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10 Wedding Planning Surprises

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 21, 2014

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Photo: Amy Watson Photography

It’s safe to say, after you’ve slipped on that engagement ring, your brain is bound to be consumed with all things wedding-related until you’ve exited your reception and jetted off to tropical paradise for your honeymoon. That doesn’t mean you won’t run into any “oops” in between. Check out out top 10 list of surprises, so you can prepare now!

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Creating your wedding website is one of the most important first steps of wedding planning –  your wedding website sure to become your guests’ go-to source for all of your wedding information and details. And now, WeddingWire has made designing a personalized wedding website even easier with our revamped wedding website tool! Check out these exciting new features we’re sure you’ll love:

Mobile and Tablet Friendly: Each of our free wedding websites will be available in a new, stacked layout that’s easier to navigate on a mobile or tablet device for your guests on the go!

More Wedding Website Designs to Choose From: Whether your style is rustic, vintage, classic, glamorous, beachy or totally unique, we’ve got a gorgeous website design for you (yup, there are over 400 to choose from)! Don’t forget to personalize your website by customizing the colors and fonts to match your wedding theme and color palette. For an even more personalized site, you can use your engagement photo as a backdrop!

Better Website Editor: We’ve made it easier than ever to edit and update the text on your wedding website. You can even work on your website text behind the scenes and publish when you’re ready to share!

Ready to create your personalized wedding website? Get started by checking out our free wedding website templates here!

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We’ve always loved Pinterest for its endless inspiration. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better – it has!

WeddingWire was one of the first to try out Pinterest’s new Place Pins. With our new Place Pins, we make it easy for you to find local wedding content that inspires, and view the source of your wedding inspiration on a map. Voila! Just like that, finding wedding inspiration online – and making it come to life offline – is a little easier.

We’ve had so much fun curating content for our Place Pins from coast to coast and everywhere in between, and we hope you enjoy exploring them. Visit any of our newest place boards to find inspiration in your area:

Are you a capital area bride and groom? Check out Bo Obama’s picks for the city’s most fetch wedding venues. Getting hitched in a unique locale? Let us take you to some of the nation’s most uncommon venues. We’ve pinned all that and more.

14 First Looks That Will Make You Smile

Posted by Caitlin on Nov 14, 2013

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Photo: Rae Marshall Wedding Photography

Many couples these days are proving the “it’s bad luck to see your significant other before the ceremony” superstition wrong. Why? Because ”the look on his face when he turned around was something I’ll never forget,” April, the bride pictured above said. “Plus, it gave us a chance to have a romantic moment before the crowd of people got there.” Whereas, during a traditional walk down the aisle, all eyes are on the bride, and your guests have their phones out ready to Facebook, tweet, or Instagram. What they’re missing is the groom’s spontaneous reaction as he sees his bride being given away. See more first looks that will make you smile here.

10 Questions to Ask a Wedding Caterer

Posted by Kim on Oct 29, 2013

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Photo by Hearts & Horseshoes Photography

Of course, your guests will attend your wedding to watch you and your fiancé(e) get married. But they’ll also want to celebrate – and eat! When looking for a wedding caterer, you’ll want to make sure that the food both tastes and looks appealing and fits your wedding style and budget.  Plus, it’s essential to find a caterer that’s approved by your venue. Check out WeddingWire’s Vendor Reviews to find a caterer near you, and then take a look at these questions to ask a potential caterer.

Are you available on my date? Of course if the caterer is not available on your date, it’s a no-go.

Have you ever worked at my venue before? Some venues only allow approved caterers to work at their site. Whether or not that’s the case, it’s a good idea to find a caterer who is comfortable at your venue, though not a deal-breaker.

Can I see a sample menu? Start by telling the caterer about your wedding – your style, the guest count, how you visualize the food, etc. and ask to see a menu from a wedding that’s similar. You’ll get a sense if you and the caterer are on the same page in terms of style.

Do you allow couples to customize their menus at all? If you have specific requests or dietary restrictions, it’s important to find a caterer that’s flexible. Maybe you’d like to have your grandmother’s green bean casserole recipe served at your wedding. Find out if the caterer would be open to preparing family favorites, if that’s important to you.

Are you licensed? Depending on the state, make sure your caterer is licensed from the health department and for alcohol service.

Can we do a tasting? If so, is there a fee involved? Having a pre-wedding tasting is an important part of the planning process. Find out how the caterer’s tastings work – are they done before or after the contract is signed? What is included?

Will you provide rentals like tables, chairs, linens, etc.? If the answer is no, your venue should be able to assist you with finding a rental company to work with.

What’s your typical ratio of servers to guests? This depends on if you’d having a buffet or sit-down dinner. Usually sit-down dinners will have around a one server to 20 guest ratio or less, while for a buffet the guest count will be higher.

Who will be on site on my wedding day? You’ll want to be sure that you meet the coordinator who will be at your wedding beforehand.

Can you provide a per person price range for an event like mine? While this won’t be exact, it’s a good idea to make sure that the pricing fits within your budget. Note that catering will be one of the biggest expenses of your wedding day.

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