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Wedding is a significant event in everyone’s life, and some might shock you. We know that wedding is the celebration of love between two people as it is the day when friends and family come together and watch two people unite in love and life forever. Well, weddings are something to celebrate worldwide, and everyone loves them. However, different countries where the traditions are so unusual and weird that we have never heard of. Some of these traditions are lighthearted and funny, as for the others are taken very seriously and not to be mocked.

Here are some unusual wedding traditions from around the world:

Scotland – In Scotland, the night before the wedding, the bride and groom are ”kidnapped” by their friends, bound and blackened. Well, not precisely blackened, but covered in soot, custard, molasses, and flour before taken on a parade around the town. This prenuptial tradition involves a huge amount of booze. Though it does not sound like the dream wedding, there is a reason why they follow this tradition – the blackening is supposed to ward off evils before the couple tied the knot. This tradition is still widely followed by almost everyone.

India – A very traditional custom is for the bride’s sisters and cousins to hide the groom’s shoes when he arrives at their wedding. Indian traditions demand that shows to be removed at the mandap entrance or altar where the marriage is solemnized, and that is when the groom’s shoes are ”stolen”. It is a battle of wits and ingenuity between the bride’s family, which does its best to steal the shoes, and the groom’s family trying to protect them at all costs. There is much laughter and teasing. If the bride’s relatives succeed in stealing the shoes, the poor groom must shell out whatever amount the girls demand to get his footwear back.

Germany – Shattering many porcelain or glass dishes before the wedding is a long-held German tradition. The bride and groom have to clean up the mess themselves. The belief behind this seemingly destructive act is that it will bring the couple good luck. Another custom more common in Germany’s villages is ”kidnapping the bride” by friends of both the bride and the groom, and having the groom to hunt for her. The third custom is ”log sawing” in which a log is placed between two sawhorses, and both the newlyweds have to work together to saw it in half.

Poland – In keeping with an ancient Polish tradition, the groom and his parents arrive at the bride’s house before the wedding, where both sets of parents bless the couple. Another quaint old custom is to prepare ”passing gates” that leads to the newlyweds’ reception venue. The gatekeepers ”bribe” their way through by offering vodka to the ”gate keepers”. The parents accord the newlywed couple a warm welcome with the traditional bread and salt at the reception gate. While the bread signifies prosperity, salt represents life’s hardship, which the couple will face together.

Sweden – Two customs dominate a Swedish wedding – coins in the bride’s shoes and kissing the guests. Her father places a silver coin in her left shoe while a gold coin from her mother is placed in her right shoe, symbolizing that she will never want. At the wedding reception, the guests await an opportunity to kiss either the bride or the groom, sometimes both of the stars are favorable! If the groom goes out of the room for a while, all the male guests get to kiss the bride, and vice versa – all in a queue, though.

France – The French have a wedding night prank that goes by the name of ”Chiverie”. In this, the newlyweds’ friends and relatives gather outside their room and get busy clanging and banging assorted pots and pans. The din is intended to disturb the resting couple and have them come out in their wedding attire. They are then expected to provide refreshments to the ”trespassers”.

Summary
1. What is a wedding planner?
2. What is the role of the wedding planner?
3. How to find that special person?

If you lack the time and energy to organize your wedding, why not call a wedding planner? He will manage everything for you from A to Z or just a part of your wedding. You should know that this concept comes from the United States and that it has been widely used for more than 50 years, it is a profession in its own right.

1. What is a wedding planner?

There are two possibilities for the wedding planner:
– He will take care of all the wedding preparations and the planning of this fabulous day.
– He will manage only a part of the wedding planning.

The wedding planner will, therefore, manage the preparations from A to Z until the “D” day, that is to say:

finding the reception venue (wedding hall), the caterer, the decoration, the photographer and other suppliers necessary for the smooth running of the wedding;
– help you define the theme wedding;
finding accommodation for the guests;
– advise you on the animation of the wedding.

He can also accompany you in more personal choices, such as:

– Wedding attire;
– wedding rings.

On the “D” day, he will be a real coordinator: he will of course be on site to manage all the last minute unforeseen events and the smallest details to make this day an exceptional success.

Management of the wedding

You don’t have to entrust everything to him; you can ask your wedding planner to intervene only on a part of the organization of your wedding.

For example, he can be present on the day of the wedding celebration to oversee all the preparations and the day’s progress.

2. What is the role of the wedding planner?

Before and during the wedding

The wedding planner must have a lot of quality and talent, namely: be meticulous, have a sense of initiative, know how to anticipate, be quick, efficient, have good interpersonal skills, be diplomatic, know how to communicate.

He has to offer you tailor-made services, that’s why you call for his services.
His major asset is that he is a good negotiator. He knows many quality service providers to satisfy you and lighten your budget. He will, therefore, get information, call, visit the premises, taste, test, and compare prices.

Once he will have all the elements in his possession, he will debrief you on his different searches, you will only have to decide and choose what suits you best in all serenity and especially without stress on the “D” day.
You will be able to fully enjoy this unique day as well as your guests. His role will be to act as the conductor by coordinating the service providers and centralizing the information.

After the wedding

The wedding planner will also be able to manage the after-wedding in the following cases:

– take care of the refurbishment of the reception hall;
– sending out thank-you cards;
– contact the wedding photographer and cameraman for the elaboration of the wedding photo album and the wedding film;
– manage the administrative part.

3. How to spot that special talent?

The wedding planner should be contacted at the beginning of the organization of your wedding: 10 to 12 months before.

There are several ways to find a good wedding planner:

word-of-mouth: the most efficient way to contact your quality service provider.
the eternal yellow pages;
the websites specialized in marriage;
peel the magazines;
taking down names and contact information on TV shows.

Questions to ask your wedding planner
Once you have selected several wedding planners, make an appointment with them, and ask them the right questions, such as:

– Is the staff competent and do they have the necessary know-how for the wedding?
– What are the wedding themes he can offer you and what are his rates?

Ask to see their portfolio, photos, or videos to get an idea of their work and whether it corresponds to your selection criteria. Don’t hesitate to tell him all your wishes and your story. He needs to get to know you in order to elaborate on a wedding that resembles you and that is in harmony with your couple.

Last but not least, he must stay in regular contact to find out how the organization of your wedding is progressing and to reframe it if necessary. He must be available and listen to you, and not influence you.

Everyone dreams of their wedding day, some dream of the excellent food that will be served that day, some dream of their wedding attire, and some dream of the wedding décor and some dream of all three of those. Well, I am the one who dreams of the three! Having been engaged for almost 4 years now, my fiancé and I decided to take the next step and go official. We decided to get married, but alas, the COVID-19 ruined everything, and all our plans were being killed one by one. The dream destination wedding was going to be cancelled, the gorgeous décor was cancelled, the amazing buffet was cancelled. When the lockdown was announced, I felt the worst and so did everyone, but then months later, we were back to it again, organizing my wedding in the great pompous way. Well, there was many things that changed and many tips that everyone had to remember because of the coronavirus.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the wedding industry incredibly hard. Venues are closing, vendors are going out of business, and couples are scrambling to reschedule or even cancel their weddings. You win, 2020. Can we throw up the white flag now?

But instead of wallowing in a wine-soaked pity party, we want to share some tips and resources. Because action is the antidote to fear, and there ARE things we can do right now to help us from feeling so powerless and out of control. So, to help you out, here are the 12 tips that will help you in organizing an Indian wedding.

Put together your wedding website.

A wedding website is the perfect way to keep guests up to date on all the developments and details of your big day. And the best part? There are some really beautiful, free templates out there for you to take advantage of.

Find the venue of your dreams.

Throw on your yoga pants, grab your laptop, and scope out the comprehensive lists of wedding venues on the internet. Find venues by area, budget, guest count, or style—from rustic barns to non-traditional industrial spaces and even woodsy retreats. And if you need to downsize your wedding, we have an entire section of our site dedicated to event spaces that cater to small weddings of 50 or less. See prices, get deals, and view lots of big, gorgeous photos + wedding videos that basically offer a virtual tour of the event space. Then, book a site visit right there from your couch.

Order or rent the wedding attires.

Rent the highest quality tuxedos and suits online without ever visiting a store! Choose the suit and tuxedo styles, along with thousands of colorful accessories to match your wedding color scheme.

Give your wedding party fashion freedom!

Take advantage of the mix-and-match dress trend by giving your bridesmaids the color palette/event style you have chosen, along with the freedom to pick their own ensemble. Your bridal party will appreciate your flexibility—and you will save loads of time on wedding party shopping trips.

Register for gifts or experiences.

While nothing is more fun than using that little scanner gun, couples at home should take advantage of the wide array of online registry options available. From honeymoon registries to websites like Blueprint Registry that let you add gifts from any store, cross this task off your list by cozying up on the couch and shopping entirely online.

Donate to charity in lieu of favors.

Let us be real: most of your guests will not be sad if they do not receive a tea light candle or glassine bag full of Hershey’s kisses. Instead of spending the time putting together favors, why not donate the money to your favorite charity instead? Then, put up a pretty sign at the reception letting your guests know how they were a part of it. You will not only save time, but you will also give back—and we call that a win-win.

Live Stream Wedding

If you are a modern, forward-thinking couple who wants to tie the knot NOW regardless of what is going on in the world, then a live stream wedding is for you! All you really need is a snappy internet connection and basic technology. There are a lot of great, free streaming services out there. Consider a platform like Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTube Live. And if you cannot decide on just one, why not stream to multiple websites so your guests have options?

Coordinate Vendors

Even if all non-essential businesses are technically closed, your officiant can still perform the wedding ceremony entirely online. No gathering required! To make it legal, you will want to get your marriage license signed and mailed in just as soon as you are able.

Invite Guests

Since you are getting married virtually, why not go the digital route with your wedding invitations, too? Companies like Paperless Post and Greenvelope deliver elegant electronic invitations that emulate the experience of opening a “traditional” printed invitation.

Set Up

Put your phone or tablet on a tripod, open up the windows for some pretty natural light, frame the ceremony with some potted plants, and put some music on to set the mood. You may also want to have a champagne toast on hand to pop bottles post-ceremony!

Rehearse!

Do a rehearsal so you can be sure your technology and devices are all working properly, and you can easily navigate through the streaming platform. Test your WiFi connection to make sure it is fast and strong. Make sure the lighting is on point, make sure sound is getting picked up and there is no feedback, and that camera angles are capturing the right moments!

Pro Tip: Consider putting a trusted friend, family member, or wedding vendor in charge of the wedding day tech so you do not have to worry about it.

Dress Up

This may not be the exact day that you envisioned, but you can still be a vision on your big day! Choose to wear THE dress or go for something a little more casual (perhaps the dress you planned for your rehearsal dinner). Guys can throw on that formal tux or go for sharp jeans and a sport coat. You are the star of this show, so get yourself gussied up in whatever strikes your fancy!

If you are planning a grand wedding in the future months, then get in touch with Xclusive Designs in Etobicoke, ON. They specialize in designing and decorating any type of event, big or small. Their team of professionals provides a full-service approach blending planning with creative design, styling, and event coordination.

Summary:

– Where to rent a wedding venue?

– How to choose a wedding venue?

– Cost of a wedding venue

You are in the middle of preparing your wedding, you have organized a wedding planning so that you don’t forget anything. Getting married with your loved one will be the most beautiful day of your life, you want it to be unforgettable. For this, the choice of the wedding hall is decisive.

Where to rent a wedding venue?

Whether your wedding is country, romantic or sumptuous, you will have to quickly get down to work to find the right place for your wedding.

Also, the wedding hall must be in harmony with your party and will have to adapt to the style of your wedding. Therefore, there are many private spaces or various public places that can be rented to celebrate exceptional events.

You can opt for :

– private castles;

– farms, inns and other restaurants;

– abbeys;

– theatres which have many rooms available;

– palace lounges;

– festival halls;

large estates equipped with gîtes for the accommodation of your guests;

– barges which offer a more unusual side.

Different tools can help you to carry out and target your various searches, such as :

– paper guides ;

– yellow pages;

– internet guides;

– several sites: such as Summerfields Estate;

– word-of-mouth does not go out of fashion either and offers excellent results.

If you have the possibility, you can also decide to receive your guests in your rented estate, or that of a relative park. In this case, think about renting a wedding tent, if sometimes the weather is not suitable.

How to choose your wedding venue?

As a first step, you should start scouting at least one year before the wedding date because the most sought-after and high quality wedding halls and venue are very much in demand. And, you don’t want to be on the waiting list for too long!

Getting the wedding hall rented on the date that suits you will therefore be a priority. Choose a location that is suitable for both families and friends, not too far from the church or the town hall so as not to lose half of the guests.

The party is for everyone, it would be better to avoid climbing stairs that are not always accessible to the elderly.

After you have found several places that suit you, all that remains is to make the final choice, do not hesitate to visit the selected rooms and especially the place where the reception will take place, leaving nothing to chance, go through all the practical details with a fine-tooth comb.

Criteria to be taken into account in the choice of a wedding hall

Ask yourself the right questions, namely :

– The number of guests:

◦ It will define the size of the hall, the number of seats available, the type of tables, the plan of the hall.

◦ It is preferable for the tables to be round for more conviviality and not too far from each other as this could lack warmth. Think about your wedding table plan.

– Small, friendly spaces can also be a plus :

◦ You can customize a room especially dedicated to children who can be entrusted to a wedding babysitter,

◦ A rest room to relax and/or for the elderly.

– Will the vin d’honneur take place in the same room?

– Make sure you have enough room for your wedding’s entertainment: sound equipment, orchestra, various games.

– Is there enough room to dance?

– What kitchen equipment is planned and available: stove, refrigerator, sink, freezer…

– Are there enough toilets?

– Is the room heated if your wedding takes place in winter?

– Is the venue and its surroundings secure?

– Is the parking lot large and convenient enough to accommodate all your guests?

– At what time does the rental end?

Don’t hesitate to ask for information and testimonials from people who have already been married in this location. Ask for advice from your friends and neighbours. You can also entrust the organisation of your wedding to a wedding planner.

Cost of a wedding hall

It is important to consider your budget when choosing your wedding hall. The cost varies according to the location, the surface area and the equipment provided. Remember that a down payment allows you to “block” and quickly reserve the reception hall.

Ask how the price of your room is charged, what is included in the price:

– The material (kitchen equipment)?

– Are tables and chairs included?

– What about insurance in case of an incident?

Prices vary according to the style of your wedding hall: a manor, an estate or luxury residence, a castle, or a prestigious wedding hall.

Don’t forget to add the cost of your personalized decoration to this budget.

Good to know: Be aware that prices decrease significantly out of season.

To choose the venue of your events: Weddings, Corporate functions, Romantic getaways, and other Functions, you can contact Summerfields Estate for a stylish location on the Mornington Peninsula.

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You are in the middle of preparing your wedding, you have organised a wedding planning so that you don’t forget anything. Getting married to your loved one will be the most beautiful day of your life; you want it to be unforgettable. For this, the choice of wedding place is decisive.

Where to Rent a Wedding Hall?

Whether your wedding is country, romantic or sumptuous, you will have to get down to work fast to find the right place for your wedding.

The wedding hall must be in harmony with your party and will have to adapt to the style of your wedding. Summerfields Estate & Country House is an event specialist in Melbournes’s south-eastern suburbs. They have multiple event areas, on-site boutique accommodation and vast, open fields which make it the perfect place to celebrate exceptional events.

How Do You Choose Your Wedding Hall?

As a first step, you should start your location scouting at least one year before the wedding date because the most sought-after and high-quality wedding venues are very high in demand.

Choose a location that is suitable for both families and friends, not too far from the church or the town hall so as not to lose half of the guests.

You have identified several places that suit you, all that remains is to make the final choice, do not hesitate to visit the selected rooms and especially the site where the reception will take place, leaving nothing to chance, go through all the practical details with a fine-tooth comb.

Criteria to Take Into Account When Choosing a Wedding Hall

Ask yourself the right questions:

The Wedding Date

First of all, it is essential to determine one or more desired dates. Weddings are most often held from April to September. During this period, wedding halls are in high demand, and it is necessary to book the hall in advance.

To be sure to have a wide choice, it is preferable to choose your date at least one year in advance or to opt for a wedding during the fall or winter season.

The Budget

Renting a hall is one of the most critical parts of the budget in the organisation of a wedding. It is essential to determine a budget to be allocated to the rental of rooms.

Once the budget is determined, it is possible to focus your research and choose among the rooms that best suit your needs.

The Location

It is essential to define the place where the wedding will be celebrated to facilitate the choice of rooms.

For practical reasons, it is preferable to choose a room located close to other places of celebration.

However, it is also often recommended to find one not far from where the bride or groom lives or where their family lives.

Once a region or commune has been defined, the future spouses can choose the one that suits them best from among the proposals.

The Number of Guests:

The choice of a room must take into account the number of guests expected.

Indeed, it is essential to choose a capacity that is neither too small nor too large concerning the number of guests.

But if the guests come from different regions, it may also be preferable to choose a room that offers accommodation, or is located close to hotels.

It will define the size of the room, the number of places available, the type of tables, the layout of the room.

Will the Vin D’ Honneur Take Place in the Same Room?

Think about your wedding table plan. It is preferable that the tables are round for more merriment and not too far from each other as this could lack warmth.

Small, Friendly Spaces Can Also Be a Plus:

You can customise a room specially dedicated to children who can be entrusted to a wedding babysitter and a restroom to relax for the elderly.

Is There Enough Room to Dance?

Make sure you have enough room for your wedding’s entertainment: sound equipment, orchestra, various games.

Other miscellaneous details:

What kitchen equipment is planned and available: stove, refrigerator, sink, freezer…

Are there enough toilets?

Is the hall heated if your wedding takes place in winter?

Is the venue and its surroundings secure?

Is the parking lot large and convenient enough to accommodate all your guests? At what time does the rental end?

Don’t hesitate to ask for information and testimonials from people who have already been married in this location. Ask questions to neighbours if possible and don’t hesitate to ask your friends for advice.

You can also entrust the organisation of your wedding, i.e. the search for the reception hall, to a wedding planner: Summerfields Estate & Country House.

Cost of a Wedding Hall

It is essential to consider your budget when choosing your wedding hall. The cost varies according to the location, the surface area and the equipment provided.

Remember that a deposit allows you to “block” and quickly reserve the reception hall.

Ask how the price of your room is invoiced, what is taken into account in the price:

– The Material (Kitchen Equipment)?

– Are Tables and Chairs Included?

– What About Insurance in Case of an Incident?

Choose a wedding hall adapted to your budget, your needs and your desires.

Finding a wedding hall is one of the priorities in the organisation of a wedding. To do this, you can contact the Summerfields Estate & Country House.

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