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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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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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6 Necessary Wedding Tips to Show off Your Beauty

December 30, 2016

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 Engagement Photo Ideas

November 22, 2016

Taking engagement photos is one of the best ways to document the entire process. Planning a wedding can be exhausting and taking engagement photos can bring the much-needed relaxation. This is also an opportunity to unleash your creativity. At the same time, taking these type of photos lets the couple learn more about their wedding photographer and vice versa. The photographer can learn more about the couple and what they really want when it comes to photography the more time they spend together. Even though professional photographers can provide suggestions about the best engagement photo session, we will present seven engagement photo ideas that may inspire you.

First dates

This is definitely one of the most beautiful parts in every relationship. The initial excitement and the effort to learn more about your partner are feelings that cannot be forgotten. That’s why it is a smart idea to go to the places where you dated and even wear some clothes that you used to wear back then if possible. If you remember this day because of the specific weather (for instance if it was raining), you can get some umbrellas and use sprinklers if you are taking photos on a sunny day.

The special place

Many couples have a special, exclusive place where they don’t go with other people (and we are not talking about the bedroom). It might be some hill or park where you used to visit alone. Visit this place and take some memorable engagement photos.

Athletic photo session

Do you love sports and fitness? If you and your partner are athletic types of people then you can visit the local gym and take some great photos. Don’t forget that you will need to dress adequately. You can also make an athletic outdoor photo session in case you usually use the local park for fitness activities.

Shared hobbies

Every person has specific interests and hobbies, but there is a great chance that both you and your partner share at least one hobby or activity that you find joy in. For example, maybe you both like baking cakes. If this is the case, ask the photographer to come to the kitchen and let them take some fun and interesting engagement photos.

Places abroad that you have visited

Do you remember the time when you enjoyed your holiday abroad? Well, it might be a good idea to visit that place again and take some engagement photos there.

A rustic ranch

Are you a fan of the countryside? There is no doubt that couples can take some incredible engagement photos if they visit some rustic ranch out of town. There is something about nature and the surroundings that make the photos special. In addition, the couple will feel completely relaxed and happy in these calm and peaceful areas.

Run from zombies

The last engagement photo idea is for the brave ones and those who want a completely different engagement photo session. You can use the help of your friends and turn them into zombies trying to catch you and your partner.

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10 Unique, Personal Wedding Favors

November 14, 2016

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

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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Why an Outdoor Wedding is the Best and the Worst

September 2, 2016

One of the most important decisions that an engaged couple will make is choosing their wedding venue. Not only will this dictate when the wedding will take place, but it will also be that place where you will exchange your vows to forever. It will also be marked on your mind and your guests’ memories. So it has to be special and perfect.

Contemplating if an outdoor venue will be great for your wedding? Let us help you by pointing out some factors why outdoor weddings are the best and could be your worst nightmare.

Pros of an Outdoor Wedding

1. Natural beauty
Whether you choose to get wed at the beach or a garden, you can be assured of amazing photos in an outdoor venue. With its breathtaking scenery, your guests will have fun taking their selfies because every area is a photo worthy background.

2. Natural light
Photographers love natural lighting. And any outdoor venue will offer this with the presence of the gorgeous sun.

3. Kid-friendly
Good thing for couples who have so many guests bringing kids. Kids by nature are restless when enclosed in an area such as indoor venues. They run around and throw tantrums that sometimes interrupt the prepared program. An outdoor venue will distract the kids and will help their guardians manage them better.

4. More affordable
An outdoor venue can be more affordable especially if chosen venue is not your typical wedding venue being rented. In addition, an outdoor wedding offers more options for themes and has very minimal need for styling – letting you play with your creativity better and guarantee you more savings over an indoor wedding venue.

5. Great ambiance
There is always something about outdoors that gives off a romantic and calming vibe among the guests. Guests feel more informal and relaxed that adds up to the intimacy of the event. Whether it is a fantastic sunset as the backdrop or garden lights and lanterns, it will certainly set the mood for a romantic night.

Cons of an Outdoor Wedding

1. Uncontrollable weather
Probably the biggest challenge in an outdoor wedding is the unpredictable weather. It could be sunny all week but suddenly rain on your wedding day. This can certainly be a disaster if you have not prepared any Plan B.

2. Bugs
In a wedding, sometimes surprise guests come. But you wouldn’t want this unwanted guests to ruin your wedding– bugs! Summer season attracts flying insects everywhere. It can be an irritant for guests and distract them from the ceremony or reception program.

3. Heat
Warm summer season with the sun blazing down could be a good thing for your photos but certainly not for the comfort of your guests. Sweat clinging on the backs of your guests and constant fanning can be really irksome. To reduce this concern, provide refreshments or fans as gifts and you may also set a dress code so your guests can come ready.

4. Uneven ground
Outdoor weddings will help guests get comfortable with nature. But their feet rarely do! Imagine your guests coming in high heels or their best shoes without a decent cemented pathway to walk at. It could ruin their favorite shoes forever and will make them uncomfortable all throughout the wedding.
In the end it’s all up to you. The key here is to be proactive and always be prepared for the inevitable. Best of luck!

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How To Turn Any Venue into A Dreamy Wedding Place

August 30, 2016

How Decorations Can Add Wow To Your Reception

Not everybody can afford to celebrate their wedding reception in a 5-star hotel ballroom or a vineyard. So if you have chosen a plain white tent or a blank space such as a loft for your dinner reception, you can still dazzle and mesmerize your guests upon entering the reception venue with just a bit of creativity here and there.

Here are some elements you can use to transform your wedding reception venue:

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Flower Power

Flowers have a way of cheering up an otherwise boring room. Choose colorful mix of blooms that matches your wedding motif and use it in different elements at the reception: your stage backdrop, centerpieces, etc.

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Highlight the Ceiling

Hang lots of lights at the ceiling and be amazed on how these immediately change the ambiance of your reception venue. Anything from chandeliers, lanterns, to bulb strings will do as long as this is well coordinated with the overall theme that you are going for.

 

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Take on a Wedding Theme

Take your reception on a different level by embracing a theme for your wedding. Beach-themed, Coachella, Hollywood, and Rustic Chic are just some of the themes you can use. You can even personalize your wedding by using a theme that speaks a lot about how you and your partner met or something that you both love doing such as a travel-themed reception.

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Photographs

Display several photographs of you and your partner all over the venue to keep your reception interesting. Aside from adding your own personality in the venue, it also serves as a conversation starter for your guests while waiting for the reception to begin. You can display some snapshots of your love story, travel photos with your partner and even some cute pictures from your childhood.

 

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Ceiling Décor

If your venue has a high plain ceiling, you can choose to add few elements to beautify it. You can install drapes or hang Chinese lanterns, chandeliers, paper pom-poms or a combination of any of this at the ceiling.

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Handwritten Messages

Scatter several chalkboards or wood planks with handwritten notes such as important milestones or dates of your love story, love quotes, or a few lines from your vows to keep it interesting and cute.

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Cozy with Candles

Use lots and lots of candles especially for a dinner reception. A candlelit room will immediately cozy up the mood and make the ambiance apt for a romantic evening.

 

 

 

Check out our Pinterest boards for more inspiration! https://www.pinterest.com/Venuecenter/wedding-planning-ideas-advice-and-more/

 

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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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Most Commonly Forgotten Things by Brides on Their Wedding Day

August 20, 2016

 

No matter how many times you prepare and run through the wedding scenarios in your mind, there will always be something (or things) that will be overlooked and forgotten. Avoid the panic and stress by making sure you get all the items ready and done before your wedding.

Check out our list below for some items that brides forget during their wedding day so you can include these items on your wedding reminders.

Vendor meals

On your wedding day, your wedding vendors are going to be up really early and will be working hard until the last hour of your after-party. Keep their energy up by making sure they are well fed during the day. Prepare more than one meal especially if you know that the hours will be really, really long.

Marriage license

Forgetting to bring probably the most important document in your big day is the worst. Of course in the worst case scenario, you can always sign a mock up license or a blank document. But then you would not want to get into the hassle of tracking all of your witnesses again after the wedding and let them sign the license one by one.

Pens

So you got your marriage license ready but then lo and behold, you also forgot to pack a pen. Be sure that on your big day you have a pen or two in your bridal purse along with the other necessities.

Wedding rings

Yes believe it or not, there are some couples who forget to bring their wedding rings to their own wedding ceremony. So make sure you entrust this to someone, like the best man or the wedding planner a day or a few hours before all becomes busy during wedding preparation.

Thank You notes

Never forget to thank all those people who took a part in your wedding day. Not too elaborate, just simple notes saying you are grateful for their presence and for the wedding gifts. This goes to your wedding vendors as well. Write them an honest review online so that other brides can hear straight from you how awesome they made your wedding celebration.

Media files

We know a lot of couple who got so stressed out a few minutes before the reception because they forgot to bring that flash disk that contains all the media files for their first dance and engagement videos to be shown during reception. You can avoid this by simply making multiple copies saved on different storage disk and entrusting it to someone or by giving advance copy to your DJ and technical team days before the wedding.

Gadget chargers

Avoid panicking at the last minute because your wedding vow is saved on your mobile notes or worry about missing out on some of your wedding moments just because your phone battery is running low. Always bring your phone charger or power bank so you are always ready.

Wedding invitation

The wedding invite is an item that most photographers love to take a shot of before the wedding but most brides forget to bring this. So just to make sure, ask your photographer for a checklist of the items they need you to bring during the pictorial so you can be confident that you don’t forget any.

The items above are just some of the common things that brides forget to do or bring during their wedding day. How about you? Did you forget any other items during your wedding? Feel free to share your list by leaving a comment!

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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?