Jean's Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 10

Wedding Planning Tips: Tip #10 – Remember Why You’re Having a Wedding

We finally come to the end of my Top 10 Tips list. Although this is the last tip, it by no means is the least important). In fact, I believe that it is probably the most important one of all!

10. Remember why you’re having a wedding!

The reason for planning a wedding is not for the sake of having a big party. It’s not just because of one day, (although this day is immensely important. Instead the reason you’re having a wedding is for all the days that will follow. For all the days that you will be blessed to get to spend with the love of your life.

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Schedule some regular ‘non-wedding’ activities by yourself and with friends.

Remember to pamper yourself – put on some relaxing music & soak in the tub.

Spend time on the hobbies and activities that you used to enjoy before you got too busy with wedding plans.

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Go out regular dates with your fiancé. Go out for dinner, go see the latest movie – but do not talk about the wedding. It’s all too easy to become consumed with wedding stuff. By having dates and non-wedding time will give you and your fiancé time to be yourselves (you know, the ones who are more than just “bride” and “groom.” This will also help ensure that once your wedding day comes (and goes), you’ll know how to enjoy each others company without all that wedding talk.

And most important, have fun!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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It’s A Nice Day for a (Non) White Wedding (Cake)

It’s a nice day for a (non) white wedding (cake) . . .

. . . to semi-quote Billy Idol. Does a wedding cake have to be a delicate confection of white?

Recently, from “Darcy’s Idea of the Day,” Darcy Miller (of Martha Stewart Omnimedia) showed us an adorable cake decorated to mimic the pattern of an ikat weave. So…. This got me thinking about all the wonderful wedding cakes I’ve seen through the years that weren’t your usual ‘white wedding’ cake. Here are a few of my favorites.

Simple, yet whimsical, this adorable cake beautifully coordinates with the couple’s Tiffany blue decor.

tiffany blue wedding cake

Both the bride and groom worked for the State Park System. The canoe and lily pads on the bottom tier were inspired by a similar design on their invitations, and on top sits a little bride bear and groom bear.

start park wedding cake with canoe cabin and bear bride and groom cake topper

The bride loved this green “grass” covered cake which she saw in a magazine. Gerber daisies were added to coordinate with her centerpieces.

wedding cake with green fondant grass

No delicate confection in white for these cakes – yet each were perfectly suited for their respective wedding receptions. A traditional white cake would have looked out of place.

Have fun with your wedding cake design. Perhaps you’re wanting somethng more traditional – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you’d like something different, why not go for it?

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Jean's Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 9

Wedding Planning Tips: Tip #9 -Go-To Person

9. Designate a go-to person for your wedding day

Do you want to have vendors and friends/family members bombarding you or your fiancé with questions on your wedding day?

Of course not.

Make sure you aren’t being pestered by designating a go-to person.

Your professional wedding planner/coordinator will fill this role, as “go-to person” is part of the job description.

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But if you don’t have a wedding planner/coordinator make sure you choose someone other than yourself, your groom, your mom, his mom, or a member of your bridal party. Make sure that this person will be available at the rehearsal, ceremony and reception.

This person, who can be a friend or relative, will need to know all of the details of your wedding day, including where everything will go, and when everything will occur (without having to ask you on your wedding day!)

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They will take on several responsibilities such as:

  • making sure all of your vendors have arrived and are set up correctly
  • all corsages and boutonnieres are pinned on
  • getting everyone down the aisle at the right moment
  • ensuring that all of your vendors are on the same schedule
  • the champagne is poured at the proper time
  • knowing if the dollar dance or the bouquet toss comes next
  • directing guests to their tables if you’ve got assigned seating

    Among other things, this person will be a combination go-fer, hostess, delivery person and trouble shooter, and will take care of all the little (and big) behind-the-scenes details so you and your groom will be able to enjoy your wedding day and not have to worry about anything.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Easily (and inexpensively) add some personality to the look of your reception decor

We’ve all seen the napkin in the water glass, or the ‘standing fan’ fold.  The ‘pyramid fold’ is fairly common too.

pyramid napkin fold
Pyramid Napkin Fold

Definitely pretty, but . . .

. . .with so many different folds, why not try choose something else?

One of my brides wanted a pocket fold with their program tucked inside.

pocket napkin fold
Pocket Napkin Fold

Another bride chose the ‘heart napkin fold’ like the one shown below.

heart napkin fold
Heart Napkin Fold

 

For my “Tranquil Woodland” tabletop, I used the “candle fold” as it mimicked the tall narrow shape of the tree and waterfall.

candle napkin fold
Candle Napkin Fold

 

And, to go with an art deco theme, I used the “diamond fold”.

diamond napkin fold
Diamond Napkin Fold

 

None of these folds took any longer to fold than the “napkin in a water goblet” or “standing fan” that are frequently seen.

For photos and easy-to-follow instructions for these and other fun napkin folds try Napkin Folding Guide and Bright Settings

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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