Friday, November 16, 2012

Ease Your Bridal Research Strategy

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It’s a “Given” - Brides surf the web when shopping for all their bridal needs. We all get busy reviewing designer gowns and styles of wedding dresses, tuxes and want to find our local shops. We explore hundreds of links to wedding venues.

We are driven to use the lunch hour at work and stay up until 1 or 2 am to surf.  So here are some tips to help get back to that perfect wedding dress you saw and find those exciting wedding venue, reception services you liked or honeymoon location. So between our work computer and home, we become “frazzled” when we cannot find the item we liked.  We have all signed on to so many websites we become deluged with e-mails. Even the professional Wedding Services ask you to sign in to enter their websites….

So here are a few helpful tips and I trust you will sign on to the blog and add your tips to the following:

  1. Take out an e-mail address – specific to your wedding planning time and dump it after the wedding. This way your personal e- account can continue for your friends and family.
  2. If you are going to sign up everywhere, use the same password
  3. Find and use “Free Access Web Portals” where all your shopping can be completed from one or two geographical areas (menu).
  4. Shopping for wedding locations can be difficult – find a website that shows the number of guests in the description, so you do not spend hours looking inside the websites for this information.
  5. Look beyond the first two pages on your Search Engine searches – there are amazing companies.
  6. Bookmark a web address you like or e-mail to your bridal e-mail so you can get back to it quickly.  Research is difficult enough without losing your favorites.

You will find all the above tools on…

  • Free access to all the venues and services
  • Thousand of links to low budget and elegant locations
  • Wedding Planning Classes (online webinars that provide budgets/timelines and more.) 
  • Worldwide destinations for the wine country wedding regions, beach wedding sites, garden venues, major hotels, religious settings and castles
  • Ease to bookmark and e-mail your findings.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Rehearsal Dinners

You are probably saying, "Why is she talking to me about a rehearsal dinner, when I have so many other things to think about!!" Correct, but in the forefront of stating who will be responsible for what and number of guests to invite, there are some quirky concerns as you work on your budget and speak with your future in-laws. So lets consider them and you can add your questions or ideas right here on the Blog.

1. Financial and Planning Responsibility for the Rehearsal Dinner has historically fallen on the family of the groom. Leaving those concerns out of the bride and groom's worry area. It is vital to communicate in early planning WHO will be responsible for this event.  It is also vital the couple communicate the number of guests to the host of the rehearsal dinner - so they may look for a site.
Also, we are seeing some changes in this area as many couples are paying for their weddings and take on this in their scope of planning.

2. The guest list has historically been just the immediate wedding party (groomsmen, bridesmaid, officiant, parents and siblings of each side and the coordinator plus their one guest).  We do see changes in the destination wedding group as they ask many of those who traveled in early for the wedding to join them at the rehearsal dinner. This can get pricey and should be discussed completely with the host/hostess of the dinner.

3. Reason to set the number of guests is because some restaurants do not have room for a larger group than anticipated.  Many rehearsals fall on Friday nights and it is a task to gain a restaurant that wants to serve a group. Friday is one of their best commercial nights. If the final number is less, that is so much better than more.  

Crab Feeds and Beach Parties Are Fun 

4. Even tho there are children in the wedding, remember a babysitter is an asset as they will be a happier child/children on the wedding day if they go to bed on time.  

5. Some times the groom's family cannot afford to pick up the tab on an entire rehearsal dinner.  They may be able to provide a portion and require support from the couple. This is a time where we bring understanding to a situation. Also, couples deal sometimes with the rehearsal dinner being more grand than the wedding day celebration.  Again flexibility is needed and open discussion is necessary.
Awesome Picnic Areas You Can Reserve

6. Consider some different ideas for Rehearsal Dinners.
  • Evening picnics in parks or beach parties with games 
  • Art Gallery, Museum or Aquarium dining with a caterer to serve
  • Roof Garden Restaurants overlooking a city
  • Out on the bay in one of the exciting tour ships
  • Backyard swim party
  • Pizza Parlor (at a favorite)
  • Wine country - cave dining or picnic ground use
  • Hotel where most of the out-of-town guests are staying
  • If you have rented a house or a condo in the wedding area, plan the dinner there. Caterers, chefs or potlucks work well, as do pizza take home and salads.
A Historic Restaurant In Your Area

You will find hundreds of ideas for pre-wedding parties and rehearsal dinners or your date nights on  Photos by JR Moore