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Friday, August 26, 2016

From Start To Finish - A Complete Guide To The Perfect Wedding Reception

Planning a wedding is not, all things considered, likely to be the most relaxing few months you spend as a couple. Let's get that out of the way right now. There are going to be lows along the way, but just bear in mind there will also be highs. At the end of it all is the biggest high of

all, as you join together with the one you love the most. It's going to be important to remember that because, from time to time, you'll wonder why you're doing it all.Image Credit - PixaBay
The ceremony itself is something that can be sorted out with a bit of communication and forward planning. You need a date first - or at least an idea of when it will be. You may not want to set it in stone because the venue you want might not be available then. So you should pick a date and a venue at roughly the same time. Then you need to figure out your guest list to fit that site.
In picking a venue, it's worth bearing in mind that the done thing these days is to not invite everyone to the ceremony. Pick a certain number of people who have reason to want to be there for the whole caboodle. Then add to that list the people who you want to be at the reception even if they can't be at the wedding. And often, it's the reception that takes most work to get off the ground.
Greeting Your Guests - Hospitality Counts
We've all seen TV shows which lead us through a happy couple's wedding, planned to a theme. In these, it is never enough just to have the guests walk into the venue and find their seats. No, they must be greeted. Depending on the theme, you could have a carnival barker welcoming them, or a mime. More conventionally, an usher to greet them and show them to the room and their seats will work just fine.
It's up to you how much you elaborate on this process. People can be welcomed with glasses of champagne, canapes or with a drinks waiter ready to take their order. Either way, by the time they sit down they should be happy that they have been met with affection and style.
The Meal - Gather Information Well In Advance
Have you ever tried to feed several hundred people at once? Maybe, maybe not. If you haven't, have you ever worked as a waiter or kitchen staff? The reason for asking is because that's the best way to get an idea for what planning a sit-down meal is like. Say there're a few hundred people there. That means there will be on average at least six vegetarians. There will be some who cannot eat gluten, too.
In point of fact, there will be numerous people there with dietary preferences or requirements. Collect this information as you invite the guests, because sitting down to a medium rare steak will delight some and horrify others. And you can't just say the salmon en croute is gluten-free. People with a food intolerance will know if it's a lie. These things have a way of demonstrating themselves.
Also, you need to pay attention to table settings. The simplest decision is to make sure they fit the venue. If your aesthetic is "barn dance", something rustic with long tables and woven cloths will work. If it's smoother and cleaner, crisp linen cloths and napkins are better. The good news is that the experts know what to provide, and there are many options on table napkins for weddings to consider.
Your wedding needs a dance floor; that much is non-negotiable. People haven't got all dressed up and booked the next day off work to sit quietly for the evening. You do need to decide if you'll hire a wedding band, or a DJ, or both. And here's a word of advice: although "Every Breath You Take" is a popular wedding song, read the lyrics. It's not a happy love song. Or "When A Man Loves A Woman". Just no.
You need to decide whether you are going to have a free bar at the reception - at a small intimate wedding this will cost a bit, but be appreciated. At a larger wedding, it could well require a small mortgage. You can compromise by including the bar in the cost of the venue, and/or by having it be free for two or three drinks per guest. Consider also the fact that the more free drinks there are, the more the event could be sullied by childish behavior.
Gift Bags
There has been something of a fashion in recent years for handing out gift bags at the end of an event. This is something you can choose to continue or not. Some people feel that having fed, entertained and plied their guests with drinks, that's enough. You've got the hospitality bit covered, surely? But if you feel the need to add gift bags to the mix, then you can do them, and go many ways with them.
Again, think volume in deciding what to hand out. And in deciding when to hand them out, consider what you're putting in there. A lot of people, for example, like to put disposable cameras in so that everyone can take photos. And if you've got a few hundred attendees, miniatures of champagne for everyone will take the cost into the stratosphere. Make the gifts sweet but inexpensive.

At the end of the day this is a ceremony, and an event, to celebrate you both. It should ideally not leave you facing bankruptcy, or sat in your honeymoon suite totting up credit card bills. By all means, go big on it - particularly if someone else has offered to foot the bill for a huge reception. Don't feel you have the need to put on a ceremony to rival royalty, though. They have bottomless bank accounts and don't have to pay for anything anyway.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tips To Make Your Hotel Wedding Stress Free

Hotel Wedding Organization 101: Tips To Make Your Hotel Wedding Stress Free
A wedding is a time when two people share their commitment and love for one another. There’s many great places to have a wedding and a hotel is one of them. Luxury hotels offer so many advantages to couples and their guests. That’s why more and more people are opting to have their weddings in these grand hotels.
Weddings, although we would like them to, don’t always go off without a hitch. Generally, when a problem occurs it’s usually because inadequate planning and organization has taken place in the planning process. For those who are about to have a hotel wedding, this expert guide will give you an idea of what to look out for and how to make your day go off without any trouble. Let’s get started.

How To Make Your Day Trouble Free
When having a wedding in a luxury hotel, there’s a few things you need to look out for or keep in mind to make your day trouble free. These include:
·         Additional Costs – Some luxury hotels will have additional costs involved depending on what’s required for your day. Before signing any agreement and paying any money it’s a good idea to work through everything with the hotel manager to ensure additional costs won’t be incurred. For example, some luxury hotels may charge extra if your wedding goes longer than expected. It’s always good to know these things before your day comes around.
·         Call Your Hired Services The Day Before – The day before your wedding, call any hired services such as the photographer, venue, make-up artist, hairdresser etc. to make sure they’re all ready for the big day. This will give you time to have a back-up plan if someone isn’t ready.
·         Make Friends With The Staff Prior To Your Wedding – Many brides make the mistake of demanding services from hotel staff members. The problem with this is that it can leave everyone on edge during your day. Instead be friendly with the staff and the catering team as they have the power to negotiate whether you’ll receive any room upgrades or deals on the day. It will also make everyone relaxed on the day.
·         Ask For A Bar Package – Many people make the mistake of paying per consumption. The problem with this is that some of your guests love to drink more, which would cost you more. Instead ask the hotel manager whether they can offer a fixed price bar package for your day. This will allow you to pay the one price, even if the drinking gets a bit wild.

See Whether You Can Decorate The Night Before – For a more customised wedding, see whether you have the option of decorating the night before. Some luxury hotels may allow this which can also save you money. If they don’t allow self decoration, ask whether they can customise their decorating services to suit your needs. Also check to see how much extra this will cost.
Planning and executing your wedding day can be stressful. However, by preplanning and knowing some simple tips on how to make your luxury hotel wedding go off without any problems, you’ll be able to really enjoy your day. Are you having a hotel wedding?

Matt is a venue co-ordinator who organizes, plans, and runs large conferences, weddings and other events at different venue locations, and currently writes for Mercure Ballarat. He works hard on delivering the best for his clients, and strives to make each event a success. He and his wife love travelling, and plan to travel to Europe in the coming year. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kristen + Steve 5/28/16, Greenfield Manor

On May 28th of 2016, Kristen and Steve tied the knot at The Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, Michigan. Taking place in a Gothic styled Roman Catholic cathedral, the ceremony was traditional, elegant, and nothing short of breathtaking. 

            Kristen and Steven had a lovely backdrop of blush pink and white floral arrangements, centered on tall-standing pillars. They incorporated that theme in the reception, which was held at the Greenfield Manor in Dearborn, Michigan. The Bashir’s reception was a beautiful and lively setting, with all of their friends and family. With nearly 500 guests in attendance, the night was filled with endless laughs, dances, and celebrations. Interacting with a fun ‘family styled’ dinner, each table was also able to enjoy disposable cameras, extravagant centerpieces, and individual place cards.


Kristen and Steven had the best of both worlds, and opted for both a traditional wedding cake, as well as a seemingly endless dessert table! The cake was a pale white, decorated in the same beautiful blush pink roses from the ceremony. 

The couple also put a unique and honorable twist on their wedding favors by creating favor cards. These cards represented their donation to the Make-a-Wish foundation in loving memory of Steve’s younger brother who passed away. The unforgettable night concluded with the bridal party shutting down the dance floor.

It was a privilege to every guest in attendance to witness such a profound love that turned Bachor and Bashir, into Mr. and Mrs. Bashir!

A special thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this night possible…

Venue- Greenfield Manor -

Church-Blessed Sacrament - 

       Hair/Makeup – Beauty Lounge -

Flowers: Flowers by Renee

Photographer- Killer Creations -

Videographer- Fairytale Productions - 

Photobooth-Fairytale Productions -

Wedding Planner- You’re The Bride - 

Officiant:  Rev. Mark Bauer

DJ-Mike Staff Productions - 

Guest Transportation- Trinity Coach -

Limo- Limo Millennium - 

            VIP Chair Covers/ Haidar Bazzi -

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Urge Raw Juice Wedding Favors

Need a great wedding gift idea? Try the new URGE raw juice! This is a new product based out of Michigan that is a healthy alternative to other drinks! Each juice is served in an 8 oz glass bottle, and of course it has fun colors. They have a variety of flavors to choose from. For example they have one called Sweet Green. This drink is made with cucumber, kale, pear, and apple and it has a fun green color to it. They have another drink called Orange You Glad made from orange, carrot, apple, and lemon. Whats great about all of this is that they can even put a custom wedding label on the bottle specifically for you to give out! Everything is made from local farm fresh ingredients and has no harmful preservatives in it. Click on the link below to get more information.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Hannah Talks About Her Experience as a You're The Bride Intern

Hannah recently finished her summer internship with You're The Bride and I always like to give our interns an exit interview so we can learn more about what they thought about their experience and if we can do anything better. Hannah was an absolute pleasure to have on my team this summer with a positive attitude no matter what task I assigned. She is an amazing young woman and I am so lucky to have met her. I'm so happy that she felt she learned so much from her time with me. I will miss her!  Here are a few of the questions we asked her! 

1.       What things did you enjoy about the internship?
          I really enjoyed how interactive it was. Seeing a lot of the work/assignments were virtual, I really enjoyed getting hands on experience such as vendor calls, meeting with vendors on location, etc. I personally also love writing, and really enjoyed preparing blog posts, specifically the bridal posts (example: Mara and Kristen’s blogs)

2.       Do you think it was a valuable experience if so why?
          I absolutely think this was a valuable experience. You did an amazing job of making me feel very valued and important to your business – whereas during some internships, the interns feel rather ‘useless’. This was never the case for me… I always felt like I was learning new things and obtaining great experience.

3.       What did you learn about wedding/event planning?
          I didn’t truly realize how much planning goes into it. I always knew it could be a stressful job, but I have a newfound appreciation for the profession, and it is now something that I am very passionate about persuing. Being able to work ‘behind the scenes’, and assist in the full planning of weddings was very eye opening to me. I learned the value of connections (especially having positive relationships with vendors), and how vital organization is!

4.       What was your favorite part of the experience while interning at           You’re The Bride?
          My favorite part of the experience was being able to learn from someone who is so knowledgeable about the business. You were so fun to work with, and always kept everything exciting. I never knew what was going to come my way next, and I really enjoyed all of the unexpected surprises that wedding planning had.
5.       What did you dislike about the internship?
          I can honestly say that I loved the internship, and am so sad that it is already over. I didn’t dislike anything about the position; my only suggestion is as follows see #6.
6.       Do you have any suggestions on how to change or make the           internship better?
          One of the first days that I was working, I remember feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of emails I was receiving with new assignments. I didn’t know how to prioritize them, and which ones to work on first! I eventually got the hang of it and was able to create a little system for myself, but other interns may have a difficult time at first. My only possible suggestion would be if you are planning to send out multiple assignments, maybe send them in order of importance/urgency. That way the future intern will get the most important assignments back to you the fastest, and it will also help her to feel more organized! Other than that small suggestion, I honestly think that you run an amazing and admirable business! I never felt like I couldn't come to you for help or assistance, and that was very reassuring. Oh, my last piece of advice is…
Warn future interns not from Metro Detroit about 7-mile Road and glass bullet proof walls in Subway restaurants!!! Ha ha ha!!!!

**Poor Hannah stopped to get a sandwich on her way to The Detroit Golf Club to tide her over for all the setup she was about to do at her first YTB wedding and had never seen this in East Lansing where she is from or in Kansas where she goes to school.....Welcome to Detroit! LOL **

7.       Do you still have plans to either become a wedding or event planner while working for someone else or starting your own wedding business? 
          This internship has absolutely inspired me to go into the field of event planning! I am not sure what I want to do with it yet, but am open to options!!

8.       Are you interested in working any weddings with YTB as an Event Assistant in the future to gain more experience for a day rate?

9.       Are you interested in assignments as needed for a flat rate per           assignment? This could be preparing wedding blogs, working bridal shows, similar tasks that you did during the internship, \ etc.*Of course this is on an as needed basis depending on how busy I am in the future and how soon I am able to start the next  interns*

   10. List any other comments/feedback you wish to share about your           experience.

          Thank you for providing me with such an amazing internship! I am so thankful for the experience that I have had, and all of the things that you have taught me. You were so fun to work with, and I hope we can stay in touch moving forwards!  

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Guide to Wedding Ceremony

Here is an easy to follow guide on how the traditional wedding ceremony goes!  A lot of people have different traditions that they follow that make their wedding unique, but if your not sure how it should go, start at step one! This amazing guide will help you go back to the basics that way you can spice it up and make it your own!

Wedding Ceremony Guide - Infographic

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Importance of Finding Your Detroit Wedding Vendors Early

The Importance of Finding Your Detroit Wedding Vendors Early
"Planning your wedding should always be a fun affair. From picking your venue, to hiring your photographer and live entertainment, making decisions early can save you a lot of stress and headaches later on. There are so many moving parts to consider as you’re planning for the biggest day of your life. Most of those moving parts start falling into line as the bigger decisions are made. Decisions like venue and vendors.
You don’t want to miss out on booking your favorite musicians, or photographer to document your wedding. Each of the vendors you choose are important because they come together to create the mood, set the tone, and maintain the magic of your special day. When the right ones are chosen, everything runs smoothly so you can enjoy the day and be present with family and friends. Not running around trying to save a sinking ship.
Don’t get hung up being overwhelmed by the planning of your wedding. It won’t do you any favors as time goes on. If you find yourself procrastinating on finding the right vendors, keep in mind these reasons to book early:
1. Choice Let’s face it, the biggest reason to book vendors early is the freedom of choice. Even in a larger city like Detroit, good venues and vendors get snatched up months and even years in advance. The further out you can book, the more likely you’ll be able to hire the vendors you really want for the date you pick. If having a wider selection of vendors to choose from is important to you, as it is to most people, do yourself a favor and get them early.
2. Budget Planning everything out early allows you to set a budget and stick to it. When you leave things to the last minute, often you have to settle on vendors who may not be exactly what you’re looking for. What’s worse, their rates might be higher in order to accommodate you, too. There’s nothing worse than having to forego a vendor you really want, or having to find more money than you expected.
3. Installments Speaking of budgets, a lot of vendors will allow you to break up your deposit into installments. Weddings can be an expensive event, albeit one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. The further out you are when you book, the easier it is to manage the payments without feeling crunched. Speak with your vendors to find out what their terms are and ask if they allow a reasonable payment plan.
4. Small Towns Getting married in Detroit might offer more venue options than most small towns. But if you’re planning on getting married in one of the suburbs, venues and vendors can become sparse. Prime wedding dates fill up fast and you can be left having to switch dates or settle for vendors you didn’t want.

5. Large Weddings The bigger the wedding, the more details need to be managed. Not only is it a good idea to have your vendors placed early to save your brain space for other, more important details—it’s also a good idea because it gives your vendors a heads up, too. When you’re able to prep your vendors so they’re aware of the size of your wedding, they’re able to accommodate the larger number and make better preparations on their end. Sometimes large weddings involve extra prep time, planning, and considerations for them as well.
6. Peace of Mind Nobody loves a Bridezilla (or Groomzilla!). Generally speaking, the monster in us comes out when we’re stressed to the bone and ready to snap. Weddings, while exciting, can also be stressful if you’re not careful. You can eliminate most of this stress and frustration by finding your wedding vendors early on. You’d be surprised how many unexpected issues can arise the closer you get to the big day. The last thing you want is to be throwing together all the major details at the last minute. Particularly, if you can’t find vendors who can work with the dates you choose, or the number of people attending.
7. Bragging Rights Everyone knows planning out a wedding is hard work. It’s why Wedding Planners exist. So with everything that needs to be managed before your big day, who couldn’t use a little something to brag about? Besides, telling all your friends and family about the awesome vendors you have lined up could drum up even more excitement for what’s to come.
Take it from us, as one of the top Detroit wedding bands, we know what it’s like to have to turn people away. It’s not fun. In an ideal world, we’d like to be accommodating of everyone who comes to us seeking our services. Unfortunately, the reality is we often have to say no. More often than not, when we turn people away it’s because we’re already booked up. If there’s one piece of advice we give out, it’s always: book early. You’ll be glad you did."
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

500 Words On Finding Legitimate Wedding Transportation

One of the most important aspects of your wedding planning is the transportation! If you don't believe us...try squishing yourself and your wedding party into Aunt Martha's 2002 mini van! Professional transportation in the form of a party bus or limousine adds a layer of convenience, comfort, and luxury that you simply cannot replicate with other modes of transport. However, like any other vendor in the wedding planning process, it can be a bit stressful to find the best possible option out of all of the various choices that are available to you. There are a lot of lucrative companies out there, and we're here to help you ensure that your wedding transportation is legitimate.

The website is the first impression that a transportation company can make. If your potential transportation company has a modern, clean website that works on your mobile can ascertain that they pay attention to detail from start to finish. However, some things are too good to be true, and that's important to be noted! If the pictures of the vehicles look amazing, exercise careful optimism by asking to view the vehicles on a day they're not being sent out for a trip. If the company owns their fleet, there should be no problem with you coming to the facility to check it out before putting any deposit down. This way, you can also get a feel for how the company operates on an off day. Are they repairing vehicles and cleaning them? This is very telling on what kind of business they're running!

There's a reason why it's so important that a company is legitimate when providingtransportation for your Detroit area wedding ( often, transportation companies cut corners when it comes to training chauffeurs appropriately or maintaining the vehicles in a safe, proper manner. The very last thing you want is a broken down vehicle on the side of the road for your wedding, especially one that you shelled out big bucks for. Worse, you don't want to be riding around with a driver who isn't even technically licensed to operate the huge vehicle that you're in. Be sure to read over the contract very carefully before signing or putting down any money on the vehicle, as it's not uncommon for companies to take the deposit and run without completing services for you if a higher bidder comes along.

When you're renting your wedding day transportation, be sure to look twice at the passenger size. Bus sizes are set by the department of transportation, and often in increments of fourteen inches or less per person. If you have women in wedding attire that's larger than usual, sometimes one person can take up three spots! This is another reason why we recommend checking out the exact vehicle you'll be renting for your wedding to ensure that it will work for your wedding party size. By following these tips, you'll find fantastic wedding transportation in no time!

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