Wedding Articles Weddingshop.co.za - Directory for wedding service providers and wedding articles http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles 2017-02-26T18:13:22Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management After the Honeymoon 2010-03-20T22:03:40Z 2010-03-20T22:03:40Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/615-after-the-honeymoon Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content"><strong>101 THINGS TO REMEMBER WITH THANK YOU NOTES</strong></p> <p class="Content"><strong>When to send out</strong><br />Traditionally a thank you note needs to be sent out within two or three weeks after receiving a gift. At the latest – within six or eight weeks. The sooner you sent them out – the better.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Who should be thanked</strong><br />You must acknowledge not only the people that gave you a gift, but also those who rendered their services to you: bridesmaids, flower girls, relatives and friends that performed little miracles for your wedding.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/0034.jpg" alt="0034" width="180" height="230" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>What is a proper way to thank your gift giver</strong><br />Not by e-mail or by telephone call. The best way is always on paper, hand-written, never typed, in a legible handwriting and with carefully selected heartfelt words.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>What format should a thank you card have</strong><br />Traditionally a folded card, rather than a full sheet or a small card, is considered to be the best format. These are guidelines only, as if you have a special personal touch added to your thank you card design, you can go with any format as long as it stays heartfelt and respectful.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Should you have your thank you cards printed</strong><br />This might be a good idea, as it will keep all your wedding stationary uniform. When you print it in the package with the rest of your wedding stationary the expense is much smaller than if you do it afterwards, even on a bought stock. You can always personalise the thank you cards with your names and a special verse. Stay away from printing “Thank You” across the front or inside.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/11.jpg" alt="11" width="180" height="230" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>What to put inside</strong><br />To begin with, find the best way of addressing the specific person.</p> <p class="Content">Make it personal: “Jan and I would like to thank you…” Mention the gift using descriptive adjectives and why it is perfect for both of you. Be as specific as possible. Some words to describe the gift: perfect, lovely, generous, elegant, useful. In case of the money gift, tell them how you plan to use the gift: we are going to buy a coffee table, curtains, table wear. Never mention the amount or the way in which the money was given: cheque, cash.</p> <p class="Content">Thank the person again for being part of your wedding celebration. If it is a close friend or relative, make mention of a special relationship you share.</p> <p class="Content">Give a heartfelt closing: “Love” or “Cordially”, “With all our love/respect”.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Who should write thank you notes</strong><br />The person with the best handwriting. Which leaves the other one with the responsibility of sealing and stamping the envelopes, helping with composition of responses, checking with the list. In the end, the gift was given to both of you – and it is only fair to share the responsibility even in such small things. Writing thank you notes does not have to be a boring event – play some pleasant music, light some candles and have some fun getting to know each other.</p> <p class="Content">If the whole routine seems too hard to master, ask your close family or a very close friend to help you. Remember: the thank you message must always come from you.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>101 THINGS TO REMEMBER WITH THANK YOU NOTES</strong></p> <p class="Content"><strong>When to send out</strong><br />Traditionally a thank you note needs to be sent out within two or three weeks after receiving a gift. At the latest – within six or eight weeks. The sooner you sent them out – the better.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Who should be thanked</strong><br />You must acknowledge not only the people that gave you a gift, but also those who rendered their services to you: bridesmaids, flower girls, relatives and friends that performed little miracles for your wedding.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/0034.jpg" alt="0034" width="180" height="230" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>What is a proper way to thank your gift giver</strong><br />Not by e-mail or by telephone call. The best way is always on paper, hand-written, never typed, in a legible handwriting and with carefully selected heartfelt words.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>What format should a thank you card have</strong><br />Traditionally a folded card, rather than a full sheet or a small card, is considered to be the best format. These are guidelines only, as if you have a special personal touch added to your thank you card design, you can go with any format as long as it stays heartfelt and respectful.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Should you have your thank you cards printed</strong><br />This might be a good idea, as it will keep all your wedding stationary uniform. When you print it in the package with the rest of your wedding stationary the expense is much smaller than if you do it afterwards, even on a bought stock. You can always personalise the thank you cards with your names and a special verse. Stay away from printing “Thank You” across the front or inside.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/11.jpg" alt="11" width="180" height="230" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>What to put inside</strong><br />To begin with, find the best way of addressing the specific person.</p> <p class="Content">Make it personal: “Jan and I would like to thank you…” Mention the gift using descriptive adjectives and why it is perfect for both of you. Be as specific as possible. Some words to describe the gift: perfect, lovely, generous, elegant, useful. In case of the money gift, tell them how you plan to use the gift: we are going to buy a coffee table, curtains, table wear. Never mention the amount or the way in which the money was given: cheque, cash.</p> <p class="Content">Thank the person again for being part of your wedding celebration. If it is a close friend or relative, make mention of a special relationship you share.</p> <p class="Content">Give a heartfelt closing: “Love” or “Cordially”, “With all our love/respect”.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Who should write thank you notes</strong><br />The person with the best handwriting. Which leaves the other one with the responsibility of sealing and stamping the envelopes, helping with composition of responses, checking with the list. In the end, the gift was given to both of you – and it is only fair to share the responsibility even in such small things. Writing thank you notes does not have to be a boring event – play some pleasant music, light some candles and have some fun getting to know each other.</p> <p class="Content">If the whole routine seems too hard to master, ask your close family or a very close friend to help you. Remember: the thank you message must always come from you.</p> Honeymoon Bliss 2010-03-20T22:00:46Z 2010-03-20T22:00:46Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/614-honeymoon-bliss Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="images/stories/Articles/honeymoon.jpg" alt="honeymoon" width="250" height="334" />After the stress of planning the wedding finally now you can relax and enjoy being married. The honeymoon is a time of glamour, relaxation and getting to spend some intimate time with your spouse. When most people think of the honeymoon they get this funny spaced out look on their face and a small smile that plays on their lips, but imagine how it would be if you return from your honeymoon and it was a disaster. You would be under even more stress than before you left and it would be a bad start to the rest of your lives together. Make sure that your honeymoon is unforgettable and return even more in love with your man by discussing the following with him beforehand.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>Honeymoon destination</strong><br />Traditionally the husband keeps the destination of the honeymoon a secret, but it’s up to you whether or not you want to be kept in the dark. Communicate with your man what your ideas and expectations of the ideal getaway are. For example, do you thrive in hot or cold climates, are there things you want to avoid for instance having to take malaria pills. Not discussing these issues may turn your honeymoon into a disaster, and spoil this special occasion for both of you.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>Travel plans </strong><br />Encourage your fiancé to look out for the best holiday packages available. Don’t be fooled by beautiful photos in brochures. Check and double check. Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that it is nothing like you expected. Here are a few popular honeymoon destinations:&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li><strong>Mauritius:</strong> There are interesting places to see and great activities in Mauritius. Activities like deep sea diving, surfing, quad bike hiring to explore the island. Mauritius is a winning destination throughout the whole year with a pleasurable climate. The hottest months are during November till March, while the coldest months are from July to September. </li> <li><strong>The Maldives:</strong> Interesting things to do in the Maldives include water-ski, diving etc. The Maldives has a hot tropical climate and the rain season stretches from May to October in the Southwest and from November to April in the Northeast. </li> <li><strong>The Seychelles:</strong> Activities to consider include, diving, surfing, windsailing. From May to September are the colder months. </li> <li><strong>Egypt:</strong> There are so many things to do and see in Egypt that it would need to be planned ahead of time. The temperature is dry and sunny throughout the whole year with very little rain. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content">More popular destinations include Kenya, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Zambia, Italy, Western Cape, and KZN</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>When to leave</strong><br />Traveling on the day of your wedding is not a good idea. Both of you will be tired so rather book into a luxurious hotel and rest first. Don’t worry too much if you are too tired to have a traditional first wedding night. Rather have a nice romantic bath together and get good nights sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>What to do</strong><br />When you finally arrive at your dream destination you will feel rested and revitalized. Now begins the time for the two of you. There is enough time for romance and fun, so if now and then he wants to wander of on his own, let him go while you spoil yourself at the spa. You do not have to be together all of the time. Relax and let go.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>Plan some special activities</strong><br />Plan some adventurous activities like water skiing or bunging jump. Have fun.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Have a wonderful honeymoon and enjoy the rest of your lives together.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">CREDITS:<br />Images: <strong>My Stock Photography</strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="images/stories/Articles/honeymoon.jpg" alt="honeymoon" width="250" height="334" />After the stress of planning the wedding finally now you can relax and enjoy being married. The honeymoon is a time of glamour, relaxation and getting to spend some intimate time with your spouse. When most people think of the honeymoon they get this funny spaced out look on their face and a small smile that plays on their lips, but imagine how it would be if you return from your honeymoon and it was a disaster. You would be under even more stress than before you left and it would be a bad start to the rest of your lives together. Make sure that your honeymoon is unforgettable and return even more in love with your man by discussing the following with him beforehand.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>Honeymoon destination</strong><br />Traditionally the husband keeps the destination of the honeymoon a secret, but it’s up to you whether or not you want to be kept in the dark. Communicate with your man what your ideas and expectations of the ideal getaway are. For example, do you thrive in hot or cold climates, are there things you want to avoid for instance having to take malaria pills. Not discussing these issues may turn your honeymoon into a disaster, and spoil this special occasion for both of you.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>Travel plans </strong><br />Encourage your fiancé to look out for the best holiday packages available. Don’t be fooled by beautiful photos in brochures. Check and double check. Nothing is worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that it is nothing like you expected. Here are a few popular honeymoon destinations:&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li><strong>Mauritius:</strong> There are interesting places to see and great activities in Mauritius. Activities like deep sea diving, surfing, quad bike hiring to explore the island. Mauritius is a winning destination throughout the whole year with a pleasurable climate. The hottest months are during November till March, while the coldest months are from July to September. </li> <li><strong>The Maldives:</strong> Interesting things to do in the Maldives include water-ski, diving etc. The Maldives has a hot tropical climate and the rain season stretches from May to October in the Southwest and from November to April in the Northeast. </li> <li><strong>The Seychelles:</strong> Activities to consider include, diving, surfing, windsailing. From May to September are the colder months. </li> <li><strong>Egypt:</strong> There are so many things to do and see in Egypt that it would need to be planned ahead of time. The temperature is dry and sunny throughout the whole year with very little rain. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content">More popular destinations include Kenya, Mozambique, Zanzibar, Zambia, Italy, Western Cape, and KZN</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>When to leave</strong><br />Traveling on the day of your wedding is not a good idea. Both of you will be tired so rather book into a luxurious hotel and rest first. Don’t worry too much if you are too tired to have a traditional first wedding night. Rather have a nice romantic bath together and get good nights sleep and wake up feeling refreshed.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>What to do</strong><br />When you finally arrive at your dream destination you will feel rested and revitalized. Now begins the time for the two of you. There is enough time for romance and fun, so if now and then he wants to wander of on his own, let him go while you spoil yourself at the spa. You do not have to be together all of the time. Relax and let go.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>Plan some special activities</strong><br />Plan some adventurous activities like water skiing or bunging jump. Have fun.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Have a wonderful honeymoon and enjoy the rest of your lives together.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">CREDITS:<br />Images: <strong>My Stock Photography</strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Honeymoon Romance 2010-03-20T21:58:34Z 2010-03-20T21:58:34Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/613-honeymoon-romance Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content">There is nothing a woman likes more than to be romanced. Roman<img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="images/stories/Articles/Romance1.jpg" alt="Romance1" width="216" height="350" />ce is like a precious fragrance that touches a woman’s’ heart and soaks into her very being, leaving her feeling beautiful and radiant. There is nothing more striking than the sight of a woman who is being romanced. She shines brighter than the sun and the warmth that surrounds her reaches those around her. The woman is a receiver, so when a woman receives love, she wants to give more and more. It is as if something deep within the very soul of the woman was awakened which leaves her with an overwhelming emotion to give more and more love to her sweetheart.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Although many people associate romance with women, men also likes being romanced or spoilt. A relationship has two parties and both needs to learn how to give and take. No matter the rewards you get from your work, the rewards of a happy, healthy and connected relationship is greater and longer lasting. Life is better when you love and feel loved.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Here are some ideas on how to spice up your relationship and surprise your partner with some romance.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>For the more outgoing person:&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>There is something magical about the rain. Maybe it reminds us that there is something bigger than us. Whatever it is, it enchants us. Dancing in the rain with your partner is something different a thrilling experience. </li> <li>Cuddle by the fire. After a game drive and a private braai, there is nothing better than a cuddly blanket, soft pillows and curling up with the one you love. </li> <li>If ever driving with your love and a favourite song comes on the radio, pull over, get out of the car, and dance in front of the headlights. </li> <li>Travel the world without leaving the house. Bring your partner’s favourite country to home by decorating the house to look like that country. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>For the adventurous partner:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>A theme park can be great. It’s very exciting and there will almost never be a dull moment. </li> <li>Thrilling outdoor activities such as parasailing, jet skiing etc. are great fun. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>For the married couple:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>Write a surprise love letter to your significant other on a bed sheet. </li> <li>Write an “I love you” note on a post it or mirror. </li> <li>Plan an “us day”. Set a day apart where you and your partner can break away. </li> <li>Sit down together with a calendar and commit to a regular date night. </li> <li>A romantic bath with candlelight, wine, aroma oils and romantic music. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Spoil the one you love because you never know for how long you will be blessed with them in your life.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>CREDITS:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="Content">Photography: Elena Weber</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">There is nothing a woman likes more than to be romanced. Roman<img style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" src="images/stories/Articles/Romance1.jpg" alt="Romance1" width="216" height="350" />ce is like a precious fragrance that touches a woman’s’ heart and soaks into her very being, leaving her feeling beautiful and radiant. There is nothing more striking than the sight of a woman who is being romanced. She shines brighter than the sun and the warmth that surrounds her reaches those around her. The woman is a receiver, so when a woman receives love, she wants to give more and more. It is as if something deep within the very soul of the woman was awakened which leaves her with an overwhelming emotion to give more and more love to her sweetheart.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Although many people associate romance with women, men also likes being romanced or spoilt. A relationship has two parties and both needs to learn how to give and take. No matter the rewards you get from your work, the rewards of a happy, healthy and connected relationship is greater and longer lasting. Life is better when you love and feel loved.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Here are some ideas on how to spice up your relationship and surprise your partner with some romance.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>For the more outgoing person:&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>There is something magical about the rain. Maybe it reminds us that there is something bigger than us. Whatever it is, it enchants us. Dancing in the rain with your partner is something different a thrilling experience. </li> <li>Cuddle by the fire. After a game drive and a private braai, there is nothing better than a cuddly blanket, soft pillows and curling up with the one you love. </li> <li>If ever driving with your love and a favourite song comes on the radio, pull over, get out of the car, and dance in front of the headlights. </li> <li>Travel the world without leaving the house. Bring your partner’s favourite country to home by decorating the house to look like that country. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>For the adventurous partner:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>A theme park can be great. It’s very exciting and there will almost never be a dull moment. </li> <li>Thrilling outdoor activities such as parasailing, jet skiing etc. are great fun. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>For the married couple:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>Write a surprise love letter to your significant other on a bed sheet. </li> <li>Write an “I love you” note on a post it or mirror. </li> <li>Plan an “us day”. Set a day apart where you and your partner can break away. </li> <li>Sit down together with a calendar and commit to a regular date night. </li> <li>A romantic bath with candlelight, wine, aroma oils and romantic music. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Spoil the one you love because you never know for how long you will be blessed with them in your life.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>CREDITS:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p class="Content">Photography: Elena Weber</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Honeymoon 2010-03-20T21:56:20Z 2010-03-20T21:56:20Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/612-honeymoon Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content"><img style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="images/stories/Articles/flight1.jpg" alt="flight1" width="180" height="160" />So you’re planning your honeymoon? Congratulations! The honeymoon is an important part of the wedding experience, and a much-needed escape after months of exciting, yet exhausting and sometimes frustrating, wedding planning.</p> <p class="Content">To unlock the secrets of honeymoon bliss that will make even your best friend green with envy, check out these tips from the trusted travel consultants at Flight Centre. Some of the most travel-wise people in the world, Flight Centre staff members know that planning your honeymoon should be as relaxing as the honeymoon itself.</p> <p class="Content">When it comes to honeymoon planning, most couples try to select the destination first, but experience has shown a more productive way to begin. Unless your dream destination has already been set in stone, first decide what type of vacation you want and then narrow down your list of destinations accordingly. Your choices are virtually unlimited.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The resort option</strong></p> <p class="Content">For an all-inclusive honeymoon you can’t beat the value for money option of a resort. Often set in the most picturesque places in the world, they include pools, private beaches and golf courses, as well as culinary delights and relaxing spas.</p> <p class="Content">All-inclusive resorts streamline the enjoyment process by including everything — your room, transfers, recreational facilities, meals and drinks — all in one price. Without the worries of wondering how much everything little thing will cost, you are free to live the high life and experience everything you want as often as you want it.</p> <p class="Content">Most resorts have honeymoon specials where they offer little extras like a romantic turndown, complete with rose petals, or upgrade the couple’s room at no extra charge.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Take a Cruise</strong></p> <p class="Content">If an all-inclusive resort sounds tempting but too stationary, consider taking a cruise. Cruises are floating resorts that whisk you away to one exotic port after another. Whether you want a cultural cruise to the Mexican Riviera or a wildlife adventure up the Alaskan coast, your Flight Centre consultant will match you and your betrothed to the perfect floating experience.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/flight3.jpg" alt="flight3" width="600" height="94" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>Something for the more adventurous</strong></p> <p class="Content">If the idea of lying on a beach sounds about as exciting as a nap, then shift to a higher gear and take an adventure vacation, especially if you and your fiancée share a kindred spirit for outdoor exhilaration. Whether it’s white-water rafting down the Zambezi River, hiking up Kilimanjaro or a trek through Nepal, sharing the experience will become a vital bond you both will share forever.</p> <p class="Content">Explore the ancient Mayan culture and then round your honeymoon off in Cancun.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/flight2.jpg" alt="flight2" width="180" height="160" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>Cultural highlights</strong></p> <p class="Content">Cultural and historical trips are fascinating and romantic ways to reconnect with the past. Visit a famous European city — Paris, London, Rome…the list goes on — and inhale the culture and soak up the sights. Using London as a springboard you can tour through the rest of Europe once you’ve seen all there is to see in this great city.</p> <p class="Content">For information and reservations contact <strong>Flight Centre</strong> on 0860 400 727</p> <p class="Content"><img style="float: left; margin-right: 5px;" src="images/stories/Articles/flight1.jpg" alt="flight1" width="180" height="160" />So you’re planning your honeymoon? Congratulations! The honeymoon is an important part of the wedding experience, and a much-needed escape after months of exciting, yet exhausting and sometimes frustrating, wedding planning.</p> <p class="Content">To unlock the secrets of honeymoon bliss that will make even your best friend green with envy, check out these tips from the trusted travel consultants at Flight Centre. Some of the most travel-wise people in the world, Flight Centre staff members know that planning your honeymoon should be as relaxing as the honeymoon itself.</p> <p class="Content">When it comes to honeymoon planning, most couples try to select the destination first, but experience has shown a more productive way to begin. Unless your dream destination has already been set in stone, first decide what type of vacation you want and then narrow down your list of destinations accordingly. Your choices are virtually unlimited.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The resort option</strong></p> <p class="Content">For an all-inclusive honeymoon you can’t beat the value for money option of a resort. Often set in the most picturesque places in the world, they include pools, private beaches and golf courses, as well as culinary delights and relaxing spas.</p> <p class="Content">All-inclusive resorts streamline the enjoyment process by including everything — your room, transfers, recreational facilities, meals and drinks — all in one price. Without the worries of wondering how much everything little thing will cost, you are free to live the high life and experience everything you want as often as you want it.</p> <p class="Content">Most resorts have honeymoon specials where they offer little extras like a romantic turndown, complete with rose petals, or upgrade the couple’s room at no extra charge.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Take a Cruise</strong></p> <p class="Content">If an all-inclusive resort sounds tempting but too stationary, consider taking a cruise. Cruises are floating resorts that whisk you away to one exotic port after another. Whether you want a cultural cruise to the Mexican Riviera or a wildlife adventure up the Alaskan coast, your Flight Centre consultant will match you and your betrothed to the perfect floating experience.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/flight3.jpg" alt="flight3" width="600" height="94" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>Something for the more adventurous</strong></p> <p class="Content">If the idea of lying on a beach sounds about as exciting as a nap, then shift to a higher gear and take an adventure vacation, especially if you and your fiancée share a kindred spirit for outdoor exhilaration. Whether it’s white-water rafting down the Zambezi River, hiking up Kilimanjaro or a trek through Nepal, sharing the experience will become a vital bond you both will share forever.</p> <p class="Content">Explore the ancient Mayan culture and then round your honeymoon off in Cancun.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/flight2.jpg" alt="flight2" width="180" height="160" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>Cultural highlights</strong></p> <p class="Content">Cultural and historical trips are fascinating and romantic ways to reconnect with the past. Visit a famous European city — Paris, London, Rome…the list goes on — and inhale the culture and soak up the sights. Using London as a springboard you can tour through the rest of Europe once you’ve seen all there is to see in this great city.</p> <p class="Content">For information and reservations contact <strong>Flight Centre</strong> on 0860 400 727</p> Guestbook 2010-03-20T21:53:32Z 2010-03-20T21:53:32Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/611-guestbook Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content">After all the preparations your wedding requires, at the end of the day - your wedding day is just that - a day. And very often not all the warm memories of that day stay with you. One of the ways to keep them forever is to let your friends and family share with you what your wedding day meant to them. Let them sign in a guest book.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/WGN006.jpg" alt="WGN006" width="180" height="230" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content">Once again you do not need to limit yourself in the choice of material for such a book. Ask one of your creative friends to compile a small scrap-book for you as a wedding gift (for a more intimate wedding) or let your stationer bind pages matching your invitation into a cover with your initials or photograph printed on.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>CHOICE OF MATERIAL FOR INSIDE PAGES</strong></p> <p class="Content">Go for as smooth paper as possible. As a rule, handmade paper absorbs more ink and therefore causes ink blotches and is generally uncomfortable to write on. Stationery shops offer a great variety of different finishes of paper that comes in various colors too. One of your options is to save on paper that goes inside by using ordinary white paper used for photo copies and office printing, and insert either handmade paper, organza or colorful tracing paper in between to make your book more interesting. This will also allow you to make something more special for the cover: make a collage of your photographs and create your own wrap for the cover by photocopying the collage, dress your book in velvet or a left-over from the bridal dress material, ask your grandmother to embroider a monogram.</p> <p class="Content">As the reception proceeds, ask your master of ceremonies to draw guests' attention to the book and encourage them to sign it. You could also ask one of your friends to take it from a table to table, or even make it available in the period between the wedding ceremony and the reception to keep the guests busy while you are taking photographs.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/WGN008.jpg" alt="WGN008" width="180" height="230" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>CREDITS</strong></p> <p class="Content"><strong>L &amp; C Cards</strong></p> <p class="Content">After all the preparations your wedding requires, at the end of the day - your wedding day is just that - a day. And very often not all the warm memories of that day stay with you. One of the ways to keep them forever is to let your friends and family share with you what your wedding day meant to them. Let them sign in a guest book.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/WGN006.jpg" alt="WGN006" width="180" height="230" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content">Once again you do not need to limit yourself in the choice of material for such a book. Ask one of your creative friends to compile a small scrap-book for you as a wedding gift (for a more intimate wedding) or let your stationer bind pages matching your invitation into a cover with your initials or photograph printed on.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>CHOICE OF MATERIAL FOR INSIDE PAGES</strong></p> <p class="Content">Go for as smooth paper as possible. As a rule, handmade paper absorbs more ink and therefore causes ink blotches and is generally uncomfortable to write on. Stationery shops offer a great variety of different finishes of paper that comes in various colors too. One of your options is to save on paper that goes inside by using ordinary white paper used for photo copies and office printing, and insert either handmade paper, organza or colorful tracing paper in between to make your book more interesting. This will also allow you to make something more special for the cover: make a collage of your photographs and create your own wrap for the cover by photocopying the collage, dress your book in velvet or a left-over from the bridal dress material, ask your grandmother to embroider a monogram.</p> <p class="Content">As the reception proceeds, ask your master of ceremonies to draw guests' attention to the book and encourage them to sign it. You could also ask one of your friends to take it from a table to table, or even make it available in the period between the wedding ceremony and the reception to keep the guests busy while you are taking photographs.</p> <table style="width: 180px;" border="0" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="0" align="right"> <tbody> <tr> <td> <div><img src="images/stories/Articles/WGN008.jpg" alt="WGN008" width="180" height="230" /></div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="Content"> <div><strong></strong></div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p class="Content"><strong>CREDITS</strong></p> <p class="Content"><strong>L &amp; C Cards</strong></p> The Reception 2010-03-20T21:52:18Z 2010-03-20T21:52:18Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/610-the-reception Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content">Most brides want a wedding reception that the guests will never forget. These days it’s all about personalization. People have become more individualistic and everyone wants to do something distinctive, something better than the preceding one’s. So, here follows a few creative ideas for your wedding.&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>A catering hall, a country club or a church are great places to hold your wedding, but why not choose a place, which has significant meaning for you and your groom? For example if you are an animal lover, why not tie the knot at the zoo. There are many other eccentric places you can get married at, like an art museum, a baseball park, or on the rooftop of a huge building, that would provide a beautiful setting and view of the surrounding areas. </li> <li>Tying the knot at the place where you and your future husband met, or had your first date is very romantic. For example, if you met at the ice rink, hold your ceremony on the ice at the ice rink. </li> <li>Once you have found the right setting for your affair, create the mood you desire with lights, flowers and other props. For example, place lights or small lanterns underneath the tables. This will make them appear to be floating. </li> <li>To create a fairytale wedding illuminated by stars and moonlight, string up hundreds of small white Christmas lights on the ceiling which would appear like stars. </li> <li>The cake is a highlight at the reception. The trend these days is to have a distinctly different kind of cake for each tier, like a caramel cake stacked on top of a chocolate cake. Also be creative with the design of the cake. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content">You want your guests to have wonderful memories of your wedding, so here are some common wedding reception mistakes made by brides and grooms.&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>The bridal couple and parents of the couple should not leave early. Your guests come from all over, near and far to see you on your wedding day. Leaving early would be an insult to them. </li> <li>Don’t arrive late to the reception. Its expected that guests do not start eating until the bride and groom start the food line. Be sure to take as many pictures as you can before the wedding. If you don’t want the groom to see you before the wedding, then arrange to only take family photos before the wedding. Take all the bride’s family photos, then have the bride return to the dressing room and then take photos of the groom and his family. This way the only photos that are left for after the ceremony is those of the happy couple. </li> <li>Don’t have one particular type of music seeing that there is going to be a variety of people whom all have different taste in music. </li> <li>Start the food line or meal as soon as possible. Guests plan their meals around the wedding and do not eat a big meal before hand seeing that they will eat at the wedding. Don’t starve them. Guests may get fidgety when the meal takes to long. </li> <li>Greet and have quick conversation with all your guests. They are there for you and if you never speak a word to them at the reception they might feel insulted. </li> <li>Don’t get drunk and obnoxious. Remember you don’t eat a lot during the day so alcohol may affect you faster. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Take time to plan your reception, it is the biggest part of the day and it’s the part that guests will remember.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">© WeddingShop</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Most brides want a wedding reception that the guests will never forget. These days it’s all about personalization. People have become more individualistic and everyone wants to do something distinctive, something better than the preceding one’s. So, here follows a few creative ideas for your wedding.&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>A catering hall, a country club or a church are great places to hold your wedding, but why not choose a place, which has significant meaning for you and your groom? For example if you are an animal lover, why not tie the knot at the zoo. There are many other eccentric places you can get married at, like an art museum, a baseball park, or on the rooftop of a huge building, that would provide a beautiful setting and view of the surrounding areas. </li> <li>Tying the knot at the place where you and your future husband met, or had your first date is very romantic. For example, if you met at the ice rink, hold your ceremony on the ice at the ice rink. </li> <li>Once you have found the right setting for your affair, create the mood you desire with lights, flowers and other props. For example, place lights or small lanterns underneath the tables. This will make them appear to be floating. </li> <li>To create a fairytale wedding illuminated by stars and moonlight, string up hundreds of small white Christmas lights on the ceiling which would appear like stars. </li> <li>The cake is a highlight at the reception. The trend these days is to have a distinctly different kind of cake for each tier, like a caramel cake stacked on top of a chocolate cake. Also be creative with the design of the cake. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content">You want your guests to have wonderful memories of your wedding, so here are some common wedding reception mistakes made by brides and grooms.&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>The bridal couple and parents of the couple should not leave early. Your guests come from all over, near and far to see you on your wedding day. Leaving early would be an insult to them. </li> <li>Don’t arrive late to the reception. Its expected that guests do not start eating until the bride and groom start the food line. Be sure to take as many pictures as you can before the wedding. If you don’t want the groom to see you before the wedding, then arrange to only take family photos before the wedding. Take all the bride’s family photos, then have the bride return to the dressing room and then take photos of the groom and his family. This way the only photos that are left for after the ceremony is those of the happy couple. </li> <li>Don’t have one particular type of music seeing that there is going to be a variety of people whom all have different taste in music. </li> <li>Start the food line or meal as soon as possible. Guests plan their meals around the wedding and do not eat a big meal before hand seeing that they will eat at the wedding. Don’t starve them. Guests may get fidgety when the meal takes to long. </li> <li>Greet and have quick conversation with all your guests. They are there for you and if you never speak a word to them at the reception they might feel insulted. </li> <li>Don’t get drunk and obnoxious. Remember you don’t eat a lot during the day so alcohol may affect you faster. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Take time to plan your reception, it is the biggest part of the day and it’s the part that guests will remember.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">© WeddingShop</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Bridesmaid Dresses 2010-03-20T21:34:24Z 2010-03-20T21:34:24Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/601-bridesmaid-dresses Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content">Today, more than ever, bridesmaids’ dresses mirror the best trends from the runways and red carpets. Brides and bridesmaids will delight in the fact that the dress is the most appealing fashion statement.</p> <p class="Content">The versatility of the dress allows you to choose a look that satisfies every taste, whether it is sleeveless, off-the-shoulder, slip dresses or a two-piece dress.</p> <p class="Content">While the bride takes center stage on her big day, bridesmaids are very much in style, and the bridesmaids’ dresses should compliment the bride’s gown.</p> <p class="Content">The key to bridesmaids’ dresses, is to keep it simple and easy to wear. Today’s bridesmaids’ dresses should be a modern wear-again part of your wardrobe and have a post-wedding life fit for dressed-up events.</p> <p class="Content">The tea-length dress is one of the season’s most graceful looks, and should be made in a soft fluid chiffon, georgette, lace and satin. Asymmetrical dresses with fluttery hemlines and double-tier layers, brings a certain charm to the aisle and the dance floor.</p> <p class="Content">Strapless A-line and sheath dresses are available in a variety of flattering lengths, rich fabrics and stunning tones. The delicate floral-print dress is one of the season’s fashion winners and becomes whimsical in flowing chiffon.</p> <p class="Content">It is important to take versatility and individuality into consideration. Most brides want their attendants to wear styles in fabrics and various shades, flattering each person. Two-piece dresses and separates are popular alternatives to a dress, and allows each maid to mix and match tops and skirts.</p> <p class="Content">Color is a standout fashion message, and the palette ranges from luscious pales to vibrant hues. Satin is a very popular fabric, and shows color beautifully, especially citrus colors such as orange, greens and yellows.</p> <p class="Content">At the end of it all, there are no set rules for bridesmaid’s dresses, just a variety of choices and styles.</p> <p class="Content">© WeddingShop</p> <p class="Content">Today, more than ever, bridesmaids’ dresses mirror the best trends from the runways and red carpets. Brides and bridesmaids will delight in the fact that the dress is the most appealing fashion statement.</p> <p class="Content">The versatility of the dress allows you to choose a look that satisfies every taste, whether it is sleeveless, off-the-shoulder, slip dresses or a two-piece dress.</p> <p class="Content">While the bride takes center stage on her big day, bridesmaids are very much in style, and the bridesmaids’ dresses should compliment the bride’s gown.</p> <p class="Content">The key to bridesmaids’ dresses, is to keep it simple and easy to wear. Today’s bridesmaids’ dresses should be a modern wear-again part of your wardrobe and have a post-wedding life fit for dressed-up events.</p> <p class="Content">The tea-length dress is one of the season’s most graceful looks, and should be made in a soft fluid chiffon, georgette, lace and satin. Asymmetrical dresses with fluttery hemlines and double-tier layers, brings a certain charm to the aisle and the dance floor.</p> <p class="Content">Strapless A-line and sheath dresses are available in a variety of flattering lengths, rich fabrics and stunning tones. The delicate floral-print dress is one of the season’s fashion winners and becomes whimsical in flowing chiffon.</p> <p class="Content">It is important to take versatility and individuality into consideration. Most brides want their attendants to wear styles in fabrics and various shades, flattering each person. Two-piece dresses and separates are popular alternatives to a dress, and allows each maid to mix and match tops and skirts.</p> <p class="Content">Color is a standout fashion message, and the palette ranges from luscious pales to vibrant hues. Satin is a very popular fabric, and shows color beautifully, especially citrus colors such as orange, greens and yellows.</p> <p class="Content">At the end of it all, there are no set rules for bridesmaid’s dresses, just a variety of choices and styles.</p> <p class="Content">© WeddingShop</p> Fassion for the Mother of the Bride 2010-03-20T21:33:19Z 2010-03-20T21:33:19Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/600-fassion-for-the-mother-of-the-bride Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content">Today’s mother of bride is vibrant, elegant and classy. On the wedding day, the limelight will be on your daughter, but it’s also a special and significant day in your life, so it’s only right that you should choose a dress that will make you look and feel special too.</p> <p class="Content">Wedding protocol demands that the dress for the mother of the bride is chosen after the bride and her bridesmaids have chosen their gowns. Then it’s the turn of the mother of the bride to decide on her dress and to notify the mother of the groom, as it is considerate for them to complement their outfits.</p> <p class="Content">Browsing through fashion magazines to select a style that would suit your age and style is a good idea. It will be a long, possibly strenuous, day and it’s crucial that you are comfortable in what you wear to your daughter’s wedding. Be attentive in selecting a fashion and color that will complement your figure. Be it a tea length gown, a chic suit or two-piece dress, the mother of the bride must be comfortable as it is one of the most special occasions in her life. Get your dress shopping done well in advance, as this will give you sufficient time to plan the alterations, accessories and such.</p> <p class="Content">Traditionally, white is reserved for the bride. So that rules out white, ivory and off-white coloured clothing. Also, black and other eye-catching shades should be avoided. Some of the preferred colours for dresses for the bride’s mother are lilac, blue, pink, yellow and silver, and the mother of the bride should never wear a dress in a shade that will clash with the bride, or overpower her gown. Usually a theme is chosen by the bride for the wedding, and this will affect the colour worn by the close family members, so it’s a good idea for the mother of the bride to talk to her daughter and discuss any possible colour options.</p> <p class="Content">Take care of yourself in the nerve-wrecking days of preparation. Remember, you need to look good as well, even though it is your daughter's wedding.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>CREDITS:</strong></p> <p class="Content">Norine Victor</p> <p class="Content">Today’s mother of bride is vibrant, elegant and classy. On the wedding day, the limelight will be on your daughter, but it’s also a special and significant day in your life, so it’s only right that you should choose a dress that will make you look and feel special too.</p> <p class="Content">Wedding protocol demands that the dress for the mother of the bride is chosen after the bride and her bridesmaids have chosen their gowns. Then it’s the turn of the mother of the bride to decide on her dress and to notify the mother of the groom, as it is considerate for them to complement their outfits.</p> <p class="Content">Browsing through fashion magazines to select a style that would suit your age and style is a good idea. It will be a long, possibly strenuous, day and it’s crucial that you are comfortable in what you wear to your daughter’s wedding. Be attentive in selecting a fashion and color that will complement your figure. Be it a tea length gown, a chic suit or two-piece dress, the mother of the bride must be comfortable as it is one of the most special occasions in her life. Get your dress shopping done well in advance, as this will give you sufficient time to plan the alterations, accessories and such.</p> <p class="Content">Traditionally, white is reserved for the bride. So that rules out white, ivory and off-white coloured clothing. Also, black and other eye-catching shades should be avoided. Some of the preferred colours for dresses for the bride’s mother are lilac, blue, pink, yellow and silver, and the mother of the bride should never wear a dress in a shade that will clash with the bride, or overpower her gown. Usually a theme is chosen by the bride for the wedding, and this will affect the colour worn by the close family members, so it’s a good idea for the mother of the bride to talk to her daughter and discuss any possible colour options.</p> <p class="Content">Take care of yourself in the nerve-wrecking days of preparation. Remember, you need to look good as well, even though it is your daughter's wedding.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>CREDITS:</strong></p> <p class="Content">Norine Victor</p> Speeches 2010-03-20T21:17:31Z 2010-03-20T21:17:31Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/597-speeches Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content">Speeches at the wedding are not only important to the bride but also to the guests. The speeches are what give personality to the reception; it forms part of the entertainment. If speeches aren’t planned carefully, guests might end up feeling bored and the bride offended. Here are some basic outlines for giving a decent wedding speech.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Speeches are usually made before the meal or refreshments, probably to take the stress of the speakers as soon as possible, but if you feel that your guests would like to have something to eat first, it’s in order to do speeches afterwards then. Something that would work perfectly is if you serve a starter or something small to nibble on, and then do the speeches which will be followed by the meal. In this way guests won’t be starved during the speeches and the speakers can relax for the meal knowing the speeches are over.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">If you have a master of ceremonies, he will introduce each item for instance the main course and also introduce each speaker. It is a good idea to have a master of ceremonies because it molds the evening together very adequately.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">The first speech of the evening is the father of the bride. This is a very important speech as the father is busy saying goodbye to his little girl. This speech is also another formal way for the father to give his daughter to the groom and to bless their marriage.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>The father of the bride speech includes:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>Welcoming the groom’s parents, relatives of both families and friends. </li> <li>Complimenting the bride on how beautiful she looks and share a few things about her, and her family life. This is very special. </li> <li>Welcome the groom into the family </li> <li>Give a few words of wisdom and then propose a toast to the couple. </li> <li>Thank the caterers and anyone else who has helped with the wedding and reception. </li> <li>If there is no master of ceremonies the father of the bride introduces the next speaker which is the groom </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>The bridegroom speech includes:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>Thank the bride’s parents for giving him permission to take their daughter’s hand in marriage. </li> <li>Thank his parents for their example and for how they brought him up. </li> <li>Say some nice words about the bride, maybe a short story of how they met etc. </li> <li>Thank the flower girls, page boys and ring bearers and ushers or groomsmen. </li> <li>Thank the guests for their lovely presents, cards and kind wishes. </li> <li>If there is no master of ceremonies the bridegroom introduces the best man. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>The best man speech includes: </strong><br />The best man speech should be amusing but it should not be a continuation of the bachelor’s party.&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>Compliment the bride and the groom and wish them well. </li> <li>Thank the groom for asking him to be best man. </li> <li>Tell a few funny stories about the groom. Don’t bore the people and do not mention previous girlfriends. </li> <li>Say a little about the bride, for instance when the groom introduced her to you the first time </li> <li>Read a few cards or e-mails from absent relatives or friends. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Speeches at the wedding are not only important to the bride but also to the guests. The speeches are what give personality to the reception; it forms part of the entertainment. If speeches aren’t planned carefully, guests might end up feeling bored and the bride offended. Here are some basic outlines for giving a decent wedding speech.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">Speeches are usually made before the meal or refreshments, probably to take the stress of the speakers as soon as possible, but if you feel that your guests would like to have something to eat first, it’s in order to do speeches afterwards then. Something that would work perfectly is if you serve a starter or something small to nibble on, and then do the speeches which will be followed by the meal. In this way guests won’t be starved during the speeches and the speakers can relax for the meal knowing the speeches are over.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">If you have a master of ceremonies, he will introduce each item for instance the main course and also introduce each speaker. It is a good idea to have a master of ceremonies because it molds the evening together very adequately.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content">The first speech of the evening is the father of the bride. This is a very important speech as the father is busy saying goodbye to his little girl. This speech is also another formal way for the father to give his daughter to the groom and to bless their marriage.</p> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>The father of the bride speech includes:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>Welcoming the groom’s parents, relatives of both families and friends. </li> <li>Complimenting the bride on how beautiful she looks and share a few things about her, and her family life. This is very special. </li> <li>Welcome the groom into the family </li> <li>Give a few words of wisdom and then propose a toast to the couple. </li> <li>Thank the caterers and anyone else who has helped with the wedding and reception. </li> <li>If there is no master of ceremonies the father of the bride introduces the next speaker which is the groom </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>The bridegroom speech includes:</strong>&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>Thank the bride’s parents for giving him permission to take their daughter’s hand in marriage. </li> <li>Thank his parents for their example and for how they brought him up. </li> <li>Say some nice words about the bride, maybe a short story of how they met etc. </li> <li>Thank the flower girls, page boys and ring bearers and ushers or groomsmen. </li> <li>Thank the guests for their lovely presents, cards and kind wishes. </li> <li>If there is no master of ceremonies the bridegroom introduces the best man. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p class="Content"><strong>The best man speech includes: </strong><br />The best man speech should be amusing but it should not be a continuation of the bachelor’s party.&nbsp;</p> <ul class="ContentList"> <li>Compliment the bride and the groom and wish them well. </li> <li>Thank the groom for asking him to be best man. </li> <li>Tell a few funny stories about the groom. Don’t bore the people and do not mention previous girlfriends. </li> <li>Say a little about the bride, for instance when the groom introduced her to you the first time </li> <li>Read a few cards or e-mails from absent relatives or friends. </li> </ul> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Who Pays for What? 2010-03-15T23:48:08Z 2010-03-15T23:48:08Z http://localhost/weddingshop.co.za/index.php/wedding-articles/590-who-pays-for-what Richard Shephard richard.shephard@gmail.com <p class="Content">For most couples, the old rules of who pays for what simply no longer apply. Often today a lot of couples are making a big contribution to their own wedding costs. We recommend that couples begin planning the wedding process and sitting down with both sets of parents (or stepparents if they are involved) to talk openly about what contributions each party wants to, and can afford to make.</p> <p class="Content">By dealing with the money issues in a business like meeting, you may well avoid some of the uncomfortable situations involved when dealing with money matters. We have made a list of a basic who-pays-for-what budget plan. This will provide you with guidelines for those budget conversations you'll be having.</p> <p class="Content">Please remember that there are no longer hard and fast rules regarding payment of specific services. The most important thing to remember as you plan your wedding is that you will have to decide on a set budget up front. This will make it easier for you to decide how much you have available and will avoid uneasy situations with family that do not have the means to contribute big sums towards the wedding.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Groom<br /></strong>• Marriage License<br />• Bride's engagement and wedding rings<br />• A gift for his bride<br />• Groom's attire<br />• Boutonnières for fathers, groom and groomsmen<br />• Corsages for mothers and grandmothers<br />• Bride's bouquet<br />• Accommodation for groomsmen<br />• Gifts for groomsmen<br />• Marriage officer's fee</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Bride<br /></strong>• Groom’s wedding ring<br />• Groom’s gift<br />• Gifts for bridesmaids<br />• Accommodation for bridesmaids<br />• Personal stationery and thank you cards<br />• Programmes for the ceremony<br />• Guest book<br />• Bridesmaid's dresses (optional) <br />• Hair and make up</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Bride and Groom<br /></strong>• The honeymoon</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Bride's Family<br /></strong>• Engagement party<br />• Wedding photography<br />• Wedding Videography<br />• Wedding Invitations<br />• Wedding co-ordinator (If you intend to hire a wedding consultant, their fee is usually a percentage of your total budget (10-20 percent, depending on their involvement). <br />• Wedding favours or Bonbonniere<br />• Bride's attire (dress, shoes, underwear, jewellery etc) <br />• Ceremony fees and décor<br />• Reception charges (cake, bar, food, waiters, décor etc) <br />• Music (ceremony to reception) <br />• Flowers (ceremony to reception) <br />• Transport for the bridal party</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Groom's family<br /></strong>Even though not an age-old tradition, it has become more common for the groom's family to contribute to the following:</p> <p class="Content">• All drinks and beverages<br />• Luxury cars for the bridal party<br />• Photography and videography</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Bridesmaids<br /></strong>• Kitchen tea, hen party or bridal shower<br />• If prearranged, the bridesmaid will pay for her own dress<br />• Their own traveling expenses<br />• A joint gift for the bride<br />• Hair and make up if not paid for by the bride</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Ushers/Groomsmen<br /></strong>• Rental or purchase of formal wear<br />• A joint gift for the groom<br />• The bachelor party (stag party)</p> <p class="Content">Compiled by: <br />Norine Victor</p> <p class="Content">For most couples, the old rules of who pays for what simply no longer apply. Often today a lot of couples are making a big contribution to their own wedding costs. We recommend that couples begin planning the wedding process and sitting down with both sets of parents (or stepparents if they are involved) to talk openly about what contributions each party wants to, and can afford to make.</p> <p class="Content">By dealing with the money issues in a business like meeting, you may well avoid some of the uncomfortable situations involved when dealing with money matters. We have made a list of a basic who-pays-for-what budget plan. This will provide you with guidelines for those budget conversations you'll be having.</p> <p class="Content">Please remember that there are no longer hard and fast rules regarding payment of specific services. The most important thing to remember as you plan your wedding is that you will have to decide on a set budget up front. This will make it easier for you to decide how much you have available and will avoid uneasy situations with family that do not have the means to contribute big sums towards the wedding.</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Groom<br /></strong>• Marriage License<br />• Bride's engagement and wedding rings<br />• A gift for his bride<br />• Groom's attire<br />• Boutonnières for fathers, groom and groomsmen<br />• Corsages for mothers and grandmothers<br />• Bride's bouquet<br />• Accommodation for groomsmen<br />• Gifts for groomsmen<br />• Marriage officer's fee</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Bride<br /></strong>• Groom’s wedding ring<br />• Groom’s gift<br />• Gifts for bridesmaids<br />• Accommodation for bridesmaids<br />• Personal stationery and thank you cards<br />• Programmes for the ceremony<br />• Guest book<br />• Bridesmaid's dresses (optional) <br />• Hair and make up</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Bride and Groom<br /></strong>• The honeymoon</p> <p class="Content"><strong>Bride's Family<br /></strong>• Engagement party<br />• Wedding photography<br />• Wedding Videography<br />• Wedding Invitations<br />• Wedding co-ordinator (If you intend to hire a wedding consultant, their fee is usually a percentage of your total budget (10-20 percent, depending on their involvement). <br />• Wedding favours or Bonbonniere<br />• Bride's attire (dress, shoes, underwear, jewellery etc) <br />• Ceremony fees and décor<br />• Reception charges (cake, bar, food, waiters, décor etc) <br />• Music (ceremony to reception) <br />• Flowers (ceremony to reception) <br />• Transport for the bridal party</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Groom's family<br /></strong>Even though not an age-old tradition, it has become more common for the groom's family to contribute to the following:</p> <p class="Content">• All drinks and beverages<br />• Luxury cars for the bridal party<br />• Photography and videography</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Bridesmaids<br /></strong>• Kitchen tea, hen party or bridal shower<br />• If prearranged, the bridesmaid will pay for her own dress<br />• Their own traveling expenses<br />• A joint gift for the bride<br />• Hair and make up if not paid for by the bride</p> <p class="Content"><strong>The Ushers/Groomsmen<br /></strong>• Rental or purchase of formal wear<br />• A joint gift for the groom<br />• The bachelor party (stag party)</p> <p class="Content">Compiled by: <br />Norine Victor</p>