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Know More About Thank You Cards

w1Thank you cards might seem a bit old-fashioned and inefficient in 2016 when social media rules the world, but when it comes to your wedding they are a must! Here are some thank you card dos and don’ts to ensure your guests are sufficiently thanked after your wedding.

Do: send them!
Sending thank you cards is nothing more than good manners and a way of letting your guests know that you appreciated their attendance. Your guests have taken time and spent their precious money on attending your wedding, buying a gift and, perhaps, even travelling to your wedding or taking time off. The least you can do is send them a small note acknowledging their effort (and their wedding present, of course).

Don’t: delay sending them
Writing thank you notes are one of those post-wedding tasks most couple’s dread. Having to write them out, come up with a message for each recipient, find your guest’s addresses and post them might seem daunting. Our tip: don’t delay sending them or they may never get done. After you get back from your honeymoon make this a priority so you can focus on something more interesting.

Don’t: email them
Yes, we know you’re busy and we all have terrible hand-writing but whipping off a quick message on email or social media doesn’t give your guests the respect they deserve. Remember, all guests played a part in your wedding and they should be appreciated.

Do: handwrite them
A generic printed response doesn’t have the same kind of personal touch a handwritten note does. Even if it’s something simple like hand writing their names and mentioning their gift, it’s good to show your guests that you appreciated their presence, and their presents.

Do: be positive
If a guest behaved badly on the day, just focus on the positives. Still send them a thank you note and let them know you appreciated their attendance, even if you didn’t. Remember, they still took time out to come and celebrate with you

Don’t: worry about the wording
Don’t be anxious about perfect prose. Be sincere and the words will flow perfectly and you’ll do what the card is meant to do: thank them, and sincerely. And, if you’re facing writer’s block, you can re-use similar wording across multiple cards! Just make sure you don’t use the exactly same words on cards that may be seen by the same people.

Do: a quick spell check
We’re used to our computers checking our spelling but when you’re hand-writing something, you only have your brain as a spell checker, so use it! Double-check spelling, grammar and addresses.

Do: send thank you cards to a variety of people
This is important. This exercise is not just about thanking the people who bought presents or did lots for you on your wedding day. It’s about expressing gratitude to people who contributed to your special day, so be sure to include as many people as possible as well as those who may not expect a thank you card, like your celebrant, or even your parents!

Information About Popular Wedding Styles Explained

Weddings seem to have a language of their own and, though by the time you walk down the aisle, you’ll know your bomboniere from your boutonnieres, the first terms you’ll need to get your head around are those relating to wedding themes. Here are some of the most popular wedding theme ideas explained.

And, yes, we’ve answered one of the most popular wedding questions: what’s the difference between rustic and vintage?

A classic or traditional wedding

A classic or traditional wedding is, often, quite a formal occasion which includes a sit-down three-course dinner at a reception.

Markers of such a wedding, typically, include the couple marrying in a church; the bride wearing a classically styled, usually princess ballgown-style wedding dress, in white, of course, as well as formal celebrations following the ceremony. The groom will wear a classic black tuxedo, and the groomsmen will generally wear a tuxedo also or a formal suit. The bridal party will usually consist of many members including flower girls, page boys, junior bridesmaids/groomsmen, ushers and ring bearers.

Formal celebrations that are prevalent in a classic or traditional wedding include professional wedding photos, the cutting of the cake, speeches, first dance, father-daughter and mother-son dances, and the garter and bouquet toss. If the couple are married in a church there may be further religious or cultural traditions that are incorporated into the ceremony also. For example, in some cultures, once the ceremony has commenced the bridal party will wait in a receiving line at the alter so that each and every guest present can come past one by one and congratulate the bridal party.

Contemporary elegance

A contemporary and elegant wedding is another formal occasion, and while it has the foundations of a classic and traditional wedding, it has a contemporary twist. The contemporary twist can be modern design choices such as a non-traditional wedding dress or non-traditional wedding venue, as well as a modern take on invitations, styling, flowers and decorations.

It is essentially a classic wedding with some elegant, yet trend-focused, styling choices, making the over all mood and theme a little more contemporary than it’s traditional counterpart.

Contemporary and elegant weddings may include all of the formalities that are present at a traditional wedding, such as a sit-down dinner and speeches. A contemporary and elegant wedding usually includes all the key players in the bridal party too, such as the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and page boys.

Vintage style

A vintage theme means that the styling for the wedding will be reminiscent of a bygone era. For example, most vintage style weddings make reference to the Victoria era, as well as the ’20s or ’40s. This theme is really expressed through the garments, hair and makeup worn by the bridal party, as well the venue styling, floral and decoration choices.

A vintage wedding may or may not include a sit-down dinner, however, a cocktail wedding is usually more applicable to a vintage theme as cocktail parties were all the rage in the roaring ’20s. Jazz music, vintage photo booths, vintage wedding cars and even a vintage style venue are all popular ways to enhance the vintage theme.

While a vintage wedding can be a formal occasion, it may not include all the traditional formalities or members of the bridal party.

Romantic vineyard

A vineyard wedding is usually a visual celebration of the beautiful, natural surroundings. The wedding ceremony might be held outdoors or indoors, and often the styling elements will reflect the surrounding landscape. A vineyard wedding usually mixes well with rustic elements and styling choices.

A vineyard wedding may have a focus on food, wine and local produce and therefore will usually be a sit-down dinner. A vineyard wedding may be as formal or as informal as the couple want, and key players in the bridal party are usually present.

Rustic wedding

A rustic wedding theme or style is a styling theme which is inspired by the simplicity of country life and references the outdoors. A rustic wedding usually incorporates rustic elements such as timber, metal and natural unstructured bouquets and flowers.

Rustic weddings are usually held, and tend to work best, in venues such as barns, sheds, vineyards and outdoors under a marquee or tree, and the reception will usually consist of a sit-down dinner. Some rustic weddings may have the ceremony and reception at the same location, or on the same property.

Some formalities may be present, however, a rustic wedding is typically quite relaxed and laid back, as opposed to being very formal. Couples may choose to have many bridal party members, just a few or even none.

On the beach

A beach wedding is typically a relaxed occasion, and often guests aren’t required to wear clothing that is too formal. Most beach weddings will include a ceremony on the beach and a reception to follow at a nearby venue.

The couple may opt to take a relaxed approach to their wedding attire, and some brides will even wear sandals or no shoes at all. A beach wedding may consist of a small or large bridal party, and some couples even choose to have an intimate beach ceremony with just a handful of close friends and family.

A beach wedding may be a cocktail or sit-down occasion, and may include as many or as little formalities as the couple choose.

DIY wedding

The term DIY means ‘do it yourself’, so a DIY wedding is essentially a wedding in which the couple have hand made many of the decorations, styling elements and even bomboniere. A DIY wedding is typically a smart casual occasion and may consist of a sit-down dinner or embrace a cocktail party style approach.

DIY weddings are a great way to keep costs down for couples who are budget conscious, and some DIY brides may even make their own bouquet, dress and even do their own hair or make-up. A DIY wedding may or may not include formalities, and the couple may choose as many or as few members of the bridal party as they desire.

Bohemian romance

A romantic Bohemian style wedding generally has a relaxed yet elegant vibe. This if often conveyed through the styling choices of the bride and her maids, as well as venue choice and location, decorations and style of ceremony.

Bohemian weddings usually incorporate an element of nature, whether that is the ceremony being held outside or greenery and floral decorations used to decorate an indoor location. Some Bohemian weddings tie in well with a beach setting too.

Industrial inspired

Industrial weddings are weddings that incorporate an industrial aesthetic. This is usually achieved through the choice of venue and the way it is styled. Industrial characteristics include raw textures and materials such as polished concrete, aged timber and exposed brick.

Industrial weddings can be both sit-down and stand-up cocktail affairs, depending on the venue and the couple’s preference. Moreover, an industrial wedding may be traditional in nature in terms of formalities and the bridal party, but is set in a non-traditional context.

A country or farm wedding is, predictably, a wedding which is held at a farm or in the country and is often styled to reflect the surroundings. Rustic styling and decorations often tie in well with a country theme, and country brides may wear boots and use trucks or Utes as wedding day transport in lieu of traditional wedding cars.

The difference between a rustic theme and a country theme is that while a rustic theme can be used in any setting, a country theme is, typically, limited to being held at a farm or country environment. Rustic styling is generally a stylised reference to the outdoors and country living, whereas country and farm weddings take a more literal rather than stylised approach.

Country weddings are usually sit-down occasions and may require a smart-casual to formal dress code. Bridal parties can include many members or few, and many traditional formalities may or may not be included, depending on the couples preference.

Garden or outdoors

A wedding that takes place in a garden or outdoors is generally a relaxed affair, however, they can range from requiring a smart-casual to a formal dress code.

Some couples choose to continue the celebrations outdoors and create a festival-inspired setting with the inclusion of food trucks and outdoor games, whereas other couples may choose to move the wedding to an indoor reception for a formal sit-down dinner and evening of formalities.

Glamorous and luxurious

Glamorous and luxurious weddings tend to be traditional weddings which are extravagantly decorated. Glamorous and luxurious weddings tend to be black tie occasions, and are often held at a church and reception venue. They are also very similar in nature to contemporary weddings, however, a glamorous wedding may be a more luxurious affair.

A glamorous and luxurious wedding may include styling elements that involve sparkle, metallic colours such as gold, silver, rose gold and copper, and stand out features like lush flower walls, opulent centrepieces and elegant invitations, styling and decor.

Glamorous weddings may have an element of regal or Hollywood glamour, and the bride may wear a gown which features lace or intricate embellishment, with well styled bridal party to match.

Glamorous weddings are sit-down occasions and they generally include all the formalities that a classic and traditional wedding has.

Here are some examples of a glamorous and luxurious wedding.

Fantasy

Fantasy themed weddings are, undoubtedly, the ultimate in wedding themes, and can be as creative and elaborate as the couple wish. Fantasy themes can be anything from steampunk to sci-fi, and a themed wedding theme usually involves costumes, decorations and a suitable venue that pays homage to the fantasy theme.

A themed wedding may or may not include traditional bridal party members and formalities, and may consist of a sit-down dinner or take a cocktail wedding approach.

Unique things to include in a garden wedding

While garden weddings naturally have a slightly more relaxed feel, they can still be just as glamorous, creative and stylish as any indoor wedding.

A garden wedding is a wedding ceremony/reception which takes place in a garden. Garden ceremonies are perfectly suited to couples who have a great love for the outdoors and the styling opportunities for a garden wedding are endless.

Here are eight things to include in a garden wedding.

The perfect ceremony backdrop
A ceremony backdrop can be anything from a flower wall, an arch, or man-made structure such as a pavilion or deck. The sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing and decorating your backdrop.

A welcome sign
Make your friends feel welcome with a sign situated at the entrance to your ceremony. Something along the lines of ‘pick a seat, not a side, as we’re all family once the knot is tied’ is a popular choice of words.

Alternatively, you can simply write a welcome message such as, ‘welcome to the wedding of Lynn and Taylor’.

Flower bar
You’ve heard of lolly buffets and dessert tables, but flower bars are the next big thing. A flower bar is essentially an array of fresh flowers sprawled out on a table so that guests may peruse the blooms and create their very own take-home bouquets.

Guests can even use a flower bar to create their own flower crowns, corsages, or use the petals as confetti. Additionally, your flower bar can serve as your bomboniere too!

Beautiful styling and decorations
Wine barrels bursting with fresh flowers, fairy lights strung up on tree branches or flowers hanging in vintage bottles will add some creative flair to your chosen garden area.

Creative seating
Unconventional seating will add some character to your garden wedding style. Think picnic blankets, bales of hay, wooden crates and mismatched chairs and tables.

A food truck or drink station
Recent trends show that couples are opting to take a more relaxed approach to their wedding food. Whilst traditional catering options are still on the menu, novelty ways of serving food or serving culturally-themed food is becoming increasingly popular, particularity when in comes to outdoor weddings.

Popular options include food trucks that serve trendy street food, gelati stations, cocktail stations, wine and cheese stations, and gourmet barbecues.

Living bomboniere
Emphasize your garden wedding theme by giving your guests living bomboniere. Popular plant-based bomboniere options include mini terrariums, potted succulents or cacti.

Lawn games
Entertain your guests with some fun lawn games. Anything from lawn bowls, to ring toss, giant Jenga or croquet will keep them occupied, especially while you’re having your photos taken!

Some Alternative Wedding Centrepieces You’ll Love

Wedding reception centrepieces have evolved from being strictly-flowers to modern, ‘out of the bloom’ ideas. Non-traditional alternatives range from floating candles to DIY papier-mâché that complement the wedding theme and bring out the personality of the bride and the groom.

Get inspired by these unconventional and alternative wedding centrepieces below!

Seasonal fruits

Add a pop of color to every table by placing fresh fruits as centerpiece. To play with the texture of the fruits, serve them in different ways: whole, sliced, spread.

Succulents

Here’s a fresh take on greenery. Succulents come in different shapes and sizes, and gives your tables that hip, vintage vibe. You can customize your succulent centerpiece by putting it on a patterned plate, a rustic pot or even crochet! There’s no detail too small in weddings.

Cakes

There is no such thing as one-cake policy when it comes to weddings. Spread the love by using one-tier cakes in place of a floral centerpiece! To make it more personal, choose different flavors for each table and design your own wedding cake.

Balloons

Oversized helium balloons add a bit of whimsy to a family-style wedding reception.

Bomboniere

Tick off two boxes on your wedding checklist with one display like this. It serves as a table centrepiece and bomboniere at the same time! You can even DIY this centrepiece/bomboniere idea by getting all the items you need at Koch and Co.

Feathers

If you’re looking for an elegant and fanciful centerpiece, try going for white, luxurious feathers like these.

Tropical leaves

Fresh cut tropical leaves placed in tall and sleek vases are perfect for a beach wedding or couples who just love the exotic tropics. This decor company can pull off this elegant look.

Fairy lights

One word: magical. Fairy lights housed in terrariums suit an evening wedding reception under the stars. If you’re looking for magical centerpieces, you can find them here.

Something personal

Tell a story with your centerpiece by adding a personal touch to it. If you’re into traveling, you can place a globe and a collection of postcards. If you’re music enthusiasts, you can place a record player with your favorite vinyls. And if you’re voracious readers, you can put copies of your favorite books on display.