9 Questions You Should ask Your Venue Before You Sign (1)

Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm, and author of The Chancey Charm Practical Guide to Planning Your Wedding. Enjoy!

Venue tours filled with guest counts, pricing and preferred vendor lists can quickly take over your weekends and joy as a bride. My first piece of advice is to always figure out your budget and guest count before you start the search. Making a large list and narrowing down the venues that can actually fit in your budget and accommodate your guest count is crucial to making the venue hunt a smooth success.

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Today’s informative guest post comes to us from wedding planner Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm and author of The Chancey Charm Practical Guide to Planning Your Wedding. Enjoy!

Finding the right caterer can make or break your guest experience. As we all know how bad it is to have to wait for the food to finally be ready or unexpectedly dive into a cold, or even worse, undercooked entree.

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We were passed this lovely guest post by Joshua Withers, hope it helps you lovely brides and grooms struggling to write your vows! Take it away, Joshua:

I could never wear other people’s underwear. Whether it was borrowing from a friend or buying secondhand underwear from an op-shop, it’s just not my game. Underwear is private, personal, up-close, raw, real clothing. When I stood in front of Britt and our favourite humans to celebrate our marriage, I felt the same way about our vows.

I don’t wear other people’s underwear and I don’t exchange other people’s vows – it’s my marriage after all. When I come to that finite point of marriage, the point where I stop being a boyfriend and start being a husband, that’s a real moment that needs real words.

So I sat down and typed a thousand things that I wanted to say to Britt and eventually came to a place where I had my own personal vows.

If you’d like to create vows that wow, here are some starter tips:

  1. Write vows that are actually true. Don’t make a vow that doesn’t mean something to you.
  2. Write vows in your own language, in words that you would normally use.
  3. Make them as short or as long as they need to be. I love the old saying about the world’s most powerful prayer being “help”. Your vows can be one word if that word is true and real for you. But if it has to be an essay, let it be.
  4. Make your partner feel valued in your vows.
  5. Finally, your vows aren’t for the crowd, they’re for your partner. So if the crowd enjoys them, that’s lovely, but you’re not writing them for the crowd.

I’ve got a lot more to say about the matter, so grab a coffee and watch this Live Google Hangout I did on the subject :)

Thanks Joshua! For more information about Joshua Withers Wedding Celebrant, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to his website.

Do you have any questions or comments for Josh? Add them to the comments below!

Why You Should Consider Toronto's Distillery District for Your Engagement Shoot (7)

Why You Should Consider Toronto's Distillery District for Your Engagement Photos (3)

Today’s guest post, brought to us by Focus Productions shares some compelling reasons why you should consider Toronto’s Distillery District for your engagement shoot. Enjoy!

When we talk about the Distillery Historic District in Toronto, Canada, what first comes to mind is the cultural heritage of this historical site in Toronto. The Distillery District is located in Downtown Toronto, and also offers many choices for dining, sightseeing and shopping. All these popular establishments are housed inside the grand heritage buildings formerly called the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, where all 40 acres of its compounds are filled with 40 buildings and 10 streets built with a Victorian era architectural design.

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5 Wedding Vow Writing Tips for Men (2)

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Steven Briggs of The Alpha Groom. Steven is a freelance writer and filmmaker living in Boston, MA. He’s written many stories, scripts and essays about the nature of love and how it’s changed in society today. Enjoy!

Writing your wedding vows is the perfect way to tell your fiancé exactly how you feel on your big day. You can be unique and surprising with your words without falling into clichés. After all, every relationship is different and comes with its own story. You can surprise your guests, get creative and break out of the mold by saying something thoughtful and insightful. It’s a memorable moment that will last a lifetime. If you’re up to the challenge, take a look at our wedding vow writing tips for men.

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Charlotte Barnes of Spiral Media. Charlotte has been writing online content for newspapers, magazines, websites, and as a freelance ghost writer for the past eight years. Enjoy!

Many of us dream of having the perfect fairy tale wedding but how can you make your dream become a reality? Across the UK and Ireland, there are some amazing places to host your wedding day that have come right out of the pages of a storybook. From fabulous castles and treetop hideaways, to magical train rides and quaint country settings.

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Why Have a Boudoir Shoot? (3)

Why Have a Boudoir Shoot? (3)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Paula Veverka. Paula is a mum to a curious toddler, a wife and an award-winning wedding photographer from Glasgow in Scotland. She also frequently shoots boudoir sessions in private stone cottages, built in 1731 and renovated for use as professional photography studios. Enjoy!

As both a wedding photographer and a boudoir photographer, I find myself in an interesting position where I am able to spectate the trends in pre-wedding and post-wedding photography. From Trash The Dress to Boudoir (sometimes both) and everything else in between, and why couples are opting for it in addition to their standard wedding photography package. It’s especially interesting to witness how popular media affects the sorts of enquiries I receive. It will come as no surprise to anyone that the movie 50 Shades of Grey has dominated the boudoir (excuse the pun) for the past few weeks…

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10 Steps to the Perfect Sparkler Exit (1)

10 Steps to the Perfect Sparkler Exit (2)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Ed Krisiak of Steel City Photography! Enjoy:

You have spent endless hours agonizing about how your grand entrance will look, but have you thought about your exit? Sparklers are inexpensive and will make some fantastic images for your wedding album. It’s also a fun way for your guests to participate in your grand exit. I have never witnessed a frown on a guest during a sparkler exit. There is nothing like bringing back childhood memories from your Fourth of July past.

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6 Things You Need to Know Before Your Ceremony (5)Photo Credit: Sarah Day Boodhoo Photography

Today’s guest post comes to us from Reverend Jack Cuffari of Ring, Candle, & Knot. Jack is an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister and Marriage Equality activist. Since 2005 he has married dozens of couples of all beliefs and combinations thereof. Jack is active in ministry at the First Congregational Church of Montclair, NJ, Here he offers a few helpful tips to consider before your wedding ceremony:

As someone who marries couples for a living, my perspective is unique, and from what my couples tell me, invaluable. Here are some important things to consider as you plan your wedding ceremony.

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My Venue Already Has a Coordinator…Do I Still Need a Day-of Coordinator? (5)

My Venue Already Has a Coordinator…Do I Still Need a Day-of Coordinator? (4)Photo Credit: BridgetQ Photography

Today’s guest post comes to us from Sarah Basch of Without A Hitch, a Boston based Day-of Coordinator. Enjoy!

At Without a Hitch Boston we are often asked, “do I still need the help of a day-of coordinator if my venue already has its own coordinator?” Many venues have a coordinator included in their services- this person is employed by the venue to manage the events it hosts.  Having a venue coordinator is a great advantage but it is not the same as a day-of coordinator. A day-of coordinator is someone you trust with all tasks, big and small on your big day.

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