How to Pull Off a Micro Wedding: Why Less Really is More

More and more happy couples are proving that your big day can be exactly that, without actually being big. Easy to pull off, micro weddings have emerged as attractive, affordable alternatives to the tradition of inviting hundreds of guests for an expensive stress-fest. As much as money is a consideration when planning a wedding, it…

5 Simple Tips For Planning A Winter Wedding

Even though most couples prefer spring and summer weddings, winter weddings can be as magical and beautiful as those two. If not even more magical due to mesmerizing landscapes and comfy feel that winter can bring. However, there might be some weather mishaps during the “darker months” and winter weddings can sometimes asks for a…

Decorate & Accessorize Your Christmas Wedding

Summer is finally over and that means two things: Christmas weddings! If you already have snow, fur capes, woolies, muffs rustic accessories and gorgeous festive colors in mind, you’re 100% ready to organize your winter weddings, but just in case, here are a few décor and accessories tips that will make your Christmas wedding even…

How to Plan an Unforgettable Bachelorette Party on a Budget

Bachelorette parties tend to be grandiose, extravagant, and downright expensive celebrations. If you’re worried about a tight budget, relax! Fun bachelorette parties don’t have to cost you and your guests an arm and a leg. Even if you’re planning a destination party, there are several ways to make it memorable without going over your budget.…

5 Must-Have Accessories for a Destination Wedding

Planning a wedding is difficult enough, but it becomes even more challenging when you’re tying the knot abroad. While it can be a logistical nightmare, this shouldn’t stop you from going after the destination wedding of your dream — whether you fantasize about getting married on the shores of Tahiti or the picturesque hills of…

Don’t Forget the Tip! A Gratuity Guide for Your Wedding Vendors

When figuring out the budget for your wedding, don’t forget to include extra for tips. Some services, like venue, bar and catering, often have that gratuity built into the price. However, some of the individual vendors don’t and certainly appreciate a little extra something for a job well done. Don’t forget thank yous, or reviews…

How to Plan a Perfect Rehearsal Dinner in 7 Easy Steps

Getting married can be so exciting: first, you get to spend the rest of your life with the one you love, but also you finally get the chance to plan and prepare the wedding the way you want it. Still, there are other things to take care of, such as planning a perfect rehearsal dinner.…

All In One Wedding Invitations

SEAL AND SEND WEDDING INVITATIONS FOR THE SAVVY COUPLE All-in-one wedding invitations are an exciting new “seal and send” option for budget-savvy couples. Combine convenience and value with Minted’s world-class quality and design with an All-in-one invite. All-in-one invitations contain three panels that neatly fold into one ready-to-mail card. Your guests will receive a stunning…

What Is a Prenup and Do You Need One?

It’s often been said millennials are a very different generation from Gen Xers and baby boomers. As a whole, millennials—those born between 1982 and 2000, according to the Census Bureau—are better educated and command more earning power than previous generations at the same age. It seems they also take protecting their assets seriously. According to…

How to Plan and Start a Wedding Beauty Regimen

As your wedding day approaches, you will realize just how much you have on your plate. With the thoughts of the menu, flowers, drinks, music, and sitting arrangements, it can be difficult to keep track of another important aspect of wedding preparations – your own beauty routine. If you’re worried whether your beauty regimen will…

For the Groom: 5 Ways You Can Impress Your Bride While Planning a Wedding

A personal and intricate wedding ceremony brings an extensive list of details to arrange and finalize. With these tasks comes an excessive amount of stress and, oftentimes, much of that stress falls on the bride. All the elements that go into planning can be overwhelming for her, so this is your opportunity to step up…

7 Pieces of Advice for Grooms Who Want to Be Stylish (and Comfortable) When They Walk Down the Aisle

Wedding days might bring images of veils and big white dresses, but what the groom wears is just as important. When you’re up at the altar, your friends and family won’t just be looking at the bride — they’ll be looking at you, too. While it’s easy to grab the first suit you find and…

Preparing for a Wedding? Here’s How to Choose a Theme for Your Wedding Venue with Ease

When you finally start planning your dream wedding, it’s fun to spend hours researching everything. You’ll learn more about decor and dining than you ever thought was possible, especially when it comes to themes. Deciding on the right theme for your wedding will be what pulls all the little details of your big day together.…

10 Wedding Flower Mistakes

10 Flower Mistakes Your Wedding Florist Wants You to Know You can skim inspiration sites and flip through bridal magazines looking at wedding flowers, but when it’s time to make decisions, picking centerpieces, boutonnieres and bouquets can be difficult. Fortunately, florists and wedding planners can guide you through floral accent choices for your special day.…

Get Inspired: The Holiday Wedding

If you’ve ever delved into the wonderful (and sometimes chaotic) world of wedding planning, you’re probably aware of how expensive booking vendors and venues can be during peak wedding season. So, why not opt to have your wedding during the “most wonderful time of year?” After all, many families make their way back home for…

11 Tips for Planning Your Own Wedding

If you’re working on a budget or just love DIY projects, it is possible to plan your own wedding. Hiring a wedding planner is an incredible luxury – and also a very expensive one. To plan your own wedding all you need is a vision and some basic organizational talents. This will allow you to…

How to Create a Customized Wedding Ceremony

When planning a wedding, many couples jump on the chance to make the venue, decorations and reception all their own. After all, they want their marriage to feel unique and personally significant. However, many couples forget the wedding ceremony itself can be just as personal as the rest of the event. You don’t have to…

Lighten Your List: Helpful Tips for Cutting Down Your Guest Invites

Planning your wedding is an exciting time full of anticipation and joy, not just for you and your fiancé, but also for your families. But there are some parts of wedding planning that aren’t as fun as others — like deciding which friends or family members you’re going to cut from your guest list. With…

Wedding Day Tips for the Groom

There’s a lot to do when planning for your wedding and that can be very stressful. As a groom, figuring out your ‘wedding look’ may not be on the top of your list. But if you look your best, you will feel your best, and vice versa! We are giving you a few tips on…

Evolution of the Engagement Ring

Diamonds have always been the go-to gem for wedding rings, but what about the shape? Here is a little graphic showing the evolution of the engagement ring and what cuts and shapes were popular over the years. Contributed by WP Diamonds

Listen to Mother Nature: How to Prep for Weddings in All Kinds of Weather

No matter what time of year you choose to get married, bad weather can always thwart your plans. Summer thunderstorms can rain out a meadow wedding. Winter snowstorms might prevent guests from getting to your holiday nuptials. Springtime flash flooding could create treacherous conditions for your wedding party bus. But as long as you’re prepared…

Bridal Boudoir – Tips for Your Session

Before Your Session Exfoliate (gently!) your face and body a few days prior to your session. Consider how your fingernails and toenails look. It’s not necessary to get a manicure or a pedicure, but make sure everything is neat and clean. A clear polish will only add to your photos. Get your eyebrows done. Shave/wax…

Selecting the Wedding Party

Did you know that Ancient Roman law required 10 witnesses to be present at a wedding which is considered a precursor to the bridal party tradition? With the large bridal parties we’ve been seeing as of late it seems to be holding true to this old tradition. Some couples find that after they’ve finished counting…

Falls Event Center’s Future may be Uncertain (Updated)

Local couples who have booked wedding dates at The Falls Event Centers in Elk Grove and Roseville need to be aware of recent developments regarding these venues and the company that owns them. On May 10, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission initiated a lawsuit against the owner of the venue chain, accusing him of…

Fresh & Fragrant: Choosing Wedding Flowers

Flowers make the wedding special. It’s one of the few personal occasions that you will want to go all out. Because of the time and expense involved, flowers are one of the first wedding elements you should plan – usually right after you’ve selected your ceremony and reception location and photographer. Popular and talented florists…

Planning the Wedding Reception

Your reception could cost from one-third to almost half of your entire budget, depending on your choice of format, theme, date, time, activities, and guest list. With so much at stake for its success, you most certainly want to plan it carefully. Let us guide you through the major considerations when starting your search for…

Tips For A Successful Destination Wedding

Anything is possible, and everything goes, when you plan a destination wedding. That’s why so many couples leave home in search of the world’s most beautiful places where they can tie the knot. If getting hitched in an exotic location sounds like your perfect day, staying organized will streamline the planning process. So even though…

7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Photos & Film

It’s important to make sure your wedding day is well planned out, not only to ensure the day runs smoothly, but also that your photographers and videographers have the time they need to capture your wedding day (and especially those posed shots) in the perfect way you would want to remember it. Often, when a…

Setting the Date

As you start down the planning road, the number one thing you’ll need to do is secure your date. While you can certainly spend time researching and contacting all the vendors you’ll need, nothing can be booked until your venue is secured and a contract is in place. While a wedding can be planned in…

Bridal Shows: Your Guide for the Best Experience

There is one thing a bride never has enough of – time. From the moment you get engaged until the day you get married, you will probably log hundreds of hours and endless miles. Good bridal shows have a variety of wedding vendors who exhibit many of the services and products you need to create…

Vegan Wedding Plans?

TOP TEN TIPS FOR PLANNING VEGAN ECO WEDDINGS FROM STANFORD INN ECO RESORT Plant based dining is now 2018’s top food trend, according to new Baum + Whiteman study. Millennials, Gen X, Gen Y seek vegan wedding resources. Searches for vegan food and resources have increased more than 93% over the past year, according to…

The Wedding Budget

Congratulations! You’re engaged and ready to start planning. If you’ve never been married before, or haven’t been in the wedding loop, it’s probably going to be a bit of a surprise when you start researching costs. Remember this one of the biggest events of your life, and hopefully the only time you’ll be doing it.…

Why a Wedding Planner?

Your engaged! And now the fun begins. Or will it? Planning a wedding is a lot of work. I’ve been servicing weddings behind the scenes now for a couple of years and have made some observations that I hope will help you decide on the right course of action for you to choose a wedding…

Tips for Buying the Perfect Bridal Party Gifts

Planning a wedding can be stressful even for the most prepared of brides. Thankfully, they not only have their family members to rely on, they also have the support of their bridal party, who often are the bride’s closest friends. The bridal party has been there from the very beginning, and will stand by the…

The Guide to Engagement Ring Buying

Congratulations should be in order, but not until you’ve popped the question and not until she says yes. If you’re nervous about how to go about your proposal, you’re in the right place. Getting the most appropriate engagement ring will be ticked off your list after going through this delightfully useful infographic from the jewelry…

Working with the Elements

stay hydrated Ask your florist for deep water vessels for the florals. Greenery and flowers will wilt on arches and tables if set out too early on hot days. keep it cool Hot summer weddings means keeping guests comfortable if in sunny areas. Fans, water stations, umbrellas and added shady areas can help beat the…

Remember to….

12 or more months ahead of your wedding day Send Save-The-Date cards to all your guests, especially those that may need to make travel arrangements. 6 or more months ahead of your wedding day Purchase wedding rings so you’ll have plenty of time for any customization and sizing. 2 or more months ahead of your…

Rehearsal Dinner 101

The Basics Your rehearsal dinner will serve many important purposes, no matter its location or level of formality. First and foremost, the rehearsal is a chance to run-through your ceremony, delegate any wedding responsibilities to family, and quell any last minute nerves. Second, in the event that your family and friends are not already well…

First Dance Etiquette

Traditionally, after the introduction of the bride, groom, and the rest of the wedding party, the bride and groom traditionally share the first dance. For the next dance, the father of the bride dances with the bride, and the groom dances with the bride’s mother. After that, the bride’s father dances with her mother, and…

Plan the Perfect Honeymoon

A honeymoon can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. After the stress of the wedding preparations and the joy of finally becoming a married pair, couples enjoy pure blissful days during their honeymoon. It’s all about relaxing, celebrating love and having the time of your life. But how do you find the ideal honeymoon destination? Tropical, ski…

Photography: Love Your Engagement Photos

You’re engaged! Such a happy, exciting time in your life. As you prepare to join your life with another, no matter how you plan to marry, it’s going to require a photographer to document it. As one of the major purchases no matter what they budget, be sure to take your time and look at…

Tips on Planning the Beverages for Your Wedding

What’s the recipe for a great wedding reception? Great people, great food and an amazing bar. When it comes to the bar, the “amazing” part can be accomplished with just a bit of knowledge, planning and expert assistance. Here are some tips and tricks from the experts at BevMo! to make your reception stand out…