14 3 / 2012
Planning Tip #224 The Flowers
Having flowers flown in will raise your costs so only use only in season and readily available flowers.
22 2 / 2012
Planning Tip #126 The Budget
Hire a student quartet to play during your ceremony or cocktail hour. Check with local colleges and universities.
14 9 / 2011
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.
13 9 / 2011
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.
10 9 / 2011
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.
09 9 / 2011
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.
08 9 / 2011
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 bit impacted by your absence, and give them the name of the person they can turn to if necessary.
07 9 / 2011
Planning Tip #371 - Invitations
Mail wedding shower invitations 4 to 5 weeks in advance to allow the guests plenty of time for gift buying.
04 9 / 2011
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 in person and observe a waiting period before walking down the aisle.
Because of the wide variations in marriage laws, every bride and groom should look into local requirements months ahead of the big day.
03 9 / 2011
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.
31 8 / 2011
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.
25 8 / 2011
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.
24 8 / 2011
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.
23 8 / 2011
Planning Tip #412 - Invitations
Invitations should be mailed out 4-8 weeks prior to your wedding. Eight weeks for long distance guests.