Wedding Organization

Tips & Tricks for Wedding Organization
Planning a wedding is arguably one big, long test of organization and time management. Staying on top of things is KEY, or the whole process can get really overwhelming and out of hand if you aren’t keeping track of everything.
Here are our tips for staying organized while planning your wedding:
1. Get yourself a binder and some dividers, and make your own wedding organizer. Fill it as you go with inspiration photos, vendor contracts, business cards, and anything else you get that you need to keep track of.
2. Do most of your communication through email so there is written documentation of everything. You can print it out and put it in your binder.
3. Find a calendaring system that works for you. Whether it be a planner or on your Smartphone calendar, keep this with you at all times!
4. Have an individual document (either on the computer or on paper) to track wedding financials.
  • Each group contributing to the wedding financially (if you have multiple parties paying), showing their total contribution, anything they have paid so far, and the balance left over
  • Each vendor showing total cost, amount paid, balance,and whether there are any refundable deposits (e.g., our venue has one)
  • Miscellaneous money-related items to take note of (e.g., amount of cash needed on hand the dayof the wedding for vendor tips)
5. This may sound silly, but having a planner and binder won’t do you any good unless you actually USE it. Wedding organization in the form of binders are great but you need to be sure to keep updating them. So make sure to keep them handy and that way you won’t miss a meeting or (worse) a payment!
Follow these tips and you get to feel the sweet relief of knowing all your wedding organization is under control and at your fingertips anytime.

Technology and Weddings

Technology & Weddings
Technology and weddings can go hand in hand! Why not incorporate technology into your wedding? Technology is ingrained in our everyday lives from Skype, text, apps, hashtags, and smartphones.
From a live broadcast feed of your ceremony on Skype to displaying your vows on a screen whilst reading them from your iphone, these are just some of the ways people have gone about using these tools to enhance their special moment. You could save up to $360 using technology!
1) Use your Phone
Technology and weddings can mean lots of phone use. On these phones are wedding websites and apps. Brides are using these devices more than you think. 69% of brides have a personal wedding website, 58% of brides are using their smartphones to take and share wedding-related pictures. 1 in 5 brides use a mobile app to plan, shop, or register for their wedding.
2) Guests Capture & Share Video
Video just isn’t for the wedding day anymore. Brides are having a blast making fun of the silly things they’ve said and done during their wedding planning. Over 25% of videos are captures on Smartphones. Save$1,400 by asking your guests to record and send you the videos to create a DIY wedding story. Storymixmakes it easy with a mobile app, HD camera rentals, and custom editing services.
3) Reception Fun
Have access to a big projection screen or a big white wall? Instead of using it for a slideshow, use it for epic video game fun that most people can’t get at home on their small screens. Replace the game with your favorites like Rock Band or Wii Play, and you’ll have a reception activity that will have guests forming a line.
4) Social Media
This isn’t the first time cell phones have been at the altar. You’ve probably seen a YouTube video or two where a bride or groom whips out their cell phone to update their Facebook status or post a tweet. Have you ever seen it as a part of the ceremony, though? Before the groom is allowed to kiss his bride, they must update their Facebook statuses. Cool or cheesy? Maybe you’re not into having mobile technology used that way during a wedding—we can understand that.
But what if mobile technology could allow people, that otherwise couldn’t, be a part of your wedding? As we mentioned, not all guests can make it for your big day,so what if you could bring them to the wedding through FaceTime? As mentioned earlier, consider how to incorporate technology into your wedding planning process. Such a method can allow for consistency in information sharing and time management. Take a moment to give it a try and see how this affects your planning.

Tipping your Vendors

Tipping your Vendors
As a bride-to-be, you’re completely immersed in the wedding planning gamut. But what about tipping your vendors? You’ve read opinions from experts to former brides turned wedding planners to the noteworthy sites for checklists, plans, and inspired ideas for our big day.
Tipping your vendors is a personal expression of gratitude for services delivered graciously, efficiently, and on point.Some vendors should not expect a tip on top of the lofty prices you are paying they include: photographer, videographer, designer (for paper materials), etc. The most important people to tip are often overlooked, such as your wedding planner,banquet manager,florist, officiant and altar servers (if church ceremony),and DJ. These vendors may be tipped at the end of their service at your discretion.
The obvious people to tip would be your hair stylist and makeup artist (20%), and your limo driver (20% of the bill).The typical amount is 20% unless the fine print in your contracts state otherwise. Many times the gratuity for your chauffeur, bartenders, and wait staff will be included in your bill. Don’t be shy! Ask your vendors if their tip is included and even ask to see it in your proposal.
Usually, cash is king. However, some of your vendors may accept other means of tips–small gifts and gift cards are also a nice gesture. Your wedding day is an important day in your life, and you need to remember to take care of the people that helped execute your day flawlessly.

Timelines

Timlines

 

Planning a wedding can take time, patience and organization. Timelines are just suggestions but they will keep you on track. Keeping on top of your tasks is important so action items like making payments don’t fall between the cracks.

 

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First, we recommend buying a calendar and a wedding-specific binder. Make dividers for each section and keep all contracts, vendor information, and timelines in the binder so it’s easy to find.Mark up the calendar with days for when items need to be accomplished.
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Share duties with your partner. Make your groom feel like he has a part in the planning (remember
this is his day too). By talking and sharing timelines, you both will be able to foresee and avoid any future
problems. Grooms come up with some of the best ideas too, so make sure to include him and let him add his personal touch to the big day too.
3.
Set aside specific days to accomplish tasks and enlist friends and family to help with timelines. It takes so much
less time to stuff envelopes and assemble favors when you do it as a team and it’s an easy way to let people help. You will get a lot more done by using your specific wedding planning days and you will feel much more relaxed during your time off. It’s also important to be flexible when planning so you don’t get bogged down.
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Figure out a budget on paper. Find out who will be paying for the wedding and come up with numbers for each category, ie: food, music, flowers…and don’t forget tipping and misc. last minute items!
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Create timelines for the week of the wedding. Make sure you allow enough time for all your tasks to be completed, ie: when to pick up tuxes, dropping off items to your venue, hair/makeup…etc. There can also be a separate timeline for the reception itself.
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Make decisions and then move on. There is so much information available to us these days that you can go crazy looking at websites and seeing new ideas. Once you have decided on your floral design, linen colors, table numbers, then stop looking at those items online!
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Of course, hire a coordinator if you can afford one in your budget! He or she can put together timelines for you that are efficient and they will know the pitfalls to avoid. If you have put this much time into your planning, leave it to the experts to execute it for you the day of the wedding.

Save the Date Cards

Save the Date Cards
Save the date cards are a relatively new trend in weddings, and they came about as a way to respect guests’ time and make sure they can attend the wedding. In good etiquette, you’ll send these to your guests 6 to 8 months before your wedding date so that your guests can mark it on their calendars and make travel arrangements. They should be sent out even sooner, up to a year in advance, if you are having a destination wedding or during a high travel season. For instance, Cape Cod in the summer, San Diego during Comic-Con International, Mexico in the winter during peak travel season or perhaps Washington, DC during an inauguration. If you are getting married in a relatively small town, you’ll still have to check, you might end up competing with hotel rooms with the annual Scarecrow Fest.
The point of using Save the Date cards is to be gracious to your guests by giving them enough time with their busy
schedules so that they can make travel arrangements well enough in advance and maybe use those airline and credit card points. Save the Date card notices are also used for non destination weddings if more than 25% of your guests are coming in from out of town and your event coincides with a peak travel season.
You should include the following information on your Save the Date card:
Couples full names
Wedding date
Location
A wedding Website is a nice addition for guests to click for more details as they are updated. A few things to avoid are not putting enough information and who to send them too. Always make sure you include the wedding location, such as your hometown or a destination wedding locale, along with the date so that guests can make travel arrangements. Just having the date is not enough. Guests need to know how many days they’ll need to take off of work. Send only to guests you are for certain you want in attendance.You can’t send a Save the Date card and then not send them an invite. After you drop off your save-the-dates at the post office, sit back, take a deep breath and feel better that you’ve crossed one more item off your to-do list. You’re one step closer to saying “I do!”

Bridal Shower Princess

For every bride there’s a bridal shower! Why not have a bridal shower princess? The bride is the center of attention anyway and as any princess is, she deserves a beautiful and magical shower to celebrate her wedding.

The easiest princess theme that comes to mind is, of course, Disney! There are a plethora of princesses to choose from. Is the bride more Ariel, Belle, Aurora, Mulan or a mix of all of them? You can mix and match any Disney themes in your bridal shower. What could be more perfect than “happily ever after” for all these fairy tale princesses? You can choose one princess to focus on or why not include them all?

Something to think about that might cut down on budget is: does your bride have a favorite princess? If so, you can tailor the shower to that princess. Otherwise, you can just do a general Disney theme. From the cupcakes, to plastic (looking like glass) horse and carriages, to glass slippers as name card holders. The creativity is endless for a bridal shower princess theme!

And, of course, what shower would be complete without games? These can remain Disney themed or you can go with regular ones. A fun game is having people find the hidden mickeys, or having guests guess which sidekick belongs to each princess. If you know your guests, or certain guests, would love to dress up as Disney princesses that could be a fun addition. The bride herself may even want to participate and dress up as her favorite princess. Hershey kisses can be used as “happily ever after kisses” and with a bridal shower princess theme you can use bold, bright colors! Have fun and use your imagination with this one because it’s perfectly acceptable!

Going Green

Going Green
So you want to save some green by going green? By going green we are not necessarily referring to money, but that can play an integral part. A green wedding is any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet -and there are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance! Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. And, amazingly enough, going green can save you money. Whether you incorporate just one or two earth-friendly elements, or go completely organic from the silk of your dress to the food you serve, remember that every green choice makes a difference.
Did You Know? 2.3 million is the number of couples that get married in the U.S. each year. That breaks down to more than 6,300 weddings a day. $28,000 is the average budget of a wedding in the U.S. 80 percent is the percentage of gold minded each year that goes into jewelry, out of 2500 tons. 50 years is the length of time the current amount of already-mined gold could satisfy demand; much of it currently sits in bank vaults and in old, unused jewelry.
Going green on your wedding day has environmental, social, and economic benefits.
1. The environmental benefits:
Each one of the 2.3 million weddings this year in the United States will produce an average of 62 tons of carbon dioxide and 400-600 lbs of garbage. That’s a lot of waste! Consider all of the stuff that goes into conventional weddings: single-use bleached white dresses, chemically treated imported flowers, toxic makeup and skin care products, mined gem-based jewelry, to name a few. It adds up quickly! Picture this: if every wedding this year used a disposable aisle runner and they were laid end to end,they would circle the globe twice. Similarly, the amount of paper used for invitations could cover the entire island of Manhattan. If every engaged couple made just one small green choice, which would be 2.3 million greener choices a year and that is an amazing impact.
2. The social benefits:
Weddings are a $60+ billion industry. Having a green wedding is an opportunity to make a difference by supporting companies that actively in corporate social and environmental responsibility into the way they do business. When you start talking to vendors about green choices, and explain your choices to your guests, you support the green economy and change the way people in your community think. You can showcase how easy it is to be eco-chic and share your favorite eco-friendly products with your guests.
3. The economic benefits:
Being green usually saves you money, and in today’s economy this is probably reason enough to do it! By making simple substitutions and eco-conscious decisions, like choosing a location central to the majority of your guests, you can easily decrease your impact on the planet and the cost of your event simultaneously. This is your day to show the ones you love your passion for the environment.
There are many great reasons going green for your wedding is a great idea! Experiment with a few and you can always mix and match to tailor it to your day!

Golf Wedding

Spring is here and maybe you’re thinking of a golf wedding theme! The turf is green, the clubhouses are gorgeous and the service is excellent.

Do your parents belong to the local country club? If so, you might be able to reap some major benefits on your bottom line and extras if you book your big day there. Some country clubs offer discounts for members and can really give you a bang for your buck.
Most country clubs have golf courses included on the premises. Why not include that theme into your wedding day?From argyle socks to golf ball décor, you can never go wrong with this uber preppy style! Here are a few ways to incorporate a golf wedding into your theme:
1) The Attire
 We wouldn’t suggest the bride do too much to immerse her look in the golfing theme; however, the guys are fair game. From sporty tweeds to golf ball inspired cuff links, these are just a few ways to incorporate the look and feel of the game.
2) The cake
Petite golf ball cakes or mini donut balls are a cute way to pay homage to the game. If you don’t want it to be your main wedding cake, suggest to your sweetie a“groom’s cake”to have a little more fun with your theme.
3) Grand Entrance / Exit
You can’t forget the golf cart! This could be a unique way tobring the bride to the ceremony spot. Not crazy about that idea? What about your getaway vehicle? The wedding party can decorate the cart in a fun fashion as your private mobile post ceremony.
4) The Décor
Your décor can sprinkle in as much golf-y goodness, from“here comes the bride” flags that mimic the flags on the
course, prints inspired by golf wear, to the wedding favors. Colors to think about incorporating into your palette arebold reds, yellow, green, and even navy blue. Pew bows could have small round white flower balls attachedto themor use golf flags on each pew. The bridal bouquet should be all white to resemble a golf ball. Use indoor/outdoor grass/carpeting as an isle runner. Keep a supply of mini-pencils handy for your guests to send youtheir best wishes in your guest book. Attach tees to your unity candle to complement the links feel as you seal your wedding vows for now and for always. However, if your wedding is actually taking place on a golf course, consider sealing your vows with a shot for the hole together!
5) Program
Ever think of putting a little twist on your wedding program? Your program can mimic a golf score card. Little details
like this keep your golf wedding theme consistent while having a little fun!

Wedding Diet

Doing it the Right Way vs. Crash Diets
So, you are officially on your wedding diet. Congrats! Successful weight loss takes hard work and commitment, but there is no lack of fad or crash diets on the market that claim to promote fast weight loss. With the rising trend of obesity around the globe, fad diets,which are diets that trigger fast weight loss, have become increasingly popular. Not all weight loss diets arefad diets. There are also healthy well-balanced diets used to promote weight loss.
Healthy lifestyle habits, as the name suggests, include and means eating a balanced diet and ensuring proper amount of exercise on a regular basis. Eating healthy means that you eat everything in the right portions. In other words, with these kinds of diet plans, you eat everything, but limit your intake of relatively unhealthy foods. A healthy lifestyle habit is realistic as it’s based on long-term goals and is phased out. In other words, when opting for a healthy lifestyle, you are in for the long haul, promising to follow its principles, irrespective of whatever temptation you may face. The perks far out weight simply being on a wedding diet for only five months.
Crash diets, on the other hand, are diets wherein you avoid certain kinds of food while eating certain others. There are several such diet plans available today from which you can take your pick depending on your preferences, requirements, and needs. This is usually coupled with intense workouts, where your body is pushed beyond limits right from the outset.
It is important to understand that both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Pro
Common practices for weight loss and fitness include healthy diet plans, as well as lifestyle habits on one hand.
Con
Research suggests rapid weight loss can slow your metabolism, leading to future weight gain, and deprive your body of essential nutrients. What’s more, crash diets can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of dehydration, heart palpitations, and cardiac stress.
Pro
Fitness builds muscles, increases energy levels, and can increase your mood because hormones are released during workouts that cause happiness, energy, and sex-drive.
Con
Many fad or crash diets are programs that last for just a few weeks, and they often do not promote regular exercise. These types of plans do not offer long-term solutions to weight loss. Fad diets or quick fixes cannot replace a lifetime of healthy eating and regular physical activity.
In a world where weight gain is easy and weight loss is difficult, it is hardly surprising that there are several options and choices available for ultimate fitness. Being on a wedding diet can be good long term for you if you find the benefits rewarding.

Wedding Crazies

Wedding Crazies
You’re a rational adult, right? Or should we say, were? You’ve never been prone to wedding crazies. Yet somehow, you’ve turned into the type of bride (and groom!) you swore you’d never be–the one who gives other brides a bad name–and you have no idea how you got here. Read on to find out how to take the crazy out of your wedding –plus, get advice for curing the wedding insanity pronto.
The Crazy: Irritable Bride (and Groom) Syndrome
It’s only two months into wedding planning, and you could open your own fight club. You can barely spend five minutes together without whipping out the gloves. Did you really just lose it because she wants Mexican for dinner? Congratulations, you’ve officially entered the World’s Dumbest Fight Zone.
The Cause:
Plain and simple, you’re suffering from planning fatigue. Your couple’s reserve has run dry: Too many wedding to dos and too little fun time have burned you both out. Fixating on the finish line (your wedding) at the expense of the day to-day is a common pitfall for engaged couples. But skimping on the sweet nothings can make you feel less connected and more irritable.
The Cure:
Quick! When’s the last time you knocked each other’s proverbial socks off? Still thinking? Yeah, that’s not a good sign. It’s time to look deep into each other’s eyes…and crack the hell up. It’s all about catching yourselves in time and realizing that you’re both being ridiculous and just need a break.

 

The Crazy: Budget Burnout
Your dad is seeing nothing but dollar signs. Instead of being excited, he actually loses a bit of color each time you mention the W-word.
The Cause:
Maybe the word stretched doesn’t even begin to describe what you’ve done to the original budget. So unless you are ponying up your own moola to cover the overages, it’s no mystery why Dad’s blood pressure is running high. Even if you’re staying in the lines, he may be suffering from sticker shock. If the last time he planned a wedding was his own,he probably isn’t too thrilled about what the cost of a wedding these days will do to his retirement prospects.
The Cure:
Take Pops out to dinner (and feel free to shamelessly ply him with steak to make him talk). Drag the touchy topic out into the open, so you can both get a clear idea of where things stand. Once he knows you’re on the same page and you’re willing to work with his budget, he’ll be more likely to show his excitement for you and join the planning committee.
The Crazy: Nuptial OCD
Pop quiz: What do cereal, global warming and puppies have in common? If they all managed to remind you of your wedding, you’ve got it bad. Yep, you’ve become one of those brides who can only talk about her wedding.
The Cause:
It’s easy to become so fixated on the wedding that you lose sight of everything–and everyone–else.
The Cure:
It should be one of the best days of your life, but it shouldn’t be your entire life. Channel the you that you used to be pre-engagement. Now tap back into your former fun self.
Wedding crazies don’t need to run your life if you are able to peel yourself away and see it from a distance! The next time you feel stressed, take a deep breath and reboot.