Recent Etiquette + Advice Posts
Photo: Marlon Taylor Photography
After getting engaged, most brides turn to blogs (like this one!) and magazines for inspiration, only to quickly feel overwhelmed with all the steps in planning a wedding. All of a sudden, your WeddingWire checklist informs you to set a budget, determine a date, find a ceremony and reception venue, start the guest list, and book a photographer all in just the first two months. Sounds like a lot, right? Our solution — hire a wedding planner! After reading dozens of WeddingWire vendor reviews and narrowing your candidates down, you’re finally ready to sit down for an in-person or phone interview. Have them answer the following questions:
1. How many clients do you have in a year? And the month-of? The answer to this question will tell you how available your wedding planner will be during the planning process. The success of your event relies on their ability to juggle it all, and if they’re booked up around the same time as yours, then it could suffer.
2. How many weddings of my size and budget have you planned? Examples! Find out how long he/she has been in business, the different sizes of weddings he/she has executed, and if he/she has any certifications or degrees that are applicable. Steer clear from those who can’t provide these references.
3. Have you worked with my venue before? Or vendors? Most wedding planners have a list of preferred vendors. Not only will they be able to provide feedback on their services but also scout out discounts too.
4. What’s the costs for your services? Whether it’s full planning, partial planning, month-of or day-of coordination, it can be a simple flat fee or hourly rate. A la carte services can be additional. Be sure to understand what each package includes and exactly what services you need.
5. Do you work alone or with a team? Depending on your guest list, one wedding planner might not be enough. He/she may need help from assistants. Therefore, find out who you would be in contact with.
6. Will you be with us on our big day (or weekend)? Clarify if you want your wedding planner to be attending the rehearsal dinner, wedding, or Sunday brunch. At times, wedding planners can assign someone else from his/her team to run the show. Refer to #5.
7. Can you help us stay on budget? From the beginning, inform your wedding planner of your budget, so they can help keep you on track and stretch it even further. Every penny counts!
8. How do you communicate with clients? Find out how often you should be expecting to communicate with your wedding planner via phone or email.
9. What happens in case of an emergency? No matter how prepared you are, everything happens for a reason, including a postponement or cancellation. A Plan B is a must-have.
10. Can I see a contract? If you’re about to say yes, ask for a contract. Read it carefully and follow-up with any questions you may have. Then, sign, seal, and deliver!
Photo: Mulberry Lane Studio
It’s a fact — weddings are expensive. That’s why this week on the blog, we’ll be sharing budget-savvy tips to help you cut costs without sacrificing style on your venue, dress, flowers, food, and drinks.
1. Have the ceremony and reception in one location - It will cut travel time for vendors you pay for per hour.
2. Skip saturday - Pick Friday or Sunday. Friday will allow you to extend your post-nuptial weekend, and Sunday will allow you to have a brunch reception.
3. Think off-season - You won’t have to deal with scorching temperatures and humidity from November to April.
4. Look for non-profits - Did you know that public parks, museums, and historic landmarks are all tax-deductible?
5. Use preferred vendors – Venues can recommended vendors that can give you the best value based on your budget.
6. Read your contract carefully - Make sure you understand what’s included and what’s not included.
7. Trim the guest list - Invite only the people who are most important to you and your parents, rather than everyone you know.
Photo: Jennifer Baumann Photography
Last week, we launched our second e-magazine, WeddingWire’s FallBook 2013. It’s overflowing with this season’s top cakes, centerpieces, bouquets, favors, and boutonnieres full of red, orange, yellow and brown hues, textures, and foliage to inspire your fall wedding decor. And that’s not all! Some of our favorite sections? Check out which wedding and bridesmaid dresses are trending across the USA, how-to pair a statement necklace with your wedding dress, and which outfits to wear to your engagement session. If you’re looking for great advice, we’ve got that too, in the form of tips from some of our favorite wedding experts on saving money without sacrificing style. (Yes, it can be done!)
We’re also excited to share with you a sneak peek at two NEW WeddingWire features. Get a sneak peek of our new and improved wedding websites, and our super-cool makeover tool. Upload a picture of yourself to test the results and be sure to take the beauty quiz to discover your celebrity look.
So curl up with a mug of hot cider, and get inspired with our FallBook!
Categories: Cakes + Confections, Decor, Etiquette + Advice, Favors + Gifts, Ideas + Trends, wedding dress, Wedding Flowers, Wedding Hair & Makeup, Wedding Website
Tags: fall engagement session outfits, Jennifer Baumann Photography, statement necklaces, trending dresses across the USA, WeddingWire FallBook 2013, WeddingWire wedding websites, WeddingWire's makeover tool
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Photo: Carretto Studio
Sure, some seem pretty silly. But better safe than sorry, right?
1. Rain on Your Wedding Day Means Good Luck
Yes, it will smear your makeup. And totally ruin your updo. But more optimistic old wive’s tales say that a rainy wedding day can symbolize fertility, a fresh start, and the last tears a bride will cry—all necessary components of a long, healthy marriage.
2. So Does Finding a Spider in Your Dress
We know, we know—ick! But English superstition says the creepy crawlers are a good omen.
3. Get Carried Over the Threshold
Be it a honeymoon suite, your new home, or the apartment you’ve shared for years, have your spouse pick you up before you officially enter as a married couple—this ancient tradition supposedly protects from evil spirits “down below.”
4. Pick Any Day OTHER Than Saturday to Get Hitched
It goes against everyone’s everyone’s schedule, but English tradition dictates that this is the unluckiest day of the week for a wedding. At least you’ll save a bunch on venue fees.
5. Say Yes to the….Veil
Many modern day brides wrinkle their noses at the idea of being covered up during their walk down the aisle, but Romans believed veils protected the bride from evil spirits who might be jealous of her nuptials. And ain’t nobody got time for haters.
6. Pay Attention to Your Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue
This Victorian tradition supposedly brings luck to the bride by covering all her bases. The “something old” keeps the newlyweds connected to their past, the “something new” represents the new union of their marriage, the “something borrowed” is for the love and support of their community, and the something blue is an Israeli symbol of promise and constancy. Lesser known fact: the rhyme actually ends with “and a sixpence in her shoe,” which is supposed to bring fortune to the couple.
7. Avoid Nuns, Priests, and Funeral Processions
Crossing any of the above on your way to the cereremony will supposedly lead to a life of poverty and early death (#rough). But, in the opposite vein, encounter a rainbow, black cat, a policeman, or even a frog and good luck is yours for the taking (#random).
8. Pick a First Dance Song with “Luck” in the Title
OK, we admittedly made this last one one up. But couldn’t hurt, right? Especially because “Beginner’s Luck” by The Eels is such a rad wedding song.
You’ve probably been dreaming about your perfect wedding dress for a while now – and we imagine you’ve been doing a lot of Internet research on the subject. So what happens when you spot your dream designer wedding dress on sale for a super-low price on a website you’ve never heard of? Do you buy it? Here are six ways to make sure that that wedding gown is the real dress of your dreams, and not a knock-off.
1. Do your homework - If you spot a wedding dress that you love (in a gallery like WeddingWire’s of course!), visit the designer’s official website and check out their store locator. Only purchase your designer gown from one of the reputable retailers or websites listed on their page.
2. Check the advertised price - If you see a dress’ price on a well-known website or in a magazine, and then see it sold for a much cheaper price, this should raise a red-flag.
3. Read descriptions carefully - If a dress’s advertised description says “imitation,” “inspired by” or even “fake” – you’ll know that dress is not created by the original designer. You may also see the designer’s name spelled wrong – that’s an even bigger red flag!
4. Look at the pictures - If the retail site features a photos of models with blurred-out faces, cropped off heads, or any other strange imagery, you may be looking at a counterfeiter.
5. Give them a call - A wedding dress is a major purchase, so you shouldn’t be shy about calling any online retailer you’re suspicious of to make sure it’s legitimate. If the website doesn’t list a phone number at all, that’s another reason to perhaps move on.
6. Examine your dress – Make sure your dress includes a tag and inside label featuring the designer’s name and logo. Check the quality of the dress and make sure the seams are intact and there are no visible tears or damage to the dress.
For more information about avoiding counterfeit wedding dresses, visit the American Bridal & Prom Industry Association’s website.