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Saying I Do’ and Enjoying It Too

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For many brides, the quest to plan the perfect day can quickly turn into a nightmare trip down the aisle. Here are a few tips to keep your wedding day bliss from turning into the honeymoon blues.

* Marriage Planning 101: Once the ring goes on, the race to plan the perfect wedding begins, giving couples little time to think about the marriage itself or how their wedding spending decisions could affect their future. But smart couples are now setting aside time to address pre-wedding issues such as what they will do when it comes to financial planning, spending money, raising children and family politics. Continue reading

Destination Wedding Countdown Calendar

Planning a destination wedding requires a whole separate timeline. Here, learn how to get everything done for your wedding with time to spare.

Stay on track with this month-by-month guide:

 

12-10 MONTHS

  • Set a budget. Factor in the number of guests and determine how much you can afford to spend.
  • Decide on a place. Consider your wedding style and choose a first, second and third choice. Consider travel time and distance.
  • Research resorts in your country/location of choice and compare what each offers. Shop for packages and consider all-inclusive packages. Compare prices and inclusiveness as well as recommendations, ratings and references.
  • Research airfare and each resort’s room rates.
  • Look into the marriage legalitiesin the locations you’re considering.
  • Notify family and friends of decision to marry away; select a date.
  • Decide on your wedding attendants.
  • After selecting a resort, make travel arrangements for a visit.
  • Have the location’s on-site wedding coordinator give you a list of preferred local vendors such as the photographer, florist and band.

9 MONTHS

  • Visit the resort and meet with the on-site wedding coordinator and local vendors. Look into a group discounton room rates.
  • Begin your search for your honeymoon locationif you will not be honeymooning at your wedding destination. If you’re getting married during a peak holiday season such as Christmas, you may need to book your honeymoon 9 months in advance.
  • Start gown shoppingand begin registering for gifts.
  • Put together your guest list.
  • Set up your wedding website. Start with your wedding date and location, adding travel info and other relevant logistics as you go.

6 MONTHS

  • Send out save-the-datesto give your guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements.
  • Get a rough head count; reserve a block of rooms.
  • Contact your officiant. For most religious ceremonies, you may be required to attend pre-wedding counseling. Civil ceremonies may require permission to be married in the location.
  • Review and finalize pros’ contracts.
  • Buy travel and wedding insurance.
  • Reserve a block of rooms at two hotels in different price ranges and direct your invitees to your wedding website for the details.
  • If your wedding will take place in another country contact a travel agent to see if you can reserve a block of seats with an airline. Many carriers offer discounts to passengers with groups over ten.
  • Book your own honeymoon/travel
  • Select and order your gown and bridesmaid dresses.
  • Make final selections for your flowers, decor, menu and cake.
  • Select musicfor the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
  • Make arrangements for any transportationat the location such as a shuttle for guests to and from the airport.

4 MONTHS

3 MONTHS

  • Make sure website is updated with most recent information.
  • Write welcome letterto guests and itinerary of events to include in gift bag. Have both printed and ready to take with you or ship to resort.
  • Order brochures of local activities along with area maps to include in the gift bag.
  • Review documentation for a legal ceremony with your coordinator.

2 MONTHS

  • Set up a seating chart, get all RSVPs from guests.
  • Test a spray tan if you plan on gettiing one for the wedding.

3-6 WEEKS

  • Confirm travel reservations; release any rooms not needed.
  • Finalize detailswith wedding coordinator and local vendors.
  • Determine an order of events schedule with your coordinator.
  • Finalize ceremony details: write vows, finalize music.
  • Ask guests to RSVP for group activities via e-mail.
  • Ship gift bag items, printed materials (programs etc.) to site.

2 WEEKS

  • Finalize guest headcount and confirm group activities.
  • Ensure all paperwork is in order (passports, documents needed for marriage license, wedding and travel insurancepolicies).
  • Print your wedding programsto take with you.
  • Confirm your honeymoonreservation and any speacial requests.
  • Address any wedding announcements, stamp and arrange for mailing on your wedding day.
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  • Finalize the seating plan; give catereryour final guest list count.
  • Pack what you need for the wedding and honeymoon; pick up tuxes.
  • Put together an emergency kit(spot remover, band-aids, asprin, etc).
  • Determine photo schedule and shot listfor your photographer.
  • Confirm final meeting with vendors for when you arrive.

Day Before Departure

  • Go over final details with coordinator; update website.
  • Contact the wedding party and make sure they know how to reach you.

3-4 days

  • Arrive at location and meet with on-site coordinator, officiant, and vendors to review final details.

Wedding Countdown Calendar

Get everything done for your wedding with time to spare.

12+ Months

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

(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.

We’re talking wedding presents — specifically, yours to your husband-to-be.

Tradition does, indeed, hold that both you and he exchange gifts. And while it’s true that some guys are initially shocked to learn your engagement ring doesn’t also count as a “present,” that’s no excuse for you to waver.

“Giving him something that’s just for him will make him feel really special,” advises BrideBox.com.

Here’s what you need to know now that it’s prime time for weddings: Continue reading

Who Absolutely Needs a Plus-One, and Who Doesn’t?

By Ivy Jacobson

You may have anticipated some tricky trade-offs when creating your guest list, but have you thought about plus-ones yet?

No one understands better than we do the stress and nuances of planning a beautiful, personal wedding within your budget. One of the first big steps in creating that budget is putting together a guest list that works for your venue—plus-ones included. So how do you tackle this hot topic? Start by going back to the basics:  Each head count costs money, and venues hold only a certain number of people. You’ll need to tread carefully and follow these tips so everyone will have a wonderful time at your wedding.

Who should get a plus-one? Continue reading

6 Postage Pointers for Wedding Invitations

By Amanda Black

Here’s what you need to know to get your wedding invitations addressed, packaged and in the mail.

We hate to break it to you, but picking out your invitation design and placing your order is just the first part of the invitation process. Next comes the nitty-gritty of putting each suite together in an envelope, addressing them (properly) and figuring out the right postage. We broke it down in six easy steps to walk you through it. Continue reading

How to Get a Marriage License

By The Knot

Your union won’t be official until you obtain your marriage license. Here’s everything you need to know before you head to the marriage bureau.

Amid the blur of organizing your wedding and honeymoon plans, it’s surprisingly easy to forget that you actually have to get married on paper. A marriage license is basically your permit for eternal love—the legal confirmation that you and your partner are free and eligible to marry one another. Sure, it’s paperwork, but it’s still exciting (not to mention necessary).

So where do you even start? The Internet will likely be your best bet here. Most, if not all, states have a government website with ample information on what materials and documents are required and the office’s contact information. (Psst—check out this helpful website on US marriage laws.) Continue reading

Just Engaged? Your First Wedding Planning To-Dos

By The Knot

You should definitely take your time celebrating your engagement—but when you’re ready to officially start planning, here’s how to dive in.

Once the initial shock of being engaged wears off (and you take a second to peel your eyes away from the new ring on your finger!), you’ll need to start making decisions. Here are the 11 most important things you need to do to really kick off your wedding planning.

Set a Timetable

The minute you get engaged, everyone will be asking for your wedding date. But in reality, you won’t be able to set an exact date until other major decisions—like choosing (and booking) your venue—are made. So first, focus on determining a range of dates that’ll work for you. The average engagement lasts 15 months, but also think about what season you’d prefer, any major holidays or family events you’d like to avoid conflicting with, and how long you predict you’ll need to plan. Continue reading

10 Surprising Wedding Trends You’ll Be Excited to See in 2017

by Anne Chertoff

Every year brides, grooms and their wedding vendors come up with exciting new ways to decorate and execute weddings. We’ve seen the signature drink evolve into a themed bar, wedding cakes turn into cupcake towers and even wedding dresses turn from pure white into shades of pink. WeddingWire reached out to some of the country’s most creative wedding vendors to find out what they have planned for 2017 weddings. Continue reading

6 Tips for Dealing with the Party Animals in Your Wedding Party

by Lauren Rodrigue

There are two types of wedding party attendants out there. There’s the type who will think of your wedding as a symbolic culmination of your and your partner’s love and devotion to one another, and a dramatic step forward into a new phase of your relationship, and then there’s the type who will think of your wedding as a chance to get totally insanely wasted! It’s not that those in the former camp won’t let loose on your big day, or those in the latter camp aren’t super psyched on you and your soon-to-be spouse’s love—it’s just that some bridesmaids and groomsmen really like to get totally insanely wasted. Continue reading