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Wedding Timeline Planning

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6r8W8mt-YU”][vc_column_text]When faced with planning your wedding timeline, your to-do list might seem very scary at first. Do you order the catering first? What about the flowers? And of course, you have your dress to think about and that has to be perfect!

This month at Wenning Entertainment, we’re going to cover the exact order you should book your vendors in to make sure that everything runs smoothly for your big day!

Step 1: Your Venue and Reception Hall

To cover all of your bases, you want to focus on the hardest, most in-demand vendors first. So, the first thing you want to do is book your venue and reception hall. These can be separate or combined depending on your location and price point. It’s best to get a jump on this first so that the place you have in mind will be available for your date. Plus, knowing the venue will make planning the fun stuff like flowers and seating arrangements way easier.

Step 2: Your Entertainment

The next step is to book your entertainment. If you aren’t familiar with the world of wedding vendors, you might be overwhelmed with the volume of wedding bands and DJs there are. Entertainers can be booked up to 2 to 3 years in advance so get a jump on that. To make sure that you find the best one to keep the party alive all night long you’re going to want to research and research early.

Step 3: Your Photographer

Then, your next step is to book your photographer. Good photographers can be booked for up to 2 to 3 years in advance so get a jump on that. This is one of the most important days of your life. You’re going to want it captured by a reliable photographer that you trust. So book them early!

Step 4: Your Videographer or Cinematographer

Lastly on this list is your videographer or cinematographer. Some people are still wary about traveling and large parties. To make sure you have a video worthy of showing grandma, book your videographer or cinematographer in advance. They always book up to about a year and a half to three years in advance.

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Keep Your Wedding Memories Alive

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Buddy-Moons & Mini-Moons

Sustainable Weddings

Sustainable Weddings 101

BEWARE The Ghost Bride!!

BEWARE The Ghost Bride!!

wedding tradition of the best man

Best Friend or Body Guard

WWTW_VEIL_WK3

The Terror Tale of the Veil

WWTW_Honeymoon_Oct19

The Spooky Truth of the Honeymoon

WWTW_OCT19_WK1

The True Tale of the Bridesmaids

WWTW_Pro Photographers

Do I Really Need A Professional Photographer?

Professional Photographers are doing more than just walking around snapping photos. They are providing you with high quality photos while using the latest techniques

DIY DJ MYTH

Can’t I Be My Own DJ?

You don’t need a DIY DJ running the show.

Do Backyard Weddings Really Save $$$?

Do Backyard Weddings Really Save $$$?

Venues take care of all the necessary things a wedding reception needs including, all the food, decorations, tables, etc. all in the set price.  Alleviate the stress levels and enjoy your special day without breaking the bank.

Asking the right vendor questions

Asking Vendor Questions

A lot of times vendor will only share with you what they think is important, however, asking the right questions can help you select a vendor that meets your needs, while staying within your budget.

Reviewing Your Reviews

Analysis Paralysis: Reviewing Your Reviews

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Reviewing Your Reviews

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Booking professional vendors for your wedding can be stressful. Finding the perfect match for your big day isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially with so many options to select from these days. You need to know the right questions, to ask vendors, prior to booking their services. Do you know what questions to ask? If not, this video is designed with you in mind.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Booking professional vendors for your wedding can be stressful. Finding the perfect match for your big day isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially with so many options to select from these days. You need to know the right questions, to ask vendors, prior to booking their services. Do you know what questions to ask? If not, this video is designed with you in mind.

What happens when you have narrowed your search down to two or three vendors offering the same type of service? You need to look beyond their reviews and ask the right questions, in order to pick a winner, for you big day. A lot of times vendor will only share with you what they think is important, however, asking the right questions can help you select a vendor that meets your needs, while staying within your budget.

An important thing to note is that you should never lead a conversation, with a vendor, by asking their price. This gives the impression that quality does not matter to you. That’s the furtherest thing from the truth. You need to remain mindful of your budget, however, need to book the best “fit” for your needs.

A few questions, you may consider asking, are:

  1. How long have you been in the industry?
  2. What is your contingency plan, the day of, if there is an emergency?
  3. Do you have liability insurance?
  4. What advice would you give to a first time bride and groom about planning their wedding and selecting a vendor?
  5. How do you justify cost with quality?

Remember you are interviewing the vendor and should ask appropriate questions to determine who is best suited to participate in your big day. This will help you feel confident in the vendor and his or her services, you selected.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Conflicting Articles

Analysis Paralysis: Conflicting Articles

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Conflicting Articles

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When reading through wedding articles, it can become frustrating to see conflicting articles from reliable sources. Don’t let these conflictions cause analysis paralysis!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Lets face it. It can be hard to make big decisions about your wedding. Planning for it is difficult to do without some sort of guidance. You have probably been reading hundreds of articles about wedding planning, venues, and about every aspect of your wedding day. All of these articles and tips and ideas can become quite confusing, and especially if they conflict!

For example, one article may specify a wedding planning timeline in which you should order your cake 4 months before, and another says 8 months before. Many people put these helpful timelines together for their own particular wedding ceremony and reception. However, not every timeline may work for every bride and groom! This is just one example of conflicting articles that you should not worry about. You can use these ideas as a general guideline, but don’t take the advice verbatim.

Many articles are also written by people who aren’t as experienced on the topic as others. You should find information that comes directly from a reliable source. In the end, it all comes down to your preferences. Your wedding day is for you and your spouse, so make it your own and don’t follow someone else rules word for word. Make your big day yours![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Analysis Paralysis

Analysis Paralysis: Numbers Poison Weddings!

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Analysis Paralysis – Numbers Poison Weddings!

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 Don’t become paralyzed by numbers! Do your research, choose your vendors wisely, and avoid an analysis paralysis!

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When looking to hire vendors for your wedding, a big problem many people face is the cost analysis paralysis. This happens when the numbers come flying at you from vendor after vendor and you have no idea what any of them mean. Before you get in way over your head, take time to stop and figure out the numbers.

The first step in this process is to do your research. Often times, couples will pick a vendor, a DJ for example, based solely off of price. This is not the way to go. Professional DJs are definitely more expensive to book than hobbyist and part time DJs, without a doubt. However, you should research the vendor first to see if they align closely to what you are looking for. It’s important to not settle based solely on price, but rather baed on style and preference. After you pick the DJ hat best suits your wedding reception, they you should figure out pricing. This process can be applied to venues, caterers, bakeries, and any step in between. Don’t let the numbers get to you.

Another point is to do your research on websites, like the Knot or Wedding Wire, and stay educated so you know the right questions to ask. Vendors will be throwing numbers at you, but what is really important is that they meet the expectations you are looking for. Be sure to find the vendors that meet your reception expectations. Don’t get caught in an analysis paralysis! Do your research, ask questions, and make the right decisions!

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WWTW Black n Gold

Yinz Gettin Married?: Get the Look: Black n’ Gold

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Get the Look: Black n’ Gold

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The people of Pittsburgh are known to bleed black n’ gold. Incorporating these Pittsburgh colors into your wedding decor can be elegant and shows homage to your Pittsburgh roots!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you know one thing abut Pittsburgh, it’s that Pittsburgh has a unique and internationally recognized color scheme. Many people don’t know, however, that this color scheme originates from William Pitt, the man Pittsburgh is named after, and his family coat of arms. The Pitt family coat of arms was used to design the crest of the city and the colors we know and love today originated from it.

Pittsburgh is a city that has a deep rooted background in professional sports that dates back to practically its founding. The Pirates, Steelers and Penguins are the three major professional teams in the city. Yinzers are in love with their sports teams and the culture is so deep rooted into their blood. A unique aspect of Pittsburgh sports, only seen in a few other cities, is the overarching color scheme of Black n’ Gold. The toughness and simplicity to these colors emphasizes these qualities of the city itself.

Besides sports teams, the Steel City color scheme can be seen everywhere you look in the city. The color of the bridges, the city’s flag, and even featured in the Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa’s #1 hit song “Black and Yellow” all show how important these colors. However, black and gold can be used as a classy and elegant color scheme for your wedding day. Without a doubt, this color scheme can be applied to centerpieces, flowers, and on your cake for an elegant finish.

Finally, of all city color schemes, the Pittsburgh original black n’ gold is certainly the most versatile and elegant. For your Pittsburgh wedding, incorporating these colors is a great way to show off your Steel City pride![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pittsburgh Aesthetic

Yinz Gettin’ Married?: The Pittsburgh Aesthetic

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The Pittsburgh Aesthetic

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Pittsburgh is known for having some of the best views out of any city in the country. Use the beautiful Pittsburgh Aesthetic to your advantage on your big day!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Of all the unique qualities of Pittsburgh weddings, the Pittsburgh views and skyline are certainly the most stunning!

The views in Pittsburgh are second-to-none in terms of wedding photo locations. From the lookouts on Mt. Washington to the deck of the Gateway Clipper, Pittsburgh is full of perfect photo spots. Many couples will take time to make the trip up Mt. Washington (preferably via one of the Inclines) to take in the wonderful skyline and to snap some photos. Point State Park is also another location in which you can truly capture the essence of the Pittsburgh aesthetic.

Venues with amazing views are also plentiful in Pittsburgh. Rooftop and skyline views are abundant when it comes to Pittsburgh wedding venues. There are also a number of very unique locations throughout the city that offer a genuine Pittsburgh feel to your wedding. Numerous art museums, the Phipps Conservatory, the Aviary, and sports venues like PNC Park all offer unique views and a great atmosphere. No matter where you decide to have your wedding in the Steel City, be sure to take advantage of that genuine Pittsburgh aesthetic! Take a look at these must-see Pittsburgh views for some further photo-op inspiration![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pittsburgh Foods

Yinz Gettin’ Married?: Do You Even ‘Rogi, Bro?

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Do You Even ‘Rogi, Bro? – Pittsburgh Foods

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Pittsburgh food is loved by Yinzers and visitors alike! For your Pittsburgh style wedding, make sure you include some traditional dishes of the Steel City!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Have you ever had a pierogi? How about haluski? Ever tried a barbecue chipped ham sandwich? All of these foods, and more, are staples of Pittsburgh local cuisine. Ultimately, you should consider having Pittsburgh food at your Pittsburgh style wedding!

Pittsburgh foods are a huge part of the Steel-City’s culture. Pittsburgh is a massive melting pot of various cultures and ethnic backgrounds. German, Italian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Polish, Irish, as well as many, many others make up this cities great mix of culture. Pittsburgh foods will not only be loved by your out-of-town relatives, but they’ll want to bring these delicious food ideas back home with them!

At your wedding, considering having a “Steel-City Buffet” included in your dining options. This buffet would include any Pittsburgh foods that you desire. Barbecue chipped ham, Pittsburgh salads, pierogies and haluski are all popular options for this style of buffet. Furthermore, to explain what these Pittsburgh foods are, the Pittsburgh Salad consists of a salad with a generous amount of fries, chicken/steak, and cheese! Usually topped off with a large portion of ranch dressing, the Pittsburgh Salad is a Pittsburgh go-to.

Also, for those of you who don’t know what haluski is, it is a mixture of cabbage and noodles cooked together to make a delicious side to any Pittsburgh meal. The perfect main course, without a doubt, is pierogies. Likewise, these are small, half-circle shaped pockets of dough filled with potato, onion, and sometimes cabbage, and cooked to perfection. Additionally, chipped ham barbecue also makes a great dish! “Chipped ham”, or Yinzer for finely sliced deli ham, is slow cooked in barbecue sauce and served in the form of sliders on small, toasted buns. Finally, you will be giving your guests a taste of this great city on your wedding day![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Cookie Table

Yinz Gettin’ Married?: Where’s Your Cookie Table?

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Wheres Your Cookie Table?

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The Cookie Table is a staple of Pittsburgh weddings! Don’t miss out on having this at your wedding!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Pittsburgh has many traditions that stem from the numerous regional backgrounds and heritages found in this city. Pittsburgh is considered a melting pot of cultures and tradition unlike many other major cities around the world. Italian, Polish, German, and many, many more are what create our wide ranges of diversity. But, when defining our most traditional aspect of our weddings, being the Cookie Table, we created a nationwide trend.

The cookie table is unlike others, where you have the freedom to include any type of desert that you desire. Likewise, it will be a good way to get your family and friends together before hand to bake the cookies! Traditionally, it is the mothers, grandmothers, and other women of the family who will put their baking efforts to the test for your big day. However, anyone is welcome to pitch in! Whether it’s one table or an entire room, the designated cookie table area is always a highlight for Pittsburgh weddings.

From lady locks, to brownies, there is no limit on what you bring. Remember, be sure that you have enough cookie to feed your guests! Smaller venues may call for a more simple and elegant cookie display. However, large, extravagant wedding receptions can handle a huge assortment! Dozens of assorted cookies will fill the tables to overwhelm people with options; in a good way of course. Then, when the party is all said and done, provide bags for whomever to bring home some treats for later!

No matter if you are from Pittsburgh or not, a table full of cookies is an aspect to any wedding that will truly stand out. From your youngest cousin, to your great grandmother, every one of all ages will absolutely love the cookie table. Consider this for your upcoming big day![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pride Month: Is Your Vendor Gay Friendly?

Pride month Who's Walking Down the Aisle

Pride Month: Who’s Walking Down the Aisle?

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Deciding how you and your partner walk down the aisle is an important aspect of your wedding. Here are some ideas to change things up!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The way a couple walks in traditional weddings is almost always the same. They begin with the groom waiting patiently at the altar for his bride while she walks down the aisle. However, what happens when your wedding involves a same sex couple? Should you both walk together? Do you both stay at the altar? Do you meet up half way down the aisle?

The answer is simple: Do whatever you want to do! If you both want to walk together, go for it! If you want to have one person walk down the aisle, that works too! Ultimately, do whatever you think will work best for your wedding! Some other ways of walking down the aisle include using two aisles, meeting halfway, and the communal entrance.

If the venue allows, the two-aisle entrance is perfect to give both you and your spouse the spotlight at the same time! This would involve you and your partner walking simultaneously down two separate aisles then meeting at the altar. Also, if using this method, be sure to have enough photographers to capture images on both sides!

The communal entrance is another creative way of starting your ceremony. With this method, there is no need to worry about who starts the ceremony or who walks down the aisle. Before the ceremony, all guests and wedding party members will be mingling. Whenever you and your partner are ready, just make your way up to the altar and get the ceremony started!

Finally, its most important to remember that these decisions are ultimately yours. This is a choice for you to make with your partner for your wedding day! You should decide which method is best for you and your partner on your big day. Work together to pick the style that represents your relationship best.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pride Month: Choosing Your Wedding Party

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Don’t be held back by the uncertainty of who to Choose for Your Wedding Party. Choosing your party for your LGBTQ+ wedding is easier than you may think!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When considering the Bridal and Grooms party, how will you decide who to include? Who cares, just make sure they are there to support you and be there for you! Ask whoever, as long as you believe they are a true fit. You can have a man of honor, a best woman, or whatever variation you desire. This doesn’t matter! All that matters is that you are happy with your party on your big day. It all comes down to you and your personal preference.

When organizing your wedding party, don’t feel held back by ‘traditional’ wedding guidelines. For weddings today, there are not any specific standards or rules that must be followed. Just remember, when considering your invitees, don’t just ask someone because they asked you to be in their party. Be honest and understanding when choosing your party and leaving others out. This way, you can also avoid hurting anybody’s feelings.

The first step is to consider the size of your wedding. Larger weddings could usually mean a larger party, and the opposite for smaller weddings. With that in mind, you can still have as many or as few bridesmaids or groomsman as you wish. There is not a limit on who you can include. Remember, however, the quality of your party is more important than the size. Quality over quantity!

It is also crucial to remember to include the people who mean the most to your relationship. These are the people who supported you through the good, the bad, and everything in between.  Your brothers, sisters and closest friends are a great place to start.

Finally, the most important aspect of your party is to do what makes you happy! Man-of-honor, best woman, or whoever you may want to include; It all comes down to what’s best for you![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Pride Month: Subtle Pride Decor

The last thing you want for your wedding is an explosion of rainbow pride filling the room. Here are some was to keep the colors at your LGBTQ wedding subtle and tasteful!