Helpful Tips

Wedding Details: Buttons

Looking for an inexpensive decoration item for you wedding? Think about using buttons! With a variety of colors and sizes, buttons are a cute item to incorporate in your wedding décor and fashion.

Don’t want to use flowers for your wedding bouquet? Make a bouquet from felt flowers and buttons!

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Use buttons in your wedding colors to dress up your wedding favors or place cards!

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With a little time and creativity, boutonnières can be made using buttons!

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Cakes look great decorated with buttons!

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Who knew that something as simple as a button could add so much character to wedding decor and fashion. While planning your wedding keep in mind that sometimes the most seemingly ordinary objects can be used in creative and fun ways!

Hurricane Season Is Here

From The Wedding Protective Plan FAQ section :

We are only 10 days into the six month long Atlantic hurricane season. If you are planning a Florida wedding sometime between June and November you may want to consider protecting all the energy, time, and money you’ve invested in your big day. The Wedding Protective Plan from Travelers Insurance offers coverage for weddings that are postponed due to severe weather, military deployment, and many other unforeseen circumstances.

 

Q: Basically, what does the Wedding Protector PlanSM cover?
A: The plan can reimburse you if an important item related to your wedding (for example, your ring) is lost or damaged before you get married. The plan can reimburse you in case you lose your deposit if a vendor (for example, your florist) goes out of business before your wedding. You also can receive funds if events beyond your control cause you to postpone your wedding.  You may add coverage to protect you in case someone at your wedding is injured or causes damage to property of others. Of course, certain terms and conditions apply to these coverages, which you will want to review before you purchase your Wedding Protector Plan.

Visit the Wedding Protector Plan at www.protectmywedding.com for more information, FAQs, a risk assessment quiz, and a premium calculator.

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Crafty Wedding Favors Within a Budget

Things have gotten very creative when it comes to the popular wedding favors of today. No longer are they fine polished silver bells that you have to worry about cleaning every few months so they don’t tarnish. With many bride and groom’s having to worry about everything else that comes with a wedding, especially the major expenses of a venue and caterers, it’s nice to spend a little less on favors while still giving it a unique touch. Here are some examples of wedding favors that can add a whimsical and personal appeal to your wedding.

Holographic glasses

Sure, these glasses are a little silly. But they are also fun and can only cause giggles for your wedding guests. When peering through these one-of-a-kind glasses, all points of light (candles, street lamps, headlights) turn into hearts. Plus, what’s so great about these is you can either keep them or throw them away. They are just there to entertain the guests and show them that you are thinking of them.

DIY Cotton Candy Favors

Some brides like to explore their crafty side and make party favors themselves. These Do It Yourself Cotton Candy Favors are one perfect way to show this.  Also known as “Fairy Floss,” flavors include Pistachio, Vanilla, and Rose and look extra sweet in these translucent envelopes. For full directions, check out this link.

Cookie Bags

These edible cookie bags, found on Martha Stewart are perfect favors for a summer wedding. Made to resemble paper bags, they vary in size and can either be taken home or, if they look too savory to wait, can be gobbled up at the wedding.

Forget-Me-Not’s

Many Spring/Summer weddings are based around flowers, and the new gardening season, which is why these Forget-Me-Not seed wedding favors are sure to be a hit.

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Words of Wisdom from Randy Fenoli

I recently attended an event in Orlando for wedding professionals featuring none other than Randy Fenoli, star of Say Yes To The Dress and Fashion Director at Kleinfeld Bridal.

At the end of his presentation, Randy opened the floor to questions.  I asked, “What is the one thing you wish every bride would do before their first dress appointment?”  After the shouts of  “wear underwear!” from every seamstress and bridal shop owner in the audience, Randy answered the question quite simply: bring  in  pictures!

He suggests pulling  a few pictures (don’t get carried away) from magazines of dresses that you like.  He said he can tell a lot from a picture – and it’s not always about the actual dress.  It might be the fabric, it might be the look on her face.  So don’t be afraid to bring in some ideas when you make your first appointment to try on gowns.

Randy has a new book coming out in November, which you can pre-order on Amazon.com.  It will have tons of his tips – and will feature only photos of real brides in real dresses in every shape and size.  We can’t wait to read it, Randy, and thanks for helping make every bride beautiful!

Wedding Traditions: To Have and To Hold

While many weddings these days tend to move away from the traditions of the past, there are still some components that should always remain intact. Following these simple, but vital guidelines will show your guests and family that you are being respectful while also adding your own creativity to the mix.

“Start Spreading the News”

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Although you may not be “leaving today” as Frank Sinatra put it, it is a great idea to let the bride and grooms parents know of your engagement. It may not be mandatory, but it shows respect for the bride as well as her family, especially if they are partaking in the payment of part or all of the wedding. Then, all of the close friends can personally be made aware in whatever way you see fit.

Additional ways of announcing your engagement, could be to have it included in the newspaper. Also sending out invitations for an engagement party is a great way to include those in the wider circle of friends who may or may not be attending the wedding.

Thoughts on Cost

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It is more common today for both the bride’s and groom’s parents to help out with the major costs, such as the catering and wedding venue. However, sometimes it can be the obligation of the bride and groom to pay the costs, taking into consideration that their parents are deceased or elderly, or if it is not their first wedding. Either way, it is still important to make sure that everyone is valued for their aid in the finances.

This list of “wedding etiquette practices” taken from The Wedding Establishment is a great way of organizing the costs amongst the two families.

The bride’s family pays for:

  • All reception costs, including venue, catering, flowers, decorations etc (this can be share with groom’s family)
  • Other associated event costs such as engagement party, wedding breakfast etc.
  • The bride’s dress (this may be shared with the bride)
  • All wedding photography and wedding videography
  • Wedding stationery
  • Wedding cake and favors
  • All bridal accessories, hair and makeup (this can be shared with bride or attendants)
  • Mother of bride outfit
  • Accommodation for bride’s family if they have to travel a long distance

The groom’s family pays for:

  • Share of reception costs
  • Alcohol at the reception
  • Entertainment
  • Wedding cars

The bride

  • Her gown (if her parents are not paying)
  • The groom’s wedding ring
  • Part or all of the attendants’ dresses, particularly if it’s a unique design that’s not easily worn again
  • Honeymoon to be shared with the groom

The groom

  • The bride’s wedding ring
  • Bouquets, buttonholes and corsages for the bridal party and parents
  • Gifts for the bridal party
  • The marriage license
  • Wedding ceremony costs
  • The groom’s suit
  • Groomsmen suits’ costs (if appropriate)
  • Honeymoon shared cost with bride.

The Three S’s: Seating, Standing, and Salutation

Ceremony—

Seating: The proper etiquette in a church setting, in particular, would be to have the bride’s family on one side and the groom’s on the other. Room should also be left in the few front rows for the parent’s and close family. Most of the time usher’s are used to avoid confusion. Typically, the usher’s will greet you at the door and courteously take you to your seat.

Standing: Depending on your faith, the procession of the bridal party will vary. In most Christian weddings, the groom and groomsmen wait in the front of the church. The bridesmaids will lead the procession down the aisle, followed by the ring bearer and flower girl and the main girl, the BRIDE!!

Reception—

Reception Line: This is a great time for the bridal party to really connect with the guests. Introductions will be made of whoever is in charge of the wedding. If the case is that both the bride and groom’s parents have split the costs, the mother and father of the bride would be introduced first, then the mother and father of the groom, bridal party and of course, the bride and groom for the big finale.

Seating: Usually, the bride and groom will have a table in the center of the room, with the bridesmaids to her right and the groomsmen to his left. The parent’s will sit with close relatives at another table. Make sure that the guests at each table are seated with others they can somewhat relate to, so it makes for a smoother and more enjoyable night.

Speeches

Traditionally, the father of the bride, head groomsmen and groom give speeches at the reception. However, many modern day weddings include a speech by the mother of the bride/groom, bridesmaids, and other close family. It is really the decision of the bride and groom. Ensure that someone also acts as an MC, so all of the names are pronounced correctly, and try not to let anyone go over 10 minutes in their speech. There is only so much your guests want to hear, with out turning it into an epic performance.

Cutting the Cake

This is a fun time for the bride and groom to connect with each other and share this exciting moment. In this occasion it is important that the cake be placed in an open area that is clearly visible for the photographers and videographers to gain the best shots.

The Dance You’ll Always Remember

It is best to choose something tasteful for this special first dance that means something to both the bride and groom. After they dance, the parent’s of the bride and groom and bridal party can now take the floor. Customarily, the bride will dance with her father and the groom with his mother.

Saying Goodbye

This is the point of the reception, where the bride will throw her bouquet, and the groom the garter. This is a moment of good luck and love in marriage to whoever catches these two. Therefore, it is one that should not be missed. It is a richly symbolic moment.

The Thank You

The bride or groom should take this time to thank all of the key people that played a part in the wedding (the hosts, maid of honor, bridesmaids, etc.) Send thank you’s to all the guests that came there for your special day. The formal wedding etiquette was to typically send out thank you’s up to 12 months after the wedding. Nowadays it’s better to send personalized thank you notes up 1 or 2 months after.