The Role of a Flower Girl

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The Role of a Flower Girl?

Here are some helpful tips to help your flower girl feel comfortable in their role. Most flower girls are in their prime adorableness between the ages of 3 and 8. They are old enough to be on their own and understand instructions but still young and cute enough to make your guests generate an overall “awww” as she walks down the aisle.

Although these youngsters are heart-melting, they are sometimes quite young. The thought of walking down the isle to them can be a bit overwhelming. One of our bloggers, Taylor Heist has a younger sister and remembers that right before walking down the aisle, she froze, started to cry and refused to take another step.

To help the little ones overcome their stage fright and become more comfortable with their role we suggest that you take some time and talk to her about the wedding day during the planning process and also include her in specific pre-planning activities in order to nurture her comfort levels. The flower girl should also attend the family bridal shower and the rehearsal in order to familiarize her with the family and get excited to participate!  Here are some other ways you can help.

Get Involved!

More often than not these youngsters love being the center of attention. Taking time to acknowledge your flower girl with a thoughtful card or personalized gift is a great way to build a bond with them. Having lunch with her on occasion doesn’t hurt either. If your girl lives in a different region Skype can be a great way to build a relationship. You can draw a picture together, read a book or sing songs with her. Once she arrives for the wedding include them in all the festivities and rehearsal. This will help them get more familiar with everything and will prepare her for the walk down the isle.

Get A Dress That Your Flower Girl Will Love!

The role of the flower girl is much easier when you find an exciting dress. She is the one paving the way down the aisle for you so make sure she loves what she is wearing and looks as cute as ever. The dress doesn’t have to be white, it can be adorable to have a little girl in a pastels, bold colors or mis-matched themes when walking down the aisle. Whatever colors you choose, make sure your little one is excited to be wearing it. This will raise her confidence and make the hearts of your guests melt as she makes her way down the aisle. When selecting their dress keep in mind that kids grow! When picking out the dress remember that she may completely change in size by the time she will actually be wearing it so adjust your purchase accordingly.

Break Away From Traditions!

This role doesn’t have to carry the typical basket filled with rose petals to sprinkle down the aisle before you. Some other options like having your girl hand flowers to the guests as she makes her way down the aisle, blowing bubbles, waving ribbon wands or carrying a small bouquet or flower ball are all creative options when choosing what role you’d like your flower girl to do as she walks before you.

The Perfect Flower Girl By A First Class Wedding

Cute Flower Girl From Trish Barker Photography

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Shop for celebrity wedding dresses

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Where in the world do people go shopping for their celebrity wedding dresses? The hunt begins with choice designers like Yumi Katsura, Vera Wang and Pnina Tornai…let’s take a look.

Yumi Katsura

Yumi Katura is a bridal fashion designer from Tokyo, Japan where she graduated from Kyoritsu Women’s University with a degree from the Department of Apparel Science Studies. From there she moved to Paris and learned the amazing techniques of haute couture in Paris to add to her plethora of japanese skills. Yumi opened her first bridal salon in 1964 in Japan and presented the first bridal collection show ever held in Japan! As her success grew, Yumi published multiple books specializing in bridal fashion, and expanded her business into the U.S., France and England. The high-end department stores who purchased her dresses were Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus. There is even a museum dedicated to Yumi Katsura Bridal in Kobe established in 1988. Her biggest success was when she opened the Yumi Katsura Bridal House New York on Madison Avenue!

With Yumi’s extensive experience and background in bridal couture she makes for the perfect advocate for celebrities when searching for the perfect couture wedding dress for their wedding. She showcased the most expensive wedding dress to date at a whopping $8.5 million which was made from silk-satin and embellished with zari-embroidery handwork, 1000 pearls, a green 8.8 carat diamond emblem and a 5 carat white gold diamond, one of the only two existing in the world! This dress doesn’t have an owner yet… who do you think will buy it??

Yumi Katsura’s 2013 Bridal Fashion Show is amazing – Check it out!

 

Vera Wang

Vera Wang is known for her stunning bridal gowns and we have not found one Vera Wang dress that we didn’t like. Vera Ellen Wang is an American fashion designer and former figure skater in New York. Although widely known as a wedding dress designer, she also is known for her clientele of elite ladies figure skater dresses for competitions and exhibitions. Vera was born and raised in New York City and is of Chinese decent. She graduated from the Chapin School in 1967 and like Yumi Katsura went to Paris and earned another degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College. Vera Wang started figure skating when she was 6 and trained and competed in skating championships and sadly failed to make the U.S. Olympics team. After that, she entered the fashion industry and became extremely successful and found her true calling. In the 1970s, Vera was the senior fashion editor for Vogue but left that after being turned down for the editor-in-chief position and joined Ralph Lauren as a design director.

Vera Wang has designed dresses for celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Avril Lavigne, and Michelle Obama. These elegant celebrities loved her designs and were absolutely gorgeous. Vera’s first design salon opened in 1990 in the Carlyle Hotel in New York which featured her trademark bridal gowns. Since then she has opened multiple bridal salons in New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Adding to her success, Vera also launched her brand through fragrances, jewelry, eyewear, shoe and house-ware collections.

Check out Vera Wang’s Spring 2014 Bridal Collection – they are so elegant!

Pnina Tornai

Pnina Tornai is a classic wedding dress choice on the TLC show, Say Yes to the Dress. This wedding dress designer is from Israel who started out with the dream of becoming an actress but her third husband convinced her to bring her wedding dress designs to the Kleinfeld Bridal Salon. Shockingly, Pnina’s designs were initially rejected but she returned determined to sell her dresses to Kleinfeld which she did! Ever since, Pnina Tornai dresses have been the best seller for the store. She has never even taken a sewing lesson and her designs are desired by all sorts of brides across the globe.

She first opened a small store with only one seamstress to help in Israel because she needed to make money for her and her son. Her success started when a woman challenged her to try to recreate a dress she had seen in a window, once she perfected the dress and the woman got married the picture of the dress hit the front page of the newspaper and she started to get recognized for her talent and the rest is history! Now, Pnina creates her dresses based off of dreams she has. These dreams become reality with hand sewn fabrics imported from Europe. Her signature corsets are embellished with Swarovski crystals and precious stones which scream elegance and glam. Celebrities such as singer Ashanti, and Eva Bryan, NASCAR driver, Kurt Busch’s wife have been seen wearing Pnina Tornai dresses.

Check out the Pnina Tornai Runway Show from the 2013 New York bridal collection!

Bridal Party Games

A bridal party or “shower” is a friendly gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of their wedding. This party takes place approximately six weeks before the big day. Believe it or not the tradition of bridal showers originated in the 1890′s making it well over a hundred years old. Normally, the groom and their friends are not invited due to the on-going and sometimes embarrassing nature of the party itself. Lucky for you, most guys think this event is boring anyway.

Party Girls

The party usually consists of family and friends giving the future bride personal girly gifts consisting of make-up, perfume, jewelry, clothes, shoes, keepsakes etc…

Sometimes it can be hard to getting everyone together so having a close friend of the bride or family member to host the event makes it much easier. There are many great gifts, food displays, and live entertainment options that we look forward to sharing with you yet this post is dedicated to sharing a few of our favorite bridal party games.

Purse Raid

(don’t forget to get a few door prizes)

Before the shower, make a list of standard items that you carry in your purse – credit cards, keys, lip gloss etc. Then add more random or risque things like condoms, toothpicks, or dog treats (make it fun!). Sometime after people arrive – or at a designated point in time, the host calls out the items on the list and the first guest to pull the object from their purse wins a door prize! This scavenger hunt type of game can be modified to your liking so have fun with it.

Toilet Paper Gown

This is a classic bridal shower game and all you need is toilet paper and tape! Divide your guests into small teams and select the future Bride or other guest to be the living model.  The goal here is to have everyone working together to create a masterpiece wedding gown. Don’t forget the veil, and accessories! This silly game gets everyone hilariously laughing. The guest of honor can select a winner based on creativity and participation. Can you imagine your 80 year old grandmother standing there in an entire dress made of toilet paper? Hilarious!

Bridal Shower Games

Celebrity Hubby

Admit it, we all have our weaknesses for one celebrity or another… we’re a huge fan of Bradley Cooper and Robert Downey Jr. We wouldn’t mind being married to those hunks! This game is simple and makes for fun conversation! Everyone writes down their dream celebrity husband’s name on a slip of paper and then they all get tossed into a hat or bowl. The host (or another dedicated person) will then read each slip one by one and guess who chose who. You’d be surprised what celebs get chosen and by whom.

Bridal Pictionary

The rules are based on pictionary! The best way to customize this for a bridal shower game is to have everyone write down wedding related terminology for each person to draw. All you need is paper, writing utensils and crafty words tossed into a hat! Examples of words could be, party, nose ring, banana, love, sparkle, chakras, coconut, raisin, and many more. Just try to think of adjectives – words that describe a noun vs. the noun itself.

Bridal Shower Games

He Said, She Said

Who said it? All you have to do is plan ahead! Craft a fun sheet listing a series of statements that refer to either the bride or the groom. The cards above allow you to circle the mustache if you think the groom said it, or the lips if you think the bride said it! We recommend setting these cards on the table with a drop box nearby. This way your guests can fill them out at their leisure and drop them in the box.  This is a great conversation piece as well as a fun way to learn more about the happy couple!

We hope you enjoyed our bridal party game post. Please like, share and pass it along…

Bradley Cooper from The Richest

He Said, She Said from Etsy

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Maui Sunset Weddings

Nothing is more beautiful than the island of Maui at sunset – the bright pinks, oranges and yellows fill the sky and reflect off of the ocean magically. You are transported to a place of tranquility and happiness as the sun begins to set. Even after the sun lowers past the horizon, the colors still linger in the air for a moment longer to show off its natural beauty.

No matter what time of the day it is, you will be thrilled with your venue choice of Maui, Hawaii. However, the most breathtaking backdrop to our weddings has to be a Maui sunset. The vibrant colors create the perfect scenery for photographs of sunset ceremonies. The entire sky and ocean reflections look like they’ve been photoshopped but we can assure you, they haven’t.

Maui Sunset Weddings

When is the best time to have a Sunset Wedding?

In the later months of the year, Maui sunsets start at about 5:58 pm Hawaii time. In the earlier months of the year, the sun sets around 6:30 pm. The times are always changing so make sure to check for perfect timing on your wedding day for optimal picture taking here! The best time to schedule a sunset wedding would be an hour or two before the sunsets (depending on what size group you have). Below is a chart showing average sunrise and sunset times for Maui, Hawaii.

Maui Sunset Chart

Click here for our infographic version!

Pros and Cons of Having a Sunset Wedding

It is considered to be easier to have a wedding indoors because you don’t have to worry about natural light or weather. We don’t aim for easy, we want you to have perfection! With Maui sunset weddings, or beach weddings in general, it is key to consider lighting, weather and temperatures of the outdoors. Like we said earlier, an hour or two before the sun sets is the best time to allow for the best sunset wedding photographs.

No two sunsets are alike! Your ceremony, depending on how elaborate it is, is only going to be about 10-20 minutes. You will have a limited amount of time for photos before it gets too dark. Since you are dealing with a small window of time it’s important that your wedding starts on time.

After the ceremony, while you are taking couple-only shots the sunset will also make a perfect backdrop for the cocktail hour. The lighting will be warm and beautiful for your photo session and also stunning for your family and friends. Once your photo shoot is over and you rejoin your guests then everyone can make their way towards dinner with lanterns, candles and tiki torches!

Maui is a warm tropical location but keep in mind that when the sun goes down, the temperature will also go down. This could be considered a pro or a con depending on the season you are getting married. For the ladies, it’s helpful to bring a shawl, sweater or light jacket just in case.

Maui Sunset Weddings

Observing a sunset on your wedding night is symbolic because the sun is setting on your single life and your new married life gets to start with the rise of the new sun. If you are still wondering why you should consider a sunset wedding in Hawaii, then you should know that there simply are no words to describe the feeling that each and every person on the planet gets from taking in such a beautiful sight.

Maui Sunset Weddings by First Class Weddings

Pictures by First Class Weddings

Sunset Picture with couple by Mike Sidney

Sunrise Sunset Chart from Hawaii Guide

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Hawaii Sunset Chart

Find out what time the sunsets in Hawaii on any day.

Find out what time the sunsets in Hawaii on any day.

Katie Couric Gets Engaged!

Start spreading the news! Newscast veteran Katie Couric gets engaged to her longtime boyfriend, John Molner on a beach in East Hampton, New York. According to the Huffington Post, John Molner proposed to Katie Couric over Labor Day weekend with an amazing diamond ring right as the sun was setting – could there be a more perfect set up for this happy couple? We don’t think so!

After Katie Couric’s first husband died of colon cancer in 1998, she was left a widow but was always open to remarry. Over the years, Katie Couric had had various boyfriends but never thought of them as being “the one” – says People. Then in early 2012, Katie Couric and John Molner made their relationship public and everyone was thrilled! Once the wedding bells ring Molner will become step-father to Katie Couric’s two daughters, Ellie, 21, and Carrie, 17.

Katie Couric Gets Engaged

Katie Couric is such a loving and charitable person. With her amazing spirit, Katie Couric took part of the National Breast Cancer Awareness month and broadcasted her own mammogram on the Today show in the hopes of recreating the “Couric Effect” around the issue of breast cancer!  If she can do it, so can you! She has also been doing voiceovers for cancer campaigns – from pancreatic cancer, to myeloma research foundations, Katie Couric was there with a smile on her face ready to battle the cancer for everyone. This popular newscaster has helped raise awareness all over the country and who could possibly be better for her than the one who loves her most? John Molner!

John Molner gave Katie Couric the perfect end to her summer with his proposal – he was very successful with her astounding, “Yes!” but did you know that he’s also successful in his own right?? He’s an executive at the Chicago-based investment firm, Brown Brothers Harriman and Co. according to E Online where he is the head of Merges and Acquisitions. This graduate with honors from both Trinity College and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business is six years younger than Katie Couric. This lovebird always accompanies his girl to all sorts of events such as basketball and galas. What a charmer!

This flawless couple will tie the knot on a day that has not yet been released but we will keep you updated; it will be a wonderful wedding and a new beautiful start for this successful power couple. Congratulations to both Katie Couric and John Molner on their lovely engagement!

Katie Couric Gets Engaged by First Class Weddings

Katie Couric at the U.S. Open from People

Katie Couric and John Molner on Red Carpet from The Hollywood Reporter

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5 Ideas For Your “Snow White” Wedding

Every girl dreams of being a Disney Princess when they get married… Today we are featuring Snow White as our POH (Princess of Honor) What does it take to be as magical as Snow White?

The Story

The classic Snow White story varies slightly from the Disney movie we all know and love. In the original tale, a queen pricks her finger on a needle while sewing. Her drop of blood lands in the snow on the windowsill and she recognized the beauty of the resulting color combination. She then wishes to herself that she had a daughter with skin as white as snow and lips as red as blood. Her wish was granted when she had her baby but died giving birth to her daughter, Snow White.

Her father marries a year later to the evil Queen who we all know ends up poisoning Snow White. The evil Queen is in possession of a Magic Mirror whom she asks every day, “Magic Mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?” to which the mirror replies that she is the fairest in the land…until Snow White becomes a thousand times more beautiful than she is. The Queen turns against Snow White and orders a Huntsman to take Snow White into the deep dark woods to be killed. She begs to not be killed and promises to run away into the forest and never return, which he agrees to.

After Snow White wanders through the spooky forest, she discovers a tiny village house which belongs to seven dwarfs. The dwarfs take pity on her and tell her that if she keeps the house clean and cooks then she can stay with them. They warn her to not let anyone in when she is alone and are away at work in the mountains.

The evil Queen learns that she is still not the fairest in the land because Snow White lives! She then disguises herself as an old peddler and arrives at the cottage. Unlike the Disney production, the first time the Queen tries to kill Snow White she offers her laced bodices and laces it so tight that Snow White faints, leaving her for dead. The dwarfs save her just in time and the Queen must try yet again to kill her. This time, she dresses as a comb seller and brushes Snow White’s hair with a poisoned comb but fails again. Eventually she poisons her with a beautiful red apple and succeeds.

The seven dwarfs place her in a glass coffin. As time goes on, a Prince sees Snow White and is enchanted by her beauty and falls in love with her instantly…He may be the only guy to fall in love with a dead girl… The Disney movie lets us believe that true love’s kiss awakens Snow White but in the original story, the dwarfs let the Prince take her coffin. As they are carrying the coffin away they trip and the stumbling causes the piece of poisoned apple to dislodge from her throat and that is what wakes her up! Then they get married and live happily ever after!

This tale features magical elements such as the magic mirror, poisoned apples, a spooky forest, and seven dwarfs! “How could I possibly include all of these elements into my wedding?”, you might ask? Well, our creative minds think you can have the perfect spin off of a Snow White inspired wedding with these 5 steps.

Snow White Inspired Wedding

#1: The Poisoned Apple

In the classic Snow White story, she gets poisoned by an apple which we don’t want you to do! There are many other ways to incorporate this iconic apple into your Snow White wedding. Consider a fall or winter wedding, apples are at the peak of their season in fall and will be delicious when used in your wedding cake or perhaps in your reception food or even in your decorations.

#2: The Seven Dwarfs

Seven dwarfs? How about seven bridesmaids? There are so many ways to incorporate these characters into your wedding day. How about naming your reception tables after each of the seven dwarfs: Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Doc, Grumpy and Bashful? Each table could have its own theme based off of these seven men.

Snow White Wedding

#3: Spooky Forest

A simple way to create a spooky forest theme into your wedding venue would be to add some branches of trees perhaps as a centerpiece for each of your seven tables. These branches may also be made to look especially spooky with the use of lighting to cast shadows on the walls or floors of your ceremony or reception area.

Snow White Inspired Wedding

#4: Magic Mirrors

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Its going to be you walking down this completely unique mirrored aisle! How magical is that? We have never seen something like this, the reflection of the trees and branches add amazing effects to the details of any wedding. Another great way to incorporate mirrors into your wedding is in your bouquet or jewelry.

Snow White Inspired Wedding

#5: Snow White Beauty

In order to look the part of Snow White don’t forget to make your lips as red as a rose! A clean white dress is key to portraying the beauty herself – go for a simple white princess gown to look as delicate as a flower. Get a deep red manicure to match your ruby red lips.

Even though the classic fairytale of Snow White doesn’t end with her being awoken by true love’s kiss, we think that your kiss after saying “I do!” will make you feel as special as this Disney Princess and you will live happily ever after!

 

White and Red Cake from Polka Dot Bride 

Forest Centerpieces from Pinterest

Mirrored Aisle Runner from K and S Photography

Snow White Wedding Dress from Ohana Photographers

 

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Bridal Shower Newlywed Game

Newlywed Game

Do You Remember the Newlywed Game?

Having a bridal shower is are a great way to learn more about a couple that is about to get married! Based on the good old American TV show “The Newlywed Game” that pits newlywed couples against each other in a series of revealing questions to determine how well the spouses know (or don’t know) each other; incorporating this game at your bridal shower can be super fun. Especially if you can get the groom to participate. Everyone will be more than excited to see how much the bride and groom know about the other person.

Back in 2002, Carnival Cruise lines hosted their rendition of the Newlywed Game with newly married couples on the ship. Check out how they played this game with their quirky questions!

The Basics: What You’ll Need

You are going to want to spend some time with the groom before the bridal shower to ask him a list of questions about the bride. These questions may be funny questions about their bad habits, or silly memories that you come up with and ask the groom how they think the bride would respond to those questions. You may also want a video camera if you want to record the newlywed bridal shower game and show people who couldn’t be there for the fun! – Here’s some of our favorite questions to ask…

Where was your first kiss?

What’s the groom’s most annoying habit?

What are you most likely to fight about?

Who is better at handling money?

What is their favorite restaurant?

What is their favorite junk food?

If your house were on fire, what three things would they bring?

If they wanted to go on vacation right now, where would they go?

What is your song?

Newlywed Game

How to Play

The goal of the game is to try and have the bride guess the groom’s responses to the questions asked. You first go to the groom, and ask him a question like, “What is your favorite movie?” He may respond with “Indiana Jones”. During the bridal shower you would ask the bride, “What is your husbands favorite movie?” If she says the same movie she gets a point! If she answers incorrectly then she may have to take a drink or shot or whatever penalty your creative mind can come up with. You can record the game on a video camera if you want to show the groom or anyone else the fun you had playing the newlywed game!

Bonus Round

How well do the guests know the bride?? Have the groom make a list of questions about the bride in advance to ask the bridal shower guests…

What is her favorite ice cream flavor?

What is her favorite place to shop?

Who does she call for advice?

See who can get the most right! Whoever wins gets a prize or bragging rights on who knows the bride best!

The Not-So-Newlywed Game

For all of you not-so-newlyweds, you can play the newlywed game for people who have been married for many years! In this spin off of the newlywed game, husbands and wives are asked questions about their everyday lives. Such as, “What is the color of your spouse’s toothbrush?”, “What is your spouse’s favorite type of wine?”, “What does your spouse eat on their hotdog?”

These questions are for the more advanced stages of marriage! Test how well you know the love of your life! For a list of questions check out Party 411!

Newlyweds from Tru Love

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5 Ways to save money on your wedding

Want your perfect wedding but don’t think you can afford it? Think again! Here are 5 ways you can save money on your wedding with valuable tips from First Class Wedding’s founder, Tammy Ash Perkins, to help you save some money on your big day.

A First Class Maui Wedding - Budget Weddings

#1: Get picky about who you invite!

We know that you want everyone to celebrate and even parents have an extended guest list… But the more guests, the more money! The key is to only invite the most important people in your life; family, close friends, etc. That old friend that you haven’t spoken to since high school days, or your mom’s 3rd cousin can probably just get an announcement after the wedding. This will save you money on everything from food, tables, linens, centerpieces, etc. or it can help you to spend a little more on your flowers, a band, favors, or gifts.

#2: Buy Flowers That Are In Season / Use Greenery 

Custom flowers such as black magic roses, lily of the valley or rare orchids can be ridiculously expensive. A great way to save money on your wedding is to use standard flowers that are easily available, or include a lot of greenery. Done right, greenery around just a few flowers can look absolutely beautiful. Doing some research before hand will help you to know the names and meanings of the flowers, when they are in season so that you can get clear on what exactly it is that you want. You can then relay the information to your wedding planner or florist and they can give you a quote based on those selections (or provide substitutions to keep the costs down). Seasonal flowers in your region are always in abundance and cost less as well so try to stick with those.

#3: Skip The Big Meal

Most people are under the general impression that they need to serve a full sit down meal with a lot of very fancy food. However, if you are trying to save money on your wedding then it’s perfectly okay to serve heavy appetizers and drinks instead. Planning an extended cocktail hour with filling appetizers, light music, simple cocktail tables with a simple wedding cake & dessert display is a great option and can save money on your wedding costs. Guests love finger foods and tend to be more social at these types of wedding receptions. Moving your ceremony start time up earlier in the day should be another consideration. Doing a luncheon wedding reception is another definite way you can save money on your wedding.

A First Class Maui Wedding - Budget Weddings

#4: Choose a Simple Wedding Cake

Budget weddings often suggest that you skimp on traditions yet instead we suggest keeping it simple. Stick to basic flavors, fillings and frostings!  Don’t go picking an elaborate artistic creations with fondants as seen on TV. Keeping your wedding cake simple with a few fresh flowers sitting on top will save you hundreds of dollars and allow you to partake in this ancient tradition. Together with a Champagne toast the cake is gobbled up pretty quickly anyway. Spending extra money to make it look fancy when you are trying to save money isn’t worth it. Save money on your wedding by keeping your wedding cake simple!

A First Class Maui Wedding - Budget Weddings

#5: Be Conservative on your Save The Date Cards 

You don’t need to spend a ton of money on save the date cards. Building a single web page with an email announcement eliminates costs on paper and postage. Making them yourself are another option. Handmade items have a very inviting feel about them so don’t be afraid to experiment. Another economical (and less time consuming) option is to use postcards instead. This works well if you are having a destination wedding. Nothing like getting a postcard from Hawaii to put up on your fridge. Although a little less hands on, it will get the job done just as well.

 

5 ways to save money on your wedding By First Class Weddings

Rings on Money From Wedding Isque

Cake From Indulgy

Save The Date From Etsy

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The Hawaiian Luau

Hawaiian Luaus

Hawaiian Luau

LUAU:  A Hawaiian celebration involving a local feast accompanied by various types of traditional entertainment. The actual word “Luau” is a term often blended with the word party…meaning that an actual luau can be held for many reasons. A graduation, birthday or even a wedding.  In Hawaii, Luau’s are extremely popular with hundreds of people attending. Check in time begins between 4-6pm where you will be greeted with a beautiful orchid lei and a delicious Mai Tai. Once you make your way to your seats you’ll be invited to mingle, take photos and support the local artists.

Luau Food and Drink

Luau themed parties and celebrations often take place in an open outdoor area with a stage and lights. As cocktail hour nears an end you’ll most likely start to hear conch shells blowing and see men dressed in Hawaiian attire running around lighting all the Tiki Torches. From there. you’ll be invited to watch the official reveal and removal of the pig from a pit nearby. Yes, this is the pork that will be served at the luau! Other traditional favorites served is Poi, chicken long rice and lomi lomi salmon. Poke is another luau favorite. It is raw fish marinated in citrus juices and coconut cream… delicious! Sweet grilled pineapples, barbecued veggies, and traditional favorites make for a perfect Hawaiian feast.

Luau Entertainment: 

Hawaiian Music plays a big role in the entertainment. Instruments include ukuleles and drums which sets the tone to lead you on a magical journey telling an authentic story of the islands. Polynesia entertainment includes hula dancing, chants and songs originating from as far back as the 1800′s. Expert fire-knife dancing, fire breathing, and fire eating are an ancient Samoan traditions that seem to be one of the highlights of the show. With all the fabulous things that a Luau offers it’s no wonder that a Hawaiian luau is on the top 5 things to do while you’re on the islands.

Hawaiian Luaus

 

Hawaiian Luaus by First Class Weddings

Hawaiian Wedding Leis from Modern Weddings Hawaii

Tropical Drinks & Drummer from Old Lahaina Luau

Pork and Pineapple Buns from Sunset

Fire Dancer from First Class Weddings

 

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