The How To's Of Wedding Planning: Etiquette and Protocols

Even though a wedding is supposed to be a fun, happy time celebrating the union of two people, there are a lot of technicalities that go into making the day perfect that the bride and groom may not consider. Good thing you’re a trained professional who can help make it all possible!

Marriage Licenses 

The rules and regulations that couples must follow in order to obtain a license aren’t always common knowledge. As a planner, make sure they know all of the rules for the state, and that they have proper legal documentation for the day of the wedding.

Save the Dates and Invites

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Save the dates are a cute quirky way to express the personalities of the bride and groom while reminding invitees of the celebration. Usually they are sent 3 months before the wedding date. For Invitations, order them 4 months prior, and send them 6-8 weeks before the wedding. Include the invite, return card and envelope, directions and a meal preference card if required. Use the same stationary for the table placements and menus the day of the wedding, and the thank you notes after, to keep the theme cohesive throughout the event.
Attire

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Usually, the bride won’t consult the planner on gowns or tuxedos. Don’t take it personally, it’s the most important dress she’ll wear, she needs those closest to her to help pick it out! It doesn’t hurt to brush up on gown and tux shops in the area, as well as prices for different designers, just to lend a helping hand. Similarly, the bride will choose how she wants the bridal party to look, so stay on the outskirts and be ready to help if needed.

Financial Traditions

There have been a lot of traditions over the years regarding who pays for what part of the wedding, but everyone’s different! Keep tabs on whether the bride & groom, her family or his family are paying for certain aspects of the day. Communicate with your clients so you know where the different sectors of the budget are coming from, so that everyone gets paid!

Out-of-town Guests

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Remember that these guests need somewhere to stay! Reserve blocks of rooms in two hotels with different rates, so that everyone can make the most of their time in town. Greet them with a “welcome basket” filled with treats and wedding info to help them feel at home! Small favors should also be given to all guests to give them something to remember the amazing night!


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The How To's of Wedding Planning: The Client Interview

If you are a wedding planner, the process of putting together the perfect day for your client can be daunting and overwhelming. But the most important thing to do it stay calm and take it one step at a time. The first step in the process is the Client Interview, which sets the stage for the rest of your time working together. Whether they need you for a little guidance, or to help with every decision, here’s some things to remember when talking to your client.

Budget, Budget, Budget! 

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The average wedding can cost anywhere from $28,000-$32,000, but your bride may have a budget well under or way beyond this. No matter what, make sure your client understands what they can and cannot afford. Get an idea of what their dream wedding would look like, then work to make it a reality at their price point.

 

Setting the Date

The date of the wedding is one of the most important decisions (behind the dress, of course!). Brides don’t always realize, but several aspects of the wedding are centered around the date. Bridesmaid dresses, food, and flowers all depend on the time of year your client is tying the knot.

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Venue and Theme

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Choosing a theme can be a challenge, but also a lot of fun for the bride and groom. Listen to what they want, give guidance without telling them what to choose. After the theme is chosen, you can start picking colors, flowers and dresses! The venue sets the stage for the entire wedding, so make sure the venue can incorporate the number of guests, but also matches the theme the client is going for. Determine if they want a religious ceremony at a church, mosque, synagogue, etc., or if one venue will hold the entire event.

Take detailed notes, look presentable, be informative and polite, and have fun! After the interview, write up a proposal unique to the brides wishes. This is the biggest day of your clients life, and you get to share it with them!


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The Sunshine is Here and Spring Weddings are Near

What’s that? THE SUN? Spring is quickly approaching and what brighter time to have a wedding than the spring season. As you prepare for your springtime wedding, we have some thoughtful tips for you on how to make it the absolute best. Spring is one of the most popular times for weddings, and so being prepared is crucial to the big day success.

  1. Rain rain go away, come again another day.

Yes, as much as we love spring, the rain showers are unavoidable. And how can we prepare for this trouble that mother nature likes to cause us?

There’s a simple solution… Tents, tents, and bigger tents. Look up tent rentals to ensure that yes, you can have that outdoor wedding you’ve always wanted, but not at the cost of that perfectly done up hair. Tents are a stunning, simple way to prevent the rain from ruining your special day. You’re still outside, but safe from the mudslide; the kind of slide all white gowns are trying to avoid. wedding tentttt

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2. Tis’ the Season for your favorite flowers.

With all that rain and sunshine your favorite flowers are sure to bloom. Here’s a list of top ten seasonal flowers at your lucky disposal for the spring! Not every wedding gets to feature these gorgeous flowers, but yours certainly can. Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful gardens that spring gifts us.

  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Tulip
  • Snakes Head Fritillary
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Hyacinth
  • Winter Aconite
  • Bluebell
  • Puschkinia
  • Pleione spring flowers

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3. We still love you pastels, but it’s time for some change.

There’s always going to be the classic pastel color palettes in the spring, but there’s no reason for you to hold back on trying something new. Pastels can be beautifully mixed with contrasting colors just to spice things up a notch! Baby pinks with a charcoal gray, maybe lavenders with pops of bright fuchsia, or go bold with pops of dark red blended in with those spring tints and shades. This maintains the pastels we love, but freshens them up with something different. Who’s going to stop you? The pastel police? I don’t think so.

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4. It’s not summer just yet.

We’re all guilty of getting a little TOO excited about the warm weather. Yes the sun is shining, but it’s not time for strapless dresses and flip flops quite yet. Especially for a spring wedding, don’t forget the day can be a little chilly and by night you might want to bundle up. The bridal party, including the bride herself, might want to consider something like shrugs, shawls, or wraps. It’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want people thinking, “I’m cold” when they should be thinking, “Best wedding ever.”

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5. Spring-time Inspiration.

There’s so many inspiring features to spring that can be perfectly tied into your seasonal wedding. From invitations, all the way to the gown, spring holds special ideas that can only be effectively used this time of year.

Send a bulb or some flower seeds in your “Save the Dates” as a marker/reminder of your spring wedding. Men, do the unthinkable and wear light-colored suits as opposed to your average all black, or dark formal wear.

Thinking floral headbands? Yes, yes, and yes. Springtime is THE time to whip out those flower wreaths as headbands, and bring a whole new meaning to “flower girl.” And don’t choose one kind of flower, choose a bunch. You have so many options, never feel like you’re limited to one, especially in the blooming springtime.

Spring is all around, and the inspiration coming from nature is endless. Look around yourself, and get creative!

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Whether you’re braving the rain in a wedding tent, mixing up your pastels and contrasting them, or adding a shawl for comfortable flair… Springtime is approaching, and wedding planning is a beautiful thing. Take advantage of the fabulous season that nature is giving you and get going on creating the day to remember!

Happy Spring.

 

 


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Hopping Into Pastels For Your Wedding

 Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and beautiful colors are springing in to light. When it comes to Spring weddings there are never a shortage of luminous pastels to choose from for your bridesmaids dresses, flowers or other accent features.  Take a look at these pretty pastels to inspire your magical spring wedding!

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By uniquely incorporating florals into your reception decor, you can add a fresh look and some extra romance! There are so many combinations of flowers and Better Home and Garden Magazine showcases the best one for any couple. Whether you are a lover of pink and purple or blue and green there are so many ways to showcase your personality through the elegance of flowers.

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Nothing is sweeter than beautifully colored treats! You can incorporate pastels into other little areas of your wedding such as invitations, your signature cocktails, table centerpieces and of course, the sweet treats. The Knot has more inspiration on how to do just that!

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Pastel colored bridesmaid dresses are simple, elegant and timelessly beautiful. Spice them up with floral headpieces for a fun and flirty twist! When it comes to pastels you can keep a traditional look or even go with something more modern. Brides Magazine looked into fun ways to wear these fun colors.

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Flowers, flowers and more flowers! They are the root to your special day and you can never have too many! Try different pastel combinations to perfect the feel you want for your wedding. We couldn’t get enough of what Brides Magazine had to say about pastel bouquets!

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Let’s not forget the grooms! Our men can easily incorporate pastels into their wedding day look with their ties, bow ties, socks and boutonnieres. If you’re not sure of where to find these fun looks, check out David Fin‘s luxury ties! They have the perfect colors and designs to match any spring time wedding!


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Tips For Your Leap Year Proposal

February 29th means a lot of things to a lot of people. To us in the wedding world, it’s the day that comes only one time every four years, the day women get the chance to propose to their men. The tradition comes from a 5th century Irish legend called “St. Bridget’s Complaint”. It claims that St. Bridget was annoyed with how long women had to wait for a proposal. (Because let’s be honest, even saints run out of patience). Bridget went to St. Patrick for some help, and he declared that women were allowed to propose only on February 29th, and any man who refused had to pay a fine.

Whileleap-year-proposal time has not necessarily made men any more eager to pop the question, and a fine is no longer the consequence, this urban legend has grown into a full-blown cultural phenomenon. Women everywhere are stepping up and shaking it up, and taking advantage of the chance to get down on one knee.

So, for the woman who’s tired of waiting, or who wants to shake things up, what’s the best way to do it?

First, think of what your man would like. Don’t cover the floor in rose petals and candles if he’s not a super romantic or sentimental guy. Make it special, but keep in mind, don’t propose the way you want to be proposed to. Pop the question the way you think he would want to be asked. If your relationship is full of jokes and pranks, make it funny. If he loves food, incorporate a meal. Keep it unique to him, and don’t get too caught up in what you would want in a proposal.

Second, follow the theme of the day. It’s a fun, quirky tradition that isn’t meant to be taken too seriously. So keep the proposal light, but meaningful. Don’t stress too much about making it leap year blogperfect, just have fun!  And don’t worry about a ring. Take him to dinner or a show or to your favorite spot because in reality, it is the thought that counts. Plus, some girls will still want a ring, so you can decide on those details as a couple afterwards.

Finally, don’t be nervous!!! Remember that your man would be feeling all these nerves if the roles were reversed, so appreciate that guys everywhere who are proposing feel it too. As long as you are confident and happy in your relationship, everything is going to work out. So don’t be afraid! A funky proposal like a leap year proposal is a great way to start off a fun and awesome life together.

Check out great leap year proposal stories here!


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Top Five Valentine's Day Tips For Engaged Couples

With the season of love in full swing, all of the buzz is around how to make this Valentine’s Day special. As newlyweds, you want this day to be equally as memorable as it is romantic. If you want to look beyond the heart shaped boxes of chocolate, these tips are sure to help you exceed all measures of romance… Of course, a little chocolate still never hurt 😉

Check out these top FIVE tips on how to make your Fiance V-Day as special as your blossoming relationship:

1. Pack Your Bags

Nothing screams romance like breakfast in bed with the love of your life on a beautiful Valentine’s Day morning. We’re in luck with the holiday falling on a weekend this year so nothing is stopping you from sneaking away with your sweetheart for a love infused weekend getaway. Maybe something domestic like Maine?

2. Rub Out All That Tension

Everyone loves a little downtime to unwind and relax. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to hit your favorite spa with your other half and just unwind. If you’re looking to spice things up, perhaps try giving one another massages at home. Light some candles, stay in and let Cupid do the work.

3. Put A Ring Name On It

You’ve already put a ring on it. If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special soon-to-be, look in to something personalized. Whether it be catered to solely them with their name or initial or you both as a couple, this is a gift that could send Cupid’s arrow straight through the heart. Some examples are jewelry (wink, wink), video/photo albums, and even ties or cuff links for him.

4. The Fastest Way To The Heart Is Through The Stomach

Along with Valentine’s Day being the day of love, it is also a day of good food. Take this opportunity to make reservations at that new restaurant in town that everybody is raving about. If you’re looking for something more low key, try making dinner together at home. But don’t forget to leave plenty of room for dessert!

5. Something Sexy

This is for the ladies. If you’re trying to keep the soon-to-be newlywed romance at its peak, a great idea for a Valentine’s Gift is… you! Think about doing a romantic boudoir photo shoot and giving the end result to your fiance. Sexy and classic.


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