Let Them Eat Cake or Pie or?

At one time choosing a wedding cake was easy.  You figured many quests were expected, you went to your neighborhood baker, you picked white or chocolate layer (s) and gave the baker the address for delivery and a deposit.  Done. Today’s couples are busily going to cake tastings, bringing swatches of material to determine the […]

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Invitations for the Frugal Bride

You are planning a beautiful wedding on a budget that you definitely plan to stick to.  You are looking for areas where you can save money but have heard expensive stories about all the things you’ll need to print.  As with all areas of your wedding there are varying prices depending on how much you […]

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The Language of Flowers

Flowers have been a part of wedding celebrations for as long as we have recorded history.  Early Greek and Roman brides wore garlands of fresh herbs or ivy in their hair as a talisman against evil spirits.  They also symbolized fertility and wishes for good fortune to shine on the new couple. No one is […]

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Friends and Attendants at your Wedding

Selecting your attendants for your wedding can be an easy choice for some but for others, an agony of indecision.  If you are planning a small intimate wedding with only the sister of the bride and the brother of the groom in attendance, it couldn’t be simpler. If however, your dream is to have all […]

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Wedding Guest Replies

When selecting items for one’s paper trousseau, very few brides neglect to order reply cards and envelopes.  These have become “essentials” when attempting to calculate the number of guests to expect at the reception. However, having sent them out with the invitation package, know that there will always be a number of guests who never […]

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The Best Gift

Thanking those special people in your life who have stood up with you – parents, family and your wedding party attendants – deserve a special thanks for being an important part of your special day. Knowing that you and your fiance are not the only ones who will look fabulous that day, makes this gift […]

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Giving Wedding Gifts

With wedding season in full swing, we frequently hear questions about gift giving.  Guests at multiple weddings in a year want to know answers to their questions:  How much should one spend and how should one give it? Most experts agree on a couple of things: The closer the guest is to the bride or […]

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What if the Wedding is Cancelled?

No one wants to ever talk about the possibility of a wedding being canceled, but for a variety of reasons it can – and does – happen.  There are guidelines we can share with brides to handle this difficult time in as pleasant and civil manner as possible.  Everyone involved finds planning a joyful occasion […]

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Marriage: The Legalities to Remember

As lovely and personal and exciting this wedding is going to be, the wise couple remembers that it much more.  Your very personal and beautifully planned event is also a civil event in which a new legal entity is created.  There are a number of factors to consider once the bride and the groom are […]

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Wedding Showers

Bridal showers have a long tradition.  They are parties with a purpose!  They are given to help the couple outfit their new home or assemble a trousseau.  It is a vestige of the age-old dowry, or wealth which a woman brought to her marriage.  It is generally given by women who are good friends of […]

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What Makes a Wedding Semi Formal? Informal?

These are the traditional guidelines for a semiformal wedding.  As with the term formal, knowing the guidelines helps to influence all other planning decisions.  But know also, that many brides combine these guidelines and some use the “menu” approach and take one from column A and one from column B.  Today’s couples are truly more […]

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What Makes a Wedding Formal?

One of the questions our consultants are frequently asked is “what does it mean that the wedding is formal or not?”  The easy answer is “whatever you want it to mean”.  But that isn’t the answer most brides want.  What follows are the criteria that have long been used to shape and define various weddings […]

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Prepare Your Itinerary

It’s hard to believe but it’s finally here!  Your wedding day.   You’ve been knee deep in plans for what seems like months, but you’ve done it right.  You’ve kept flawless notes on all decisions you’ve made.  You’ve checked and double checked vendors, your guest count is in and all systems are go.  The one final […]

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Wedding Gown Questions

The bridal gown is the most important piece of clothing most women will ever purchase.  For some, the task becomes all consuming and can go on for weeks.  Other bride-to-be go to one store whose reputation they know, try on a few different looks and settle on THE DRESS in one visit.  Whatever your shopping […]

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Guys Night Out

We are learning about some alternative ideas for the bachelor party thrown for the groom. There are stereotyped groom’s parties that we see on TV and in films, but there are alternatives that can be fun for the groom and his friends without the specter of having to claim “What happens in Vegas, stays in […]

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The Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

The sense of relief and relaxation at the rehearsal dinner helps to make it special.  You’ve been to the church or ceremony venue.  You’ve been “on stage” and all the actors know where they are to stand and what they are to do and when they are to do it.  Your costumes are ready.  You […]

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Consider a Brunch Wedding

If you have a dream venue for your wedding in mind but find out that it is already booked for your choice of wedding date, consider making a time adjustment and rather than a sit down dinner at 7 PM ask about availability of brunch at 11 AM. A brunch wedding is perfect for the […]

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An Unforgettable Date

Here’s an idea that guarantees that no one will ever forget your anniversary.  Plan your wedding for New Year’s Eve!  Think about it!  There are plenty of pluses to consider.  Everyone you know is in the mood for a party – it is almost impossible to get through the holidays without someone or several some […]

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Wedding Cake Ordering Tips That Save Money

At one time choosing a wedding cake was easy. You figured how many guests were expected, you went to your neighborhood baker, you picked white or chocolate layer (s) and gave the baker the address for delivery and a deposit. Done. Today’s couples are busy going to cake tastings, bringing swatches of material to determine […]

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Alternatives to Flower Bouquets

Perhaps you have decided that a bouquet of fresh flowers is not your choice to carry in the processional. Not to worry – there are many alternatives to flower bouquets. If you or your groom has flower triggered allergies, consider silk/artificial floral arrangements. They can be just as lovely as real flowers and won’t leave […]

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What Your Wedding Flowers Say

Flowers have been a part of wedding celebrations for as long as we have recorded history. Early Greek and Roman brides wore garlands of fresh herbs or ivy in their hair as a talisman against evil spirits. They also symbolized fertility and wishes for good fortune to shine on the new couple. No one is […]

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Fantastic Invitations on a Budget

  You are planning a beautiful wedding on a budget that you definitely plan to stick to. You are looking for areas where you can save money but have heard expensive stories about all the things you’ll need to print. As with all areas of your wedding there are varying prices depending on how much […]

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Wedding Day Photography

Most brides consider their wedding photos to be among their most treasured possessions. Long after the big day is over, the photographs taken that day are looked at over and over again. They are a formal record of a momentous day that joined two families and created a new branch. Quite apart from what those […]

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Tips For Enjoying Your Wedding Day

As you become totally immersed in the plans for your wedding take some time to think about what really matters on your big day. Try to maintain some perspective on the upcoming event. Here’s what some brides have said after it was all over. Above all make sure to enjoy your wedding day. I wish I […]

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Ways to Manage Your Wedding Budget

You do have a budget established don’t you? If not – stop right now and seriously work on it. Establishing a budget and sticking to it will help you organize, produce and deliver a wedding that is beautiful and yours. On the offside chance that you’ve gone over that budget in some area (s) here are some […]

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Wedding Gown Shopping Tips

Shopping for your wedding gown can be either a wonder filled experience or it can be a dreaded encounter. Your mind set before you begin will make all the difference. Here are some tips from experts that will help make your shopping for THE DRESS easier and satisfying. Know your wedding budget and how much […]

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Prenuptial Agreement

This topic is a hard one for some couples to talk about. It certainly isn’t “romantic” by any means. You don’t need one since you aren’t marrying a millionaire. But here’s the truth: Every marriage license is a contract.  In this contract individuals gain certain rights and obligations, but the individuals’ rights and obligations to […]

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A Break with Tradition

As one wedding planner had said, “traditions are simply good ideas that got repeated.” They are not laws. And that’s a good thing. If nothing ever changed, there would be a lot of grooms who would not get to lay eyes on their brides until after the vows were exchanged, brides who would be stolen […]

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Perfect – Yes, Flawless – Unlikely

Of course you want your wedding and reception to be perfect. You will invest lots of time and effort and money to make that happen. Perfect means that all your planning pays off and your wedding day is a lovely event that you and your finance will remember for years to come. It was a […]

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Tips for Brides: Paperwork

It is true – getting married requires a lot of paperwork. Part of dealing with it easily means being organized and collecting as many forms as you can well in advance of the wedding itself. Remember that women who plan to take the groom’s surname will have more records to change than women who plan […]

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