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Monthly Newsletter- July, 2013
Top Five Wedding Tips
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TOP FIVE WEDDING PLANNING TIPS
No bride can take on a wedding by herself, and this is where her “go-to” team comes in. Whether they’re your bridal party or just a few of your best friends don’t be afraid to ask for help. Maybe one friend can help you organize the floral arrangements, while that girlfriend that does caligraphy can help you with invitations and place cards. Your fashionista friends will be extremely advantageous and give you helpful opinions on your dress, the bridesmaids dresses, jewelry, shoes and more. Design the tasks to each person’s expertise. Just be sure to not over do it. You want to keep them as friends. Also, throughout the process, be sure to write thank yous, send gracious texts, reward with gifts (especially on the big day), take them out to eat and something she’ll really love, give her a nice framed photograph of the wedding party.
2. CHOOSE YOUR VENDORS CAREFULLY
Whenever you tack the word “wedding” on to a service, the price inevitably skyrockets. A DJ may traditionally cost you a couple hundred bucks for an event, but on your big day, they may charge twice as much. If you or a family member have excellent bargaining skills, this is when you should use them. Ask the company if they’d be willing to knock off $100 if you put their name on the back of the program. Perhaps the photographer will be able to give you a free set of engagement pictures if you put together a premium package. You may be able to have both video and photography with the same vendor. This may also save you money. Whatever your desire, don’t be afraid to ask for it. You may be surprised to find what some companies are willing to do to make sure your special day turns out exactly as your wish.
It’s also good to compare prices from different companies. For example, choose a photographer who lets you put together your ideal photo package, instead of one of their packages. It will save you money and allow you to get exactly what you want.
Keep in mind that you may not be able to negotiate a deal on everything for your wedding, but places where you do save; you can splurge in others places – clothing, food, photography, etc. There’s no limit on what you can spend, but you may not want to pay for it all for the rest of your life.
3 ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
Your wedding vendors should be your go-to, most-trusted experts during the planning process. When working with them, you should feel free to really explore what it is you want -- maybe it's serving a late-night snack instead of a first course or doing a bridal portrait session rather than an engagement session. The bottom line is that you should feel like you can have an honest conversation with them about what it is you want. Their job will be to tell you what you can and can't make work given your wedding budget.
4. FIND A DRESS THAT’S “YOU”
While it’s great to elect the opinion of your mother, sisters, future in-laws and others, the decisions come down to you – especially for the dress. Again, at the very least, go to a store and shop around for your style. Not sure what that is? Don’t worry. Stores have people that will wait on your hand and food. Be advised: you’ll want to book an appointment to a shop and don’t be afraid of trying on dresses outside of your comfort zone. Be sure to ask a friend to take pictures, that way you know how everyone else will remember you (and Tweet and Facebook you) walking down the aisle.
5. DON’T FORGET THE GROOM
Now you would think this is a no brainer, however many brides do just that-forget to ask his opinion. Your wedding and marriage is about becoming a partnership and what better practice for the real thing than the most stressful process of planning a wedding! Include your man in your entire wedding planning decisions. Give him some good choices to make with you. It will make your wedding day even more special and perfect.
Your groom’s face will light up with love and pure joy at the first glimpse of his bride. It’s one of the best parts of a wedding. He cares about the wedding too so let him into the concept and style, let the wedding show both of you.