Rental Tips for Barn Weddings and Outdoor Weddings (4)

Today’s insightful guest post comes to us from Erin Black of On Site Companies! Enjoy:

It doesn’t matter if you’re newly engaged or coming up on the few months before your wedding, you’ll probably forget some minor details when planning your big day.  Wedding rentals are one thing that you won’t want to forget, since you usually have to rent in advance and companies may only have a finite number of the equipment you’re trying to rent. The list below will help you cover all of your bases for rentals so you won’t be scrambling at the last minute to get everything you need.

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Wedding Processional Infographic

This fun and practical infographic comes to us from Sherry of Personal Creations, based in San Diego, California! Here’s Sherry to tell us more:

Wedding planning can be stressful, especially since there are so many details to consider! Depending how far into the process you are you may already be thinking about the big ticket items like venue, food and music but it is hard to research all of the traditions and etiquette rules for smaller details like the procession.

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6 Things To Be Aware Of When Searching For A Wedding Venue

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Today’s informative guest post comes to us from wedding planner Caroline Kastner of Rachel Bridal. Enjoy!

Planning a wedding can be an exciting, yet challenging time in your life. With so many different things to plan, arrange, and book, it’s important to get everything right the first time. One major part that requires detailed planning is the wedding venue. With so much to consider you need to make sure the wedding venue is perfect for the wedding you want and whether it’s available on the day of your wedding. While searching for your perfect venue however, it’s important to be aware of a few things about your venue that you may not even realise. The following are the top things to be aware of when searching for a wedding venue:

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Four Awkward Wedding Moments & How to Avoid Them (1)

Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from wedding planner Brittany Collier of Chancey Charm! Enjoy:

While undoubtedly, it’s your day, a portion of the wedding planning process is always focused on creating a memorable guest experience. After all, you want your guests to enjoy themselves and remember the beautiful celebration of your marriage. Chancey Charm Washington, DC wedding planner Brittany Collier is sharing four awkward wedding moments and how to avoid them!

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Today’s lovely guest post comes to us from Derek of Celebrations, a luxury wedding venue in Bucks County, PA. Enjoy!

You’re engaged! Now what? Once the elation of getting engaged wears off, you might start to feel overwhelmed about wedding planning. Fear not, Bride-to-Be! As long as you know where to start, everything will go smoothly. The most important decision that you will have to make is where you want to host your wedding reception. Luckily, the expert wedding planners at Celebrations have put together a guide to finding a venue that is perfect for your special day.

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Down to the Wire: Fighting the Good Fight

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Today we have another thoughtful wedding planning guest post from freelance writer Troy Lambert. Enjoy!

Because of publishing lead times, by the time you read this, our wedding will be over. In fact, I will probably share this article out to social media and my followers when I get back from our mini-honeymoon. (The real one will be this summer, after my fiance graduates and our son is out of school)

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Cut Here, Splurge There: Budgeting for the Best and Skipping the Rest (2)

Today’s awesome guest post, brought to us by Kate Storey of Weddeo, is full of fun and practical ideas to help you make the most of your wedding budget! Enjoy:

When it comes to budgeting for your wedding, everything can seem like a must-have. From invitations and engagement photos to ceremony decorations and favors, it can be difficult to see where you could possibly whittle down or even – gulp – eliminate altogether.

One of the best ways to manage this is to think about some of the things that are most important to you as a couple, or that really speak to your personality. Are you foodies? Hiring the best caterer in the area might be something you consider. Are one or both of you known for your fashion sense? Donning a fabulous designer gown (or shoes!) could be where you direct a large chunk of change.

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7 Creative "Will You Be My Groomsmen?" Ideas (5)

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Today’s helpful guest post, brought to us by Rachel-Jean Firchau of Ties.com, is full of fun, unique ideas for the groom-to-be to ask his best friends to be his groomsmen. Enjoy!

You’ve been planning this for a while, and your moment has finally come. You’ve picked out the perfect engagement ring. You’ve garnered up the courage to pop the big question to your significant other, and she said yes! Now, it’s time to pop another big question. This time, to your best friends. That’s right–asking your best friends to be your groomsmen for the big day is, and should be treated as, a big deal. The friends you choose will not only be standing alongside you on the aisle, they will be with you every step of the way leading up to that moment. They will be your support system, help you plan things, make your life easier, and plan a grand bachelor party send-off to get you ready for married life. Once you’ve decided who you’re going to ask, you’ll need to determine how. Here are some of our favorite creative ways to pop the groomsmen question. And with groommen gifts like these, how could they possibly say no?

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Melissa Lande of Lux Light Photography, based in Traverse City, Michigan! Enjoy:

Outdoor weddings are some of the most beautiful and memorable wedding days. If you are planning to have your ceremony and reception outside, there are some must-know secrets that deserve consideration, when planning all of your details.

SECRET #1: Pay Attention to the Sun!

Many brides look on Pinterest and see these gorgeous sunny photos of brides on the beach, walking down a sandy aisle towards her groom. What many couples forget to pay attention to, is the sun’s location. If the sun is directly in front of the bride and groom, they will be silhouetted to not only your guests, but to your wedding photos as well. In the case of photography, instead of seeing beautiful blue water, everything behind you will be over exposed and white, and you will be super dark (especially because most officiants forbid the photographer’s use of flash). The way to fix this dilemma is turning your wedding slightly to the side, so that the sun is hitting the couple at a 45 degree angle. Ideally, the sun should be in the back of the ceremony if at all possible. This will create beautiful side light and still allow you to get married overlooking your preferred destination.

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Wedding Planning During a Crisis

Today’s heartfelt guest post, brought to us by author and freelance writer Troy Lambert, offers some important food for thought when it comes to preparing for the unexpected. Enjoy:

“Wake up Troy. There’ something wrong.”

They were the words that started one of the toughest days of my life. My fiancée has a rare disease. So rare there isn’t even a name for it. It’s a chronic disease, but although one in two women will develop heart disease, one in three will develop cancer, and over 8% of the population has diabetes, only six other people in the world have ever been diagnosed with Abigail’s condition.

While usually there are warning signs, things that let us know an episode is coming, this time things happened really fast. The ambulance came, and three days later, we left the hospital. She felt better, but a specialist in Seattle wanted to see her as soon as possible. In the middle of wedding planning, when things were really coming together, we had each lost three days of work, and the upcoming trip meant we would each lose at least a few more, not to mention the cost of the trip.

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