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June 14, 2016
There are several important details that my clients never seem to think of on their own, and that’s okay because they have me as a photographer to remind them. But when you’re planning your own big day, you...
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There are several important details that my clients never seem to think of on their own, and that’s okay because they have me as a photographer to remind them. But when you’re planning your own big day, you should make sure that you keep the following things in mind to ensure your wedding runs smoothly.

1. Lunch for the Bridal Party
Too many brides forget to make special arrangements to feed themselves and the bridal party on the wedding day. It’s important to pre-arrange more than just nibbles for your entire crew — especially if you aren’t primping in your own home. I vividly remember how resentful bridesmaids became at a wedding because the bride ordered only a platter of fruit and cheese for her six ‘maids — but she requested a sandwich for herself!

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May 31, 2016
Picking and choosing your wedding colors can be quite the task, especially if this one of the first decorating decisions you make. It can determine everything from the look and feel of your reception room down to the...
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Picking and choosing your wedding colors can be quite the task, especially if this one of the first decorating decisions you make. It can determine everything from the look and feel of your reception room down to the design of your wedding invitations. So before you start playing around with what colors complement each other well and carry out the theme of the wedding you’re determined to plan. Checkout our latest newsletter for the 7 Ways To Choose Your Wedding Day Colors, http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/…

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May 26, 2016
Some brides and grooms plan every detail of their big day together. Sometimes, the bride does the bulk of the planning work, but the groom participates in making big decisions. Every once awhile, the groom has no clue...
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Groom on couch

Some brides and grooms plan every detail of their big day together. Sometimes, the bride does the bulk of the planning work, but the groom participates in making big decisions. Every once awhile, the groom has no clue what the bride has planned for their wedding weekend until it arrives, and they’re both just fine with that.

In fact, as long as the bride and groom are comfortable, it doesn’t matter if the groom has a single clue of what’s going to happen once the wedding festivities start. It’s okay if he has the “tell me where to be and when” philosophy if the bride’s agreed to that. It means she can plan whatever she wants, no questions asked. The only time it becomes a problem is when the wedding festivities begin, and the groom continues to behave as though he were a guest instead of the host. Grooms: You cannot behave like a wedding guest.

Depending on whether a bride has a wedding planner to help reduce the her workload, and whether her guests can actually follow instructions (a side note to all wedding guests: please always make sure to read the welcome letter and instructions that have kindly been delivered to your accommodations ahead of their arrival), there can be a lot of pressure on the bride once the wedding weekend begins.

With the introduction of smartphones into our lives, wedding guests don’t seem to realize how tacky it can be to keep calling and texting the bride and groom on their wedding weekend, wanting solutions and advice about all their problems and inconveniences. There might be a map in the welcome bag and directions in the welcome letter, but many guests will simply text the bride (cuz she’s not busy, right?) to ask her to send directions, confirm times and generally hold their hands.

While that can be overwhelming, it’s far worse when the groom fails to step up to the plate and manage his own guests during the wedding festivities. Many of his guests and extended family may not even have a direct number for the bride, so they call the groom. If the groom is used to ignoring his phone and continues that behavior, they will eventually track down the bride for help. By that time, they’re usually frustrated (and some might even be nasty to her!).

See More: 50 Mistakes Grooms Always Make 

So listen up, grooms! You do not get a free pass on your wedding weekend! You are half of the couple creating this lifetime union, and you have to be your future wife’s wing-man on the wedding weekend. You have to deal with your family and their drama, and you have to respond to messages and calls from your friends and relatives. The bride has her own drama and stress managing her guests — and running the wedding if she doesn’t have a planner.

A groom can’t be a wedding guest at his own wedding, even if he wants to be. Even if you were lucky enough to escape stuffing wedding invitations, writing thank you notes, and making sure wedding party gifts were purchased and wrapped, that’s all the slack you get. When the real wedding weekend is upon you, it’s time to start acting like a groom.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC’s reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.

May 25, 2016
                                        With only a week left before you say “I do,” the wedding planning...
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With only a week left before you say “I do,” the wedding planning may be done but the work isn’t over yet. To make sure not a single carefully dreamed-up detail goes overlooked, we’ve compiled 15 essential to-dos you (and your fiancé) must address the week leading up to your wedding.

1. Confirm your wedding-day beauty appointments and get your manicure and pedicure. (Better to leave this until you only have one or two days to go!) Buy the colors you end up using to fix any accidental last-minute chips.

2. Grooms: Get a haircut. If you head to the barber when you’re more than a week out, your hair could look shaggy. Get it cut too close to the big day and you run the risk of looking like it’s sixth grade picture day.

3. Grooms, pick up your suit and brides, your dress. Do one last fitting in the store before taking it home — it will give you more time for any last minute alterations.

4. Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes.

5. Call guests who have missed the RSVP deadline. You’ll need the final headcount for your venue and caterer.

6. Communicate the wedding-day schedule, any special duties, and important contact information to your parents, the wedding party, and your wedding coordinator. A document with call-times for everyone playing a large role in your day will help everything stay on schedule.

7. Place final payments and cash tips into separate envelopes for each vendor. Give them to a trusted friend of family member to distribute on your wedding day. Ask him or her to greet each vendor and be the point person for questions.

8. Call and re-confirm every last detail with each of your vendors including date, time, and location. Don’t forget to provide them with contact info for their point person on the day-of. (You’ll be too busy getting ready to direct traffic!) Make sure your photographer has your shot list, your DJ has your song list, and that your venue knows when each vendor will be arriving to set up.

9. Create a seating chart for your reception and share the final version with your caterer, venue manager, reception host and hostess, and wedding coordinator.

10. If you didn’t order escort cards with your stationery, it’s time to put on your DIY hat and make them. (Ask your craftiest ‘maid for some assistance if necessary!)

11. Provide drivers with a schedule and list of names, phone numbers, and addresses for pickup and drop off.

12. Shop and pack for your honeymoon. Though your girls will make sure you’re covered in the wedding-night lingerie department (what else are bachelorette parties for?!), bikinis, sun dresses, and SPF 50 won’t buy themselves.

13. Writing your own vows? Making a toast? Prepare anything that requires a speech now.

14. Gather a wedding-day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, safety pins, band-aids, mints, and a needle with thread that matches your dress.

15. Pack a bag for your wedding night. Ask some one to deliver it to the hotel where you’ll be staying.

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May 24, 2016
                              So you’ve started looking for a wedding photographer, and — we’re just guessing here — you started...
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So you’ve started looking for a wedding photographer, and — we’re just guessing here — you started with a quick Internet search of photographers in your area or have recently attended a Bridal Show. Now you’re scrolling through countless photos of smiling couples, beautiful cakes, and stunning backdrops. But, what exactly are you supposed to be looking for?

To help you brides-to-be narrow down and focus your search, here are tips on what to , about what look for on their websites.

“It’s important to look for a variety of types of images in a photographer’s portfolio, including images shot during the day and night with natural light and flash. Most weddings require a variety of lighting techniques to successfully capture the day and a portfolio should demonstrate these skills.”

“Make sure you are looking at photos for real weddings. A photographer might be brilliant at any number of different kinds of photography, but for best results, you want a photographer with a number of actual weddings under their belt. See examples of their work to be sure that you like the style of photography of the person you are hiring.”

“Use caution with any photographer who says ‘I can do it all’ because that is usually not true and often means that the person doesn’t specialize in anything.”

“Check out the photographer’s website, Facebook and blog posts, where you can see more photos of weddings. If you find a photographer who has a great portfolio and you want to see more work, ask them if they have samples of wedding storybooks they have designed. Looking at the wedding storybooks, you should get you a look at their artistic and storytelling capabilities.

For more tips on choosing your photographer or just want to chat obout your wedding, give our creative team a call at 604-290-5188

May 23, 2016
You’ve fantasized about walking down the aisle in your gorgeous gown, surprising guests with creative goodies, and slipping your toes into warm sand on your well-deserved honeymoon. Now imagine this moment:...
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You’ve fantasized about walking down the aisle in your gorgeous gown, surprising guests with creative goodies, and slipping your toes into warm sand on your well-deserved honeymoon. Now imagine this moment: Your officiant has just announced you and your groom as “Mr. and Mrs.” and it’s time to walk back down the aisle.

But wait. You and your groom hold court for a few seconds, still up at the altar, looking out at your friends and family, soaking in the pivotal moment while your photographer captures the freshest moments of your marriage.

We dub this “The Five Second Wait” — and it’s one of the best pieces of advice you should remember while wedding planning. Instead of turning toward everyone and charging down the aisle…wait.

“This moment will be a signature event in what psychologists call your ‘autobiographical memories,'” says Karl Pillemer, Ph.D., a Cornell University gerontologist and author of 30 Lessons for Loving. “These are very positive memories that can help you be happier for a lifetime. In the future, as you look back on the day, it will trigger a cascade of positive emotions associated with it. The memory of that moment after you say ‘I do’ and turn to face your guests is one that can benefit your relationship life and your happiness long after.”

With all the overwhelming emotion and excitement in those fleeting seconds, it’s important that you and your groom agree on the pause in advance. And then seize that fresh period of time as a brand-new married couple by utilizing this technique that Dr. Pillemer describes as “savoring.”

“You’re going to be in the flow of the moment, which is what you need to be,” Dr. Pillemer says. “But you can take a lesson from the science of savoring, which means consciously directing our awareness to the positive experience and positive emotions involved. The goal is focus on savoring what, in that moment, you would like to remember.”

Dr. Pillemer, who has spent the last five years interviewing hundreds of long-term married couples, goes on to suggest mentally documenting the moment. “Don’t rush it. Take a few seconds to focus on what you want to recall decades from now. Studies confirm that consciously looking for positive features of experiences make a great difference in your emotional life. What better time to do so than immediately after you made a lifetime commitment?”

So trust us on this one: The 5-Second Wait is worth it. (And don’t forget to smile!)

 

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May 18, 2016
You can’t please everyone! When it comes to weddings especially, this statement couldn’t be truer. No matter how hard you try or what precautions you take, there are bound to be a few yawn inducing moments...
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Reception Table-guests

You can’t please everyone! When it comes to weddings especially, this statement couldn’t be truer. No matter how hard you try or what precautions you take, there are bound to be a few yawn inducing moments in every big day (yes, even at the best of them).

So what tends to bore guests to tears then? The moral of the story: anything that requires people to pay attention without eating or socializing for too long won’t win the crowd.

1. Tons of traditional dances
The billion dances they do! The first dance, father daughter, mother son, grandparents, money dance, bridal party dance, etc., etc. Usually by the time they’re done my buzz has already worn off.

2. Slideshows
I feel bad even saying this, but I think wedding slideshows are so boring. They keep me entertained for the first minute or two. After that though I kind of zone out and stop paying attention. Most go on for far too long, and you can tell other guests have lost interest too. Keep it short and sweet if you’re going to do it.

3. Never ending speeches
They’re the worst! I went to a big wedding last year where after the planned wedding speeches were done, the bride and groom passed the microphone around to every single table so that each guest would have the opportunity to say something. This took an hour minimum and was painful to sit through. Don’t do it!

4. Poorly timed cake cuttings
This seems to happen at every wedding I attend! The evening is flowing beautifully and everyone is having an awesome time. Then out of nowhere, bam! The party suddenly stops and we’re all ushered off the dance floor for a five minute cake cutting. If you are going to have a cake cutting, do it when dessert is going to be served.

5. Bad music
DJs that only play one type of music or all oldies are boring. Make sure you get a DJ or band that will play to the audience and get them up on the floor. The person you choose for your music is the person who is going to keep the evening hopping.

6. Receiving lines
They feel like they last forever, particularly at big weddings. The guests at the front are sitting in an empty room for almost an hour trying to find ways to kill time and the guests at the back are shuffling from foot to foot just to avoid blisters. Don’t do it.

7. A big gap between the ceremony and reception
If you are going to have a gap in between the Wedding and reception, make a plan for your guests to keep them entertained during that time or make the gap long enough and share options for your guests in your wedding invitation.

8. Long readings
Not many people are very good at doing ceremony readings so it’s often just painfully slow and super boring and makes an already long ceremony that much longer. Yawn!

9. Games
Games that do not include the wedding guests. If you are going to have games make sure that they are ones that involve your guests. That will keep everyone engaged.

 

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May 17, 2016
Not that you need a good luck charm on your wedding day, but because traditions are fun (especially wedding ones!), we say go ahead and bless yourself with something blue, brides. Or, you know, beg your mom to borrow...
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Bride Something BluNot that you need a good luck charm on your wedding day, but because traditions are fun (especially wedding ones!), we say go ahead and bless yourself with something blue, brides. Or, you know, beg your mom to borrow that beautiful topaz ring and kill two birds with one six brilliant something blue ideas for the modern bride.

1. Lingerie
Shh, this one’s just between you and him (okay, and whoever is helping you get ready too). While not every dress will work with lacey little lingerie, if yours does, slip into some chic blue skivvies to honor tradition on your wedding day. And if it doesn’t, well, you can always say, “I do” to naughty navy lingerie for your wedding night.

2. Heirloom jewelry
“One of our brides recently paired a family heirloom topaz ring next to her wedding band for a beautiful modern ring stack with a vintage vibe. See if someone in your own family (or his) has blue jewelry you can borrow for the big day.

3. Shoes (think Carrie Bradshaw)
Because you can actually wear them again, duh! “A gorgeous pair of navy or even royal blue pumps are the perfect touch of blue and will only be seen if you want them to be.

4. Transportation
Forget carrying or wearing something blue! Instead, ride off into the night with your new hubby in an old school blue car. Perfect for the bride throwing a vintage-inspired wedding.

5. Eye makeup
Calling all brown-eyed brides! We dare you to go blue on your big day…with your eye makeup that is. “For a recent bride they did a deep blue/denim shadow as their something blue and she loved it. A lot of brides’ blue items are something that is hidden, perhaps pinned underneath their dress or woven around the bouquet, but this is a beautiful, yet subtle, way to showcase your blue.” Do a test run at your trial to see if you like the look first. Other bright beauty ideas include a blue mani/pedi or blue mascara.

6. Signature drinks
Get the party started with cocktails using Blue Curacao or serve Blue Moon Beer at the bar. You can also create a scrumptious blueberry dessert to be served after dinner. “Whatever edible blue item you choose, describe it with signage as your something blue so guests can be in on your selection too.”

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April 19, 2016
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February 27, 2016
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