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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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3 Ways to Make your Bridal Shower Fun

    Bride to Be! Molly of Luminaire Images When we say fun - we mean FUN! Bridal showers are a perfect example of how you can either feel more stressed or more like you are enjoying being engaged. SO if you are thinking about trying to have an out of the box bridal shower, take a look at these three tips!  

How to Make it FUN

Consider Co-ed

A great way to inject a more playful vibe is to open up the guest list to both men and women. This is especially nice because it means the groom get's to participate. Plus, it creates opportunities for more game ideas that are bound to get some laughs. There's just something about having both genders in attendance that makes people more competitive come game time!  Also, can you imagine the silliness that will ensue when you dad is the one being wrapped in his toilet paper wedding dress?

Think of YOU

Loving this Harry Potter-themed bridal shower Greg Obierek Photography If you want to have a fun bridal shower, then make the bridal shower about things you like. If you want a super formal bridal shower, that's great. But if you want people laughing and a little activity running around, infusing your unique interests into the PARTY can make it AMAZING. For example, if you and your fiance are avid football fans, take your bridal shower outdoors and actually play football! Serve burgers and hot dogs, and just enjoy the sweaty fun. Or if you don't have an active group attending, just go all out with a fun theme that inspires everything from decor to games to food. You're a Harry Potter nerd? Why not serve butter beer and have a magical time?

Let it go!

Can we PLEASE do "Pin the lips on Ryan Reynolds"? lol - 10 unique bridal shower ideas that bring the fun factor! - Wedding Party Connie Whitlock Photo Weddings and all the surrounding planning and sub events can be so so stressful. So this tip really goes for everything, but can be applied to making your bridal shower more fun. LET GO! You will plan and coordinate and budget, but on the day of any of these wedding events, the moment it starts all those logistics are no longer your problem. If your worried about running out of food ruining your good mood, put someone else in charge of worrying about it for you! Your maid of honor is perfect for this.Or an even planner can take the job on! Either way, on the day of, that stuff just isn't your problem!
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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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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?
High Quality Porcelain

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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The Best Flowers to Accompany a Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

 

The Best Flowers to Accompany a Traditional Wedding Cake Topper

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If you have had your heart set on a traditional bride and groom cake topper or perhaps plan to use the same one your parents used , but you also really like the idea of flowers on your cake don't think you can't do both! You just want to make sure you don't let the flowers over power or otherwise hide your cake topper and you don't want the floral design to be so insignificant that it is like there is nothing there at all. 

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Too Big

Sunflowers, Peonies, and Garden Roses are some wedding flower favorites that can look great on a cake, but if you want to have a cake topper too, these would be overbearing and would take away from the cake topper you so carefully picked out. If you find smaller sunflowers, it could work, but they are still a really bold flower choice, so you will have to play with it. 

  Memento's Designs TooSmall

Flowers like baby's breath could end up being too small. The above cake looks great, but the flowers are such a small element that unless you do do something where the cake is colored, the flowers won't make much of an impact. If you want the flowers on the cake to be a complete side note, then these might work for you, but if you want flowers to be a major part of the cake's design that works with the cake topper, these just won't cut it. Baby's breath really is just a filler flower, It is the soft stuff that goes in-between the pretty stuff and they just don't quite make enough of an impact to go on a wedding cake.

 

Spring Wedding Flower - Lily of the ValleyJust Right

The lily of the valley flower is a great option for a cake with flowers and a cake topper, Like the baby's breath, the flowers are small, but not overly small. This allows for you to have a floral cake design that frames a wedding cake topper without over doing it. Other flowers that can fit this just right category are daisies and lilacs.

 

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Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride's Question

Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride's Question

Wedding Bee One of the many wedding cliches that everyone likes at and every bride's potential bridesmaid fears is the ugly bridesmaid dress. There have been years of wedding and generation of bridesmaids that have endured ballooned sleeves, satin, velvet, lace worthy of a doily, and prints that can be found in your grandmother's left over quilting scraps. It is like a train of "What was she thinking" and five minute trends.Now, we realize that some of what we call ugly today, may have truly been the style ten years ago, but the thing we are hoping to help you avoid is being in that list of ugly dresses ten years from now five years from now, next years and the day those horridly wonderful curtains walk down the aisle. 

Would You Rock These Hideous Bridesmaids' Dresses? « Read Less What your bridesmaids wear is going to be a direct reflection of your (the bride's) taste and since having ugly dresses is such a cliches, it is going to be something everyone will look for. So, what are the danger zone and how can you avoid fitting the cliche? Let's take a look at the options. 1) You pick everything head to toe and everyone wears the same dress. Hot Pink Bridesmaid DressesLet's go on a little journey. Think about the families you see at Disneyland or tourist attractions that are all matching. If the kids are all under five it might be cute, but any older and it could tip on the tacky side. Depends on how it is done? Okay. Now remember your family photos. Is anyone a little too matchy? Is it over bearing? A little? Still sometimes cute? Okay, now think about your bridesmaids. Do they all have the same hair color, skin tone and body type? No. Then they are not going to look good in the exact same thing. (ie. don't put a red head in bright orange, hot pink, or red and don't put someone with really pale skin in pale peach. It just won't translate very well. We don't say this to bash on matching bridesmaid dresses, as you can see the very first picture in this post has bridesmaid in matching dresses and it looks great, but we just want you to be careful because this is the highest danger zone for falling into the cliche. If you really want to have all your girls matching, then take them with you shopping. This doesn't mean you need their opinion per se, but so you can see how everyone looks in the dress options. Or, take a look at option two.  2) Pick one element, they pick the rest (perhaps with some guidelines).

{Wedding Trends} : Bridesmaids in Skirts - how to styled, accessorized and mix-match This really is the best  middle ground option. It works best if you pick out a skirt for all the girls to wear and then have them find and pick out their tops, accessories, or shoes. Other things you could do is pick out a cardigan, statement necklace, or matching shoes. Once you have sent out the piece you are require them to wear, they can then fill in the rest. It is, of course, usually best to give them a color palette to work from so that everyone coordinates with each other and your overall wedding look, but, other than that, let them decide. This gives you flexibility, but also allows you some more control.  3)Pick a color and they pick the rest. The Secrets of Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids This option is for the bride that doesn't have her heart set one everyone matching or would like one less thing they need to fully decide on. The idea here is that each bridesmaid would be told what color scheme you want and then would be given the freedom on deciding what to wear. By doing this, you allow your bridesmaids to find things that they will feel beautiful in and will want to wear again. If you are worried, you can have everyone send you pictures if you want to keep tabs on how everyone will coordinate, or if everyone is local, you can have a girl's day shopping trip so that everyone can work off of each other and find what they want.

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Building your DIY Bouquet: Tips and Tricks

I recently shared with you my fabric flower DIY adventure. While those flowers are great for centerpieces and combs, most brides will be looking to use those masterful patterns to build a bridal bouquet. So how would a new DIY bride even start? How early should brides start building the bouquet of their dreams? What should brides even start on first? Building your own bouquet can be scary at first, especially if this will be your first experience with Do-It-Yourself, but here are a few tips to make it a little less frustrating:
Know the Shape you Want
Before you start building a bouquet out of your selected medium, know what you want your end result to look like. If you can’t find a suitable image online that features just the right bouquet in just the right shape, find a bouquet made of real flowers in the right silhouette instead. Do you want the bunch of flowers that hangs down on a silk ribbon? A classic mid-80s cascading bouquet with hundreds of blooms? Bunches of wild-looking fabric flowers? Find the shape first – that will decide the sorts of materials you use to build it.
I recommend printing out an image of the shape you want and keeping it near your work station as you craft. Most of us don’t have a stock pile of supplies just sitting around, so when you have a shape in mind, you can prevent the over-buying of supplies you won’t use. Build an Army of Starter Blooms
Don’t go for the perfect bouquet of expensive materials on your first shot. Make an cornucopia of blooms in your chosen medium that fit the bouquet shape you’re looking for, and experiment with different styles and designs. Make a number of “practice flowers” in less expensive material before you go for broke and build the real thing. This is also a good time to practice assembling boutonnières and corsages if you want to make them out of the same material.
If you’re asking your bridesmaids to assemble their own bouquets out of your chosen medium, think about the time commitment you’re asking them to sacrifice. If you’re really set on each bridesmaid carrying a design of her own creation, try to make the individual blooms yourself and host a “bouquet building” party to cut down on the work for your girls. If you’re staying up every night to build your bouquet, can you really expect your ‘maids to do the same? Begin Building Early in your Engagement
The earlier you start the process of crafting your own bouquet (out of seashells, buttons, fabric, paper, or pretty much anything else), the less stressed out you’ll be right before the big day. Don’t make more work for yourself by putting it off until you’re up every night the week before your wedding gluing doilies together. Having a consistent DIY project to return to every night will allow you to de-stress after a long day and commit your brain to something other than the stresses of the world.
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