Paolo Coelho’s Quotes – Appropriate for a Wedding Card?

Paolo Coelho is known to write the most romantic passages. However, many of his novels could also have negative connotation on relationships. If you are choosing the right passage for your handmade wedding card, be cautious of the quotes that you want to include. If you need an uplifting message, you may want to check out the book “Manual of the Warrior of Light”. It is perfect for couples who have gone through trials during the premarital relationship. There are a lot of quotes in that book you can choose from. Actually, the book does not contain a novel but a compilation of quotes of wisdom collected by Coelho himself. Many of them you can also read in his other novels. Aside from using the “Manual of the Warrior of Light” for wedding cards, you can also opt to give it to the couple as a gift where you can write your personal message inside the flap of the book. It could serve as your wedding card – something that is unique and could stand out among all other gifts that the couple would receive.

Another great book where you can derive quotes from is the “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept”. Even though the novel has some sad moments, Coelho became famous through some passages from this book. Again, you should always think of what would be most suitable for the couple’s past experiences.

The novel “Valkyries” could be a good source of great quotes as well. It is mainly about women and their abilities but if you make a quick online search for famous passages from this book, you will be amazed with what you will find. You could also transform the passages and convert them into humorous lines for your wedding card.

Paolo Coelho is known for being open with his sentiments. He can convey his emotions very well without going overboard. You can never go wrong when you decide to quote him for your wedding card. The “Manual of the Warrior of Light” is one of his most famous collections of quotes. By merely browsing through its pages, you will definitely find something that you could use for your card. Other novels such as “By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept” and the “Valkyries” are great sources too. Just be sure to choose the most suitable quote and the couple will definitely be touched by your thoughtful gesture.

Great Wedding Speech Quotes

A wedding is all about words… I mean at least literally. The clergy says their words and ask for the bride’s and the groom’s words. The bride’s father says his words in his wedding speech and the groom and the bride say theirs in their wedding speech. Then there are the welcome words, the words of gratitude, the words of praise, the words of wit and humour… the wedding vows and more wedding speeches. Quite a wordy affair! When it’s time for you to deliver a wedding speech at a wedding (even if it’s your own big day) some shivers are bound to run down your spine. The best speech would be the one that comes out confidently from the speaker’s mouth and expresses the feeling of his heart. You get all the guidance and help regarding how should go about your speech. Some sites on the web would even give you the speeches. But there is always the danger of ending up saying something that many others have said. So take guidance, take help, take advice but do not take someone else’s words. Imagine finding out that the speaker who speaks before you has got the same jokes as you… you borrowed from the same example speech!It’s best to have your own words to express your feelings. You might have to keep it simple but it will be original. And original is original. You can use some famous quotes and saying about love, wedding and marriage to make your speech sound interesting. If chosen and timed carefully, some sayings and quotes (though well known) would give a rich and witty flavour to your speech.Here are a few famous quotes that can definitely adorn your speech.

i. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

ii. May she share everything with her husband, including the housework.

iii. Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.

iv. If two stand shoulder to shoulder against the gods, happy together, the gods themselves are helpless against them while they stand so.

v. Matrimony is a process by which a grocer acquired an account the florist had.

vi. Here’s to matrimony, the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented!

vii. Like good wine, marriage gets better with age – once you learn to keep a cork in it.

viii. It takes a loose rein to keep a marriage tight.

ix. Marriage is not a word – it is a sentence.

x As we grow older together, As we continue to change with age, There is one thing that will never change… I will always keep falling in love with you.

xi Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.

xii. Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that.

xiii. To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.

xiv. The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.

xv. Marriage must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine.

Incorporate these into your speech with effect and relevance; and see your words cast a spell!

Buying a Sale Wedding Dress

When you order a new dress if it has beading/embroidery on the hem it should be provided in the exact length to fit you to avoid costly and very difficult alterations. You will need to wear your wedding shoes for the fitting. Ask if the shop assistant is experienced in measuring and fitting. A lot are not!

If you buy a sale dress that has beading and embroidery on the hem and you are too short for the dress you will need to get a definite quote from the shop for the cost of alteration. You could be looking at well over £100 plus for the hem alone and if you are looking to save money by buying a sale gown you do not want to spent a fortune on having it altered.

A tip here if you are ordering a new dress. When yours arrives examine it very carefully as if you were buying a dress from the rail. Check the inside of the bodice for marks and look under the hem for wear and dirt. Unscrupulous shop owners will try to sell as new their sample of gowns that are not getting many orders. This happens a lot in the bridal industry. If a shop has a sample dress that does not get many repeat orders the shop owner will try to get rid of it to the first person you likes it!

Check every inch of your dress and be sure that it is a new dress and not just the shop’s sample. Other signs of the dress having been tried on are a crumpled label, fraying on lacing and scuffed fabric on the hem, especially on the train.

If you are suspicious ask to see their sample (the one you tried on when ordering) If they haven’t got it hanging on the rail the chances are they are selling it to you as new!

Br brave and say that you are not happy with the dress and ask for contact details of the designer who supplied the dress. They will tell you if the shop have actually ordered you a new dress. I know it will be unpleasant but how much worse would you feel if you knew that dozens of other brides had tried on your special gown.

All bridal shops have dresses that are reduced in price. You may find the perfect dress for you in your size and be happy to buy it. Before you do so ask if the shop will have it cleaned for you because many customers may well have tried the dress on. I can tell you from experience that not all brides who try on wedding dresses bother to shower first!

If they refuse then examine the dress carefully, especially on the inside of the bodice and under the hem especially the train. Remember customers may have walked around the shop with the train dragging on the floor. Also look for loose beads or threads and ask to have them sewn on. Look for any marks and if it is not absolutely spotless then ask for a reduction to allow for you to have it cleaned. If the shop agree to have it cleaned ask to see the drycleaners bill because if the dress you buy is satin it can be stuffed into a washing machine and washed very easily!! This is done all the time.

It may cost as much as £80 for a specialist dry cleaner to clean the gown. Remember that silk gowns will cost more to be cleaned than satin. Be prepared to offer less than they are asking for the dress. It should be no more than half the usual price – it has been tried on and as a shop sample is not a new dress.

The wholesale price of the dress will be no more than a third of the retail price so if they are charging more than half price you are being ripped off. It is not a new dress!

The shop owner may try to persuade you that they can take in a dress for you. No wedding dress can be taken in more than two sizes before it shows. Bust seams will be ‘off’ and straps and sleeves will not be in the correct position. Unless the bodice of the dress is totally remade which will cost a lot of money do not accept a dress that is more than two sizes too large. A dress can be let out by a professional dressmaker by up to one size (2″) with reasonable satisfaction.

Another trick played by a few shops is to take out the netting (which holds out the skirt) from the dress and then sell you a hooped petticoat at an inflated price. All full skirted wedding dresses come with netting so if yours doesn’t then ring the designer whose number will be on their website and ask if the dress should have netting in it. Don’t be afraid to ask because this is a very mean trick played by just a few shops.

There are a lot of pitfalls for the bride to be who is unsuspecting of the many sneaky tricks which some unscrupulous shop owners will use. Of course many bridal shop owners would never dream of trying to cheat their customers but it is not easy to know which are the good and bad shops since no one knows if their dress was new or just a tried on sample.

Choosing A Wedding Photographer – Does Price Trump Everything Else?

Your wedding day ranks up there as one of those all important milestones next to your First Communion, Baptism, Bar Mitzvah and Graduation.

Who you eventually entrust the responsibility of documenting your special day will depend on your budget, your preference on the style i.e. traditional or the documentary style of wedding photography.

Chances are your search will start on the internet or through recommendations or word-of-mouth.

Though the internet is a great place to begin your search, you should resist the temptation to hire someone without meeting them in person unless you are getting married in Hawaii or a location where it is impractical for you to meet with them.

In that instance, you might consider contacting a local photographer and asking them if they do “destination weddings.”

If time is on your side, then you should meet with all your prospective photographers.

I cannot emphasize enough how important this is because the best photographer in the world with the worst attitude no matter how good a price, is a sure guarantee for a super stressful wedding day for everyone.

The interview is important to both sides because it allows both sides to gauge how they will get along.

That’s why a contract that spells out the details will prevent any misunderstanding.

So don’t base your decision on a hiring a photographer on a price quote over the phone . Your initial phone call should just be to see if they are available on your wedding date.

Once you’ve established that, you should keep an open mind and meet them.Most don’t charge for that consultation so you have nothing to lose.

If you can’t make the appointment, at least call the photographer to reschedule or tell them you changed your mind about meeting them. They are after all extending you the courtesy of a free consultation.

By looking at the bride’s pictures at the end of the evening, you should be able to see if she was a “trooper” or a “bride-zilla.”

It shouldn’t matter if the wedding was at the Edwards Mansion, the Mission Inn or someone’s backyard.

So there is no question your search should start online but you should be aware that the pictures on most photographer’s website are not necessarily a good representation of their true abilities.

What you’ll be seeing are their best images taken over mulitple weddings and over the length of time they’ve been in business. Keep in mind, that your needs are different, you’re hiring them to document your all-important day from “start to finish.”

So it is a good idea to ask to see pictures from several different weddings. from start to finish or as a “whole.”

What you are looking for is consistency in the imagery. Don’t confuse consistency with repetition. There should be consistency in how the photographer handles the light.

Are the images well exposed? Is there a lot of variety in their shots i.e. does it look like they moved around using different angles, lenses and shooting from different locations?

The skillful photographers and truly professional ones do all this. Some even set up lights of their own when the lighting conditions are bad. Examine the pictures of the brides. Are they all pretty, slim and slender?

This is important because it is far easier for a photographer to make good pictures of great-looking people than ones who aren’t so photogenic.

Similarly, it is easier for a photographer to make good pictures at a scenic place like the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel or the Mission Inn in Riverside than the local park or the Elks Lodge or just someone’s backyard.

Good wedding photography tells a story of how that day went for the bride and groom.

By looking at the bride’s pictures at the end of the evening you should be able to see if she was a “trooper” or a “bride-zilla.”

It shouldn’t matter if the wedding was at the Edwards Mansion, the Mission Inn or someone’s backyard.

The truly skillful photographer makes the most of the settings and makes the wedding couple look their best.

Also, the observant and creative wedding photographer recognizes little details like place settings, party favors and center pieces which you have painstakingly chosen.

If they have an appreciation for style, they will definitely include those pictures as backdrops or backgrounds for your photo albums or DVD menus.

Most photographers offer slideshows with music either on CDs or DVDs. It might be a good idea to borrow one or two of these to view at home instead of during the interview.

Just be a good sport and return those when you’re done. DVD samples are expensive to produce. On that subject, ask if they author those DVDs themselves or they outsource those.

Naturally the photographer who does their own is more skillful and probably cares more about their work than one who outsources that work.

Besides, how can someone else who wasn’t at the wedding do as good a job?And for all these reasons, in terms of cost, it is probably a good idea for brides-to-be to realize that after the cost of food, drinks and the banquet hall, the photographers fee should be next highest on the list.

When you consider all the vendors working on your big day, who will be there the longest? Does the photographer get to kick back and relax while everyone is having a good time?

He/she is charged with the responsibility of capturing and documenting the day. If you asked for their presence when you were getting ready, they will be there when your bridesmaid and you are dressing up.

In between they have to sneak in some pictures of your groom as well, not to mention the bantering before that stroll down the aisle for both of you as single people hopefully one last time.

And afterwards when the party is over, the photographer’s work is only beginning. Hundreds of pictures have to be edited and fixed for various flaws in post production. Portraits have to be re-touched, albums have to be designed, DVD slideshows have to be created and enlargements have to be ordered. The list goes on.

The post production can take as much as 20 hours or more depending on how elaborate a package a bride wants.

So remember the next time you get a quote from a wedding photographer and you think it is very high, consider what you’re paying for.

Unlike the other vendors you hire for the day, the caterers, disc jockeys, florists and wedding planners, the wedding photographer is not done at the end of the evening.

In fact, depending on how many exposures they made at the wedding, their post production work can take as much as 30 hours or more.

Depending on their particular clients’ needs, they may have to fix blemishes on images in photoshop, convert images to black and white , design albums or author slideshows with music. They will probably have to meet with you, the client, to finalize layouts for albums and send your print orders out and deliver them when ready.

All in all, these hours need to be accounted for and included in their quote so that they can be profitable and remain in business.

In the end, like most things in life, the calibre of photographer you end up with depends on what you’re willing to pay. Just remember that the food and music is for your friends and family, but the pictures are for you. After all, that’s what you’ll be looking at years after when you reminisce…

Financial Strategies For Your Wedding

Once you’ve decided whether you’re going to have a no holds barred lavish wedding with all the trimmings and hundreds of guests, or a select few at a very private and intimate ceremony, the next thing you need to do is work out a budget for your wedding. Decide how much you can realistically afford to spend, agree this with your partner and also share it with those that are likely to contribute to your wedding.

After setting your budget you then need to decide when it is that you’re going to get married. Once you know the date of your wedding and you know the budget you can then work out how long you’ve got to come up with the money and set out a plan to make this happen.

For some this might mean a change of lifestyle and a need to make a few sacrifices, and for others it may mean taking on extra work or getting a part-time job for the next year. Either way come up with a realistic plan of how you intend to raise the money. Oh, and by the way,winning the lottery isn’t one of them!

Start getting quotes from all of your suppliers for absolutely everything, and then once you’ve got all your quote you can work through them with your partner and decide what is within your budget and what is most definitely not.

It might seem an obvious thing to do but a lot of couples do not work through their budget together and then end up in a position where they have both chosen items depending on their tastes and at the end of the time realising just how much they have committed themselves to pay

Bear in mind that you may be able to affect the costs by adjusting the timing of your purchases. What I mean by this is that often it is possible to buy items cheaper at different times of the year. For example, wedding venues are often cheaper in the autumn and winter than they are in spring or summer, also weekday weddings can be cheaper not only because the hotel is less busy itself on a Friday but also because less guests can come on a Friday as well.

Now, having less guests may or may not be to your liking but it is an option that you may want to consider.

Check your suppliers, make sure you get multiple quotes for everything. You will most likely find a wide variety in the cost and smaller suppliers in particular tend to be more open to deals. Make sure you get all your quotes in writing as well because you don’t want to get to nearer the wedding day and be presented with an invoice for items that you understood to be a lot less than they actually are.

One last thing to bear in mind is, if you can, make this process a bit of fun, think of it as a game.

You’ve got a certain amount of time in which to complete your task and a certain amount of money to spend and your goal is to get as much as you can for the money that you have. It will mean some difficult decisions for certain items.

Never forget that you can put a spin on just about anything, politicians have been doing this for years. If you have to go for the cheap option, then so be it, sell it to everyone as a style statement. Maybe you’re a no-nonsense person in real life who has no call for the fancy frills and champagne and would much rather go for the beer and mash option. I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of people attending weddings who would die for pie, peas and a pint rather than fancy little cucumber sandwiches that don’t even fill you up!

Whichever way you go with it, good luck and enjoy the process.