How late is ‘fashionably late’ to arrive at your wedding?

How late is ‘fashionably late’ to arrive at your wedding?

Thinking of arriving ‘fashionably late’ to your own wedding? Here’s what you need to know before deliberately delaying your wedding day plans.

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It’s become a bit of a trend that the bride lets her betrothed sweat a little while waiting for her at the altar. But is this really necessary – how late is ‘fashionably late’, and how late is actually late?

Fashionably late

Obviously, if a bride arrives at her ceremony and notices that her guests are still arriving, it’s fine to take a quick bog lap in the limousine and allow everyone to take their seats and get comfortable.

Arriving fashionably late would have you walking down the aisle 10 to 15 minutes after everyone’s seated and the ceremony has officially begun. Most guests will allow for this and might even expect it – though they should still arrive earlier than the specified ceremony time to allow for any parking mishaps or traffic.

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Actually late

While it’s good fun to see the groom hopping around at the altar in anticipation to see his bride, your guests will start to get bored if you leave them waiting for more than 20 to 30 minutes. Arriving 20 to 30 minutes after your ceremony is supposed to start is not fashionably late – if deliberate, it’s inconsiderate to your guests, your fiance, and your officiant.

Think about it – if you were a wedding guest, would you want to wait around for an extra 20 to 30 minutes for the bride to arrive? And what if it were a hot day in the full sun? Put yourself in your guests’ shoes before arranging your late arrival.

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What time you should be there

In theory, your ceremony should begin at the time specified on your invitation. Your invitations should ask guests to arrive beforehand to be seated, so they don’t accidentally arrive at the same time you begin walking down the aisle.

While you can’t always guarantee you’ll arrive on time, you should at least try to make the ceremony start-time specific on your invitation. Venues often have multiple weddings booked on a single day, so while you might think it’s “your day”, you’re actually running on their schedule too! As a consequence, if you are deliberately late to your ceremony, you may cut into your actual ceremony duration.

And why would you want to be late anyway – it’s your wedding day! Get the party started as soon as you possibly can!

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How to plan a wedding for £20,000

How to plan a wedding for £20,000

Planning on spending about £20,000 on your wedding? Using the free Easy Weddings Budget Calculator, we came up with the breakdown of each category of the spend for your wedding. Here’s how to plan a wedding for £20,000:

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Dress, suit, and accessories

You’re looking at a dress budget of about £1,400, £400 for accessories and £200 to spend on your hair and makeup. Then you have about £200 left over for your partner.

Close Up of Bride and Groom Embracing Wearing White

Reception

You will have just under £8,600 to spend on your reception, including £5,800 for food and service and about £1,00 for drinks, and a hire fee of about £1,200.

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Ceremony

If the ceremony location has a fee, you could safely allocate a few hundred pounds, but most couples save this by having their ceremony at the same location as their venue. You may still have to pay a small fee for the ceremony, but this shouldn’t be much. You will have about £800 to spend on your marriage celebrant or officiant.

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Rings

You will have about £400 in your budget for your wedding bands. Traditionally, wedding bands are simpler than engagement rings, and you don’t necessarily need to have both rings cost the same. You could allocate 70% of the ring budget to one of you and 30% to the other.

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Photography and videography

You’ll have about £1,600 for photography and £1000 for video. To ensure you fit within the budget, you may need to have a time limited package or have the same vendor provide both as a package, which can be more affordable.

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Decorations and wedding hire

You’ll have about £400 in your wedding budget to spend on decorations and £1,000 for flowers- which should be enough to get you all of the arrangements you are after.

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Wedding entertainment

Your budget will allow about £1,200 for music and entertainment at your wedding, which is enough to get a great DJ, band or wedding entertainer.

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Stationery

You’ll have about £400 to spend on invitations and £100 to spend on other stationery, whether it be Save The Dates, thank you cards or something else.

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Wedding gifts

You’ll have about £400 left to spend on gifts for each other, your bridal party and your parents and £300 for bomboniere.

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Wedding cake or desserts

You’ll have about £600 to spend on an amazing wedding cake! Be sure to do a taste test- most cake makers can do this for you or send out some samples if you live remotely.

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Wedding cars

You’ll have roughly £400 to spend your wedding day transport! Enquire with wedding car suppliers here.

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Wedding night accommodation

On the wedding night, you will have a budget of about £300 left.

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Is it possible to plan a wedding for £20,000?

So, after crunching the numbers, it’s definitely possible to plan a wedding for £20,000. Just follow the Easy Weddings Budget Calculator. It’s free to use, and you can input any budget that you need to adhere to.

How to pull off a surprise wedding

How to pull off a surprise wedding

There’s nothing quite like being able to pull off the ultimate surprise and if you are not a big believer in traditions, one of the best opportunities you will get is to have a surprise wedding!

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Too tricky you say? Not at all.

When you look at all of the planning that goes into a wedding, you could actually save a lot of time and money by combining it with another event, like an engagement party, anniversary or even a milestone birthday party.

Rebecca and Leigh decided to get married at their engagement party to save the stress of also planning a wedding.

The couple only told a select few people of their plans, so the majority of their 130 guests had no idea what was in store.

“Leading up, everyone had their suspicions and occasionally people would ask or imply we were going to get married. Deny, deny, deny!” Rebecca says.

“There were a few wardrobe changes to pull off the surprise but it all went off without a hitch.”

Here are some tips to help you pull off a surprise wedding that will delight your guests.

Create a Cover Event

To ensure a great turnout, you’ll need to dream up a creative decoy. If your family is already getting together for a planned holiday, you could seize the moment to plan something on location or if you have a 30th or another milestone birthday, you could plan the wedding a week before or after and claim it is to celebrate this occasion.

The most common, however, is to use the engagement party as a ruse and get hitched then.

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Explore all options for a venue

Because this is a surprise, huge alarm bells will be going off if you decide to hold your surprise wedding at a church.

To avoid this, look at venue options that have the capacity to hold the number of guests you would like, but that could be a place where an event of any kind could be held.

This could include a local cafe, function centre or even a picnic at a park or beach.

Get creative with decor

No one is expecting traditional wedding decor, so you can get creative and incorporate any theme, colour and look.

You can do all of this and still create a main ceremony area if you wish to. Talk to your vendors about ways you can disguise the set-up so that it doesn’t immediately scream wedding.

There are many ways you can camouflage things with sheer fabric and accent lighting to deflect any suspicion until you are ready to make the announcement.

Who to tell about your surprise wedding

The aim of the game is to keep a firm lid on your secret, but there are a few people you may need to tell to help you pull it off, like your closest friends and family members.

You will need to let your vendors know, so they can go into secret squirrel mode and it is also worthwhile telling a trusted best friend (perhaps someone you might have had in your bridal party) who can help with the planning and also be an official on the ground on the day of the big reveal to make sure everything runs smoothly.

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How to reel them in

One of the major worries of planning a surprise wedding is knowing how to get your interstate and international guests, who wouldn’t think twice about hopping on a plane to attend a wedding, to also want to do that for what might be seen as a less important event.

How you deal with this can be determined by their personality – and you will know them well. If you think sending a carefully worded invitation that insinuates there is a big announcement to be made at the party, that could simply be enough.

Or, you could include a hand-written note with the invitation expressing how much their presence would mean to you and your partner.

If the worst comes to worst and the hints are falling flat, but you really want them there, you might have to let them in on the secret under strict instructions that they keep their lips sealed.

Plan the big reveal

You might want to declare from the moment they arrive that they are in fact attending your wedding and start off with a bang.

Or you may wish to let the excitement build up and slip away to get changed and announce the ceremony when you and your partner are both ready to begin.

In venues that have multiple rooms, you could set up one room as you would an ordinary function and the other as your dream wedding setting and when the time is right, usher your surprised guests from one room to the other.

Being prompt

If you decide to start the event with the wedding ceremony, make sure you highlight the importance of guests arriving on time.

The word prompt is a good one to use.

Also be clear on your invitations if there is a dress code you’d like people to adhere to. If you are going for a casual affair at the beach, shorts and thongs could be okay, but if you are looking for a classier affair, explain that you would like your “30th” to be a semi-formal event.

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Recruit coordinators

It could be your bestie or someone else that you have let in on the secret, but you will need a small team on the ground to do small tasks like pause the music, hold the drinks at the bar and cue the wedding ceremony.

As far as making the announcement, you can either have your celebrant do it, or create a huge surprise to your guests by announcing it yourselves when you and your partner walk out for the first time.

Be prepared to forgo some formalities

If you are a traditionalist, a surprise wedding is probably not for you. While you can still have your first dance and the cake, you will probably be hard-pressed to get people to do an on-the-spot speech.

Also, you could try including something delicious and reminiscent of traditional wedding food by having something like mini desserts and champagne cocktails, or a light buffet that guests can visit throughout the event.

Don’t be tempted!

Planning a wedding, no matter the size or style, is a super exciting time and there may be occasions where you are bursting to tell your mum or cousin what you are doing. You will miss out on the payoff of seeing their surprise and excitement when you make the announcement, and this is what a sneaky wedding is all about.

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6 things you should never post on social media when you get engaged

6 things you should never post on social media when you get engaged

Just got engaged? Want to post a million ring selfies straight away? Be sure to read about these 6 things you should never post on social media when you get engaged:

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1. The price tag

No one needs to know how much your ring is worth. Whether you picked it out yourself or your partner did, it’s really no one else’s business how much it was, your partner doesn’t need that unnecessary judgment. And if you don’t know, even better. And P.S, yes it IS rude to ask.

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2. How many carats

No one wants to see a post that reads like a diamond certification. They want to share your joy, not your ring stats! It’s great that you got a 2ct VVS1 white gold solitaire, but we want to know about your romantic proposal, not the rock.

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3. Any disappointment

If you weren’t happy that your partner didn’t get down on one knee or say your full name or make sure your nails were freshly manicured… remember what is really important here. Your love asked you to marry them! That is the most important thing. Regardless of how it went down. And you can’t change it, so it’s best to let go of and grand ideas you had of how it should happen and focus on their “perfect moment”, which was asking you to marry them!

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4. The “finally” comments

Your partner just popped the question. Be sure to be kind if it took them far too long to actually get around to it because maybe they weren’t ready or needed more time to save. Maybe they were waiting for the perfect moment, and that’s okay. It’s their moment too! Although these types of “finally” comments can be said in jest, be wary of how they may come across to your partner!

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5. The details of the ceremony

Invitations exist for a reason! Be sure to keep the finer details semi-private and save something for your beautiful invitations. Sure, you can mention the season in which you plan to marry or bring up the location, but don’t spill everything! This news is exciting enough for now.

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6. Announcing it on social media

Before telling your family. Ouch! Be sure to call your immediate family prior to posting a ring selfie on your Facebook profile. I know it might feel like a lifetime having to wait, but it’s best you do to avoid any hurt feelings.

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10 Stunning Wedding Manicure Ideas

10 stunning wedding manicure ideas

In need of some wedding manicure ideas for your big day? We found 10 of our favourite manicure looks to suit almost everyone. Whether you are after something subtle or bold, we have some wedding manicure ideas for you

1. Metallic

Neutral but not too simple, metallic nails add a little sparkle to your wedding day look.

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2. Pink and gold

If you’re a bold kind of girl, then this hot pink and gold look is for you!

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3. Subtle French with accents

If you love a classic look but can’t go past a little extra drama, then this French manicure with some beautiful floral details is ideal for your wedding day manicure.

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4. Purple and silver

If your wedding colours are anything like this, then how amazing would it be to match your nails? You could do something similar with any colour combination.

Beautiful purple manicure with crystals on female hand. Close-up.

5. Go all out

Pick your favourite colours and go all out! Add bling, different hues and add some texture while you’re at it!

Beautiful turquoise manicure with crystals on female hand. Close-up.

6. Classic red with a twist

Classic red nails get an update with this beautifully dark oxblood colour. In the beautifully shiny finish, the simple colour looks really effective. Perfect for winter weddings.

Beautiful classic red manicure on female hand. Close-up

7. French with a feature nail

This classic French manicure has just one pretty feature nail on the ring finger. Perfect for your wedding day.

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8. Your “something blue”

If you believe in old traditions, then maybe your nails could be your something blue?

beautiful manicure. Gel polish coating in blue, embossing.

9. Geo goodness

A bit too bold for some, but if you’re that kind of girl, why not get some geometric goodness into your life with some beautifully alternating wedding day nails! Combine a few colours from your theme to make the perfect combo.

Golden brown French manicure.

10. Floral feature

Take a look at these! If you are ultra girly or want to add a feminine touch to the finer details of your day, then why not get a floral manicure?

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What to consider when planning your wedding ceremony

What to consider when planning your wedding ceremony

While some couples like to get the ceremony ‘over and done with’ so they can move on to the party, others regard it as the most important part of the entire wedding day! Here’s what you should consider when planning your wedding ceremony.

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Celebrant

Your celebrant can mean the difference between a fun, engaging, and incredibly romantic ceremony, and one that puts your grandmother to sleep. Tread carefully when deciding on who officiates your wedding ceremony – you’ll want someone respectful that can create a ceremony that reflects who you are as individuals, and who you are as a united couple.

Your celebrant will guide you through the formalities of a wedding ceremony, and the ‘right celebrant’ for you will assist in crafting something truly special that everyone present will remember for years to come.

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shot by Kate Jackson Photography

Location

Location is a very important aspect of a wedding ceremony. If you’re having a spring wedding, an outdoor ceremony location may suit perfectly. On the other hand, a non-airconditioned hall in the height of summer may be the wrong choice.

Think of your guests – while you might be too involved in the emotion of the day to notice, your guests might be sweltering in the heat or dithering in the cold.

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shot by Twig and Vine Photography

Time

You’ll want to select a ceremony start time that allows enough time afterwards for photos, but without making your guests wait hours in between the ceremony and the reception.

For instance, if you choose to have a morning ceremony and therefore over four hours between the ceremony and the reception, you should expect your guests to be a little tired from waiting around all day. This is especially true for your out-of-town guests who might not have anywhere to go in those hours!

To create a happy medium, if you choose to have an early ceremony you should bring forward your reception start time. Or alternatively, you could create a cheese and wine hour at a designated location where guests can mingle while you take photos – so they don’t lose their party vibes by spending half their day waiting around at home!

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 shot by Anna Beth Wedding Photography

Duration

Following on from the time your ceremony starts and ends, you should also be thinking about your ceremony duration. Put yourself in your guests’ shoes. Would you want to sit through an hour and a half ceremony? If the answer is no, then don’t put your guests through it!

It’s your wedding, so of course the time will fly for you and your fiance. However, for those watching, a long ceremony might be quite uncomfortable.

Think about how many readings and rituals you want to include, and discuss with your celebrant. They will advise how long your ceremony should be to avoid guests falling asleep on you!

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shot by Photography by Charli

To rehearse or not to rehearse

While this is completely up to you, you may want to at least do a quick run through of the ceremony logistics with everyone involved. For instance, your bridesmaids should already know the order they’re walking in before they arrive at the ceremony. Everyone involved needs to know where they stand once they reach the altar, and how you plan to exit the ceremony.

If you’re having flower girls (especially young ones) you should definitely have them practice before the big day. Children get flustered easily, so a role as big as this shouldn’t be sprung upon them.

It’s also a good idea to test the music and make sure you have used only the best parts of the song. You should be walking at that ‘sweet spot’ of the song where there’s no risk it’ll end on you, but also so it doesn’t continue on and on after you’ve reached the altar.

If you do choose to rehearse, everything should go swimmingly on the day.

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shot by Indigo Wild Studio

Is it okay for bridesmaids to get changed for the reception?

Is it okay for bridesmaids to get changed for the reception?

When a bride falls in love with two dresses and simply can’t choose, or her deliciously OTT ceremony gown is just too awkward for the extra movement and dancing involved in a reception, it is perfectly acceptable for her to change into another outfit during celebrations. But what about the bridesmaids? Is it okay for bridesmaids to get changed for the reception?

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There are two schools of thought here, with some saying it is a total faux pas to consider even asking to wear something other than what bridesmaids wear for the ceremony, and others saying once the ceremony and photos are done, so are the bridesmaids’ official duties.

When looking at it from an etiquette point of view, bridesmaids should ask the couple if they would like to change and respect their wishes if they say no.

But, in the name of a fair debate, let’s look at some of the for and against points for allowing bridesmaids to change into another dress for the reception.

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PRO: It’s all unofficial

The ‘reception dress’ won’t be in any of the official wedding photos as after the announcement at the start of the reception, most of the photos will be of the couple cutting the cake, the first dance, garter toss etc. If you allow your bridesmaids to get changed, then at the reception they will just look like a guest.

CON: Less mileage

You may have spent some time agonising over how to dress your bridal party so their outfits reflect your wedding style or colour palette, so it would be a shame for this to fade away at the reception. Your bridesmaids may have paid for their own dresses, and changing into another one means they won’t get as much mileage out of the investment.

PRO: Comfort factor

If your bridesmaids have sacrificed comfort to look amazing in the outfits you had your heart set on, it may be nice to reward them with the chance to get more comfortable in something else for the party element of the day.

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CON: Storage

It’s hard enough finding an easy way to carry the essentials, like lippy, mints, and water, throughout the day, so finding a place to keep a second outfit for your bridesmaids is a whole new problem. It will take some pre-planning, but your bridesmaids should be able to find a place to drop their second outfit off at the reception venue so they can discreetly slip away to change

CON: Different kind of blending

With a change of outfits, your bridesmaids will go from blending into the bridal party to blending in with the rest of the guests.

You may be the kind of bride who is not worried about what your bridesmaids wear, but if you are approached by one of your bridesmaids with a request to change at the reception, take the time to talk things through with them to get to the underlying reason.

They may not usually be dress wearers and be uncomfortable, they may not feel confident wearing the dress you have chosen, or they may simply want to be able to let their hair down a little more. If you get an understanding of why they are asking, you might be able to work through things to reach a resolution if you aren’t 100% down with the idea.

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15 of the best perfumes to wear on your wedding day

15 of the best perfumes to wear on your wedding day

So much thought goes into how you look and feel on your wedding day and making that perfect visual impact. But when you are standing uber-close to the person you are about to pledge yourself to as a partner in life, you also want their sense of smell to be going into overdrive for all the right reasons.

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Traditionally, bridal perfumes are all about florals and femininity, but modern fragrance gurus have been increasingly playing with new scents to widen the scope to citrus, musks, and even salt and pepper!

Of course, there is nothing wrong with wearing you go-to fav on your big day as your partner will automatically associate that scent with all of the amazing memories you have made to bring to you this very day.

But if you are more of a deodorant-and-go type of gal usually, you can have a lot of fun checking out different perfumes to find the one that really speaks to you. It’s important to remember that you will need to wear the perfume for a few minutes to get a feel for how it will blend with your body (believe it or not, the final result can be different on different people…). So, try not to fall into the spray-and-waft method on cards provided by the stores.

Here are some of the most popular perfumes to wear on your wedding day – you might just find your new favourite among them!

Chanel

Chanel No 5The epitome of sophistication and a fragrance that has well and truly stood the test of time, Chanel No 5. Created in the 1920’s and dubbed “a woman’s perfume with a woman’s scent’ by Coco Chanel, this beauty carries the scent of rose and jasmine. There are many more variations of the No 5, but you really can’t go past the classic.

Dior

Dior J'adore

J’adore by Dior is not only a stunning bottle for photographers to capture in your getting ready photos, but the scent is truly beautiful. With a mix of rose, bergamot, and jasmine, this is an ultra-feminine fragrance.

Giorgio Armani

ArmaniGiorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia has been dubbed a happy, aquatic scent. Its creator must have thought the same, with the name translating to ‘water of joy.’ With base notes of cedar wood and labdanum, this is a light fragrance that is perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Marc Jacobs

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Marc Jacobs’ Daisy is one of the most distinctive perfume bottles around and the So Fresh Sunshine Edition (pictured) takes the vibrant scent to the next level. You can pick strawberry, apple blossom and pink grapefruit for a really delicious addition to the jasmine, lily and rose that is the original recipe.

Jean Paul Gaultier

JPGThe feminine bottle is the trademark of design house mogul-turned perfumer Jean Paul Gaultier. His Classique women’s fragrance has a sharp, oriental, floral scent with a blend of fresh spicy amber, vanilla, and wood.

Dolce and Gabbana

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If unique is your thing, you cannot go past Dolce & Gabbana’s Dolce. This perfume is the first ever to use the white amaryllis flower as a base, making it unlike anything you have ever smelt before!

Vera Wang Pink Princess

vera wang pink_princessThe queen of bridal fashion has created a perfume to make any bride feel like a princess. Just like the sparkly packaging, (who doesn’t love an opportunity to add another heart shape to their wedding?) the scent is playful and undoubtedly girly. Pink grapefruit, dewberry and raspberry sorbet mix with marshmallow and creamy honeysuckle.

Oscar de la Renta

oscar de la rentaOscar de la Renta is a runway sensation, and not the oh so subtly named Something Blue is being hailed as the perfect bridal fragrance. Its sweet scent is a combination of fruit and florals with a dash of bourbon vanilla and white musk. Fans of mandarin, lychee and lily of the valley will adore this beauty.

Ralph Lauren

ralph laurenAnother designer great has brought out a more lightweight and subtle fragrance that is not too heavy on the nostrils at all. Midnight Romance has two main components – black vanilla and peony – meaning there are not too many scents competing for attention.

Prada

Prada

Although Candy by Prada makes you think you will be inhaling a scent similar to one that welcomes you in a sweet shop, this offering is more of a floral combo. The range includes the original Candy, Florale (pictured), Kiss, and Gloss. All with subtle changes to make them unique.

Estee Lauder

Estee LauderDescribes by perfume aficionados as a “heady concoction”, Modern Muse Chic by Estee Lauder is for the bold bride. The combination includes exotic woods and vanilla with tuberose, giving it a warm tone.

Jo MaloneJo Malone

Although the bottle is one of the most understated, Jo Malone’s Wood, Sage and Sea Salt Cologne is unlike anything you have smelt before. It is as earthy as they come, with splashes of salt clashing deliciously with earthy sage.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Another surprising salty combination is Reveal from Calvin Klein. In fact, this offering is a full-on mixture of table seasonings, with raw salt, pink, black, and white pepper, sandalwood, and orris. Who would have thought everyday meal dressings would smell so beautiful?

Lancôme

LancomeOne of the more expensive fragrances to be found is Lancôme’s iconic fragrance La Vie Est Belle.The latest version of this popular scent includes iris, praline and pear. This perfume is ultra-concentrated, so you know it’s going to last the distance when you spritz it on in the morning.

DKNYDKNY

If you love florals but crave a modern edge, MYNY from DKNY (try saying that fast five times…) is one you need to try. Freesia combines with raspberry to create something truly special and you will have a gorgeous heart-shaped perfume bottle your photographer will love to incorporate into your wedding day preparation photos.

Tasks to give your flower girl for your wedding

Tasks to give your flower girl for your wedding

Thinking of including a special little girl in your wedding, but unsure what her role actually involves other than walking down the aisle and scattering rose petals? Here are a few tasks to give your flower girl in the lead up to your wedding to make her feel more included.

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What does the flower girl do?

Every bride has her own ideas about what they would like their flower girl to do, but usually, she walks down the aisle in front of the bride or maid of honour scattering rose petals in their path. Many venues no longer allow petals to be strewn on the floor so modern flower girls often simply carry a basket of flowers or a miniature bouquet.

Take her shopping

Gone are the days where the flower girl would be dressed in a white dress that is kind of like a mini-me of the bride.

Now there are so many options for dressing your flower girl. You can have her match your bridesmaids, or pick out a completely unique dress that makes her stand out.

To make your little lady feel more included in your wedding, why not take her dress shopping rather than simply picking something out for her? She will feel like a real princess trying on lots of lovely dresses.

Just remember, her stamina and enthusiasm for shopping will nowhere near match yours, so plan short trips and try to have an idea of what you are looking for before you take her in, so you can be selective of how many dresses you ask her to try on.

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Meet the bridesmaids

You can help your little flower girl to feel more at ease hanging out with you and the bridesmaids by arranging for them all to meet in an informal setting before the wedding.

Maybe your flower girl can make a cameo at your bridal shower, or if your bridesmaids are young-at-heart, you can all meet at a local park for a little play date. Having that rapport will help your flower girl to feel more at ease among familiar faces when the big day arrives.

Give them a buddy

If you are having more than one junior cutie in your bridal party, consider pairing them up for the walk down the aisle.

This will help to take some of the pressure off the younger flower girls and/or page boys and also give the older buddy a sense of responsibility.

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Offer them the chance to stand with you

Yes, children + weddings = unpredictability, but you can offer for older flower girls to stand at the front with you and the rest of the bridal party during the ceremony if they want to.

As a backup, it’s a good idea to have her parents (or caregiver if she is your child) seated in the front row, so if she gets sore feet, or just bored with standing in one spot, she can easily retreat back to a seat with minimal fuss.

Praise for a job well done

We all like being told we’ve done a good job, and your flower girl is no exception. When you have said, “I do” and the ceremony is complete, making time to thank your flower girl and heap praise on her for doing a great job will really make her feel proud to be part of the wedding.

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Make her the photographer’s first star

While your photographer will no doubt capture some gorgeous images of your flower girl doing her thing while walking down the aisle, you will no doubt also want her to feature in some bridal party photos.

Make sure you get the photos with your flower girl taken first, so she can pop off to play and not miss out on being the star of the show. Getting her photos taken while she is still energised will lessen the chances of a tantrum.

The reception

While you might be happy for your flower girl to spend some time with you at the bridal table, chances are it is going to be a logistical nightmare to have her seated with you for the entire reception.

See if you can add a temporary chair to the table, so your flower girl can enjoy a drink of water or juice with the girls in the front before heading back to her parents or caregiver for the rest of the evening.

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30 cute sayings to engrave into your wedding band

30 cute sayings to engrave into your wedding band

 If you’re in need of some beautiful words to engrave your and/or your partners rings with, then this is the article for you! This little touch will add a unique, personal element to your beautiful wedding band. There are pop culture references, religious, spiritual and utterly romantic sayings, all amazing ideas for your ring engravings.

Not all of these cute saying ideas will suit every couple, but if you’re looking for some sweet sayings to have engraved into your wedding bands, then look no further. We have a real mix of romance, religious and even a couple Game of Thrones and Star Wars references to suit pretty much everyone. Here are 30 cute saying ideas to engrave your wedding band with: Wedding rings of white gold and angage ring

1. I love you

2. Your partner’s name

3. Your wedding date

4. Your names

5. Mr and Mrs / Mrs and Mrs / Mr and Mr, etc.

6.  I love you to the moon and back

7. My sun and my stars / moon of my life

8. Real love

9. Love is all around us

10. God gave me you

30 cute saying ideas to engrave your wedding band with

11. Part of your vows!

12. “I do”

13. Forever yours

14. Ever mine, ever thine, ever ours

15. My heart is yours

16. But the greatest of these is love

17. Love endures all things

18. Love is absolute loyalty

19. I love you, and that’s the beginning and end of everything

20.  I want all of you forever, you and me every day

Male hand holding wedding ring with an engraved year 2016

21. My heart is, and always will be, yours.

22. Forever

23. Love always wins

24. Je t’adore

25. I love you / I know

26. Love is the only true adventure

27. With you, I am home.

28. Love is forever.

29. I carry your heart / I carry it in my heart

30. ‘Til death do us part

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