Helpful Tips

Wedding Day and Honeymoon Fun

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We’ve been busy pinning some fun ideas over one our Pinterest boards! Check out our new board, Wedding Day and Honeymoon Fun, for some great getting-ready attire and pre-wedding special touches. Plus, some honeymoon ideas too! What fun ideas have you pinned recently?

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Wedding

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The beginning of a new year always brings talk of resolutions. But as you start thinking about your list, consider adding some wedding-related goals for 2015:

1. Stick to the budget. Seriously. The first step in planning a wedding is creating a budget. Don’t start dreaming of the perfect dress or a spectacular venue until you do so! It will only lead to heartbreak. You’ll also need a final guest list so that you’ll know how many people to budget for – obviously a wedding for 100 people will cost much more than a wedding for 50. Don’t risk starting your married life off with a huge debt from the wedding!

2. Get in shape, but not just for the wedding day. Yes, you may be tempted to lose a few pounds or tone up  your arms or tush before the wedding. And that’s great. But consider making healthy lifestyle choices with your partner, and make them a part of your marriage not just your wedding. While you are planning your wedding, you’ll be on the go and might be tempted to eat fast food or skip meals altogether. Plan ahead to make healthy choices!

3. Give back and buy local. Chances are, you’ll be planning a great party to celebrate your wedding. Why not use local sources as much as possible? Ask your florist if they use local farms, ask caterers about local produce and vegetables. If you are using fresh flowers in your wedding, consider donating them to a local nursing home after the wedding! The residents will love the special thought.

The First Five Things To Do After Getting Engaged

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It’s that time of year again… when over 43% of engagements happen! If you received something shiny this year, here are some tips for the first things to do after saying “yes.”

  1. Let Your Families Know. Start with your parents, and set up a time for them to meet each other if they haven’t already.  Next, share the news with siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. And of course your best friends! Once you’ve made these personal announcements, you can make it “Facebook official” and let everyone else in the world know.
  2. Get Your Ring Insured. This is a step most brides and grooms don’t think about.  If you have homeowners’ or renters’ insurance, talk to your agent about adding the ring to your policy. You’ll probably need an appraisal, and the original purchase receipt.
  3. Talk About Dates. Even if you don’t have “the” date picked out, you should discuss a general time of year, and whether you will be willing to have a Friday or Sunday wedding.  Talk about dates with your families, and also with your officiant or house of worship to make sure you avoid any religious holidays.
  4. Make a Guest List. You’ll need input from your families here too! Ask each set of parents to make their own guest list, and combine them with yours.  From this wish list, you can scale down if necessary.  It’s important to have a ballpark idea of how many guests will be invited before you start looking at venues, and of course for budgeting purposes.
  5. Come Up With A Budget. If your families will be contributing financially, talk to them about the amounts they are comfortable with.  Make a list of your priorities (drop-dead photography, incredible food, over-the-top florals) and then start breaking down your budget based on those priorities.
Once you have these steps taken care of, you can start looking at wedding gowns, interviewing wedding planners, and searching for the perfect location for your big day.

Christmas Inspiration

Christmas is next week! Yikes! If you are busy with wedding planning, your Christmas preparations may have fallen by the wayside this year. But don’t worry, we found some fun and easy projects on Pinterest to inspire you! Head on over to check them out. Merry Christmas!

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A Reminder About Wedding Insurance

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We’ve written a few blog posts about wedding insurance before, but here is a reminder: every wedding should have wedding insurance!

As I type this post, fierce storms with damaging winds and enough rain to cause flooding and landslides are hitting California. What if your wedding was this weekend?

Closer to home, a North Florida wedding venue had some issues last month that caused them to tell couples getting married in December that they can’t host their events. What would you do if you had 10 days to move your entire wedding? Or if you DJ or photographer suddenly went missing?

Wedding insurance covers so many things that brides and grooms don’t want to think about. But saying “it won’t rain on my wedding day” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a backup plan. And wedding insurance is the ultimate backup plan.

This article from CNBC illustrates just what a benefit insurance can be. Josh and Kristina paid around $250 for their insurance policy and were reimbursed for roughly $14,000 in deposits they had paid when their Brooklyn wedding venue went out of business. Just like you wouldn’t want to drive your $25,000 car without insurance, you don’t want to invest that amount (or significantly more) in your wedding and not have protection.

We recommend WedSafe and Wedding Protector Plan for wedding insurance – check out their websites for more info!