Image: via Simplicity In The South
Easter weekend is a glorious time for a spring wedding, a hen party, a baby shower, or simply a get together with friends or family. With longer, brighter, sunnier days on the horizon, bright flowers in full bloom and of course a long weekend off work, it can be a joyous holiday choice for tying the knot. So here’s a few Easter wedding theme ideas for inspiration…
Whatever occasion you might be celebrating at Easter be sure to add an injection of heavenly pastel hues, some cheerful springtime stems, a plentiful supply of delicious and festive food and of course it wouldn’t be complete without a cute chick or two and a visit from the Easter bunny!
Image: Fairyfolk via Etsy
Missy & Murray ♥ Bali, Indonesia
Photographer: PhotoFactory Bali
Missy and Murray both had Bali in mind as their perfect destination wedding location long before they were even engaged, proving that they were made for each other and that Bali was the perfect fit.
After travelling the island of Bali together on holiday, the couple chose the tropical paradise (and surfing hotspot) of Bingin Beach for their nuptials. Mick’s Place was the venue of choice as it offers the ultimate Bali getaway; secluded bungalow accommodations with infinity pools are situated on top of a cliff with uninterrupted vistas of the vast Indian Ocean – amazing!
They kept their wedding theme simple and let the venue and the views do the talking – one of the distinct advantages of getting married abroad is that the location delivers the ‘wow’ factor.
“We chose Bali as both of us had been there separately. When we were first dating, we had a conversation that started with, Bride: ‘I’m not thinking of getting married, but IF we did, I have a place in mind.’ Groom: ‘Oh really…I actually have a place in mind too…if we ever got married.’ We both thought of Bali. Then we vacationed there a year later, touring the island by scooter and living out of a small backpack. It was there that we planted the seed. Bali was the perfect place for us because the people are so genuine, with deep smiles that come from their souls. Of course it’s beautiful offering diving, hiking, and many picturesque activities as well.”
“We both were inspired by the culture and people of Bali. We knew in this place with such acceptance and love of others we could truly be ourselves. We had Balinese Prince Dewa and his wife Kartika help officiate our most beautiful ceremony. We wanted our guests to feel the culture of Bali and they did. The Prince brought a native Hawaiian flute, an African horn, his amazing chanting and grounding voice, and special offerings as a symbol of our ceremony. It took place on a 300foot cliff-side overlooking an amazing surfers playground (the Indian Ocean) with the most killer sunset.”
Planning a hen party is the most fun part of being a bridesmaid and girlie games are usually a popular part of any bridal shower. If you have a bride-to-be soiree to organise then a classic ‘Mr and Mrs Quiz’ always goes down a treat.
So, here’s some question suggestions to get you started with planning this quick-fire quiz.
Replace the ‘bride-to-be’ and ‘groom-to-be’ with the actual names of the couple and send the questions to the groom-to-be to answer. At the hen-party, gather the girls around and see how many of the answers the groom gave, that the bride-to-be can get right. Maybe you can arrange a forfeit for every question she gets wrong!
It has become really important to many soon-to-be married couples to add unique elements to their wedding day in order to truly let their personality shine through at their special event.
Creating bespoke engagement and wedding rings is one way to give you a one of a kind design that is distinctive and personal to you as a couple and something you of course will treasure forever after the big day.
The engagement and wedding ring experts from Wedding Rings Direct are on hand to give you some advice on creating bespoke rings and to share some exciting examples of designs that brides and grooms-to-be have conjured up themselves….
Adopting an individual style to your wedding day has become extremely popular over the last couple of years, which has come hand in hand with a trend towards bespoke engagement and wedding rings. Bespoke rings are a brilliant way of setting your wedding apart from any other one that has taken place. You might have a similar dress, venue and car to someone else, but nobody will ever have the same wedding ring as you if you opt for bespoke wedding rings. This is why so many couples are choosing unique rings, instead of opting for traditional rings.
You would probably expect to pay celebrity wedding prices for such creative, modern and individual pieces of jewellery, but a lot of jewellers offer a free design; using your ideas to create something especially for you.
Bespoke rings can start from a sketch, picture or just an idea in your head which can then lead onto a design and the rings being handcrafted in the jeweller’s workshop. Bespoke can also be modifications on existing designs or amalgamating parts of different ring designs*. Some brides also require a shaped wedding ring to fit around their engagement ring for them both to sit perfectly next to each other; depending on the shape this can also be treated as a bespoke design.
You need to bear in mind that creating a bespoke design from start to finish may take a little longer than the non-bespoke route and you should always get a quote from the jeweller prior to them starting work on making the rings.
Below are some examples of bespoke rings:
- This lovely customer wanted to frame their pretty vintage style engagement ring. As the cluster setting was quite large we needed to take some of the material away from the edge of the wedding band to make for a snug fit. The customer was keen to keep the vintage feel going so small diamonds were grain set along the edge to echo those along the engagement ring. This gave a really nice contrast and framed the ring perfectly.
Now this is one special priest!
Father Ray Kelly wowed this bride and groom and their guests with his own rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah…sung to perfection too. He is sometimes asked to sing at weddings, however this bride and groom had no idea of his talents. Pure wedding gold.
Okay, there’s no denying it, wedding’s can be stressful. You need to juggle the organization of the biggest event that you will probably hold in your lifetime with possibly a full time job or other commitments, along with trying to accommodate everyone else’s opinions and ideas, all whilst trying not to get too caught up in the emotion of the fact that you’re going to marry your beau and all of the amazingness that comes with vowing to spend the rest of your lives together. Phew!
Yes, weddings can be stressful whether they take place at home or abroad; the key is to not let it get on top of you (easier said than done of course!). Once your wedding is over, you will look back and remember the day, not all the numerous trips to the shops and the discussions over guest lists and table plans, you’ll look back and remember the first look between you and your hubby-to-be and you’ll remember like it was yesterday standing side-by-side with them at the alter. Keep focused on the bigger picture – you and your new hubby getting hitched – and make sure that you both have the wedding day that you have dreamt of; have your day your way and you’ll look back with nothing but happy memories.
Putting all of the standard wedding stress to one side, can a destination wedding be less stressful? Yes it really can. It brings some stresses in to the equation that you wouldn’t have if you were getting hitched at home, but if you have the right people on the ground helping you at your destination, then it certainly can be easier and here’s why…
If your idea of the perfect wedding day is waking up to a brilliant blue sky and not having to worry about the rain, then a destination wedding could be for you! If you love the sunshine, choose a location and the time of year that will deliver you with almost guaranteed great weather.
If you always aspired to having a big white wedding then a destination day might not be the right route for you as there will be guests who will not be able to attend for a variety of reasons. However, if you would be content with just your closest friends and relatives by your side, a destination wedding can be ideal. If a less complicated, scaled-down wedding sounds perfect, then a destination day could be just the ticket.
Hosting a destination ‘I do’ enable’s you to spend more quality time with your loved one’s as it becomes a multiday event. Most invitees are excited about the prospect of a city break or holiday to celebrate a wedding and if you are getting wed in Europe, cheap flights and a variety of accommodation levels means showing up to your special day can be done on a shoestring if desired.
Annie & Jason ♥ Sintra, Portugal
Photographer: Piteira Photography
There’s something so wonderfully romantic about elopements; the idea of a day which is purely just about the two of you and for the two of you and enjoying your day totally your way.
Today’s elopement is no exception on the romance front that’s for sure! Annie and Jason put their wedding day in the trusted hands of Piteira Photography – they even asked if they could suggest a location for their destination wedding and boy, did the talented team come up trumps!
The Park and Palace of Monserrate in Sintra, near Lisbon created the most ethereal outdoor ceremony setting you’ve ever seen. It’s like a scene from A Midsummer Nights Dream. Oh, and Annie looks seriously stunning, rocking a beyond-beautiful Vera Wang gown. Prepare to be wowed with today’s wedding, it doesn’t disappoint.
“Annie and Jason… where do I even begin? Their wedding was our first one of 2013 and was certainly a day we will never forget. They first contacted us last year to see if we were available for their wedding, they explained that it was just going to be the 2 of them, an elopement of sorts, and as we chatted about their plans for the day we knew immediately that this was going to be a wedding unlike any we´d photographed before. Neither of them had been to mainland Portugal before but had been following our blog for a while and fell in love with the country through our eyes… which is a pretty big compliment in itself, but the cherry-on-top was when they asked us to pick the location of their ceremony, as they trusted our vision and knew we would find the best spot. No pressure!!”