In order to avoid an issue at the end of the night, it is essential to have reliable transportation. Remember brides, there is usually always more people taking the bus/shuttle back to the hotel than there are taking the shuttle to the venue.
Don't forget that there maybe guest who want to attend an after party back at the hotel.
Also, you will have the bridal party, parents, the bride and groom, and anyone who might have taken a limo earlier to the venue.
Our tip this week, is to always figure that extra people will be taking the shuttle back to the hotel.
If you want the bridesmaid's bouquets to match perfectly, then have the girls save the extra fabric from getting their dresses altered. Then, save the material from the seamstress and give the fabric to the florist.
If you would rather not have the bouquets be too "matchy-matchy", then read this article below! There are a bunch of great ideas!
Before you hire a vendor for your wedding, make sure you do your research! Find reviews, recommendations, and ask questions!
We found a terrific article about the type of questions you should be asking potential vendors:
However we think the best way of insuring that your vendors are on point and profession, is to hire a planner! ;)
What you need for a NJ marriage license:
*At the time you apply for your marriage license you will have to provide the name of who is going to marry you, where, and when, and an address and phone number for the officiant.
You will need to show documentation to prove a previous marriage has been dissolved either through death or divorce. Acceptable documents include a certified copy of the final decree of divorce or a certified copy of the death certificate for your former spouse.
Renewal of Vows:
Re-marriage licenses are available in New Jersey. There is no waiting period for a re-marriage license.
New Jersey has a three (3) day waiting period. For weekend weddings, you will need to apply the Tuesday before to satisfy the three days (72 hours) by Friday. If you have special circumstances such as emergency, illness, military leave, etc., a Superior Court Judge can sign a waiver that would waive the waiting period.
WAIT!! WHAT ABOUT NEW YORK?!?!
All persons who intend to get married in New York State must obtain a Marriage License
The goal is to look like a more enhanced you, not like you’re going on stage. When it comes to make-up, start with less and you can always add more.
We don’t suggest drastic changes. If you want to make big changes, start months in advance. For example, try tanning a few times or even different spray tans well before the date.
If you are getting married during the spring or summer, we suggest keeping oil-free blotting sheets or pressed powder close by.
We also suggest having hair and make-up trials a few months before your wedding to ensure that you capture the look that you want.
Take the quiz below to see great hair styles based on your face shape and dress type:
Organization is the most important thing when it comes to planning your wedding. It is an element that should be carried out from the start of the planning process, right down to the last minute of your event.
No one wants to be fumbling with money the day of their wedding so we recommend writing down all the last payments and/or tips you need to hand out. Using envelopes with each vendor’s name is a great way to make sure you do not forget anyone
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Collin Parker
For many engaged couples, the wedding planning process is exciting, however, for others it’s overwhelming. As a way to minimize stress and enjoy the planning process fully many couples are enlisting in daily spa treatments, yoga classes and meditation.
Since so many couples are busy working long hours, carving out time to decompress together is the best way to begin the rest of your lives together! Now just breathe :)
Your wedding invitation & printed materials should represent your style, color and theme. Here are some key factors to keep in mind:
• Use good paper quality
• Use a font that’s easy to read
• Print your names in a script or italic style and make them larger than the rest of the copy
• Your guests will see the envelopes first so make sure they are done in hand calligraphy or digitally printed
If you decide to have ceremony programs, menu cards, table numbers or place cards – make sure each coordinates with your design so your theme is reflected throughout the entire wedding!
Veils come in all different sizes (and names). Which length is right for you? Here is a little cheat sheet for you!
BIRDCAGE VEILS: These are the shortest veils. They can be worn to just cover the eyes or come down to your chin.
SHOULDER-LENGTH VEILS: These end somewhere between your shoulder to mid back.
ELBOW-LENGTH VEILS: These are typically informal veils. They end where the skirt of your dress starts.
FINGERTIP-LENGTH VEILS: These are the most popular veils. They fall somewhere around your lower back.
BALLET-LENGTH VEILS: These aren’t as common, but very pretty. They fall between your knee and foot.
CHAPEL-LENGTH VEILS: This veil goes all the way to the ground, but does not have a train.
CATHEDRAL-LENGTH VEILS: This is the longest type of veil. These have a train, and are usually worn for a very formal wedding. (PICTURED ABOVE: AlisaBrides)
Suggestions for being a great wedding guest:
First: RSVP on time! The bride and groom are on a deadline and knowing exact numbers are really helpful.
Day of the wedding: DO NOT WEAR WHITE! This includes ivory, eggshell, or anything that resembles white!
If it is on the registry..they want it! It doesn’t matter if you think they will never use it or don’t need it. It isn’t for you, it’s for them.
Don’t be a Negative Nancy. The bride doesn’t need to hear things that you thought could have been better. It’s about her and the groom, not your cold chicken.
Unless your invitation said, “and guest”, then do not bring a guest.
Not only is using a # (hashtag) super trendy right now, but it is a great way to get all the pictures in one place. If you create a custom hashtag, then you can click the hashtag and it will show you all the pictures that were posted (as long as they tag the picture with it).
You can create a creative hashtag just for the two of you that you can carry from engagement to wedding. Or, you can have custom hashtag for each event! Such as #bachparty201 or #Jonespartyof2.
Having trouble coming up with a creative hashtag? There are a few websites that will generate one for you!
Have you ever thought of doing a first look? Our beautiful couple, Allison and Aaron, did a first look on their special day. It was a beautiful moment for them, and one that they will always remember. Although a first look isn’t very traditional, it is a wonderful moment that you can share with your significant other. Something to think about!
We think it’s a great idea to have a cake dedicated for your new husband! The cake should reflect his personality, likes, and/or interests. You can have it at the rehearsal dinner or at the wedding. The choice is up to you!
Make sure that someone in your bridal party has these items on hand! However, making your own emergency kit can become a little costly. If you would rather not create your own kit, a little more budget-friendly option is opt for the Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit for Brides. It costs $16 at Sephora and comes packed with the following items:
– Adhesive bandage
– Safety pin
– Hair spray
– Deodorant towelette
– Stain remover
– Pain reliever
– Double-sided tape
– Breath freshener
– Extra wedding bands
– Mending kit
– Dental floss
– Clear nail polish
– Facial tissue
– Mini blotting tissues
– Nail polish remover pad
– Bobby pins
– Earring backs
– Emery board
– Clear elastics
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Ulysses Photography
Not every bar at your wedding needs to have liquor. Have you thought of maybe having a creative food or candy bar?
There are so many different options. You can do a cookies and milk bar for dessert, or a mashed potato bar for cocktail hour!
Make a list for the things you need to pack/remember for the morning. Doing this will not only insure that you will have everything you need, but it will help calm your mind to not think of all the things you have to remember in the morning.
Keep up your usual beauty routine, but do not try new products! You may have an allergic reaction, which is something you want to happen the night before the big day.
If your rehearsal dinner is the night before, really enjoy this time with your close family and friends. There are so many people that you may be talking to at your wedding, so cherish the night before. If your rehearsal dinner is not the night before, it is still nice to call the people that matter the most to you.
Charge your cell phone and any other technology you may need for the big day. Relax, watch a movie, and have a glass of wine! Everything is going to be great. Don’t worry!!
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Seth Litroff
There are so many details to remember when it comes to your big day. Do not forget about the importance of lighting. Lighting not only sets the mood, but just brings the whole room together.
Need some inspiration? Check out Huffington Post’s article about wedding lighting to start thinking of some ideas!
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: Ulysses Photography
It is important to include transportation information card with wedding invitation. Have your guests check off if they will need transportation to church/to reception. This info will help you know in advance how many guests need transfers so you can book shuttles/buses accordingly. If doing a hotel ‘Welcome Bag’ insert a note letting guests know about transportation arrangements (*what time to meet in lobby and where). Always reserve an extra shuttle or bus for the end of the night to ensure you have adequate transportation. Pack a cooler of champagne, beer, wine coolers, water and cups for the bridal party. Not a bad idea to have pretzels and cheese/crackers on hand too in case there are a few hours between the ceremony and reception. And lastly, ask hotel to post signage in lobby directing ‘your’ guests to the correct bus – there may be another wedding party at the hotel so signage is key in order to avoid any confusion.
CHILDREN IN YOUR BRIDAL PARTY
Make sure you have extra snacks, water and even a small goodie bag available for any young children in your bridal party. If one parent is in bridal party have the other parent up by the alter so the child sees a familiar person and feels comfortable processing up the aisle. If child is nervous to walk the aisle then pair him/her with another child in the bridal party – the buddy system is always a great backup plan. If there is only one child in the bridal party and the two previous suggestions are not viable then perhaps have the child walk down with a member of the bridal party for additional support.
Thinking about what to do for a parting gift? Do you want the favor to be an edible goodie that your guests can enjoy later that night? Or maybe, it could something that they will use for years? Whichever you pick, the gift could/should be linked to a few factors:
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: marrythis.com
Sample wedding planning timelines are a great guideline to make sure that every task has enough time to get done, and also so you do not feel overwhelmed with the planning process.
Also, creating a personalized timeline for the day of your wedding is key! Using a sample timeline is helpful, but make sure you personalize it to your wedding needs. For example, maybe you need to add more travel time depending on the distance between the ceremony and the reception. Maybe, your ceremony and reception is at the same location and you do not need travel time, but can use this “extra time” for some bridal party pictures.
You can download the above guide here.
Are you having assigned seating at your wedding? Escort cards not only let your guests know where to sit, but they should reflect the theme/style of your wedding.
Have you ever danced in front of 100+ people before? Well, if the answer is NO then you’re not alone. Chances are pretty good that if you’re planning on having a wedding reception you will be dancing in front of a few people.
However, before you bust a move in front of a live audience consider this final detail for your wedding: Invest in Dance Lessons! That’s right! Unless you have performed in the Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” then you should seriously consider the basics in ballroom dance 101.
Professional dance studios are popping up everywhere so check out one that’s reputable and has been around for a long time. You want to make sure you work with an instructor who can spend time with you and your fiancé and choreograph a dance that best suits your level and style.
Dance lessons will not only help you with your first wedding dance but will inspire your guests to join in.
A Couple who dances together – stays together!!