6 ways to integrate dogs in your wedding
Written by Marc Robisch Dogs truly are a man’s best friend. Who better to share your big day with then your dog? Dogs are always excited, and to say they will look adorable in a little groomsmen bow or flower crown is an understatement. “A pet plays an important role in a couple’s life and … Continue reading “6 ways to integrate dogs in your wedding”
8 Things to calm your nerves on your wedding day
For some people, weddings are beautiful ceremonies that celebrate the love two people share. For others, weddings are train wrecks waiting to happen. It is important to stay calm on your wedding day, and not freak out when little things mess up. The folks at David Rothstein Music have compiled this list of little things … Continue reading “8 Things to calm your nerves on your wedding day”
What YOU Love!
Fill your wedding with everything you both LOVE. Pick the colors, flowers, music, dresses, food, venue and guests that represent every that says who you are as a couple. Even if Martha Stewart, the Kardshians, or the Knot say it isn’t the hottest trend for 2010 it doesn’t matter. Your wedding has to be YOURS. … Continue reading “What YOU Love!”
Remember to Say Thanks!
After you’ve returned from your honeymoon and are reflecting back on your wedding there’s one important thing you can do to help all the people that helped you. Write reviews about them. They are incredibly valuable not only for the vendors themselves, but also to other couples that are considering hiring them. When vendors speak … Continue reading “Remember to Say Thanks!”
Preparation is the Key to a Great Wedding!
I recommend having all the details for your wedding finalized about a month ahead of time. This will allow time to make any minor last minute adjustments. Give your vendors all the info they need to do their job. You’ll get their best results and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your big day. … Continue reading “Preparation is the Key to a Great Wedding!”
What Makes a Song Danceable?
The truth is, there is no measurable answer. As you think about what songs you’d like your band to play, try this: Close your eyes and picture yourself at the wedding hearing that song. Would you be inspired to stay on the dance floor? Some songs are great to listen to but not good for … Continue reading “What Makes a Song Danceable?”
Whose Wedding is it Anyway?
As you plan your big day, you will get a lot of opinions. Listen to them all, but ultimately it’s YOUR wedding. What if your cheesy Uncle say you HAVE to the Electric Slide? Or a florist says you HAVE to have $50,000 worth of flowers? Your well meaning parents may base the prices or … Continue reading “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?”
DELEGATE! You may feel the need to control every aspect of your wedding, but this is not a good idea. You have the luxury of having great vendors, family and friends that are there to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask them for help and advice. Everyone loves you and is willing to do … Continue reading “TEAM YOU”
Location, Location, Location
Finding the perfect room for your reception is just like a a great fitting suit. If your room is too big you won’t able to show off your big shoulders etc. Your guests will be stretched out across the room while you lose the focus of the party. If it’s too small you will feel … Continue reading “Location, Location, Location”
Budget vs. Value
“I’m on a budget.” Of course you are, but don’t let the word BUDGET restrict you from getting what’s important to your wedding. If you shop by price your wedding doesn’t stand a chance. Shop by VALUE. Pay more for what’s crucial. When you set your budget, get a general idea of cost by talking … Continue reading “Budget vs. Value”
DAILY WEDDING TIP: Your Bridal party can help keep your wedding roaring. They are your parents, best friends, brothers and sisters. Make sure they understand they are also leaders of your wedding. Your guests will follow their lead. If they see them dancing like crazy, your guests will join them. If they are all socializing … Continue reading “Bridal PARTY!!”
Hire Friendly Experts
To fully judge a vendor, try to set up a face to face meeting. This is by far the best way to judge a vendor’s work. Also, consider how comfortable you feel with this person. This is especially important for your Band, Wedding Planner, Venue and Photographer. These are the people you’ll be dealing with … Continue reading “Hire Friendly Experts”
Hire who you trust and trust who you hire!
You’ve spent a lot of time researching and choosing the absolute best vendors for your wedding, right? The next step is to TRUST them. They have likely performed hundreds of weddings in a variety of sizes and venues and dealt with nearly every situation. They know how to handle everything for you. You hired them … Continue reading “Hire who you trust and trust who you hire!”
If you could do it over again…
Ask your married friends, “What are three things you wish you had done for your wedding?” It could include tiny aspects. Then make sure you address them for YOUR wedding. This will save you a TON of time and regrets later.
There’s no place like home
One of the best places to start your wedding planning is your home. What colors, textures, and fabrics have you chosen? What style or era is your furniture? What style of clothes do you love to wear? You can get outside ideas from magazines, websites and other people’s weddings, but start with what you already … Continue reading “There’s no place like home”
“I have to check with my parents first”
If at all possible, have all decision makers at your meetings for the bigger choices Venues, Music, Food. It’s tricky if you love something and then have to try to recreate the meeting for your parents. You’ll forget a great deal of the info and your parents will mainly just look at the price. Even … Continue reading ““I have to check with my parents first””
What do you really want for your wedding?
Before you make one phone call, look at one website, or read one magazine spend some time talking to each other. Talk about all the weddings you’ve been to. What did you like or hate about each of them? Then take some time to examine your personal styles and personalities. The clearer your vision is, … Continue reading “What do you really want for your wedding?”
What have you done for me lately?
What have you done for me lately? Ask the band or vendor to show you the latest example of their work. Are you more interested in seeing their vocalist’s hairstyle in 1997 or a packed dance floor from two weeks ago? How recent are their reviews? How recent is their video/audio? Think of it as … Continue reading “What have you done for me lately?”
Help Your Vendors Help You
Ask your wedding vendors the following question. “What information do you need from me so you can do your best work?” You want to make sure all your vendors are happy especially those that are with you all day. You will get the best results when you treat them like friendly professionals instead of hired … Continue reading “Help Your Vendors Help You”
When you fill out a form on a website requesting information don’t be shocked when you get a phone call from them following up with you. They are not calling to sell you aluminum siding for your house from a giant list of random numbers. Filling out the form tells the company you are interested … Continue reading “You Called?”
Two Rooms = Two Weddings
Make sure you keep your bar or sweet table inside the room where you are having dancing. If they are outside the room or way off in remote corners, your dance floor will be diluted. Keep the focus on the dance floor. You don’t want to have three different areas your guests can wander off … Continue reading “Two Rooms = Two Weddings”
Features vs. Benefits
VENDOR TIP: I just bought a new car. During this process I learned a lot about cars and desire. Why did I end up buying the car I did? Before I started looking I had a clear idea of the type of car and features I wanted. I did my homework on line for several … Continue reading “Features vs. Benefits”
There are two types of brides…
Consider hiring a videographer to your wedding. What would you pay to see your Parents’ or Grandparents’ wedding? I’m guessing quite a bit, right? Here’s your chance to make sure you CAN show your wedding to YOUR kids. There are two types of brides, those that hired videographers and those that wish they did. Here’s … Continue reading “There are two types of brides…”
What do Wedding Vendors REALLY Cost?
BUDGET. Think of it more of a guideline. Ask a variety of vendors what they charge, DON’T get a cost from a random wedding magazine or website. Even if they tell you a photographer should cost $300 you’ll be VERY disappointed when you can’t find one for that price. Get the best quality you can … Continue reading “What do Wedding Vendors REALLY Cost?”
Here’s how to get every guest to be quiet instantly. It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with 50 or 500 guests. This works EVERY TIME! Just say this, “Ladies and Gentleman, please turn to your neighbor and say Shhhh.” People don’t like to be told to be quiet, but are more than happy to tell … Continue reading “Shhhhhh!”
Say Thanks! One little way to bring good Karma to all your relationships is just to say thanks. Sometimes it means sending flowers, sometime a hand written note or even just a handshake/hug, a look in the eye and saying “thanks”. Do this to EVERYONE who does anything to help you big or small. It’s … Continue reading “THANKS!!”
DAILY WEDDING TIP: You’ve got your Dream Dress, The Best Band, Incredible Food, Beautiful Flowers, All Your Favorite Guests and The Love of Your Life. You’ve prepared every detail for the last year. Now there’s only one thing missing. It’s one of the most important things: A warm, loving, enthusiastic and appreciative attitude. Dance, Laugh, … Continue reading “SMILE!!!”