wedding tips

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


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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.

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