Churchtown Wedding Cars won Wedding Transport Supplier of the Year at the Wedding Industry Awards 2017. The company had claimed the regional title at the end of last year and beat of tough competition to claim the top prize.
Olympic silver medallist Roger Black hosted the awards ceremony at the exclusive Cafe de Paris in London.
Based on a combination of factors including customer service and value for money, the awards are given out with a large emphasis on customer feedback as the most important factor.
Steve Mann, owner of Churchtown Wedding Cars, said: “This year, customers were also asked about specific things that they felt went above and beyond the call of duty and why they chose to book with Churchtown Wedding Cars instead of other companies. Obviously the majority of the responses were in relation to the cars but the friendliness of everyone involved also scored highly.
“Brides particularly liked that Churchtown Wedding Cars only do one wedding a day and that there is no limit to the number of journeys or time allowed for photographs.
Steve took over the firm around 18 months ago from previous owners Pat and Roy Cropper, who had run the business for 22 years, and says he was able to build on the excellent reputation it already earned.
The company has vehicles it uses for weddings, a Beaurfort, an Imperial, a Mercedes and a Dorchester and Steve added that there are plans in place for future expansion, including new premises and different cars.
The company also works with venues and suppliers in the town promoting wedding services under the banner, ‘Radiance, The Wedding Professionals’
Radiance is a group of suppliers including Debonair Brides, Tarleton Photography, Smileomatic Photobooths and of course Churchtown Wedding Cars who organise the events on a voluntary basis spending all the exhibitors fees on targeted local advertising. A number of local venues have seen booking rise considerably since Radiance’s formation, according the group.
This collaboration, as well as the work Churchtown Wedding Cars does for Gift Of A Wedding Charity ,helped set the business apart from its competition and seal the win.
It seems like you can't log into Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat these days without your feed being covered in wedding-related posts. Sharing photos of your engagement, bachelorette party, or wedding day can be a great way to show off your bridal bliss to your community, but does everyone you've ever met really need to know every time you try out a potential wedding-day nail-polish color or get in a fight with your wedding planner? When it comes to wedding-planning posts, at what point does sharing become oversharing, especially before the big day has even happened?
"As a bride, just like with any other milestone life event, you need to stop and think before you post," says Jodi R.R. Smith of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, "because there are a number of things that could be potentially hazardous to you and your event as you move forward." How much of the planning process you want to share on the Internet is inevitably a personal decision, but here are five things you should keep in mind about oversharing on social media before the big day.
Consider Who's Seeing Your Posts
Unless you want all 900 of your Facebook friends at your wedding (856 of whom you haven't spoken to since college), you may want to pause before you share certain details. "The second you get engaged, the minute you put it on your feed, everyone who follows you assumes they're close enough to be invited to the wedding," says Smith. "Because they were included in the initial excitement, they now feel they should be included in the event." Save sharing any specifics about the wedding (like the date and location) until you send save-the-dates; that way, only the people who are actually invited will know to show up at the event.
Realize You May Be Offending People
Remember how crappy it felt in high school when you didn't get invited to someone's Sweet 16? Even though you thought you two were close? And then you had to listen to everyone talk about it during lunch? For some of your Facebook and Instagram friends, that's what it will feel like when they realize they didn't make the cut for your big day. "Every time you post something, it's a reminder they're not included," says Smith. To avoid any hurt feelings, Smith suggests using technology to your advantage to create a private Facebook group or text thread so you can easily share any intimate details with your nearest and dearest, and anyone who's not going to be invited won't feel left out.
Maintain a Little Bit of Mystery
As far as things to look forward to on a wedding day go, the big dress/cake/venue reveals are some of the most exciting parts (aside from committing to spend the rest of your lives with someone you love, that is). "If a bride posts everything—every dress fitting, cake tasting, meeting with her wedding planner—there are really no surprises," says Smith. "As a bride, you don't want people to have wedding fatigue by the time they get to your event." Smith suggests posting about the wedding once every other day at most; anything beyond that can be overkill.
Don't Be Negative
It's no secret that wedding planning is stressful, and at times there will be things you'll want to complain about to anyone who will listen, but a social-media page is not the right place to air your grievances. "Getting resources and suggestions [from social media] can be good," says Smith, "but be careful about writing something that's specifically negative, like 'I went to this bakery and that was disgusting.'" There are many, many ways it can backfire on you (like if you end up having to order the "disgusting" cake you posted about for whatever reason), and it will end up sending some pretty major bridezilla vibes out into the community.
Make Sure You and Your Fiancé Are on the Same Page
This advice should go for the entire planning process (and for the relationship as a whole, really), but the two of you should have an honest conversation about how much you want to share in regard to the event so that no one feels uncomfortable. "The guideline is that you default to being more private rather than more public," says Smith. "You can always add additional information at a later date and share more later on, but once info is out there, it's impossible to take it back."
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When it comes to wedding entertainment, the trends are always changing.
At my wedding on April 17, 2016, my beautiful wife Chelsey turned the reception into an epic performance. As a former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader, she gathered her girls and choreographed a dance. Not only did it entertain, it also energized the crowd. One of many ways to change up the reception flow.
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When it comes to technology, DJ's now have their hands on the best of the best technology.
"Keeping the crowd entertained is key. The one thing that has changed is everything is computerized and on hard drives. With technology now and access to apple music and other resources, it’s hard not to have a song that guests want," said Manny Torres, DJ with Push Play Entertainment.
We've all seen photo booths, but this is something new.
“It’s the same concept as a photo booth, but instead of photos we make flip books. We take a seven second video and turn it into a flip book, so it’s an interactive party favor that guests get to walk away with at the reception,” said Amy Wahl with Flip Book Memories.
Plus, there are always new ideas as far as guest books go.
“We are offering rustic wood themed guest boxes. Guests can write on the wood hearts and it can be displayed in the home for years to come," said Marc Pendergraft with Engrave My Memories.
Whether you choose a new trend or create your own idea, making your wedding unique is key.
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As someone who half-heartedly struggles through any crafting activity, I agonized a bit over how to officially ask my bridal party. I hoped to invite my favorite ladies to be part of my big day in a fun and creative way. But due to social media examples of insanely beautiful and original ideas (thanks but no thanks Pinterest), I was feeling the pressure.
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Fortunately, I realized that I'm lucky to have some quality individuals to stand by my side, who wouldn't care how they were requested. Creating some over-the-top, totally uncharacteristic bridesmaids box would be bizarre and unnecessary. Upon some reflection, I figured out I wanted to go with the classic "Will you help me tie the knot?" wording. From there, I paid a visit to "old faithful" aka the Kate Spade outlet at Nebraska Crossing. I found a simple rose gold bangle with a bow (which would match my ring and wedding accent color), so I scooped up 7 of those pretties.
My next step was to reach out to my friend Christina, who is an insanely talented custom cookie baker, and founder at Sugar Chic Design in Omaha. I had originally hoped to ask them to help me "tie the knot" on an edible confection, but it would have too much going on on one sugar cookie. Christina experimented and realized she could write my bridesmaids names on cookies in rose gold glitter and it would look less cramped. She hand painted an elegant floral design onto a sparkly gold and white polka dot background, then added the rose gold script. I could not have been more pleased with how they turned out. Everyone raved about them!
My last move was to figure out how to package the bracelet and cookie in a cute, mailable way. I have a unique situation, where my lady friends live all over the country; I knew I'd have to ship parcels to Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Rochester, Atlanta, Chicago, and one locally in Omaha. Luckily, my go-to Target (Tar-jay Boutique) did an amazing collaboration with Sugar Paper LA, which included these slate blue beauties that also happened to match my wedding color palette. I used extra gold foil tissue paper to make sure the cookies wouldn't break, and packed them into padded envelopes. The end result felt fun, but not too fussy, and they all said yes, so I'd call this a success!
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When it comes to your wedding, we're sure you want to be in the best shape ever - from head to toe. And one slightly temperamental feature, that we're sure you're concerned about, is your skin. If you want it to look flawless and glowing on your wedding, we can help. Here are a few ways to get your skin in the best shape.
Drink water, LOTS of it.
Sure, you've been told to drink water since you were a kid. But when it comes to your skin and your body on the whole, water works like magic. The best thing you can do, to get the skin of your dreams for your wedding day, is to stay hydrated. Water helps in all essential bodily processes, and prevents issues like acne and dry skin. So keep a bottle handy all the time before, and after your wedding.
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Stick to a skincare routine that you are sure works for you.
While we're all for experimenting when it comes to wardrobe and make-up, stay away from experimentation when it comes to your skin. If you have a skincare routine that you know works for you, stick to it. Also, if you have problem areas, make sure you pay extra attention while taking care of them, pre-wedding.
Stay away from food that messes with your skin.
Another thing to take control of, to get flawless skin for your wedding, is to make sure you eat the right kind of food. If you're aware of certain foods that cause you to break out, or affect your skin negatively, stay away from them. Stick to food that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, like berries, dark chocolate and fish like salmon, to mention a few.
Take a break from make-up sometimes.
In the time leading up to your wedding, give yourself a few make-up free days. Give your skin some time to breathe, instead of clogging up your pores. The days of your wedding ceremonies are going to be make-up heavy anyway, so in order to prevent any sudden breakouts or skin problems, keep your skin clear of any products. Pat on a tinted moisturiser with SPF, if you need to. And if you are wearing make-up, make sure to remove it completely, at the end of the day, and gently cleanse your face as well.
Every outfit had a story Thursday night at the Snowflake Costume Fashion Show at the Boscov’s auditorium at the Fairlane Village mall.
The 17 high school juniors competing in the 50th annual Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival carefully picked out what they wore Thursday to express their personalities and impress the judges.
But first, each contestant came on stage and pulled a random question for the 2016 Snowflake Princess Rachael Cataldo to ask them.
In response to what superpower she would choose to have, Kathryn McCarthy, Mahanoy Area, said she would like the ability to fly.
“It would be neat to see the world from a new perspective,” McCarthy said.
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She later came out dressed in black with a gold skirt to represent the “golden anniversary” of the Winter Carnival. She also is a cheerleader for the Mahanoy Area Golden Bears and a member of the golf team, she said.
“I have a golden love for the sport because of my dad,” she said. “He’s my biggest fan.”
McCarthy said that the Winter Carnival is an experience she will never forget.
“The memories and friends I made here will stay with me through my golden years,” she said.
Corrine Ellis, Minersville, was asked what she would tell her younger self if she could travel through time.
“The advice I would give to myself would be to be more involved in extracurricular activities,” she said.
Ellis later appeared on stage with a ukulele and performed a song that she wrote.
“Recently, I decided to write a song and with my sister’s help, we came up with the melody,” Ellis said.
Ellis said that her melody in life is the many activities she is involved in, like cheerleading and cross country, while her family and friends are her harmony.
“With those two things together, every day is a song and my life is an entire symphony,” she said.
Samantha Puzzi, Blue Mountain, was asked about the one place in the county she would take a family member or friend visiting the area for the first time.
“I would take them to Hawk Mountain because it is one of my favorite places in Schuylkill County, and I believe it is where you can really appreciate the beauty of Schuylkill County,” Puzzi said.
Puzzi then came back on stage wearing cheap wedding dresses coat and black slacks. She recited a quote from Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for women’s education who was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17, and said that she inspired her to pursue a career in politics.
“She has inspired me to not just go into my career field but to help others while I do it,” she said.
Kassandra Kuperavage, Pottsville, was asked to tell the audience about a quality that sets her a part from her friends.
“The one quality that sets me a part from my friends is definitely being more outgoing and always being on the move and always getting my group of friends involved in things,” Kuperavage said.
She later showed off various shoes as they pertain to her life. She brought her sneakers for volleyball, the cleats she wore when she had the game-winning hit in a 13-inning game against Pine Grove, and the shiny silver heels she will be wearing at the coronation pageant.
“No matter the outcome, this experience will truly be one I don’t forget,” she said. “Thank you Winter Carnival for 50 years of memories.”
It wasn't until after another routine opening-round beatdown that Serena Williams offered a startling glimpse into the ruthlessly compartmentalized mindset that accompanies her to the Grand Slams.
She was engaged recently to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, but said she wasn't going to fully process the life-changing, milestone event -- until February.
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"I guess it feels good," Williams said in her postmatch press conference. "I really haven't thought about it too much, because I wasn't even really going to think about it until after the tournament.
"I just kept saying that February I'll start looking at the bigger picture of my life."
For now, the smaller picture is winning a seventh title at the Australian Open.
The evidence, the early returns of the nascent 2017 season, suggested Serena's first-round match would be taxing.
Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic was a top-10 player a year ago, but injuries contrived to leave her unseeded here at the Australian Open. They had split their previous two meetings and, considering Serena's advanced age (35), there was some plausibility in those questions echoing around the grounds at Melbourne Park.
With temperatures creeping into the mid-90s Tuesday, Williams burned even hotter, comfortably ruining Bencic 6-4, 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena.
Shame on all the cynics, the skeptics, the haters -- and you know who you are -- who doubted Serena's motivation. By now, after all these years, we shouldn't be terribly surprised.
There were questions about her extended offseason as well as her work ethic and preparedness after going out early in Auckland, New Zealand, and committing a zany 88 unforced errors.
We can report (this just in) that Williams is now a tidy 65-1 in first-round matches at Grand Slams. And while there are wildly differing qualities of victory, mark this one in the category of surpassingly solid.
Serena repeatedly bludgeoned Bencic's not-good-enough serve, taking some first offerings from a position a foot inside the baseline. The second serve?
Williams made a handful of sublime shots, including a running, sliced backhand winner late in the first set that had no business landing in the court.
"I didn't come here to lose in the first round, or the second round, or at all," Williams said in her pretournament news conference. "If I can play the way I've been practicing, it will be fine."
Sure enough, that's just what happened. We should have known.
Serena, a six-time Aussie Open champion, has developed a remarkable reputation here. Since 1999, she has never lost before the third round.
Losing to Angelique Kerber here in last year's final set in motion her season-long struggle to maintain the No. 1 ranking. If she can get to the final here, she'll have a chance to reclaim it. Kerber, for the record, looked a little sketchy Monday, dropping a set on her way to the second round.
Serena's second-round match Thursday, naturally, seems fraught with all kinds of peril. She'll play 2015 French Open finalist Lucie Safarova, also a one-time Wimbledon semifinalist and Australian Open quarterfinalist.
Safarova, for what it's worth, should have a healthy supply of belief after saving a staggering nine match points in her first-round victory over Yanina Wickmayer.
Yes, the sky is falling all over again. How can Serena possibly rise to yet another potentially daunting occasion?
Clearly, she lives for this kind of shrill hysteria.
"Right now," she said, "I'm just so focused that this is kind of all I can think about."
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Two Christian artists who create hand-painted invitations and cards could be facing jail time and heavy penalties for refusing to make invitations for same-sex weddings.
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of art design studio Brush & Nib, challenged an ordinance in Phoenix, Arizona that prohibits them from refusing clients for same-sex weddings. Under the same ordinance, they are also not allowed to discuss their convictions or the reason for not accepting clients for same-sex weddings.
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If they should violate these laws, they would be imprisoned for six months for every day they fail to comply. They would also be fined $2,500, according to Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Kristen Waggoner, who appeared on Fox’s ‘The Kelly File’ last week to talk about the case.
Duka and Koski filed a lawsuit against Phoenix for violating their rights to create art according to their religious beliefs and for preventing them from talking to others about their art and religious beliefs.
On September, a trial court judge refused to suspend the ordinance against them, saying “the purpose of a wedding invitation is simply to convey the details of the date, time, and place of the wedding and to identify the persons getting married.”
Waggoner said that the government should not force Duka and Koski and other artists to create something that is not consistent with their convictions under threat of jail time.
“This case involves artistic expression. The issue here is whether the government can force artists to create art in violation of their convictions,” Waggoner explained. “And this ordinance imposes jail time potentially on artists, as well as fines — six months for every day that Joana and Brianna are not in compliance. We don’t force artists to create artistic expression under threat of jail time.”
Waggoner also said the ordinance prohibits Duka and Koski from talking about their views about marriage, which is why she was the one who appeared on the show instead of them.
“If they in any way, directly or indirectly, suggest that they may have beliefs that are based on marriage between one man and one woman, they can face the six months in jail for every single day they’re incompliant. It’s an extreme penalty,” she said.
However, in a voice recording played on the program, Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego said the city is determined to protect the ordinance for economic reasons.
“You’ve seen companies such as PayPal leave communities that don’t stand up for all of their residents. Major events like The Final Four will not come to communities that discriminate. So this ordinance is an important economic development tool and we will protect it,” Gallego said.
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Planning a wedding is a lot of hard work. Not only the wedding and the reception itself, but the pre- wedding events take up a lot of effort and time; and of course they are more the fun!
One of the recently hyped and celebrated pre-wedding events with a lot of pomp and zest is 'rang khela' (game of colours). So, there is not much you can do except wearing all white. The decor and the clothes all the guests wear are usually plain white as later they become the canvas of a hundred more shades.
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Bridal shower is an all-girls get together where the bride's female friends and family members come together to throw her a little surprise. Bridal showers can be done very differently and there are plenty of ideas to make the day a memorable one. Most of the bridal showers we have attended or seen pictures of usually are decorated with an all pink theme.
The cupcakes, balloons and cakes are either bright pink or pink with a tinge of white. A black and white chess patterned theme can be done easily. Black and white supplies are available almost everywhere. With black balloons, dress code and all things black, you could perhaps have a white cake to add contrast to the whole theme.
A garden theme can also be affordable yet classy. For garden themes, use colourful or different shades of green, and a colourful cake with delish butter cream flower frostings!
It is a very vibrant gathering with only close family members and so there is not too much crowd and thus the best approach to a Mehendi Shondha is the minimalist approach! A very common, yet elegant theme for Mehendi Shondha is green.
Henna is the main focus of the ceremony. With energetic music in the background, and with everyone wearing green, some dancing and others putting henna. Mehendi Shondha is a pre-wedding event to enjoy to the fullest with you close ones.
Green is the obvious choice but if you want to do things differently, candles can be your answer. Candles come in all shapes and sizes, and scented candles can be put to use as well to minimise the strong smell of henna since as a lot of people do not like it.
From décor to dress code, everything is yellow! That is a ceremonial Holud for you.
Bangladesh has big wholesale shops to purchase Holud-related items. If you visit Elephant Road, you will find 'dalas' and every other possible item needed for decoration! Apart from yellow, many other colours are also being used for themes in Holud functions to brighten up the atmosphere. Along with different coloured themes, floral can also be a very good theme for Holud events. It gives the whole place a vibrant and artsy look. Flowers always spread a joyous vibe. So, to make the room light up with happiness, there can be more uses of flowers and floral decors.
Weddings come once in a lifetime. There is no better way to celebrate this promising event, than enjoying them to the fullest without a dull moment!
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Eyes down. Don't smile. Indian brides never smile." Remember those lines from the hilarious Bend it like Beckham? Well, luckily, a lot has changed since then. Not only do Indian brides now grin happily for the camera but they also kiss the groom, pull faces for the lens, dance like no one's watching and even dive into a swimming pool in all their finery-all for the perfect wedding album and more importantly, to make sure the wedding hashtag (cleverly created especially for the shaadi shenanigans) gives those unable to attend major FOMO.
Of course, the job of creating a good hashtag mustn't be underestimated. It's no longer about marrying two names to create a Brangelina or Saifeena imitation. Think Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover's #monkeywedding. Talking of Bollywood weddings, the most recent trend seems to be white weddings. While Bipasha stuck to the traditional red at her Bengali wedding, she did lighten it up with floral pink at her mehendi and a stunning gold lehenga at her reception. But it was Lisa Haydon and Neha Bhasin who chose to walk down the aisle in virginal white. Both beauties snuck away from the Mumbai limelight by picking a beach wedding in Thailand and a fairytale Tuscan wedding respectively.
Not every Indian bride might be open to picking white, traditionally considered the colour of mourning. But red is not the only bridal colour anymore, with brides choosing from a wide colour palette. Some even opting for neons. Priyal Sheth, marriager.com, refers to these as the Monroesque Brides. From the trend she is seeing on her wedding planning website, Sheth says a lot of brides are open to wearing black too. "If not pure black, they're mixing it up with another colour. Wearing white is a lot more common now than it was earlier," she reveals.
The 'smart' bride, who is more involved in the planning of her own wedding, is also thinking in terms of cost-effectiveness. "So brides are more likely to go in for heavy dupattas and light blouses on their lehengas, so they can wear the outfit again later," says Sheth. Fashion designer Surily Goel agrees that brides have become more experimental with their outfit choices. "A lot of it even depends on the venues and locations for that matter. With destination weddings now in vogue, themes are more different and bridal wear has a new twist to it. There is immense focus on colour combinations as well as the cuts and silhouettes as opposed to the embroideries.
The off-shoulder and cold shoulder trends are gaining popularity as it is feminine yet flirty at the same time," says Goel, whose latest collection includes elegant whites with embellished off-shoulder blouses. The Indo-western fusion trend is becoming more popular with each passing day, believes the designer. From stitched saree gowns to even losing the dupatta, Goel is a strong supporter of the fuss-free and more flattering style. Blues, greens, and jewelled tones have also been added to the palette, says the designer.
Of baraats and bidaais
The feisty non-conformist "Monroesque" bride needs to make a grand entry, and she can't rely merely on her clothing choices. Why should the boy's side have prerogative over boisterous baraats? A bridal baraat, says photographer Ankita Ashtana, is the next big thing. For WeddingNama co-founder Asthana, attending a number of weddings every season is just an occupational hazard. The bride and bridegroom's entry goes one step further with every ceremony, she notes. Brides want their entry accompanied with dhol-baaja and the whole shebang too.
"I definitely feel that the bridal entry or the couple's exit should be paid most attention to. People use cold pyros, confetti, rice, sparklers," notes Asthana, who enjoys capturing the moment on camera. At Nishka Lulla's Bangkok wedding, which was shot by Asthana's WeddingNama, the bride made an entry on a boat. "People have since been attempting to replicate that grand entry," laughs the photographer. Pooja Ghai, managing director, Tranquil Weddings, has another suggestion. "We've always used elephants for the entry of the groom, but we are now doing bidaai on an elephant too," she offers.
Did you read about the 258 grooms in Surat who arrived at their wedding venue on bicycles? How's that for reducing pollution and encouraging eco-friendly, sustainable practices. Clearly grooms are more involved and more open to experiment than they were earlier. "They're also far more aware of what works for them and what their fashion personality is. Also, they like to add elements of their personality to their clothes," says Kunal Rawal, fashion designer.
"I had a client who was a big comic book buff and wanted that incorporated in his outfit. It's not something that would necessarily be appropriate for a groom, so I added a couple of elements on the inside of his jacket, the pockets and buttons," he explains. Although the opulent Maharajah look is out, nothing beats the classic Sherwani, says Rawal. Hiral Khatri, owner of the iconic Borivali store Arvindbhai Khatri and Sons, suggests a fashionable twist on the classic. According to him, the latest trend is that of Anarkali-style Sherwanis. "The kurta under the classic sherwani jacket must be flared. This can be paired with jodhpuri pants or trousers," he suggests.
Rather than buy off the rack, men are more likely to go for something custom-made, believes Vinisha Jain, founder of Gentleman's Edition. "For those who are looking for something more affordable, I'd recommend Govinda Mehta, who does fantastic tailormade western and Indian wear, or Arjun Kilachand, who uses interesting colours-sky blues, pinks, maroons," she offers. The bride and groom need not match, but must complement each other. "Both outfits need to have lives of their own," says Rawal. When deciding both need to keep in mind what the function is and where the wedding is taking place.
Fun, rather than tradition, is the operative word at weddings now. But little is left to chance. Everything is choreographed, even traditional pheras, which are often accompanied by surround sound live chanting, reveals Alisha Shirodkar, marketing director, Tamarind Global. The mehendihaldi-sangeet trio is passe. "People like to mix it up with a pool party or something similar. The main focus is on helping the ladka walas and ladki walas mingle. So the focus is on more interactive events," says Ghai.
Like Shilpa Shetty did at her wedding, the couple could host a party, especially for their closest friends. Or take it a step further and head off for a "frenimoon." These involve 30 to 40 of the bride and groom's closest friends heading off to a destination to party it up, explains Sheth. This would be a great idea for those planning a destination wedding. This way the party is extending a few days more. While Rajasthan, Goa, Thailand, Bali have been favourites, wedding planners are putting their best foot forward to find the most exotic, unexplored locations possible.
The season is looking good for photographer Asthana, who is heading to Cambodia for a wedding at the Angkor Wat and then to Mexico. Shirodkar reveals some of their best finds. "The Middle East is trending, with Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and Oman as good options. Those open to exploring South East Asia must look at Kota Kinabalu or Sepang in Malaysia. The other places are done to death," says Shirodkar. For a charming heritage-inspired European wedding she suggests Vienna, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Malta or Valencia. "Here we often make use of the heritage structures to plan our functions around them. This way the guests are able to sightsee a little bit too," she adds.
A wedding at a charming heritage property in Europe needs little in terms of decoration. "That's why the theme must be decided only once the destination and venue is fixed," suggests Shirodkar. From white weddings, to Gatsby, Mela or Casino nights, the Tamarind team is full of ideas. The Nikki Beach dÃ©cor, a comfortable, clean, white look, is very much on-trend, especially when it comes to beach weddings. Ghai calls it the vanilla sky theme. "The dÃ©cor needs to be white while the accessories are in bright colours," she explains. Sheth has ideas for those who are on a tighter budget. "Instead of spending money on real flowers, you could go with a boho theme and use paper flowers. Instead of bulky, expensive lanterns, you could pick simple fairy lights," she suggests.
'Save the date' videos are a unique excuse for the couple to take off to an exotic location a few months before their wedding. "Earlier, these shoots would be a one-day affair at a drivable distance. But now we've done 10-day couple shoots as well and gone as far as Ladakh to Capadoccia, Turkey to USA," reveals Ankita Asthana, WeddingNama. Apart from save-the-dates, couples have begun to use these videos as replacements for invitation cards too. "A blogger I am working with has a lot of family and friends based in the USA. She realised that sending out physical invites would cost too much. So instead of wedding cards, she's using the electronic media," reveals Priyal Sheth, marriager.com.
Feast fit for a wedding
There's so much more to wedding food than chicken and potatoes. From decadent cheese platters to push pops for dessert, Sanjay Vazirani, CEO and MD, Foodlink Services India Pvt. Ltd, is full of ideas to spice up your wedding. From farm-to-table fare to satellite bars, here are ideas to consider for your standout reception menu.
LOCAL LOVE Local offerings can inspire the menu and create one memorable meal. Source ingredients from the wedding locale and make them the focal point of the food setup. Guests will love getting a taste of the destination through each sip and bite. Foodlink sources local chefs who travel for the destination weddings to serve local delicacies. Like chole kulche from Amritsar, the chef also carries the water and all the local ingredients to offer the authentic local taste. Chefs from Rajasthan ensure that aromatic chai is served in a kulhad if it's a Rajasthan based wedding.
PERFECT PAIRS Favourite dishes shrunk down to bite-sized canapÃ©s accompanied by mini sips will delight your guests during cocktail hour. Some miniature pairing ideas to consider- taco crostinis with margaritas in Patron nips, sliders with mini mugs of craft beers, grilled cheese finger sandwiches with Bloody Mary shooters, and tuna tartare cones with sake cups.
DESIGNATED DRINKERS In addition to your standard beer, wine and mixed drinks setup, couples are now also having second bars known as satellite bars, designated for a specific spirit or your signature drink of choice. The bartenders can stir or shake the martinis to each guest's preference, serve the drinks in frozen vintage cocktail glasses and garnish with fresh citrus peels, cured olives and dehydrated fruit slices. For a gin bar, consider setting up a variety of coloured tonic waters, juniper berry-infused ice cubes and garnishes such as muddled cucumber and fresh herbs.
SAVOURY SIGNIFICANCE If you're planning on including cultural traditions in your ceremony, have them extend to the menu as well. Even if the two cuisines aren't enjoyed together traditionally, see if your caterer can "marry" the cultures through food and come up with a few fusion dishes.
DESSERT PLAY Provide guests with a different point of view with unique dessert installations, like a doughnut wall, cake pop croquembouche, floating candy bars or an upside-down cake hanging from the ceiling-or re-create a classic dessert in an entirely new way for your guests.
EXOTIC FLAVOURS People seek local flavours along with world cuisine varieties. Some of the most popular exotic cuisines are fried tarantula, wasp crackers, century eggs, Haggis, Balut, Live cobra heart, monkey brains and more.
PIECE OF CAKE This wedding season, from dip-dye to marble, one can expect to be served slices of cakes that resemble paintings, layers of salted caramel, floral details, and versions of the enduringly popular 'naked cake' with its peek-a-boo layers of icing.Related: bridesmaid dresses online australia
Her name is Harmony Lawrence, and she spent six months designing her fall-themed wedding gown. Using gold and brown colors, she carefully crafted her unique gown as well as her groom’s outfit.
“About three of the those months were spent thinking about how things were going to look and creating the patterns, then it took three more months to sew the outfits, with the dress taking a majority of that time,” Lawrence of Portland, Oregon, told ABC News.
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The dress used more than 2,000 beads, 5 yards of lace and 10 yards of other fabrics before Lawrence was finished.
“My mother, CC, our photographer Lauren and I were actually sewing beads on it until the day before the ceremony,” she recalled. “It got finished the way I hoped, but it definitely got right down to the wire!”
Thanks to being able to repurpose a lot of secondhand material, Lawrence said the entire project cost her about $300 to complete.
“The main material for my dress was actually donated by a family member who had it left over in their attic,” said the bride. “Because of its original color, I wasn’t sure at first if I was actually going to use it, but after putting it through a dying process it came out perfect! The flowers were made out of leftover remnant materials and some old prom dresses I’d collected.”
Lawrence is no stranger to gown-making. In addition to having her own photography business with her husband, Sean Parker, she designs ornate, one-of-a-kind gowns and dresses on her Etsy page, which made the choice to create her own wedding gown a no-brainer.
“Getting to see it actually come together is the best part of any dress project, and this was no exception,” she said.
The creative couple wed on Sept. 23 in Cape Lookout State Park on the Oregon coast.
The following week, they lived happily ever after traveling down the coast modeling their whimsical wedding attire throughout state parks in northern California.
“The dress needed a ton of cleaning after our trip down the coast,” said Lawrence. “The bottom hem got super muddy hiking through forests and wading through creeks. At one point, a hoop bone came loose after trekking through the woods for a few miles, but I managed to fix it on the trip using a rock hammer and a hatchet as a makeshift anvil.”
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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth reunion were as controversial as their break up. After being spotted spending time together earlier this year, wedding rumors started circulating once more. After a few months,however, new speculations suggest that the wedding will be called off once again. "The Voice" judge was deemed unworthy of being a wife.
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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth may have gotten back together but the wedding seemed far off. In fact, a source claims that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's wedding was never going to take place. "The Voice" judge feels that she isn't confident in herself to take on the role of a wife.
Reports state that the former "Hannah Montana" actress and the "Independence Day" actor are arguing about the unusual habit - marijuana use -- of the former. More so, their personal differences hinder the couple from reaching the altar.
In fact, News Weekly claimed that the brother of Liam Hemsworth - "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth - is worried that Miley Cyrus is not wife-material. He pointed out that Liam is oblivious to these hints. Liam may not realize what he's getting into.
Chris also pointed out that Miley and Liam have vast differences that could wreck their relationship in the long run. Admittedly, Miley genuinely loves Liam; the couple is not on the same page. In the end, Liam may be in for another heart ache. The "Love and Honor" star seemed ready for marital bliss while his fiancée seemed reluctant.
There are possibilities that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth may break up eventually, given Chris' thoughts about his brother relationship. He could play a major role in breaking up Chris and Miley.
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Miss Melissa Michelle Herrin, daughter of Michael and Shirlene Vanderwall of Metairie and Wayne and Diane Herrin of Abita Springs, was married to Mr. Stephen Bert Sundquist, son of Yvonne and Bert Sundquist, at Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation.
Michael Vanderwall escorted the bride down the aisle. She was attended by her matron of honor, Ginger Mader of Metairie, and her maid of honor, Elizabeth "Mikey" Vanderwall of Metairie. Her bridesmaids were Elena Sundquist and Jessica Sundquist of Metairie.
The groom was attended by best man Jason Lowrance of Metairie and groomsmen Johnny Avants and Marc Hernandez of Metairie and A.J. Avants of San Diego, CA. Pastor Chris Christopher officiated the ceremony and the wedding was photographed by Van Hotard. The rehearsal dinner was held at Café B.
Melissa is the granddaughter of the late Vernon and Irene Delatte, the late Vivian Loe, and Elizabeth Vanderwall of Metairie. She received a B.S. from Tulane University and works at Cowan & Lemmon. She is also a member of the Association of Legal Administrators.
Stephen is the grandson of Blair and Lois Sundquist and Gloria Joubert. He is employed at Airgas Priority Energy Services.
Following a two week honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will reside in Metairie.
Pair jackets with exaggerated palazzos and try monotone hues of pink, turquoise, teal and mint green to make a style statement at your friend’s wedding this season, recommends an expert.
Sidhika Gupta, Fashion Head, Roposo, shares a few tips on how you can shine through the celebrations.
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* Extended choli
The choli is extended further with net or lace attached to it, falling either high and low or straight onto the lehenga. Unique crystal placements and mirrors will make you stand out.
The extensions that flow beneath the actual choli add length, grace and volume to both the attire and your style.
* The trail
Make heads turn and look your mermaid best in an exquisite trail. A trend which has been the favourite on the Hollywood red carpet. A trail adds glamour and richness to any lehenga.
* Jacket style
Jackets have become a versatile fashion statement that can be modified in many different ways. You could pair it with a lehenga-choli or team it up with an exaggerated palazzo.
The jacket in zardosi, embroidery, or intricate velvet is the one-stop solution for fashionistas. Pick an opaque masterpiece in silk-brocade or go for a layered chiffon delicate. Fitted, flowing, flared, short, long, sheer, open or closed — doesn’t matter how you style your jacket because it’s all good.
* Contemporary chic
Try capes, dhoti-pants, shararas, palazzos, and crop-tops — the drapes and silhouettes are endless.
An impeccable section of colour can do as much to your outfit as a designer does. Choose from the neutral palette, or go monotone in blush, turquoise, teal or mint green, the vibrant colours will seamlessly up your game.
To go a step further you could go obmre. Ombre has taken over the latest hair colour, nail paint and even lipstick trends. Ombre lehengas are surely the next step.
* Floor sweeping fantasies
Make a sweeping statement in the Indian version of a gown and embrace its grandeur. So, opt for a floor length anarkali.
Be thoughtful with layering and take cues from the season’s colours, cuts, embroidery and embellishments.
If you don’t like heavy dressing, then this trend is absolutely for you. Go for tasteful elegance in place of an ostentatious display.
Off-shoulder floral maxi-dress, chevron printed lehenga or a classic georgette sari can put you right under the spotlight.
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Kacey Musgraves‘ style has been anything but boring at CMAs past. In 2014, she brought giant hair (“I’m from Texas!”) to the red carpet, and had to ditch her stick-on undies at the last moment for a performance with Loretta Lynn. In 2015, she opted for an elegant forest green gown with Old Hollywood hair. And in 2016, she went even more over-the-top in a lavender tulle tiered confection so roomy, she joked to PEOPLE she had room for sweatpants.
The star offset the super-sugary, cakelike vibe of her dress with a dark wine lip and slicked-down bun, and with both she bucked two of the biggest CMA trends: sequins and giant hair. (But she did give us flashbacks to Rihanna, Lena Dunham and Jennifer Lawrence in the process.)
Musgraves chatted with PEOPLE on the red carpet about the dress. “This is a custom Christian Siriano, I’m a big fan of his work, I was happy when he wanted to dress me and make me my own thing,” she said, before going on to joke that the skirt afforded her so much room, “I have sweatpants on and Nike sliders under this!”
An extra layer might be reassuring after her 2014 wardrobe malfunction. “We’re not going to have a repeat of that tonight, I learned my lesson that night with the stick-on underwear,” she said, joking she didn’t even know that was a thing before the night it betrayed her. “I don’t know what happened, all I knew was that in two seconds I was underwearless, the curtain opened and it was me and Loretta Lynn. I prayed some prayers in that moment.”
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IT WAS more like something out of a horror film than a traditional wedding.
However that was just how Hampshire couple Debbie Clarke and Norman Clifton would have wanted it as they tied the knot in spooktacular fashion.
Guests arrived to the horror wedding bash of the year at Ampfield Golf Club on a Terminator limo with smoke coming out behind them.
Bride Debbie, 51, dressed as Dracula's bride and groom Norman, 55, came suited as a modern day Dracula.
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Even the bridesmaids got in the spirit of things on Saturday as they dressed up as zombies while the page boy Jayden Bishop, 12, who is Debbie's grandson, got dressed as a mini dracula and carried the rings in a mini coffin-shaped box.
The couple, from Chandler's Ford, have been together for seven years and got the inspiration to do the Hallowe'en wedding after enjoying a spooky murder mystery at the golf club two years ago.
Debbie said friends and family were initially taken aback with the Hallowe'en-theme, but they soon warmed to it.
She said: "At first they were a bit shocked, but when it sunk in they were so excited and couldn't wait.
"All our friends said it was one of the best weddings they were looking forward to.
"It lived up to expectations, everyone dressed up and looked wonderful. Even our chauffeur was dressed up for it."
From zombies, ghouls, draculas and even a voodoo doctor there was a real range of grizzly-dressed guests who got into the spirit, and the only person not dressed up for the occasion was the vicar.
Debbie added: "The guests said out of all the weddings they have been to, this is the one they are going to remember."
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For parents, solemnising the marriage of their daughter in a cordial atmosphere and seeing her off from home is the happiest moment of their life. However, a family in Abdullian village had to shift the venue for marriage rituals of their daughter to the house of a relative in RS Pura.
The family had to receive the ‘baaraat’ at their house in Abdullian village near the International Border (IB) on Wednesday, but with escalation in tension and shelling and firing becoming the order of the day, the venue for the marriage was shifted to a safer place.
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Suresh Kumar of Abdullian village and his wife and relatives were going towards RS Pura town in his car with important wedding items, quite upset with things unfolding on the IB.
“It is an irony that I am busy shifting important household items to a safer place in RS Pura on the day my daughter is getting married,” Suresh Kumar told The Tribune near Abdullian village while moving out.
“I should have been finalising arrangements for the wedding today. We had to receive the ‘baaraat’ at home this evening, but were forced to shift the venue to some other place owing to heavy shelling and firing from the Pakistani side,” he said.
Villages all along the IB were pounded with shells from the Pakistani side throughout Tuesday night with Border Security Force personnel retaliating in a similar manner. Residents had to migrate to safer places to save their lives as heavy shelling frightened them.
“The ‘baaraat’ is coming from the nearby Chakroi village. All of us in the family were happy for my daughter. All arrangements had been finalised, but we had to relocate things to safety due to the current situation on the border,” Kumar said.
“I shifted my daughter to the house of a relative on Tuesday amid the shelling. The wedding will be held as scheduled. I have to fulfil my responsibility even though the joy of the marriage is missing,” he added.
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Go to YouTube and you see Jules Rendell soulfully singing with the choir she formed, Get Gospel, when they appeared on the BBC Gospel Choir Of The Year competition in 2015. Look on the lady's website and you'll see a review, originally published in Echoes magazine (which is bi-lined The UK's Essential Black Music Monthly), and read how her 'The Lotus Bloom' EP "puts her somewhere near Minnie Riperton in style: not for her the belt-it-out and snarl approach, more the exquisitely measured, deftly placed emotional squeeze of someone who is interested in delivering you the message in the song." What is particularly intriguing about all this is that Jules once trained to be an opera singer.
I caught up with this most accomplished of vocalists at a festival in Bedfordshire and she told me her story. "I was born in Bromsgrove which is in Worcestershire. I lived there for 18 years and then I went to Manchester to the Royal Northern College of Music. I studied opera up there, which was nice. I had a classical background; I played cello so I was in orchestras and things like that so I wanted to do opera. When I was there, in Manchester, I actually became a Christian."
Jules grew up in the Catholic Church but had no clue about the Gospel message. She explained,
"I went to Uni and, the first day, I met two Christians and then about six months later there was an evangelistic kind of week at the college and that's when I heard the Gospel for the first time. So it was relatively easy for me because I suppose I had a little bit of a background but didn't know any of the details. I've always loved soul music. I grew up listening to Luther Vandross and Anita Baker. My Dad had this amazing record collection, which he still does, with all these Motown artists. I loved it. Strangely, although I had a classical background and played cello in orchestras and things like that and was studying opera, I never really listened to classical music. So at the end of my time at college I thought 'd'you know what, I don't really want to do this opera thing. I want to go and do soul music and gospel and jazz'. I did all the jazz courses when I was there and I sang with a big band and all that so I kind of made the most of everything extra-curricular from opera. After that point I kind of made the transition."
One of those extra-curricular activities was the Manchester Sing Out Choir. Said Jules, "It was formed because the Gorillaz did the Manchester International Festival at the Opera House so it was drafted together for that and then continued on from there. I made an EP called 'Jules Rendell' in 2007 and at that time I was moving to London from Manchester. It was made with Manchester musicians and was very soulful and a little bit electronic. Then in 2009 I made one on my own - piano and just vocals and that was called 'Sunrise'. I was doing gigs in bars, open mics, festivals. With the song 'Sunrise' I won a competition on Premier Radio for unsigned artists to play at Big Church Day Out and that was 2010 and it was the biggest thing I'd done up till that point."
Jules spoke about her songwriting. "Most of my songs, even now, will come from a place of my life and in my life I have a relationship with God so some of them are talking about the Lord and to a Christian it would sound explicit because they'd understand it. If you weren't a Christian you'd just think it was a great song. I'm a worship leader as well and I've written a lot of worship songs and I've done worship albums but I want to write music that anyone can listen to and understand."
(photo: wedding dresses sydney)In 2012 Jules' third EP 'Collection' was released. "We did it in 48 hours. I like to work with short deadlines and I had a gig coming up so I thought right! I'm going to release an EP for it. To be fair, two songs had been produced already and then we did two songs in 48 hours. It was great. I added a fifth one to it which was on the earlier 'Sunrise' EP and we did a full band version because it was on a film called The Father's Love, a feature film in the US, a Christian film, and they asked me to do a full band version of the song called 'Thank You'."
Everyone seems to agree that her 2014 EP 'The Lotus Bloom', like its predecessor produced by Goziam Okogwu, is Jules' best so far. Wrote Cross Rhythms, "Rendell's main asset is her voice and, whilst there are plenty of singers out there - Joss Stone comes to mind - who have adopted the same Americanised-delivery and sound just like her, she carries it off with aplomb in the likes of the optimistic 'One Day' and the bass-driven soul of the cautionary 'Destination'. Elsewhere, 'Carry On' continues in the general upbeat feel of an EP that seeks to gently communicate God's love for us whilst the simply stunning title track showcases Rendell's vocal, piano and songwriting skills in one fell swoop."
Jules spoke about the song "One Day". "There's a guy, I call him an environmentalist, I don't know whether that's the right word, a guy called Danny. I met him on a cruise ship. He was going to research some geographical areas, the effects on the environment that population have for instance around Asia. He was writing blogs everyday so he asked me to write a song to go on one of these blogs. I had no clue what to write about the environment so I thought, well, I know how to write a love song and so I thought I could write a love song to the environment because the thing is, we live in this world and it's an unrequited love relationship really in that the world gives us everything that it's got - its beauty, its natural resources - and we ruin it! Sometimes we think we'll have to do something good for the environment, we're gonna recycle or we're gonna offset our carbon footprint but then you kind of fall away from doing that and it's half hearted. And I thought this is just like a relationship where it's unbalanced; one person loves the other more than the other one. And that person says I do love you, honest, but then they don't show it. And that's just the way we are with the world sometimes, I think. So I picked a verse in Romans 8 where it says creation groans for the sons of God to be revealed."
An even more moving song on 'The Lotus Bloom' is the title track. "My friend and flatmate Susanne got chronic fatigue. She had shingles and it developed into this chronic fatigue. From what I've seen this chronic fatigue is very much linked to emotions and past experiences. You have to go through a lot of counselling. It kind of develops in your body. And she went through an amazing transformation as a person because she worked on her relationship with God and she realised who God was and that he really loved her. She'd had bad experiences growing up with family members so she had a skewed view of who God was. . . She would call herself a Christian and go to church, pray for people. But she realised she didn't like God. So God had to reveal himself to her in a special way and he really did. It was a slow process but through it all she was miraculously healed and she's married now, got two children, and she'd doing great. I sang 'The Lotus Bloom' at her wedding."
It's the gospel and soul group/small choir Get Gospel that takes up much of Jules's time. She explained, "I spend most of my week doing that, arranging songs and gigging. We do all sorts of different things. You do the normal kind of weddings and funerals, all that kind of thing, but we also do commercials and sessions and really fun things. It's very varied and I get to work with some absolutely fantastic singers. So I make a living out of music which is amazing. As well as doing my own thing and doing the odd session here and there."
Jules has just got married to a chap called Arley and when she gets back from their honeymoon in Israel she will be embarking on a Kickstarter-funded EP. It would be something of a first for the session-seasoned singer in that she will be playing cello on some of the tracks. It will also feature a couple of songs "which are probably the most explicit ones I've ever written." She enthused, "One's called 'It Ain't Over' and it's all about God turning things around, doing miracles. You know, we've all been in those situations where you don't know how it's going to work out and then God does something suddenly and it works out. Just like when Paul was on the road to Damascus or when Jesus raised Lazarus. That one's online, a video of it. And the other one's called
'Warrior' and it's about those times when you run away from God and he never ever lets you run away. He is relentless in his love. I was thinking about both Moses and Jacob when they took off their shoes and especially Jacob when he was wrestling with God. And sometimes we do that, we're like no, I don't want to go your way. And He says well, I'm gonna give you a new name. It's a very intimate song about Him just never leaving us. They're both on line, on YouTube."
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Have a Plan B.
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year to get married in New England, but the weather can often be unpredictable. If you’re about to say “I do”, you should have a plan for all weather scenarios, advises Brilliant Event Planning. If you are having an outdoor wedding, it’s a must to have a rain tent on hold! Many tent vendors will allow you to pay a small deposit for the tent up front – you only pay the remaining balance if bad weather becomes a reality. Brilliant Event Planning also recommends consulting with your venue on portable heating options or considering incorporating pashminas into your decor to keep guests warm. If your wedding is on the calendar for next fall and you’re just beginning to find your vendors, Brilliant Event Planning strongly suggests including a force majeure clause in each of your contracts. This clause includes provisions for what happens if there is inclement weather that cancels or delays your wedding.
Make sure the food is memorable (and delicious!)
Founded by Chef Ben Elliott and winner of Best of Boston 2016, Saltbox Kitchen Catering offers clients unique farm-inspired menus paired with impeccable service for weddings and rehearsal dinners of all sizes. In the fall, they are inspired by the beautiful range of colors seen in nature, the crisp cool air and the incredible produce that is available this time of year. For their seasonal menus, they source as many of their ingredients as possible, including vegetables, herbs, eggs and lamb, from Ben’s 10-acre family farm in Concord, MA which utilizes only organic growing practices. Couples can also rent Saltbox Farm, a quintessential New England farm, for their event.
To capture the fall season, Saltbox recommends their clients offer a cider-based cocktail when guests arrive. Decorate tables with not just flowers, but seasonal fruits and vegetables like apples or squash. Add warm fuzzy blankets to the décor for guests to use. Saltbox creates its fall menus by focusing on cozy, comfort foods like braised short ribs or lamb shanks.
Make sure your cocktail hour makes guests wanting more.
Cocktail hour at a wedding usually is everyone’s favorite part of the festivities. A signature cocktail is the best way to wow your guests. By creating something special is shows your guests you added a personal touch and made this time special for them. When creating a signature cocktail think about what’s available and or what’s in season. For the fall, our favorite ingredient is apples! Whether you and your groom picked them yourself or you visited a local farm, your guests will be wowed when you add apple cider to Chloe Prosecco and make a fall mimosa. Use caramel sauce to rim the glass with cinnamon sugar and then garnish the glass with a slice from one of the apples you picked. Add Fall Cheers to your special day!
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While not as integral to your wedding as the reception venue or caterer, the hotel you choose for your wedding night plays a part in the overall experience of your special day. Of course, a comfortable bed, luxurious amenities, and top-notch service are important, but it's some of the other details that can actually have a bigger impact on your wedding day before and after the ceremony and reception. Here are a few things you should think about when selecting the perfect place to lay your head after you've said "I do."
Will you get a discount if you reserve multiple rooms for your bridal party and guests?
Many hotels will offer the bride and groom a free night, discount, or upgrade if they fill a certain number of rooms with their guests. If the hotel doesn't offer, it's worth asking. If you're blocking off a lot of rooms or staying at a time when the hotel is less busy the hotel might be willing to sweeten the pot to ensure you book there.
How early can you check in?
If you're planning to get ready for the wedding at your hotel room, you'll probably want to check in earlier than the official check-in time (anywhere between 2pm and 5pm depending on the hotel). Make sure to find out if an early check-in is possible or if you'll need to reserve the room for the night before as well. Even if you aren't getting ready at the hotel, it can be helpful to check in early to drop of your stuff for the wedding night so you don't have to deal with it after a long day — and multiple glasses of champagne.
How big is the room and what amenities does it have?
If you're planning to have your whole entourage get prepped in the bridal suite, make sure you won't be overcrowded in a tiny room. At the very least, make sure there's plenty of counter space, multiple electrical outlets, and large mirrors. And if the hotel is older, double check that there's AC; the more bodies in the room, the hotter it will be.
How close is it to the venue?
No couple wants to be stuck in traffic on their wedding day or spend a bunch of time in the car at the end of a long, exciting day. Consider how far the hotel is to where the ceremony and reception will take place, how bad traffic will likely be at the times you'll be commuting, and what kind of transport is available in case you don't want to drive yourself. Consider your budget as well; a closer hotel can save you money by eliminating the need for a limo or other transportation.
Is there room service? How late does it run?
It's cliche but true: Many couples are so busy during the wedding that they don't get time to eat until after the festivities are over. It would be an unpleasant surprise to return to the hotel at 11pm dreaming of a cheeseburger and then find out that room service ends at 9pm. Consider the morning after as well. If the idea of breakfast in bed appeals to you, make sure the place you're staying can deliver.
What time is check-out and can you extend it?
Many brides and grooms rush off to the airport or to a day-after brunch the morning after they say "I do," but if you've got nothing to do but relax, make sure that the hotel's policies will allow it. Find out what time check-out is and see if hotel policy allows you to stay a little longer.
Is there transport to the airport?
If you have an early-morning flight and your relatives aren't exactly volunteering to wake up at dawn post-party and drive you to the airport, it's worth inquiring if the hotel has a shuttle to the airport. Even if it comes at a fee, it's likely cheaper than a cab — and your guests get to sleep in.
Is there a safe?
Chances are, you'll receive at least some cash as wedding gifts. Giving it to a relative who can safeguard it or take it directly to the bank is a great idea, but if you need to hang on to it overnight for any reason, make sure your hotel room has a safe so you can keep your cash secure.