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Things to Know Before You Hire a Wedding Planner

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Each and every year around 2.5 million weddings take place nationwide. This means that the number of weddings that will take place in your immediate area is astounding. Your wedding plans are going to be affected by number of factors, because many more weddings will happen at or around the same time as your wedding.

If you want even the tiniest little detail to be taken care of at your wedding, it would be recommended that you hire a wedding planner. This can save you a lot of time and money. The wedding planner will help you coordinate your wedding and the most important of all he or she will save you from frustration.

So, what is a wedding planner anyway, and what does he or she do?

A wedding planner (sometimes called a wedding consultant, wedding coordinator or a wedding producer) is hired to help the bride and groom coordinate a wide variety of tasks associated with their wedding. Planning your wedding can get very frustrating at times that will make you forget about the fun that you need to have. So, it is a good idea to spend a little bit more on a wedding planner to make sure your wedding day goes smooth.

A wedding planner can help plan many aspects, including DJs, floral arrangements, cake, seating arrangements, invitations, photography, and so on. In some cases, he or she might be able to use his or her industry connections with vendors to get you a good deal on many things.

The wedding planner will conduct an interview with the bride-to-be and the groom, and then coordinate the details that have been agreed upon. A good wedding planner should be able to assist in organizing, budgeting and purchasing services. Also, after the interview, he or she will put a contract together that you and him or her need to sign. Without a contract there’s a lot of room for misunderstanding and confusion of what was agreed upon.

In the contract, or often referred to as a letter of agreement, the wedding planner will include the services expected to be performed, the cost of these services and the payment terms.

When you receive the contract, if there’s anything you do not agree with or anything not to your desire, discuss it before signing it. When you sign the contract, you and your soon to-be wedding planner have to agree on all of the items listed to avoid any possible misunderstanding. But remember: even though you have been through the interview process, you are not obligated to continue with that particular wedding planner until you sign the contract.

So, how can you find a good wedding planner?

Nowadays, it’s probably the easiest to search the Internet. But, it’s best if you know anyone who had had a wedding planner for their wedding. Referrals are always the best.

Even if you have to seek help from the Internet or the yellow pages, be sure to ask for his or her credentials. Ask for references from each of your potential wedding planners and research their past work. Also, ask to see a few other weddings your potential wedding planner has prepared. This will help you make a decision very easily.

Some of the advantages of hiring a wedding planner are saving you from frustration; money savings, since most wedding planners have connections in the industry; solving your wedding problems; low stress, and such.

But, there could also be some disadvantages, such as: overconfident (ego) wedding planner may try to convince you into having a wedding of his or her dreams and not your dreams. If you’re a person who likes to be known or to show off, hiring a wedding planner may not be a good idea as they will be in charge of your wedding. Another disadvantage would be that you may hire a scam artist who may not have done any weddings while broadcasting his or her enormous experience. That’s why it is vital to do a thorough research.

So, how much does a wedding planner cost?

Fees can range anywhere between 5% and up to 20% of your total wedding budget.

A good planner should also be upfront about whether your budget is in line with your vision. You want someone who will be honest about what you can afford and who can find less-expensive alternatives you’ll be happy with.

For a list of Cleveland and Akron area wedding planners, click HERE.

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Here Comes The Vintage Bride

The trend for vintage shopping and heritage style is spilling into the bridal market. In a recent interview about bridal trends, Rachel Leonard, Brides Magazine fashion director, said “There is a market for vintage wedding dresses. Mixing old with new is big: It could be a dress or veil, or just vintage shoes or cocktail hat.” Two styles she says are very salable: 1950s designs with tight waist and full skirt, and 1930s Hollywood-inspired charmeuse gowns. The hit TV series “Mad Men” has created a yen for 1960s formal gowns. Not in demand: the 1970s peasant-look or bohemian garb.

Many women are shopping for high quality on a budget and are finding it in vintage clothing. “Under the current economic conditions, stretching the value for each dollar has become an important asset to this business,” says Laurie Pastor, co-owner of Jazzbug Vintage Events (jazzbugvintageevents.com), a creative event stylist company specializing in vintage themes. Young, urbane and “non-conformist” brides are also shopping vintage. They seek wedding attire with a twist. But young brides aren’t the only ones having all the fun. Second-time and older brides who may be looking for a romantic look have turned to bridal fashion from the past as well. Vintage themed anniversary parties are also very popular. Earth conscious consumers are also seeking vintage wedding dresses. With the growing awareness of living green and recycling, many brides take comfort in knowing that a vintage gown has no negative impact on the environment.

For more information on this dress and other vintage styles, continue reading here.

Back: 1929 crepe back satin wedding dress, sold for $250, pastperfectvintage.com

Front:  1929 crepe back satin wedding dress, sold for $250, pastperfectvintage.com

5 Hot Trends In Wedding Shoes For 2010

When making wedding preparations, brides usually give minimal attention to their wedding shoes. According to some people, shoes aren’t visible because they’re normally hidden inside the wedding dresses, whereas others say there is so much money spent on the wedding dresses that it becomes very difficult to spend on the shoes. This shouldn’t be the case. Your wedding shoes complement your wedding dress and therefore, should be given similar attention.

The trends for wedding shoes change along with trends for wedding dresses. Some of the wedding shoes that are trendy in 2010 are listed below:


1. Antique-looking wedding dresses are hot this year, resulting in styles of wedding shoes that show elements of the past such as Victorian-style beading.

2. Sexy and more feminine wedding shoes are trendy for 2010. “Strappy” styles will surely make the bride look sensual and daring as she walks down the aisle.

3. Embellished shoes, especially those using crystal or pave adornments, are also trendy for 2010.

4. Another top trend for 2010 is shoes with various shapes such as bows. If the shape is echoed in the dress, it can give a perfectly coordinated look.

5. Feathers in shoes are a new hot trend for 2010.

Wedding shoes are an important part of your wedding plans as they complement the dress. Trendy wedding shoes give a contemporary look to the bride and coordinate with current dress styles.   So, when purchasing your wedding shoes, consider what is trendy this year.

About the Author:
Paolo is the owner of onlinebridalstore.com that provides wedding accessories.  In the last ten years he delicately working on online bridal accessories like bridal shoes, wedding jewelry, wedding shoes, etc.

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What to Look for When Buying a Wedding Veil

By: Lisa Parker

Although many brides today walk down the aisle without a veil, it is still very much part of the bridal experience. Some brides choose not to wear a veil because they feel it does not fit their personality, style, or matches the dress. Other brides simply cannot imagine their wedding day without a veil. Those brides who feel they must have a veil are probably the same little girls that have taken a scarf, piece of fabric, or shawl and made their own “wedding veil” as they played wedding growing up.

Just because a bride wants a wedding veil does not mean she knows how to choose one. A wedding veil is the perfect way to complete the perfect bridal ensemble, from the dress to the jewelry to the shoes. The wedding veil is very much a part of the ensemble for many brides not only because it is a traditional part of the day but because of what it symbolizes. The wedding veil symbolizes suspense and a new beginning for the bride, her groom, and all the guests.

Choosing your own veil can be quite a difficult task. There is a wide variety of wedding veils to choose from and the prices vary as well. First and foremost, when choosing a wedding veil, make sure that you have chosen your wedding gown. This is the best way to determine not only which style veil works best for you, but also what your budget will allow. Use these tips and suggestions when shopping for a wedding veil to make sure that you get exactly what you want.

The Wedding Venue

While you may not have considered it, the venue of your wedding will also have an impact on the type of wedding veil that will work best for you. An indoor, formal church wedding is the ideal place for a formal, elaborate veil with all the trimmings. If you are tying the knot outside on the beach, or at the courthouse, you may want a simple, short wedding veil.

The Wedding Gown

Think about the style of your wedding gown before you settle on a wedding veil. The dress and the veil should actually complement each other. If you are wearing an informal wedding dress, you probably will not want a formal wedding veil and headpiece. Also, if your wedding dress is long, the longer your veil should be and vice versa. Remember to use common sense when buying a wedding veil and you should do fine.

The Hair Style

Think about how you will wear your hair on the wedding day. Are you keeping your locks long and lovely or sweeping them up in a funky, fantastic up-do? If you have short hair, you may not want to buy an elaborate wedding veil. Your best bet is to keep it simple and stylish. You may want to bring your veil to your hair salon for a few “practice” sessions before the big day.

The Hair Accessories

If you have already established what hair accessories, if any, you will be using on your wedding day, bring them along when you shop for the wedding veil. Remember, less is more, so if you have chosen beautifully detailed hair pins, you will want your wedding veil to be simple and understated.

The Veil Price

A key factor in staying sane during all the wedding planning and hoopla is to stay within your budget. When figuring your budget, determine how much you will spend on your wedding dress and the veil and stick to it. A few ways to save a few bucks when buying a wedding veil is to shop sample sales or ask to purchase the floor model. You could even make your own wedding veil if you are handy with a needle and thread!

One more thing…

Remember, your wedding veil doesn’t have to come “as is.” You can have your wedding veil tailored by your favorite seamstress based on your specifications. This means that the veil will fit you perfectly, will not fall off, and will never overpower your dress. Tailoring your wedding veil will also ensure that the veil you wear down the aisle is like no other.

The perfect wedding veil is out there waiting for you; you just need to know how to find it. Using these simple tips will make the quest for the perfect veil that much easier. Your wedding is a special occasion and an event to remember, so walk down that aisle in style!

About the Author

Lisa Parker is a freelance writer who writes about weddings, often focusing on a specific aspect of weddings such as a wedding veil.

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Wedding Makeup… Improve Your Natural Beauty

It is your wedding day! Most brides will only have one thing on their minds, “How do I look?” Your wedding day is most likely one of the most treasured days in a bride’s life. Consequently, brides expect to look and feel their best. That is where a makeup artist can enter with her magic wand and add to the dazzle and stylishness of the wedding day.

Every bride should wear makeup. Even if a bride has decided to go without make up on her wedding day, a small amount should be worn to enhance your features for the hundreds of pictures that will be taken that day.

Wedding makeup needn’t dramatically change the look of a bride. Wedding makeup should simply improve the natural beauty of a woman, not applied in thick coats to last the day.

Bridal hair and makeup should be simple, yet elegant. It is important to remember that the hair and makeup should not compete with the bride’s dress; rather the hair and makeup should complement the dress.

Today’s bridal makeup and hair is soft and restrained. The effect is sexier and less harsh. Hair can be worn down, flowing with loose curls and waves or the bride may choose to wear her hair up. The updo that once conquered the bridal hair scene has a much softer look as well. Today’s updo style is not sprayed, pinned, and tucked to hide every loose hair. The look is pinned and tousled, leaving it soft and stylish and most of all, romantic.

Bridal makeup trends are soft and romantic to set off the hair and latest trends in bridal gowns and bridal hair. No longer do the lips have to be lined heavily and matte foundation with loose powder applied. While this is traditional, today’s bridal makeup is more radiant and natural. Today’s brides want to glow with elegance.

Sometimes the most simple the wedding make up the better! Wear a flawless foundation as a basis. It gives you a good foundation and even color. You can choose from liquid foundations or cream-based compacts. Even mineral powder makeup is great for wedding make-up because it lasts all day!  This is very important, as the bride you want to look picture perfect in your wedding photos.

A bride must have a natural shine! Have you heard the saying Blushing Bride. Make sure you have a beautiful blush on the apples of your cheeks. You do not want to look pale. Pink or apricot blush color will suit most skin tones.

Eyes also need to look beautiful. Use false eyelashes as part of your wedding makeup look. This will help your lashes look nice and long! They are easy to apply, or your make-up artist can apply them for you!

Give your lips a hint of shine or apply a light color for a pretty pout! Kissing lips will naturally lead to breathtaking beauty for your wedding makeup!

Finally, wedding makeup to last all day! Here’s a tip – Brush a light translucent powder on areas of the face susceptible to shine. Today’s bride wants to show her beauty in a natural, sensual way. The makeup artist can provide the bride with confidence and easy elegance that will be reminisced often.

For more information on finding that perfect look, contact any of our Beauty professionals listed HERE.

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Be Careful In Choosing Your Wedding Shoes As They Can Make Or Break Your Wedding Day!

Shoes are shoes, right? You put them on, wear them around and toss them in the closet when you are done. But, not when it comes to shoes for your wedding.

While there are a lot of very important decisions to be made when you are planning your wedding, make sure you don’t over look your shoes. You don’t want to be uncomfortable while you are trying to enjoy your special day. They need to work well with your dress while being beautiful and comfortable at the same time.

There are a lot of things to consider when picking out your wedding shoes. So how do you know what to look for? Read on!

Comfort should be the number one thing on your shopping list. Don’t forget – you will be spending more time on your feet than you may realize. There is the walk down the aisle, stand in the receiving line to thank guests for coming, pictures, cut the cake and even dance. All of that will be done in your wedding shoes.

If your wedding shoes are not comfortable, it will make it difficult to enjoy your day. One option, of course, is to change your shoes on the way to the reception, but make sure your main shoes are ones that you will want to wear all day in case you get caught up and forget to change.

Even though many people think otherwise, heels are not a necessary evil when you are picking out your wedding shoes. If you wish, you can cut them out all together, opting instead for pumps or even flats. If you do not usually wear heels, make sure you walk around in shoes that are the same construction of your wedding shoes to get used to them.

You are going to want to pick out the height of your shoes before you are fitted for your dress. Even if you haven’t picked out just the right shoe, but know you want a 2 ?” heel, buy a pair of ‘dummy’ shoes to wear to your fittings until you do find the ones to wear on your wedding day.

photo courtesy of Genevieve Nisly

Matching the color of your dress is probably the hardest part about buying the shoe. Remember that every body has a different idea about what white is. Is yours winter white, bright white or pure white? Is it off-white? Ecru? Ivory? Eggshell? Take a swatch of the same fabric as your dress.  One option that has grown in popularity over the last few years is to take your wedding shoes and have them professionally dyed. Again, make sure you have the fabric with you, both when you place your order and when you pick up the shoes. This will help ensure you are happy with the way the shoes look with your dress.

Shopping for your wedding shoes at the end of the day, will help in correct fitting because your feet swell during the day. Also, if you plan on wearing stockings on the big day, wear stockings when you are shopping.

Summary:

Wedding shoes can almost be just as important to your wedding attire as the dress. By paying close attention to the shoes when shopping will help to make your wedding day the wonderful experience it should be with out the pain of ill-fitting shoes.

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The Perfect Wedding Guest Book

The wedding guest book is a very important but often forgotten detail of the wedding. It is very important for your future memories of the wedding. It will become the only written and documented record of who attended the wedding. The wedding guest book will be something that you can pull out in the future and read over and remember your special day. It is therefore to plan ahead and select the perfect wedding guest book to suit your needs. Below are some ideas that can be used or you can make you own custom wedding guest book.

Themes –
The most obvious and fun way to have a unique and individual guest book is to use one that will compliment the theme of the wedding. After the wedding guest book will be the first impression of the wedding that most of your guests will have. So this is not very shocking but if you have a fairy tale theme wedding with knights in shinning armor and a beautiful white horse etc. Then you will want to pick a wedding guest book that follows along with this magical fair tale theme.

Wedding Guest Book Platter –
The wedding guest book platter is a new non-traditional guest book but it can nonetheless be a very fun and unique. The nice thing about the wedding guest book platter is that it can easily be displayed afterwards. While the more traditional wedding guest book will be kept away the wedding guest book platter can be displayed publicly and everyone can read the plate without opening a book. There are many companies online that make these they are easy to find. However, they make for a unique wedding guest book that your guests are sure to remember.

Photo Wedding Guest Book –
Here is a great idea that has become very popular recently a photo guest book. This can be especially fun for those that are into scrapbooking. This is a very easy yet unique guest book that can create many fun memories of the wedding in a very visual way. Simply take a picture of the Bride and Groom with a digital camera. Print the photo and glue insert it into either a photo album or a regular guest book. They should then put a little message in the guest book to their guests. Something like “Thanks for coming to our wedding, it is a big special day for us and we hope you will enjoy it also.” Then leave this out with a Polaroid or digital camera and enough film to ensure that everyone get a few chances to take pictures. As guests come in they can take their picture and place it into the guest book with a little message.

Puzzle Guest Book
Wow! Want another non-traditional and very creative way to do a wedding guest book? You can do this by taking a favorite picture of the couple before the big day and turning this into a large puzzle. There are many places online that can easily turn a photo into a large puzzle. Then assemble the puzzle

Monogrammed Wedding Guest Book
Want to add an extra special touch to the wedding guest book? One easy and fun way to do this is have the book custom-made with the monograms of the Bride and Groom.

These are just a few of the many thousands of creative ideas you will have. It is necessary to spend time before hand when you are not stressed with a million other details. Think about the theme, colors and tone of the wedding and try to incorporate as much of these as you can. Again plan ahead and leave yourself enough time.

Platter, Photo, Monogrammed  & Photo Frame Guest Books photos courtesy of Beau-coup.com

Sam Smith is the owner of Plan Best Wedding found at http://www.planbestwedding.com
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