Tips on Wedding Vows

As part of your wedding planning, you might have thought about doing your own wedding vows. After all, you and your fiancé are unique people, so why not say something that reflects who you are? The hardest part is trying to figure out exactly what to say. Here are some tips on finding the right words. Writing wedding vows: Start with reading over traditional vows. They can give you a good launching point. They can also give you a structure for you both to follow, especially handy if you are writing them separately. Read over your favorite poems or song lyrics. These might be a great way for you to include a particularly meaningful passage in your vows. Use some quotes from your favorite TV show or movie. It could be a line you love to quote to each other or it might be something you heard on your first date. If you two love video games, you might even make reference to the game in your vows. You can have a full wedding theme around your favorite movie or game. Find some advice from your parents or grandparents to use. This often brings tears to the eyes of your attendees, but it’s also a really sweet way to pay tribute at the same time as you are starting your lives together. Use humor. One couple wrote, “I will always make sure there’s a box of fruit loops at home” as the other partner loves fruit loops. Just make sure the joke is appropriate and that it is not too obscure. Mention something cute or quirky about the other...

Who pays for the wedding

There are traditions and etiquette standards for who pays for which part of a wedding. The easy way to break everything down is to say that the bride and her family pay for the wedding, and the groom pays for all of the rehearsal items. That might be a bit too simple, however, so let’s dive into a bit more detail of which family pays for which part of a wedding.   What the bride’s family covers: The bride’s parents pay for the engagement party as well as the listing in the announcements section of the newspaper. The goal of the engagement party is to welcome the groom into her family and let the two families get better acquainted. It gives the families the opportunity to meet before the wedding day and thus reduce some of the stress that comes with the wedding itself. An aside on the announcement – if the groom is from another city, it might be nice to post an announcement in his hometown newspaper, too. Her family will also handle all of the invitations and the programs for the wedding. The bride’s family covers all of the things that go into the wedding itself – the dress, the flowers at the wedding location, the bouquets the bride’s attendants carry, the limousine, the location, the photographer, the costs incurred by the officiant including his or her travel expenses, and the reception including music, decorations and food. The bride’s parents are also typically the host and hostess for the reception. The bride buys the gifts (and often arranges for the hotels) for her bridesmaids and maid...

Pros and Cons of Brunch Weddings

You no doubt have given a lot of thought to your wedding, and now you are down to choosing the time of day to host it. On the one hand, an afternoon wedding with an evening reception lets people dance the night away. On the other, a daytime wedding has a more sociable feel to it and it tends to cost a lot less. So what to do? Which to choose? Here are some of the pros and cons of having brunch weddings. Brunch Weddings Pros A daytime wedding has many advantages. One of the things you will find is that the venue is cheaper and you can have more flexibility to have a unique event that no one else would choose. You may also find that your vendors will also offer you a discount for having a daytime event. Also, brunch meals are typically cheaper to prepare and serve than are dinners. You may also have an easier time getting a venue booked because daytime weddings are less common and the calendars are less crowded. Plus, if your venue is a stunning location, having your wedding and reception during the day will allow your guests to enjoy the scenery. Guest typically don’t drink as much during the daytime as they otherwise would for an evening reception, and with the cost of alcohol being quite high, this can add up to a sizable savings. Even if your wedding is on a Sunday, your guests might have an easier time knowing that they will have time to get home and unwind before they have to go back to work on...

10 Ways To Help Your Bridesmaids Save Money

Help Your Bridesmaids Save As you well know, weddings can be expensive, and those expenses extend down to your bridesmaids, too. You might have planned for a particular look, theme or idea for your wedding but may have not yet factored in how much it will cost people to be a part of your wedding. Here are ten ways you can help your bridesmaids save money and still enjoy their time. Choose a budget friendly bachelorette party. You might want to have an all weekend event, but remember, if you are holding it out-of-town or you are bringing your bridesmaids in from all over the country, they have to pay for a hotel and perhaps a car rental, and then there are the meals they may have to buy. This might mean the difference for some bridesmaids between being able to attend and having to send their regards. Try to keep it simple. You might want to have a fun get together locally instead of an expensive option. That casual nature can help keep everyone’s stress down, too. Putting the events together. If your bridesmaids are flying in, you won’t want to have them do so two or even three times for an engagement party, a bachelorette party, and then the wedding. Keep flight prices in mind and try to combine the events as much as you can. Negotiate the hotel rates if you can. You might be able to get a discounted rate from a hotel or bed and breakfast if you have all of your bridesmaids stay there. You might get an even better deal if you...

All you need to know about Wedding Videography

Wedding Videography – Filming Your Perfect Day There’s a lot a questions that arise when you are booking a videographer for your wedding. Many people are not in tuned with whats involved in processing or shooting your wedding video. We are here to help you ask the necessary questions to ensure you get the best results from your wedding videographer. Many or most of our clients really don’t know how we film their wedding and reception, the post-production process, and what to expect of the finished film. A consultation is your opportunity to ease your concerns, identify your interests, and ask for a description (in general terms) of the process of creating your video. Reassurance: You need to know/feel that your videographer understands that this is one of the most important days of your life: That everything he/she does will be focused on filming what is important to you. You also want your videographer to be as unobtrusive as possible at all times. Information: Make sure that they understand what you want them to cover. Although they should have experience in covering a wedding, give them a mapped out information about the day, including: Venue(s) and ceremony program Time and events –what periods of time you will expect to be filmed / what events should be covered. Identify key people and activities (in addition to the ceremony) to be filmed. Filming: Ask him/her to outline their video process. How many cameras will they use, where, and why? How will they record the sound portion of the video – will they use auxiliary microphones like lapel or lavaliere system. Who...
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