Wedding Reception Ideas for Outdoor Weddings

Having an outdoor wedding is very romantic but it can come with a lot of ‘what-if’s’ with the main one being the weather. There is always the chance that it will rain on your wedding day and you will be forced to move it indoors but if you have the perfect day with lots of sunshine, here are some great ideas for the wedding reception.

Venue

One important thing to consider before choosing a venue is whether you will need a tent or not to hold the reception. Having a tent to host the wedding reception will help not having to spend the time continually in the sun. This can result in sunburns for the bride and guests. Some guests may not be able to stand much sunlight. Also, having a tent will be an insurance policy of sorts if the weather turns bad and starts to rain. It will also make it easier to keep the cake from melting under the hot sun. You should also have a backup plan where it can be moved indoors if necessary in case of a bad storm.

You should also look at the available parking because you want to make sure that your guests have a place to park and not have to walk a far distance to get to the reception or drive around looking for a parking spot. If you have the room for parking and such, you can always host the reception in your backyard.

D├ęcor

For a wedding reception outdoors, it is best to keep the decorations to a minimum. As far as decorations are concerned let nature do the talking. Compliment nature with pieces that will enhance its grandeur. Just make sure that any hazardous decorations like lamps or candles are kept out the reach of any children. You also need to make sure anything that has wires is out of the way so no one will trip over them. You can use silk flowers instead of real ones if you would like.

Food and drink

The main thing that will dictate what you serve is your budget. It can be anything from a full sit down dinner to just snacks. It is best to keep it simple but one thing to remember is that it is true that many do judge a wedding by the type of food and drink they serve. For a wedding reception outdoors, you could have a hog roast or a buffet of picnic foods, or finger sandwiches. If there are to be children at the reception make sure that you include food on the menu that will satisfy the little ones.

These are just some ideas you can use when planning a wedding reception for an outdoor wedding.

Simple Selection Tips To Look Glamorous In Your Wedding Gown

The bride is always the center of attraction in any wedding and the wedding dress the major highlight. The truth is that as a bride you will be remembered as much as your gown is and you therefore want to be stunning on your big day. Weddings are happy events that bring lots of excitement, especially for a newly wed couple. With so many gown options and designers out there, it really can’t be that hard to look beautiful. Below are a few simple but very helpful tips that will ensure you look glamorous in your gown on your wedding day.

Tip 1 – Choose comfort before anything else

You will be wearing your gown for the most part of the ceremony and you need to be at your most comfortable. A comfortable bride is a happy and beautiful bride. As far as comfort goes, the fabric that you select take center stage. Different bridal fabrics are suitable for different gown styles and will give different levels of comfort. It is also important to remember that whereas some fabrics are best for spring weddings, others will make the best choices for summer whereas others are suitable for any given season. Make sure you know all about the fabric options and select accordingly with comfort on your mind above everything else.

Tip 2 – Go for embroidered gown

Wedding dress styles are numerous, but unlike back in the days when plain solid colors were the in thing, you can choose a fancy embroidered gown to stand out on your big day. Sequins, beads and silky threads can all be used for the embroidery to give different looks and feels to the gown and you can have them down in a style that works for your body shape. You can make the work easier by choosing embroidered bridal fabrics that are decorated partially or all-over depending on your personal preferences. You can also decide to go with bridal lace fabrics that are also embroidered to look gorgeous.

Tip 3 – Choose the perfect neckline for your body type

Just like choosing any other outfit, your body type should guide you to the best. The neckline is one of the major areas that you need to pay attention to if at all you are to get a dress that works for you. When it comes to wedding gowns, the most beautiful necklines are off shoulder, high neck and deep V necklines. What suits one body type may not be as flattering for the other. For instance, apple shaped women look very good in deep V-necklines over the high necked ones. Know your body type first and what neck style suits it best and then make the right decision.

Tip 4 – Play with the color a little

Whereas white still makes the most popular and traditional color for the wedding gown you can still stand out by adding a little color to your gown. Other bridal colors that you can pull off gorgeously are celestial blue, rose pink, ivory and champagne.

How to Build Solid Relationships

The whole world is about people and how you bond to them. They will never remember what and how you achieved great things but they will always remember how you made them feel. So be sure to make them feel good most of the time and they will capture your heart. Starting near about you, how do you behave with the people encircling you? Let’s dive into this discussion. Read on to find out.

Starting with your own family, how do you react towards them? Are you pissed off or lighthearted? If you are ill-tempered, you have something to work on. You need to cool down and then start talking to your family members. You need to behave well, especially for your children because they are picking up cues from you all the time. You don’t want them to grow up to ill-tempered and non-sensible adults.

After getting out of your home, you will meet the doorman and probably the gardener. Say hello to them cheerfully and smile. Immediately you bond a relationship with them – that also a meaningful and promising one.

When you go to the supermarket, you will probably meet some known or unknown faces. Smile and talk cheerfully, draw up on your credit card and pull the cart away to avoid chaos. If you meet friends there, be sure to strike a lovely, short conversation and be back home or some other place on your agenda.

Wherever you meet people, make eye contact and smile. They will smile back and you will bond together positively.

As for me, I frequently visit confectionery, stationery and pharmacy shops near my home. All the people in there have come to know me. I am always cheerful and have bonded positively with them. So they take care to hand over their best products and never cheat on me. So bonding with the people you see every day has an upside.

I recently visited my aunt who lives a long distance away from our home. Last time I visited her, we struck a lively and jolly conversation. At the end she handed me a big deep blue decorative bag as a gift which I still use today for grocery shopping. Presently when I visited her, I gave her a bangles set bought from U.S and she loved them. All her three daughters are staying abroad and so when I visit her, I fill up some space in her heart and she treats me like her daughter.

There are examples of people like this everywhere in our lives. We just need to know how to connect to them positively. You never know who you will come to need in a time of crisis or danger. So remember to smile at people and bond gracefully and above all, make them feel good in a way they will love and remember you.

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Wedding Planning Recommendations

Planning a wedding can get busy and messy, so there are quite a few recommendations I have for someone who may not be the most organized person to begin with. There are many different 12 month wedding planners and organizers out there, some made by The Knot, and some that you can even find at Walmart or any other stores. These planners can help you remember things you may not have been thinking about, or didn’t even know you had to do. They give you checklists, timelines, outlines, and different formats of how you should be writing out seating charts, lists, etc. With these planners, you can become one of the most organized people overnight! They are that simple and helpful!

Another recommendation I have is the service of an actual wedding planner. I am a wedding planner at a rental and wedding coordinating company, and I help brides do all sorts of things. I not only help them, I actually do most of the actual work. They will send me all of their contracts from their vendors, and I will organize them and put them into a specific folder for a later date when I begin creating the wedding timeline. These vendor contracts are just a small piece of the information I receive from brides.

The types of information I receive varies from what types of things we will be using to reserve seats, to the minute a bus will arrive. A wedding planner takes care of it all for you, and all you need to do is communicate back and forth with them. The perk is that you will be mostly stress-free, and can just gather all of the information from each vendor, and bring all of that jumbled information to the wedding planner, and they will sort through it and make sure it is all in an organized manner for that special day.

Once a wedding planner receives any sort of information about the day, they will begin to create a wedding timeline. A wedding timeline is a basic step by step of the day planned out to the minute. The wedding planners want to know any and all information the bride has for their special day so that they know how to assist, and where to assist at. Since they will be the point of contact throughout the entire day, they need to know when the florist will be arriving, what the photographer’s phone number is, what time the entertainer will begin to tear down at the end of the night, etc.

There are many perks to using the service of an actual wedding planner, but if you do not have the amount of money in your budget for one, the different types of wedding 12 month planners that are out there for you to purchase are a cheaper alternative if you want to plan your wedding completely on your own!

7 Questions to Ask Before Booking A DJ For Your Wedding

Scouting for an amazing disc jockey (DJ) for your wedding is not a stroll in the park since there are many things to put into consideration. However, before booking that DJ, he must be able to provide appropriate answers to the following questions in order to prove his competence.

1. Are you a full-time DJ?

It is important for you to know that the DJ you want to hire is not just a one-dimensional part timer who may not dedicate enough time to the job. He must be involved on a full-time basis with quality experience that cuts across various events. He must be a true performer that can handle tough audiences without stress and satisfy them.

2. How do you treat song requests?

You should engage a DJ that understands how to strike a balance between couple’s song requests and those of the guests so that both parties are adequately satisfied.

3. How do you customize the music experience for each couple?

He should be able to provide a soundtrack for your wedding which is dependent on your taste, style and vision for the day. He should be able to willingly accept your must-play and do-not-play lists because you are supposed to be in control of the music that will be played on that day.

4. Can I hear some samples of mixing and blending of different tracks?

He should be able to blend between songs harmoniously to the point that you may not even be aware of it. There should not be artless silence between songs as this will make your party to be boring.

5. What sound equipment do you work with? Do you have back-up?

The equipment that a DJ makes use of is as important as musical instruments. His turntable, microphone, mixer, computer, etc., must be up-to-date in order to reel out the best mix for your party. It is also important to have back-up equipment to guard against unforeseen circumstances.

6. How do you get the crowd pumped?

DJs have a lot of baits to encourage guests to take on the dance floor. You can request for a video of past performances in order to gauge the skills of the DJ you want to hire in entertaining guests.

7. Why should I choose you as my wedding DJ?

Providing a satisfactory answer to this question will go a long way to prove that you are about to hire a competent DJ. He should be able to tell you what makes him unique in the industry and this will assist you in making a vital decision that will make your wedding successful.

A Royal Wedding on a Wedding Anniversary

In a comical turn of events, we find we now share our Wedding Anniversary with a Royal couple. Beyond the fact that we watched the event unfold, including that astonishing message from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry, this day taught us both something significant.

Eleven years is an important milestone for us in that we find ourselves simply enjoying each other. There is much humour about the way we do life, and a great deal of companionship.

The words my wife wrote in the card she gave me simply indicated that her life hadn’t been the same since I came into it, and her life wouldn’t be the same if we were apart. The card was marked with gratitude, and it evoked a visceral response. In the simplest terms, there’s no need to gush about how much we love each other. Our love is solid enough that we’re just grateful that we have each other.

Being eleven years in front of some Royal couple is no real achievement other than we’re enjoying the fruit of our labour (it took a few years before we could even work together in marriage).

And even if we’ve worked well together for most of our marriage, the stresses of years six through nine are now well behind us. We’re both happy as individuals, and the marriage has matured in that we don’t expect too much of each other.

As we watched the Royal Wedding it was interesting to see how my heart has changed. There was once a time when I would have mocked such an occasion. But my wife (like many women and men) enjoys these sorts of telecasts, and doesn’t she deserve more than my derision?

We’d planned to do something special for our Anniversary, but several factors coming together in the days leading up convinced us that this was not the year for a big celebration. The big day out became unattractive when we were invited to three separate other events that were about loving others. That’s more important to us these days.

Days beforehand it was clear our five-year-old son wanted to be with us when we were quite happy to have him babysat. The babysitting proved impractical, however, so we accepted that God had different plans for our celebration – at home with a Chinese takeaway meal watching the Royal Wedding instead of dinner out, movie, and night to ourselves.

But it was the best of days really. I worked from 5.30am in my part-time maintenance work and then arrived in time to assist my son’s school who were having a busy bee. I moved about 50 wheelbarrow loads of sand, dirt and mulch. I was sore! But content. My wife helped for a while with my son, and then they went to one of our son’s peer’s birthday party. Both my wife and I were busy today building relationships in the area God has called us to live and serve. It’s all we want to do. We then went and took our Anniversary portrait, even having to modify our plan for it, given that special equipment was missing.

We figure that married life must be intended to be a contented experience of enjoying each day enough to be grateful, being thankful to God for every minute of time spent together, being with and helping the other.

Thinking About Dionysus the Greek God of Wine and His Relevence

Ever since I read the book by Dr. Ved Prakash about the ancient Hindu books like the Vedas and their Hebrew connection, Greek and Roman Mythology along with Hebrew tales have interested me greatly. Greek mythology is perhaps the oldest of the western philosophy and one god who commands great attention is the Dionysus, the god of wine.Dionysus was worshiped somewhere between 1100-1500 BC by the Greeks. He was a creation of mythology and in those days any event which was propitious or trend making was assigned a god. With the discovery of the effects of grapes and their fermentation into wine, the god Dionysus emerged. Nobody can tell how a myth is created, but sometimes there is an element of truth in such cases. Dionysus the god of wine soon was worshiped and an entire set of rituals came into existence, some of which survive to this day.

One of the rituals involved couples en masse getting together and singing and dancing while drinking wine made from grapes. It was a great occasion for merriment and it was not uncommon for men and women to pair up and head for the woods, as the wine broke all inhibitions. It was a greatly looked forward event and many visitors from Persia and Egypt wanted to witness these festivals in the hope that they also would be allowed to participate.

The Romans later on also began to worship a derivative of Dionysus in the form of a god of wine who they called Bacchus. The festival was similar, but as per Roman historians, the festival normally ended in an orgy.

The myth regarding Dionysus makes interesting reading. As per the myth, the king of Gods Zeus was loved by a mortal woman named Semele, who was extremely beautiful and fair. Zeus loved her immensely, but he always met her in darkness as no mortal is supposed to see a god. Semele, however, insisted that she wanted to see her lover and Zeus was forced to oblige. After mating with her, Zeus one night revealed himself to her. The sight of Zeus naked as a god dazzled Semele and she died. Zeus was heartbroken and as Semele was with child he plucked her fetus and nurtured it, till the god Dionysus was born. He was thus the son of Zeus.

The myth has come down from that age, but the actions of the Greeks after consuming wine is about similar in the modern age. Alcohol and wine do dull the senses and throw inhibitions to the winds.

Easy Steps To Design Your Own Wedding Dress

Choosing a dress may take a good deal of time, but choosing a wedding dress will take much more time that you can imagine. What do you do when you don’t find the outfit you need? The best way is to design one on your own. If you have no idea how to go about designing your own wedding dress, we suggest that you give a go to the three options given below.

1. Work with a Designer

If you have a big budget, you can work with any designer for creating a custom gown. You can hire an expensive designer with a lot of experience under their belt. But this may not be a good option for those on a budget. If this sounds like you, you can choose a less expensive professional.

So, how can you choose one? First of all, you can search for a local pro on the internet. One found, you could see them in person to ensure the dress is designed to your needs.

This is an ideal option for you if you are ready to shell out a bit extra money for a design that can’t be found in the market.

2. Use an Online Service Provider

If you don’t find a good local designer or the cost is beyond your budget, you can go ahead and design the dress yourself.

You can search online for a company that offers dress-designing services. The companies offer standard designers that can be customized based on the client’s needs.

If you have tried many outfits but haven’t found the best one, this may be a good choice for you. You can make a lot of changes. For instance, you can add straps or selves. In the same way, you can modify the neckline.

3. Make Modifications

At times, a dress is almost complete and needs only some finishing touches. What do you need to do in this case? Ideally, it’s better to begin with an outfit that has been made already.

What you need to do is opt for a gown that features a structure and style that appeals to you. You can easily design one that can satisfy your personal preferences. For instance, if you add lace sleeves or a beaded sash, it will beautify a plain design. Now, if you are not good at sewing, we suggest that you hire a local tailor.

Remember: this option may take a lot more time. You can make several changes until the dress is up to the mark. The great thing about this option is that it won’t cost you a good deal of money, thus saving you a lot of bucks. If you are on a budget, this option may be a great choice for, especially if custom details are required.

The takeaway

Long story short, if you put in a bit of time, money and thought for making a wedding dress, you can save a lot of money. At the same time, you will be able to get an outfit that will be exactly as per your needs. Hopefully, this will help.

The Best Wedding Destination For You

Bermuda wedding

As life changes, Bermuda’s extraordinary qualities endure: moonlit beaches, secluded coves, nighttime symphonies of tiny tree frogs and, Everything here is so charming. Just a short flight from East Coast cities, Bermuda has no casinos, hardly any fast-food restaurants, and is famous for its tranquil pink sand beaches.

Hawaii wedding

A Hawaii wedding will be effortlessly steeped in natural beauty, from its crystal-clear blue ocean waters and fiery lava flows to tall mountain peaks and crashing waterfalls.For brides and grooms to-be planning their dream wedding in Hawaii, toes in the sand ceremonies, beautiful beachfront estates and unique one-of-a-kind venues are plentiful.All of these will make people think that Hawaii is the most romantic place in the world.

Mexico wedding

Mexico has a little bit of everything — from four and five star resorts to a staggering array of natural wonders. It’s not just about the beach: Your guests won’t want to miss Mexico’s ancient archaeological sites from the Mayan ruins on the Yucatan peninsula to the pyramid-lined Avenue of the Dead, just outside of Mexico City.

Ireland wedding

Ireland is a world-famous wedding destination.From the 900-miles of wind-battered coastline to the surreal wedge tombs of Burren, to the dank, dark pubs of Dublin, the Irish have never pursued perfection. But these lyrical elements provides drama and color to all Ireland weddings.

Tahitian islands wedding

For decades the Tahitian islands have been a paradise-on-earth for romance-seeking couples. Now, they’re also perfect for destination weddings.Romance is in the air from the moment you set foot in the islands. Tahiti and her islands are a sensual paradise ripe for creating magical romantic memories that will last a lifetime. Rekindling the fires of passion is easy with a variety of signature Tahitian romantic excursions and services including the Polynesian Canoe Breakfast, Private Motu Picnic, and of course the pageantry of a traditional Polynesian Wedding Ceremony.

Colorado wedding

Colorado has the most amazing, diverse landscapes that are seemingly made to be backdrops for destination weddings.n the Colorado Rockies, you can be immersed in the mountains, but still have those amenities and services that would rival even the most luxurious hotel in New York, where all you’d have would be a reception in a ballroom.These are suitable for your wedding here.

Bahamas wedding

The beautiful Bahamas, just off the coast of Florida, offer couples everything from 24/7 excitement to total laid-back bliss, depending on whether they opt for developed Nassau, Freeport, Paradise, and Grand Bahama Island or one of the low-key Out Islands.You have more than 700 islands of the Bahamas to choose from, although hotels with destination wedding services are only available on a handful. All of the islands of the Bahamas are ringed by coral-sand beaches, which makes it a prime spot for beach weddings set against clear, clean, aquamarine waters.

Do You See What I See? Seeing From the Heart of Others

ALL our lives we search for the secret, the meaning, heaven on earth, nirvana. And do we find it? No, we never do. This is because we never challenge ourselves to break past our comfortable thinking zones.

We never think why Jesus was always seeking to connect our understanding to the connected themes of forgiveness and the abundant life, i.e. forgiveness leads to an abundant life; abundant living is contingent on forgiveness.

The fact is we cannot hope to experience His abundant life while we harbour bitterness of any sort or size in our heart.

There is a direct correlation between hatred of another person and hatred within our person.

If we have anything against anyone we bear fear that no human was designed to bear.

God made us in His image to love and be loved. Any departure from that brings disconnection and alienation. We were designed from the beginning to experience a constant state of healing. Now, because of sin, we have to enter such a space of healing through intention, because God loved us so much to give us free will. We need to want it. Because of sin it is no longer automatic to think, say and do things that are blessed. But not many choose healing by intention, and those who do are challenged to do it consistently – which can only be learned through the discipleship of following Jesus by bearing our cross as He beared His; that occurs over the refining years.

Now is the opportunity to connect our will with the Divine will, for God’s glory. This is to begin to see that our healing is utterly dependent on others’ healing – that, as they heal through the agency of our forgiveness, we heal. And the foretaste of such healing is the experience that we’re no longer threatened by others and can therefore never be a threat to anyone. (I speak in terms of having attained this, as illustrative, so we know the reward we’re striving for.)

The key to making this work, more and more, as we grow into it, is to encounter others as individuals glorious in God’s making and sight. That, because of Jesus, God has maximum pleasure in them as they are. The invitation is to swap our limited sight of heart for the sight of heart God has for the person we’re encountering. We imagine this other person, whether we like them or not, and especially if we dislike them, inviting us into themselves through the question, do you see what I see? to see not so much into their world, but from their world; from their eyes, ears, mind, and heart.

The moment we’re grateful for the person who has wronged us is the moment our heart is being transformed by forgiveness. We cannot do this without God doing something majestically graceful in us. Remember what is impossible for humans is possible for God.

If we see how others see we begin to understand the world how they understand it. Then it is no large leap to forgive them. And as we continue relating with this person, God continues opening our heart to how they experience the world. Then, suddenly, there is connection, our fear fades, and the abundant life approaches and comes into the realm of our experience. All because we were no longer estranged to God in them.

A fundamental Jesus reality: we cannot heal without others healing; we do not understand unless we seek to understand as they understand. His abundant life is intrinsically linked to our forgiving others.