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You have probably dreamt of your wedding day and how you will look.You envision the wedding location, your gown and bouquet, your groom, and the decorations. You've more than likely envisioned yourself with varying wedding hairstyles, wondering which one you'd choose on that special day.Now it's here, and the time to decide on a hair style for y...
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Setting a wedding essentials budget is a smart way to stay on track with spending during your wedding planning. Here we offer a practical step-by-step guide to help keep things sailing smoothly toward your big day.Step 1: Take a Realistic Look at Your FinancesIf you and your fiance are handling to the bulk of the wedding costs, figure up how you...
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Grooms, we all know that if it were left up to you, you'd take a hands-off approach to the wedding planning details, but there is one important wedding essential element that you should most certainly put on your big day to-do list: grooming. While most of the attention of the dayOK, all attentionwill be lavished upon your lovely bride, that doe...
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With the growing popularity of platinum-priced weddings, extravagant receptions, and over-the-top engagements, wedding planning nuptials on moderate budget can leave some brides feeling underwhelmed. Here, we identified 10 easy ways to cut wedding essentials costs and still have the wedding and reception you always wanted. 1. D-I-Y invitationsOn...
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Once all the other details of wedding planning are complete, the biggest concern you'll have is finding the right look to compliment your gorgeous gown. After all, picking the perfect wedding hairstyle to wear on your big day takes careful planning and lots of thought. When deciding on the right do to don, you might want to thumb through bridal ...
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Love is great, but only a marriage license is a wedding essential that makes it legal. Although marriage license requirements vary from state to state sometimes from county to county there are basic stipulations that usually apply in most locations. These can include:Apply TogetherThe two of you should apply together and in person. If either o...
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Because what you serve is so important to your reception's success, making the right choice when it comes to wedding catering services is one of your most important wedding planning decisions. Full-service hotels, restaurants and most banquet facilities provide the food and beverages for all events they host. But many reception sites lack the st...
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When it comes to wedding catering, a major consideration is what beverages to serve. Unless everyone you know are non-drinkers, many of your guests will expect you to have a bar setup that serves alcoholic beverages of some sort. But what you serve and how you will serve it depends on your knowledge of wedding reception bar etiquette. Some of th...
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Brides and grooms have a tough task at hand when it comes to choosing attendants for the wedding party. Your childhood friends, college buddies, relatives and the like are all vying for a chance to stand with you on your big day. Here, we show you how to narrow the wedding essentials list and select the best group of friends and loved ones to se...
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When the wedding planning is all over, the next step is life as a newlywed couple. Hence, you're bound to entertain friends and family in your humble abode, and nothing gets a party started faster than great cocktails. Before you invite folks over, make sure to stock the bar with all the wedding essentials. Here's a detailed list of what you'll ...
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In addition to helping make your wedding dreams come true within your budget and perhaps saving you from costly mistakes a consultant will save you time. With today's hectic lifestyles, many bridal couples and their families do not have the time for the detailed planning and work that a beautiful wedding requires. Association of Bridal Consult...
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Your baby is embarking on new territory, one where his primary role as your son will now shift as husband to his new bride. It's OK to be a little emotional about this new stage in your lives, but know that you still have a role in the wedding. In the past, the MOG (Mother of the Groom) was just supposed to show up on the wedding day, smile and ...
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Bridal shows are a great way for brides to get ideas and view the latest trends in wedding essentials and bridal fashions, all under one roof. To make the most of your experience, we've listed seven things you can expect to see at a bridal show: 1. Crowds Bridal shows are known for bringing out several hundreds of brides and spectators, so be re...
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Want to know the secret to an impressive wedding catering menu: delicious food and a spectacular presentation. Here, a list of catering trends to keep your guests talking long after the wedding reception wraps. Sustainable sustenancethe green movement can be found everywhere you turn, and weddings are no exception. To create an environmentally f...
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Wedding planning requires a lot more work than just looking pretty and partying at the reception! When your friend asks you to be in the wedding, know what that entails. The wedding party takes on certain planning duties to support the couple. This can include everything from hosting pre-wedding events, to holding the hardware (wedding rings), t...
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Green living has quickly gone from marketing trend to a way of life, with tons of products and services designed to reduce the carbon footprint. Here, we offer 10 simple green wedding essentials ideas to incorporate sustainable practices with your wedding planning. 1. Select a venue with natural decor.2. Use potted plants as centerpieces that do...
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The bulk of your wedding budget will go toward the wedding reception. Wedding planning 101 tells us that the best way to cut cost is by managing the guest list. If you have a long wedding guest list and limited funds, look for ways to have a beautiful wedding that fits your budget.Traditionally, the bride's family sets the wedding guest list num...
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It often surprises newly engaged couples how formidable a social event their wedding will become. Wedding costs can be shocking. There are so many wedding ideas to consider, including the planning and organization, and, most importantly, who will pay for what.For many, it's the first time they've ever been intricately involved in a project this ...
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It's no secret that weddings aren't cheap, with the average event costing somewhere close to $20,000. With figures in the tens of thousands, even the most modern of couples could use a hand from mom and dad when it comes to the budget for wedding essentials. If your folks are planning to lend a hand with wedding costs, we offer a traditional loo...
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For some second-time brides and grooms, wedding planning can be a sensitive subject. Will you have bridesmaids? Will you have a small or large ceremony? Who all should you include in the guest list? The details are endless. But the key to second weddings is simpleplan an event that reflects both of you. A wedding that embodies the hopes and drea...
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Consider these simple and easy wedding essentials tips for planning your second wedding. 1. Try a theme: Themes are great for couples who want to express their fun-loving personality. If you're of the baby boomer generation, a flower child/Woodstock theme is an example of a themed wedding. Or go even more period and try the 1930s. Art Deco is a ...
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Once you've reserved your venue, the next step is to select a caterer for your wedding reception. A seasoned wedding catering company can handle these two critical elements as well as any other situations that may arise. Here, we've identified six tips for selecting the perfect caterer for your wedding reception. 1. Ask for referencesTalk to you...
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Spring is often associated with blooming flowers, bright sunny days, chirping birds . . . and the sweet sound of wedding bells! We have gathered tips from a variety of experts to help you brides (and grooms) with wedding planning your spring nuptials with ease. Those of you who are newly engaged have the opportunity to start the New Year in full...
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Congratulations on getting engaged! There are tons of wedding essentials you'll need to complete between now and I Do. To get you ready for the big day, we've compiled a list of five important wedding planning things you should tackle first. 1. Select a Date:Setting a date is the most important step you can take in wedding planning. The availabi...
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Announcing your engagement? Let them know about your nuptials in a fun and creative way. Here, we offer five wedding essentials ideas for spreading the word about your wedding planning status and ways to spotlight your personality as a couple. Create a Website Wedding Websites are a high-tech way of sharing your upcoming wedding with friends and...
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As it is with any job in a service related industry, the practice of tipping is common with wedding vendors. Tips and gratuities are generally built into service estimates or itemized in the vendor contract, but if in doubt, it's best to ask early in the relationship whether gratuity is included. Your budget depends on it! We've outlined the mos...
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It is a challenge to make your wedding unique amongst all the weddings you and your friends will attend together. One of the most fun and creative ways to make your wedding stand out is to use a tradition from your family background. The following are some customs from around the world that you may be able to use to make your special day a littl...
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The money you spend on wedding catering is typically the most expensive part of the wedding budget. Very often, couples look for ways to save money on catering and still give their wedding guests a great party. Here are ten tips to help you trim your wedding catering budget:1. Know what your food and beverage budget is and share that number with...
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Interviewing and hiring wedding vendors is one of the more intimidating aspects of wedding planning, especially if you have never had to conduct interviews. Very often, couples will tell me that they are afraid of insulting a vendor if they ask too many questions, or they are concerned about discussing price. Every professional wedding vendor ex...
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Everyone knows your wedding is supposed to be the happiest and most stress-free day of your life. So rest assured, because we've listed seven of the most common wedding day dilemmas and how you can avoid them. Wedding Dilemma: Wedding Pro No Show The last thing you'll want to do on the day of your wedding is track down a missing wedding cake or ...
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