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Unique Guest Book Ideas

As weddings have evolved, so too has the way that guests sign in after arriving for a loved one's wedding. The old-fashioned, traditional guest books are a thing of the past and more personal, fun options for guest books has take a front seat. Take a look these unique ideas to get that signature!
For the wine loving couple! Have your guests sign a handful of wine bottles that you can open up on each of your anniversaries. Or save up those corks for the big day and have your guests sign them at your wedding! You can either display them as shown in this pic, or make a cork wreath out of them.

Guests can sign a trees of leaves or place their signed hearts in a frame.
Photo Credit: Tracy Doyle Photography

A tree full of well wishes!
For the more rustic/ natural feel, they can sign part of a tree stump, a reclaimed wooden board or rocks.
Why not have them type in their name! Photo Credit: Casey Brooks
The classic photo guest book that your photographer can probably do for you.
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Unique Ideas for Escort Cards

Your wedding guests have all joined together to celebrate your big day, however, at your reception, they will certainly want to be seated at times, such as when they enjoy their meal, or to take a break from the dancing. Oftentimes, guests find their seats from a place card, displaying their table number, however, the plain and simple cardstock place cards can be a bit boring for some brides, who would rather bring a unique and creative approach to their elements of décor.
Because your place cards play an important role on your wedding day, you should consider creating them to be a prominent element of décor, and stand out in a personalized way. Here are a few fun ideas that are sure to catch yours guests attention!
·Succulents. Everyone loves flowers, however, they can be hard to maintain, but, if you choose succulents to create your escort cards within, you can ensure that the choice will be pleasing to all of your wedding guests. Succulents offer a unique and intricate design, with t…

A Venue Coordinator vs. A Wedding Coordinator

Unfortunately, things haven't changed much in the wedding industry regarding the confusion between a venue coordinator and a wedding coordinator. Couples still seem very confused between these two roles and end up not hiring a wedding coordinator after speaking with their venue. Their day ends up in disappointment because they assumed they would have that one, key person to go to and rely on for their entire wedding day. Instead, they have to wait until they walk through their venue doors to receive some coordination by their venue coordinator or banquet captain, who's primary responsibility is to the get the meal out on time and at an ideal temperature.

Photo Credit: Leppert Photography
So, when you begin visiting venues and you learn that a venue has an event coordinator who tells you that you do not need to hire a wedding coordinator/planner, ask them if they will show up at the hotel while you and your girls are getting ready earlier in the day. Ask if they will be with you …

Does a "Day-Of Coordinator" only show up on the wedding day?

"I've done all my own planning and want a "day-of" coordinator but can't find one who will show up on the wedding day only!  Why?"

There's probably a lot of confusion amongst engaged couples because of the term "day-of" coordinator. If you end up speaking to someone who says they will only show up on the wedding day and save you lots of money because of it, please stay clear of them!

Many wedding planners may label their coordination as "day-of" wedding coordination, but there is far more involved than just showing up on the wedding day when it comes to a professional wedding planner who knows what she/he is doing.

Photo Credit: Estes Images

Here are some reasons why a wedding coordinator shouldn't show up only on the wedding day:
Many planners begin their coordination services 4-8 weeks out because many venues request the wedding day timeline one month prior. A 1 1/2 to 2 hour timeline meeting typically kicks off the coordination…

Winter Wedding Uncertainty

Thinking about having a winter wedding but uncertain because of weather and limited options compared to Spring, Summer and Fall weddings? We put together some thoughts to consider that might help you decide if you want to say "I Do" in the winter!

You may save money with a winter wedding since many wedding vendors and venues are slower in the winter than any other time of the year.

Whether large or small, winter weddings tend to lend that cozy, intimate feel with the cold weather outside, but the warmth inside.

You won't have to deal with sweat and feeling sticky during a photo shoot with a winter wedding!

Many folks opt to have their winter wedding around the Holidays to take advantage of using Christmas decorations that your venue may be decorated with. If considering this, try to pick a day that isn't so close to the Holidays, like early in December before the month gets too crazy for everyone.

Mother Nature is taken out of the equation when planning a winter wedd…

Goodbye 2017; Hello 2018

With 2017 behind us, this is a good time to reflect on life and remind yourself of the things to be thankful for. So I put a list together of a few things I'm thankful for and what keeps me going in life!


Our LordMy FamilyMy FriendsMy neighbors and the wonderful neighborhood my hubby, kids and I live inOur homeOur healthEmploymentAll the opportunities I've had working with engaged couples and meeting their familiesMusic! (without it, life would be dull)Wining and Dining in a nice restaurant (I'm a bit of a foodie and wine snob :-) )Our yard because I love to spend time in it during Spring/SummerBeing able to get out and run no matter how fast or slow I am.Having the opportunity to give back when we can I hope 2018 brings prosperity, laughter, love, lots of great memories and good health to you all!!

Answers to Brides Most Frequently Asked Questions

Here we are....Day 6, our final day of answering your most frequently asked questions here are answers to questions 9 and 10!

Question 9: When Do We Mail the Invitations.   Traditionally speaking, wedding invitations should be mailed out 6-8 weeks before the wedding. If you get anxious and mail them 10-12 weeks prior to the wedding, you might be taking a chance with your guests seeing they have plenty of time to respond and put the invitation down with intentions of RSVPing later and then they forget. Only with destination weddings should you mail your invitations 3 months out. Make sure your RSVP date is one month prior to the wedding, allowing you time to call folks who haven't rsvp'd.
Part 2: Do We Need to Note the Dress Code on the Invitations? In many cases your invitation style will depict to your guests how formal your ceremony will be. A beach wedding invitation is going to have a much different style than a more formal, traditional invitation. However, if you are wanti…