Monday, October 13, 2014

Wedding Planning with Children


Many couples are blending families and the adjustment for the child can sometimes be difficult. With all the wedding planning, the children could feel left out and it's very important to make them feel included during the planning process and on wedding dayYou do not want children to move forward into the marriage feeling resentful of their parent's new partner.
 

 
I've listed some suggestions below that just might help alleviate the "sad face".  Consider including a few, if not all, during your wedding planning.
  • Allow the child to be involved in a few of the planning meetings and give their opinion and make sure to take them on appointments with you.
  • Give the children perimeters, but allow them to select their attire for wedding day. 
  • During the unity candle lighting or sand ceremony, have the child join you both at the altar and make them apart of this important ceremony. 
  • Ask the children to come the altar before the pronouncement of husband and wife, and ask the minister to pronounce you as "Husband, Wife and Family". 
  • During the ceremony, present the children with a loving token like a necklace or bracelet to show them they play an important role in the new family. 
  • Include the children in the engagement photo session and display not only couple photos during the reception, but photos showcasing the "new" family. 
  • Have a kids table with goody bags and treats during the reception.
Until next time...WEDologize! 

(Photo credit: Rush Photography & Videography | repost from 12/16/12)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wedding Day "Forget-ables"



There are plenty of good resources, both online and in print, that discuss lists, time lines, to-do's, etc. for planning your wedding.  But when planning out your budget, there are some things that couples tend forget or wait until the last minute to even consider.  Once you have booked all the BIG vendors (venue, photographer, videographer, florist, stationery designer, musical entertainment) make sure to note these items on your budget to-do list...I so eloquently named them...The Forget-ables:

Vendor meals.  It's customary, although not mandatory, to provide vendors that are on-site with you longer than 6 hours a "vendor" meal.  The vendors to include are: wedding coordinators, photographer, videographer and DJ or Band.  A vendor meal is not the meal + bar provided to your wedding guests, so make sure to ask the banquet manager/facilitator about meals for those service providers.

Snacks in the wedding suites.  Yes, the couple and their wedding party members are sure to need a little nourishment while getting all dolled up for wedding day.  Have some snacks, juice and water on-site so that no one becomes ill during this long, but wonderful day.

Gratuity.  It's up to you what you'd like to tip your service providers, but if they do a good job, consider blessing them with a token of appreciation.  Check out our blog devoted to gratuities.

Midnight Snack.  Many caterers offer midnight snack ideas for your wedding guests, but make sure to have a plan in mind for how you and your husband/wife will eat before calling it a night.  Trust me...you will be hungry.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Rush Photography & Videography | repost from 6/4/12)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The First Touch Before The Ceremony


Many modern, non-traditional couples are having a "First Look" before the wedding ceremony.  This is when the couple decides to see one another a few hours for the wedding and the photographer is there to capture the memorable scene.  Then it allows for the couple, their wedding party and family to take pictures prior to the ceremony so they all can enjoy the cocktail hour.  But what can a more traditional couple do?

The "First Touch" is a spin on the First Look.  This must be strategically planned because the premise behind the touch is not to see one another, but to have a brief conversation and/or say a prayer together before the ceremony.  With careful planning of the wedding coordinator, photographer and a door or wall to separate the couple, the moment can be even more meaningful because the element of surprise will still exist when the ceremony begins.


Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - my iPhone)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Groomsmen Sock Game


When considering the options for the groom and groomsmen, there isn't a whole bunch you can do with a rented tuxedo outside of a distinctive boutonniere, vest, bow tie and/or tie.  But let me retract that statement and say...there is one more fun thing the groom can do to stand out on his wedding day.

Socks play an important roll for the groom and his men on wedding day.  In order to wear those shiny shoes, or whichever style is selected, it's imperative that men wear socks!  Now consider spicing them up  with prints, words or a distinctive color for this once in a lifetime day!




Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credits - Rush Photography & Videography and Ollie Photography)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Groom. The Super Hero.


I'm loving one of the newest trends of the groom and groomsmen having a "super hero" moment!  See, it doesn't always have to be about the bride! LOL!

Super hero cuff links based on the attendants personality...

...And the matching super hero t-shirt!


Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credit - Beth Rooney Photography)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Introducing the Reception


The introductions into your reception are what set the tone for your wedding guests!  Make sure to acknowledge those who played a role during the wedding ceremony such as grandparents, officiant, hostesses, ushers/escorts and any other key players by asking them to stand.  Then set the mood for the entrance of parents, wedding party and the newly married couple by dimming the lights and playing some fun upbeat music.  Tell the wedding party to shake it up and dance a little as they make their way to the dance floor.  And once it's time for you to enter, have the MC ask the guest to stand and clap in celebration.



Then ave fun with with.  Take a bow and enjoy yourself as you make your first entrance as Husband and Wife!

Until next time...WEDologize!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wedding Thank You Photo



After you have cut the wedding cake and your reception dinner has been served to your guests, ask your photographer to take a "thank you" picture or this can be done during your post-ceremony photos.  This picture can then be inserted into your wedding thank you cards or even designed as a post card to thank your guests for their attendance and gift.

Until next time...WEDologize!

(photo credits -  Image Makers Photography | Singage by CT Designs)

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