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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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The Rules about Plus-Ones

January 10, 2017
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A lot of time, money, and planning go into making a wedding happen which limits how many plus-ones can be allowed. Both the couple and the guest need to be understanding and caring. Since it’s the couple’s big day, it should be both special for them and remain in their budget, which means they may limit plus-ones in order to allow the guests closest to them attend. However, guests don’t want to be miserable and lonely because their loved ones aren’t there. Weddings are meant to be enjoyed by everyone and celebrate the start of the couple’s life together.

So, with that in mind, here are the some rules for both the couple and guests:

The Couple

The bride and groom need to make sure the invitation is set up correctly so people know whether they are able to bring guests and if so, how many guests they can bring. This is best done by writing the list of people invited by name on the invitation and then adding how many guests or plus-ones may be brought at the end. Another way is to write “and guest” alongside the specific people who you’ll be allowing to bring a guest.

When it comes to the wedding party, they should always be allowed a plus-one. Allowing a plus-one will show them the couple’s gratitude for helping with the planning, stress, and giving support.

If the couple isn’t allowing plus-ones for certain guests, make sure to plan so they have an enjoyable experience at the wedding. Don’t have all the single guests stuck at one table, but seat them with friendly people that they have something in common with or already know. It will allow everyone to have a nice time and encourage people to meet one another.

If guests reach out to ask for a plus-one, the couple needs to stand their ground. They already talked about it and planned everything out according to who was invited. Replies should be calm and kind saying that it is an intimate gathering and that they are sorry. Sticking to the plan will allow couples to keep the wedding how they planned and wanted.

The Guest

Guests need to be respectful of the couple’s wishes. Often times, it may feel upsetting, but if the couple did not offer a plus-one, don’t be offended as it’s not personal. They likely are on a tight budget and need to limit the number of guests at the wedding.

If you’re offered a plus-one and can’t think of someone to bring, then you can choose to go solo. Just ensure that you write that you’ll be attending alone on the RSVP so that the couple knows to plan accordingly.

If you are bringing a plus one, it may make it easier on the couple if you write the guests name on the invitation. This will assist them if they are personalizing items at the wedding such as putting names at seats for guests.

If your guest has to cancel, don’t bring a new guest. The couple probably made placement cards and planned the seating arrangement carefully, a new guest could throw things off and the couple might get upset even if the headcount is still the same.

Being offered a plus-one means the couple chose you to have a guest over others so be sure to show that generosity in return with your gift. Your guest shouldn’t feel obligated to give a gift if they don’t know the couple, just make sure you show your appreciation and the couple will be happy in return.
Couples and guests all want to be happy, so just be considerate and reasonable and enjoy the event.

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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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68 Activities to Do with Your Fiance to Help Cure Wedding Planning Stress

December 16, 2016
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Planning a wedding can feel like a full time job, especially if you’re taking on a lot of DIY projects. The best way to destress is to spend some time having fun with your fiance. Here are 71 activities you can do with your fiance to stop wedding planning stress right away:

  1. Take a wedding free weekend (don’t even mention the upcoming wedding and just enjoy time in each others company.)
  2. Spend time with friends
  3. Go on a fancy date
  4. Go on a cheap date
  5. Take a scenic drive
  6. Netflix and chill
  7. Cook each other’s favorite meals
  8. Go for a walk
  9. Work out together
  10. Take pictures together
  11. Try a new restaurant
  12. Play video games
  13. Go to a football game (or any sporting event)
  14. Head to the nearest theme park for a day
  15. Go to a water park
  16. Go to the zoo (and see who can name the most animals correctly)
  17. Watch a circus
  18. Have a board game night
  19. Go on a hike
  20. Ride a bike
  21. Head to the busiest (most touristy neighborhoods) and enjoy some time taking in what your town has to offer
  22. Eat ice cream together
  23. Watch a movie
  24. Learn a new language together (using an app like duolingo)
  25. Head to a museum
  26. Go to a fair
  27. Take a spa day
  28. Massage each other
  29. Take an early honeymoon
  30. Plant a garden
  31. Plant a tree (so that you can watch it grow during your marriage)
  32. Watch a play
  33. Watch ballet
  34. Attend an opera
  35. Head to a concert
  36. Picnic
  37. Head to the beach
  38. Do a puzzle together
  39. Read a book together
  40. Put together a photo album of your time together
  41. Watch the sunset (or sunrise)
  42. Play a sport together
  43. Take a class together (like a cooking or yoga class)
  44. Get some coffee together
  45. Daytrip to a special location nearby
  46. Head to a local bar that has live music and hangout
  47. Check out a local brewery
  48. Go out in a boat, kayak or canoe
  49. Start a blog together
  50. Play mini golf
  51. Play real golf
  52. Go whale watching
  53. Recreate your first date
  54. Go camping (this works well with the no wedding weekend!)
  55. Go Kart racing!
  56. Walk around the mall
  57. Go people watching
  58. Go ice skating (or rollerblading)
  59. Go horseback riding
  60. Learn how to make your own sushi together
  61. Learn yourselves something new by watching a Youtube Tutorial together
  62. Do a DIY or arts and crafts project
  63. Go to a planetarium
  64. Watch or put on a fireworks display
  65. Create a scavenger hunt for each other
  66. Head to the casino together
  67. Go whitewater rafting
  68. Go skydiving
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How to Plan Your Wedding Seating Chart

December 15, 2016
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The seating chart for a wedding is one of the most detailed, thought-intensive parts of the entire wedding planning process. It is super important because you can’t have guests that don’t get along at the same table or guests that came solo with heavy-PDA couples.

You want your guests to be happy, comfortable, and be with people that have similar interests. Here are some key things to consider when you are making your wedding seating chart:

Do you need a formal seating chart?

If your guest list is 50 or less, then you probably don’t need a formal seating chart. Having a seat yourself reception would be fine in this case. For receptions with more than 50 guests, it would be best to have a seating chart so everything is kept in order. Having a seating chart no matter the guest size is still good because then people know you put thought into where they should sit. You arranging the seating chart will also allow for you to have people together that will get along and this will minimize unwanted friction between guests. Ultimately it is up to you but the rule of thumb is that if you have over 50 guests, make a seating chart.

How it should be set up

You need to start planning the seating chart after you received all the RSVPs; start as early as possible! Then you need to decide if you and your groom want to sit at a sweetheart table or not. If not, you need to decide if you want the wedding party at the table with you or if your families get along you could have the combined family table that you both sit at. The sweetheart table will allow for you and your groom to have a cute secluded table for yourselves but all of your guests came to be with you and your groom. Arranging for the sweetheart table to be in the center so all the other tables are equidistant will keep your guests happy and feel included.

Make sure to mix and match your guests so everyone is seated with a person they know and people that they have something in common with. Not all of your guests have to know each other at the same table, but try your best to have a nice variety. Avoid combining people that have a bad history or don’t get along together, it could ruin your day. Single guests should be placed with other single quests but also add a couple or two so there is a variety.

If you have a good number of children attending, think of having a kids table so all of the children can have their own fun space. This will also allow the parents to relax and enjoy the wedding much more!

Remember,

The seating chart is important to ensure your guests enjoy your wedding to its fullest, and by putting in the time and effort to seat guests next to those they’ll get along with, you’ll have a more enjoyable, less stressful wedding day.

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10 Unique, Personal Wedding Favors

November 14, 2016
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Wedding planning can be one of the most exciting and stressful experiences in your life. In the end, you can rest assured that all of the effort you’ve put into this activity will pay off. According to many experts, the small details can make a huge difference when it comes to the success of your wedding day. One of these small details is the wedding favors.

Wedding favors have been used for hundreds of years. Some sources say that they came in the form of small chocolates. Wedding favors are small gifts that are given to the guests of the wedding. In other words, they are used as a sign of appreciation. The best part about these favors is that it is up to the couples to choose them and that there are many different types of wedding favors to choose from. If you want to impress your guests, you should opt for unique, personal wedding favors and we have prepared a list of ideas that can help you.

1.  Maple syrup

Let’s be clear, almost every person likes sweet treats and this is exactly what they will get if you use maple syrup as a wedding favor. Find a suitable bottle and fill it with maple syrup or buy some from the local store. Remember to add a tag that describes the event and highlights your appreciation.

2.  Wooden magnets

Many people are collecting magnets and they can surely use such a favor on their fridge This simple, yet unique item can be engraved with your names or the date and initials of the couple. They can be designed in different forms.

3.  Caramel apples

Now here’s another sweet wedding favor that your guests will love. Wrap a caramel apple into cellophane and top it with toffee or sprinkles to improve the taste and appearance. Remember to tie an appreciation tag to the handle.

4.  Succulent plants

Why not give something that your guests can keep and watch grow over time? Give them a cute succulent plant and ask them to grow and take proper care of it.

5.  Candy favors

If you want to stick to the tradition and add a personal touch to the wedding favors you can use candy favors or small boxes filled with candies to be more precise. Don’t hesitate to use goodie bags and small jars.

6.  Unique personalized ornaments

Use wooden or ceramic ornaments to share some love messages or decorate glass bulbs with pieces of dried flowers. Everyone likes unique personalized ornaments.

7.  Personalized cookies made of sugar

If your guests feel the urge to eat something sweet, they will be amazed by these cookies. Use sugar or other edible decorations to write down your initials on the cookies.

8.  Wedding day soundtrack

Use the help of your wedding DJ to choose the most memorable songs from your wedding and create a CD that you will use as a wedding favor.

9.  Peppermint bark

Put the bark in a wrapping and include a recipe inside the package. Your guests will appreciate this!

10.  Personalized wedding cards

We all use cards every once in awhile, so why not personalize a set of beautiful cards and give these sets to the guests?

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Wedding on a Budget – Make It Work!

September 13, 2016
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Not all couples are lucky (and wise!) enough to save for their weddings. So for those planning on having their dream wedding but working on a very tight budget, read on and catch a few tips to still make this work.
1. Decide on your budget early and be strict about it.
Let’s take a tour inside your finances and find ways to work this around. Open your bank account and check its status. Do you have enough funding there to use for your wedding? No? That’s okay. Compute all fixed income starting today until the day of your wedding. Also check if there will be other sources of fund – maybe the parents are willing to provide funding aid?

Next, list down all current non-wedding expenses and obligations (car insurance, family responsibilities, bills, etc.) and post-wedding expenses (savings for new home, utility bills, mortgage, etc.). Remember to take care of NECESSITIES FIRST! Afterwards, compute what’s left and stay firm on that budget. It might be tempting but stay away from loans as much as possible. You would not want to begin your happily ever after with debt.

2. Try not to rush your wedding preparation.
Take your sweet time planning your wedding. The longer the time you have before the wedding means more time to earn and save for it. This also gives you ample time to carefully select your wedding vendors. Have sit-down meetings and book only those who you can trust, have a long list of recommendations – and of course the ones that can offer the best price to fit your budget.

3. Make your priority list
Make wedding decisions easier with a priority list. Simply put, it is a list differentiating what you need vs. what you want. You can list down all the wedding vendors that you would probably book and arranged according to priority. Top of your list should be the non-negotiable (church, reception venue, caterer, photographer) and the bottom ones would be the nice-to-have’s (alcohol, lights and effects, DJ). You can even go further and make a comprehensive list with different options for each category. From this list, it will be easier to decide which vendors will be paid first and which ones will have to take a backseat for the meantime.

Next, draft your guest list. Remember to invite only those who are important to you. Limit it to immediate family and closest friends and colleagues only. Ask yourself some questions such as – do I really need to invite the whole office?

4. Tap your creative side and enjoy some DIY’s together
If you enjoy doing arts & crafts then why not try to do some of the items on your wedding checklist yourself? Make your own thematic decoration or personalize your gifts to your wedding party. If you don’t have any idea on how to start, there are plenty of references you can gather from the internet. Browse on Instagram, Pinterest or wedding sites for new ideas.

No talent? No problem! Ask your talented friends who are willing to lend a hand. Maybe you know someone who does calligraphy as their hobby. Why not ask them to do your wedding invites?

 

In the end it all comes down to what you want. Do you want to have a simple wedding yet a secure future? Or do you still prefer a grand wedding but with a hole in your pocket the next day?

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Choosing a Venue – items that should be on your checklist

September 7, 2016
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We all have an idea of what our perfect wedding venue is. It should be somewhere you can see yourself walking down the aisle at, exchanging vows and grooving to your first dance. Don’t make the beauty of the place your only consideration when booking the wedding venue. Make sure you only book the best wedding venue that meets all your event needs and gives you your money’s worth. Arm yourself with the right questions to ask and knowledge of what has to be considered. Be sure to clarify the items below before you sign any contract.

1. Budget and amenities

Check out the cost of the venue and verify if it matches your wedding budget. If it’s a no, don’t get disheartened yet. Check all the facilities that they provide and see if they offer some freebies that cross out some of the items on your wedding checklist. Value for money should always be considered.

2. Outdoor considerations

If you are eyeing for a beach or garden wedding, check if the venue offers contingency plans for rain and other unexpected situations. You may also want to visit the place on the same time of your wedding as well to check other important elements; best lighting spot, venue ventilation, etc.

3. Number of guests

Be sure you already decided on or at least have a ballpark figure of the number of guests that you will invite for the wedding. The capacity of the venue should be able to hold this number and still have enough spaces for an activity area, a registration and a few spaces for your other wedding gimmicks like a photo booth or dessert table.

4. Proximity

If you are having separate venues for the wedding rites and the reception, make sure that the distance from the preparation venue (if you will stay in a hotel for make-up and pre-wedding shoot) to the church and up to the wedding reception is not that far from each other.

5. Venue house rules

Be aware about every rule in the wedding venue so you can adjust your preparations (wedding decorations, effects, etc.) accordingly. Also good to check what other fees they will charge if you bring in outside food and beverages or not accredited wedding vendors.

6. Parking spaces

It is important to check if there are enough parking spaces to accommodate your guests’ vehicles and how secure it is. Check also if there will be another event same time as yours so you can check for shared parking rules and make reservations if necessary.

7. Venue hours

How long will they let you rent the venue? Is this enough to cover the wedding rites, reception program and a few more hours for the after party? How early is the ingress time and how late is the allowed time for egress?

8. Facilities for special needs

Are you having elderly or PWD guests? Be mindful of their needs and check if there’s a ramp at the entrance and also if there are PWD restrooms available.

9. Other amenities

Is there a changing room where you can retouch before the wedding reception starts? How about the basic sounds system offered? Are there built-in lights available and how does it look like?

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10 Tips to Being a Good Wedding Guest

August 27, 2016
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The bride and the groom, as well as their families, will spend a lot of time, effort and money into planning a wedding. Being invited as one of the guests should be treated as an honor and privilege. This only means that the couple considers you special and wants you to be a part of this very important occasion in their life.

It is only right to return this privilege by putting on your best behavior before and during the wedding. Check out our list of tips below that will surely make the bride and groom happy on their big day.

1. RSVP on time
Every penny spent for the wedding is hard earned money so be sure not to waste it. Never keep them guessing if you can make it to their wedding or not. Respond to the RSVP on time whether you can attend or if you want to decline the invitation.

2. Don’t bring a plus one
Needless to say it is only polite not to invite a guest when your invitation does not say you can do so. In that matter, you should not call up or insist on the couple if you can bring a plus one, it will only pressure them to say yes to you. The invite should be indicative enough.

3. Ask if it’s okay to bring kids
The main concern about kids is that they will add up to the headcount. This means they will have to be allotted a seat and food during the reception. Second, the couple might want to keep the event formal and solemn. They might want you to enjoy the party without the hassle of minding your kids.

4. Special diet must be announced in advance
Give the couple a heads up if you are following a strict diet for health or religion reasons. Inquire for the menu and see if there are any of the courses that you can eat. In case of allergies, better let them know in advance so they can make special arrangements for you with their caterer.

5. Come on time
Do not miss any of the happenings! If the invite says to come at 10AM, it is only respectful to arrive at least a few minutes before that.

6. Dress for the occasion
There’s no need telling that a wedding is almost always a formal event. So unless specified, keep your shirts and jeans away for a day and come to the wedding in your best attire.

7. Wait until the wedding is over before you leave
The couple prepared hard to make this wedding special. Show them proper respect by staying until the party is over before leaving.

8. Wait to be seated
The couple might have prepared a seating arrangement for the ceremony and the reception. If you really need to sit, approach any of the wedding coordinators to help you find your seat.

9. Avoid posting online
The couple might want to be the one to post their wedding photos first or at least wait for the official photos to be out. So unless the couple provided an official wedding hashtag, try to go offline and just enjoy being a spectator at the wedding.

10. Be game for anything
Some reception programs require guest participation. Don’t be a party pooper and gamely participate when asked.

Event Planning, Tips, Weddings

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Caterer

August 26, 2016
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How To Get The Best Caterer For Your Event

They say there are very few things in your wedding that will last in your guests’ memories; the beauty of the reception setup, the emotional vows, the hilarious toast by the best man, and of course, the food! The food could be considered one of the most important aspects of any event!

In choosing a caterer make sure you get the one that will provide not only most delicious food but also the perfect service. Here are some of the questions and items that should be in your checklist when choosing a caterer.

1. The Basics
– Are they available on your wedding date?
– How many events can they hold in a day?
– How many events do they accept in a year?
– How long have they been in the business?
– Can they provide you with references and portfolio?
– Are they complete with licenses and health permits?
– Do they sign a contract with clients?
– Are they accredited by the venue you have chosen?
– If not, have they ever held a wedding at this venue?

2. Price and Package
– What is the minimum number of guests to reserve?
– Can they accommodate rental upgrades? e.g. flowers, seats, arrangements, etc.
– Do they have Menu samples with prices?
– Can they customize their menu?
– Can they work around your wedding budget?
– On top of the amenities, are there other freebies?
– When can you schedule a food tasting?
– How many can you bring during food tasting? Is this free?

3. Food and Service
– Do they offer set menus? Buffet?
– Does the service include the setup and clean up?
– Do they provide wedding stationaries such as menu cards, place cards, etc.?
– Can they serve alcohols if provided?
– Is there a corkage fee for self-supplied items such as cake, alcohol and desserts? How much?
– Do they provide children’s meal? How much? And how will it be served?
– How about vendor’s meal? How much? And how will it be served?
– Will the assigned account executive be present during the wedding?
– What is your server to table ratio?
– Will you assist during cake cutting and wine toasting?
– Will you provide for the reception program necessities like the cake cutter and wine flutes?
– What type of glassware and utensils do you have?
– Do you have linens to match our wedding motif?
– Can they customize their arrangement based on your inspirations?
– Do they offer meals for special needs and preferences (allergies, vegetarian, etc.)?
– Where is your kitchen located? How far from the venue?

4. Payment and policies
– What payment terms do they offer?
– What is their cancellation policy?
– How about if you are just moving the date due to unavoidable events?
– What will happen if the cancellation is due to fortuitous events?
– What is their refund policy?
– When is the deadline in submitting guest estimate? How about additional guests afterwards?

After talking to them, do you feel heard? Do you think they get your vision? Also make sure that the person who discussed with you is someone you feel you can trust and will enjoy dealing with until your wedding day.