Wedding Cake Toppers

Having the right  wedding cake topper for your wedding cake is more than the icing on the cake.

It is the focal point of the table at your reception. The wedding cake topper should fit the design of the cake and reflect the bride and groom’s style.

Here is a great article about wedding cake toppers and it even includes some very interesting history on wedding cakes.

If you’re thinking about a wedding cake topper for your wedding cake be sure to read this article:

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What Are The Wedding Planning Duties Of The Bride’s Mother?

What Are The Wedding Planning Duties Of The Bride’s Mother?The Mother of the Bride

As soon as the wedding projects are underway, they become the main topic of conversation in the bride’s household, it may be convenient for you personally, as the bride’s mom, to take on many of the preparations and planning for the wedding. You may even provide a bit of sanity and calm to the excitement.

Your actual responsibilities are to see that the wedding and reception is a complete expression of just what your little girl expects on her special day . This includes attempting to keep her tastes foremost in your thoughts. Including her taste in flowers, color choices, music, food, her wedding gown and the very tone of the ceremony and reception. Even though it might be tempting to change some of her plans to be more like your wedding day, you have to remember this wedding is hers.

As the mother of the bride, you have five primary responsibilities :

The first responsibility is to helping your daughter select a flattering wedding gown. This is an important task which will, most likely , require both of you. In the event your daughter is crazy about a gown which is not to your liking, it might be best to support her selection, unless of course it tends to make her look like the Bride of Frankenstein. If that’s the case, you could be all on your own.

The second significant responsibility for you is to help your daughter and her fiance create a budget for their wedding. This should be done as early as possible in the planning process. Finances can be a difficult topic of discussion, but extablishing a set budget in the beginning can save a lot of turmoil down the road. This will also help the couple openly discuss their expectations for this event. While it’s Traditional for the parents of the bride to pay for the entire wedding ceremony your available funds certainly must be taken into consideration.

Thirdly, it is your responsibility to contact the Groom’s Mother, if she doesn’t contact you first. Make a date to meet and go over the wedding plans with her and your children. It’s easy for the groom’s mother to feel left out of the planning excitement when all traditional emphasis that surrounds your daughter and her friends. Your families are going to be tied to each other through your children for the rest of your lives. You’ll share grandchildren, holidays, and your daughter; so reaching out to establish a friendship now will make things alot smoother down the road.

The Next thing you should do is help organize the guest list so that invitation can be ordered. It is a good idea to get this done as early as possible, and check with the Groom’s mother to see if there are any additions on his side of the family before placing the final invitation order.

Finally, making reservations for any out of town guests is also your responsibility. You are, however only responsible for taking care of the guests you have invited. The guests on the groom’s invitation list should be taken care of by the groom’s family. During the “best weather” months, weddings are most popular. The earlier you are able to obtain the guest list, mail the invitations, and get R.S.V.P.’s from the guests, the earlier the rooms for out of town guests can be reserved. It’s quite common to get discounts on hotel room reservations if you can book them early enough in advance, so ask when you’re checking room prices.

Complete these tasks as early as possible in the wedding planning process and you will relieve yourself and the bride and groom of tons of last minute worry and stress. As the wedding day draws closer, there will be new problems and details to work out and unless you have hired a professional wedding coordinator most of these details will be yours to handle as well. Using a good set of wedding planning checklists and marking of tasks as you complete them will allow you to stay on top of your wedding planning responsibilities

What Are The Responsibilities of the Groom’s Mother?

It’s not uncommon for the Mother of the Groom to be unsure of her role her son’s wedding. Traditionally, there are several

The Mother Of The Groom

responsibilities you, as the Mother of the Groom, can fulfill and become an important part of the preliminary wedding preparations.

• Your first responsibility is to contact the bride’s family and introduce yourself to them, if you don’t already know them. This doesn’t have to be formal. Just a happy phone call will suffice. A dinner invitation at your home or one at a nice restaurant will be a welcome gesture of friendship.

• If the bride’s parents live far away, making a dinner invitation impractical, some photos of the groom during parts of his life would be a nice gift to receive. Perhaps you could suggest that the bride’s mother exchange a few photos of her daughter’s life with you.

• Your guest list has to be sent to the Mother of the Bride as soon as possible. It has to be accurate and include the correct zip codes. If you have been given guidelines for the number of guests you can invite, be sure to abide by them.

• You are responsible for making reservations for your out-of-town guests. You can probably get suggestions for likely hotels or motels near the wedding site from the bride’s mother. As soon as you know who will be attending the wedding, you should make your reservations.

• The rehearsal dinner is your responsibility. It doesn’t have to be fancy and catered. A simple backyard buffet or barbecue will do the job. You need to invite everyone involved in the wedding ceremony, including their spouse or significant other. If children are taking part in the wedding, their parents need an invitation also.

• If you are going to attend the bridal shower, buy a gift and offer to assist the Mother of the Bride. If you cannot attend the shower, send your gift early enough to arrive for the party.

• If your son wants to blend some family or ethnic traditions into his wedding day, help him choose them.

• Since it is not considered good manners for the couple to solicit gifts, find out where they are registered and tell your family about it.

Weddings are joyous occasions for all involved. The planning can take
months to accomplish and make the wedding day a glorious event for all involved. As the Mother of the Groom, you will have a special place in both the ceremony and at the reception. Offer to assist the Mother of the Bride in anyway you can. Otherwise, enjoy the start of a new family and dream of your future grandchildren.

Cheap Wedding Videographer Ideas Part 2

6. Here’s a great idea for the “Do It Yourselfer”. Whether you get an uncut version of your wedding video from a professional or you have a friend or family member tape your ceremony, you can edit your own video with a free program that’s already on your computer. If you have just a little knowlege of the computer you can use Windows Movie Maker (It’s comes standard and is under accessories on your P.C.) to edit your own video. You can easily add music to your video and titles and credits and make your video into anything you want. When you are finished, upload it to On Kunaki’s website you can download their simple software, and design your own wedding c.d. cover and c.d. insert.

Now for the very cool part – You can get one or a hundred copies of your very own wedding c.d. for only 5.75 to your door! That includes a shrink wrap covering, custom insert, and a UPC code too! No minimums, contracts, setup fees, or hidden fees either. Now that’s a bargain in my book. That’s the best Cheap Wedding Videographer Ideas I have for your.

Here’s some additional tips about making your own wedding video. Do you have a favorite wedding song? Download it from your Ipod to your computer and drag and drop it into windows movie maker for your video background music. Do you have some great snap shots from your wedding? Add them into your video. If you weren’t able to have your wedding video taped, you can make your video entirely out of all your snap shots. Just upload them to your computer and insert them into Windows Movie Maker. You can drag and drop your photos in any order you like.

Would you like to narrate your video? I’ve got a free software for you that’s so easy a child could use it. Download This program has simple buttons to click on that look like old style tape recorder buttons. You will need a USB microphone, or a USB headset with a microphone. Or you can record like I do, and use the built in mike in your laptop. You will be amazed at the great results you’ll get. Not professional, but pretty darn good!

After your wedding video is uploaded to Kunaki, let your guests know that they can order their own copy for only $5.75, directly from Kunaki’s website. When you send out thank you cards you can include a little message letting your guests know how to get a copy.

This last suggestion may not be to everyone’s liking, but if you think alot of people may go online and buy a copy of your wedding video c.d., then you can add a little to the price you set at Kunaki and make them, say $10.00 each. What will happen is Kunaki will send you the difference between $5.75 and whatever amount you charge. Again, I know that’s not normal procedure for weddings, but with Kunaki, it’s possible. you may just get enough extra to cover a pocket video camera.

I’ll be making my pocket video recommendations soon, so sign up for my RSS feed. You won’t want to miss out! There’s some really great ones out there for around a hundred bucks!

May you live happily ever after,

Cheap Wedding Videographer Ideas Part 1

Here are a few options to getting a great wedding video without paying a fortune

1. Place an ad in a college paper or on a college bulliten board to hire a film student video tape your wedding. When you hire a college Woman with video camera.student, they will have access to professional equipment and training at bargain basement prices. Let it be known that you are hosting bidding for the project and watch them fight for the honor.

2. You can use the same means as above for finding a student photographer to take pictures at your wedding.

3. Hand out disposable cameras at your reception so that your guests can share their experience at your wedding for you. Don’t forget to collect them all at the end.

4. Ask a friend or family member to videotape the ceremony for you. If you feel it’s necessary you can ask them to do it in lieu of a wedding gift.

5. If you decide to hire a professional videographer, check their references and view some samples of their work. Get your agreement in writing and read all the fine print to ensure you get exactly what you expect. You will need to discuss how many guest interviews you want included in your wedding video and you will want to make sure the videographer knows the other important events to record at your wedding and reception.

To save on the cost, ask to receive an uncut version of your wedding video this way you can choose what gets edited out. You don’t need too much footage of things like dancing or eating or other slow repetitive moments. Another idea that may work for you and save you money on your video package is to ask for a complete video of your wedding and brief version of your reception. Also not having any backgound music added in or any other special effects will also save you money.

Stay tuned for part 2, with my very best cheap wedding videographer idea yet to come.

May you live happily ever after


Wedding Dresses – Great Source for Beautiful Second Hand Gowns!

In an earlier post I talked about some great budget wedding dresses ideas. I recently found another terrific source for spectacular Second Hand Wedding Gowns.   They  offer a huge selection of  Beautiful Second Hand Wedding Gowns and accessories! Check them out.

May you live happily ever after,

Cheap Bridal Bouquets – wedding flower ideas

Here’s a few cheap bridal bouquet and wedding flower ideas for the do it yourselfer.  Remember if you decide to do your own wedding flowers, it can be stressful making sure you get the right quantities and making sure they are refrigerated properly for a few days prior to your cheap bridal bouquetwedding. If you havea friend or relative to help, some of these ideas can really save you a bundle.

For table center pieces, consider potted plants or bowls with a few floating votives and flowers or silk arrangement. These can save you time as well as money. Check your local Dollar Store for silk flowers and glass bowls. Even if you find just a few flowers, and get the rest somewhere else you will be money ahead. You can even use fishbowls. If you have a beach or nautical theme you might even want to put a goldfish in the bowls. If you’re not using fish, you might add some food coloring to the bowls.

If you are using fresh flowers order them through your local grocery store or wholesale store, like Costco or Sams Club.  I was at my local Costco recently and I was amazed at the wonderful variety and freshness, not to mention the great prices.

Get two for the price of one by using your attendants bouquets as table decorations at the reception. Get cheap vases at the dollar store and split apart your attendants bouquests and put the flowers  on the tables.

Make your own topiaries. Cover styrofoam balls with silk flowers or ivy. Put them on a stick and plant it in a cheap terra cotta pot. Add coordianting ribbon aroung the pot. To make it more fun, pat a sticker on the bottom of one plate at each table. The person who gets the stickered plate gets to take home the center piece. If you are making these during the Christmas holiday, you can get great deals on battery operated mini light strings

Another possibility is to rent silk bridal bouquets and wedding decorations. Check Prices at your local party supply rental store. You could get a great package deal. If  the price is good, you might still want to get real flowers for your bridal bouquet.

When you are buying flowers for cheap bridal bouquets, do not buy roses and orchids they are the most expensive  stick to Carnations, Daisys and other seasonal flowers with baby’s breath and ivy as filler. These are usually the most economical.

Keep in mind that many white flower varieties, willshow brown on the edges first.  Flowers that are locally grown will usually be less than flowers that are flown in.  Check at your farmers markets. You may get a really good dealon all your flowers  from a local farmer.

If you are planning well in advance, the cheapest option for your bridal bouquets and wedding flowers is to grow them yourself. While it’s not something everyone can do themself, you may just know someone who is a gardner that would love this task.

May you live happily ever after,


A Unique Wedding Transportation Idea

Here’s a Unique Wedding Transportation Idea for you!

A pink rickshaw is the new wedding car

There may not be one in your city just yet, but if there is, and if  it appeals to you, it may be worth looking in to for your wedding. According to Limo Broker News, The customized pink tuk-tuk, as it’s known in the Far East, is in high demand with requests from customers to transport them to everything from school proms to weddings.

In larger cities like New York City you can find other rickshaws for hire, but probably won’t find a pink customized  tuk-tuk, as it’s called in the Far East  like the one pictured here  being driven here by Lady Penelope.

The 3 wheeler was imported direct from Thailand where it is commonly used in the cities as a form of taxi transportation. The 6 seater novelty car has been specially customized to deal with the wetter British climate and has had special side panels installed to keep the rain out.

It may not be everyone’s choice for wedding transportation, but for some brides it’s the only way to arrive on their big day.

Car hire boss Steve Garforth from Royton in Rochdale, happened to come across the unusual vehicle on the internet, “and just had to get it.” He went on to say “It’s the only one in the North West and is just so different” and it’s certainly managing to pull in the crowds.

Where ever this unique wedding transport goes it certainly attracts  attention.

So if you’ve been pondering  unique wedding transportation ideas, you may have just found your answer! This hot pink rickshaw is in not in the United States, but do some phonebook and internet research and see what you can find near you!

If you would like to read this article in it’s entirety click here.

May you live happily ever after,


Wedding Dresses – Best Budget Wedding Dress Ideas

budget wedding dresses

Wedding Dresses – Great ideas for getting a budget wedding dress

It’s your day and you and your dress should look spectacular. It is easy to spend a huge portion of your your wedding budget on your dress alone. In order to save you are going to have to put forth a little effort and really shop around.

Very few brides these days are wearing their mother’s wedding gown, but you may know someone else who has a gown that you love. Often vintage gowns can be updated very easily and tailed to fit, for a fraction of the cost of a designer gown.

A second hand gown is  another  great budget wedding dress idea.  If you are going to consider a second hand gown here are some great places to start looking:  Ebay, thrift stores, consignment shops and Craigs List. to name a few of the most popular ones.  Other classified listings to consider are those on wedding blogs like and e-stores that sell used wedding gowns like I personally love the site.  It is extremely well laid out and currently has over 3000 wedding gowns!

If you have your heart set on a new gown, you should begin your search on the clearance racks at high end department stores like Nordstrom and Macy’s. Discount wedding stores like David’s Bridal and Wedding Center USA are also good places to find discount gowns under $100. At the date of this post, both stores are having some great savings. David’s Bridal is offering up to 50% all of their Bridal Gowns. Wedding Center USA is paying the sales tax and offering up to 50% off on select wedding gowns.

David’s Bridal is also having a contest to win a free gown. See Detail under our Wedding Contests category.

I hope these budget wedding dress ideas will help make your hunt for the perfect dress easy, fun, and  affordable.

May you live happily ever after!


Fun & Affordable Wedding Transportation

This is a news article from Spalding Today
unique wedding transportation
Published Date: 01 September 2009  By Rachel Mayfield

FORGET a Rolls Royce or stretch limousines, Spalding man Shane Johnson chose a far more unusual mode of transport to get him to the church on Saturday – a Quadtrac tractor.
Agricultural engineer Shane (25) and best man Ben Ford arrived at St Mary’s Church, Pinchbeck, on the tractor, loaned to him for the special day by employers Pecks.

Bride Helen Spicer (28) knew all about the wacky mode of transport and even boarded the tractor with her new husband to travel to their reception at the Woodlands Hotel in Spalding.

She said: “Shane’s loved tractors since he was a little boy and he used to go out on the farm.

“He let me have everything I wanted for the wedding and so I agreed to let him arrive on a tractor.

“I did go on it with him to the Woodlands, not very lady-like, but Ben helped me with my dress.

“It was something really unusual and we’ve got some great photographs.”

The couple, who have been together more than six years, attracted plenty of attention when the tractor parked up outside the church.

Helen, who is assistant manager of Baker’s Oven, in Spalding, added: “There were people stopping and taking photos and beeping their horns as they went past. The reaction was amazing. We had a fantastic day, everything was perfect – even the weather.”

Helen and Shane will be jetting off on honeymoon to Belek in Turkey.

This article appears in Lincolnshire Free Press newspaper.
How’s that for an affordable mode of transportation!
Get creative and do what fits your style!
May you live happily ever after!
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