Saturday, March 31, 2012

Limo Importance for Wedding

Your wedding day comes only one time in your lifetime. You want it to be special. You want all the details to be perfect. From the dress, tux, cake, decorations, rings, all the way down to the transportation. Transportation can make or break your day. Don't arrive to your wedding in just any vehicle. Arrive in a luxurious limousine and get the royal treatment.

Limo service is not as expensive as it was once perceived and most limo service companies offer a wide variety of vehicles to choose from. You can choose from a Lincoln town car to a classic car limousine to a stretch hummer. Often times the colors of a limo are white or black. You will have the option to choose which color, but don't expect to rent a pink limousine for your wedding. It should also be suggested that you use a limo service to take you to the airport for your honeymoon after the wedding ceremony. Taking a limo service to the airport offers ease of mind. You don't have to worry about loading the luggage or making sure you have enough time to park your car before your flight. You may even elect to have the same limousine service pick you up at the airport after your honeymoon.

Keep in mind, there are a lot of limousine companies that offer services for your wedding. It can be a bit overwhelming to pick the right one for your wedding. Make sure that which ever limo service you are considering, provides you with references, understands your needs for your wedding, and has a professionally trained, experienced, uniformed driver. A uniformed driver will add that special touch to your wedding. Check to see if the limo service offers a package for your wedding and honeymoon drop off and pick up.

As with any other wedding service, you need to make a reservation to reserve the limo for your wedding. You may need to do this up to 3 months in advance. Some limousine services may require a deposit to be put down - you will need to check on if it is refundable or not. When reserving your limo, it would be a good idea to provide a detailed schedule for your wedding. This will avoid you being late to your wedding. Make sure to have enough time in between traveling to account for any mishaps with your wedding gown or someone being late to having an accident. Not all weddings are stress free. Finding the right limousine service beforehand will be one less thing you need to stress about on your wedding day.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Premarital Counseling

I’ve noticed lately that more couples are asking about pre-marital counseling. It’s always a good idea to get everything out in the open and sometimes we need a little help looking inside to see what is there.

The first question I ask couples when they come to me for counseling is, “Why do you want to get married?” And believe me, “Because we’re in love” is not a good enough answer. There are many couples who love each other dearly and at the same time simply can not manage to live together.

Most parents love their children deeply but really would prefer not to live with them their whole entire lives. You may be sad when a child leaves home but it’s often best for all concerned when they do.

So, why do you want to get married? To allow you to live together legally or to have legal control over another person is an answer but do you want that kind of life? Really?

Look inside yourself and ask, “What is my motive? What is the foundation of this relationship?” If you don’t know or aren’t sure, keep looking. It’s okay to ask for help in this area and most essential to be honest with yourself.

Let me give you an analogy. If you were going to build a house to live in, you first have to lay the foundation. In order to lay the foundation, you have to know what the foundation will have to support. You don’t need steel I-beams and thick cement to build an 8x10 wood shed. You do need more than a few 2x4s laid on the ground to support a 10 story building.

What is your purpose for getting married? What is your most inner motive?

Marriage is not about sacrifice or compromise or doing without or what you can put up with. If you’re focusing on what you’re going to lose you aren’t considering what you are going to gain or become in creating a new family.

We often refer to a husband or a wife as a mate. In Australia, a mate is a best friend. When you have a best friend, you take care of them, you love them as they are (without trying to change them or make them better). You accept their faults as well as their good points. You can also give them a good talking to when they need it without fear of them running away or you getting poked.

My best advise it to treat your mate as your best and closest friend. Be honest. Take care of them. Don’t put up with anything hurtful. Treat them like you want to be treated. Have no expectations. Love them exactly as they are right now. And treat yourself the same way. Being your own best friend teaches you how to be a best friend to someone else, to your mate.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Make Your Occassion Happy With Wedding Cakes

The concept of a wedding ceremony stems from the fact that it is supposed to be a celebration of the brand new life embarked upon together by the bride and the groom. It is but expected that the programme should be a grand event not just for the bride and groom, but for the entire gathered wedding party. It is imperative that you make your occassion happy with wedding cakes.

Why wedding cakes in particular? Well, for one, everybody loves cakes. Secondly, it has always been a long standing tradition to cut cakes during weddings. In fact, wedding cakes are so popular, they even make up a very important aspect of the wedding planning. The wedding planner has to sit down and decide how much budget has to be set aside for the wedding cake, what quantity would be perfect, especially when considering the guest strength, what flavors to incorporate into the cake, how to decorate the wedding cake (keeping the decor of the surroundings in mind et cetera).

There are a number of facts the wedding cake designer should make clear to the wedding cake baker and/or wedding bake designer- the patterns of the cake, size, and ingredients, being some of them.

Wedding cakes in Europe

Wedding cakes are all the rage in Europe where people go to great lengths to stylize them. French wedding cakes are the biggest culprits of this. There are high end bakers in Paris, who charge unreasonable amounts of money to bake the most scrumptious kinds of cake possible. They make these cakes highly elaborate, perhaps reflecting the festivity and importance that food symbolizes in Europe.

Paris, and in general, France, is the epi-center of stylized wedding cakes as that is where you will find all the “wedding cake designers” just ready, and waiting to add a touch of glamor to your wedding ceremony, by baking the best cakes possible for varying prices.

It isn't a coincidence that the first multi-tiered cakes were baked by a Parisian baker in the 19th century. It is here that wedding cakes were given fancy patterns and designs with the help of fondant frosting. The cakes were often based upon patterns of women's clothing and accessories, which is why you would find the cakes emulating fabrics like lace, silk, or have rows of edible pearls attached to them. Other ornamentation for the cakes included flowers, especially white roses and lilies for white wedding cakes, arranged in such a way that it looks like they are cascading down the multiple tiers of the cake.

The aforementioned practices not only hold true for France, but also other European countries like Italy and the United Kingdom.

You don't need a big budget to include a cake into your function. You could just prepare one at home as well, and creatively decorate it with icing (through piping bags) and place fresh flowers or sprinkle edible pearls on it. As long as you make your occassion happy with wedding cakes, by hook or by crook.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Inexpensive Wedding Cakes That Look Gorgeous

Everytime you go to a wedding, and see a vibrant and beautiful wedding cake, you begin to wonder- I wish I had such a lovely wedding cake for myself. However, there are hardly any bakeries which avail of such magnificient multi-tiered wonders for a reasonable price, and you tend to overspend, or feel disappointed that you cannot purchase the wedding cake of your fantasies. You may find that there exist bakeries which offer wedding cakes at cheap prices, but then these cakes may end up tasting like rock and soil. It is for this reason that when it comes to inexpensive wedding cakes that look gorgeous, we must first try our hand at some competent wedding planning, and instead of lunging for cheap wedding cakes, go the safer route.

Which would be to prepare your own cake. It may sound incredibly difficult and time consuming, but it is fairly simple, and if you are able to manage time pretty efficiently, you would also be able to get things done well before deadlines.

Going about Preparing You Own Multi Tiered Wedding Cake

While the ingredients required, and the actual procedure for baking the cake will be easily found elsewhere, here on this blog, we will quickly tell you what the essentials for preparing a homemade multi-tiered wedding cake are.

You will most definitely need a hand held mixer to mix all the ingredients like flour, eggs and fruit mixture together. Secondly you would require baking molds of different sizes to make different tiers of the cake. After the cakes are baked in these molds, you need to carefully remove them, and place them one on top of the other, in ascending order of size. You could also purchase cake molds of different shapes (stars and hearts being some unique examples which happen to be very much in demand).

Of course, the entire effect lies in the frosting. For adept frosting, you really need to have skills with the piping bag. Even if you personally don't, you could get a friend who is skilled to help you with the frosting. You could look online for inspiration, when it comes to wedding cake patterns and designs. You could also prepare fondant, and cover the cake with it, though we strongly suggest you do not, as there is nothing more fake looking and unhealthy as fondants. You could, however, use hardened sugar and whipped cream to uniformly cover the cake.

Cheap Ornamentations for the Wedding Cake

You should not depend upon a wedding cake designer to come up with a visually popping look for your wedding cake. There are a number of cake decors which come cheap, and are exquisite to look at. Some of these cake ornaments include- fruits, especially ripe strawberries, cherries, grapes and slices of lemon. Flowers like roses, lilies, and jasmine are traditionally used to adorn multi-tiered cakes, usually in a fashion, where it appears that they are cascading down the tiers of the cake. Edible pearls are also incredibly cheap to get by, which you could sprinkle over your cake.

These were our suggestions regarding inexpensive cakes that look gorgeous. Practical, delightful, and best of all, you do not have to burn a severe hole in your pocket for it!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Great Wedding Gifts You Can Consider for Your Bride to Be Friend

Earlier the choice for buying wedding gifts for the couple was restricted to the keepsakes and showpieces only. But the scenario has changed drastically for the last few decades. Here are some ideas about the kind of gifts you can give to your bride to be friend.

The messenger bags are a great wedding gift idea since they are affordable, customizable, and of course extremely practical in terms of usage. These bags are also known as tote bags. The best thing is that they can be customized with the name, personal message or the initials of the bride on them to give them a special magical touch.

The tote bags can be made from various materials like mesh, regular fabrics, or the organic materials if you also keep in mind the eco-friendly tab. There are several colours available for you to make a choice from. And such tote bags and the messenger bags can make for great gifts for not only the bride but also the bridesmaid and the mother of the bride too.

Although there are ample new wedding gifts available in the market, sometimes it is best to alter the classic gifts into slight variations and give it a brand new look. That makes for a great idea and is sure to be appreciated by the newlywed couple as well as the guests present in the party. Such a classic idea for gift is the picture frames. They will never go out of fashion since they are the perfect piece of gift that can capture the special moments for the entire lifetime. And the best thing about such a classic gift is that it can be given a personal touch with special messages and quotes.

Another great idea can be the home appliances that are surely going to be appreciated by the couple as they set out to create their own family. If your budget is quite low, you can stick to appliances like the flask, electric kettle, dinner sets etc. All these products come in various designs, styles, and colours. Some of these items can also be personalized and customized as per your wish.

While buying gifts for the purpose of wedding, keep in mind that the top most priority should be affordability, practicality and of course the personal touch. They must also be a little innovative and creative. Always remember you can never go wrong with the classic gift ideas

Monday, March 19, 2012

Personalize Your Ceremony

Besides writing your own vows and talking about how you met and what you plan for your married life, you could also consider any of the 8 enhancements I have already written about: candle lighting, sand pouring, honoring parents or mothers, giving the rose of love, adding a healing or blessing, including children and wishing stones.

Two others are becoming very popular at the moment. They are Hand Fasting and Sharing Wine together. Both come from ancient traditions.

Let me say something about that right now – ancient traditions. Many of today’s weddings are bi-cultural as well as interfaith marriages. Consider what is in your ancestry. What makes up your family’s history? What have you ever dreamed of including in your wedding? Now is the time to bring it forward. It’s YOUR ceremony!

Hand Fasting is where the expression “tie the knot” came from. Although today when I’m including it in the ceremony, I simply drape the ribbon(s) across the couple’s hands for a few moments.

Hand Fasting is often preceded by a Hand Holding, where the couple joins hands while gazing into each other’s eyes as I read a poem about love or about hands. At this point there are usually a few sniffles heard around the room. (And I always carry a clean handkerchief to hand to the bride OR groom when necessary.)

The vows can also be spoken during the Hand Fasting. First the groom would be asked a question like “will you honor this woman all the days of your life?” Then the bride is asked a similar question i.e. “will you honor this man all the days of your life?” Then one ribbon is draped with the words, “And so the binding is made” pronounced by me.

There are usually 4 to 6 questions and ribbons draped. The ribbons can reflect the colors chosen for the wedding. It’s all very beautiful and coordinated.

If you’re more of an Earth oriented nature the ribbons could be draped while each of the directions are mentioned as in Native American or similar traditions.

Sharing Wine is always fun and can be done several ways. Instead of having a bottle of wine, I suggest a carafe of wine or 2 carafes, one for the groom and one for the bride. If one glass is used, they would each pour their wine into the common glass. The glass could be offered to or held for the other.

Or two glasses could be used. The groom would pour his wine into the bride’s glass and she would pour her wine into his glass. They could intertwine arms as they drink.

What’s in your ancestry – wearing kilts, giving coins, jumping brooms, drawing circles, flower wreaths, breaking a glass or plate, floating candles, or something entirely different? You could create a new tradition!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wedding Cake

 Your wedding cake is more than just a sweet treat for you and your guests. Cutting the wedding cake is one of the important moments of your big day, so the first task you will perform together as husband and wife. Cakes will also play one of the most important decorative role on your wedding reception.

It's advisable to book your caterer at least six months before your big day, because it will give you plenty of time to choose the perfect design to compliment your wedding theme - and cake makers plenty of time to make it. When it comes to choosing your design there are many designs, flavors and styles to choose from.

Determine the flavor of your cake is a key point and most say vanilla is a safe and popular choice as well. If your budget allows for it you can consider alternative flavors such as chocolate or something exotic like passion fruit or banana. Our top tip for keeping everyone happy is if your cake in tiers, to have each level representing a different flavor. You can even mix and match the level of sponge cake with fruit such levels when they are not covered with fondant icing will know until the cake is cut.

Another tip if you are having a fantastic wedding with many guests is to consider the form of cakes - square wedding cake to serve guests more than one round will be. Decorate the cake with real flowers are a nice touch rather than the edible decorative as this would be more cost effective than the time it takes for your cake maker to make this elaborate decoration.

Before finalizing your decision on the cake is best to contact the manufacturer of the cake and check that nothing unexpected hidden costs; final price agreed will include essential items such as cake stands, ladder, cutters and cake toppers? It's also important to check whether your cake maker will charge an additional fee to give you cake. A nice touch to cut the cake is to buy a personalized cake knife and server that will also act as a wonderful keepsake gift. It's important to consider the worst-case scenario that your cake could be damaged during transit to the area so it's important to know that whoever is providing your cake will be able to do last-minute adjustments and minor repairs if necessary.

If you're looking for something a little different from the traditional wedding cake, then consider a popular choice that other brides have such a cake stand cupcakes, profiteroles or mini-tower desert variety. If you are looking for an unusual alternative to even the advanced options in the level of cheese is an option!

Design options are endless and your cake maker will not hesitate to build a portfolio of cakes they have made to help you decide. A good cake maker will make your dreams come true, so spend some time searching the internet and wedding magazines for ideas and extra details and finishes.
Honest Reviews Online on Wedding cake

Your venue has a coordinator, do you REALLY need a Wedding Planner too?

Check out this conversation recently posted on LinkedIn to see how others weigh in on this question:

Question: The venue I chose has a coordinator included in their package, so do I really need a wedding planner too?

Response #1 (from a coordinator):  "Most venues have their own event/wedding coordinator, who by the way work for the venue and not for the bride!!  A wedding coordinator from a venue is generally one whose duties are for the day of the wedding, a wedding planner means that this professional has planned the wedding from start to finish and works only for the bride/bridal couple."

Response #2 (from a wedding blogger): "The venue's wedding coordinator makes sure things run smoothly for the VENUE not you (sometimes these are totally different things). If a bride can afford it I highly recommend at least getting a day of coordinator, it will lower the insanity level considerably."

Response #4 (from a wedding photographer): "The venue coordinater has no stress.  A wedding coordinator guides them and makes them relaxed as all is sorted.  I have been at weddings where the Bride is so stressed out it is not even worth taking photos of her."

Response #5 (from an actual bride): "As a bride my venue co-ordinator didn't even work on Saturdays so had someone I'd never met before on the wedding day - and didn't see them that much either."

Now you've seen the opinions of various people who have worked with both venue coordinators and wedding planners.  Are you ready to meet with a wedding planner in Green Bay?  Contact me at or 920-366-7973, and let's set up your complimentary consultation!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wedding Cake Charms

Wedding cake charms are very useful and used for various purposes by the couple. People go in for the different types of the wedding charms. They are available in various designs and prices. They are also prepared from different materials. You can go in for the best one based on your own requirements and ideas.

There are plenty of choices and designs of wedding cake charms which are available for the cake. It is a very common and significant etiquette to inform the guests that you have used these charms in the cakes. You can use it in different varieties of cakes such as castle wedding cake.

You might have guests who are not aware of the significance of the charm. Hence, along with announcing about the inclusion of the charm, make sure to inform them about its significance. You can do this by preparing a chart including the information of the charms and their meaning alongside. This will act as assistance to the guests to understand the meaning of the charm.

These charms have been used during the ancient times. The origin of this tradition dates back to the Victorian age. Since then these charms have become an important part of the ceremony. It is quite popular even today.

These charms are not prepared of edible material. They are baked inside the cake. Hence, it is necessary to inform the baker beforehand about including these charms in the cakes. Some of the most common cake charms which have been used in the cake include the castle wedding cakes, sun, show, star, seagull, shoes, heart and many more. There is a very long list of charms that can be used in the wedding cake.

The couple can bring about the likes and dislikes and then finalize the best one for the cake. You can prepare a list of the charms that you want to use in the cake. Check out the significance of each of these charms before finalizing it.

You have to give this list to the baker and then finalize the best one for it. These charms can also be inserted inside the cake after preparing it. However, while doing so, you should try to do it carefully without damaging the smooth surface of the cake.

Some useful guidelines and the importance of the wedding cake charms are mentioned above.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Anyone for Scrabble or Monopoly? One of THE most adorable wedding themes...

We've heard of people proposing by Scrabble before - it's such a sweet idea. And this is exactly what Paul did when he proposed to Madeleine... leading to a fabulous vintage board game theme for this utterly gorgeous wedding at Walton Hall in Warwickshire.

This truly stunning wedding was captured by the very talented Ryan Browne Photography and we're very pleased he allowed us to share it with you!

Just how beautiful is this?

 This beautiful wedding is the epitome of elegance and we're so in love with the details...

What a fantastic idea for a Table Plan and Free Parking as a bonus!
 Just how much do you love the Cluedo Sweet Buffet? 
Who did it? Mad and Paul... they just got married! 

It's alright Ryan, nothing to worry about!

Thank you so much to Madeleine and Paul for such a beautiful wedding, we wish you all the fun in the world, and to Ryan Browne for knowing how much we'd adore it....

Madeleine’s Dress - Designed by William – Krause from Honey Colebeing
Venue - Walton Hall in Warwickshire 
Ceremony - Moncrieffe Restaurant

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Get the Conversation Going at Your Reception!

You've put in a lot of effort to carefully seat all your guests at your reception.  But sometimes even the most carefully planned seating chart doesn't get guests talking to each other.  Solve this problem with Table Topics' Wedding Edition.  Get all your guests enjoying your reception right from the start with these wedding inspired conversation starters. Put one at each place setting or scatter a few on each table.  Topics include:
  • If you could plan your own wedding today what would it be like?
  • Which famous couple most reminds you of the bride and groom?
  • If you were going on a honeymoon where would you want to go?
  • Which family tradition would you recommend to the bride and groom?
  • Which song would be most likely to get you onto the dance floor?
 After the wedding, you can find a Table Topics game for any occasion; Honeymoon; Dinner Party, Not Your Mom's Dinner Party; Girls' Night Out; and many more.

Love this wedding idea?  Contact Power Wedding Planning for more ideas and to get "Power to Personalize Your Wedding."

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Look Slimmer on Your Wedding Day

 Looking very striking on her wedding day is a desire of every woman. Some women can not get a wedding dress that can give a slimmer look. However, there are bound to get worried about this because the selection of a good seamstress can take care of this problem. An excellent seamstress can provide a wonderful wedding dress and its body frame. I must tell you that a well-tailored wedding dress can emphasize your best features of the body. This form of the wedding team can play down the parts they think are not as strong. It is difficult to find this type of equipment on the market. Therefore, to achieve the best dressmaker may be the most suitable solution for this problem. Its use should be complete ideal for a sleek and perfect. You should try to deal with stress before the wedding day. It was confirmed that a lower level of stress, helps your body to look thin. This is very useful in reducing weight.

Most brides have an improper diet program. They do not want to take a day of work that goes on laziness. It is essential to have a bit of work from day to day if you want to look slimmer in her wedding dress. A little effort can help in finding thin in her wedding dress choice. Unwanted fluids are very risky for your body. I recommend you take a regular massage to get rid of any excess fluid. It has been observed that most brides can not sleep well when your wedding day is fast approaching. Several reasons are responsible for this key. Some of the brides wedding to be, can not sleep well because of the pressure, while others may be concerned about the budget of marriage. You should rest and not to worry about anything. This will help in reducing fat.

Drink plenty of water can create your skin clear and bright. This is also useful for removing all toxins from your body. I recommend you eat a lot of water because this can cause your skin look bright and beautiful. Never try to eat junk food because they are bad for your health. Junk food may increase your weight rapidly. Therefore, if you want to look totally sexy in her wedding dress and then eat the right foods.

In general, eating nutritious food, drink plenty of water and rest well is the key to becoming a beautiful bride. No more thinking and enjoy every minute of his life until the day of your wedding.  

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bridal Shower Towel Cake

Bridesmaids, you want to shower your friend (the bride) with lots of love at her bridal shower...and one way to let her know how much she is loved is to make her bridal shower a beautiful, special event.  Help make this event special by presenting the bride with a towel cake, made from towels she may have registered for on her wedding registry.  Have fun decorating the cake with ribbon, flowers, and other elements that fit your friend's personality.

Here are some examples to get you inspired:

Instructions for creating a towel cake

Four tips for a Unique and Personalized Wedding Cake while Cutting Costs

Wedding cakes can be a great way to continue the theme or decor of your wedding while giving your guests a tasty treat, and creating beautiful photo opportunities.  Here are a few tips for personalizing your wedding cake and cut the cost of it at the same time.

1)  Serve a cupcake tower instead of an actual wedding cake.  You can choose to have the top tier as a small cake for the cake-cutting ceremony, and to personalize with a cake topper if you so choose.  Not only will this alternative probably cost less, it will also save you from cake-cutting fees.

2) Order a small wedding cake for display, and an undecorated sheet cake in your preferred flavor to provide cake for everyone.  The sheet cake can be cut in the kitchen, and guests will never know their slice may not be from the actual wedding cake.

3) Have your wedding cake decorated with fresh flowers, rather than flowers made of sugar.  The cost of sugar flowers can be very costly.  Also, your wedding cake can be very simple, since fresh flowers are so vibrant and beautiful.  A simply decorated cake is always less expensive.

4) Ask to have a foam cake decorated to look like a real wedding cake, but serve guest from a sheet cake that will be cut in the back so they never know the difference.  Bakeries use this trick for trade shows, and it can be used to save you money for your wedding too!

For more ways to personalize your wedding and make it truly unique, contact Power Wedding Planning for you complimentary consultation.