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Fido at Your Wedding

For many people, pets are like a family member, so having that pet be a part of their wedding day seems like the right thing to do. But are you and your pet ready for your wedding day? Here’s a few things to consider before you and Fido walk down the aisle:

Your Pet’s Temperament:  Is your pet easily excitable in large groups? Or have they mastered sitting on command? A wedding will be a new experience for them so be sure they will be able to behave and not make a scene on the big day. Even though you may want your pet there, they may feel more comfortable at home.

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Check With Your Venue:  It’s important to make sure pets are allowed at your wedding venue before you start planning their grand entrance. If having your pet be apart of your day is a must-have, you may need to consider pet friendly places only when you are in the planning stages and picking a venue. This is definitely an area where you must plan ahead.

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Check With Your Guests:  A lot of people have allergic reactions to certain types of pets, so informing your guest beforehand that your pet will be apart of the wedding will help those guest to take the necessary precautions.

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Preparing Your Pet:  If all is a go with Mr. Whiskers, then it is essential to prepare him for the day. If you are having him wear some type of clothing, or plan on strapping a ring pillow on his back and walk down the aisle, it’s best to start practicing weeks before the wedding day. If possible,  take him to the venue and allow him to get use to the new space. Allow your pet enough time to get use to his role and reward him with treats for being well behaved.

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Hire a Pet Handler:  This can be someone that you know or a professional, but having someone at the wedding that is responsible for your pet is vital. You will not have the time or  energy to worry about your pet during the rest of your wedding commotion, so having a person assigned to your pet will make the day go much smoother.  Make sure the pet handler has everything they will need to properly care for your animal on the day, including a home to take them to when the celebrations are over.

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Tips for a Fruitful Marriage

We just love new ideas when it comes to decorating your wedding tables!  Perhaps there is no better way to make a statement than with a show-stopping tablescape that mimics your weddings central theme.  When scanning all of the new trends and timeless accents, we find ourselves always drawn to elements that are both natural and extremely elegant.   Flowers are always our favorite go-to, but there seems to be another “from the earth” statement piece making quite a name for itself of the décor circuit: FRUIT!

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Studio Benjamin James

From citrus for summer soirees to plums and deep hued pears for Fall fetes, we keep seeing this trend used year after year to compliment florals and greenery.  It sounds like it couldn’t be any simpler, but using fruits and other seasonal objects can maximize their statement when used in some pretty interesting new ways. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use fruit right now!

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Summer Citrus:  Fresh, vibrant, and fragrant!  Meyer lemons, key limes, and gorgeous navel oranges are all bright and fun but can also add a certain whimsy to a summer wedding.  Our favorite look is taking lemons in bulk and keeping the look monochromatic. That means large revere bowls overflowing with stacked lemons, various sizes of apothecary jars filled to the brim with even more lemons and bud vases and bowl filled with yellow flowers interspersed between the displays.  We say when it comes to the big, bold colors of summer, keeping things all one tone maintains a level of elegance that is imperative for a wedding.  We also love sliced lemons bordering a clear glass vase that is filled with bright yellow roses, tulips, or daisies.  Fun summer flowers like ranunculus can also be a fun addition to the mix!  For those ready to really mix it up, we say it’s okay to throw in a small pop of green with some key limes and lemon leaves. The mix of greenery and long garland with lemons and limes or even oranges mixed in can be a really fresh and organic way to celebrate!

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Jennifer Weems Photography

Fruits of Fall:  The deep colors of Fall make the season one of our absolute favorites for any event, especially weddings.  In recent years, September and October have replaces Spring and summer months as the most popular for couples to say “I do.” And we can totally see why:  Perfectly rouge plums, pomegranates, and pears are the perfect show pieces for an Autumn affair.  Mixed with plush, deep hued florals and accented by napkins or menus tied with natural raffia, runners of burlap or small natural linen satchel bags, we can hardly resist this look!

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Martha Stewart Weddings

So when planning your event, don’t forget to think of all of the seasonal elements, not just flowers.  Fruits also prove to be a huge money saver considered how much bang you get for your buck. We love seeing this trend and hope its homage to all things natural continues!

3D Event Design Software

Let’s face it: we live in a very visual world. Nevermind Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and the like, there’s a new graphic suite ready to delight brides and wedding planners alike called 3D Event Designer.   Imagine this, you have a digitally conceptualized 3D model of your reception space and are able to manipulate tables, linens, chairs, flowers, votives, and just about any other decorative item you can think of to build your dream room. Even for the creatively challenged, the idea is genius and super fun to play with for all of industry folks trying to come up with new and exciting ways to set up for an event.

It also starts with a great space. Venues can literally send in their dimensions and features ( with photos, no less) and the group over at 3D will create a model for them to use over and over again for all of their clients.  And when it comes to communicating your ideas between your planner, on-site workers, florists, set-up crew and just about anyone else involved, this new gem leaves no stone unturned and every last detail addressed in a perfectly packaged model. It can be emailed as a PDF and is insanely addicting when it comes to playing around with ideas for the big day.

And the folks over at 3D Event Designer know that not everyone is a graphic designer, hence making the site ultra user friendly. You can upload plans to Facebook, log in to make changes that can easily be sent to multiple people and even send them a request for a custom item design (think custom pieces that are hard to find or ultra premium linens and designs.)  Although they are updating their inventory of digital items almost weekly, the cost ranges from about $5-10 per custom item – a steal when you consider the perks of being able to see the actual set up before the wedding!

And who doesn’t love sharing their wedding vision with their friends? Part of the joys of planning a wedding, is including others in the process. We love how this product celebrates technology’s role in today’s wedding planning and also reminds us how fun planning the biggest day of your life can be! So jump on over to 3D Event Designer today and sign up for a free webinar to see what your wedding or next event can look like. It’s perfect for all of you planners and venue folks! We can’t wait to see what you dream up!

How to Plan a Wedding Without It Consuming Your Life

There is no doubt that planning a wedding can be very time consuming. It is easy to get caught up in the joys and stresses of wedding planning and to spend all of your free time thinking about and working on the plans for your big day. But it isn’t healthy to focus all of your energy and time on wedding plans. You still need to make time for other hobbies, activities, and events. (Your friends are excited for you, but they’d appreciate talking about something besides your wedding sometimes.) Here is how to plan your wedding without letting the big day consume your life.

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Too many brides waste precise time and energy on tasks and decisions that aren’t that important. Instead, they should focus on the essentials and tasks most important to them. If there are traditional wedding tasks that you don’t want to have to worry about, it is okay to cross them off the wedding checklist. It is also a good idea to delegate when possible. Your friends and family love to feel involved.

 

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Now is a great time to learn how to create schedules and to-do lists. It will keep you from getting overwhelmed and will help you manage your time. Figure out exactly what needs to be done and when. There is no need to worry about all the wedding tasks at once. If you break your to-do list into manageable chunks, you will be able to enjoy your wedding planning with less stress.

 

Have Some Fun

It is easy to get caught up in all the wedding tasks you need to complete before the big day, but don’t forget to take a break to have some fun. At least once a week, take a day off from wedding planning and spend time with friends, family, and your fiancé. Also, remember to make time for yourself. Go the gym. Treat yourself to lunch. Stay in your pajamas and watch movies. The wedding to-do list will still be there tomorrow.

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5 Best Apps for Brides-to-Be

You’ve probably heard horror stories about how stressful and time-consuming wedding planning can be, but you don’t have to worry. Thanks to technology, planning a wedding is now easier than ever. Here are five wedding apps that will make wedding planning a breeze, so you can enjoy your engagement instead of feeling overwhelmed.

 

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How did people ever plan weddings without Pinterest? This addictive site lets you create virtual inspiration boards featuring images from anywhere online. (You can also upload your own images.) Not only does this site let you organize your ideas, but it can also be handy to show vendors images so they can imagine your wedding as a whole. The mobile app lets you easily access the site on your phone or other device, making it easier than ever to share your boards with others.

 

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This app will cost you, but it may be worth it if you need some help staying organizing. It keeps track of everything from your seating chart to guests menu chooses. For $9.99, you will have a comprehensive wedding planner that is easy to use. This is perfect for busy brides who may be planning on the go because you can complete wedding tasks on your phone rather than waiting until you get home.

 

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This free app is great for brides looking for inspiration. Featuring hundreds of photos, it will help you choose styles for wedding dresses, rings, and more. The best part is it lets you save your favorite images and locates vendors carrying the products near you.

 

 

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This free app is great for brides on a wedding budget. It lets you enter deposits and expenses. The best part is the visuals. This app creates graphs so you can visually see exactly where your money is being spent and how much money you have remaining.

 

 

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Wedding 911 by The Knot

As you plan your wedding, you will definitely have questions, and The Knot has all the answers. Whether you are wondering if you have to feed your vendors or trying to figure out how to save money, this free app can answer your questions.

 

 

 

10 Inspiring Wedding Quotes

Some brides lose sight of what is truly important when planning a wedding. It is easy to get caught up in all the details of planning and to worry about trivial decisions or fears. One way to keep yourself focused is by surrounding yourself with positive messages. Here are 10 wedding and love related quotes to help you through the wedding planning process. Post your favorites somewhere you will see them often, and read them whenever you feel yourself starting to slip into bridezilla territory.

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  1. “A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day, you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly.” – Unknown Author
  2. “We didn’t realize we were making memories; we were just having fun.” – Unknown Author
  3. “All it takes is faith, trust.” – Peter Pan
  4. “Lean on each other’s strengths; forgive each other’s weaknesses.” – Unknown Author
  5. “Eat, Drink, and Be Married.” – Unknown Author
  6. “Love doesn’t make the world go round. It is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Unknown Author
  7. “Being in a relationship isn’t about the kissing or the dates or going out. It’s about being with that one person who makes you happy in a way no one else can.” – Unknown Author
  8. “The couples that are ‘meant to be’ are the ones who go through everything that is meant to tear them apart and come out even stronger than before.” – Unknown Author
  9. “Marriage is getting to have a sleepover with your best friend every single night of the week.” – Unknown Author
  10. “Sometimes you just have to quit thinking so much. If it feels right, it probably is, so just go with it.” – Unknown Author

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There’s An App For That!

Just when you thought there was an app for everything (and there is) a pleasant surprise for those of us in the wedding biz has come along that will revolutionize your planning experience. Appy Couple, is an invite-only way to create your custom wedding app for your very own wedding! Finally, something we can use! You would think for the most important day of your life there would be plenty of tech savvy tools for the iPad and iPhone, and in some regards there are, but for the more modern couple, the widely accepted and ultra popular wedding website is just a little too last season.

Appy Couple is like having your very own personal graphic designer custom curate templates and color palettes that reflect your own personal wedding style.  When you begin designing the app, there are more color schemes, personalization and gallery options than you could imagine. There’s even a fun animated champagne- bubble screen that you or your guests can compile “toasts” and other sweet salutations.

Now down to the practical stuff: hotel info, calendar of events and countdown clock are all right there for everyone involved to access down to the minute changes or instructions.  You can even RSVP to each event right from your smartphone or tablet.  And for guests who are only invited to the wedding and maybe not the rehearsal or bachelorette party? No problem, you can control which guests see what content and make sure there are no communication errors in between!  All content, including messages and photos, uploads in real time so guests and members of the bridal party can stay up-to-date (if they choose). Guests can also upload their photos and post messages and toasts on the couple’s message board.

Like other great inventions, this one was inspired by the creator’s real life experience and lack of technological resources when it came to keeping order in helping plan her sister’s 500 person wedding. With countless other events leading up to the big day, they both certainly would have benefited from this genius little tool.  And with its major assortment of layout and custom designs, the app is as gorgeous as it is practical. Some brides are using it as an extension of their wedding décor, by dropping little hints about the colors, flowers, and look of the day by using some of that in their app.  We suggest you jump on over to their site and check out this cool new idea that you will no doubt be seeing everywhere soon. And hurry, this app is free for now, but the company is planning to expand and start launching price packages later this fall.  Along with the new pricing, they promise even more options and customizations. We can only imagine they will be stunning and well worth the price of a download!

All About Wedding Toast Etiquette

Every wedding, and some of the related events, features people honored with the privilege of giving a speech. Most guests enjoy hearing the humorous stories and joyful blessings offered by the speakers, but poor planning can result in boring or embarrassing speeches that ruin the evening. Here is everything you need to consider when choosing people to give a wedding toast.

Who will you ask?

The first decision you must make is who will speak at your wedding. Traditionally, the best man and maid of honor, and perhaps the father of the bride and groom, give speeches at the reception or other wedding events. However, you may also consider asking another close relative or friend to speak. In addition, some people may ask you if they can say a few words. Do not feel obligated to respond with a yes. You only want people who are very important to you and who will give an appropriate toast to speak at your wedding.

What will they say?

While your speakers don’t have to let you read their wedding toast, you can ask for a general idea of what they plan on saying. If there are specific stories or topics you don’t want the speakers to mention, make sure you tell them ahead of time. Surprisingly, some people think it appropriate to share embarrassing stories. If you don’t want to be the blushing bride, give your speakers some guidelines ahead of time.

When will they give the toast?

You will need to create a schedule to share with your DJ and event planner. Typically, speeches occur before, after, or during dinner. Keep the guests in mind when creating this schedule. Also, consider which speakers may be better suited for events other than the reception, such as the rehearsal dinner or morning-after brunch.

Etsy Find of the Week

Etsy, for those of you newcomers, is an online marketplace where vendors can sell their handmade goods.  Sounds crafty, but Etsy has quickly become one of the go-to places for brides to find everything from custom signage and invitations to veils and jewelry for their big day.  The advantage is getting something completely unique and having your money go directly to the designer or creator, which seems to be how most vendors keep their prices so competitive.  Either way, this online bazaar of sorts can keep you busy browsing for hours and if you are getting married, Beware…their wedding sections are freakishly addictive!

Here is our pick of the week for a sweet bridal gift found on Etsy: personal, special and quite the keepsake!

Bridesmaid and Groomsman Gift Ideas

Wondering what to get your bridesmaids and groomsmen as a unique and thoughtful bridal party gift? We’ve got your covered!

While traditionally a bridesmaid or groomsman gift is meant to simply be a token of appreciation to show your close pals and family how much their support and friendship have meant during this critical time before the wedding, some couples opt for gifts ranging from modest and personal, to lavish and much more outside the box. Some are even choosing to forgo the standard cufflinks (still always a great choice), necklaces or matching bridesmaid shoes for experiences or getaways.

That means spa weekends for the gals and sporting events or nights on the town for the guys.  Whatever you decide to do, taking the time to treat your bridal party is a great way to say a thoughtful thank you to those closest to you.  And should you choose one of the old standby gifts, (no harm in that…they call them standbys for a reason) consider adding a monogram or personalization to those items like stationary, clutches, or ties for the boys! And remember, there’s nothing classier than a grateful couple!