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

The chief bridesmaid is usually the bride’s closest friend or member of the family member. Her role is to help the bride organise a calm, stress-free wedding and assist her throughout the wedding day itself. The best chief bridesmaid provides the bride with valued physical and emotional support and often works tirelessly with the best interests of the bride at heart. It can be a tough, stressful and demanding role to fulfil and the list of duties is extensive.

Before the Wedding

There are a wide range of jobs for the CBM to do during the months of the bride’s engagement, for instance:

  • Assist in the planning and organisation of pre-wedding parties.
  • Help plan and organise the Hen party activities.
  • Help the bride choose and shop for her wedding dress and accessories, as well as any change of clothes on the wedding day.
  • Help select the dresses and accessories for the bridesmaids.
  • Manage and oversee the bridesmaids, making sure they coordinate and are kept updated on all appointments, trials, fittings, decisions and schedules.
  • Act as the bride’s problem solver should any bridesmaids have any issues relating to their own roles and responsibilities.

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Wedding Vendor Tipping 101

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Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Sheila Weiner, President and Founder of The Event Group.  Enjoy!

To tip or not to tip, that is the question! When first putting together a wedding day budget, brides should always factor in the total amount of tips to avoid those last minute “surprises” the week before the wedding. Tipping is not only expected from certain vendors, but also serves as a thank you for all of their hard work on your special day! To minimize your wedding weekend to-do’s, place individual tips in sealed envelopes with each vendors’ name on the front of the envelope. Give these envelopes to your wedding planner, maid of honor, best man or a parent and have them take the responsibility of delivering them to the appropriate vendors on your wedding day. But the question remains, who should you tip and what is the appropriate amount? We’ve compiled a list of guidelines to simplify this money mystery.

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Tom Owens, the content writer for Park Ave Studio. When Tom isn’t writing about the amazing bond couples find through marriage he dabbles in photography himself as a hobby. The photos in this post were taken by Brian Ozegovich, the owner of Park Ave Studio. Enjoy!

Your wedding day is possibly one of, if not the most important day of your life. It takes months to plan, countless hours picking out just the right décor, vendors and facilities all for one momentous occasion. Many say that the day is over before they feel like it began due to the immense amount of preparation that goes into it. Thus, all we have left afterward are the fond memories of the event and any pictures that were taken during the service and reception. Have you ever put much thought into the poses of your pictures though? Sure, you’re with your new spouse so anything you do is passionate and timeless in itself, but there are a few poses that really grasp the elegance and beauty of the occasion. We’ve broken down our top 10 favorite poses that accentuate the romantic nature of weddings and will truly give you amazing pictures to look at for years to come:

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Today’s informative guest post comes to us from Los Angeles based stationery designer Sarah James of Lovely Details & Stationery!  Enjoy:

Bright lights & skyscrapers, beaches, yachts, wineries, ranches, art museums, Los Angeles is gleaming with specialty locations and vendors to create your very own fairy-tale wedding. Many travel far and wide to soak up California’s rays and creative culture. Celebrate your big day, in an LA venue that complements your unique taste and where the weather year-round is perfectly picturesque.

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Today’s guest post comes to us from Christina Kiffney, based in Boulder, CO. Christina is a professional wedding photographer who weaves together emotion and artistry for your wedding photography. The love between the two of you and the love that surrounds you are the focus of her work, which she approaches with an artist’s eye to create photos in a painterly style. Enjoy!

Photography is the most important part of your wedding day investment. Okay, I may be somewhat biased since I am a wedding photographer. But I do believe with all my heart in the longevity and meaning behind your wedding photos. They are there to be savored and enjoyed at every anniversary. They are there during tough times of illness and loss of loved ones. They are there in your quiet moments when you’re older as you reflect back on a life well lived. They are there for children and grandchildren to learn about and celebrate who you were in your youth. They are there as a testament to the love between you and the love that surrounds you. So how do you get the best possible wedding photos that you will cherish forever? Obviously hire an amazing professional wedding photographer who fits your style. But what can YOU do?

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9 Questions You Should ask Your Venue Before You Sign (1)

Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm, and author of The Chancey Charm Practical Guide to Planning Your Wedding. Enjoy!

Venue tours filled with guest counts, pricing and preferred vendor lists can quickly take over your weekends and joy as a bride. My first piece of advice is to always figure out your budget and guest count before you start the search. Making a large list and narrowing down the venues that can actually fit in your budget and accommodate your guest count is crucial to making the venue hunt a smooth success.

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We love wedding websites — such a great online way to showcase your wedding! We’ve partnered with wedding website provider Riley & Grey to let you know some great tips and tricks to make your wedding website shine. Enjoy!

Yep, wedding websites are the new norm. And just FYI, that’s a good thing. Long gone are the days of scrolling through endless email chains and manually counting collected RSVP after RSVP after RS— you get the picture. Ultimately, your wedding website should significantly relieve your planning stress, not add to it. If you pick the right provider, editing your wedsite should actually be, dare we say, fun (think: an easy, electronic wedding DIY).

But you know, a few pointers never hurt, so here are some of our insider tips and shortcuts for creating an amazing wedding website.

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Today’s informative guest post comes to us from wedding planner Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm and author of The Chancey Charm Practical Guide to Planning Your Wedding. Enjoy!

Finding the right caterer can make or break your guest experience. As we all know how bad it is to have to wait for the food to finally be ready or unexpectedly dive into a cold, or even worse, undercooked entree.

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