Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Some wedding websites are FREE while others you will have to pay a small fee, but they all very user-friendly, so why not create one?! The perfect opportunity to let your guests know that you have a site is to have the information printed on your Save The Dates. That way, guests will have the information early enough to make arrangements to attend your wedding festivities. I've listed some easy-to-use wedding websites below:
S0me invauable information to post on your site would be information about the ceremony & reception including the times and attire; gift registry links; travel and hotel accommodations; driving directions to wedding locations and local activites going on the weekend of your wedding. And to make the site more personalized, add the story of how you and your fiancee' met or the proposal story and mention your bridal party and their relationship to you.
Until next time...WEDologize!
(photo credit - http://www.angelachenportfolio.com/)
Monday, March 21, 2011
- Introductions - This is when the MC or DJ will introduce the bridal party, including family and children, ending with the new Mr. & Mrs.
- 1st Dance - I always love the bride and groom to be introduced into the reception and hit the dance floor for their 1st dance. The guests are still excited and the focus is 100% on the newlyweds.
- Cutting of Wedding Cake - If your cake will be served as dessert, here is the perfect opportunity to cut the masterpiece. This will then allow the caterer to get the cake off the dance floor, into the back, cut and plated for the dessert portion of the meal.
- Toasts - So not to turn your wedding reception into a roast & toast, allow your Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor to make those special toasts. Some venues like to have the toasts before meal service begins, but should you want to incorporate it during dinner service, I'd suggest toasting right before the main course is presented.
- Father & Daughter Dance / Mother & Son Dance - After meal service (and the bar is most likely about to open) now is the perfect opportunity for those dances with the "loves" of your life. Should your parents be shy or unable to dance an entire song, consider doing the dances together or shortening the song.
- Garter Toss & Bouquet Toss - For those that still love this tradition, the perfect opportunity to watch your guests go wild is approximately 30-45 minutes after the dance floor has opened.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
- Limit the amount of driving for your wedding guests
- Donate the left over food and wedding cake to local charities, churches or shelters
- Do not register for gifts you do not need, but consider asking your guests to give to your favorite charity on behalf of the wedding. The same idea could be done for wedding favors, too.
- Select flowers that are in-season and grown locally and at the end of the reception, donate the florals to a senior home, hospital or send them home with your wedding guests
- Instead of using large, all-floral centerpieces, consider adding candles, twisted branches, smooth stones and recycled vessels to accent your centerpieces
- For your invitations, use 100% recycled stock and environmentally-friendly ink for printing
- The Green Bride Guide: How to Create an Earth-Friendly Wedding on Any Budget by Kate L. Harrison
- The Everything Green Wedding Book: Plan an elegant, affordable, earth-friendly wedding (Everything Series) by Wenona Napolitano
(photo credit: www.thesouthern.com)
Monday, March 14, 2011
Hair/makeup pros: 15–20 percent of the total bill
Musicians: $25–$50 each
Officiant: $50 if you're married by a judge or clerk; clergy members, in general, don't accept tips, so instead, make a donation ($100 on average) to the appropriate house of worship.
Altar boys or girls: $5–$10; if they decline, add this amount to your donation to the church.
Wedding planners: 10-15 percent of contracted price
Photographers/videographers: $100–$200 if the pro is part of a larger outfit or agency (but not the owner). Second shooters should receive $50–$75.
Catering manager: $250–$500
Waitstaff: 15 percent of the total pretax food bill (given to the catering manager or "captain" to distribute)
Bartenders: 10–15 percent of the total pretax bar bill. Inform the bartenders of your intent to tip after the reception, and request that they refuse tips from guests. No rogue tip jars!
Reception band/DJ: $25–$50 per person, but take their performance into account: Did your bashful uncle boogie for the first time in 40 years? Then give a little more cash.
Chauffeur/driver: 15–20 percent of the total bill, typically presented at the end of the day
Valets: $1–$2 per car, given to the supervisor in advance, to be split among staff. Display a sign at the valet station stating that gratuities have been taken care of. The valets should also be instructed to refuse any tips offered by guests.
Restroom/coat-check attendants: $.50–$2 per guest; calculate this total in advance and give to your reception site manager to distribute.
Delivery people: $5–$20 per person for deliveries arriving from your florist, baker, rental company, and other vendors. These staffers may also be doing the heavy lifting, on-site setup, and hauling away that come with producing your wedding—so tip accordingly.
Bellhop: $1–$2 per piece of luggage brought to and from the room
Doorperson: $1–$2 per task for any kind of assistance, like hailing a cab
Housekeeper: $2–$4 per day
Concierge: $5–$20, depending on the request(s)
But of course these suggestions are standard guidelines. If you feel a vendor went above and beyond the call of duty, bless them accordingly. And if you are disappointed with the level of service of a vendor, you are not obligated to extend gratuity. But make sure to let them know how you feel so that they can improve for the next clients they service.
Until next time...WEDologize!