Seven Tips for Bridal Gown Shopping Companions

Today’s blog was inspired by several episodes of “Say Yes to The Dress,” a very popular show on the TLC Network. In it, cameras are following brides-to-be and their families and friends as they shop for the perfect dress for their wedding day. The things that struck me most were the reactions and behavior of mothers, sisters and friends as the bride goes through the fun, but arduous task of finding just the right dress for her. Here are some tips I’d like to share with those shopping companions. 

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Your Honeymoon: Tips for Planning the Trip of a Lifetime

Honeymoons are a wonderful way to continue the celebration of your marriage and start your lives together as a couple! It’s the vacation you’ve been looking forward to, after months of wedding planning and preparation. While some couples choose to delay their honeymoon, I encourage couples to start planning it as soon as they start planning their weddings, and to take their honeymoon right after the wedding. 

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Four Tips to Help You Cope with Wedding Stress

You’ve imagined what your wedding day would be like for a long time.  Now that you’re engaged and starting to plan your big day, you’re probably starting to realize how much has to be done!   The dress, the food, the venue, the guest list….and this realization is probably stressing you out!   Here are four tips we share with our brides to help you deal with wedding planning stress. 

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Top Ten Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner is probably one of the most important decisions you can make regarding your wedding.  Before you decide which planner to hire, be sure to ask them these important questions: 

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Four Things to Consider When Planning to DIY Your Wedding

Many brides are considering going the DIY route with their wedding.  They are planning to create their own invitations, favors, and centerpieces, along with even doing their own hair and makeup.  While handling some things yourself can save you money, there are a few things you should consider before you decide to take this path. 

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Month-of Coordination: Four Things to Consider When Hiring a Wedding Coordinator

Many brides I speak with want the experience of planning their own weddings.  But they also recognize that in order for their plans to come to fruition as they envision them, there must be someone responsible for implementing their carefully laid plans.  Instead of leaving this important job to the mother of the bride or maid of honor (who both want to enjoy the wedding), more and more brides are deciding to hire a month-of (also known as day-of) coordinator.  To find out more about what a month-of coordinator does, click here to read one of our past blogs.  For today’s article, I’d like to answer some questions I am frequently asked about this service. 

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Five Tips for Communicating with Fiance'

This post is not about wedding planning, which is one of my favorite topics, but about something that you can use beyond your wedding day and into your marriage....communication!  Check out this video from our YouTube channel!  
 
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Top Ten Questions to Ask a Caterer

There are several extremely important decisions that must be made during wedding planning (your wedding date and venue are two of them).  Another very critical decision is regarding your caterer.  You want your guests to enjoy the food and beverages that are served at your wedding, and you want the service to be impeccable (there’s nothing worse than bad food or service at a wedding reception!)   Here are some important questions to ask a potential caterer: 

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Real Weddings - Althea and David, September 28, 2013

September 28 was a warm Florida day, as Althea and David said their “I Do’s” to one another.  An Elegant Affair was honored to share in this special time with them, as they pledged their love for each other.  Family and friends joined them to witness the exchange of vows and rings at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tampa (the groom’s church). 

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Custom Invitations: Four Things to Consider

You’ve set your date and chosen your venue. You’ve also decided on the type of wedding you going to have as well as the theme. So what’s next?? Invitations! We’ve talked about invite wording in a past article (we’ll repost it soon), so this week we’re going to explore custom invitations. 

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