Five Ways to Simplify Your Wedding Planning

Wedding planning can be a stressful process and often it can detract from the spirit and happiness of being a bride. The process can be made more difficult with the pressure of family and friend requirements which leads to many decisions that need to be made. It is important to remember that bridal stress is temporary and there are many ways to simplify your wedding planning to get you through it. Here are five ways to simplify your wedding planning:

1) Wedding planning involves planning out your expenditure and as the costs begin to build up you can often be left feeling overwhelmed. A simple way to conquer this is to start planning ahead and making sure you save the required amount of money to ensure that you can afford the type of wedding you want. Another way to ease out your financial stress is to consult your parents before hand to find out how much they are willing to chip in. After you know how much you can spend do your research to find a venue that you can afford and more importantly one that you actually want to have your wedding at.

2) Prioritize your list of things to do. Ensure that you tick off the most important things well before crunch time – things like choosing a venue, picking a caterer and hiring an entertainer can all be done a few months before hand so you can focus on other things closer to the wedding date. In doing this you eliminate the risk of leaving things to the last minute and also prevent yourself from stressing out closer to the wedding date. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to have a wedding planner in an easily accessible place so you can plan out exactly when you want particular tasks to be finished by. There are also many online tools that allow you to keep a planner on your computer which can make it easier to stay on top of things.

3) An integral part of wedding planning is to prepare a guest list before you hand out initiations. It is important to remember that the amount of guests you invite will have an influence on your overall wedding budget so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to limit the number of guests you invite. For instance, inviting close friends and family will is a better option than all out inviting all your acquaintances and people you have met over the years. This will not only result in more planning but will also force you to increase your budget. To ensure you only invite the number of guests you can afford it is useful to plan ahead. A good rule of thumb is to spread your guest list so you assign half your number of guests to be chosen by the bridge and groom and 25% each to the set of parents.

4) Another way to simplify your wedding planning is to keep every aspect of the wedding as simple as possible. Now this is fairly obvious, but it is easy to get carried away with little things such as the entertainment, fancy invitations and overly monumental venues. It is important to keep in mind the true value of getting married and to not fall into the trap of planning a wedding simply to impress people. The entertainment aspect of your wedding should not be a large part of your budget and some light entertainment for the day will suffice. Also, there is no need to spend a whole lot on initiation cards as simple invitation cards can look more elegant than ones with fancy designs on them. Asking around your family and friends to assist you with the design of your invitation cards can actually be a worthwhile thing to do.

5) Last but not least, it is vital to remember that you don’t have to deal with all the planning stress involved in a wedding. Know that you can trust your bride to take care of simple things such as planning the entertainment so you can ease the pressure of yourself. Also, asking your friends and family to help you do certain things can go a long way in assisting you with simple things. In fact, assigning jobs to the people around you can be an effective way to stay on top of everything. While it may be hard to entrust aspects of the most memorable day of your life in the hands of someone else it is something that you will have to come to terms with if you want your wedding planning to go smoothly.

Tips on Setting Up Your Wedding Registry

Wedding gifts

Setting up your registry should be fun!

Weddings are many times the most important day of couples life together which remain in the memories of your guests for the rest of their lives.  In order for a couple to get their lives started right away after they return from their honeymoon, it’s important to set up a wedding registry for all the essential items. In the absence of a wedding registry people may end up receiving gifts that they do not want or receiving more than one similar gifts which end up being a waste of time and money for both guests and the bride and groom.  Wedding registries provide guests with an opportunity to be able to purchase gifts for the bridal couple in an organized and time effective manner.

Before starting your registry it is important to first have a discussion as a couple to determine which gifts are important to you both.  If you’re just moving in with each other then take a realistic inventory of what you both already have and what you need that is new or what needs to be replaced.  If one guest purchases an item from your list the registry reflects that it has been purchased and therefore two guests cannot purchase similar gifts.

When deciding on a wedding registry it is important to decide if it will be a website registry, a shopping store or a mix of the two.  It is important to set up wedding registry in different stores and websites as this will give your guest a wide variety of gifts to choose from.  Setting up your registry at different stores and websites registries also ensures that all your guests can easily find the stores to purchase their gifts.If you are inviting guest who comes from cities outside your area it is always advisable to select a store that has a national presence or website registry so that such guests can buy their gifts online.

When selecting gifts for your registry always remember that some guests may want to purchase gifts that are more expensive and some may end up wanting to spend more on you than you anticipated. Some of the invited guests and family members may opt to purchase gifts as a group so when setting up a wedding registry always include gifts that are more expensive which might favor groups more than individuals.

After setting up your wedding registry you should determine how to inform all the guest that its ready to be viewed. This information may include information about your registry website or where your registry store is situated.  The best way of doing this is to point the guest to the websites of the stores you chose so they can get maps and directions. This information may also be sent to the guests when they receive their invitations.  Another important aspect to consider when setting up a wedding registry is that they should be set as early as possible as many guests purchase their gifts early.  It is considered rude to wait until the last days coming up to the wedding day to notify guest of a registry.  Setting up a wedding registry early also gives you enough time to compile a list of all items that you need as gifts and also gives you time to review the list in the event you may have forgotten an item or two.

One of the most important items to put into consideration when setting up a wedding registry is that you should only register things that you need, items that will assist a couple in starting their new life together should be given first priority.  Review your list a few times to make sure the items are absolutely necessities.  Also consider adding online purchases only to your registry as they’ll be more difficult and time consuming to acquire once you arrive back from your honeymoon.

You may also choose to add services to your wedding registry such as having your wedding dress preserved or even adding an upgrade service from the resort you’ll be staying at during your honeymoon.  These types of gifts can be a lot of fun for guest to participate in and you can even take photos of your excursions which the guest made happen and send a copy in their than-you cards.  Check out more all inclusive gift ideas at theknot.com or click here to order a wedding dress preservation kit.

Finally, while you’re planning your wedding you should remain organized as many events occur before the wedding date such as your bridal shower.  During your bridal shower many gifts are received which have been bought from the wedding registry.  You should always update your wedding registry to avoid duplication of items during the wedding. It is important to label all the received gifts so that you can be able to thank all your guest you received them from.

Choosing Your Gown – Be Different!

Be different for a day everyone will remember

When my husband proposed to me, the last thing on my mind was our wedding.  The excitement of finally finding my dream man was too much for me to even begin thinking about the details of a wedding.  That excitement quickly evaporated…

As both our families began to discuss wedding plans, I quickly realized there was little I was going to have a true say in.  Conversations turned into a power point presentation of why things should be done their way.  A part of me was severely annoyed and another part of me didn’t care.  The more they do, the less I have too.  However, the one thing I knew I had complete control over was my wedding gown.

So, as the research ensued, I looked a thousands of wedding gowns on-line.  Every style, shape, fabric, length… I even took one of those “body type” tests you can take to check your official body shape.  I found a few gowns that were O.K., but lacked that “love” factor ever bride is looking for.  I remember thinking, “they all look the same, I want something different.”  That’s when my research took a major turn.  I looked up alternative wedding gowns, gothic wedding gowns, colored wedding gowns…

My mother and I decided to go to a bridal store and try on different styles of gowns, which I encourage everyone to do.  I tried on 3 white gowns.  I hated them.  That’s when I found a very detailed, embroidered, red gown that looked amazing.  I had to try it on.  Looking at myself in the mirror, I knew I wasn’t going to wear white to my wedding.  This particular gown was beautiful, but I would’ve altered the design of the gown, in one way or another, to “make it my own”.

At this point I had two problems, I knew whatever gown I bought, I would alter in some way and I needed to make sure my fiancé was ok with the idea of me not being in white.  To my surprise, he was fine with it.  But that still leaves problem number one.  I started looking a colors and textures and styles and finally decided, on a whim, to go back to the bridal salon and look at bridesmaids dresses.  I found the perfect canvas for what looking for and it was a great price.  Plus, I knew of a fabulous seamstress and went to work!

I was beyond thrilled with the end product.  Knowing that I had designed my own wedding dress, made me feel even more proud to walk down the isle towards my future.  I received so many wonderful compliments on my unique choice and even received a special note back from the wedding gown preservation company mentioning how beautiful the dress was and how much they admired my bold decision.  My advice to all brides, make your gown your own.  Add a sparkle here, a splash of color there.  That’s what makes you stand out even more on your special day.

Make Your Big Day Your Own

Your Day, Your Way

Wedding…the bringing together of two things.  Marriage…a legally recognized relationship, established by a civil or religious ceremony, between two people who intend to live together as partners.  When I looked these words meaning up in the dictionary, I was a bit shocked at what the meanings where.  I always had the mentality that the wedding was the “legal” aspect.  You know, the certificate, the ceremony, the gown, the JP, ect…  I also thought that the Marriage was the “after parts” of the ceremony, the work part.  Like the relationship maintenance, the great sex, the arguments, the decision making, ect…

The more and more I began to think about it, I realized something, which ever definition you choose to best fit your situation, it’s the coming together and committing the rest of your lives to each other. What an amazing and wonderful thing, to choose someone and have them choose you as their “partner” in life.

Remember that when your finalizing your wedding plans.  Let that ceremony reflect both of you.  Granted not every man is really going to care about the flowers or the color of the bridesmaids dresses, but personalize it to fit both of you.  It’s not about how amazing the reception is or how elaborate your wedding gown is.  You want people to remember your wedding?  Personalize it with some goofy pictures, showing how the two of you are together.  Put together a fun choreographed dance, preformed by you and your bridesmaids.  Sing to your new husband.  Get a useable wedding favor, like a candle holder or something edible.  Some of us brides love the tradition.  Add your own flare to those traditions.  Don’t make your bridesmaids ware dresses you know they won’t ware again.  Let them ware a pant suit outfit with the same color top.  Include your guests in your first dance.  Also make sure you send your dress to the Wedding Gown Preservation Company before the honeymoon so you can come home to a clean, preserved dress to show future generations.

There are endless possibilities to incorporate your own tastes into your wedding and make it not only a day you’ll never forget but a day your guests will never forget either.

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Gown

So, Ladies, what’s the one event in our lives that will cause us to, laugh and cry, to scream and stress, and ultimately change our lives forever?

Weddings, weddings, weddings!  For some of us it’s a 24 hour fiesta cram packed with all the trimmings of a traditional wedding.  For others it’s a weekend event that will entertain your guests and yourself with out any limitation.  And for the rest it’s just a simple Justice of the Peace ceremony.  Regardless of how small or extravagant our wedding day is, all of us want to look like we’ve just stepped out of a fairytale.  Let’s face it, we go on crazy diets, get facials, go tanning…  But the most important and beautiful part of this whole process is our Wedding Gown.  For some, it’s more difficult than picking the groom!  Here are a few tips on how to make this process a little less stressful.

Don’t go into any bridal store with out doing your research!

First, before any shopping decide on a venue.  What’s your style?  Is it a traditional wedding or a beach wedding?  Is it a summer wedding or a winter wedding?

Second, check your wallet.  For those of us that don’t have the luxury of falling in love with any wedding gown no matter what the price tag says, this is an important step.  Be smart about it!  Think about your venue.  Consider all the accessories you will need, from tiaras to shoes to even those alterations.

Third, check your body type.  Let’s face it ladies, even though that one wedding gown in vogue magazine looks phenomenal on that model doesn’t mean it’ll look good on us.  Each one of us has a different and unique body.  And we all know that during that day we want to look glamorous, but we also want to be comfortable.  Go in knowing you’d prefer a halter top with an empire waist, or a strapless a-line.

Fourth, be honest with yourself.  By all means don’t hold back trying on fifty wedding gowns if you can handle it.  For some, three or four is the limit before our brains and our hearts go into complete overload.  If you know that the wedding gown you have in your arms is too expensive for your budget, than have someone find you a wedding gown that is similar in style but with less of a price tag.  It is possible!

Fifth, bring a loved one with you.  Whether it be mom and dad, or a sister or best friend, having a second opinion is crucial.

Last, if you are conflicted between wedding gowns, take the time to think it over.  Go out to lunch and discuss it with your loved ones.  Bring someone else with you to a fitting and get their opinion.  This is a big decision!  It’s one of the most important moments in your life.  You should be going into buying a wedding gown with smile.

After your big day be sure to have your gown cleaned and preserved to prevent your precious wedding gown from yellowing and having stains set-in.  The Wedding Gown Preservation Company offers full service wedding gown preservation for just 149.00.

Wedding Gown Preservation Pre-Stain Tips

Before you head off on your honeymoon, take these pre-stain tips

The top of your wedding cake is boxed up, all the guests have gone home and you and your new husband are off to Cancun.  But what about your precious wedding gown?  If you don’t have time to order your wedding gown preservation kit before you leave, there a few things you can do before you pack up your flip flops and your bikini top.

Treating common stains

We offer full gown cleaning during our gown preservation process, however, you’ll make our lives much easier if you perform some basic pre-stain treatment on your dress before you let your wedding gown sit too long.  Here are common stains that occur during a wedding and how to pre-treat them.

  • Chocolate.  We all love it but we don’t love it on our satin wedding dresses. This can be a bit tricky.  As with most of our tips start by soaking the area in cold water.  This lifts the proteins in the chocolate and serves to loosen up the stain.  Use a dishwasher detergent (never use bar soap) to lightly scrub the area.  We find a soft bristle tooth brush works well, just make sure not to scrub the area too much and damage the gown’s fiber.  We’ve also heard that cascade dishwasher soap works really well.  Remember, you’re just pre-treating, not eliminating the stain. That’s our job.
  • Candle Wax.  Hopefully the majority of the wax landed on your dress and not your skin.  The first thing you can do is put your dress next to those frozen peas that have been sitting in your freezer since 1996.  We’re serious!  Remove the dress in a few hours and use a spoon to chip away as much of the now brittle wax from the dress.  Don’t use a knife as you risk the chance of pulling fibers.  After you’re done grab your ironing board and clean towel that you don’t mind throwing away after.  Place the thin towel on your dress and let your iron sit on top of the towel for 20-30 seconds.  This should pull the wax away from the dress and absorb into the cotton of the towel.
  • Soda, coffee or tea.  The most important thing to remember with these is not to soap as this will permanently set the stains into your dress.  Instead use white vinegar (2/3 water and 1/3 white vinegar) in a spray bottle.  Spray, let it sit for a minute and rub with a cloth or soft tooth brush.

Order your wedding gown preservation kit before you leave and when you come back send the wedding dress to us and we’ll take care of the rest.