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Things to Know Before You Hire a Wedding Planner

Autor:  ogdteam

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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Who Else Wants Fun and Flirty Bridesmaid Dresses?

Author:  Jess Watson

Choosing your bridesmaid dresses is definitely a big decision. With the hottest trends of the year now available, finding the perfect set of flattering dresses for your girlfriends can be a fun and relatively painless task. There are a few points to examine when beginning this process, from length and color to shape and price. By selecting the designs that fit your party best while staying true to your vision and remembering your group’s preferences, you’ll be well on your way to buying outstanding dresses that everyone can be happy with.

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Short Versus Long

Do you like short and flirty, or long and dramatic? One thing to think about when deciding on the length of bridesmaid dresses is the season of your wedding. Knee-length dresses are more common for spring and summer weddings while full-length are more often than not in fall and winter ceremonies. If you’re still on the fence about length, one option is to buy long and hem later when your mind is made up.

Also, check and see how the length compares with your wedding gown. If you have a cathedral veil and a long, flowing train, then full-length bridesmaid dresses are probably a good option. For a shorter or more contemporary bridal gown, knee-length bridesmaid dresses are the way to go.

A Note on Color

Here’s a tip that cannot be stressed enough—get your bridesmaids’ honest opinions when selecting color! Your bridesmaids know which colors wash them out or clash with their complexion and which do not, so don’t be afraid to ask what they think. You don’t want to be stuck with a sea foam green fiasco in your wedding photos that makes you wonder, “What was I thinking?”

Find a color that both you and your bridesmaids are comfortable with. If reaching an agreement is turning out to be impossible, strike a compromise by selecting a similar color in a different shade. It’s not a bad idea to visit your local hardware store and take home coordinating paint swatches to get a better idea of which colors go together—and which don’t!

Material Matters

Know your fabric and you’ll know how your bridesmaid outfits will turn out. Choose satin or sateen for a rich and lustrous surface, or pick chiffon for a lightweight and sheer effect. Charmeuse is a light, shimmery satin fabric that has a soft and contouring shape that’s perfect for draping or ruching.

Take a few moments before selecting your garments to learn how the dress you picked will hold up throughout the night. Will it wrinkle easily? Do stains come out? What are the cleaning instructions? Assign someone in your wedding party the task of bringing stain remover and an iron to the big event so that you will have all of your bases covered for any worst-case scenarios.

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It’s All in the Details

In many cases, the details make the dress. Whether it’s a ruched bust complemented by an asymmetrical hem or pleating at the waist for a slimming effect, details are what draw attention and provide a fabulous fit. Some of the most popular styles include: beaded accents, beautiful draping, ribbon ties, flower appliques, or a rhinestone belt.

And don’t forget to accessorize! With matching clutches, dyeable shoes and sparkly jewelry, your bridesmaids will be ready to walk down the aisle in style. Exquisite details are what transform a good dress into a great one, so keep an eye out for your favorite design features. You can easily make your bridal party look like they stepped out of a fashion magazine with the glamorous dress styles available today.

The Right Shape for All

It’s rare to find two bridesmaids of the exact same size and shape, so what’s a bride to do? The best option is to look for bridesmaid dresses that are designed to accommodate different body types.

For example, you might choose a dress style that features a high empire waist with flowing fabric that floats away from the tummy and hips to achieve a look that is flattering on all figure types. Another choice is to let each bridesmaid pick a different design of the same color. Then you will have a diverse bridal party displaying a fun and modern approach to bridesmaid dresses. No matter what your preference is, be sure to see each bridesmaid in her dress before making your final decision.

Your bridesmaids function as your supporters and sisters-in-spirit for your big day, so why shouldn’t they look their best? There are a lot of things to consider, from length and color to material and shape, but finding the perfect design with eye-catching details is well worth the search. Give your wedding party outfits they’ll cherish forever as they share in this momentous occasion.

Jesse Watson is a freelance writer who writes about several topics including weddings and fashionsuch as bridesmaid dresses.
Source: http://www.articlealley.com/article_1592640_41.html

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

Mother of the Groom Dress

Published:  May 27, 2010 by The Wedding Wizards

Traditional etiquette states the mother of the groom should wait until the mother of the bride has chosen a dress. The idea is for both mothers to end up wearing similarly formal dresses (one should not wear a ball gown if the other is wearing a strappy sundress).

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Not all brides (and mothers of the brides) follow all etiquette rules. You may feel more comfortable wearing a pantsuit instead of a traditional formal dress. This is not a problem, but it should be discussed with the bride and her mother to avoid any awkwardness.

The color of your dress should not match the mother of the bride, but you may want to stay in the same color family. You definitely will want to stay away from the same color as the bridesmaids. If you want to keep in line with the style of the bridesmaid dress, you can invite the bride to go shopping with you for your dress.

Black has been a color that mothers of the groom have stayed away from for years. It is gaining popularity, and if you are able to wear a colored jacket or scarf with your dress, it may be acceptable. The idea would be to stay away from a dress or outfit that will make you appear older or dowdy. You will also want to refrain from an outfit that can be also worn to a funeral (you will want something more festive than this).

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You will also want to avoid white, tan, ivory, or off-white (for the obvious reasons of course). Shopping for the mother of the groom dress is easier than in years past. With online shopping, you are able to go to “virtual boutiques” for prior to the wedding. This can give you an idea of what stores carry the items that are of interest to you. When it is time to shop for a dress (approximately 4-6 months prior to the wedding), allow yourself plenty of time to find a dress.

Besides shopping in bridal shops, elegant dresses and gowns can be found in department stores and boutiques. If you are not a shopper, selecting dresses online and having them shipped to your home might be an option for you. You can try on the dresses in the privacy of your own home. Be aware of your home lighting when doing this! The lighting in bridal studios and department stores tend to be brighter than the light we have in our homes.

Ultimately, if you are unable to find a dress that meets your satisfaction, consider finding a pattern that meets your requirements and have the gown made for you. Whatever gown you choose, looking your best on your son’s day is important. Find a style that fits and flatters, and you will not go wrong!

Visit TodaysBride.com for a complete list of local Bridal shops specializing in Mother-of dresses.

A Guide to Wedding Cake Frosting

By Amanda Jane

Next to the bridal gown, the wedding cake is perhaps the most detail intensive element of planning your event. It will take days if not weeks before the future bride can choose the exact design and color of her cake. On top of this, it may take her forever to decide the cake frosting to be used by her baker.

Cakes by West Side Bakery

This is the reason why you need to get a reputable baker so they can make intelligent suggestions as to which frosting would be best for the chosen cake design. You may know a thing or two about cakes but only those who have experienced in decorating them can tell you the pros and cons of using a specific frosting. Here are some of the types of cake frosting commonly used today.

Butter cream

Butter cream is a very versatile ingredient because it can be used both as a filling and a frosting. Bakers prefer this frosting because it is easy to color depending on the motif of the wedding. It is also easy to come up with various designs using this frosting. The only problem is that it can easily melt especially if the temperature is not controlled so watch out for butter cream if you are holding an outdoor reception.

Fondant

If you have seen satin smooth cakes that look perfect even if shaped like a gift, flower or anything at all then most probably it has been designed using fondant. Fondant icing is picture perfect and no one can argue with that. However, it does not taste as delicious as the other icing and some would even say it tastes bad. Some bakers however have a trick of using butter cream beneath the fondant to give it a really nice flavor.

Marzipan

This is a favorite among bakers as it tastes good and can be made to look like fondant icing. Marzipan contains sugar, eggs and crushed almonds making it a very tasty topping. However, using marzipan can be very expensive so be prepared for your wallet to take a hit.

Royal icing

This is perhaps the cheapest frosting anyone can use for a wedding cake. It can also produce picture perfect cakes with very intricate designs. Royal icing is actually a very hard frosting so there is seldom need to refrigerate it. You can have your baker create miniature cakes for you using some of the frosting you are interested in and then you can taste them and decide which one will look and taste the best.

Find more advice on wedding planning and wedding cakes

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Weight Loss Tips – Wedding Workouts for Brides

So many people viewed my recent post “Weight Loss Tips for Weddings” that I decided to write another focused specifically on the best workout routines to prepare for the big day. I am not planning a wedding, I’m not even engaged, but I often wonder what I’d do if I had a few months to prepare for my wedding. I’m in two weddings this summer so I might employ some of these tips and tricks myself!

You don’t necessarily have to hit the gym to get toned for your wedding dress. There are lots of options for outdoor workouts, workouts for your living room, and routines with or without weights!

Here’s some of the best advice on the web when it comes to Workouts for your Wedding!

Sparkpeople.com – This site has a great, comprehensive list of workout ideas. The best part is, they break it down by dress type – what workout routine to do if you have a strapless dress, a backless dress, etc. I really liked this 20-minute, equipment-free wedding dress workout to tone your arms.

FitnessMagazine.com – What I love about this Bridal Boot Camp workout is that you only need a set of 15-pound dumbbells. It’s a total body routine and they offer a training video so you make sure you’re doing the moves correctly.

WomensHealthMag.com – They offer a great suggestion for a completely outdoor workout on your local running trail. It’s not geared to brides, specifically, but it will certainly do the drink when it comes to calorie-burn. They also suggest a Pilates workout for the pool that is simple, quick and will help keep your muscles long and lean.

Click on a few of these links and see which workout appeals to you! There’s so much out there – the most important thing is that you get moving and make a committment to doing a little something almost every day.

Good luck!

Fun and Memorable Shower Gifts for the Bride-To-Be

Traditionally, most brides-to-be are expecting shower gifts that are very helpful when they became housewives. A bride may tend to expect household items that she and her husband-to-be can use when they begin their new life together. These items can be stuff that bride would use to care her husband, and maintain their own home. With this idea, to come up with a bridal shower gift is as easy as going to the house wares section of your local department stores.

However, bridal shower ideas have changed. Traditional gifts are no longer a hit nowadays. Don’t be the only one who brings vacuum while everyone else has prepared great bridal shower gift ideas that a modernized bride will really appreciate. Something that can pamper and prepare the bride-to-be for her upcoming event can make an idea preference to come up with a very nice shower present.

Today’s brides are no longer from being daddy’s little girl, to man’s new other behalf. Modern brides are usually independent living their lives on their own for a while, have their own career, and are interested in living in a married life. This will going to be a major commitment, therefore their independent experience mold them, becoming them ready and brave to face a new challenge of life.

The time comes that you, a close friend of bride-to-be, should give something that she wouldn’t buy for herself or something she won’t remember as her wedding day draws near. Here are few gift suggestions to pamper your friend, the bride-to-be:

* Spa Gift
Spa gift is definitely perfect if to pamper the bride is what you really opt give. Why not treat her in a day at spa? A day of relaxation in a spa or massage parlor can release some of the bride’s wedding jitters. You could also give spa collection. For instance, a gift basket filled with relaxing aromas can give her reason to enjoy hours of bathing. A spa basket include shower gels, soaps, lotions, soft towels and even scented candles and other personal items just for her.

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* Wedding Survival Kit
Expect that the wedding will gonna be busy, full of excitement as well as surprises that sometimes, good or bad. Think of the things she might not think about as she’s getting ready right before the ceremony begins. Give her a wedding survival kit gift, which she might not expect you can give. This idea works well and often used during the last-minute preparation of the bride. It include hairspray, perfume, hair clips or pins, brush, lipstick, and anything she or her attendant might need right before the wedding entourage. Place them in a neat carrying case with a special note.

* Sentimental Present

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Sentimental gift is a concept that works well for bride’s family and best friends. The gift should refer to something that the bride and people who are very close to her heart have shared. Few good ideas are picture frames and photo albums. Include fun and memorable photos that will surely give her a teary eyes. You may consider engraved picture frames or albums that can make a special keepsake as she began to live her new life with a new companion. Other personalized gifts that can carry deep sentiment are engraved jewelry gifts, personalized bridal shirts and handbags.

Jnet is an author for a variety of lifestyle issues and topics.

For more information on bridal shower gifts, visit TodaysBride.com and browse our list of bridal shower locations and gift ideas.