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Recessional Wedding Music

“Music is love in search of a word.”- Sidney Lanier

The end of a marriage ceremony is a time for smiles and laughter, and you should let your recessional music reflect that! While processionals tend to be traditional and low-key, test-drive some upbeat recessional music before your big day – just remember to think of the situation you’ll be in and plan accordingly. The recessional is the crescendo of your ceremony music and when you consider the applause and congratulations that will be shouted your way as you walk down the aisle with your shiny-new groom, you’ll understand why I suggest leaning more towards trumpets and organs than harps and flutes!

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A little wedding music trivia for your next game night!

The Prelude is music played prior to the ceremony while your guests are being seated;
the Processional consists of piece(s) played for the entrance of the bridal party;
the Bride’s Entrance is the most important song in all ceremony music played and will chauffeur the bride down the aisle;
the Interlude is music played to offset silent rituals like candle lighting or signing of the register;
the Recessional is the last musical element played during the ceremony and is orchestrated as the newlyweds and their bridal party are ushered out;
finally, the Postlude is music played directly following the recessional as guests gather their belongings and leave.

Looking for more recessional wedding music? Head over to WedAlert’s wedding song directory and then follow my Pinterest and WedAlert’s Pinterest for wedding ideas ranging from father/daughter dances to the top 10 bridesmaid dance songs!

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Jamaica Destination Wedding

For a destination wedding that offers diversity, white sandy beaches, and tours galore, focus your attention on Jamaica! While researching your options for a destination wedding, note that Jamaica offers the least amount of ‘hassle’ in becoming man and wife…you and your groom simply need to arrive on the island 48 hours prior to your ceremony! (Just remember that all required docs must be sent at least 60 days prior to arrival).

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Jamaica has 4 diverse resort destinations – Negril, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, and off-the-beaten path: Port Antonio. Your family and friends can plan to land in Montego Bay and enjoy an hour-long coastal drive to Negril or a 90-minute scenic tropical ride to Ocho Rios. If you plan to wed in Port Antonio, you’ll need to make arrangements to take a private air carrier once in Jamaica or simply fly straight to Kingston for a shorter traveling distance!

Remember, bride-to-be, just staying at a resort does not warrant you saying you have truly experienced Jamaica! If you are a nature lover, explore the rain forest by ziplining or board a catamaran and snorkel for a once in a lifetime view – just don’t touch that beautiful coral reef! There are an endless number of adventures for you and your guests to explore, from river tubing to horseback beach rides, climbing the falls to fishing, golfing to swimming with the dolphins!

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Jamaica boast all-inclusive resorts for couples only, such as Sandals Resorts, as well as adults-only resorts, with options ranging from The Caves, Secrets Resorts, Jewels Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa, and Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Resort.

Planning a destination wedding with children involved? Your choices are endless! Choose between the luxurious Beaches Resorts, Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, RIU Resorts, Grand Palladiums (to name a few) and have the parents among you request a family suite. Looking for a simple and small boutique-style resort? Jamaica offers villas on the beach and cliffs with tantalizing views of the turquoise Caribbean sea!

Click through to discover the many locations and resorts Jamaica has to offer, or contact Exquisite Vacations Inc today to help begin planning your destination wedding!

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Halloween Wedding Flowers

What better day to unite your soul with the man you love than when the veils are thinnest between realms? Somehow, saying “until death do you part” has an even deeper meaning during a Halloween wedding… Mix the romance of a traditional wedding with the magic of Halloween to give your guests a (frightfully!) good time!

While Fall is a great season for bright and punchy wedding flower colors, you can choose to keep your reception non-traditional by playing wedding songs like ‘Thriller’ and ‘Monster Mash’ and showcasing floral arrangements in shades of red, yellow, green, brown, and plum!

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Bouquets and centerpieces looking gaudy or predictable seems to be the main issue brides have while preparing for a Halloween wedding, so, instead of plastic spiders and sticky webs, add natural touches via blackened branches, fiddlehead ferns, and pumpkins! To DIY your own blackened branches: trim some branches from your backyard and spray paint them deep brown for an elegantly spooky look that isn’t overdone.

Dark purple bloom ideas: Black Beauty or Night Watchman roses, Queen of Night tulips, Black Dragon coleus, or Paint it Black irises

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Blood red bloom ideas: Black Magic or Black Baccara roses, Amaryllis, Impatiens, and Black Forest calla lilies

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Vibrant orange bloom ideas: Hot Romance or Remember Me roses,  tigerlilies,  and bird of paradise

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Deep yellow bloom ideas: Brandy or Oregold roses, trumpet vines, gerberas, and columbine

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Unique Ways To Seal Your Wedding Invitations

To add that perfect finishing touch before mailing, look into the following unique wedding invitations seals! Maintain an old-fashioned vintage look with the classic wax seal. This type of seal is easily personalized with your monogram or a small design (think flowers or a family crest), come in an array of colors, and save you from having to lick hundreds of envelopes closed!

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Looking for a more modern twist to the wax seal? Sticker seals add a finishing polish to wedding invitation envelopes and have the advantage of being easier to use than wax – especially if you’re planning a large wedding and have a lot of invites to seal!

While they can be personalized with a photo, tinted to match your chosen wedding color palette, or done up with your initials, going ‘simple’ with a gold foil seal can add quiet elegance to your wedding invitations.

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And lastly, there are ink stamps, perfect for the DIY bride or couples looking to keep to a set wedding budget; they’re easy, inexpensive, and depending on your design – can be used time and again! While they don’t technically seal the envelope, they do add a similar effect to your invitations, as the design or monogram can be individualized to suit your needs.

Stamp with plain black ink to keep your wedding invitation in the forefront, or make your envelope stand out as much as its contents by matching your ink to your wedding colors!

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Black and White Wedding Cakes

Black and white wedding cakes can be elegant with multiple delicately placed tiers or whimsical with topsy turvy layers! The striking trend of black and white weddings is actually a carry-over from 2012 and wedding professionals all over the U.S have noted that it has held strong through 2014 due to it’s ability to span from vintage chic to modern edging. Use pearls and lace for a fashionably antiquated look, fresh flowers for an interesting live twist, or add a bright pop of color to accent your wedding decor!

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While meringue or buttercream can easily be used to prepare a black and white wedding cake, the use of fondant allows you the ability to accent your cake with cut-outs like black and white polka dots for a vintage feel or delicate fondant black ‘lace’ on a white cake for an elegant Victorian look. Keep in mind that the most common wedding cake decoration is the use of satin ribbons or white organza draping and imagine with me, bride-to-be, a chocolate cake covered in white fondant with black ribbons separating multiple layers…every chocolate-loving guest in the house will be salivating over the cake cutting!

For a trendy splash, think of adding lime green or canary yellow as an accent color to your wedding cake, or for a more romantic touch, grace your black and white wedding cake with a touch of pink, silver, or red. If (when!) you fall in love with a cake seen in this post, remember to print out a photo to take along with you to give your baker as a precise look into what you see for your perfect black and white wedding cake!

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Thailand Destination Wedding

Thailand destination weddings are full of symbolism and Buddhist tradition, and westerners are graciously welcomed to adopt Thai traditions for their wedding ceremony. Traditional Thai weddings include ancient rituals meant to bless the couple and protect them against evil.

Ceremonies begin with Thai dancers performing in a folk parade as prayers are chanted and drums beat out the hypnotic ‘Hae Khaan Maak’. Buddhist monks are happy to perform their wedding traditions for any couple choosing to be blessed and hold a thread that is tied to the heads of the couple to link the three parties together during the ceremony proceedings.

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After the rituals, the wedding guests -who quietly kneel behind the bride and groom during the ceremony- pour holy water on the hands of the married couple to complete tradition.

Want to have a Thailand destination wedding – but don’t want to take part in Buddhist tradition? Thailand offers a wide variety of excellent wedding locations for couples from a range of religious backgrounds, including Christian churches and Jewish synagogues.

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As most 5-star resorts charge from $2,000 to $3,000 for the ceremony, decorations, and entertainment (excluding the cost of food and alcohol – which runs the gamut from $25 to $125 a head), Thailand destination weddings normally end up saving the bride and groom money but costing family and friends more due to plane tickets and accommodation expenses.

Thailand has a warm, tropical climate affected by a rainy season from June to October and a dry season the rest of the year. Temperatures average 75 to 92 degrees, with the highest temperatures from March to May and the lowest in December and January. There are three seasons: the cool season (November to February), the hot season (April to May), and the rainy season (June to October), though downpours rarely last more than a couple of hours.

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Banyan Tree Phuket is located in the northern part of Phuket and set away from the hustle and bustle of central Phuket. Banyan Tree Phuket has triumphed at the Condé Nast Traveler 20th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking 2nd in the Top 10 Asia Resorts category, and 8th in the Top 100 Resorts of the world!

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Lebua at State Tower in Bangkok is known for its “WOW” factor! While on the higher end of the price range, this all-suite hotel offers breathtaking vistas of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya river, and is seen to be the perfect blend of luxury, convenience, and technology.

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Six Senses Yao Noi is a semi-private island trademarked for its laidback luxury, perfect for couples searching for a beautiful, yet unfussy, setting! While all villas offer generous personal space plus a private infinity-edged pool, consider spoiling yourself with the beachfront pool villa suite – which showcases Phang Nga Bay views, a private pool, and a large garden leading directly onto the beach!

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Phulay Bay offers the only Ritz-Carlton property in Thailand and is a less-touristed area of Krabi. The grounds of this new resort are stunning, the staff truly understands the meaning of “service with a smile”, and give guests the feeling of being treated exclusive experience.

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The Peninsula Bangkok offers a river-view courtyard, skyscraper background, and elegantly luxurious rooms and common areas! By blending East and West and historic and modern, The Peninsula Bangkok brings something fresh and exotic to the city’s 5-star hotel scene!

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Time Zone: Thailand observes Greenwich Mean Time + 7 hours.

Language: Thai is the official language, though English is widely spoken.

Currency: The Thai unit of currency is the baht – which is worth a little less than 4 US cents. US dollar traveler’s checks can be conveniently cashed at all provincial banks and authorized money changers. Major international credit cards, such as American Express, Diners, Carte Blanche, Mastercard, and VISA are accepted by major banks, restaurants, hotels, and shops.

Passports: Travelers are required to hold a passport valid for not less than 6 months before entry into Thailand. If you lose your passport, contact the police and your embassy immediately.

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Fairytale Wedding Invitations

Fairytale wedding invitations are for the little girl dreams hidden inside every woman! In our younger years, we stayed up late reading about Snow White and Cinderella finding Prince Charming, and as we grew, those childhood stories became lifelike through Hollywood painting a picture of romance in finding your soulmate and living happily ever…

From delicate detailing that resonates the theme to  soft, playful coloring that scream “princess!”, fairytale wedding invitations are a beautiful way to share your storybook romance! The real fun begins, however, after your invitations have been chosen!

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Add some Disney magic to your invitations with wording like, ‘From the pages of our favorite fairytale’, ‘Join us for our most magical moment’, or enjoy how the fairytale theme lends itself beautifully to storytelling and begin the old-fashioned way with, ‘Once upon a time…’

Finish your fairytale wedding invitations with a blurb that shares the pertinent information -date, time, and location, or tell your very own fairytale dressed up with wording that resonates with your favorite story! Perhaps you had to kiss a few frogs before finding your true prince or maybe he searched far and wide to find the princess of his dreams… The options are endless!

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Top 5 Mistakes To Avoid While Wedding Planning

A List Guide, a stylish and comprehensive online directory listing the best venues, event suppliers, and team-building activities in each state and territory of Australia knows that a wedding is one of the most special days of most peoples’ lives, so it’s natural to want everything to go smoothly while planning.

The truth is, though, darling bride, that there will likely be minor slip-ups during the preparation stage or the wedding itself, but here are certain mistakes that, if considered and prepared for in advance, can prevent headaches down the road!

Jeremy at A List Guide has outlined the top 5 mistakes to avoid while wedding planning, so read on!

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Unreasonable Spending

It’s very easy to fall into the trap of wedding planners or suppliers who are giving you advice about your wedding – although they have plenty of good ideas, in the end they do seek a profit from your special event and thus might try to persuade you to spend in areas where it’s really not necessary.

Of course, if you have a limitless budget, all the fancy add-ons might make the wedding a little more luxurious, but you should really focus your spending on parts that are really important, like the right venue, entertainment, food or even the honeymoon, instead of carelessly wasting money on things like limousines or an extra fancy wedding dress.

Of course, if that extra luxurious item is something you really want and not just there for showing off, then go ahead and get it – after all, a wedding is one of the most important days in a person’s life and you want to make it special.

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Missing Out On Your Favorite Venue

One habit that many couples planning a wedding fall into is failing to choose the venue in time –after picking up the few venues that they like the most they spend too much time thinking it over and end up losing them to other bidders. If you find a place that you like and the price is acceptable, don’t hold off too long looking for an even better one, or you might be left empty handed.

Still, if you’re venue hunting and are on a budget, it might be wise to keep constant contact with the few venues you like for last-minute cancellations, which might mean a steep discount for you that you can afford.

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Buying the Wedding Dress Online

It seems that nowadays everybody is buying everything online, but even though it’s a very convenient method of shopping for most things, when it’s something as important and as special as a wedding dress, you simply can’t risk picking the wrong one.

After all, a dress that looks perfect on one person might look very poorly on another, so it’s easy to see how slim the chances of finding the right dress become when you’re choosing it from a few stock photos on a website.

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Not Hiring a Professional Photographer

The wedding might only last a day or two, but the memories of it will last for a lifetime and thus you don’t want to mess up immortalizing the event in pictures and video. Sure, your cousin might have a digital camera and consider himself a photographer, but unless he makes a living out of it, chances are you’re going to regret letting him be the photographer every time you look at your wedding pictures.

Yes, professional wedding photographers are expensive, but that’s because they can allow themselves to be – capturing the essence of a wedding might even be considered an art form and you are going to be thankful you chose him when you see how stunning the pictures are.

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Leaving the Playlist Completely to the DJ/Band

Letting the DJ or the band choose the playlist themselves might not seem like such a big deal – after all, they are professionals and know what they’re doing, right? Well, the thing is they have their own personal preferences to certain music and it might not coincide with yours, and with the wedding being a special day for the to-be-weds, the music should probably reflect their own music taste.

So always make sure the band can play your favorite songs or provide the DJ with a music playlist that you want him to feature. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider his opinion – he knows what kind of music people like dancing to and might be able to suggest some good additions to complement your playlist.

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Wedding Reception Classic Love Song Covers

Classic love songs are classic for a reason, darling bride-to-be! They were written to move you, remind you why you fell for your groom, and make you grin as you think of that first shared kiss. Sometimes, though, classic love songs can be a little problematic for wedding receptions. Every bride want her weddings to be personal and unique, and having your DJ spin the same love songs played at every wedding doesn’t really achieve that goal.

In addition, there are some songs classically played by bands that bring to mind a certain period or mood – like the angsty nature brought on by The Cure. So, when looking for a classic love song, (like The Cure’s aptly named: “Love Song”) look away from your youth and towards the modern, wedding-appropriate Adele.

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Just like the above example, there are hundreds of incredible classic love song covers! It’s the best of both worlds, soon-to-be Mrs.! You get the sought-after sentiment of the classic love song, but with a modern edge that brings your wedding reception music up to date and displays exactly how unique you are!

Can’t Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley, covered by Ingrid Michaelson

You’re Just Too Good To Be True – Frankie Valli, covered by Lauryn Hill

At Last – Etta James, covered by Beyonce

Love Song – The Cure, covered by Adele

Across The Universe – The Beatles, covered by Rufus Wainwright

Sea of Love – Phil Phillips, covered by Cat Power

Looking for more classic love songs? Listen to hundreds of popular wedding songs and music through Amazon or iTunes with the Song Directory at WedAlert and be sure to follow my Pinterest and WedAlert’s Pinterest for wedding music knowledge, facts, and ideas!

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Top Four Wedding Cake Myths

When planning your wedding, you may feel an automatic urge to focus on finding the perfect wedding dress or the perfect location to say “I do”, but darling bride-to-be, don’t let your wedding cake fall down on your list of priorities! Every woman has a little girl inside of her with a beautiful mental image of her dream wedding cake, but sometimes those inspired designs can be crushed by the reality of actually putting your wedding reception together.

At My Inspired Wedding, we have a direct link to brilliant bakers across the U.S! I took the time to speak with several over the last few weeks and have learned -from their perspective- how to bring your wedding cake dreams down to earth by clearing up a few wedding cake myths!

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Fondant tastes terrible…

Have you had a bad experience with fondant in the past? Know that fondant has changed with the times and bakers want their cakes to taste just as amazing as they look – which includes fondant! Ask your baker if their fondant is homemade or if they use a premade national brand and check out Beki Cook’s Cake Blog for The Great Fondant Comparison! Also, note that the grandiose wedding cakes we see in magazines are typically made using fondant and simply can’t be created with buttercream frosting.

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A wedding cake must be white

Much like the wedding dress, white wedding cakes were traditionally intended as a symbol of the bride’s purity, but today’s trends have tipped the world of coloring in wedding cakes (and wedding dresses) upside-down! The design and hue of your wedding cake is a personal choice and yours alone to make, so don’t feel held back from tying your wedding color palette in via ribbons or sugar flowers – or embellish with lace to match the design of your wedding gown!

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You need to serve more than just wedding cake

Many modern brides are choosing to serve their wedding cake alongside a groom’s cake and a dessert table filled with pies, sorbets, berries – the list goes on! Don’t feel like all these delectable desserts are mandatory! This is simply (yet another) situation where your mother is right, bride-to-be…a delicious wedding cake really is enough.

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The cake topper is to be saved for the one-year anniversary

Saving the top tier of the wedding cake became tradition in the 19th century when multi-tiered cakes became common and the primary purpose of marriage was to procreate. It was typical for a couple to host their firstborn’s christening within a year of their marriage and the top tier of the wedding cake was typically served at that time – saving the couple from the task of baking a christening cake.

Tradition is out, soon-to-be Mrs., fresh cake is in! Many bakers will make you a miniature wedding cake for free on your one-year anniversary. If they don’t, eat the cake topper a little early and celebrate your three-month anniversary!

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