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Unity Ceremony ideas

Are you trying to make your ceremony unique?  Want to do something besides a Unity Candle?  Here are 25  fun ideas that you can incorporate into your wedding celebration.

Rose Ceremony: A simple unity ceremony where the bride and groom exchange roses as their first gifts to one another. Other variations: the families exchange roses, the bride and groom exchange roses with their families, the bride and groom exchange roses, then present their mothers with the roses.
http://myceremony.ca/rose_ceremony.htm

Wine Ceremony: The bride and groom each take a carafe of wine and pour it into a single glass, which they both drink from.  The below image is a variation of containers.
http://www.yourweddingcanvas.com/cereutywine.html

 

Wine Box Ceremony:  A wine box sealed during your ceremony  with a special bottle of wine to open on your anniversary!
http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com/lovebox.html

Credit: Mossy Holler

Credit: Mossy Holler

 

Love Letter and Wine Box Ceremony:  Similar idea to the wine box ceremony, however, you each add a sealed letter expressing what you love in each other and why you fell in love.  Other keepsakes could also be included: photos of the couple, some flower petals thrown by the flower girl during the actual ceremony.  The box  is to be opened on a milestone anniversary or earlier if you feel your marriage has reached a hardship and you need to reflect upon the reasons you fell in love and chose to marry each other.
http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com/ceremonylovebox.html

Celtic Oathing Stone: “The couple holds or puts their hands on a stone during their vows to “set them in stone”

The Pebble Tradition – or well wishes rocks.  Have everyone hold a rock and bless it during the ceremony.   After the ceremony they place it in a vase or other container for the newlyweds to display in their home.
http://www.chaosangel.com/17feb/ceremony2.html#bell

Ring Warming Ceremony – rings can be passed around the room on a pillow or in a bag. The officiant can explain a little about it right at the beginning of the ceremony. http://offbeatbride.com/2009/08/ring-warming-wedding (or search google)
Everyone holds the rings for a few seconds and says a little blessing/prayer for them. Then by the time you do your vows the rings have made their way all the way around the room and all your loved ones have given their blessings.

An alternative is to have them displayed at the ceremony entrance, and have people give their blessings before they sit down.


Hand Blessing Ceremony
: Bride and groom hold each other’s hands while a blessing if said.
http://www.weddingministerct.com/wedding-hand-blessing-ceremony.htm

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The Unity Cross
The Unity Cross is a multi-piece sculpture that is assembled during the Unity Service of your Wedding Ceremony representing how the -Two become One. The Groom places the outer Cross in the beautiful wood base as the Pastor explains how God created man- Bold, Strong, the Defender of the Family yet how he is empty and incomplete without the woman. The Bride then places the more delicate cross inside of the Grooms cross as the Pastor explains how God created Woman- Delicate, multi-faceted, taking care of all of the little things that completes the man, and the -Two become One. The Bride and Groom then use the 3 golden pegs to lock the union (cross) together in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the pastor exclaims that: What God has brought together let no man take apart. Then the Unity Cross is taken home and displayed as a Daily Reminder of your Wedding Day and the Covenant that you both have made.

Unity Cross

Unity Cross

http://shop.getmarried.com/Wedding-Ceremony/

Cord of Three Strands: The cord of three strands symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. http://www.godsknot.com/CordOfThreeStrands.aspx 

DIY – http://www.themakeyourownzone.com/2012/01/homemade-gods-knot-cord-of-three-strands.html


 Feet Washing Ceremony:  A beautiful idea for a Christian wedding.  A  sign of being humble, thoughtful, and willing to serve.  Have a beautiful pitcher with just a little water in it, a bowl, and a sponge. The bride and groom take their shoes off, placed the sponge in the bowl, poured the water on top of the sponge, lightly washed each others feet with the sponge, the dried their feet off with a towel, and placed their shoes back on once they were done.You can get special monogrammed towels to go with it.

Handfasting: Handfasting is a simple and traditional ceremony used in Irish, Scottish, and Welsh weddings, which goes back to the medieval and renaissance period.  It involves the tying of hands together to symbolize the coming together and remain tied together.
http://www.officiantguy.com/handfastingceremony.html

 

Unity Sand Ceremony: a symbolic blending of two different-colored sands into a single vessel. The blending of two different beings, into a single, inseparable unit that is their marriage — the joining of their lives. Hard as it would be to separate out those grains of sand, that’s how difficult it is to separate these two people.  Multiple sand vessels can also be combined to include God or children.
wording optionshttp://www.forthisjoyousoccasion.com/unity-sand-ceremony.html

 

Salt Covenant:  Many cultures consider salt to be the purest of all natural substances. Salt has also been seen as a symbol of other elements of life, such as permanence, purity and good luck. In the Bible, salt is mentioned in the expression “covenant of salt” in reference to the substance’s binding nature.  By pouring the two separate jars of salt together, the couple are totally mixing the grains. It would be impossible to ever distinguish the salt as coming from one person or the others again, much as their commitment to each other before God can never be broken.  (Don’t color your salt, then you can distinguish the grains.)
http://www.weddingsfl.com/files/Covenant_of_Salt.pdf

credit: studio512

credit: studio512

 

Your take on the Sand/Salt Ceremony:  Mix any two items into one vessel.   Are you chefs or have an interesting connection with food? White peppercorns and black lava salt, turmeric and paprika, salt and pepper, cinnamon and sugar.

Hour Glass Ceremony: A take on the sand ceremony but it can be turned on every anniversary.   The idea is that when you put each color of sand in the glass they’re inseparable but not entwined. As time continues on the colors become so entwined they are impossible to part.  http://heirloomhourglass.com/weddingunitysandceremony.html

Water Ceremony:  “as you pour your yellow water into the container you bring sunshine and wisdom to your marriage…as you pour your blue water into the marriage vessel, you bring confidence, trust and loyalty to your marriage.”
http://www.sacredweddingvows.com/wedding-location-ideas/wedding-ceremony/wedding-ceremony-personal-touche/unity-water-ceremony/


“Science” Water Ceremony:   
clear to pink with phenolphthalein
Cat and Andrew came up with a science-based ceremony: “Since Andrew is a Chemist, and a big science nerd. His favorite moment was our special version of a candle lighting/unity ceremony. We each poured a vase what looked like plain water into a large pitcher, causing an instant color change from clear to pink. Magic! (I mean… science!) The audience gasped and applauded, and we were beaming.”
http://offbeatbride.com/2011/04/unity-ceremony-options#.UwpGIM0XtZq

credit: Whitney Lee

credit: Whitney Lee

Tasting of Four Elements: An African-American wedding tradition. This ritual dramatizes the “Traditional” promise to love “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.” Lemon, vinegar, cayenne pepper, and honey — represent the sour, the bitter, the hot, and the sweet times of marriage.
wording options:  http://www.trystanphotography.com/tips-and-tricks/great-wedding-ceremony-ideas-tasting-elements/


Chocolate Ceremony
: “By sharing  this chocolate with each other,  you promise to always be present for each other, in darkness and light, in sweet and bitter,  in dismal and delicious.” by Celia Milton

German Wedding Cup:  Centuries ago, in old Nuermberg, the nobel mistress Kunigunde fell in love with a young and ambitious goldsmith. Although Kunigunde’s wealthy father did not approve of this pair, it was clear that she only wanted the goldsmith to be her husband as she refused many titled and rich suitors who asked for her hand in marriage. Her father became so enraged that he had the young goldsmith thrown into the darkest dungeon.  It did not end their love, and the father created what he thought to be an impossible task:  “If your goldsmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride.” The young goldsmith created a girl whose skirt was hollowed to serve as a cup and her raised arms held a ‘much smaller cup’ that swivels so that it could be filled and then swung towards a second drinker.  The  ”Bridal” or “Wedding Cup” remains a symbol; love,  faithfulness and good luck await the couple who drink from this cup.

Red String of Fate:  An East Asian  belief originating from Chinese legend  and is also used in Japanese legend. According to this myth, the gods tie a red cord around the ankles of those that are to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. Often, in Japanese culture, it is thought to be tied around the little finger.   The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.

credit: purrincup

credit: purrincup

Tree Planting Ceremony:   Plant a tree together with a little dirt from your childhood home.  An option is to have the parents  water it to symbolize the way they have been an influence in teaching and encouraging  love.  After the ceremony, take the potted tree, and transplant it at the newlywed’s home to symbolize putting down roots, longevity, and strength within this marriage.
http://www.reynoldstreasures.com/tree-planting-ceremony-as-part-of-your-wedding/

Unity Candle for an Outdoor Ceremony:  Get a 3 hook shepherds hook and lanterns to hold the candles.

For an Outdoor Wedding - Hang landerns

For an Outdoor Wedding – Hang landerns

Actually “Tying the Knot
Both the groom’s mom and the bride’s mom can present the couple with a long piece of thick ribbon or cord (2 different colors, maybe your wedding colors) which you will tie in a knot to symbolize the union of the two families. You can also plan to “tie the knot” every year on your anniversary with the same piece of ribbon/cord.

Maybe practice to get it smooth? Do it slow for the photographer.
*  practice tying a sailors knot
* The groom first takes his piece of rope and makes a knot on one end of the brides’ piece of rope. Then, the bride makes a knot on her end of the rope.
* Then you both pull one of your ends, and the knots will slide together and “kiss” creating the knot.
* The fisherman’s knot is the strongest knot known – your  love is its strongest when tied together.

Officiant:
Groom and Bride have chosen to do something unique and special today in tying “the love knot” (maybe tell something about how you plan to do this every year if you like that idea)

(Groom and Bride will be holding these strands for this part of the ceremony.)
Start Tying of the “love knot” (slow for photographer)

Spoken after you tie the first part of the knot
To start the knot, both Groom and Bride must do their part as individuals.

Groom:  As these two strands intertwine
Bride:  So we join, your life and mine.
bride and groom finish tying the knot

Officiant:   spoken after you finish the knot
In finishing the knot, Groom and Bride will understand that only together, and through continued effort can they create a lasting union.

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Truce Bell. A bell is rung on the wedding day, the happiest day of the couple’s lives and then is placed in a central location in the home. If the couple starts to argue, one of them can ring the truce bell, reminding them both of that happiness and hopefully ending the disagreement.
http://www.chaosangel.com/17feb/ceremony2.html#bell

1,000 Origami Cranes:
Since the elegant bird mates for life, it is a popular motif in weddings.  An ancient Japanese legend  promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck,  instead of just one wish, such as long life of happiness or recovery from illness or injury.   The duty of folding 1,000 cranes was initially assigned to the father of the bride who was wishing a thousand years of happiness and prosperity upon the couple.  The the meaning and task of folding 1,000 cranes  is now assigned to the bride; symbolic of showing the groom’s family what a patient woman the groom will be marrying.  Couples can also do it together to practice patience, determination, and cooperation.   If you wish to do this, know that on average, brides report investing more than 100 hours over six months.
http://weddingtraditions.about.com/od/MarriageTraditions/fl/Folding-1000-Wedding-Paper-Cranes.htm

Check out:
http://www.wedd101.com/bxh-outline-wedding-ceremony.html
gives a nice ceremony outline, and some examples of symbolic ceremonies.

ideas pulled from and some other ideas
http://offbeatbride.com/2011/04/unity-ceremony-options#.Uwr2C80XtZo

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Yellow inspiration boards

What colors go with Yellow?  I have created some color inspiration boards over the years and have posted some of my favorites.  All images to create these boards were taken off google.   Sorry I do not have more information about their origins.  Enjoy!

Yellow - Gray

Yellow – Gray
Roses, Tulips, Craspedia (Billy Balls), Freesia, Thistle, Silver Leaf Cinneraria

yellow-black-pewter

yellow-black-pewter

yellow-pewter-silver

yellow-pewter-silver

Pink - Gray - Pewter

Pink – Gray – Pewter

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yellow-pewter-silver

Wedding line-up created at David’s Bridal.

Yellow - White - Navy

Yellow – White – Navy

Yellow - Tiffany

Yellow – Tiffany

White - Tiffany - Yellow

White – Tiffany – Yellow

Yellow - Peach - Purple

Yellow – Peach – Purple

Pink - Fuchsia - Yellow

Pink – Fuchsia – Yellow

Yellow - Orange - Pink

Yellow – Orange – Pink

More images and flower examples on my facebook page under “photos”
Yellow Inspiration Boards


Red inspiration boards

What colors go with Red?  I have created some color inspiration boards over the years and have posted some of my favorites.  All images to create these boards were taken off google.   Sorry I do not have more information about their origins.  Enjoy!

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Red – Black – Gold

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Red & White – Flowers and Tux ideas

black and red

Black – White – Red

champ-ivory-red

Red – Champagne – Ivory

Red - Champagne - Gray - Blush

Red – Champagne – Gray – Blush

Red - Blush - Champagne - Gray

Red – Blush – Champagne – Gray

Red - Blush - Gray - Champagne

Red – Blush – Gray – Champagne

teal-red beach

Red – Teal – Ivory

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Red – Tiffany

purple red

Red – Purple

red purple pink

Red – Purple – Pink

red purple lilac

Red – Purple – Lilac

red-orange-pink

Red – Orange – Pink

red-yellow-blue

Red – Yellow – Blue

More images and flower examples on my facebook page under “photos”
Red Inspiration Board

Cake, Cupcakes, Candy Calculators for a Dessert Buffet

Thinking of doing cupcake and/or cookie dessert bar?   What  size cake you should order?   Wondering how much candy is needed to fill your buffet containers?   How many M&M’s are there in a pound?     Here is a collection of charts, tips, templates, and calculators to help you with your dessert bar or edible favors.
~ Happy Planning ~

icedjems.com

icedjems.com

Do you want to buy a cake stand and are not sure how big your cake will be?  Check with your baker, but this should give you a good estimate on the size tiers needed to feed the guest list.  Remember:  An option to save money is to have a smaller decorated cake and then a kitchen cake (a sheet cake made by the same baker in the same flavor as the displayed cake.)  No one will know if their piece of cake came from the displayed cake or the sheet cake once it is all cut up.

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How Much Candy Needed for a Candy Buffet????
# of Guests x 3(oz) then divide the answer by 16(oz) = Total lbs you should buy.
example 155 guests:
155 x 3= 465, then 465/16 = 29lbs of candy (for kilos divide by 2.2 = 13kg)

Some say 1/4 LB per guest, others say 1/2 LB per guest. But it’s all about the way your candy looks. Plan by how you want the display to look, not how many guests are coming.

Take your candy buffet bags/containers that the guests will be taking home with them to your local candy store and fill them the types of candy you will have for your event. Then weigh them. Multiply by how many guests, then you will get an idea of the pounds.  Or check out some of the calculators below for how much candy a container can hold.

Don’t forget to check out your local dollar store, garage sales, and thrift stores for deals on containers!

This is a Great Link for Candy Buffet – Pictures, Tips, Ideas, Links, How to….
http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/candy-buffet-table-101

Candy Calculator

nuts.com

nuts.com

How much candy can these buffet jars, bowls, and cylinders hold?  Check out this calculator!  Pick the size and shape of your container.  Then fill it with Candy: hard candy, wrapped candy, chocolate balls, chocolate covered goodies, gum balls, chocolate hearts, kisses, licorice bites, pretzels, rock candy, taffy, jordan almonds, m&m’s, jelly bellies, espresso beans, nonpareils, etc.

Example of a 2×2 box filled with common candies.

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Use this calculator by favorideas to estimate the amount of candy needed to fill your 2×2 favor boxes.  It defaults to the maximum number of candies the box can fit.  Remember, you don’t need to fill them to the top!  You can add some filler in the box to reduce the amount of candy needed.

favorideas.com

favorideas.com

Did you know there is about 530 M&M’s to a pound?
Check out this cheat chart for more estimates.

favorideas.com

favorideas.com

Thinking of doing a Dessert Bar?

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CUPCAKE Calculator:
http://calculate-this.com/how-many-cupcakes-person-calculator

COOKIE Calculator:
http://calculate-this.com/how-many-cookies-person-calculator

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Candy (AKA Sugar Coma) Sources:
This site has a giant list of places to buy candy.
http://www.big-wedding-tiny-budget.com/candy-buffet.html

This site has over 1,000 images of candy buffets for inspiration.
http://www.projectwedding.com/search?q=candy+buffet&resource=photos

Bags and Containers for your candy buffet
http://www.papermart.com/candy-bags/id=34803-INDEX
http://www.orientaltrading.com/party-supplies/candy/candy-buffet-a1-551302.fltr
http://www.koyalwholesale.com/c1207/cake-cupcake-candy-buffet-supplies.html

ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns

ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns

DIY container template – check out the trapezoid box, take-out box, scallop box and others.
http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm
http://www.designsbymeganturnidge.com/blog/?p=935

DIY Photo booth

Photo booths at weddings can be a lot of fun for you and your guests.  Many have created DIY photo booths and back drops to help cut costs.  If you are on a tight budget, and would like to try  provide this entertainment for your guests, here are some links to tutorials to Do-It-Yourself.

~ Happy Planning ~

DIY Backdrop

DIY Backdrop by Angel Burgher

~ Angel Burgher ~  created a GREAT blog with instructions and  blueprints on how to make your own backdrop!  PVC materials comes to under $20!

DIY - Sheet Backdrop

DIY – Muslim Sheet Backdrop

photos by Megan Christine Studio

photos by Megan Christine Studio – Everett, Washington

~ On a Super Tight budget and a little Crafty? ~
Get a giant piece of muslim or a clearance bed sheet and paint your design.  Cut a hole and hang with a rope (or from PVC pipes)

Jen H created some cute backdrops on sheets.  View some  photo examples from her wedding.

DIY - Photo booth Pictures

DIY – Photo booth Pictures – by Aireen

~ Looking for instructions for the camera/printer set up? ~
Check out this blog entry by Aireen on the supplies and program needed to print out the pictures!

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Modified Gazebo by Ashlee C

~ Have an old Gazebo? ~
Cut it down to make it shorter and cut the bars on top to drape the tulle/fabric from.  A suggestion from Ashlee, put a solid color behind the tulle to prevent the light from shinning through.

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Sequin curtain created by Valene V

~ Have time on your hands and LOTS of patience? ~
Instructions from Valene: I got round sequins at hobby lobby in 2 different sizes. I also bought little round jewelry rings to hook the sequins together.   It is very time consuming depending on how long you want each garland and how many strands you need.  I bought the foam boards at michaels and bought black wrapping paper and covered the foam boards.  It was nailed up on the wall.*  {Party was at her home}  I think I spent around $60 for everything. The one thing that did get pricey was the jewelry hooks. I tried to buy them when they were 50% off  at hobby lobby.  *perhaps the wall mounting squares would work

or try this DIY Wax Paper Dot Garland
http://greenweddingshoes.com/diy-waxed-paper-dot-garland/

~ Ideas for back drops ~
Nature and Hanging Frames, Muslim, Cloth, Wood & Wall paper, Foam Board and Wrapping paper, Bed sheet, Bed Sheet  painted, Sequins, Streamers, Tinsel Garland, Balloons,  Paper Poms, Paper Chain  links, Paper pinwheels, Shower Curtain, Plastic tablecloths, Quilt, Wood Circles, more and more!

Credit: marvelousmommy.com

Credit: marvelousmommy.com

~ Want to print out some props? ~

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Credit: ohhappyday.com

Materials Checklist

  • prop printouts
  • spray adhesive
  • heavy cardstock (100 lb. or more)
  • scissors
  • glue and/or tape
  • popsicle sticks, straws, or dowels
Optional:
  • foam core (to create sturdier props)
  • X-ACTO (or other utility) knife
  • cutting mat
  • embellishments
    (feathers, rhinestones, etc.)Click images to get to sites to download the pdf

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    DIY Props – Credit: Magnetstreet.com

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Credit: kensiekate.com – 12 pages of props

Credit: botanicalpaperworks.com

Credit: botanicalpaperworks.com

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Credit: ohhappyday.com

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Credit: ohhappyday.com

Credit: ohhappyday.com

Credit: ohhappyday.com

~ CHEESE ~

Wedding Planner.Checklists.Worksheets

Looking for checklists to keep you on track?  Starting to plan your wedding, and don’t know where to start?  Here are some tips and links to help you out.   ~ Happy Planning ~

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First you need to sit down with your future husband/wife and decide how much money you can afford to spend on the wedding. Look at how much you can take out of savings, and how much you can save per week in the next year.  Then you can find a Budget Calculator tool to help estimate how much you can distribute to each portion of the wedding to stay on budget.     These can be found via google on theknot, weddingwire, or even http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Events/Weddings/Calculator.htm

If you are not sure how much weddings in your area cost, check out this site.
http://www.realsimple.com/weddings/budget/wedding-cost-calculator-00000000008302/index.html
Here is a more detailed breakdown of a cost estimate.  Enter your zip code and see what comes up.  http://www.costofwedding.com/index.cfm/action/costest.index

Then, think about the size of your event.  Also have an idea of what mood and atmosphere you want your celebration to have.  Are you going traditional, casual, intimate, elaborate, unusual, unique?  Do you want a small wedding 20 – 40? More around 100-130? Huge with 200 plus? Remember the more people the more you will spend on dinner and drinks. The venue (food and drinks) will take up most of your budget.

Once you have a budget and guest list, you can start talking to the venues to sign the ceremony location and reception location. Check out the amount the Budget Calculator distributed for Reception: Food & Beverage.  Take that amount and divide it by the number of guests  you plan to have.  This will give you your “Dollar Per Plate” amount.  You will need to know this amount so you know how expensive of a location and meal choices are available in your budget.

If you don’t care When you get married, you can get some great deals if you pick a date in the off-season.  The most popular dates are May – October.  But off-peak wedding months vary according to regional climate and the desirability of the weather.
*Be sure to find out the policy on changing dates just incase something comes up.
After you sign contracts you can think about colors. You don’t want to pick Colors and a Mood for your wedding and have the atmosphere of the venue clash with your choices. You can always start with a favorite flower and find things to match it.

Take a look at this site for some ideas. They have some really great color combos to consider. http://www.squidoo.com/weddingcolorcombinations

A great site to see color combinations in a new way
http://design-seeds.com/index.php/search

Here is a color wheel site
http://colorschemedesigner.com/
You can slide the little dot around to pick your first color. Then pick what type of color combination you want. You can move those dots around to do the following:
Mono- different shades of the same color
Analogic – colors that are next to each other on the color wheel
Complements – colors oposite on color wheel – give the most contrast
Triad – three colors spaced an equal distance apart
Tetrads: color harmonies 4 colors

***  LOOKING FOR A WAY TO ORGANIZE ALL YOUR THOUGHTS AND FINDINGS? ***

Here is a link to a 57 Page Wedding Planner  by Russell and Hanzel that you can print out and place in a binder to help you with your wedding planning.  I wrote a table of contents for you, so you can print the whole thing, or just the pages you need.  Some pages, i.e. Guess List tracker, you would print out multiple pages as needed.

http://www.russellandhazel.com/PDF/WeddingTemplate.pdf

Page 1 – 5 : Monthly Timeline Checklist
Page 6 – 7 : Beauty Worksheet
Page 8 : Wedding Party Contact Worksheet
Page 9 : Bridal Salon Appointment
Page 10 – 11 : Bridesmaid/Bride Fashion Worksheet
Page 12 – 16 : Budget Worksheets
Page 17 : Ceremony Worksheet
Page 18 : Day of Wedding Checklist
Page 19 – 20 : Destination Wedding Event Schedule/Travel Worksheet
Page 21 : Emergency Kits
Page 22 – 24 : Floor Plans
Page 25 : Flower Worksheet
http://www.russellandhazel.com/PDF/wedding/FlowerWorksheet.pdf
Page 26 – 27 : Groom & Groomsmen Fashion Worksheet
Page 28 : Guest List Tracker
Page 29  : Honeymoon Travel Details
Page 30 : Menu Worksheet
Page 31 :  Music Play/Do Not Play Worksheet
Page 32 : Music Planning Worksheet
Page 33 : Photo Shot list
Page 34 – 36 : Registry Worksheet/Registry Checklists
Page 37 – 39 :  Rentals Worksheet
Page 40 :  Transportation Worksheet
Page 41 :  Travel & Accommodations Worksheet
Page 42 – 52 : Vendor Contact Information
Page 53 : Wedding Cake Worksheet
Page 54 : Wedding Day Timeline Worksheet
Page 55 : Wedding Gown & Accessories Order Worksheet
Page 56 – 57 : Wedding Invitation Worksheet

and here is a link  to “The Packet”
15 page itinerary
It is more for the week/day of the wedding. (for the OCD bride or great for OOT weddings)
www.weddingbee.com/2008/08/07/the-packet/

POEMS – Favors, Will you be my… Flower Girl/Ring-Bearer In Remembrance, Bathroom Baskets, Wishing Tree, Photo I-spy, etc….

I’ve helped collect a large number of poems and such that people have been using on signs and such at weddings.   I hope that you can find something helpful here.  There is a great link to a Large index of favor sayings.  Wishing Tree signage, Photo upload cards, Candy Buffet sign, Donations wording, and more.  Hope this helps.  ~ Happy Planning ~

LARGE Index of Favor Sayings – Poem ideas…
http://www.favorideas.com/favorsayings/index.php

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Possible poem for Save The Dates

(Bride) and (Groom) have gone hi-tech,
Just so you can see,
What’s been happening in their lives,
Regarding the date-to-be.
We’ve had our photos taken,
We’ve tried to do things right,
And you can peek at little details,
If you log in to our website.
www. something. com

*

Our day is fast approaching
And we can hardly wait.
We want you to be with us,
So be sure to Save the Date!
(Bride) & (Groom)
(Date)
(City, State)

*

(Groom) popped the Question
(Bride) said “Yes!”
We’re planning a wedding,
So please be our Guest!
(Date)
(City, State)

*

This little card is sent to say,
We would really like you to share our day.
So please, if you can, keep this special day free,
To spend it with the bride & groom to be…
formal invitation to follow

*

While we decide on flowers, dresses, and what kind of cake;
We want you to know that we do know the Date!
(Bride) and (Groom)
are getting married
(Date)
(City, State)

Poem for Wishing Tree ~ Guest book Cards

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These cards will be
for our wedding book
a modern twist
on the standard look.

As we begin our Journey
A brand new Mr. and Mrs.
We could surely use
Your Advice and good Wishes.

Jot down a Memory,
A reminder of the day.
Draw a doodle or picture
If your not sure what to say.

Share with us your Wisdom
About Marriage, Love, and Life,
The secret to being a good Husband
Or a thoughtful, loving Wife.

Please don’t forget
It would be such a shame
to leave your wisdom
Without signing your Name.

Give us words of love or fun
Write or draw your own design.
And put it in the bowl when you are done.
(And hang it in the tree when you are done.)

Poem for Photo upload cards

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Can you catch us when we kiss.
Find moments the photographer may have missed.
Use your camera and look around,
Please upload your photos, they are so hard to hunt down.

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Wedding I-Spy
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Take your camera + look around, find these pictures that must be found!

Shoot away + complete the list, Find the moments the photographer might have missed!
A pretty Dress * People Laughing * Bride & Groom holding hands
Close up of Flowers * Cutest older couple * Big Hug
Someone making a lovely toast * Best Man with Groom
Maid of Honor helping the Bride * Tears of happiness
Bride & Groom’s first dance * Bride and Groom Kissing
Everyone at your table * Artistic shot of your food * Sweet Treats
Groom playing with his ring * Favorite decoration
Worst dancer caught in the act * Best dancer showing off their moves
 Wedding Mad Libs
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Congrats to the (adjective) couple, Bride & Groom!
It’s so (adjective) to know that you are (verb) your (adjective) life together. You both are the most (adjective) (noun) I have ever met.
May your lives be blessed with many ( plural noun ) !
Here’s some advice for you: never forget to (verb) after you (verb) .
Also, remember to (verb) before you (verb) .
Bride, you should always remember to (verb) Groom’s (noun) .
Groom, the key to a woman’s (noun) is by (verb) for her.
Love, _________________________

WEDDING PARTY POEMS

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Will you be my __________?

The day, the dress
The bride, the groom
The joy, the tears
Will all come so soon

Professing true love
To my husband-to-be
With family and friends
All watching me

I hope the sun will
Be shining down
Keep your fingers crossed
That I’ll fit my gown

But there ‘s one more thing
That there needs to be
And that’s to have you
Standing with me!

Or – reword this to go in a card with your thank you gift to your wedding party.
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It’s hard for us to believe that in just a little while,
the two of us will be walking down the aisle,
And nothing would give us more joy or pride,
Than having you there right by our side.

(Flower girl)
When I was just a little girl,
About the size of you,
I dreamed one day I’d fall in love
And then get married, too.
So now that I am all grown up,
About to be a bride,
I want you for my flower girl
To be right by my side.
For it is common knowledge that
A wedding’s not complete,
Without a pretty flower girl
Like you, who’s dear and sweet.
Will you be my flower girl?

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flower girl poem

You are so very young but the years will pass by,
And you’ll too be a bride in the blink of an eye.
While you may not remember the day that I married,
The part that you played or the basket you carried.
There will be a day that will burn bright like an ember,
The day you will wed, you will always remember.
So here is a hankie for the day you will say…
“I need ‘something old’ for my wedding day.”

ring bearer poem
How lucky we are to have a ring bearer
Who’s so cute in every way.
Someone who knows how to walk down an aisle
And steal everyone’s heart away.
So thank you for being our ring bearer,
And helping to lead the way.
But thank you most of all for helping
To make ours a perfect wedding day.

Bathroom Baskets

(men)
If you’ve stained your tie,
Your hair is out of place,
You’ve got bad breath
Or whatever the case.
We’ve put together a basket
To help you along.
Now hurry back before you
Miss the next song!

(women)
Please help yourself
to the contents within,
Mints, hand lotion, and even aspirin!
Use what you need and leave the rest,
It may be useful to another guest,
So repair the damage
that may have been done,
Then hurry back and join the fun!

Bridesmaid Survival Kit
(read them all and mix them to create your own)

This Survival Kit was made just to say, 
I’m thrilled you are beside me on my wedding day! 
There’s chocolate to eat in case you get hungry, 
If your neck starts to sweat, use the scrunchie! 
In case of a spill, here’s some tide, 
I’ve included some tissues in case you should cry! 
Some mints to keep your breath nice & fresh, 
And use the lip gloss to help look your best! 
A shot if you’re nervous and need a drink, 
Deodorant for if you absolutely stink! 
There’s ibuprofen inside incase it’s ill that you feel, 
And bandaids to help you tackle those heels! 
I’ve put everything in this handy pack, 
so you’ll know this Bride has got your back!

or

This survival kit was made just to say, 
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
There’s Aspirin and Tums if you’re not feeling well, 
Band-Aids on the off-chance that you fell!
A bottle of water to ward off the heat,
Toothpicks in case you get something in your teeth!
Safety pins in case your dress rips, 
And a straw  so you don’t smear your lips!
There’s mints to keep your breath smelling great, 
And a nail file in case a tip breaks!
Tissues in case you should happen to cry, 
In case of a spill, I’ve included some Tide.
There’s a granola bar in case you get hungry, 
And some more Aspirin, for your hangover on Sunday!
I’ve put everything in this handy pack, 
So you’ll know that this bride has got your back!
This kit was created so you can see, 
How much you mean to the bride to be!

or

This Survival Kit was made just to say,
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
Lotion to keep your hands from getting dry,
A packet of tissues in case you should cry.
Lip gloss in case your lips should chap,
You know this bride is watching your back!
An ail file to prevent those runs I mentioned before,
I want to prepare you for what may be in store.
Hairspray to keep your hair in place,
A mirror to check out your beautiful face.
Band-Aids in case your shoes aren’t feeling okay,
Or you can just take them off and dance the night away!
Some hugs and kisses for my favorite girls,
You are my best friends in the whole wide world.
Thank you so much for all you have done,
Your support, your love, and all of the fun!
I hope this kit helps you and brings you some glee,
It’s just a little thanks from the bride-to-be.

or

This Survival Kit was made just to say,
I’m thrilled you’re beside me on my wedding day!
There’s chocolate to give you that sugar high,
A packet of tissues in case you should cry.
Lip gloss to help you care for your smile.
If a nail should break, I’ve included a file.
There is Shout if you should spill on your dress,
and lifesavers to keep your breath minty fresh.
There’s Aleve and Tums if it’s ill that you feel,
and Band-aids to help you tackle high heels.
I’ve put everything in this handy pack,
so you’ll know that this bride has got your back!
This kit was created so that you can see,
how much you mean to the bride-to-be! 

Candy Buffet Poem

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See all the treats
We are offering you
On this beautiful day
When we say “I do.”

Use the scoop
Choose what you like
Leave some for others
Be Polite

It was sweet of you
to go out of your way
To be here with us
on our Special Day.

So take this box and
Fill it with treats
Our way of saying thank you
for being so Sweet

Donation instead of favors

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With much thought and consideration,
we have chosen a special way to say “Thank You”
for sharing our wedding day with us.
In commemoration of our wedding day,
we have made a donation to

The _______ Society
And the
_________ Association.
These donations are made in your honor

In loving memory of
Bob Smith ….. Grandfather of the Bride
Tom Jones ….. Grandfather fo the Bride
Mary Thomas …. Grandmother of the Groom

We feel the finest gift is one,
which helps others live longer and healthier lives.
We truly appreciate your being
part of our lives and this special day.

In Memory of…..

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For Mom…

Although you may not see her,
you know your Mom is here,
you carry her within your heart
and feel her presence near.

You know she will be happy
to see your wedding day,
she knows you’ve found your one true love
and that you’ll be okay.

You know that as she watches
your wedding from above,
she’ll send you all her blessings
and with it all her love.

If you listen very carefully
you’ll hear your mother say,
“It’s the love you show that matters most
each and every day.”

For Dad….

Dear Lord please clear a spot for him;
he should have the perfect view.
His little girl’s a Bride today,
and I am counting on you.
Let me feel his presence;
as I journey down the aisle.
But let me notice his abscence;
if only for a while.
Let me stop to think of him;
As I am given away.
And know that if he could;
he would be here with me today.
Dear Lord please clear a spot for him;
he should have the perfect view.
And if he should get sad today;
Dear Lord I count on you.

For Groom’s Parents….
Its their little boy’s big day today,
Dear Lord, please clear soom room
They need a perfect place to see
their son become a Groom.
We know that if they could;
they would be with us today.
Let us feel their presence;
As they help to guide our way.
May he smile and think of them
as he waits before the aisle,
But let him notice their absence
if only for awhile.
Dear Lord please clear a spot for them;
they should have the perfect view.
And if they should get sad today;
Dear Lord, we count on you.

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In Remembrance…

Although we cannot see you,
We know that you are here.
We feel the warmth of your smile,
And can sense that you are near.

And we want for you to know,
Your love is still our guide,
Memories carried in our hearts,
You are always at our side.

It’s so sad you will not be here,
On the day we say “I do”,
And so we say our vows today,
In loving memory of you.

-or –

Although we can not see you
We know you are here
Smiling down,
Watching over us,
As we say “I Do.”

You will always stay
Forever in our lives,
Memories in our hearts,
We will think of you in silence
As we say our vows today.
In loving memory of _______

– or –

In Loving Memory of those who could
not be with us to share our special day
For those we have loved and lost along the way,
A flame to remember them burns here today.
For the laughter, smiles and memories remain,
Together today their presence sustains.
Never forgotten and loved forever more,
Today their blessings flicker and soar.

Possible poems for no gifts
*For use on website or extra note on registry… NOT in with the invite or even in the invite envelope *
(ok to put the website info on an insert with the invite – but please, no Registry info with invites)

Honeymoon $ request….

Please join us on our special day,
Your attendance is desired.
Don’t feel obliged to give a gift,
But your dancing shoes are required.

If you were thinking of giving a gift,
What would really make our day,
Is a contribution to our honeymoon,
To help us on our way.

Moving soon after?

If you are going to be our guest,
Please bring with you your smiles
It is hard to carry gifts
When you’re traveling all these miles.

If you were thinking of giving a gift,
To help us on our way.
One sent later to our new house,
Would really make our day.

Wedding Day Timeline

One of the most commonly asked questions I’ve seen is “How do I create a timeline?”.  So, here are some tips to help you create a timeline of events for your wedding day.

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“Created by Hayley”

TIP #1 –  Talk to your officiant about how long the ceremony should last.  If at a church find out how early you can get in there and how late you can stay.

TIP #2 – Talk to your venue on how long dinner should last and when they like to cut the cake.  They might go down to a minimum staff and want the cake cut before a certain time.  Also, they would know Best how long dinner will take with the size of your guest list and the type of meal you are serving.

TIP #3 – Ask your DJ for a sample timeline.  This is their Job!  To keep the flow and momentum of the night going all night long.  Different regions do things different from others.  What is normal in your area might not be normal in another.  Also, tradition and culture might add different events to your timeline.

TIP #4 – Talk to your photographer!  You need to tell them how big your families are and the size of your wedding party.  Also, you will need to discuss your photo expectations.   Waiting to take ALL your photo combinations until After the ceremony and before dinner will drastically cut down on the number of combinations you will be able to get done.   I highly encourage you to get some photo combinations done before the ceremony with your family and wedding party.   The photographer will be able to tell you how much time to set aside to do this.

TIP #5 – Talk to your hairstylist and make-up artist about how much time they will need.  Be sure you know how many in your family and wedding party wish to also get their hair and make-up done.

TIP #6 – BUFFER!!!!  Add 10 – 15 min to every drive time.  If you home is 10 min from the ceremony location, give yourself 20 min to get there.  Put a buffer in your time line when ever you can.  If you need your family to all be at your home for pictures at 1:30, tell them to arrive at 1:00.  This gives those running late time to be “on time.”   If you wish to have pictures getting into your dress, you will want your family and bridal party IN their dresses for the shots, not in their shorts and tee’s.  Getting them at the location early gives them time to get dressed before your photos start.

TIP #7 – Look at your timeline from the point of view of your guest.  Do your best to start your ceremony on time.  Try to be no more than 10 min late  if things get delayed.  There is nothing worse than showing up to an outdoor wedding fifteen minutes early just to sit there for and additional thirty minutes waiting for the ceremony to start.  Add on the thirty minutes for when the ceremony finally begins, makes it over an hour of being in the Hot Summer sun.  Also, think of how long your guests have gone without eating.   For a 4:00 wedding, as a guest, I would need an hour for my husband and I to get ready and 30 – 60min for a drive time.  That has me eating 1:30 – 2:00 (or earlier).  If my last meal was at 1:30, I am going to be Starving if you don’t have appetizers and make me wait until 9:00pm to eat dinner because you  took pictures for 2 hrs between ceremony and reception, have  a wedding party intro, a first dance, 30 min of toasts, and a prayer all before dinner.  Check how long your guests are being asked to Sit in their chairs waiting for the dance floor to open.  If guests are being asked to sit down at 6:30 and you don’t have the dance floor open to them until 9:30, that is a long time for them to wait for all of your events to be done before they can get out on the dance floor and boogie.  Also, some of your guests with  babysitters or your elderly guests might want to leave between 9 and 10pm.

TIP #8BE SURE YOU EAT!!!!!!  Bring breakfast to your hair appointment, grab a snack on the way to the make-up artist, have non-messy snacks available while getting dressed and taking photos.  Have a straw to drink with.   Do not have your first meal at 7:30 at night.

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*** How to write your Timeline ***
First collect all of the known times.

– Reception ends at 11:00pm
–  Dinner will last for 60 – 70 min
– Cocktails/Appetizers for 50 – 60 min
– Reception starts at 6:00pm
– Driving time from Ceremony to Reception 20 min real time
– Start time of Ceremony 4:00 pm – sharp –
– Driving time from Getting ready location  (Photo location) to Ceremony 15 min real time

Then start filling in all the events on the night by working backwards.  Again, use the tips you received from your vendor on HOW LONG events should take and What Time they suggest you do them.

There are pros and cons to 1st dance before or after dinner. You need to decide which sounds like a better idea to you.

 1st dance (before dinner)

Pros

* no food in teeth
* no stains on dress/tux
* dress not wrinkled from sitting
* make-up still fresh

 Cons

* interruption in the tempo of the night – Upbeat intro, slow dance 1st dance, then mellow dinner. Then increase tempo again after dinner. When after dinner, you are building up the excitement and have it reach a plateau right after dinner.
* guests might be hungry

 If you do your dance before dinner, I suggest toasts/speeches during dinner after everything is served. That way your guests are not sitting in their seats for a long period of time with no food. When they need to sit too long to watch dances and listen to toasts the food gets cold, their drinks get empty, their tummies start to rumble, and the guests get restless.

Cake Cutting

This is another event that the start time is determined by where you live and what is the norm for your area.  Some cut the cake after dinner and their first dance.  Some cut the cake near the end of the night.  Again, talk to your venue on what works best for you and them.

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*************  Be sure to check out my Post on Timeline Templates *****************

https://weddingtips101.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/timeline-templates/
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**** A Sample Timeline Ceremony-Reception ****
break down in Minutes – not actual clock time
– 0:15 – 0:00 People arrive (Bride in bridal room doing touch ups)
0:00 – 0:25  Ceremony
0:25 – 0:35  Hug/greet guests
0:30 – 1:30  Cocktail hour (Bride & Groom take pictures)
1:30 – 1:35  Guests find a seat – Wedding party lines up
1:35 – 1:45  Wedding Party Introductions – people make their way to the table
1:45 – 1:55  Bride & Groom 1st dance
1:55 – 2:00  Welcome/Prayer – Start Meal
2:00 – 3:00  Meal (2:30 – 2:45 – You can have toasts During dinner, no reason for staff to wait until 3 toast are done to start bringing out the food)  * 2:45 – 3:00 walk around to say “Hi” to guests
3:00 – 3:15  Father/Daughter – Mother/Son dance
3:15 – 3:20  Anniversary dance? to Open the Dance Floor
3:20- 4:30  Open Dance Floor
4:30 – 4:40  Cut Cake
4:40-4:55   Bouquet/Garter *serve cake
4:55 – 5:55  Open Dance
5:55 – 6:00  Last Dance

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****** How to Write your Morning of Timeline *******
Your wedding day will FLY by.  You will look at your watch and wonder where the time went.  If you do not have a coordinator to set up your decorations I BEG you to find family members (Aunts, cousins) or friends to do the set up.  You and your bridal party should be enjoying your time together getting pampered at the salon,  Not getting all hot and sticky running around hanging tulle and filling vases with water and flowers.

Give yourself 1-2hrs blocked off for Bridal hair.  *2hrs might be needed if you have really long hair and never had a trial.  You want to have a buffer in there if things are not going well and you need to start over.   50 – 60 min for Bridal make-up.  Ask the salon how many stylists they will need, and how much time, to do your family and bridal party.

Getting into your dress can take 30 min or more.  Corset ribbons take time to get flat and perfect.  Buttons loops are Super tight and you should get a Crochet Loop to help get the buttons done.

Crochet hook – from joann.com

Getting everyone out of the house is going to take 10 min.  Everyone needs to find their keys, their phones, their bags, a snack;  you need to make sure all the lights are off, the curling iron is unplugged, the dog has been taken out, the house is locked – it all takes Time.  Be sure you build a buffer into getting Out of the house and on your way.  Arrive at the ceremony location 20 – 30 min early to give you time to not be seen by your guests and get in to the bridal room for a potty break and touch ups.

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Allow about 20 – 30 min per combo

* 20 min Bridal Shots
* 30 min Bride w/wedding party and her family
* 30 min Groom w/wedding party and his family
* 20 – 40 min Bride and Groom  and Giant family shots at altar/stairs/etc
* 20 min  of just the Bride and Groom (at a pretty park?)
* 10 min of fun shots of the Bride and Groom with the wedding party (optional, but fun)

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Allow 10 – 30 min for First Touch or First Look photos
* 5 -10 min first touch (10 – 20 min first look)
If you are DEAD SET against “first look” photos, please try to get some time set aside for a “first touch” session.  You will have a door or a corner blocking the site of view from your husband and yourself.  I have seen some AMAZING first touch photos and I just think they are beautiful.  It gives you a chance to hold hands to calm your nerves and say a few words of encouragement and love to each other.
Pictures examples of Grooms Blown away by their Bride – 18 of the 24 examples are “First Look.”

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**** A Sample Timeline Morning of ****
if you have no drive times you can bump everything – things are also different if you have 2 photographers

7:00AM  Wake up, shower, EAT, drive to appointment
8:00  Hair appointment
10:00  Make-up – drive to location getting dressed
11:15   EAT lunch – tell Wedding party and parents to be at location to get dressed
11:30  Start getting into dress (could take up to 30 min – stubborn button loops/twisted corset ribbon)
12:00 – 12:20  Bridal shots
12:30 – 12:55  Bride combo shots with family & wedding party
1:00 – 1:20  Groom does his combos with family and WP – Bride does touch-ups
1:20  Pack up to leave
1:30  Drive to park/beach – pretty outdoor location for photos
2:00 – 2:40  First look photo – a few bride and groom shots – B&G with Wedding Party
2:45 – 3:15 Drive to ceremony
3:20 – Arrive at Ceremony: Set up any decorations, Bride does touch ups,  Groom does some altar photos
4:00 – 4:25 Ceremony
4:25 – 4:35 hug/greet guests – move them out to do Grand Exit photo (bubbles/ribbon wands)
4:45- 5:20  Bride and Groom with Family shots
(6:00 – 6:45 Cocktails for Guests)
5:40 – 6:10 Fun outdoor shots (Bride and Groom shots, Bride & Groom with Wedding party)
6:30 Arrive at Reception
6:35 Touch ups
6:40 Gather everyone and Line up for Introduction – Guests asked to take a seat
6:45 – 6:55 Intro
6:55  Prayer    (6:55 First Dance) (7:00ish Welcome & Prayer)
7:00 Start dinner (7:10 Dinner starts)

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Some other GREAT tips here   –>  www.stylemepretty.com/2011/06/27/wedding-day-timing-tips-from-robert-kathleen-photographers/

********  A Photographer’s Sample Breakdown ********

After the ceremony, I allot 45 minutes for the following at the altar or on the grounds of the ceremony site:

B/G/Officiant

B/G/Bride’s Parents
B/G/Both sets of Parents
B/G/Bride’s immediate family
B/G/Bride’s extended family (one shot and everyone in such as aunts, grandma, etc)

B/G/Groom’s Parents
B/G/Groom’s immediate family
B/G/G’s extended family

This list becomes MUCH more complicated if there are divorces, remarriages, or additional shots requested….

After those shots are done, I do:
Bridal party at altar/ceremony site with bride and groom
Bride and groom at altar

The list above (starting with Officiant and ending with bride and groom at altar) takes 45 minutes to be safe. A good rule of thumb is allow 5 minutes per image. Someone will wander off, it takes five minutes for people to make their way back inside, someone is using the restroom, etc.

Then, we take the bridal party and bride and groom alone and work with them for 45 minutes at another location, or in a more casual setting.

*** In 45 to 60 minutes, you can do 9 to 12 different combinations of people, less if they are very large shots and more if they are small combinations of people.

– Kristen Wynn Photography  – reply posted on a question on weddingwire.com

AND ……
A few more links to sample detailed timelines, if you rather look at someone else’s and try to make it your own.


~ Morning of Timeline ~
http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/please-share-your-day-of-schedule/fe527567358a1a05.html

~ Reception timelines ~
http://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-forums/wedding-time-schedule/160e7b6b50c89909.html

Monograms

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To design your monogram in Microsoft Word:

  • Choose Insert -> Textbox. Type and format the letter the way you like it. Do this three times.
  • Now click on all textboxes and choose Format->Textbox.
  • Choose Color: No Fill (so you can overlap letters) and Line: No Line.
  • Select all letters, right click, and choose Group to lock in the arrangement.
  • You can now copy your image into Microsoft Paint and save in several formats, such as JPEG.

– Picture Step-by-Step Instructions on creating a monogram –  very simple to follow
http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-wedding-challenge-how-to-design-your-own-monogram-in-microsoft-word

Here is a site that let’s you design a FREE MONOGRAM – http://www.weddingchicks.com/freebies/custom-monograms/

  • Free Invites and Save the Dates too! Weddingchicks.com

DIY Monogram Aisle Runner – I have never done it myself, so I can only direct you to sites that have posted instructions.  Tips they have suggested: put wax paper on the table so that when the paint bleeds threw the runner it does not dry to your table.  So trace the monogram lightly right on to the runner then place wax paper under it – or – trace the monogram onto wax paper while over the monogram paper print out .   If you trace onto the wax paper you will want to be sure it is dark enough to see through the runner.

Instructions

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by WhitneyWoods2B – projectwedding.com

http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-aisle-runner-2
or

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By Heather Drive – roadtotheaisle.blogspot.com

http://roadtotheaisle.blogspot.com/2007/07/diy-aisle-runner.html
or

This site gives instructions on how to create the actual runner from a tube and fabric.
http://www.weddingbee.com/2006/12/26/diy-aisle-runner/
Some Free Clip art you might want to download to go with your monograms.

www.clker.com

Some Free Fonts that you might want to download.

Dafont  or   1001 Free Fonts  or FontSpace   to name a few

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And a link to the “rules” of Monograms.
http://www.themonogrammerchant.com/content.php?content_id=1008
The Woman’s name is on the left, the Man’s name is on the right, then the couple’s surname  is represented by a larger letter in the middle.

Traditional etiquette on Monograms states that you should not use your married monogram until after you are married.  Initial monograms are not “supposed” to be used on Save the Date, Invites, Programs, or Runners.  Once you are married, you can use your monogram at the reception: menu’s favors, cups, napkins, linens, cake, and/or dance floor.  * A modern alternative is to use a combination of the Bride and Groom’s first names/initials separated by a small decorative motif for invites and things at the ceremony.

Tips for the Week of the Wedding

First off, a great big congrats on your upcoming wedding!
Hopefully with 7 days to go you have reached the F* It   stage.  You have done all the planning you can do.  Any little project that is not done yet, just let it go.  No one will notice that small little detail missing.  Just remember the day of, wake up and enjoy every minute of it. Take the time to step back and enjoy the sights and sounds. The little mishaps is what makes the day memorable, just go with it. No one but you will know that it is not Exactly to plan. If you don’t get those last minute projects finished, don’t worry. Again, only you will miss those small details – just let it go.


Put your marriage license (and pre-cana certificate) in your shoe box – you need them both to walk down the aisle.   Also, put an invite in with your shoe box. The photographer will like to take pictures of your rings on it.

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THINGS to remember…..
  • Pets? Anyone watching?
  • Bride outfit or Button down shirt to wear to get hair done
  • Something old, something new, etc
  • Under garments, Garter, shoes, jewelry, hair stuff
  • Hubby’s favorite smelling lotion/perfume on you
  • Deodorant (Spray Deodorant on your thighs to help with chaffing if you are not wearing pantyhose)
  • Toasting flutes, cake knife, Cake topper, guest book, card box
  • Cash to tip your vendors
  • Phone and Phone charger
  • Have a list of Phone numbers of your vendors
  • Pack your overnight bag for the hotel (with a cute outfit for the next day)

* Don’t forget to pack A Bag to put your dress in the next day when you at at the hotel, unless you think you will remember to grab the one your dress is in now (But you probably will forget the nice one in the room you are getting ready in)

* Speaking of your dress *  If you did not buy/make one of those personalized hangers, at least pack a Nice Wooden hanger.  Don’t use that white plastic hanger for your dress pictures.

** Control the Shine ** Get some oil absorbing blotting papers from the make-up aisle in the drug store.  They will remove the shine but keep the make-up. Put them in a little purse with your mascara, lip gloss, tampon and your PERSONAL Cameral. Have it near you (or your maid of honor have it on her) at all times. When it is your 1st dance/cake/etc have your maid of honor take pictures with YOUR camera so you have something to look at the next day.

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Get a crochet hook if your dress has buttons. (helps with button bustle too)

Remember a lighter (for unity candle) or a bottle opener (wine ceremony).
*tip, cut a little of the wax off the wick off to make for easy lighting the day of the wedding

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 Remember to eat during the day before the ceremony. Eat Breakfast and have some finger food snacks that won’t get you messy for before/in between pictures. Have a straw for drinking so you don’t mess up  your lips.

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♥ Idea if you have time ♥ ~ romance basket ~ dollar store toasting flutes, bottle of champagne, bottle opener, matches, candles, petals, oils,  lotions,  sexy play list of songs ~ for the hotel room

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Ask the venue to pack up a few pieces of cake for you to take back to the hotel room for a midnight snack. You might be walking around and socializing and not notice when the cake is on the head table – if you don’t eat it right away they just clean up and take it away.

And appetizers too!!! Ask the venue to place a little dish of them at the head table for you. I’m sure you will be taking pictures or socializing and will miss out on the delicious appetizers that you picked out.

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And if you can, get a special cup to walk around with your drink, or if you are not afraid of breaking it, use your toasting flute.  (etsy, ebay, wedding stores, or party stores have Very cute Charms or covers)

You will probably lose every one of your drinks after only getting 2 or 3 sips if there is not some way to pick your drink out of a crowd. I don’t know how many times I put my drink down on a table to take a picture or go dance to a song and then had No CLUE which one was mine or where I left it, and had to go get another.

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Bring some comfortable shoes (platform flip flops) that are the same height as heels.  Or even some beat up heels in your closet if they are the same or 1 inch shorter than your wedding heels.  If your back up shoes are a LOT shorter than your wedding heels, you will step on the front of your dress while walking and will rip your dress or trip yourself.

Don’t go from  5″ Sexy Heels down to Flats!!!!

You can always put the sexy heels back for your garter toss.

Congrats!  ~ Hayley C ~