Thursday, July 27, 2006

Your wedding checklist

Essential wedding tasks month by month

Easy Wedding Checklist
Start your wedding planning with an easy-to-use wedding checklist that will keep you organized and on top of things! I suggest you print out these wedding checklists and put them in your wedding notebook for easy reference. Your Wedding Checklist: 10 to 12 months before your weddingRead The First Ten Steps for a Newly Engaged CoupleTell your parents, important family members, and close friends the good news! Arrange for your families to meet, if they haven't done so alreadyAnnounce your engagement – either in the newspaper, on a wedding website with an email sent out to all your friends, or in the most traditional way, with mailed engagement announcementsHave an engagement party, if you'd likeEnvision the theme and tone of your wedding: Formal or casual? Day or evening? Religious or secular?Set your budget, read Ways to Save Money on Your WeddingDecide who's paying for the wedding, or who's going to contributeStart your guest listSelect date and time (have backup dates in mind, in case a key element is unavailable)Select and reserve your ceremony and reception sitesHire a wedding consultant, if you're using oneChoose and book officiantChoose bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushersMeet with florists, caterers, and musicians.Arrange for a tasting with your caterer

How to set wedding menu

Here's How:
Decide on the time of day and season of the year. Will you have a summer meal at 2 PM or an elegant winter dinner at 8 PM? This is perhaps the most important decision you will make, and will be dependent on the availability of your venue.
Consult your wedding budget. If you're cost-cutting, filet mignon will not be an option. The more options you offer guests, generally the more your expenses will build. If your budget is tight, you might consider a cocktail reception, afternoon tea, or dessert reception.
Talk to your caterer. Are there particular dishes that they're known for, or that they recommend? If you're catering your own wedding, what recipes are always a crowd-pleaser? Make sure they're aware of the budget you've set.
Choose both stationery and passed hors d'oeuvres, as well as both hot and cold ones. Your guests will always be able to go to a station rather than chasing waiters around, but guests engrossed in conversation will still have a chance to nibble.
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Ask your caterer if they can incorporate an old family recipe. Your guests will enjoy this personal touch.
Make sure you include foods that you love. Enjoying your wedding day is a priority, and it will help to make your menu personal.
Incorporate foods from your family's heritage. Relatives and guests will bond over shared experiences.
Think about going outside of a traditional menu. For example, some couples these days are opting for a dessert reception, rather than a traditional sit-down menu. This is not only a budget saver, but can be a great personal touch for the couple with a sweet-touth.
Ask to go for a tasting. You'll have a chance to sample the foods and find out what the standouts are. Although many caterers will give a complimentary tasting to the bride and groom, consider asking what it will cost for your parents or honor attendants to attend, to give you other opinions.
Ask your caterer what dietary options are available. Generally today's couples will want to offer non-red-meat fare, as well as a vegetarian option. If your caterer says "We have a nice veggie sides plate" make sure you taste it. I've been to far too many weddings where the vegetarian option is bland vegetables heaped unattractively on a plate.
Finally, write your proposed menu down and consider if anything is missing, or out of place. Show it to trusted friends to see if they have any suggestions. Make sure to settle your menu with your caterer by their deadlines so you don't needlessly stress them, or add to costs.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Cake toper and figurine for your wedding cakes
























These beautiful wedding figurine feature an African bride and groom. Available in two styles.



















This clear acrylic square cake top features an elegant etched initial in the center. Available in all letters of the alphabet.