Wedding Vendors List

 

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Ah…the wedding vendors list… So you’ve booked your ceremony site, the venue, ordered your dress, picked out your colors. What’s next?  Choose your florist, then get your DJ, photographer, and photo-booth.  But everything does not have to be done yesterday.

I had a quick conversation with some friends of one of my kids this summer.  The couple got engaged in June, 2014, with a wedding date of August 2015.  In one week, they had booked the venue, DJ, and photographer – all companies acquired from a wedding expo.  None included personal references.  Yes it is important to get vendors scheduled as soon as possible, but not at the expense of quality.  I’m not knocking wedding expos.  If one has the tenacity, and strength, much info can be gathered.  All may be fine with this couple’s choices, but the unknown is still present.  Nothing beats personal references.

 

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Another cautionary tale regarding photos, especially from the photographer and photo booth.  The images the photographer takes of you and your guests belong to him/her.  If you don’t want them to be their property, that needs to be negotiated in your contract.  At least try to acquire some sort of approval over what is published.  Once again, read the fine print.

 

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And when you get around to the florist…review that contract carefully as well.  Make sure the EXACT type of flowers you desire are notated.  Double check that the correct number of corsages and boutonnieres are ordered, as well are the proper color.  Ask that each flower grouping is tagged with the recipient’s name.  We did not ask for this service with Maggie’s wedding, and not only was I not present when the flowers arrived and were dispensed, I had forgotten what was ordered for whom!  It may seem like a little thing…but it will make your wedding day flow more smoothly.

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Wedding Contract…

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You just got engaged!  There are few things in life that make one as giddy as that golden period just following your engagement.  And yes…you do need to get the ball rolling.  Book the church, venue, look at dresses.  But don’t let your excitement carry you away.

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When you decide on your venue, read all the fine print before you sign the wedding contract.  Yes, I know, it’s pages and pages of gobbley goop.  But even if you’re not an attorney, you just may catch something that makes you uncomfortable.  And believe it or not, most companies are ok with your crossing out offensive language, (and I’m not taking swear words here —)  :-), and making amendments.  When I signed KK’s contract, the wedding planner said I was one of only about 2 % who read it entirely.  Consider asking for the contract in advance of your meeting – sometimes they are available on line on the company’s website.  Then you can read it through at your leisure  You may be surprised by “hidden” items.  For example, if we didn’t choose one of their “preferred” bakers for the wedding cake, we had an up-charge of $3.00 per slice!  Took care of THAT quickly…

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Also be mindful of any language that addresses photos/media.  KK’s contract gave the company control of any photos taken by staff at her reception. They then had authority to post the pictures on THEIR Facebook page, UNLESS noted otherwise. We noted otherwise.  Always better to have control than not.

When making that initial deposit, it’s not a bad idea to use a credit card.  Then if something goes awry, you have your bank backing you up.  I am a big fan of American Express.  I have never make a dispute against a vender where they did not find in my favor.

Remember, the vendors work for you.  You are the boss.  Their job is to please you…without being a Bridezilla.  Sometimes…it’s a fine line.  🙂

Next time…photography, wedding dress, floral contracts.

 

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Wedding Hairstyles

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chignon – Above photo – Love the two-tone color look!

How will you wear your hair for your wedding?  Best advice… pick out a wedding hair style in advance, and be realistic – yes it may be beautiful in a picture, but is your hair long and thick enough?  More food for thought…if you usually wear your hear down, are you sure you want an undo?  Just as you do not want your makeup to deviate too much for your everyday look, you don’t want your hair to either.    Next, make your appointment early so you can book your favorite stylist.  When your veil comes in, make a “Dry-Run appointment”.  Take your mother or maid of honor with you in case she is required on the big day to attach your veil/headpiece.  Maybe take a video on your phone on to remember how your stylist attaches it.  Be certain to protect your fragile veil with plenty of protective wrap.  And don’t forget that if may also need a steam, as well as your dress, before your wedding day.  It’s not really something you want to “iron” at the last minute!

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Will you wear flowers or some sort of other adornment for the reception?  I kept my veil on during our entire reception.  What a pain.  I highly recommend removing it.  But I also think an embellishment of some sort is flattering.   If you choose to wear flowers, silk holds up better than fresh.

I am happy to announce…KK will very probably be wearing my headpiece!  It goes beautifully with her dress and veil..fingers crossed!

 

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I really like how this veil is attached under the bride’s undo.  Only thing to consider, she really can’t incorporate a “blusher”, (the veil covering a bride’s face), with this look.  But maybe that is not important to this bride.  Without a veil covering her hair, one surely has the ability to admire her beautiful hair.

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Wedding Social Media Tips

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So…You think you have your wedding covered, as best you can, on social media?  You’ve posted your preferred “hashtag” # for instagram and twitter.  You may have even made a cute to sign to ask all guests to turn off their cell phones.  I suggest one step further…Print out an short – (you really want your guests to read it), blurb on social media wedding etiquette.  It could be placed on the table where your guests pick up their place cards and get their table assignments.  Make it cute, and slightly humorous, if possible – don’t want to offend anyone.

Below is an except on a “Social Media Wedding Tips/Survey” from David’s Bridal.  Some thought provoking ideas to incorporate into your “social media manual” if you choose to use one.

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“According to David’s Bridal survey, 44% of brides believe digital rules are important in setting the tone for their guests. Only 14% of brides are taking cues from some celebs and are asking that there be absolutely NO social media posting.

Here are some other findings from the survey.

Don’t Spoil the Surprise: 62% of brides believe the bridesmaids should not post any photos of the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony. And I personally agree with this one. If the groom can’t see the bride before the ceremony, why should anyone else.

Wait Your Turn:  58% of brides believe the bride and groom should be the first to post a photo from the wedding.

Viral Video Stars: 32% of brides are saying “I don’t” to any video content on YouTube from my wedding, which means no chance of a viral video.

#BestWeddingEver: 26% of brides want you to use their specially-created hashtag should you post anything about the wedding.Have you thought of a hashtag for your wedding yet?

Sharing is Caring: Only 22% think the bride and groom should be the only ones to post photos from the wedding.

And check this out. A majority (56%) of brides will update their profile with their new name within a day of the wedding, and 10% will actually do it as the wedding is happening! I know I am guilty of stalking a bride’s page to see when the name change takes place.”  http://kaicongroup.com/2014/05/21/social-media-wedding-etiquette/

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