Quick Tips: Enjoying your big day!

3rd September, 2013

Quick Tips: Enjoying your big day!

Some of you guys and gals who are busy planning your wedding may not realise that there is a fine line  between fully enjoying your wedding and having a meltdown on the day. Yes, folks… but do not worry! Here are some of Thankyou‘s quick tips to help you keep your calm and collected and really happy on that day:

Trust your team of vendors.

It’s the first (and only!) time you’ll get married, but your wedding vendors have done plenty of weddings already! Relax, they have seen a lot – they have the experience and they know what will work and what choices will be risky. Listen to their suggestions and recommendations! Click here to continue reading

Wedding Costs you should prepare for

30th August, 2013

Wedding Costs you should prepare for

Preparing a wedding budget is one of the most essential things in planning your big day and should not be taken lightly. When you are looking for your perfect team of vendors, there might be a few costs that you have not anticipated and planned for which might cause you to go over your budget. The best way to make sure you stay within your budget is to know the FINAL cost. Ask your vendors and review their contracts carefully.

Here are some of the expenses that you may need to allot extra budget for:

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Wedding nightmare: Too many guests!

27th August, 2013

Wedding nightmare: Too many guests!

One of those wedding nightmares, that brides and grooms hope will not happen, is to have too many guests at their reception and not have enough seats and food for them!

Yes, it’ll be awful and stressful! That’s not how you want your big day to go, right?

After sending your invites, you’ll start stressing about who will come to your wedding or if they will even RSVP or bring a date. Of course, no one wants to have a wedding where people talk about how there weren’t seats for them and how you ran out of food. Click here to continue reading

Quick tips: Father’s day ideas!

26th August, 2013

Quick tips: Father’s day ideas!

It’s Father’s day here in Australia in a few days. Are you planning something special for dad? We’ve got a few ideas that might help you in celebrating and giving gifts! Check them out:

  • Organise a “dad’s favorite sport” themed party. Does he like golf? Get one mini putt mat and have everyone try getting a hole in one.

  • Do you and dad love football and have fond memories of the sport? Take the time to go and go see a game with him!

  • Work up an appetite by playing your favorite outdoor games before eating. After lunch or dinner, go for a family stroll at the park if there are young children at your party.

  • If you are planning an outdoor party, make sure to have a Plan B in case it rains!

  • Is dad the barbie master? Get some fun barbecue gifts and grilling tools and he is sure to give you one fantastic meal the next time you drop in!

  • Give an ‘experience’ as a gift. If your dad loves adventure, offer to take dad on anything he likes, or something he’s been wanting to go to – fishing,  hummer driving adventures, sailing, sky diving, white water rafting, a helicopter tour or just about any adventure he likes!

Things that might drive your wedding vendor crazy

22nd August, 2013

Things that might drive your wedding vendor crazy

Nowadays, it’s all getting tough and weddings can be really expensive. What’s a future bride and groom to do?   Of course, you try to save money wherever you can!

However, some budget saving ideas may not really be good at all, and might cause your vendors to want to pull their hair out. Here are some of them:

Can we buy the flowers somewhere else and have the florist arrange them?

Oh no. Ask any florist and they’ll tell you this is one of the most common questions they hear from brides! Okay, you don’t ask your cake vendor if you can just provide the ingredients and have him or her bake the wedding cake, right? Click here to continue reading

Engagement and wedding news etiquette

18th August, 2013

Engagement and wedding news etiquette

Hey, we know you’re excited about your engagement, but don’t let the news of your upcoming nuptials  turn you into a boor. Here are some pointers that may help you out:

  • While you’ve got that smart phone or tablet handy, don’t update your relationship status on Facebook or Twitter right after you said yes to your ‘forever and ever’. Call your family and close friends or tell them in person before you announce your engagement to the world!

  • Be sensitive of other’s feelings.  Some friends may feel left out about these kinds of news and while it’s something to be happy about, not all of them may feel like throwing you a party.  And, don’t make your engagement and your upcoming wedding the sole topic of all your conversations with everyone.

  • If the parents of both parties haven’t met yet, grooms should let their parents know of the news right away in order for them to invite the bride’s parents to a meet and greet.

  • If you wish, you can throw an engagement party! It’s your call. Just remember that whomever you invite to this occasion should also be invited to the wedding. Gifts are not required at these events, but if you do receive some, don’t open them at the party so that gift-less guests won’t feel awkward.

  • If you have already decided on a wedding date and guest list, you can send save-the-date cards to your guests so they can make plans. This is very important especially if you are planning a destination wedding or getting wed on a holiday weekend.

  • Create a gift registry. While you can keep the information off your invites, you can post the details on your wedding website or let your family and friends to spread the word. Online gift registries like Thankyou will let you register for any gifts you like and let your guests have the option to buy the gift themselves or give cash to help you buy the items yourself.

  • Don’t let wedding planning take over your job. Be considerate to your officemates and keep your tasks at the office done on time even if you are planning your own wedding. Manage your time accordingly and if you have to make phone calls to your vendor at work, keep your voice down!

Congratulations and good luck in planning your wedding guys!

Hard to hear: Reasons why you are having problems with wedding planning

15th August, 2013

Hard to hear: Reasons why you are having problems with wedding planning

Hey, have you felt that lately, everything seems to go wrong with planning your wedding and that it’s all beyond your control? There are underlying things that cause your wedding woes, dear, and here they are:

You have shared too much information.

When you tell everyone about every little thing about your wedding, chances are, they will get their chance to criticize your choices and make other suggestions. With too many suggestions in mind, you’ll have the tendency to change your decisions to please everyone. In the end, you’ll end up blaming everyone for your choices. However, you will realise eventually that  if you’ve just kept mum about things, people would never have had the opportunity to change your plans.

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Quick Tips: Choosing your bridesmaids and groomsmen

13th August, 2013

Quick Tips: Choosing your bridesmaids and groomsmen

Don’t want deadbeat groomsmen or jealous bridesmaids in your wedding party? Thankyou has these quick tips:

Discuss your choices.

Speak to your fiance and discuss who will be in your wedding party. In many cases, brides and grooms choose on their own, without any collaborative effort. To be on the same page when it comes to expectations from the people at your wedding party, you will need to speak to each other when choosing these guys and gals.

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Keeping it real: Planning a debt-free wedding

12th August, 2013

Keeping it real: Planning a debt-free wedding

More couples nowadays are sharing finances equitably. It’s very essential to plan a successful future together and in financial aspects, it starts with a debt-free wedding.

Let’s face it. Wedding costs are on the rise and it’s not just they young couples anymore who should be worried about wedding debt. Want to know how to get past this dilemma? Check out Thankyou‘s tips below:

Plan and set a realistic budget.

It’s not just the wedding aspect you’d want to consider at this point. Your married life also needs financial consideration during your budget planning. If you have future goals you’d wish to achieve soon, take a good estimate of how much savings they will require. Travel, purchasing a new home or car or having children needs careful budget planning too. So, set a realistic wedding budget that will not interfere with your future goals. Check both your savings and incomes and other family contributions. Don’t simply rely on a line of credit or a loan. Make adjustments and allowances for unexpected costs that may arise. Click here to continue reading

The best wedding planning moments

8th August, 2013

The best wedding planning moments

While wedding planning can be very challenging at first but you’ll always have moments that make you and your partner positively giddy! Here are some of them:

Booking your venue.

You’ve envisioned where your wedding and reception will take place and once you find the perfect venue, you’ll be soooo relieved that the many weeks of driving from one disappointing hall to another are over.

Finding the perfect dress.

Shopping for your wedding dress is fun.. that is, if you like ripping your clothes off over and over again to put on those heavy gowns and start sweating the second you you step into them. Brides will know, there’s just something special in that dress that you’ll say “I do” in. Click here to continue reading