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How to Create the Perfect Wedding Program

It does not matter if you are having a full-length religious ceremony or a quick one-two “I Do,” a wedding program is a great way to help your guests follow along and know what to expect. (Plus, it’s a fun way to get creative!) Here is how to create the perfect wedding program:

Make It Your Own

You are the one designing the wedding program, so make it fit you and your soon-to-be husband. Style it to fit the wedding you have created. Don’t worry about it being “traditional” because for today’s wedding, the more original you are, the better!

Looks Aren’t Everything

Of course making your program look beautiful is important, but just as important (if not more) is making it functional! Here is what is traditionally found inside the program:

– Name of bride and groom
– Name of parents of the bride and groom
– List of all bridesmaids and groomsmen
– List of all flower girls and ring bearers
– Name of officiate
– Name of musicians and/or others that will be part of the ceremony
– Simple ‘thank you’ to your friends and family for attending/their love and support
– List of events for the ceremony

Don’t Wait Too Long!

If you do decide to create your own wedding program, be sure to have them done a few weeks before the big day. Why add the extra stress by waiting until the last minute?

 

We want to hear from you! Did you create your own wedding program? If so, what did you include?

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What To Know Before Committing To Your Wedding Gown

There is SO much that you have to plan for your wedding, so to make at least the dress shopping a little easier, we have compiled a list of things you should be aware before you say “yes!”

Ask About The Fit

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and bridal consultants are great resources to help you find a dress style that is going to look AWESOME with your figure! I know sometimes you fall in love with a dress you see in a magazine, and we’re not saying that you shouldn’t try that on too, but definitely keep an open mind to different styles because you never know which dress will be perfect for you!

 Ask About The Bustle

You want to know how a dress would traditionally be bustled because there are many ways to do it. Each dress type will have a type that fits it best, but remember, your dress is bustled up for the majority of the night so you want to make sure you like the way it looks. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Ask About The Veil And Other Accessories

If you had your heart set on wearing your mother’s veil or a piece of jewelry that you love, make sure it fits with the dress that you are committing to. Otherwise, you might have to reconsider wearing the accessory for your big day.

Ask About The Hottest Trends

Consultants are great for asking about the current trends because they live and breathe weddings!

Ask About Delivery/Timeline

Make sure whatever dress you decide on can be made and delivered to you with enough time to also get further alterations. This is SUPER important!

Ask About Potential Alteration Fees

If you are a bride on a budget (and let’s face it, who isn’t these days?) you will want to make sure you have a round about idea of what the alterations will cost. Some dresses can be custom made to the exact length you need to save you on hemline costs. Look into these possibilities so you have a clear idea of what it will all cost.

We know sometimes wedding dress shopping can be stressful, but we want it to be a FUN time for you! So we hope these tips will help you in your journey to find the perfect wedding gown!

So did we get this list right? What else would you add to it?

 

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Wedding Day Emergency Kit

It’s always a good idea to prepared for the very worst when it’s the most important day of your life! To help make sure you have it all covered, here is a list of items that we recommend you include in a “wedding day emergency kit.”

Sewing Kit

  • Sewing needles
  • Safety pins
  • Small scissors
  • Hem tape
  • Fashion tape
  • Thread
  • Clear nail polish
  • Super glue
  • Lint roller
  • Chalk
  • Tide-to-go
  • Static guard

Makeup

  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Bronzer
  • Blush
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eyeshadow
  • Chapstick
  • Lipstick
  • Lip gloss
  • Makeup remover
  • Q-tips
  • Oil absorbing sheets
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file
  • Tissues
  • Mirror

Meds & More

  • Pain relievers
  • Personal meds
  • Tums
  • Pepto-Bismol
  • Band-aids
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Tampons
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush

Hair

  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Comb
  • Hairspray
  • Baby Powder

Extras

  • Water
  • Granola bars
  • Chocolate
  • Energy drinks
  • Drinking straws
  • Mints
  • Phone charger
  • Bride’s I.D.
  • Cash
  • Earring backs
  • Black socks

 

We want your opinion! Did we get the list right? What else would you add?

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Maid Of Honor Checklist

Congrats on being asked to be Maid of Honor! There is a lot of responsibility that comes with this role. To help you be the best ‘MOH’ possible, here is a simple checklist to follow:

  • Manage the bridesmaids and mediate and conflicts that arise
  • Keep a level head throughout the bride’s wedding planning
  • Oversee and keep track of pre-wedding expenses for the bridesmaids
  • Pay for her own wedding attire and travel expenses
  • Help the bride shop for her wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses
  • Coordinate any necessary bridesmaid fittings and ensure bridesmaids are getting their dresses and accessories on time
  • Offer to help address wedding invitation and assist with misc. wedding projects
  • Organize and host (or co-host) the bridal shower
  • Organize and plan the bachelorette party
  • Attend all pre-wedding events, including the wedding rehearsal and dinner
  • Offer to help the bride pack for the honeymoon
  • Make sure the bridesmaids all arrive at the wedding on time with everything they need
  • Assist with bride’s appearance during the wedding and rehearsal
  • Hold the bride’s bouquet during the ceremony
  • Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony
  • Sign the marriage certificate
  • Give a toast to the bride and groom at the reception
  • Make sure everything at the reception goes as planned
  • Help transport wedding gifts from the reception
  • Attend the send-off party or post-wedding brunch

We want to hear from YOU! Did we get this list right? What else would you add to the list of responsibilities for a Maid of Honor?

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Savoring Your Engagement

Your significant other popped the question; you laughed and cried, but most importantly said yes! Now, that the engagement rings sitting nicely on your finger…take a deep breath and let’s talk about what you should do in the next hours and days to come.

First, give your parents the honor of hearing the joyous news first. When you do so, be sure to have some champagne popped, ready to start the celebrating. Following that, before you log in to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to update the whole world about your recent relationship status, be sure to call all those important and close to heart in your life first. You will be happy you did!

Now, fast-forwarding a bit. During the first week following your engagement, take the time to get yours ring appraised if it hasn’t yet, as well as, get that bling insured. This may sound a tad unromantic, but nothing’s sweeter than peace of mind.

I know it is tempting to jump directly into planning; however, take some time to soak in the engagement. You deserve it! Once you do dive into the planning process though, we’re here to help you find your perfect wedding dress!

What did you do right after you got engaged? Did you jump into planning or take a step back and enjoy the moment? We want to hear your thoughts!

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Get the Most Out of a Bridal Expo

When the excitement of the engagement begins to fade, brides often find themselves hit with a wave of planning panic. First, take a deep breath and relax. This is the fun part!

Bridal expos are the most convenient way to learn about the countless options you have concerning the big day. However, attending a bridal expo can be extremely overwhelming to an indecisive bride or groom. Well, we’re here to give you a couple tips on attending your first expo.

First things first, do your research and figure out the different bridal expos scheduled in your area. Once you decide on which one will fit into your schedule, register for the show. Oftentimes, shows offer a discount toward the purchase of your ticket if you register early. Next, devise a game plan. Print out a map of vendors and highlight which ones you definitely want to check out.

Furthermore, pack a bag with the essentials. Be sure to bring a camera because after a couple hours, booths will start to blend into one another. Bringing a digital camera allows you the opportunity to snap pictures of that beautiful floral centerpiece you fell in love with or the wedding cake design that inspired you. Later down the road, you will be glad to have those pictures to reference. Also, make sure you have your calendar with you to schedule meetings, tastings, etc.

Now that you are ready for your first bridal expo, make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. So, even though you may feel overwhelmed, stay calm. We’re here to make you wedding planning even easier. Whether you’re having a small intimate wedding or a large one with everyone you know, your event needs are covered. 

Did we get it right? What do you do at Bridal Expos to make sure you get the most out of it?

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3 Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests

Planning a wedding involves what seems like a billion decisions. No wonder it can be stressful. If you want your guests to be talking about your wedding for months to come, make sure you incorporate these 3 things that will certainly wow them.

1. Cocktail Hour

Aside from rally guests and get them organized, cocktail hour keeps guests occupied and entertained while endless amounts of pictures are taken of the bridal party. We suggest making this time interactive by setting up a wine tasting that guests can sample at their leisure.

 2. Welcome Goodie Bags

Provide guests with a wedding starter kit the moment they arrive at the reception. This can include: mini-bottles of wine, six-pack of a local microbrew, snacks, chocolate, gum, etc. This way they can dive into the goodies during the reception. Also, be sure to add an individual note.

 3. Dine Around

Invite your guests to enjoy various foods from your favorite local restaurants. Organize food stations featuring pre-selected menu options. Food can range anywhere from sandwiches and fries to pasta and shrimp.

What did you do to wow your guests at your wedding? We want to hear your fun and creative ideas!

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When Planning Your Wedding: Choosing a Wedding Planner

When you hear the term “wedding planner”, most people get the vision of Jennifer Lopez feeding a best man’s speech during the movie, The Wedding Planner. Some people also think a wedding planner is only for the rich and famous. But the truth is, a wedding planner is probably one of the best wedding investments you could make. Here are some reasons to consider why hiring a wedding planner should be at the top of your list…

#1. Everyone deserves a little perfection on their big day. All the organizing and planning can be overwhelming to the average person, but, a wedding planner has done this hundreds of times. Count on their expertise and shortcuts to get things done one time and exactly the way you want them to be.

#2. Find it hard to stick to a budget? No worries – with a wedding planner, budget is key and they are specialists when it comes to keep up with the financial aspects of your wedding. They also know how much things cost and can help you avoid paying too much for certain things.

#3. This YOUR big day – make it an enjoyable experience, not a stressful one. Since it’s their job, a wedding planner has the skills to deal with everything on your behalf. All you have to worry about is taking care of yourself and enjoying your engagement period.

#4. Do you WANT to spend hours finding suppliers and trying to figure out who is trustworthy? Didn’t think so. It’s daunting to know how many suppliers are out there (and how many people it takes to make a wedding a success). Knowing who to trust and who is right for you is one of the hardest tasks of planning a wedding. Once you find a great wedding planner however, the rest is much easier. Also, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to plan or pay for something.

#5. Friends and family making you feel torn with demands? Choose NOT to have to deal with a ton of conflicting opinions from friends and family about how YOUR wedding should be, and hand them over to your wedding planner who will deal with your family’s expectations, show you the available options and can be relied upon to give you expert advice so you make an informed decision.

#6. Are you planning a destination wedding? Forget stressing over how to organize suppliers that you’ve never met or imagine a space you’ve never seen in person. A wedding planner with experience in organizing weddings abroad can get the job done the way you want.

 

Did you recently get married and use a wedding planner? We would love to hear your experience!

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Top Tips for a Summer Wedding

Are you getting married this summer? Don’t worry about the heat because we’ve got you covered with quick summer wedding tips to ensure that your big day will be picture perfect!

1.) Invest In Extra Flowers

Flowers sometimes have a hard time withstanding the heat. Be sure to invest in a few extra boutonnieres and corsages. Keep in mind that you will be wearing these all day so they could get a little beaten down. There will be an extra charge involved, but it will be worth it when you have healthy, vibrant flowers all day and through the night!

2.) Purchase Fans For The Ceremony

Outdoor weddings in the summer months can get brutally hot and uncomfortable for guests. One way to show you care is to provide fans. Ever considered making your ceremony program into a fan? It’s an awesome way to incorporate the two things into one useful item for your guests!

3.) Greet Guests With A Drink

Dehydration is a possibility when guests are outside in the hot weather. Create a fun, refreshing drink for guests to sip on when they arrive. Consider making it a “signature drink” where you make up your own mix and give it a fun name. For example, give out pink lemonade and call it the Blushing Bride. Or hand out tea and call it the Golden Groom.

4.) Keep The Dance Floor Cool

All brides hope that the dance floor is packed all night long. The best way to keep the groove alive is to keep the dance floor cool. Provide fans that aim at the floor and consider providing iced washcloths for guests to cool down with.

5.) Get Rid of Pesky Bugs

Even if you don’t think bugs will be an issue, you will still want to plan for the worst and invest in bug spray. Also, add citronella candles and tiki torches all around the venue. They will add a sense of mood lighting, while also functioning as a repellent for those nasty mosquitos!

 

Are you planning your summer wedding? Let us know if we have left anything important off of the list!

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5 Ways To Include “Something Blue”

We all know the old rhyme – something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. There are so many ways that you can include blue into your special day. Here are a few of our favorites!

1.) Blue Jewelry

A fun way to include blue in your big day is to rock some blue jewelry. It could be something subtle like in your earrings or a bracelet. Or even something more prominent like in a necklace. Whatever you think looks best and goes well with your dress. This is a great way to include blue without being over the top (like wearing a blue dress!).

2.) Blue Bridesmaids Dresses or Blue Suits

Why not make your wedding color blue and put your maids or the men in shades of blue? That’s probably the easiest way to incorporate it into your wedding day.

3.) Blue Nail Polish

Painting your nails blue could also be a fun way to include this old tradition into your wedding. It doesn’t have to be all of your nails; it could just be your pinky or even your toenails to make it more discrete. Then you’re also nicely manicured for the honeymoon right after the wedding!

4.) Blue Garter

Since there are two garters that you wear on your wedding day (one for the groom to toss and one to keep), consider incorporating blue into your toss garter with a simple ribbon or some blue crystals woven in.

5.) Something Sentimental in Blue

We love the idea of including something sentimental in the tradition of “something blue.” Consider getting a small piece of your mother or grandmother’s wedding gown, dying it blue and wrapping it on the handle of your bouquet. Or another trendy idea is to sew your wedding date to the inside of your dress using blue thread.

What did you use for your “something blue” at your wedding? We would love to hear from you!