Planning Tip #543 The Wedding Favors
Try Eco-Friendly Wedding Favors.
Planning Tip #562 Bridal Party Gift Idea
Two Section Personalized Wine Bag Tote
Planning Tip #224 The Flowers
Having flowers flown in will raise your costs so only use only in season and readily available flowers.
Planning Tip #126 The Budget
Hire a student quartet to play during your ceremony or cocktail hour. Check with local colleges and universities.
Planning Tip #107 Wedding Attire
Most of the big bridal shops have huge sales once a year, which are typically held at hotels or other venues like wedding shows. Look in your local paper or ask a wedding planner to find out what time of the year the sales are held.
Planning Tip #4 Wedding Invitations
Instead of paying extra for your invitations to arrive assembled, buy a few bottles of wine, gather friends and have an invitation assembly party! Just don’t spill the wine on your invitations by accident.
Planning Tip #254 - Engagement Ring
If you would like to wear your engagement ring during the wedding ceremony, simply place it on your right hand. After the ceremony, discreetly remove it and replace above your wedding ring.
Planning Tip #488 - The Bouquet
If you decide to do a bouquet toss at the reception but would like to keep your bouquet as a keepsake be sure to order a toss away version. Your florist will create a matching bouquet you can use during this popular wedding tradition.
Planning Tip #17
Not knowing what to call your in-laws can lead to uncomfortable and awkward situations. Try one of these tips to figure it out: 1. Just Ask 2. Follow the lead of your spouse 3. Use their first names 4. Invent a pet name 5. Go with the classics of Mom And Dad
Planning Tip #311 - Summer Wedding
If you have your heart set on an outdoor ceremony, consider providing guests with a provision or two to make the heat of the day a little more bearable such as a hand fan. Whether you create your own hand fan or come up with a similar idea, your guests will surely appreciate your creativity and sensitivity during the wedding. Don’t underestimate the cooling power of a simple fan.
Planning Tip #207 - The Guests
If most of your guest list resides local, plan for at least 85% of your invited guests to attend the wedding and/or reception. Expect about 50-60% of your out-of-town guests to attend.
Planning Tip #54 - The Ceremony
Programs are a must have for every wedding. A wedding program provides your guest with the order of ceremony and events, a listing of the bridal party, acknowledgements, and anything else you wish to include like your wedding vows.
Planning Tip #877 - The Ceremony
The bride and groom can become so excited about the big day that little details may slip by like who will perform the wedding. Find an officiant to perform your wedding well in advance. Six to nine months out from the wedding date is a good time to start your search.
Planning Tip #999 - To Do Before I Do
No one likes a slacker, particularly if she comes back from vacation tanned and blissed-out. Avoid becoming the office pariah by tying up projects and other loose ends before you check out for your wedding. Discuss your workload with your boss and co-workers, and divvy up tasks that must be handled while you’re out for the wedding and honeymoon. Inform everyone who will be even a little...
Planning Tip #371 - Invitations
Mail wedding shower invitations 4 to 5 weeks in advance to allow the guests plenty of time for gift buying.
Planning Tip #820 - The Law
Paperwork is a necessary evil — even when it comes to joyous occasions like weddings. Pre-wedding marriage requirements vary by location. Some states still require old school blood tests, proof of vaccination from specific diseases and documentation of the legal dissolution of any previous marriages. Other states are much easier by comparison, requiring the couple only to fill out a form...
Planning Tip #561 - The Timeline
Give yourself at least 9 - 12 months to plan your wedding. If you spend only a few months planning an extravagant affair, chances are it will look rushed. If you want to get married quickly opt for a small ceremony.
Planning Tip #125 - The Reception
Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes to change into. While those 5” strapless heels might look amazing your feet will begin to hurt and impede your ability to have a good time. Some cute flats or sandals that match your dress will be perfect.
Planning Tip #223 - Ring Budget
Know what you can afford before you visit the jeweler. Your ring budget should total no more than two months salary of both the bride and groom combined.
Planning Tip #3 - Etiquette
Maid of Honor vs. Matron of Honor. A “Matron” of Honor is a woman that is or has been married. Wedding parties can have both a Maid and Matron of honor.
Planning Tip #106 - Save the Dates
“Save the Date” notices are not required for local weddings. They are a great way to alert invited out-of-town guests ahead to time or if planning a destination wedding.
Planning Tip #116 - Guests
If you invite out-of-town relatives or friends to the wedding make sure you find hotels close to the venue or your home. Work with the hotel to negotiate a group rate.
Planning Tip #912 - The Groom
To keep peace make sure you involve the groom with the wedding plans. His ideas may not be the greatest but out of sheer respect ask him anyway.
Planning Tip #412 - Invitations
Invitations should be mailed out 4-8 weeks prior to your wedding. Eight weeks for long distance guests.
Planning Tip #235 - Honeymoon
Schedule your honeymoon a day or two after your wedding. This will give you and your new spouse a chance to relax and rid yourselves of the after wedding fatigue. Being refreshed will make for a more enjoyable time together.