Welcome to Wedded Luxe, The Blog!! I’m Deniesha the planner & designer behind the blog. I believe everyone deserves luxury in life. It’s not about the amount of money you spend on your wedding but the quality of the service you receive. No matter your budget, you should have the best wedding planning experience possible and adding luxury will do the trick!
I know we are in the middle of one of the hottest summers ever but I keep counting down the days until the fall. Not that I’m wishing for cooler weather but I am wishing for fall weddings. I love the change from bright colors to warm tones and I look forward to the fall wedding season. Here’s the first of many inspiration boards.
Every culture has its own genre of music. There are many ways to showcase the music of your culture at your wedding. Here are few pointers on how to entertain and let your culture shine.
1) Hire a DJ and/or Band that specializes in your cultures music for the reception. Be sure they can also incorporate other genres of music they you would like to party to as well. This is very important if you are having a mix of different cultures at your wedding.
2) Hire a specialty musician for your ceremony. If you culture has an instrument they are known for, have a musician play the music during your ceremony. If there is no special instrument, you can find a musician to play the traditional music for wedding ceremonies of your culture.
3) Hire a specialty musician and/or band for the cocktail hour. While your guests enjoy cocktails and hor d’oeurves, some mood music from your culture will go well as the background music.
Last year August I had the pleasure of planning a wedding for a wonderful couple and 400 of their closest friends and family! I am so excited to finally get my hands on some photos. I’ll share more details in an upcoming post but for now here is a glimpse into the overall theme of the wedding and how it all came together.
The happy couple wanted their culture to shine throughout the wedding. The bride’s side was Belizean and the groom’s side was Jamaican. The food was the biggest and most important element of their wedding. They wanted to enjoy the delicacies of their culture, so we put together a menu of traditional foods from both cultures. It was delicious is all I could say!!
The design of this wedding had to cover two very important things. First incorporate the theme of Caribbean Elegance and second, transform the venue to fit the color scheme of ivory, gold and orange. We started with the floral design of orange, yellow, ivory roses mixed with lilies and leaves. The end result was a perfect blend of bright Caribbean colors mixed with the bride’s preference of for traditional flowers. The venue’s décor was all burgundy so to camouflage some of this we covered all the chairs with ivory chair covers and gold sashes. This simple change of the chairs gave the venue a new look that worked perfect with the wedding theme.
This was wedding a perfect example how to incorporate your culture through simple and subtle ways. There are many ways to accomplish this and you can find the best way that fits your style and your culture.
Having your culture shine at your wedding can be done in many different ways. If you don’t want to go over the top with aspects of your culture, use subtle details to let your culture shine through. This post is dedicated to CAKES, my favorite part of a wedding.
Almost every culture has a signature cake or dessert. By serving this sweet treat, you are doing two things at once; 1) serving a delicious desert and 2) infusing your background in a way that is not obvious. Now you can do this through the flavor of cake/desert or by decorating the cake with symbols of your culture.
I thought I would address the wedding budget as a follow up to the first steps to planning your wedding. Setting a budget is the most important decision you can make when planning your wedding. Most people don’t know how much a wedding cost until they start planning a wedding. If you are one of those people, you should research how much the average wedding cost in your city. You can use this helpful website: Cost of Wedding to start your research. Now that you know how much the average wedding cost in your area, you should determine where in that range you are comfortable with or if the range is too high or low for your budget.
Now that you have set your budget, here are some helpful tips on how to use your budget wisely.
1) Your reception will be 50% -60% of your overall budget no matter the venue you choose. Research the venues that fall within your budget and maybe some venues that are little bit higher. I recommend this because if you spend $10.00 more per person for a venue that has the right décor, in the end you will spend less time and money on making the cheaper venue fit your wedding.
2) Prioritize what’s most important to you and your fiance. Write a list of the things that are most important to you. The items at the top of the list are the items you have a little wiggle room. Meaning you can go over budget just a little to have exactly what you want. But remember you will have spend less on items on the bottom of the list to balance the budget.
3) Estimate higher than you want to spend. It’s always better to start high than low. If your budget is 25K, budget 27K. This extra $2,000.00 will give you some room for incidentals, a small detail that you didn’t initial plan on or just extra cash you can use for your honeymoon if you end up no needing it at all. Call it the emergency fund. Break the glass in case of emergencies only!!
For more helpful advice on the wedding budget, click here for a previous blog post. It’s an oldie but goodie!!
As I mentioned early this week my BFF was recenty engaged. This also made me remember that people get engaged all year round, not just during what us pros would call engagement season. This is November thru Valentine's Day. So for those couples out there that go against the grain here are some pointers for the first steps of planning your wedding.