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Want to Avoid Having Regrets on Your Wedding Day?

February 1, 2017

 

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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The 10 Best Ideas to Announce Your Engagement

January 25, 2017

How you announce your engagement sets the precedent for your entire wedding. This announcement shows what kind of couple you are and is the perfect time to let your personalities shine!

1. Engagement Photo Shoot

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It is classic and beautiful! You can pick whatever you want to wear and make your hair look exactly how you want. It is also great that you will have plenty of photos to remember this special occasion. Once you see the prints, you’ll be so excited to send them out and share the wonderful news.

2. Have Someone Capture the Moment

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Going this route will let you reminisce about that day for years to come. Everyone will feel like they were there because your face was actually caught in that moment. This photo will be an important part of your relationship’s history and it will be so great to have as a keepsake.  

3. A Cute Hands Photo

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This is another traditional and cute photo to send to announce your engagement. It shows off your beautiful ring  while showing the love between you two! You could opt for the photo to be in black and white to give it the classic look. However, having it in color is great and will help you remember what you both were wearing for the special photo.

4. A Play on Words

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Using your engagement ring as the ‘O’ in a word like, “f’O’rever and always” or “l’O’ve” would be a cute way to show the new ring and bring out your personality! Scrabble pieces are great to do this with or you could get wooden chips and paint the letters you want on them. The great thing about this choice is that you can use whatever message you want. Maybe you have a favorite quote that would work or even an inside joke! Whatever the message you choose, it will be special to you.

5. Use Your Pets

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Photo Credited to: JoPhoto

Your pets are adorable so why not use them to add some humor to the announcement? They are important parts of you and your spouse’s lives so show off your entire soon-to-be family. Adding a sign saying that “our humans are getting married” or “my mom and dad are getting married” will give the photo that extra cute factor.

6. Starbucks can Help You Out

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Starbucks employees will write what you want on the cup so if you normally go for your morning coffee, take the photo op! Include the ring in the photo to show it off under “Mrs.” or “Future Mrs.” or even “Bride to be”.

7. Be Funny

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Need I say more? The picture itself is worth a thousand words! It is a funny and cute way to show off your new ring while you enjoy your cup of coffee.

8. The “I said yes!”

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Source: Instagram

Again, the photo says it all! Use a washable marker to write “I said yes” on your hand or you could write it on a sign of your choice.

9. Your Ring and Soon-to-be Spouse

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Source: Instagram

Announcing your engagement this way will show off your new ring as well as your soon-to-be spouse who chose it out! Show people how great they did with their face being a part of the special photo.

10. Use a Sign

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Using a sign to announce your engagement will let your personality shine because you can have a sign say whatever you want! You can buy the sign already made or make your own sign with your own clever message!

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Plan Your Dream Wedding with These 15 Online Wedding Planning Tools

January 20, 2017

 

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

December 16, 2016

 

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

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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Checklist: Everything You Need as a Bride

December 6, 2016

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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Why You Should Honeymoon in Your Hometown

November 28, 2016

While many couples envision travelling to faraway countries for their honeymoon, you may be better off taking a staycation for your honeymoon.

Honeymooning in or near your hometown is an appealing prospect for many couples, especially if you live in or near a large city. Here are all the reasons you may be better off staying rather than going for your honeymoon:

1. You know the it!

One of the biggest benefits of honeymooning in your hometown is the fact that you know the area. Because of this, you can easily pick the best places to eat, check out the most exciting areas, the most romantic scenes, and the best sites and activities.

Have all of your friends been to a restaurant and insist you must go? Is there something on social media that you’ve always wanted to try/do in your hometown? Maybe there’s a location that you’ve never visited. Take the time to play tourist in your own town.

Tip: You want to make sure you’re trying new things, but it’s okay to mix a few of your favorite destinations as well. Especially if you’re going to locations that have significance for you and your partner.

2. You can save money on travel expenses

Rather than spend a couple hundred (or a couple thousand) on plane tickets, put the money towards a neat activity, fancy restaurant, or other fun thing to do. You’ll save money on the cost of travel and won’t have to deal with long flights and or jet lag.

You could also spend the money saved on gifts or memorabilia to remember this special time.

Tip: Rather than spend your money on a plane ticket, choose an activity to do each day. You’ll find that you can afford to have a longer honeymoon, do more and eat out at nicer restaurants.

3. You’ll discover new areas to visit on the weekends

Another plus of honeymooning in your own town is that you can take the time to explore the areas. You may discover a new mall or a new area that you just love. You can also find new activities and explore new hobbies that you could end up doing frequently.

Tip: Try to do a mix of exploring in city with exploring parks, nature preserves, etc. Balancing city exploration with some time in nature will give you a balanced feel and help you find cool new things to do on the weekends! Who knows, maybe you and your partner will both be really into kayaking or something similar and take it as a hobby together!

A few parting words

Honeymooning in your hometown can offer you a chance to skip out on the cost, jet lag, and stress of a traditional honeymoon. It can also give you the ability to find great new weekend destinations when hanging out. One last tip is to stay in a hotel. It’ll be worth the extra cash to get out of the house and be close to activities.

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10 Tips to Being a Good Wedding Guest

August 27, 2016

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.

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Caterer

August 26, 2016

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.

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Guide to Wedding Financial Roles – Who pays for what?

August 24, 2016

If you were not able to save a lot to cover all wedding expenses, you would have to accept financial support from your families at some point. And that is actually okay. Although back in the days, the cost of planning a wedding is really part of the responsibilities of the families of both the bride and the groom.

For those sticking to the norms of wedding finances, let us breakdown to you the traditional financial roles in a wedding. From rings to flowers to the biggest expenses of venue rental, know who pays for what.

Bride’s Expenses

• Groom’s wedding ring
• Bouquets of her bridal party
• Gifts for her bridesmaids
• Wedding present for the groom

Bride’s Family

• Engagement announcements (e.g. newspapers)
• Engagement party
• All cost for the ceremony
• Bride’s wedding dress, veil and accessories
• Floral arrangements
• Transportation during wedding day
• Photographer
• Lodgings (if needed)
• Wedding reception costs

Groom

• Engagement ring
• Bride’s wedding ring
• Gifts for his groomsmen
• Honeymoon

Groom’s Family

• Rehearsal dinner
• Marriage license fee
• Officiant’s fee
• Corsage and boutonnieres for the groomsmen
• Transportation and lodgings for the groom side of the family
• Alcohol for the reception

 

What are the common arrangements for wedding expenses today?

There are now very different opinions as to who should pay for the wedding. If the couple has lived on their own for quite a long time, people believed they should be able to pay for the entire wedding. But of course, parents will always want to be part of the planning and would love to offer financial support.

 

Here are some ways on how you can divide the wedding expenses:

• If they are able, all expenses will be paid by the couple
• Expenses to be divided evenly by the couple, the bride’s family and the groom’s family
• Evenly split the wedding costs among the two families
• Each family covers for the cost of each guest from their side

The key is not to impose anything on anyone. Financial obligations must be decided based on willingness and the capacity to pay. It is very important that everybody is comfortable with their assigned contribution.

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First Major Decisions After You Get Engaged

August 18, 2016

What To Do After You Are Engaged

Just got engaged? Expect the hundreds of well wishers to greet you soon. But after the euphoria of being engaged wears off and once you are able to take off your eyes from the glittering ring on your finger, it is time to face the taxing tasks of planning your wedding.

What are the first few things you should take care of?

Set a wedding budget

Decide on how much will you spend for your wedding. This will determine a lot of aspects in your wedding: how many guests to invite, what vendors you can hire, and what kind of venue to book, among others.  Review your finances, compute expected income until wedding day and check for other sources of fund that can contribute to cover the expenses.

Decide when to say “I do”

Set a timetable. Although it is important to know that nothing is final yet until the wedding venue is set, it is important to set your mind on a few options already. The average engagement period is usually a year, but you might also want to consider major holidays, season preference and family events before setting the date.

Plan your guest list

Determine the number of guests you can afford to invite based on your budget. How big do you want the wedding be? Who are the people you would want to share this precious moment with?

Select your dream wedding venue

Do you want an outdoor or indoor venue? Will it be the same venue for wedding rites and reception? Search the best wedding venue options near you where you see yourself walking down the aisle and saying your ‘I do’s’

Choose your wedding party

Pick those who have been a part of your love story and those very dear to your hearts because they will fill in on the most important roles in your wedding.

Insure engagement rings

Sometimes unfortunate things really happen. Engagement rings cost a fortune so it is always best to be practical and prepared. Contact you current home insurance and apply it as an extension or better yet, find a jewelry insurance that will protect this valued treasure.

Get some help

You might be busy with your career and to add all these wedding works on top of that will surely be tiring that at some point you would need to get some help from a professional. Hire a wedding planner that will suit your needs and someone you can trust to give you peace of mind that the wedding will be absolutely perfect.

Create a wedding vision

Talk to your finance about how you want the wedding to be. There’s no need to go into details yet but at least decide on what you visualize your wedding day would look and feel like. Do you want it intimate or grand? Do you want to get married in the morning or under the stars? Do you like it formal or would you prefer it fun and loud?

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How To Prepare For Your First Dance

August 17, 2016

how to prepare for your first dance when you have two left feet

Are you afraid or uncomfortable dancing in front of others? The bad news is one of the most common wedding traditions is the newlywed’s first dance. Of course you have the option to take this out of the program but why let go of a tradition if you can learn how to do it?

The wedding’s first dance does not necessarily require you to move so much, it’s more like slow dancing but with a bit of choreography. But then there are no rules in terms of how you want to carry out the dance. How long you want it, what type of music to dance to, slow or fast, all depends to you.

Find your beat

The great thing about first dances is that there are no rules and no limitations at all. You can dictate what type of music you want to use and choose whether you want to dance slow or fast. So in selecting your first dance music, choose the one that gets you grooving most of the time. Also, choosing a song you both love or have meaning for the both of you will help you enjoy that spotlight moment.

Go to classes together

If you don’t have any dancing background, better to begin taking classes early. 3-4 months before the wedding will be ideal to get you comfortable with dancing. This will also be a great opportunity to spend quality time together and a good way to sweat out all the stress you have been feeling while planning the wedding.

Hire a good teacher

If you are not at ease with being in a class together with several other couples then you can opt to hiring a pro. Not everybody is born with body coordination and blessed with a knack for dancing. So get someone you are comfortable with who will create the perfect dance steps for your wedding and will patiently teach you the moves.

Keep it short and simple

Keep the dance short and sweet and use very basic steps so that it will be easier for you to memorize and keep up with your partner. You can do a routine for the first half of the song and use the rest to get everybody on the dance floor.

Practice! Practice! Practice!

As they say, practice makes perfect. You will not get it the first time around so take time to practice the dance together as frequent as you can. Here’s a tip: Practice the dance using the shoes you are going to use at the wedding so your feet will be comfortable with it and you can check whether the shoes is a good fit for the routine that you have.

Enjoy the moment

Finally, learn to embrace the moment. Who cares if you are not the world’s best dancer? No one really knows the routine except you both and no one expects you to dance professionally anyway. Lighten up and laugh at the mishaps. Remember your audiences are the people who love both of you dearly. So just dance your heart out and enjoy the moment.