Creative Wedding Ideas

Wondering what kind of invitations to send out that will really dazzle your guests? Here are some fun ideas to get you on track to sending out your own really creative wedding invitations.

Printed Flowers

In case you are wondering what a printed flower is, it is essentially a flower (such as a rose) that has been tattooed with text on its petals. While you have likely seen these around in recent years, you may have yet to explore their possibilities as invitations to your wedding ceremony. This could get pricey if sent to a few hundred guests, but even just as an invitation to your bride’s maids it could be fun. Be sure your guests won’t be asked to present their invitation anywhere on the big day, as the flower may no longer display a readable message by that point.

edible wedding treatsAnother option is a well made artificial flower. While sometimes less than elegant when presented as a full bouquet instead of the organic equivalent, as an invitation it could actually be really beautiful. It would also be sure to endure long enough to convey a properly legible invitation to your guests and better ensure they attend.

An important consideration here, whether natural or artificial, is the style of type chosen to be used in the text on the flower. A flower with beautiful calligraphic cursive is going to be a lot more appropriate and elegant than a flower printed with a blocky font like Arial. Lastly, you can always just wrap a paper invitation like a scroll around the stem of a flower with a ribbon to tie it for a really beautiful and classically elegant solution.

Photo Frames

Another fun option is a photo of the two of you in a small sculpted frame. Small is an emphasis here as this is supposed to be an invitation and a reminder rather than a new addition to their home. By .sculpted. essentially what is intended is just a frame in the shape of a heart or a frame carved with a wedding motif or similar.

It has the advantage of being really cute and fun and serving as a romantic reminder of the big day. It also has the advantage of not easily being tucked away into a stack of papers which could lead to missing the date. It can be a very affordable way to make some really gorgeous and novel invitations that will last beyond the ceremony.

Edible Treats

One more item that may be skillfully employed to liven up a wedding invitation is an elegant addition of an edible treat in a stylish and tiny box or even a beautiful wrapper. You may even want to make your shared last name into a custom brand name and logo to have printed on the box. Chocolates are a sure winner and your guests will likely love the concept and your delightfully tasty consideration.

Now that you have a few more ideas, hopefully you will easily design a wedding invitation that will satisfy your creative needs.

Planning Software – Is It Any Good?

Making use of planning software is the most cost effective and convenient way of making the entire wedding arrangements as smooth as possible. Besides it also saves a lot of hard work and running around and ensures that the arrangements are made close to perfect.

Most couples find it increasingly difficult to hire specialized wedding planners as the fees charged by them is exorbitant and eats into the wedding cost. So the only convenient alternative available for couples at a relatively lower cost is online wedding planning.

How Beneficial Is Planning Software?

An online wedding plan available in the software is very detailed and covers every minute aspect including those, which you were not aware of.

  • It will ease your task of addressing invites. It will guide you with the wrong and right ways of inviting in a traditional wedding. You can also know which of your guests are going to attend your wedding and those who are not.
  • It helps you keep track of the wedding gifts and send thank you cards to the respective guests.
  • Through wedding planning software, you can have a list of people who have assumed different responsibilities for your wedding. Besides it helps you know who has assumed which responsibility so that you can follow up.
  • It will also help you keep a track of all vendors like caterers, photographers, florists, bridesmaids, groomsmen etc. Online wedding planning software has a list of contact information of all of them.
  • One last, but most important feature of the software is that it helps you plan a budget for your wedding and guides you with the right approach.

How To Select The Right Software

Good online software for wedding planning should include all the important features and cover all the aspects of wedding right from the selection of location to organizing the wedding reception.

wedding planner softwareWhile you select the wedding software, firstly check whether it has a calendar. Apart from keeping track of dates, it should also send you email or mobile reminders from time to time.

A good piece of planning software should also be able to coordinate various tasks efficiently. Check whether it can track invitations and the seating arrangements for the reception along with the presents gifted by the guests etc.

Most importantly, your software should be able to prepare a good wedding budget. It should monitor your expenses at each level. Good software should contain templates to guide you with creating invitations, choose wedding flowers, design centerpieces, take care of the decorations etc.

Wedding Budget – Plan Your Spending

A wedding budget ensures that you spend as much as you have planned to. Weddings are always an expensive affair. Starting your work without proper planning will cause a total mess. If you are not sure how to prepare a budget, you can handover the task to an expert planner. However, always remember to follow it up strictly, so that you do not end up in debt or have to cut some of your plans later.

How To Plan A Budget?

Wedding PlannerTo avoid hassle on your special day, you should make it a point to start your wedding planning by preparing the budget first. Firstly, you have to decide the amount that you and your parents can afford. Once you arrive at a figure, the next step is to find ways on how to get the best out of the available means. You should always decide your priorities. Chalk out the expenses that are the most important and cut down the expenses that you can do without.

While shopping for your wedding you need to do a lot of research and find out where you can get good bargains. Find out the areas where you can arrange a particular item by substituting it without spending. For example, your friend can shoot the video for you and your family can help to cater for the food etc. There is no hard and fast rule for preparing a wedding budget. You can plan either a small or a large budget. However, the ultimate aim should be to make the event special.

Determining The Budget

Location: If your budget is large, you can plan to wed at the most famous and spacious locations. However, you can consider open areas like parks or your friend’s backyard to cut down costs for a low budget.

Food: More care should be taken to provide good food to the guests irrespective of a low or high budget. Then the guests will appreciate it, and always remember the delicious food served, in spite of it being a low budget wedding.

Flowers: Before going for decorations, you need to shop around in order to find out which florist is providing wedding flowers cheap. Do not go for costly and rare flowers that need to be shipped from other countries. For a special wedding treat, consider flowers with text.

Music: Sometimes, a wedding without music can also be a great event. However, if you feel that music is a must you can choose music DJs instead of a live band.

Video shoots and photography: If you cannot afford a professional photographer for your wedding, you can ask one of your friends to click good snaps for you. Go for a video shoot, only if you are going to watch it often in future. Otherwise, it would be waste of money.

A carefully planned wedding budget will help you keep costs in control. If you are not too hot on organisation, consider automating the process with some software magic – it might just save on time and effort.