Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Favorite Place to Find Event Vendors

Do not let the name fool you.  Wedding Wire is more than Wedding vendors.  Well, they are all Wedding Vendors, but this is a great resource to find local vendors.  It is also a great place to find unique venues.  Brides will also love the forums.

My favorite part is that most of the vendors I have a ball figure for what they charge, and even some breakdown on individual items; for example florist would list the range of what they would charge for a large table arrangement.  This can help in the early days of budgeting.

Happy Planning!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Organized Bride

The best thing that the Bride can be in the months leading up to her Wedding is organized.  Honestly, read all the articles you want but the best advice is to be organized.  Have all your ducks in a row, know who needs to be where when, makes a world of difference.

The best place to start is with a binder.  Now, you can go out and buy one of these expensive binders to help you stay organized, or you can make your own.  I really prefer the make your own method, because you can have all the tabs you want breaking categories down into sub sections for all the balls you will have up in the air.

Get yourself to the office supply store, you will need a binder (in your colors), 3 ten packs of tabs, a 3 hole punch, sheet protectors, and business card holder sheets.  You might also want to go to the craft store to make it pretty.

Suggestion Tabs:

To-Do (I would suggest creating a master list with due date, print out a copy each week)
Planning Timeline
     Dresses and Tuxes
Bridal Party
Ceremony (include venue information)
    Table Decor
Day After (brunch)
Day of Itinerary
Guest List (spreadsheet with an RSVP column, print out a new copy each week)
Hotel (Block and Welcome Bag)
Music (Ceremony/Cocktail Hour)

This is just to get your started.  Add tabs you think you will need as they come up.  In these tabs keep vendor contracts, menus, things you have torn out from magazines.  Everything you think that you might or do need.  Take it everywhere with you, wear it out.

You can do this.

Happy Planning


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ask CW: How to Include Step-Parents in your Wedding

We get alot of questions from readers, we try to help where we can.
Dear CW:  My parents have been divorced since I was young.  They have both remarried wonderful people who have become an important part of my life.  I want to honor ‘all’ of my parents, but I do not want my biological parents to feel like I’ve diminished their role in our Wedding.  Do you have any suggestions on how I can include them?
~Lots of Parents
Dear Reader:  What a wonderful problem to have.  May I make a suggestion?  Communication will be the key to no hurt feelings in this situation.  Please have a discussion with each set of parents early in the planning process and ask them if they would like to participate in the Wedding, and what role they would like to play.  Also, update them throughout the process so there are no surprises come the big day.   
Many brides have their step father walk them half way up the aisle and their father walk them to remaining path to the altar.  If this is something you would like to do speak to both of them and make sure they are both comfortable.  I would also recommend, that the question “Who gives this woman to be married” is answer with “Her parents and I”.  Another wonderful way to honor both sets of parents would be to bring flowers to all the Mothers during the ceremony, while the pianist plays.
At the reception, the ‘fathers’ could share the father's dance or if you're fiancĂ©e also has a stepmother you could have 2 Father/Mother songs where you both dance with your step parents.   This would be after you have danced with your father and him with his mother.  Both fathers can also give toasts.

Be mindful to set aside some time while you are preparing for day with each of the mothers, and pictures should also include both sets, individually and together.
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