Destination weddings definitely don't come cheap. So when you have the opportunity to save, we say take advantage, brides! From reception food and liquor to those wedding favors, here are five things destination wedding planners warn brides not to waste their money on. 1. Unnecessary shipping costs In some cases you have to bring stuff with you or have them shipped, but the less you can the better, says Ashley Smith, a San Francisco based destination wedding planner and founder of BuzzWorthy Events.
Have you ever mused about getting a celebrity to come to your wedding? It's totally understandable if you have. Over the years, celebrities like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Bon Jovi have all crashed the nuptials of us "normals", and seeing those stories in the news is bound to make a bride a little jealous.
Wedding planning can be pretty confusing-after all, it's probably the biggest party you've ever thrown. But the best way to avoid problems later is to ask questions early. To get you started, we tapped three experienced planners to share the most common questions they get from brides-to-be. Chances are, you might be wondering some of the same things (luckily, you'll find the answers below, too!
Jennifer Williams grew up summering at Northport Point in Northport, Michigan, and says she always hoped to get married there one day. That became a reality, when she wed Michael Dakers-six years to the day that they first met. вЂњA guest mentioned that our wedding 'was like a love song of my childhood,'вЂќ Jennifer says.
If you thought seeing a grown adult dressed in an animal costume was surprising, Georgina Ball has you beat. In December 2014, while dining with a friend at a London cafГ©, a giant bear wandered her way-and then got down on one knee and proposed. Beneath the costume was Mark Baynes, her then-boyfriend of seven years.
Just because you're on a tight budget doesn't mean you can't have a wedding that's, er, really tight! You know, so awesome that blogs are begging to feature it, your pictures get repinned on Pinterest thousands of timesвЂ¦that kind of style. All it takes is a little creativity, money management, and tips from wedding pros to achieve a Pinterest-worthy wedding for the books for $15,000 or less!
A bride and her squad bring out the best in one anotherвЂ¦until they don't. вЂњWhen you put a bunch of girls in a room, add booze, dresses, and Saturday night-things can get heated,вЂќ says Molly Rosen Guy, author of Stone Fox Bride: Love, Lust, and Wedding Planning for the Wild at Heart . That's why it's so important to draft only the most supportive and flexible friends.
With stunning beaches, beautiful estates and sprawling vineyards, it's no wonder so many NYC brides get hitched in the Hamptons. From Quogue to Montauk, there's no end to the summer-chic activity your guests will enjoy. Here's our list of beautiful spaces and places to have a Hamptons wedding - be it a posh, country club fГЄte or a chill, surfery Montauk elopement - we've got every East End bridal style covered!
Kimberley Zatlyn was working in London when her sister suggested she meet David Geffon, a longtime friend, for a drink. Their romance blossomed quickly, and Dave popped the question in front of the ocean on a trip to Maui. вЂњIt all made more sense after why he wore a rain jacket on a hot, but windy day in Hawaii - he needed to hide the ring somewhere!
Every week, we give our readers a glimpse inside the mindset of a guy's brain on weddings with the help of the hilarious and smart editors at The Plunge. For their latest installment, they've outlined how to write your own vows without going overboard. At The Plunge , we do our best to debunk longstanding, false assumptions about guys' roles in wedding planning.
How sad for the poor beautiful-but-modest flowers that get stuck next to a showstopping peony in a bouquet and are never truly appreciated by the bride! Or those blooms that you think you don't like tell your florist to nix, not realizing the beautiful varieties you're missing out on! It's a tale as old as time.
When dreaming of your big day, absolutely every detail is perfect. But in reality, all weddings suffer at least one speed bump. While you've got to try to roll with things that are out of your control, like the weather, it's a different story when the venue or florist doesn't live up to expectations.
You're engaged and you've decided you're ready to start planning your wedding. But you've also decided that you need to hire a professional wedding planner to help you execute all the little details of your big day. Where do you start? First talk to your friends and do your research to see what other brides and grooms have said about the services they received from those planners.
Creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for your guests is essential to any successful wedding celebration, especially when attendees have traveled great distances to join in the revelry. However, is it really necessary to provide welcome bags for attendees checking into the local hotel? Our etiquette experts weigh in on whether or not a welcome bag is truly mandatory.
Etiquette states that a wedding ceremony shouldn't start more than 15 minutes after the time stated on the invitation, so guests should arrive well before the listed time to be in their seats when the music starts. But what do you do if you're running late and you won't be in your seat when the bride walks down the aisle?
Happily ever afters can happen anywhere, from backyard weddings to city hall nuptials. But it doesn't get much more magical-in the most literal sense-than a happily ever after at a Disney theme park. Having a Disney wedding can be a fairy tale for brides and grooms who have been watching Disney's Cinderella , Beauty and the Beast , and other classic movies on repeat since childhood.
In Catalyst Wedding Co. editor Liz Susong's weekly column devoted to the feminist bride, she dives headfirst into the crazy history behind common wedding traditions we may take for granted. Liz investigates here. Hi friends. Considering the ever-growing threat of nuclear war, natural disasters, and white supremacy, I was thinking we could talk about cake !
Getting asked to be a bridesmaid in your friend's wedding is super exciting. Someone you love is getting married, and you get to be a part of the fun! When it comes time to plan a wedding of your own, you'll have to make the same decision and decide who to include in your bridal party. If you were a bridesmaid for someone else, do you have to return the favor and make her one of your bridesmaids, as well?
When Match.com brought Erin Eckles and Dan Chow together on their first date, both felt that there was an immediate connection. After touring a video game exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., the pair shared chocolate cake at Nando's Peri Peri in Chinatown and closed out the night enjoying a Labor Day concert at the Kennedy Center.
There's more to the morning of your wedding than makeup applications and mimosas (and you thought the hard part was over!). Luckily, these wedding planners have you covered with a list of last-minute to-dos that will make the entire day more enjoyable. 1. Trade Heels for Flats "You'll most likely be wearing heels all day, so savor the moments your feet can relax," says Ashley Espinal, owner of Dulce Dreams Events in New York City.
You said вЂњyes,вЂќ posted a tear-drenched show-off-the-ring selfie on Instagram, and are now wishing maybe you hadn't. It's not the whole "I do" situation you regret (one hopes), but rather the remorse you have every time you get the inevitable "WHEN will you wed?" question. Perhaps you always thought you'd be a summer bride, but the timing of your engagement didn't work out optimally for a June wedding.