Just a few days away from saying “I Do” in paradise? We know there’s a lot of excitement on your mind… don’t fret, we’re here to help!

10 Must-Dos the Week Before The Wedding

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Our friends at BRIDES shared an amazing list of “50 Things All Brides Should Do the Week of Their Wedding,” and we just had to share our favorites.

Here are our top 10 from BRIDES’ list of 50…

1) Read Your Vows Out Loud
Even if you’ve silently read the words over and over again, be sure to read your vows out loud to yourself a handful of times. Practice reading it with a steady and slow pace until you feel confident and calm.

2) Say Hello to Your In-Laws
Touch base with your (almost) mother-in-law and father-in-law, and your immediate family as well, and see if they need anything or have any last-minute questions. Once you chat with them, ask them to act as liaisons to the other guests or family members who have questions.

10 Must-Dos the Week Before The Wedding

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3) Break In Your Shoes
Make sure you spend some quality time in your wedding shoes so that you break them in before you find yourself standing in them for 8-hours straight. Put them on for 30 minutes a day and break them in with a walk around your house or a quick dance to your favorite song.

4) Sit Down With Your Partner
Spend a little quality time together, going over your love story from start until now. Remind each other how much you love each other and how excited you both are for a future together.

5) Get Rehearsed
Confirm all the details of your wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Make sure the wedding party knows where to be and when.

10 Must-Dos the Week Before The Wedding

{Photo by Sarah DiCicco Photography}

6) Enjoy Your Bridesmaids
If your bridesmaids traveled in for your wedding, carve out some time to hang out and do some relaxing pre-wedding together.

7) Decide Where You Want Your First Look to Be
Whether you have a special spot in mind or want to check in with the photographer beforehand, pick out the spot where you want to see each other for the first time ahead of the wedding.

8) Double Check Your Master To-Do List
Run through your master to-do list one final time and see if there’s anything you forgot to do or saved for the very last-minute. If you find there are a lot of tasks left, delegate them out to trusty bridesmaids or family members.

10 Must-Dos the Week Before The Wedding

{Photo by Alain Martinez Photography}

9) Write the Groom a Love Letter
Jot down a couple of words and feelings for your soon-to-be hubby to read on the morning of the wedding. It will help get him excited and emotional for the day ahead of both of you.

10) Take a Deep Breath
Take a lot of these. They are unlimited. They are free. They are more than necessary. Please don’t forget that.

{ See the full list of “50 Things All Brides Should Do the Week of Their Wedding” on brides.com }
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28 Mar 2017

When it comes to wedding etiquette advice, we always turn to Anna Post. The great-great-granddaughter of famed Emily Post, Anna shares her tips with our friends at Inside Weddings.

While we believe the key to a memorable wedding is in personalized details, we just had to share Anna’s expert advice on the top four wedding traditions worth holding onto…

4 Wedding Tradition Musts

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“Traditions exist for many reasons: practicality, superstition, habit,” Anna shares in her column. “When it comes to etiquette, the ones to keep are the ones that help you to honor and show respect for the people who help you marry – even if the tradition in question may feel burdensome or old-fashioned at first.”

Top traditions couples should not forgo:

1) Paper Invitations
Your wedding invitations set the tone for the big day and serve as a way to tell guests this event is “worth making a fuss over.” As Anna explains, “paper invitations have substance that helps create a gravitas that a computer screen just can’t replicate.”

Wedding Tradition Must: Paper Invitations

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2) Visit with Guests
Whether it’s a formal receiving line, a chat during the cocktail reception or a special table visit during dinner, making time for your guests is key. As Anna shares, “one of the most important duties you have is to personally speak with and thank each and every guest for attending your wedding.”

3) Cut the Cake Early
As well as a truly sweet tradition, the cutting of the cake also provides a tactful signal that guests may leave without being thought rude—and ensures they won’t miss a special moment. Anna notes, “plan to cut the cake not long after dinner is finished so that older guests and guests with small children can make their exit at a reasonable hour.”

Wedding Tradition Must: Cut the Cake Early

{Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography}

4) Send Prompt, Handwritten Thank-You Notes
While some say couples have up to a year to send their notes, Anna says it’s best to ensure your thank yous are in the mail by three months after the honeymoon. Adding, “while it’s important that the notes go out on time, it’s just as important that they are handwritten and unique to each guest.”

…need help with your Thank-You notes? Inside Weddings has some great advice on how to write a thoughtful, personalized message.

What wedding traditions are most important to you? Do tell!

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See the full article on InsideWeddings.com

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Planning a wedding is all about the details – and we love details.

With inspiration flowing all around you, it’s important you have a checklist for all the must-dos before you say “I Do.” Don’t fret; our team is here to help…

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03 Jan 2017

Want to build buzz during your wedding planning and track all the amazing images posted by your social media savvy guests on the big day? The solution is your own wedding hashtag.

Wedding #Hashtag 101: 7 Steps to Perfection

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Thanks to our friends at The Knot, read on for the top tips from wedding planner Jessi Haack and Sophie Pyle from social wedding concierge service Tweet the Bride for the scoop on how to create a successful hashtag…

Step 1.  Start with your names

Use your first, last and nicknames as your starting point. Remember that cutesy mashup name that your friends gave you guys in college that stuck for some reason? Well, this may be the time you actually want to embrace it. Haack says, “It makes it easier for the guests to remember, which means more people will actually use it!”

Step 2. Use numbers for a simple way to set your hashtag apart

If your names are common or you can’t come up with anything quirky, using the year or date of your wedding is an easy way to make it your own. “There might be a lot of #JackAndJill in the world, but you’ll probably be the only #JackAndJill121314!

Step 3. Get punny

This is one of those parts of your wedding that you can really have fun with, especially when it comes to word play. Look for alliterations, rhymes, synonyms and puns for a hashtag that’s both clever and memorable.

Step 4. Avoid easy misspellings

Read over your hashtag for any obvious ways it could be misspelled. For example you may want to shorten longer last names or move words around if there’s two letters in different words next to each other. It could be as simple as flipping #WandaAndDave to be #DaveAndWanda instead.

Step 5. Capitalize the first letter of each word

Capitalizing the first letter of each word can help with readability if guests can see where each word starts and ends. Doing this will also help ensure more guests will “get” your joke or pun. With or without the capitalization your hashtag will work the same either way.

Step 6. Check the hashtag

Before you hit print on your save-the-dates, do a quick check of the hashtag to see if there’s already been something tagged to it and if so how many photos. If there’s only a handful of other photos that don’t seem wedding related you should go ahead and use it, but if there’s an entire other wedding with the same exact hashtag you may want to switch a letter to a number or pick a different rhyme to avoid getting the photos mixed up. “Hijacking someone else’s hashtag is no bueno,” says Haack.

Step 7. Spread the word

After you’ve decided on a hashtag, it’s time to get the word out. Start early by telling your bridal party and putting it on your save-the-date. At the wedding you should also have reminders in case they forget. Pyle suggests using, “a cute sign that matches your decor and putting it on the menu is nice too.”

Step 8. Don’t overthink it

Will you remember your wedding hashtag forever? Eh, maybe. Will you love the photos everyone took forever? Definitely. So if it turns out that your couple nickname happens to be the word for a delicacy in another language and you start seeing food photos that aren’t on your catering menu, just roll with it. “Turn it into a light joke,” says Pyle. At the end of the day it’s the photos you’ll really care about having and that everyone had fun with it.

Happy hashtagging!

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