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  • Three Things You Need To Do When Planning Your Destination Wedding

    Fact: planning a destination wedding requires a lot more attention to detail.

    Now if that first sentence made you think “is planning a destination wedding really in the cards for me?” don’t let it deter you from having the wedding of your dreams because it can be done! Below we’re dropping a few pointers to help ease the stress if a destination ceremony location is on your radar. Get a planner…

    ASAP! Now can a destination wedding be planned without a planner? Of course it can, anything is possible.

    Do you want to take on a full-time job just planning your wedding? Maybe if you’ve always dreamt about being a wedding planner but most will say “to heck with that added stress!”

    Hiring a wedding planner from the very start will be one of the best investments you’ll make, especially since there is an extra level of attention to detail needed. When looking for a planner, ensure that this person either has extensive experience when it comes to planning a destination wedding, or is someone who resides in the location where you will be traveling to.

    The benefit of hiring a wedding planner in your ceremony location is that they will know the area, and in turn, know the best vendors in the area and not just for the wedding day itself—it can also apply to local accommodations like nearby airports and transportation.

    They will have great connections and relationships established, and may even be able to hook you up with a discount or two! Split the event in two This option is great for both your wallet and your guests! If you’re wanting to have a destination wedding, unless you plan on covering travel for your guests, a destination celebration may not be in the cards for them money wise.

    If you’re trying to find a way to include everyone without putting a financial burden on your guests or yourself, consider splitting your wedding into two parts: the destination celebration for your closest family and friends, and a larger ceremony/reception back home where more people can attend!

    All inclusive is the way to go If you’re starting the search for a venue to host your destination nuptials, we highly recommend picking a venue that is all inclusive. Think about all of the things you will need: tables, chairs, linens, food, etc.

    Remember that you’ll have to individually scope out and coordinate with those vendors. If you book a ceremony and/or reception venue that is all inclusive, you will pay one price that will include all of the necessary items for your wedding day, saving you money (who doesn’t love to save money?)

    Bonus points if the venue is also a hotel allowing you or your guests to block out rooms for their overnight accommodations! Whether you were in a planning rut, or are newly engaged just starting the destination planning process, bookmark this page to easily come back and refer to these tips. Bon voyage and congratulations!

  • How To Plan a Stress-Free Wedding During a Pandemic

    It’s 2020 and in the middle of a pandemic your partner just asked you to spend forever with them! Now the question: how do I (and should I?) start planning a wedding during a pandemic…and make it stress-free?

    Below we’re sharing some of our tips for saving your sanity while planning your nuptials (and no, a pandemic shouldn’t stop you!)

    Hire a Wedding Planner

    We may be a bit biased but it is one of THE best investments you’ll make! You know that one corner of your house that collects clutter and the sigh of relief when you finally organize it? When you invest in a wedding planner, we’re that sigh of relief. We will be your go-to for questions, styling, and flawlessly executing your vision. Plus, with regulations constantly evolving, we can be the point of contact in the event of needing to make any adjustments. Say hello to your new best friend!

    Start your dress shopping online

    If you’ve created that dream dress board on Pinterest, now is the time to kick that dream into reality! Think about what silhouettes and details you are attracted to and start making a list of gowns you think you’d like to try on.

    Tip: Don’t overwhelm yourself by booking tons of appointments, you’ll end up confusing yourself trying on dress after dress (yes, we know it’s fun!) If you insist on visiting a few shops, stick to a maximum of 3. Trust your stylist, when you put on “the one,” you’ll know!

    Go the digital route

    Designing the perfect invites, custom calligraphy, beautifully lined envelopes. While it’s a nice touch, it can also take a toll on your budget! By choosing the digital route for your invitations (which can still be customized just like paper invites), you can kiss goodbye tracking down RSVP’s, as well as easily make changes with a click of a button.

    Pick a venue that offers an all-inclusive package

    If you thought the venue was just the space to hold your event and the rest was on you, think again! Many venues offer an all-inclusive package which can include your tables, chairs, dance floor, and more! Rentals can add up quickly so not only will you save time finding vendors to rent these items from, but also money!

    Just because a venue offers an all-inclusive package, doesn’t mean you HAVE to use what they offer. If you would rather rent your own chairs, go for it! Just ensure to communicate this with your vendor and brainstorm with your wedding planner as they can point you in the direction of vendors they love and trust!

    There it is, some of our top tips on planning a stress-free wedding during a pandemic! If you’re reading this after the pandemic, you can still put all of these tips to use when planning your day. Darling, don’t panic, we’ve got your back! Are you ready to bring your dream wedding to life? Download our information packet and let’s get to planning!

  • How To Shop Online For Your Special Mother Of The Bride Dress

    Your daughter’s wedding day is announced. She is ecstatically happy and cannot wait to shop for her wedding dress. However, you as the mother of the bride, may have doubts about finding your perfect mother of the bride dress.

    After all, weren’t you the one who visited countless bridal shops, department stores, and boutiques, the last time so-and-so was getting married and could not find something to wear? What about this special occasion now? Your dress has to complement the color theme of the wedding and the chosen color is fuchsia and guess what, you look terrible in pink!

    Fret no more. The internet revolution has been around for years and now almost everyone, including Grandmother Harriet, is really savvy in shopping online for anything and everything sold under the sun. You can be too!

    If you or someone you know own a computer, and you can type “mother of the bride dress” in that search box, you have opened up a new world of shopping for yourself. Here are some quick and easy tips for shopping online:

    1. First of all, understand fabric types. Most special occasion dresses are made of chiffon, georgette, silk or man-made silk, organza, or crepe. You could visit a few local bridal shops to get an idea of the different types of fabrics, their quality, and texture.

    2. Understand colors. Hopefully, by now, you will know what “fuchsia” or “magenta” is. Most online stores will have color swatches posted online. However, please be aware those colors are not color true (looking at a color in natural light and close-up), as you are looking into a computer screen. See whether the internet store will send you color swatches in the mail or at least, send you another picture with a close indication of the color you are looking for.

    3. Know your approximate size beforehand but wait, do not use this size to order your dress as every manufacturer cuts their dresses according to their OWN size charts. Measure yourself first with a tape measure, your bust, waist, and hips, over your undergarments. Compare these numbers to the manufacturer’s size chart provided to get your best size. If you are between sizes, select the next size up as the rule is “easier to take in than to let out”.

    4. Have an idea what looks good on you and what do not, through previous buying experiences and you can make a sound decision basing on those experiences. If you have large hips, an A-line skirt is definitely flattering. If you have flabby arms, a long sleeve jacket is the way to go. A longer blouse or jacket, hides a problem stomach area, so on and so forth.

    5. Online stores stock a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors and typically more so than the physical stores. Their prices are on the most part, reasonable. Check on the return policy as every store sets their own. Remember that you are shopping for a “special occasion” outfit and the return policy is usually more strict than for regular everyday clothing.

    6. Once you have found your perfect dream dress, you would have saved yourself a lot of time, hassle, and perhaps money as well. Online shopping could definitely be the best option for you from now on and not only for your mother of the bride dress!

  • How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Bands

    The best course of action to take sometimes isn’t clear until you’ve listed and considered your alternatives. The following paragraphs should help clue you in to what the experts think is significant. So you want to seal the deal. You’ve already proposed, she has accepted. Now, it’s time to get down to business and make it official.

    Aside from your vows, there’s nothing more that makes it official than the exchange offering of wedding bands. These are the rings that the bride and groom will be wearing forever, ’til death do us part! So it is important for the bride and groom to purchase a wedding band that they both like and feel good about. One thing that you should consider when buying a wedding band, is both the personal style of the future husband and wife.

    This is a joint effort, so both parties should agree. It is essential that both are comfortable with the rings that they choose, because they’d be wearing these rings for a lifetime. There are a variety of wedding band to choose from, made from different materials. 14 karat white and yellow gold being still two of the most popular choices. A 14 karat gold wedding band is not entirely made of gold. It is mixed with an alloy of gold and other metals such as copper and silver.

    Wedding bands also come in silver and platinum. Platinum is heavier than gold. It is considered to be the most precious of all metals. It makes for a beautiful wedding ring because of its stunning white metal that shines after it has been polished. Silver is not considered superior in quality. Silver metal tend to be very soft. Wedding bands made of silver are prone to discoloration. But they are very inexpensive. So those who are shopping on a budget might want to consider this as an option.

    In choosing a wedding band, the thickness of the band must be considered, and whether the bride and groom would want a wedding band with a design, or just a plain set of wedding bands. You can see that there’s practical value in learning more about Perfect Wedding Bands. Can you think of ways to apply what’s been covered so far? Now, it is common for couples to choose the same wedding band.

    Except, that the woman’s wedding band is slightly smaller. It is advisable for couples who are shopping for rings to visit a number of jewelry stores. This way, they’d have a wide selection to choose from. They could also compare prices. If you have any questions regarding the rings, you can always ask a professional jeweler to assist you.

    He or she can also offer you an expert opinion when it comes to your selection. If couples chose to have an engraving in their rings, they should already have a dedication in mind. Also, they should be careful in choosing the type of engraving they will put in their wedding bands, because these engravings are lasting.

    Most couples chose to have their initials brandished inside their wedding rings. While others chose symbols, or dedications as a gesture, or profession of their love and devotion to each other. Engravings are a wonderful thing, because they make the rings more meaningful and special. Ask your friends and family who are blissfully married to recommend some names of places where you can acquire the wedding bands of your dream.

    If you cannot find a ready made ring that suits your style, you can always have them custom made. A lot of jeweler specialize in making wedding bands. Having your wedding bands made, actually is less expensive than purchasing in store wedding bands. The great thing about this is it also adds a personal touch to the ring selection process.

    But in the end, it’s not really just about the rings, so couples should not stress over the whole ring selection process. Rather they should enjoy and relish this special time, when they are about to be made future husband and wife, and bonded for all eternity. There’s a lot to understand about Perfect Wedding Bands. We were able to provide you with some of the facts above, but there is still plenty more to write about in subsequent articles.

  • Keep These Things In Mind When Planning Your Wedding Menu and Bar

    Food brings us together and you can probably agree that one of the things you are looking forward to most on your wedding day is the reception dinner! It may feel daunting accurately determining how much each person will eat or drink.

    If you’re unsure where to start, here is some food for thought when planning your menu and bar.

    Determine your menu style

    Start by having an idea on the catering style you want to offer. Are you wanting a sit-down style, buffet, or heavy appetizers in place of a meal? While you are considering your menu options, also take into consideration the cost and how it fits into your budget (your caterer or planner can help you determine this.) While some think that substituting appetizers in place of a meal will be a more affordable option, it will often end up costing you more as you pay per item, not per person. If you have a tighter budget, a buffet option may be more suitable for as you are charged per head.

    Determine your bar style

    Guests will be sure to head for the bar to kick off the cocktail hour post ceremony, but it’s important to determine what style of bar you want to offer. You’ve most likely heard of an open bar and this usually comes in two tiers:

    – Bar package (where you are charged per head based on the number of guests attending which covers all alcohol)

    – By consumption (where the bar keeps a tally of the drinks ordered and you pay for what has been consumed.)

    The package is a great option if you expect consumption to be high, paying by consumption will keep your bill lower if you don’t expect guests to drink very much.

    While there are other options, such as a cash bar (where guests foot the bill), we recommend not going this route as it puts the financial responsibility on your guests (although may be the best option if your food and drink budget is smaller!) There are many more options, so coordinate with your caterer to find the best one for you!

    So…how much?

    The amount of food needed for your event will be determined by the catering staff dependent on your guest count, but how about appetizers?

    Here’s a general rule to follow when it comes to determining how much to order:

    – 2-4 bites/person if appetizers are being served 30-60 minutes prior to the meal

    – 5-6 bites/person if appetizers are being served 2 hours prior to the meal

    – 12-15 biter/person if appetizers are being served in place of a meal Keep in mind that tray-passed appetizers will last longer than those that are displayed buffet style.

    When it comes to consumption of drinks, a general rule to follow is your guests will most likely consume 2-3 drinks during cocktail hour and then 1 drink/hour following. We hope these tips help ease your mind and wallet when it comes to planning your food and drinks for your big day. Bon appetit!

  • How To’s For Choosing The Best Man And Matron Of Honor

    The trick with having a wedding party is that eventually you’re going to have to choose someone to be the ‘best’ something. Women have it slightly easier because they can opt to have a Matron of Honor as well as a Maid of Honor, but even so, it’s a difficult decision to make. Any tips?

    Ladies first

    Many women feel the pressure of having to choose their ‘bestest’ friend for the honor of being Matron or Maid in their wedding. They feel like they are leaving one of their friends out or hurting their feelings.

    First of all, realize that the duty of being in the wedding party is enormous. The Matron of Honor has a lot to do before and during the wedding itself, so you will want to choose someone that you think can handle it. If you’re the bride, you may feel that you have to choose a family member as well, but that’s not necessary.

    You might include them as a part of the party, but if you have a really close friend that you want to bestow the honor upon, then do so. Find someone who isn’t overly busy or committed. If they live in the town that you’ll be married in, that’s great too. Even if you’re out of town, you’ll get to be able to visit each other and she can make arrangements while you’re at your home.

    You also want to find someone who isn’t financially burdened. The thing is that gowns, showers, bachelorette parties, and gifts all cost money, so you don’t want to stretch them.

    And then the men

    Just like choosing the Matron or Maid of Honor, you don’t want to choose someone that ‘should’ be the Best Man. This should be someone that you can count on to plan the bachelor party and get the other groomsmen to stay on schedule. Of course, your best friend may fit this bill, so the decision might be easy.

    Again, don’t pick someone who doesn’t have a lot of time or is financially strapped. Picking someone to be your right hand person is an important decision and an honor for the person that you ask. Although you may think that they are the right person, they may decline the offer and the extra work. In that case, you will need to find someone else to fill the role.

  • How To Protect Your Wedding Photographs

    Wedding photography is one of the biggest of all wedding expenses. The photos are able to tell the story of your wedding beautifully for decades to come. You want to make sure you do everything you can to preserve one of the most important remembrance of your wedding day.

    You can take several steps to protect your wedding photos. Digital photography is the most inexpensive way to prevent loss due to disaster. Once your photos are in digital form, you can easily duplicate them. The digital technology allows for quick backup and restore of your images. It is a technology that is becoming almost inseparable from traditional photography.

    Burning CDs and DVDs of your images has become quite common, and it should be part of the photography service. If your photographer does not offer digital copies, you should walk. The paper and ink used are of outmost importance. What your photographs will look like decades after you get married greatly depends on the quality of the paper and ink.

    Ask to see what kind of guarantees the paper manufacturer provides. Ask your photographer to compare different kind of photo papers available on the market. Your photo album should contain no acids. That includes the glue, paper, and any other material that is part of the photo album. You can contact the manufacturer of the album to make sure.

    Acids can cause discoloration over time. Photo albums should be laid flat on their backs. Standing photo albums can more easily bend. Make sure the wedding album comes with guarantees you read and understand. High temperatures and humidity are among the worst enemies of a photo album.

    Most areas you would feel comfortable for extended periods are proper storage locations for your photo album. A hot attic during the summer or a cold and wet garage are great examples of bad storage places. You have planned your wedding for a long time, and you have spent a lot of money on your photographs. Protect your investment!

    
    	
    	  	
    	
  • How to Save Money on a Las Vegas Wedding

    If you are planning to get married in Las Vegas and are hoping to find a wedding deal, you are in luck. Many wedding chapels and other wedding locations in Las Vegas offer special deals that can save you money on your wedding. The best way to get a deal is to have your wedding on a weekday.

    Many Las Vegas wedding sites including chapels often offer special packages that allow you to save money for having your ceremony during the week when they are typically not as busy. A lot of times this can save you anywhere from a hundred to a thousand dollars or more depending on the package and location.

    Some Las Vegas wedding sites will also offer specials on packages if you have your ceremony early in the day instead of in the evening. Be sure to avoid holidays when chapels are the busiest and packages can often cost more. Also be sure to check each Las Vegas wedding chapel’s website. Many of them run monthly specials or offer deals if you book your wedding package through the website.

    Many Las Vegas wedding locations will also offer seasonal specials for their down times. Outdoor or garden locations for instance sometimes run specials for the winter and summer months when their sites may not be as popular. If you are planning a wedding reception in Las Vegas, some locations will offer you deals on your ceremony if you also hold your wedding reception at their site.

    This is convenient for you and your guests as well, since you don’t have to worry about rushing off to a separate location for the reception. If you are hoping to find a deal and save money on your Las Vegas wedding it can be done. Las Vegas has a lot to offer when it comes to weddings. With a little time and patience, and some diligent research, you can find a location and package that fits your needs, wants, and budget!

  • How To Plan For Your Reunion Event

    The hardest part of planning a reunion is getting people to purchase the tickets for your event. It’s very hard to plan a reunion, it’s impossible unless you know how many people will turn up. Could you imagine catering for 100 guests and then finding out that only 10 people turned up? Well I’ve done just that, and it’s very frustrating!

    It’s extremely important to know how many people are coming to the events that you are planning as early as possible. Without this vital information you won’t know what size venue to book, what entertainment, and the amount of food that you should buy. Sure you could just guess how many people are going to turn up, but that’s like walking around a china shop blindfolded, it will no doubt end in disaster.

    Anyway, why would you when you can follow our 5 amazingly simple tips.

    1.Promotion All good businesses know that unless they promote their products nobody will know about them. How is your party any different? You need to tell everybody when it is, and generate loads of interest in the event. Why not create a website that you can use to post all the details of the event. If you’re cringing at the thought of designing a website there’s no need because there are reunion website builders that are capable of designing these websites without any skill at all.

    2. Customer Service You should also make sure that everybody attending the event will be satisfied. What will happen if the event is cancelled? You should guarantee that they get all of their money back should the event be cancelled.

    3. Special offers You want to know as soon as possible how many people are coming so that you can make plans. It’s an unfortunate part of human nature that we all leave everything until the last minute. You can use incentives to encourage people to decide earlier on, why not offer a discount for people that buy their tickets early.

    4. Prize Draw As another incentive to get people to buy tickets, tell people that you will enter them into a prize draw if they order tickets before a certain date. You can decide what the free gift is, examples include free tickets, or a gift.

    5. Payment Options People like many different options when paying for things, they don’t want to have to come down to see you and pay in person. You should allow them to send a check by mail, pay cash to you in person, and also accept credit cards.

    It’s much more difficult to pay by check than it is by credit card, by enabling credit card transactions on your website you are making it much easier, and so there’s one less excuse for people to worry about!

    You can also use this reunion website to tell everyone else who will be coming to the event, use the website to encourage people to talk about the reunion party.

  • How To Film Perfect Wedding Videos

    Capturing the perfect wedding day video takes more than just luck. There are a number of factors involved that should be considered when you’re planning your wedding video whether you’re the one behind or in front of the camera.

    1. Experience Make sure the videographer has considerable experience, has just about seen it all and can anticipate what is about to happen in order to capture events as they unfold. Take note of any recommendations from people you know or testimonials to this regard.

    2. Communication The videographer must be prepared to liaise with other people who have key roles in your day, from the photographer to the hotel manager, in order to be alerted to upcoming highlights such as cutting the cake and the speeches as well as ensuring s/he is updated of any changes to the schedule.

    3. Post Editing The video service should be able to provide additional interesting extras, such as background music and slow motion shots, which will give your finished video a professional and polished touch, distinguishing it from a regular home movie.

    4. Expertise The wedding video should be a professional piece of work, make sure that as well as having top quality equipment, the videographer also advocates technical knowledge such as an understanding of white balance, manual focus and shutter speeds. Ask to see examples of their work to judge the picture quality for yourself.

    5. Lighting When discussing locations for the wedding day, ensure that the videographer has lighting equipment suitable for indoor filming and will be able to transport it to each venue, to ensure each picture is evenly lit and exposed.

    6. Sound Ask if it is possible for the groom to wear a tie-clip microphone in order to pick up both sets of vows being made. Even the most confident of couples can be softly spoken when exchanging vows and this is the most important moment in your marriage ceremony that will want to be relived. This inconspicuous device will record voices onto the video, which may otherwise be lost.

    7. Discretion The ideal videographer will be unobtrusive and record the day without becoming a feature of it. Choose someone who understands the sensitivity needed to get all the shots whilst remaining invisible. Look for comments highlighting this ability when checking recommendations.