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When Should We Take The Honeymoon?

Many engaged couples look for to two primary aspects of getting married: the reception and the honeymoon. While the ceremony itself certainly takes a lot of planning, the reception is often where the bulk of the work comes. Even though the guest list is important to the ceremony, no one has to plan where the wedding guests sit for the exchanging of the vows. At the reception, though, seats are generally assigned, and creating this seating chart is a major stressor. In addition, the reception requires decorations, menus, caterers, cakes, music, and bar tenders. With all of this planning, couples some times take a look at the honeymoon and decide to put it off. While it may seem like a great idea to delay the honeymoon, there are many reasons to take the honeymoon right away.

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If it is possible, take the honeymoon directly after the wedding.

Why To Take The Honeymoon Immediately

One of the main reasons to honeymoon right away is to leave the wedding stress behind. While navigating the airport may not seem like a lot of fun, sitting on the beach with a drink in your hand is. Planning the honeymoon is definitely one extra step, but it is a step worth taking. However, be sure to plan the right kind of honeymoon for you and your spouse. If you’ve spent a lot of time making a lot of decisions leading up to your wedding, an all-inclusive resort might be the answer. Not only will you have plenty of food and drink available, you won’t be constantly reaching for your wallet. On the other hand, if you’re a couple who blows off steam with adventure, be sure your honeymoon includes some action.

The honeymoon is often regarded as one of the best parts about getting married. While it may hard to believe that it gets better than either the proposal or saying “I do,” the honeymoon gives couples a chance to relax, get away, and start their marriage off on a high note. By taking the honeymoon directly after the wedding, you’ll be able to avoid an anti-climatic trip.  Finally, be sure your travel plans involve keeping your engagement ring safe, and you’ll have a great time!

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Why Do So Many Couples Skip the Wedding And Elope?

In recent years, young couples have dramatically changed the dynamic of traditional weddings. From outdoor ceremonies to themed weddings, more and more millennials are pursuing unique wedding experiences. However, this change has also coincided with rising wedding costs. Currently, the average cost of a wedding and reception is nearly $30,000. This is one reason many couples are choosing to elope instead of having a wedding ceremony. While eloping is definitely cheaper, couples should definitely weigh the pros and cons. A traditional wedding allows parents to participate, a wedding photographer to document the memories, and offers the reception. Nevertheless, eloping has plenty enticing advantages, and more and more couples are deciding to elope.

You Can Elope And Still Have A Party

Even if a couple decides on eloping, it is still possible to through a reception later. This can be tricky as some people feel hurt and left out since they were not able to participate in the ceremony. It is important to word post-elopement reception invitations carefully. The main goal is to invite friends and family to celebrate love and marriage. In order to do this successfully, be warm and inviting in a way that encourages other people to show up. This will help them feel like they are a part of the wedding, even if they didn’t attend the actual exchanging of the wedding rings. One tip is send invites to a Wedding Celebration instead of a party. While eloping will definitely save money on wedding costs, it should be noted that most couples do not receive wedding presents in the same manner after eloping.

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Be sure to have a professional photographer capture your elopement

Be Sure To Document Your Elopement

Even if you’ve decided to skip figuring out a guest list and ranking your friends to determine who should be the maid of honor, it is important to document an elopement. Whether you decide to hire a photographer for the moment or go all out with a wedding video, you will want to be able to share your wedding day with other people at some point. It may be something to give to your parents as a photo album, or it may be something you decide to show during a later celebration. Additionally, having the photos or videos to look back on will be a great way to spend future wedding anniversaries.

Deciding to elope can certainly save young couples a lot of money and avoid plenty of stress. However, keep in mind how friends and family will react, especially if you plan to have a reception later. Finally, even if eloping is more for a sense of privacy than saving money, be sure to have someone capture the moment so you can look back on your wedding day in the future.

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Eternity Bands and Wedding Rings: What’s the Difference?

Eternity bands and wedding rings are often confused to being the same item. However, there are differences between the two ring styles ranging from design and construction to purpose. While wedding bands are traditionally exchanged as part of the ceremony, some couples do opt to use eternity rings instead. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to learn more about the differences between eternity bands and wedding rings.

Wedding Rings

 

wedding ringsTraditionally, wedding rings are used in the wedding ceremony. The rings are symbolic, representing an unbroken circle of love. During a ceremony, the wedding ring is placed on the ring finger of the bride by the husband and vice versa. For brides, the wedding ring typically matches the engagement ring. While most classic rings feature a plain band, contemporary rings often include diamond accents. For matched sets, the wedding band will directly match the engagement ring. However, many modern brides like to mix and match their ring styles. Additionally, many wedding rings include a notched base that allows the band to fit flush against the engagement ring. Some times, the wedding band and engagement ring are soldered together to prevent damage to either ring.

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While wedding rings that include diamonds generally only wrap halfway around, eternity bands feature diamonds that go all the way around the band. Although many eternity bands feature round diamonds, these rings can be made with fancy shapes ranging form princess cut diamonds to emerald cut and more. Although wedding bands are generally used as part of the wedding ceremony, eternity bands are often used to celebrate sentimental moments such as an anniversary or the birth of a child. Eternity rings are incredibly versatile in that they can be worn  on their own or stacked with other types of rings. The never-ending circle of diamonds is meant to represent an everlasting love.

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The 4 Best Reasons To Exchange Wedding Rings Outside

In recent years, more and more couples are looking to get married in non-traditional places. While churches often provide beautiful backdrops for a wedding ceremony, younger couples are exploring other options. With the help of Pinterest, more and more millennials are taking the DIY approach to wedding ceremonies. Crafty couples have found ways to turn barns, old fire stations, and city parks into gorgeous wedding venues. If you’re looking to join the outdoor wedding movement, consider these 5 great reasons to exchange wedding rings outside.

Customize The Decor For A Unique Setting

One reason couples are moving their wedding vows outside is the ability to completely customize the decor. This allows a bride to have the themed wedding of her dreams with every detail exactly as she imagined it. Additionally, this allows for a great variety of DIY decorations. Not only will the choice to exchange wedding rings outside inspire decorating creatively, it will also allow couples on a budget to save money by doing it themselves.

Get Married At Sunset

Although indoor weddings provide a timeless feel, there’s nothing quite like getting married during the sunset. In addition to a picturesque backdrop, your wedding photographer will love getting shots during the so-called “golden hour” leading up to sunset. Plus, the natural lighting will allow every wedding dress to shine and every custom designed engagement ring to sparkle.

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Getting married outside allows for plenty of dramatic photographs.

Casual Atmosphere

Outdoor weddings also allow for a more casual atmosphere. This means both the crowd and the bridal party can breathe a sigh of relief. Deciding to exchange wedding rings outside will keep the ceremony lighthearted. Plus, the groom won’t have to worry about sweating through his tuxedo with a cool breeze. And, with a more casual ceremony, the reception will sure to be off to a great start without stifling small talk. Everyone will be able to instantly remark at the great weather and gorgeous sunset.

Ceremony + Reception In One Venue

Speaking of the reception, the last great reason to exchange wedding rings outside is its easy to combine the ceremony and reception into one venue. This especially works great for outdoor venues that have a bit of separation, such as a barn wedding or a wedding in a park. During cocktail hour, simply relocate the rows of chairs while everyone is grabbing a drink. By combining venues, couples can save a little money that they can put towards a honeymoon or buying a home.

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Surviving The Reception Means Surviving The Wedding Brunch

Getting married and enjoying the reception is an incredibly fun time. After making a public commitment to your soulmate, you probably partied late into the night. This celebration of your love with your best friends and closest family is a once in a lifetime chance. However, before getting to the absolute best part of the wedding– the honeymoon– you have one more duty: brunch. Although the morning after brunch is a newer tradition, brunch is the most popular millennial choice since rose gold engagement rings. Before setting off to the beach getaway of a lifetime, here are a couple helpful tips to survive your wedding brunch.

Invite Everyone to Brunch

Even before you have to worry about handling a hangover in public, make sure you have the brunch plans figured out ahead of time. The best way to do this is simply invite everyone. However, one thing you should not have to worry about is footing the bill for the wedding brunch. After the reception, consider yourself off the hook. The wedding brunch is simply a chance for everyone to catch up the morning after the wedding, and that means everyone pays their own way. Brunch will be way less hectic than the reception. First off, you’ll be seated the whole time instead of being in the handshake line. Additionally, you will actually get a chance to eat your food. To make the best of your wedding brunch, simply pick a location and show up.

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The wedding brunch is the last stop before your honeymoon

A Little Hair of the Dog Helps

If you spent your wedding night staying up too late, it’s okay. Whether it was the alcohol or the excitement, plan on being tired and hungover. To handle this, a little hair of the dog can help. Some people frown at putting booze in coffee or drinking a Bloody Mary with breakfast, but you just got married. Keep the party rolling, and let everyone come to your seat at the table. This way you can focus on getting some food in your stomach before getting on a plane to Cabo.

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Wedding Planning Tips: The Rehearsal Dinner

Planning a wedding is lots of hard work. In order to help relieve the stress, make sure you have a great plan for the rehearsal dinner. Not only will this event be a lot of fun, it will make the wedding more enjoyable. This is because family members who haven’t met before can get the ice breaking out of the way.  When planning your big day, keep these tips in mind for the night before.

Picking The Right Location

While the wedding reception is sure to feature perfect plates and a highly organized seating chart, the rehearsal dinner should be a relaxing and fun socializing event. The goal is for friends and families to mingle, so keep the venue casual. Allow for people to wander around, and consider serving either comfort foods or finger foods that keep the atmosphere relaxed. However, be sure not to skimp on alcohol. Typically, the dinner will involve plenty of toasts and thank you’s that require a side of champagne.

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The rehearsal dinner should be a fun social event

Who To Invite To The Rehearsal Dinner

When making the guest list, the first people to include are your parents and immediate family, such as Grandma. Additionally, another obvious group to invite is the wedding party, but be sure to include spouses or wedding dates as well. Another group to be sure to invite to the dinner is any out of town guests who travelled to celebrate the wedding with you. Finally, be sure to invite anyone who helped make the wedding happen, such as your mom’s friend who created the reception table centerpieces.

Prepare Your Toast

The last thing to do when planning a rehearsal dinner is to prepare a toast. Be sure to tell your engagement story, too, so everyone will know how you ended up with the perfect engagement ring. Finally, the rehearsal dinner is a great time to give out gifts to bridesmaids and groomsmen. The last thing to do is make sure you get a good night’s sleep before the wedding day.

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Fashion Tips For Attending A Beach Wedding

When it comes to destination weddings, nothing is more fun than a beach wedding. Not only do beaches provide great scenery, they also allow for a more relaxed atmosphere. Unlike traditional ceremonies, beach weddings often forgo tuxedos in favor of breezy attire. If you’re attending a beach wedding to watch your best friends exchange their vows and wedding rings, consider these tips to make sure you are comfortable and fashionable.

Pick Your Fabrics Wisely

For anyone who has ever visited the beach before, you know the environment offers some wardrobe challenges. From handling the sand to dealing with ocean breezes, beach weddings require a little bit more planning. You’ll want to choose fabrics that breathe easily, such as linens, silk, or synthetic blends. This will allow you to keep from overheating while sitting in the sun. Additionally, pick clothing that fits loosely. One absolute don’t of a beach wedding, though, is do not wear a bathing suit top to the wedding unless the invitations specifically state this is okay. The last thing you want to do is be a distraction.

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Beach weddings offer beautiful backgrounds and a casual atmosphere

Beware The Sun

Unless the beach wedding is taking place in a gazebo adjacent to the beach, there is a good chance you’ll be sitting directly in the sun while your friend gains a husband. Before watching her slide a wedding band on her new man, prepare yourself for the sun. In addition to picking breezy fabrics, you may want to stock up on a couple accessories. An outdoor wedding totally allows sunglasses, and beach weddings are a great opportunity for you to incorporate a hat into your look. Finally, be sure to load up on sunscreen to keep yourself from getting weird tan lines.

Smart Footwear Decisions

The last thing to consider when attending a beach wedding is to carefully select your shoes. Knowing the exact location of the wedding will help you choose wisely. If the wedding is taking place directly on the sand, then sandals are completely appropriate. However, if the wedding is near the beach, such as on a pier or at an overlook, then more traditional footwear is in order. Remember, beaches are often sandy and even potentially rocky, so think ahead before wearing heels.

With these simple tips, you can make sure you’ll truly enjoy a beach wedding in comfort and style.

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Win Your Wedding Reception With The Perfect Playlist

Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be all stress. Some times, the best thing to do is take a break from arguing over the guest list and enjoy yourself. Some aspects of wedding planning, such as cake tastings or picking out which craft beer to have on tap, can be quite fun. One thing many people forget when planning a wedding is the day is a celebration. If you’ve found yourself spending too many hours fretting over floral displays and bridesmaid gifts, take a break. In fact, you should take a break and throw yourself a dance party and pick out some great songs for your wedding reception. Although a skilled wedding DJ should play a variety of great songs, here are some tips in building the perfect playlist for your reception.

Choose Songs For Everyone, Including Grandma

The last thing anybody wants at a wedding reception is an empty dance floor.  Although the right amount of alcohol can help, building the perfect playlist of fun songs can go a long way in making the night unforgettable. One important thing to do is to choose some songs people of all ages can enjoy. An oft overlooked group of wedding guests include senior citizens. Many times, grandma is relegated to a family table in the back, but you’ll have a better party if she’s dancing. When selecting songs for your reception, be sure to pick tunes from multiple decades. Unless your playlist has a little bit of Elvis, it’s not yet complete.

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The perfect playlist will keep the reception dance floor going all night.

Don’t Forget The Kids

Another way to get people up and dancing is to include songs that will make your ring bearer lose his mind on the dance floor. A wedding reception without a little kid shaking the night away simply isn’t as fun. Not only will it help the little ones enjoy themselves, it’ll give the photographer plenty of chances to get some happy photos of smiling faces. When it comes to choosing songs for kids, picking fun, danceable pop songs is a great way to go.

Cheesy Songs Make For Great Dance Parties

Whether it’s getting everyone on the floor for the Electric Slide, a rousing rendition of the Chicken Dance, or even an ironic three minutes of the Macarena, choreographed dances can turn a good wedding reception into a great one. When building the perfect playlist, be sure to select one or two songs that have dance instructions. However, do not overplay these types of songs! It may be fun to do the Cupid Shuffle once, but don’t force it. Otherwise the line for the bar will be much longer than the Conga line.

A great wedding DJ can help you build the perfect playlist that will please all your wedding guests. Make sure you pick out a handful of favorites, and tell your DJ if there are any songs to absolutely avoid. In the end, a danceable wedding playlist will make for an unforgettable reception.

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Wedding Planning Tips: How To Pick Your Maid of Honor

There’s no shortage of ways in which a wedding can create drama. From the endless agonizing over the guest list to picking the bridal party, weddings are filled with tough choices. However, perhaps the hardest decision to make is not related to picking out your husband’s wedding ring or choosing a dress: it’s selecting your Maid of Honor. Before you suffer through a wedding day filled with side eye, consider these tips for figuring out which lucky lady will be your Maid of Honor.

Your Sister Doesn’t Have To Be Blood Related

When selecting a Maid of Honor, the most obvious choice will be your closest sister. However, this does not necessarily mean she will be a blood relative! It could be possible that you do not have a sister, or you have 3 sisters, or you grew up with a cousin who was closer in age. Or, perhaps you met your sister for life during college. Even more complicated, though, is what about your future sister-in-law? When it comes to choosing a Maid of Honor, definitely consider family first, but do not simply rule someone out for not being an immediate relative. Consider this question: which women closest to you helped your future husband pick out your engagement ring? This woman is probably the right choice!

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Pick the right Maid of Honor to help you get through wedding day stress

Consider The Maid of Honor’s Duties

Even if you have the closest sister in the world, another thing to consider when selecting your Maid of Honor is how good this woman will be in carrying out wedding tasks. In addition to helping out with invitations, selecting the dress, and generally helping you stay sane throughout the planning process, a Maid of Honor has to be on top of their game during the wedding and reception. The Maid of Honor needs to be quick on her feet, a good problem solver, and an eloquent speaker. She’ll have to run last minute errands, calm your nerves, as well as give a toast at the reception. When choosing, it’s important to pick someone who can handle the pressure.

When it comes down to it, your Maid of Honor will probably present herself during the wedding planning. If you have a sister who is willing to pitch in, keep you sane, and speak confidently in front of strangers, then she’s the one!

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How To Handle Unruly Wedding Guests

Although your wedding will be one of the biggest days of your life, not all wedding guests see it this way. For some attendees, a wedding is the place to share the love of watching couples exchange their vows and wedding rings. On the other hand, many wedding invites unfortunately end up in the hands of very drunk uncles. Other times, there are simply real life wedding crashers ordering drink after drink at your open bar. However, just because someone has had too many drinks doesn’t mean your wedding reception is ruined. By following these handy tips for how to handle unruly wedding guests, you’ll be sure to enjoy every moment of your wedding day.

Uninvited Guests

Creating the guest list for a wedding is never an easy thing to do. In fact, it often results in some of the more complicated fights of any relationship. Seeing as simply deciding who to invite to your wedding is challenging, there will definitely be people you are unable to invite. Whether these are long lost friends, second cousins, or former coworkers, some uninvited wedding guests still find their way to the reception. Regardless of how it happens, there’s no reason to let unruly wedding guests rack up your bar tab even higher.

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Don’t let overserved guests ruin your reception

If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they should have the uninvited guest removed without causing a scene. Another option would be to alert the bartender that the guest is no longer welcome. Typically, if a guest is cut off during an open bar, they will find their own way out. A third option, though, is to have the groomsmen from the bridal party act as bouncers. If this is the route you choose, though, be certain to have the most level headed groomsmen handle the talking.

For Those Who Had One Too Many

Wedding receptions are always a good time, but these good times can often lead into somebody having one too many. Whether your uncle chugged too many or your cousin Jenny spilled red wine everywhere, handling drunk, unruly wedding guests is not much fun. Again, a savvy wedding planner should be able to handle this without you taking any action. The First move is to talk to the date of the guest and see if they can head home with the over served. However, some times the guest are out of control because they came alone. The best case of action here is call a cab or Uber driver to pick up your guest and take them home. If neither of these actions work out, let the groomsmen bouncers handle the problem.

No matter what, though, you should focus on having a good time yourself. Let the people you’ve hired and asked to participate in your wedding do the heavy lifting. It is YOUR wedding day, after all!