Sunday, March 30, 2014

DIY Wedding Favor!

                                                                                    Photography by Wayne Lawrence
Having trouble finding a cute and easy wedding favor to hand out at your wedding?

Try baking home made cookies and giving them away in cute little decorative boxes? You could make your own box or go to a craft store or shop online.

Friday, March 28, 2014

How Many Guests Will Come?

Unfortunately  not everyone on your guest list is going to make it. It is probably pretty rare that a 100% of your guests showed up, unless you have a guest list of like 20.

There are ways to guestimate how many people are going to attend.
If all your guests are local, the likelihood of guests showing up is about 85%, so pretty high.

If most of your guests are out-of-towner's, and have the means to travel consider 85% of them will attend as well. But if your out-of-towner's are old friends from college or high school, assume about 40%. For most couples the average is about 50% in general.

If you have a strict wedding venue with no room for overestimation you can try to narrow it down a little more.

Once you figure out your decline rate add them together.
( # of out of town guests * 65%) + ( # of local guests * 90%) = total # of guests to attend

So if you have 100 people on your guest list, 30 of which are out of town, and 70 are in town,

(30 * 65%) + (70 * 90%) = 82.5

So approximately 83 guests will attend.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Quick Tip: Start With The Guests

     When planning a wedding always start with the number of guests you want. This affects everything. Venue, food, tables, chairs, favors, etc. There is a rule of thumb, allow 25-30 sq feet per guest. It seems like a lot, but not if you count the space you need for tables chairs band/DJ, and dance floor.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Changing Your Last Name..It's Simple!

If you think about it your last name is on everything. Your license, SS card, passport, bank account, bills, car registration, work systems, etc. So when you have to change that last name to something else, it can be a little overwhelming. But here are some simple steps on what should be done.

1. Changing your Social Security Card

  •     Gather all important documents. The documents the SSA need to change your last name are recent marriage certificate, divorce decree's (if applicable), Driver's license, and passport. Pretty much anything with your name on it that proves you live here.
2. Complete An Application

  •      You have to fill out a SS-5 form
3. Submitting An Application

  • You can take it to or mail to your local Social Security office.
  • After about 10 business days they will mail you your new Social Security card, it will have your old number with your new name.
4. Change Other Identification

  • Now you can go to the DMV and change your license.
  • Change your bank account name.
  • Contact your bills.
  • Let your work know.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Getting Ready Wedding Day Tips

It's hard to time things just right on your wedding day. But there are some tips that could help out when to do what.

    If your hairstylist is coming to you give yourself an hour in your schedule for your hair. If you are going to a salon double that. Its better to have too much time than not enough.

   Depending on the type of make up, it should take about 45-60 minutes. Also always have the bridesmaids done first. That way when the bride is getting done up, when the photographer arrives, they can take some of those precious getting ready photos of the brides fresh make up and hair. On a side note, have the photographer arrive about an hour before the bride is done.

  Put on the veil after the dress, and make sure its secure.

  If you are having pre-ceremony pictures taken, plan 2-3 minutes a shot. More if you have a large group and less if you have a small group.

  If you are doing a first look, 15-30 minutes.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Healthy Breakfast Ideas For The Bride On Her Wedding Day

There are little things we eat all day long that cause some of our daily problems like pimples, bloating, gas, etc. There are some foods you should eat instead of maybe your normal routine breakfast, that will help these things not happen on your wedding day.

     You can start your morning with one cup of steel cut oats, and mixed berries. The oats will give you the energy you need. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol until the wedding. Your blood sugar will spike and you might get fatigued in the middle of your wedding.

     Through out the day you should drink water with lemon. Its a great cleanser and will keep your skin nice and hydrated.

    Avoid dairy!

     Foods that prevent gas and bloating are :

You can also try out this recipe for a breakfast smoothie!
Coconut Bliss Smoothie:
• 1 ounce protein powder
• ½ cup water
• ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
• ½ frozen banana cut into chunks
• 1 tablespoon coconut oil
• 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut
• 4 ice cubes
Add all ingredients to blender and blend till smooth and creamy.   

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Getting Your Fiancé Involved In Your Wedding

       It's no secret the women run the wedding world. Usually the guy doesn't have too much input and usually has a remark such as "I just want to marry you, I don't care about the other stuff." Which is sweet, but then again we want to please them and their opinion matters to us. There are a couple ways to get him involved with somethings, and its all about how you go about it.

       If you want him to make more decisions with you, and you finally have him agree to that, don't give him a hundred questions he needs to answer right away only to have your opinion truly win the cake. Find something he is interested in. If he loves music, talk to him about the songs that you are going to dance to. If he is a foodie, ask him on his opinions about the menu.

      Also, you can't just throw a question at him every now and then and expect that to be "involvement". Men like to feel like they are in charge and informed of their jobs. Make sure you don't keep him out of the loop if you make a big decision, or else how is he supposed to get involved?

     A huge mistake that most brides make in the very beginning is they are so wrapped up when they first get engaged that this is when they leave the fiancé in the dark. It doesn't really occur to them to involve their fiancé till about the middle of their wedding planning. Truth is, a lot of men are actually interested in their wedding planning in the beginning as well. They just proposed and it is fresh in their minds also. But since they weren't automatically involved and their initial opinions were  subsided by the mother, mother in law and girlfriend's opinions the men take a mental step back when it comes to the planning.

    There are some men that no matter what you do, just don't want to much to do with it and thats just something future brides might have to deal with. In the end if something doesn't interest someone, you can't force it. If he will be happy with whatever you decide then more power to you!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

10 Most Popular Wedding Cake Combinations

They are way more creative than I thought. You don't exactly see your plain old chocolate and white cake here! This gives great ideas!

10. Chocolate-almond cake, chocolate ganache, and mocha buttercream

9. Banana cake and chocolate buttercream

8. Coconut cake and lime buttercream

7. Hazelnut-almond cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberries

6. White cake, lemon buttercream, and raspberries

5. Chocolate devil’s food cake, chocolate ganache, and praline buttercream

4. Lemon cake, lemon curd, and vanilla buttercream

3. Yellow butter cake and chocolate buttercream and/or chocolate ganache

2. Chocolate devil’s food cake, vanilla buttercream, and raspberries

1. Chocolate devil’s food cake and vanilla buttercream

Monday, March 17, 2014

Turning A Bad Weather Wedding, In To A Great Wedding!

Most people are horrified when the weather goes south on their wedding day, but the best thing to do is just embrace it! Rain, snow, and grey skies can make BEAUTIFUL photos and add personality to your wedding making it even more memorable.

If you wake up on your wedding day and see that the forecast calls for rain, that's ok! Make arrangements to have plenty of umbrellas available, and hopefully you have a back up ceremony spot that is covered. Don't freak out, it will just make it worse.

I found some amazing photos, that photographers took that really embraced the weather.

If you are having your wedding in spring, rain is always a possibility! Hopefully these pictures give you inspiration like they give me!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Quick Tip: Don't Follow Spring Wedding "Musts"

Just because you are having a spring wedding, doesn't mean you HAVE to do all the things associated with spring. When people think of a spring wedding, they think of pastel colors, lots of flowers, day time ceremony, and informal wear. You can do whatever you choose and it won't be odd because its not "in season". In fact it might be more chic to do just the opposite and go with whatever style you want! Don't stick to the status quo.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wedding Make Up Do's!

I will save the make up don'ts for another post. But right now its important to think about what kind of make up you plan to wear on the big day.

     1. Make sure you have a trial run with your make up. Whether you are getting it done, or are doing it yourself. No matter how good you think you are or they are at make up, test it out first! This is one of those days in your life when everyone will be paying attention to you, so if there is any day to have perfect make up, today would be that day.
      2. Wear a white t-shirt when you get it tested out. You will be able to see how the make up goes with your skin when your wearing a light color. Don't buy anything before you know it is going to look good in the sunlight also.

      3. Really try to cover up those dark spots around your eyes. Your eyes tell the story on your wedding day, when you can't say anything. So its important to make sure they don't look dark.

     4. Remember your make up needs to have color to compensate for the lack of color in your dress. So don't forget to have smooth skin and blush!

     5. If you are going to use fake eyelashes. Use individual's and not the full strips. You can make your eyes pop more in the way you want with them, and make them look more natural.

     6. Focus on the basics first like groomed brows, smooth skin and feathery lashes. The rest of your make up will fall in to place.

     7. Go pro. Don't cheap out on your make up for this day. You want your make up to last as long as you do on this day!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Quick Tip: Balloons are OUT!

You might want to stay away from buying balloons for your wedding. Over the last decade balloons have been more for birthday parties and baby showers. They might make your wedding look cheap and have a more 80's motif.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Foods That Should Be Banned From Weddings!

There are some foods that just shouldn't be on the wedding menu. For lots of reasons being they are messy, difficult or unsafe!

One would be Bruschetta.
Messy messy messy! Crumbs and piled high tomatoes are just not a good idea for a wedding food.

A Raw Bar (Seafood)
To have a raw bar is very hard to accomplish. Certain sea food like oysters need to be completely chilled from they time they are caught, to when they get eaten. You don't want any one getting sick at your wedding from bad seafood!

Sliders are nothing more than predictable. Most people do them, and wedding guests are starting to expect them. Switch things up!

Chicken Marsala
Boneless chicken breast dries out by the time it is served to the guests. Serve bone in chicken with a crispy skin to keep all those juices inside and guests will be much more impressed.

Chocolate Fountains
Not only have they been done over and over. People would prefer fancier assorted truffles or fancy desserts. Also they can be unsanitary, we know SOMEONE is double dipping right?!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Biggest Post Wedding Mistakes!

Taking Too Long To Send Your Thank You Notes

People at your wedding DO think of the thank you notes you are going to send. Don't think your guests won't care about when they get there, or if they will get it at all. They might be looking forward to it if they got you a really great gift, or if they traveled a long way to be at your wedding!

Putting Off Creating Your Wedding Album

Don't just think "we have forever to do this". You might never get it done! Plus, there could be a deadline on when you can order your photos and don't want to miss out on having the pictures in the first place!

Waiting To Clean Your Gown

The longer you wait, the harder it is to remove stains. So even if you don't know what your going to do with it yet. Send it to get cleaned the next day if you can.

Alienating Your Friends And Family

It might be easy to spend all your time with your spouse at first. But make plans with your friends for a night out, or have dinner with the family. Not spending time with them right away, sets bad habits for your future social life. You will think, "I guess this is how married life is".

Skipping Vendor Reviews

While your opinions are fresh in your mind. Write a review on all the companies you used for future brides that might be using them!

Passing On Ring Insurance

You never know what can happen to them. It may seem like something silly even! But its a good idea.

Neglecting Your Workouts

You may have busted your butt off (literally) to make sure you can fit in your wedding gown. But don't let those good habits die when you get settled in with your new hubby! You won't regret keeping up with working out a few years down the road.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Reminder: David's Bridal March Sale Going On Now!

You can save big on your gown and bridesmaids dresses! Don't forget to make an appointment and check out the merchandise! 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Quick Tip: One Way To Save Money On Your Wedding Venue!

You can save BIG or get the venue of your dreams at a more affordable price if you booked your wedding during the off season. Like November or January through March (except for Valentines Day of course). You might be able to negotiate better deals during these times of the year. Also, although it may be inconvenient for some people, try to plan your wedding on a week day instead of a Saturday. This is another way you could save money big time!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wedding Flower Mistakes!

1. Having OVER Extravagant Center Pieces

    You could obstruct the view on the guests at the tables. They won't be able to see each other or mingle which could bring peoples moods down. Also, if you are somewhere where there is an amazing view, your guest might not be able to see it over some flowers.

2. Not Trusting Your Florist

    They are the professionals, and know what they are doing. Tell them what you want, and don't worry about it any longer. The more responsibilities you can hand off, the less stress for you!

3. Not Reusing Ceremony Arrangements

    Especially if you are using fresh flowers for your wedding; it is a waste to use all the flowers during the ceremony, which doesn't last to long, and have them go to waste after its over. Instead, during the transition from ceremony to reception, have the ceremony flowers moved and set up at the reception. Saves flowers and money.

4. Refusing To Compromise

    Do not get your heart set on a certain type of flower. It will just be a disappointment if the florist can't make that happen. Instead, florists prefer you to have an over all vision, they can work with that better. And you might end up liking different things.