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Planning the most romantic Ireland wedding

As a country that’s full of striking sceneries, lush green vegetation and majestic ancient castles, Ireland certainly presents an excellent wedding destination. With the epic, almost picturesque cliffs and moors, this country sees a plethora of couples who flock to this glorious country to tie the knot. If you’re one of them, scroll down to learn how to very easily plan the most romantic Ireland Destination Wedding.

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Say I Do in a fairytale castle

The venue is, of course, the most important thing to consider when you’re planning any destination wedding. Fortunately, Ireland is brimming with venues which are so stunning that they’ve even been used as prized locations for Hollywood movies. Of course, there’s no lack of castles in Ireland: all you have to do is look around and find the perfect one that matches your budget and personal preferences. Newlyweds-to-be are going to be happy to learn that, as Ireland’s favorite wedding venues, most castles do offer an assortment of marriage deals. In fact, the majority of them take care of the flowers, the decorations, the catering and may even put a wedding planner at your disposal.

Wedding inside irish castle

Start a new life on the cliffs and wild sea

Ireland is also reputed for its awe-inspiring wild seas that lash against the side of steep cliffs. If you’re a fan of nature and if you love adventure, you’re certainly going to love getting married in such a dramatic setting. If you want to get married on the cliffs, however, there are a few certain things that you should consider to guarantee your comfort. A long billowy veil, for example, is not really recommended because of the furious winds. For the same reason, it’s best to keep your hair up. Short wedding dresses are huge No’s, unless they are straight and hang close to the body to avoid flying up.

Irish castle

Irish wedding on cliffs

House Hotels

Several couples also chose to hold their weddings in one of Ireland’s numerous House hotels. These normally accommodate your guests as well but it’s important for you to make the reservation several months in advance, especially if your bridal party is on the larger side. Killashee House Hotel, for example, is an extremely popular Irish venue that can very easily cater to a multitude of guests. It’s also recommended to go for a house hotel that boasts of a large backyard to accommodate your ceremony. If you’re lucky enough to have a summer Ireland wedding, don’t hesitate to throw the reception outside as well: indeed, your guests are going to enjoy the warm balmy evening and fresh air, away from the normal city pollution.

Irish wedding at Killashee House Hotel

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A mystical summer solstice wedding

Celtic weddings very often present a deeply romantic and rather mystical-like affair. Indeed, Celts have an extremely close relationship with nature which is why the majority of Celtic couples choose to tie the knot during summer in a summer solstice wedding. Indeed, in Celtic culture, the summer solstice normally happens around the end of June and is normally centered around the arrival of sun and warmth. The summer solstice is thought to represent joy and courage, fertility, marriage, wealth and overall bliss in their new life.

Mystical outdoors location

There are, of course, several ways to throw a summer solstice wedding. While some couples go all the way and include every Celtic tradition from the Handfasting to the Unity Candle ceremony, others decide to keep things rather toned down by going for a nature-infused wedding instead of indulging in the different rituals. If you’re one of the couples who doesn’t mind going the extra mile, however, don’t forget that it might not be a bad idea to travel to exotic and mystical places where the summer solstice is usually celebrated. Stonehenge, for example, is an extremely popular venue for summer solstice weddings, especially at the crack of dawn. Waterfalls, lakesides or mountains are other fantastic options.

Thick flower crown

Another element that’s nearly always present in most Celtic summer solstice weddings are the various nature-infused touches. Of course holding the wedding in the great outdoors is a great way to do that: your backyard, the beach or even a local park are great venues for these types of ceremonies. However, another much easier way to add a nature-infused touch is through your accessories. For instance, a very thick flower crown, paired with a matching bridal bouquet will instantly bring an alluringly mystical look to your outfit, while keeping in line with the summer solstice theme. Since this ceremony is also supposed to celebrate the sun, try to go for yellow flowers for a more sunkissed look.

Floaty celtic dress

Bridal shops are brimming with floaty Celtic dresses to enhance your overall look. Trumpet sleeves, gathered bodices and lace trimmings are all fantastic options for the Celtic bride. It’s also important to pay particular attention to the overall décor and accents. For example, since it’ll be summer, your guests are probably going to be quite thirsty. So, as a special touch, why don’t you serve some refreshing cold drinks right in antique-looking bottles with straws? Don’t hesitate to go for typical Celtic meals such as scones, corned beef and cabbage, iced Irish coffee and the likes.

Refreshing summer drink in bottles

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Posted in Celtic Theme WeddingsTopic WeddingWedding Theme on Feb 02nd,2015
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A Destination Wedding at the Very Heart of Africa

Fans of destination weddings normally consider typical venues such as tropical islands, France, London or even Australia, among others. However, very few couples would think about getting married in the wild exotic wildlife. In fact, while African destination weddings are extremely popular, they normally happen in hotels or resorts.

Destination wedding in African wildness

But, if you’re an avid fan of nature, what better place to tie the knot than the rugged beauty that made the wild African plains popular all across the world? In spite of what you may believe, it’s relatively easy to plan an African wedding as long as you’re flexible and don’t mind the heat. Of course, it goes without saying that you may fly to Africa during the winter to beat the heat, but then again, winter is an extremely unpredictable season in this continent and temperatures can drop drastically, especially at night.

African wedding on private reserve

Several companies actually offer the couples the chance to say ‘I Do’ on a private reserve. These companies normally offer a few luxurious touches such as air conditioning in the reception hall, lush grounds and wide seating areas. The good news is that these wedding agencies normally take care of everything, from the catering to the decoration or even the seating arrangement and wedding favors. The one important thing to remember is that you should constantly stay in touch with the wedding planner to make sure that everything is up to your expectations when you show up in Africa with the bridal party.

Wedding in wildlife reserve

A destination wedding in the great African wilderness doesn’t necessarily need to be in a luxury private reserve. If you don’t mind roughing it up, the African forest is actually a pretty romantic place to tie the knot. Of course, don’t just venture into any other forest with your groom and bridal party in tow unless you want to come nose to nose with some wild predators: always contact a tour guide or a wedding agency that will locate the safest and most beautiful forests for your wedding. This is a wonderful option for nature lovers as well since you’ll be able to go all the way with a flowered aisle and leafy canopy.

Wedding in African forest

Alternatively, if you’re fond of animals, why don’t you hold your African destination wedding in a wildlife reserve? In fact, couples may even hold the actual ceremony as well as the reception in the savannah? It goes without saying that space won’t certainly be an issue and you’ll be able to arrange your tables and dance floor in just about any way you want!

Reception table setting in the savanah

 

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How to throw an amazing reception on the beach

If you’re having a beach party, don’t hesitate to make the most out of the beach to throw one of the feistiest receptions ever! With the sloshing waves, powdery sand and amazing stretch of free space, you’ve certainly got quite a lot of potential to work with. So, here are a few tips that will help you throw an absolutely amazing beach wedding reception.

Beach wedding

Bonfires and Decorations

Festive decorations are the order of the day. If you’re hosting your beach wedding reception at night, by all means go ahead a build the hugest bonfire you can manage. Of course, don’t forget that in certain regions, you might need a special permit to build a fire so act accordingly and seek proper permission first. After all, the last need you need is for the cops to swoop down on what could have been an absolutely perfect wedding reception!

Wedding beach reception

So, once you’ve gotten your permit, don’t hesitate to go ahead and decorate your stretch of beach as much as you can. Evening receptions could certainly use accents like garden or Chinese lanterns or even some fairy lights strung around the makeshift aisle. The good thing about beach weddings is that you very rarely need to invest in a whole lot of decoration, since nature’s taking care of all the scenery. And then of course, you’re going to need some upbeat and rhythmic songs that will encourage your guests to throw off their heels, bury their toes in the sand and dance the night away.

Bonefire at wedding receptions

Beach wedding buffet

A beach wedding buffet has very little in common with a regular buffet. Unless you’re able to afford fancy furniture that will hold steady in the sand, no matter what, and a very polished catering service, odds are that you’re going to make some adjustments to the wedding buffet that you’ve always dreamt of. Let go of the caviar, the steaks, the beef wellington and other fancy dishes that you’ve always wanted to serve at your wedding reception. Instead, it’s recommended to favour more beach friendly foods to make things easier for everyone.

Beach themed buffet

Picnic fares such as sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, Buffalo wings, pasta salad and garlic bread are actually great options because they’re so easy to handle. For something fancier or for an evening meal by the beach, you can take it up a notch, but try to stick to easy-to-handle dishes. Some extremely practical example would include skewers, hamburgers, hotdogs and assorted salads.

Barbecued skewers for easy eating

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Posted in Beach Theme WeddingsTopic WeddingWedding Theme on Dec 29th,2014
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Romantic Celtic wedding traditions

One of the most romantic celebrations, Celtic weddings are always brimming with love, nature and a deep sense of calmness and serenity. So, if you’re planning on having this type of celebration, scroll down to familiarize yourself with some of the most romantic wedding traditions that you should absolutely adopt on your own special day.

Scenic scenery for celtic wedding

Outdoors wedding venue

It is extremely, extremely rare to find a Celtic wedding held in a stuffy indoors area. On the contrary, Celtic weddings are reputed for the sort of scenic sceneries that provide a deeply romantic backdrop for the ceremony. Couples should therefore take the extra time to look for the most striking outdoors venue that they can book.

However, if you want a church wedding, it’s not a bad idea to select a church or chapel in the countryside. This way, you’ll be able to have your church wedding while making the most out of nature’s gorgeous offerings.

Romantic celtic wedding dresses

Celtic Wedding Dress

Unlike contemporary ball gowns or Princess-like frocks, Celtic wedding dresses have a classic look to them. Indeed, brides will very rarely find a Celt-like frock that looks modern. Indeed, these dresses are often rooted in tradition, which may explain why they all look so ultra-glamorous. Admittedly, though, original Celtic dresses might be quite hard to find these days so don’t be afraid to customize. For example, when shopping for your wedding dress, be sure to look out for old-fashioned trumpet sleeves, floaty cuts and gathered bodices. Brides should also select soft and non-shimmery materials like lace, silk, organza and gauze.

Handfasting ceremony

Ceremonies and Rings

Celt couples usually indulge in two exquisitely sentimental traditions during their weddings. Some brides and grooms, for example, chose to go for the ancient Handfasting ceremony. This basically entails the couple holding hands while the priest binds their wrists together with a ribbon or chain. Symbolically, a handfasting ceremony concludes the wedding and joins two spirits as one.

Unity candle

Another very popular tradition in Celtic weddings is the Unity Candle ceremony. Not unlike the handfasting tradition, the lighting of the unity candle happens at the very end of the wedding, after the vows. In some families, the bride and the groom each takes a candles and lights another bigger one together to symbolize their union. In other families, however, the couple’s parents stand behind their children and hold their arms while they’re lighting the unity candle to represent the joining of two families.

Celtic knot ring

And then of course, there’s the typical Celtic knot ring. This is a highly romantic and sentimental piece of jewelry that has been especially crafted to represent an everlasting knot. While these rings are usually crafted for women, more and more jewelers are designing masculine-looking Celtic knot rings for men.

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Posted in Celtic Theme WeddingsTopic WeddingWedding Theme on Dec 23rd,2014
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A post London wedding for the glamorous couple

The leading capital of fashion, design, culture and glamor, London is certainly the most sophisticated place to get married. Each year, couples flock from all over the world to go tie the knot in this extraordinary place. If you’re planning a London Destination wedding as well, you can certainly be sure that you’re headed for an adventure. Best of all, there’s absolutely no lack of picturesque wedding venues that will add some extra charm and flair to your special day. Imagine leaning over the rail to pose for pictures on the iconic Westminster Bridge as you stand surrounded by floaty, billowy clouds of white lace.

Bride posting on Westminter bridge

The iconic Westminster Abbey, for example, has housed countless of wedding ceremonies in the past, including nearly every royal wedding. So, don’t hesitate to book a package that will allow you to pluck a leaf out of Kate Middleton’s book and glide down the impressively long aisle like an enchanted princess. If you want something more toned down, however, keep in mind that London is home to countless other chapels and churches that each have a deep and fulfilled history.

Westminster abbey

Since London’s black taxis are among one of the city’s primary landmarks, it’s not a bad idea to book one as your wedding car. Couples will be happy to learn that several black taxis do offer the possibility of hiring their vehicles for the big day. In fact, several cab drivers will even decorate their taxis in ribbons and sequins for your wedding. However, it’s extremely important to book your taxi as early as you can because they are always in huge demand. Car decorating service do come at an extra fee, but, if you’re on a limited budget, you can take care of the decorations yourself or ask a close friend to do them for you.

London black cab as wedding car

Couples who are more interested in the great outdoors but who still want a British destination wedding can try to seek some wedding venues out of London. Essex, for example, is full of lush, sprawling grounds that will offer the perfect backdrop to your special day. A very popular venue is the Braxted Park Wedding Venue in Essex. Not unlike an aristocratic fairytale-like castle, this park is surrounded by wide, spacious grounds that will look simply magical in pictures. Brides and grooms who are looking for an indoor venue can also check out the grand Bloomsbury Ballroom. While this is certainly on the pricey side, the ballroom is bound to provide you with an enchanted backdrop that you will remember for decades to come.

Braxted Park Wedding Venue in Essex

The Bloomsbury Ballroom

 

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Posted in Destination Theme WeddingsTopic Wedding on Dec 08th,2014
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Easily enhance your Goth wedding

Goth weddings can be quite a sober affair if not done properly. With all the black clothes, deliberately morbid atmosphere and gloomy settings, these weddings can seem quite depressing to outsiders. Still, if you’re into gothic culture, there’s absolutely no reason why you should have a traditional wedding. Indeed, being different is not always a bad thing. In fact, if you dare to be different, your wedding is certainly going to be unique, stand out from others and give all your guests something to talk about for the years to come! You should, however, take some extra precautions to enhance your Goth wedding and make it an enjoyable experience for every single guest. For instance, think about giving edible black and red Gothic wedding favors to your guests instead of the usual gifts.

Goth wedding favors

While it is customary to wear black on your Gothic wedding day, a more pronounced touch would be to give this usual tradition a twist. For example, a deep brown bridal gown might look even more stunning on the bride, especially if you accessorize it with some Goth-like jewelry and accessories such as elbow-length black satin gloves, chocker necklace and even a birdcage brown veil. Pair this outfit with a slick of scarlet red lipstick, jet black mascara and eyeliner, white base foundation and you’ve got yourself a super glamorous Gothic look.

Brown goth wedding dress

The one thing that’s present in nearly all Gothic wedding is, of course, the traditional black, white and red Goth wedding cake. To take it to the next level, however, why don’t you cut it with an axe? Not only will this add a pronounced touch of goriness to your special day, but it will also make you stand out from the other Gothic couples. Of course, you’re also going to need a Goth bridal bouquet. However, don’t limit yourself to just flowers: ribbons, stems, leaves or even jewels are going to take your bouquet to that next level. Just be sure to stick to the black and red color palette for some extra panache.

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As for the wedding decorations, it’s best to follow the same color scheme, but, don’t hesitate to indulge in some other hues as well. For example, if your basic decor is black and red, it’s recommended to add a few touches of purple and green around the reception area. Think glass chandeliers, dried flowers hanging from the ceiling and dried roses strewn over the floor. Red LED candles are other fabulous accessories because they will throw a mysterious glow over the entire affair. Be sure to go for proper lighting as well: dim lights with occasional candle flickers dancing over the wall are certainly going to enhance the overall Goth theme of the day.

Goth wedding decorations

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Posted in Gothic Theme WeddingsTopic Wedding on Dec 05th,2014
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Yummy Jewish delicacies for your post-wedding celebration

One of the reasons why everyone looks forward to Jewish weddings is the absolutely succulent feast that awaits every guest afterwards. These feasts are indeed reputed for their decadence, which means that you’re certainly going to have to live up to the expectation if you’re having a Jewish theme wedding. If you’re unfamiliar with Jewish customs, it’s crucial for you to familiarize yourself with the different customs and dietary restrictions. Challah bread, for instance, is regarded as an absolute must because the Rabbi normally blesses the bread before starting the feast.

Jewish Challah bread

Traditional Jewish families will only eat Kosher-certified food, which is actually quite easy to get. Jewish individuals also follow the ‘Kashrut’ dietary customs which state that they can’t eat the eggs, flesh and milk of certain animals. Meat is never eaten with dairy and some orthodox families even try not to eat fish and meat together. However, these can be served at the reception, provided that they’re not included in the same dish. Seared salmon, for example, is an extremely popular dish at Jewish receptions because they are thought to enhance fertility and vitality. However, shellfish such as shrimps, crabs, lobsters, oysters and clams are forbidden, as are any pork-related products.

Kosher meal

As far as alcoholic beverages are concerned, bear in mind that traditional Jewish people will only consume wine produced by Kosher manufacturers while some might even avoid it altogether. A safer bet would be to serve whole grapes fruit cocktails or non-alcoholic sparkling wine. Non-fruity beers are perfectly wine but some people might restrict champagne altogether. If you’re expecting a large party and can’t contact each person individually to enquire about dietary restrictions, it’s best to provide both an alcoholic and teetotal bar.

Seared salmon

Kosher meals for your guests don’t have to be boring either. If you’re unfamiliar with the dietary requirements, why don’t you contact a Jewish caterer who will take care of all the food pairings for you? Don’t hesitate to be creative as well: briskets, sushi, roasted vegetable kebabs, garlic and ginger marinated tenderloins and other such dishes are bound to enthrall your guests. As for the desserts, there are practically no dietary restrictions provided that you refrain from including non-Kosher grapes. A very popular sweet dish found at Jewish receptions is the Sutlac. Not unlike rice puddings, Sutlacs refer to a creamy delicacy made from rice, egg yolk sugar, milk and cornstarch.

Jewish reception

All in all, the most important thing to keep in mind is to learn as much as you can about the various dietary restrictions and requirements while using quite a bit of imagination to provide your guests with a diverse and delectable wedding buffet that they’ll remember in the years to come!

Wedding buffet

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Posted in Jewish Theme WeddingsTopic Wedding on Dec 04th,2014
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Destination Weddings in Australia: The most coveted venues

Dotted with sandy white beaches, lush vineyards, piers and elegant halls, it should come as no wonder that Australia is one of the world’s favorite wedding destinations. After all, with the sun, the soft sloshing of the waves and the general air of merriment and contentment, what else could a soon-to-be married couple want more?

Destination wedding in Australia

And, to make things even better, Australia is simply brimming with wedding venues to suit every budget. Since this is a destination wedding, you probably won’t have the chance to visit the venue beforehand so it’s quite important to run as many online searches as possible to learn more about the location of your choice. Don’t forget to contact the site manager as well and discuss- in as much detail as you can- everything that you want to be ready for your arrival date. Most crucially, be sure to book everything, from the location to the caterer, several months in advance. Indeed, destination wedding venues in Australia are always in high demand so try to book as early as you can. Once you get all these pesky little details out of the way, you will be able to really relax and enjoy the best locations that Australia has to offer.

Savannah Function Centre

The Savannah Function Centre, for example, is the perfect wedding venue for couples who are looking for an elegant, fairy-tale like location. Nestled in the middle of lush, airy grounds, with a stunning lake and artificial waterfall right next to the reception hall, this place usually provides catering and band services to those who need it. But, if you want something a little more low-key, why not look into one of Australia’s numerous vineyards? Spacious and romantic, these will definitely bring some extra romance and charm to your special day. The Borrodell vineyard, for example, is quite a popular choice for foreign couples who want to have the most stunning destination wedding.

Borrodell vineyard

Couples who are looking for something a little more casual might want to check out one of Sydney’s numerous piers. But, bear in mind that some of them are on the small side so you might want to keep your guest list to a strict minimum. Pier weddings are quite a common sight in Australia, but, on the flip side, the bridal party will normally have to move to another location for the reception due to lack of space. If your bridal party is on the larger size, you might want to consider a beachside wedding. Reputed for its marvelous beaches, Australia has quite a lot to offer in terms of tropical weddings. For example, the picturesque Sapphire coast provides couple with a sublime, almost ethereal backdrop for them to tie the knot.

Pier at Sydney

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Planning a military wedding reception

Compared to traditional after-wedding parties, military wedding receptions tend to be more or less something of a more formal affair. Of course, since every couple has their own preferences, you may plan your reception as you wish and decide how formal you would want it to be. However, there are a few military traditions and protocols that always seem to trickle their way down to the wedding reception, hence bringing a rather sophisticated feel to the entire ceremony. Still, remember that it is your special day to begin with, so you might feel more comfortable with a traditional after-wedding party if you’re more of a free spirit and wish to avoid the protocols that surround military receptions.

Military wedding

For example, if you’d like to plan a military wedding reception, it’s important to start by finding the perfect location.  According to protocol, most military receptions are hosted at enlisted officers’ or army’s clubs. However, it is entirely possible to hold your reception in a regular restaurant or hotel, although that would somehow deviate from the theme of the day. The one thing that you can’t neglect, however, is the proper seating of the guests at the reception. Because of protocol, guests are often seated according to their rank in the army. Seating arrangements can be included in the military wedding invitation card.

Military wedding invitation

As far as the music goes, it’s not a bad idea to select a playlist that blends both regimental and regular music. Military brides and grooms are also allocated a theme song that depends on the groom’s service and this tune is very commonly used for the first dance at the reception.

Military bride and groom

Of course, like every wedding reception, you are going to need some decorations and accents but keep in mind that military decorations also include flags, national colors and badges. It is customary for the flats to be displayed right behind the couple’s receiving line. A typical military cake topper is also included among the other touching accents.

Military cake toppers and touching accents

One of the most important moments at military receptions is, without doubt, the customary cutting of the cake. Extremely formal, this ceremony starts with the saber bearers who file into the reception area to stand in front of the receiving line.  Then, they held up their swords, forming an arch under which the military couple pass through. It is common for the happy couple to pause and kiss under the makeshift aisle before moving on to the cake. And of course, since this is not any old boring reception, the cake is always cut with a military sword, hence concluding the ceremony.

Cutting military wedding cake with sword

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Posted in Military Theme WeddingsTopic WeddingWedding Theme on Jun 05th,2014