3 Things To Avoid On Your Wedding Invitations

Sending out the save the dates is a big step in your wedding planning. But nothing can ruin all the hard work like a mistake on the card. With all the to-do you will have on your plate, the wedding invitations are not the place to cut corners. Before sending out your wedding invitations, double check you haven’t made these mistakes.

1. Spell Check!

Quadruple check your spelling. It only takes one wrong letter to send your guest to the wrong address or one wrong number to have guests showing up at the wrong time. If you’ve been staring at the invitation too long, have a fresh pair of eyes take a look to catch any misspellings.

2. Stick On Address Labels

Although it may save you time, a stick on label for the address on the invitation might feel too impersonal. Take the extra step to handwrite your guest’s addresses on the envelope. If you don’t have the steadiest hands, hire a professional or recruit a friend to help!

3. Avoid Cluttered Information

Unless it is pertinent to the invitation, don’t include information your guests don’t need. For example: gift registries or alcohol service. Such information is implied and your guest will know what to expect, or they’ll ask for additional information if they need it.

Don’t let the stress get the best of you. Be sure to check your invitations before they go out to make sure your guests get the perfect invitation to your big day!

4 Ways To Save On Your Wedding

Planning your wedding is an exciting time, and it can be tempting to throw caution to the wind so that you can have your big day! That being said, keeping your wedding on budget can be difficult. As the planning begins, the costs will add up, but these simple tips will keep you from breaking your bank on your big celebration.

1. Location

Finding the right venue at the right price will help you keep your costs down. A full service venue can eat up a lot (even most) of your budget. If you’re going for a rustic theme, try finding a wedding venue you can rent at a small cost, such as a park, camp site, or garden location. You may only need to purchase a permit or pay a small fee to the city or county.

2. Guest List

Another way to keep the costs down is keeping the guest list down. If you’re having trouble making the list short, it maybe a good time to sit down and decide which friends and family you must have at your big day and which will have to be cut. The more guests you have means the more you’ll have to pay per person on food and seating. (Sorry, Aunt Muriel, but your best friend’s husband’s brother does not “have” to be there).

3. Don’t over-do the DIY Projects

For starters, wedding professionals are professionals for a reason — and that’s because they know exactly what they’re doing. DIY wedding projects often cost more than their pre-made counterparts, PLUS if the project goes awry, you’ll be spending the double the money to hire or purchase whatever it was you were trying to do in the first place. Keep this in mind while building those pinterest dream boards!

4. Borrowing

Asking to borrow or rent some of the things you need is a great way to save money. From linens to decor, and even the bridal gown, finding pieces you can borrow will help you keep your budget low. For example, if you’re having a backyard wedding, borrowing chairs to use at your tables instead of renting is a great way to save. Many brides offer things like decor, table numbers, and accent pieces for little to no cost.

Finding ways to cut your budget doesn’t mean you can’t have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of. These simple tips will help guide you in the right direction to keep your budget down and give your the best wedding you’ve always dreamed of. After all, love is eternal and your memories should be too!

5 Tips To Choosing Your Wedding Cake Baker

A wedding cake can be a beautiful focal point. Whether you go big or keep it small, your cake should reflect who you and your groom are together. Finding your wedding cake baker doesn’t have to be hard, and the tasting can be one of the better experiences of wedding planning! These tips will help you get creative and find the best baker for your cake.

1. Troll your baker’s website

Be sure to do your research. Find a few bakers in your area or near your venue before choosing one. Go through their portfolio to make sure their baking style fits the look your want your cake to be- but do *not* skimp on the tasting! Trust us.

2. Matching Your Cake To Your Wedding or To You and Your Soon-to-be Spouse?

Everyone is different, so you both may love super heroes, but if an Avengers cake doesn’t match your winter wonderland theme, you may not be happy with the final product. On the other hand, you may want the cake to reflect your personalities, and let the theme fly out the window. At any rate, a good baker should be able to take your ideas, and turn them into a beautiful and classy cake that fits into your theme!

3. Structure

Decide what tyoe of cake you’d like. Traditionally square or round and tiered? Oblong? Cupcakes and Rice Krispie Treats in the shape of a cake? This may be your chance to get creative, but work with your baker to make sure it’s still chic and delicate (or whatever look you’re going for!). Be sure to confirm with your baker about their cake building comfort levels (they’re all different, and that’s okay!). You don’t want to ask for an Eiffel Tower and get the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

4. Decor

The decor will be very important to tying your cake to your wedding theme. From the icing to the toppings, you’ll want to draw focal points around your cake. (PRO TIP: ask your lighting designer if they have the ability to display soft lighting that makes sure your cake is a prominent piece of decoration!) Play around with different ideas, such as topping your cake with flowers or fruit.

5. Taste, Taste, Taste

Your cake may look good on the outside, but don’t forget about the inside. The fun part about deciding what your cake will be filled with is tasting all of the delicious flavors. Get creative with mixing and matching your flavors, accept suggestions from the baker, and most of all — have fun! This is one of the best parts of wedding planning; getting to unwind with your future spouse and fill up on sweets!

Whether your cake is a huge work of art or an intimate masterpiece, you’ll have a great time exploring the different choices your baker has to offer. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your design, but keep in mind that less is often more! In the end, all that matters is that you two love it.

The Pros & Cons of a Choreographed First Dance

YouTube has made the world of social gatherings much more interesting!

From choreographed first dances to surprise flash mobs, you might be feeling some pressure to “entertain” on your wedding day, but here’s a quick list of some pros & cons of hitting the dance studio to learn some sweet new moves for your big day!

If being the center of attention is not your strong point, or you’re nervous about your two left feet, a choreographed first dance may help take some of the pressure off. After all, you should be focused on your new spouse, not on worry! Which leads us to….

It’s one more thing to remember. If for any reason, you forget the choreography, then you may feel nervous or frazzled, meaning your focus is elsewhere besides spending a loving moment with your new partner.

Taking dance lessons before the ceremony can be such a fun way for you and your future hubby/wifey to bond! You can even make it a ritual — dance class date night, where afterward you enjoy a glass of wine at home, and practice some of the new things you learned that day!

Nearly every wedding has a budget, and you may decide you’d rather put that money elsewhere, which is fine too! It can get quite pricey.

*FUN!* So many people who choreograph dances with their spouse say they had nothing but a blast doing so. If your wedding vibe is more laid back, then a fun musical number could definitely be the way to go!

So, let’s hear it! Are you planning to choreograph a fun or fancy number for your first dance as a married couple, or will you be kicking it old school? Let us know in the comments below!

4 Ways To Get Your Groom Involved With The Wedding Planning

Wedding planning is often stereotyped into only being planned by the bride, but as modern brides we want our groom to take part and be more involved!. These simple tips can get your groom EXCITED about wedding planning! Yes!

1. Beginning Plans

When it’s time to start the planning process, sit down together and decide what you must have and what you can leave out of the wedding,. Then you can decide who will take care of what. If you both tackle planning from the beginning, it’s a great way to help you each define your roles in the planning process.

2. Be Open Minded

Don’t forget to ask your groom for his opinion. It can be easy to get caught up in the Bride mentality, but it’s his wedding day too! It’s easy for Brides to subconsciously take control, but don’t let it seem like his opinion doesn’t matter, or he may start backing away from the planning process.

3. Registry

Every time you go to Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, or Crate & Barrel, you are probably subconsciously adding things to your wedding registry. When the time comes to do it for real, bring your groom along! There may be some cool house gadgets he wants that will be an amazing addition to your new home. (PRO TIP: If your groom hates shopping in general, there are many stores that offer the ability to add and remove gifts from the registry on their website.)

4. Make It A Friendly Competition

If you are still having trouble getting him involved, make it a little competition. After all, who doesn’t love winning? Set little challenges for your beau that will make him feel productive and relinquish some control on your end.

Most of all, just find ways to make it work between the two of you. Discovering your likes and dislikes and working together will truly create a unique wedding that is the best of you both. If you have any questions, or if your beau doesn’t know where to start, send him our way! We can help guide him along and nail down exactly what he needs to get done.

3 Bachelor Party Ideas On A Budget

Congratulations! You’re engaged and now the celebrations can begin. You and your significant other will be celebrating your big day with your groomsmen and bridesmaids to kick-start the wedding fun. For the groom, a bachelor party is the last hoorah of single life before he enters the new chapter of life. If your groom is struggling to decide what to do for his bachelor party and still stay on a budget, these ideas will get the ball rolling.

1. Baseball Game
America’s past time is a great way to have a fun filled day with the guys, drinking beers and eating nachos and hot dogs. Opt for the great outdoors with a great baseball game, and still enjoy a good time without breaking the bank.

2. Video Arcade
Kick it old school and take your bachelor party back to the good ol’ days at a video arcade! Relive your childhood with classics like Pac-Man or Street Fighter. Can’t find an arcade with these nostalgic beauties? Opt for a night in playing Super Nintendo with the guys!

3. Barbecue
Bring the gang over for a backyard celebration. BBQ, beers, lawn games, and good times will be a great way to spend the day with your best buds. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, have everyone bring their favorite dish and turn it into a potluck! Guaranteed your buddies will have a great time relaxing.

Whether you want to go big or keep it small, a bachelor party doesn’t have to be costly celebration. No matter how you decide to celebrate, your groomsman are your closest friends, and they’ll find ways to make it fun and exciting.

6 Things Never To Ask Your Wedding Planner

Your wedding planner is your guiding friend during all your wedding events. From the beginning of your wedding to the end, they seem to make the impossible happen. There are limits to what they can do, however. These 6 things are your planner’s limits.

1) Dispute Settling
Arguments may arise during the planning of your wedding, but your wedding planner is not the person to ask to settle the score. That is a lot of pressure to put on them and they are honestly just there to help make your big day special.

2) Run Your Errands
Your wedding planner is not your personal assistant. There may be certain things you can ask him or her to do for you pertaining to your wedding, but check with them first. It will help you gain a better understanding of what their limits are, and you also won’t be surprised if there are any additional fees tacked on to your bill if you’ve given them an extra task that requires a fee without realizing it.

3) Take Care Of Sick Guests
You won’t be able to predict everything that happens at your wedding, including if someone gets sick. If needed your planner will take charge in ensuring your guests are safe and well, but be sure to let them know if any of your guest have food allergies or health conditions, so they can be prepared.

4) Wedding Party Demands
A wedding planner will make sure your things are taken care of during the wedding day festivities, however they can not worry about the wedding party. Ultimately the wedding planner is there to take care of the bride, not the entire wedding party.

5) Availability 24/7
Between your wedding (and probably a few others) there is a lot on your planner’s mind. Be courteous of their time. They will not be available at all hours of the night, so if something must be changed for your wedding, respect business hours.

6) Set Up Everything
Depending on the type of wedding planner you have hired, their services may not include everything and then some. Most have a limit, so if you will be needing this, or any other special kind of service, discuss it with your your potential planners to ensure you’re both on the same page.

A wedding planner can be extremely beneficial to any bride. They will be there to make sure the day runs smoothly, so that you have an amazing time. However, it’s important to remember that while your wedding planner isn’t a magical fairy that can do it all, they will do everything in their power to make sure your wedding is a total success!

Three Ways to Include Your Children in Your Wedding!

Creating those lasting memories at your wedding is one of the things every family looks forward to. From getting ready to walking down the aisle to the “just married” getaway car, you’ll be sharing those special moments with some of the most significant people in your life. For some, this will mean your children. These three tips will help you include them in the best ways possible on your big day.

1. Make them part of the bridal party.

Depending on their age, making them a part of the bridal party can really give them a special purpose and help them feel more involved in your upcoming nuptials. Including them in bridal activities like the bridal shower, bachelorette party (PG version of course), or other pre-wedding fun will help them feel grown up and enjoy your big day that much more. (Plus, many designers offer “junior” bridesmaids dresses so that they can match the rest of your party but in their own style!)

2. Walk Down The Aisle

Who says you have to stick to tradition? Make the moment extra meaningful by asking your sons and/or daughters to walk you down the aisle. They’ll feel extra special when you give them this responsibility, and it will symbolize not just the joining of two people, but the start of a new family.

3. Have Your Kids Give A Speech

Giving them a moment in the spot light can really re-enforce how much they mean to you and how happy you are to share this day with them. It is also a great way to get them to share their feelings on the big day, and show their excitement for the future!

No matter what happens, your kids will always be there to support and love you unconditionally. Creating a happily ever after for everyone on the big day can help them feel involved, excited, and best of all, loved.

How did you include your children on your wedding day? Let us know in the comments below!


Preparing For The Rain

You have your dream wedding all planned out, and everything is just perfect; the flowers, the dress, the venue… What we can’t plan for is the weather. Whether it’s your big day or not, mother nature will not hesitate to rain on your parade. How do you prepare for this situation? These tips will keep you ahead of the ever-changing weather and keep your outdoor wedding just as perfect as you’ve planned it to be.

Plan A,B,C…

Be sure to have a couple of back up plans in case the whether turns on you last minute. Contact your venue and ask if things need to be moved, how fast/easy will it be or what options they may have for you. ((PRO TIP: Make this one of the interview questions when you’re first searching for venues. “What are your contingency plans in case of bad weather?”)

Rent A Tent

Whether you’ll need it or not, having a back up for the weather *JUST IN CASE* is a great way to stay prepared. If you have an outdoor wedding planned, having a tent available and ready to be delivered can help keep stress levels down if the unthinkable happens!

Get Creative
Droplets in the forecast? Have a bin near the entrance of large umbrellas your guests can grab on the way in and keep with them at their seat. Or perhaps leave a compact umbrella on each seat so that guests may use if needed during the ceremony or reception. And DO NOT forget to prepare for winds, as well! The wind can make things extra chilly, and your guests (especially out-of-towners) may not be prepared for what your hometown weather has in store. Consider wicker baskets with small blankets at each table so that your guests may stay warm before it’s time to hit the dance floor!

These are just a few tips to keep your wedding running smoothly even if your local meteorologist promised sunshine. Staying prepared and keeping things in check will help you enjoy your day rather than stress about your guests.

3 Ways To Know You’ve Found Your Perfect Dress


Finding the perfect wedding dress is every girl’s dream. Getting to dress up in some of the most beautiful gowns on the market and sharing the magical moment with your closest loved ones is a pivotal part of the wedding planning process! However, with so many to choose from, and with the occasional pushy salespeople who work on commission per dress sold, it can get extremely overwhelming. These 3 tips might help you determine which dress is “the one.”

1. You’ve seen all your options
You may have a particular style in mind, like a trumpet skirt or a-line fit, but be sure to try dresses you wouldn’t have normally considered. You want to make sure you’ve tried on different types of dresses to ensure you’re weeding out the ones you won’t like.

2. It’s Comfortable
Unless you have an outfit change planned, you’ll be wearing your wedding dress all night, so you’ll want it to move with you comfortably all night long. Be sure it fits in the right places and is comfy during all your wedding traditions– so DON’T be afraid to speak up at your alterations appointment!

3. You’re making smart decisions
Just because your favorite celebrity wore the same dress, it doesn’t mean it’s the one for you. Be sure to choose a dress because it works for you and makes you feel like a million bucks. Don’t let others dictate your choice either. Just because mom doesn’t approve, doesn’t mean it’s the wrong choice for you. It it makes you feel great and you can just see yourself walking down the aisle to say your “I Do,” then it might be the only one for you!

Finding the perfect dress will be a magical time for you as a bride and with these tips your search will be made easier. Remember it is your big day, choose the best fit and cut for you so that your big day is perfect.

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