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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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Today, we have another insightful guest post from freelance writer and author Troy Lambert. (If you missed his previous post about shortening your guest list, you can check that out here.) Enjoy!

I’m 45, and my fiance is 31. For us, the age difference is really no big deal. We joke about it sometimes, but the jokes are pretty much on our terms. When someone else starts the jokes and crosses an invisible line, we tend to get a little upset. Social mistakes do happen, and we have had those awkward moments when someone asks if I am her older brother, or worse, her dad. Our reaction depends more on how they handle their error rather than focusing on the error itself. But when wedding venue shopping, it happened again. And the wedding coordinator giving us the tour reacted horribly, excusing her behavior by telling us she’d had a really bad day. That wasn’t the only issue we ran into while venue shopping. Here is how we handled them, and some of the questions we asked when deciding where we would have our big day.

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How To Have A Ceremony That Rocks (1)

Today’s awesome guest post comes to us from wedding planner and wedding celebrant Nelly Grange of wedOtahiti. Enjoy!

As an established wedding planner in Tahiti, I have quickly come to realize that couples travelling to our islands paradise to have a tropical beach wedding in Tahiti were lacking options for a memorable ceremony. Beyond the legal wedding ceremony that takes place at the City Hall before the Mayor, the only choice for international couples for a beach wedding in Tahiti was to hold a template cookie-cutter ceremony, usually at a resort. This means, having the exact same wedding ceremony than the couple the other day, and last weekend, and the couple before them. To me, the wedding ceremony is by far the most important part of the wedding day, and I have therefore trained and certified as a Life-Cycle Wedding Celebrant in the U.S. in order to offer my couples what they wanted: a wedding ceremony in Tahiti that rocks. You certainly don’t want to leave it to the last minute.

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Making the Cut: Shortening the Guest List Without Offending Anyone

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Today’s guest post comes to us from freelance writer and author Troy Lambert! Enjoy:

“We have room for you in our hearts, just no chair for you at the ceremony. Still, send gifts.” Maybe that’s how the announcements should read, at least some of them. We’d all like to have the all inclusive guest list, but things like budgets, venue size, and logistics often make that impossible.

While there are several ways to save money when during planning, one of the easiest is to simply reduce the number of invited guests, which immediately affects the venue size and simplifies logistics. Except that isn’t simple when people’s feelings are involved.

There are all kinds of tools online and elsewhere designed to make these decisions less painful. My fiancé and I decided to use a budget-like approach, marrying (so to speak) allocation of people to seats just like we do dollars to bills.

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5 Ways Take the Pain Out of Family Wedding Photos

Today’s insightful gust post comes to us from Chris McLaughlin Photography, based in Denver, Colorado. Enjoy!

All the months of preparation and planning have led to this very moment. The ceremony is now over and you two are finally married! Time to celebrate! Not quite yet. At least not for you. No, for you, it’s time for family pictures. The family formals are still an integral part of the wedding day. These are the classic pictures of your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, (and that foreign exchange student that used to live with you), all lined up and smiling (except,of course, for the flower girl who is blinking and the ring bearer who is looking somewhere else). Do not fear. While your trusty photographer snaps away, here are few tips you can use to help take the sting out.

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Today’s lovely guest post comes to us from Rebecca Chan Weddings & Events, based in Toronto, Ontario! Enjoy:

You’ve spent months on wedding planning and the week of the wedding is here. Hooray! However the local weather network is forecasting rain on your wedding day. Yikes! Very few couples envision rain on their wedding day, however cities where the weather changes all year round, it’s important to have a rain plan in place. Here are my top 5 tips when you might have rain on your wedding day.

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Turning Your Ceremony Location Into Your Reception Site: Ensure Your Wedding Day Flip Doesn't Flop (5)

Today’s informative guest post comes to us from Leigh Karsch of La Petite Fleur Weddings, based in Philadelphia, PA! Enjoy:

Flip, turn, somersault… these are all terms (albeit, the last one’s kind of a ‘stretch’) that industry pros use when referring to the process of changing a space— typically mid-event, while guests are celebrating— to serve a different purpose for the same affair.  In the wonderful world of weddings, a ‘flip or turn’ is necessary when both the ceremony and reception are held in the same space—literally in the same ballroom, pavilion, deck, etc.— at a venue. Subsequently, ‘flipping’ the space typically occurs during cocktail hour (which isn’t a full hour since guests need time to travel to and from the spaces).  So, you can see why these industry terms are pretty appropriate, because in order to make something like this happen, there is a bit of acrobatics (and sometimes even smoke and mirrors) involved.

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Who wants sucky wedding photos, right?! Well, today we have an  informative guest post from Michelle Brooks Photography all about how to avoid exactly that! Enjoy:

You’ve spent thousands, maybe tens of thousands of dollars on this day. You’ve watched Say Yes to the Dress until your eyes burned. You’ve plowed through endless piles of samples & swatches & tastings & Pinterest boards. You’ve gone over every minutiae of every detail of every single item connected with your wedding. What else could you possibly need to do to ensure brilliant success? How about some firsthand tips to help make the one thing you’ll have to remember all this by – your photos – as good as they can possibly be? Here’s my Top 10 list of repeat offenders that never fail to negatively affect the final wedding collection.

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5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Hairstylist or Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Hairstylist or Makeup Artist For Your Wedding

Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Nyoka Gregory, owner of Nyoka Gregory Beauty! Enjoy:

It’s “Bridal” season…or is it? As a Makeup Artist and Hairstylist I feel like every season is bridal season.  Brides don’t just get married in June or July they get married all year long.  However it does seem like “tragedy” season as it seems as though I’m coming across more and more brides with horror stories when it comes to bridal beauty.  I’ve heard about how they’ve had several bridal consultations and/or trials and couldn’t seem to find the right match until they met with me.  While that is a compliment it also saddens me.  If a bride truly knows what she wants then it should be fairly easy to be matched with the perfect glam squad.  Try these tips before you jump the broom!

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Today’s wonderful guest post comes to us from Dallas based photographer Misha Wynn, owner of Lavishly Lux Studio! Enjoy:

Weddings are epoch events. Special moments and days that will create memories for a lifetime. A marriage ceremony can mean different things to different people, but almost everyone can agree on the things that make a wedding exceptional and memorable: gathering good friends, family and loved ones; intimate sharing of sentiments and emotions; some tasty treats and libations; possibly some snazzy tunes, a dance floor and an enchanted atmosphere.

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