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Wedding tipps in Zurich

Hi,
I am organizing my marriage in Zurich in August and it is getting quite stressful, can anyone give me advise on ( possibly with realistic - not Swiss - prices) :

Florist: full wedding day decor

Make up and hair artist : Anyone knows someone who would come home to do my make up ( + some of the ladies too ) and hair do? It is on a Sunday, not sure this make it easier.

Table mise en place: where could I rent good quality linens, glasses and cutlery for approx. 80 pax?

Give aways: anyone knows of a company who would be wrapping the give aways with " confetti " , without charging a fortune?

Calligraphist: looking for someone with a great/special hand writing to write the addresses on the wedding invitations ( I did have someone, but she asked for Euro 6 per invitation, and since I will need to send out approx. 100, it would be ridiculously expensive.... ).

Entertainer: child entertainer at the reception?

Finally, I am looking for ways to make my wedding more fun. Currently, it just feels like an expensive party that I can only hope others will enjoy. I would like to do something unique to make this special day more fun both for me and for my guests. Any ideas you can share with me?

Thank you for all the help you can give me!
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For hair and make up I recommend contacting Michelle at The Green Room (www.finemore.ch).

If you need cake/cupcake ideas PM me.

As for fun things we did at our wedding.....

- we had an outdoor wedding and hung large antique picture frames from trees and had people stand in them and take photos. It was our alternative to a photo booth and folk loved it.

- we had 2 Polaroid cameras and tons of film, my highlight of the party was taking photos of everyone. We have hundreds of photos in an album and are so happy we did this.

- instead of clinking glasses to get us to kiss, we had the DJ play kids songs (ex: I'm a little tea pot) and everyone from the table had to get up and dance. It was hilarious.

- while we were waiting for the food to be served, we played a game. Hubby and I sat on chairs back to back, and I had one of his shoes and one of mine, and he had the same. The MC asked us things like "who's a better driver" and you had to hold up the shoe you thought. Our MC was great so he came up with some hilarious stuff, we got our best wedding photo from this game and had a lot of fun in the end.

What did it for us was the music - the music will make or break your party. We played all oldies music - malt shop memories, old time rockin' roll kind of thing - and the dance floor was packed all night long. Friends have had weddings with new pop music and the older crowd didn't get into it. Honestly though, good food and good music are all you need!
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. Friends have had weddings with new pop music and the older crowd didn't get into it. Honestly though, good food and good music are all you need!
I agree. the two best weddings I have been to, were both organised as ceildgh dance/parties. Every single person got up to dance, with this sort of dancing being fantastic for mixing up people who might not otherwise know each other.

Do you really need hand written invitations? Yes, they look nice, but are they going to make a difference to your enjoyment of the day?

I do like your thought of there being an entertainer for the children. But, at the same time, remember that children are imaginitive at amusing themselves - just make sure they have the space to play , and a few things such as paper and bright,pencils. ( even quite young children can join in some of the ceildgh dances.)

Florist: Hhhmmm, no cheap options that I can think of, sorry.
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Re: Wedding tipps in Zurich

Printed invitations, names filled in by hand. Oldies music, buffet food, dancing, just one low level simple flower arrangement on your table. Maybe a conjurer to quieten people down?

Keep it simple and don't waste money! You need the atmosphere, not a showy greenhouse.

Search Google for "partygeschirr mieten"

http://www.catering-miete.ch/?gclid=...FcZc3wodwG75kw

http://www.top-events.ch/?gclid=CP29...FYUw3wod3mf3jg

http://www.rentinorio.ch/mieten/vera...ite_1_847.html
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Re: Wedding tipps in Zurich

Search google for "hochzeit shop schweiz" you will shop such as:
http://kissloud.ch

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For hair and make up I recommend contacting Michelle at The Green Room (www.finemore.ch).

If you need cake/cupcake ideas PM me.

As for fun things we did at our wedding.....

- we had an outdoor wedding and hung large antique picture frames from trees and had people stand in them and take photos. It was our alternative to a photo booth and folk loved it.

- we had 2 Polaroid cameras and tons of film, my highlight of the party was taking photos of everyone. We have hundreds of photos in an album and are so happy we did this.

- instead of clinking glasses to get us to kiss, we had the DJ play kids songs (ex: I'm a little tea pot) and everyone from the table had to get up and dance. It was hilarious.

- while we were waiting for the food to be served, we played a game. Hubby and I sat on chairs back to back, and I had one of his shoes and one of mine, and he had the same. The MC asked us things like "who's a better driver" and you had to hold up the shoe you thought. Our MC was great so he came up with some hilarious stuff, we got our best wedding photo from this game and had a lot of fun in the end.

What did it for us was the music - the music will make or break your party. We played all oldies music - malt shop memories, old time rockin' roll kind of thing - and the dance floor was packed all night long. Friends have had weddings with new pop music and the older crowd didn't get into it. Honestly though, good food and good music are all you need!
Great ideas, thanks a lot, we will definitily use some of your suggestions ( I love the old frames ideas!I am a bit shy, but might also try the MC questions game ).

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Search google for "hochzeit shop schweiz" you will shop such as:
http://kissloud.ch

Good Luck!
Thanks so much, we really love the things on this website, and will be ordering some for sure!

Great ideas, thanks a lot, we will definitily use some of your suggestions ( I love the old frames ideas!I am a bit shy, but might also try the MC questions game ).

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Re: Wedding tipps in Zurich

First, congrats!

I am getting married 05.05.2012, and we are very excited about it.

Cheap, however, it is not.

The only thing I can recommend is saving money by bringing back printable programs, placecards, etc, as this is often easier than dealing with the Swiss to get it perfect. I am also good at graphic design, so I take inspiration from what I find online and design it myself.

I also noticed that the cost doesn't change much based on where you have it. For example, the 5 course dinner we are having was the same price at a small 3 star hotel verses a 5 star hotel, which was a big surprise, so if you are getting it priced one place, also get it priced at the nicer location too.

We also had to schedule things like a boat, buses, and more. The event coordinator at the hotel offered to do it for 10% of the food cost, and that has been a big help. I write to her in english and she gets back to me offers for companies, so it is really great. Maybe your reception location can offer something like that?

Anyway, good luck and PM me if you need more tips!
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Make up and hair artist : Anyone knows someone who would come home to do my make up ( + some of the ladies too ) and hair do? It is on a Sunday, not sure this make it easier.

Table mise en place: where could I rent good quality linens, glasses and cutlery for approx. 80 pax?
Also, for hair and makeup, there is a great salon called Hex+Beauty, http://www.hexandbeauty.ch/, and they will come on site and do hair and makeup for as many of the girls as you need. She is doing my wedding as well. The cost includes a "try-out" before the ceremony day too, of both the hair and makeup. If you want to speak in English, write an email so the correct person will call and give you a quote.

As for the place-settings, what about the caterer? Don't most of them include this in the pricing?
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Re: Wedding tipps in Zurich

My hairdresser can come to your place and do the hair and make up. If you need info - I can send you his phone number.

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Re: Wedding tipps in Zurich

Do you have any recommendations of wedding invitation stores in Zurich? I am having a wedding in June.
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Do you have any recommendations of wedding invitation stores in Zurich? I am having a wedding in June.
You can buy it online here:
http://kissloud.ch/en/pre-wedding/pl...vitations.html

It is cool because the paper is plantable. Which means everyone can cut up the paper afterwards, put it in a pot and then a wild flower will grow.
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A nice website with some good ideas for inspiration: http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/
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Re: Wedding tipps in Zurich

Can anyone help me? My fiance and I are getting married in Malix Switzerland next July. We currently live in Aarau and are hoping to buy decorations in Zurich or Luzern area. Can anyone give me any tips on good wedding shops? I'm also looking for someone to do my hair and make up in the Chur area for the day off. Any ideas? Thank you!!
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Re: Wedding tipps in Zurich

Wedding Shop (with bubbles, umbrellas, lanterns, table dec etc):
http://kissloud.ch (also exists in english)

Links to make up artists/priests/dj on my photography website:
http://magnusbogucki.com/inf/links

Have a great wedding!
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Printed invitations, names filled in by hand. Oldies music, buffet food, dancing, just one low level simple flower arrangement on your table. Maybe a conjurer to quieten people down?

Why on earth would you want to quieten people down? Aren't they meant to be enjoy themselves?

Don't get a table magician. Just don't. There's nothing more annoying when you're deep in conversation with people at your table and/or enjoying the food and some old man with smelly breath insisted on interrupting to show you a tedious card trick or two.

Don't get a magician at all.

And, don't worry about entertainment - most people are happy to make new friends or chat to people they haven't seen in ages.
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Wow, sounds like an expensive fancy wedding with lots of fiddly details. I just got married in the fall and we had a fantastic, fun, memorable and entertaining wedding with many complements, but definitely all about DIY and not very expensive (relatively).

I don't know about exactly stresses you, but you mention money and cost a lot in your post, so I'll tell you what we did, some might be directly useful, some might give you the idea of what you can let go without feeling like you are missing something important.

One piece of advice I read was that you pick a few things you think are key, and let the rest slide. Or you spend a lot of money and even hire a wedding planner. I don't think you can do everything that all the magazines etc tell you to do and do it without a lot of money.

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We didn't have flowers on every table, we crafted other centerpieces and decorations well in advance. For the flowers we did have I went to the coop a month before the wedding and they lent me a book of flowers I could possibly buy which included which flowers were in season when. Then the day of their weekly order (arrange with them), I went in, ordered flowers directly from the book. Not everything I wanted was available so I changed on the fly. I looked at the flowers in the shop available that week and that helped me with my decision. Flowers were ~120 CHF. Used for 5 bouquets and 7? boutineers that my bridesmaid crafted and flowers on a few key tables with leftovers.

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We did it all DIY. We had time in the morning, it was nice.

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Definitely not for everyone! We bought tablecloth fabric online and sewed our own. We did it well in advance, learned a new skill, hems weren't the straightest but no one was checking it out anyway. Another friend I know bought paper tablecloths online (we did that with our apero tables). Glasses we needed we bought at Ikea when they had a sale.

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Calligraphist: looking for someone with a great/special hand writing to write the addresses on the wedding invitations ( I did have someone, but she asked for Euro 6 per invitation, and since I will need to send out approx. 100, it would be ridiculously expensive.... ).
I've never received a hand written wedding invitation, sounds like a nice expensive fancy detail $$$, or it's the important detail of your wedding you've always wanted and are willing to make it 'the thing you spend your money on'.

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For serious DIY we made a photobooth, arduino and all. If in the future someone wants details PM me. If you aren't into soldering, coding, electricity, hacking etc don't bother. Our guests had a lot of fun with it and we had lots of fun photos for our wedding book.

One thing I would do differently is set up a nice entrance place for photos (or at the apero if you have that). Something like this was dead easy, super cheap and looked fantastic (we covered a whole ugly wall with this for behind the band)
http://rachelschultz.com/2012/07/04/...aper-backdrop/
We stapled gunned instead of hot glued and assembled it on the floor instead of a fancy hanging contraption.
Anyway, as the guests came to say congrats we then took a photo with them, and we didn't have a nice background for photos, but the crepe paper thing would have been great.

There are tons of games you can find on the internet. We started with paper and pencils at each seating place. At the beginning guests were asked to draw the person across from them and write down one interesting fact about that person and then we collected and displayed on a table the art. It got people talking and the pictures were interesting.

Another game that was organized by our MC (this is the person who usually figures out the games to entertain the wedding couple) was where all the guests were given a list of questions (unknown to us). Then they said all people where question X is true stand up and we had to look at the people and guess the question. They made lots of interesting punishments for us (sing a song etc).

For the dancing, we had a ceilidh band play and everyone had tons of fun learning how to dance. For the rest of the evening we just had my computer running Mixx set up on autoDJ. We pooled all our music collections and had originally set a play list, but once guests got the hang of running the program, some people had fun running the music, others had fun dancing, and others went to the quieter room to talk and drink. Older dance songs always went over really well since most people were familiar with them.

We didn't hire a photographer, we had a friend who is a good hobby photographer (with nice gear) and as our wedding present took the photos before the wedding of the families etc. We were very happy with the photos, but of course you can spend money for a real pro who gets you more awesome photos. This is an example of a detail we let slide and didn't regret.

In the end, we picked what was most important to us and let the rest of the details slide. We did a lot of DIY, and our friends and families were the kind of people who really get into that and helped and we had many comments how people loved to participate because they got to meet people and feel like a part of something, not just watching. That's how we and our guests had a fun time, not every group of people is like this.
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Wow, sounds like an expensive fancy wedding with lots of fiddly details...
I am sure the OP sorted it by now, as the first post was in 2012. But I still wanted to say thanks for taking the time to make such a comprehensive post. Very thoughtful of you.
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Hahaha, that'll teach me to check the date of the post!

The tips stay the same though, especially the coop for the flowers if you want to DIY. The only part of the wedding that cost less than expected!
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I've never received a hand written wedding invitation, sounds like a nice expensive fancy detail $$$, or it's the important detail of your wedding you've always wanted and are willing to make it 'the thing you spend your money on'...
BTW, this is something you can do yourself, provided you have a steady hand and infinite patience. I've done calligraphy as a hobby for many years, and so I chose to hand-address all my wedding invitations, place cards, and party favors with calligraphy. People kept asking me who I hired and for how much. Note: Not really recommended for DIY if you want to be a sane bride.
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