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5 Questions to Ask Before You Start Wedding Planning

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If you're newly engaged, wedding planning might seem incredibly exciting, incredibly daunting, or both.  Here are 5 Questions to ask before you do a thing!

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How to Find a Wedding DJ that Wows

Monday March 31, 2014

Your wedding DJ: he or she can make or break the reception.  If you've ever been to a wedding where the DJ was a dud you know how important hiring a great wedding DJ can be in making your wedding night one to remember.  Too often couples get so anxious about hearing music they love, they micromanage their DJ or ask questions that don't offer you any insight into if this DJ will really get the crowd moving.  Instead, this article will offer you some key questions to ask when hiring a wedding DJ so that you can rest assured that you don't just have a good DJ spinning at your wedding, you've got the best person on the 1's and 2's that your money can buy.

 

5 Tips for Amazing Wedding Photos

Saturday March 29, 2014

Everyone wants to look like a number one stunner on their wedding day, but most of us want to look amazing AFTER the day too: as in, when we see those fabulous wedding photos. Sure, you can hit the gym and get a spray tan and hire a fabulous glam squad.  Truth is, all that won't hurt, but the real deal is to put some thought into how to best work the day and hire a fabulous photographer that makes you feel great.  This article has 5 great bits of advice for achieving fabulous wedding photos that have NOTHING to do with hair and makeup and everything to do with pre-planning.

Creating a Wedding Budget that Works

Monday March 17, 2014

If you are recently engaged, you probably have realized that wedding budgets are like diets- the more ridiculously strict they are, the less likely you are to stick to it.  This article presents you with a step by step guide to creating a realistic wedding budget that will actually work for you, and not against you.

All too often, couples get frustrated because they don't even know how to determine what the wedding they want will really cost. Or worse, many couples might secure a venue that is way to pricey for their overall budget without realizing all the other expenses that are out there. The first step is doing some research, and the next is asking the hard questions like how much are you willing to spend to have your dream day. Remember, establishing a budget and sticking to it might sound dull, but it can actually be a huge relief!

Can You Say No to Being a Bridesmaid?

Wednesday February 26, 2014

Being asked to be a bridesmaid is seen as a great honor amongst friends and family- but are there occasions when you might be doing the bride a favor by saying no?  In some cases, I think yes.  One reality is that being a bridesmaid often comes with a lot of expenses, ranging from the dress and shoes to travel and hosting a shower and bachelorette party or hen night.  If you know that being part of the wedding party will put you in a tight place regarding your finances, it's best to discuss it rather than you should be honest with the bride.   Most likely she's close to you and she will either understand completely, or  she will either want to help work out your participation.  What services no one is having a bridesmaid who is resentful of participating, since it drags the mood down for everyone.  Another instance where it's sometimes better to say no is if you have what some people call "stagefright".  If the idea of walking down the aisle past a gaggle of guests literally gives you hives, it might be best to back away and explain your phobia to the bride.  You wouldn't want your anxiety to affect her mood on the wedding day.   Generally speaking though, being a bridesmaid is both an honor and a rite of passage, so I don't think "no's" should be wielded lightly.   What do you think? Have you ever said no to being a bridesmaid?

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