Monthly Archives: June 2017

Wedding gift ideas

Personalised cushion

You can personalise anything these days. Personalised glassware is common for bridal parties, a personalised hipflask may have been a gift for the groom from his bucks and the bride may have prepared for her big day in a personalised robe.

But what about a personalised cushion for the newlyweds? You can get styles that include their silhouettes, a photo from the wedding day, or even a cute message with their wedding date embroidered or printed onto it. It will be a truly one-of-a-kind gift.

A piece of art

If there is a bare wall in the couple’s home that has been driving you crazy, seek out a piece of art that reflects the style of their home and the personalities of the couple. It will become a talking point for their many guests.

If they are yet to move in together, a piece of art will provide something special for a new home.

Fire

There is something truly captivating about dancing flames and whether the couple are outdoor entertainers or prefer to stay cozy inside with guests, you can give them the gift of fire!

An outdoor fire pit is a centerpiece for people to gather around, toast marshmallows, and share laughs over drinks, while an indoor tabletop variety (which burns ethanol fuel so there’s no smoke or sparks) will create a beautiful ambience in any room.

Make-up bell

It is an Irish tradition to have a silver bell on hand in the home so that in the future, whenever an argument arises, they can ring the bell to call an end to the fight.

Wall art for corks

For the wine connoisseurs who may plan to drink their way through their honeymoon, (responsibly, of course…), there are gorgeous pieces of wall art that you can buy which have grooves in them specially for wine corks.

Once all the spaces are filled, the piece is complete and the couple will have a unique wall hanging that is filled with special memories to keep forever.

A meal for two

We’re not talking about a dinner voucher – but rather a specially made basket or box filled with everything the couple needs to make a dinner or dessert to enjoy together.

If you go with dinner, you could include a packet of pasta, a jar of pasta sauce, a colander, a gift card for bread, tealight candles and a bottle of wine.

A dessert box could include a cake or brownie mix, spatula, mixing bowl, measuring spoons and cups and a funky pair of oven mitts. If the budget allows, you could also throw in a bottle of sweet wine or port as well.

Framed wedding invitation

Some of the best gifts are the most thoughtful. The couple would have spent a lot of time designing their wedding invitations. They are the first thing guests receive and the first thing that is forgotten about once the RSVP has been sent.

So why not help the couple to remember the excitement they were filled with when mailing them out? You can have one framed in a shadow box and add embellishments.

Honeymoon stuff

No, we’re not talking 50 Shades of Grey equipment – that’s in hen’s and buck’s night territory. If you can find out where the couple are planning to honeymoon, you can give them some gear they can take with them.

Think embroidered towels for beach getaways, a travel first aid kit for an adventurous holiday, map, or language books if they are venturing to a foreign country, or a prepaid petrol card if they are road tripping around Europe.

Matching bag tags

If the couple already has everything they need for their perfect honeymoon, chances are they haven’t yet thought about bag tags for their luggage. Get them a pair of matching leather bag tags.

There are companies that can personalise them with images or simply their name and contact number so any lost luggage (heaven forbid) can be easily reunited with them.

Subscriptions

Whether the couple like to read a variety of magazines, or simply Netflix and chill, subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving and will last as long as 12 months if you want them to.

Proposals at other people’s weddings

We’ve done really well for ourselves and finally reached a point where we could afford a huge blowout wedding to celebrate our lives with everyone we know and love.

My husband’s best friend, “John,” was the best man/officiant. The setting was beautiful, everyone seemed happy, our families were overjoyed. My mom may have used the phrase hallelujah a few dozen times.

The entire atmosphere felt moving. So moving in fact that John stopped mid-ceremony to propose to his longtime girlfriend, “Jane,” and reveal her pregnancy.

I couldn’t even hear the vows my husband wrote or the rest of the ceremony over the noise of Jane’s happy sobs, her very surprised family who were also guests, and people seated nearby congratulating her.

Even the videographer cut to her frequently during the ceremony, and you can’t hear anything over the chatter. When John gave his toast, he apologized for being caught up in the moment and then proceeded to talk about his and Jane’s future with nary a mention of us.

During the reception, John and Jane became the primary focus of our guests. John even went out of his way to ask the band for a special dance for just him and Jane on the dance floor.

I’ve never been an attention hog, and I wouldn’t even have minded if he’d proposed after the ceremony, but weeks later I am still seething. I am so shocked and angry that I keep asking myself if this is real life.

The online backlash

This is seriously not a situation you would come across at your average wedding, so everyone is weighing in their two cents on the situation… with sometimes hilarious comments.

Some of the best comments against John’s actions include…

I see your petty retaliation and raise you, by stealing the secret name, (that you wrote over and over in your diary), you wanted to give your first child and bestow the name to my dog.”

I would broke that shit up like Kanye did Taylor!! And No I ain’t gonna let you finish. Security would’ve been escorting them out. That’s beyond rude & tacky.”

While he did actually have some supporters…

“Seriously? People are really that shallow that someone getting engaged at their wedding is seen as some sort of insult? Wouldn’t you be happy for them?”

To each their own, I’m not that petty or stingy for shine, that it would bother me. If one of my girls got engaged, that’s even more of a reason to celebrate.”

So we’ve gone through a fair few chat forums and social media pages dedicated to this dear John to see what the acceptable etiquette is. Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority decided it was a BIG no-no.

But, for the purposes of balance, we will present arguments for both sides.

Pro-John

  • Weddings are romantic occasions. Guests doing romantic things makes perfect sense.
  • It’s okay if you check with the bride and groom beforehand. But even if you have the seal of approval, you should never propose during someone else’s ceremony as this guy did.

Anti-John

  • You can propose to your partner at literally any other time that is not this time, which is meant to celebrate two people who are not you.
  • Do it somewhere else! There are 365 days in a year, 364 of which will not be the wedding you’re attending, so you have scads of choices when it comes to time, place, atmosphere, etc., to propose.
  • If you’re gonna marry this person and spend the entire life with that person, you should make her feel special. What’s the point of proposing at other’s wedding and ruining their day by making a fuss about yourself and your counterpart even if she says yes?
  • It cheapens your own moment to piggyback off someone else’s.
  • It’s generally agreed upon that weddings are a day when you shouldn’t upstage the happy couple in any way. I think that’s a good rule to keep.
  • So you just proposed to your girlfriend and she accepted…and then you’re just at a wedding for the rest of the evening. There isn’t a lot of chance for intimacy or connection at that point, and no matter how much focus you steal the evening is primarily going to be about someone else.
  • Wouldn’t it be better, more considerate, more romantic even to wait just a very few hours and take your girlfriend out for coffee after the reception, and say to her, “What a great wedding that was! Why don’t we have one?”So people, no matter how badly you get swept away in the emotion of someone else’s wedding, this is the one time you need to bottle it up and pop the cork on that bad boy until later on when you have a private moment with your significant other.

Budget to Plan your wedding

The Easy Weddings To Do List shows you step by step everything you have to do from the moment you begin planning til your actual wedding day and beyond.

For instance, the To Do List will prompt you to book and confirm vendors, pick up wedding attire, and arrange your wedding party speeches and formalities depending on where you’re at with your wedding planning.

The To Do List begins at 12 to 18 months before the wedding, and ends after the wedding, ensuring all vendors are paid in full, all formal wear is returned, and you’re well on your way to sending out thank you cards to guests and jetting off on your honeymoon.(Check out our fantastic honeymoon packages here!)

The great thing about the To Do List is you can customise it to fit your wedding. Not having a videographer? No worries – just delete the prompt from your list.

Budget Calculator

The Easy Weddings Budget Calculator will become your best friend during wedding planning. Easy Weddings has based the calculator’s functionality on years of data in the wedding industry, so you can use this tool whether you’re budgeting for £10,000 or £100,000!

The calculator itself allows you to factor in your estimated budget and gives suggested amounts in dollar value for each vendor category.

For instance, if I were to have a £15,000 wedding, the ‘EW Suggested Budget’ column might suggest me budgeting £1,000 for my wedding dress, and £150 for my veil and hair piece – and so on. Of course, you don’t have to play by these rules. Each couple is different and will hold different categories as higher importance and therefore monetary value.

The great thing about the Budget Calculator is that it allows you to customise your wedding to suit your budget. You can choose which category you’d be willing to spend more in (for instance, wedding photography) and which categories you’d be willing to forgo or perhaps choose the cheaper option for.

While nothing’s forcing you to stick to your budget – and trust me, you’ll stray at times! – the Easy Weddings Budget Calculator is a good place to start.

Guest List

The wedding guest list is what causes a lot of stress among couples when it comes to planning their wedding. The Easy Weddings Guest List tool provides an incredibly simple way to manage who you’re inviting.

The guests are broken up into eight categories: adults, children, bride’s family, groom’s family, primary guests, friends, special meals, and co-workers.

As you add your guests to the list, you can modify their listing if they require a special meal, or if they are a child. This way, you’ll know how many children’s meals you need to accommodate, and how many special meals you have to provide. At any time, you can ‘bin’ a guest, and they will be removed from your guest list.

The Easy Weddings Guest List tool is a great way to manage who’s invited and their special needs and requests in one place, without having paper upon paper strewn across your living room floor.

For further help, check out this new wedding guest list trend: The A list and B list. Like celebrities, you can sort your guests into priority lists. When someone from your A list RSVPs no, you can simply move someone from your B list to replace them.

Seating Planner

Once you’ve finalised your guest list using the Easy Weddings Guest List tool, you can use the Seating Planner tool to arrange where your guests sit at your reception and ceremony. This tool is particularly useful when choosing who to sit next to who, based perhaps on how they get along or similar interests.

Using the Seating Planner, you’ll be able to visualise where everyone sits on the day, including the bridal party and your respective families. Creating a seating plan adds order to an otherwise potentially chaotic situation where guests try to snag a seat among people they’d prefer to sit next to. Without a seating plan, you run the risk of having spare seats where people choose to leave a gap, not having enough space to fit everyone, and creating a ‘clique’ environment instead of the happy celebration weddings SHOULD be.

Suppliers

Easy Weddings has thousands of wedding vendors listed on the directory. This enables couples to discover not only vendors in their area, but pick and choose particular vendors that suit their wedding theme, what they envision for their day, and their budget.

For instance, for a couple based in London seeking wedding transport, they can select the category (cars), their area (London), and browse through the many wedding transport providers based in their area. Easy!

Reviews

Easy Weddings Reviews is working to provide the largest and most trusted wedding review system in the UK. The feedback is collected from couples just like you to help simplify the wedding planning process!

Every wedding vendor listed with Easy Weddings has a section on their storefront dedicated to their customer reviews. It’s imperative you carefully read these reviews, as they’ll give you some indication of what to expect from the vendor. And, if there’s anything to be concerned about, you’ll be able to identify it in the vendor’s reviews!

Survive a summer wedding

You might not run the same risk of rain that a winter wedding would, but that doesn’t mean the weather will be pleasant all round. Since you DO live in the UK, this might never be an issue. However, if you are hosting your wedding in a country that actually gets sun in the summer, here’s what you need to survive a (hot) summer wedding.

“I swear I looked better this morning.”

Handkerchief

I don’t know about you, but when I’ve had the “pleasure” of sitting outside on a 35℃ day, my upper lip sweats LIKE CRAZY. Mix the heat with your nerves, and not only will you have a sweaty upper lip, but also your temples, underarms, and the back of your neck. Wipe that sh*t up!

Extra makeup

With all that sweating, you might actually sweat your face makeup off. Bring extra makeup in an emergency kit to touch up if need to.

Water

There’s a high chance of dehydration on your wedding day. Why? Because you’ll probably have been drinking champagne since 6am, barely eaten anything, and the heat is drying you up like a pickle left out in the sun. Drink up, folks!

Fans

Please supply your guests with paper fans to cool themselves down. You might be so immersed in your ceremony not to care about the heat, but I assure you – your family and friends care! Some guests might even decide to boycott your wedding entirely if it’s outside on a day that’s simply too hot, and if you have made no attempt to accommodate or protect them from the elements. I can’t imagine my 82-year-old grandmother sat out in the sun for an hour – can you?

See, this girl’s got the right idea

Air conditioner

Ensure your venues and wedding transport have air conditioner before you book your summer wedding with them. A hot indoor venue is enough to send people home early, and nobody wants to open the windows of their Rolls Royce on the way to the ceremony – HELLO windswept hair?! Not cute.

Shade

If you do decide on an outdoor ceremony venue in the height of summer, make sure you choose an area beneath trees or with ample shade. Do your family and friends a justice and protect them from severe sun burn or heat stroke. They’ll thank you for it and won’t always remember your wedding as “the one that gave Uncle James third degree burns”.