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How to Pick a Wedding Date

 

Pick the Perfect Wedding Date for your Dream Wedding

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Picking a wedding date can be stressful and even a sore spot, but it doesn’t need to be. Sit down with your groom, take out a calendar and go through these five steps in brainstorming.

Step One: Think about the season.

Some brides have a set season in mind when they dream about their wedding day. There have even been movies based on this with brides competing for the day. If your dreaming of a June wedding and you get engaged in July, your automatically looking at at least a year before your getting married. Every season has it’s own perfect romantic vibe, so you just need to decide which one you like the best!

Step Two: Big Whoopla or Small Shin-dig

Now you need to think about how big or small your wedding is going to be. Bigger and more extravagant weddings tend to need a little more time to put together. There is nothing wrong with this, but it will help you gauge how far off you need to set that wedding date.

Step Three: Decide whose planning the wedding.

If you are planning the wedding on your own, then you may want to give yourself a little more time. This is especially important if you are planning on that big wedding that will have a lot more to coordinate. Chances are you and your SO have jobs and won’t be able to devote every waking minute to wedding planning. So, if you are wanting a big wedding, save yourself the stress and don’t set that wedding date for two months out!

Step Four: Venue availability

Now you need to think about where you want to get married. Some venues have wait lists and are booked a year or more in advance. If your wedding venue of choice is one of these places and the your not feeling flexible on the where, you will need to be flexible with the when. To determine this, call up the venue you want and check for availability in the season on time frame you have decided on from steps one, two and three.

Step Five: When do you WANT your wedding date to be?

Last consideration, which is really the first consideration: How long are you willing to wait? Some couples are fine with waiting two years in order to put together the wedding of their dreams. Others are willing to trim down their plans in order to get married faster. If your timeline of when you can pull together your dream wedding is farther out than you are comfortable with, then maybe it isn’t really your dream?

Top Five Fall Wedding Themes

Fall wedding themes call for a cozy kind of romance that these top five wedding themes make come to life! Which theme is the wedding of your dreams?

Fall Festival

Fall Wedding Theme Food Ideas

Fall festivals include caramel apples, pumpkin picking, pies, hay rides, twinkling lights, music, starlight and the kind of romance that cuddles under a blanket drinking coco. I can’t really think of a better setting for a wedding. And by using the festival theme it will open your wedding up to whimsy as you can include bobby for apples and other festival games at your reception! Not to mention the food! Apple pie, kettle corn, churros…need I say more?

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Tips for Creating a Wedding Registry

Start your wedding registry today using these tips!

Have fun while you make your wedding registry!

Rubber Duck bride and groom? Yes please! Get these cuties here!

1) Keep it Balanced:

Some couples look at a wedding registry and think of it as an opportunity to get everything high end and others feel bad about asking their friends and family to spend money on them and register for the cheapest versions of everything they need.  The goal is to keep it balanced. Decide on what items you want to last and choose the better and more expensive version. Then, items that don’t need to cost $50, like a toothbrush holder, maybe pick what is practical.

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What Wedding Gifts to Skip

Is there such a thing as a bad wedding gift?

When a Bride and Groom set up their registry, they have an idea in their head of what they want as wedding gifts. Sometimes those must haves turn into dust collectors, never leaving the box. Other times, well meaning loved ones skip the registry. They go with something sweet and sentimental in mind or something really last minute and again, the gift is pushed to the back shelf until the couple finally decides to toss it.

If a bride and groom in either of these situations have the receipts to do returns and figure out that they want to return it early enough, then they may be able to salvage the bad gift before it ends up in the trash. Unfortunately, it is pretty typical for that gift receipt to not be included.

You may think it’s harsh to say your must have may turn into a waste or if your a wedding guest that your well meaning gift could end up in the trash?  But, think about all the things you have purchased and used once. Then think about putting another person’s opinions and tastes into the equation. It’s not a far fetched prophecy!

So, let us help  you out!

Five Wedding Gifts NOT to get

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Top Three Wedding Gifts

Top Wedding Gifts

Raise your hand if you have a wedding invitation posted on your fridge and need to find the perfect wedding gift! Take a look at these top three wedding gifts that every newlywed couple wishes they had!

Number One Wedding Gift

1) Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer

The Kitchen Aid standing mixer is the premier standing mixer for households from beginning to more professional levels of cooking and baking. What makes this product great is that it really is high quality and the couple won’t have to replace it any time soon. Furthermore, it is really customizable to the couple’s wants and needs; this customization includes the color, style, and size, as well as the many different attachments. This makes the Kitchen Aid standing mixer a top choice for a wedding gift.

Most Used Wedding Gift

2) High Quality Pots and Pans

Pots and pans are one of the number one household items that are taken for granted and that can make all the difference in a couples family dinner game. It may be a good idea to either go off the couples registry or ask if they prefer copper, stainless steal, or ceramic, etc. This may not be the most important decision they make in life, but it is a pretty big one.

Most Practical Wedding Gift

 3) Gift Cards

A lot of people think that gift cards are not personal enough for a wedding gift. However, as many newlyweds will tell you, pulling out that $100 gift card when they need it most is a pretty spectacular gift.  One bride even said that she had forgotten about a gift card and found it about three months after the wedding. “It was so awesome! I thought it was a $5 gift card that I got in a promotional purchase, but it turned out to have over $100 on it and covered everything we needed and still had some left over. BEST. GIFT. EVER!”

How To Choose Your Maid of Honor!

The Maid of Honor is your Right Hand GalWho your maid of honor is, is a pretty important decision because the maid of honor can end up playing a big role in how smoothly your wedding goes. Most women simply look at who their BFF is at the time of the wedding, but you might want to be a little more particular when choosing who will play that role.

First stop: How involved do you need the maid of honor to be?

This is the first stop because it is probably the most important factor to consider. If your maid of honor will need to take on responsibilities like planning a shower, bachelorette party, attending any and all dress fittings for yourself and your bridesmaids, coordinating the flowers, picking up GiGi from the airport (we could go on and on), then it is really going to narrow down who you should choose as your maid of honor. Once you have determined what you need, consider the following:

  1. Age:
    • It may not be a good fit if who you want is not yet an adult. One bride said she regretted asking her 16 year old sister to serve as maid of honor. They were close and she didn’t think she needed too much help with the wedding, but she ended up needing more than the sister could handle. Turned out that even the smallest tasks were too much for her. The bride either had to do it completely by herself or be dissapointed.
  2. Location:
    • This one can be hard because the person that you want to be your maid of honor may just live too far away to help. If you choose to have a maid of honor that lives more than 30 minutes away, just be sure that your expectations are consistent with how hard it will be for her to step up. Some brides will even choose to have co-maids of honor to balance it out.

Second Stop: What emotions are going to be involved?

What we mean by this is that choosing a maid of honor may involve a bit of drama. For example, we had a bride tell us that she really wanted her best friend to be her maid of honor. However she had a childhood friend who wanted to be it too. So when it came to decide, she chose her current best friend and her other friend refused to attend the wedding. This doesn’t mean that you should make your decision around other people’s feelings. It is your wedding. However, it may be a good idea to make sure your aware of any complicated reactions to your choice.

If you are particularly nervous about this possibility, try reading our blog “How to Tell Someone They Won’t be a Bridesmaid” to get some guidance.

Perfect Pick: Willow Tree Cake Topper

A Romantic Wedding Cake Topper to Fall in Love With

Together Wedding Cake Topper

Willow Tree figurines are both unique and romantic. This makes it a no-brainer when including them in our wedding cake topper selection. This “Together” cake topper is particularly special as it features a beautiful base with carved flowers. This is the kind of attention to detail that makes a piece spectacular.

This figurine measures 6″ tall and the paint and resin are both cured and lead free. Additionally, all materials have been affirmed and tested for food safety!

Why We Love it:

One of the main reasons we love this cake topper is because it can transition seamlessly from cake topper to collectible. This figurine adds a romantic touch to both your wedding cake and your home. Furthermore, the base adds more stability the a Willow Tree figurine that is not designed to also work as a cake topper. Finally, the featureless faces of the figurine allow any bride and groom to connect with the piece as their own; seeing in it themselves versus a generic face. This makes this wedding cake topper truly unique.

Wedding Themes it Matches:

This cake topper has a more specific look than many of our traditional wedding cake toppers. It will match and enhance the following wedding themes:

  • Spring
  • Floral
  • Woodsy
  • Bohemian
  • Rustic
  • Fall
  • Romantic
  • Fairy tale

Where to get it:

This cake topper style can most easily be located under our wedding cake toppers tab in the Willow Tree cake toppers category. Similar cake toppers in this style include the personalized “Promise” cake topper and the equally beautiful “Chrysalis” figurine. If you are in love with this specific cake topper, simply follow the link here.

What is your number one priority when looking for a wedding cake topper?

Size? Style? Can use as home decor? Customization?