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Honeymoon ~ A Must To Begin Your Marriage

Photo From The All Inclusive El Dorado Royale In The Mayan Riviera

Ummm, It is really cold outside.  Okay, if you live in a warm place (Miami, Phoenix, Hawaii, The Sun) you probably don’t understand what it s like to walk outside and have the cold just consume you from head to toe and back again.  Well today it is that kind of cold, so it got me thinking of other places I would like to be.   Which got me thinking about vacations, which got me thinking about blogging today about vacations, and seeing as this is a wedding related blog of course that turned into honeymoons.

I cannot stress enough the importance of a honeymoon.  Having been in the wedding industry in one capacity or another for almost 15 years (gasp) too often I would speak with couples who didn’t have a honeymoon planned.  The plan was to finish school first and take the honeymoon later.  Guess what, it won’t happen.  Life gets in the way, school, work, kids, medical bills, car payments, mortgages etc etc all come along and spending any extra money on a vacation or honeymoon just kind gets thrown aside.

You don’t need to plan an elaborate honeymoon if you can’t afford it, but get away even if it is just for a few days.  Locally (Salt Lake City) there are some amazing places nearby where you can go that won’t cost you that much.  Utah has some pretty incredible places and if you are getting married in the off season those places are even more affordable. Utah’s Mountains are second to none and the contrasting scenery between beautiful Southern Utah with its red rock cliffs and all the amazing outdoor activities and Northern Utah with the majestic Wasatch Mountains and all the amenities of a metropolitan area you can find plenty to do and not have to take out an extra loan just to pay for it (bad idea).

Park City, Utah

With that being said, the cold weather made me do a little surfing and I found what many travel websites consider to be the top Honeymoon Destinations, basically I visited some of the more well known travel sites and looked at their top 10 lists and then compiled my own based on what they had listed as the top honeymoon locations, its not scientific by any means but it was fun to daydream while I was doing it:  Here ya go. (FYI I didn’t include Cruises even though Cruising is one of the most popular honeymoons, see below)

#1 – Hawaii – Tough To argue,  The breathtaking beaches, the beautiful turquoise ocean and lush greens Hawaii has it all.  Plus, you don’t need a passport.

#2 – Mexico (either side of the country) – Cancun, The Mayan Riviera, Cozumel etc are amazing locations, the beautiful beaches sitting on the Caribbean the amazing night life the fun.  On The West side you have amazing options of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.  The beauty and warmth of the Pacific Ocean and the local Mexican flavor make these locations such a great place to go.

#3 – Jamaica – The the dream of all the honeymoon couples for its spectacular places and romantic atmosphere. In Jamaica, you can have your thrilling party in Ocho Rios, which is the ultimate spot to party with your loved one, and other than this if hilt is what you want then Rios in Jamaica will be your place.

#4 - The Bahamas – The Bahamas is one of the worlds most beautiful places This has been the honeymoon destination of many celebrities too. With its over 700 islands it gives you endless recreational options and the best part is that it is short distant from the mainland of U.S. Bahamas is the world itself, whether a honeymoon couple wants romance, entertainment or water sports, one will get it all.

#5 – Disney Vacations – Yes the happiest place on earth is also one of the most visited by honeymooners.  Walk around Disneyland or Disney World and you will see all sorts of people wearing top hats or veils with mouse ears attached letting the world know they are on their honeymoon.

#6 - Fiji – With Hundreds of Islands you could get lost – White sand beaches, warm ocean breezes, rustling palm trees, tropical flowers, stunning sunsets and laid-back island living will enchant you on the breathtaking islands of Fiji.

#7 – Tahiti - Tahiti Islands (officially French Polynesia) is a collection of over 100 islands in the South Pacific including Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea. Featuring five star resorts, spectacular tropical scenery, mountain ranges, rainforests, waterfalls, and hiking trails, Tahiti is a fantastic choice for your honeymoon.

#8 – Italy – So many places to visit, tough to lump it in to one location, but Venice and Florence are probably the two most “honeymooned” places in Italy.  Such a rich culture, amazing scenery, incredible art and so much more.

#9 – Paris – For many, it’s the ultimate honeymoon destination, and why not? There’s fine French dining, elegant shopping boulevards, renowned museums and swoon-worthy sights, entertainment at places like the Opera Garnier, and ultra-chic accommodations.

#10 – Las Vegas – Crazy as it sounds, Las Vegas is one of the top Honeymoon Spots. You know exactly what you’re going to get when you honeymoon in Vegas, and some couples love that.   If you want indulgence you can’t go wrong with Vegas.  Each Hotel seems to try to outdo the next with its lavish pools, amazing buffets and incredible shows.  No costs are cut when it comes to entertainment in Las Vegas and the shows there will blow you away.

Here are a couple of other things to consider when planning a honeymoon.

Consider an All-inclusive Honeymoon Package

All-inclusive honeymoons are a popular choice because daily expenses like food, beverage and entertainment are included in the vacation package price. All-inclusive resorts typically include meals and snacks, premium alcoholic beverages, taxes, tips, transfers from the airport, water sports and resort entertainment. Some even include golf, tennis, water skiing, scuba, and excursions.

Oceanside at The All Inclusive El Dorado Royale In The Mayan Riviera

Many all-inclusive resorts are designed just for couples, creating the romantic atmosphere honeymooners crave. Some resorts will even coordinate weddings for resort guests at no additional charge. In-room amenities like hot tubs, room service, and luxury beds create the intimate atmosphere of an unforgettable honeymoon.

Honeymoon Cruises Offer a Little Bit of Everything

Honeymooners search for cruises more than any other single destination. Cruises are similar to all-inclusive packages but they take place on a large ship that makes stops at one or more ports. Usually you spend one day at each port and the rest of your vacation on the ship, which is packed with live music, activities and all-you-can-eat food. Cruises can last from hours to weeks, and vary widely in terms of ship size, destinations and luxury. Many of the popular destinations listed above can be visited by cruise.

So there you have it.  Some great locations for you to get away and begin your new lives together.  No matter where you go, no matter what you do, make sure you take the time to spend it together because life will get in your way and you will regret not having taken a honeymoon.

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Elements to Make Your Wedding Day Special

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Your wedding day is one of the most important and meaningful days of your life. You want to make it as special and personal as you can so that you can remember every detail well long after it is over.

Fortunately, creating unique and fun weddings is a growing trend in the wedding scene. You can use some of these ideas, adapted to your own tastes, to make a wedding that is centered on you and your spouse. Here are some elements you can use to make your wedding day special.

Nontraditional symbols at the ceremony

Many people lights candles and give each other rings to symbolize their new marriage, but there are other ways to commemorate you event that you can cherish for a lifetime. Consider having you both pour different colored sand into a decorative vase to symbolize your union. These and other ideas are elements that you can keep in your new home forever.

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Memorable wedding party gifts

Your wedding party is a big part of your wedding day. Make them feel special and appreciated with really great bridesmaid gifts and cool groomsmen gifts that they will be able to use forever to remember your wedding day. Popular options are personalized necklaces and flasks.

Use your family memorabilia for decorations

You family memories are a big part of how you got to the alter in the first place. Make you pasts a part of the wedding décor by incorporating things like pictures and other memorabilia. A very special item to include would be something from your parents wedding day.

Incorporate your new initials

This is a big change after the wedding ceremony for the bride, so it should be celebrated and embraced on the wedding day. Incorporate your new initials anywhere in the wedding. Popular options include sewing it onto your veil or wedding dress.

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Tina Hamilton is a journalist, blogger and social media guru. You can usually find her online or walking along one of Southern California’s beaches with her dog, Joey. You can find her on Twitter.

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Pledge Your Vows With a tropical Wedding

If you wish to make your vows of wedding in a traditional style, then you would be choosing the decorations of the tropical flowers. An eccentric shape with bright hues of colors, is enough to take your breath away. The tropical flowers smell exquisitely fine, and wherever they are kept fill the surroundings with their lovely fragrance.  These flowers bloom more in the tropical climatic regions.

Tropical flowers are sometimes described in a poetic manner. They sear like the fire, they flow their fragrance like the waters, and they are as strong as the steel and filled with enrapturing beauty. If you are willing to have a dream wedding and add some tropical flowers in your decorations to make the occasion a memorable for whole of the audience.

Types Of Tropical Flowers:

The ardent flower lovers, who are spending their lives with these beautiful floras, would be familiar with its classification. Most loved flowers are the Orchids, the Rhizomas, Gingers, Heliconias and the African moon. The wedding decorators select from this flowering categories to add the tinge of elegance in the wedding functions.

Places To Decorate At The Wedding:

These flowers can be used at the entrance hall of the wedding, at the buffet table, or at the altar. You can also pin them on your getaway car. Placing a tiny red flower on the wedding card is a good idea, to grab the attention of the invitees. You can also decorate them on your wedding cake. If you are organizing your wedding in a city, then these flower decorations would make you feel, as if you are in some beautiful tropical region amidst the forest of flowers.

You can opt for a pure white orchid planted in a small pot, to bring an essence of blissful and pure love between the couple. The bridal bouquet can be made with the selection of colourful orchids. You can create an exotic tropical theme for your wedding and transfer the audience in the dreamland of flowers. You can contact the Flower Station at London for decorations and other things.

A Healing Stress Buster:

Flowers tend to heal the psychological state of the people. Our daily lives are filled with stress and tension. We live amidst the materialistic aspects, of achieving success all the time. So, indulging in this alternative of instantaneous pleasure can create an effect of a healing therapy on the mindset of the wedding couple as well as the guests. Choose the mailing services of Flower delivered London for speedy placement of orders.

Where To Find Them?

The effect of the tropical flowers would look more alluring if they are chosen and designed in an appropriately. They would remain on the minds of the audience for the days to come. These tropical flowers are available roundabout the year so it is easy to find them at the local florist or the flower growers.

You can use your credit card to buy the tropical wedding flowers. They would come with necessary instructions, as to how to cut the flowers in a delicate manner and the way of handling the flowers that you have purchased. By sensible handling of the flowers the bride would be able to maintain its durability. FlowerStation.com at London offers to enhance the occasion of weddings through their collection of flowers as per the choice of the customer.

To order the tropical wedding plants you can opt for the courier services of Flower delivered London, they would place your order at your address within the working hours.

Finest Tropical Flowers To Choose For Wedding:

Orchids: This are simply the best choice for weddings. You can opt for types like cymbidium orchids, phalaenopsis, or the dendrobium orchids.

Ginger Flowers: Suitable for making a tropical bouquet. It comes in pink and red colours.

Bird Of Paradise: The structure of this exotic flower resembles the body of a bird. They are huge in size so a bride can use only a small quantity of them.

Stargazer Lily: This flower is suitable for creating the effect of stars, as it is very exotic and belongs to the lily family.

Gardenia: This flower is suitable if you have an ample of white colour running in your wedding theme. Also, it is used for bouquet making.

Heliconia: Its exquisite form with vibrant ornamental effect can be used in the bouquet wish list.

African Moon: Its brilliant white form is useful for decorations at night.

Hibiscus: It is a permanent choice for the wedding planners. These flowers are used in all occasions, especially in forming the wedding bouquet.

The Flower Station specializes in the delivery of these flowers. You can also opt for the services of Flowers delivered London for a speedy delivery of your tropical flowers.

About The Author: Daniel Clark is a wedding professional and he works for Flower Station. Here he gives tips on the tropical wedding theme and ordering flowers from flowers delivered London and make the event memorable.

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Sending Out Wedding Invites without Losing Your Sanity

Author: Whitney Hollingshead

If you wedding is less than four months away, you need to make invitations a top priority.  The process of selecting invitations, getting engagement photos, gathering addresses, and actually mailing the invites will take more time than you expect.

Timing is Everything

Some wedding websites recommend mailing your invitations six to eight week before your wedding date; however, some cultural aspects do apply.  For example, if you live in an area where people receive many wedding invitations throughout the year, plan to send your invitations out a little later.  This way, people will have enough notice and the event will be fresh on their minds.  In Utah, plan to mail invites about a month before the event.  On a very short timeline three weeks ahead is still acceptable.

If the majority of your guests will not be invited to the ceremony, they will not need as much advance notice.  Keep in mind, however, that you may want to personally contact ceremony guests early on in your engagement to give them extra time to make necessary plans.

Selecting Invitations

Theme - have you chosen a theme for your wedding?  Make sure the invitation represents your theme well.  For example, if you are having a fairytale wedding, a chevron print invitation is not the way to go.  Your theme can be as simple as the season of your wedding, the feel of your venue, the style of your decorations, etc.

Color Scheme – while your invitation does not have to exactly follow the color scheme of your wedding events, your guests will assume such.  Keep a cohesive look and feel to your wedding by using the same colors in your invitations as you plan to use for decorations, etc.  Don’t forget that wedding colors no longer have to be limited to one or two colors.  You can choose an entire scheme instead!  Some of the most stunning weddings showcase natural colors that go together, instead of using man-made colors that perfectly match.

Text - trendy fonts may be fun to consider, but don’t veer off course!  The entire point of your wedding invitation is to send information to your guests.  If guests cannot easily read the information, your invitation has failed.  Use design elements other than text to decorate your invite and stick to clean, simple, easy to read fonts for the text.  Be especially carefully with script or handwritten looking fonts as guests may confuse key letters.  Your fiance Jerry may not be excited about getting a personalized gift that says Terry.

Info to Include - while your personal style can be incorporated many ways into the wording on the invitation, there are some key things to list.  See the checklist below to determine what needs to be included on your invitation:

Parent’s names

Bride & groom’s names

Type of event (ceremony, reception, etc.)

Date of event

Location name and street address

Start time for any sit down event

Start and end time for any open house style event (guests come and go)

Other Considerations

Link to wedding website (if you have a website for the wedding)

Alternate location (due to bad weather)

RSVP request and contact information (if you need an official head count)

Festivities to expect (dinner, dancing, etc.)

Dress code requirements

Special instructions

Registry information (some consider this poor taste)

Insert with map or directions to location

Proofread - make sure you receive sample proofs of your invitation before placing the mass order.  Proofread everything carefully.  Then proofread it again.  Walk away and then proofread one more time.  Ask your fiance and both sets of parents to proofread (even if they have to do it from a picture sent by email or text).  Then have a few people not connected to the wedding proofread everything.  You want to be certain that all name spellings, locations, and dates are correct.  Not to mention you want to avoid embarrassing grammatical errors!

Getting Engagement Photos


Carefully choose a photographer that matches your style and your budget.  Don’t be afraid to send the photographer examples of engagement pictures from other couples that you love.  If possible, choose clothing in a style and color that will match both your invitations and your overall wedding theme.

Styles and personal preference will change and you can choose any image that you want to represent you as a couple; however, you may want to consider that many people want to see what you and your fiance look like together.  If they can’t see both of your faces, some people (especially the older generations) may wonder if you are ashamed to show your faces to the camera.

Gathering Addresses

Use technology to your advantage when gathering guest addresses.  You can set up a google form and email the link to all of your guests for them to input their own addresses.  This creates a spreadsheet of information on the backend that you can set up to easily copy and paste into a label template.  You can also use Facebook, email, or text messaging to reach out to guests.

Whatever system you choose, make sure you have a master file to copy and paste all of the information received.  Email this file to yourself regularly so that you have access if you lose information, or your computer crashes.

For some additional tips on preparing addresses, check out this helpful article.

If you find yourself debating about whether or not someone would want to attend your wedding, let the guest decide!  Send them the invite as a courtesy.  If it’s important to them, they will come.  If not, at least they know you thought of them.  (This does NOT include past boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.)

Mailing Invites

Don’t forget to consider the costs of postage when calculating the budget for your invitations.  Square invites cost more to mail than rectangular invitations, so keep that in mind as well.  The post office has wedding stamps available if you ask for them.

Enlist the help of friends and relatives to create an assembly line for stuffing, addressing (or labeling), sealing, and attaching stamps.  Take the invitations to your local post office and send them on their way.  Do not group the invites with rubber bands or any other item.  Rather, keep each invitation separate for easy processing at the post office.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that your wedding is about you as a couple.  Focus on the details that really matter and resist the urge to worry or even quarrel about nitpicky details.  Follow the suggestions above, finalize and mail your invitations soon, and most importantly, focus your energy on truly enjoying and appreciating your wedding day.

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The Ultimate Wedding Shoe Blog

“Cinderella is proof that a good pair of shoes really can change your life.” – Unknown

Photo Courtesy of Opie Foto

Long before spiked heels with exotic names (Louboutin, anyone?) became objects of desire, chicks have been shoe-crazy. But recently, we got proof of exactly how crazy: While sales of most things have plummeted thanks to the recession, footwear sales have gone up compared to the same period last year.Read more: Why Women Love Shoes – Obsessed With Shoes – Cosmopolitan

We heard  a rumor that women love shoes.  Now not sure how we can verify this aside from the fact that one of our highest read blogs of all times is a gallery of wedding shoes.  We aren’t exactly sure what it is about shoes that captures our attention so much, but fact is Women Love Shoes!  We decided we had better bring back the blog and add a whole bunch more shoes to it.  Women make sure you are not at work as you go through the gallery.  You could waste a lot of valuable work time and your male counter parts just won’t get it.

One of our favorite galleries in our planning and ideas section is our shoe gallery.    Here are some pictures of some great wedding shoes taken from some fabulous photographers. To view more pictures of great wedding shoes make sure to visit our planning and ideas gallery.

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THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN ~ MARRIAGE ADVICE

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We went to several different websites and looked up some of our favorite experts on relationships, money and marriage and thought it would be fun to share some of their advice not just for newly weds but for all married couples.

DR. PHIL

The quality of a relationship is a function of the extent to which it is built on a solid underlying friendship and meets the needs of the two people involved.

You get what you give. When you give better, you get better.

If you put your relationship in a win/lose situation, it will be a lose/lose situation.

Forget whether you’re right or wrong. The question is: Is what you’re doing working or not working?

There is no right or wrong way to fix a relationship. Find your own way that works. But recognize when it’s not working and be honest when it needs fixing.

Falling in love is not the same thing as being in love. Embrace the change and know that it takes work.

You don’t fix things by fixing your partner.

Intimacy is so important because it is when we let someone else enter our private world.

You don’t necessarily solve problems. You learn how to manage them.

Communicate. Make sure your sentences have verbs. Remember that only 7 percent of communication is verbal. Actions and non-verbal communication speak much louder.

You teach people how to treat you. You can renegotiate the rules.

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DAVE RAMSEY

When people think of budgets, they think of bread and water. No fun, no going out to eat, none of that. Unless you have an extreme situation, you can still include fun money in the budget. Make sure to tell your partner that you will include fun money in the budget, as long as you make it together and stick to it. Remember, this is a team effort, and you are a team.

Once you are married, it’s time to put your combined income and expenses on paper, on purpose, and determine what a typical month is going to look like. It’s good to go ahead and practice budgeting together once you get engaged. That way, you can go ahead and make adjustments so things are set up to work smoothly when game time finally comes. After the wedding, revisit the budget each month at the Budget Committee Meeting to make adjustments as needed

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HARRIET LERNER, PH. D

“Practice saying difficult things in three sentences or less, making your point only once in a particular conversation. When we can’t get through to our partner, we automatically lengthen our argument and build our case. This won’t help — and usually hurts. And we may not recognize that the sheer number of sentences may be the culprit.

“It can be incredibly difficult to say only, ‘Please remember not to put that knife in the dishwasher,’ or, ‘I feel uncomfortable about how much you drank at the party,’ and leave it at that. If you go on too long, you’ll actually protect your partner, who may shut down and vacate the emotional premises, rather than consider your legitimate criticism and good advice.”

ANDREA SYRTASH

“Make an effort to do something small, on a regular basis, that you know your partner will appreciate. It’s the little things that you and your partner do (or don’t do) that will affect your relationship. Don’t think in terms of all or nothing, or you’re bound to end up with nothing. Even if you only have an hour for date night, it’s better than avoiding a date altogether.”

LAURIE GERBER

“How chores and responsibilities are divided in a couple should not be based on equality, but rather on who cares more about the thing and who’s better at it. This is why even though I wish my husband would dress my children in cute outfits and pigtails when he takes them somewhere, that’s actually my job.

“Couples often skip determining clearly who is responsible for what. Doing so however, provides two things: 1) You become more responsible for your areas, no playing victim if he doesn’t naturally pitch in, and 2) You butt out where you are being controlling but not ultimately accountable. Most fights in marriages are based on disagreements of misunderstandings about who should be in charge of what. It’s never too late to duke it out and write it down so everyone is clear. I call this ‘establishing bodegas,’ and I teach it to all of my clients who are fighting with their partners.”

Photo By Dustin Izatt Photography

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Pro Vs. Joe ~ Advice on Hiring Professionals For Your Wedding

With my apologies to anyone named Joe (especially if Joe is a professional in his industry) I would like to address the issue of hiring a professional vs hiring your uncle, aunt, friend, neighbor, or average Joe to help with your wedding in one way or another.

Having been in the wedding industry for over 15 years in one capacity or another I have seen my fair share of horror stories when it comes to not using a professional. Now I need to preface what I say by stating that if you don’t really care what your pictures look like or what your decor looks like or what the food tastes and looks like etc etc then it probably doesn’t matter if you read this or not.  However, if you do care about those things when it comes to your wedding day then I can’t strongly emphasize this enough, GO WITH A PRO!

Your wedding isn’t a trial run, this is a day that you hope to keep with you for years and years to come.  The wonderful memories of a day filled with friends and family is a once in a lifetime thing.  For that reason I want to share with you some of the things I have observed over the years.

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1 – For the most part your wedding day is a complex day with a lot of moving parts.  Professionals do this for a living.  They know how to handle the complexities of the day.  A professional photographer has more than likely shot at the location you are at and knows the ins and outs of the best place to get photos.  A caterer is licensed and understands the proper times to have food ready.  A professional DJ has a back up plan if there are problems with the system.  Professionals are prepared issues arise.  Your uncle/aunt/friend more than likely doesn’t know these things or isn’t ready.

I can’t tell you how many times I was at a wedding and it was obvious that a non professional was shooting the pictures, or working on the video.  Again, if it doesn’t matter to you then it isn’t a big deal, if it does matter to you then make sure you do it right.

2 – Peace of Mind and Good Memories – Professionals know where to be and when to be there.  They are dedicated solely to making your day memorable.  If you are waiting on your aunt to get her kids ready and then come photograph your wedding you might have to hang on for a bit and keep everyone else waiting too.  If you have to stress over whether something will be done right, then you are not going to be having any fun at your wedding.  One of the best business minds that I look up to was asked why his business was so successful, his reply was very simple, he said, “I hire good people who know what they are doing and then I get out of their way and let them do it.”  For your wedding that couldn’t be any more appropriate.  Let the professionals do their jobs, let your friends and relatives have fun.

3 – Quality – Lets face it, you get what you pay for.  I can’t stress it enough.  If having fantastic pictures is important to you then don’t skimp on the photographer, if having great food is important than make sure your caterer has been around the block, if music and entertainment are a must then don’t bring an ipod, the list goes on and on.  As someone who is close to so many wonderful wedding professionals I have heard horror story after horror story of someones friend or relative messing up their part of the wedding.

4 – Problems – No one is perfect.  Even the best professional can not be on his/her A game.  However they typically have a back up plan or can correct problems  if there are any issues.  If your aunt/uncle/friend messes up not only are there hard feelings afterwards there could be resentment for a long time.  Don’t put the pressure on someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

5 – Cost – There are professionals for all budgets, obviously you don’t want to break the bank, but I can’t tell you how many times I have seen brides contact a professional photographer after the wedding to have pictures retaken, some times the fact that you are trying to save money can in the long run cost you more money.

6 – Industry knowledge/connections – I remember a wedding I was at where the uncle photographer couldn’t make it because of a sick child.  I was able to get on the phone and immediately get a photographer there.  Reason being is those involved in the wedding industry are very well connected with each other.  It is a tight knit industry and for the most part all your wedding pros have people they know and trust.  If someone “drops the ball” then these people will know and most likely have others they can contact immediately to help you out of a pickle.

7 – Get Samples, Examples and References – This is very important.  Reason being is because there are many “professionals” who I would not consider professional.  Make sure to see samples of their work, taste samples of their food and get references from others in the industry as well.  I can’t tell you how many “professionals” are just amateurs in disguise.  Just because someone takes money from you does not make them a professional.

It is your wedding, it is supposed to be a wonderful day for you to celebrate with those who are closest to you.  I can’t tell you how to do it, but I can tell you that after having participated in and attended hundreds of weddings over the years that I have seen my fair share of problems and almost always it has been because an amateur was doing something that they shouldn’t have been doing.

Remember you get what you pay for

It Takes An Expert To Make Your Wedding A Masterpiece – Photo By Tiny Comet

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Make Sure To Hire A Professional For Such An Important Day

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Fall Is Upon Us ~ Beautiful Fall Wedding Images

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Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

George Eliot

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Hard to believe that in just a few weeks we will be moving into the fall season.  We love fall.  The temperatures start to cool off a little bit, things seem a little more calm and relaxed and there are some great holidays mixed in the season too.  Planning a fall wedding can be a little tricky considering you just never know what you are going to get weather wise.  However, a fall wedding can also be absolutely gorgeous with all the colors and the crispness in the air. We wanted to share a few things we have found regarding fall weddings as well as some amazing fall photos by some incredibly talented photographers.

Photo By Gillian C. Hunter Photography

From TheKnot.com Fall is one of the most popular times to plan a wedding — and for good reason! Gorgeous natural foliage and temperate weather make for great fall weddings. But for all of autumn’s positive attributes, there are still potential issues that you need to keep in mind while planning a fall wedding. First, keep in mind that even if guests are comfortable at your afternoon wedding ceremony, they need to prepare for the temperature to drop in the evening. One idea: Arrange bins of inexpensive wraps at the reception entrance, or set up heat lamps in outdoor areas where guests will want to relax. You could even embrace the season with a few fire pits (and maybe some s’mores!). Another common obstacle is fall wedding flowers. Though many popular wedding blooms are not in season during this time of the year, this is the perfect opportunity to get creative with a fall wedding bouquet. Incorporate unexpected plants like wheat, crabapples, and ornamental vegetables. We even know of one bride who used cotton plants in all of her wedding arrangements! Finally, remember to do your research when selecting an autumn wedding date. There are many holidays during the fall — including Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the Jewish high holidays — but by doing your research you can help your guests avoid scheduling conflicts. Don’t let these potential pitfalls scare you, though — fall weddings are worth every bit of effort.

Photo By Tiny Comet Photography


There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!  ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Photo By Opie Foto

Some of the most common colors used for fall weddings include:

  • Rich red
  • Burgundy
  • Rust
  • Sage green
  • Bronze
  • Gold
  • Copper
  • Wheat
  • Off-white
  • Pumpkin
  • Taupe
  • Mocha
  • Marigold

Fall is a season of change, so it’s difficult to pick a single color palette. Instead, you can choose from several groups of colors depending upon whether it’s early fall, mid-fall, or late fall. There’s a wide range of vibrant colors, muted tones, and even metallic shades that symbolize the season beautifully. – Source Weddings.lovetoknow.com

Photo By Braxton Bruce Photography

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano

Photo By Emily Lesher Photography

Photo By Swensen Photography

Photo By Amber Shaw Photography

Photo By Emily Lesher Photography

Photo By Pink Daffodil Photography

Photo By Emily Lesher Photography

Photo By Braxton Bruce Photography

Photo By Amber Shaw Photography


Photo By Swensen Photography

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

William Cullen Bryant

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Brady & Melissa~Utah Wedding at the Bountiful Temple by SW Portraits

Photography by~SW Portraits

Brady & Melissa make such a great couple.  They married in the gorgeous Bountiful Temple on July 23rd, 2014.  They celebrated with some of the closest friends & family after the wedding at the Canterbury place for dinner & dancing.  It was a very intimate wedding full of fun, happiness & great memories.  Melissa’s son Luke was a very important part of the day as well.  He looked so handsome in his suit.  What a beautiful family they are.  Special thanks to Sherry with SW Portraits for sharing her fabulous images with us.  She did a spectacular job.

We want to wish Brady & Melissa all the best in their new life together.  They make a perfect couple. Congratulations on your special day!!  Thanks for letting us share your beautiful day with our readers.

Vendors:

Venue~Bountiful Temple & The Canterbury Place

Cake~ Dreamy Cakes

Photographer- Sherry Ward with SW Portraits

Flowers~Made by her talented Aunt Mary

Dress~Bridal Brilliance

Men’s Suit~Macy’s

Invitations~Beautiful Wedding Announcement

Honeymoon~First night at Downtown Salt Lake Hilton & then a retreat to Hawaii

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SAVE THE DATE!!! ~ The Fall Bridal Extravaganza

Tough to believe that fall is right around the corner.  Temperatures are still pushing 100 degrees on a daily basis and the ice cream man is still a regular in our neighborhood, local swimming pools and waterparks are filled with kids who don’t have a care in the world.  However as families are winding up their vacations and we are seeing “Back To School” commercials on the television it won’t be long before we start seeing Halloween costumes in the local Walmart, advertising for haunted houses or pumpkin patches opening up.

With fall in the local wedding industry comes the Autumn Bridal Extravaganza on September 27th.  For brides planning weddings over the holidays and through early 2015 or those who are wanting to get a jump on their spring or summer 2015 plans you do not want to miss this show.

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(Coupon Code For Free Bride Registration Is Below)

Utah’s very best wedding professionals will convene in one location to help facilitate your wedding planning.  The best part about The Autumn Bridal Extravaganza is that not only are there amazing wedding professionals on hand there are also prizes galore that will be given out.

Last year over $10,000 in gifts and prizes were handed out the day of the show including an amazing honeymoon.  One lucky couple will again this year win this dream honeymoon compliments of our good friends at Get Away Today Vacations.

THE AUTUMN BRIDAL EXTRAVAGANZA

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th

AT THE SOUTH TOWNE EXPO CENTER

PRE REGISTER NOW

Use coupon code FALL2014 for free bride registration

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