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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Choosing the Right Photographer for You (1)

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Jillian Smith, the Owner and Principal Wedding & Event Planner of OneTouch Events based in Atlanta, GA. Jillian’s “Keep It Simple Suga” method for assisting her Couples with planning & design is enhanced by an elite partnership with wedding professionals that make the execution of the most elaborate events look easy-peasy. Enjoy!

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How to Use Stop Motion Videos in a Wedding (1)

How to Use Stop Motion Videos in a Wedding (1)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Michal Kriesch, a renowned Australian wedding photographer who specializes in custom design albums and capturing life’s precious moments. His goal is to capture the details and the mood of the day that will be preserved as memories forever.

Stop Motion Videos are the hot new trend of wedding photography. For those who haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a novel approach to wedding video, where series of images are used to create the effect of video through rapidly changing photos. It’s a unique way to capture your entire wedding experience in a short and beautiful video that’s unique, personal and thus great for sharing with friends and relatives.

How can you make a stop motion video for your wedding?

Well, it’s actually not as difficult as it may seem – although it does require some planning and some post-processing work, almost anyone with the right camera and a dedication can do it. So here are some of the most important aspects of shooting a quality stop motion video for a wedding:

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5 Steps to Finding a Great Wedding Photographer (And Why it’s Important!) (4)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Camille of Camille Catherine Photography based in Washington D.C. Camille is a wedding and portrait photographer with an international background, love for everything and anything metropolitan, and a penchant for classic and timeless photography. She takes a photojournalistic and highly-personal approach to her work, striving to capture love’s most authentic and real moments to tell each couple’s unique story.

So, you’re newly engaged! (Or have been procrastinating wedding planning?) Either way – congratulations! After the euphoria has worn off and you decide there are only so many times you can stare at the new bling on your ring finger, you might find yourself faced with a lot of decisions and tough calls on the road to solidifying your marriage. My hope is that today I’ll give you some guidelines that will make at least one of those choices you have to make a bit easier – who to have document and capture your wedding. As a wedding photographer who gets to see dozens of weddings from start to finish (as well as the behind-the-scenes dynamics with other vendors), I really believe that finding a great wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding day decisions you’ll have to make.

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Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Registries (1)

Today’s guest post comes to us from Linda Tabas of The Pink Daisy, where she helps brides find the perfect gifts to start their new lives! When she’s not working, you can find Linda blogging or traveling to the shore points.

One of the first thoughts to cross a recently engaged couple’s minds is, “What are we going to put on our wedding registry?” The idea of going online or into a store and receiving a product scanner can send some couples into pure bliss, while other couples are intimidated by the scanner and sent into waves of panic. Below, you will find some of the best do’s and don’ts of wedding registries that will give you peace of mind when registering for gifts!

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How to Find the Perfect Wedding Officiant (5)Photo Credit: Moose Studio

This helpful guest post comes to us from wedding photographer Michaela Ammirato of Moose Studio based in Los Angeles, CA. This article comes from Michaela’s first hand experience helping her mom find an officiant for her upcoming wedding.

Choosing the right wedding officiant for you can often get over looked during your wedding planning, but it is an important detail not to forget. The wedding officiant you choose will not only have a huge influence on the tone of the ceremony, but act as a communicator of your style and belief system. So how do you find a wedding officiant that suits both you and your fiancé?

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Which Catering Option is Right For You?

Today’s guest post comes to us from Stephanie of EventSource. Stephanie uses her passion for photography, event design and wedding planning as a writer for EventSource. When she’s not exploring the world of events, she spends her time having adventures with her husband and baby boy.

Every catered wedding has different requirements based on needs, wants and desires. That’s why it’s important for you to first sit down with your spouse to be and families involved to discuss the specifics of your big day before you hire your wedding caterer. Knowing the specifics will not only help your caterer determine the cost to you for their services but will also help you budget for your big day. The best part is that it’s YOUR party. Throw it as you please!

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How to Write a Best Man Speech (1)Photo Credit: Flickr

Today’s helpful guest post about how to write a best man speech comes to us from David Leonhardt. David runs The Happy Guy Marketing, which is a team of ghostwriters who write books, blogs, press releases, screenplays, articles, reports…and of course, wedding speeches! Enjoy:

While the bride and her entourage are busy with dresses and flowers and food and venues, the Best Man is often left wondering what he is supposed to do. He knows he’s supposed to make a speech, but what should he say? No problem. Every year I rescue a few Best Men who need help with their speeches. Best man speeches are among my favorite writing projects, and I have a few tips to help you write yours.

First, make it personal. It should be heartfelt. It should speak to the groom and his bride. You should truly own your Best Man speech. One of the reasons so many nervous Best Men turn to us to ghostwrite their speeches is because they don’t want to just copy a canned speech full of one-liners they find floating around Cyberspace.

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Looking for ways to purchase the ring you want without breaking the bank? Larsen Jewellery are fine jewellers specialising in engagement and weddings rings based in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia… and have some great money saving tips to share with you today!

How to Save Money on Your Engagement or Wedding Ring

Weddings are expensive – that is fact. One of the most expensive items on your wedding list might be your engagement and weddings rings.

Are there ways to lessen the blow when purchasing both…?

The answer is YES!

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