Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 8

Wedding Planning Tips: Tip #8 – Your Vendors

8. Make sure your vendors are trained and experienced in weddings

A wedding is unlike any other type of gathering or social event. It is more than a “big party with some wedding stuff” thrown in.

For a smooth, flawless wedding day, surround yourself with people who understand the dynamics that exist only with weddings, not to mention the experience to deal with the emotions that will be running high. Ask for references and credentials. Find out their qualifications. Then after you’ve hired them, trust them to do it right.

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You may think you’ll save a bundle if you let Aunt Helen make your cake, or Uncle Jack take your pictures. Even though you know them, do you really know their work? Their style may not match what you envision for your wedding day, and as relatives, it will be much harder to tell them “No. That’s not the way I want it to be.”

Also, you create a fine line between ‘are they guests at your wedding and allowed to fun, or are they workers with a job to do.’ Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.”

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Simply put, “you call a plumber when you’ve got problems with the pipes, and a doctor when you are sick.” Well, you’ve got a wonderful wedding day to enjoy – so use the people who specialize in giving you the products and services you need and want for this occasion.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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Bride’s Q&A – Alternatives to Flowers

Alternatives to Flowers

Q. I am not a flower lover! Everything else in the wedding seems more important to me personally, than wedding flowers. My decorator is really encouraging me to go with fresh cut all around, but this will be expensive. Should I pay, is it just me that doesn’t really care about flowers?

A. If you are not a flower lover, or maybe flowers are just low on your list of priorities, then don’t go extravagant on flowers. I have seen weddings that were very elegant, yet pretty minimal on flowers for the decor.

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Are there other decorative elements that you prefer instead of flowers, such as candles (an inexpensive look yet such a beautiful ambiance), white Christmas lights, simpler floral arrangements (perhaps a tall slender vase with a couple colorful Gerber daisies?)

Colorful table overlays also add a nice splash of color and texture. Even greenery can add color and texture without costing a lot.

Some alternatives to floral centerpieces are:

Small Decorative Table Fountain

Votive candle in glass bowl

non-floral candle centerpiece

Before your next meeting with your decorator, try to get some type of decorative “style” in mind. Show her pictures from magazines (doesn’t have to be just wedding magazines, fashion and interior decorating magazines are great places for inspiration). Show her what appeals to you and what you don’t like. After this discussion, she should be able to offer suggestions more in tune to what you have in mind. If she still insists on tons of flowers, are there any other decorators in your area you can turn to instead? Don’t pay for something you really don’t want, and don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t want.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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For the Groom – Romance 101

Hey fellas! You can express your interest in the wedding planning with little romantic gestures for your bride-to-be.

 Just because she’s said “Yes,” and that she will be saying “I do,” it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to work at this relationship anymore.

With all of the wedding planning details to take care of, and your job, and perhaps school, not to mention the everyday things like shopping for groceries and doing the laundry, there’s probably not much time left in the day just for the two of you.

Here are a few ideas to remind your beloved that you haven’t forgotten why she’s the love of your life that will let her know that you’re always thinking of her.

Give your fiancee a “just because” gift
The power and specialness about “just because” gifts isn’t in their size or monetary value, but in the love and sentiment they evoke. Try a book of love poems (or a love poem written by you), a framed 3×5 photo of the two of you, a cd by her favorite group, a small bouquet of flowers (or a single red rose – a classic!), or a little drawing (maybe a heart with an arrow going through it and both of your initials). These “just because” gifts can be given to her outright, or left in places she’ll be sure to find them.

Take your fiancee out on a real date
The emphasis is on “real.” You might want to take her somewhere special. Or perhaps a simple burger and the movies. Talk (and listen) about how her day went (and yours too). Impress her with your charm. But no wedding talk! This is a time for you to kick back, relax, have fun, and just enjoy being with each other.

Send a note to your bride before the ceremony
On your wedding day write a little note to your bride-to-be and have your best man deliver it to her for you. It doesn’t have to be a long letter. Let her know you’re thinking of her, and how much you love her. If possible, choose a nice card or pretty stationery, but a piece of notebook paper will do. However, don’t send it too soon before the ceremony begins, since this lovely note will probably elicit tears of joy causing her to cry off a bit of her make-up. She’ll need some time for a little mascara touch up.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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