sure about hiring one for the evening) is to enhance your wedding ceremony with live operatic music!

As you can see, there is a lot of choice when it comes to booking a Wedding Singer, however we hope that our suggestions have given you plenty of inspiration for your own big day!

One of the most important things to remember is to source and book entertainment that means something to you as a couple. Always enquire in advance as many singers get booked up early, especially for weddings with some being snapped up a year or two in advance. Happy wedding entertainment planning!

Low Cost Weddings – 5 Tips

Statistics claim that the average wedding today costs between $20,000 and $23,000! For those on a budget, we’re not talking low-cost weddings here. Finding a cost effective way to celebrate your big day can be elusive. However, low cost weddings are not impossible! Consider these tips.

Tip #1- Don’t demand the best of everything

Ladies, wedding dresses last one hour. Spending $1,000 for a dress is outrageous. Keep an eye out for dress sales, and special offers. The guests don’t have to know you didn’t spend thousands. It’s your day. You will look beautiful no matter what!

Tip #2- Start Early

Prior to my own engagement, I was unaware that you cannot shop for weddings until after being engaged. Well, that rule is not conducive to low cost weddings. While it is not necessary to announce your wedding early, it is not unreasonable to start looking around. Talk to a friend that knows a florist. Make friends with brides that are thinking of using similar colors, and split the decoration costs. Be creative. Think low cost weddings.

Tip #3- Borrow talents from family and friends

Many performers charge $20,000 wedding prices for a low cost weddings budget. Chances are you know someone who can sing. Ask your Uncle to take pictures for you, and tell him you would be glad to accept wedding pictures as your wedding present from him.

Tip #4- Cut the steak, shrimp, and lobster

The cost of a reception is often at least half the cost of the wedding. Imagine scaling back half of your wedding. Immediately, you have cut your wedding cost by sometimes up to 25% if you manage to cut half your reception costs. Offer beverages, and light refreshments. Stick to a low cost wedding. No one will know the difference.

Tip #5- Focus on what’s really important

What bride wouldn’t serve steak, shrimp and lobster, given the option? What bride wouldn’t love to wear a custom designed silk dress? These perks may be nice, but they are just that…perks! The only required components of a wedding are a bride, a groom, a pastor, and a witness.

Getting married is not about the wedding, it is about the union of two people. Celebrate the union, and forget the perfect dress, and the finest menu. Those things last for an hour or two. A marriage is meant to last forever.

Digital Photo Wedding Album

For a contemporary, unique and highly personal wedding album, have you considered a digital wedding album created by you with the help of your wedding guests? The result is a wonderful collection of intimate, personal pictures presented as a top quality album in the style of your choice.

The days when wedding albums were heavy leather-bound paper tomes, inevitably stuck in the back of a closet gathering dust are long gone. A digital photo album is a fantastic coffee table book that you will want to show off and look through again and again.

Obviously professionally taken photographs are fabulous, but you cannot underestimate the variety and spontaneity of photographs taken by your friends and family. So many couples spend their wedding day in a whirl of excitement, with little time to draw breath, and many admit that after the wedding, they felt as if they missed out on spending time with many of their guests, particularly if it is a large wedding. Imagine the joy of looking through your wedding photos, contributed by your guests, and seeing your wedding through their eyes. Wedding guests often capture moments that are missed by the official photographer, and using a collection of photographs from several different guests will increase your chances of having photographs of the majority of your guests.

If you know in advance of the wedding that this is the kind of album you want, you can let your guests know so that they can use their best photography skills on the big day! If you have a few guests who are keen amateur photographers, they will probably be snapping away all day anyway, but if they know what you are planning to do with the pictures, they can really make the most of their talent. Make sure you have all aspects of the day covered including of course the bride at home before leaving, guests arriving at the venue (e.g. church), the wedding party (bride and groom, bridesmaids, parents etc) after the ceremony, the meal and the reception.

You will undoubtedly find photos that you absolutely love, and you may decide to have these printed to be framed and displayed in your home.

The process is simple. Sign up for the service. Create your album by choosing what page size you’d like to have. A classic wedding album size is 12″ x 12″. Setup your album for sharing with your friends and family. Invite them in to upload their best photos and or just browse through the collection of digital photos. Begin creating your album’s pages using the photos uploaded in to the gallery. Creating a page is as simple as selecting the page design, dragging photos on to the design and optionally adding text.

For a special touch, you could add other elements to the album by scanning and then uploading them to the gallery, such as the wedding invitation, the order of service and the menu.

Once you are done designing your album you then publish it making it ready for ordering. You can decide on what paper weight and finish you’d like (satin or glossy).

Because the album is created online, it is easy to try different layouts and experiment with alternative templates in a way that is not possible with a conventional bound album.

As well as being truly individual style of wedding album, a digital wedding album can be a cost-saving way of presenting your photographs. Once you have your first digital photo album, you may never go back to traditional albums! Digital albums are great not just for weddings but any special occasion; digital pictures of a newborn make a fantastic baby gift and a selection of party photos is a great way to remember birthdays and anniversaries.

Organizing a Wedding Checklist

Organizing your wedding can be a very enjoyable and yet very stressful job. Although it is your special day, the fear of it going wrong or not being organised in time plays havoc on your mind and body. After planning weddings for many years the only real way of guaranteeing a stress free build up is to create a comprehensive wedding to do list.

We all use lists in our day to day lives, so we should with something as big as planning a wedding. Imagine going to do your food shop without your shopping list. The grief it will cause when you get home and you have missed so many things you where suppose to buy.

This is why being organised and creating a wedding to do list is a must, ticking off completed items as you go along. All professional wedding planners swear by a wedding checklist, and if you should too.

Just below are a few things you may want to think about adding to your wedding checklist.

Set a date for your wedding and choose the wedding venue.
Create and send out save the date cards.
Arrange your set date with the registrar.
Choose your color scheme.
Choose your wedding dress and bridesmaid outfits.
Choose you best man’s and closest family’s suits.
Choose decorations, center pieces etc.
Find a Photographer.
Find a Florist.
Find a bakery for your wedding cake.
Choose your menu for the reception.
Reception Drinks.
Find a DJ or band.
Choose your wedding rings.
Meet with the venue to make sure they understand how you want everything setup and how the day is going to be run.

Just a tip, a few of the things above you can find at wedding fairs. If you do not know where to look have a look in the local paper. You can find advertisements for local wedding fairs at local venues. Generally wedding fairs will start in the beginning of spring, so keep a lookout then or contact venues to find out when they will be hosting a fair.

Use the above as a very basic template for wedding checklist, feel free to add more items as you feel you need. It would be a good idea to discuss with closest friends and family who are involved this list.

A good idea is to create the planner in Microsoft Word or Excel. You should put the names of who to complete hem and the dates of when they should be completed next to them. When the task gets completed tick it off and move on to the next.