Tuesday, March 30, 2010
However, there are lots of planners out there who are more interested in hearing your ideas, no matter how few or how many, and creating several options from which you pick and choose your perfect wedding.
Also, planners can be there only on your wedding day. If you think this is more what you will need because you have the planning and budgeting all taken care of, ask the planners you are considering what they charge for that service. It can be helpful (and even necessary) to have someone who isn't a relative or a guest telling Aunt Sally when you have to be excused to cut the cake. This can help the events of the day flow smoothly, and you have someone else to do the legwork and communication for you.
It is never a faux pas to tell a planner what your budget is for a planner (and, of course, for your whole wedding), and ask what they can offer. There isn't really a going rate for planning, and high end or celebrity planners and coordinators charge more, but may not have experience creating a budget wedding. Seek and ye shall find, my fair bride-to-be.
Be honest with yourself and your wedding planner, and you'll get off to the right start.
And, if you absolutely don't want or can't afford to hire a planner, check out this blog, our Facebook page (become a Fan!), our Twitter, and our favorite favor website for tips and products!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
You should register at one to three stores. It's great to give your guests some options, but you don't want to overwhelm them.
If you're stumped on what you need to register for, try a registry guide like the Knot offers. It tailors suggestions to your style.
If you don't want to register for housewares, you can register for donations to the charity of your choice. The I Do Foundation allows you to register and designate your charity - or several. The foundation also donates 10% of gift purchases to your charity!
Don't list your registry information on the invitation; it's considered bad etiquette. You can list the information on your wedding website, or allow it to be passed around by email or word of mouth.
Asking for money for your gift registry puts the guests in an awkward position. Think about registering for help with your honeymoon. The Honeymoon and Honey Fund allow you to include your honeymoon travel on your registry. This allows guests to specify their gift, if they choose. For example: a guest can donate money for your chosen item of airfare or scuba diving lessons.
Last but not least, remember to send thank you notes. You can order thank you notes at the same time as your invitations and save the date cards, which may save some money by buying in bulk. The bride and grooms should both be writing notes, and you can divide that task however you choose. The proper time frame to send thank you notes is within two weeks for gifts that are received before the wedding and within four weeks for gifts received at or after the wedding. Better late than never, however. (Handwritten is the way to go.)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
From top left: Photo from Shawn Connell at Christian Oth Studio, coaster favors from Your Wedding with the Aspen Shops, stamp at Zazzle.com, a flickr photo, Crane paper invitations, cake by the Cake Walk in Cary, North Carolina. Beautiful wedding dress with navy accent from Sincerity Bridal, flickr just married car (cute, right?), After Six bridesmaid dress, blue tables from Wedding Jeannie, shoes by Stuart Weitzman, and throw that fuchsia in with flowers from Lara Swanson photo.
Love the fresh look navy can bring to your reception and wedding. Adding your choice of pop - gold as in the cake, fuchsia as in the bouquets, or silver as in the invitations - can really create a modern and rich color scheme. Navy says spring! I'll have to work on incorporating navy into the fall inspiration boards as well.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Also, a seating chart template is available to help you count the number of people at each table and give you the total number of guests at each table.
How about this budget breakdown? It automatically provides an estimated column and an amount spent column, so you can check how close you are to sticking to your budget.
The wedding album template is gorgeous, and it lets you choose from several options to show your guests the photos you choose from your wedding.
One of my favorites (as if they aren't all my favorite) is the wedding day schedule. This template offers up a starting point for how to make sure you get to the church on time! It is as flexible as you want it to be, and it can be really handy for everyone in your bridal party to access - even from their mobile devices!
Talk about a handy tool. I love Google. Do you think you'll have a use for these document templates?
What are your other wedding planning challenges - besides organization?
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
A really hot trend I'm finding in weddings recently is the black and white look with one bold accent color. This looks very modern, and it is easy to coordinate all the decorations and clothing for the wedding.
Monday, March 15, 2010
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Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
There are many trends popping up for wedding cakes in your 2010 wedding. The best news is that your cake can be as big or as small as you like, and you can find a cake (or dessert) to fit any budget. The first, and one of my favorites is the tall, romantic, multi-tiered cake. Take a look at this seven layer beauty. This cake mixes patterns and has flowers added at the top for decoration. While you may not have need for all those layers, if the look is what you've been going for, you can substitute fake tiers! This can be a money-saver, and it can help you get the cake you prefer.
If you want to have a cake for tradition only and you're determined to do a different type of dessert, you can follow the trend of a two tiered wedding cake! You can still get a pretty cake cutter. And have the "feeding each other cake" experience.
My favorite trend is the black and white cake. It looks classic, can be altered to go with any theme, and matches any color palette! These cake candles make great favors if your cake is a focus of your reception. (They would be great for a daytime cake and punch reception too!)
Another trend is personal size cakes. You've probably seen the cupcake tower. That continues to be a popular option, but so do other types of towers. Cinnamon rolls, individual cheesecake, pies, eclairs....any dessert you can imagine can probably fit into a custom built tower for your wedding. Again, if you are on a tight budget, you can look into creating this tower yourself with treats you (or a friend) make at home!
A candy buffet has become a popular option at weddings, but this usually becomes an additional favor instead of a dessert substitute. Here's a how to. One great variation on this theme is a cookie or sundae buffet. With the cookies, you can make the dough ahead and freeze, then follow the same ideas as you would with a candy buffet: find pretty containers and plates and make a beautiful table. With sundaes, you can make the table look pretty with old-fashioned tulip cups for the sundaes. When you buy the ingredients in bulk, you can save some money.
In 2010, the trends are varied in size, cost, and look! You can be romantic with a large cake, add a bold pop of color with flowers, have a small cake for ceremony's sake, a cake with modern design elements, or forgo the cake all together!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Are you having trouble finding that unique, classic, somewhat bohemian dress for your big day?
Anthropologie lovers can relax! The news is that Anthropologie is starting a bridal line to be released in Spring 2011! Spring 2011? That's a year away! My wedding is in a year, you say. I can't wait until the day before my wedding to see if something comes out in this line that I am in love with!
Well, for those of you who can't wait, check out Anthropologie now. They have a few options for bridal, if you are the type that thinks outside the box. Most of them are of the shorter variety, which is a predicted trend for 2010 weddings.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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