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Bringing an End to Wedding Planning “Phone Tag”

When your wedding planning gets into full swing, you will learn quickly how frustrating it is to become trapped and entwined in several never-ending games of vendor phone tag. It will often seem like no one is ever around when you need them, and they will only ever call you back when it is least convenient. Games of phone tag usually begin with a few apologetic voicemails with a hasty return number, but can quickly turn irritating when you find that you’ve gone weeks without directly catching the person you need to reach, and you’ve learned nothing that is vital to your planning process. A woman can only handle so many “Sorry I missed you, you can reach me at…” messages before she throws a rock through a print shop window. Don’t do that. Instead, try one or both of the following techniques:   Call and Email While phones are your best bet for reaching a real live human when you’re trying to rush through wedding tasks, there is something to be said for a good, solid email. Either of these mediums alone often isn’t enough, however. On their own, forgetting to respond to an email or a voicemail is pretty easy, but one of each is harder to miss. One will help to remind your audience about the other. If they receive a voicemail from you, they may or may not remember to call you back. An additional email bumps you back up the priorities list – at least some of the time. Leave a specific voicemail, and follow up with an email that sounds something like “Just following up concerning my call to your business earlier this week; I look forward to hearing from you about…” Short, simple, and friendly. Just don’t overload their inbox!     Employ Specificity
When you don’t reach your hopeful audience after a few phone calls, start leaving more than just your name and number on their machine. If you’re a potential customer, give them a reason to be more eager to reach you – specifics about the service you need and the information you need from them. If anything, you’ll receive a counter message that is more than just their name and number; it may even be pertinent information for you! That way, you may not need to waste any more time chasing them down. If you are already using the services of the audience you’re trying to reach, a specific message helps to guarantee that a return message will contain any of the information you need, such as cake topper pricing or shipping details. Even if you’re both too busy to catch each other, the game of phone tag gets a little more productive with the application of a little specificity. May your game of phone tag reach a swift and satisfying conclusion!
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Questions and Concerns for your Wedding Officiant

If your wedding will be non-traditional, you may be a little fuzzy about the details of your wedding ceremony. You probably have a good idea about what you want the end result to look like, but have you taken the time to sit down and flesh out the details that are actually important to you and your almost-spouse? If you’re getting ready for your first meeting with your officiant, or you’ve just now realized that you should probably email her and set one up, here are some concerns you should bring with you:   Unity Ceremony?
This is a good talk to have after you’ve secured a venue of your ceremony. If you have your heart set on a unity ceremony that involves margaritas and open flames, and your venue has a blanket ban on alcohol and candles, you may need to rethink what you do for the bulk of your ceremony’s run time. If you’re ditching the idea of a unity ceremony bu you don’t have any other traditions you’re sticking to, discuss what the meat of your ceremony will contain. Advice? Vows? Stories? Readings from noted authors of the first half of the 21st century in America? Write down a list of the important points you want to hit on in your ceremony and make sure you and your officiant are clear on them. Ordainment Laws?
This is especially pertinent if you are being married by someone recently ordained in your state. Whether they printed a hasty ordainment online so that they could perform your marriage, or they just recently started practicing in your area, make sure you know well ahead of time if it’s legal for them to marry you and your dearest heart. Some states do not recognize ordainments awarded in an online venue, so check with your county clerk’s office for specifics, and make sure all paperwork is filled out well ahead of time. You would hate to have to return those centerpieces just because you didn’t get the paperwork stamped a month in advance.   Vows?
Especially if you’re having a secular ceremony, the vows are a detail that aren’t written down anywhere for you, even if you think you know exactly what you want to say. If you’re hiring an officiant, they should already be asking you specific questions about your vows. If you’re using someone fresh-faced and wide-eyed, this is another detail that needs to be figured out right away. Are you and your beloved exchanging personal vows? Will you share them beforehand? Will you recite vows that you are fed by your officiant? This quick chat will also remind you and your fiancé that writing your vows is not something that should be left until the last minute. Get started now!
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Invitation Tips, Dos, and Dont's

One of the first things a couple does when they’re starting to plan a wedding is to compile a (very) tentative guest list. You should do this before you scout potential venues, before you look at bakeries and caterers… everything. How many people you invite to your wedding will limit or expand what your options are for every other detail of your big day. You may think that you’ve only got a 30 person guest list, but your social circle grows when you actually sit down and draw out the people you want at your wedding. Here’s a quick guide to some basic dos and don’ts for your guest list, and a few tips to keep everything from spiraling out of control:   Draw up some guest tiers
You shouldn’t send tiered invitations (B-listing) or hold a tiered reception (where certain guests are only invited to certain parts of the reception), but you should tier your first draft of your guest list. Who must be invited, and who can’t be invited without inviting three other people? Immediate family (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles) may be one tier while cousins and great aunts and uncles are another. Instead of cutting individuals (which can cause some family tension), try to cut your guest list off at a tier. Maybe you invite family but not friends – it all depends on what your guest max is. Invite all significant others
If one of your adult guests is in a relationship, you should invite the significant other. While some people may say that it’s okay to not invite someone who is only a “casual” boyfriend (or you should only invite couples together if they’re married), you begin to tread in dangerous waters when you start making those decisions and distinctions yourself. Your definition of a “serious” relationship may be different from someone else’s, and you don’t want to split up a couple who identifies as a unit in social situations. They may be offended, and you could end up with a “regretfully declines” from someone you really wanted there. Decide about +1s now
If you allow your single friends to bring guests, prepare for your guest list to grow significantly. You may alter who gets a +1 depending on various factors, such as how far your guest is traveling or if they’re attending with their families, but whatever you do, decide now what your plan is before you deliver any numbers to vendors or venues. You don’t want to quote 100 people to your venue when adding +1s would bump your guest list to 150.   Be clear on your invites
The best way to guarantee a final guest list even close to the original number you intended is to be clear in your invitations. If you aren’t inviting children to your wedding, only write the names of the adults invited on the invite, and be sure to add “(2) seats reserved in your honor” to the RSVP. If someone RSVPs with more names than you intended, make a quick phone call to your guests to clarify who the invitation was for. Most people will understand, though you should be prepared for a few “regretfully declines” when you aren’t willing to invite everyone.
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The Many Reasons to Spring for a Wedding Organizer

A Wedding Organizer to Keep Everything in Check

Wedding Organizer

  Any wedding professional will tell you that they key to avoiding wedding planning stress is to keep everything organized. If you're an old fashioned kind of bride (or groom!) who has trouble keeping everything straight without writing it down, a good wedding organizer should help you greatly. A wedding organizer will do much more than offer you inspiration and advice as you trudge through wedding planning; it will be your stylized guide to keeping everything in check as the quotes and contracts come rolling in. If you're looking for a good engagement gift for the potentially frantic bride, a wedding organizer couldn't hurt. While others might be gathering wedding magazines and website recommendations for the overburdened bride, you can help her keep everything in check with a solid wedding organizer!   A good wedding organizer will have tabs, budgeting tools, and a large, infallible calendar. You can play with your iPhone all you want - nothing is a substitute for writing dates and deadlines down. The act of writing things and taking notes in your wedding organizer will commit them to memory better than simply jotting them down in your digital universe. Plus, your wedding organizer will never run out of batteries.
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Spreadsheets for a Perfect Wedding Budget

Congratulations on your engagement! The first few months of your engagement (depending on how long you want to wait for the big day) can be a little overwhelming if you start planning things out early. Figuring out budgets and checking out locations can become a little disorganized, and I definitely recommend a solid wedding spreadsheet.

Microsoft Excel is designed to be easy to use and helpful, and is especially wonderful during the wedding planning process - take advantage of it! If you aren't comfortable using Excel (or an equivalent program), try to get help from your new fiancé/fiancée or a particularly friendly coworker. I first learned how to navigate the wonderful world of spreadsheets by looking around on Google and YouTube for quick "basics" tutorials, as you won't need anything past a basic understanding to create a good wedding spreadsheet - it's an amazing tool, as it practically does all of your budgeting for you.   Columns! So Exciting!
Columns can be organized by different budget scenarios, with the running total on top (for ease of access), starting with your ideal budget and working toward budgets that are more specific. I recommend one column for an ideal budget, a column for projected budget (how much you think you'll actually spend. Depending on different variables, you can have multiples of these), a column for various quoted prices, and an actual money spent column. These columns will help you to keep your budget in perspective as you move forward, and it works well for testing out different combinations and package options to see how they would affect your overall budget. Sometimes it's hard to visualize all budget outcomes without a tangible guide, and Excel is a great solution. Rows! Hooray!
Your rows can be as general or specific as you like, but keep in mind that you can always add subheadings for specific items that are a part of a larger group. You can have a row for "party rentals" and a row for "tables," or you can group them together as a single expense. These groupings will change depending on how inclusive venues and packages are and you can always group them in later columns. The reason that Excel is such a great wedding planning tool is that no expense with take you by surprise at the last minute as you add up your expenses and discuss priorities with your future spouse. Excel can be a singular tool that keeps track of your expenses and helps you decide where you want to spend your money on your wedding day! Color code away!

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Finding the Right Casual Wedding Invitations

Casual Wedding Invitations for your Laid-Back Nuptials

Casual Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are the one bit of wedding stationary that almost no one skips, specifically because of how important they are. Casual wedding invitations will help your guests understand what the vibe of your wedding is – how they should dress, what they should expect, etc. If you’re planning on a big to-do black tie affair, it’s safe to bet that you don’t want to stock up on casual wedding invitations. Casual wedding invitations are for casual weddings; weddings where your guests don’t wear ties or sip expensive cocktails.   Casual wedding invitations still conform to all the protocols of standard invitations, however. Be sure to give your guests plenty of notice (6-ish weeks) and make sure they have a card to return an RSVP. The difference with casual wedding invitations, however, is that you probably won’t have delicate inlayed spacer paper and a thousand tiny envelopes within the casing of your casual wedding invitations. Casual wedding invitations should also be paired with equally casual Save-the-Dates, if you can. They, along with casual wedding invitations, will help your guests navigate the formality of your event and plan accordingly.
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How can you make your guests smile and enjoy the wedding celebrations?

A wide variety of enterprising concepts and innovative ideas are now available for designing accessories that form integral part of your wedding celebrations. Among the most in demand are wedding cake toppers. We suggest that you go for Funny Frog Prince cake topper if you intend to make your guests smile. Made of hand painted fine porcelain, this ‘silly’ frog prince cake topper features a bewildering background of flowing tulle, and the mystical Mr. and Mrs. Frog for company. It also includes stylized lily pad detail. To further surprise your guests, you may also consider Gone Fishing Mix & Match cake top (Caucasian) that takes the popular saying ‘Gone Fishing’ to an entirely different level. The Mix & Match cake top can be used with equally enjoyable tied bundles of tiered cookies or cup cakes. Made of hand painted porcelain, you may opt to mix and match it, as the name suggests, with other interchangeable wedding cake toppers. Another offbeat choice is a Comical Bride & Groom figurine. This is an exclusive offering that features an adorable couple that holds the viewer’s attention. All about being whimsical and fun to inspire a spontaneous laugh, the charming bride and groom are bound to strike a happy note. You may display the figurine atop your wedding cake or give it away as a novelty gift. The choice is yours...
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Which accessory lets you express your feelings to the most precious persons in your life?

A sentimental note along with an elegant wedding party handkerchief is for those close to you. The embroidered accessory allows you to appreciate and acknowledge all their help and support in some of the challenging moments in your life. For instance, a note of gratitude to ‘Maid of Honor’ mentions how the latter has stood by your side in your tough times. It thanks your maid of honor for all the kindness, compassion, understanding and trustworthiness. It recounts how both of you have shared so many joyful moments and even a few difficult occasions. Thanking the important person in your life for being a part of your wedding, it sums up your sentiments by stating: “What's important, is that we shared all these experiences together. I value our friendship and will always treasure it. I also appreciate the strength and love it gives me today! This also is an apt giveaway to your closest friend, thanking the friend for offering every possible encouragement and endless joy. It is an opportunity to mention of their kindness, understanding, compassion and trust. Thanking for having devoted precious time and summing up the true essence of the relationship, the note mentions: “Friends talk with us, laugh with us and even cry with us. They are there with us also during our more difficult moments. Thank you so much for being a part of my wedding day!”
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Planning your wedding well

A wedding is the most special occasion of your life. The most important part of a wedding lies in its planning. Here are some tips to plan a wedding. •    When you are ordering your wedding cake, it makes sense to order various layers of different flavors. It makes the cake look interesting and at the same time it saves money.
•    Fix your hair and makeup specialists before hand. Have your facial done a week before the D day, if you are afraid that you might have rashes. If you need accessories for your hair, it is more practical to buy them yourself instead of leaving it to the stylist. It is better to try out the make up and hairstyle before hand so that you are not in for any kind of surprises.
•    Choose your caterer carefully. While selecting the menu, keep in mind guests of all age and genre. You cannot have only veg food and vice versa. Decide on what drinks you want to serve.
•    Choose a photographer who will give you your negatives. That way, you can get as many copies as you want. Make a checklist of all the items that need to be taken care of. This way, there will be no last minute rush.
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Plan an Affordable wedding

You need not have an extravagant wedding at all. If you feel that you cannot spend a fortune on your weddings then do not be disheartened. You can have a great wedding on a tight budget too. You just need to plan properly. First you will have to choose a suitable venue based on your invitees. No point booking a huge venue when you have only a handful of guests. You can also hold the reception in a friend’s backyard for a nominal amount if the weather permits. This way, you can have full access to the kitchen, tables, chairs, sitting area and restrooms without having to pay extra. You can decorate the place yourselves. You will just need to buy some decorative stuff. This will definitely be less than having a professional do it. You can create your own centerpiece and flower and candle decorations at a minimal cost. You need not spend too much on food too. You can actually arrange a potluck dinner. Your relatives and friends can get one dish per family and it will result in a fabulous meal. You can ask your mom to bake the cake. This way, you will not need to spend a huge amount on food and also have a personal touch.
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Quick Guide To Planning Your Wedding

All of us want to have a dream wedding. But that needs a lot of planning. No wedding is glitch free. No matter how much you plan, there bound to be certain glitches so you need to overlook the minor ones. You must chalk out the details before hand. Prioritize your ‘must haves’ and make sure they happen. You can take care of the less important things later. The first step is to confirm a date. Once you have confirmed the date, you can check whether the venue is available. If it is not available, then chances are that you would need to change your date. Try to look for more than one option. Once that is done, then comes the budget. If you have a limited budget to work on, then try and see where all you can curtail costs. Make a list of everything that you need to buy. Once the list is done, try and stick to the budget. Do not keep adding to the list unnecessarily. You can even talk to your local merchants for a good discount. Decide on how many people you want to invite and what the menu should be. Food is one place where you must not compromise on the basis of cost. You can cut out on the frills but do not compromise on the quality of your food.
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