In a move to save money and contribute to the “winging it” feel, a handful of couples are relying on relatives and friends — their pockets and purses jammed with GoPro cameras, cellphones and mini iPads — to capture the bride taking that nervous breath before she walks down the aisle or the groom hugging his father, tears in their eyes.
“Two years ago, this was a conversation you never would have had,” said David Tutera, a celebrity wedding planner and the host of the TV show “David Tutera’s Celebrations.”
Top worries, and solutions, Brides have about their wedding.
Online gift retailer gettingpersonal.co.uk asked 1,000 new brides what their biggest worries were in the lead-up to their big day – and solved them!
41 per cent worried about achieving “the perfect wedding”. Everyone’s idea of “perfect” is different. All that matters is that it’s perfect for you.
16 per cent worried that the best man would misbehave at the reception. Ask your fiancé to brief his best man on anything you won’t be happy with.
36 per cent wanted to copy weddings they had seen on social media. Don’t feel guilty about taking inspiration from others. When you put everything together, it’ll be unique to you.
Read the rest here.
From the Anything For Hire blog:
Planning a wedding is by far one of the most stressful tasks anyone will ever be appointed, with the logistics and itinerary being infamously difficulty. Known for taking the shine away from what a wedding is actually about it is advisable to hire a wedding planner; someone that will ensure your wedding dreams are well and truly executed.
Although a service we believe every bride should seek finding the right planner for you is essential. Here are a few top tips, we hope they help!
A former rugby player with a love of history brought a touch of ancient Rome to Wales for his unsuspecting bride on their wedding day.
Matthew Pewtner, 25, and his wife Zoe, 23, from Blackwood, are set to appear in TV show Don’t Tell the Bride on Thursday.
The Sky One show sees the groom taking the sole responsibility for organising the wedding – with the bride-to-be left in suspense until the big day.
Teacher Matthew, who used to play for the Newport Gwent Dragons but retired this year due to a concussion injury, proposed to beauty therapist Zoe at Bellini’s in Cardiff Bay – their favourite restaurant.
A former Colts cheerleader turned her own frustrations and stresses while preparing to get married into an app to help other brides-to-be.
Christina and Matt Goebel celebrated a fairytale wedding at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in August 2013. But before their special day, they realized there is a lot more to planning a wedding than meets the eye.
“When I first got engage, you know, like most brides I didn’t know where to start,” Goebel said. “I was really overwhelmed and stressed.”
Goebel was working full-time and also cheering for the Colts, so she went online to look for tools to help her plan.
Via The Federalist:
The wedding is not about you. However, like all other spheres of life, it is up to you to take care of yourself. Your happiness is not dependent on your fiancé, wedding planner, or florist. Do what you need to keep your spirits up, your energy level reasonable, and your smile bright. Eat. Sleep. Take time away from the preparations.
A good primer on the need for wedding tents and how to decide which is best for your wedding:
It’s important to factor in whether you will need to rent a wedding tent early on in the planning process. When you’re looking at venues, you’ll want to factor the pricing of the tent into any venue that doesn’t have indoor options. Essentially, if you’re considering outdoor venues and there is more than a remote chance of inclement weather on your wedding date (I think pretty much the entire Eastern Seaboard?), renting a tent should be lumped into the “book your venue” task on your to-do list. Tents can sometimes be expensive (depending on a number of factors we’ll talk about below), so you’ll want to factor it into the budget before you fall in love with your dream venue.
Okay, so now what?
FIGURE OUT ROUGHLY WHAT SIZE WEDDING TENT YOU’LL NEED
If you’re early in your planning process, you may not have exact numbers yet, and you may not have determined what style of party you plan on hosting (sit-down, buffet, cocktail, punch and pie, etc.). However, you’ll want a rough estimate at this point to get a price quote.
When Tulane University alumni Allison Shipp and Jonathan Brouk were married in New Orleans on Oct. 17, 2015, they opted to use an innovative wedding-planning tool, WedTexts, a website and app that allow engaged couples to communicate easily with their wedding guests through pre-scheduled text messages.
Allison Shipp Brouk (who graduated from the Tulane School of Liberal Arts in 2008 and the Tulane School of Law class of 2011) is an environmental and natural resource damages attorney and Jonathan Brouk (School of Liberal Arts class of 2007) is a corporate attorney with a focus in the healthcare industry. They were pressed for time to coordinate the wedding.
“WedTexts was a huge help during our wedding weekend,” says Jonathan Brouk. “Most of our guests were from out of town, and with so much to compete with here in New Orleans, we were thrilled to have WedTexts to help keep everyone on track. Scheduling the texts in advance allowed us to focus on our big day and not have to worry about whether people remembered the ‘when and where’ of the weekend’s events.”
From the Republican-American in Waterbury, CT:
Bad toasts: Omaha, Neb., photographer Phil Jarrett ( www.phelixphoto.com ) on toasts: “Hands down, the single greatest source of dread for me as a guest and as a regular hired hand at weddings is the toasts. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard best men bring up ex-girlfriends, fathers wax poetic about the importance of outdated gender roles and bridesmaids mention that they Googled how to give a toast.”
Clinking glasses for a kiss: Of course, you’ll want to kiss your brand-new spouse, but “no one really enjoys being put on the spot,” said Kellee Khalil, founder of wedding planning site www.Lover.ly.
Why aren’t you married? Male and female guests alike, if they’re unmarried, can expect to hear this at least once, Khalil said: “So when will this be you?”
Bouquet toss: Many single women dread the moment they’re called to line up and attempt to catch flying flowers. Deborah Simmons, wedding planner at event organizer Signature Occasions (signatureoccasions.com ) in Ridgeland, Miss., said brides often scratch the bouquet toss. Instead, she said, “some casually toss the bouquet as they are getting in the car.”
Garter toss: Harrup said the garter toss is awkward. “If you think about it, it really is strange that the groom is sticking his hands up the bride’s dress in front of her grandmother.”