Choosing Wedding Accessories

Once you have booked all the main details of the wedding including the venue, photographer, caterer and florist you can now start planning how you are going to accessorise your wedding, and make it that little bit more personal and special.

There are lots of different types of wedding accessories available, and you can source these at local wedding supply services, or through specialist online stores. Firstly you will need to think about a theme or colour scheme for your wedding, which you can then use to focus your planning. Themes can be incorporated through many aspects of the wedding from the outfits for the wedding party through the table linens and floral arrangements, and these can help create a sense of personal style and individuality. If you are having a white wedding, it is nice to incorporate another colour into the scheme, such as a soft pastel pink or lilac, or for a more daring contrast a rich deep red or chocolate brown. When you are choosing colours you could think about what time of year it is, and reflect this into your overall theme. If you are getting married in mid winter, a Christmas colour scheme can be a lovely touch, with reds, greens and golds. If you and your fiancé have any particular hobbies or interests then you could turn this into a theme for your wedding, to give it that truly personal touch. Perhaps you are interested in a particular era, such as the 1930’s, or maybe you do a lot of work with charities. A fund raising reception can be a wonderful event, and instead of receiving gifts you can ask guests to contribute money to your chosen charity as the evening progresses, and organise mini auctions or raffles to get everyone in the mood. Medieval weddings are very popular and you can really have fun accessorising the venue, outfits and food to create a realistic atmosphere. Think about hiring long banquet style tables for a medieval theme, and serve traditional mead and ales for the toasts. Also you could hire medieval themed entertainment, such as jugglers, fools and minstrels.

Here is a list of some ideas for accessories you could purchase, to help you decorate your wedding venue:

· Table Settings – Most wedding venues that provide catering also normally provide a good range of table linens and decorations in a range of basic colours. Ask to see a sample of their arrangements so you can judge whether they will be suitable, and also think about whether it might be better to organise the table settings yourself. There are many specialist companies that hire out table decorations from the linens through to the name cards, so if you are planning a particular theme it might be best to source the basic materials yourself. For example if you a planning a Victorian style wedding, you can hire specialist antique crockery, linens, candelabras and even chair covers to give your reception a really authentic, special feel.

· Ribbons, streamers and paper decorations – coloured ribbons and streamers make a great, cheap way to continue your colour scheme. Buy pretty wide ribbons, and tie big bows around the backs of chairs and hang streamers across archways and rafters to cheer up any dark corners. Paper decorations are also reasonably priced, and come in the form of paper lanterns and hanging decorations in traditional wedding shapes such as bells, bows and horseshoes.

· Favors – wedding favors are a traditional way to decorate tables, and usually come in the form of small gifts such as peppermints or sugared almonds, which are presented in pretty drawstring bags or boxes. You can also buy special, personalised favors for close family members, and favors based on the theme of your wedding. For example if you are having a beach themed wedding, favors could include pretty seashells or pink shrimp sweets.

· Flowers – flowers are a wonderful way to decorate rooms, but both fresh and silk flowers can be very expensive. If you are a budget, just include small floral arrangements on the guest tables, with a slightly larger arrangement on the top table. Remember that out of season or exotic flowers will be much more expensive than those in season, more common blooms.

The Complete Golfer

Golf is one of those infuriating games where the equipment you use can dramatically improve or hinder your progress. Unfortunately, the more equipment you have the more money you have to spend. There is always something that one of your playing partners has or uses that you long for. Never was envy so green as when it is on the golf course!

Let us assume that you have a set of golf clubs. The infinite variety of clubs and the vast range in prices means that these will probably be something you buy and stick with for considerable time but there are so many other things that you can take advantage of in order to not only improve your game but to keep up with the Jones’s of your golfing world.

If you are playing golf in the UK one of the first things you will need to take a look at is a new golfing umbrella. An essential item for all British golfers. Not only that, but make sure you keep your grips dry by using a new towel. Obviously, if it is cold and wet you may well need to take a sip from a suitably filled hip flask. If you are playing with people who spend hours (or so it seems) looking for their lost ball or take an age addressing the ball and sizing up their next shot you may want to slip a golfers portable seat into your bag. If it is raining you are not going to want to sit on the ground!

Having said that you will probably stick with your set of golf clubs for a while, it is incredible just how much difference a new putter can make to your next round. Putting, being nearly half of the shots you will play during a round of golf, is one of those areas that everyone is trying to improve. Don’t forget that you can practice at home or even in your office. Portable putting systems are all the rage and many golfers swear by them.

Putting is not the only thing that you can practice whilst away from the course – with practice nets that can be easily set up in your garden there is no reason why you can’t be hitting your seven iron or chipping with your pitching wedge every evening until it feels absolutely perfect.

Of course the golfers ally in all of this is the golfers widow or widower! Those that stay at home – or find something much more interesting (!) to do – whilst you are on the course. These people can always step in with those all important gifts for the serious golfer that just might put them up the desirable list at their local club. What about those all important monogrammed golf balls, the tweed bag for your golf shoes, the binocular style range finder to make sure you always use the correct club? Which golfers’ desk would be complete without a golf styled picture frame with a photo of their golf bag replete with clubs, umbrella, towel etc.

Yes, golf is a serious sport. Equipment can be expensive and there is always something you can buy to improve your game. We have to remember though, we need to look the part as well!

Tips On Buying Watches For Men

Whether you are considering buying a men’s watch for a gift, or you are planning to buy one for yourself, there are some essential things that you need to consider before making the final purchasing decision in India. A men’s watch in an important accessory in regards to their ensemble and here are some tips on buying watches for men whether for yourself or for someone as a gift.

Consider The Lifestyle – one of the important things to consider before buying a men’s watch is the lifestyle. You can consider your own lifestyle if you are buying a watch for yourself or you can consider the lifestyle of the person to whom you will be gifting the watch. Having enough information about the recipient’s lifestyle, you will have a better idea about the type of watches that you should be looking for in India.

It is true that not all men like the idea of buying or having two watches, but having two watches has its benefits. Firstly, you can have a dressier watch when you are dressing up for work and you can have a more casual watch if you are hanging out with friends or working in your backyard.

Style and Function – these days, sporty watches are really popular. These are popular because they come with a range of features such as ability to measure distance, night vision, measure altitude, etc. Some sporty watches also consist of digital displays and they often come with a rubber strap. Since these watches suits causal wear, they are not appropriate with formal clothing and for formal occasions. Moreover, wearing a watch with digital display does not give a professional impression. For a professional look, watches that come with stainless steel bands are better.

Watches with stainless steel bands can be worn with any type of outfit. They suit formal wear as well as casual wear and are more versatile in regards to the places where you can wear them.

Watch Color and Face – men should always consider the size of their wrists when buying watches. They must make sure that the watch they have chosen suits the size of the wrist and does not look like a woman’s watch on a man’s wrist. The color of the watch is an important factor that needs to be considered as well. Stick to neutral colors such as silver and gold if you are buying watches for business or pleasure. Luxury designer watches India can be purchased from a number of online stores today. Online stores offer a variety of discounted brand name watches that are suitable for any outfit and for any occasion.

Wedding Invitations Wording (Do it Yourself)

A wedding invitation gives the first impression about the tone or theme of your wedding, and will also be the main way you have of letting your guests know all the details of what happening and when, so it is important that you think carefully about which style of invitation would be most suitable for your special day.

Invitations should strike a good balance between being attractive and informative, and they come in a vast range of styles from the more tradition white, gild-edged cards to some ultra modern and creative designs.

The first thing you need to do is think carefully about the tone or theme of your wedding. If you are having a very formal wedding, then the invitation needs to reflect this, to ensure guests are aware that they need to dress and behave appropriately. For some weddings the theme is a colour scheme, for example ivory and lilac, so you could incorporate this into the invitation. If you have an unusual theme in mind, like a beach wedding then you need to ensure your invitation reflects this so guest are warned of what to expect!

The next big task is to write your guest list. Be absolutely ruthless and try and stick to a maximum number of people to help prevent your wedding budget from escalating out of control. Be very specific about how many additional guests the invitees can be bring, and make sure you tell everybody to RSVP so that you have the correct numbers ready for catering and seating arrangements. Try and keep a good balance between both sides of the family if you can (and also friends), and remember smaller gatherings can be more intimate, and will give you more opportunity to talk to everyone and make them feel welcome. Be considerate and send your invitations out as soon as you can, to give everyone a chance to organise transport and accommodation, or book time off work.

There are lots of companies that offer specialist wedding invitation designers, who can talk you through your initial ideas and present you with a range of proofs that you can choose from. This will need to be organised well in advance though, and don’t forget to order a few extra invites in case you spoil some, or need to invite a few extra people. It is also important to note that some designers quote prices without the envelopes, so it is important to scrutinise each service carefully to ensure you are selecting within your budget. If you are creative and want something a bit more original then there are some companies who offer to print and produce your own custom designs for you. You might want to consider using the same service to order all of your wedding stationary to make things easier and continue your ongoing theme, and this could include place cards, seating plans, menus and thank you cards.

When you are designing your invitations you will need to think about what information you need to provide to your guests. Most importantly of course is who is actually getting married and the date, place and time of the wedding ceremony. It might be a good idea to ask guests to arrive at 15 mins before the ceremony is due to start. Also you will need to inform people if you are having a reception, and whether there will be food and music provided. It is a good idea to ask guests to inform you of any dietary issues, so that you can organise this with the caterers well in advance. You could also include some advice on what to wear for your guests, especially if the event is going to be very formal.

If some guests are travelling from far away, include a small, clear map and written instructions on how to get to the venue from all the main routes, and also some information on nearby hotels or bed and breakfasts so that they can book a room if they need to stay overnight. If you are having the reception in a hotel, it might be cheaper if you book all the rooms in advance and get a discount, and then allocate them to guests as and when needed.