|Wedding Planning; Wedding Ceremony; Wedding Receptions; Financial Institutions; Wedding Invitations & Announcements
A wedding is an event of a lifetime. To plan it, there are a number of considerations and decisions that need to be made and ensure every detail is covered. This section offers a great foundational start to help any bride create her dream wedding. Find instruction and guidance to help stay organized, focused, and on budget throughout the planning process. Learn what tasks need to happen first and how get some help to accomplish every task. Download valuable tools to keep progress moving and ensure no detail is dropped. Receive advice on how to choose a location, solicit help from the wedding party and determine the guest list. It will be easy to get overwhelmed but remember wedding planing should be fun. This is an enjoyable and exciting time. Using the advice in this section will help ensure the planning process runs smoothly with a limited amount of stress.
Financial planning for the wedding is a critical element and plays a substantial role in every decision. Times have changed and as weddings become more expensive, budget for the party of a lifetime will need to come from a variety of sources. Receive advice on how to approach delicate budget discussions with family and friends.
Find helpful tips on how to allocate the budget to ensure adequate cost is given to every aspect of the wedding. Download a budget worksheet as a guideline to divide the budget across every element of the wedding. This ensures important aspects don't get short changed or forgotten. Learn a few cost cutting tips that can be applied throughout the process to maximize every dollar. Costs can add up quickly but careful planning and preparation will ensure the budget is maintained while still providing the wedding of your dreams.
In the course of the planning, don’t forget to make it legal. This section outlines the requirements for getting married in California, where to go to obtain a license and how to download an application. Requirements and costs vary by county and knowing the details ahead of time will ensure the process run smoothly.
Find out where to apply and what documentation is required to obtain a license. Download an application to complete before arriving to further help the process. Both the bride and groom will need to be present and the license will expire after a set timeframe.
Discover state and county stipulations regarding age, residency, waiting periods, and whether a blood test will be required. This process can happen quickly but make sure adequate time and consideration is given to this important step. Visit this section to learn California county requirements and restrictions.
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and enlisting a professional provides a welcome relief for any bride. Many brides already have a full plate of responsibilities and fitting in wedding planning can be difficult. Using a wedding coordinators can help alleviate stress without breaking the bank.
Coordinators can work with any sized budget and offer services on a variety of levels. Today's coordinators can help with as much or as little as the wedding or budget require. Learn what to questions to ask when selecting a coordinator and how to find one with the experience you are looking for. Discover the options available and if this service is right for you. Hiring the right coordinator can eliminate stress and provide time and much needed relief to further enjoy the wedding planning experience.
Bridal shows provide a valuable opportunity to perform a large amount of research in a single day. Take advantage of a variety of vendors located in one area ready to showcase their latest products and services. Visit their booths to ask questions, sample products, and win some great prizes. Learn key strategies to consider before attending to maximize the overall experience. Applying these tips prior to the attending the show can help you quickly tackle the "to-do" list and you may leave with a good amount of planning already done.
Fashion shows parade the latest in bridal gowns and accessories. Attending bridal shows is a great way to kick off any wedding planning experienced. Shows are typically scheduled only once or twice a year so planning ahead will be essential. Leveraging the learning and direct contact with vendors that can be gained through bridal shows will shave time off planning and allow you to more thoroughly enjoy the experience. Check out this section for helpful show tips and list of shows currently scheduled in your area.
|Bridal Gowns, Formals & Accessories; Department Stores; Women's Dresses; Fashion Designers; Tuxedos Sales & Rentals; Men's Formal Wear; Men's Clothing; Tailors; Alterations; Cleaners-Alterations
From the moment he pops the question, every bride is on the hunt for the perfect dress. Before the shopping begins, review this section for guidance and advice on finding wedding apparel that matches your personality and style. Discover where to shop and how to stay within budget. Find helpful tips for finding "the one" without trying on every dress in the city.
Obtain advice on how to prepare to shop and gain the most from the experience. Learn techniques on finding bridesmaids' attire and groom's attire, keeping them coordinated and stylish with the wedding gown and theme. The options and choices are endless and shopping for apparel can become overwhelming. Utilize this guide to minimize the stress and discover valuable information to make the experience fun and memorable.
|Weight Loss Centers; Health Clubs; Exercise and Physical Fitness Programs; Skin Care; Facial & Skin Care Spas and Salons; Beauty Salons; Dermatologists; Electrologists; Plastic Surgeons; Day Spas; Nail Salons; Cosmetics Retail; Hair Cutting and Styling
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. Developing the right health & beauty regimen will help. Discover valuable tips and guidance to ensure skin, make-up and hair are all looking perfect on that special day. Learn how to incorporate diet and fitness into the planning and set realistic expectations. Perhaps this is the time to schedule an appointment with a professional for a long anticipated procedure. Cameras capture the look for a lifetime and have a tendency to wash out the bride if the proper amount of make-up is not applied. Find tips and advice on how to ensure the camera portraits the perfect look for years to come. Throughout the planning, don't forget to include pampering. Stay focused and energized by scheduling regular spa appointments to keep you refreshed and healthy.
|Jewelers; Wedding Jewelry; Jewelery Engravers; Appraisers; Insurance Agencies
A wedding ring is a symbol of love and commitment. Choosing the right ring is a personal choice, but it should involve some education. Learn what to look for when choosing an ideal diamond and what metal or setting is right for you. With every anniversary, the emotional value of the wedding ring will grow exponentially. Ensure they also have a monetary value that will hold their own against time as well. Discover what qualities increase the value of a diamond and how to evaluate diamonds from a jeweler.
Review diamond shape options to determine which one best complements the bride's hand and personality. Learn what shapes are trendy and which ones sparkle the most. Uncover the advantages and differences between the various metal options to find the one that is right for you. The information in this section will provide the knowledge and research to help any couple choose the rings they'll cherish for a lifetime.
|Wedding Invitations & Announcements; Invitations General; Stationers; Printers; Thermographers; Greeting Cards-Stationery
Wedding invitations have evolved to become works of art. While the design options are endless, traditional etiquette rules still apply. Before developing your masterpiece, review the basics of style, form and etiquette for wedding stationery.
Learn how to optimize space within the invitation to include the full details to share with guests. Review etiquette tips on how to word invitation and envelopes. Printing styles have changes to now include a variety of colors and styles to match the personality of any couple. Invitations can be as unique or as traditional as you desire but stay within etiquette guidelines that continue to set the standard. Leverage the tips and advice within this section to develop a one-of-a-kind invitation that reflects your personality yet remains functional for your guest.
Florist; Wedding Florist; Silk Flowers; Party Supplies & Decorations; Party Planning/Event Consultants; Floral Preservation
Flowers provide a matchless elegance and beauty to any wedding. Determining the right quantity, the right colors, and the right florist to decorate your dream requires research. Discover how to simplify the process, choose the right flowers and beautify any wedding. Learn what elements of the wedding influence and determine the amount of flowers needed to decorate any location.
Choosing a florist requires planning and research. Find out the right questions to ask to ensure they create your dream vision. A quality florist is also a wedding decorator. Selecting the right florist can reduce the amount of planning and vendors needed while creating the perfect look. Discover what flowers are ideal for the bridal bouquet and why it is important they are in season. This section also provides tips and advice on how to preserve costs and keep the budget in tact.
|Retail Bakeries; Wedding Cakes; Grocery and Markets
Wedding cakes have come a long way from their traditional white round cake with plain white frosting. The design, color and flavor options are now endless. Educate yourself on the variety of choices and how to choose a decorator that best suits your style.
Various factors play a role in finding the perfect cake. Discover what size is required based on the guest list and size of the reception location. As the focal point at the reception, ensure it is properly highlighted and on display for guests to view. Determine who will be responsible for serving it and when it should arrive at the reception.
If a cake is not your style, this section provides ideas of how to offer an elegant and delicious alternative end to the meal. Leverage the tips and advice found in this section to ensure guests are offered a tasty dessert they'll remember long after the wedding.
|Caterers; Wedding Caterers
The food served at a wedding should be as memorable as the bride's dress or as stunning as the flowers. Choosing a caterer that can make this happen without blowing the budget can be a daunting task. Gain insight on how to choose the right caterer, the right menu and ensure the meal served is long remembered.
Depending on the location, some catering decisions will already be made. Learn what options are available if the location has an on site staff. If an outside caterer is used, discover what questions need to be asked to ensure every detail is covered and the meal is remembered. Discover what alcohol option best fits your reception and how to keep costs in line with the budget. Catering selections have a significant impact on the success of the wedding. Seek the guidance and advice found in this section to ensure the menu reflects both your personality as well as your guests' taste buds.
|Portrait Photographers; Wedding Photography & Videography; Commercial Photography; Video Production Services
A wedding is complete in a matter of hours but with the right photography, it can last a lifetime. More than any other aspect of planning, considering a professional for this responsibility is essential. Learn how to choose the right expert, what to look for and what to ask before selecting a photographer and videographer to immortalize the day.
In addition to traditional photography, many weddings are captured with sight, sound and motion ensuring the day can be relived for many years. Discover what to look for when choosing a videographer and special elements they can created to enhance the reception.
Once the day is captured, ensure it lasts forever. Find out how to properly protect this investment and ensure the images can be shared for years to come.
|Wedding Music and Entertainment; DJs; Musicians; Entertainment Bureaus
Music sets the tone and mood of the wedding. It can also invoke emotion creating an atmosphere that is long remembered after the wedding. Find out how incorporating music into your wedding can enrich the experience and make it more memorable.
Learn what moments of a wedding traditionally include music and how to personalize the selection. What should be considered to keep the music appropriate for the location and in style with the wedding? Do you prefer a DJ or live music? Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each option to determine what best fits the ceremony and reception. Gain insight on how to evaluate the different music choices and ensure the songs on your "must play list" can be incorporated into the wedding. Selecting the right music adds an elegance and beauty beyond the visual image creating a heartfelt memory.
|Limousine; Automobile Rentals; Wedding Limousine; Car Services; Bus Charters; Taxis; Horse Carriage; Motorcycle and Scooter Rentals; Chauffeurs
Eliminate unnecessary stress by developing a transportation plan. This will ensure everyone is where they need to be, when they need to be there. Use this section to determine the number of rides required, what vehicle is most appropriate and how to choose the right driver. Decide whether traveling in style is more important or finding the quickest, easiest and least expensive route to the reception from the
ceremony is a higher priority. Discover which option best accommodates the wedding party and what you should consider from a transportation company. The budget can increase quickly depending on the amount of time a vehicle is rented. Learn strategies to maximize the rental value and how to avoid seasonal periods when companies charge higher rates. Out of town guests will also need a ride. Find costs saving tips to ensure they are included without overspending the budget. This section provides a variety of costs saving measures to keep the budget in line, while getting you where you need to go.
|Bridal Registry; Department Stores; Chinaware; Gift Shops; Glassware; Bedding; Housewares; Linens; Variety Stores
From the time friends and family hear about the wedding, they will want to start purchasing gifts. Some guest will not be able to make it to the wedding but still want to send their best wishes. Establishing a bridal registry provides appreciated direction to assist them in their efforts. Learn how to start your registry, where you should register and what should be included on the final list. Find out how many store locations to include and the proper registry etiquette.
While working to establish a home, take inventory of what you already have and what remains to make it a comfortable place to live. This section provides tips and advice to ensure no bridal registry needs are overlooked or forgotten. As the gifts are received, remember to extend your appreciation. Gain valuable insight on how to stay on top of the thank-you cards and not leave them to the last minute.
|Wedding Banquet Halls/Reception Facilities; Wedding Chapels; Halls, Auditoriums and Ballrooms; Hotels; Restaurants; Churches; Country Clubs; Museums; Clubs; Theatres & Concert Halls; Resorts; Parks; Historical Landmarks; Officiant
Selecting the location for the event of a lifetime requires careful planning and research. This section outlines the factors to consider and provides guidance and advice in selecting the right location and planning the ideal ceremony. Learn what the questions to ask to ensure the location can accommodate the guest list, the ceremony type, music and decorations. Get advice on planning an outdoor ceremony and learn what to consider. Find valuable information on what to discuss with the officiant to ensure the ceremony and vows are personal. When writing specific vows, learn the proper etiquette and what should be avoided. Obtain guidance on creating the proper seating chart and the order for how family and guests should be seated. Incorporating the tips and advice within this section will ensure the ceremony runs smoothly and represents the beauty of the union.
|Wedding Banquet Halls/Reception Facilities; Halls, Auditoriums & Ballrooms; Hotels; Restaurants; Churches; Country Clubs; Museums; Clubs; Theaters, Concert Halls & Venues; Resorts; Parks; Historical Landmarks; Tent Rental; Party Supplies & Rental; Wedding Chair & Table Rental; Wedding Linen Rental; Decorating-Party Favors, Supplies & Services
With the cost of a reception representing over half of the overall wedding budget, strong consideration should go into choosing the location. Learn what aspects should affect the decision, how to decorate and remain within the budget. Obtain advice on what questions to ask the reception manager to ensure individual styles and wishes are catered to. Discover what you'll need to know to avoid costly mistakes or hidden fees.
Find out what rental options are available and when renting is most appropriate. This section includes guidance on how to decorate any space to make it unique and elegant. Use the provided timeline and toasting tips to ensure the reception runs smoothly and is the party of your dreams.
|Wedding and Party Favors; Candy & Confectioneries; Bakers; Stationers; Florists; Gift Shops
Presenting guests with a gift of appreciation for attending is becoming a wedding standard. The gift selected should reflect the couple and stand as a reminder of the event. This section offers suggestions and guidance in choosing the favor that is right for you.
Guests often expect to receive a wedding favor and this is something that is often overlooked in the budgeting. Discover a variety of options that can cater to any budget while still offering an elegant and memorable gift. Find tips on how to keep the decoration simple and in style with the wedding.
When it is time to present them, gain insight on how to deliver them with a personal touch. Using the guidance outline in this section will help select a lasting memento long remembered after the wedding.
|Travel Agencies & Bureaus; Wedding Travel; Airlines; Airline Ticket Agencies
Getting away for the wedding is becoming increasingly popular with many brides. There are definite advantages to planning a destination wedding and this section will outline the benefits and issues associated with a paradise wedding. Discover what you'll need to know to plan a remote wedding and how to choose a vendor in a distant location. Despite the disadvantage of not being able to meet with vendors face-to-face, planning remotely can be much easier than planning a local wedding.
What are the costs associated with a destination wedding? With the cost of a home based wedding continually on the rise, is it really cheaper? How can guest who can't attend the wedding still feel included? Answers to these questions and more are found in this section. Learn how you can feel comfortable planning a remote wedding and whether this is a choice that is right for you.
|Travel Agencies & Bureaus; Wedding Travel; Airlines; Airline Ticket Agencies; Cruises
Once the planning and partying is complete, it will be time for a much deserved vacation. Get help in choosing the ideal location, determining what to pack and planning the perfect honeymoon. Learn valuable tips on how to afford the dream vacation on top of the cost of the wedding.
If having trouble choosing a location, discover the top worldwide destinations for couple's celebrating their union. Find out how a travel agent can help with the planning and relieve some of the responsibility of arranging a honeymoon on top of the wedding planning. If budget is tight, this section offers a number of budget saving tips to maintain costs and make the honeymoon affordable. Many couples are opting to follow a growing trend and consider a honeymoon registry. Learn how this works, the advantages and disadvantages and if it fits within the planning.
|Insurance Brokers; Insurance-Homeowners
It is a good ideal to plan for the unexpected. A number of unforeseen things could go wrong with a wedding and it is better to plan ahead than be caught off guard. Wedding insurance can protect your investment and provide peace of mind.
Learn what is covered and the cost associated to protect either a portion or the entire wedding. Discover strategies for working with the insurance company to specify the amount of compensation. Also, find out what items and circumstances will not be covered in the policy.
With the cost of a wedding today averaging $30,000, it wise to investigate insurance and determine if the peace of mind and security is right for you. Use this section to evaluate the options and learn where you can go to obtain coverage.