wedding tips

10 Tips From Bride To Bride

This article was written by one of our former brides, Lauren, after her wedding! We hope you enjoy these tips.

  • Place a small number on the back corner of each response card, and record that number on your guest list. You WILL get RSVP cards back that do not have a name written on them or a return address on envelops, and the stamp from the post office from where it shipped from will only go so far.

  • Go to Wedding Expos! See what and who your choices are first hand and in person. Expos give you a chance to see everyone in one place, whether you are looking for one vendor or all of them, and you don’t have to drive all over town to find out they are what you are looking for. Hint: Take your fiancé! If he/she isn’t involved in the wedding planning, they sure will appreciate you after a Bridal Show experience!

  • Please, oh please, don’t buy a dress that weighs more than you. I had a light strapless dress and the only thing I could think about 30 minutes until the end of the reception was taking it off! (And no, not only for that reason!) You don’t realize how much a heavy dress can interrupt your night.

  • Do schedule a little night photo-shoot with your photographer. We did pictures around 10:00 pm when everyone was good and comfortable on the dance floor. We snuck away and took some great shots, along with having a little breather so you get a few minutes of sweet alone time.

  • If you choose to wear a veil, as much as you love that veil and won't have another opportunity to wear one, let me just share my experience before you make the decision you don’t want to part with it the whole day. Everyone that hugs you or dances with you will tug on the veil (without knowing of course) and whatever style your hair was at the beginning of the day will look torn up! If I were to do it again, I’d take it of after dinner!

  • Do a fake cake! The bottom layer of our 5-tier cake was the only part of the cake that was real so we could cut into it and get those priceless picture of smashing it in each others faces. The rest of our cake was in the kitchen already sliced and put out right after we cut into it. Instead of having waitstaff at your cake table for 30 minutes making a mess, it was already done.

  • Make an email address only for wedding correspondence. I had (my name)2B(future last name) and it worked great! If you want to stay in contact with any of your wedding vendors after the big day, send an email to specific people politely asking them to update their address book.

  • Do eat! My hubby and I didn’t make it around to everyone’s table; if that’s rude, we sure didn’t get any complaints. We noticed as we were eating, the people that were going to leave early or knew they weren’t going to run into us on the dance floor came to us.

  • I worried up until a few weeks before the wedding about what “Our Song” was going to be. Its really easy getting frustrated finding a song if you don’t already have one when you’re listening to every word making sure its perfect, however, not you, your hubby, or your guests will most likely hear every word like you did listening by yourself. My advice, pick a song that’s just special between the two of you.

  • Make sure both sets of parents have a speech planned. Our wedding was pretty traditional. The groom's parents threw the Rehearsal Dinner, where his parents said a little something, and my father had a toast during the wedding reception. I know it sounds very traditional, but it really sets the tone for two families becoming one. Everyone could feel the love our parents had for us and our new spouse with words they said.

Holiday Weekend Weddings

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Memorial Day at Arlington National CemeteryThis weekend, we're enjoying a rare Memorial Day weekend off from weddings.  But holiday weekend weddings are extremely popular - is it a good choice for your wedding? With a long weekend like Memorial Day or Labor Day, your guests may be more inclined to stay longer if they are traveling. They won't have to rush back to work on Monday, so they can relax on Sunday. This is great, if you plan to leave for your honeymoon Monday or later.

However, travel fees tend to be higher around the holidays, so it may be more of a financial burden for your out of town guests.

Because your guests may be in town longer, you may also need to host additional parties - a welcome reception, a post-wedding brunch, a Sunday beach party, etc. While this means more time to spend with your friends and family, it can also affect your budget significantly.

If you decide on a holiday weekend wedding, be sure to block off hotel rooms well in advance, as popular destinations may sell out. Also, send your save-the-dates out as soon as possible, so that your guests can begin making travel plans.

We'd also like to take a moment to honor our nation's heroes, and encourage you to do the same this weekend!

Who kept the faith and fought the fight;
The glory theirs, the duty ours.
~Wallace Bruce

Wedding Tips, As Seen on WJXT's The Morning Show

This morning, I got hang out at Channel 4's The Morning Show and share some tips for planning your wedding.  Here is a recap of the tips I discussed, plus a few more we didn't have time for!
Budget-Saving Tips:
  • Plan ahead - don't rush your decisions, and spend time comparison shopping. This will also save on rush charges.
  • Remember to factor in all aspects of a purchase; for example, your wedding gown may cost $1000 but you also need alterations, shoes, a veil, jewelry, and undergarments. These extras can almost double the price!
  • Check websites like Craigslist or Ebay for decorations, centerpieces and accessories.  Brides often sell their decorations after a wedding.
  • Consider investing in wedding insurance to protect your deposits and purchases.
Watch out for:
  • Additional venue fees, like room rental, bartenders fees, and overtime charges. Sometimes these are included in the menu price, sometimes they are not.
  • Large companies that can't guarantee you will be working with on your wedding day - especially DJs, photographers, videographers.  Be sure you can meet with the person you will actually work with to be sure their style matches yours.
  • Unlicensed or uninsured vendors.
Some general tips:
  • Check the Better Business Bureau, online customer reviews, and actual client references before hiring anyone
  • Know your budget before you book anything, and prioritize your wish list.
  • If you are ordering a product online, order a sample first (invitations, programs, favors).
  • Ask about return/refund/cancellation policies; these should be clearly stated on the contract or receipt.
  • Use a credit card to add a layer of protection to your deposits.