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What To Consider Before Including Your Pet In Your Wedding

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Wedding Blog | 0 comments

  “A pet plays an important role in a couple’s life and for many pet parents, family festivities would not be complete without their pet’s involvement,” said John D’Ariano, President of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS). “As a result, it’s becoming more common for couples to customize their wedding parties to include family, friends, and furry companions.” But if you’re looking to include your pet, there are a few precautions you need to take. We checked in with the NAPPS for some tips on how to keep your pet safe and happy during the wedding festivities. Consider Your Pet’s Personality A pet can be a guest of honor and simply stand with the wedding party during the ceremony, or your pet can have a specific role (ring bearer or flower girl are common roles) in the ceremony. But before giving your pet a starring role, think about whether this will be an enjoyable experience for him. Will your pet feel comfortable around your guests? Is he obedient and well behaved? There’s no guarantee that your pet will behave exactly how you want him to on the day of the wedding. Even the most outgoing and friendly pet can be overwhelmed by a crowd of guests, according to NAPPS. To make sure that your pet has enough time to develop a level of comfort around your guests, consider hiring a pet sitter, who will act as your pet’s guide. And if your pet is especially skittish, consider having someone carry him or letting him ride in a wagon. And if he’s overly affectionate or easily distracted, be sure to use a short leash. Confirm That Pets are Allowed in Your Ceremony Facility With everything else on your to-do list, it’s easy to forget this simple—yet important—step. You don’t want to show up on the day of your wedding, four-legged ring-bearer in tow, only to be told that he needs to get off the propery, stat. Don’t Jeopardize Safety for Style Planning on dressing your pooch in a tux? Make sure it fits properly and doesn’t create any discomfort for your pet. Keep the accessories simple—a bowtie or flower attached to the collar is a fun way to deck out your pet. Ensure that any accessories won’t come loose and pose a choking hazard to your pet. Be sure to check if any flowers or plants being used at your wedding are toxic to your pet. Inform Your Guests Put this information on your wedding website as a warning to anyone with allergies so that they can plan accordingly. Notify Your Photographer Prepare your photographer to capture your pet in action. It’ll help your photographer prep for those unplanned moments, like when your dog leaps up to kiss you during the vows. Your photographer can also help you brainstorm fun photo ideas with your pets for after the ceremony. Book a Pet Sitter You have enough to worry about on the day of your wedding—hire a pet sitter...

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The 10 Best Shopping Resources For Your DIY Bride

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Wedding Blog | 0 comments

1. AMAZON Yes, Amazon. Because you will be buying so many different things – always check Amazon first. You never know if that paper trimmer you need or the watch you wanted to give your fiancé as a wedding gift might just be a little cheaper. If you have Prime it’s even better. $99 a year for free two-day shipping on most items and so much more. Before you buy – check Amazon first just to see. Especially if you don’t need it ‘today’. 2. ETSY The craftiest place to shop. Did you know that Etsy is the largest marketplace devoted to handmade sellers of all kinds? The items sold on Etsy actually have to be handmade, vintage or supplies for handmade – isn’t that cool? What’s terrific about Etsy is that shops that sell supplies will often make specialized listings just for you. Let’s say you were looking for 75 wooden spoons instead of 50 or 100, you can contact the seller and most times they’ll work with you. But that goes for so many different types of listings, from custom bridesmaids gowns (wedding gowns even!) bow ties, personalized jewelry, unique wedding stationary, amazing wedding decor – and loads more. Sometimes being a “DIY bride” means being smart with your time. If you want that handmade look – or something ultra personalized but don’t have time to make it; have someone on Etsy make it for you. One of my absolute favorite wedding items for sale on Etsy are inexpensive printable designs. Purchase a printable design and print on anything you want! From wedding invitations to favor tags – there are so many options. Check it out. 3. SAVE-ON-CRAFTS.COM Think of Save-on-Crafts.com as your discount (but not lame) craft warehouse. From chandeliers and candy bar jars to tree bark, paper lanterns and loads of candle holders – they almost have too many things, and they are all at discounted prices. The amount of faux flowers is mind blowing. You’ll just have to stop by to see what I mean. 4. CUTETAPE.COM Visit CuteTape.com for all your cutesy needs. Darling washi tapes, little patterned paper bags, adorable stamps, a rainbow of bakers twine and more. They have awesome on trend supplies that are perfect for your favors, escort cards and more. 5. INKSCISSORSPAPER.COM Their tagline is ‘simply beautiful packaging’ and they are so right. InkScissorsPaper.com has packaging for everything! Tubes, boxes, bottles, cups, and everything you’d need to tie up a super sweet package. Great for hotel welcome gifts, food favors, bars of all kinds (coffee, candy, dessert) and everything else you want to wrap up. You can also shop by color – which of course when you are planning a wedding is very important! 6. PAPER SOURCE Ohh, my absolute favorite. If you are lucky enough to have a Paper Source store nearby you have to go, period. This is a stationary lovers dream come true! If you are making your own wedding invitations this is the place...

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7 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Engagement

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Wedding Blog | 0 comments

TURN THE PLANNING INTO SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO It absolutely doesn’t have to be a chore and it won’t be if you approach wedding planning with an upbeat attitude. Make your planning nights something to look forward to. Chocolates and a bottle of fizz will make arranging your seating plan so much more agreeable. Got some crafting to do? Invite your mutual friends over, spread out the nibbles and get making! That upcycled, bang on trend gin bar won’t make itself, and many hands to make light, far more fun work… DO IT TOGETHER While he probably won’t be allowed to see you choose your dress, make memories together during other elements. Treat your menu tasting appointments as date nights; sample so many cakes that you feel sick; make each other laugh at your mutual lack of knowledge at the florists… just have fun with it! PLAN ROMANTIC GETAWAYS FOR JUST THE TWO OF YOU Even with the most positive of outlooks, there will likely come a point when juggling planning, work, life and other commitments feels a touch too much. Now is the time to book a spontaneous romantic getaway for just the two of you. Plan it at lunchtime and you could be off that very evening – you could even make it a surprise. Once you reach your destination, dress up for dinner and drink Champagne even if you’re staying in – it’ll make it feel more special! BOOK AN ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT A couple’s photoshoot would feel frivolous any other time, but you’re engaged, so it’s totally allowed! Book it with your chosen wedding photographer if you can. It’ll be a great chance to get comfortable around them before the big day comes – try these 14 poses for starters. You’ll capture so many beautiful photographs together in a far less formal setting and without the pressure. You could even use them on your invitations afterwards! INTRODUCE EACH OTHER PROPERLY Because you won’t actually be able to call each other your fiancé for all that long… THROW AN ENGAGEMENT PARTY Make it as glamorous as your hearts and purses allow. Whatever your party style, getting the people who love you the most together to celebrate your engagement will make it feel so much more real and so much more exciting! And it’s the chance to buy another pretty dress… REMIND EACH OTHER OF WHY YOU’RE ENGAGED Whether it’s making their coffee in the morning, bringing home their favourite takeaway for a cosy night in, or something as simple as a kiss goodnight, remember to remind each other why you’re getting married in the first place. Thoughtful gestures go a long way but they’re easy to forget when life gets busy....

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How To Create A Perfect Wedding Budget (For You)

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Wedding Blog | 0 comments

For most couples, a wedding is the first time you’ll ever have to think about planning a huge event, let alone creating a wedding budget. That means lots of people start planning a similar way. First you think about the wedding you want. Then you think about how much you’re comfortable spending. And then you hope really hard that the two concepts match up. The problem is, it’s almost impossible to know how much the event you’re envision is going to cost until you start getting into the nitty-gritty of planning. Which is how you end up reading things on APW that start with, “We set a budget of $5,000 but once we started actually planning, that number quickly tripled.” The media would like us to think that these couples just got caught up in the expectations of the wedding industry and spent $10,000 on crystal vases. (Silly them. You would know better.) In reality? The culprit was that they thought chair rentals cost $1 when they really cost $2. Or they found out their dad would be heartbroken if they just served sandwiches. Then it turns out that the only wedding photographers in their area who didn’t call them “sweetie” during the initial meeting charged $3,000 instead of the $2,500 they were hoping to spend, and not being talked down to felt like it was worth finding an extra $500 in the budget. Next thing they knew, the combined total of those surprises was $5,000 and rising. We’ve all read and researched the tips and tricks for how to save money, how to have a budget wedding, and even how to stick to a budget. But how do you figure out what that budget is in the first place? And how do you do it in a way that’s not going to give you sticker shock later? What follows is a breakdown of how to even set a budget, and then eleven sample wedding budgets, ranging from $2,000 to $30,000, in a variety of styles and sizes. Because no matter what anyone tells you, it really is possible to have a perfect (for you) wedding on whatever budget you have. THINK ABOUT THE KIND OF WEDDING YOU WANT TO HAVE This may be the one part of wedding planning that you’ve already knocked out of the park. But if not, it’s time to get to dreaming. Do you and your partner want a picnic in the park, an intimate urban party, or a huge shindig with all your friends and family? There are so many different kinds of weddings out there, and so much inspiration, that it can get overwhelming quickly. You shouldn’t spend too much time on specifics initially, but you should determine the general feel you want for your wedding. Think about the look, the style, the people, and the emotions—all the pieces that will make your wedding unique to you two. I often tell couples to think about weddings they’ve been to or seen, and...

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Why Friday Weddings Are Cool

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Wedding Blog | 0 comments

It’s Friday, and you’re in love! For a variety of reasons (and very convincing ones we might add), more and more couples are saying, “I do” to weekday weddings and cost savings aren’t the only benefit they’re cashing in on. From creating the perfect party atmosphere to freeing up the rest of the weekend, here’s why Friday is the new Saturday in the wedding world. You get to hang out with everyone on Saturday Particularly, out of town guests. As lifestyle expert and event designer Jung Lee of Fete NY points out, having a Friday wedding allows you to plan a second get together on Saturday (think brunch) where you can actually unwind and spend some quality time with your friends and family. “Couples are significantly more relaxed the day after and enjoy recapping the experience with their loved ones.” You can snag an earlier wedding date Have your heart set on a certain venue but don’t want to wait a few years to tie the knot? Book a Friday wedding and we guarantee you’ll be walking down the aisle a whole lot sooner without having to compromise on location. Guests have time to recover Nowadays, weddings incorporate an entire weekend of festivities. Get hitched on a Friday though and by Saturday afternoon your guests will be home free. In other words, you’re not impeding too much on their personal lives, plus they get to take a Friday off of work so what’s not to love? See More: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About During Wedding Planning You can afford the extras Or you know, just save some dough on the same things…your call. “Since there’s still less demand for Friday weddings, vendor prices are typically lower too,” tells Lee. This includes the actual venue rental fee, which can be thousands of dollars higher on a Saturday, as opposed to a Friday. Crazy, right? It sets the scene for an epic party (unlike a Sunday) Friday, Friday…gotta get down on Friday! That’s exactly what your guests will be thinking as they prepare to blow off some steam after a long work week and celebrate your nuptials. It’s like happy hour but better. I mean, there is a free bar, after all....

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Rent His Tux Online!

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Wedding Blog | 0 comments

Sites like Menguin allow you to order the tuxes for your groom and groomsmen without ever having to leave your house. In just two easy steps, he can have his entire outfit coordinated for the big day. First, he chooses the type of jacket he wants, according to price and style. He can customize his look with a shirt, tie, shoes, vest, suspenders, pocket square, and socks. Next, he inputs his height, weight, shoe size, age, and any other necessary measurements. Repeat with your groomsmen’s info. The tuxes will get delivered straight to your...

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