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Pre-Wedding Planning Tips All Brides and Grooms Should Know

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Your wedding planning is going to be pretty difficult – we won’t lie. However, if you want to be prepared before you even start, do make sure you read (and apply!) the following tips, because we have gathered the absolute essentials all brides and grooms should know before proceeding on their wedding planning process.

  • Not setting any kind of wedding budget in place is a huge mistake. Yes, we know you want to jump right into the more interesting stuff, like the venue, or even the guest list. But before you even talk to someone and tell them you’re having a wedding, be sure you will have the budget to guide you through your choices.
  • You should definitely have a plan B, in case it rains. You cannot control the weather, so if you want to have an outdoor wedding (ceremony and/or reception), you should definitely have a “dry” option available for you and for the guests. Most often, a wedding tent or simply an indoor option will make do.
  • And speaking of 100% outdoor events – they might feel very fun, and yes, they are. However, keep in mind that they are not the cheapest ones. So, when creating the wedding budget, be sure to be realistic about it!
  • Once you have a daft guest list in place, proceed with the search for the right wedding venue. Keep in mind: it should fit not only you personally, but it should fit the number of your guests too. A wedding venue should not be too large because it will make it feel too spacious and cold. Likewise, it shouldn’t be too crammed either because it will just create an unusually party atmosphere.
  • Not providing guests with enough information. Tell your guests everything about the wedding: the names of the bride and groom, the names of the parents, how to reach the wedding venue (GPS coordinates, indications, maps, and so on). Also, be sure to tell guests have their accommodation options set in place as well – people will surely appreciate it if you handled this for them!

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Wedding Etiquette 101: What to Do When Your Guest Lists Are Disproportionate

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As you have probably read about quite a lot, planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful events in your life. Of course, it can also be most amazing experiences you will ever get through.

Of all the wedding planning tasks, your guest list is one of the first and foremost important ones. It can also be one of the most stressful tasks as well – especially when you feel that your list is longer than your loved one’s (or the other way around).

What to do in these situations? How to plan your wedding guest list together and not fight over it?

We have some tips for you – continue reading and find out more.

  • Communication, communication, communication. You must have read and heard this a thousand times before, but there’s a pretty good reason everyone reiterates it: communication actually is the key ingredient of any successful relationship. Start your wedding planning by sitting down with your SO and discussing your idea of a perfect wedding – the style, the size, the kind of moments you want to create.
  • Family invitations can be tricky, but it can all be handled. Guess how? Through communication, of course. Talk to your fiancé and determine how far you want to go when it comes to inviting relatives. If needed, talk to your parents as well and clearly explain it to them that you only want to invite people you are actually close to you (and a cousin you haven’t seen in 15 years does not “qualify”).
  • Set your own rules. Discuss with your loved one and set the ground rules when it comes to who lands on the guest list and who doesn’t. For example, you might want to skip inviting people you haven’t seen in more than three years. Or you might want to skip inviting workmates, former classmates, or simply anyone you aren’t genuinely close to.
  • Set your priorities. Do you want to have a very large wedding? Perfect – but if your budget is restrained, you should be realistic about what can and can’t be done in your financial limits. Talk to your SO and set your priorities in terms of what you want from the Big Day – it will help you create a guest list you can both agree with.

 

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These Wedding Day Disasters Are Common, But Here’s How to Avoid Them

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Planning a wedding in Virginia (or elsewhere, for that matter) can be a tough task – especially if you have never planned anything this big before. With attention to detail and imagination, you can really pull off an amazing event – but even so, there still are some “wedding disasters” you should be completely aware of if you want to avoid them.

What are some of the most common wedding disasters out there and how to make sure they stay away from your Big Day? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Catering is late (or seems to have disappeared altogether). This is probably one of the worst bridal nightmares ever – and it can actually happen. The caterer may have their dates messed up, they might be stuck in traffic, or something may have gone wrong with your food and they had to start it over. To avoid this kind of situations, try to search for really reliable caterings service providers – preferably, in-house catering companies connected to your wedding venue. It’s just safer this way.
  • Something happens to your wedding gown. No matter how much you want to dismiss the thought, this is likely – especially with so many people dancing around (and some of them quite tipsy, if we may add). A wine stain might not be easy to get out of the dress, but a small tear can be very easily covered up with fabric tape (just enough so that it doesn’t show in pictures).
  • The weather isn’t very friendly. Outdoor weddings are very popular throughout spring, summer, and the better part of autumn as well. However, if you’re planning an outdoor event, you absolutely have to make sure there’s a plan B in store, just in case it rains. Even the hottest day of summer can suddenly turn into a wet disaster if you don’t plan this ahead very thoroughly – so no, the wedding season you choose should have no influence on whether or not you create a plan B for the Big Day. An indoor space or a wedding tent can be real life savers.

 

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The Truth about Some of Your Wedding Planning Ideas

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Your wedding planning is not going to be easy – that’s for certain. But it doesn’t mean it has to be chaotic and that this has to add up to the already existing stress associated with planning such an event.

Of course, by now you probably know the absolute basics of planning a wedding – but what are some of the pro wedding planning tips for a Virginia bride, the kind of advice not many talk about? We’ve gathered them right below – so read on and find out more.

  • When searching for the perfect cake chef, remember that taste is actually more important than looks. Your cake could be a work of art, but if it tastes mediocre, it will not be as satisfying. On the other hand, even the simplest buttercream and fruit wedding cake can bring a smile on your guests’ faces when it tastes great! So, when searching for your pastry chef in Virginia, focus on finding someone who can actually bake deliciously – the cake design will come afterwards.
  • When creating the wedding flower arrangements and bouquets for your wedding, focus on the location. This will bring a long list of benefits with it: from the fact that your wedding will look great in the environment, to the fact that local and seasonal flowers are actually less expensive than imported options. Talk to your wedding florist about a particular style, rather than a particular type of flower.
  • Double-check your wedding invitation texts before they go to press. Once they go to press, it will be a lot more expensive to make any kind of alterations to the text (so if your mother-in-law’s name is misspelled, you will actually have to start the entire process all over again). Also, don’t forget to order your Thank You notes when you order your wedding invitations too – it just makes it easier for everyone this way.
  • Last, but not least, remember that you don’t have to start the wedding planning on the first day of your engagement. Take a couple of weeks to enjoy yourselves, to celebrate with your friends, to dream up your wedding day – and then come back to Earth to discuss budgets, spreadsheets, and venue options.

 

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Make Your Out of Town Guests Feel Truly Welcome!

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Inviting out of town guests at your wedding is not something you can actually avoid – especially if you don’t plan on having your wedding in your (or your future spouse’s) hometown. Keep in mind, though: out of town guests will most probably need a special kind of treatment and you should do everything in your power to make their trip feel truly memorable.

How to do that? Here are some tips to make your out of town guests feel truly welcome:

  • Make sure they have accommodation options. You could book an entire hotel for your guests if you have that many people coming from out of town. Or, if this works better for your situation, you could just provide out of town guests with a list of options they can check out when searching for accommodation (it will still make everything easier for them!).
  • Guide them through the town. Send your out of town guests a “survival kit” for your wedding location. It should include a map of the place, GPS coordinates for the most important locations, taxi phone numbers, pictures with the landmarks, as well as actual written instructions on how to get to/from the essential spots (hotel, wedding venue, etc.). Don’t forget to include an extra-list with touristic attractions too!
  • Offer welcome baskets. You don’t have to spend a fortune on these: homemade products, local goodies, a bottle of nice wine, personalized cosmetic and care products – these are just some of the elements you could include in your welcome baskets.

 

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Do You Know the Social Norms of Modern Weddings?

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Although they may seem to be fixed rules, the truth is that social norms evolve. Times change, and so do society and the unwritten laws that govern them. Of course, wedding social norms change with the times as well – but what are some of the most modern ones out there? What are the social norms of modern weddings?

We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Providing transportation for the guests. With more and more weddings happening outside of the couple’s hometowns, the idea that guests have to be transported to and from the hotel has grown to be quite popular. After all, these people have come a long way to celebrate your love story – and they do deserve to be treated royally.
  • Sharing the news on the social media. Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat – social media has grown to be an integral part of our lives. Therefore, it was only a matter of time until new social norms emerged out of the cyberspace as well. Our advice is to only share your engagement news on the social media once all of your close friends and relatives have been personally announced. Otherwise, they might get offended by the gesture…
  • Accommodating as many dietary options as possible. You might not be able to have a menu for every type of dietary restriction out there – but in general, it is a very good idea to have something vegetarian, something gluten-free, and something lactose-free. Also, pay attention to the most common food allergens as well – the last thing you want are guests who cannot touch your wedding food due to their allergies.

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