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Cupcakes have been the in thing for a wedding for a while. Have you wondered why it ever became a craze? Well perhaps it would have been the following points:

  • Varied colours – to meet the colour palette of the wedding theme
  • One for each guest! To take home
  • Varied flavours – not all guests have the same taste
  • More affordable
  • More friendlier than a cake that stands in a corner

There are several leading bakers and cake makers that prepare cupcakes for weddings, in Sri Lanka. But just as ordering a normal cake, you would have to plan ahead and inform your chosen cupcake provider, early on.

You can use your creativity when deciding on flavour and colour. From strawberry to vanilla there are so many flavours to choose from! Here are a few ideas

  • Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla (the usual topping/icing flavours)
  • Marshmallow, Apple, Lemon, Ginger or Peppermint (the unusual topping/icings)
  • Chocolate, Butter or Vanilla (the usual cake types)
  • Rainbow or Flourless cakes (new ideas!)

Why not make it a little more attractive by making the topping more creative in shape of animal, cartoon. Though this may depend on your budget and the creativity of the cake maker and the time they have on hand!

Preparation

  1. Write your thoughts down in bullet points
  2. Sit and expand the speech
  3. Length – 3 to 5 minutes
  4. Show to a friend/family and get feedback
  5. Practice in front of mirror

On the day

  1. Keep speech in pocket / safe place before giving it
  2. Do no consume alcohol before giving speech
  3. When giving speech stand up
  4. Make sure everyone has a glass in hand and its full!
  5. Smile, greet guests and bride and groom
  6. Deliver speech making eye contact with couple occasionally
  7. Remember to mention who you are
  8. Don’t bring in any embarrassing stories or use bad language
  9. Don’t use stories that only some would know
  10. End seriously but in friendly tone wishing the couple all the very best. 

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  1. Have a list of final price agreements with wedding service providers
  2. Have list of things that need returning once wedding is over
  3. Bride should wear mascara – waterproof!
  4. Double check what will be in the wedding speeches – you don’t want them to say something embarrassing
  5. Sleep well the night before the wedding
  6. Get a good night’s sleep the night before your wedding
  7. Bride and groom - don’t wear a sari or groomswear that you don’t want to wear
  8. Have a good breakfast on your wedding day
  9. Buy comfortable shoes – goes for bride, groom and entire family!
  10. Paige boys and flower girls should have a quiet place to nap, food and water, candy and someone to look after them
  11. Keep someone to look after the wedding cakes as you don’t want them to go missing
  12. Ensure that the sari once worn is not too tight or is too long
  13. Keep tissues in grooms and best man’s pockets
  14. Write thank you notes to those who made real contribution to wedding
  15. Don’t drink on your wedding day

The Wedded couple

The bride and groom should be seated so that the guests could see them from where they are seated. The couple may sit together or with the bridesmaids and groomsmen on either side.

The Singles

Your unmarried friends who are friends among themselves could sit together so that they could have fun.

Families and Friends not in good terms with each other

Do keep them separated, if you’ve invited them. There should be some open space in between the tables. Keep someone you know to keep watch over the tables.

Children

They may sit with their parents, of together with other children.

Older relatives

Don’t let them sit next to a younger person. It may prove to be boring for both parties. Keep the older mature relatives together so that they can discuss something in common.

The office group

Keep your office guests together. They can chat and have fun at the table/s.

The boozers

Best keep the boozers the furthest from the bar, if you plan to have an open bar.

Note: Don’t keep the speaker set next to the older relatives or your boss. The loud music will not go well with them. Keep name cards on the tables and have several friends escort guests to their tables as they come in.

The bride and groom should be seated so that the guests could see them from where they are seated. The couple may sit together or with the bridesmaids and groomsmen on either side.

The Singles

Your unmarried friends who are friends among themselves could sit together so that they could have fun.

Families and Friends not in good terms with each other

Do keep them separated, if you’ve invited them. There should be some open space in between the tables. Keep someone you know to keep watch over the tables.

Children

They may sit with their parents, of together with other children.

Older relatives

Don’t let them sit next to a younger person. It may prove to be boring for both parties. Keep the older mature relatives together so that they can discuss something in common.

The office group

Keep your office guests together. They can chat and have fun at the table/s.

The boozers

Best keep the boozers the furthest from the bar, if you plan to have an open bar.

Note: Don’t keep the speaker set next to the older relatives or your boss. The loud music will not go well with them. Keep name cards on the tables and have several friends escort guests to their tables as they come in.

So you are going to have a GREEN themed wedding? It will look cooling and cheery. And what’s more you can get the ‘natural’ look if you wish to. Or if you an eco lover – this is the best way you can how that you support protecting the environment.

Ideas for a green themed wedding

Green coloured wedding invite / green envelope or white card with green ink.Green and white bridal OR the bride’s maids in green.The bridal bouquet to hold mostly greens.Green shoesHold the wedding on a green lawn!Green chair slipsGreen accents on wedding cakeGreen cup cakesGreen net Bomboniere Bags with sweets or almonds inside.Light green candles on guests’ tables.Green saladsAvacado dip with food

There is so much you can do with the idea green! It is your wedding!!!!!! But we advice not to overdo it as too much of green can hurt the theme.

Sometimes a bride or a groom may get nervous about the wedding when the special day arrives. They may wonder if they are doing the right thing, whether its too soon, or if something may for wrong, or even worry about how the honeymoon would turn out.

This is all normal. Feeling nervous or scared is in a way healthy as it prepares you to take the step in marriage. Here is what you can do to control your wedding day nerves

  1. Plan the wedding ahead
  2. Speak to bridesmaid (if you are the bride) or best man (if you are the groom) of your fears.
  3. Speak to parents or clergy
  4. Get your friends and family’s help in organizing the event
  5. Get good night’s sleep the day before
  6. If you can, practice the event a week before
  7. Think of what you love about the person you are about to marry
  8. Think positively at each step
  9. Smile to yourself all the time
  10. Get some air outside the venue, relax, breath deeply and return to venue.
  11. Focus on great things you both can do once you marry
  12. Close your eyes and count to ten slowly, if you feel like crying or shouting.

Dear Mother-of-the-Bride,

Depending on how close you are to your daughter, there are a few things that you can do as Mother-of-the-Bride. Here they are:

  • Help your daughter find a suitable Saree material or dress as Bridal
  • Be a good listener as she can get stressed about the planning and event
  • Meet up with the groom’s parents several times before wedding to discuss requirements
  • Help with wedding planning, if you can.
  • Make a list of guests that you would like to invite and hand to daughter and son-in-law to be to choose
  • Select a mother-of-the-bride saree or dress. Make sure it does not clash with those of bridal party.
  • Speak to groom’s mom and see what she has planned to wear.
  • At the event, speak to guests and be a hostess.
  • Be honest in your beliefs about décor or designs. As sometimes your daughter may not know or be confused and would need guidance. But don’t enforce your ideas on her.
  • Encourage your husband in taking part in planning, if can.
  • Choose comfortable shoes for the wedding day and homecoming!
  • Keep a handkerchief with you, happy tears may come anytime.

Warning: But be ready for some stressful situations, be ready to compromise, be ready to listen to complaints. As a mother your daughter would expect you to ‘mother her’ when needed.

And enjoy the celebrations!

Sometimes the proud and beaming father of the bride is invited to say a few words on his daughter’s special day – her wedding. Bride and Groom has listed a few things to do and not to do below.

Things to note in speech by the father of the Bride
  • Welcome all the guests
  • Tell how much you love your daughter
  • Talk about how you felt when she was born
  • Mention what is so special about your daughter
  • Mention a loving positive memory of her/with her from the past
  • Mention something about the mother
  • Mention what is interesting and special about your son-in-law
  • Welcome your son-in-law into your family
  • Wish them both well
  • Propose the Toast

‘Who needs advice on choosing shoes’ you may ask! We wear shoes everyday!!! And by the time it comes to your wedding, you do have many years of experience choosing shoes!

Well, most brides regret not having thought well about their bridal shoes before their wedding. They forget that they have to walk a lot and stand a lot on that day! And sometimes, the photos end up unsightly with a mismatching pair of shoed showing…..

If you are going with a dress designer, he or she may help you in selecting. Or recommend the best place for shoes, as he/she has much experience in handling weddings.

Here are a few things to note, when you buy shoes for your wedding

  • Go with your husband-to-be, to buy your shoes. He may not like shopping… but it is best he joins you (see why in point 8 below!)
  • The Shoe Colour should complement your wedding dress/sari
  • Shoe should be comfortable to wear
  • Try on a pair with a back strap /covers heel, rather than a slipper. This is coz it should fit well and stay without falling off all day on the wedding day.
  • Walk around a bit, not just once up and down the shop room.
  • Make sure it does not dig into your flesh at any part
  • Look at the heel, is it too high? Remember you would be standing all day.
  • Compare your height with your husband-to-be, when you wear the shoes.
  • Check any attachments like buckles, buttons… will they fall off?
  • Check the heel once more, is it black, gold or silver or any other colour? Does it match your dress?

There are several reputed brands and vendors in Sri Lanka. Make sure you buy from a known and established shoe shop. Ask them if they would help repair shoe and in which areas they would do so. If they offer free repair services for what would it be?

Bride and Groom magazine says - Happy shopping folks!

Wedding cakes come in all shapes and sizes due to preference in type, shape, colour and budget. Here are a few wedding cake ideas to start your planning with:

Wedding Cake Type
  • Tiered cake
  • Cupcakes
  • Wedding Cake with thick icing
Cake Flavours
  • Cheese Cake
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Coffee Cake
  • Ribbon Cake
  • White Chocolate Cake
  • Dark Chocolate Cake
  • Liquor filled Cake (for a select crowd only… as most guests may not like this choice)
  • Lemon Mousse Cake
  • Two flavoured cakes (layers of different flavour or sections of varying flavours)
Cupcake Flavours
  • Vanilla
  • Strawberry
  • Orange
  • Chocolate
  • Butter with icing on top
  • Coconut and spice
Wedding Cake Shapes
  • Square
  • Round
  • Heart
  • Themed Shape (if your wedding celebrations are based around a theme!)
Colour

This would of course depend on your wedding colour scheme.

The Budget

A small cake does not meet that that the bride and groom’s budget was small. It could mean that they actually preferred a small cake rather than one that had many tiers!

Fresh fruit additions
  • Strawberry
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Raspberries
Accessories to note
  • Wedding cake toppers, knifes

In making a cake for a bride and groom, the confectioner / baker would need to discuss with the couple their liking, the time of year and all of the above topics. Spend some time going through wedding cake pictures before you decide on the design.

In planning your wedding reception selecting the reception venue is the first thing you should do.

Budget

Keep your wedding reception hall budget in mind and select the best site which you feel will suit your wedding.

Transport for guests

There are so many places to choose from in Sri Lanka. Be it in town where you are, beach area or in the hills. If you plan to have your wedding reception out of town, please remember that your wedding guests will need to travel out of town too. Either you should arrange transport for them through companies like Malkey Rent a Car, OR the venue should be not so far, that your guests can travel on their own.

Theme

What is your theme of the wedding? If it’s ‘beach wedding’, then obviously the wedding should be based at a hotel along the coast of Sri Lanka. Else, think of your theme and see if the architecture of the reception hall would go in line with the theme.

Number of guests

The hall should easily accommodate the number of guests you are planning to have at the wedding.Don’t base your guest number on the size of the hall!

Facts about the venue

Also important in choosing a wedding reception hall is seeing whether the hotel or venue can offer catering services, if there catering service is good and overall access to the hall.

Feet First! Well that is how you would walk! The bride will be the center of attention on her wedding day and ofcourse would have to walk around greeting guests, posing for photographs and walking to and from wedding ceremony locations.

The camera and guests do notice things! And the bride’s overall beauty is clearly noticed. Unkept feet can look awful on your wedding day, even if you have the most expensive saree and jewellery on…. even if the hair is tastefully done up and the makeup is beautiful.

When you are up there on the Poruwa, you are elevated on a deck. And as you stand next to your groom, your wedding guests can see your feet. So a bride needs to get her feet nicely cleaned up and looking neat on her wedding day.

You can either go to a nail spa or your salon to get a pedicure done. Or you can do it yourself at home or get a friend to do it for you. Either way: use warm water, brush, clean your feet and cut your nails neat. Apply nail varnish of the colour and pattern you desire.

Some brides prefer to go to the spa and treat herself amidst the busy planning. Indeed planning a wedding is hectic. So why not pamper yourself at the spa a while, and get a pedicure! There is always a good excuse!

Wedding favours are gifts that you give your wedding guests, on the day of the wedding. It is a simple and friendly way of saying ‘thank you for attending our wedding’. You also offer these presents so that your guests will remember your wedding special day and having enjoyed every bit of it.

There are many gifts that you can give at your wedding, but remember to keep it simple. You don’t want to overdo it. But if you are thinking of splashing out and have a very extravagant wedding, by all means, do go with the budget planned.

It is only recently that this trend became popular in Sri Lanka. It was a trend that was followed in Europe even in the 16th century. A little gift box called the ‘bonbonniere’ was given out, with sweets inside.

You can now give all sorts of gifts from candies, to cookies, little toys to potpourri to anything you really want. Just order in bulk from any retailer of interest, where sometimes you can get the gifts with the packing included! Else get your friends or family to sit around and pack them in a creative manner. Bride and groom magazine thinks it’s a good excuse to get together and have some fun prior to your wedding!

Controlling your wedding budget is important with price hikes all around. Why not do a few things yourself, or with your family members and friends. You could save a few rupees! Would you like to borrow a lot from your parents? What about that pension plan, best not touch it! Savings can be left to buy a house!
So how can you do things yourself for your very own wedding?

Think about the wedding favors or the wedding cakes. Packing them yourself together with some friends using material you’ve bought from the shops would prove handy.

If the wedding guest number is small…. you can do your wedding invitations cards yourself. Just a bit of thinking and creativity, your handwork can be posted to guests with pride.

If the wedding is a small reception, why not do the décor yourself? Balloons and a few flowers, together with crepe and ribbons, your family and friends can enjoy doing up the place!

The wedding is your first event. There will be so many more events together, it would be fun and at times if its just the two of you, romantic. If you are tight for money, think about where you can save. And think of creative ways to do things together, saving more for a rainy day.

Tip 1: In doing things yourself: choose quality material. It sure makes a difference.

Tip 2: Don’t leave’ Do it yourself’ stuff till the last minute. Plan ahead and allocate.

The exciting time of the wedding approaches when friends and family throw confetti at the couple as they leave the venue following the wedding celebrations.

  • Confetti comes in varied forms
  • Colour paper
  • Plastic flakes
  • Flowers
  • Soft metallic paper material

They are available or made at home in white, colour or glitter material. Shiny ones are becoming more popular now as photographs with the couple being showered with glittering confetti come out brilliantly!

Bride and Groom magazine suggests that you make the confetti at home!

  • Get some friends together
  • Get some munchies and some good lemonade (or any drink you prefer)
  • Get some colorful paper (used ones would be economical!)
  • Get a punch out (well several as you wont be the only one making them!) and punch away on used paper. Punch, punch! Collect the resultant little round paper and use them at your friends wedding.
  • Can’t find a punch? Shred paper using scissors, but do be careful of the scissors sharp edge.

Or if you have no time, some shops and supermarkets may offer ready made confetti.