During the past few years weddings have been slowly changing and adapting to newly formed ideals. One of the changes directly affected the tradition of giving souvenirs to your wedding guests.
Brides and grooms are now deciding more often to donate the money for souvenirs to charities around the Maltese Islands and in return give their guests a small token showing that the money was donated. This item is generally a bookmark showing the charity chosen for donation. This idea allows the couple to hand a small token of remembrance to their guests while giving the bulk sum to a worthy cause and also avoids the chances of souvenirs being thrown out as unwanted gifts or clatter.
The idea of personalisation has also become very prominent amongst young and soon to be wed couples. In fact, many decide to opt for DIY souvenir ideas like bookmarks, small bags of assorted candy, assorted teabags, small plants or some times seeds, many a times coming with either hand-illustrated tags or bags. This type of souvenir is generally very cost-effective and adds a greater element of gratitude for the gift that your guests have given you on your special day. Moreover the remainder of the souvenir money could also then be donated to a worthy cause.
Here's a list of 6 local charities coming from different areas of society (there are a whole lot more and all of which are easily found online).
- Inspire’s ‘I DO for Charity’ - Inspire attempts to help people with disability better integrate in society. This organisation supplies couple with bookmark as a token for their donation.
- Hospice Malta - the organisation for palliative care for terminally ill people.
- AAA - for all those who love animals.
- Dar Merhba Bik - which serves as a refuge for people who have gone through domestic violence.
By Nicole Borg
You don’t afford hiring an event planner to take care of the whole lead up to your wedding but you need some extra help on-the-day? Did you know you could still hire yourself a wedding planner on-the-day of your wedding? There are a whole lot of benefits when opting for this and we’re going to tell you exactly what they are!
Firstly, your Maid of Honour and Best Man can actually enjoy the wedding and celebrate it with you rather than having to run around the venue making sure that your wedding goes along as planned.
Having a professional working for you on the day will ensure that things run smoothly both in setting up the venue as well as during the wedding process itself.
An on-the-day wedding planner will secure a one point reference for all. In this manner any problem that arises, people know that they’re the go-to person and you secure that no one comes and stresses you, your bridal party or groom's men more than you already are!
Being professional wedding planners, your chosen on-the-day wedding planner can give you guidelines based on actual experience working in weddings. They know exactly what should be avoided and what should be done.
Finally, hiring an on-the-day wedding planner is very cost effective and they are open to bargain a price that is cheaper than direct quoting. Trust us, this will work out cheaper than you think at the end of the day.
By Nicole Borg
If you want to add on to the romance of your wedding proposal you might want to think a bit outside the box or just add a little something to the surprise to make the occasion even more memorable. What’s more special than highlighting your partner’s likes?
1. When opting for a public proposal
You either choose your partner’s favourite place be it a park, a garden, a hotel, a monument or a restaurant. A place that has significance to both of you like for instance where you first met, or the place of your first kiss. If your significant other loves choral music or brass bands why not her a choir or brass band to serenade them. Or maybe you want to be a bit more adventurous and you send your soon to be fiancé on a treasure hunt.
2. Pop the question when on holiday
If you’re planning a romantic getaway for two you can make the most out of it and use this time abroad as the enchantment factor to your proposal. You can propose while on the plane or when visiting an iconic place in your chosen holiday destination. Another idea would be choosing to decorate your hotel room with candles and roses, as well as a bottle of champaign while your significant other is preparing to go out or away from the bedroom for a little wile.
3. Or maybe you want to do it from home
Starting from photo memories of your relationship, to using a trail of candles in an unlit apartment leading to the ring, home proposals are also very romantic. We’re pretty sure a five-star home cooked meal would also go down very well.
4. Why not surprise them at work?
We all know there are days when hours on end of work make you bored and tired. Popping the question as a surprise while your other half is working or about to go to work could be a fantastic boost to their day. This could be done by leaving some kind of message on their desk or maybe have your partner’s colleagues be in on the proposal.
By Nicole Borg
So you’re getting married soon and you’re thinking about creating a playlist to listen to as you’re getting ready for your big day? We want to help get you started on this, so take a look at our top 10 pre-wedding songs just for you!
1. Marry You by Bruno Mars
“I'll go get a ring, let the choir bell sing like ooh”
2. Happy by Pharrell Williams
“It might seem crazy what I'm about to say, sunshine she's here, you can take a break”
3. Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera
“Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir”
4. Dog Days Are Over by Florence & The Machine
“Happiness hit her, like a train on a track, coming towards her, stuck still no turning back”
5. At Last by Etta James
“At last, my love has come along, my lonely days are over and life is like a song”
6. Single Ladies by Beyoncé (for all them single bridesmaids)
“If you liked it then you should've put a ring on it”
7. Crazy in Love by Beyoncé Jay Z
“Got me looking so crazy right now, your love’s, got me looking so crazy right now”
8. Only Girl (In the World) by Rihanna
“Want you to make me feel like I'm the only girl in the world, like I'm the only one that you'll ever love, like I'm the only one who knows your heart”
9. Gives You Hell by The All American Rejects (for all those who told you your relationship wouldn’t last)
“Tomorrow you'll be thinking to yourself: where’d it all go wrong? But the list goes on and on”
10. Happy Together by The Turtles
“To think about the girl you love and hold her tight, so happy together”
By Nicole Borg