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The moment the dust settles after popping the question or saying ‘yes’ – when all that hysterical euphoria starts to stop swirling with such ferocity – the excitement of planning a wedding starts to sink in. Most newly-engaged’s waltz into this process filled with excitement, anticipation and pure undulated joy but, a couple of weeks into it, the reality starts to become a little less perfect.

There are things on the wedding planning list that are nice to know. Things like where the good dress shops are, which planners did whose weddings and any tribute bands that are worth checking out on Youtube. Then there are things that you need to know; things that make the stress manageable, the choices less daunting and playing the role of conductor-slash-bride a bit easier to enjoy.

 

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  1. Know Your Numbers

Nothing is going to frustrate you more than picking a venue and then sending out invites, only to discover there isn’t enough space for all the added extras that make up a wedding – catering staff, band members, waiters and dance floor. The unwritten rule is: allow at least 25 square feet per guest. It may seem like a not now, but not when the party kicks off. Or- check with your dream venue, they’ll let you know how many guests they can accommodate comfortably.

  1. No Double-Booking

Before you swap your pencil for a pen and decide on a date, check all the possibilities of there being a crossover. Ask around your social circles to see if there is another wedding, check if there are any trade fairs, conference events, charity do’s, or anything else that could see people say no, traffic become a problem and hotels to be booked up.

  1. Don’t Underestimate Undergarments

This is the dress you will be wearing in every photo from your big day onwards – that photograph that family will always look at when they flick through albums – which is why you need to be fully prepared at the fitting. That is why you need to consider your undergarments. For a full list of advice, check out this list at www.loveandlavender.com. But, to sum it up, you need to think about the bra you will be wearing, whether you will wear Spanx on the day, and what sort of slip you will be wearing under your dress. It all matters, and it will all prevent you from having a mess meltdown on the big day when you try everything on.

  1. Vendors For Help

The people you hire do this full time. This is their living. Their calling in life. So, use them. Use one vendor to help you decide on another. When you have chosen a photographer, ask them to recommend a florist with excellent blooms, ask the venue’s manager if they remember any incredible bands that are worth speaking to, and ask any planner’s you meet about good caterer’s. Nothing beats a little bit of social proof. We were thrilled when our cake bakery had nothing but awesome things to say about or coordinator.

  1. Think About The Kids

If you are a conventionalist, then you’re plan is to get married, enjoy the honeymoon period and have kids, which is why you need to accept that some of your guests will have kids, and that is why you need to have a kid policy. It could be that you welcome kids with a hug and a smile knowing that kids are awesome; it could be you decide to have a zero child policy; you could only embrace the kids in your immediate family; or you could get a childcare service in. Whatever your choice, decide ahead of time so that you aren’t freaking out on the day wishing you had decided ahead of time.

I looked around the web for how to handle this delicate situation, and found what I think is the perfect wording for my wedding site:

While children are a joy and a blessing, we respectfully ask that this be an adult-only ceremony and reception, barring the few little ones who are in our wedding party. The Mayflower offers a babysitting service at $25 an hour with 4 hours minimum. Please give them a call at (202) 347-3000 to arrange.

This not only clearly sets my expectation, but offers a solution! (I also asked my SIL if, as a mommy, she found it appropriate. She said definitely and that Ryker will not be attending any other weddings with her but ours so she can have fun and let loose!)

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Many people dream of getting married from a young age. We are sold beautiful, dream weddings by Disney princes and princesses. We watch programs on the television about lavish big days with horses, carriages, fireworks and a cake with more slices than any wedding party could get through. We make plans for when we meet the right person, filling up Pinterest boards with dresses, veils, cravats and buttonholes. The problem? When it comes to the big day, many weddings lack individuality. Of course they’re beautiful, but follow trends that right now are all over the place and may be dated in the future. So how should we go about making our special day truly unique and something for everyone to remember?

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The Ring

Popular engagement rings change with the times. Trends in advertising will see most women with similar rocks adorning their left hand. So, rather than going with something similar to your friends, why not try something a little different? Think about what you like. There are so many different facets to a ring that you’d only need to tweak the slightest feature to make yours stand out from the crowd. Think of different cuts, settings, bases. You might even opt for colored diamond engagement rings. These will be a definite talking point when people ask to see the rock.

The Cake

You might be tempted to opt for the traditional towered fruit cake with white icing. But what if you’re not a fan of stodgy, heavy desserts laden with raisins? Fruit cake isn’t the only option. If you’re more of a fan of chocolate, get a chocolate cake. Victoria sponge? Go for an elaborate take on the much-loved classic. This is your day, so your cake should be something that you enjoy eating.

The Transport

There are so many modes of transport to get you to your wedding. Classic cars, horse and carriages, maybe even by air if you’re feeling brave and are splashing out. If I could pick any car in the world for my wedding, it would be a classic surf Woody because I used to have one as did my grandfather. Choose transport that has a sentimental meaning for you and your partner. Or something to make a statement that will turn heads as you arrive.

The Bouquet

You can get really experimental with bouquets. Choose a flower that matches your color scheme. You don’t have to stick to one type of flower either. Mix and match to create a spectacular arrangement. I’m a big fan of all the spring flowers- cherry blossoms, daffodils, tulips, etc. Avoid flowers like lilies, as their pollen can cause stains against your dress. You might like to have arrangements of similar flowers placed on tables for the reception too. This will create a sense of continuity throughout the event.

The Catering

You and your guests are going to be hungry as the day goes on. Choose your favorite food and allow everyone to get a taste of what makes you smile. Whether this is something as simple as fish and chips, your favorite curry dish, Caribbean cuisine, or a high-end gourmet plate. Make sure that there is plenty of variety and options that are suitable for alternative dietary requirements.

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A wedding is usually the best day of many people’s lives. However, the trick comes with having the best time you possibly can while trying not to spend too much. The cost can quickly skyrocket, and care is needed to ensure overspending doesn’t occur. It can be quite a stressful time. Some people take to it and enjoy every minute, others tend to let the stress overpower them. There are ways in which you can keep both the costs down and relax as you are doing so. You will have to put in some work, yet it many cases it is work that you won’t mind doing as it is fairly easy and will benefit the day as a whole.

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In the first instance you should think about the things that are completely necessary. Food, for example. You can tone it down to save some money but usually it isn’t something people tend to skimp on. You can find a fairly reasonably priced catering company with ease these days if your venue doesn’t already have some sort of package deal for food. A lot of times, you can even work with the caterer to switch out items you may not be crazy for for something you want. I think Kendall and I are switching out pass apps for a sushi bar, for example.

Another huge cost is obviously the venue. This is where you can get more creative and save some money. In this day and age it doesn’t need to be in a church. Granted, you may be religious and it could be important to you. Yet you could save some money by forgoing this. With some creative insight you can make anywhere your venue. Twinkling white lights, bright throws, flowers, these can achieve anything. You can get married on the beach, in a pretty glen, the possibilities are endless. You can also mitigate the venue issue by doing the ceremony and reception it all in one. There are certain places you can get married while still having the party and meal in the same place, keeping everything clustered into one location.

The amount you spend on the attachments and fixtures might be less than you spend on a venue that has everything, but it truly depends on the situation. A friend of mine got married at a summer-camp that she turned into a fairy tale, on a budget, but by the same token when I looked into a venue that on the surface seemed to cost a little less, it would have actually cost more than the one I chose that included everything on the spot. Just do your research and visit the space so that you can really weigh your options!

There are other ways you can save too. It may be convenient, but maybe look into not to get married on a Saturday. Know what peak season is for weddings too- spring and summer. If you like fall or have interest in a cozy, warm winter wedding check into that too! You can still get great wonderful weather, yet you are being wise and saving cash. You can be savvy too, create your own flowers. The personalization can make everything more special. Look at the cake. Consider getting a smaller one so you can still cut it but with less tiers, saving you money. Your best bet is buying wedding items at places that aren’t wedding retailers- I’ve been finding a lot of great stuff on Etsy!

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There are so many elements to planning a wedding, and as one of the most important days of your life, it’s something you really want to get right. When it comes to your vendors, it’s crucial to pick well, as these are the people who will be providing the services that make up a huge part of your day. And some vendors in particular are extremely important. Here are just three of them that it’s worth spending the time and really doing your research with.

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Photographer

When you spend so much time, money and effort on your wedding, you of course want beautiful photos to look back on. Different wedding photographers will have very different styles, so you need to spend time searching through portfolios until you find one that suits what you’re after. Read reviews from previous clients and think carefully about which one stands out to you most that works with your budget. Create a shortlist, finding out which of them are available on the date of your wedding. Then you’re finally ready to book a photographer. Make sure you have a chat before the big day, ideally in person but if not via Skype or over the phone. You can ask any questions and let them know if there’s anything specific you’re after. A good photographer will know all of the best shots to take, but if there’s something in particular you want then make sure they’re aware of it.

Makeup Artist and Hairdresser

Every woman wants to feel beautiful on her wedding day. You’ve spent so much money, time and effort choosing the perfect wedding dress so you can feel like a princess, your makeup artist and hairdresser and the people who will be finishing the look. You need to know exactly what kind of look you want, and that your makeup and hair professionals are on board with this too. Ideally, you will show them plenty of pictures of the sort of look you’re after, and have a trial run before the big day. There have been horror stories of brides made to look like drag queens due to inexperienced beauticians, or miscommunications about what they wanted. Don’t take the risk, go with someone who’s experienced in wedding makeup/ hair and again spend time looking through reviews and portfolios of previous work.

Caterers

Your wedding meal will be one of the most memorable meals of your life. After all, how often do you get to sit down and enjoy food with everyone you love and care about? Your wedding food is also a nice way to look after your guests after they have spent a considerable amount of time and money attending your big day. Find out what cuts of meat will be used to determine the quality, whether organic and free range ingredients will be used. Good caterers will offer a sample menu that you can taste before the big day so you can check everything is the quality you’re looking for. Be sure that they can cater for vegans, vegetarians, and allergies too if any of your guests require this.

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For every respectable socialite, it is not uncommon to be invited to evening events or large social networking parties. Those types of event are expected on the social scene, but they are not always successful nights. So, if you are invited to one of those, it is helpful to be equipped with a way of recognizing if this is a party for you from the start, so that you can decide rapidly whether to stay or to go back home. Here are a few elements that make a networking event a full success.

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What Makes A Fantastic Ambiance

There’s nothing worse than spending an evening in an environment where you feel lost and on your own. This is the usual mistake for social parties to gather a large number of people and hope for the best, as it is a common misconception for many to believe that numbers make quality. But, a great party is a party where you can go and feel confident about meeting new people, regardless of how many guests are invited. This can only happen if the organizer mixes known and unknown faces so that everyone can wander through the party with a comfortable feeling of belonging there. It is also important that the event reunites individuals who share a common interest.

All The Essentials Have Been Sorted Out

Gathering a healthy mix of people at various stages of recognition is a great start, but naturally, this is far from being enough. What makes an event a welcoming place, you might ask. Catering is the first thing that jumps to mind, especially because it would be preposterous from your host to expect you to bring your lunch box in your handbag. But other essential elements need to be sorted out too, such as the room and the music. Indeed, as it is up to the organizer to sort out a room for the event, you want a place that will not be as crowded as a Rolling Stones concert because it’s a little tricky to meet new people and expand your network when you are crushed in between piles of human bodies. Similarly, if the room is too big, it will naturally seem empty, and this might send the wrong impression about the event. Finally, as mentioned before, the musical background is key to a successful event. What matters here is to find a healthy balance: As much as silence can be overwhelming and kill all networking attempts, loud music or annoying music will have the same effect.

The Extra Mile

Finally, what truly makes a social event a success is the fact that it enables you to truly build up your network and create new projects. The event organization will naturally give you the mental strength to network like a pro! Besides, meeting genuinely kind and exciting people is only half the battle! The best way to know whether you’re likely to meet nice people is to take a careful look at the invitation. Some events are open to all and posted online. Some others are more private, and you can only get in with a personal invitation, which means that the organizer has done his or her research and then the likelihood of meeting generous and enriching individuals is a lot higher.

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