Planning a wedding: by THIS Summer

First of all, Congrats!

Maybe you just got your ring or maybe you just started the planning process. Who says you need a whole year or more to plan your perfect wedding? Follow our tips for planning a wedding in less than 6 months.

1. First things first: Venue and Reception Site

Besides your beloved groom-to-be these are two things you absolutely need to host a wedding celebration.  Call around and check availability. Keep an open mind, a Friday night celebration or even Sunday wedding might get you your dream venue. Other days of sometimes are less expensive.  Your reception venue will either cater in-house or have a list ready for you to select from. Keep it simple.

2. Next comes the dress!

You don’t need weeks of endless shopping to find your perfect gown. As most designers require 6-9 months for delivery, you will most likely be shopping for a gown off the rack. Some stores carry expedited shipping dresses as well. Both options will give you more than enough to chose from. An off the rack gown sometimes will save you money. Your perfect accessories will surely be available at the boutique you find your dress at. Make sure to shop full service so an alterations person will be available.

3. Don’t forget the bridal party

Nearly all bridesmaids designers offer “rush” shipping on their dresses. For a small fee, they will put your order ahead of others to ensure a faster delivery. You still have all the selection you would even if your wedding was a year away. Make sure your besties understand the importance of getting their sizes and deposits in ASAP.

No matter if you are renting tuxes or purchasing suits: menswear only requires about 6 weeks. Just get in touch with the men in your party and make sure they know what sizes are needed and where to go. Out of town gentleman may phone in sizes for convenience.

4. The last of the major elements

You have your venue, your perfect dress and the attendants outfits ready to go. Now it’s time to focus on the rest. Contact entertainment, a florist, a photographer and shop for invites. Secure your deposits and set up meetings to figure out details later. Get those invites mailed at least 6-8 weeks before you say “I do”.

5. Decorations and the details

So much time can be spent on the small stuff. After your major plans are made, you can focus on the little details. Don’t stress over the small stuff- you don’t need everything from your Pinterest board. At the end of the day, you will be married: Mission Accomplished

Planning a wedding: by THIS Summer

First of all, Congrats!

Maybe you just got your ring or maybe you just started the planning process. Who says you need a whole year or more to plan your perfect wedding? Follow our tips for planning a wedding in less than 6 months.

1. First things first: Venue and Reception Site

Besides your beloved groom-to-be these are two things you absolutely need to host a wedding celebration.  Call around and check availability. Keep an open mind, a Friday night celebration or even Sunday wedding might get you your dream venue. Other days of sometimes are less expensive.  Your reception venue will either cater in-house or have a list ready for you to select from. Keep it simple.

2. Next comes the dress!

You don’t need weeks of endless shopping to find your perfect gown. As most designers require 6-9 months for delivery, you will most likely be shopping for a gown off the rack. Some stores carry expedited shipping dresses as well. Both options will give you more than enough to chose from. An off the rack gown sometimes will save you money. Your perfect accessories will surely be available at the boutique you find your dress at. Make sure to shop full service so an alterations person will be available.

3. Don’t forget the bridal party

Nearly all bridesmaids designers offer “rush” shipping on their dresses. For a small fee, they will put your order ahead of others to ensure a faster delivery. You still have all the selection you would even if your wedding was a year away. Make sure your besties understand the importance of getting their sizes and deposits in ASAP.

No matter if you are renting tuxes or purchasing suits: menswear only requires about 6 weeks. Just get in touch with the men in your party and make sure they know what sizes are needed and where to go. Out of town gentleman may phone in sizes for convenience.

4. The last of the major elements

You have your venue, your perfect dress and the attendants outfits ready to go. Now it’s time to focus on the rest. Contact entertainment, a florist, a photographer and shop for invites. Secure your deposits and set up meetings to figure out details later. Get those invites mailed at least 6-8 weeks before you say “I do”.

5. Decorations and the details

So much time can be spent on the small stuff. After your major plans are made, you can focus on the little details. Don’t stress over the small stuff- you don’t need everything from your Pinterest board. At the end of the day, you will be married: Mission Accomplished

Your Big Day: On Video!

You have your dress, your venue and many other aspects of your big day all planned out. Although you certainly have a photographer. What about a videographer?

There is nothing more special than being able to re-live your big day- as it happens. Can you imagine spending your 10th anniversary watching your vows as they were actually spoken?

Pictures say 1000 words, however videos show the words being spoken.

With that being said, we asked Amy from Eclipse Multimedia and Video to fill us in a little about wedding videography.

Why video? 

– I frequently have wedding couples who are still deciding if they want a videographer or not. At weddings, I quite often have guests that come up to me and say, “I wish we would have had a video of our wedding. There is so much I can’t remember about it.” The day goes so fast and the couple may miss so much of it.

Between preparation, pictures, running around and greeting guests – a couple are often  overwhelmed or in a happy daze. And there are so many times when the couple is not even in the same place as the action- like before their arrival to the reception.

A wedding video is not just for the couple- but for their families too. It is also important to capture the family members who are all gathered together in one place. There are so few times when all our loved ones are gathered together in the same place.

Having a videographer instead of a family friend or family member is beneficial- they are focused only on the video, not  on the events or catching up with others at the wedding.

When do you arrive to the ceremony?

Depending on the package and the number of angles you have -the earlier we arrive. Simply let us know your requests.

What do your packages cover? 

All ceremony packages will cover some before footage/getting ready shots, the entire ceremony and a few shots after the ceremony. (receiving line, etc. ) You can also include the entire receiving line and your exit to the reception as an add-on. We can also include the entire reception as an add-on as well. (your arrival, glass clinking/kissing, toasts, cake cutting, the first 3 dances, etc.)

What about examples of your work? 

Couples often ask for examples of my work- I believe this is so important to ask of your videograhper. You should absolutely make sure the person you choose has experience with weddings. Not every wedding is the same. I’m very willing to be creative with each couples unique style for their wedding.

 

I have so many previous clients tell me how much fun they have watching their videos. They loved to see all the details they missed on their big day. Parents and Grandparents loved to see all the family gathered together. 

 

A wedding video may not be something you watch everyday, but it is something you’ll treasure for a lifetime. 

Contact Amy

Online

On Facebook

By Phone 701-200-9552

A Holiday Wedding

Plan a very “Marry” Christmas this year. It’s that time special time of year, all your family is around, and spirits are at an all time high. Why not tie the knot over the holidays?

You play the time of year into not only your attire but into the little details that make this time of year more special than any other

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The Church is pre-decorated with poinsettias at the alter and lit trees outside to set the mood…

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You are escorted via a horse drawn sleigh to your reception destination

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Once you arrive, the mood is set with candlelight and soft jazz music. Your guests are greeted with a hot chocolate bar to warm up from the cold outside.

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After dinner comes dessert.. A wintery wedding cake and cookie bar to boot!

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As the night winds down, your guests have a special gift to remember your wedding by

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Upcoming Event: Bridal Fantasy Show

Upcoming Event: Bridal Fantasy Show

Experience Fargo-Moorhead and Surrounding area’s premier Bridal Show.  

Date

Sunday, October 14, 2012

When

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Where

Ramada Plaza & Suites Crystal Ballroom 1635 42nd Street South Fargo, ND 58103

Tickets – Register Now


Payment is required for online registration.

$8.00 in Advance Online.

$12.00 at the door.

Online registration available until 12:00 a.m. (mid-night) Saturday, October 13, 2012. After this date, please register at the door.

Payment Options:
Online – Credit Card
At the Door – Cash or Check

CONDITIONS: No refunds or free admission. No strollers admitted.

Events

View two distinctly different style shows with your paid admission – 1:30 and 3:00 PM.
Door prize drawings held throughout the course of the show. You must be present to win.

The Grand Prize

A Grand Prize wedding package worth up to $20,000 will be given away at 4:00 PM. You must be present to win and be at least 18 years of age or older.  Some gifts may require you to be 21 years of age or older to redeem. The grand prize is not redeemable for cash and it is not transferable. Please Note: Photographs taken during the show may be used on Bridal Fantasy Promotional Materials.

10 Big Planning Mistakes – Hanna. U

10 Big Planning Mistakes
When preparing for your wedding, there’s a lot to keep in mind. By avoiding these common mistakes, your wedding planning will sail by much smoother.
1. Overpaying on your look:  Maybe you have a 1,500 budget for your entire look including hair accessories, jewelry, shoes, and alterations. Some brides make the mistake of using their entire fashion budget on just the gown. After adding in accessories and alterations they find themselves over-budget. Step one: remember there is a lot to consider when budgeting for your wedding day look.


2. Getting attached to specific flowers: When you book your florist a year before your wedding day, he can only guess which flowers will be available for your wedding. If you choose only one style of flower, you could end up disappointed because they didn’t bloom. Instead, it’s best to choose “back ups”. It will add colors and shapes, and guarantee a fresher look.


3. Sending save-the-dates too soon: It may be tempting to send out your save-the-dates as soon as possible. Don’t send them until you have your guest list finalized. The people you are close with now may change in a year. Also, you may need to cut some guests in order to meet your limit- the last thing you want is to have a crowded wedding because you didn’t wait.

4. Skipping a wedding photographer: If you skip a professional photographer you will regret it. Professionals know what shots to take and use a high quality camera. You’re guaranteed amazing pictures. If you don’t get a professional and your friend takes pictures- you could be looking at blurry pictures for remembrance of your big day.


5. Controlling your vendors: You’re choosing talented professionals who have done many weddings, so let them do their jobs! It’s tempting to want to control every last detail of your wedding, but this is a mistake. Brides don’t have time or the experience to get caught up in the little stuff. Brides need to trust their vendors and know that they will get the vision right.


6. Picking your attendants too early: Bridesmaids should be the bride’s closest friends.Period. They have to be people you’d trust when you most need them. Don’t leave out new friends simply because you didn’t grow up together. Also, don’t let family members demand you have a certain attendant. It’s your wedding. You will certainly regret letting others make these decisions for you.


7. Telling everyone about your wedding: The more you share about your wedding, the more questions you’re going to get about your choices. You want to surprise your guests with a fun filled evening. If they already know your changing dresses throughout the evening they won’t be as impressed. Also, talking about your plans opens your wedding up to “copycats” who might be getting married before you.
8. Starting hair and makeup too late: It’s understandable that brides don’t want their hair to come out, or their makeup to wear off, but don’t be last in the stylist’s line. The bride should be scheduled to be in the middle of the attendants. It’s not a big deal for a bridesmaid to switch to a less complicated hairstyle if the stylist is pressed for time. That’s not an option for the bride.

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9. Speeding through photos: Anything less than an hour isn’t enough for a portrait session. The longer the session, the more relaxed you’re going to feel, and look. Also taking pictures before the ceremony is ideal, because after the ceremony is the party, no one wants to cut a party short to take pictures.


10. Hiring a friend: Brides make the mistake of hiring their friends to be the DJ, chef, or photographer. Even if your budget is tight, it’s better to let the pros handle the big stuff. You will be happier in the long run. Money can always be saved elsewhere in your budget.

-Hanna U.

 

10 Big Planning Mistakes

 

 

10 Big Planning Mistakes
When preparing for your wedding, there’s a lot to keep in mind. By avoiding these common mistakes, your wedding planning will sail by much smoother.
1. Overpaying on your look:  Maybe you have a 1,500 budget for your entire look including hair accessories, jewelry, shoes, and alterations. Some brides make the mistake of using their entire fashion budget on just the gown. After adding in accessories and alterations they find themselves over-budget. Step one: remember there is a lot to consider when budgeting for your wedding day look.
2. Getting attached to specific flowers: When you book your florist a year before your wedding day, he can only guess which flowers will be available for your wedding. If you choose only one style of flower, you could end up disappointed because they didn’t bloom. Instead, it’s best to choose “back ups”. It will add colors and shapes, and guarantee a fresher look.
3. Sending save-the-dates too soon: It may be tempting to send out your save-the-dates as soon as possible. Don’t send them until you have your guest list finalized. The people you are close with now may change in a year. Also, you may need to cut some guests in order to meet your limit- the last thing you want is to have a crowded wedding because you didn’t wait.

4. Skipping a wedding photographer: If you skip a professional photographer you will regret it. Professionals know what shots to take and use a high quality camera. You’re guaranteed amazing pictures. If you don’t get a professional and your friend takes pictures- you could be looking at blurry pictures for remembrance of your big day.
5. Controlling your vendors: You’re choosing talented professionals who have done many weddings, so let them do their jobs! It’s tempting to want to control every last detail of your wedding, but this is a mistake. Brides don’t have time or the experience to get caught up in the little stuff. Brides need to trust their vendors and know that they will get the vision right.
6. Picking your attendants too early: Bridesmaids should be the bride’s closest friends. Period. They have to be people you’d trust when you most need them. Don’t leave out new friends simply because you didn’t grow up together. Also, don’t let family members demand you have a certain attendant. It’s your wedding. You will certainly regret letting others make these decisions for you.
7. Telling everyone about your wedding: The more you share about your wedding, the more questions you’re going to get about your choices. You want to surprise your guests with a fun filled evening. If they already know your changing dresses throughout the evening they won’t be as impressed. Also, talking about your plans opens your wedding up to “copycats” who might be getting married before you.
8. Starting hair and makeup too late: It’s understandable that brides don’t want their hair to come out, or their makeup to wear off, but don’t be last in the stylist’s line. The bride should be scheduled to be in the middle of the attendants. It’s not a big deal for a bridesmaid to switch to a less complicated hairstyle if the stylist is pressed for time. That’s not an option for the bride.
9. Speeding through photos: Anything less than an hour isn’t enough for a portrait session. The longer the session, the more relaxed you’re going to feel, and look. Also taking pictures before the ceremony is ideal, because after the ceremony is the party, no one wants to cut a party short to take pictures.
10. Hiring a friend: Brides make the mistake of hiring their friends to be the DJ, chef, or photographer. Even if your budget is tight, it’s better to let the pros handle the big stuff. You will be happier in the long run. Money can always be saved elsewhere in your budget.

-Hanna U.