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What are they talking about? Wedding Terminology

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When you are planning your wedding, you search the Internet, you look through tons of magazines, and you talk to a lot of people. That is the fun part! But then the vendors start to use terms that are unfamiliar to you. Do not be intimidated if you are not familiar with wedding terminology...after all, this is your first time planning a wedding! Wedding vendors use these terms daily so the words just flow out of their mouth. Review the terms below and if you still have questions, contact us!

Let's learn some of those terms... Venue: the type of facility (hotel, country club, convention center, etc) Vendors: wedding suppliers (planner, photographer, baker, etc.)
Gratuities: tips
Wedding Party: everyone that is in the wedding (Bridesmaids/Groomsmen, Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, etc.)
Maid of Honor: not married
Matron of Honor: married
Formal wedding: wedding that is conducted with the highest form of social correctness and formality. (Bride attired in long gown and veil; Groom and ushers in …

Budget? What Budget??

The Budget...we hate it, but we have to set one. I am a firm believer in staying within your wedding budget as closely as possible...after all, you do have to live after the wedding, right?

So, how do you determine your budget?
Budgeting is by far the first thing that you determine after saying 'I Do'.  Figure out how much money is available now--how much money have you saved for your wedding? How much money was gifted for your wedding? Check your wedding fund!

No money saved? No wedding fund?
Then think about this: Do you and your fiance' need to start saving? {Tip: open up a wedding savings account} How much money can you afford to save? Will either (or both) of your parents contribute? How much are they willing to contribute? Who else will contribute to your wedding? Do you need a $50,000 wedding or will a $10,000 wedding suffice? Determine the amount that you would like to stay at (or below) and stick with it!

Determine your 'must haves' and cut costs in other ar…

Vendor Priority

Let's talk about vendors and their booking order...
Wedding vendors are the professionals that you hire for your wedding ceremony and reception. Sometimes these vendors will also help you with pre-wedding events (engagement parties, engagement photos, bridal shower caterer, etc). They are your reference guides, your sounding boards, and are there to look out for your best interests. What that said, let's get started!

Priority #1:

Planner. Research, interview, and hire your wedding planner

Officiant. This is the person who will officiate your ceremony. Contact this person now to make sure that they are available and willing (especially if it is a Pastor, Reverend, Bishop, Priest..due to Church obligations).

Photographer. Great photographers are hard to find and even harder to book! If you have a specific photographer in mind, call them now. Don't forget to review their portfolio to ensure that their photographic style matches yours.You may also check out their videographer work…

Wedding Tips

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Planning a wedding is an exciting, stressful, and incredible task all rolled up into one! By now, you have been asked the BEST question of your life-WILL YOU MARRY ME?! You have said 'YES' and you are now getting ready to start planning the greatest celebration of your life!!! Below you will find a couple of helpful wedding tips to ease some (not all) of your wedding planning stress.

1. Hire a Professional Wedding Planner-Wedding Planners are accustomed to the hustle and bustle of planning weddings. They are familiar with budgets, timelines, vendors, negotiations, contracts, and most importantly..the details. Hiring a Wedding Planner is an investment! A Wedding Planner is a part of your budget, not an added-on expense. Wedding Planners work WITH the clients. They do NOT take over. They take your vision and make it a reality. You may be thinking, 'my mom (or sister or BFF) will be my wedding planner..for free, why pay someone?' Wedding Planners are professionals who ar…