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Wedding Planning Tips

Vendor Shopping: More Than "What Do You Charge?"

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 04.29.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Never send an email that says "What do you charge?" or any other form of that question. Sure, you need to know the costs to see if you can even afford the vendor -- I get it. But you aren't picking up a pair of shoes here.

3 Things To Know Before Dropping Those Wedding Invitations In The Mail

Amber Harrison | Posted 04.13.2015 | Weddings
Amber Harrison

With so many details that go into a wedding, from flowers, to the cake, the invitations are just as important! Remember, they're the first thing your guests receive and they offer a sneak peek of what's to come on.

2 Thumbs Up! But Does It Really Matter?

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 03.11.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

The best way to handle reviews is to take them with a grain of salt. While you can't always consider the source since most reviews are anonymous, just take the good with the bad (or the good with the better) and interview vendors on your own.

The "Day Of" Coordinator: What It Is, What It Isn't and Why You Need One

Danielle Rothweiler | Posted 04.18.2015 | Weddings
Danielle Rothweiler

Let's be honest, not everyone can afford to include a full service wedding planner in their budget. Many couples also choose not to hire a wedding pla...

You're Engaged, Now What? Six Steps to Take Right After Becoming Engaged

Summer McLane | Posted 02.26.2015 | Weddings
Summer McLane

Here are six planning steps to take within the first month of your engagement that will help take away some of that stress.

What Your Wedding Planner Can Do For You (And What She Can't)

Tracie Domino | Posted 02.15.2015 | Weddings
Tracie Domino

With modern couples juggling careers, family obligations, social engagements and volunteer activities, it's hard to imagine where they can find the hundreds of extra hours needed to plan their wedding.

Timing Is Everything, Especially for Your Reception

Lauren Randolph | Posted 02.10.2015 | Weddings
Lauren Randolph

We must note that these two timelines are based on a plated meal service. If you're hosting a buffet style dinner, it's best to open the line at a specified time, so dancing would typically be after the dinner service (or before and after if your guests love to dance).

7 Tips to Stop Wedding Planning Stress!

Melanie Nolan | Posted 01.13.2015 | Weddings
Melanie Nolan

Every bride-to-be will be here at some point. Something goes wrong, or A LOT goes wrong at once and you feel panic in the pit of your bride-to-be stomach.

9 Ways You Can Help Your Friend Plan A Wedding

Posted 11.03.2014 | Good News

On the surface, weddings seem like pure joy: flowing drink, ample food, and awesome dance moves. Not to mention, a radiant couple who's happiness is i...

3 Tips for Sending the Perfect Thank You Card

Raquel Kelley | Posted 12.03.2014 | Weddings
Raquel Kelley

While the big day may be over, your duty is not done. Trust me, people are waiting on that one last final element. So here are three tips to make sure you are doing everything you can do to say "Thank You."

10 Things To Do Immediately After Getting Engaged

Amber Harrison | Posted 11.12.2014 | Weddings
Amber Harrison

Things to do immediately after your partner gets down on bended knee that might seem a bit obvious but you might not otherwise remember to do because, well, the excitement can be a bit much! (Ever heard of Proposal Blackout Syndrome? It's a thing.)

Why Do Weddings Cost SO Much?

Lauren Grove | Posted 11.11.2014 | Weddings
Lauren Grove

I asked the same exact question when I was planning my wedding. And I never really figured it out until AFTER my wedding when I started working in the industry, learning the ins and outs and what it really takes for a wedding to happen.

11 Crazy Characters You'll Encounter While Wedding Planning

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 10.01.2014 | Weddings
Alessandra Macaluso

Weddings are beautiful and wonderful -- the most exciting time of your life. But let's be serious: they also tend to conjure up the crazy in many people.

How To Plan An Outdoor Wedding That Actually Runs Smoothly

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Weddings

The best part of summer weddings? Celebrating in the great outdoors, of course! But there are certain things that can get in the way of a good time --...

Being a Bridezilla Can Destroy Your Whole Wedding Planning Experience -- Tips for Behaving Yourself

Sandy Malone | Posted 05.18.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

A little bit of honey goes a long way...

Let Them Eat Cake or Whatever You Want

Sharon Sacks | Posted 04.23.2014 | Weddings
Sharon Sacks

Marie Antoinette famously said, "Let them eat cake." But times, they are a-changin', and in this day and age couples are veering away from the status quo.

Are You a Good Candidate for a Destination Wedding? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Decide

Sandy Malone | Posted 03.30.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Some brides and grooms use the destination wedding as a manner of choosing what they want for their weddings, rather than being stuck with the choices the Mother of the Bride forces down their throats at her local country club.

Are Destination Weddings Really Stress Free?

Erica Laudon | Posted 03.26.2014 | Weddings
Erica Laudon

There is more than meets the eye with a destination wedding, from family dynamics to traveling during stormy weather.

You're Engaged...Now What?

Claudia Maittlen-Harris | Posted 03.25.2014 | Weddings
Claudia Maittlen-Harris

Whether you've posted a picture of the engagement ring on Facebook or Instagram, bought a ton of wedding planning books, or are just glowing from the joy of finding someone you want to spend the rest of you life with, you're on your way! But be prepared for some dizzying, unexpected things.

5 Lies The Wedding Industry Is Selling (But We're Not Buying)

Anne Almasy | Posted 03.23.2014 | Weddings
Anne Almasy

I love weddings. Weddings are the soul of my work as a photographer. But they're also the foundation of a multi-billion dollar industry rife with questionable traditions and irrational expenses. Before you dive into wedding planning, here are five myths you need to identify -- and dismiss! -- the moment they show their ugly faces.

How to Start Planning Your Wedding

Whitney Pizale | Posted 03.11.2014 | Weddings
Whitney Pizale

Hopefully, these tips will help ease the pressure and get you going on planning your dream wedding.

The Worst Question A Wedding Vendor Can Ask A Bride-To-Be

Posted 01.25.2014 | Weddings

Every bride-to-be should understand the importance of keeping a balanced budget, but it's easy to get taken advantage of when your caterer, florist an...

The Best Time to Hire a Wedding Planner Is Before You Need Her to Fix Your Mess

Sandy Malone | Posted 02.03.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

Brides and grooms who recognize the need for a planner and hire somebody like me right off the bat are obviously the best case scenario for me, but that isn't always how it works.

Engagement Tips to Actually Enjoy Wedding Planning

Carmen Feliciano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Weddings
Carmen Feliciano

Pinterest-ing is so much easier than dealing with overwhelming choices, tradeoffs and drama. To help provide perspective, we have below some really insightful tips from Smart Wedding Week.

Men Find Wedding Planning More Stressful Than Women, Survey Says

Posted 11.07.2013 | Weddings

Brides-to-be are typically the ones to take on most of the wedding planning responsibilities, but it turns out that men find the process more stressfu...