Choosing the Flowers for Your Winter Wedding (3)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Tom Owens of Park Ave Studio, based in Sayville, NY. Enjoy!

While it’s true that some flowers may be out of season during the cold winter months it is also true that you have plenty of gorgeous and breathtaking options to choose from. No matter the color palette you and your betrothed have selected for the day’s festivities you can bet you’ll have the floral selection available to compliment the momentous occasion.

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9 Helpful Steps for Getting In and Out of a Limo in Your Wedding Gown

Today’s wonderful and super practical guest post comes to us from Kawania Wooten of Howerton+Wooten Events, based in Washington, DC. Enjoy!

When you purchased your wedding gown, you may have inquired about ways to sit, hug and dance in a fitted gown — especially with so much material, beading and possibly a train.  But, what do you do when you need to get in and out of a limousine in your wedding gown?  Here are nine helpful steps to guide you in and out of the vehicle with ease.

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Today’s wonderful guest post comes to us from wedding fashion insider Araceli Vizcaino-Sof Azazie, based in Mountain View, CA! Enjoy:

With the New Year, comes the opportunity to usher in some of prettiest of looks for 2016. With the bi-annual bridal fashion shows expanding our minds of what a “white dress” can be (sometimes, not white!), bridesmaid dress trends have loyally followed suit, adding their own flair down the aisle. Here’s the lowdown on old and new trends here to stay:

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Today’s fun guest post comes to us from Audrey Isaac of 100 Candles, based in Los Angeles, California! Enjoy:

When it comes to wedding lighting, candles are a long-standing favorite for providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere as the happy couple celebrate their newly exchanged vows. If romance is what you seek, read on for some creative ways to incorporate candles into your big day!

Faux Fireplace

If your venue happens to have a fireplace, you’re in luck! Ditch the logs and fill the fireplace with candles of varying heights for a beautifully dynamic look.

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5 Tips for Creating an Amazing Engagement Video (6)

Today’s awesome guest post comes to us from Laurel Shane, social media manager at VideoTov. Enjoy!

Many years from now, when you’re looking back on everything that’s happened in your life, one of the moments that will stand out the most is when he proposed. This used to be nothing but a fond memory for married women, but now you capture the moment on video and watch it again and again. You don’t need any fancy equipment or an expensive videographer: just a good plan, some willing friends, and a talented video editor.

All it takes to create a beautiful engagement movie is the right combination of footage, photos, and favorite songs. Just use the following tricks, and your engagement video will turn out perfect—just like the moment he dropped to his knee.

If you know someone who’s planning a proposal, make sure he reads this first:

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Today’s guest post comes to us from wedding planner Jessica Talbot of the Z Event Company, based in New Orleans, LA. Enjoy!

Weddings — so many rules, so many myths. Although traditional ceremonies and receptions occur everyday, remember, there is no rule that can’t be bent a bit. So here are my top 7 wedding myths ready for a twist:

1. The bride must wear a white

For several years, brides have been choosing wedding gowns in shades other than white. I’ve seen brides wear everything from a gold sequin, black, or even a multi-colored gown. Wearing a white wedding dress didn’t become popular until the 19th century, so technically this isn’t a “new” trend, but it’s a fun one! Who says you have to wear white on your wedding day? It is YOUR big day after all, so do what feels right for you. Blush or antique white may be you color!

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Freelance writer and author Troy Lambert is back with us today to share his insight into wedding planning, from the groom’s eye view. If you missed his other posts, you can read them here and here. Enjoy!

Choosing a wedding photographer can be truly challenging. There are ton of things to consider, including price, quality, and availability. Once we booked the venue and my fiance selected and paid for her dress, we were ready to work on some of the other vendors we would use on our big day.

So we went to work on finding a photographer and a videographer. Besides the people we knew personally with photography and videography businesses (some couples do both, and some do one or the other), I set up a Google search string: Wedding Photography Boise, Idaho. There were five pages, with about 100 results. I did the same with videography. Some of the results overlapped, and some were new. Lots of choices. Fun. Then, when browsing other things, we found another photographer on Craigslist who wasn’t on Google. Nice portfolio, a style we liked, and a reasonable price. Yay! Except she was booked on our date already. Bummer.

So we started the sort. We used a number of criteria, and set aside the fact that we knew some people. Because even in that small group, quality ranged from good to fantastic, and prices ranged from low to “Oh my God I need a third job.” These are the things we considered.

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Alternative Wedding Catering Ideas (3)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Sam Ketterer of Absolute Perfection Wedding Consultancy, based in London, England. Enjoy:

Food represents an essential part of our daily lives. And since no one eats the same meals day after day, the variety of food we consume plays an equally important role. Which begs the question… given that a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event and an opportunity for a bride and groom to wow their guests, why do so many couples still fail to impress on the catering front? On the menu it’s always the same, unimaginative roast or pan-fried beef, chicken, lamb or salmon.

There are signs however that the tide is beginning to turn. With access to a diverse range of fantastic foods from all over the world, an increasing number of brides and grooms are realizing that they do not have to serve up the same, tired old dishes on their wedding day.

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Tips for Photographing Silhouettes (3)

Today’s fun and insightful guest post comes to us from Toronto based wedding photographer Leanne of Drastic Images. Enjoy!

All wedding photographer need to do something creative here and there to keep their clients satisfied and make them want to refer their friends. One way to do that is to under promise and over deliver. Creative silhouettes is one way to do that.

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Wedding Planner vs. Venue Coordinator (1)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Jessica Talbot of Z Event Company, based in New Orleans, LA! Enjoy:

Is there a difference between an independent wedding planner and an on-site venue coordinator? I’ve been asked this question time and again by brides, grooms and even by the many professionals who provide services and goods for weddings. And the answer is simply, “No, a wedding planner and an on-site venue coordinator are not the same at all!”

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