Sunday, June 19, 2016

WEDDING NOTES™ - The License to Marry



In the flurry of wedding plans - selecting THE GOWN, the flowers, the tuxedos, the menu, the reception site and stationery trousseau, there are legal obligations that must be met.  This is a serious union that requires the "blessing" of society in the guise of your wedding license.

Consider these reminders:

  • ·         Since states and even some counties may have slightly different rules, call or visit your city hall to make sure you know all the details of the legal requirements in your area.

  • ·         Don't wait till the last minute to make that call or visit.  Most states require that you have the license at least 72 hours prior to the wedding.  Keep in mind that marriage licenses can and do have expiration dates.  The usual range is from thirty to ninety days.

  • ·         Know that the couple must apply together and in person.  In some areas you may need a birth certificate, while in others you may need to show a valid photo ID like your driver's license and/or passport.

  • ·         If you have been married before, you may need to show proof that your first marriage was legally ended.  This can be done with a copy of the divorce degree or death certificate.

  • ·         Be prepared to pay for the license on that day you apply.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

WEDDING NOTES™ - Why Do I Need a Day Of Wedding Coordinator?

Because you will have the peace of mind that results from knowing that all of the myriad details you have worked so hard to put in place will happen as you planned.

Many brides-to-be hire a wedding planner to assist with all aspects of the wedding from the beginning of planning.  Some want to do that themselves, but want the security of having a coordinator in place on the big day so they can relax and be a guest at their own wedding.

How does it work?  It usually starts with an in depth consultation with the bride at least 3 or 4 weeks before the wedding.  From that meeting, the consultant/coordinator will assemble a detailed timeline for the wedding day and work to ensure that everything comes together just as you imagined it.  It is helpful to know that some venues have a requirement that the couple hire a planner or at minimum, a coordinator for the day.

What do you get?  The peace of mind knowing that all the details will come together just as you planned.  If a last minute problem occurs a professional is there to handle it.  You and your groom remain as gracious hosts rather than "frazzled, last-minute problem solvers."  You will be able to truly enjoy every moment of your big day. 

Most wedding coordinators will cover the following:
  • ·         Put together the wedding day timeline and distribute to all vendors.
  • ·         Coordinate all the wedding professionals hired by the bride and groom.
  • ·         Conduct /attend the wedding rehearsal.

And on the big day, the coordinator will handle all day of activities like:  assist with bride and wedding party dressing, photo schedules, insure flowers are delivered and placed appropriately, guide wedding party through processional and recessional.  Coordinate with caterer, check place settings, favors, cake placement, cue master of ceremonies or music, collect personal items, coordinate gift collection and security.   As one consultant said:  "We are usually the last person to leave."

Sunday, June 5, 2016

WEDDING NOTES™ - Why Do I Need a Day Of Wedding Coordinator?



Because you will have the peace of mind that results from knowing that all of the myriad details you have worked so hard to put in place will happen as you planned.

Many brides-to-be hire a wedding planner to assist with all aspects of the wedding from the beginning of planning.  Some want to do that themselves, but want the security of having a coordinator in place on the big day so they can relax and be a guest at their own wedding.

How does it work?  It usually starts with an in depth consultation with the bride at least 3 or 4 weeks before the wedding.  From that meeting, the consultant/coordinator will assemble a detailed timeline for the wedding day and work to ensure that everything comes together just as you imagined it.  It is helpful to know that some venues have a requirement that the couple hire a planner or at minimum, a coordinator for the day.

What do you get?  The peace of mind knowing that all the details will come together just as you planned.  If a last minute problem occurs a professional is there to handle it.  You and your groom remain as gracious hosts rather than "frazzled, last-minute problem solvers."  You will be able to truly enjoy every moment of your big day.  

Most wedding coordinators will cover the following:
  • ·         Put together the wedding day timeline and distribute to all vendors.
  • ·         Coordinate all the wedding professionals hired by the bride and groom.
  • ·         Conduct /attend the wedding rehearsal.
 And on the big day, the coordinator will handle all day of activities like:  assist with bride and wedding party dressing, photo schedules, insure flowers are delivered and placed appropriately, guide wedding party through processional and recessional.  Coordinate with caterer, check place settings, favors, cake placement, cue master of ceremonies or music, collect personal items, coordinate gift collection and security.   As one consultant said:  "We are usually the last person to leave."

Thursday, June 2, 2016

WEDDING NOTES™ - A Print Primer



We like to remind our brides that their wedding invitations should be looked at as a gift the bride and groom give to their guests.  Invitations set the tone for the wedding to follow.  They introduce the level of formality and the theme of the wedding in addition to providing all of the necessary information of when and where.  Invitations are also the only keepsake that guests who are unable to attend will have.
We urge brides to spend time in the selection of the invitation because it is so important to the ceremony and celebration that it introduces to your guests.  There are a wide variety of papers and designs and print styles and wording options available.  Many print resources offer multiple choices and many will handle custom print jobs for brides to be.

In addition to a world of paper choices and designs, brides need to be aware of the various print styles available to enhance the design of this important piece of wedding information.  Here are the most popular printing methods.
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Letterpress Printing was the primary way text was printed.  A form was inked and then applied to paper with pressure and an impression was left on the paper.  It is a timeless way to print.
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Foil Stamping is similar to letterpress but instead of ink, a sheet of metallic foil is placed between a heated form and a sheet of paper.  Under pressure, metallic print is formed.
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Engraving is the traditional formal print style.  A piece of paper is pressed between two engraved metal plates a results in a raised design.  It is an elegant look.
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Thermography creates a look that is similar to engraved print but is less expensive to create.  Ink is combined with a resinous powder so that when heat is applied, the print is raised off the surface of the paper.  Unlike engraving, the back of the paper remains smooth.
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Digital or flat printing is the most familiar today.  It is cost effective and because it is done digitally, it is very versatile.

Our consultants can help you select the perfect paper, the right print style and the best design to capture the unique wedding that you have planned.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WEDDING NOTES™ - Bridesmaids Do What?



Brides to be frequently ask us what exactly do bridesmaids do other than appear in the wedding party?

The answer is - they support you throughout the planning and are there on the big day.  Having said that, exactly what does "support" mean?  Know that it means different things to different folks.

If you are planning a big wedding there are tons of details to cover and decisions to be made.  The input of good friends can make many of those decisions easier.  Presumably, the friends and relatives you've asked to be a member of your wedding party, are people that care for you and are willing to help with plans and events.  It is wise to be clear about your expectations up front so that there are no surprises.

Let attendants know about your expectations.  Give them the dates, the list of activities that are likely to occur.  Let them know when you plan to gather the group for gown selections.  You may wish to seek their input on gown choices/ colors.  Be sure to let them know what you are thinking in terms of degree of formality and silhouettes or looks.

The maid of honor is usually the "go to" person for the bride and the rest of the attendants.  She should coordinate dress fittings, attend or host all pre wedding events and help with any DIY projects.  Some brides ask attendants to help with addressing and stuffing wedding invitations. The day of - she is one who helps the bride to dress, takes care of the emergency kit and gathers other attendants for photos.  She may ask other bridesmaids to assume some of those duties or run last minute errands. 

Many brides are reluctant to ask attendants for help with wedding planning details.  If that is the case, consider hiring a wedding coordinator for day-of events or a certified wedding planner for help with the entire wedding itself.