Sunday, December 21, 2014

How to Handle Wedding Programs (Day #21)



I have met several couples over my career that do not have ushers or hostesses to pass out wedding programs prior to the start of the ceremony.  They are always left with that dreaded question, what to do with those wedding programs?  Now understand, having a program ISN'T a "must have", but when they are not available, you'll find some guests questioning or walking around looking for one.  So how might you resolve this problem without laying the wedding programs on a non-descript table?
  • Place a decorative basket near the ceremony entryway and place the programs in there
  • Place a program on each chair or every other chair prior to the start of the ceremony
  • Create one large program and have it positioned on an easel near the ceremony entryway
Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(photo credit - www.rushphotovideo.com)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Name Change Game (Day #20)



You've planned your fabulous wedding day, returned from your honeymoon and now it's time to change your last name to your groom's or partner's.  I know the question is...where the heck do I begin??!?!  Well there are companies out there like Miss Now Miss that will assist you in the name change process for what I consider to be a very low fee.  But should you want to take the leap yourself, below are some major areas that require the name change:

  • Social security card
  • Driver’s license
  • Banking information
  • Checks
  • Credit Cards
  • Passport
  • Health insurance
  • Insurance cards (auto, home etc)
  • Utility companies
  • Payroll – Talk to HR
  • Business cards
  • Email signature
Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(Photo credit - www.rushphotovideo.com)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Easy Holiday Gift for Newlyweds (Day #19)


With only a few days left before Christmas, and not really wanting to blog about the Christmas trees, I was thinking of ways wedding guests can record well-wishes for the couple.

I stumbled upon a company called Write A Wish Ornament a few years ago and thought this would be the perfect keepsake for the newlyweds! Using your wedding colors or theme, create small pieces of paper with the following statement at the top...

"This is my wish for you"

__________________________________
...and leave a blank line underneath so that the guests can write a meaningful statement. Once you get back from your honeymoon, place the UNREAD pieces of paper into the ornament(s), hang on your holiday tree, and on Christmas morning, open together as a couple and read. It will certainly give you clarity about the season and allow you to reflect once again on your very special wedding day!



Until next tomorrow...WEDologize!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dancing With Your Sweetheart (Day #18)



The first dance is that amazing moment during the reception when you get to show off your skills on the dance floor as your family and friends cheer you on.  I get asked time and time again from our couples for a list of songs.  My first suggestion is to always think of a song that reminds you of your relationship, but should nothing come to mind, consider this short list of popular first dance songs:

All of Me - John Legend
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Here and Now - Luther Vandross
At Last - Etta James
Marry Me - Train
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars
God Gave Me You - Blake Shelton
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
You -Tony Terry
Always and Forever - Heatwave
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
By Your Side - Sade


Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(Photo credit - www.rushphotovideo.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Do Not Eliminate a Gift Registry (Day #17)



I have couples a lot of the time that only want to receive monetary gifts from guests for their wedding...the "Wishing Well Syndrome" is what I've named it.  Couples are merging two households or have been living with one another for a while before the wedding date, so why register for gifts "when we have everything".  But if you add registering to your wedding to-do list and register thoughtfully, you will thank yourself in the months and years to come.  Plus take into consideration the guests who just want to give a gift or have credit cards to use instead of cash.

I have listed a few registry tips to help you with this process:
  • Register early in the planning process so you won't find it to be a tedious task later down the line
  • At minimum, choose two stores to ensure your guests have various price ranges
  • Choose stores that will have your registry posted online and the website is user-friendly
  • Remember, registry information should not be included inside your wedding invitations. Word-of-mouth and wedding websites are the best options for spreading the word to those who want to purchase a gift or gift card.
  • And have fun with it! Your registry is a wish list of items you want to enhance your home as Mr. & Mrs.
Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Wasio Photography)
Repost from June 2010

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

RSVP and Food Allergies (Day #16)


As a wedding planner, I assist my clients with the wording of their wedding invitations.  I wrote a blog in 2013 on what should be included on the RSVP card, but more recently I've been asked, how do you handle wedding guests with food allergies?


It's fine to add a line at the bottom that read "Specify dietary restrictions or Note dietary restrictions". Then once you have collected the information on what your guest's needs are, work with your caterer to create and entree they can enjoy.  And on wedding day, especially if you have had several requests, you can also add a small line to table menus that reads "Please let your server know if you have requested a special meal due to dietary restrictions."  

Until tomorrow...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Wedding Bee)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Frosting Your Wedding Cake (Day #15)


When you finally decide to visit a cake designer to create the most photographed item at your reception, the wedding cake, there are some cake frosting/icing terms that you should know:

Whipped Cream.
Cake Designed by BomBon Cake Gallery

Buttercream - a smooth, creamy icing that stays so its easy to cut. Can be used as a filling or for decorations.
Fondant - a sweet, elastic icing that's rolled with a rolling pin and draped over a cake forming a smooth, firm base for decorations.
Whipped Cream - a heavy cream that is sometimes used as a filling. If used as an icing, it's not recommended for hot weather.
Royal Icing -  is a thick paste made from egg whites and sifted icing sugar. This is the icing that is used to create beading, latticework, flowers and other creations that need to stay firm.

Fondant.
Cake Designed by Karen Scobbie Cakes
Buttercream and crystallized sugar.
Cake Designed by Dessert Menu
Fondant and Royal Icing.
Cake Designed by Delish Cakes
 
Until tomorrow...WEDologize

(photo credits - www.rushphotovideo.com)

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