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The Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

February 3, 2017
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Catering can make or break your wedding. It can be easy to choose the caterer who serves the most beautiful and delicious food, but that’s not everything. You need to ensure that the caterer will meet your requirements – especially if you’ve got a unique vision for your wedding. Here are some questions to ask every caterer to assess whether they’ll be the right fit for your wedding:

Do you have a license?

Caterers need to meet health department standards and have liability insurance. If they serve alcohol, do they have a liquor license? You don’t want them or you getting in trouble in case something bad happens. If they are serving the alcohol, they must have liquor liability insurance. When your guests leave, if they get injured or damage property, the insurance will minimize how much trouble you get in.

What service styles do you have?

You need to have a set budget and let them know what that number is. They need to know how much you can spend per guest so they can let you know what your options are. Will it be a buffet style or a plated dinner? Family-style or cocktail-style? Choose what will fit best with your wedding.

Can I decide the menu, or is it fixed?

Maybe you and other guests hate seafood but the caterer serves some kind of seafood with each menu. Or maybe you want to serve cheesecake as the dessert. You would want to make sure that you could change the menu. Be prepared to give the caterer a list of foods that guests are allergic to so they make sure to be prepared for those guests. Allowing guests to choose from a couple of entree choices is always a nice touch. Just have the guests answer which entree they prefer on the RSVP. Check to see if you can get a tasting before you hire them so you make sure that your guests will enjoy the food.

Do you provide alcohol and the cake?

This could save you money because they would provide the bartender and you could buy the alcohol in bulk. A nice plus is that you could get a reimbursement on any unopened bottles. Just be sure they have a liquor license with liability insurance! It will make things easier on you if they provide the cake. If they don’t provide bundles, don’t stress about it. It’s easy to find a baker who can make your dream cake.

Do you provide rentals and a setup and breakdown fee?

Your caterer can coordinate with rentals because you will need tables, chairs, glassware, plateware, and dinnerware. As for the setup and breakdown fee, it should be applied towards your contract. Having them do all the work will take some stress off your plate. Something that any bride would love.

Do you provide vendor meals and is your staff trained?

Your vendors will be hungry after the long days work. It is a kind gesture to feed them and supply them water so they stay hydrated. When they are well taken care of, they will continue to do amazing work. Making sure the caterer has a well-trained staff will ensure that everyone has a wonderful time. The staff should know the proper ways to serve your guests, have nice manners, and wear the proper attire.

Remember

You are hiring them to do a job. They will work hard for you and try their best to keep you and your guests happy, but they need to be treated kindly and with respect. Ask them all of your questions and find the best caterer for your wedding. They need to meet your standards but you need to be willing to compromise on some things. Good caterers will work with you as best as they can.

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Want to Avoid Having Regrets on Your Wedding Day?

February 1, 2017
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Almost every bride has a regret or two from their wedding day that they would change if they could have a redo. This is not to say that you can’t have an amazing wedding, but it’ll take some extra care to ensure that your day is one of the perfect weddings. Learning from past brides mistakes can help you avoid those issues and give you the best chance of having your dream wedding. Here are some common regrets brides have that you’ll want to avoid:

Not Listing Special Photo Shots

Photographers might give you a spreadsheet to list out special shots that you want taken. You need to make sure that you list everything you want because if it isn’t listed, you probably won’t get the photo. They can’t read your mind if you want a photo of everyone at the wedding or an extended family photo. List every kind of photo you can think of so you and your soon-to-be husband have all of those memories to look back on.

Hiring People You Have a Bad Feeling About

One bride’s mother had a friend she wanted to do the day-of coordinating. The bride has a bad feeling about it but didn’t hire a professional because she trusted her mom. She regretted it because the person didn’t show up. Luckily, everyone helped with the setup and they enjoyed the rest of the day.

Being too Frugal

If you want quality wedding photos and a great video, you are going to have to pay for it. Finding someone that is just starting out and is cheap, might not be the best option for such a special occasion. The photos might be overly saturated and the editing of the video might not be up to par.

Not Getting a Wedding Video

Even if you can’t think of anyone that you would invite over to watch the wedding video, you and your husband will want to watch it. If you have kids, they will probably want to see how your lives together started. It also allows for you to see a lot of the behind the scenes footage!

Not Hiring a Wedding Planner

Wedding planners keep everything organized and scheduled for you. If you have trouble being organized and on time, you need a coordinator so everything goes off without a hitch! This one bride was late to her wedding and hates her dress and pictures. The coordinator can help you with all of these issues and allow you to have as little stress as possible.

Not Keeping Track of the Car Keys

If your or your groom’s family are pranksters, keep track of the car keys! If they don’t have the keys, they can only “decorate” the outside of your car. As long as you can get inside, you can drive and get the car washed which isn’t a big deal. If they do get the keys, you may end up with a car full of shredded paper, balloons, silly string and/or more!
Try your best to prepare for these issues and do whatever is best for you and your soon-to-be husband. Keep an eye out for a continuation of this blog with more regrets to avo

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Plan Your Dream Wedding with These 15 Online Wedding Planning Tools

January 20, 2017
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Here are 15 wedding planning tools that should be used to plan every wedding:

 

VenueCenter

VenueCenter is the simplest way to search for, request a quote, and book venues online. With an extensive collection of thousands of venues and powerful filtering tools you’ll be able to find the perfect venue in a matter of minutes.

 

The Knot Wedding Websites

The Knot’s free wedding website tool allows you to choose from 100+ designs and then customize and personalize the site providing guests with important details such as the date, location, gift registry and more.

 

GigMasters

GigMasters was designed specifically to hire live musicians and DJs for your wedding but has since come to include other vendors as well. It allows you to see photos, videos and verified reviews of a variety of vendors in your area.

 

HitchSwitch

HitchSwitch helps you change your name after getting married. (It’s harder than you think and can take months to do it on your own!)

 

Skipper

Skipper is a hotel booking website that specializes in booking large blocks (8 or 9 rooms) for weddings.

 

Brideside

Brideside simplifies picking bridesmaids dresses, allowing you to choose over 350 styles from the world’s leading designers, and providing help along the way including inspiration, sizing and more.

 

WeddingWire Planning Tools

From a powerful budget tool, to a checklist, seating and more, WeddingWire’s free tools promise to help alleviate stress and start planning.

 

Wedding Hashtag Generator

Wedding Hashtag Generator helps you create the perfect hashtag for you wedding. This is especially important when doing crowdsourced photos or other things which incorporate an Instagram feed.

 

AllSeated

AllSeated is a powerful tool created for event planners (but just as easily utilized by couples) for creating and managing seating arrangements and guest lists. AllSeated offers exact floorplans to scale, and uses 3D viewing, timelines and more to make your life simpler.

 

VistaPrint

Few consider using VistaPrint for their save the dates and invitations, but it’s quality, design and pricing is hard to beat – even when going a DIY route! You’ll wow guests and save time by customizing and sending invitations and save the dates with VistaPrint.

 

TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is a marketplace originally created for projects like cleaning and small home repairs/improvements. Don’t let it’s original purpose fool you though, if you’re looking for a photographer, DJ, or other vendor you may be able to find them on this platform for cheaper than on wedding specific platforms!

 

NearlyNewlywed

NearlyNewlywed allows you to get your hands on beautiful designer wedding dresses for significantly less by only selling used and sample/showroom gowns. If you do get your dress on here, you’ll save hundreds on the gown of your dreams!

 

Zola

Zola is a wedding registry that enables you to combine different brands, experiences and even ask for cash all on the same page. This makes it easier for both you and your friends and family.

 

The Black Tux

The Black Tux is a Tux and Suit rental service that doesn’t suck. They use high quality fabric, great looking designs, and do it all at a great price.

 

Loverly

Loverly is unique as they offer virtual wedding planning services. You’ll connect with and chat with an online concierge to help inspire, plan and coordinate your wedding!

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20 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Wedding Ideas and Inspiration

January 16, 2017
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When it comes to finding wedding ideas and inspiration, many instantly jump to Pinterest, but there are plenty of great accounts on instagram that you can follow if you prefer the Instagram interface more than Pinterest. Here are

 

Bash, Please

Bash, Please is an event and wedding planning company consisting of leading designers, authors, travelers and more. They operate in the Los Angeles and San Francisco area.

VenueCenter

VenueCenter is an online event venue finder. It allows you to research, quote and book a venue all in one place.

Moon Canyon

Kristen Caissie is a florist whose pictures are sure to inspire your bouquets and floral decorations.

Minted

Minted is a marketplace that connects you with artists. Their feed is filled with inspiration because of it.

Geraldine Magazine

Geraldine Magazine is a fine art wedding publication and their instagram feed is sure to inspire and benefit couples.

Our Labor of Love

Our labor of love is a instagram account shared by several photographers and is a great way to get inspiration for wedding and engagement photos.

Style Me Pretty

Style Me Pretty’s Instagram account will help you find inspiration in the pretty details.

Zola Registry

ZOLA’s Instagram account features a wide range of wedding photos and is sure to provide plenty of inspiration.

Cake Bloom

We all need a little more cake in our lives, and Cake Bloom’s Instagram account will provide plenty of eye candy for us to drool over!

Hair and Makeup by Steph

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration or advice on your makeup or hair, in that case look no further than Hair and Makeup by Steph.

Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Wedding photographers not only capture unique poses, backdrops and more, but also details like the dress, makeup hair, and more. That’s why you can’t follow too many wedding photographers!

Amaryllis Inc.

Amaryllis Inc. is a floral design company and their instagram account will definitely help inspire your wedding’s floral accents.

Alex Events

Wedding event planners are great ways to find inspiration on a large variety of details, and Alex Events is no exception.

Laura Hooper Calligraphy

One of the toughest spots to find inspiration can be for your invitations and save the dates, but Laura Hooper’s Instagram account will provide all the inspiration you need!

Revelry Event Designers

Revelry Event Designers specialize in event & interior design, furniture rental and uber draping. This’ll give you a great look at inspiration in areas that many couples forget to consider such as seating arrangement and more.

Jordan Payne Events

Jordan Payne is another great wedding planner to follow.

Christine Bentley Photography

Christine Bentley is a celebrity photographer, which means that she is sure to capture some of the leading styles and looks – perfect inspiration for the trendy couple.

Empty Vase

Empty Vase is a luxury florist and makes a great account to follow to get floral inspiration.

Ira Lippke Studios

Ira Lippke Studios is a collection of photographers and filmakers who specialize in weddings. It’s like following several photographers at once, so you’re sure to get different styles and plenty of inspiration.

Mindy Weiss

Mindy Weiss is another events planner who’ll be sure to provide loads of inspiration.

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4 American Wedding Traditions We Don’t Want to Die

January 5, 2017
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2016 more than any year before, saw a huge backlash towards (previously) popular wedding traditions. While some traditions definitely deserved to be forgotten, it’d be a shame if we lost all of our traditions! Here are a few American wedding traditions that are seeing a decline in popularity, but should be kept alive:

1. The House Party

No, it’s not that kind of house party.

A house party is the friends and families who aren’t standing at the altar with you, but are still assigned to an important wedding function. These may be the people doing readings, speeches, and even those who are ushering in guests. It’s custom to include your house party in all of the same festivities as you would your bridal party, including lunches, showers, and even the bachelorette party.

The house party originated in the south (and more specifically, Texas). It is where the controversial concept of the honorary bridesmaid came from.

2. A Groom’s Cake

Groom’s cakes were originally a Victorian era English tradition that came over to the states and has lived on in the South. The tradition is simply that the groom gets to choose their own dessert and its decoration. His dessert is then served alongside the Bride’s cake (which is the larger wedding cake that most of us consider to be the wedding cake.”

The groom’s cake can be decorated in his favorite sports team’s colors or in a way that shows off his hobby or personality. He typically decides the flavor as well, and in the past, it was custom to lace the groom’s cake with alcohol. Now flavors are typically rich, unique flavors like peanut butter and chocolate.

3. Venetian Hour

The dessert bar is a popular fixture at today’s weddings, but few realize where this originated: the venetian hour. The venetian hour is like a dessert bar on steroids. It’s a massive assortment of desserts ranging from cookies to pies and even fancy desserts like bananas foster and more. It’s so large that many brides understandably choose to forego a wedding cake, however the venetian hour is typically served after the cake has been served and nobody will blame you for serving both!

If you couldn’t tell by the name, the Venetian hour originated in Italy, but was brought over to the U.S. by Italian Immigrants. Since, it’s become a cherished tradition in New York and New Jersey.

4. Homemade Cookie Table

Originating in Pittsburgh, the Cookie Table is a tradition that basically boils down to having a giant assortment of cookies at your wedding. Typically, family and close friends will make their family recipes for cookies and bring them to the wedding in the hundreds. This enables guests to try a wide variety of cookie recipes.

Now you don’t need to require all the cookies to be handmade, and a few could be bought, but remember the goal is to to have cookies which your guests have likely never tried so if you do go the store bought option, try to find a boutique cookie shop or bakery that sells some of your favorite cookies so that guests can still get a unique experience!

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The Secret to Throwing an Intimate Wedding, Regardless How Big

January 4, 2017
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Did you know that a larger wedding may make your marriage more successful?

If not, I highly recommend you check out that link as it has some interesting statistics on size of wedding and quality of marriage. One reason couples choose to forego a large wedding (besides price, which is the most obvious reason to avoid a large wedding) is that it is tough to retain intimacy in a large wedding. It’s not impossible though and and with the following tricks, you’ll be able to make any size wedding feel more intimate:

1. The Pre Party

One of the best ways to increase intimacy is to host several smaller events like a pre party or dinner with groups of guests leading up to the wedding.

2. Incorporating Lighting

Lighting is a powerful tool for setting the mood of your wedding, and when used right it can increase the feeling of intimacy and make a large venue feel smaller. The keys to using lighting to create a more intimate feel is to avoid bright lights, make use of non-traditional lights such as candles, lanterns, bistro lights, and to use uplighting. This will create a more romantic and more intimate setting.

3. Semicircular (and Circular) Seating

If your space allows, you can set up seating in a semicircle or even a complete circle to achieve a more intimate feel during the ceremony. This allows more guests to remain close to you during the ceremony.

4. Long Square Tables

For an immediate increase in intimacy, forego round tables and make use of long, recatangular tables instead

5. Small Centerpieces

Tall, extravagant centerpieces look great, but can hinder conversation. For a more intimate wedding, decorate with small centerpieces. This will give guests a chance to see and converse with each other.

6. Food Stations

Many weddings are already starting to feature multiple food stations rather than a traditional buffet line or serving food to guests, so you may already be planning to do this. If not, consider using food stations instead of more traditional options as it’ll enable guests to mingle while getting food – something they wouldn’t necessarily do in a buffet line or while waiting to served.

7. Greeting Guests

While considered a must and tradition for some, not all couples take the time to greet guests during weddings. Don’t settle for letting guests come up to greet you and instead take the time to visit each table and greet the guests/thank them for attending your wedding. This will drastically improve the intimacy of your wedding.

8. Dance Surrounded by Friends and Family

Instead of taking your first dance with guests seated, consider dancing while surrounded by friends and family. Inviting guests to come to the edges of the dancefloor for the first dance will be a surprising and intimate gesture.

9. Lounges, Activities and More

Create spaces which your guests can utilize away from the main festivities. These spaces should be an area for guests to gather, talk and even take part in activities. They can be set up to cater to a small group of guests so that they promote feelings of intimacy most. Ideas for such spaces include whiskey and cigar lounges, areas with small group activities such as board games, and fire pits.

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6 Necessary Wedding Tips to Show off Your Beauty

December 30, 2016
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You don’t want to be the bride that admits that hindsight is 20/20. This list will help keep you prepared for any mishaps or cover any basis you didn’t think of.

Here are 6 tips to make sure you look flawless on your wedding day:

1. Dirty Hair Will Make Styling Your Hair Much Easier

Washing your hair 4-5 days before your wedding will be the best amount of time to let your hair get dirty enough to hold the hairstyle while making sure your hair still looks nice and clean. Dirty hair will hold curls, stay more tame, and stay in an updo because the grease in your hair gives it good grip to do whatever you want.

2. Embrace Your Natural Beauty

Don’t go heavy on the makeup or try to look like someone else. Embrace how you look and do things that enhance your natural beauty. It would be smart to try different makeup styles and hairstyles and you choose what makes you comfortable. You should be able to look at the pictures and easily tell that you were being yourself.

3. Have Freshening up Essentials

Making sure you have baby wipes to clean yourself of sweat because you will be nervous, excited, and tired from all the events throughout the entire day. Bring your deodorant and the perfume you wear to remain smelling nice. Have the correct makeup colors to touch up your makeup in case it gets ruined. Either ask your makeup artist for what they used on you and get it your self or hopefully they will give you the necessary makeup for touchups.

4. Wear the Right Products

Use waterproof mascara! If you are not a fan, use the mascara you like and then use waterproof mascara at the ends so you don’t look like a raccoon if you start crying. Don’t use too much blush because your cheeks will get redder throughout the day. Do a classic nail color choice. A nude or pale pink color would look nice, also you can never go wrong with a french manicure.

5. Wear Your Veil

If you bought a veil, wear the veil! You bought it for a reason and it makes you look very beautiful. It completes the bride look and you will love seeing your pictures with you wearing it. The veil adds the flowiness that most women love and gives your look the perfect amount of elegance and romantic quality that you were aiming for.

6. Don’t Do Any Major Changes Close to Your Wedding Day

Only do a trim and a color touch up (if necessary) two weeks before your wedding day. If something goes wrong at least you have sometime to fix it. You should get a facial done about a week before the big day so your face isn’t red. Avoid chemical peels, laser treatments, and injections because they won’t heal in time.

Remember

These are all simple things you can do to show off your natural beauty and look your best on your wedding day. Following those 6 tips will save you from any regrets or embarrassment and allow you to enjoy your wedding day to the fullest!

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7 Wedding Music Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

December 13, 2016
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Many brides and Grooms are skipping the typical wedding band and DJ in favor of putting together their own playlists. Not only does this save money at a time when many are looking for what costs can be cut, it can give you full control over your music (and as a result, the atmosphere) of your wedding.

Playlists can be a great way to play music at your wedding, so long as you avoid these 7 mistakes:

1. Using Shuffle

One of the biggest mistakes a couple can make with their wedding playlist is putting it on shuffle! For a playlist that’ll truly shine, skip the shuffle feature and instead create a playlist the old fashioned way: Mixtape style.

Your playlist will be at its best when you choose songs that will play well one after another. This allows you to fine tune the mood and atmosphere of your wedding by playing different genres and tempos of music at different times, which bring us to our next point:

2. Not Having a Goal

This may sound crazy at first, but every song in your playlist should have a reason for being there. Each song contributes to the vibe, the theme of the moment. This means that you should be using your songs to get guests pumped up and on the dance floor, to slow things down with romantic slow dances, then to give guests a break while they get drinks/eat, etc.

When creating your playlist, think about the guests who will be at your wedding. Think about when they’ll be listening to this music and think about what direction you want to nudge the party. Do you want guests on their feet and dancing? Choose some of today’s hits and sprinkle in some oldies to nudge the wedding guests into dancing.

3. Not playing music that EVERYONE will enjoy

Keep in mind all of the guests at your wedding. You’ll likely have an older crowd and a younger crowd to please, so ensure that everyone hears music that they’ll enjoy. A great way to bridge the gap (so to speak) is with modern remixes of classic songs. In these cases, you can appeal to both crowds as it often retains the same feel as the original while updated with more contemporary bits.

4. Lacking Variety

You can make two major mistakes when creating your playlist – not including enough variety and not spacing genres out enough. If you play 4 club bangers back to back and then switch to jazz, it’s going to leave your guests confused and even disconnected. On the other hand, if you play only one genre at your wedding it’ll lose your guest’s interest.

Try to blend a good mix of genres and give them space to breathe. If you’re in doubt, you can always add top 40 hits from different periods.

5. Not Playing Your Favorite Songs

Don’t leave yourself out either! It’s your wedding and you ought to enjoy the music at it! If you’ve got songs that are a must play, but fear that guests may not like them as much don’t fear! If you want to play one of your favorite songs, but it’s a lesser known track an easy trick is to sandwich it between two popular songs with a similar tempo and feel.

6. Making Too Few Cuts

Imaging your playlist is a book. Now, picture you’ve just written your book and, without editing, send it off to the New York Times. It’s not going to be a best-seller no matter how good because it lacked editing. Your playlist is the same exact way. In order for it to truly shine you’re going to need to make some cuts.

Start by checking the playlist’s length. You’ll want about 3 hours of music to ensure that the playlist is long enough to last without missing out on some great songs. After getting the length right, listen to your playlist a few times and look to ensure there aren’t any offensive lyrics or odd songs that disrupt the flow of the music.

7. Having No Backup Plan

Last but certainly not least, many forget to make a backup playlist. Your Best bet is to create a quick list of top 40 hits that you can switch to in case your main playlist isn’t playing well with the current crowd.

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Can a Wedding Dress Be Too Sexy?

December 12, 2016
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We’ve all heard about Pam Anderson’s white string bikini wedding dresses, and many have seen the lists on The Knot and other top publications. This has left many brides questioning what makes a dress too sexy.

Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin Dress

Your best bet for choosing a wedding dress is to pick something that you feel comfortable in, while still showing your personal style. You want all eyes on you during your wedding day, not blushing and looking away. Wedding dresses come in all styles and shapes, so there’s always going to be the perfect dress, one that is sexy and classy all at the same time. If you’re not confident in your dress, don’t wear it! (Don’t mistake that to mean you shouldn’t wear a dress to your wedding!)

Does Sexy = Revealing?

There’s no such thing as being too sexy on your wedding day, you can however be too revealing. Neck lines lower than the great depression, deep V’s in the back, short skirts, sits that go up to the thigh and see through fabric can all make a wedding dress uncomfortably revealing. The trouble isn’t that the dress is uncomfortable for you, but it may be uncomfortable for your guests.

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Dresses like this one are beautiful, but most brides can agree that the neckline was cut too low and is too revealing. The lacey, transparent fabric isn’t helping either!

Here’s the good news: your dress can be sexy without being too revealing! Strapless and sleeveless dresses can be a great way to up the sexy factor while still leaving your guests comfortable. Just make sure the neckline isn’t too low!

You Make the Rules, but Try to Be Considerate

Ultimately, you’re the queen of your wedding day. You make the rules and have the ultimate say,  but a good queen is considerate of her people. So at your wedding take your guests feelings into consideration. Do you really want to make your grandparents or other relatives feel uncomfortable on your special day?

Other Considerations

Certain wedding venues (think churches and other conservative venues) will require certain attire. You may also need to take into consideration, you or your significant other’s family tradition and religious practices.

So, Can a Wedding Dress Be Too Sexy?

Yes it most definitely can! However, there are some great dresses out there that will make you feel sexy while keeping things classy and elegant. Just keep searching until you find the perfect dress – you’ll know it you find it.

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Checklist: Everything You Need as a Bride

December 6, 2016
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As a bride, it’s always difficult to remember everything you need on your big day. Between all the traditions, the stress and all the work you’ll have to do, you’ll have a tough time keeping track of everything. That’s why it’s crucial to keep a wedding checklist handy so you don’t forget anything on your big day.

 

Here is a checklist that makes it as easy as possible for you to keep track of everything you need:

  • Your bridal gown – it’s a must-have! Keep it clean and unwrinkled in a garment bag!
  • Your headpiece or veil – your dress wouldn’t feel complete without it.
  • A slip for you gown – if necessary. Not all types of dresses will need it.
  • Shoes – you need these to walk down the aisle!
  • Bridal hosiery – not necessary but it gives your look that extra touch.
  • Your garter – it is tradition for the groom to take it off and toss it during the reception. It would be hard to do if you don’t have one. You can usually buy them in pairs so you can keep one.
  • Gloves – again not necessary but they do look nice!
  • Your bouquet – bouquets are tradition and beautiful.
  • Lingerie – you are going on your honeymoon after the wedding and lingerie is a must-have for you and your new groom. If your bridal shower was lingerie themed, then you should be covered.
  • Jewelry – you should sparkle on your wedding day because it is your big day! Wear jewelry that is special to you.
  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue – it is a fun tradition. You get to be creative with it. Your shoes or jewelry can cover some of these categories. Usually your dress is the something new, but it is up to you!
  • A bridal emergency kit – if a button from your dress falls off, a spare button and sewing kit is essential. Gum in case you forgot to brush your teeth, or deodorant just in case it is hot or you are more nervous than you thought.
  • Your vows – if you wrote your own, it would be a good idea to have the paper you wrote them down on so you don’t forget.
  • Your groom’s wedding ring – you will give it to your maid of honor to hold until it is time to exchange the rings, but you need to make sure you have it.
  • The wedding favors – more specifically for the wedding party. It is customary to gift the wedding party with special gifts that you and your groom picked out as a special thanks for their support and help.

 

That was everything you need to have as the bride. If you are like most brides, you have to worry about the wedding party as well. Here is a list of things that they need so that nobody forgets anything.

  • The groom – his tuxedo, dress shoes, boutonniere, socks, and your wedding ring.
  • Your bridesmaids – their dresses, shoes, bouquets, and accessories.
  • The groomsmen – their tuxedos, socks, dress shoes, and boutonnieres.
  • The flower girl – her dress, shoes, basket, and flower petals.
  • The ring bearer – His tuxedo, socks, dress shoes, boutonniere, and the pillow with rings on it.

Following these checklists will make sure you, your groom, and wedding party are ready to go on the big day! Just relax and take care of yourself and delegate the tasks to responsible, trustworthy people if necessary.

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Alternative Ceremony Seating

November 30, 2016
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A wedding day won’t mean anything without the presence of family and friends. In order to make your guests comfortable, you must think about the seating. The fact is that where every guest sits is important.

The wedding ceremony is essential and the most important part of every wedding. This is the reason why every guest must be seated in the right way. They must feel comfortable and respected while the ceremony lasts.

In the past, people didn’t have many dilemmas about ceremony seating. Namely, they have always opted for straight rows. The truth is that most couples choose this option even today. Even though this seating option has proven to be practical and simple, this doesn’t mean that you can’t go with an alternative ceremony seating plan. In case you are wondering why you should do this, we will give you one simple answer – to unleash your creativity. Making your ceremony stand out is easy when you have a good alternative ceremony seating plan. This change won’t cost you anything except your time. With the right alternative option, you can rest assured that all your guests will be more excited, which means that you spiced up this special day from the start.

People have used many different alternatives to the traditional ceremony seating and some of these alternatives we more successful than the others. That’s why we have decided to highlight a few ideas that might help you find the best alternative ceremony seating option.

First of all, you can choose a spiral formation for the chairs. You arrange the chairs in only one row and set them in a spiral shape. This is an excellent way to see and greet every guest as you and your partner move to the center of this spiral. Keep in mind that this is a good solution in case you have a small ceremony because creating very long spirals is not practical for the couple.

Furthermore, you can also try the so-called horseshoe plan. As the name suggests, the chairs are placed in a way that resembles a horseshoe or a simple semi-circle. The aisle leads right in the middle of this area. With this alternative ceremony seating solution, you can rest assured that you will face all the guests. This is a common problem with other seating plans because in most cases you will have to turn your back on some of the guests.

Finally, instead of choosing one side, why not use all the sides around the altar? This means that you can place chairs on each side and place the altar in the center of this area. There is no better way to feel surrounded by the people you love and respect than this.

These are just some alternative ceremony seating ideas that you can use. When you are thinking about changes, you should take these things into consideration – the sight lines, wedding party size, sound, accessibility, taking photos and the position of the aisle.

Weddings

Everything You Need to Know About Your Wedding Veil

November 29, 2016
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Wedding veils are one of the most underappreciated wedding accessories, but much of that comes from the lack of understanding about the differences in veils. It can be tough to know what style of wedding veil you want, and when you figure out the style it can be tough to find out how to purchase it too!

Here’s everything you need to know about your wedding veil:

Veil Tiers

You can choose between single tier, two tier, and three tier veils. Each tier will have a slightly different length so you can get the best of each world. If you want your veil to stand out, having multiple tiers (or layers) will help you achieve that.

Veil Lengths

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Veil lengths make the biggest difference in appearance when considering a veil. It’s definitely the most important part of choosing your veil as it can change your entire appearance. Depending on the length of the veil, you may even find a slimming effect. The shoulder length veil (obviously) goes to shoulder length, elbow to elbow length, wrist to wrist length and fingertip to fingertip length. The only lengths that don’t conform to the actual length are intermission, chapel and cathedral length veils.

Veil Edges

There are many different types of edges for veils, but they boil down to 6 key styles:

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Obviously there are different variations on these styles, but in general you’ll be able to find one based on these six styles.

Where to Order Your Veil

Like most other wedding decorations and items, you can find and purchase a great veil on Etsy. If you’re looking to buy a veil off of etsy make sure you look for a shop with a high number of reviews with 5 stars.

Blanca Veils is a very highly rated Etsy shop with great veils at a great price. You can check out their shop here.

Another great option is Your Heirloom Veil, which also features great veils and a great price. They have several hundred 5 star reviews as well making it another great Etsy shop to buy from. You can check out their shop here.

Parting Thoughts

Your wedding veil is such a small detail, but it makes a world of a difference. Your veil will help you achieve not only the perfect look but to feel perfect too. It completes everything. It’s like the dressing on the cake. That’s why it’s so important to get the details like the length, edge design and tiers correct.