Ways to annoy your bridesmaids

Ways to really annoy your bridesmaids:

   Expecting everyone to love each other the same way you love each of them

Even though your leading ladies are your besties, it doesn’t mean they will become best friends with each other or even get along. Different personalities can clash and often times do. To avoid a potential disaster, casually introduce everyone to  ahead of time. This might make for fewer surprises during wedding related functions.

   Pretending the dress is so cute that they will wear it over and over again

You know the saying: Chop it off and wear it again!… ya right. We all know this isn’t the likely case when it comes to dresses. Make sure your girls know how much you like the dress and appreciate them for wearing it on your special day. If you are concerned about potential re-wearing, opt for black or navy and something in a shorter length.

Having multiple expensive wedding related events

Weddings are expensive enough to be a part of: Dresses, gifts, travel days, and spa time all add up quickly.  Throw in a few showers and a get-a-way bachelorette weekend- you are asking for some upset girls. Be mindful of costs and consider making some events or things optional to keep everyone happy and on budget.

   Saying that “You don’t care” when it comes to shoes and hair

Face it: You do care. Telling your girls that you don’t will do nothing but cause stress on them and set up for disappointment. You may be laid back, but give some direction on what you are expecting. Share a few ideas, some photos, or even make a little list describing some things you like for your big day.

 Giving out last minute details

Get a list or an itinerary together so everyone can be prepared. If you don’t let people know until the last minute it will do nothing but create stress for everyone, yourself included. Be clear about the details as soon as you can so your girls know what to expect and where to be when.

  Being a know-it-all

Knowing how you want everyone to look and act on your big day is one thing, being a snotty B about getting things that way is UN-acceptable behavior. Asking your pale bridesmaids to tan, your blonde to touch up her roots, or your lip gloss queen to go easy is not okay. You know and love them for who they are remember why you asked them to be there in the first place.

Nobody likes a bridezilla 

Your big day is finally here, enjoy it! Don’t snip at your girls because you are stressed out. They are here to love and support you. Remember that when someone accidentally steps on your dress while giving you a hug.

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Tips for an Outdoor Wedding. By Hannah H.

Are you considering and outdoor wedding? Or maybe your already in the process of having one. If so, that is great! Outdoor weddings are beautiful, and can be very memorable. You can put your own twist on everything.  From the ceremony space, to the dance floor. As great as outdoor weddings are you need to keep a few things in mind when planning one. With these ten tips you will be ready for anything come your big day.

1. Have a plan B. This is the single most important step. What are you going to do if it rains? It is hard to know what the weather is going to do months out, so be prepared and have that backup plan. If there is light rain a big white tent will do, but if the weather is severe you need to move the ceremony inside. Most receptions are inside so you could bring in chairs and move things around to convert the reception space into the ceremony location.

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2. Make sure your guest stay cool. Nobody likes going to a wedding and sweating like crazy because of the heat. Be sure to have some sort of cooling device, like large quiet fans, or air conditioners. Also provide individual fans for your guest with handing out the programs, also consider even handing out small water bottles to keep them refreshed and happy.

3. Shield from the Sun. Consider providing sunscreen and sunglasses for your guest, most people will forget these items. These could also be used as party favors.

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4. Don’t forget the BUGS! If there is a swarm of flies or mosquitos buzzing around during your ceremony everyone will be focused on swatting those pesky bugs, stealing the focus from the ceremony. To prevent this from happening, you could either use insect repellent lamps, which make no zapping noise, or your could also use candles that contain oils that repel insects such as: citronella, cinnamon, castor, rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, clove, geranium and peppermint oils. You can decorate these lamps or candles to make them look like they are part of the ceremony space.

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5. Plan your Pictures. Don’t take your wedding pictures at noon or too close to noon- the sun will be directly overhead and will cause unflattering shadows. With that in mind, aim to take your pictures in the morning or later in the afternoon/evening. Consult with your photographer for more lighting recommendations.

6. Choose your Location Wisely. A beach may be beautiful but it many also be very windy, and crashing waves any be hard to hear over. Be sure to plan accordingly based on your location. If you’re at any public place where there is residual noise, look into renting clip-on microphones for the officiant and bride and groom so that everyone can hear the ceremony.

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7. Provide chair cushions/covers. If the sun is out, chairs (especially metal ones) can heat up in a hurry. So don’t forget to bring chair cushions or chair covers for your guest so they don’t burn themselves when sitting down. This can also be a great opportunity to decorate!

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8. Have summer food. During your cocktail hour don’t serve anything too heavy; instead try serving fruit skewers, shrimp cocktail, crisp veggies and other light appetizers, instead of cheese or other dairy-based products that would melt in the heat.

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9. Experiment with Decorations. Instead of having a bunch of flowers that will wilt, consider lanterns or other decorations that are beautiful but much less expensive an hold up better in the sun.

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10. Be Mindful of Fabrics. Whether it’s your wedding gown, the bridesmaid dresses, the men’s tuxes or any other decorative fabrics, look into lighter material that breathes and won’t make you and your wedding party sweat excessively. Examples include: cotton organdy, chiffon, crepe or voile over silk.

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We hope these tips will help your outdoor wedding will go very smoothly!

Wedding Planning Basics: 10 Biggest Wedding Planning Blunders to Avoid By: Hannah H

Wedding planning is not as easy as it looks on television, in-fact they are very stressful and mistakes are bound to happen, but if we can help you avoid a few of those we will. These are the 10 biggest planning mistakes that happen.

1. Blowing Your Fashion Budget on just the Dress.

Buying your wedding dress is one of the most important things for you as the bride. Set a budget for yourself maybe for example the fashion budget is $1500, now this doesn’t mean that you can spend $1500 on just your dress, you also have to remember your hair, shoes, jewelry, undergarments, and alterations. You wouldn’t want to get a fabulous dress and not be able to finish off the “look” that your going for. 

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2. Getting Attached to Specific Flower Types.

When you book for florist a year before your wedding day, he/she can only guess which blooms will be available for your wedding. If you have to have, say, aster, you could be disappointed, not every spring will bring the same flowers every year. Instead, choose backups to your main blooms and add them to your contract. Think in terms of colors and shapes instead of specific flowers.

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3. Sending Out Save-The- Date Too Soon.

It may be tempting to tell everyone about your wedding date as soon as possible but don’t send those save-the-date cards out until you’ve finalized the guest list. Friends you’re close with when your engaged may be mere acquaintances by the time you get married. Reserve save-the-dates only for those guest you know will be invited, like your families. 

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4. Skipping a Wedding Videographer

Photos only take you so far. Videos let you hear your voice tremble as you say your vows and watch your friends tear up the dance floor. With more people documenting your wedding, you’ll see things you may have missed on the day. 

5. Micromanaging Your Vendors

You’re choosing talented pros who understand your vision, so let them do their jobs! We know it’s tempting to control every detail so you’re guaranteed to love the results, but you won’t have the time, and you certainly don’t have the experience your vendors do. After you initial meeting, trust the pros to get it right. 

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6. Picking Your Attendants Too Early

Your bridesmaids should be your closest friends. Period. They can also be your sisters, cousins, aunts and even your mom, but they have to be people you’d trust to be there with you most need them. You don’t know new friends well enough yet to be sure they’ll support you in tough situations (every bride encounters on at some point), and picking people because a family member demands it may end up a decision that you will regret. 

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7. Telling Everyone about Your Wedding

It’s s hard not to talk about your wedding. Try. The more you share, the more opinions you’re going to get about your choices, wether or not you ask for them. Plus, par of wowing your guest is surprising them. If they already know that you’re changing into a different dress for dancing or sending guest home with a tasty treat, they wont be as surprised on your big day. 

8. Starting Your Hair and Makeup Too Late.

Sure, you don’t want you hair to fall out or your makeup to fade before you walk down the aisle. But busy stylist will likely get to you late if you’re the last in the chair. Schedule your appointment in the middle of your attendants. It’s not a big deal if a bridesmaid has to switch to a less complicated style, but that is not an option for you.

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9. Speeding Through Photos 

Pictures will take an amount of time, don’t expect them to be done within an hour. Squeezing them into the first half-hour of your cocktail hour you will be very unsuccessful. If you refuse to see your groom before the ceremony, take pictures separately beforehand so  the only shots left to take after the ceremony include both of you.

 

10. “Hiring” A Friend Instead of a Pro.

Having a friend will most likely save you money, but at the same time you could run into major problems. Even if you are on a tight budget your much better off paying a vendor with experience to take care of the biggies, like your ceremony and food. Plus you want your friend to enjoy your wedding.

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We want your wedding experience to be as close to smooth sailing as possibly, we hope these tips and don’ts will help. Have a wonderful wedding and have fun with the planning!!

Tips for an Outdoor Wedding. By Hannah H.

Are you considering and outdoor wedding? Or maybe your already in the process of having one. If so, that is great! Outdoor weddings are beautiful, and can be very memorable. You can put your own twist on everything.  From the ceremony space, to the dance floor. As great as outdoor weddings are you need to keep a few things in mind when planning one. With these ten tips you will be ready for anything come your big day.

1. Have a plan B. This is the single most important step. What are you going to do if it rains? It is hard to know what the weather is going to do months out, so be prepared and have that backup plan. If there is light rain a big white tent will do, but if the weather is severe you need to move the ceremony inside. Most receptions are inside so you could bring in chairs and move things around to convert the reception space into the ceremony location.

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2. Make sure your guest stay cool. Nobody likes going to a wedding and sweating like crazy because of the heat. Be sure to have some sort of cooling device, like large quiet fans, or air conditioners. Also provide individual fans for your guest with handing out the programs, also consider even handing out small water bottles to keep them refreshed and happy.

3. Shield from the Sun. Consider providing sunscreen and sunglasses for your guest, most people will forget these items. These could also be used as party favors.

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4. Don’t forget the BUGS! If there is a swarm of flies or mosquitos buzzing around during your ceremony everyone will be focused on swatting those pesky bugs, stealing the focus from the ceremony. To prevent this from happening, you could either use insect repellent lamps, which make no zapping noise, or your could also use candles that contain oils that repel insects such as: citronella, cinnamon, castor, rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, clove, geranium and peppermint oils. You can decorate these lamps or candles to make them look like they are part of the ceremony space.

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5. Plan your Pictures. Don’t take your wedding pictures at noon or too close to noon- the sun will be directly overhead and will cause unflattering shadows. With that in mind, aim to take your pictures in the morning or later in the afternoon/evening. Consult with your photographer for more lighting recommendations. 

6. Choose your Location Wisely. A beach may be beautiful but it many also be very windy, and crashing waves any be hard to hear over. Be sure to plan accordingly based on your location. If you’re at any public place where there is residual noise, look into renting clip-on microphones for the officiant and bride and groom so that everyone can hear the ceremony. 

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7. Provide chair cushions/covers. If the sun is out, chairs (especially metal ones) can heat up in a hurry. So don’t forget to bring chair cushions or chair covers for your guest so they don’t burn themselves when sitting down. This can also be a great opportunity to decorate!

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8. Have summer food. During your cocktail hour don’t serve anything too heavy; instead try serving fruit skewers, shrimp cocktail, crisp veggies and other light appetizers, instead of cheese or other dairy-based products that would melt in the heat.

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9. Experiment with Decorations. Instead of having a bunch of flowers that will wilt, consider lanterns or other decorations that are beautiful but much less expensive an hold up better in the sun. 

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10. Be Mindful of Fabrics. Whether it’s your wedding gown, the bridesmaid dresses, the men’s tuxes or any other decorative fabrics, look into lighter material that breathes and won’t make you and your wedding party sweat excessively. Examples include: cotton organdy, chiffon, crepe or voile over silk. 

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We hope these tips will help your outdoor wedding will go very smoothly!