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Wedding Day Snafus Your Vendors Aren’t Responsible For

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You want your wedding day to be perfect, and an essential part of making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible is hiring the right vendors. Not only will they be able to perform the job to your high standards, but they’ve also seen just about everything; meaning if something goes wrong, chances are they’ve already dealt with a similar situation in the past and already have ways of fixing the situation.

However, there are some things that your vendors simply have no control over, and if any of the situations below pop up at your wedding, don’t hold the vendors accountable. They’re only human too, you know.

1.) Bad weather. Bad weather happens, and if you don’t have an indoor location, you’re pretty much putting yourself at risk for whatever Mother Nature might have in store. If it rains on your wedding day and you don’t feel like getting a bunch of umbrella photos with your bridesmaids, don’t blame the photographer for a lack of photos. Trust us, they’ll try to make up for it later by dragging you off the dance floor the second the clouds break, but if you wanted a picture with the landscape and it’s been pouring rain for the last three days, you can’t blame them.

2.) The bugs. Besides the venue (they should give you fair warning if they have an abundance of bugs in the summertime), your other vendors can’t be held accountable for the creepy crawlers. Sure, your bakery probably knows a trick or two to keep the ants and flies away from that gorgeous cake of yours, but that’s about as far as they can go.

3.) The guests. Your vendors have no control over the people you invite. It’s the DJ’s job to get people riled up and dancing and it’s the bartender’s job to serve the alcohol (so long as your guests can provide adequate proof that they are legal to drink). If your guests get too drunk or too loud and crazy, it’s neither the DJ nor the bartender’s fault. You probably already know the patrons that tend to overdrink, so assign a member of the wedding party to keep an eye on them.

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4.) The timeframe. If your DJ needs an hour to set up before the show, don’t expect them to be able to do it in 30 minutes. The photographer might need two hours to get in all the photos on your list, if your hair and makeup crew runs late, don’t expect your photographer to be able to snap all the photos you requested in 20 minutes.

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Alternatives to Rice Throwing at the End of Your Wedding

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It’s tradition; at the end of the wedding the bride and groom make their grand exit while guests shower them with…something. It used to be rice, but with the awareness of how unhealthy it is to birds (we know they don’t die, but it’s still not good for them), people have been exploring their options of what else they might want to throw at the end of their wedding. Of course we aren’t ones for making you do countless hours of research, so once again we’ve made a handy-dandy little list for you:

1.) Bubbles! Yes, some may consider it a worn out trend, but we feel it’s here to stay. And why? Because of all the pros: bubbles don’t stain clothes, you will have nothing to pull out of your hair, there’s nothing to clean up, it’s not bad for animals or the environment and it’s just plain fun. Everyone loves blowing bubbles…everyone. Show me someone that hates bubbles and I’l show you either an alien or a robot.

2.) Flowers. It’s also not uncommon for people to toss flower petals. And why wouldn’t you?! They’re beautiful, smell amazing and are easy to pick out of your hair and clothing (very unlike rice). Plus, they are large enough that they show up well in photos. Just imagine how beautiful of a scene it would be as you and your new spouse are running through a tunnel of cascading rose petals. Yeah, we thought so too.

3.) Sparklers! Sparklers are also a growing trend as of late, for the exact same reasons as bubbles. For the most part, the clean-up is a minimum and everyone likes sparklers. You could have the worst day ever and as soon as someone puts a sparkler in your hand all you can think about is the best way to write your name in the air before the flame goes out. Just look at this list as an example; the words “Bubbles” and Sparklers” are the only two points followed by an exclamation point instead of a period. It’s not a coincidence, folks.

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4.) Bird or grass seed. If you really want to through something as similar to rice as possible, consider one of these two options. It’ll be almost exactly the same as rice, but it’s good for the animals and environment so you won’t have to clean it up afterward.

5.) Nothing – hold something instead. Having your guests hold something over your head to create a tunnel is just as good as throwing something or waving it around. Umbrellas, for example, make an absolutely adorable way to send off guests. Plus, guests can also be taking pictures with them all night long!

 

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How to Ask for Help when Planning Your Wedding

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It might seem like an odd problem to have while planning your wedding, but it happens to more couples than you think. Even with the most helpful fiancé of all time, sometimes you just need an extra set of hands. Think about all the long distance couples out there; he might not be able to come to the cake tasting, and if you need a second opinion and your family all live far away, your left with your friends. Some people don’t want to be a burden, so it can be very tough to ask. However, a wedding is an incredibly stressful event to plan on your own, so we’ve gathered a few ways to get a little help here and there when you need it most.

1.) Throw a wedding planning party. It’s a party, so it has to be fun: key word being “fun”. Don’t make people show up with pads and pencils and sit quietly in a circle, that’s no fun at all. Have drinks and snacks readily available, and let them know any idea is open for discussion. If you start shutting people down immediately no one will want to help.

You can assign categories to make it interesting (your mom is in charge of coming up with a floral scheme while your girlfriends are in charge of coming up with drink specials) or you can just plan on everyone bringing their top  general ideas to the table. Either way, keep the drinks and snacks abundant and you should be able to have a great brainstorming session.

2.) Play up to their expertise. Everyone likes to be called an expert, so when you tell your friend what amazing fashion sense she has and then mention how difficult it’s been to find a bridesmaid dress, she’ll gladly offer her help. That’s the beauty of this; you really don’t even have to ask. All you have to do is give a compliment then wait to say ‘yes’ when they offer their assistance.

3.) Just call someone and ask. At some point, you have to be a big girl and just ask for help. Call your friend on the phone and ask if she’ll come meet the florist with you later that week. If you’re mature enough to be getting married you’re mature enough to pick up the phone and ask your friend for a quick favor.

4.) Don’t forget the strangers. That woman at the bridal shop might know more about weddings than you ever imagined, so it might be a wise move to ask her opinion on matters other than the dress. She might be full of useful information that you would otherwise be missing out on.

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5.) Get help where you can. Need an extra set of hands but have literally no one to help out? Get creative. If you’re a kindergarten teacher, bring one of your wedding to-do’s to class as a project. It will save you a lesson plan and keep your kids busy. Have them fold origami swans instead of paper airplanes. It might not be the best route to take but at least you’re getting the work done and our kids are learning what swans are.

 

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Ways to Make a Grand Exit

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Yes, the exit. We think about all the other aspects of the wedding: the cake, the food, the music, the flowers, and completely forget about the end of the night! Your exit is the very last thing your guests will remember. I don’t know how many weddings I’ve been to where I’ve drank and danced the night away, and honestly the last thing I remember is watching the bride load paper plates of half-eaten cake into a black garbage bag. Not the best mental picture to be ending your night on.

So plan a grand exit instead. Either budget to have the venue do the cleaning up, or assign the duty to your close family or wedding party. This is your night and you should be heading out the door in one of the following scenarios, not on your way to the garbage out back in the alley.

1.) On a bike. Grab your grandma’s old vintage bicycle, tie a few cans to the back and add a front basket with a “Just Married” sign. Have your hubby do the grunt work while you ride on the handlebars. This kind of getaway is perfect for a little ceremony or when the bride is wearing a short dress (don’t want it to get caught in the tires). Or have bikes for both of you, and have the photographer take a few pictures of the two of you walking off into the sunset together.

2.) In a horse drawn carriage. People say horse-drawn carriages are overrated. They say the horse stinks, it’s loud, it’s not a smooth ride; please, let the naysayers be naysayers! We love the idea of a horse-drawn carriage! And take it from me, a girl born and raised on a horse ranch in western Montana, the naysayers got it all wrong. It’s still incredibly romantic. People may complain all they want, but they sure as hell will remember (and talk about) your amazing exit for years to come.

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3.) In a boat. Personally, I’m particular to the idea of hoping on a jet ski in a little white bathing suit and twisting the throttle until you’re headed toward that sunset at a respectable 65 miles per hour. However, if you’re looking for something just a bit slower paced, stepping into a gondola, a sailboat or even a rowboat can be super romantic. Just make sure you know what you’re doing; that rowboat is a lot tipsier than people want to believe.

4.) In a balloon. Rent a hot air balloon. It’s not that expensive (maybe a few hundred dollars, depending on the company), and it’s incredibly memorable. You’ll be able to glide across the countryside with your new spouse. What’s a better way to make an exit than that?

 

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Wedding Lingerie Tips

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Your wedding dress is a huge part of your big day. So much so, that it’s the first thing many brides run out to purchase as soon as they’re engaged. They call their parents, friends and family to announce their engagement, then they hang up the phone and start looking at dress magazines. No worries, this is completely normal.

Of course there happens to be one aspect of wedding dress shopping that many brides tend to shove to the side until the last minute, and that would be what they are planning on wearing under the wedding dress. So if you’ve just purchased your wedding dress, here are a few tips to making sure your wedding lingerie is just as perfect as the rest of your day:

1.) Make sure the style goes with your dress. Just as there are countless styles of wedding dresses, there are also countless styles of wedding lingerie, and you want to make sure the two match. If your dress is strapless your lingerie should be strapless, if your dress is fitted, your lingerie should be smooth and seamless, and if your dress has any sheer aspects to it, your lingerie needs to be appropriately placed where any words or embellishments won’t be showing up for all to see.

2.) Make sure your lingerie is comfortable. There’s nothing like a 12-hour day of awkwardly tugging at your underthings. You’re going to be walking around greeting guests, dancing, eating and among other things, getting married. The last thing you want is to be distracted by uncomfortable tugging, rubbing or pinching. So after you buy your dress and your lingerie, wear it around the house for a full day. This should give you an idea of what your wedding day will feel like. Plus, this will give you plenty of time to take it to a tailor so they can have a chance to fix any uncomfortable areas.

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3.) Make sure it fits your personality. This may seem like a silly point to include, but it’s important. Just as with any article of clothing, your lingerie says something about who you are. If your fiancé loves you for your sense of humor, a cheeky (haha “cheeky”…get it?) or clever phrase written across your undies might be just the fit. If you’re more of a bling girl, take a look at an embellished set. Either way, make sure your lingerie is just as much of a reflection of your personality as your wedding dress.

4.) Make sure it’s sexy. We could’ve skipped over this point entirely, but let’s be honest: lingerie has one very, very specific purpose. Sure it’s important that it creates the perfect shape underneath your dress, but that’s not exactly why brides purchase wedding lingerie. They purchase wedding lingerie because they want it to be seen and then removed in the frenzy that can only occur after someone has gotten married. And with the countless cut and fabric options, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to find the set that makes you feel that the amazing woman you already are.

 

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