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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Should I Do a First Look?




Traditionally the bride and groom are not to see each other before the ceremony. The excitement of waiting to see each other just enhances the moment, doesn’t it? Not everyone thinks so. Many couples are breaking tradition and doing what is called a First Look. This can be done many ways. It helps to relieve the tension and nerves for some people and allows them a few special moments alone together before the ceremony. Just be sure to have a photographer present if you do, so that they can capture the moments and the looks on your faces.

            The bride and groom can choose to get dressed separately and about a half an hour before the ceremony agree to meet in the same place for the First Look. This creates an intimate setting and is very romantic. Be sure to have some tissues around because there are sure to be tears!
            They can also do a group First Look. This is where the entire bridal party agrees to meet about a half hour before the ceremony. This is a more fun alternative and is a great way to get group photos that you can’t fit in after the ceremony.
            Just be sure that you both agree on a first look because it can be a spoiler for one if they want to wait. First Looks are becoming more popular for those couples who feel they are more of the un-traditional type. 


Congratulations on your engagement!

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602

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Monday, January 28, 2013

I Now Pronounce You…


            Do I have all of the bases covered when it comes to planning my wedding? Lets see..I have the groom, venue, dress, cake, honeymoon..am I forgetting anything? Oh yeah the Officiant!
            Are you having trouble deciding on an Officiant? Do you just need help deciding between two you really love? Well You’re The Bride is here to help! We have compiled a checklist for our brides to guide them through this exciting process. Make sure to ask the Officiant each question because you don’t want to forget anything!

1.      What is the fee? And what does it include? Rehearsal? Questions?
2.      How many meetings are allotted with the Officiant and couple
3.      Are there any specific rules that they have?
4.      Do they do interfaith marriages (if yours is one)?
5.      How far are they willing to travel and is there a travelers fee?
6.      What is the refund policy should the wedding be canceled?
7.      Are you allowed to write your own personal vows (if you would like)?
8.      Is the Officiant wanting to attend the reception? (only if you would like them too)
9.      Are there any music restrictions?
10.  Do they perform the marriage with another Officiant? (for interfaith marriages)
11.  Are there time restrictions?
12.  Do they require marriage counseling beforehand? After?


By using these questions you are well on your way to choosing the best Officiant for you and your fiancé! Congratulations!


For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602 or visit www.yourethebride.com 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How Do I Change My Last Name?




Becoming married is an exciting and happy time for most couples, but there are so many details. One very important detail for many couples is the taking of the spouse’s last name. There are different rules and regulations for each state but here in the state of Michigan to change your last name there are a few steps that you need to do to embrace your new name.
To begin you have to have applied for a marriage license from your county clerk and have it signed on the day of your wedding. If you have been previously married you must provide a valid proof of divorce or death of spouse to request a new marriage license.
Now you must request a certified copy of your marriage license from the county clerk’s office where you were married. Many charge some sort of fee for this. It is different depending which county you were married in.
            Then take the marriage license to a local Michigan Dept. of State branch and get a new drivers license with your new name. However there is a fee for this also, if you are close to the expiration date of your license this may count towards your new one.
            After these steps have been achieved take you marriage license and ID to the local Social Security Administration office to apply for a replacement Social Security Card. There is a form you can print (SSA name-change form) and bring with you to save time. There is no fee and your card should arrive within 10-15 business days.
            Inform your bank, insurance, credit card, ect.. company’s and change your name after you receive your ID’s. 
            We hope that you encounter little to no problems changing your name and congratulate you on your newlywed status!


For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602

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Monday, January 21, 2013

You're The Bride Receives 2013 Wedding Wire Award




LIVONIA, MICHIGAN – January 14, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding
marketplace, is thrilled to announce that You're The Bride has been selected as a winner of the
prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 for Wedding Planner in Livonia, MI.

The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the
WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

You're The Bride’s selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by  past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews.  While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with You're The Bride.

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.  As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, You're The Bride is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards® program continues to recognize  the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize You're The Bride for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

You're The Bride is thrilled to be one of the top Wedding Planners in Livonia, MI in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards® for 2013.

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WeddingWire®, the nation's leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only
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Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Wedding (blog 2/3)




            When planning your own wedding there are some things to look out for because your big day should be just as, if not more, special than you dreamed of. These are some tips not just for planning your wedding but also things to avoid on your wedding day so that everything is perfect. 

Tip 1:               Shoe choice. If you are planning on wearing brand new shoes, rethink it. Be sure to break in your new shoes before the day of the wedding because if you don’t you will be in agonizing pain. Also if you are wearing heels, be sure to bring a spare pair of flats or flip-flops just in case you decide to change them later.

Tip 2:               Choose a reputable DJ/Band. One of the biggest regrets couples have is that they did not choose a good Dj or Band. Friends of the family who have a mini sound system on their computer are not really equipped to handle weddings. Remember you are getting what you pay for. Dj’s and Bands must be able to choose the correct music so that you don’t have to tell them what to play all night. They also need to be good announcers and feel comfortable speaking to a crowd. Have a final meeting with your Dj/band about 2-4 weeks before the wedding and go over a “do-not-play” list, choice songs for dances, and specific songs you would like to be played during the night.

Tip 3:               Plan Your Fittings. There are so many instances where the bride is going in for her final fitting days before the wedding, and groomsmen show up with baggy pants or high waters. Your final dress fitting should be no less than 1 week before the wedding just in case there are still alterations to be made. Make your bridal party and parents try on their outfits as well! Even if they are rentals make sure that you schedule a fitting for them at least a week in advance to be sure everything fits correctly. (Make sure at least one of the men know how to do a tie/bow)

Tip 4:               The Last Night Out. Don’t plan your bachelor or bachelorette party for the night before the wedding. You never know what your maid of honor/best man will have in store for you and you want to look and feel your best on your big day. Plus nothing angers a bride more than a drunk/hungover fiancé. Lets not try to reenact THE HANGOVER.

Tip 5:               Demanding Brides. Often times the bridal party gets so caught up in helping you plan your wedding that they end up feeling taken advantage of. They are not your wedding coordinators. If they are offering you help then great! But don’t expect them to do anything other than the traditional duties of purchasing their own wedding attire, attending the wedding, travel expenses, bachelor/bachelorette/bridal party, and sometimes toasts.

Tip 6:               Hire Help. So many brides are raving over having a wedding planner/coordinator. They are there to deal with all crises, timing, and assuring your day goes as planned. Though they may seem expensive just hiring them for day of coordination may be some of your money best spent. They also have great vendor connections and may help you to save money in the long run.

Tip 7:               Rings. Don’t forget your rings! Make sure your maid/matron of honor and best man have those rings glued to their bodies! Nothing is more frustrating than being up at the altar asking for the rings and realizing they are in the hotel suite.

Tip 8:               Don’t Try to Please Everyone. This is you and your fiancés big day, don’t ruin it by trying to impress or please everyonelse, because the truth is you probably won’t. Make your day special to you and the guests are there to celebrate and enjoy that with you.

Congratulations on your engagement!

For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602




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http://www.planningelegance.com/2009/10/how-to-avoid-the-10-most-common-wedding-planning-mistakes/