Surprise The Groom On Your Wedding Day

Surprise The Groom On Your Wedding Day

Weddings. It is that day that most women have dreamed of since they first understood what marriage was since they first got their hands on a picture-perfect size -2 Barbie doll, and since they could first use their imagination. From that day on the wedding-book starts to fill with ideas about everything, from the venue to the dress, the guests to the humidity levels; all of it gets planned in uncompromising detail. But one thing is usually missing; your groom may like a little romance too.

 

Yes. We said. Your groom may well be a sucker for the more romantic things in life; after all, we now live in a day and age where men can embrace their emotions (thank you, The Smiths). So why not go and retrieve your wedding book, find a little bit of blank page and fill it with little ideas for little presents you can surprise your man to be with? After all, it is going to be the most important day of his life too. Okay second, the time his team won the Super Bowl is the first. Or that time where Jack Nicholson signed his face on a night out. Either way, your wedding day is going to be in his top 3, and that means you should mark it with a little to surprise gift to make it that much more special. Awwwww.

Surprise The Groom On Your Wedding Day

Something More Traditional

This is often the way people go. They want something that will fit in with the whole vibe of the wedding, something traditional that goes with the flow and will be remembered even when you are both old and losing your marbles. The question is, what is traditional and classy and right for your fella?

Well, you can never go wrong with a watch. Seriously. You could splash all of your savings on a Patek Philippe (which he’ll never own, he’ll just look after it for the next generation) or you could spend $15 on a classic Casio watch, both of which would tick the watch box. You could even get him a pocket watch. Whatever you go with, add a little engraving to it, both of your initials, or the date, or the chat up line he used; something personal.

 

Jewelry. So you and he walked 36 miles of high street in search of your perfect wedding ring, and you didn’t stop the hunt until you found the one. But what about wedding bands for men, did you even once consider that? Okay, that was a bit judgy. You probably did but, men being men, he probably wasn’t that fussed and just said something completely unromantic like, “oh, just surprise me on the day.” So surprise him with some gorgeous and striking and personal and him, so very him. Why not get his favorite movie quote engraved on the inside too, unless that quote is by Tony Montana and goes, “All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break ‘em for no one.”Something A Little More Personal

A big favorite in the personal category is a hip flask. We’re not sure why this is, as far as you’re aware, marriage to you will be utter bliss, so why he would need to sneak off for a stress-smashing snifter is confusing. Nonetheless, it is considered a top gift. The great thing about this idea is the variation; there is the old school style of a 1920s gent or you can get one with a sleek twist for the contemporary-embracing modern man. Then just get it engraved and fill it with a drop of his favorite hooch and voila, you’ve made his day.

Another winning present and one that you would love too are getting him a piece of personal artwork made up. There are tons of ideas littered across the time-snatching platform that is Pinterest, but one of our favorites is the idea of framing a vinyl of your first song with a couple of wedding details added for good measure. Or why not get those silly photo booth pictures you guys got on your second date printed out, blown up and framed? That’s a winner.

 

Something He Will Really Love

You know your man better than anyone, and that means you probably knows what he loves best in this world, so why not treat him to it. What do we mean by this? Come on, we mean to get him floor tickets to the next Lakers game, buy him a season ticket to his beloved Patriots, or send him to see his guilty pleasure in concert (cough, John Mayer). Why not send him and his boys away to Ozzyfest for a weekend. What more can a girl do to say she loves her man? Answer: nothing.

Something For The Honeymoon

Your first night as a married couple is going to go down in your own private history. It is going to be etched into your memories of one another for eternity, so why not make it memorable for how goddamn sexy you looked and surprise him with some classy, sassy and saucy underwear. Chances are, you have this incredibly vivid expectation of how that first night of passion will go, and chances are it won’t live up to expectation. He’ll hit your head on the doorframe as he carries you into the hotel room, or you’ll both fall asleep due to a food coma, or drink too much and, you know, there’ll be downstairs problems. But while these memories will make you laugh one day, the image of you in something saucy and the fact you did for him will be the best present ever. Trust us. Or, of course, you can go one step further and make that image last forever (literally) with a boudoir photo shoot, something you can slip into a little box of personal things foolishly labeled “For Your Eyes Only’, which will inevitably grab the attention of anyone else that ever stumbles across it. But hey ho. At least you looked fantastic.

 

Creating A Wedding Day That Your Guests Will Remember Forever

It seems that often, there are two types of people when it comes to weddings. There are those couples who want a private, intimate affair – sometimes the kind of ceremony when only the immediate family are in attendance, or maybe no actual guests at all. Then, there are those couples who long for a big, flashy wedding, with lots of friends and family around to see them say the words ‘I do’. If you fall into the latter category, you probably see your wedding as just as much about your loved ones as you do about your partner. After all, it’s a chance for everyone to come together and enjoy a great big party, and the opportunity to catch up with people they maybe haven’t seen for a while. But a large majority of your guests will probably have been to many weddings before yours – so what can you do to make your big day stand out among your guests?

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Have a theme

Okay, so themed weddings either make you jump for joy or make you cringe until you can cringe no more. But whatever camp you sit in, there is always a way to tie a theme into your wedding day in a way that suits you. It is a great way to grab your guest’s attention and from the outset you know it will be a wedding to remember. You can go as full on or as subtle as you like depending on your own personal tastes. For example, if you are a huge lover of Disney but don’t want your wedding day to be taken over by princesses, fairies and flying elephants, you can inject your theme in a more muted manner. This could be by wearing some Disney inspired jewelry, or even naming your tables after famous films.

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Deliver the goods when it comes to the food

Wedding catering is notorious for being typically poor – but many highbrow companies have seen this gap in the market and have seized it with both hands. Browse the market to find reputable  catering services for events and weddings that may be able to help you feed the masses on your big day. Weddings are very long days in themselves, especially for your guests that attend both the ceremony and the reception – so make sure you have some good food and drink on offer to help replenish them!

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An amazing venue

They say it’s not about where you are, it’s who you’re with. While this is certainly true for many occasions, on your wedding day, it’s only natural to want to have a great venue at your disposal. Obviously, most people are limited in where exactly they can pick for their wedding as location is usually the prime factor. But, as venues are typically the most expensive part of the wedding package, you need to make sure you get it right. Stately homes and castles are pricey but provide a stunning backdrop to your special day – or why not go quirky by getting married on a boat or outdoors?

6 Easy Ways to Thank Your Wedding Guests in Style

With so much emphasis on the brides and grooms, it can be easy to forget about saying two simple words. Thank You. Guests will often have traveled a long distance to celebrate your union. Maybe they bought expensive gifts or donated their time to help you prepare for the ceremony. A wedding day wouldn’t be the same without your guests.

There are lots of simple yet effective ways to thank friends and family with keepsakes that are worth keeping. The following six tips have been compiled to provide some extra inspiration to ensure everyone is smiling as much as you two are!

 

Welcome gift bags

A small bag of essentials is perfect for showing gratitude to guest on the wedding day itself. If all of your guests are staying at the same hotel, ask the reception staff to give a handmade bag to each of the wedding parties when they check in. This simple gesture provides a very warm welcome. Fill with mini treats such as luxury bath products and fancy biscuits so they can enjoy some home comforts during their stay.

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Photo credit: Sally Pinera

 

Special treats for bridesmaids, groomsmen and top table

Chances are these are the people who have provided you with the most encouragement and love during the planning process. A bachelorette or bachelor party is a treat you can plan a few weeks beforehand.

On the morning of your wedding, say a personal thank you to each of your parties. While the focus may be on the couple make sure that everyone else is feeling good too. Treat bridal and groom’s party to a delicious breakfast and some pampering alongside your schedule.

Gifting each of your bridesmaids a spa day pass will help them relax after looking after the bride! Groomsmen may appreciate a good bottle of liquor or pair of suave cufflinks. You know your wedding party best! So pick out gifts that reflect your personal taste and interests. Mothers and Fathers will appreciate simple yet sentimental gifts such as photo canvases or vouchers for a mini-break. They deserve a generous gift after putting so much effort into your big day.

 

A subtle way to say thanks

Write a heartfelt thank you note on a chalkboard at the entrance to your ceremony or reception. Do the same on the back of your table markers for guests to read when they take a seat. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated; just a simple thank you for all the support from guests.

Also, make sure to mention guests in your wedding speech. It’s easy to focus on your partner, so try to name-drop a few special people before thanking the entire reception for attending.

 

Cheap and cheerful keepsakes

You can add your name to pretty much anything you like! Fill mason jars full of snacks for guests to grab when leaving. Candies are usually cheap in bulk and will provide a colourful effect. By adding a ribbon and a mini label with your wedding name and date you can transform a simple item into a gorgeous gift. Music lovers could even provide guests with homemade CD’s featuring their favourite romance tracks.

 

Thank You Notes

Thank you notes are the first official correspondence you will send out as a married couple. How very exciting! Choose a notecard that reflects your style. You could carry on your wedding’s colour scheme right through to your luxury wedding stationery.

A handwritten thank you note is a traditional and sentimental keepsake for guests. Add in a specific note about the gift they bought you, or a memory from the day. Maybe they were throwing some great shapes on the dance floor? Did they catch the bouquet? Personal mementos will make guests feel truly appreciated.

To save time, you could try using Touchnote. It’s a photo printing app which sends a picture postcard straight to your correspondents from your smartphone. You could even send these out during the honeymoon if you want to keep friends updated from your exotic location!

 

Provide the best experience for guests

The simplest way to thank guests is to provide a comfortable and enjoyable day. So if you are planning an outdoor wedding, ensure you have umbrellas on hand in case it rains. Provide warm blankets for the evening reception. Even something as obvious as stocking up the bar and ensuring there is enough food to go around will make all the difference. Just think about the next wedding you will go to. What sort of day would you like to experience? If you can cover the basics, you won’t go far wrong.

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Adorable Ring Bearer Idea

We are always looking for super cute and unique ideas to share with you for your wedding and we just LOVE this adorable way of getting kids involved in your special day!

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Photo credit: Christian Oth Studio

 

Pre-wedding Essentials

The run up to your wedding day can be pretty hectic to say the least. Not only is there so much to plan and organise, there’s also the added pressure of making sure you look great and the worry that everyone remembers exactly what they’re supposed to be doing and at the right time. Here’s a reminder of some pre-wedding essentials you need to get organised in time for the big day, just in case you forget:

  • Setting up your wedding gift list

Spending sometime setting up your wedding gift list is really important. Traditionally a gift list is to help you get set up for married life together so involves lots of essentials like cutlery, a toaster and kettle etc. But, as so many couples live together before marriage now things have changed a bit. Use your list to get beautiful things for your house to make it feel more homely and special as you start married life. Sites like Cox and Cox for some gorgeous interior inspiration.

  • Check your passport is in date

Making sure that both your passports are in date in time for the honeymoon is vital and something that often gets forgotten in the run up to a wedding. The passport renewal system can take a while in busy periods but usually about 3 weeks and an emergency run to the passport offices located in Liverpool, London, Durham or Glasgow.

  • Put together the table favours

Little things like table favours can easily be forgotten. They give you chance to thank your guests for coming to your wedding and allow you to add a little personal touch to the day. By thinking about these in advance you’ll be able to put together some cute little favours which symbolise your relationship and put a smile on your guests’ faces.

  • The cake

Organising the cake well in advance is super important to make sure you get exactly what you want and the cake designer you desire.  With specialists being booked up well in advance it’s important to organise this early on then it’s one thing off the list that can’t get forgotten about at the last minute. Try and think about what you want for your cake rather than pleasing your guests and always plan for the amount of people you have coming.

There’s so much to organise when planning a wedding that it can all get really stressful. By considering these 4 essentials far in advance you’ll hopefully not forget anything and have a wonderful wedding day.

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Location – The Key to Your Dream Wedding

No one doubts a wedding is all about the bride (and, well, to a lesser extent, the groom). Traditionally, it’s the bride who plans the majority of the wedding and the groom is relegated to choosing his groomsmen, and, if he’s lucky, the music for the reception. Of course, there’s the exception of the couple who choose to do everything together and make all decisions together.

 

Once you’ve committed yourselves to each other, you need to commit – as soon as possible – to another important decision: the wedding date and wedding venue (such as The Brighton Savoy). If you’re going to a have a wedding with guests, it’s assumed that you want to take your vows in front of your family and friends and declare your love and forever affection to each other in front them. Additionally, that should mean that you want your guests to be (nearly) as happy and joyful as the two of you are. By no means should you plan your wedding around anyone else’s schedule, but you need to be aware that when you choose a date, you can “open up” the entire month of your wedding or a month before, a month after, as long as you want to, and your budget permits. However, your guests won’t have that luxury. If you desperately want a Christmas wedding you should have one, but you might want to rethink how many guests you’ll want to have. Christmas is a magical time to many, even those willing to share their wedding anniversary with the “day of the lord’s birth.” There’s little doubt you’d have a pretty wedding with your venue (if you choose a hotel) pre-decorated.

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But here’s the rub: Christmas is probably the most expensive time to travel, and that is asking your guests (likely people you really, really want to come to your wedding) to not only spend a good deal of money, but to spend it away from home. In other words, a Halloween wedding can be a delightful theme wedding, but a New Year’s Eve one, less so – if the guests have had to take out a loan to attend.

 

The next step is the venue. You can look into unusual locations, like the library, a museum, an art gallery, a boat or even a theatre. Or, you could choose a more traditional venue, like a hotel which will give you a choice of venues within their property and provide your guests with an excellent and fun place to stay. There is an elegant wedding venue in Melbourne like Brighton Savoy, which has four fully functioning reception rooms geared for larger (up to 250 guests) and smaller (as few as 24). Two of the rooms have gorgeous views, one of the Brighton Beach and one of Port Phillip Bay.

 

There are a series of questions to consider when choosing a venue and one in which you can have the actual wedding ceremony and the reception are much favoured by guests who prefer not to navigate an unfamiliar area.  These include:

 

  • Number of guests it can accommodate
  • Can the wedding service as well as the reception be held in one of the rooms?
  • Will the hotel portion block off rooms for your guests – and under what circumstances (will the block be guaranteed or open?)
  • How is pricing determined? Is there a package that includes everything, the service, the reception, the food, the dance floor, the DJ, the tables, the chairs, the AV system, the cake?
  • What are requirements and restrictions?

 

Be prepared and your dream wedding is within sight!

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