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Take In Moments

Take in the Moments

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Take in the Moments

After a couple makes it official and they are now married, they seem to forget to do something. What is it that they forget? Legalities, thank you cards, or payments to vendors? Nope, they forget to take in all the moments with one another!

Smell the Roses

Once it is official, make sure you and your significant other are taking time to reflect on the life changing decision you just made. Take as much time as needed to realize the level of commitment you just made to each other. For example, go on a hiking trip with one another to take in the beauty of nature and one another. This will help minimize any doubts and reassure you that you both made the right decision!

Prepare for Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Organize your plans with one another accordingly to ensure a smooth Thanksgiving Day! Develop a schedule for the day as far as what time and how long you will eat with one another’s side of the family. This will prevent any feelings from getting hurt, and also makes it seem like you both are on top of everything. Therefore, also have an idea of how you will take on Black Friday shopping together! Don’t miss out on deals that will help build areas of your lives together, such as a lawn mower, new furniture, and new vehicles. Make the first Black Friday together hard to beat in the future!

Consider the Future

Think about what both of you want in the future together. Do you want a pet or kids, perhaps both? Realize that no one but yourselves determine this, and decisions you take now will have an effect on things later in the marriage. Tell each other how you feel about this, and when you would consider to be the right time. The more honest you are with your feelings with one another, the more progress will be made!

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Understanding the Legalities

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Understanding the Legalities

Now that you are officially married and loving your newlywed life, there are just a few things you should know. There is no need to stress, because we are here this week to help you better understand the post-wedding legalities!  Everything from paperwork to changing your name, we have you covered.

Marriage Certificate

After you are married both of you must sign your marriage license, this paper is the proof that you were legally able to get married. It is then the wedding officiant’s job to mail the license to your county office.

This should only take a week or two for it to be processed. Once that form is sent out you must fill out a form to request copies of your official marriage license document. Make sure you get a decent amount of copies, because you are not allowed to mail the official document!

Changing Your Name

This is the fun part! You are officially married, but you have not changed your last name yet. Try to enjoy this post-wedding task, because it is definitely one of the more enjoyable tasks. In order to change your name, you must apply for a new social security card and drivers’ license with your new last name. You can take this as an opportunity to finally get a drivers’ license picture you love as well.

Health Insurance

The next step is to either join your partner’s health insurance or put them on yours. Most insurance companies allow you to do this freely up to 30 days after the wedding. Even if you don’t complete this task within the 30 days after your wedding do not worry, because you won’t be penalized. The best rule of thumb is to see whose policy can save you more money in the long run if both of you already have health insurance!

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Writing Vendor Reviews

Want to Write Reviews for Your Vendors, but Don’t Know Where to Start?

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Want to Write Reviews for Your Vendors, but Don’t Know Where to Start?

You’ve Come to the Right Place!

Everyone talks about the “must haves” or the “to do lists,” for planning a wedding; however, no one talks about what happens after the wedding. If you just had your dream wedding or if you are a very proactive bride and you don’t know what to do after your big day ends, we are here for you!

Why You Should Write Vendor Reviews?

The biggest way to thank your vendors is by writing them a review, because it helps their business grow. If you weren’t happy with your vendors, you should still politely let others know. This helps other engaged couples when they are deciding who to hire for their wedding

When to Write It

Only after you have completely ended your experience with your vendors should you write your review. Even though your vendors might have done a great job on your wedding night, it’s not uncommon to run into paperwork problems afterwards. This is something you would want to include in your review.

Do not wait to write your vendor reviews, because you want the memory to be fresh in your mind. The longer you wait the more important details you will likely forget.

Things to Keep in Mind

Regardless of whether or not your review is a positive or a negative one, you should try not to exaggerate. A great way to prevent this from happening is to recall specific instances when you are making your arguments. This leads up to our next pro tip: be specific!

The more specific you are, the more useful your review is. Our final note is to keep in mind that what you say and how you it could either positively or negatively affect other couples. Think about how useful a well written review would have been for you when you were planning your wedding.

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Thank You Cards 101

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Thank You Cards 101

Congratulations! You and your fiancé are officially married, and everyone got to enjoy your big day. Although you no longer need your wedding planner, there is still planning to be done: your thank you cards! This should be at the top of your post wedding to do list.

Thank you cards are very important, because it is a way to show your guests that you care. Although the thought of them can be daunting, thank you cards are a great way to look back on your night and thank family and friends for supporting you on your big day.

Be Timely

The bottom line for sending thank you cards is that they should be sent out within three months. A more detailed explanation for this is can be divided into two parts. If your guest gave you their gift before the wedding, try to send the card within two weeks of getting the gift.

If you wait up till three months depending on when you find the time to write your thank you cards after your wedding, your guests might think you forgot about them or that you did not enjoy their gift. For gifts you receive on or after your wedding day, send your thank you card within or up to three months of the gift exchange.

What to Write?

If you’re at a loss for words or writing cards is not your forte short and sweet never hurts. Try to make your thank you cards personable and specific so that it does not come across as if you wrote the same thing for each card. A quick tip is to express your appreciation for the gift and say how you plan on using it.

Regardless of whether or not your guest gave you a wedding present, you should still thank them for attending your wedding.

Make Your Cards Fun

There are many ways you can make and design your thank you cards. You could send them electronically, do a DIY, or order customized cards. One way to make mailing your thank you cards more fun is by incorporating your theme into the design. Another idea is to take a photo or two from your wedding and make it a part of the card!

If you’re experience somewhat of a lack of inspiration, there are countless amounts of websites that offer templates or designs to draw inspiration from However you choose to make your cards, try to enjoy it. This is one of the last things you’ll have to do as a newlywed!

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The Uninvited Guest

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The Uninvited Guest

A wedding took place on a beautiful night at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, California. The guests and newlyweds were celebrating, dancing, and mingling all night long. Once the night ended the newlyweds retreated back to their hotel room. In the middle of the night they were abruptly woken up to an uninvited guest standing in their hotel room.

He was a tall ghostly looking sailor who didn’t appear to be threatening. The next morning the couple told the front desk about their night and specifically what they saw. The clerk was confused and explained to them that this was impossible. The adjoining door in their hotel room that the man was leaning on had been closed off years ago. The door was bolted shut making it impossible for anyone to enter. Since their room was a suite no one else was on their floor.

Our Reaction

When we think of hotels in California, we generally think of the classic song by the band The Eagles or beautiful sunset views, not haunted hotels! There is no denying this is a spooky end to your wedding. These two will never forget their first night as a married couple. Hopefully you remember your first night too, but for different reasons!

Final Note

It never hurts to see if there have been any out of the ordinary events at your wedding venue. This is true of course, unless you live for Halloween and love to be scared. It never hurts to see if there have been any out of the ordinary events at your wedding venue for the rest of us who are not hard-core scary movie enthusiasts and the horrors it has to offer.

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Dancing with a Murderer

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Dancing with a Murderer

Imagine that you’re an awkward 10 year-old girl at a wedding full of adults you don’t know. You’re probably expecting the night to be long and uneventful. What could possibly happen at a wedding? This is where our story about Dancing with a Murderer starts.

When Ali was 10 she attended a wedding with her mom. The only other kid near her age was a teenage boy who kept asking her to dance. After turning him down multiple times her mother finally noticed. Against her will Ali’s mom forced her to dance with the stranger. Four years passed and the memory of that night had left Ali’s mind long ago. It was just like any other day when she had reached for the local newspaper. The boy she danced with at the wedding made the front page of the paper for murder! He had murdered his family and tried to run away to Canada with his girlfriend!

Our Reaction

This story left us speechless. Thank goodness the girl wasn’t in any danger! Most people worry that they’ll step on the other person’s shoe or that they’ll trip while dancing; not that they’re dancing with a murderer! Weddings really do bring all sorts of people together.

Final Note

Let this story be the perfect excuse to get you out of dancing with anyone you don’t care to mingle with at the next wedding! This is also the perfect story to utilize when cutting down your guest list; don’t feel like you have to invite everyone.

To all of the brides to be, please keep in mind that although this story is true, the likelihood of this happening at your wedding is almost nonexistent! Remember to have a good time and enjoy your night!

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The Tale of the Upstaged Wedding Dress

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The Tale of the Upstaged Wedding Dress

Weddings always produce those unforgettable memories, but sometimes things can get offbeat and disaster can strike at any time. The horror story we found provides a great example of this.

On the morning of Jane Lu’s wedding day last October, she innocently unzipped her mother’s garment bag to see what her mom would be wearing to the ceremony. To Jane’s horror she discovered that her mother had not only chosen to wear white to the wedding, but a white wedding dress! There was no denying the fact that this dress was meant for a bride. Jane’s friends even asked if her mother was also getting married on her big day. Jane was completely blind-sided by her mother’s selfish act. Now she has to find a solution on how to handle this embarrassing situation.

Our Reaction

Can you imagine your mom planning to wear a white wedding dress on your big day? We’ve heard stories of the bride’s ex-boyfriend showing up because her coworker incidentally brought them. This story takes it to a new level! Jane Lu should definitely find out what’s going on with her mom as soon as possible.

How to Handle Unexpected Situations

Keep calm and be patient! You can handle any stressful situation with the correct mindset. Staying calm along with being patient to let the situation develop can go a long way in how you approach it. Develop acceptance that this situation has evolved and try to put together wise strategies for how you will go about this situation. Have complete control of yourself as well. This will help you become optimistic and positive about the situation so you can handle it the best way possible! Finally, a message to all future brides; don’t sweat the small stuff even if it feels like it’s big. It’s your wedding day! It is a celebration of you and your partner and you should remember it that way!

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Pandemic Wedding Success

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Pandemic Wedding Success

We all have had to cancel plans, vacations, and celebrations due to COVID-19, but don’t let your wedding day be one of them! It is time to get back out there and realize the only thing stopping you from planning your dream wedding is YOU!

If Chris Can, So Can You

Let our very own, Chris, be all the proof you need that you can still have a successful wedding during a pandemic. It is crazy to believe that Chris got married over a month ago! He was able to plan a beautiful destination wedding at an outdoor venue on the beach. Sixty guests attended his big night, not including all of the hired staff and vendors! Everyone had an amazing time and left happy and healthy. It is safe to say the night was a great success and one that everyone will remember.

No Time is Like the Present

Another important thing to remember is that it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed during your wedding planning process, pandemic or not. You just need to have the right precautions in place to have a happy, healthy, and unforgettable celebration. If you are worried that you are one of the few who are getting married during a pandemic, don’t be!

Join the hundreds of other newly wed couples who did not let COVID stop them from planning their dream wedding. Now is the time to start planning your event for the remainder of this year and the start of 2021. Your dream wedding does not have to wait a year to become a reality- start planning now! The sooner you start, the closer you will be to your dream wedding.

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Talk Before You Walk

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Talk Before You Walk

One could easily make the argument that planning a wedding is the most stressful event to plan. If you had your wedding during the pandemic or are currently planning yours now, we feel for you. Our very own Chris had a beautiful outdoor wedding on the beach amiss the COVID craziness. He shared with us the secret to planning a seamless wedding: communicate!

Communication Is Key

Communicating with anyone and everyone leading up to your big day is critical. Do not let this known fact be forgotten until it’s too late, especially on your wedding day! Chris did not realize the importance of communication until he started planning his own wedding. Lack of communication only adds unnecessary stress and creates frustrating setbacks.

Who Should I Talk to?

Don’t be afraid to touch base with your wedding planner multiple times to make sure there are no major bumps in the road. The earlier you catch a problem the better! You can also take the initiative to directly talk with your venue coordinator, DJ, and photographer to ensure everything is on track. The key for a successful event is to find one point of contact that will corral all of these people and tasks together.

The Big Picture

Building a strong form of communication will not only make sure your wedding day is just how you envisioned it, but it will help relieve some wedding planning stress! Communication is a simple and effective way to make sure your wedding day is just how you imagined. Make sure you have good communication so that when your wedding day has ended, you remember it for the great day it was rather than remembering stressing over the little things.

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Wedding September

Wedding Details You May Have Forgotten Part 2

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Did you seem to forget what the ring bearer and flower girl are going to be bringing down the aisle?

You are not the only one.

Planning your big wedding day can become stressful. There are so many details that you and your partner may have forgotten through the planning process. What the ring bearer and flower girl are going to carry down the aisle are small details that are frequently missed. These are two small items that do not magically pop up at your venue on your wedding day.

Our very own Chris had his experience with it. Scrambling around a couple days before his big day, then remembering he didn’t have anything for the ring bearer or flower girl to carry down the aisle. This proves even the experts can overlook the small things!

Where to Purchase Last Minute?

As Chris said, Amazon Prime was there for him. He was able to find many different baskets with dried petals for the flower girls and felt ring box or pillows for the ring bearer. There are over thousands of options for both the ring bearer and flower girl items on Amazon’s website. There even sets that include both items in one price and package.

What to Do If You Totally Forgot?

A pillow for the ring bearer, and a basket filled with petals for the flower girl are the usual traditional go to items to carry down the aisle. Other alternatives such as wooden boxes, glass bottles, and plates can be also used to match your wedding aesthetic. These items can be purchased at your local craft or retail store to do it yourself before your wedding day. Need some inspiration? Visit Pinterest for ideas on how to make the perfect set for your ring bearer and flower girl for your special day.

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Wedding Details You May Have Forgotten

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Forgot your card box for your wedding day?

We are here to help you plan those little details to make your wedding day less stressful.

After you and your partner get engaged, the planning starts right away. The long lists of planning can get pretty piled up and sometimes swept away. There may be those little details you may have forgotten or didn’t even think about leading up to your wedding day. Specifically forgetting about your card box for guests to drop cards in.

Take it from Chris

One item Chris never thought about was doing a card box on a gift table for guests to put their cards in. Having this last-minute thought proceeded into him purchasing a card box on Etsy. It came from out of the country and only arrived a day before he left for his wedding. Was he stressed out? Yes, of course, but in the end it was worth it. Chris never thought he would need such a little detail to make his big day 10x smoother. Listen to Chris, he knows best!

Where to Purchase Your Last-Minute Card Box

The best place to purchase a last-minute card box for your wedding day with fast shipping is Amazon Prime. With over 10,000 results, there is one that will fit your theme and color scheme. Amazon Prime offers 1-2 day fast shipping that guarantee Amazon Prime customers get their package 2 days from when your item ships.

What to Do If You Forget Your Card Box

Totally forgot about your wedding day’s card box for your git table? Don’t panic, you can do it yourself! Going out to your local craft or retail store like Target or Walmart, can help you get what you need you make your DIY card box. Here are some ideas:

  • Use a photo storage box, cutting a rectangle hole on the top and decorating with text, fabric, flowers, ribbon, or bling
  • Taking a simple or vintage wooden box and adding a burlap “Cards” banner
  • Using a basket and decorating with ribbon, “Cards” banner or flowers
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Your Bach Party

The Do’s and Don’ts of Your Bach Party

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Knowing the certain things you can do and things you should not do for planning your bachelorette party is crucial to having a successful event. You don’t want to get caught up in any sticky situations that would ruin your wedding day.  We have a couple of do’s and don’ts that you may want to consider.

Do Plan Your Party

Do plan out your bachelorette party. Planning is key when it comes to your bachelor or bachelorette party. If you don’t plan, chances are a reservation may fall through. So, plan hotel reservations, airlines tickets if needed, and activity reservations. Finally having every detail for the guest joining you for your bachelor or bachelorette party makes it easier on your and your guest.

Don’t Have the Party Too Close to the Wedding Date

Don’t have the party the night before. When having your bachelor or bachelorette party too close to the wedding date, it can lead to several different outcomes. If you go to the beach, you wouldn’t want to have your wedding day within the next 3 days because you may get sunburnt. Next, if you celebrate by enjoying intoxicating spirits, then scheduling your wedding further from your bachelorette party may help. You don’t want to feel miserable and hung over on your wedding day.

Do Something You Want to Do

Do what you want to do. Enjoy your day. However, when ideas are thrown around, and guests starts to jump aboard different ideas. Is that idea something you actually want to do? Speak up! Make an executive decision! Its your party! You have control on deciding where to go and what to do. Having different dates, with different activities, and different possibilities could give options to everyone who is invited so they are able to celebrate with you.

Don’t Feel Like You Have to Invite Everyone 

Don’t invite everyone on your wedding guest list. Sometimes, the wedding guest list includes your mom’s co-worker’s girlfriend, who you barely know. It is okay to choose only certain guest to invite. Your party is for you to enjoy with the people you love and will have a good time with.

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Published Date: August 26, 2020

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Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

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The location of you and your partners wedding day is an important aspect of your special day. Due to the pandemic, each venue has different guidelines they have to follow. Depending on the size of your wedding, there is a venue right for you. We are here to help you think of some ideas on where to hold your special day.

Indoors

An indoor location can have a beautiful or unique background to your wedding. Due to the pandemic, indoor areas are only allowed so many people to properly social distance. If having a smaller wedding guest list, then an indoor wedding venue may be the right fit to stay safe and healthy.

Indoor Venues

Next, some traditional indoor venues include a church, hotel, banquet hall, barn, winery, or country club or restaurant. Unique and creative venues are starting to become popular throughout the years. Unique indoor venues include a library, museum, gallery, aquarium, you or your partners alma mater, or even a theatre.

Outdoors

If you and your partner are thinking about having more people on the wedding guest list during the pandemic, then an outdoor venue may be the best option. Since having an open venue for guests to properly social distance gives you and your partner more invites to hand to guests. With each outdoor venue, thinking about a backup plan like renting a tent or barn for guests to go under incase of bad weather.

Outdoor Venues

Finally, different traditional venues include your family or your own backyard, a park, beach, courtyard, vineyard or farm. Just like indoor venues, there are many outdoor venues that are creative or unique for you, your partner and guests to enjoy. Some creative outdoor venues include a rooftop, stadium, boat, zoo, or garden. 

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Published Date: August 12, 2020

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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

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Elope First, Celebrate Later!

Elope First, Celebrate Later!

You and your partner have been planning and scheduling your wedding for days, don’t give up now. Do not let the pandemic take that away from you either. Rather than canceling, think about different options. Elopement has become popular over the years and can help you and your partner stay away from the decision of canceling your wedding completely. We are here to give you different options or ideas on how to move forward during this time.

Elope First

Your wedding day is all about the marriage and love between you and your partner. Rather than postponing or canceling your ceremony, think about scheduling an elopement date. Elope first and celebrate later. You and your partner would be able to still have a photographer or videographer to capture those special moments between you and your loved one. Some vendors you may want to think about still using are the officiant, a beautician, and a florist.

Elopement Attire

This day is about you and your partner’s new life together. Whatever you want to wear you can wear. You can also decide on what to wear from the elopement destination. Themes can include classic, short and modern, bohemian, asymmetrical, and cosplay.

 

Celebrate Later

Nothing is wrong with holding a reception or after party later in the year or even next year to celebrate your elopement between you and your partner. During this time, this may be the best decision for you and your partner instead of canceling your wedding completely.

Announce Your Post Wedding Celebration

This is a perfect time to use those elopement photographs that were taken to let the people you want to invite know there is a ceremony or after party later in the year to celebrate you and your partner.

 

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Pandemic Wedding

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Pandemic Wedding

Are you not sure on how to proceed your wedding day? During this pandemic, guidelines and news change every day. This makes it hard to predict what is going to happen a few days from now. The key is to be prepared for every scenario in case guidelines do change before your wedding day. We are here to help you with some useful tips to have your special day safely during the pandemic.

Pandemic Communicate

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate.

You and your partner need to communicate to your venue, guests and vendors about updated information. Tomorrow could be a totally new day with new guidelines to follow. You and your partner could create a website, Facebook page group or group email list to easily update your venue, guests and vendors.

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Small Weddings are OK

Every county and state is different regarding the amount of people that can attend certain events. The most that has been allowed is 250 people or less. Smaller weddings that include your family and close friends are okay. As long as you and your partner celebrate your special day with love and happiness, it doesn’t matter how many guest are there.

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CDC Guidelines

Your venues and vendors are to follow the CDC guidelines that are in place at that time. In order to follow social distancing guideline, tables and guest must safely be spread out six feet apart from each other. Also keep in mind to let guest know that some venues are requiring masks to be worn in certain areas of the venue.

Vendors

Plans have probably changed due to the pandemic regarding your caterer, hair and make-up stylist or even photographer/videographer. It is important to keep in touch with vendors regarding guidelines they have to follow and what is needed to be included like masks or sanitizing stations in order.

Please be respectful the to staff that is helping make your special day safe and enjoyable. They are doing their job by ensuring social distancing policies, that are already in place, to keep you and your loved ones safe and happy.

 

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Downsizing Feature

Downsizing Your Wedding’s Guest List

Downsizing Feature

Downsizing Your Wedding’s Guest List

Amazing weather, loved ones arriving on time, and things are just running smoothly. You are able to mingle and interact with all of your guests while having a meaningful moment with the ones you value and love. This may be difficult to achieve if you are planning on having a larger size wedding.  We are living in a different world right now. You may have already scheduled your 200+ guest wedding but are worried that it may not happen. Well you may be able to, just with less guests. It is okay to cut down on your guest list. Your mom’s co-worker and dad’s 3rd cousin will understand. We want to help with the process of downsizing your wedding’s guest list.

With more people, comes more anxiety. Even though it’s your big day, when planning your wedding, keep your guest and their needs in mind is considerate and will affect the outcome of your special day. Having a larger wedding will make keeping your guests needs and safety stressful as you will have more people to accommodate for.

We want you to have your dream wedding as much as you do. This may not be what you and your partner want to hear, but it probably the safest and healthiest option to have your wedding that you and your partner will remember for a lifetime. Take some time with your partner to discuss these ways on how to downsize your wedding’s guest list.

Small Weddings Small Weddings are OK

You and your partner don’t have to invite 200+ guests to have that fairytale wedding. A small wedding with 75 guests can be that wedding you have been dreaming about. Your wedding day is about you and your partner, not about the amount of guests. Having the chance to spend the most memorable times with your closest family and friends is what matters.

Double CheckDouble Check Your Guest List

You and your partner want to aim for having 75 or less guests. You may not need to cut down on your guest list, you may already have less than that. If you don’t, you may need to do the following on how to decide how and when you have to cut some people out to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Friends FamilyLimit to Close Family and Friends

Consider inviting only close family members and friends for you and your partner. These are the people that have been the closest involved throughout your life. This will make your special day more memorable and will be cherished for a lifetime.

DownsizeHow to Downsize Your Guest List

Of course this is something you and your partner do not want to do, but is probably the best option with the time we are living right now. Friends of friends and plus one’s will understand this decision is for everyone’s safety. Options may include a personalized phone call, text or email to that person or couple. A live stream of your wedding and reception could be an option and can be included in the phone call, text or email where they can watch the live wedding day.

 

 

 

Gratuity Expectations

Vendor Etiquette: Gratuity Expectations

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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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 gratuity expectations. On the day of the wedding reception it is important to have some cash on hand with you.  Tips are a great way to acknowledge when a job is well done but remember they are earned, not guaranteed.  Tipping the DJ a couple hundred dollars extra if they did a good job or stayed longer then expected is a great way to show gratitude.  Look for workers that went above and beyond such as the valet staff, servers, or anyone else that made your day a lot less stressful.  Even though you already paid them, show some love if you think that they did a great job.

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Vendor Etiquette: Vendor Meal

Vendor Etiquette: Vendor Meal

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Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

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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 vendor meals. What is that? Something you likely didn’t think about during the planning process. It is customary to offer your vendors, participating in your big day, a warm meal. By no means are you required to serve the same food as your guests, however, the venue should be able to prepare a meal for your DJ, Photographer, Wedding Planner and anyone else working your ceremony/reception.

Keep in mind vendors are working hard to ensure your wedding is perfect. Often times, vendors can barely slip away to use the restroom, let alone sit down to eat. Feeding your vendors, ensures they have the energy needed, to provide you with their best services. Eating with their hands is not ideal, since their equipment can get messy, afterwards.

Talk to the vendor providing the catering, to determine what options are available, for vendor meals.

Making Educated Decision: Vendor Overload

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This week we focus on vendor overload. Finding the right vendor is always a big challenge to plan for your wedding.  It is important that you don’t overload yourself trying to pick between 30 different vendors.  The key number of vendors to pick from should be three to four. Anything more or less  will not give you the outcome you were looking for.  The best way to narrow down your search is to get quality referrals from the venue or family and friends.  Compare the pros and cons of the vendors, not the hobbyists.  Also look back at the weddings you have attended in the past and see which one would fit your wedding plan the best.

Making Educated Decision: The Premature Question

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Making an educated decision can be difficult, when planning a wedding, for a multitude of reasons. This month we are discussing ways you can make the best decisions, for your special day, without adding any unwanted stress or going over your budget.

This week we focus on asking the premature question.  The question that everyone wants to know but shouldn’t be asked first is, “how much?”  There are several factors that you need to take in account when it comes to prices.  Important factors include day of the week, the month of the year, and how long the wedding/reception will be.  Letting the vendors and entertainment companies know what you have planned allows them to give you a more accurate price.

Here’s a list of QUESTIONS that should be asked:

  1. How many years experience do you have in the industry?
  2. Are you on any preferred vendor lists? If so, where?
  3. How are you different than other vendors, offering similar services?
  4. Have you won any regional awards or been featured in any major publications?
  5. Do you have liability insurance?
  6. What is your backup plan if you got sick the day of the event? Who would step in for you?
  7. Are you familiar in the unique details of our venue? If applicable 
Wedding Tip Wednesday: Budget

Making Educated Decisions: Budget

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Making an educated decision can be difficult, when planning a wedding, for a multitude of reasons. This month we are discussing ways you can make the best decisions, for your special day, without adding any unwanted stress or going over your budget.

This week we focus on budget.  The most important factor about planning a wedding is what no one likes to talk about and that is budget.  This money can come from a variety of different places such as the bride’s parents, family members or maybe you’re paying for it all yourselves.  Either way, you need to sit down with your partner and map out every little detail as to where this money is being spent.  Most of  the money is going to go towards the venue, food and entertainment. A key thing to remember is, you cant please everyone.  This is your special day, so make it your wedding, your voice, and your vision.

Making Educated Decisions | Delegations

Making Educated Decisions: Delegations

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Making an educated decision can be difficult, when planning a wedding, for a multitude of reasons. This month we are discussing ways you can make the best decisions, for your special day, without adding any unwanted stress or going over your budget.

This week we focus on delegation. A common mistake newly engaged couples make is involving too many people in the decision making process. Asking a family member or friend to make calls, to vendors, on your behalf is never a good idea. Often times, the only information that is communicated back, is regarding price. There are many factors that should go into picking a vendor, price cannot be the sole reason. A family member or friend may be biased towards a particular vendor, without knowing much about the quality of their work.

Remember this is your wedding, so it should be your vision and ultimately your voice when making decisions. In order to do that, you need to set aside 5-10 minutes, per day, to speak with vendors yourself.

Lastly, keep in mind, it is hard to convey information, during the initial stages of negotiation, via email. Often times people fixate on the price and not much else, without actually speaking to the vendor and are missing out on quality services.

Love or Pass - Part 4 | Wedding Tip Wednesday

Wedding Trend Forecasting – Part 4

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Our focus in November, will be on Wedding Trend Forecasting, for the coming year.  We will be discussing new trends we love and a few we would rather pass on.  Our special guest commentator, Chris, will help breakdown these trends.

This week we pick one trend to love and another to pass on.

Love:  Artistic Illustrated Invitations for your guests.  Most people go with a basic design when it comes to invitations, however, there are many companies that do awesome creative invites.  Did you know that these were even an option?  All of these have a unique and creative design that will make sure to grab everyone’s attention for your special day.  How could they forget the date after opening this?

Pass: Floral Ice Cubes as the over the top wedding decor.  This will attract a lot of attention from your guests, but eventually will melt leaving flowers in people’s drinks making them constantly refill them.  This will lead to a bigger mess and clean up afterwards. Imagine what you could invest that money into elsewhere on your big day. If you are a big fan of flowers and nature then hosting an outdoor reception will keep in the natural elements a lot easier.

 

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Wedding Trend Forecasting - Part 3

Wedding Trend Forecasting – Part 3

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Our focus in November, will be on Wedding Trend Forecasting, for the coming year. We will be discussing new trends we love and a few we would rather pass on. Our special guest commentator, Chris, will help breakdown these trends.

This week we pick one trend to love and another to pass on.

Love: Unique Venues for your ceremony and/or reception. Most people don’t like to think outside the box regarding wedding venues, however, there are a lot of unlikely places that do host such events. Have you considered an Aquarium, Zoo or Museum? All having a unique vibe that can enhance your special day. Disclaimer: Make sure you have a Plan B in case the unique venue, selected, is unable to host events or has a restriction on the number of guest that can attend.

Pass: Outdoor Foliage such as moss, trees or bushes, as wedding decor. The general rule of thumb is, leave the outdoor elements, outdoors. The natural colors may look cool, however, it could be a mess to clean up. Stick to flowers, ferns and other easy to manage decor, for your wedding. If you are a big fan on nature, consider hosting your ceremony and/or reception outside to draw in the natural elements instead.

 

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Love or Pass - Part 2 | Wedding Tips

Wedding Trend Forecasting – Part 2

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Our focus in November, will be on Wedding Trend Forecasting, for the coming year. We will be discussing new trends we love and a few we would rather pass on. Our special guest commentator, Chris, will help breakdown these trends.

This week we pick one trend to love and another to pass on.

Love: Custom Beer & Wine labels for your wedding. This trend provides a great way to commemorate your special day with libations designed with your name/design. Not entirely new so-to-speak, however, there is a huge focus on local breweries/wineries that keeps this idea on trend.

Pass: Nail Art for your wedding day. This proves to be distracting and does not always photograph well. The goal is to ensure the bride is the focal point, not her nails. In addition, this is “chasing a trend” that will likely not be en vogue, in the years to come.

 

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Love or Pass - Part 1 | Wedding Tips

Wedding Trend Forecasting – Part 1

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Our focus in November, will be on Wedding Trend Forecasting, for the coming year. We will be discussing new trends we love and a few we would rather pass on. Our special guest commentator, Chris, will help breakdown these trends.

Up first, a new trend, we love… Naked Cakes! You might be wondering what that is, however, we promise you its a trend that we will be seeing a lot of in the near future.

A naked cake is a modern twist on a wedding cake. Typically, they are void of icing on the outside, however, contain filling between the layers and unique cake topper.

A minimalist design approach that guarantees a delicious alternative to a classic wedding staple.

 

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Saving with Jodi - Part 5 | Wedding Tips

Saving with Jodi – Part 5

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All month long we will be joined by Jodi Colella, from Wedding Flea Market, to discuss ways to save you money before the wedding and tips to make money after.

Now that you saved all this money on your wedding decor, after attending a Wedding Flea Market, what do I do with the extra money? Simple. Apply those funds towards quality vendors such as: Caterer, DJ/Live Band and or Photographer. This investment will ensure you are cultivating the best experience for you and your guests.

Often times Brides/Grooms get caught up in overthinking about decor, however, little effort is placed on selecting the appropriate vendors, that will enhance your special day. Having saved money, you can now reallocate funds, appropriately.

Keep in mind, guests are not likely to remember your centerpiece, however, will remember if the food and or entertainment was bad.

Saving with Jodi | Wedding Tips

Saving with Jodi – Part 4

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All month long we will be joined by Jodi Colella, from Wedding Flea Market, to discuss ways to save you money before the wedding and tips to make money after.

Think of the Wedding Flea Market as the Black Friday for brides. It allows local resellers a chance to meet, under one roof, to help save you money on decor.

Jodi provides us the following tips: come early, bring cash and have a bag(s) to carry your items.

If you like a good deal and are looking to save money on your big day, consider attending the Pittsburgh Wedding Flea Market, this weekend, at the Monroeville Convention Center – North Hall on Sunday, October 28 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Saving with Jodi - Part 3 | Wedding Tips

Saving with Jodi – Part 3

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All month long we will be joined by Jodi Colella, from Wedding Flea Market, to discuss ways to save you money before the wedding and tips to make money after.

Now that you decided to attend a Wedding Flea Market in an attempt to resell items, what should you consider bringing? It is important to know what does not sell, so you are not disappointed, once there.

In general, the following do not garner as much attention as other items/decor: rings, shoes and undergarments/dresses. Shoes generally look worse for wear after a few hours and rings are awkward to resell in any capacity, since there is a lot of emotional connection to such an item.

Lastly, people have an aversion to second hand items that have been worn, plus most brides want to have a “Say Yes To The Dress” moment when shopping for a wedding dress.