Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wedding planning tips & advice: Finding the right venue

There are a multitude of wedding venues out there. Finding one that fits your personality and style (and budget) takes some time and effort. Follow these simple steps to help get you started.

1-Have a budget in place (and stick with it!): I can't say this enough. It's not uncommon to have a bride that does not have a budget in place and that's where things can get sticky. If you have a good planner (she/he will ask you if you have one and will set up a breakdown of your expected expenses). Having an estimated budget in place will help keep the process running smoothly and will allow (if planned correctly) to have all the nice touches you've dreamed.

2-Determine the approximate number of guests before choosing the site. You'll need to have a general idea of how many guests you'll have in order to find the venue that will accommodate that number!

3- Consider the atmosphere you want to create. Will it be formal or informal? Does the architecture and style of the decor add to the ambiance you wish to create?

4- How far do you expect your guests to travel? You don't want your guests getting lost on their way to your wedding. Perhaps provide a shuttle service or detailed directions with a map.

5-Do you want a site that is all inclusive, or a site where you choose all the vendors separately? Sometimes having a one-stop-shop can cut down on costs, but you lose the control in having a specific vendor. Ask the venue site manager for a list of preferred vendors. Often times, having a vendor that has worked the venue can work in your favor.

6- When out visiting venues, take a camera or video recorder and take pictures of all the things you liked about the venue (as well as noting some things that you have questions about).

Choosing a venue can be daunting, but you'll know it when you feel it. Just do your homework ahead of time and you'll be in good shape.

Happy Planning!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Etsy FAB FIND: Vintage Silverware

Oooo... so pretty. I love these vintage bride and groom cake forks by BeachHouse Living. What a perfect keepsake to pass on to future generations.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hot Trends Part III: Charitable wedding favors

It seems fitting that the TODAY Show featured the hot trends in wedding favors this morning! You can check out the segment here.

This couldn't be a more perfect segue into my next blog entry for my Hot Trends Part III: Charitable wedding favors. I was recently doing some research for this blog and came across some really great ideas to add to those mentioned on the TODAY Show.

For couples celebrating a Jewish wedding, crocheted Kippot. Maya Works is a cooperative of Guatemalan women artisans who use proceeds from their handmade crafts to improve their lives and their community.

Endangered Species Chocolate. "Savor chocolate. Save our planet." Show your guests your compassion for our planet by placing each of these all-natural, ethically traded, naturally shade grown chocolate products at each place setting.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hot Trends Part II: The Colored Bridal Shoe

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” -Marilyn Monroe

I'm really excited that this trend is sticking around. I love seeing a pop of color where you least expect it. There is nothing like having a fun pair of shoes that make you feel special!

(Photo cred: Sweet Monday Photography, Natalie Moser Photography)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hot Trends Part I: Mismatched and Marvelous!

Mismatched bridesmaids dresses are gaining momentum and with good reason! Not only does this option free you(the bride) from the pressure of finding the perfect bridesmaids dress that will fit the shape and personality of your attendants, but it gives them the freedom and ability to find what's a good fit for them. Giving your bridesmaids options will keep them happy and excited to be standing by your side!

(Photo cred: Martha Stewart, Matthew Morgan Photography,Polka Dot Bride, Ken Kienow Photography)