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Get Organized with the Right Wedding Planning Tools

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
You’re engaged! By now you have likely made your big announcement to your friends and family. You have browsed wedding dress catalogs and daydreamed about your romantic reception at that majestic hillside vineyard in Napa. Maybe you have even toyed around with the bridal party list and picked out your perfect maids. And then all of a sudden your mother-in-law-to-be starts asking you if you have picked a caterer, or florist, or cake topper, or DJ, or even a date.… And you are probably sitting there, stopped in your whimsical tracks like, “Wait, what?” Happy stressed bride
Well, my dear, now the fun begins. It’s time to start planning the big day and there is much to do— but don’t fret, you have everything you need to get started sitting at the end of your French manicure.

Online Is the New “Ask a Friend”

Instead of calling all of your friends and family to ask who they recommend, you will likely find that your favorite search engines will yield much quicker and honest results.

Local sites like Angie’s List and Yelp will give you quick feedback on vendors’ customer service, efficiency, and professionalism overall.

Helpful online sites include The Knot, which actually lets you see vendors that other brides near you have utilized. An extra bonus is that they give you an honest vendor review.

Save Your Time and Money

A great perk of surfing vendors online is access to their websites which generally include pictures of their work and pricing options. If you have a strict budget you can quickly eliminate vendors based on their price page.

Also, if you are looking for a specific style of cake or flower arrangement, you can browse through their pictures on your coffee break and see if anything catches your attention. This way you are only setting appointments with vendors you know you like and can afford.

Organizing Your Prospects

This is the time that you need to really focus on getting organized, and having the right wedding planning tools will make all of the difference.

If you find multiple vendors that meet your criteria, and are having trouble choosing, you may benefit from a list of pros and cons. Making a list with each vendor’s info, including contact details, pricing quotes, payment options, availability and time lines is a great way to start organizing your options.

All of these details can be easily tracked on our planning tools page which provides you with a virtual wedding planner to keep all of your vendors organized, and make notes along the way.

The next step is contacting and preparing to interview your potential vendors. Make a note of their customer service over the phone and their willingness to accommodate your schedule. You can tell a lot about a company based on how they treat you before they have your money in their hand. Trust your first impression instincts to help you decide if a face to face interview is even warranted.

Rain Is Good Luck

People say it is a sign of good luck if it rains on your wedding day … but letting your tears pour every moment you plan your big day, as you stress over every detail, is not a good thing! Planning your wedding, no matter if it’s big or small, should be fun and fulfilling. Don’t get overwhelmed and miss out on this special time in your life! Instead, grab some herbal tea, put on some soft music, throw on your favorite slippers, and settle into the couch with your tablet as you browse the web for your dream dress.

And just for fun, leave us a comment and tell us where you are as you plan your big day (your favorite coffee shop, your desk at work, the airport, in a taxi….) We can’t wait to hear from you!

Garders you won't want to toss

Monday, July 26th, 2010

These are so pretty, you won’t want to toss them but keep them for yourself and your new hubby.

The gift that keeps on giving

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Finally a gift that you know you can use, a roof over your head and now your friends and family can literally buy it for you as a gift.
The latest in original online registries
Allows your guests to help you buy your first house and grow that nest egg. Who needs a fancy picture frame when you don’t have a wall to hang it on!

Bridal Undergarments Guidelines

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Undergarments provide the necessary foundation in order to make the desired look possible. Undergarments can change the way your dress fits thus it is important to purchase them prior to the first fitting.

Support for the Girls
Comfort is the name of the game as bras with insufficient support or annoying wires cutting into your sides are huge no no. Ensure to buy a good, supportive bra that will provide lift and comfort for hours of dining, dancing, and posing for pictures.

If you plan on wearing a body shaper, it is advised to use the ones without stiff stays or whalebones such as Lycra or Spandex.

Like the bra comfort is the name of the game as there is no way to discreetly rearrange droopy panties, as the no one wants a picture while panty tugging. In the event that your gown is made of very thin or silky material it is highly recommended to use a pantyhose with built-in underwear.

If you plan on wearing a fancy garter belt ensure to test it out to in order to assess if you can bear the inconveniences it may have. Buy a garter belt that fits right around your waist and cannot be seen over your dress. No one wants to deal with wrinkly knees or having to try hitching up your hose due to the downward sloping garter belt.

Trial Run:
It is extremely important to try on your wedding gown along with the selected bridal lingerie before the wedding day.

Wedding Day Fragrances

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Brides want their wedding fragrance scent to last through every hug and handshake until their very last dance. Here are a few guidelines to follow:

– Sample fragrances in advance in order to determine whether you are allergic.
– Ensure to keep your flowers and fragrance from competing with each other.
– Keep it light, as the scent will become more potent as your body temperature rises.
– Spray your fragrance before you step into your dress (apply heavier perfumes sparingly to your pulse points).
– Reapply fragrance to pulse points throughout the day but most importantly ensure to keep fragrance away from your dress!
– Stay away from sprays that can stain fabric.

Floral Scents
Vera Wang

Fruity Scents
Burberry London

Woodsy Scents
Black by Bulgari

Oriental Scents
Organza Indecence by Givenchy

Rattles vs Wedding Bells

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

In the months leading to the wedding brides will be undergoing through high levels of stress as planning the perfect day is no easy task. In the event the blushing bride is not on birth control (i.e. pill, shot, patch etc) it is recommended that they do so temporarily (i.e. until the wedding day) as it is common for brides to have an unexpected pregnancy. However, in the event that the bride is with child during the planning months it will not be the end of the world as the mother-to-be-bride can select from a wide range of maternity wedding dresses. Remember your wedding is your day to shine no matter what.

Reception Gowns Make Stand in 2010

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Times are changing and modern brides keep pushing the envelope by having more than one stunning look on their special day. Reception wedding dresses are growing trends which allows brides to slip out of their ceremony gowns and slip onto a stunning reception wedding gown. Such gown will allow brides to move with ease yet maintain the elegance/grace and sophistication of a bride.

Featured Gown: Alfred Angelo

eatured Gown: Alfred Angelo (Nikki White Collection)

Get Great Wedding Photos!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Yay me! I made it on here to blog. So excited to share whatever wedding knowledge I have with you all. I gather more and more with every event I photograph.

One thing I share with all my brides and grooms is a sheet of tips which help make their day LOOK pretty. A wedding is already so gorgeous. One of my favorite things to photograph. A gal in an amazing gown, a guy dressed to the nines, details that took months to perfect, flowers to die for…how can you take a bad photo? BUT some things do help!

Hope this list might help you all as you are planning and as you are picking your photographers:

Tips Tips Tips!!!

Preparation; the nerves, the joy, the details

Some things that can make this period even more beautiful if you have the option:

  1. Choose a location with lots of natural light. Get ready near a big window.
  2. Bring a wooden hanger for your dress.
  3. Make one of your bride’s maids in charge of your details (shoes, jewelry, make-up, veil, something blue…).
  4. Bring an invitation (or send me one before hand).
  5. Have all your brides maids get into their dresses before you, as soon as possible.
  6. Try and be ready 30-40 min. before the ceremony so there is time for some portraits!
  7. Groom: Think of a fun location near where you are getting married to do some group shots. (as the gentlemen are always ready before the ladies and it is a perfect time for some portraits).

Ceremony; the emotion, the guests, the kiss!

1.      This is just a matter of opinion: BE IN THE MOMENT…Cry, Laugh, Just be you, it is your day.

2.      Walk SLOW and smile. (that goes for all your brides maids and attendants as well!)

3.      Kiss SLOW! Hold that kiss…I mean why not?

Portraits; However YOU want them.

1.      Think about how much time you want to spend and let your photographer know for sure.

2.      When it is just the two of you relax, be you, hold hands, kiss, talk, smile.

3.      Give your group a little pep talk. Tell them you want to have FUN, but you also want to get done and into the PARTY!

4.      You don’t need to think of ideas because your photographer should come with plenty, BUT please feel free to shout them out if you have them! Your photographer loves to be inspired by you!

5.      Think of dismissing everyone at some point, so just the two of you can have at least 20 min. of portraits alone.

The theme: Relax, have fun, be you!

And because I can never blog without a photo…I mean duh, I am a photographer

Guidelines for choosing a wedding dress that will compliment your figure

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

• A-line Wedding Dresses – A-line silhouette make the most of your curves as well as camouflages full hips and draw attention to your upper body.

Featured Gown: Maggie Sottero

• Ball Gown Wedding Dresses – Enhances small waistlines, while hiding those last ten pounds you’ve wanted to lose from your butt or thighs.

Featured Gown: Alfred Angelo

• Trumpet and Mermaid Wedding Dresses – Accentuates sexy figures, showing off curves throughout the body.

Featured Gown: Jim Hjelm

Helpful tips that will ensure a successful reception

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

•Delegate wedding duties to responsible individuals who will adhere to deadlines as the last thing a bride should be concerned about on her wedding day is tracking down her cake or centerpieces.

•Be mindful of time. The wedding day can be the most hectic day and sure things will happen that may cause delays however drastic time set backs will impact the flow of the reception as most venues are on a 4-hour time frame.

•Compose a timeline in order to ensure that the important moments (i.e. father daughter / mother son dance, bouquet / garter toss) are executed thus eliminating the ‘should have’, ‘could have’, and ‘would have’ feelings.

•If you do not plan to have a wedding consultant, at least consort with one to review your contracts to ensure that the different wedding vendors (i.e. bartenders, photographer, DJ etc.) are in order to ascertain that the vendors perform the necessary services (i.e. are contracted for the right time, meet the needs for you event and to make sure that there are not any details in the contract that you may have missed).

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