Top Rehearsal Dinner Tips You Should Keep in Mind


Planning the wedding can be so exhausting and stressful that it can be really easy to forget about all the other pre-wedding events – especially since most of the don’t have to be planned by the couple itself.

How about your rehearsal dinner? Do you know how to make sure you plan a really nice event to help your closest friends and family members to really connect to each other?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Send out the invitations. You don’t have to spend money on actual paper invitations for this event, given that it’s more casual than the wedding. Electronic invitations will be more than fine! Keep in mind that all of your close relatives, your entire wedding party (including child attendants and their parents), and your special readers/ speech givers should be invited. Furthermore, the officiant and their spouse, as well as out of town guests who might be there already should be invited as well.
  • It’s pretty much a mini-wedding. So, all of the elements you have already considered for the Big Day should be present to some extent in the rehearsal dinner too: a theme, great and unique foods and drinks, excellent music, and so on. Don’t forget to add some pretty décor too – regardless of how simple or casual your dinner venue may be, a touch of style will instantly upgrade it!
  • Entertain the guests. Aside from music, plan some fun games for your rehearsal dinner as well. Doing this will help your guests connect to each other and bond before the Big Day. This will help them have more fun and it will help you have the dream wedding you have always wanted too.
  • Make it special. Bring a very wedding-like element into this dinner to make it feel special. For instance, you could include a groom’s cake, or you could wear white (a casual dress or a pantsuit, for example). These small touches will “train” you for the upcoming day and make it all feel more festive than just a simple dinner.


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Swap These Elements in Your Wedding to Save Money

Since weddings aren’t exactly the least expensive type of event to plan, it makes perfect sense that many brides and grooms want to save money on the various elements of the Big Day. And, of course, everyone wants to be able to do this without sacrificing the actual beauty of the event itself.

How to do it? What are some more expensive elements you can swap with cheaper, but equally beautiful alternatives?

We have some tips for you – keep reading to find out more.

  • Wedding flower centerpieces. You’d think these aren’t expensive, but the total bill for all of your wedding florals can be quite shocking. One way to minimize the impact of your centerpieces on your budget is by opting by smaller arrangement clusters for each table (they make it easier to settle on really inexpensive flowers and vases). Another way is to skip the floral part altogether and create centerpieces that are either hanging (e.g. luminous lanterns hanging over each table) or simply meaningful (e.g. centerpieces created from your favorite books).
  • Wedding décor. Aside from florals, your wedding décor will include many other small items that create the right ambiance. While small, these can also add up to the final cost of the wedding, pushing you way out of your financial limits. One way to deal with this is by renting the décor or by buying gently used décor – they are, after all, pieces of décor used only for one day, and they can look absolutely amazing for a fraction of the price you’d pay for the same objects when buying them from a store.
  • Plated dinners. Although this might be the best alternative for a really luxurious and elegant wedding, plated dinners can be easily replaced with cost-savvier alternatives if you want your wedding to be a little more casual. Namely, buffets and family style dinners can save you a lot of money because you won’t have to pay the servers as well. If you opt for a buffet, though, do make sure there will be no waste of food (discuss this with your catering manager and they will definitely help you out).


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Looking for a Unique Wedding Theme? How about a Geode Wedding?

Every wedding deserves to be unique – just like every love story is unique in its own way. Every bride and groom deserve their Big Day to reflect not only their happiness and hopes for the future, but also their specific sense of style, their personalities, and the things they are passionate about.

Geode weddings are popular for a very good bunch of reasons. They look interesting, they bring a dash of uniqueness to the entire wedding landscape, and they can be pulled off fairly easily (especially given the world’s fascination with geodes).

What are some of the best geode wedding ideas you too could incorporate into the Big Day?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • The cake. Geode inspired wedding cakes were among the first to arise from the geode wedding theme trend. They look truly spectacular, and they usually come in two shapes: either cakes that are painted with a geode pattern in their entirety, or cakes that feature a geode “breaking out” of the middle of the cake. The latter version is a bit more complex, but it can bring a real “shock” value to the table and make everything feel more original and outstanding.
  • The invitations. It is fairly easy to create invitations inspired by geodes: use your favorite geode pattern as a background and write your actual invitation wording on top of that. It is important to make sure nothing looks like “too much”, so balance out the brightness and intricacy of the geode pattern with a simple font.
  • The décor. There are so many beautiful ways to incorporate geodes into your wedding décor! For instance, you could use a couple of geode inspired bookends to create book centerpieces. This is an excellent idea for those of you who want to bring your favorite books into the Big Day.
  • The favors. Of course, you can offer actual geode pieces to your wedding guests (or imitations of, at least). However, if you want something even more special, you could opt for geode inspired chocolates. They look fantastic, they are very special, and they will fit your wedding theme like a glove! Just the kind of favor people actually want to take home!


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Lovely 2019 Wedding Trends to Consider for Your Big Day

Every year brings in new trends – not just for the mainstream fashion, but also for the entire wedding industry. The décor, the cakes, the clothes – they all change under the influence of the new trends.

Of course, you are free to create the kind of wedding you want – but looking at some of these tendencies in the wedding industry can help you create a fresh and unique event for this special moment in your life.

What are some of the best and most important 2019 wedding trends you might want to consider for your Big Day?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Colors in unique combinations. Pantone’s Color of the Year (Living Coral) is a lively and sweet pastel shade of orange that goes with so many beautiful colors! In 2019, we expect the color combinations to include not only Living Coral, though – we expect them to be daring and original, we expect them to be like nothing that has ever been seen before.
  • Small bridal bouquets. Clearly, Meghan Markle’s wedding had a pretty huge influence on the wedding world because we are seeing a lot of her wedding element being borrowed into the “mainstream” trends. Aside from the minimalist dress (which you should probably expect to see replicated in multiple variations), the small bouquet is ready to make a comeback as well. If you like low key elegance, this trend is for you!
  • Bridesmaids that don’t match. And by “don’t match”, you should understand completely mismatched. This is not about “an element that brings together your bridesmaids’ dresses in a beautiful and harmonious way”. This is about being really eclectic, fun, and “out of the box”. The key lies in asking your bridesmaids to wear dresses that pertain to the same vague color palette (e.g. reds and oranges) – this will bring their looks together in a way that’s both balanced and eclectic at the same time.


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You Want to Make Sure You Avoid These Scams When Planning the Big Day!


When planning the wedding day, stress can easily take over – and together with it, anxiety can easily crawl into your life as well.

Of course, you want to make sure you minimize the amount of stress you feel while planning your Big Day. One of the most important things to do in this respect is keeping your eyes open for potential scams.

Yes, wedding-related scams are real, and there are plenty of horror stories to prove it. With a little attention, though, you can definitely avoid them – and it all starts with knowing about some of the most common tricks in the book.

What are they? How to avoid the most widely encountered scams in the wedding world?

We have some tips for you – so keep on reading if you want to find out more.

  • Hiring a wedding planner that…doesn’t plan. It is very important to keep an eye out for people who simply call themselves wedding planners, but don’t actually provide anything in return for your money. You want to hire a planner because they have experience in the wedding industry, because they can connect you to the best vendors, and because you want to take the whole burden and stress of planning the wedding off your shoulders. But keep in mind that scammers will not provide you with any of this – at the very most, they will give you vague advice on what to do and how to proceed regarding certain wedding elements (and they will most likely reply to your messages and emails way too late).
  • Hiring a wedding vendor that…doesn’t show up. It sounds like a real wedding nightmare, but this is something that actually happens. You want to make sure you check a vendor’s reviews and recommendations before signing any kind of contract with them. Even more, before you pay anything, you want to make sure they have a Plan B to run in case they get sick and cannot actually work on your wedding day.
  • Buying wedding jewelry that…isn’t real. When it comes to your wedding rings (or any other piece of jewelry you want to wear on the Big Day), you should absolutely buy from reputable stores. It might feel like you’re saving money by going off the beaten path – but it can turn out as a real disaster from way too many points of view.


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Can You Have the Cocktail Hour Before the Ceremony?

Most couples don’t want to stray away from wedding traditions – or at least not too much. There is, indeed, a natural order of things in a wedding that makes a lot of sense – such as the fact that most cocktail hours take place between the wedding ceremony and the reception.

However, the truth is that most wedding “rules” can be challenged – except for those that might offend someone invited, of course.

For instance, you could choose to have the cocktail hour before the ceremony and keep the exciting vibes of the wedding exit for a fun reception.

Why would you do this? Is it possible? What are some of the challenges you might have to tackle if you choose a pre-ceremony wedding cocktail hour?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • This could be a good idea if you want to maintain the same level of energy from the end of the ceremony to the beginning of the reception. It could also work out very well for those of you who want to look very fresh for the wedding photos (if you shoot them before the actual ceremony, of course).
  • At the same time, it is also important to make sure you adjust the cocktail hour and ceremony to this new order of things. For instance, you might want to ask your waiters to collect all glasses right before the ceremony (otherwise some of the guests might want to bring their glasses to the ceremony or they might even get up to get a refill).
  • Furthermore, if you want to take part in the cocktail hour, you will have to wear a different dress (and get away earlier to dress up in your wedding gown and shoot some pictures). The main reason you should do this is because you don’t want to steal the WOW factor from your wedding processional.
  • Last, but definitely not least, you might be able to get away with very light snacks with a “normal” post-ceremony cocktail hour. But if you want to have it before the ceremony, you want to make sure your guests don’t get too tipsy. Serve them brunch foods and delicious mini-sandwiches to make sure their drinks will not affect them too much.


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Top Advantages for Proposing in the Winter

Popping the Big Question is a huge moment in anyone’s life – and if you are thinking of it, you most likely want to make sure you choose the perfect timing for this utterly special moment.

Why would you make your wedding proposal during the winter – this one or the next one?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Because there is so much magic in the air! Just stop for a second and take a look around you: candles, lights, Christmas trees, delicious food, and smiling faces everyone. Isn’t this the perfect background for such a happy event in your life? Proposing in a remote winter wonderland outside of the winter holidays can be an amazing idea too – just think of the stunning pictures you will take in the snow with your fiancé!
  • Because you can actually do this over a family dinner. If you want everyone you love to be there and witness the big moment, winter is the perfect moment. Regardless of whether you choose the Thanksgiving dinner for this or the Christmas one, you will be surrounded by friends and family – and who knows, maybe you can “plot” something with one of them and have them secretly record the whole moment too!
  • Because you can do it at midnight on the 31st as well. Want your proposal to be surrounded by glamor? Want to make this a huge surprise for your loved one? Propose at midnight on New Year’s Eve by dropping to one knee as soon as the clock ticks 12. We guarantee this will take her by surprise – so much that you should expect a few tears of happiness from her eyes too!
  • Because you can save quite a lot of money. Black Friday deals and Christmas deals can be a real blessing for someone who wants to buy a stunning engagement ring and not pay a fortune on it. If you are already considering proposing next year this time, keep your eyes on the special offers – you can nail a pretty good discount on something that’s genuinely beautiful and qualitative!


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Did You Know about All These Wedding Flower Meanings?

Flowers are a true gift from Mother Nature – delicate and beautiful, they make every season feel better and they help us feel closer to nature even when we’re indoors.

Of course, as the bride and groom, you will want to make sure your wedding flowers look really beautiful – but even more than that, you might want to consider the symbolism behind the flowers you incorporate in your wedding décor too.

What do some of the most popular wedding blooms actually mean? We have some tips for you – continue reading to find out more.

  • Probably one of the single most romantic flowers that has ever graced our eyes, roses are actually more than just a symbol of “love” in general. In fact, each color represents something different – white is all about pure love, red is all about passion, and yellow is all about youthfulness, energy, and joy (but it used to be all about jealousy, actually).
  • Baby breaths. These lovely little white blooms are extremely popular and for a long list of reasons: they look excellent in combination with other flowers as well as on their own, they are delicate and sweet, and they are affordable too. Even more, they symbolize innocence, which makes them more than appropriate for a wedding.
  • Lovely and full of life, versatile especially due to the large variety of colors they come in, and a more than amazing option for a fall wedding, chrysanthemums are excellent for this kind of event from the point of view of their symbolism too. Namely, these flowers stand for wealth and abundance – two hopes every newly married couple has for their future, right?
  • One of the best spring flowers, daffodils represent kind regards and happiness – two vibes you definitely want to bring into your wedding. Combined with the fact that these beautiful yellow (or white) blooms are fairly affordable when in season, there’s absolutely no reason you wouldn’t want to consider them at least for a Big Day in spring time.


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What Else Is There Aside from Diamond Engagement Rings?

Proposing to the one you love is such a beautiful and unforgettable moment. Of course, you will want to plan everything down to the smallest detail – but of all the details, the ring is by far the most important one.

What if you don’t want to get a diamond ring? Are there any alternatives to classic diamonds when it comes to engagement rings – and is it acceptable to offer an engagement ring without an actual diamond?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.


  • In short, yes, it is more than acceptable to offer an engagement ring that doesn’t feature a diamond. There might be a thousand reasons behind this: she doesn’t like diamonds, other stones look better, you prefer to save your money for the wedding and get her another precious stone that’s more affordable, and so on.
  • For instance, white emeralds can look really pretty. Although not as reflective as diamonds, white emeralds possess a kind of uniqueness that’s truly fantastic. They are versatile and can be incorporated in a wide range of ring designs. Even more, they are less expensive than a big diamond would be – making them a really good ally for grooms-to-be on a budget.
  • If you want something even more affordable but really beautiful, Swarovski crystals are worth looking into. In fact, Swarovski crystals were created to be a “diamond for anyone” – so at their very foundation, they are meant to replace the shine and glamor of a diamond, but for a far more affordable price.
  • You don’t have to look for stones that mimic diamonds in any way, especially if you think it wouldn’t suit your loved one. Stunning ruby engagement rings, emerald engagement rings, sapphire engagement rings and even semi-precious stones on engagement rings – they are all a possibility, and they can look absolutely breath taking. At the end of the day, what you want is an engagement ring that makes your significant other feel truly happy with the ring you put on her finger – and if colored stones are what she wants, she should definitely receive something that suits her style.


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Have You Ever Considered Planning the Big Day before the Engagement?

Some couples like to do everything the traditional way. They like to date for a given number of years, and maybe move in together for a couple of years before they get engaged. They like to put a ring on it, throw a big party, and only then start to plan the wedding.

That’s all perfectly fine – but if you want to save yourself a lot of time (and potentially some money too by being an early bird), you can definitely start planning some of the wedding elements before you even say yes to the diamond ring.

How come? And what are some of the tasks you can definitely handle before the engagement proper?

Continue reading to find out more.

  • You can take care of a lot of basic wedding planning tasks before the engagement because there’s a high chance you already know the engagement is going to happen. Sure, you might not know how it will happen, when, or where – but even so, you both know you are ready to take it to the next step. So why not leave the engagement be a nice surprise while also tackling some of the most fundamental wedding planning issues?
  • For instance, you can talk about how you want your wedding to be – and how to meet halfway (because yes, there’s a pretty high chance you’ll have to meet halfway between a Star Wars-themed wedding and an opulent wall arrangement of flowers for the wedding ceremony background).
  • You can also talk about the size of your wedding. Chances are you’re already on the same page here – but if you aren’t, talking about this now will give you plenty of time to find a compromise and to settle things in a direction you are both happy with.
  • Some couples even discuss their wedding venue. Since you know the rough size of your wedding and you know what you are looking for, you can already create the venue shortlist – and you can even make some calls, visit some locations, and even book the wedding venue itself. Let the ring come later – you have just tackled one of the absolutely essential elements of the Big Day!


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