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Wedding Expo Show Do’s and Don’ts

Are you going to a wedding expo or thinking about attending one but feeling a little overwhelmed. Wenning Entertainment is here to give you the dos and don’ts of wedding expo shows.

Don’t Come Unorganized

You will get a lot of information when your walk through an expo show. From pamphlets to leaflets, you’ll need at least a folder. Also, you’re going to put your information down a lot. From contests to mailing lists, to make that process easy and quick, make labels with your information. The less organized you come, the more stressful and less fun the event will be. 

Don’t Be Shy

Bridal expo shows are not the time to be bashful. When approaching a booth, don’t just take some of their literature and move on to the next. Engage with the people at the booths. Be open to talking. These people are the experts and have done countless weddings before. Take advantage of their expertise and ask questions! 

Don’t Go Alone

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: if this is your first time at a wedding expo show, you might get overwhelmed. Bring your fiancee or maid of honor/best man with you. Or bring your parents! They might even provide some insight and wisdom from their own weddings. Your guests can help you make decisions about which services you want and which company you want them from. It’s also always helpful to have another person who can come up with some good questions or point out booths that you might have missed.

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Wedding Expos: Which Booths Are Worth Your Time

Wedding expos are huge conventions centered around one of the most fun (and stressful) events you’ll ever plan. The great part of these shows is that there are more vendors than anywhere else, so it could be your one-stop shop for all things wedding related. But, not everyone has a full day available to casually stroll through the rows and rows of booths. If you don’t have a lot of time to walk all over the exhibition hall, here are some tips on deciding which booths are worth your time visiting.  

Refer to Your Budget at Wedding Expos

In last week’s blog, we told you about the importance of finalizing your budget before you get to wedding expos. This is where establishing that framework will be the most helpful. You should know by now which vendors are on your must-have list. At Wenning Entertainment, we recommend your entertainment, food, and drinks as some of the most important elements of your wedding you don’t want to cheap out on.

Prioritize those booths if you don’t have a lot of time to make sure you get the information you need. Make sure you keep the information from the booths that stuck out to you in a separate pocket or folder than the others. 

Don’t Box Yourself In Too Much

Even though you should always keep your budget in mind, if you do have the time, widen your search. Yes, wedding expos are about planning, but you should have fun too. Look at those booths you might not be planning to buy from for inspiration!

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Prepare for Your First Wedding Expo

One of the best parts about attending a wedding expo show is that it’s for those newly engaged couples in the early stages of the planning process. That means you don’t have to have a hardcore game plan for anything yet! That being said, it is still a good idea to prepare a basic framework of what you are looking for.

How to Prepare

The most important thing you walk into a wedding expo show with is a finalized budget. There will be so many great vendors to meet, and it’s fun to talk to all of them, but odds are some that you love will not be in your price range. Rather than spending all of your time at the most expensive booths, take a look around and find the ones that fit your budget.

It’s also a great idea to create a list of must-haves and could-live-withouts. Most couples do not have the budget to get every element of their wedding provided for them by vendors. So make a list of must-have vendors, like your entertainment, catering, and photographers. And make a list of vendors that would be nice to have, but you can live without (we’re looking at you, fancy table arrangement booth).

And make sure you bring a folder. These booths will give out a lot of informational pamphlets and booklets. This information will be extremely valuable to you and your partner when sitting down to decide what styles of vendors you prefer to keep it all organized. For even further organization, have one side of the folder for the vendors that really stood out to you and the other side for the rest. There will be so much going on, and you won’t remember every detail so it’s helpful to keep the standouts separate.

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Preparing for Your First Wedding Expo

One of the coolest parts of your wedding planning process is going to all those cool wedding places you’ve always heard about but never been to. Wedding expo shows are one of these places. But, these shows can be overwhelming if you’ve never been to one before. And it’s helpful to know someone who’s been to one before. Preparing for your first wedding expo can seem like a challenge. That’s why this month, we give you our best wedding expo show tips and tricks. We will make sure you get the most out of your time.

What is a Wedding Expo Show?

A wedding expo is mainly for newly engaged couples or couples who are in the early stages of their wedding planning process. It is like a department store for wedding vendors. Everyone from local venues to bridal shops has booths and a lot of information to get you the right services for your big day.

What to Know Before You Go

With that in mind, these expos can be very overwhelming. It is helpful to go in with a budget and a solid list of “must-haves” and “could-live-without.” These shows are fun places to meander around to see all your options. Nailing down a budget will keep you on track while having fun going through the rows of wedding vendors. Go in with an open mind and a realistic budget. That way, you and your partner will have a great time.

 

Preparing for wedding expos can be overwhelming. Make sure to check back here next week for our top tips for attending wedding expo shows and learn how to make the most of your trip!

 

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Why You Need 2 Wedding Videographers

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Having a videographer for your wedding will put the motion to the memories so that you can relive them whenever you like. But, have you ever thought of the reasons why you may need 2 wedding videographers to fulfill your video dreams?

Here are some reasons why you need 2 wedding videographers:

Having more cameras is a safer option! You never know when a battery could die, the memory card is corrupt, or a guest could stand up right in front of the couple’s first kiss. So, if any of these things happen, no they don’t! You have another videographer recording from a different angle getting the shot.

Both videographers will be capturing things differently. One will have a wider lens to capture the crowd’s reactions. The other will have a tighter lens that helps get the close-ups and reactions. Put these together and you get a beautiful, cinematic wedding video.

When there is more than one videographer there, there is a chance that they could capture more unique or riskier shots that could end up being beautiful.

Hiring two videographers will make your wedding video more comprehensive. Videographers are not superhero’s and can’t be in two places at once, so don’t be stuck picking between the moments you want to relive.

These are some examples of some things you may have to choose between:

  • The bride and groom getting ready

Most likely, the videographer will be with the bridal party capturing their mimosas and hair and makeup sessions. That means while the groom and groomsmen are hanging out and getting ready, no one will be there to film them. This is where the second videographer comes into play

  • The first look or the ceremony location

Now, one sounds more important than the other, but filming the venue before the guests arrive is essential. The venue sets the tone for your wedding film and it helps the videographer get the audio prepared so that you’ll be able to hear your vows. Be sure you don’t have to pick between the first look and clear audio

  • The decision between the bride’s entrance or the groom’s reaction

This is obviously one of the biggest moments of the day, so having both of these moments captured is very important! You don’t want to have to choose, so it’s better to have both

Having more than one videographer is so important too because anything that can go wrong usually does.

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Wedding Video

Do I Need a Wedding Video?

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Wedding videos may not seem like a big deal, but don’t worry, they are. And they aren’t important for just one reason; Many things that happen at weddings can’t be photographed!

You can’t hear the most intimate part of the wedding ceremony happening

The vows! The vows are so important, and just looking back at pictures may not be enough. You might want to hear them and be fully immersed in the moment, and the best way to do that would be on video.

The toasts are another thing you won’t be able to hear with just photos

Remembering what your little sister said, or how your big brother told you that he loves you on your wedding day is something you may not get to hear every day. Weddings bring families closer together, so remembering what they said during their toast may be a really nice thing to have in the future. Or they might even do an insane rap that can only be captured on video. Sick beats don’t pick up in pictures!

The dancing during wedding receptions is so special

Everyone comes together to celebrate the newlyweds, and it’s just magical being surrounded by love. But you can’t capture the true emotion of people dancing in photos. The first dance as husband and wife is so special, so getting it on video is going to be something that you can look back on forever. And you can always pretend it’s the first time hearing your first dance song again.

Since you’ll be there on your wedding day, you might not think about a video. But what about the people who aren’t there?

  • Given the times we live in, grandma or Aunt Susie may not want to come and risk their health to join the celebration.
  • Having a wedding video made is perfect for your relatives or friends who couldn’t be there on your big day.
  • Sending them your video wedding video will make them feel like they’re there celebrating with you! Spread the happiness and joy with those you hold close but can’t be close to you.

All of these points are important to consider if you are on the fence about a wedding video. The most important thing to remember is how you felt on that day, and now with a video you can relive those moments for eternity, or till the DVD snaps in half!

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Videography Insights | Post-Production Explanation

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Lights, Camera, ACTION!

After the night of your life is over, the job of a videographer is still not complete! With the preparation phase and work day complete, the videographer has already put around 50 hours into the event. The next step in a videographer’s process would be to go through all of the footage of the evening. This is done in the post-production phase. This aspect will add at least another 40-80 hours onto their schedule.

Post-Production

Going through the footage of two videographers is very time consuming, but it must be done to see everything they have to work with. It can be quite difficult to coordinate all of the footage from several videographers because they each have their own vision for every shot. As a professional, this is something they deal with a lot so hiring the right videographer is key in this situation. Reviewing all of the footage allows them to see all of the different angles and techniques they used during filming. Videographers can examine how the lighting in each shot looks and are able to decide which shots turned out best. They can also decide where and how to incorporate each clip into the final product. This sparks the videographers’ creativity and gives them ideas for how to compile the video. If the bride and groom have a request for a cinematic technique, this will give the videographer a great place to start. A professional videographer will ensure seamless transitions throughout the video. They will have the knowledge and software to include creative effects that makes each video personalized for each bride and groom to enjoy.

Music

Now what’s life without music?! Videographers are also responsible for the music in the video as well. A videographer has to take into consideration the copyrights of the music they intend to use. They need to stay educated on the laws and regulations when adding music to their videos. A videographer has to listen to and edit the sound that is recorded during the wedding as well. Capturing good sound levels for things like toasts and speeches are extremely important aspects to incorporate. The finished video will typically be a 10-15-minute highlight reel of the entire day with smooth edits, good sound levels, and awesome music. Most professionals will offer a round of revisions, so the client can be a part of the post production process!

Videography Insights | Value of Time

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Value of Time

Time is money. Understanding the value of time with anything in life is important. A videographer is hired for an average of eight hours to capture the full day. Just like the preparation phase, there is extra time they need to invest with each event. These hours sometimes go unnoticed because the clients’ main concern is the time invested during their wedding. It is a good idea to be aware of everything that a videographer does so you can better understand the pricing.

Work Day

The work day for a videographer begins with capturing everyone when they are getting ready. This allows them to capture candid moments before the ceremony. This is then followed by attending the ceremony and reception. These are the hours that the price is based around. This is not when their day actually starts though. Time is needed for the videographer to get ready for the wedding. They still need to get dressed up in formal attire and look professional, so they do not stick out negatively. Travel time also needs to be considered, especially if the venue of the wedding is far away. If the ceremony and reception are in two different places, extra travel time is needed for that as well. Events that have two videographers, which is usually the case, requires both of them to invest this extra time as well.

After capturing all of the best moment of the wedding, the videographers’ day is still not over! They will usually touch base with the newly-weds and reiterate their next steps for the footage. After they consult with their clients, they now have to pack up all of their equipment and get ready for the drive home. As you can see, there are several hours a videographer invests on top of their typical work day. Their time is very valuable. With a job that is not a steady, it adds extra challenges when trying to make a living. So, it is important to appreciate how a videographer conducts their business.

Videography Insights | Unseen Preparations

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One of the most important days of your life is your wedding. Many people dream about this day their whole life. Being able to capture this day on film is a luxury some people don’t think they need. But new technology has made this almost a necessity for weddings! Capturing these moments with loved ones is priceless when looking back in hindsight. It is important to understand the value that a professional videographer/cinematographer can bring to your wedding. There are a lot of factors that a videographer juggles when performing a task like wedding videography/cinematography. Preparation for the wedding is a crucial first step for the videographer.

Unseen Preparation

There are several unseen duties a professional videographer performs when planning for each event. Normally it takes around 30-40 hours of preparation before they even arrive at the wedding. This time is not included directly in their price but is a necessary step that a professional has to take. The main part of the preparation phase is contacting the client. Setting up a time to meet in person creates a more personal connection with the future bride and groom. This gives the opportunity to discuss the specific wants and needs they have for their wedding. Professional videography/cinematography usually includes two videographers, therefore organizing time where everyone can meet is imperative.

Venue Research

Preparation also includes researching and visiting the venue. Doing so allows the videographer to brainstorm ideas for different shots and angles to incorporate. They will also be able to find out the best lighting areas at the venue. This lets them to decide if they need to bring extra lighting equipment. Professional videographers will also reach out to the other vendors that will be working at the wedding. They will call the photographer to discuss the timeline with them. This gives them the opportunity to coordinate with each other, so they do not get in the way of one another. They will also reach out to the entertainment, such as the DJ, to determine what connectors they may need to bring. This allows them to pick up clean direct sound for the video.

Equipment Check

Another part of the preparation process after everything is booked and discussed would be to check their equipment. Professional videographers always double check on their equipment before each event to make sure everything is working properly. Expensive equipment should be cared for properly, but that does not stop problems from occurring. So, testing out equipment is also crucial for wedding videography preparation. This is also a point in the preparation stage where they organize the back-up equipment they will bring with them. Professional videographers will also make sure they have back-up personnel for every single event to further prepare for any other issues that may occur.

Budget Knowledge | Allocation of Funds

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When allocating funds for your wedding budget it is important to educate yourself on all things wedding related. This way clients and vendors have the same basic knowledge and communication issues can be avoided.

Pre-Planning

Organizing the components of your wedding from most to least important aids in allocating funds to the proper areas that will help compile a budget outline. Researching several options for your wedding is a good idea when hiring companies and vendors. This allows you to better understand all of your options and to see all there is to offer.

Allocating Funds

The main parts such as Entertainment, Photography and Videography should not be skimped on because those can affect the outcome of your wedding the most! Allocating funds for these after you secure your Venue will guarantee that you get exactly what you are looking for. Doing this will also help put the rest of your budget into perspective. Once you narrow down your list of vendors, you may get stuck deciding between two options. One option might be exactly what you are looking for and the other option is less expensive. There are several things you can do to avoid choosing something for your wedding because it is the cheapest option.

For example, if you have to choose between a professional DJ and a hobbyist DJ for $700 cheaper, this may be more noticeable of a difference. The quality of the services you book for your wedding reflect the price more than a tangible item. Each product has a set price and several factors that go into the price of a service which can alter the price. So, be aware of this when allocating funds in your budget. This does not mean you have to settle! Scraping a few hundred dollars off of things like flowers, decorations, or even the cake can help cover costs for other areas. This can add up quickly! Guests will NOT notice a difference of a couple hundred dollars saved in flowers, decorations, linens and more. But everyone will notice and unprofessional entertainer or photographer. This knowledge will help you decide where to adjust your budget to allocate for what you truly desire for your wedding!

Budget Knowledge | Average Wedding Cost

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Average Wedding Cost

The average cost of a wedding can vary depending on the location. An average wedding budget in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas can cost around $35k. This is based on the industry standards of the wedding professionals across the country. The average cost of a wedding depends on what the bride and groom wants for their special day. This does not mean one is better than the other, especially if you budget properly to create the wedding of your dreams!

Venue, Food and Beverage Budget

The most expensive thing to budget for at your wedding is going to be the venue, food, and the beverages. The venue contributes to several parts of a wedding like the decorations, cake, and linens. Feeding your guests is also the main part of a wedding reception so make sure to budget for what you need! Keep about 50% of the budget for your favorite venue, food and drinks.

Photography/Videography

Photography is another important aspect of a wedding because you need to capture all of the special moments that day. Professional quality pictures that will last a lifetime can be achieved by reserving 15-20% of your total budget for this. Now-a-days it is becoming a necessity to have a videographer at weddings. A Quality video of your wedding with professional editing to create a highlight reel can be achieved by budgeting 15-20% for this. You never know how sentimental a wedding video can be until you can reflect back on the evening!

Entertainment

Several surveys showed that the entertainment aspect is what 80% of people remember most about a wedding. Allocating only 10-15% of your total budget will be well worth it to make sure you can hire the DJ that will make your wedding a night everyone will remember! Budgeting this amount for entertainment guarantees a professional for the entire length of the evening.

Creating a wedding budget around the most important aspects of your wedding will allow you to prioritize everything. This will help you make sure you are able to afford everything you desire for your wedding!

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Budget Knowledge | Price Details

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Several factors need to be considered when creating your wedding budget and deciding how much to put towards entertainment. Understand what you need and what you want; this will help you create (and stick to) your budget.

Creating a budget entails knowing what wedding services cost. A good rule of thumb is to budget 10-15% of your total budget towards your wedding entertainment. Research shows 80% of people say entertainment is what they remember most from a wedding. Food and alcohol are a close second.

Remember, a professional wedding DJ does more than just stand behind a table and play music. There are elements such as planning, crowd management and timeline flow that go into a successful wedding day. These elements also go into the final pricing of your professional wedding entertainer.

Length of Event

How long of a day your DJ will have plays into the final cost of your wedding entertainment. If you are having your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all at the same venue you will be saving money in the venue category. However, if you will be having a cocktail, ceremony, reception at that one venue in various rooms of the venue then you need to have multiple sound systems set up.

Pre-Planning

DJs are accountable for the timeline of your event. They are also responsible for coordinating with the various vendors that you will be using throughout your Big Day and keeping everyone on the same page.

Most professional DJs will also include a 2-hour set up and 1-hour teardown free of charge. The client is only charged from the time that the first guest arrives until you say the night is over. Your DJ will also invest unpaid time into your event via 20 or more hours of playlist preparation, timeline organization and going over bridal party names.

Number of Systems

You may be saving money having your event in one venue, which you are on your venue costs but because your professional DJ will not move systems you might have to pay for additional system set ups. Not only is it unprofessional but it is also time consuming and goes against insurance obligations. Having a system setup in each room of your venue that will be used helps with the flow of the evening and keeps from disrupting you guests as they enjoy the atmosphere of your special day.

Venue

Each venue has a different layout that may affect the sound. Some venues may be less accessible for the DJ and his equipment, so the needs of the equipment may need adjusted which can affect the price.

Keep in mind that with your final price you are paying for experience, accountability, peace of mind, back-up equipment and personnel as well as professionalism, contractual obligations and insurance. Most venues will not let an entertainer perform if there is no liability or workers compensation insurance. So if you decide on a hobbyist be sure that they have all of their I’s dotted and T’s crossed!

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Budget Knowledge | Professional Entertainer vs. Hobbyist

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To understand industry standard pricing it may be helpful to know the difference between a professional entertainer and a hobbyist.

Differences

A professional entertainer is an expert in their field. They are certified or have a degree that exhibits their talents. They provide talent and proof of commitment by the time and money they have invested into becoming a professional of their craft. Professionals also have higher level of experience that they bring to the table. Experience is important because talent only goes so far. Experience equates to knowledge and knowledge is what counts when it comes to troubleshooting problems, understanding equipment, signal flow, etc.

A hobbyist does a job on the side for pleasure or as a hobby. Meaning that the job is not a top priority. A hobbyist is generally a one-man show. This can be a bad idea because what is their backup plan in the event of some unforeseen instance? What happens in the event of an accident, food poisoning or even a death in the family? You can’t simply invite your guests back next weekend so having a firm backup plan as well as backup equipment is crucial.

Insurance

To achieve a successful wedding reception goes far beyond showing off your equipment and how loud your sound system can get. Not only do you want to be sure that you have a contract with clear expectations for both parties for your event you also want to be certain your entertainer has proper insurance coverages. Some venues require both liability and workers compensation insurance in order to perform. Having this insurance will cover you as well in the event that someone gets hurt you will not be liable for any damages that may occur during the evening.

Credentials

Hiring a company comprised of professionals guarantees you are paying for commitment and success. Full time entertainment companies provide contracts, backup equipment and personnel as well as proper insurance. The company will have paid staff on call so there is always a professional entertainer available for your booked event. They also have backup equipment on site just in case of any sudden issues. Hiring someone dedicated to the success of your event is far more inviting then someone who only has time for your event after they complete their 9-5 job. Be sure to ask questions and do your fact finding before making a final decision on your wedding entertainment.

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WWTW | The Meaning of Affordable

Budget Knowledge | The Meaning of Affordable

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Several factors need to be considered when you when determining what affordable is and means to you. If you prioritize the most important aspects of your special day then you will be able to see what you have left to budget on the less important items. You should never have to sacrifice quality for saving money.

What is Affordable?

Generally, affordable will mean a product or service is reasonably priced to meet needs in relation to quality. However, affordable means something different to each individual. This is why when you call a DJ and say, “Hey, I’m looking for a reasonably priced DJ. How much do you charge?” The answer is never that simple. Industry standard is 10% – 15% of the total budget you have set aside for your wedding day.

When setting your wedding budget and determining what is affordable to you remember to consider experience. At least once during planning you may go into “sticker shock” but consider experience and understanding that there is a list of unforeseen incidents that can happen. If you are choosing to book with an entertainment company, then bear in mind that they have planned for each and every contingency that can occur. Details like these can be accounted for in the final pricing that you may receive from your vendor.

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WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Reviews You Can Trust

De-Stress Tips | Reviews You Can Trust

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It goes without saying that planning your wedding can become one of the most stressful times in your life. You want everything to be exactly as you imagined, but you also want to be sure your guests enjoy themselves. Try trusting some people to help you with confident decision making.

Preferred Vendor List

When you receive vendor recommendations from a trusted source, take note. Sure, you can research on your own. But with each review that you read online, do you actually know the source of that review? Most likely not. However, when it comes to your venue, you are trusting them to handle all of you and your guests requests so why wouldn’t you trust their opinion on various wedding vendors.

Venues will regularly update their Preferred Vendor List with the best vendors they have worked with at the venue. They have seen more Entertainers, Photographers, and Videographers than any one member of your family or friends. With this list, your venue is putting their reputation on the line, so they will not be recommending a mediocre vendor. Sometimes getting the review from an actual wedding professional can give added insight on the vendor. Venues can be more honest about their experiences with a vendor since they work closely during events.

Make Planning Easier

Listen to the professionals who have personally seen specific service vendors in action. Venues offer a list of Preferred Vendors, for a reason. They want your event to be a success!

Your venue knows what works and what does not work for their site, and so do their preferred vendors. They also know what vendors will be able to execute their industry service skillfully and professionally at your venue. Preferred vendors have completed events at that venue quite a few times and are most aware of the setup needed and how to successfully get your guests to have a great time.

Once you receive your Vendor List, still do your research, but keep in mind that recommendations do not come to those who don’t put in the work to receive such a compliment. You’ve done the work in selecting the venue, now it is time to take the vendor recommendations to help with further planning!

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WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Confident Decision Making

De-Stress Tips | Confident Decision Making

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It goes without saying that planning your wedding can become one of the most stressful times in your life. You want everything to be exactly as you imagined, but you also want to be sure your guests enjoy themselves. Try trusting some people to help you with confident decision making.

Don’t Second Guess Yourself

Your wedding day is most important to two people only, you and your soon to be spouse. Choose the details and the styles that you like most and that will be true to your personalities. Trust your gut and don’t over think the details. Think about it, who is really going to remember what your centerpieces looked like or what floral arrangements you had.

Remember, you don’t have to try to please everyone!

Pros & Cons

Trust yourself and the decisions you make. Did you fixate on the cons list when you were deciding on your future spouse? Probably not! No one and nothing is perfect so make decisions based on what is right for you and what fits you and your spouse best for your Big Day.

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WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Proper Delegation

De-Stress Tips | Proper Delegation

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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It goes without saying that planning your wedding can become one of the most stressful times in your life. You want everything to be exactly as you imagined, but you also want to be sure your guests enjoy themselves. Try trusting some people to help you with some of these decisions.

Proper Delegation

Remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself! Consider all of your options when it comes to enlisting help. You can hire a professional wedding planner. This person can make vendor recommendations or even disclose insider suggestions to enhance your special day.

Another option is to take advantage of family help. If you have someone that is overly willing to help do some research (or any task you don’t want to do)…LET THEM! You can even give a few suggestions and let them choose which one they will enjoy helping with the most.

By trying these methods you have already shared your wants and everyone helping can assist with the logistics of making it come to fruition. Usually they will speak up for your guests as well but keeping things in perspective for you. Usually anyone you enlist to help with planning will be excited to help out!

Check in next week for more Wedding Planning Tips to help de-stress your upcoming Big Day!

WWTW | Marriage License | Timeframe

Marriage License | Timeframe

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into the application process. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long it takes to get a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

When to Apply

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for your marriage license because it does take a few days. Your marriage license will have an expiration date anywhere from 30-90 days after it is issued. Schedule time to apply for your license 2-3 weeks prior to your wedding date. Unfortunately, there is a 3 day waiting period to complete processing your marriage application.

In-Person or On-Line

Many states allow you to apply for your marriage license on-line or in-person. If you apply in-person some states will give you the license right away. However, your license will not be valid until 3 days after submission. Other states will simply mail the license to you after processing.

Waiting Period

You must wait 24-hours after your application is processed before your ceremony can be performed. Your marriage license is ONLY valid for 30-60 days after being issued. That means you MUST get married within that timeframe. If you don’t, you will have to restart the application process.

*If you are having a destination wedding be sure to allow additional time. There may be a longer processing time and added steps to complete the application*

Be sure to stop back next week for a new Wedding Tip next month!

WWTW | Marriage License | Essentials to Apply

Marriage License | Essentials to Apply

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into the application process. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long it takes to get a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

What You Need

The essentials for applying for your marriage license may be one of the simplest tasks you have to cross of of your list. Most states require your a valid photo ID (i.e. driver’s license) and social security number. If you are under 18 you will need your birth certificate. If you have previously been married or are widowed, don’t forget to bring along the divorce decree or death certificate.

Destination Wedding

If you are having a destination wedding you should check with that local marriage bureau to double check on what requirements that state, or country may have. Some locations require your birth certificate, a blood test, or even a Visa. Depending on where you are going you may need to translate your wedding documents as well.

Application Fee

Check to see if your local court accepts cash, checks, credit cards. Be sure to double check before you go to see what forms of payment are accepted during the application process. You can expect to pay anywhere from $80-$100 depending on your state and/or prior marriage.

Be sure to stop back next week for more information on wedding paperwork and obtaining your marriage license!

WWTW | Marriage License | Application Process

Marriage License | Application Process

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into the application process. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long it takes to get a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

When to Apply

If you are thinking about waiting until the last minute to start the application process, then you are planning on making a huge mistake! In most states, you need to acquire your marriage license at least 72 hours before your wedding. Don’t go down to apply too early though. Marriage licenses’ have an expiration date anywhere from 30-90 days after being issued so 2-3 weeks prior is ideal.

Where to Apply

Once you determine the timeframe of when to apply for your marriage license submit an application for approval. You can either submit an application online or in person at your local marriage bureau or courthouse. Once your application is approved you will receive your marriage license via mail. Now, it is time to take the license to be notarized. This usually requires both parties also. Some states require both parties when applying, others allow a wedding proxy or a stand in if one party is not available.

If you are having a destination wedding you should check with that local marriage bureau to double check on what requirements that state, or country may have.

What to Bring

Your prospective spouse is a great start! You should both also bring valid ID, passport and depending on which state you are in maybe even your birth certificate. If you have previously been married or are widowed, don’t forget to bring along the divorce decree or death certificate.

Application Fee

Check to see if your local court accepts cash, checks, credit cards. Be sure to double check before you go to see what forms of payment are accepted during the application process. You can expect to pay anywhere from $80-$100 depending on your state and/or prior marriage.

Be sure to stop back next week for more information on wedding paperwork and obtaining your marriage license!

WWTW | Marriage License | Research Requirements

Marriage License | Research State Requirements

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Your marriage license is one of the most important documents you will need in order to get married. There are so many details and variables that go into obtaining your marriage documents. This month, we are going to focus on the where, when and how long of getting a marriage license for your upcoming Big Day!

Research State Requirements

Each state has different requirements in obtaining a marriage license. Most times you and your prospective spouse will have to appear together to sign the application. You both will need to provide a current ID, birth certificate as proof of age and sometimes a blood test. If you are under 18, you WILL need parental or court consent to wed. If you are widowed, you will need a death certificate and if you have recently been divorced you will need to show your divorce decree.

Destination Wedding Requirements

If you will be getting married in a different state or country then you reside, be sure to research that states marriage license laws. More research is always better than a lack of research. You don’t want to have any surprises or delays!

Be sure to stop back next week for more information on wedding paperwork and obtaining your marriage license!

WWTW | Creative Wedding Ideas

Creative Wedding Ideas | Wedding Dress Trends

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Creative Wedding Ideas

You want your wedding day to be memorable and you want your attire to be just as memorable. This month we are focusing on 2018 Wedding Trends. If you are considering making your wedding day stand apart from the rest, consider some of these creative wedding ideas!

Wedding Dress(es)

Several brides have been flirting with the idea of having two wedding dresses on their Big Day. One formal, more traditional style dress with tulle and train for the ceremony. The other dress may be a more revealing short dress that accommodates the less formal party vibe of the reception. If you’re changing due to personal preference or because of comfort and style, you deserve to be comfortable either way. Make the decision that will let you enjoy your special day!

Why Change

It has been a tradition for years in several cultures for the bride to make a wardrobe change. This trend has become more and more popular in the past years for contemporary and modern weddings. Some brides have a tough time choosing their favorite dress, but the majority of brides deciding on two dresses do so because the dress they love for the ceremony is restrictive and doesn’t allow free movement for dancing. Depending on the time of year or the venue there may be an indoor/outdoor option as well. A change in dress will allow the bride to go from hot to cold comfortably.

When to Change

Changing after the I do’s and before the toasts is most common. During the cocktail hour once your formal photos are complete is ideal. While guests are grabbing a drink and catching up with each other you can get changed and touch up your hair and makeup to be sure to wow your guests once again during your grand entrance. You can also decide to do the first dance in your ceremony gown then change during dinner before guests hit the dance floor. This option allows you to feel flirty and sultry as you dance the night away!

Regardless of the time you decide to change, be sure to have your shoes, accessories and dress laid out for ease. Pick 1-2 bridesmaids or family members to accompany you while changing. Now, be sure that once you arrive in your changing area that someone sets an alarm or timer for 5-10 minutes. This way, you won’t end up spending too much time changing and gabbing and miss your reception!

Alternatives to Changing

Simply put, all dresses are not made for dancing. Something more comfortable with casual shoes will help you finish the evening of a long day. The idea of two wedding dresses has become so popular that designers have begun to make convertible dresses or two-in-one dresses. This option is a more cost effective way to achieve the look of two dresses without going over budget. This is also a great idea for the bride that absolutely loves their dress but just wants a little less dress to enjoy dancing in.

Going this route will ensure that you get the fairytale dress for your ceremony and remove the tulle skirt to reveal a classy but stylish look for the reception. For a more modern chic look, brides have even been incorporating jumpsuits into the mix for reception attire!

Check in with us next week for more creative wedding ideas you can add to enhance your Big Day!

WWTW | Photography Series

Photography Series | Engagement Session

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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An engagement session is a more relaxed photo shoot. The couple gets photos taken to use for save the date cards, wedding website, or even display at the reception! Another great reason to do an engagement session is getting a preview of how things will actually go on your wedding day. You’ll also get a preview of what it’ll feel like in front of the camera. It goes without saying that you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day. This gives you a chance to get to know your photographer and share with them the vision you want captured for your wedding day!

Timeline

Your engagement session should be scheduled approximately 8 months before your actual wedding date. This usually falls somewhere around 2 months before the Save the Date cards go out. When you schedule, your photographer will tell you how much time they’ll need to edit the images before returning them. If you’re creating save the date cards or just want to use some of the images at the reception, you will have enough time to design everything.

Packages

Typically an engagement session package includes a 2-hour session. Your contract may include unlimited locations, however, bare in mind that you have to account for travel time as well. Try planning for 2 locations that are close to each other so that you can maximize your time. Expect your engagement session package to run around $400 for the 2-hour session. There may be some add-on services you can take advantage of. Check with your photographer to see if they have anything additional that you may be interested in.

Stop back next week for a recap of the great wedding photography tips Megan and Sarah shared with us!

WWTW | Photography Series

Photography Series | Time Expectations

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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When you hear someone say unlimited is included in any wedding package your imagination starts to run wild! Most wedding photography packages include unlimited locations but realistically, is there enough time to visit multiple locations?

If you are planning on taking photos at more than one location, be sure they are close to each other or you have a lot of time available before your reception. When you take into account distance and traffic you may end up eating into far more time than you thought you would. Also, depending on the season and the time of day you may end up running short on daylight.

Instead, try choosing one location for your wedding photography. Choose the location you adore the most and let your photographers maximize that one location. They can get some memorable portraits that make it seem like you were at multiple locations just by using their imagination! By going this route, you will set your timeline up for success and won’t keep your guests waiting too long while you get that must have shot.

Be sure to stop back next week for more wedding photography tips for your upcoming big day!

WWTW | w/ David Alan

David Alan Series | Custom Groomsmen Suits

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If you will be having a smaller bridal party make the investment into your groomsmen and get them a custom shirt or suit from David Alan Clothing. The suits can all be the same on the outside but can have varied details to personalize for each of your groomsmen. Each jacket can have a different liner, maybe each of the guys have a different favorite sports team or went to different college. Why not line their jacket with something cool, out of the box and meaningful to them. You can also think about getting their name or initials monogramed inside of the jacket. Think about the great photo shoots you can get with customized suits like these. Contact David Alan and his team of style consultants today to see what options you have for your groomsmen!

WWTW | w/ David Alan

David Alan Series | Grooms’ Gift

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Not sure what to get your groom for his grooms gift? If your favorite guy is a bit hard to shop for try a David Alan Clothing gift card. What a better way to treat your guy then to a custom suit that is sure to get him noticed each time he wears it! With that gift card your groom will be able to enjoy the products offered by David Alan Clothing as well as The Proper Knot.

“In a world of big box retail, and online stores where tens of thousands of people can all own the same piece of clothing, there is no better time in our culture to build your very own look, that defines who you are, and who you want to be.” David Alan

WWTW | w/ David Alan

David Alan Series | Groomsmen Gift Ideas

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Groomsmen gifts can be tricky because there are so many options to choose from. There are gifts that are useful, gifts used for libations and of course a variety of personalized gifts! We have a few trendy gift suggestions for your favorite groomsmen. Instead of getting your groomsmen the timeless flask or pint glass as a gift try something new for your upcoming wedding. Have you ever considered a custom dress shirt? This can make a great groomsman gift idea! There are ways you can personalize each shirt to make them stand apart from each other. You can put a monogram of each groomsmen initials on their shirt sleeve or even add custom cufflinks and combined present them as a gift set for your groomsmen. The best thing is this is a gift that will pay for itself when your groomsman continue to wear their personalized shirt even after your wedding! Remember, the best gifts are useful gifts. Contact David Alan Clothing today to get more details on styling your groomsmen for your upcoming wedding!

WWTW | w/ David Alan

Custom Tux

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Custom Tuxedo Ideas

Everyone is going on and on about the bride and her dress. Now, it’s your turn to get to the style consultant and order your custom tux! When you make the investment in getting a tailored wedding tuxedo with David Alan Clothing unlike the bride, you will have the opportunity to wear your custom tux more than once.

Add the color and detail to everything from the buttons, inside lining and lapels. Think of it as a blank canvas. Contact David and his team today to discuss your style options and create your custom made tuxedo for your upcoming Big Day. Give them a call and schedule your consultation today, visit David Alan Clothing for more details.

WWTW | Saving Money | Gift Ideas & Off Season Planning

Saving Money | Gift Ideas & Off Season Planning

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas. They usually also want tips on ways to save money. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Bridal Party Gifts

Since it is a customary tradition to give each member of your bridal party a gift; try to DIY something instead of buying a gift from a store. Maybe you or your fiancé have some hidden talent like painting or woodwork that would make an excellent gift idea! Pintrest may have some great ideas for you to try also. Your bridal party will cherish anything handmade more than anything store bought.

Book Out of Season

Some vendors offer a discount if you book your wedding during the off season. Consider off season as being late fall or winter. You can also think about booking on a Friday or Sunday during prime wedding season. You may not receive as deep of a discount as off season but you may still be able to save some money. Sometimes if there is an upcoming long holiday weekend you can try to plan your Big Day for a Thursday. Since they are not very busy on those days, and especially during the off season, venues look being booked for the right price!

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | Saving Money | Flowers, Lights and Linens

Saving Money | Flowers, Lighting & Linens

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Couples planning their wedding day are always open to new ideas. They usually also want tips on ways to save money. If you have set a budget and are trying to keep costs low here are some ideas on ways to find some savings! Remember, there are certain aspects you will want to spend more on, but some items are less important than others.

Flowers

Most couples include flowers into the budget for their Big Day but most people don’t realize how much flowers can actually cost. Instead of spending close to $9000 on flowers, that you will ultimately give or throw away after your reception, cut that budget and supplement your design. Try spending around $1500 and create a small lighting budget that will give a bigger effect while saving you money!

Lighting

Try adding lighting to give your venue the perfect look. Sometimes simple can be just enough! There are many lighting design styles that you could use to add to the special décor for your upcoming wedding reception. A monogram is a timeless way to illuminate the dance floor at your wedding. Display your names or initials on the wall or dance floor but don’t forget you have options in this area also. For an added interior decoration, try a monogram that matches your theme, snowflakes for a winter décor or even your personalized wedding logo!

Up-lighting and down-lighting will add an effect to whatever they are shining on! Down-lights will transform your chandeliers while up-lights are used for walls and sconces. Not all venues are able to use pinspot lighting for tables and centerpieces. Using LED up-lights will give you the same effect without changing your centerpieces!

Linens

If you will be using any linens or drapery to decorate your venue it may be more cost effective for you to actually buy your own linens rather than renting them. We know, it doesn’t make sense, but once you factor in delivery and labor costs in addition to cleaning fees for the next rental you are looking at spending anywhere from $1200 on linens to $4000 depending on the style you choose. You will save money going this route and then after your event you can have them cleaned and resell them on any of the various wedding resell websites.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking out of the box. Be sure to check in next week for some more wedding planning tips!