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What Should I feed my wedding vendors?

What Should I Feed My Wedding Vendors?

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What Should I Feed My Wedding Vendors? | Wedding FAQ    

Your Wedding Videographers, Photographers, and DJs will be spending almost an entire day working to make your big moments feel magical and memorable. One great way to repay these wedding vendors is to feed them a delicious meal!

People often ask what they should feed the small team of vendors who spend almost 12 hours working for them. It is common etiquette to feed them a hot meal for their long day, even a protein and a starch can go a long way. Remember, the better you treat them, the more willing they will be to help you out!

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Vendor Meals

Some venues may offer a “Vendor Meal”, which is a specific meal package made for the Videographers, Photographers, DJs, and others. Sounds perfect, right? However, sometimes this meal is not as good as it might sound. Some places might provide a cold turkey sandwich and an apple, or reheat some pasta and call it a meal. Worst of all, they might even charge the bride and groom up to $60 or $70 for this “Vendor Meal”.

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This is one reason why it is always important to find out this information beforehand. Find out if the Venue offers a Vendor Meal, and if so, what are the specifics? What is included, what does it cost, will you be getting a good value?

If there is no Vendor Meal, make sure you have another plan to feed your vendors. Make sure it is something warm and delicious, because you will see your investment pay off. When your vendors are happy, you’ll see the results, both in your experience that day, and also in the footage afterwards.

 

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Wedding Videographer Pricing Breakdown

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Wedding videographers are an essential part to the biggest day of your life, but how do you know if you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck? This breakdown of wedding videographer prices makes it easy to understand how and why they price their services!

Some basics:

ALL videographers price their services and packages differently

The average cost of a wedding videographer in the U.S. is $1,800, but the average range is between $1,000-$2,500

Prices can go up to $12,500 for a luxury videographer that can take your wedding and turn it into a quality, TV-ready star for the day

That’s a lot of money we’re talking about here, so what is included in the cost?

This is depending on what YOU want! The great thing is, is that you can work with your videographer to create and personalize your package to your wants and needs.

One more factor to consider is that between June and October, prices will run higher because it is wedding season during that time.

Packages usually include how much time you will get the videographer and staff for, but you can always request extra time. Extra time can cost around $200-$500/half hour. This is to pay for their time and their assistant’s time, extra editing, and video cards.

Extra services like drone footage or travel expenses can add additional costs as well.

What you’re really paying for is the final product and what goes into it

First and foremost, the videography service! Make sure your videographer matches your style so that the final product is everything you could have ever imagined and more

The post-production is something that people usually don’t consider either. This process is the most time-consuming part of making your dream video. Sometimes the videographer lets you make your own edits, but that could be an additional cost

Your final wedding video is the whole reason you even got the videographer in the first place. Your video will most likely be provided to you on a DVD, Blu-ray, or USB drive. Sometimes, a highlight reel may also be made for your video, and it can be made easily accessible via YouTube or Vimeo.

The last thing included in your cost is your videographer’s equipment. You only want the best for your wedding, and videographers only want the best equipment for their business. You are paying to use their high-definition cameras, lighting equipment, etc.

The last cost established with videographers is tipping and how much you should tip them. It is recommended that you tip the lead videographer $50-$100, and if they have an assistant, $50-$75 is acceptable.

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Things wedding guests care about

10 Things Wedding Guests DON’T Care About

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I know how important it is to impress your wedding guests on your big day, but the amount of things that your guests DO NOT care about will shock you! There are a few things that you should put your time, effort, and money into, but some things you don’t need to splurge on. Here are the top things that your wedding guests do not care about, A.K.A. where not to spend a lot of money.

Things wedding guests care about

The invitations (shocking, I know)

Invitations end up in the garbage or recycling bin way faster than you would think. So, instead of splurging on them, there are cheaper alternatives! Try getting them made at Target, Walmart, Shutterfly, or you could get them handmade by a small business on Etsy.

Things wedding guests care about

Wedding programs

Does this need an explanation? There a thing of the past, so leave them there.

Things wedding guests care about

Top-shelf alcohol

Let’s be honest, at weddings, people don’t care what alcohol is available; they care if it’s free and if there is a lot of it! There are more affordable ways to stock the bar for your big day. You could pick the option that doesn’t include top shelf alcohol, or you could try the option that’s just beer and wine if your guests aren’t picky.

Things wedding guests care about

Crazy escort card displays

They make a great photo opt for your guests to get pictures for their Instagram’s, but other than that, they’re really unnecessary and can become an extra cost.

Things wedding guests care about

Extra amenities

Some people put so much into decking out their entire venues, even the restrooms, but don’t do that! Keep it simple and have things people might actually need like a bathroom amenity basket or personalized napkins because your extra efforts may go unnoticed.

Things wedding guests care about

Aisle décor

Your aisle décor really depends on where your ceremony will be held, but your venue may not need a ton of décor for the knot tying. Sticking to highlighting the alter or arch may really compliment the place without costing you extra.

Things wedding guests care about

The linens

Listen, does anyone really pay attention to the tablecloths at the reception? I know I don’t! At the end of the day, you won’t even want those tablecloths, runners, or napkins that you paid extra for. As long as they match the color palette and are pretty, your guests won’t care.

Things wedding guests care about

Bouquet toss

Now this one is up to your personal style, but they’re old fashioned and the trend has been dying out in the recent years.

Things wedding guests care about

Wedding favors

Please, please, please do not give out engraved champagne flutes or custom candles, I beg of you! Those are a thing of the past, and they should also stay there. Try doing something like sweet treats for after the reception, those are always great. Or, you could even donate the money put towards favors to a charity of your choice, and that will definitely be a widely received gesture.

Things wedding guests care about

Long ceremonies

Keep it short, keep it sweet, and keep it simple. Guest will be so excited to watch the couple profess their love for each other since that is the whole point but keeping the ceremony around 30 minutes or less will keep everyone happy!

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Pandemic Honeymoon Planning

Not sure on how to move forward with planning your honeymoon?

During this time, no one knows when the pandemic life will change. Right now it is hard to plan anything, especially you and your partner’s honeymoon. We are here to help guide you with some tips to plan that dream honeymoon.

Where Do You Want to Go? 

Everywhere is different when it comes to CDC guidelines and travel restrictions. Research where you want to go and what the current guidelines are there. Some hotels and resorts only have certain pools and restaurants open to a limited capacity. If this is something that makes you rethink the destination, try looking at other destinations to see what other places have to offer.

Decide the Date

No one knows how long this pandemic will last. Other areas are affected more by the pandemic than others. When deciding the date, you and your partner want to be flexible and understand that guidelines can change the next day. Check seasonal weather patterns.  You do not want to be stuck somewhere during your honeymoon and all it did was rain. Having multiple dates in mind can help determine when the best and safest time to go on your honeymoon.

Insurance

When purchasing airline tickets and hotel reservations, choosing insurance for those reservations is a way for your trip to be protected with what the pandemic could bring. This way with insurance, you may be able to reschedule your airline tickets, reserve your hotel reservations for a later date, or be able to get your money reimbursed.

Have a Back Up Plan

Have a backup plan to spend time with your partner to celebrate your marriage together. Back up plans can include renting a house at the beach or a cabin at the lake for the weekend, or even a romantic weekend at home until you are able to make other arrangements. This way, in case your big honeymoon plans do get canceled, your are prepared and you can still spend quality time together and enjoy it.

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Published Date: August 05, 2020

Bridal Show Expectations: Plan Ahead! Do Your Research

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If you’re watching this you have decided that going to a bridal show is for you.  Attending bridal shoes can be one of the best tools to use as a busy bride to plan out a wedding.  However, before you go, set some priorities of what you are looking for and who you want to talk too.  The end goal of going to a bridal show isn’t to talk to every vendor there.  It is for you to specifically target what your needs are.  Figure out what you want to accomplish at these shoes so you aren’t wondering around wasting your time as well as the vendors.  Always do research to see who is going to be there and if they are worth visiting at their booth.

Plan to bring some major decision makers with you that can be trusted to help out, but don’t bring to many.  One or two people is ideal.  You may love your best friend, but if she’s going to be drinking bottomless mimosas the whole time, then it’s probably not a good idea to bring her.  Bringing several people can be a great idea because you get insight from everyone, however, it’s still your final decision.  They will also be able to help carry all the brochures and magazines that you will be receiving from vendors.

Tune in next week to hear our tips on what to do when you’re at the bridal show!

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Bridal Show Expectations: To Go or Not To Go

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Wondering if going to a bridal show is for you?  Here’s some questions to ask yourself if you’re unsure.  What Stage of the planning are you in?  Are you getting married next month or not for another two years?  Do you already have things picked out?  Like, a budget, a venue, do you even have a date yet?  Don’t go too soon, make sure you do your research before you go.  Bridal shows are year round and happen about once a season so you will have a lot of chances to go to one if your wedding is still not for a while.

Stay tuned for next weeks wedding tip about what to do if you decide going to a bridal show is for you!

Do Not Panic!

Vendor Etiquette: Do Not Panic!

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Our focus this month will be on Vendor Etiquette. Sometimes you don’t know what questions to ask when it comes to vendors, allow us to give you insight, on a few questions pertaining to vendors.

This week we discuss why you don’t need to stress on your wedding day!  You have just spent all this time and effort planning your wedding and it is finally here.  Let’s be honest though, something is going to go wrong on your wedding day that you have no control over.  Whether its something big or small, it will all workout.  This is the reason why you hired professionals because they are trained and know what to do in specific incidences.   Your only job is to sit back and relax.  Enjoy the moment!

Vendor Etiquette: Writing Reviews

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Our focus this month will be on Vendor Etiquette. Sometimes you don’t know what questions to ask when it comes to vendors, allow us to give you insight, on a few questions pertaining to vendors.

This week we discuss writing reviews.  It’s always polite to write a review after a job well done.  It is also great to write a review on several platforms such as Google, Facebook, Wedding Wire, The Knot and several others.  Placing a review on these websites will be seen by more people and have more engagement.  Posting on their facebook page is always good but its beneficial not only to the company getting a good review but to the people that are in the beginning stage of planning their wedding.  Simply copy and paste it to all these websites making that review a quality reference.  This will take no more then 10 minutes for you to do and your vendors will greatly appreciate your efforts.

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.

Check in with us next week to grab more budgeting tips for planning your upcoming wedding!

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!

Be sure to stop back next week for more Wedding Planning Tips. New month, New topic!

WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Take Advantage of Technology

De-Stress Tips | Take Advantage of Technology

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Technology Advantages

Over the last few years technology has flourished in so many different ways. Technology Advantages can be a huge help when planning your wedding! Smart phones act as miniature computers and even personal assistants. Most phones have a plethora of versatile functionalities that are built into the device. Accessing information on the internet, especially when on the run, has never been easier or more convenient because of smartphone technology. This makes doing research and contacting vendors for your wedding less of a hassle when you can work on these things quickly and easily throughout the day, in between the busy parts of your schedule.

Helpful Apps

The notepad app is perfect for keeping all your notes in one place. Scheduling an appointment with vendors and venues can be kept organized through the calendar app. All smartphones have some version of it. You can even create alarms and reminders so you will never miss a beat!

Organizational Websites

Most people don’t realize the immense number of websites available to help with wedding planning. There are sites for calculating budgets, organizing seating charts, theme ideas and so much more! Use any search engine to find the most closely related sites that will be the useful to you.

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

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.

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

WWTW | De-Stress Tips | Proper Delegation

De-Stress Tips | Proper Delegation

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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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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*

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WWTW | Marriage License | Essentials to Apply

Marriage License | Essentials to Apply

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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 | Research Requirements

Marriage License | Research State Requirements

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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 Cake Alternatives

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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 any wedding cake alternative can help ensure that. Thinking out of the box and switching things up a bit isn’t always a bad idea. If you are not a traditionalist, think about making your wedding cake unique to you!

Wedding Cake Alternatives

Simply put, you can make anything in cake form. Making your wedding cake unique to the newlyweds is a great alternative to the traditional multiple tier wedding cake. Whatever your favorite desert is, why not make it into a cake! Your wedding cake can literally be in any shape or design you desire. The hard work will be deciding who will create your masterpiece!

Another great idea is to try a dessert bar. Let your guests create their own smores or even desert waffle. The possibilities really are endless!

Below we listed just a few wedding cake alternative/desert bar ideas to get the ball rolling for you.

  • Rice Krispies Treat Cake
  • Mini Donuts
  • Pie Table (Pie Buffet)
  • Crepe cake
  • Macaroon cake
  • Projecter Mapping cake
  • 3D printed
  • Cake Pops
  • Tiny Pies (various or favorite flavor)
  • Mini Milk & Cookies
  • Bite Sized S’mores
  • Deserts in a Jar – pudding parfaits, strawberry shortcake
  • Homemade Treats, i.e. Pittsburgh Cookie Table

We hope this helps! Check in with us next week for more wedding planning ideas to help enhance your Big Day!

WWTW | Creative Wedding Ideas

Creative Wedding Ideas | Guestbook Alternatives

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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Creative Wedding Ideas

Every couple wants their wedding day to be special. Help your guests create some great memories for you during your many happy years together with a wedding guestbook alternative. Think outside of the box and have an extraordinary keepsake to look back on from your loved ones. Make your wedding day stand out by considering some of these creative wedding ideas!

Guestbook Alternatives

There are many alternatives as to what can be used for a guestbook for your upcoming wedding. Start thinking outside of the box. What items can go with your theme, décor and even personality? Find something meaningful to you and your fiancé that guests can sign and leave well wishes for your future together.

Whatever keepsake you chose will work perfectly and serve the purpose of recollection and appreciation each time you look at it. Below are just a few ideas of wedding guestbook alternative ideas. You can utilize any of these ideas with your guests well wishes, date night ideas or even words of advice. Some items will need more than a simple signature to preserve. If you find something you like, be sure to do a bit more research on how to ensure its longevity.

  • Bench
  • Polaroids
  • Shadowbox
  • Records
  • “Tip” Jar
  • Ornaments
  • Quilt
  • Wedding Mad Lib
  • Art canvas (use wedding date or even creative thumbprint ideas)
  • Puzzle (you can either keep the puzzle pieces in a jar or actually put the puzzle together and frame it)
  • Jenga (have guests sign Jenga game pieces)

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

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 | Creative Wedding Ideas

Creative Wedding Ideas | Using a GoPro

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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You want your wedding day to be memorable and to be sure that your guests enjoy themselves. There will be so much going on throughout the day that you are sure to miss a lot. Using a GoPro is a fun way to see your day through your guests eyes and catch all of the great moments that you may have missed!

GoPro

A GoPro camera is a small camera that can be attached to almost anything. With this you can capture the moments you never want to forget from your special wedding day. A really popular trend with the GoPro is to place it in your floral arrangement. This gives you the ability to capture your guests’ reactions while you walk down the aisle. You can even use the GoPro when you toss the bouquet! Imagine the great footage you will get and be able to incorporate into your final video.

Mounting the GoPro is another creative trend to use. Simply attach the GoPro somewhere stationary to capture the day and you can do a time lapse to incorporate the material in with your final video. Try behind the alter or even adhering it to your officiant for those extraordinary moments you will never want to forget.

You can also attach the GoPro to your favorite bottle of alcohol. We highly recommend this is you have a party crew! When you see how many people enjoyed a toast with you on your special day you will love the reactions! This is ideal for your bridal party during the limo or even while getting ready!

Consider hiring someone online to edit the footage for you or try using a video editing app on your own smart device. This is be a more cost effective route versus having your videography edit the footage.

Check in with us next week for more creative wedding ideas to enhance your Big Day and make your wedding stand out!

WWTW | Photography Series

Photography Series | Wedding Photography Recap

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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This past month our wedding photographers Megan McGreevy and Sarah Casile have shared some useful ideas and great tips for your upcoming wedding photography.

Go-To Person

You should be able to enjoy your special day without having your wedding photographers trying to get in touch with you. Assign someone you trust and who knows specific details about what is going on during the day to be your go-to person. You will want to have a go-to person for both the bride and groom. This person should preferably be someone that can stay in contact via text and will stay relatively sober throughout the day.

First Looks

First look photos are a newer trend that is a great way to capture more emotional and intimate photos. Couples simply want to enjoy the powerful moment when they see each other for the first time. Some people still believe it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony. If you are a superstitious person or simply a traditionalist then the first look is not for you.

Time Expectations

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. Instead, try choosing one location you adore the most and let your photographers maximize that one location.

Engagement Session

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.

Be sure to visit our webpage for more wedding photography images. If you are interested in working with either Sarah or Megan please be sure to check availability for your wedding date here. We would love to document your special day and help you make memories!

Stop back next month for a new Wenning’s Wedding Tip Wednesday Topic!

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 | Photography Series

Photography Series | Go-To Person

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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It goes without saying that you will be kind of busy during your wedding day. You should be able to enjoy your special day without having your wedding photographers trying to get in touch with you. Assign someone you trust and who knows specific details about what is going on during the day to be your go-to person. You will want to have a go-to person for both the bride and groom. This person should preferably be someone that can stay in contact via text and will stay relatively sober throughout the day.

There are certain shots your photographers will need to have in order to complete your album so staying in contact during the different stages is both essential and tedious. Why bother yourself with trying to maintain order and communication with various vendors? By designating someone to take on this task you will be able to enjoy everything about your wedding day. Your photography staff will be able to text or call the go-to person to see where the bride is while getting ready. Is makeup done, will she be getting into her dress soon? This will also come in handy when traveling from the church to the photography site. Once everyone has arrived at the reception that go-to person will have completed their tasks and can now enjoy the evening along with everyone else.

Take a peek at some wedding photos from Sarah and Megan here. Stop back next week for more wedding planning tips!

WWTW | w/ David Alan

David Alan Series | Custom Groomsmen Suits

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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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!