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What Save The Date Cards Are And Why You May Want Them In Your Wedding Plans

Author:  Gregg Hall

Getting engaged and married is a wonderful, but sometimes very stressful time. There are so many things to think about. When and where is the wedding going to be, who to invite, what colors to use, what to eat, who is going to make the cake and the food, will there be a dance, and who will provide the music? There are all kinds of questions to be answered and dealt with. Not everything has to be so stressful; some of the preparations can be fun.

One of the more fun things to plan is the “save the date cards”. Your save the date cards can be a fun thing to pick out. When choosing your save the date cards have fun and pick fun cards that you like. Part of the reason these cards are fun to pick is because they do not have to match the rest of your invitations or decorations for your wedding. You can choose a different design, and a different color than your wedding colors. You do not have to make sure they match, but they can match if that’s what you want.

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Before you get your save the date cards printed you need to know what date you are wanting people to save. Before you can pick a date for sure you will need to check around for a place for the wedding and the reception. If you have a date in mind you will want to check and make sure your church of choice has that date available. After you set the date with the church you will need to find a place to hold the reception. These two events may need to take place at the same time if you already know where you would like to have your wedding and your reception.

Now that you have the place and time you can get your cards printed. Another reason these cards are a little less stressful are because you can do whatever you want with them. There is no set way to do your cards for your event. You will want to make sure you have your names on the cards, and the date and time of the wedding. Other than these few important items, it is up to you what else if anything is on the card. You can put more information on the card if you want, or you can keep it simple.

Who you send the cards to is also up to you. You do not need to send a card to the whole guest list. You do want to make sure that any guests that you really want to be there get a card. When you send your save the date cards is also up to you. Keep in mind that the earlier people know about the event, the easier it is for them to get arrangements made, and make sure nothing else will interfere with their attending. Most people like to send their cards out between six and nine months before the wedding, but it is completely up to you.

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Check out TodaysBride.com for a complete list of area invitation companies.  Each one ready to help you with your individual invitation needs.

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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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Honeymoon Ideas: Favorite Destinations For Lovebirds

The honeymoon is your time to relax and recuperate from frantic wedding preparations. And picking a place that both of you will enjoy is a must. Fortunately, the world presents countless honeymoon ideas that have something for both of you. Here are some of the more popular honeymoon destinations for couples of all types.

For the Couple on a Budget

The newest trend in honeymoon ideas this year is staying at home. In the U. S. , for instance, couples are forgoing the expensive costs of acquiring passports, tickets, hotels, rental cars, and food – opting instead to save a few bucks, choose popular honeymoon destinations at home, and remain in their own backyards (so to speak).

St. Augustine, Florida, in particular, is one of the more popular honeymoon destinations that continue to attract visitors due to its year round temperate climate, proximity to beaches, quaint restaurants, and great shopping. Called the Oldest City in America, it was founded in 1565, and is the home of the Fountain of Youth, where visitors can drink its restoring waters. Other highlights of the town are Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Matanzas, and the Lightner Museum, all accessible by foot. Cozy honeymoon ideas are horse and carriage rides, theater shows, fishing, and parks, and there are romantic bed and breakfasts aplenty.

Out on the West Coast, there’s another hidden gem – Seattle, Washington. Mild in the summer, but a little chilly in the winter, this city is perfect for couples who are full of fun honeymoon ideas but don’t want to break the bank. There’s the Fish Market, where you can get a delicious meal, and the famous Space Needle. Even if these two honeymoon ideas don’t interest you, there are thousands of popular honeymoon destinations that offer unique experiences. But if you really want to go out of country, consider the benefits of staying at a youth hostel or monastery, which offer comfortable places to sleep at bargain-basement prices.

For the Outdoorsy Types

For the true outdoors couple, even simple honeymoon ideas like hiking or staying in a romantic cabin would be welcome. Odds are that you and your loved one like to travel without all the comforts of home. One of the more popular honeymoon destinations for outdoor lovers is a tour of the Amazon River. Visitors to the region will enjoy strolling along the Rainforest Canopy Walkway, a man-made bridge of wooden slats and ropes which overlooks the forest below, camping along the banks of the Amazon, allowing you to get up close and personal with the native animals and local flora and fauna, and exploring expansive wildlife parks. Should you book as part of a package, a number of hotel options are available, including forest lodges and other rustic accommodations

For more great honeymoon ideas, continue reading here.

Contact one of the local Travel Agencies listed on TodaysBride.com to book the honeymoon of your dreams!

Entertaining Children at Your Wedding

It’s very easy to get wrapped up in all the planning for the wedding of your dreams and forget some of the smaller details. When you’re planning your romantic dance and you look into each others eyes do you really want a child screaming in the background of your wedding video or running in between you? Probably not.

As much as children are a major part of any wedding, you don’t want them to take the focus away from any of your intimate and tender moments with the usual sulks and tantrums. Consider hiring an entertainer or adding a special section with a fun menu just for the kids. The wedding day is very long and, through a small child’s eyes it is quite boring, that is until you cut into the cake! If your guests include children and your budget can afford it, show the kids you’re happy they could be a part of your special day by providing something fun for them to do!

An entertainer will keep them interested and amused with crafts, face painting (after the main photos have been taken!), designing t-shirts and caps, magic tricks, anything you can imagine. Your venue may even be able to provide you with a separate room to keep the entertainment quieter and the children don’t have to sit through all the ‘boring stuff’.

Talk to your caterer about a kid’s only menu with things like chicken fingers, mac-n-cheese, french fries, etc. Maybe add a chocolate fountain, party bags with crayons, small games, or a candy buffet to keep the kids happy (and some of the adults too). A chocolate fountain is always a nice addition to any wedding but it will definitely win over the kids if they have their own special treat to enjoy.

Having something for the children also means a few parents can relax and enjoy themselves to and it will make a real difference to the ambiance of your wedding day and especially how it is remembered in years to come.

Top 10 Things to Avoid on Your Wedding

By: Dave J. Davies

There is nothing worse than a wedding that ends up as a total disaster. You’ve spent a lot of money, your family and friends have shared their time and experience. The perfect wedding isn’t always easy to pull off. It takes a lot of work to make that special day a lot of fun.

Experts on weddings all give tips and information on how to have a perfect wedding. What they sometimes neglect is the things you should avoid completely. Here are a few tips about things not to do to make your wedding better.

1. Spend Way Too Much Money On Your Wedding

Many couples make this mistake, and it can ruin your entire wedding, and years into your marriage. A perfect wedding isn’t about spending thousands of dollars. It isn’t the price of the wedding that makes it a success. Your guests aren’t going to ask you how much you spent on china and catering. (If they do, you have permission not to answer.)

Develop a budget and stick to it. If you plan far enough in advance, you can have the wedding you want without spending a lot of money. Don’t spend money where you don’t need it. Write down what’s most important to you at the wedding, and research ways to save money on your wedding, so you can save or spend the money as you want later.

2. Forgetting What Will Make It Fun For You

You and your other half have worked hard to get to this moment. You’ve made a commitment to each other, and you know those little quirks and the individual personalities. Does this come through in your wedding? Is this wedding simply filled with things and objects?

Who says the bride has to wear white? Who says the cake has to be traditional? Who says you have to be inside a church? Weddings are not about tradition any more. It’s about a wonderful day, shared with family and friends, as they join you in celebrating becoming husband and wife. Forget tradition if that’s not what will make it a special day for you. Do what you want.

3. Using Just Anyone In Your Wedding

Too many people quickly pick a Master of Ceremonies, a DJ, caterers, without spending time with them. That’s crazy! You never know what the person might say or do. He could be so boring. That caterer could be completely rude. You simply don’t know if you don’t talk to the people before hand.

Don’t pick out a DJ, or a preacher or anyone else involved in your ceremony or involved in the reception based on rates alone. Get referrals from everyone, and talk to each of your options. Get to know them a little bit and you’ll find a personality match.

4. Disorganization On All Sides

The reason why many couples spend much more than they really should have on a wedding is usually due to disorganization. Party favors get bought early on, and then are misplaced and have to be repurchased. That location you wanted, you delayed on getting and now it is no longer available.

It happens at many weddings. Probably the worst offense being tuxes rented too late or wedding rings being misplaced. Such small things can be so much trouble. Help yourself and your loved ones by setting aside one area where you can keep everything organized and together.  For items that need to be reserved, rented, etc, keep a calendar of important dates with your planning information.  Download the Today’s Bride 40pg Wedding Planner to help with all of your planning needs.

5. Rainy Day Wedding

Too many people neglect to check the weather and make separate preparations in case there is going to be rain. Check the weather in your area the week before. You could actually save yourself some trouble by picking beautiful indoor locations for the wedding ceremony and reception.

6. Celebrating The Night Before Or The Morning Of

A huge mistake made by a lot of bride and grooms or friends of the bride and groom is the huge celebration made the night before. It’s common, especially for friends of the groom, to go out and drink and celebrate the night before. However, the disasters that have occurred because of this are plentiful in wedding history.

Think before going out the night before. If you’re planning a celebration, consider having it two or more nights before the wedding. Let the few days and nights before the wedding be relaxing.

7. Not Doing The Wedding Planning As A Couple

All too often, the bride takes over most of the wedding planning, leaving the groom with nothing to do. This is a common mistake. The wedding is just as much for the groom as it is for the bride. Let him pick out a few things he’d like in the wedding as well.

Ask him what he’d like to help out with. Make sure he gets to choose elements that will make it a special day for him too. Working on this together can help strengthen the relationship as well.

8. Being The Star And Asking Too Much

Yes, the bride is usually the star of the wedding, but does that mean that it has to be all about you? Ask for too much from your wedding party , and you could be left disappointed and losing friendships. Take it easy, girl. Remember why you’re inviting your closest family and friends to the wedding, or asking for their help. Be kind to them.

9. Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen Syndrome

Everyone wants to be involved in the wedding planning, both mother-in-laws to be, best friends, sisters, cousins, etc. Everyone wants to contribute because they want to feel they mean something to the bride and groom. In some cases, it can get too overwhelming. Remain organized and in charge of your wedding. Pass out assignments to those who want one, and keep it that way.

10. Is This A Wedding Or Just A Fancy Party?

Weddings don’t have to be traditional, but some people forget the meaning behind the wedding. It’s about the couple coming together as husband and wife, and sharing that moment with close friends and family. Make it special for everyone.

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Make a Facebook Group for Your Wedding Guests

By Nina Callaway, About.com Guide to Weddings

I’m sure you’re asking, “Do I really need a Facebook group for my wedding guests? Don’t I have enough on my to-do list?” Of course you don’t have to, but I think you should. It’s true that there are already plenty of ways to get information to your guests — you can include directions with your wedding invitation, destination info with your save the date, and fill your wedding website with all kinds of engagement stories and practical advice. But Facebook will help your guests send info back to you AND connect with one another. Here’s how to do it:  Continue reading

Balloons An Innovative Twist Wedding Decor

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A very interesting and innovative idea to decorate a wedding venue could be to add balloons to the list. A huge balloon arch with white and gold or maroon balloons woven together sounds and looks different and yet marks the event with style. The balloons could be color coordinated to match with the rest of the theme. Balloons can be used very effectively to set the tone of your party.

Suppose you have the island wedding theme in mind, then bunches of blue, green and yellow balloons all around the venue would add a sense of cheer

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and island casual. A color tone of cream/gold and maroon would lend a note of sobriety and formality to the event. Wedding Balloons floating around on the ground would add a fairytale touch to the whole occasion. You could even use Wedding balloons to arrive in style arrive at your wedding venue in a hot air balloon! That’s really doing things differently. Balloons may be used in an arch at the entrance or red balloons can edge the red carpet accentuating the theme.

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Some decorators even use balloons as stand-alone arrangements just like flowers around the venue of the wedding. Party planners and decorators use color themes to great advantage to beautify and enhance this special day. Some couples use balloon decorations as wedding flavors each guest may receive a pretty set of balloons tied in a creative fashion to take home. A small poem or some thoughts may be written down and tied to the balloons as a lasting memento to the occasion.

Balloons are a unique way to add pizzazz to a party or wedding reception.


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