10 WEDDING TRENDS OF 2017

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Andd… I’M BACK! After a little while away we are taking our place back on our blog. What better way to start than the trends of 2017 – but don’t you worry we have plenty more in store for you for 2018 and what we’re seeing, hearing, and purchasing!

Let’s get down to business! What trends have we seen in 2017?

  1. Greenery!
     We have seen so much beautiful greenery! Instead of tons of flowers on the tables, in bouquets, and as decoration we have seen it replaced with tons of lush greenery! It really is clean, simple, elegant and cost effective! We just couldn’t get enough of it!
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  2. Make Your Own Bouquets
    While some people may find this stressful to build their own bridesmaid or wedding bouquet once you get into it, it’s really quite fun! I mean sure they may not look professional but they are personal and unique for everyone in the party! It’s a really fun bonding idea for the girls the night before the wedding – as long as the bride isn’t stressed to the nines! Are you daring enough to buy some greenery and maybe some flowers and build your own bouquets?

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3. Coloured Glassware
Okay, this one might have been in 2016 too but it really took to new heights in 2017. Green, blue, yellow, black purple were all too beautiful on the tables in weddings this season. I mean a little pop of colour in your glassware goes a long way for creating a custom, memorable wedding look!

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4. Black
I mean everyone knows black is classic but it’s making a comeback in weddings as a fourth or even fifth accent colour. Black adds drama, sophistication and just a bit of sexy.

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5. Pastels 
Again, while pastels may have been around in 2016 the designers really started to vamp up their collections with new pastel colours in 2017. Brides started to demand less contrasting colours between themselves and their girls and it resulted in beautiful new blushes, dusty roses, taupes, silvers, mauves, and slate blues. This has lead to some truly beautiful multiple coloured dresses in wedding parties.

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6. Mismatch Suits 
This can’t be all about the lady trends we need to consider men’s trends too! The forever changing unwritten rules of wedding guidelines are forever fluid and for a great reason! Men’s solid suits are being broken where a suit jacket is worn with khaki’s or a different colour dress pant. I mean why not? You would wear that to someone else’s wedding or to work so why not on a wedding day?

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7. Outdoor Weddings
Yes, they are still hugely popular and for obvious reasons they rock! Some things, of course, are unpredictable but as Brittany Snow said in John Tucker Must Die “I always like a little risk”.

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8. Evening Ceremonies
More and more are weddings going from being a full day affair to an evening soiree where the ‘ceremony’ starts at 6 or 6:30pm and really is just a giant party! That doesn’t sound so shabby except for maybe that aunt and uncle who would prefer the more traditional approach. But hey they had their day and everyone is entitled to what they have dreamed about. And comeeee onnnn talk about dreamy photos and ambiance.

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9. Traditions
Gone are the days where party favours are the norm and in are the days where the bride and groom have a small 20 minute or less ceremony where all their guests have a beverage in hand. More and more people are opting for the less formal wedding functions and making it more a celebration with friends. I mean we can speculate all day long about why this might be but as long as people are happy and getting married that’s all that matters 🙂

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10. No Wedding Party
This one may come as a shock to people but more and more are the bride and groom opting to stand up in front of their loved ones alone. Being in a wedding party is a lot of money and time. Some brides and grooms don’t want to put the pressure on their friends and family and simply opt not to have a wedding party. We see both sides!

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Well that’s all for this article! Can’t wait to keep sharing our thoughts and insights on all thing’s wedding!

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10 Tips for Planning A Seamless Outdoor Wedding

 

Wow it’s been a while. I do apologize! We have been crazy here as of late with so many fall weddings. However, it lead to the inspiration for this post.

With so many outdoor fall weddings – btw so beautiful to our brides – our brides have been coming in quite stressed! Because we form a relationship with our brides we can read it all over their faces or they come into our store looking to vent. We get it – it’s a very stressful time, you’re tired or planning, answering phone calls, and just want the day to get here so you can start your happily ever after. You want every detail to be perfect, every mason jar in its perfect place, every bow tied perfectly, the tiniest of details executed as you imagined and you deserve it, but I’m gonna help you find ways to not want to rip your hair out….. That wouldn’t be cute before the wedding.

1. Upcycle – What do I mean? Yes DIY is insanely popular and you want things to be custom, totally understand. However, lots of people are doing rustic chic weddings look online or in local groups, you can cut down some of your DIY with someone who has already done it.

2. Vendor – This is key, what is your vendor willing to do for you? Are they going to set up and take down? Yes, you may have to do a once over, but it eliminates a lot of set up at a crucial time. Are getting married at your, your family’s, or friends property? That’s not problem, since they own if you have ample time before hand to set up (by ample I mean a couple of days).

3. Vision Sharing – Share your dreams and visions with someone. Mom? Sister? MOH? Someone needs to understand what you want (preferably someone not in your wedding party) to help with the stress of setting up and ensuring everything is executed to your liking.

4. Delivery – I know when planning a wedding everyone has a budget, however some companies charge very little for delivery of cakes, flowers etc and they really are a life saver! Sometimes it is seriously worth every dime paying someone to store and then deliver their product.

5. Lighting – Plan for lighting, if it’s outside in the grass, make sure your guests know where the exits are and there are not large pot holes etc on the way there – people need to be able to see.

6. Permit Planning – A lot of venues require permits, even if it is on your own property and you ARE SELLING alcohol.These can take weeks to acquire – so just prepare for the permits you might require.

7. Location Selection – Some outdoor spaces although there may not be a “cost” to rent the facility it is common courtesy to leave a donation, look into these so there are no surprises.

8. Bug Proof – A lot of outdoor weddings can struggle with bugs (ants, bees, spiders) anticipate the bugs! Whether it be covers for food, citronella candles, make sure there is no contamination for your guests. Additionally, be cautious of the food you are serving in the hot summer days, this can also attract more bugs than necessary.

9. Choosing the “Right” Food – Because this event is outdoors, it could be exceptionally hot! This makes it difficult to moderate food temperatures etc., basically what I’m saying is maybe don’t leave cheese sitting out in the hot summer sun at cocktail hour.. A caution also against buttercream as it becomes super runny with it heats up!

10. Ice, Ice Baby – Ice is your best friend for keeping desserts, apps, and drinks cool and fresh for your guests. So make ice a priority.

Happy planning lovely’s!

Cheers,

 

Urban Diamond White

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5 MUSTS to Put on your Wedding Invitation

 

What should you put on your wedding invitation… good question. Wedding invitations are tricky, but you want your guests to have all the information they need. Wedding websites have become increasingly popular, however, not all of your guests will go to the website – which leaves you needing to place all of the information on your invitation. But what should you include and not include? Now I think this is a question worth answering. Before I go further if you are mailing your invitations ALWAYS have an RSVP with return postage ALWAYS.

1. Date, Time, Location (address) – While yes this should be absolutely standard on every single invitation (unless it’s some ultra fun where the couple are flying you somewhere privately for a ceremony – movie star style – you lucky duck getting invited to that! you MUST include where the ceremony is taking place if the dinner reception is at an alternate location, the time of the ceremony and dinner, and the DATE.

2. Dress code – Guests need to know how they should be dressing to attend your special occasion. There is nothing worse than guests feeling like they are under or over dressed – greatly impacts their time at the wedding. **if you are having an outdoor wedding, tell people to choose their footwear accordingly – at least if you warned them you did your due diligence.

3. Registry – While there is huge controversy over whether or not to ask for cash directly on your invitation, if you are registered somewhere please place this information on the invitation. If you are only looking to receive cash because maybe you live together already and have all you need, maybe come up with a clever maybe something like…. or have your wedding party, parents, or siblings spread the word!

We’ve lived together for quite a while,
With all our pots and pans,
And as we don’t need homely gifts,
We have another plan!
We know it’s not traditional,
But it’s easier that’s for sure,
To have no wedding list at all,
Your attendance means much more!
For those of you who do insist,
We have a savings pot,
A small gift to add to this,
Would really mean a lot!

Don’t get me wrong you can ask for this but some people will always give gifts! In the end it’s the people who surround you on your big day that matters.

4. Bar -This is the one I didn’t know! I apologize to my guests… but I’ve since been told to place the semantics about your bar situation (open, cash, toonie, donation etc.,). I guess it is something people care about when attending a wedding 😉 haha and it is nice to know in advance.

5. Children Or?? – It is absolutely a necessity to inform guests if children are permitted at the wedding. People need to know if they need to make alternate arrangements.

OPTIONAL INFORMATION

1. Parents Names – Some couples choose to include their parents names on the invitation “Rosa Smith daughter of John and Debbie Smith…” or John and Debbie Smith are overjoyed to invite to you their Daughter Rosa Smith’s wedding” etc., etc., there are million ways to do it!

2. Wedding Tagline  – Maybe you have a common wedding line throughout your wedding for example the most recent one I’ve came across is “We’re happiest when we’re together”

3. Second Marriage – Maybe the names of children (if there are children involved)

4. Brunch – Sometimes there are brunches the following day or something where the bride and groom or families will get together.. this is great information to place on the invitation. However, you don’t have to, there could be an email or phone call etc., but if you wanted this could placed on an invitation.

I find a lot of times you get an overall vibe to the wedding based on the invitation. So look carefully at the subtleties you aren’t necessarily saying.. Ensure they align with the wedding you are creating. These are just to name a few necessities for invitations.

Happy planning!

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

 

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The Road to the Perfect Maid of Honour Toast

 

And we’re back! ..

Ah the art of toasting.. Let’s face it lots.. I mean lots of people hate, loath, and dread public speaking – even if it is for someone they love. It is the most common fear – so if this is you don’t feel bad AT ALL because the person next to you could very well have the same fear. I’m ‘weird’ I absolutely LOVE public speaking – probably why I am a marketing professional – my parents have said for the course of my life I never needed a megaphone and my husband continually says my voice just carries… I’m going to take these as positives although I’m not sure that they are. My love of public speaking did not happen over night and am I pro at it absolutely not. No I don’t imagine people in their underwear or whatever they are saying as tricks now. I simply look for kind, maybe familiar faces in the crowd.

In order to write a great speech I think we first need to understand why some go awry.

I find Maid of Honour (MOH) speeches are typically the worst… I’m sorry but if you ask wedding goers they agree! Although this is not to say that there haven’t been some absolutely EPIC MOH speeches. First let me explain my reasonings behind why SOME MOH speeches fail to impress..

1. Inside Jokes – while we understand this is your sister, BFF or both and you have an infinite number of memories and inside jokes.. wedding patrons don’t know those jokes, so keep them at bay or one that can be easily explained.

2. Emotion – You are allowed to cry, happy, sad everything tears! This is a very emotional day especially for the MOH.

3. Lack of Humour – Because this day is filled with emotion for everyone, we need some laughs to be put in throughout the as well. A lot of times MOH speeches solely focus on all of the brides awesome qualities – I know she has a million! But people need a comic relief, poke a slight bit of fun at her where she will laugh and so will everyone else.

How to be EPIC..

These are only suggestions and observations from all the weddings we have been to and encountered.

1. Humour – Yes the bride is super fantastic but tell something that everyone can chuckle at including her! Often the groom is the only person that gets poked a bit of fun at.. but the bride should have a bit too!

2. Inside joke minimum – Think of the weddings you have gone to, you and your MOH have a special bond. You have lots of inside jokes and memories share a couple just ensure everyone can understand them.

3. Bring the Groom into play – Often times the groom is left out of the MOH speech, why? Tell a funny story of your first interaction or maybe how awesome and funny he was. Make the groom feel included, in the end your there because both people fell in love.

4. Emotion – You need some emotion. Some heartfelt statement about the bride and about the couple. People want to hear how in love the couple is.

5. Cheers – Always end with a cheers.

Well there you have it folks, this may not get you the perfect speech for every single crowd but it will sure help you in the very least to get the semantics down. For some courage I will provide a true story.

I was recently at a wedding where the bride married a man from Spain. His father Best Man went up to do his speech and he speaks little to no English. Can you imagine with courage it took for him to get up there and say the little words he did. It was so sweet, it didn’t matter that his grammar wasn’t perfect or that he maybe didn’t use the right words, he tried and he spoke from the heart and with some jokes. That’s all that matters. Then his father went up who hardly spoke English and he did his speech in Spanish and what he could in English.

So get up there everyone and do your best. This may not be your favourite thing to do, people understand. If you forget your words, get chocked up, or stumble.. no one will be booing, take a deep breathe and keep moving forward – that is all we strive for..

 

Cheers,

Urban Diamond White

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Ever Wonder Why Your Man Isn’t Interested in the Wedding Process? Read This.

 

Sorry for the delay in this post! We have our first guest writer… my husband.. I kind of sprung this on him the other day and he said something like…. I have to do what??? He loves me so he does it. Be kind people.

So, are you getting frustrated with your man? Wonder why he’s not even close to as interested in the wedding as you? Read this blog, straight from the finger tips of a man.

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Ever wonder why your man doesn’t seem to care about wedding decisions? Short answer? Because he just doesn’t. I say this as politely as possible.  He hasn’t been planning this day since he was a little boy. These decisions simply don’t interest him. Yes it’s both of your big day and he should have a say in it all, however, there are many decisions that he is simply neutral about. Wedding colours, types of flowers, what the cake looks like, just to name a few. He isn’t trying to be rude or mean and it certainly doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about getting married. Think of the last time you went to the mall with your man. Did he jump for joy picking our new clothes?  The last time I went to the mall with my wife I followed her around while she excitedly picked outfits to try on and searched for sales. What was I most excited about? The clothing store we were in had a nice little bench beside the change rooms! To a lot of men, wedding talk and wedding decisions feel a lot like going to the mall. 

We have very small attention spans and actual decision-making takes a lot out of us. That’s not an opinion, that’s science. We work all day using this small quantity of focus and the last thing we want is to come home and attempt to conjure up more. We want to get married to you and yes we will enjoy the day, but do we care if the centerpieces have hydrangeas, or that the chair cover ribbons are dusty rose? These are words we’ve never even heard of before! Before I got married, there were only 7 colors in the world. Now that I think about it, there still are only 7. So when we nod our heads lethargically when asked if the table cloths can be ivory, we aren’t going to notice if you change them to gold.

I’m not saying we don’t ever want to talk wedding. However, other than the suit, the venue and a handful of other decisions, we just don’t have the same passion for the process as you. And that’s okay! Trust me at the end of the day what we really care about is leaving at the end of the night with that ring on our finger next to our beautiful bride.

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There you have it folks! They love you and trust in the decisions you make is what I take away from this post. I know he loved our day but I think some of the things at the wedding were a surprise to him because I think as I was telling him he was absentmindedly nodding and that’s ok, I still love him ;).

Cheers,

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5 Items a Bride Needs on her Wedding Day

 

Well this week on the blog you get two posts! For the first time on urbandiamondwhite you are getting a guest writer and a male opinion. Be kind to him. In lieu of the two posts and the emphasis being on his post – I have no idea what he is writing so this should be fun hahah – today’s is short and sweet.

There are certain things a bride needs on her wedding day, some of them are for a code red emergency, others are to keep it spicy, and some just overall good things to have.

1. Emergency Kit (this one is important!) – Every bride, bridesmaid & mom need an emergency kit. What should it possess let me tell you. And go….. thread (ivory) and needle, hook and eye, drysol, lip chap, tide to go, bobby pins, hair elastic, safety pins, oil wipes, perfume, two way tape, mints.

2. Sexy Change – It’s probably best if you have something sexy for later. There is nothing wrong with a change up, often times you don’t need a bra in your wedding gown so might as well have an outfit change 😉

3. Champagne – Every bride needs a glass of champagne before the ‘I Do’. It’s one last celebration with your bridesmaids and mom right before you become a Mrs.

4. Love Note – A love note from your significant other is one of the most calming and exciting things to get on your wedding day.

5. Extra Make-Up – I highly suggest waterproof make-up on your wedding day, not only for the tears but sweat as well. However, if you choose not to go with waterproof make-up bring extra make-up. I’m going to say this one more time… bring extra make-up. You might need it to touch up etc., just be prepared.

As I mentioned above… short and sweet today and let’s brace ourselves for what our guest writer has to say!

 

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20 Duties of a Maid of Honour

 

I can’t believe this post hasn’t come to me sooner! There are so many decisions to be made when planning your wedding but some things you shouldn’t have to worry about! That’s exactly what your maid of honour is for. From the moment you accept being Maid of Honour you automatically get signed up for a list of duties.

Being the first or one of the first one of your friends to get married is always a bit more tough. People aren’t sure what they are doing yet, what exactly they should be planning or helping with, so to all the brides, bridesmaids and maid of honours – I’m here to help! While every bride expects different things from you, here are some concrete duties you need to be doing.

1. Bachelorette Party – Girls this one is on you. The bride in no way shape or form should be planning her bachelorette party. You know the bride, do something she wants to do, but you plan it.

2. Bachelorette Party Theme etc – The bride should not have to bring anything, you want a sash for her, bring it. She wants a champagne bar? You organize it and get all the goods.. See my theme? She has enough to worry about.. You plan it.

3. Bridal Shower – Yes mom and mother in law are probably going to have a bridal shower for you, but what about one with all your friends? Girls this one is on you again, maybe friends are from different circle, coordinate, plan, and execute – I know you can do it! 🙂

4. Night of Room for Bride and Groom – Almost every single hotel will let the wedding party into the bride and grooms room (except one time I knew someone who put a goat in their room… so inhumane)… however, decorate it.. this is a super special day, let’s see the entire day through.

5. Hold the brides necessities – This includes the bachelorette party and wedding, she shouldn’t have to worry about her stuff, where is it, who has it, you take control and watch over her things.

6. Hydration – Make sure you are bringing the bride water, its an exhausting day, we don’t want anything over heating.

7. Checklist – Get a checklist from the bride of anything you need on the day of.. she is going to be so excited and nervous, she may not be remembering everything! So make sure you know everything that is needed and ensure it is all checked off.

8. Speech – Yes, yes I know, not everyone likes public speaking but you are going to suck it up on this day for her. Here is a fact: the maid of honour speech is almost always the worst… So let’s spice it up, I know you share a lot of inside jokes but share the ones everyone will understand.

9. Alterations – While you aren’t doing the alterations (if you are I commend you, that is a super tough skill to acquire) you need to know how to bustle her gown properly and if she has inner corsets etc., basically you need to be her personal dresser.

10. Tolerate – At one point or another the bride is going to get a little wild.. by a little it could be a little or a lot…. you need to be her rock, keep calm, distract her, give her wine… whatever it takes to calm her down

11. Thank you’s – At showers and if you are present when the wedding gifts are being opened, make sure to keep a list of the gifts received so the bride and groom can give a proper thank you.

12. Boss Lady – On the day of don’t bother the bride (unless it’s something MAJOR) make the decisions be the point person. She has enough to worry about and shouldn’t have her phone.

13. Foodie, Food, Food – Make sure to casually shove food in her face (not literally) I know no one wants to get bloated etc etc but the brides gotta eat – so ensure she does!

14. Patrol Duty – While you won’t know everyone at the wedding, keep your eye out for unwarranted guests or obscenely intoxicated patrons.

15. Errands – Yes even on the day of your wedding you will most likely be doing errands and spending money… it’s a sick world we live in. They need to get champagne, pick up the flowers, try to gather another bridesmaid or groomsmen and go check the errands off the list. Better yet get the groomsmen to do it 😉

16. Smile – Smile, smile, smile. Have fun. Don’t stress.

17. Jack and Gill – Yes more planning. While this one isn’t completely on you, you do need to help plan the Jack and Gill and get some prizes and party favours.

18. Reception Dancing Shoes – It is your due diligence to get people up on the dance floor, while some weddings you don’t need to push people, some you do – this is your job!

19. Gifts – Help transport the gifts if necessary to the bride and grooms home.

20. Clean Up – One of your last duties, clean up! While some weddings this may not be required depending on location and services provided, some it will be! After this is done, you have minimal duties left!

 

Although this seems like a lot of work… and it is don’t get me wrong, it shouldn’t seem like a daunting task, you hopefully are doing this for a best friend, sister, or both and they would do the same for you.

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Cheers,

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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.

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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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