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Cheat Sheet for Tipping Wedding Vendors

Here’s a good article on tipping suggestions by Alison Silber, founder and creative director for Engaged And Inspired wedding publication and guest blogger for Bridal Guide Magazine.

Tipping is supposed to act as a reward, so you don’t need to consider it a mandatory expense. Tips are meant to be given for excellent service or for vendors who go above and beyond their contracted duties. Before dishing out gratuity, check your contracts. Some vendors, especially venues and catering companies, will include it in their contract to help eliminate confusion.

Here is a complete guide to which vendors you should tip (and how much!) on your wedding day.

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THE BRIDAL INDUSTRY IS SLOWLY MAKING STRIDES IN SIZE INCLUSIVITY

Fashionista Magazine has an encouraging article by Fawnia Soo Hoo.

The Fall 2018 Bridal Week runways showed support for body-positivity, which will hopefully make for a more size-diverse wedding dress shopping experience.

On the heels of the Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week runways making significant progress in support of body-inclusivity, Bridal Week designers are slowly, but surely, embracing size-diversity, too.

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Rustic Wedding at the Exeter Inn

Rustic is in! Our gorgeous farm tables and walnut cross back chairs are certainly the focal point of this style; the simple wedding white dishware delicately complement the floral centerpiece without distracting the eye.  A sailcloth tent is the perfect setting to house this look.

Wedding Gifts for Grooms: A Tradition Brides Shouldn’t Ignore

 

Here is a good article on gifts for the groom from NewsUSA.

The answer is: Yes, it’s expected.

But it’s also a chance for all you brides out there to truly show you know that not everything is about you on your wedding day. That there really is another person involved (that would be the groom) who deserves a bit of recognition, too.

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Seaside Wedding in Cape Neddick, Maine

Cape Neddick plays a lovely host for this seaside wedding. The couple stands under a driftwood arbor, with the ocean behind, as guests in natural wood garden chairs witness the union. The reception utilizes our clear frame tent, to allow for full appreciation of the seaside view. Here we see rustic farm tables paired with white wash cross back chairs, and navy blue napkins to enhance this simple nautical theme.

6 Traditional Wedding Dress Fabrics & Why They’re Popular

Here’s a good article on traditional wedding dress fabrics by Jolene M. Bouchon from Brides Magazine.

Not all wedding dress fabrics are created equally. Some fabrics are better suited for structured designs, others are great for flowing, light looks, and others for larger-than-life ballgowns. Before you jump into wedding dress shopping, learn what to expect when it comes to fabric. We talked to Terry Hall, fashion director at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, about the six fabrics most often used to create wedding dresses and why they work. Read on to learn more about these gorgeous fabrics and why they each make an excellent choice for gowns. Continue reading

Fairytale Wedding at Josias River Farm Cape Neddick, Maine

This fairytale wedding took place at the lovely Josias River Farm. The happy couple enjoyed the dark wood farm table for the head table, while the guests were seated at round tables covered in crisp white linens.  The gold chivari chairs add a touch of sophisticated whimsey to the overall palette. The café lighting is all but invisible during daylight hours, but once the sun descends, the sailcloth tent will glow like a firefly, lending elegance to the enchanted evening.

Venue: Josias River Farm

Photographer: Sarah Morrill

Planner/Designer: JD Design

Flowers: Kinship Floral

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Have The Wedding Of Your Dreams Without Breaking Your Bank Account

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Renee Cohen

Wedding planning can be an exciting – yet overwhelming – time, especially when it comes to your wedding budget. It’s no surprise that wedding costs add up quickly. Due to unrealistic portrayals of weddings everywhere you look, there can be a ton of pressure to have the “perfect” wedding. A wedding doesn’t have to be lavish to create the everlasting memories and laughter that are ultimately the most important thing for your special day. Consider what you want out of your wedding, stick to your ideals, and enjoy your day in a way that doesn’t burden your new start together. Check out these expert tips on how to keep a wedding budget-friendly without compromising on style and elegance!

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Where To Splurge And Where To Save Money On Your Wedding

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Hannah Baker

When you first begin the planning process, without a doubt one of the first things you address with your partner is a wedding budget. It’s essential to know exactly how much money you have to allocate to the things you find the most important for your big day, and dictates pretty much all of your decisions going forward in the planning process. So what areas should you splurge on, and on what areas should you save? We chatted with Julie Guinta, the design director at one of our favorite event design companies, Rye Workshop, for her top tips on where to splurge and where to save money on your wedding!

Where to splurge

Hire an event designer

“I have to say it, hire an Event Designer! If you want your wedding to have a design edge, having someone help you with your vision, guide your decisions, manage your budget and just be your advocate leading up to your big day takes a huge load of you so that you can enjoy being engaged.”

Installations

“Spring for one (or two!) large installs for your reception — over the bar, dance floor, entry to your reception space. Wow your guests with an awesome, memorable, and, yes, Instagram-friendly install! This adds so much to space and allows for you to be conservative on your tablescapes.”

Lighting

“Either a layer of candlelight, bistro lights, pin spots or disco balls! It is a great way to highlight the work that has been done to your space and create a mood. Everyone looks really good with some soft candlelight!”

“Know when to splurge on florals. Yes, peonies are absolutely gorgeous but having them absolutely everywhere can drive up your floral budget exponentially. Go ahead and splurge, but use these stunners sparingly and where your guests can admire them up close.”

Where to save

Paper goods

“Save on paper goods — ie. programs, welcome booklets, menus, etc. Most guests will not read these and the cost adds up. And you save trees! Have an awesome website that your guests can access from their phone and beautiful signage with calligraphy sharing your event details.”

Cocktail hour

“It’s an hour long and people are busy catching up and getting cocktails. Have an awesome bar arrangement and use your money where your guests are for the most amount of time, the reception.”

Welcome bags and bathroom baskets

“I have seen so many clients spend a good amount of their budget supplying their guests with bottles of water, small snacks, wedding-centric first aid kits, and items branded with their wedding logo. Most of your guests come prepared for the weekend. No need to supply things that they probably already have in their luggage. If you’re set on having a branded gift, think of a cute phrase instead of your initials that will live past the weekend.”

“Opt for mix-and-match table decor. A vintage wine glass, colorful dessert plate, beautiful napkin or cool table number can add color, design, and texture to your table, and you don’t have to find all one type of glass—just work within your color pallet. Facebook Marketplace is a go-to option for finding great treasures in your local area for less. And you can sell those things back on Marketplace after the event to add a little extra money back into your budget.”

9 Church Wedding Decorations to Enhance Your Ceremony

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Blair Donovan

 

Once you’ve pegged the perfect parish to wed your sweetheart, next up comes finding corresponding church wedding decorations for the big day that can compete with timeless architecture, stained glass windows, and grandiose chandeliers that could (almost) upstage your wedding dress. Unlike other wedding venues, churches demand a certain degree of respect and appreciation because of their sacred affiliations, meaning your visions of oriental rugs lining the aisle or a ceremony backdrop are probably ill-suited for this incredibly intimate and religious setting. In fact, your parish may even have certain restrictions when it comes to wedding decor.

But, the good news is that you can still maintain a fresh, modern vibe in your church wedding venue that speaks to yours and your future spouse’s styles. Another bonus—from the altar to the pews to the aisles, you have no shortage of spots to beautify. No matter how big or small your church of choice is, put your own spin on the space with greenery (think plenty of garlands, wreaths, and even faux leaves), signage, lanterns, and more. Check out our roundup of nine church wedding decorations to enhance your religious ceremony that will personalize the venue without detracting from its preexisting appeal. Continue reading