The entire wedding planning process can be tiring and frustrating. There are multiple small details that can easily take the fun out of this process. Most of the frustrations that come from planning a wedding can be avoided by a few simple steps. Besides hiring a wedding planner, these five tips will help you to find those steps and avoid possible headaches that may show themselves during the planning process.
Pick your Theme
One of the most important things that you can do when planning your wedding is to pick your theme. Your theme needs to be considered when making decisions on all decorations. You need to have this theme chosen before you begin any planning.
Push for RSVPs
RSVPs are an important part of any wedding and wedding reception. The numbers will help you to make your final plans, and may help you with some specific rental numbers. You need to push for RSVPs from your guests. Be sure to include an RSVP line on any invitations.
Set Your Budget Early
A wedding can be an expensive affair. Unfortunately, most do not have an unlimited budget. If you are trying to plan a wedding, you need to set your budget. This budget should be set as early as possible. Talk to others who have planned a wedding. They will be able to give you an estimate as to how much you should plan on spending for your own wedding.
Stick to That Budget
It is important for you to actually stick to the budget that you have set. It is easy to go over budget as you get caught up in all of the different rentals and decorations needed for the wedding. Stay strong to ensure that you do not spend more money than you have.
Include the Groom
Many brides will take control of the wedding planning process, while their grooms ignore the process altogether. It is important for the groom to be a part of the overall wedding planning process. Your groom will have multiple opinions on the various aspects of your wedding. By getting them involved, you can be sure that they will feel a greater connection to the overall wedding and reception.
It is important to realize that each aspect of your wedding must be planned. You need to plan out everything from the invitations to the napkin colors to the reservations and rental charges. These steps will help you to streamline the entire process, giving you the tools you need to be better prepared for this planning process.
When you have a set budget, when you pick a theme, and when you include your groom, your decisions will be easier to make. This wedding planning process should be enjoyable. Utilize these tips to help remove the frustrations that may come from planning a wedding.
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“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
AND indeed we were! Last night, Yelp hosted their annual Holiday Hangover aboard the Hornblower Infinity (New York, NY) with DJs, comedians, massages, burlesque, tons of food vendors, and drinks sponsored by Campari America and Lagunitas Brewing Company. It was off the hook to say the least! The ship cruised all around the harbor and past the Statue of Liberty, and the views was absolutely stunning. If you were there, we hope you had fun in our photo booth and enjoy the photos below! We’d love for you to share your experience with us on Yelp:
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Below is a slideshow of our favorites and the entire album may be viewed here: Yelp Holiday Hangover
When it comes to planning a wedding, the best decisions — and there are many, many decisions — are the most informed ones. And few are more informed about the latest trends, the most reliable vendors and best insider tips than Martha Stewart and the team behind Martha Stewart Weddings. On January 26 at Gotham Hall, together with The Wedding Library‘s Claudia Hanlin, the Martha Stewart Weddings team will host a five-hour bridal showcase, from 10am to 3pm, that will feature over 100 top notch wedding vendors, giving attendees an inside look at wedding trends, tips and companies who can help make your Big Day the best.
Amsale Aberra, Preston Bailey, Marcy Blum, Darcy Miller and the whole Martha Stewart Weddings editorial team attending — and, of course, our annual “surprise” visit from Martha.
This is by far the BEST bridal show in NYC and we are excited that Royal Photo Booth will be a part of this spectacular event! You’ll leave this jam-packed afternoon informed, inspired, and ready to tackle every detail.
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Your partner popped the question. You said YES. Woo Hoo! You’re engaged! Now what? Here’s what to do next (you know, right after you call your mom and dad).
Call Your Relatives (Even the Ones You Never Really Talk to)
Engagement DOs and DON’Ts start almost the second you say yes. Your first task? Sharing the exciting news with the world. And how easy would it be to do so in 140 characters or fewer or with a quick status update? No matter how tempting, it’s an engagement no-no to not pick up the phone and call your family members and friends. All of them. No one likes to be the last to know—and getting the news via mass e-mail, Twitter update or Facebook is especially rotten. So set aside a few hours and plow through your phone book (you can enlist your mom, sister, aunt or best friend to help you out).
Get Your Ring Sized
Your stunning sparkler is perfect in every way, except for the wiggle room (or maybe it’s a little tight and turning your fingertip a not-so-Tiffany-blue). Get it resized ASAP—after all, you’ll be showing it to everyone and the last thing you want is to lose the your ring an hour after you get it. The process can take just a few hours or, at most, a few days.
Get Your Ring Insured
Nothing can replace the sentimental value of your ring, but if something happens to it, at least you can get your (or his) money back. If you have home owner’s or renter’s insurance, call to add the ring to your policy. You may need an official appraisal before you can officially add the ring, so call the insurance broker to see what paperwork is required. If you don’t already have renter’s insurance, it can be cheaper to buy it (you should have it anyway) and then add the ring. Your broker will be able to help you find the right option.
Set a Date—Even If It’s Not the Date
After “congratulations” and “let me see your ring,” here’s the first thing people will ask: “When’s the wedding?” It’ll save you lots of headaches if the two of you come up with a vague-yet-specific answer, like “We’re shooting for early 2011” or “We like the idea of next fall.” People appreciate feeling like they’re in the loop, and they’ll also put the event into their mental datebooks. Plus, it’ll give you and your guy a little direction as you start planning.
Start a Wedding Savings Account
Remember that even a simple, small wedding costs money (and sometimes a lot more money than you would ever imagine). A wedding savings account is an easy way to keep cash accumulating for the big day, so you don’t have to rely on plastic to bear the brunt later on. Open a basic savings account at any bank—or look online for higher-interest accounts at sites like personalsavings.americanexpress.com or ally.com —then deposit a set amount every paycheck that’ll go toward wedding-related expenses only.
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