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This is one of the BEST TIMES of your life. You are so excited about being engaged and all the upcoming planning of your wedding. Chances are your wedding may be THE biggest event you ever plan. We’re here to help with some advice on attending Bridal Shows.
Bridal Shows are a very helpful tool in planning your wedding. They familiarize you with many different services and vendors. You’ll be able to see a wide range of talent and service menus.
Here are some tips that we suggest when attending shows.
1. Get your discount tickets prior to the show.
2. Arrive early. It’s always best to be one of the very first there. The vendors are fresh, there should be several giveaways and there’s lots of time to ask questions.
3. Eat something healthy prior to arriving. You’ll be sampling wedding cake, hors d oeuvres and favors all day. Who can resist wedding cake?????
4. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing. This excursion could take several hours. Make sure you feel great and are able to move easily amongst the different areas the venue may provide. Take a bottled water. You’ll be glad you did.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Vendors are prepared to answer your many questions and help you. Don’t be afraid to ask if there are any “show specials” or coupons to use too.
6. Take the groom, your mom and/or your maid of honor too. This is a fun time and it will be valuable to share opinions.
6. Take a close look at the vendors booths and their preparations. This is a detailed industry and you’ll want to work with individuals that really know how to make details work and give a great presentation
7. Print out a sheet of return address labels for drawings. This will eliminate a lot of sign up time. There will be drawings and sign ups. You’ll be able to breeze through them.
8. Bring a pad to take notes and a big bag for your goodies, you’ll be glad you did.
9. Don’t set a time limit on the day.
10. Enjoy this experience and have FUN!
If you have any questions or worries, please contact us. We are always happy to hear from you.
Liz+Mark’s wedding was one we will not forget. Liz +Mark came to us after reading an article Liz’s mom read in The Broadripple Gazette about our company.
Liz’s family was relatively new to the area and Liz+Mark were really busy professionals. We were thrilled to join in their wedding planning. Thus began a great friendship and lots of planning time. I love Liz. She is pretty, sooo smart and an IU Hoosier. In fact, unbeknownst to us, Liz’s mom and I attended IU together, lived next door to each other in different sororities and knew the same people. Liz also was a member of her mom’s sorority and shared in our love of Bloomington. Mark is a great guy too. Mark is a FABULOUS baseball player and fan! A graduate of DePauw, we shared stories about his alma mater and baseball. We loved helping Liz+Mark with vendor referral, design of their wedding, all of their invitations and coordination.
Their wedding was held at the United Methodist Church on North Meridian on a sunny afternoon. Prior to the wedding, we “trollied” for pictures with my new friends, “Jesse and Gina, Evansville’s renowned photographers” around town. One of our pictures was at the Eiteljorg under a statue with an umbrella-just for fun. A few raindrops came right after our pose, but we didn’t think a thing about it. The sky began to get gray; just before the wedding. Near the end of the ceremony the weather changed. With no real warning, we needed that umbrella! Rain poured hard and it poured fast.
Everyone was onboard the trolley headed for downtown. We arrived at Union Station. The entire wedding party was dodging the showers to get into the Crowne Plaza/Union Station for the reception. As soon as we arrived all of the lights went out. No problem, we had LOTS of beautiful candles burning and were ready for the guests. Soon the Crowne had the lights were back on, the music was playing and lots of laughter filled the room. It became a perfe
Later we were looking out the windows at some beautiful downtown city scape with drops of rain glistening like jewels on the windows,thinking about this beautiful couple and their beautiful dayct evening; just like the day had been.
Here are some great tips from one of our best resources www.marthastewartweddings.com
For a Religious Ceremony
Any clergy person who officiates will want the couple’s interests to be deep-seated and to extend beyond the architecture of the church. If the couple practices the same religion and are members of a church or synagogue, then the choice of officiate is probably clear. Someone who is not a member of a church or synagogue can find a clergy person by calling local churches and a religion’s national headquarters for referrals.
What to Ask
During the first meeting with a religious officiate, start by asking questions about his or her approach to the service and what the ceremony will entail — whether there will be a speech or a sermon, and whether the couple can offer input on the subject. Should the couple choose to add some personal touches to the ceremony, such as writing their own vows, they can ask the officiate for suggestions and advice.
Religious Officiate Budget
If either the bride or groom is a member of the congregation, the couple may not need to pay a fee to be married by a clergy person. It is appropriate, however, to give him or her a gift of appreciation and gratitude. For nonmembers, the fee for a religious officiate can range from $100 to $250, especially if there are prenuptial meetings. Payment is expected for all of the officiate’s travel expenses. Sometimes the fee for having the wedding at a house of worship is taken in the form of a donation, which can range from $50 to $1,000. It is customary for the best man to hand over the payment immediately after the ceremony.
For an Interfaith Marriage
Not too long ago, it was nearly impossible to find an ordained officiate to perform an interfaith ceremony. Today, although there are some hurdles, the climate for an interfaith ceremony is much warmer. Many clergy will perform this type of ceremony alone, or with an officiate of another faith. Couples who are met with resistance from within their own religions can turn to a third, more liberal religion, such as the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is supportive of interfaith marriages across any lines, regardless of whether the bride or groom is a member of its church. Some couples choose to celebrate their vows in the tradition of both religions and have two ceremonies, in which case only the date of one and one signature will appear on the official wedding certificate.
For a Civil Ceremony
A nonreligious ceremony can be just as expressive as a religious one. If it has been cleared with the officiate, the couple may write their own vows and incorporate readings, music, and themes into the ceremony. Exactly who qualifies to be a certified officiate varies from state to state, so be sure to check with the local marriage-license bureau for its rules. Some government officials may perform weddings outside government offices, but the rules for this also vary widely, so check with the local government to find out what is permissible.
The cost of having a judge, a county clerk, or another government official perform the ceremony depends on the locality. The fee may vary if the officiate goes to the site, or if the ceremony takes place at a city hall. As for a religious service, it is customary for the best man to hand over payment after the ceremony.
Please contact us for more information on how we may help you.
The secret is out and we are thrilled to announce that Kim King Smith, Indiana’s only Accredited Bridal Consultant has been named the official Professional Technical Editor for the New 3rd Edition of Wedding Planning for Dummies!! This newest edition, with over 20% new material will be available November 27, 2012. Kim King Smith has distinguished herself, worldwide, as a member of an elite panel of experts for this project, including
world known celebrity wedding planner and publisher of Lucky Magazine, Marcy Blum.
Wiley Publishing has made this new edition the best and most sought after for Brides.
Kim King Smith has been working directly with the publishers for months reviewing the material and adding additional information to make Wedding Planning for Dummies the BEST publication of its kind! Millions of readers will be reading the wedding planning tips and following the experienced advice in making their wedding planning easy and fun.
If you are planning a wedding or are interested in the wedding planning industry, this book is a MUST. The publishers have included new material that you will want to know and read about. The edition will be for brides and budgets with all ranges. The new edition is available now at Barnes and Noble Amazon and many other locations worldwide.
Make sure to get your copy early, since this is such a popular publication and a great read. Please let Kim know how you like it. We hope you LOVE it!
Here are some tips to make your wedding easy planning.
1. Don’t over invite. Keep the numbers manageable for your budget and for your venue. Remember that each guest will cost you in food and beverage as well as decor, rentals and favors.
2. Personalize your wedding. Find and share elements that make the wedding about you as a couple and not everything that is in social media.
3. Be creative. Yes, you can stay within your budget and have many wow elements.
4. Prioritize the most important details and sacrifice the least important.
5. Enjoy the event and invest in a professional that can coordinate at least the weekend while you and your family enjoy the celebration.
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Want a WOW FACTOR for the entry of your next fabulous event? Use glow stones. These little stones are a tremendous way to add impact and wow to any entry or exit. Set a tone for your event as guests arrive with this magical path. These pebbles are non-toxic, photo-luminescent and waterproof. Just expose them to a light for 10 minutes, and they will illuminate for up to 12 hours. (No electricity required.) Mix them with pavement or gravel for a stunning surprise.
Wow, wow, wow!
We can’t wait to use them!
Clear Nail Polish works wonders.
Reattach rhinestones and beads that may have fallen off your dress with clear nail polish. It can also stop stocking runs in their tracks.
Dryer sheets are for more than the dryer.
To keep hosiery from sticking to your dress, rub a damp used dryer sheet over them. Toss one in your luggage, just in case (it’ll freshen your clothes). If you don’t have one, run a wire hanger or a metal spoon over or under your dress.
White chalk isn’t just for your chalkboard.
White chalk will cover the stain on a white garment.
Vodka or Wine anyone?
Give your diamond a real cleaning and shining using vodka (yes, vodka!) and a toothbrush.
Red wine spill? Quickly pour white wine on the stain to remove it.
Lip balm isn’t just great for your lips.
Zipper stuck? Lip balm or hand soap can loosen it.
Baby powder; the old stand by.
Baby powder is great for treating wedding-dress stains. Sprinkle on to absorb oil from spots, then brush off with a white cloth. It’s also useful for hiding the residue of wine and makeup stains after you’ve used stain-removal wipes.
How about a banana?
Use the inside of a banana peel to erase scuffs from your guy’s leather shoes. Then buff them to a shine with a paper towel
Whatever the situation, please….Keep Calm and Carry On!
The runway report is in and lace is the new look! Its intricate beauty has captivated queens and starlets since Queen Victoria, and today it
is making a classy comeback with modern cuts and details. If you are looking for something very romantic and soft, lace is a beautiful material for a timeless wedding. It is ultrafeminine, classic, and romantic. Interested in adding a one of a kind detail to your dress? Lace capelets have the look of old Hollywood glam and can be wornover a lace gown. This little added coverage over a strapless gown is a greatvintage or two-in-one look, especially if you are on a budget! Lace is atimeless material, and some go so far as to makelace the theme of their decor. Check out some of these lace accents!
To those of us in the wedding industry, hiring a planner to help with a wedding seems to be common knowledge. It’s only when discussing the topic with family and friends that I realize people sometimes don’t fully grasp the importance of one.
Haven’t we all heard a story or two where something didn’t go right at a wedding? It happens all the time no matter who is in charge, but the key is how those problems are managed. When a planner is not involved, is there someone designated to solve the issue of the caterer setting up in the wrong area? Who is making sure the gifts and cards are being accounted for? Or how about someone to find the cake knife and server when they disappear just minutes before its time to cut the cake? Most of the time the answer is no. Friends and family are left scrambling to solve these mishaps while also trying to enjoy the wedding as guests.
Almost every couple these days is working within a budget, but everyone seems to think they can save on costs by “doing it themselves.” So they will invest in a great photographer to capture the moments and details, a floral designer is hired to make everything look pretty and money is spent on linens, favors and a dessert bar. However, when it comes to getting a professional wedding coordinator to pull together all those details, often times couples decide to skimp on that. A slew of money is spent in planning, but come wedding day, the execution of everything is pawned off on an aunt, family friend, catering manager, or bridesmaid. Paying to bring someone on board who knows what they are doing puts the day at ease no matter the scale of the wedding. Even if there are beautiful decor elements and photos to capture it all, if the bride and groom and their guests didn’t fully enjoy it, that’s what will be remembered.
Don’t forget “you get what you pay for,” and a wedding planner is no exception. Planners that actually service brides as a business and not as a hobby are indispensable and will typically charge a minimum of $2500 depending on wedding location, size, and tasks at hand. Anything less may indicate inexperience. Do the research; check out some of these blogs who have credible vendor directories and list wedding planners all across the US.
Not convinced? Below are accounts from actual brides who didn’t hire the right professionals! Don’t let this happen to someone you love.
1. Transportation nightmare: The shuttle may forget to stop at one of the hotels and leave guests behind before the ceremony is about to start… so now what?
2. Stranded at the altar: The couple may forget to designate someone to cue the musicians to know when the wedding party and bride should walk down the aisle. The groom and guests wait while nothing happens, but the same song plays over and over again.
3. Family Feud: Family members, who are helping run the day, may have a different vision than the bride and groom. With no third party mediator offering an unbiased opinion, the disagreements may escalate leaving the couple less than enthused about their wedding day.
4. Communication Meltdown: The bar tab may exceed the allotted budget, but no one checks in with the bartender so drinks are continuing to be served leaving the newlyweds with an unexpected bill at the end of the night.
5. Budget Blunders: Most couples overspend on their budget and waste a lot of time researching vendors within their price point. Planners are used to working within the confines of a budget, they do it every day. They already know which photographer is going to be in your price range and which caterer will give you the most for your money.
Floral Design: Kim King Smith Events Floral Division http://kimkingsmithevents.com/
Venue: Columbia Club http://www.columbia-club.org/
Church: St. Roch Catholic Church http://www.strochindy.org/
Cake and Dessert Buffet: Ritz Charles http://www.ritzcharles.com/
Video: Jet Kaiser Films http://jetkaiser.com/
Photography: Nathaniel Edmunds Photography http://nathanieledmunds.com/
Band: The Living Proof Band http://www.livingproofmusic.com/band.asp
Stationery: Lemonseed and Co http://www.lemonseedandco.com/lemonseedandco./Welcome.html
Photo Location: Fountain Square http://www.discoverfountainsquare.com/
Gown: Belle Vie Bridal Couture, Vera Wang http://www.belleviebridalcouture.com/