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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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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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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