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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Questions to ask your Priest or Officiant


I have been asked several times by my brides what kind of questions should I ask the priest at my church? I have put together a list of questions that will help you with this.

1. Do you provide some kind of template for the wedding program? (because you will need to know the format of how he runs his service).

2. How long before the ceremony can the church be opened?

3. Is there a place for the guys and the girls to both wait separately?

4. What is the charge for an organist ? (unless your going to be using a string trio/quartet)

5. Are there any extra charges for a janitor fee, church wedding coordinator/volunteer, cantor, any singers I might want to have?

6. Is an aisle runner allowed? (I personally dont suggest it as its a hazard and guests end up tripping on it anyways on the way out. Instead if you can get your church to allow petals that is a nice touch).

7. Are there specific marriage classes/counseling we need to go thru?

8. Will there be any more follow-up meetings with you to prepare? He should probably give you a church guideline/handbook and that will probably answer a lot of your questions too.

Final Tip:
You should definately get them to give you a receipt for the date of the wedding and your paid deposit. Confirm with the church office they have put it on their calendar.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Wedding got you stressed? Don't be, it will show on your wedding day!


We have just the solution for you ~ one of our new Wedding Planning Ensembles!

This year we have decide to change up our wedding planning packages a bit. The first change was giving them a new fresh name! We are now offering our couples 4 Ensembles to choose from for their wedding day! Each one was created with you the bride and groom in mind! Our clients are busy with school and work so now by reading the new description of each investment you will be able to see which Ensemble is right for you! Let us take the stress of your shoulders so you can make planning your wedding an enjoyable experience. It doesn't have to be a tedious, stressful experience. Leave the headaches to your wedding planner!

Champagne Ensemble
This investment is perfect for the couple who have done all of the work planning for the wedding day but want the peace of mind of a professional wedding planner to ensure the wedding day will come together as planned. The couple also needs a little extra help along with the way

Satin Ensemble
This investment is perfect for the couple who also wants to plan most of the wedding themselves but is requiring more guidance than the Champagne Ensemble. This couple is not exactly sure what vendors to book and want attendance by a professional at some vendor meetings to ask the right questions.

Princess Ensemble
This investment is just right for the couple who really needs help from a professional wedding planner to guide them from beginning to the end with the planning and selecting of vendors. We will manage your budget so you can stay on track with expenses. You will still be able to do some of the leg-work on your own.

Queen Ensemble
This investment is ideal for the couple who would like to be part of the process. However, they have little to no time to plan and oversee all the wedding details and planning so they are looking to a professional to be there from start to finish. The leg-work, coordinating and responsibilities that need to be accomplished will be delegated to your wedding planner.

Lastly, our most popular service is

Day-of Coordination
This service is for the bride and groom who have planned their wedding themselves and just want assurance that someone will be there on the wedding day to oversee everything. Are you worrying if your flowers will arrive on time? if your cake made it to the reception? if the DJ arrived on time? if the chaircovers and centerpieces are set-up and a zillion other things? We understand how you are feeling! Our service allows you to have a relaxing experience and the best day of your life! Wouldn't peace of mind that everything is being handled behind the scenes and running smoothly make you happy?

Hiring me as your wedding planner is a very good investment as I can save you time, money and stress. I know the best deals and I have lots of contacts. I can tell you when your paying too much money and that savings alone often will pay for my services! I offer investments where each Ensemble I've designed is to help you stay on track so nothing is forgotten and timelines are managed resulting in a stress-free day for each bride. This peace of mind is priceless just ask our former clients. You can be a guest at your own wedding!

You can find a more detailed description of what benefits each Ensemble has for you!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

25 FREE Wedding Invitations or Save the Dates!!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Introducing Gobo's for your event!

Excited to announce that I will now be offering custom gobo's for your wedding reception or another event. This image will look great on the dancefloor, a wall or entry way of your reception. It's a great way to personalize your event. Just another way that You're The Bride is your one-stop shop! We make it easy for brides to get things done on their to-do list! Check out the cool designs! $250, includes the gobo, set-up and tear-down at end of event. Contact me for more details!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reception of the Stars

On Superbowl Sunday I went on a venue tour with about 25 other wedding planners. We started at the Southfield Westin and stopped along the way for great food, table decor and more! A great time was had by all and I am looking forward to the next trip which is planned for April 25th. Here is a picture segment that was put together for us if you want to take a look at it.

Reception of the Stars

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Social Networking oh my!

I am trying to keep up with all of this social networking so tonight I set-up twitterfeed so I am doing this post to test it out to see if it worked. It is supposed to allow anything I post on my blog to post over to twitter and my You're The Bride Facebook Fan Page. So let's hope all goes well. Will find out shortly as they say it takes about one hour for the first feed to be sent out. Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Why you should send Save The Dates.....


This article is compliments of Checkerboard and will really help you decide whether you should send a save the date or not!

The Why, When and So Many Ways


of Save the Dates by Checkerboard

Why

With the increased popularity of destination weddings, milestone birthdays and anniversaries, and even the

latest trend in destination bar and bat mitzvahs, it’s incredibly important to plan well in advance these days.

Some of the best reasons for your clients to send a save the date:

• Their friends and family are far away from where the event will be held

• The event will be at a popular vacation spot or will require special travel arrangements

• Activities associated with the event will span several days

• The event is occurring on a holiday weekend or during a high-travel time.

For example:

• Memorial Day weekend

• Independence Day, July 4th or the celebratory weekend that coincides

• Labor Day weekend

• Newport, RI during the International Boat Show in September

• New Orleans, LA during Mardi Gras in February or the Jazz and Heritage Festival in April

• San Francisco, CA during the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Parade in June

• Or any city during a major sporting event

Sending a save the date helps your clients’ loved ones arrange time and allocate expenses, increasing the

chances they will attend the special event.

When

It’s best to start circulating the news for a major event approximately six months prior to the big day. If the

affair is particularly far away or coincides with one of the dates listed above or one similar, your client should

potentially send a save the date as much as one year in advance. This creates a window of time for the

invitees to book travel, organize finances, schedule time away from the office if necessary and make

arrangements for small children that may not be attending the event.

PLEASE NOTE: If save the dates are sent too far in advance, they may be discarded. If sent too late, they may

as well be invitations. It’s important to gauge the “magnitude” of the event—this determines when the save

the dates should be sent.

So ManyWays

Invitations and announcements can be simple and elegant or boldly eye-catching; most important is that they

represent the unique individuals sending them and the tone of the event. Save the dates present a perfect

opportunity to convey “personality” that many couples may choose to forgo for the formal invitation. In

Checkerboard’s Save the Date album a variety of designs are offered ranging from sleek and stylish to

playful, appealing to both whimsical and well-organized clients.

If you would like to preview some of the Checkerboard save the dates click here save the dates by Checkerboard  Please contact us to place your order at yourethebride97@aol.com

Monday, February 8, 2010

Announcing another great partner deal!

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

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Offer applies to ALL Checkerboard Wedding and Bar and

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· offer only applies to the main invitation

* The Folios of M. Thomas wedding album is not included in this promotion.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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Monday, February 1, 2010

How to Imply Children are not Invited

How many times have you been to a wedding reception, only to have to deal with the children running around ruining your good time. Wedding receptions symbolize the unity of two souls in an adult environment. How do you create your invites to let guests know that children are not invited to your reception?

While meeting with brides for their invitation consultation a common question is, “how do I keep children and extra guests from attending my wedding reception?” Avoid this by addressing the invitation envelopes without the phrases “and family” or the children’s names on the inside or outside envelope. On the outside envelope just write the guest names, for example Mr. and Mrs. James Smith. Then on the inner envelope you would list the same thing again or if you know them well enough to call them by their first names then list their first names. It is acceptable to list just first names on the inside envelope or however you would speak to them. If your Grandmother is Mrs. Katherine Goodman then on her inside envelope you can write Grandma. To recap, only write the person’s names you are inviting and the recipient should get the message. This way they know who is and isn’t invited.

Now unfortunately, some guests still don’t get this and they will go ahead and R.S.V.P. for more than you are expecting. In this case when you see a larger number on the R.S.V.P. card than planned for you will need to politely call them and tell them that you can’t accommodate the extra guests because of the cost and you don’t have the space. I would appoint your Mother or Bridesmaid to handle this awkward task. This will avoid any embarrassment for you having to tell guests. You may have hired the services of a wedding planner then you can ask them to make that call for you. R.S.V.P services are usually included in wedding planner packages. If this is the case, then they may already be handling these issues. So relax as we do the worrying for you!