10 Common Mistakes Made When Planning Your Wedding

It is so easy to get wrapped up in your wedding planning and forget some crucial details. So I’ve prepared a short list to try to keep you on track. While there can be so many things you can miss these are just some of the more common oversights. It is hugely helpful to create a list of to-do’s thing’s you need to pick up etc., because then you can show your list to multiple people to see if they think you might have missed something – just a helpful hint. Also my personal favourite tool is WunderList.

Also excuse the lack of imagery to this post. I’m not sure why but wordpress isn’t loving me today. I will update it soon to add more jazz – it’s driving me nuts!

1) Budget = Blown. – It is quite easy to say ah well it’s just $20, it’s just $50 etc., etc., …. those small amounts add up and add up quite quickly. Use wedding planning apps to help you budget accordingly and input ALL yes ALL of your spending. You need to know how much your wedding cost.. even though you might not want to look at the final number.

2) Hungry Photographer – While this is an etiquette thing, it is only kind that you feed your photographer, they have a long day too and are running around to make sure everything is perfect… feed them.

3) Don’t DIY Everything – While some things are totally more cost efficient to DIY, not everything is, do your research. This is also super stressful if you have to take time off work to DIY, it is probably not cost efficient. The dollarstore is a hidden gem – seriously.

4) Seating Chart – While no it may not be fun to plan your seating chart out – it’s not fun – don’t leave it to the last minute, this is stressful! You don’t need extra stress right before the wedding.

5) Wandering Eye – Stop it, stop it right now. Your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses are perfect! Stop it, stop it, stop it. Now is not the time to second guess your decisions. Stop looking, you don’t have a wandering eye with your fiancé, don’t do it with your dresses.

6) Challenging goals – Yes I understand everyone wants to feel their most beautiful on your wedding day – as you should! But keep your goals realistic, if you want to lose some weight, tone up, etc… you are beautiful the way you are! I know it is hard to remember that, it’s in our nature to never be happy with ourselves, but try to tell yourself you are perfect, amazing, and beautiful as you are!

7) One Man Show – You are not a one man show, for starters you have a partner, so there are at least two of you. Spread the work out, friends, family, wedding party members. You want everything to be perfect, yes, but you can’t do everything alone and shouldn’t. This is supposed to be an awesome experience, share it with your loved ones!

8) Keep Yourself in Line – While there are some thing’s to cry about, there are others you need to let go… There are no reason for tears over the wrong place cards or people not responding as quickly as you want.. Keep yourself in line, have someone close to you who can tell you to smarten up.

9) Tardiness – there are some things you can’t do until the last minute, obtaining your marriage license shouldn’t be one of them. #truth – you need that…

10) Disregarding Timelines – Research how long it takes for wedding gowns to arrive (6-8 months) if you want to order, bridesmaid dresses (3-4 months) Mother dresses (3-6 months) ordering takes time, so allot for it.

Once wordpress smartens up I will attach a downloadable PDF document from our website on tips and timelines.

So just a few common wedding mistakes people sometimes forget in the midst of their planning. HAPPY PLANNING! Keep cool, calm, and collected.

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

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20 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Wedding

 

Weddings are amazing – there are no if ands or buts about that. But what there are questions and groans about are the many things you don’t know before you delve into your wedding planning. We get brides all the time that say, I wish I would have known that before I started planning, so I thought let’s make a list! Through a combination of personal experience from all of us at the store and from clients here is our we wish we would of known list!

1) How much weddings cost – Although cost is hugely dictated by a bunch of factors (number of people, open bar or not, level of extravagance etc) you truly never realize how much everything costs until you have to open up your wallet…. They are not inexpensive. Although this may not seem shocking, you will be shocked how much things cost.

2) Guest List – SUPER TRICKY! The question is always where do you draw the line, maybe you aren’t close with one side of the family or you don’t want children from one side. Regardless the guest list, it is rarely ever easy. You want if possible both sides to be represented fairly equally, this can be challenging if one of you has a huge family. How many friends do you invite? Do you want more friends than family? Be prepared this can be a doozy.

3) Wedding consumption – It is so overwhelming when all anyone really wants to talk to you about is the wedding. It completely swallows your life, make sure you make time to do anything and everything outside of the wedding. You need that time together. If you find yourself getting annoyed with people constantly asking, just kindly say I’m a bit wedding’ed out, can we chat about the wedding later.

4) Uniqueness – If you find yourself being one of the last ones of family or friends getting married or you are just looking for something unique IT’S HARD! With Pinterest and blogs and everything else at your fingertips it is costly, time consuming, and challenging to be super unique.

5) Decisions – Oh goodness gracious this is where we want the most help. Every single thing requires a decision. What do you want for food? Where do you get your make up done? What is our budget again? I don’t like those flowers, can we get these ones? What time should our ceremony be? The list is truly never ending. I wish someone would have warned me about all the decisions that never seem to end. You are still making decisions on your wedding day – it literally never ends, sorry for the bas news.

6) Timing – Calculating the timing for your wedding can be quite a challenge. When do you start your ceremony (what kind of ceremony is it, civil? catholic? greek orthodox?) When can your guests check into their accommodations? You need two hours for pictures and if you want to mingle in cocktail hour. When do you want to eat dinner, how many courses is it and speeches? When will the reception start? Really, really, think about the flow of your days events.

7) Pictures – In order to get ample amount of quality shots (its not easy to smile that long, even though it is the best day ever) you need about two hours, especially if you want extended family shots. Sometimes depending on if you prefer the more traditional approach or are good with mixing it up you can take photos before the ceremony so you can have cocktail hour with your guests or just take a few photos instead of all of them. Additionally, research ALL of the photos you want and give your photographer a list.. you did pay for it.

8) Don’t Sweat It – Although you have worked super hard to make everything go seamlessly, your guests don’t know all the intricate details of your wedding don’t sweat if something doesn’t pan out! It will still be the best day ever and makes the day that much more memorable.

9) Weather – When having an outdoor wedding you are praying to the rain gods for no rain but you forget to pray for reasonable temperatures, instead of 36 degree weather. So pray for perfection 😉

10) Invites – Those devils are expensive! Postage is also insanely expensive, especially when you have to pay return postage as well. So what did I do, I made email invitations. I printed out hard copies for grandparents and parents, but there are so many free online tools to create online invitations – huge cost saver! However, some key information to place on your invites are: Dress code, Children or no Children, Open Bar or not.

11) Wedding Party Gifts – If you ask any of us we will say without hesitation you need to buy your wedding party members a gift. We know weddings are pricey but your wedding party between (bachelor/ette parties, attire, showers, gift, makeup, hair, nails etc) they have spent a lot of money to stand next to you on your big day and they deserve a huge thank you for all their time and effort to make this day one of your best days!

12) Time Flies – I know everyone will tell you how fast your day goes but seriously listen. You will blink and it is over! You are on such an adrenaline high, so excited with so many emotions you just fly through the day. Try to take a moment for you and your significant other – really take every moment in.

13) The Importance of Food and Water – I know you are wearing a beautiful dress and don’t want to spill anything on it or risk getting bloated but you seriously need to eat something and drink lots of water. The day takes a lot out of you and before you know it, you could be drinking too many wobbly pops or feeling light headed.

14) Thank Everyone – People travel sometimes from far and wide to be a part of your special day, make sure you thank all of your guests! It is only courteous!

15) Family Before Business – A word of caution is to leery of hiring friends or family for your wedding. You are friends and family first. Remember that. They may give you a better price but sanity and good standing relationships are invaluable.

16) Music Matters – Having people loving life on the dance floor all night makes a wedding. This is also your day, so you don’t want to hear certain things, tell them! You want your guests to dance the night away, so give them the music to do it!

17) Rehearsal Dinner – While yes this can be crucial to have everyone meet and mingle (because realistically some of your wedding party may not know each other) be careful of the time you are having it. There are lots of things to do that day and its next to impossible to remain on time – sorry just being realistic! So choose the time of dinner carefully, there is no rush, take a deep breath.

18) The Power of ‘NO’ – You are allowed to say no. Let’s practice. No… Noooooooo. Negative. Non. Nay. Nein. Ne. Ingen. Nem. Look you’re getting the hang of it. There are times for compromise, yes’s and NO’s. Know your boundaries.

19) Choose Your Wedding Party Carefully – Cannot emphasize this one enough!! Choose people who love you unconditionally, who will bend over backwards for you, who will not think selfishly, who always have YOUR best interests in order. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, sometimes this doesn’t mean family.

20) Forever Starts After Your Wedding Day – If you ask a lot of married people we answer the same. I love them more now than the day I married them. Choosing your life partner is a big deal, its someone who makes you a better person, who knows how to make you smile in the worst of times, who spending a day at work away from is too long, who if they are by your side anything is possible.

Just some things to keep in mind when preparing and planning for your big day. This day is about you and your significant other and your love for each other. It’s gathering a group of people for a celebration, so sit back and enjoy the experience!

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

 

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What if it Rains on your Outdoor Wedding Day?

 

I’m so sorry to my faithful readers that I have slacked the past week over not putting out a blog post! I will do two this week. We had a super busy week at the store re-branding and putting the final touches on some aspects (stay tuned). No excuse though, so I will make up for it!

So you’ve decided to have an outdoor wedding – fantastic! – but.. what happens if it rains? You know when you choose to have an outdoor you roll the die in regards to weather, it could be blistering hot, cold, rainy, or absolutely perfect! But you know all this, you’ve decided on an outdoor wedding anyways! So what do you do if it rains?

First off, I know this is completely not ideal or what you wanted but you have to have a plan B, C, and D. You are no the weather man and no matter how many rain prevention dances you do, it won’t help if it is going to rain on your day. Albeit rain isn’t ideal, if you’re traditional it is supposed to be good luck and you will still be married to your significant other at the end of the day. However, here are some ideas to calm your nerves if it were to rain.

1. Does your venue have a back up plan already in place? Almost all venues have a backup plan for a rainy day. If not, do you have a tent for your reception? This is the next alternative if there isn’t a building to have your ceremony in.

2. Wait it Out – Not on a super tight timeline, wait out the weather. Often times in the summer the rain doesn’t last, so just wait it out! If you are able to give your guests a beverage while you push back the ceremony 20 minutes all the better.

3. Umbrellas – While this one is the most unmanageable, buy umbrellas, see if anyone can get them at wholesale cost for you, or the dollarstore. This will make for super cute photos and still allows you to have your ceremony outdoors.

4. Do it Anyways – If it’s a light rain and you want to proceed, DO IT. Everyone will do whatever you want, it’s your day, you make the call.

5. Alternate Location – While I’m sure you chose to have the ceremony where you did for a reason, is there an alternate location that could suffice as a back up (if the venue doesn’t have a back up and you do not wish to get married under a tent). Is there a family property, church, hall?

6. Canopy – Can you bring a canopy (tarp) as a back up and string it somehow above the ceremony space and peg it into the ground. There are lots of options for this one if you desperately want your wedding outdoors and the rain isn’t going to let up.

While it is never fun to have to alter your plans, we have to be flexible. Nothing is ever perfect, this is what makes life memorable. Just be prepared, don’t leave things to the last minute.

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

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surviving your wedding day

Since outdoor weddings have become increasingly popular in the past 2 years and everyone seems to respond better to those posts, so here we are….

I too had an outdoor wedding and I wish I knew some of these things before hand. As you know you roll the die when you have an outdoor wedding and you need to plan accordingly. Below are some KEY ideas to help you and your guests thrive at your outdoor wedding.

1. DRYSOL – I cannot say this little gem enough. Drysol stops you from sweating, for those of us who sweat enough when it is hot outside this is your new BFF. It is completely dermatologist approved just follow the instructions. But this is a life saver on your wedding so you’re not as sticky and sweaty.

2. WATER – Although simple, you need to drink at least 5 water bottles that day. You’re adrenaline is pumping, people want to toast to you and that’s fine, but drink water too!

3. Mints – Keep breathe mints with your significant other – they probably have pockets! You will be in close proximity and interacting with a lot of people, gotta keep fresh!

4. Tissues – Make sure your significant other has a pack of tissues on them, they will tear up ;).

5. Oil blotters – You can purchase these at any drug store. You blot these on your face and it removes the oil and sweat from your face (helps with pictures and overall appearance).

6. Baby Wipes – Not only for you, but your guests! These are gentle on your skin but freshens you and your guests up a bit. Refreshing #win.

7. Shade – You and your guests may need some shade, so have seated areas with shade, or make shade for you and your guests by purchasing umbrellas.

8. Programs – If you want to do programs attach a popsicle stick to them and you have your own personal fan!

9. Food – For the bride and groom often times you miss cocktail hour because you are off taking photos, tell your wedding party to get you a little snack! Makes a world of a difference to have a little pick me up.

10. Moment – The day goes by so fast, your heart is racing, your experiencing 100 different emotions, take a moment, a deep breathe and cherish the moment with your significant other. People want to talk to you, dance with you etc., so take a minute with them, you’re MARRIED now!

 

Just some tips to help you get through your big outdoor day! Let me know your thoughts. What do you want to see published?

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

 

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6 Practical Hairstyles for Outdoor Weddings

There are a lot of factors and considerations that go into an outdoor wedding. You have to understand and accept you can’t control the weather and have a backup plan. It may rain, it may be scorching hot, it may be buggy, it may be muggy, it may be perfect regardless the outcome this is what you signed up for. However, there are some facets your CAN control. The one I wanna talk about today is your hair! Your hair is a vital part to your image the day of your wedding and you want to make sure it is on point. I would even say have a back up plan for your hair… if it is going to be scorching hot perhaps change your hair accordingly. FACT: most hair dressers WILL NOT give you loose curls if you’re the bride and having a 3:00pm outdoor ceremony. WHY? IT’S HOT, you sweat, you’re nervous – it is outdoors. This is their best publicity, this is their brand, their image, on you – understandable right? So let’s get to it!

1. Braided up do – Who doesn’t love a braid? This beautiful curled up do allows you to have a super romantic look but also feel at ease that your hair is going to fabulous all night.

Braided up do

2. Messy up do – This hair style is all too beautiful. It allows you to add some volume to your hair (this is awesome in my mind because i have super thin straight hair) all while keeping it simple with no fuss.

Messy up do

3. Perfect for the scorcher – This hair style will be flawless from the time your hairstylist finishes your hair until the night is over. This messy, but organized bun is pure perfection.

Perfect for the scorcher

4. For the Romantic – So timeless, so beautiful. Perfect for the soft, elegant, and romantic bride. With your hair out of face and off your neck this hairstyle will keep you looking fresh from day to night.

romantic hair

5. For the love of flowers – Whether you are on a white sandy beach, a church, or a backyard, flowers are all too pretty. Flowers are a nice replacement if you don’t want bling in your hair but want a little something, something. This up do screams an easy going, laid back bride.

braided up do 2

6. Alternative – If you would like to veer away from an up do, there is a solution. A braid. A beautiful loose braid with flowers is the perfect alternative and solution.

braid and flowers

Although there are millions and millions of wedding hairstyles out there. Keep in mind your daily logistics, it is outside, and we do not know what the weather will bring. Half up half down hairstyle are also beautiful but they are hot on your neck and your curls can get disorganized and fall – although they are totally beautiful! In the end be true to your style, but be practical.

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

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Information Your Guests WANT To Know!

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This is a good one. I was recently at a wedding and we had some questions left unanswered before we departed for the wedding. While every bride and groom is super busy leading up to your wedding your guests need some information in regards to your big day. It’s super important to guests!

1. Gifts – As much as we don’t want to admit this, it is fact. Your wedding gift amount depends on how well you know someone, if there is an open bar, what the meal is etc., The old rule of thumb was cover your plate, hate to tell you people this is so out of date. Your wedding gift if going to the entire event should be between $125 – $150 per person! This is where it gets tricky, if you are going to just the reception it becomes very difficult. Why? Because you don’t know what’s going on, if there isn’t an open bar, and no snack it’s difficult to ask a lot of people. In the end you are asking people to join you on your special day and it will be up to your discretion.

2. Alcohol – Inform people on invitations or word of mouth whether or not it is a cash bar or open bar. This is nice for guests to know simply because they may have to bring enough cash to have a couple drinks. While weddings are expensive they are also expensive for your guests (gift, travel, hotel, attire) so open bars are nice for them not to have to pay on top of everything else!

3. Attire – Put a dress code on your invitation. Girls do this all the time texting and calling each other to see what each other are wearing – we do this for a reason! We never want to feel over dress or under dresses NEVER under dressed. So at least if your group of girls and you dress the same you can be over or under dressed together. But let’s eliminate the confusion and just put the dress code right on the invitation.

4. Food – Although I believe this to be optional to share some people love to know what they are eating at your wedding and the late night snack. However, this is more word of mouth travel. BUT you must put if anyone has any food allergies etc to please notify the bride and groom and have a space for comments on the return postage.

5. Adults Only? – Guests with children will want to know if they are permitted at the entire wedding or the ceremony only. This allows parents ample time to make arrangements if necessary.

 

While these may seem like no-brainers to the bride and groom they aren’t in your head so make sure you convey your thoughts and plans to your guests. This alleviates unnecessary stress for your guests trying to purchase gifts, pick something to wear, and what to bring. Be kind to your guests, they are attending your big day! Keep them in the know :).

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

 

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10 Wedding Do Nots.

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It is easy to get wrapped up in the whirl win of your wedding but there are some major don’ts!! In the end like most everything in life decisions comes down to money. While a wedding can be expensive some of the decisions do not have any monetary value, they are simply etiquette. It is inevitable that you will offend or step on someone’s toes by some wedding decisions and that is completely understandable. However, there are some standard rule of thumbs.

1. Invites – If you send a save the date you MUST send an invitation to all of those who received a save the date. If you are sending invitations by mail please ensure you have all the postage covered.

2. Surpress Bridezilla! – I know you want everything to be perfect but keep your expectations realistic. You’re stressed, anxious, nervous, excited, everyone understands but try to keep yourself in check for your fiance, parents, and bridal party!

3. Wedding Registry –  Keep it classy and don’t put your registry information on your invitations. Just ensure your family and wedding party know where you are registered and people will gravitate to asking them regardless.

4. No ‘Cheaping’ out – The people in your wedding party spend a lot of money to stand beside you on your big day. Between dress/suit, gift, shower gifts, hotel, hair/makeup etc.. this is a very expensive day for them! In the end it is a great gesture to give them a nice thank you!

5. Alcohol – While most people say an open bar is a must, it can be extremely pricey and not everyone can pay for an open bar especially if you have 200 + people! However, most places will allow you to compensate the cost of drinks so maybe a only $2 instead, or the bride and groom will pay the tab up to $2500 and after that people pay. There are a lot of different options to help contribute to the bar.

6. Thank-Yous! – Be puntual in your thank yous. Do not wait a year, 3 months maximum.

7. Your makeup – while some people are super awesome with makeup and hair this is a super important day and you want your makeup to look just as beautiful as when it was finished as when the night wraps up and the only sure fire way to do that is to get it professionally done! Waterproof, sweat proof, rain proof is your BFF <3.

8. Music – it is probably super tempting to save the $700 and make your own playlist and play it from a laptop, phone, or computer don’t do it! A DJ plays the best combination of music suited for all of your guests (within reason) you can also do song requests then! Trust me I’ve been to lots of weddings that have done both and DJ’s are the best!!!

9. Cut Social Media – On your day live in the now with your head level and not looking at your screen! This is super important you don’t need the update people on your day – the interwebs can wait!

10. FOOD – Do not forget to eat throughout the day and drink lots of water!! Speaking as someone who got heat stroke from their wedding day, please have people constantly giving you water bottles – especially if it is an outdoor wedding! Keep your energy and mood elevated 🙂

 

There you have it! 10 don’ts for your wedding!

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

 

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Wedding Identity: Be You, Be Unique

Unique Wedding

Right about now you have probably “Pinterested” just about everything there is to Pinterest in accordance with your wedding. You have probably started to gravitate towards certain looks, themes, and colours. Somewhere between your parents, future in-laws, trends, and Pinterest dreams lies your realistic dream wedding. There are so many facets in which you can let your personality shine bright like a diamond. Your wedding day should be a reflection of you and your significant other.  It is imperative to keep in mind what trends are timeless and which ones you may look back and think… what was I thinking.

Although trends may come and go a wedding photo is forever. My mom and I like to look at hers and my dads wedding photos and kind of giggle about the style then, just as I will hope to do one day.

However, ways to personalize your wedding are:

1. Invitations – incorporate how you two first met. Coffee shop? Have some coffee beans. Sports? incorporate sports language on the invite. Bar? have some cocktails present.

2. Tell your love story – although this may seem strange everyone loves to tell their story and most people at your wedding probably have no idea! Have someone tell the story, or have it written down on the tables – people will love it!

3. Have practical wedding favours – Cookies, bottle opener, seeds, plant, matches. Something that represents the two of you (you love it, or maybe you use it (kitchen item)) nothing that has your face on it or one single glass, people don’t want or need that stuff.

4. Vows – Having your justice of the piece, pastor, priest custom make a ceremony to you. This allows guests for a unique experience right from the get go!

5. Dessert – a dessert in place of a cake that represents you. Maybe that is a cake but if it’s cupcakes, cookies, candy, or ice cream keep it custom to you 🙂

6. Attire – Don’t worry what everyone else is wearing just worry about you. If you want to wear a blush princess dress in a barn then do it! In the end that is what represents you then go for it! If your significant other wants to wear a funky suit, so be it! Keep as true to yourself as possible. Think to yourself will I still love this in 25 years?

If having your boutonniere as a fishing lour or gun casing so be it! If having a short purple wedding gown makes you happy, do it! If having my big fat greek-italian wedding is your wish, I want your wish to come true! If having no dessert at your wedding because you don’t like it and want poutine, well then I’m coming to your wedding! There are certain moments you need to fight for with your wedding and ones you need to compromise on – just remember what is most important to you and what you can let slide.

Be you, be unique, and be your beautiful self. ❤

 

Cheers,

 

Urban Diamond White

 

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Nip, Tuck, Tweek.. That Thing Called Alterations!

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Let’s get real here for a minute because alterations can more often than not be a hot topic for the bride. Unless you are custom making your wedding gown, bridesmaid, flowergirl, or junior bridesmaid dress the ones you order from bridal stores have standard sizing. What is standard sizing? It means  the store has a set of measurements for each size. What happens if you are in between sizes or are different sizes according to different measurements on your body. Depending on the type of dress the store must order according to your biggest measurement. Why is this? The dress ultimately has to fit and you don’t want the girls out or the zipper not able to do up, or do you? Ladies don’t get size shock, it’s all about how you feel in the dress! So Here I go with my lists again on things you should know regarding alterations.

1. Alterations are not included – remember these are not custom dresses to your exact measurements! So they always need a little something done to them and it costs extra.

2. Great seamstresses are worth it! – This is one of the most important days of your life and you want it to be perfect, rightfully so! Therefore, most great seamstresses aren’t the cheapest price around but they ARE reasonable.. the extra $10-100 is worth it!

3. Every Dress Needs Something – very, I mean very seldom will you purchase a dress at a dress store where you do not need to alter it! At the very least you usually need a hemline. More often than not you need a pinch at the side seam at the bust – so people don’t see too much of the girls and so that your dress lies flush to your body.

4. Side Zippers are Worse – if it can be avoided having a dress with a side zipper is far more difficult to zip – it’s just fact.

5. Timing – as we know timing is everything in life, so this should come as no surprise when it comes to alterations. Alterations take time. Especially when you get married in peak months (June – September). Allow for minimum 5 weeks! While we totally realize this sometimes isn’t possible it’s always opportune to try to stick to this timeline.

6. Order to Your Size – While we are so thrilled for you if you lose weight we want your dress to fit at the body you are now. Dresses can be taken down no problem at all 🙂 and whether or not you take a dress in 1/2 an inch or 5 inches it’s the same price. Once the seam is opened up for a seamstress it makes no difference the amount they take it in. (super helpful hint)

7. Hemlines – If you have a lace applique bottom on your dress (super pretty) be aware that to have it shortened it can cost up to $300! If you have the option when purchasing your gown (90% 0f the time you do) get your dress hollow to hem (proportionally shorted 3 – 7”). It will cost about 150$ but it easily worth the money with the amount you will save in alterations and its general appearance.

8. Don’t Sweat It – I know this is a super stressful time for everyone but when the store you bought your dress from says it will be fine, everything will be perfect TRUST THEM. They don’t seem frazzled or phased because they KNOW your dress will be perfect. Don’t get upset, we see this every day, just trust us!

These are just some helpful hints. If you want me to expand or want more just let me know! 🙂 Enjoy!

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

 

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10 Useful Party Favours

Party Favours

We all know that party favours are just an added expense to a wedding. But grandma and grandpa and that traditional aunt and uncle of yours all want something tangible to leave with from your wedding – sorry the memories don’t cut it for them! While most of your guests leave/forget their party favour at the table – which is frustrating – some people still enjoy them. Account for about 50% not being remembered which leads to my statement of not spending a lot on party favours. However, I have prepared a list of favours that are actually useful or delicious!

1. Cookies – I mean who doesn’t love cookies. Secondly, if you’re not having served dessert, or people are still hungry, or are waiting for a meal its a fantastic way to give your guests a little extra food, of the sweet kind.

2. Donation – While I do believe everyone loves donations and most people are super happy that money was given to a great cause – especially if it hits close to home – it is still nice for your guests to even get a chocolate saying a donation has been made in your honour.

3. Jam/Honey – People inherently love DIY and homemade goods. When your guests consume it, it brings back hopefully a fond memory of a great day and great couple.

4. Matchbook – People do not want a magnet with your faces on it or a useless old looking key. But a matchbook with your names and wedding date on it are super useful – I mean who doesn’t need matches at some point.

5. Candle – Most people at some point or another will burn a candle and again its just a simple reminder of a great wedding and couple.

6. Wine Stopper – Who doesn’t love wine and for those people who don’t finish the bottle when its opened a wine stopper is a great conversation piece.

7. Bottle Opener – Bottle openers are super awesome gifts because you can never have enough of them.

8. Flowers/Herb Seeds/Plant – Herbs/Flowers are awesome and a really funky gift idea.

9. Smore’s Kit – Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart it’s a crime not to enjoy smore’s!

10. Coffee Beans/Grounds – Get a unique coffee blend (or for the kiddos a specialty hot chocolate). I like most need my cup of Jo in the morning – so a super practical gift and breaks people out of their norm even if it’s just a change up of coffee.

 

Some funky twists and conventional party favour ideas. Depends on your wedding but you can expect to spend on average $1-7/person. ENJOY!

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

 

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