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What Should Be on Your Wedding Planning Checklist?

What Should Be on Your Wedding Planning Checklist?

A lot of wedding planning checklists have these extensive and detailed timelines of what you should do in month 12, 8, 5,2....etc. But what about our brides that get engaged and plan a wedding three months out? Looking at what you "should have done" 9 months ago isn't exactly going to help the wedding stress. So here is a straight wedding planning checklist that that will help any bride or groom plan for their wedding day!

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A Wedding Planning Checklist

  • Announce engagement.
  • Review finances
  • Prepare wedding budget
  • Create a wedding binder (actual or digital) to track planning and receipts
  • Hire a wedding planner
  • Create a guest list and be open to revision
  • Decide upon a wedding design and style
  • Choose wedding colors
  • Decide on who you want in your bridal party
  • Buy Bridal Party gifts
  • Determine Bridal Party Assignments, if any
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  • Extend Bridal Party Invitations
  • Review and Select a venue
  • Review and secure a caterer
  • Create song lists
  • Review and secure a band or DJ
  • Review and hire a florist
  • Go cake tasting and order your wedding cake
  • Buy wedding cake topper
  • Review and hire a photographer
  • Take Engagement Photos
  • Make a wedding website
  • Select Invitations and set a deadline for when to send them out
  • Send out save the dates
  • Buy your wedding dress
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  • Pick out what the bridal party is wearing. Make sure this is done early enough for everyone to get fittings!
  • Create ceremony schedule
  • Create reception schedule
  • Decide and book luncheon and rehearsal dinner locations
  • Secure officiant
  • Determine hair and make up
  • Buy rehearsal and luncheon dresses
  • Buy guest favors
  • Book any extra vendors for activities at your wedding, such as photo booths, archery, ax throwing. You know, the typical stuff.
  • Write wedding vows
  • Decide on what you want said at your wedding
  • Invite those you want to give toasts to do so
  • Plan and purchase any decorative accessories for your wedding and reception that goes beyond flowers
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  • Create mock ups of table settings, floral elements, etc
  • Get your marriage licence
  • Book Honeymoon
  • Create a seating chart based on RSVP
  • Put tips for vendors and services in envelopes, ready to go
  • Pay in full all vendors and venues
  • Arrange all travel vehicles for guests, the bride and groom, and bridal parties as needed
  • Book block of rooms for out of town guests
  • Pack for honeymoon
  • Get a pedicure and manicure, and maybe a massage
The size and location of your wedding will determine what on this wedding planning checklist is applicable. Though, in general, this is what you're looking at needing to get done. A wedding planner isn't 100% always a necessity, but can definitely help a lot! Especially, if you're easily overwhelmed or have a hard time keeping life organized.
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Do You Really Need a Wedding Planner?

Do You Really Need a Wedding Planner?

If you're asking this question, chances are you're leaning towards not, but are feeling some pressure to do so. A lot of the time deciding not to hire a wedding planner is either because you don't have the budget for one or because you don't want someone else planning a day you've been dreaming about for years. We get it. To answer you're question simply: No, you don't really need a wedding planner. However, wedding planners can be a huge asset, especially if you've planning a large or destination wedding. Plus, wedding planners come in many different shapes and sizes. So you'll likely find a wedding planner that fits your wants and needs, while also fitting a budget.

How to know if you should hire a wedding planner.destination wedding planner

If you can say yes to the one or more of the following, a wedding planner may be exactly what you need:
  1. There are too many people providing or insisting upon conflicting input on how the wedding should be.
  2. You're having a destination wedding.
  3. You don't have any reliable sources to find quality wedding vendors.
  4. You don't have any outside help from family or friends to get everything done.
  5. You and or your future spouse are unable to meet with vendors during the week.

What type of wedding planner should you hire?

Whether you are concerned about your budget or about having more control and involvement in the process, the good news is that you have a lot of different options that go beyond the traditional, full-service wedding planner. For example, a budget friendly option is an À La Carte Planner. This would be a planner that works with you part-time and on a need basis. Usually they charge an hourly rate or flat fee for the specific services and projects you want them to help you with. wedding planner Another budget friendly option that works for brides that want to be in complete control of the wedding planning, but to sit back and enjoy the wedding day is a Day-of Coordinator. This type of wedding planner simply coordinates everything on the day of your wedding. They'll be working with the vendors, keeping everything on schedule, and organizing any post wedding clean ups. Then, if you have no idea what you want your wedding to look like or have a very big and unique vision, you might consider an event designer. This is someone that would work alongside you or a more traditional wedding planner. They don't handle any of the logistics or budget tracking. They are focused on coordinating with vendors only to create the vision and design. A full service wedding planner, of course, does everything. They handle the bringing the vision to life through design and logistics. This doesn't mean they take over and you don't get a say. It simply means that you have an expert to help make what you want happen and that knows what the best options really are. Plus, anything you don't want to deal with can be completely handled by the wedding planner.

But, do you HAVE to hire a wedding planner?? Like, really?

Do you have to hire a wedding planner for your big day to be wonderful? Of course not. Can it make it easier to enjoy the process and prevent any hiccups along the way? Definitely. Ultimately, and as always, the decision is yours!
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Plus Size Brides | What to look for in a wedding dress | Part Two

Best plus size wedding dress shops Image Source Plus size brides may find themselves getting frustrated trying on wedding dresses in bridal shops that just don't seem to be catered to them. It may take a little time and a few deep breaths, but you can and will find your dream wedding dress! Here are a few things to look for to help you along the way!

Material Matters:

One of the first things you should look for is a dress made of a thicker and sturdier material. Thin materials might seem like a good idea for a summer wedding or a "light" feel, but you need a material that will hold it's shape! Avoid the skim the body fabrics and go for materials like taffeta, organza, lace, and duchess satin. Remember, you are not LIMITED on what your wedding dress should and can be. There are so many options out there, but some will be better for a curv-licious body type.

Bigger not smaller:

We all know that no body is made the same. That's why the whole one size fits all mentality of fashion has had to transform (and is still working on it). When you're wedding dress shopping, knowing the shape of your body is important. You should know if your wider in the hips, fuller in the chest, midsection, thighs, etc. Chances are, no wedding dress is going to fit your exact curves and proportions perfectly. When this happens, do not get discouraged! What will help when picking your wedding dress is to go for the dress that fits bigger on your smaller parts versus tight on the more va-va-voom aspects of your body. This is because when you go to make alterations, it will be significantly easier to create a perfect fit by sizing the dress down, than to add material without losing the integrity of the dress you love.

Style:

Wedding Dresses for Plus Size Brides Image Source Some wedding dress styles are better for a full figure bride than others. That is simply the truth. However, there seems to be an endless array of wedding dress styles that will accentuate your body exactly the way you want it to. Trumpet, mermaid, drop waist, a-line...are just a few styles that may just be your perfect fit. Check out part one of this series for more styles and what makes them perfect for a plus size bride here.

Designers and shops that will work well with plus size brides:

Most designers will have the dress you want in the size you want, but it may not be in store. If you've found a dress you love, but can't try on, feel free to contact the designer! If they won't work with you or help you achieve your goal, then that may just not be the dress for you. Also, it may be a good idea to call ahead to shops. This will give you an idea of which shops will be the most productive. Plus their response can tell you a little about how helpful they will be in helping you achieve your wedding dress dreams. David's bridal plus size collection Image Source If you're at a loss of where to start, we suggest David's Bridal. Their plus size collection is designed around a size 18 model. Plus, there are David's Bridal's all over, so chances are there is one near you!

Your Dream Dress:

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  One major thing to look for in your wedding dress is if it is your dream dress or not! Whatever you do, don't just pick one to get it over with! Don't be hurried into a dress that doesn't make you feel like the queen that you are! Go to multiple shops, try on as many styles as you want, but don't settle.
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How to Plan Your Wedding Without Stress

Wedding Stress got you down? Check out Exquisite Bride If we are all being honest here, we know that there is a certain level of stress to be expected in planning an event like a wedding. Below are five strategies to help you keep that stress level down, if not get rid of stress entirely!

Hire a Wedding Planner that you Trust

A wedding planner can truly be a godsend when getting ready for your wedding day. Which is why hiring one is on our de-stress list! Your planner takes the brunt of the work while you point, say yes, no, and describe your dream wedding. We have one recommendation though: make sure the wedding planner you hire is the right fit before you dive deep! You may hear every once in awhile a horror story about a wedding planner that "ruined" the wedding day. This is why it is important to hire someone after you have met with a few different planners and been able to sift through a few reviews. Then, when you do hire someone, make sure communication is easy, open, and clear. Often these horror story wedding planners come more from a miscommunication of expectations, rather than complete incompetence.

Give Yourself Enough Time

If you are planning a big wedding, you have to know that you will need a big timeline. A time crunch is often one of the biggest stresses of wedding planning. Do yourself a favor and pick a wedding date far enough out to actually accomplish the creation of your dream wedding. With that being said, you also have to stay on the ball and not procrastinate your planning! Give yourself time and you will give yourself peace!

Go on a Mini-Vacation

If you feel the stress mounting, take a break. Go on a weekend getaway and forget about wedding plans for a few days. OR if you don't feel you can take a weekend, enjoy a spa day or doing something you truly enjoy and leave that wedding planning binder at home!

Don't Take it too Seriously

Your wedding is meant to be enjoyed. It doesn't matter if you are going for an elegant affair or playing it up with a Shrek Fairy tale theme. If you can't let go and see that in the long run, something going wrong on the wedding day isn't the end of the world. Well...let's just say that the chances that everything is exactly perfect for the entire processes is slim and you should be enjoying your last days while you can.

Journal Therapy

This one is easy. Unless you absolutely hate writing, but even then, you can modify it to your needs. Journal writing (venting) is a great way to release your pent up stress, sort through your feelings, and gain perspective. Keep a wedding journal to help you manage your stress AND document memories of the days leading up to that magical "I Do".
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Tips From Real Life Proposal Stories

How to ask one of the most important questions of your life:

Secret Cliffside Proposal in Big Sur Lynn Lewis Asking someone to marry you is a big deal. It shouldn't be done for the heck of it, nor should it be a last ditch effort to save a crumbling relationship. Marriage is a wonderful and hard thing. The proposal is the first step. Take a look at these real life stories to figure out the secret of the perfect proposal.

Real Life Proposals

Melissa B.: Spent all day at our favorite place, Disneyland. At night when the Sleeping Beauty Castle was lit, he proposed to me surrounded by family and park-goers and it was perfect! One of my favorite memories is noticing his hand fidgeting in mine as we approached the castle. I loved finding out that it was because he was about to propose!

Steve M.: I asked Kim to marry me via an Easter egg hunt. She had to spell out will you marry me and the ring was in a big plastic gold egg.
Ashley K.Zach proposed to me in the evening at home in our pajamas. We had just watched a show, and he left the room, came back, and said he was happiest at home with me and the cats. Then, as formal as you can be wearing pajamas, he got on one knee and proposed. I said yes and he put my ring on. Then he nearly passed out from being too overwhelmed lol. He's sweet.
Christine M.We had just moved into our first apartment as a couple (we lived with 4-5 roommates prior). It was late, and we both had a long day at work. We were hanging out in our little kitchen, and I was sitting on the counter. We were surrounded by stacks of boxes waiting to be unpacked. However, we just wanted to have a drink, hang out, laugh together, and just soak in the newness of our place. That’s when he proposed. It was so simple, but it was genuine and beautiful. It wasn’t over the top, but it was us. Apparently he was holding onto the ring for a while and was waiting for “the moment”. He couldn’t have had better timing.

Are you getting the big idea behind the wedding proposal yet?

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Cameo My husband waited until 1 am to write a huge complex math equation on the chalkboard at our study lounge in college and then asked me to help him solve it. I said no which led to an argument that ended with him writing the answer to the problem, which was "will you marry me?" and him throwing the ring at me and storming out. I quickly followed after him and asked him if we could start over. After he helped me solve the math equation and I said yes, we went and got slurpees to celebrate.
Mike M.: Made her dinner at her place before she got home. Had the first clue for a scavenger hunt under her plate. When she was done eating I removed her plate and the hunt began. I wrote all the clues. The last clue said, “I hate it when there’s rocks in my shoe!” It led her to her closet where I had planted her ring in one of her shoes. When she came out of her closet I was on a knee and asked for her hand in marriage. This June will be 23 years! 😍😍
Jill S.:  I came back to my hometown to cheer my high school homecoming game the October after graduating (I was a cheerleader in high school and alumni are invited to cheer at homecoming every year). During half time, my boyfriend came down and asked me to introduce him to the coach. So we walk over and he shakes his hand and the coach asks him, “are you ready?” My boyfriend says yes... And I say ready for what? Then the coach asks for everyone’s attention at the sideline and Jason drops to a knee and proposes in front of a full football stadium! We have been married 19 years!

Who knows the secret?

Courtney H.: Tyler took me on a nice date and then when we came back to my parents house he took me to the room/spot where we had talked about getting married. He had the ring in his pocket and got down in one knee and said a bunch of nice things and proposed to me. I think that how it went. It was late.... Ha ha
Jessica P.: Deric took me to a park in Idaho next to a river where my sister and Andrew set up a computer and rose petals. When we got to the bench, Deric sat me down and played a slideshow video full of pictures of us to Beautiful Soul (cheesy I know but I loved it!). He then took me to where the rose petals where arranged in a heart and knelt down! Got it all on video too.
Travis S.: Proposed at Anime Expo while she was in cosplay! And on July 4th! Lol!  Stephanie F.:  My husband took me to one of our church's temples. We spent the day inside and then we walked around the gardens outside. We sat down on a bench and we were just talking. Well sort of. I had a feeling he was about to propose and so we were both kind of nervous. I was wearing a promise ring he had given me in high school and he started playing with it and took it off. He swapped it with my engagement ring and slipped it on my finger and went down on one knee. This is where it gets kind of fuzzy because I literally cannot remember him saying "will you marry me" or me saying "yes" but I know it happened. It is kind of funny how sometimes that moment you have been day dreaming ends up being a blur of just pure happiness.

How do you want to propose?

Christin R.: Ooohhhh I have a real good one! Including missing 2 flights, my grandma nearly missing the whole thing, a male dog with a bow, and disguised birthday surprise for my mom she actually knew about to try and surprise me (it worked) and me not seeing the ring for nearly 6 mins.
Daryl K.: Mike came over to my house and we were trying to decide what to do for the day. I had my back turned to him looking something up on the computer and he says, "I know what we can do". I turned around and he's down on one knee and says, "We can get married! Will you marry me?!" He later told me he had wanted to propose at the beach where we spent our first date, but earlier that day he had picked up my ring and just couldn't wait any longer!! It was So sweet! He could have proposed in Taco Bell for all I care!! ♥️
Stephanie S.: It was a Saturday and I had to work some overtime. He was anxious for me to get to his parents house and kept calling to see where I was. He wanted to have a picnic lunch in the park. When I got there we drove over to a park. He took me to a beautiful spot that overlooked the town and an orange grove. Then, he had some pomegranate seeds and began relying the story of Hades and Persephone. He told me that he wanted me to be with him forever and asked me to marry him

The big secret?

The how doesn't matter so much. You know who your proposing. Think about them and how much you love them. Be real. Nothing else matters.

Share your real life proposal stories below!

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100 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

100 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

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+Ask About Love and Marriage

  1. What do you picture our lives to look like in ten years?
  2. What would you do if we fell out of love?
  3. Would you feel comfortable going to marriage counseling?
  4. In what ways do you think our lives will change once we are married?
  5. How important is sex in marriage?
  6. What are your sexual expectations?
  7. What are your views on porn?
  8. What is your biggest fear about being married?
  9. What do you think is the best thing about marriage? The worst thing?
  10. What do wedding rings mean to you?
  11. If there was one thing you could change about me, what would it be?
  12. What do you love about me?
  13. Do you have any doubts about our relationship?
  14. How do you expect our anniversary to be acknowledged?
  15. What is the best way for us to keep our love alive?
  16. What are your views on prenups?
  17. What are your views about divorce?
  18. What was/is your parents relationship like?
  19. How will our past relationships effect our marriage?
  20. Do you believe that "love is all you need'?

Ask About Children

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  1. How many kids do you want?
  2. When do you see us having kids?
  3. How far apart do we want their ages?
  4. If we get pregnant, how long will we wait to announce it to family and friends? Is there anyone that is an exception to waiting to tell?
  5. Will one of us stop working to take care of our kids?
    • If yes, who?
    • If no, what kind of childcare do we want?
  6. Would we want to home school our kids?
  7. Is private school something we want to pursue? Would we be able to afford it?
  8. How do you feel about paying for our kids college education?
  9. Will we give our kids an allowance? Do they have to earn it?
  10. If we discover we can't get pregnant on our own would we be open to medical treatment? surrogacy? adoption?
  11. Would we be interested in being foster parents?
  12. How do we want to handle discipline? For example, one of our kids is bullying at school or is failing classes? What would we do?
  13. What do you think it means to be a good parent?
  14. Are the roles of a mom and dad different? If so, what are they?
  15. Is there anything that worries you about having kids?

Ask About Religion and Personal Values

  1. What are our religious beliefs?
  2. If they are different, how can we realistically handle these differences?
  3. What role do we want these beliefs to play in our lives?
  4. What religious holidays will we celebrate?
  5. What are your views on birth control?
  6. What is more important - financial stability or family relationships?
  7. What are you religious beliefs about marriage?
  8. What do you think about infidelity?
  9. Do you believe an emotional affair is a real thing?
  10. How would you handle it if someone was talking badly about me?

Ask About Money

  1. What kind of career do you envision yourself having and what have you done to get there?
  2. How much money do we each make now and what is a the realistic potential growth?
  3. What spending lifestyle do we want to have and is it realistic?
  4. How do you feel about debt?
  5. What debt do you have now?
  6. What's your credit score?
  7. Do you know how to keep a budget?
  8. What are your views on saving money?
  9. What would we do if we lost either of our jobs?
  10. Would we ever move in with either of our parents? For how long?
  11. When do you think it is important to start saving for retirement?
  12. Will we invest our money?
  13. How will we determine what to invest it and how much?
  14. Would you feel comfortable lending money to a family member or friend?
    • Is there a max amount?
    • Anyone that would be an exception?
  15. Who will be in charge of managing our money? For example, ensuring bills are pain on time?

Ask About Family and In-Law Relationships

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  1. What is the role of a wife?
  2. What is the role of a husband?
  3. Do you get along with and like my family?
  4. How often do we expect to see our extended families?
  5. How often will we go to them?
  6. How often will they come to us?
  7. What role will our parents play in our children's lives?
  8. How much about our daily lives will they know?
  9. Do you feel comfortable discussing the intimacies (money, sex, fights) of our relationship with anyone in your family?
  10. Would you feel comfortable if I discusses the intimacies of our relationships with someone in my family?
  11. Does anyone in your family have a history of mental illness? violent or addictive behaviors?
  12. Do you have a family history of diseases?
  13. Would we ever let any of our parents live with us?
  14. Would we ever let any of our siblings live with us?
  15. How would you handle a member of your family telling you they don't like me?

Health

  1. Have you ever suffered from depression or any issues involving mental health?
  2. Would you be willing to seek treatment if you ever became depressed?
  3. Would you be willing to attend therapy with me if I asked you to?
  4. If I needed to change my diet for health reasons, would you change yours with me?
  5. How do you feel about weight gain?
  6. How important is it for you that I am physically fit? That you are physically fit?
  7. If one of us gets out of shape, can the other ask us to refocus on our physical health?
  8. Do you live an active or sedentary lifestyle?
  9. How important is having good health insurance?
  10. Do you currently have any medical conditions or take any medication?

Entertainment

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  1. What kind of music and movies do you like?
  2. Would you rather stay home and watch movies together or go out dancing?
  3. How do you picture our daily life to go?
  4. How do you feel about me going out with friends without you?
  5. Do you need to go out with friends without me?
  6. How would you feel about me going on a trip with friends without you?
  7. How do you feel about having close friends of the opposite sex?
  8. How important is spending time alone to you?
  9. Will we share access to all of our social accounts?
  10. Do you enjoy traveling?
  11. What do you picture the perfect vacation being?
  12. How much money do we want to dedicate to travel?
  13. How much work are you able to take off for travel and family vacations?
  14. How often will we go out on dates as a couple?
  15. If we have different interests, will we just enjoy them separately or take turns dedicating time and trips to what the other likes?
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Managing Kids at your Wedding

small flowergirl drinking hershey's milk at a wedding ceremony You love kids. You have kids. Your sister has six kids. Everyone has kids. You are totally cool with everyone bringing their kids to your wedding. BUT Image result for kids at wedding Weddings tend to be formal events and even if you are not a super formal gal, you probably don't want your nephews having an epic sword fight during your first dance. (If I am super off base and you totally would love this, you can find some great play swords here.) flowergirl dancing on the dance floor in wedding reception at xcaret To prevent the adorable chaos that can turn into the kind of chaos that leads to wedding fails, there are a few measures you can take if you are going to allow kids at your wedding.

Here are three to get you going!

  1. Set the expectation that the parents of the kids are in charge of their own kids. This may seem silly, but it isn't a bad idea to spread the word that while their kids our welcome, parents should remember to keep an eye on their own kids. A lot of parents have limited nights out and may want to take advantage of not having to pay a babysitter and having so many adults that can be their eyes while they relax a little.
  2. In the same breath, hire a sitter or find a volunteer or two to run kid activities during the reception. These people will be less in charge of the kids as they are in charge of manning the kid tables or and games you have for the kids to play. You don't need a ton, just a few to keep those little hands busy and safe while your dad gives a toast or two. Think craft table and bean bag games!
  3. Have a mini kid menu. Don't waste the delicious and expensive food on little tummies that won't touch it. Have some mac and cheese and chicken nugget option specific for the kids.
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Use Real Weddings While Planning Your Wedding

real wedding inspiration We are having so much fun receiving and sharing your weddings! Real weddings are the absolute best source for ideas and inspiration because they are doable and have a much wider variety. If you are a new bride beginning your planning, read through and check out real weddings before your search through a catalog. Features are great because they often come with advice from the bride and groom that can help you avoid the same complications. All in all, it is a great starting point for before you make any purchases and even set a date. It is like window shopping! 4 Things to Look For
  1. Location: Try and find weddings local to your area so that if you like their vendor or venue you may actually be able to use it.
  2. Vendors: Pay attention to links to who their photographer was and where they got their dress. It is always so much more useful to know exactly where you can get a cake like the one in the picture because you will know who made it!
  3. DIY: If the real wedding you are looking at was pretty crafty it will be easy to find wedding accessories and decorations that you can make yourself on your budget.
  4. Tips and Tricks: These couples have been through exactly what you are doing. It can't hurt to head their advice!

Real Weddings Featured on Wedding Collectibles 

sunflower wedding For a country rustic themed wedding take a peak at McKenna & Vince's Tiffany Blue Wedding.

gay wedding For ideas on how to pull of an elegant and traditional same sex wedding check out Josh & Jason's Real Wedding

hawaii wedding If you are looking to have a destination wedding, Melissa & Cameron's wedding has a lot of good ideas to keep it on budget. Check out more weddings in the real wedding category of our blog! Don't Forget to Submit Your Wedding We absolutely love our brides and grooms. It is our hope that their stories and weddings can help new brides in their own wedding planning. If you are a bride or groom that want to share the beauty of your wedding day or are a wedding photographer or planner that wishes to submit a wedding you have recently worked on, be sure to submit a wedding feature application by following this link! Thank you to all of you that have submitted to us already; we are looking forward to publishing your feature!

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Does a Wedding Cake Topper Need a Base?

The most basic answer to this frequent question is no. Cake topper bases are more often than not only used for aesthetic appeal. So the question you should ask yourself is do you want your cake topper to have a base? Bases can add an element of creativity, elegance, and even fun. But, depending on your cake topper and the base in question, it may add a formality that you are not looking for. At Wedding Collectibles we provide cake toppers with and without bases and bases that can be used with your choice of cake topper. It is the DIY of wedding cake toppers. Click here for bases that can be mixed and matched with any wedding topper.

There will be some cases where a base is required or a base cannot really be used. For example, if you are purchasing a glass cake topper, it is required to have some sort of base or stand for safety concerns, such that we do not sell glass figurines as cake toppers unless they have a base. Please note that acrylic cake toppers will often look like glass toppers, but do not require a base, so please be sure to read the product descriptions if you are unsure.

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Then, many of our monogram cake toppers and action toppers cannot be used with a base because they are made to be held to the cake through the use of prongs. For example, in the wedding cake topper above, the climbing groom has prongs in his hands and feet. This assures that the figure will stay where you want it, though it won’t exactly work as the best collectible on your mantle and it has no need for a cake topper base.

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How to Tell if Your Porcelain Cake Topper is Good Quality

What are some ways to tell if you are buying a good quality porcelain cake topper?
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First off, porcelain is porcelain. There isn't good or bad; just different kinds. When it comes to cake toppers, what you are going to want to look for is how the figurine is made.
  1. Is it Porcelain?: First, you are going to want to check the material the cake topper you are buying is made out of. This will often be in the item description. Some of the most popular materials cake toppers are made of are porcelain, resin, & acrylic.
  2. Look at the hands and ears: Porcelain cake toppers are made from molds. After being used for a long time, molds lose their ability to produce detailed figurines. If the hands and ears look more like blobs or you can't distinguish fingers or the curve of the ear, it means the manufacturer has been using a mold for too long.
  3. The Paint Job: If a maker is not paying attention to the detail, there may be some mess ups with the paint. It would be more obvious with ethnic figurines, but a lower quality porcelain topper may have the paint intended for the skin, on the white wedding dress. This, of course, should not be happening!
  4. It's in the details!!: Some cake toppers are going to beCrystal Details  better than others based solely on the little details. Take the one featured above; part of what makes it so great is the Swarovski crystal that is used as hair accessories and on the wedding band. If a figurine is offering special ornamental motifs like this, you are looking at a porcelain cake topper of higher quality.
  5. Honestly, you are going to get what you pay for: Unless there is an amazing sale, it is likely that the price of the porcelain cake topper is going to reflect the quality of time and attention that is given to that piece. So if you are spending $50 on a cake topper it is going to be worth that $50, just like if you are paying $100 or if you are paying $20.
If you are shopping online, you are not going to be able to tell what the quality of your individual topper is. Keep in mind that the cake toppers featured in the photos are from the very first time the mold is used, and represent the maker's best work. Often, return policies on wedding accessories can be strict, so you are going to want to pay attention to your shop's return policy. At Wedding Collectibles, we sell from a wide range of wedding cake toppers from different manufactures, and do our best to provide you with the best cake toppers, but also provide options to some that may have more affordable prices. If you have your eye on one of the cake toppers we sell, take a look at our return policy by following the link here.

If you have any further questions of how to judge if your cake topper is of high quality, feel free to ask below or give us a call!

 
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DIY Wedding Programs

Wedding Collectibles DIY Circle Fan Program Kit
Wedding Collectibles DIY Circle Fan Program Kit
There are so many little items and accessories that are a part of your wedding day. Keeping track of all of them and finding the perfect item for every item you need, can be difficult. One solution to making everything exactly how you want it is to do-it-yourself (DIY). DIY wedding accessories may take a little extra time, but can help you make your wedding 100% how you want it. One wedding accessory that works great -and almost best - as a DIY are paper items like your wedding day program. As wedding programs have developed over the years and people have observed guest already fanning themselves with their carefully selected and folded paper, the design of a wedding program fan has jumped ahead in the preferred styles and is easy for DIY. Wedding Collectibles DIY Circle Fan Program Kit Materials Like many of our DIY Program Fan kits, the above "DIY Circle Fan Program Kit" comes with:
  • 50 Program Paper Fans
  • 50 Wooden Sticks
  • 108 Adhesive Glue Dots
  • Complimentary CD with pre-designed and blank Templates.
  • Test Printing Sheets
  • Instructions for use
The benefit of ordering a kit instead of trying to drum up all of the materials is that it saves you the headache of not only having to make everything, but having to figure out how to make it work. Not every DIY is going to turn out fabulous. These kits, however, include instructions and templates that really will make your DIY experience easier. Plus they are super cute!

Other Designs

Wedding Collectibles DIY 3pc. Fan Program Kit Wedding Collectibles DIY Heart Fan Program Paper Kit   Wedding Collectibles DIY Scroll Fan Program Kit

Which DIY wedding program design do you like best?

   
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