Entries in wedding planning (2)

Monday
Aug132012

10 must-know wedding planning tips from a pro

Recently, I asked my wedding planner to share 10 of her best wedding planning tips.  And lucky us she said yes. So here it is: 10 must know wedding planning tips from Chic by Shauna

1) Sole Mates are a must.  These comfy little shoe cushions are perfect for all heels and they make walking on grass, or cobblestone, or on uneven surfaces. 

2) Pack Zots. Zots are tiny clear sticker dots that are ideal for attaching all kinds of things like, signs, centerpieces, tags, even ribbons around cake displays.  

3) Get it to go- Have the caterers put together a plate of appetizers, dessert, even dinner for the bride and groom for the end of the night. Most times the bride and groom are so busy greeting guests and mingling that they don’t get to enjoy the food that they picked out for their special day. 

4) Chalk it up- A very popular trend today is to use chalkboards for wedding signs, labels, tags, etc. Bring a Chalkboard pen instead of chalk. Writing with a chalkboard pen is much easier and neater than using real chalk.

5) Flower Power- If the couple is looking to save money on floral centerpieces and bouquests they can always buy flowers wholesale or at a farmer's market. And either get a pro to assemble them or turn it into a fun activity to do with bridesmaids and moms. 

6) Be prepared with a wedding day emergency kit. Every planner needs a first aid kit for wedding including: fashion tape, safety pins, bobby pins, hairspray, bandaids, a sewing kit, deodorant, pen, paper, extra cash, checks, scissors etc. 

7) Flip Flop Basket- Put a basket of flip flops out on the dance floor. You can find inexpensive flip flops in many colors at Old Navy, and they are so appreciated when your guests want to dance the night away and their feet hurt from high heels. 

8) Late Night Snack- It is so important to keep your guests full. A late night snack tray with mini tacos, grilled cheeses, fries, sliders etc... is a great way to do this. You want your guests to stay and dance all night, and offering a late night snack will ensure they do.  

9) Little White Lie- With wedding schedules you want to make absolutely sure that all the wedding party attendants are on time for the rehearsal, ceremony etc. How do you do this? Tell them the scheduled event is at least a half an hour earlier than it really is. 

10) Get it in Writing- Make sure you have everything in writing from all your vendors! Arrival times, pick up times, prices, etc. A written copy is a must so no one needs to rely on their memories for what was agreed upon. 

 image by Studio 1208

Monday
Jul022012

10 Wedding Websites That Every Bride Needs

10 Wedding Websites that Every Bride Needs. When I planned my wedding I spent so much time on the computer my fiance (who is a computer guy) had to drag me away from it.  

So much of my time on the computer was spent just trying to find the right websites to help plan and organize our wedding. There is so much stuff out there for couples planning that the choices can be overwhelming. Here is my list of the 10 Wedding Website you can't live without. 

1. Pinterest. If you don't know this site and you like to browse online, you should. In a nutshell it lets you save all the pretty pictures you find on the web. I ceated a board for my bridesmaids to help them pick the style and color of the bridesmaid dresses they wanted. I went with mix and match bridesmaid dresses, one color but any style they like.   

2. Cocodot - We decided to send out electronic emails for save the dates, and for the rehearsal dinner, and for the bachelor, bachlorette party and for a million and one other things you need to let your guests know about along the way. This site has free online cards that are exceptionally pretty, and classy. They come with an electronic envelop and seal, and you can customize everything. It is amazing. I now use it for birthdays and everything else. 

3. Wishpot - Wishpot did an amazing job for our wedding registry. We added items we wanted from multiple online sites. We set up charity donations, and even a honeymoon fund. It was easy as pie and guests really seemed to like it and it was free. You can check out our wedding registry here. 

4. Ebay - Since I wanted a whole lot of vintage touches in the wedding, I needed to find them. And I found many on Ebay. You have to get good at searching  but Ebay is just a wealth of great stuff that is hard to find. I bought supplies to make stuff, the silver vintage purses, vintage brooches, gifts... you get the idea. 

5. Etsy - Not only did I want vintage touches but I wanted handmade ones too. And Etsy was an absolute treasure for this. Mainly I used Etsy for little details, my wedding hanger, vintage candelabras, the husband's cufflinks, glitter banners, and supplies. 

6. Mywedding.com - This is a free website that lets you set up your own wedding website. I highly recommend setting up a wedding website. Even though editing pages isn't super straightforward it isn't that tricky either. They really want you to stick to the template too. But it is free and it works. So hard to beat that. This is our wedding website

7. PaperMart - This site was soooo great when it came to purchasing packaging supplies. We bought the welcome bags here and all the little plastic containers for favors etc, all for one third the price of what you'd pay at any kind of favor shop. Plus they sell in bulk, but they offer smaller quantities, which is super helpful. If you are going to DIY favors this site is a must.

8. Weddinggawker - This is an amazing round up of recent blog posts that have great ideas for your wedding. Perfect for inspiration and total wedding eye candy.  

9. Skype- This isn't exactly a website but Skype was such a big part of my wedding planning. Most of my family and three of my bridesmaids were remote, Skype made it possible to see their shoes, dress, pick wedding invites etc...

10. Google Docs - Ok not exactly a website either, but instead it is one of the best kept secrets of wedding planning. Google docs is great for so many wedding planning things. We used the Wedding Address Book Template to collect addresses and keep track of thank you cards.  

 

Do you have wedding websites that you are partial to? Let me know in the comments. 

computer bride cake topper source etsy