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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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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