Prince Harry and Megan Markle: What Will We See At Their Wedding?

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

Soon it will be Royal Wedding time! No, I’m not talking about the awesome 1951 movie with Fred Astaire.

This is the Royal Wedding where His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle will .

The date has been set – Saturday, May 19, 2018, and like the previous royal weddings of recent – Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William to Kate Middleton; and his parents, Prince Charles and Diana Spencer – the world is already anxiously waiting and speculating on the details.

So, with all of the traditions and other details associated with royal weddings, which ones will Harry and Meghan follow, and which (if any) will they not?

We already know about:

The Proposal
The Royal Marriages Act of 1772 prescribed the conditions under which the royal family would marry. It states “that no descendant of King George II, male or female, other than the issue of princesses who had married or might thereafter marry into foreign families, could marry without the consent of the reigning monarch.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Harry has asked Her Majesty for her permission to wed Meghan Markle, and the Queen has given her blessing.

The Location
Prince Harry and Meghan will be wed in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

St. George's Chapel - Windsor Castle where the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place
St. George’s Chapel

In previous centuries, the traditional ceremony site was the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace. Queen Victoria, among several other royals, was wed in this small chapel (which seats 100).

As the weddings of royalty became more of a public spectacle, larger sites, most notably Westminster Abbey, which seats 2,000 (Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip); St. Paul’s Cathedral, which can hold 3,500 (Prince Charles and Diana); and although smaller in comparison, St. George’s Chapel, which seats about 800 (Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles).

And

The Cake
Traditionally, in Britain, the wedding cake for the royal couple is a fruitcake – a rich, dense cake made of a mix of candied or dried fruit, (such as cherries, pineapple, walnuts and raisins), nuts, and spices, that has been soaked in rum or brandy.

Queen Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten
queen elizabeth and philip mountbatten's wedding cake
The four-tiered wedding cake was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds. It was called ‘the 10,000 mile wedding cake’ because the ingredients used were brought in from South Africa and Australia.

Prince Charles and Diana Spencer
prince charles and lady diana's wedding cake
This five foot tall fruitcake with cream cheese frosting (yum!) was decorated with roses, lilies of the valley, and orchids, and the royal coat of arms.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
prince william and kate middleton's wedding cake
Their eight-tier fruitcake was decorated with hundreds of symbolic decorations including flowers representing the four nations of the United Kingdom – roses for England, thistle for Scotland, daffodils for Wales, and shamrocks for Ireland. They also went untraditional with a chocolate-cookie groom’s cake.

It’s been rumored that Harry and Meghan will choose a banana cake for their wedding. Apparently Harry and his brother William loved any type of banana flavored dessert. So will Harry and Meghan skip tradition altogether and only have banana cake? Or will they have two cakes – one the traditional fruitcake, with the second banana?

But . . .

. . . what about other aspects of their impending wedding?

The Wedding Party
Royal brides traditionally don’t have adult bridesmaids. Instead their bridesmaids are young girls around the age of 10 – 12. Queen Elizabeth had eight bridesmaids.

Diana had five.
charles and diana with their wedding party

Kate had four very young bridesmaids (two of them were aged 3). She and William broke wedding party tradition by having her sister Pippa as a maid of honor, and Harry as the best man (instead of a best man, they have a supporter).william and kate with their wedding party

It’s probably a safe bet that Harry will have his brother Prince William, and his nephew and niece Prince George and Princess Charlotte as their best man, page boy and bridesmaid. Will Kate also have a role?

The Bouquet
Will Meghan include a sprig of myrtle (the “Herb of Love”) in her bridal bouquet?

myrtle - a traditional flower in royal weddings in Britain

Every royal bride since Queen Victoria has done so. After her wedding, Victoria planted a myrtle shrub in her garden. Every royal bride since has carried a sprig taken from the same shrub.

Another bridal bouquet tradition, which was started by Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, (the Queen Mother), is to leave the bouquet at the grave of the Unknown Warrior after the wedding ceremony. The Queen Mum did so in memory of her brother who was killed in the First World War.

The Guest List
Perhaps the most asked question is “Who will Harry and Meghan invite?”

The guest list is important for any wedding. But when yours is one where guests typically are VIPS such as crown heads of Europe and other foreign royals, foreign leaders, church officials, diplomats and celebrities, as well as their family and friends, compiling the guest list is even more daunting and eclectic.

From her work in Hollywood, to his philanthropic endeavors – their “circle” includes several celebrities as close friends.

We won’t be surprised to see:

Meghan’s Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams, Sarah Rafferty, and Gina Torres
Harry’s school pals Eddie Redmayne and Arthur Landon
Former Army pal James Blunt (Will he sing?)
Sir Elton John (Will he sing? Please sing.)
Meghan’s good friends Serena Williams, Misha Nonoo, and Janina Gavankar
Dominic West (who helped Harry raise money for ‘Walking with the Wounded’)
Former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama (huge supporters of Harry’s Invictus Games)

What do you think we’ll be seeing at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

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5 Ways To Make Your Wedding Live On

You’ll have spent a lot of time and hard work making sure your wedding day is absolutely perfect, (well, at least as perfect as humanly possible). So isn’t it a shame that your wedding only lasts one day?

Making your wedding “day” span more than one day, just to make it last obviously isn’t realistic. But the next best thing is to have plenty of reminders located around your home to help you enjoy the day again and again.

Below, we take a look at a few easy to do ideas that’ll ensure your magical day is never too far from your thoughts.

More Than A Day: Ensure That Your Wedding Day Lives OnSource: Pexels.com

1) From The Guests
It’s true that it’s your love that makes the wedding, but let’s be real here: a wedding isn’t anything without the guests!

Your friends and family turned out to make your day extra loving, so why not carry a piece of them back home with you? Of course you can have a guest book available to sign at your wedding, but why not take this a step further and have a book where they can write messages and “wedding words of wisdom” instead of just their name?

There are other guest book alternatives. If you’re artistically minded, have your guests mark their fingerprint on paper with paint; later, you can create a simple but elegant collage to hang on your wall. If you have a theme to your wedding you can also have them sign something that follows your theme, such as a vinyl record or pretty wine bottle.

2) The Photo Album
Of course, your wedding is going to live on – in the form of all the lovely photos that were taken on the day! However, how often you look at them will depend on what you do with the photos.

Instead of keeping them tucked away on a hard to reach digital folder, or a drawer somewhere, use Moments Designer to easily (and inexpensively) create a photo album. You’ll have a professional looking layout, in which your photos will naturally flow into one another, which will really help to bring them to life. And what’s more – the finished product will be in your hands, not tucked away, rarely to be seen.

3) From the Dance Floor
Everyone knows that one of the best aspects of the wedding day is the dance floor shenanigans! We all remember fondly those crazy moves that our parents busted out, but like every other memory, it’ll eventually fade.

But what if it never has to fade? If you have a GoPro or other camera available, whip it out on the dance floor and hand it around. At the end of the night, you’ll have hours of footage – and then you can get to editing it, to make everyone look a bit more smooth on the dance floor than they really are.

4) Preserved in Time
All those cute little decorations and loving notes don’t have to be consigned to the trash. Instead, place them all in a “time capsule”, a simple trinket box that will take up next to no space in your home. When you’re feeling nostalgic for the good times of your wedding, simply get out the box and rifle through all those lovely memories.

5) Music Playlist
Finally, don’t forget your wedding day music playlist!

Make a list of the songs that were played at your wedding. Get a wonderful sampling of the songs that were played (including your “special moment” songs), and load them into Spotify. You’ll be transported back in time every time you hit the play button.

So while your wedding only lasts one day, with these tips you can easily revisit your wedding day.

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4 Fun Wedding Trends for 2018

With each new year comes new wedding trends, and 2018 is no different. Here are 4 popular wedding trends for 2018 we’re sure to be seeing:

1) A New Take On Photo Booths

Photo booths are a lot of fun, and really gets your wedding guests involved, so we’ll definitely still be seeing photo booths at wedding receptions.

However there will be less of the traditional, enclosed style photo booth and more alternative styles, such as the Magic Mirror, a full-length selfie mirror that captures photos on the reflective touch screen,

2018 Wedding Trends - Magic Mirror Photo Booth by Off the Record DJ Video Service - Dayton, Ohio

Green Screens (that let guests choose from different backgrounds), and Slo-Motion Video Booths (these videos are recorded at 240 frames per second at a high-def 1080p for a truly unique video experience).

2) Wedding Dresses With Sheer Panels

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Remember the sheer see-through dress Beyonce wore to the at the 2014 Grammys? Well, it took a few years, but in 2018 skin is in for wedding dresses.

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2018 Wedding Trends - wedding dress with sheer panels
2018 Wedding Trends - mermaid style sheer see-through wedding dress gown

The wedding dress trend we’ll be seeing this year is more sheer “illusion” panels on wedding dresses, from modest illusion necklines and little pops of sheer paneling on the sides, to more daring “see through” gowns.

3) Purple

Purple has always been a color favorite of brides and grooms. It can be soft, dramatic, or mysterious. A combination of the calmness of blue and the energy of red. Purple represents royalty, nobility, and luxury; and is a color of magic.

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Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is ‘Ultra-Violet,’ a rich, luxurious blue-based purple. This amazing color will be used in bridesmaids attire, table linens, bouquets and other floral arrangements, and as an accent to neutral color schemes.

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4) Luscious Dessert Options

Wedding cakes will never go away. But with many couples’ taste in desserts leaning towards treats other than cake, wedding guests will be given different dessert choices. Dessert buffets with a variety of mini pies and tarts, brownies, parfaits, lemon bars, cookies, cake pops, mini parfaits, buckeyes, and other goodies will be a popular sight at wedding receptions.

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Another fun option is the do-it-yourself ice cream buffet, where guests can choose from any flavor ice cream and add all kinds of yummy toppings. And a cherry on top? Yes please!

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Engagement Ring Quiz – Which Diamond Shape Are You?

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The holiday season also brings about marriage proposal season. Did you know that nearly 1/5 of all engagements occur this time of the year? To many people, the holidays are a magical, romantic time of the year, and it is a time of family, family rituals, and traditions. Marriage proposals are magical and romantic, and, in a way, represent the creation of a new family.

After that special someone got down on one knee to ask those 4 magic words “Will you marry me?”, it will be time to select an engagement ring. These days, many couples go ring shopping together.

Whether you’ve been using Pinterest to allude to the diamond and diamond shape you want, urging your sister to drop hints on a particular shape, or have yet to think about which diamond suits you, one thing that’s certain is that there are many characteristics to consider.

The 4 C’s including cut, color, clarity and carat weight are the quick basics many people refer to when examining diamonds. But don’t forget about the shape. The shape of a diamond will play an important role in the purchase process and finding something the fits preferred tastes and styles. So, which diamond suits you?

To help you find out, Invaluable created a guide to the 10 most popular diamond shapes. Browse through the list below and mark your favorites and don’t forget to take the fun quiz below to determine which shape matches your personality!

Diamond Shape: Which One Suits You?

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Thank you to Invaluable and Taylor Jenkins for sharing this fun and inspiring infographic quiz showing the 10 most popular diamond shapes and how to determine which shape is right for you.

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The Beginner’s Guide To Planning A Wedding

Unless you and your bride/groom have a successful background in planning events then planning your wedding might sound like the stuff nightmares are made of. If you are completely clueless, or just unsure of where to start, not to worry – this beginner’s guide to planning a wedding can help as you start your wedding plans.

After you and your fiancé have talked about what you have in mind for your wedding day, and have started on a budget, check out this quick list of things to be thinking about to make things simple.

Venue

Where’s it all going to happen? You may find that you need more than one venue – one for your ceremony and another for the reception. Then again, your ideal venue may be able to accommodate both. Some things to look for in a venue are: size (Can they comfortably fit the number of guests you’re wanting?), appearance (Does the existing décor fit your color scheme and style? Is it a “blank slate?”), price (What is the rental fee, and what does that include?).

Booking the perfect venue can be time consuming, as you want a place that best suits your and your partners wedding vision, (and fits your budget), so once you’ve found the ideal venue, make an inquiry as soon as possible, as some venues book up years in advance. Check out this event space, and be sure to see their Wedding Gallery to see their space and get some great decor ideas.

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Dress/Attire

What are you and your fiancé going to be wearing and what dress code would you like to plan for your guests? Will your wedding be Black Tie? Semi-Formal? Casual?

It’s fantastic to know that you’ve found the perfect dress, but what about everyone else. Most of the time, whatever your guests decide to wear is fine. However, everyone’s wedding is different, and you may have a specific theme or style, and having your guests dress accordingly would be a fun addition. If this is the case, let your guests know prior to the wedding (usually a simple line added to your invitation will suffice). Remember to keep this attire choice optional, as purchasing a new outfit may not be financially feasible for them.

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Dinner

What’s on the menu? Will it be a plated/served meal, buffet or food stations, and for how many people?

Maybe you’re thinking of something a little less traditional like a brunch or a dessert reception.

Another meal detail that you may have to plan for is if any of your guests have a special dietary requirement (allergies, vegan/vegetarian, intolerances). This is more common these days and most chefs and caterers can easily accommodate this.

Asking your guests to get in touch with you if they have any specific dietary requirements will give you plenty of time to notify the chef. An easy way to gather this information is to put a line on your RSVP card requesting any dietary requirements/restrictions. That way everyone can be well fed and happy on your wedding day and as a bonus you’ll score big points with your friends for putting their needs before yours.

Party

How are you going to celebrate? Something low-key with just background music? Dancing to a live band or DJ? Maybe some karaoke? What kind of entertainment will you be smiling about for years to come?

That covers music but how about some add ons just for fun? A candy buffet or ice cream bar for those with a sweet tooth. A photo booth to collect all those fun memories.

You could even introduce a light snack (maybe french fries or pizza bites) later on in the night to keep everyone from having a few too many.

Keeping all of this in mind, as well as all the other gazillion wedding details, can be quite the task to take on yourself. But by starting with the basics can help keep you on the ball, and be a great start if you decide to meet with a wedding planner.

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Want An Extra Special Wedding Day? Understand The Details.

Without a doubt your wedding day will be one of the most important days of your life. You’ll have planned this day for a long time (perhaps as long as you can remember). It’s all of the wedding details that will that will ensure that your wedding day is as perfect as possible.

The level of planning that goes into something like this will definitely drive you nuts, but it’s all worth it in the end.

You need to make a checklist. Think about what is most important to you and what you’d most like to be included, as well as items that would be nice but not necessary. From floral arrangements and wedding cake, to wedding keepsakes and accessories (and don’t forget that marriage license), there will be quite a few items on this checklist.

Also, it is important to remember that it isn’t only you who is having the wedding. Your partner needs to have just as much of a say as you do in the planning process, so be sure to get his/her input when making the checklist.

Want An Extra Special Wedding Day? Understand The Details. Wedding Details.

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The items on your checklist will pretty much fall into two categories the “Big Details” and the “Finer Details.”

The Big Details

The “Big Details” are the things that you absolutely want to have included on your wedding day.

One of the biggest of the “Big Details” is your wedding dress or whatever type of attire you choose (you have to wear something!) . Your wedding dress has to be just right so you feel good on the day.

With so many shapes and styles of wedding dresses available that it can be hard to know which one is going to suit you. Give yourself plenty of time to go and try on different styles until you find the most perfect one for you. Be open to trying on styles that you weren’t even considering. Many brides have found “the one” and were surprised that the style was something that they never imagined wearing.

Popular wedding dress styles include dresses with a slimline shape (such as a trumpet or mermaid style), those with a long flowing tail, and dresses featuring see-through lace and sheer panels on the bodice and skirt. So many glamorous styles!

But some people also prefer the silhouettes and styles of a traditional wedding dress.

Another very important “Big Detail” is your venue (you’ve got to have a place for your ceremony and celebration). This is a decision to discuss with your partner and keep him/her in mind. You might want a traditional church wedding, he might want it outdoors. You might want a plated meal, she may prefer a buffet. You both will need to compromise, but in the end you will have the wedding day that you both want.

The Finer Details

They say it’s the little things that count. For weddings, it’s the finer details, such as your wedding cake, bouquets, and photography, that count. But as you can see, the finer details aren’t necessarily little things.

One of the main “Finer Details” is making sure you capture your special day so the memories last a lifetime. Capturing your wedding day through pictures and video is essential. Once your wedding day is done, other than your memories, (and your new wife/husband), what you will still have are your photographs and wedding video.

Make sure you get a photographer and videographer who are experienced in capturing weddings. There are no do-overs on your wedding day, so you want to make sure their quality, abilities, and experience is top notch.

If need be, you can get your wedding video copied onto DVD’s by companies such as Nationwide Disc so that everyone who attended can also share the experience with you. (Make sure you have permission to make copies so there is no copyright infringement).

A couple more “Finer Details” are your reception seating arrangement and food.

Let’s face it, there’s going to be some people who really shouldn’t be sitting next to each other. And then there are others who will really enjoy each others company. Be mindful of what is going to make other people happy as well as you.

You also need to be aware of any guests who might have food allergies and make sure your caterer will provide a separate meal choice for them.

Of course, there are plenty of other details that need to be handled. They can easily fall into place by following the checklist that you made.

Yes, there are many things to think of and arrange, but your actual wedding day will be over so fast you’ll be sad that you only have the memories to look back on. Pay attention to the details, particularly those that are most important to you and your partner, and your memories will be even better!

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5 Little Wedding Details That Will Impact Your Special Day

Little Wedding Details Add Impact To Your Special Day

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Planning a wedding is definitely an exercise in money management, from spending wisely to saving money. A big focus is placed on the big expenses (and, of course, rightly so). But, at the onset of your plans, the smaller wedding details, and the impact they can have on your wedding, tend to be forgotten.

It’s the little things pull all of your wedding elements together and help make the day run smoothly. So if you are in the midst of wedding planning, or the big day is edging ever closer, what are the little things you really need to remember?

1. A Note (Or Present) For Your Husband-/Wife-to-Be
Depending on how traditional you are, you may want to get a little wedding day present for your significant other. If not, a note explaining how excited you are to finally marry him or her will help to calm the wedding day nerves. If you are going down the present route, something simple, such as a watch for him, or a bracelet for her is a nice choice. Getting it engraved with both of your initials and wedding date make an extra special touch.

2. Decor Set Up
From the wedding favors to the table settings, setting everything up can take up a lot of time, and you certainly don’t want it left until the last minute. If you have professionals providing any of your decor items, seriously consider having them also do the set-up. It may incur an additional expense, but think of the peace of mind you’ll have knowing it’s taken care of.

If you are doing the decor yourself, or your budget just won’t allow for the additional cost of paying someone, you’ll either have to set it up yourself, or assign the task to somebody else.

It can be very time consuming to set up 20 – 30 centerpieces, so one of the best options to get this done in a timely fashion (and not just thrown together) is to set up one complete centerpiece/table, take a picture of it, and then give the photo to who you’ve assigned to finish the remaining tables. This way they’ll know exactly what you’re wanting and what to do.

3. Wedding Playlists
For all the aspects of planning a wedding that can add to your stress level, this task can be the most fun. Sit down with your partner, open a bottle of wine, and go through the playlists you want. Select songs you would like to hear, and those you absolutely have to hear. Also include artists and genres.

Make sure you choose suitable songs for the meal section, and the cocktail hour, as well as music for your guests to dance to later in the night when they’ve had a few! It’s also important to decide what songs/artists/genres you really do not want to hear, and make sure to share all of this with your DJ.

4. Personal Grooming
Although nobody would see, if you’ve forgotten to shave your legs, it can be a bit mortifying and stressful, to say the least. This is probably a non-issue during the warmer months (shorts and skirts weather, you know), as it’s probably already part of your regular routine. But this may not be so during the colder time of the year.

5. A Memorable Way For The Day To Come To An End
It can be so easy to forget about, especially when you are trying to get everything else in place. But how do you want to remember the conclusion of your wedding day? The music stopping and the lights turned back on, and everyone just standing around? Or with a fun send-off from your guests?

Sparklers are a popular choice, but there several different ways to make an memorable, fun conclusion to your special day, whether it is confetti, rose petals, or something else. You can find plenty of wedding send-off ideas online. Having a fun send-off makes for fabulous photos, and is a fantastic way to for your guests to feel more involved in your wedding day.

It’s those little wedding details you need to remember, as they will diminish stress, add ambience, and add to the joy of your day. Yes, the little things do mean a lot.

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Should I Get A Port-A-Potty For My At-Home Wedding?

Should I Get A Port-A-Potty For My At-Home Wedding?
Having your wedding reception in a tent in your backyard? It’s a lovely, extra personal touch for your wedding. But while you’re putting the plans in place, on the hunt for a caterer, florist, dj, and all the other pieces of your wedding, there is one thing that most people only think about at the last minute. Renting a Port-A-Potty!

You may be thinking, “But there’s a bathroom in the house. Why should we get a port-a-potty?”

Fact – Your bathroom typically accommodates a handful of people (at the most) on any given day. Most folks “go” about 6 times or so in a day. For a family of four, the bathroom is used at least 25 times or so. And that’s for the whole 24 hour period.

On your wedding day, your bathroom will be accessed by 100 people or more – for a 5-hour period, not 24. Figure in that they’ll be drinking, and well . . . that’s a lot of flushes! Even smaller guest lists will cause a considerably higher usage on an existing bathroom.

Problems caused by using the house bathroom:

    • There’s more “wear and tear” on the toilet.
    • People will flush things that they shouldn’t be flushing (such as paper towels and feminine hygiene times for example).
    • Also, people will be traipsing through your whole house. You may be thinking, “That’s no big deal. They’re just heading to the bathroom.”
      Uh, no. People are nosy.
  • Also –
    • They’ll stop to look at your photos, check out the titles on your bookshelf, sneak a peek at your cd and dvd collections (yes, people still have these!).
    • They’ll take a peek into your medicine cabinet.
    • And they’ll track in dirt and whatever from their shoes all over your floors and carpeting.
    • Someone may have sticky fingers (sorry, not trying to accuse anyone, but theft is a reality).
    • Some will think that it’s ok for them to go in the house for non-potty reasons (want to get out of the heat, want to get a glass of water, want a quiet place to sit away from the hustle and bustle of the reception).
    • Having just the one bathroom/toilet creates the #1 thing guests hate the most at weddings. Waiting. In. Line!
    • Plus, this creates more time and expense on your part cleaning up after the wedding.

You may also be thinking, “I don’t want those ugly blue construction site type port-a-potties at my reception.”

Don’t worry. You can rent restroom trailers – port-a-potty units that look just like a regular bathroom, complete with real flushing toilets and sinks with running water.

Check out these photos courtesy of Mobile Sanitation of the inside of their restroom trailers. No “construction site” look here.

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Having a portable restroom unit near the festivities makes it more convenient for you and your guests.

    • It helps to eliminate the possibility of the drunk guy from relieving himself behind a nearby tree.
    • Clean up is a breeze – you don’t have to do anything (compared to having to deal with the wreck that your bathroom would be in after being used a couple of hundred times).
    • No septic tank issues.
    • Multiple units means less wait for everyone. Rule of thumb is one unit per 25 guests (with a minimum of two – one for men and one for women).

Yes, renting a port-a-potty is another expense. But one that will enhance the overall comfort for everyone.

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Surviving a Bridal Show – 9 Easy Tips

Bridal Show season will be here before you know it.

Surviving a Bridal Show - 9 Easy Tips

A Bridal Show is a great place to get started with your wedding plans. Held at various types of venues – including convention centers, banquet halls, even your local shopping mall — they can be quite large (100 different vendors or more!) or much smaller, and more intimate (only 10-20 different vendors). Regardless of size, the main purpose is still the same, you get a chance to take a sneak peek at the local professionals – see examples of their work, taste samples of cakes and foods, and collect vendor brochures and literature.

While tempting, now is not the time to get all of your planning done in a whirlwind of a few hours. You want to be a savvy shopper, and select just the right vendors for you. Here are a few easy tips to help you along.

Surviving a Bridal Show - 9 Easy Tips

1. Create a game plan

Which types of vendors you are most interested in? Are you looking for a DJ? Perhaps you still need a florist. Figure out the types of vendors you most want to see, then plan on visiting their booths first.

2. Things to bring

  • Pen and paper, (you’ll want to take notes)
  • A tote bag (to carry all those flyers and brochures you’ll be picking up)
  • Address labels (saves time filling out all those contest and door prize slips)
  • Cash (to pay for admission and to purchase a light snack or beverage)
  • Checkbook or credit card (in case you find the perfect vendor and want to put down a deposit)

3. Wear comfortable shoes

And if possible, leave your coat in the car. You’ll have enough to carry without having to lug around a coat. And you’ll be that much happier if you’re comfortable. Also, wear clothing with pockets. When you come across a vendor that you especially want to remember, place his or her card in your pocket instead of in the tote bag where it can get mixed up with all of the other cards and flyers you’ll be getting.

4. Only bring one or two people with you

Have mom, your maid of honor, a bridesmaid, or fiancé come along. They can help you carry the brochures you’ve picked up, and you’ll have someone who knows you to bounce ideas off of. Just don’t bring a whole entourage. It’s harder to keep a large group together (you don’t want to be spending your time looking for who you came with!) Also, too many people will offer too many different opinions, which will be confusing and not much fun.

5. Eat before the show

Not all shows offer snacks for purchase, and you don’t want to be walking around on an empty tummy! While there will be plenty of yummy samples of foods and cakes to try, this is not the place to load up your plate for a meal.

6. Take notes

Jot down pricing and package information, as well as your personal opinions. Is there anything about a vendors’ personality that stands out to you? Is he or she courteous and polite, or unfriendly and grumpy? Are they enjoying themselves, or do they seem to want to be somewhere else? After you get home and are sorting through that pile of flyers you’ve picked up, it will be hard to remember who was who. A few notes will help remind you who you’ll want to contact later, (and who you want to steer clear of!).

7. The Fashion Show

A popular portion of most bridal shows is the Fashion Show. If you’re like most brides, you’ll want to attend it, so find a seat early – at least 20-30 minutes before it starts. However, if you already have your gown, or otherwise aren’t planning on attending the fashion show, use this time to talk with the vendors you are most interested in. Things will be much more quiet and calm, and you’ll have a better chance at getting their undivided attention.

8. When to sign on the dotted line

Guess what? You don’t have to make a hurried decision at the show. Sure, all of the vendors would love for you to sign on the dotted line right then, and may even offer a discount if you do. But wouldn’t you rather be a savvy shopper and take time to carefully look over everything and figure out which vendors will truly best suit the style of wedding you and your fiancé envision?

9. Read

Before you decide to book someone, be very thorough. Carefully read everything (literature, samples, flyers, contract – EVERYTHING!!) before you sign and put down a deposit. Make sure what they offer is really right for your wedding vision, is what you and your fiancé really want, and that their terms are acceptable. Ask questions so there is a complete understanding between you and the vendor. You don’t want that ‘great deal’ to turn out to be a headache because you didn’t notice the “additional costs” or the “fine print.”

So go and enjoy yourself! It’s just a bridal show!

Upcoming 2018 bridal shows in Dayton, Ohio

A Bridal Affair
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Landing
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dayton Bridal Expo
Saturday, January 6, 2018 & Sunday, January 7, 2018
Dayton Convention Center
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Dayton Bridal Expo
Sunday, January 21, 2018
The Dayton Marriott
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

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3 Areas To Go All Out With Your Wedding Plans

Your wedding day is such a huge day, so it’s unlikely that you’ll be doing things halfway. There’s sure to be some areas of your wedding day where you’ll want to go all out, and may need some wedding inspiration. You’ll most likely have spent months, if not a year or more, planning for this one day!

Hopefully you’ll only have one wedding day in your lifetime, so you’re sure to want it to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Here are some ideas to help to give you a bit of wedding inspiration.

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The Ceremony Venue

Some couples prefer a traditional church wedding. Others want something a bit more unique. There are several really beautiful locations all around the world that offer something different.

A great setting for a wedding is (and a very popular choice) is a barn venue. Many couples have both their ceremony and reception there. Providing the weather is cooperative, their wedding ceremony will be held outdoors (in a beautiful field or woodsy setting), with the reception in the barn. A barn setting can be decorated in unique styles – from more rustic to more elegant, depending on the couples own style.

Various catering styles are fitting to the barn venue can vary depending on the couples’ style as well. From hog roasts, to food trucks, or whatever strikes your fancy, there’s a style to suit any couple. And with a barn wedding you’re sure to have a beautiful setting to get lots of fabulous pictures to look back on.

The Transportation

If you want to arrive to your wedding in style, you need to focus on the transportation. Luckily there are several options. Take a look at companies such as Luxe Limo Service to see some of the different options.

The first (and the most popular) is the classic limousine. You can also go low-key with a simple sedan, or choose a more elaborate vehicle such as a party bus or stretch hummer. Your transportation can be for just you and your fiancé, or for your entire wedding party.

Into something flashier, such as a supercar or exotic car? You can rent those too (but with a considerably higher price tag).

The Dress

Your dress is definitely going to be an important part of your wedding day. You’ll be spending the whole day in it, so you need to make sure it is the perfect mix of style and comfort.

A lot of brides are still choosing the more traditional ball gown. There’s something romantic about the puffy, floating dress. But many others are switching it up with some truly stunning and dramatic designs.

A very glamourous design that is currently on trend is the mesh see-through dress. Styles run the gamut from minimalist with some sheer details, to all over see-through. These beautiful yet daring dresses often feature sheer paneling and cutouts on the bodice or skirt, in body-conscious silhouettes (like the mermaid style worn by Kim Kardashian on her wedding day), to flowy A-lines.

What parts of your wedding do you want to go all out with?

* This is a contributed post

I hope you found this information useful!

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Jean

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