Amazon Wedding Registry: How To Use It And Why It’s A Great Tool

Wedding Tips & Ideas | January 27 2017 | by Jenny | 0 Comments

Amazon Wedding Registry

Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to start talking “wedding planning”. This is a very complicated language, since there is generally so much to do in so little time, especially if your wedding is less than a year from now. This is why today, we are going to talk about the wedding registry. Specifically, about the Amazon Wedding Registry.

Most of the time, couples tend to be quite unprepared when it comes to putting together a list of things they would need after they get married, especially if they did not live together beforehand. Wedding guests will be really thankful when they attend a wedding with a registry prepared, because it saves them the time, the headache and sometimes, even a trip to the store where they have to figure out what to buy. So, when you create your wedding registry, wouldn’t it be best if you could find a store which has everything? Sadly, there are few of them that do. However, you could switch to an online store. A store with a huge product database, with quick delivery, reliable and prices affordable for everyone.

A store like Amazon. The Amazon wedding registry section which may be difficult to locate at first, when you’re on the website’s homepage. You have to go to ‘Lists’ and then select ‘Wedding Registry’ from the drop-down. However, you could also use Google to search for “Amazon wedding registry” and the first result is the one you need.

Signing up

As with all wedding registry stores, you have to create a wedding profile to get you started. That means that Amazon requires some of your wedding information in order to create your Amazon wedding registry. You will need an Amazon account for this, so you can either use the one you already have or create a new one in case you’re new to the website.

The first section is “About you”. Here, you must state your full name and your partners’ name, as well as your roles (bride/groom/partner). You also have the option of inviting your partner to edit the registry. In case you already have an Amazon account with a physical address linked to it, Amazon will recognize this address and ask you if that is where you’d like Amazon to send your gifts. Please take note that Amazon works with a lot of third party sellers. You need to authorize the sellers to ship these products to your home, if that’s the case.

The next section is “Your wedding”. Obviously, this is where you have to enter the basic wedding information: the event date, the location (including city, state and country) and the estimated number of guests.

The third section is “Your privacy”.

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Here, Amazon allows you to share your registry by making it public or you can keep it private for the time being. There is also the option of allowing only certain people to see the registry, by giving them a link that Amazon will later generate.

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After the process above is complete, Amazon will redirect you to the actual Amazon wedding registry page, where you can start putting together your wishlist. You will notice that in the upper left corner, you have you name, as well as that of your future spouse and a wedding countdown. There are 2 more figures which are currently 0: the number of gifts you have added to the registry and the number of gifts that your guests have already purchased. From this point on, you can start searching Amazon’s Registry Suggestions, which are broken down by categories such as Small Kitchen Appliances, Flatware, etc.

If you’re not sure where to begin, there’s a category called “Popular wedding gifts” and it’s just the right section to get your started. Here you can see a collection of some of the most popular gifts that people have added to their wedding registries in the past.

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Once you have found a product to your liking, you will notice that in its small window, you have the option of selecting the quantity and then adding the product to your registry by pressing the designated yellow button. Once the item has been added, you will notice that you can edit the details for that specific product. This means that you can change the quantity of that product, add comments for your guests to read or even remove that item from the registry.

Once you’ve added the first item to the list, you will notice that the first digit in the upper right corner, the one after the wedding days count down, has now changed to 1. By clicking on that number, the website will redirect you to a page with all your current Amazon wedding registry items. Every item has a green flag in the lower right corner of its small window. By clicking on it, you can modify the priority of that item, by setting it to “high”. This will alert your guests that you are more interested in some of the items added to the registry and they can focus on purchasing those first.

Even if everyone loves receiving gifts, not all couples know where to start creating this Amazon wedding registry. You can approach your wedding registry from 2 different angles: either by adding the items you really need to get you started in your new home, or by adding the items you’ve always wanted, but don’t really need and didn’t have a chance to buy yet. In general, the second category includes fancier and more luxurious items which may not be affordable to all your guests. As a general recommendation, you may want to add the items you need first, while taking into consideration that some of your guests may be on a budget.

Shopping by brand stores

If you’ve wanted the new Nespresso coffee maker but you weren’t able to afford it up until now, this is your chance to get it. The “Shop brand stores” option allows you to browse some of the virtual Amazon stores of big brands which are popular in the wedding gifting “industry”. You have access to names such as Mikasa, KitchenAid, Microsoft, Vitamix, Oxo or Calphalon.

Shopping by style

This is where the Amazon wedding registry process really gets interesting. With curated collections such as “Streamlined Sanctuary” “Eclectic Entertaining” and “Modern Mix,” there’s a little something for everybody’s tastes.

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Basically, this category allows you to choose your own style and start adding items to your registry that fit the style you’ve opted for. For example, the “Scandinavian” style includes some specific décor items, mostly in white, which is considered the basic color for this look.

Your registry

You also have the option of modifying your registry by selecting the “Your registry” option from the left-side menu. “Share your registry” gives you the option to make your registry available to other in 3 different ways:

• By using a direct link. Amazon generated a direct link to your wedding registry page which you can directly share with your guests
• Social network sharing. With integrated shortcuts to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and your email client, Amazon allows you to publicly share your wedding registry by posting it on your social media accounts or by sending it via email.
• Website embeds. Amazon also created an embed code which you can post directly on your website. You may not own a blog, but maybe you’ve created a wedding website, especially since there are so many ones out there which are free to make.

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You also have your “Thank you lists & returns” option which will display the information of the gift buyers, allowing you to thank them afterwards.

Other options

One of Amazon’s wedding registry features is called “universal registry” and it is something used by brides all over the world. This option allows you to add items to your Amazon wedding registry even if you haven’t found them on Amazon’s website. However, if you purchase a gift from another website, you need to know that none of Amazon’s policies will apply to that purchase, even if you’ve added the item to that registry. For gifts purchased from stores or websites other than Amazon, customer service (including returns) is handled by that seller. Amazon has no control over your experience once you leave their website and the A-to-Z Guarantee does not apply to these orders.

Conclusions

To wrap things up, we’re going to take a look at the main benefits that Amazon’s wedding registry service provides above other similar online shops.

• You will receive 10% off remaining items on your registry after the event for savings of up to $100, once you’ve completed the registry.
• You have access to the largest selection of gifts that can be included in a wedding registry from a single source. Even more, you are not limited to household items, but can also choose from other categories such as games, fashion items, cosmetics, electronics, tools and even hobby items.
• Amazon is quite generous with its shipping, which means there is a high change you can benefit from free shipping on a lot of items.
• The huge database of users also comes with a lot of user reviews, which means there are high chances of having customer opinions on every item you add to your wishlist. Amazon reviews are a great way of discovering the experience people have had in the past with the product you’re interested in.
• If you are unhappy with one of the products for whatever reason, you have the option of returning that gift and you will be compensated in the form of a gift card which you can use to purchase other Amazon products.
• With the Amazon wedding registry service, it is also easier to put together a “thank you” list. Amazon will give you a list with the names of your gifters, as well their address and the items they purchased. This way, it is easier for you to send “thank you” cards.

So if you’ve decided to give it a try after reading this, just click here to get started with your Amazon Wedding Registry.

Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

We here at The Wedding Specialists are always looking for ways to make your wedding planning as easiest and as fun as possible. And of the coolest tools we know right now is Amazon Wedding Registry (created in cooperation with The Knot), where you can organize your wedding registry. We wrote a more in-depth review of the tool so feel free to check it out, by clicking here.

What Exactly Is The Parents’ Role In Planning Your Wedding?

Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas | August 18 2016 | by Jenny | 0 Comments

An engagement announcement is usually thrilling news for all friends and family members, but it also means that your close ones will be really busy in the next period, as they are most likely to helping you to plan your perfect wedding. The parents, in particular, of both bride and groom, play a major role in ensuring that the wedding of their child is both memorable and successful. Whether they are going to be involved in the pre-wedding preparation, participating in the ceremony, in the reception or they are going to bug you with all kinds traditions, your parents are an important part of every single stage of your marriage process. In order to be sure that the upcoming wedding day will be everything the bride and the groom could wish for, understanding the role of each parent is essential.

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To make your task easier, read on a few tips about what are the responsibilities of the parents while planning and organizing the wedding of their children.

Before the wedding responsibilities

If the couple’s parents have not met yet, it is traditionally the responsibility of the groom’s parents to organize and establish a meeting with the bride’s parents, and since the parents will need to communicate often with each other during the wedding preparation period about all kinds of details, this event should occur really soon.

Congratulate the (other) parents. It’s traditionally the responsibility of the groom’s parents to offer their congratulations to the bride’s family after the engagement. These days it doesn’t really matter who makes the first contact, but if you’re the bride’s parents, wait a few days, giving the groom’s parents an opportunity to honor this tradition.

The engagement party is usually the responsibility of the bride’s parents, still, the groom’s parents might choose to throw the couple another engagement party so that they will be able to introduce the bride to their family and close friends.

If the father and the groom have a really close relation, sometimes he can get involved in planning the bachelor party. Even if it might sound weird, you might find out that your dad is really cool and funny when he is not in the ‘responsible parent’ shoes.

Another important event where the soon-to-be-married couple should involve their parents is the rehearsal dinner. It will be a great relief to relax for one night, transfer the responsibilities and enjoy the calm before your wedding day.

The bride’s family is responsible for sending the engagement announcement in the local newspaper. The bride’s mother, in particular, will be really involved during the whole planning process. She will help her daughter with completing and sending the invitations and establishing details of the ceremony and reception. Also, the mother’s bride traditionally is the first one to choose her outfit for the wedding day and the groom’s mother is expected to choose something similar so that they will not eclipse each other.

Both families should share their traditions with each-other. Research any family, religious or cultural traditions that could add a special touch to your child’s wedding day. There may be a song or poem that could be included in the ceremony or a traditional folk dance or ethnic dish that may be part of the reception.

Before the ceremony ‘To Do’ list

Even if the big event is really close, there are still a lot of things to do. The bride’s mother helps the bride get dressed for the ceremony if she requires help. With all these responsibilities concerning the bride, the mother should not forget that she should take at least 35- 40 minutes for her own hair and makeup and other preparations.

The father of the bride should spend some time alone with his daughter before the ceremony and discuss, give her advice and make sure that she is happy. Of course, the father should accompany the bride to the ceremony.

The parents of the groom should arrive fully dressed one hour before the ceremony and be ready to help if needed. In some weddings, depending on tradition and preferences, the parents might be responsible for walking the groom down the aisle.

Let’s not forget, the parents should the main source of equilibrium when the bride’s or the groom’s emotions are overwhelming or if one of them is getting cold feet. Their simple presence is reassuring and motivational.

What do the parents need to do during the ceremony?

Everybody knows that at this point, the father has to accomplish one of the biggest responsibilities and traditions of the whole wedding ceremony: he has to escort the bride down the aisle and when the officiant asks who is giving her away, the father should take his daughter’s right hand and place it in the officiant’s hand. The father of the groom usually escorts the groom’s mother down the aisle.

Traditionally the bride’s parents have to pay all the costs for the ceremony, while the groom’s parents contribute by paying the officiant;s fee and the marriage license. Nowadays, the costs of the ceremony are split in half to both families or acquitted by the bride and the groom themselves.

During-the-reception duties

The bride’s parents need to act as hosts during the reception. They should be responsible for welcoming the guests, making introductions and entertaining the crowd with interesting conversations, whenever the newlyweds need to be replaced.

The father of the bride will have a rather busy night, as he will have to give the traditional first speech, make sure that the supplies are fully stocked and he will participate in the traditional father-daughter dance.

The mother of the bride will have the responsibility to collect the gifts and deposit them in a specific room. As the bride’s family is traditionally paying for the wedding reception, the groom’s parents’ responsibilities are limited.

No matter how much the parents are involved in the planning process or in the wedding ceremony, they need to keep in mind to enjoy this special moment of their child’s life. They should be ready for tense moments, plan ahead, keep their calm and forgive easily.

Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

We here at The Wedding Specialists are always looking for ways to make your wedding planning as easiest and as fun as possible. And of the coolest tools we know right now is Amazon Wedding Registry (created in cooperation with The Knot), where you can organize your wedding registry. We wrote a more in-depth review of the tool so feel free to check it out, by clicking here.

3D Printing Technology Integrated Into Weddings

Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas | August 16 2016 | by Jenny | 0 Comments

Long gone are the days when we had to work hard to create the wedding cake topper, or when we had to walk around the city for hours, or even days, looking for the perfect wedding dress, or the perfect wedding present. The new technology makes everything look accessible and effortless. Who would have thought a few years ago that all kinds of smart technologies will be just around the corner?

Lately, a new trend entered the wedding world: 3D printing. 3D printers are new generation machines that can make the impossible, possible. They can produce different types of objects in different materials, using only one device. They can produce from plastic toys, ceramic cups, and plates, metallic parts, delicious chocolates and cakes up to (in the near future – usable) body parts. With this type of technology, factory production will be replaced by one machine which can be placed in anyone’s home. The 3D printing idea was possible after a simple observation was made: if looking closely, through a microscope, on a text printed on a page, using the usual and dusty printer anyone has at home, one can observe that in fact, the letters do not impregnate in the paper, but they are sitting slightly on top of the page. Theoretically, if one prints the same text over the same page a thousand of times, the layers of ink will create a 3D model of each letter.

3D printing became a big part of the weddings, making all organizational work much easier. The new technology lovers are passionate about finding innovative ways of making the new printing machines part of one of the most important events of their life.

3D Printed Wedding Ring

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Now, the classic engagement/wedding ring can be replaced with a 3D printed one. Even if some do not agree with this technique or do not trust it very much, printing a ring sounds very appealing for the new generation. The days when a man had to save three months’ salary to afford the perfect engagement ring for his lover are long behind. The printed rings can be customized according to their desires. The 3D printers allow anyone to choose their own design: from minimalistic one to a more glamorous one. It all depends on the designer’s imagination. Another great thing is that details can be added to the ring, without spending a huge amount of money on them. Still, do not get us wrong, they are not cheap, but they cost less than the classic gold ring for sure.

3D Printed Wedding Bouquet

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The 3D printed wedding bouquet is indeed an innovative and smart way of creating the perfect wedding memory. Depending on the complexity of the design, it can be done in maximum 20 hours. Choosing to go for a “tech wedding bouquet” reassures the future bride that she will be able to create the perfect design for it, the flowers will not wilt and even after a long night of partying, it is going to look as beautiful as in the beginning. It is a lovely solution for the brides that wish their bouquet to last forever, or even pass it down to their children or grandchildren.

3D Printed Wedding Decorations

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Whether you want to go for funky flowers, classic arrangements, squares, triangles, circles or any other shape might pop in your mind, 3D printing is the help you need. Just imagine: it is going to save you so much time and energy. There will be no need to go around town to find the perfect florist and the perfect flowers. You will not be stressed that your flowers will not arrive on time. The power will be in your hands. You just need to decide on the colors and find a 3D printer and your problem is solved.

3D Printed Wedding Invitations

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Forget all about the old boring cards and simple paper designs. Forget about handwriting or boring models. Create a unique wedding invitation using a 3D printer. Surprise your friends and family members, show your love for your spouse by creating an incomparable design. 3D printing offers you the possibility of choosing the materials, the style and the themes that better suit you. Yet again, the best part of 3D printing is that the wedding invitation will pass the test of time and you will be able to keep it and enjoy it even many years later.

3D Printed Wedding Dress

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More and more tech-lovers started to explore 3D printing and, even if it is a new technique, it’s now possible you print your wedding dress. The first 3D dress was printed in 2015 in Shanghai by Xuberance. The gown is extremely elegant and has lots of details. Printing such a dress might take several weeks, but even so, the final result deserves all the waiting. At the moment, Xuberance is the only company which provides such services.

3D Printed Wedding Cake

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Who would have thought there will be a day in our lives when we will be able to eat a printed cake? Of course, the process behind such a delicious cake can be complex. In order to create a 3D printed cake, the patisserie needs a Chefjet printer and a lot of time. Whatever cake flavor you have in mind, the patisseries which have the necessary technology should be able to create the delicious desert. Still, it is quite hard (for now) to find a patisserie which provides this service. They are not that common as one would expect.

3D Printed Wedding Cake Toppers

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The 3D printed wedding cake toppers become more and more famous each day. Instead of using one of those generic cake toppers, why not make your cake more personal and create one yourself? Nowadays there are lots of 3D selfie studios which specialize even in wedding pictures. It will be so much fun to see a mini-you. That’s just going to be adorable!

Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

We here at The Wedding Specialists are always looking for ways to make your wedding planning as easiest and as fun as possible. And of the coolest tools we know right now is Amazon Wedding Registry (created in cooperation with The Knot), where you can organize your wedding registry. We wrote a more in-depth review of the tool so feel free to check it out, by clicking here.

Is It Ever OK To Take Off The Wedding Ring?

Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas | August 11 2016 | by Jenny | 0 Comments

Your wedding ring is one of the most significant objects you will ever possess. We’re not talking about the size of the diamond or how many karats your ring has. We are talking about its symbolism and what it means to you. The ring illustrate the eternal bond of marriage, due to its shape: a circle which has no end. So once you put it on, you do not really feel like ever taking it off, do you? But what if there are social or personal situations where taking off the ring might seem suitable, are you allowed to do it? Will your partner be OK with this decision? In fact, is it ever OK to take it off?

These are questions that will pop up in everyone’s mind at one point in their marriage. If you are doubting whether is it fine to do it or not, you need to read this article and find out which are the situations where taking off the wedding ring is not such a big deal.

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Recently, Instant Checkmate took a poll on social media asking the big question “Is it OK or not to take off your wedding ring?”. It is interesting to notice that the opinions were divided: 58% said yes, while 42 said no. Most of the respondents came up with very clear arguments sustaining their answer.

The NO side

Their answers were simple and quite similar. Many believe that once you put the ring on you may never take it off, no matter the circumstances. It is very important for some to respect this tradition, as the presence (or absence) of the ring signifies how well the couple’s relationship is going. Others become more suspicious and state that taking off the ring shows a predisposition for cheating. Let’s also remember about the hilarious situation when you forget where you put the ring after you took it off. If you lose it, you better brace yourself to answer lots of uncomfortable questions!

The YES side

Here one can find multiple and decent reasons for taking off the ring, without harming his/ her marriage. But let’s keep in mind that taking off the wedding ring to mislead someone for an interview or for the sake of a little romance are not considered to be good enough reasons. Still, other practical or job-related situations are really acceptable – we sure bet you will love to keep your ring safe and in good condition.

When working out, it is perfectly fine to take off your wedding ring. The materials used in the jewelry making process such as platinum and gold become somehow soft when putting pressure on them. When executing your regular gym exercises you might end up changing the ring’s shape, and in time you risk bending it so hard that its diamonds will fall out. The same rules apply for other types of sports like soccer, basketball or tennis. If you are planning to get involved in any contact sports, you’d better leave your ring in a safe place, preferably at home.

Did you know that using cosmetics might cause the loss of natural shine and grime might appear on your ring? The use of simple and common products that every woman has in her house, such as hair spray, perfume or lotions, threaten the integrity of their beautiful jewelry. Here’s a piece of advice, if you forgot to take it off once, you can clean it by rinsing it with hot water and dish-washing liquid or toothpaste. Carefully dry your ring with a cotton towel.

Never ever take the wedding ring (in fact any other jewelry) with you when you go swimming. No matter if you decide to go swimming in a pool, a lake or your bathtub, you should never take the ring with you. The cold water shrinks your fingers, making it much easier for the wedding ring to “disappear” during a swim. Also, keep in mind that the chlorine used in most pools can damage and discolor your jewelry.

It is also a good idea to take the ring off when cleaning your house. Not only do cleaning products contain harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia that will destroy the surface of your ring, it is most likely that you are going to bang up your engagement ring on the kitchen floor, bathroom counters and any other rough surface in your house. The same can happen when you are gardening. You never know when bad luck happens and you chip your diamond or knock the setting loose while doing heavy yard work.

If your job demands it, it is OK to take off your wedding ring. If your job involves physical work with a great focus on your hands, if you are a surgeon or even a kindergarten teacher (you never know when one of those little guys decides to grab your hand and take off your ring) or if you are a painter, sculptor and your job involves working with paint, clay and other materials that might deteriorate your jewelry, is it perfectly understandable if you prefer to leave it at home.

Reasons such as divorce or the death of one of the partners are self-explanatory. In these situations, giving up the wedding ring might be necessary as it can be seen as a small part of the healing process.

Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

We here at The Wedding Specialists are always looking for ways to make your wedding planning as easiest and as fun as possible. And of the coolest tools we know right now is Amazon Wedding Registry (created in cooperation with The Knot), where you can organize your wedding registry. We wrote a more in-depth review of the tool so feel free to check it out, by clicking here.

All You Need To Know About Wedding Withdrawal

Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas | August 09 2016 | by Jenny | 0 Comments

You spent your whole time planning your perfect wedding day. The only things you could talk and think about were wedding related: to do lists, your beautiful wedding dress, the flowers, the food, the maids of honor’s dresses, the location… For months you were the center of everyone’s attention; after all, you were the bride. Everything was about you, about your desires and what other people could do to make you happy. What about now, that your wedding day is over? Nothing really happens. No more trying on wedding dresses, no more bridal showers and parties, no more people asking you about your plans for your wedding day. Miss it already?!

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It is quite common for newlyweds to feel a little blue after their big day and it has nothing to do with marriage-related unhappiness, but because all the rush of planning and thinking about one of the biggest moments in their lives is now over. Relax, take a deep breath and read on about some of the best tips which will help you deal with your wedding withdrawal.

Find yourself a hobby.

Try to find a new project. If, for the past months, your only focus was your wedding day and planning it kept you really busy, you could try to get over your post-wedding blues by finding a new hobby that will distract you. Read that book you always wanted to read, but you never had the time, go to those dancing lessons, find some DIY projects and create decorations for your house, start writing in a journal. You can find lots of activities which will keep you busy and will free your mind.

Just stop talking about it.

We bet your wedding day was really awesome and your guest had lots of fun for sure, but it might be a good idea to stop talking so much about your big event before your friends get tired of listening to you and starting rolling their eyes. Everyone you know is really happy for you and your partner, but babbling about wedding details over and over again, weeks after the big event happened can be a bit upsetting. Focus on other subjects. We are sure you are going to find really interesting and fun topics to discuss with your friends; after all, you share plenty of memories besides your wedding day.

Save your wedding dress.

Keeping your wedding dress and the accessories you wore on your wedding day is actually a good idea. It will give you a great feeling to know these items are kept save and that you can admire them from time to time, when you want to remember the day you tied the knot. And who knows, maybe your daughter will want to wear them on her wedding day as well. Your dress and accessories might be your daughter’s something old or borrowed.

Print out photos. Make an album.

Nowadays, everything is digitalized and it is most likely that you are going to have all your wedding pictures in a digital form. Since you are not busy with wedding planning, you can find the time to choose some of your favorite pictures from your wedding ceremony and reception. Print them out and make a beautiful album. You will probably have hundreds of pictures, therefore this project promises to keep you focused for a while. The album can be a really beautiful present for your parents or your in-laws.

Go to the gym.

All brides go through the “I need to lose weight before my wedding day” phase. Your wedding day was the perfect motivation to lose some weight or adopt a healthy lifestyle. Why stop there? You can still be healthy and in shape without necessarily wearing a beautiful white dress with a veil. Don’t hurry in cancelling your gym subscription. Exercising can help you relieve the stress, it will keep you busy, will boost your self-confidence and will energize you as never before.

Plan a getaway weekend with your bridesmaids.

If, before the event, you spent lots of time with your girlfriends, now that everything is over, everyone returned to their usual lives and activities. You might not see them as often as you’d like to. In this case, it would be a great idea to plan a getaway weekend with your bridesmaids. Go to a spa resort, to the beach or other places you all love and spend some quality time together.

Stay positive and focus on your future.

Even if nostalgia is a normal feeling that we all experience multiple times through our lives, being nostalgic immediately after your wedding day might make you feel unhappy. Try to focus on the positive things that happen in your married life. Spend your time with your loved one, create memories, enjoy these unforgettable moments, be excited that you are going to spend the rest of your life next to the person you love the most in the whole world.

Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

We here at The Wedding Specialists are always looking for ways to make your wedding planning as easiest and as fun as possible. And of the coolest tools we know right now is Amazon Wedding Registry (created in cooperation with The Knot), where you can organize your wedding registry. We wrote a more in-depth review of the tool so feel free to check it out, by clicking here.

Channel Your Inner Goddess with Metallic Wedding Details

Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas Wedding Tips & Ideas | August 03 2016 | by Jenny | 0 Comments

This season brought us exciting wedding trends, making metallic tones the new greatest hit. From silver and gold (especially rose gold) to bronze and copper – these details will add the much-needed glamour to your wedding style. The key is in the balanced look: even though weddings imply gala wear, you don’t want to go over the top with this metallic trend and risk distasteful style. Here are some of the ways you can incorporate these dazzling details into your wedding look without crossing the line of good taste.

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Combine sequins with metallic tones

Sequins are trending big time, so you can combine them with your favorite metallic tones. However, be cautious: when it comes to sequins – it can be a slippery slope. If you wish to go all in and wear a sequin wedding dress, make sure the sequins are really tiny so they create a stunning and classy look when they reflect light. Maxi gowns are the way to go, but do avoid dresses that are too tight – you don’t want to create a cheap Las Vegas look.

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Moderation is the key: consider the beautiful mermaid-like dresses in gold, copper and rose gold tones. If you wish to experiment, try other shiny materials in metallic tones combined with different dress cuts: some of them reminiscence a vintage style, such as these light fabric golden dresses with elements similar to the Jazz-age fashion of the 20’. If you prefer silver, maxi dresses with reflecting elements are an absolute hit: because of the silver metallic tone, they cause stunning sparkling similar to ice frosting.

Choose shoes with metallic details

Choosing the right shoes for the wedding can mean a difference between a casual look and the glamorous one. There is a wide range of wedding shoes you can choose from in order to create a sophisticated look.

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If you’re not too keen on experimenting but wish to follow the metallic trend, stick with champagne toned shoes that have golden or rose golden shiny details. That way, you’ll create a vintage-like style that is definitely in. Try combining creamy tones with gold, rose gold, bronze or copper, as white goes best with silver details.

Accessorize for the luxurious look

In order to complete your wedding outfit, accessorize with various metallic details. Think simple clutch that has golden elements or lace in some other metallic tone. Enrich your hairstyle with vintage hair pins with embedded pearls, lace, sequins and copper flowers.

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Take your time when picking the right jewelry. Weddings give you a great opportunity to pull off the romantic style. Try putting an appropriate wedding belt. If you love flower motifs, choose a simple silk belt with details of leaves and flowers that have just the right amount of sparkles. Make sure its color and style match the rest of your outfit.

This metallic wedding trend is huge: even wedding cakes are adopting this refined style! Wedding décor doesn’t fall behind: from metallic candlesticks, napkins with metallic details, table runners, to flowers and other decorations. Embrace this wedding trend and shine on!

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How Much Does It Cost To Be a Bridesmaid

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It is such an excitement and such an honor to be asked to be a bridesmaid at your friend’s wedding. You realize then how much you care and how important you are to each other. But having big responsibilities comes with sacrifices: your nerves, your time and especially your money. Depending on the wedding location, theme, budget, and the bride’s expectations, you might end up spending $1,000 (or even more) for this privilege. So, what’s in for you? Just the joy of watching your friend starting a new stage in her life, you get to help her plan, organize everything and get her ready. Though it might be fun to try on all those dresses and taste all those cakes, it is also surprisingly expensive.

This article will give you some advice and facts about the actual costs of being a maid of honor from the moment you say “yes” to standing next to the bride during her wedding day until she finally says ‘I do’.

Bridesmaid dress. It’s no secret that you are going to pay for your dress. The average price is around $150, that if you only take into consideration the dress and nothing else. Still, you have to keep in mind that you are going to need shoes, special lingerie, and other accessories that can spice up the price to $300+. Although $150 is the price all maids of honor hope for, sometimes the bride decides to go for a gown that costs $500 or even more. And to think you do not even have a say in the dress’s design…

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Hair, makeup, and manicures. It will be so much fun if all of you girls go together to the salon and get ready for the big day. The bride will love to be accompanied, she already imagines how all of you girls get your hair and makeup done together and talk and laugh and drink champagne. The taboo subject of conversation for everyone is ‘who is paying?’. Most likely, dear bridesmaid, you are going to pay for your own transformation; meaning that you are stuck with a bill of $100 or more.

Travel costs. Traveling can be quite expensive when you do it for your own pleasure, even more, when it comes to attending and being part of a wedding. You may need to arrive a day or two in advance and leave a day or two later – the first one to arrive, the last one to go, this means incurring extra hotel nights and having less flexibility to book cheap flights. You will spend around $300, without including all those pre-wedding parties.

Throwing the engagement and the bridal shower. Most likely you will be expected to kick in for all the costs – the invitations, the food, the décor. The price varies between $50 and $100, depending on how many guests you are going to invite and how pretentious the party is going to be. Oh, so many parties before the big one!

The bachelorette party. In addition to what you are going to spend on a usual night out, during the bachelorette party, you are going to spend at least $100 for the bride’s entertainment and drinks, and probably adding up some naughty favors. If you go to a destination bachelorette party, you are going to spend a lot more.

All those presents. As a bridesmaid, you are going to spend a significant amount of money for gifts: around $100 for the wedding present, $50 for the engagement shower gift and another $50 for the bridal shower gift. Of course, you have to spend that money even if you are not involved in the wedding, still you have to add the costs to your budget. Therefore, be prepared to spend $1,000 and maybe more. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to be a maid of honor on a budget.

Be honest and opened about your budget from the very begging. Try saving money by suggesting the brides that all bridesmaid should wear different dresses in the same color. It is a simple way of unifying the wedding party while given the opportunity to all women to choose the most suitable dress for her body, as well for her wallet.

If your friend asked you to be her bridesmaid is because she really loves you, she wants to share the happiest moments of her life with you, and she values your presence more than your financial contribution. Be straightforward and tell her that you are short of money. Ask if you can work together on reducing the costs.

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How to Avoid Crying During the Ceremony

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A lot of women (even men!) cry at weddings. It is normal to be emotionally overwhelmed at such ceremonies. Just imagine when the bride walks down the aisle, and she looks so beautiful and happy that you want to cry. But what if you are the bride, or the groom? Everyone looks at you, you’re an important piece in your wedding. Should you cry? There is nothing wrong with a few tears dripping down off your cheeks, but what if your crying is not that silent and elegant and you make a lot of weird noises? You might embarrass yourself. If you want to learn more about wedding planning at its finest, check out this online course.

In such situations you should know how to control your emotions. This article will reveal a few tricks which will help you avoid dripping tears during wedding ceremony without appearing to be an emotionless puppet.

Try some laughter therapy. If you are happy and you feel like crying out of emotion, then you should laugh. Compared to crying loudly, laughing is less embarrassing and it is contagious- makes people happy. When you feel like you are getting chills down your spine, giggle a lite, most definitively people will not find it awkward that you smile and look happy; there is no rule that oblige you to cry at a wedding.

If you are the groom, you should practice reciting your vows. Before the wedding ceremony try to find some time and rehears your vows with your soon to be spouse and if possible, with your minister. It would be much easier to hold it together and not be nervous in front of your guests, since you already know what is going to be like. Include funny stories or phrases in your vows. It is not an easy thing to declare your love for your partner and engage for a lifetime in front of your family and friends. Your eyes will water and your voice will be shaken, but when you get to the funny part of your vows, you are going to relax and amuse your audience.
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Think about your makeup. It might sound funny, but you would not want to ruin your makeup, when you look so beautiful and you probably invested lots of time and money in it. Try to blink a bit more often than usual and that should do it.

Choose your music carefully. For many, music can be a big emotional trigger. Therefore, if you are thinking about going down the aisle to a song that makes you completely emotional and weepy, you might want to reconsider. Try to choose an elegant march theme.

Last, but not the least, just BREATHE. If you feel like you are going to tear up, you should slow down for a second and take a deep breath.

Keep in mind that this is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, a few tears of joy are perfectly normal, even to be expected, so just enjoy your moment, have fun and make a good memory.

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How to Enjoy a Wedding as a Plus 1

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There comes a time in life when every women gets to finally live her life dream of wearing that special white dress. Her Prince Charming appears and they decide to get married; everything changes, their mothers cry of happiness, their fathers could not be prouder, their siblings and friends are clapping their hands and join their celebration… Not in the story yet?! You’ll be soon: your partner has been invited to the wedding and you are going to be their plus 1. Usually, this is a painless experience, but the whole thing can be a little daunting if you don’t really know the bride or the groom, or most of the guests. Read on a few tips which will help you enjoy the wedding, have an amazing time and be an awesome guest.

Dress appropriately. Usually, the wedding dress code is mentioned on the invitation. Most of the weddings approach formal, semi-formal (cocktail attire, dressy casual) or simply casual. If the dress code is not specified, you should consult with your date, she/he will be able for sure to contact someone and give you an answer. Find an outfit which is comfortable and makes you feel glamorous at the same time, this will boost your self-confidence and will keep you in a good mood. By no means, you should not wear white, that’s the bride’s color.

Stick to the wedding etiquette. There are basic wedding etiquette rules that all the guests should follow, so stick to them. Don’t be late, don’t get drunk, stay until the cake is cut, etc.

Navigate the room and try to have small talks. Remember, the plus ones should be the most relaxed people in the whole wedding. There is no emotional involvement or organizational responsibility; the only thing they have to do is showing up. Therefore, there is no reason to put pressure on yourself. Weddings are fun, try to meet people and have a good time.

Have fun, but do not try to be the center of the attention. Just because you are a plus 1, doesn’t mean that you cannot dance and have fun. Do not be afraid to socialize, hit the dance floor. You do not have to become friends with all the guest, but try not to isolate yourself. Enjoy yourself in moderation and do not do something that could embarrass your date.
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Be there for your partner. As a plus one, it’s your role to help your partner have a great time while she/he celebrates the people she loves. Be nice to his/her friends, don’t cause or participate in drama, and eat as much food as you can get away with.

Just be yourself. Enojoy yourself and enjoy the party. have some drinks and at the end of the night tell the bride and groom that this was the best wedding you have ever been to. Even if you don’t know the couple, you should thank them for inviting you and congratulate the newlyweds on the happy occasion.

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Fashion Tips for the Petite Bride

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When you are shorter than average, finding clothes in an ideal fit for your body structure can pose a real challenge. Just when you find something that is the perfect fit lengthwise, you discover that the sleeves are much too long or the waist is too low. These common setbacks unfortunately often extend to the shorter bride on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress. You may have an image in your head of a beautiful lace and silk gown worn by a bride who is over 1.8m tall, but this isn’t the reality for most brides, regardless of what the pictures in all the bridal magazines might lead you to believe. Choosing a dress that is suited to your petite frame and elongates your torso as must as possible is important, especially if the groom is significantly taller than you.

Detail can often be key when trying to give the impression of a more elongated torso. Lace and bead designs in vertical patterns work wonders in this respect. Jewels are also a great choice, just be sure not to overdo it and make sure none are placed below your hips. Another great way to elongate your figure is to choose a dress that shrinks under the waist and chest. Avoid round necks, when trying to give the illusion of more height, V necks are the best choice.

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Another cut ideal for petite brides is one in which the lines follow the body i.e. a tight fitting dress. The material from which the dress is tailored will make all the difference if you are opting for a tight fitting style. A tall or average height bride can often opt for almost any material. For a petite bride with an almost androgynous silhouette, the best option is a textured material, such as lace. Layers and other flounces should really be avoided. Volume is not your friend – the tighter the dress the taller you will look. If you desperately need some volume in your dress, choose an A-line cut.

A trumpet style dress is another favorite for shorter brides. This style of dress follows the line of the body down to the knee, where it then open up just like the musical instrument from which it got its name. Petite girls should really avoid long tails or veils. Ditch the veil for an elegant headdress to add even more height. Avoid big accessories; they will over do your look. Don’t forget that hair can also be a great source of height. High buns and ponytails can give you some extra centimeters while looking elegant.

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By choosing a dress that gives you the illusion of a few centimeters extra height, it might save you a little discomfort when it comes to shoes. Sure, shoes can also be a great source of some extra height but after several hours of wear this can be uncomfortable and painful, and definitely put a dampener on your party. Put as much thought into your style of dress as possible so you don’t need to earn as many inches from your shoes!

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Excited To Announce Our New Wedding Webinar!

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I know we’ve probably fallen into oblivion in the past months, but no one around here took time off to relax. As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve redesigned the website (it looks so girly and weddings-y, doesn’t it?) and we’re really happy with the way it looks like now. But we’ve also been working on something else.

I am excited, hyped, thrilled, nervous, anxious, but very happy to announce the launch of our first live webinar. This is the first one in a series of webinar dedicated to helping you, future brides, plan your wedding as easy as possible, by answering almost every question you can think of. The first webinar will be dedicated to choosing the wedding photographer, which most of you know it’s not an easy task. I mean, we’re talking about photos that will stay with you for a lifetime, so it’s most important that you choose wisely. So on Wednesday, March 16, we’re expecting all of you to join us, we promise you’ll have a great time. To register the webinar, just click here, enter your email address and you’re done.

What exactly are we going to talk about, you ask? Well, here’s a couple of hints on the awesome stuff that you’ll know once when the webinar is over:

• What to look for in a wedding photographer (the technical details that nobody bothers to explain);
• What makes a photographer better than another;
• What are the items that should be included in the contract;
• What are the hidden questions that you should ask but probably never thought of;
• What are the biggest mistakes you make when looking for a wedding photographer.

Everyone who registers will receive a free copy of a book I wrote, “The 320 Mandatory Steps To Plan Your Perfect Wedding”. This book is very dear to me, since I did about 8 months of research before writing it (you wouldn’t believe the size of the wedding planning map I had on the wall behind my desk).

And since you’ve proven to be a great audience, I’ve decided to add a little extra to spice up this webinar. All those who attend live, will get a chance to win a beautiful bridal necklace with Swarovski elements.

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So, what you need to remember:
The when: 16th of March, 3:00 p.m. EST
The where: Click here to reserve your seat
The why: Because you need help in finding the best wedding photographer for you.

P.S. Did I mention there are only 200 spots available?

P.P.S. 181 spots and counting.

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[INTERVIEW] Photographer: “How can you predict what quality you’ll get on your wedding day?”

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Thomas Carlton is one photographer that you’re going to love. Mostly because he’s not afraid to call things as they are and he will definitely give you a different perspective on what you should look for in a wedding photographer.

Question: Thomas, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with us. First of all, tell us why wedding photography?

Answer: The term “wedding photography” really means very little from the perspective of photographic style. I think this is where the confusion begins for many brides/couples looking for a photographer. A reportage style wedding is completely different from say a lifestyle wedding for example, and there are other styles as well. It’s understandably difficult for couples who don’t look at professional images on a daily basis to even tell one genre from the other, or one photographer’s quality from another’s, especially considering the recent advances in digital camera technology, which makes it rather difficult to even know if the photographer has any technical training.

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As to your question, “Why wedding photography?” For me it’s a nice blend of fashion and portrait photography. What’s important at the wedding? The people, the couple, and the dress – right? When you see those hipster style wedding images where heads are cut off, your first question should be, “Where are the photos of the people, and are those good portraits? Sure, a few shoe pics can be fun, but they are fillers and not what’s really important as time goes on.

Q: Tell us a bit about the person behind the camera and how you started doing wedding photography.

A: My background is in celebrity portraits and fashion editorials for magazines. In the beginning, many of those clients would ask me if I would shoot their wedding.

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Q: From your experience, what does a bride need to look for in a wedding photographer?

A: That’s a tough question not knowing her priorities. If she spends $10K on a Vera Wang dress, then she shouldn’t hold back on the photographer, because 95% of wedding photographers have no idea how to capture that dress as the piece of art that it is. One couple recently asked me to re-shoot some photos after their wedding. They had hired a respected wedding photographer in the upper middle range on pricing, but didn’t get the results they had hoped for. Here’s what they said. “We had ……. shoot our wedding, and while they did document the day, we just didn’t feel like we got enough good photos of ourselves or the dress.”

Designer dresses aside, try to find a photographer you resonate with. Good chemistry goes a long way if you’re going to spend the whole day together. In the end however, if it’s about the quality of the pictures, hire a professional and not your best friend who happens to own a new 35mm. If you’re on a limited budget, either have the photographer there for less time, or find someone who is building their portfolio. Wedding photography is stressful and quite a bit of work, so plan your budget and expectations accordingly.

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Remember also, that photographers are only going to show you their best images, so how can you predict what quality you’ll get on your wedding day? There are a few ways you can tell if you consider that certain images take more skill to pull off than others. For example, a headless bride holding a bouquet can be pulled off by just about anyone, as can the various details (menus, flowers, signs, invitations, etc.) and similar filler photos that seem to be all too prevalent these days.

Taking great photos of regular people takes skill and experience. Making a dress look great takes skill and experience. A sample album should have plenty of pictures of the couple, and not just some distant photo of them holding hands in a field.

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Q: What do you feel recommends you more than other wedding photographers?

A: The whole wedding photography field is completely saturated these days, and to be honest, the term “wedding photographer” has always been associated with the lower end of the market in the photography field. That’s not to say there aren’t some great wedding photographers, but I think they are portrait photographers first, and not just “wedding photographers.”

I think it comes down to taste level, skill, and experience. In any other field dealing with aesthetics, those are the things that matter most.

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Q: On the day of the wedding, what are your exact roles?

A: This is another tricky area where professional experience comes into play. Sometimes the photographer actually has two clients. One is the bride or couple, and the other is the wedding planner/coordinator. Unfortunately, there can be a conflict of priorities if things aren’t planned well enough in advance. Good pictures take time, but time is limited. The most important photos for the couple are of the people but the planner usually wants photos of the venue for her own advertising. There’s a potential conflict of interest.

My job is to get great pictures, so I try and plan some additional time that doesn’t conflict with other limitations. For example, let’s say things start a few minutes late. Some churches and venues only give you limited time, then move the wedding parties in and out with military precision.

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Q: What do you feel is the biggest mistake that brides make when looking for a wedding photographer?

A: Don’t get caught up in the disingenuous hype. Photography is a business and a difficult business. Try not to get caught up in the love fest that some photographers and other vendors espouse when you first contact them.  YES – It’s a special day that happens once in a lifetime, but photographers and other vendors aren’t usually having fun at your wedding, they are working. My niece recently got married in Texas, and the venue was all so nice when they booked the wedding. The minute the ceremony was over, chairs started disappearing and they started getting ready for the next event.

Quantity is also not the same as quality, so don’t get caught up on “packages” unless you have a limited budget. It all sounds good, but you’ll never get the best quality. A studio can give you 200 photos and a free album, but you still have no idea how many images will be good. What’s most important is to understand that you are paying for the photographers time. It’s usually a certain number of hours of coverage, and not necessarily all day and into the evening. Beyond that, you’ll want photos of course. Two photographers can be better than one, but then again, not necessarily.

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Q: How would you describe your experience with brides, so far?

A: My experiences have been great, which is partly due to good planning, and good communication, and partly due to the fact that a photographer shouldn’t take on a wedding client unless it’s also a good fit for that photographer.

Q: What advice would you give to brides so they can have the best wedding photos?

A: Decide first which photos are most important. Is it photos of your guests? Is it photos of yourself and your groom? Do you just want to simply document the day?

Then plan accordingly and make sure your photographer is on the same page.

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Q: What are the 3 main qualities that an excellent wedding photographer should have?

A: A good eye, technical training, and years of experience.

Q: Any last piece of advice for our brides?

A: Try not to send out a bunch of emails asking photographers for their availability and package plan pricing. It’s too impersonal, and if it’s mostly about the money, you’re missing the point anyway. Narrow down you choices first and then take some time to contact them in person and arrange a personal consultation. If a photographer you think you can’t afford really wants to work with you after your meeting, he or she may offer you a way to work within your budget.

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Also, you can’t rely on reviews. Most photographers tell their brides these days that if they can’t give them 5 starts, then please don’t submit a review. Social media is a cottage industry all onto itself. You can buy Facebook likes and Twitter followers, and so on ad nauseam.

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[INTERVIEW] Sandy Malone: “I’ve planned 500 weddings”

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Here’s one of my favorite interviews so far, featuring Sandy Malone, one of the most charismatic and energetic wedding planners I’ve ever spoken to. Sandy has ton of wedding-related experience and I’m sure her answers will WOW you as well as they WOWed me.

Q: Sandy, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with us. I feel like you have a lot of wedding knowledge to share! First of all, tell us why wedding planning?

A: I planned my own destination wedding on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, in 2004, and although all my guests had a fantastic time, I didn’t have fun because I was too busy worrying about the little details and triaging the problems. I’d been planning events (including weddings for friends) in the Washington, DC, area for years, and got married in Vieques after finding it while consulting for the Government of Puerto Rico. We bought a vacation home here and fell in love with the island. There wasn’t a wedding planner on Vieques and when the time was right for my husband to retire as a police captain in DC, we took advantage of the opportunity to fill a niche that was desperately needed. And the company exploded!

champagne flueQ: What should brides know about Sandy Malone, the wedding planner?

A: I began my professional career as a political journalist. I was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections Magazine during the 1996 election cycle, and then went on to write the first Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal before they even had a Tech page. But I’ve been party planning since high school when my parents found themselves in our Headmaster’s office explaining how their daughter had managed to pull off a hotel suite party for hundreds of high school students after a dance. I was always the one who organized the group events for my friends and their friends, and this continued into college. But my other first love has always been writing. I won my first journalism award in high school, and went on to win several national awards while at The Ohio State University. Being able to teach brides and grooms how to plan their weddings and what pitfalls to avoid has become a passion for me – and my columns run in BRIDES and The Huffington Post several times a week. I blog for lots of other publications too, but there’s only so much time. I have my first book – a how to DIY your own destination wedding guide – coming out in early Spring 2016!

Amy and John ceremony EAQ:  I know that you’re also doing a TV show. Can you give us more information about it?

A: I am the star of TLC’s “Wedding Island,” which originally aired in 2013. That show was bought by FOX International and has aired (and continues to air) all over the world in a multitude of languages. It’s the only reality wedding show that has ever shown that back-end (or inside) of how a destination wedding planning company really works, complete with disasters and emergencies. You’ll find tons of links online and on my web pages.

Q: As for your duties as a wedding planner, what is it that you can do for a bride in the process of planning the actual event?

A: In wedding planning, I wear two different hats – sometimes I’m a traditional wedding planner. That means I take care of everything, from writing the travel information packets and helping clients choose everything from their venue to décor. And I also make everything run smoothly week of the actual wedding so that my clients can relax and be the “Guests of Honor” rather than the “hosts” of their own wedding events.

I also do DIY wedding planning consulting. This is something that no other planner I know does for clients – I’ll treat it like a wedding I’m planning and go through everything the couple has put together and help them look for potential problems, vendor red flags, and anything else that could take away from their perfect wedding. Depending on the clients, I may create all the materials they send to their guests, write their schedules and confirm their vendors. Some DIY brides and grooms just need guidance – some need actual planning assistance. I’m happy to help. Not many wedding planners are willing to give away their secrets to clients who want to do it themselves. I decided not to fight the DIY planning trend – instead I’m embracing it and making myself a resource for creative, self-motivated brides and grooms.

Amy and John hands in the sand AAQ: And what exactly do you do on the wedding day?

A: On an average wedding day, my crew meets at the office at the crack of dawn to begin loading. Because we’re on a remote island, we’re not just the planners – we also bring in a setup crew that takes care of setting up equipment, furniture, lights and everything else that’s needed. We start setting up early – doing everything possible (you can’t put out linens or anything else that shouldn’t be rained on in the Caribbean until the last minute), and then we run home and shower and dress up like “real” wedding planners, and return to the wedding venue to coordinate all of the vendors as they arrive and set up. We send the bride down the aisle on time (that’s key), supervise the cocktail reception and dinner, act as the master of ceremonies for events, and trouble shoot anything that pops up – hopefully before the brides and grooms are even aware of the problem. Our goal is to give our couples a beautiful, stress-free wedding day full of fabulous memories.

Q: From your experience, what do you feel is the biggest mistake that brides make when trying to choose the right wedding planner?

A: You get what you pay for, and when you hear about brides hiring “certified” wedding planners they found on social media for $500, you have to wonder what exactly that wedding planner is going to do for them, and how much experience she actually has. You have to think about what you want a planner to do for you, and how much of a perfectionist you are. I’ve dealt with too many brides who initially hired somebody else less expensive (often new in the industry and willing to work for very little to get their business off the ground) who doesn’t have enough destination wedding planning experience to make wedding planning fun for the bride and groom. A perfect example was on the Bravo TV show “Vanderpump Rules” when Scheana Marie hired a coordinator she found cheap on Instagram and ended up with a hot organizational mess on her wedding day. Nothing went the way the bride had envisioned it and she spent a good part of her day screaming about, or at, her wedding planner. I’ve jumped in to triage many weddings for clients who either had to fire a bad wedding planner, or tried to DIY and got stuck, just a couple months before the big day. I believe it’s worth it to do things right from the beginning. And if you’re DIYing it and you don’t know what you’re doing, seek out advice from somebody like me who is willing to give you the forms, spreadsheets and charts that you need to keep everything organized so that your planning is successful.

Brooke and Jason in adirondack chairs2Q: What sets you apart from other wedding planners out there?

A: I think too many planners will agree to do ANYTHING that brides and grooms ask for without explaining the cost and stress associated with the request. I don’t do that. I tell my clients the honest-to-God truth about the realities of their requests. Most people respect my honesty. I tell them from the beginning that I reserve the right to laugh at them, but I’ll do it to their faces and we’ll laugh about it together. Pinterest has made all the nice, normal girls nuts at least once in their wedding planning. I’m also different in dealing with actually executing a wedding. I don’t pretend I’m a guest – I know I’m the planner and understand my role. When I’m on site at a wedding, I’m 100 percent focused on the event. While we have guests on the island, my team doesn’t drink because we know we’re the point people in case of emergency. My clients know that when they arrive for their weddings, all they have to do is follow the schedule I’ve provided to them and be where they’re supposed to be on time, and everything will go smoothly.

Q: Describe one of the most emotional events you were part of when planning a wedding.

A: I’ve planned 500 weddings, so it’s hard to choose just one special story. Something that touches me every time is when I see two families, both with multiple children, blending together through a new marriage. I’ve had intimate weddings where all the kids seemed more excited about the pending union than the bride and groom (and they were happy too). Young children are fun to watch going through the experience, but it’s also special to watch teenage and young adult children of both the bride and groom working together as a family during the wedding weekend. We had one group that arrived in matching team t-shirts representing their amazing union. When these blended families weddings happen, you can see just as much hope in the eyes of all the kids as in the faces of the couple about to be married.

paula & buddy20130329_16Q: If you had a magic wand and could change anything in the industry or the brides’ mentality, what would that be?

A: There is a belief that your wedding has to be “different” from everybody else’s – and that’s true. But it will be different, no matter where you get married or how you plan it, simply because it’s YOUR wedding. While your wedding should reflect your taste and style, it isn’t necessary to seek out the most unusual, complicated, and expensive things that you’d never even thought of before just so you can be “different.” Sometimes unscrupulous wedding vendors take advantage of those girls and charge them an arm and a leg for the dumbest stuff on the planet, at the same time the bride and groom are struggling with their budget. While I can understand not wanting to have your wedding be just like your sister’s was, you don’t have to throw all that is conventional to the wind in an effort to throw a wedding unlike anything anyone else has ever seen.

paula & buddy20130329_05Q: Any last piece of advice for our readers?

A:  Trust your gut instincts when you’re planning your wedding. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. That goes for choosing a wedding planner, or if you’re DIYing, choosing everything else too. If you don’t know what you’re doing, get help from somebody like me who offers DIY consulting services. Our new company Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, based in the DC-area, is offering both traditional planning services and DIY consulting for brides and grooms all over. There’s no reason you should be stressed out when there are resources available to make wedding planning fun, and make sure your events run smoothly in the process.

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We here at The Wedding Specialists are always looking for ways to make your wedding planning as easiest and as fun as possible. And of the coolest tools we know right now is Amazon Wedding Registry (created in cooperation with The Knot), where you can organize your wedding registry. We wrote a more in-depth review of the tool so feel free to check it out, by clicking here.

2015 Wedding Trends: Modern Centerpieces

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Setting up the scene at your wedding is part of the whole planning process. You want to have a venue suitable for a dream wedding, but you also need to let your guests know that you have style and good taste.

We have gathered some of the most modern centerpieces that are trending this year, according to Martha Stewart and The Knot.

Which one of the ideas below would you opt for?

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The Bustle: A Very Practical Thing For Your Wedding Dress

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You know brides with a long dress often have difficulties in dancing and moving around the venue? Well, brides would say it’s a small price to pay to look gorgeous and have the dress of your dreams.

We say: get a bustle! A bustle gathers up extra fabric or a train with buttons or ties to keep the hem of your gown from dragging on the floor.

You can bustle the hem after the ceremony and it will give you freedom to move around, without having to sacrifice the beauty of the dress by dragging it all over the floors and having others step on the gem.

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You can ask your tailor to add a bustle, but make sure that your bridesmaid is with you for the final fitting, so they can learn how to do the bustle.

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3 Fun Games To Play At The Bachelorette Party

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As a former bridesmaid, I know the hassle of planning a bachelorette party. Not only do you have to plan an awesome party from A to Z, but you also need to make sure that the ladies are fully entertained at that party.

There’s no point in having fancy cocktails and rainbow cupcakes if everybody is just sitting down with a drink in their hand and barely sketching a smile.

We’ve decided to give you a helping hand, so we’ve thought about 3 games that are super-fit for such an occasion. Here it goes!

#1: Never have I ever…

I’m sure that you’ve at least heard about this game and you’ve most likely played it at least once. It’s quite popular at parties, especially when people start getting a bit dizzy. In fact, you can consider it the only-truth version of “truth or dare”. By taking turns, every one has to say something they have never done and every person who has done that thing, has to drink. If only one person “admits” doing something, then they have to share the details about what happened.

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#2: How well do you know the bride?

This is a really fun trivia game. Talk to the bride before the party. Ask her as many questions as possible about herself. The questions should have only one correct answer. Then, write the questions individually on colored cards that only you have access to. By taking turns, ask every guest one question. Here is an example of a question:

“Where did [bride] and [groom] first go out on a date?

a. The cinema

b. A coffee shop

c. A restaurant”

Every wrong answer should be “punished” with either a drink or a dare. You can give out 1 point for every correct answer. The guest that ends up having the most points when the trivia competition is over, should receive a surprise gift. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive; it could be something like a personalized T-shirt or a small goodie-basket.

#3: Scavenger hunt

I know, I know… you’re probably wondering what’s so special about a scavenger hunt. Why on Earth would you play that at a bachelorette party? That game is for children! Well, not if the items on the list are… let’s just say “more provocative”. You can hide lingerie items, fuzzy handcuffs, edible underwear or whatever items you feel represent such a party. Beware, this game won’t be suitable if you have children attending the party.

What other game ideas do you believe are fit for a bachelorette party?

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Vera Wang Wedding Dresses

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The wedding day is very important in any bride’s life and the wedding dress is what makes every bride feel special on her wedding day. Fortunately, nowadays there are numerous famous designers who design great wedding dresses from which every bride can choose one in which she will feel comfortable and which will make her the most beautiful woman in the world on her wedding day. Every bride must feel special that day and a great wedding dress can really make us feel special.

Vera Wang is one of the famous wedding dress designers of today and her dresses are actually very special and worth being considered for a special wedding. We can already discuss about the latest Vera Wang wedding dress collection, which is a spring collection and which can be characterized as outstanding both in what concerns the color chosen for the dresses included in it and for their structure. For those who are interested in Vera Wang wedding dresses, it might be quite interesting to take a look at this new collection because there are numerous great wedding dresses that can be analyzed and which can prove to be the perfect ones for your own wedding day.

Pretty colors can be noticed in the case of this new collection of wedding dresses that have been designed by Vera Wang and their structure is also very interesting to be analyzed because we can find dresses that have been designed so as to match any bride who wants to look perfect on her wedding day. Vera Wang spring 2011 collection of wedding dresses include strapless floral embroidered dresses with draped skirts, ruffled wedding gowns made of organza fabrics and silk gazer peplum wedding dresses as well as numerous and various other types of gowns that can be perfect to be worn by so many modern brides.

We also have good news for women who are interested in mermaid wedding dresses. In this collection they can also find strapless mermaid gowns which include an organza draped type of neckline and lace appliqués which will attract their attention for sure because they look great. Within the same category of mermaid wedding dresses we can also include the one that can be seen in the picture below and which is a lavender draped bodice mermaid gown which presents an asymmetrical neckline this time and which is also considered as very trendy and nice. It looks good and the color is also special making the bride wearing it feel even more special on her wedding day.

Various other special wedding gowns are also included within this new collection of spring wedding gowns designed by Vera Wang. There can be included in this category strapless ball gowns which present corseted bodices and which include full draped type of skirts which can be appreciated as well because both their color and their structure are very interesting to be considered because they attract attention. For those who have dreamed about wearing a colorful strapless ball gown on their wedding day there are also good news in this regard concerning the 2011 collection because we can discover among the dresses that represent it purple strapless gowns which are adorned with hand cut petal type of embroidery and which attract attention thought the chaps bunch of tulle noticed when analyzing its skirt.

These are few examples of Vera Wang 2011 spring wedding dresses and they will certainly be appreciated by many future brides due to their colors and structure.11

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[TUTORIAL] How To Make Your Own Bridal Flower Crown

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Sandy Malone, internationally-syndicated wedding columnist and star of TLC’s “Wedding Island,” has just posted a new YouTube video, teaching 2 of her interns how to create flower crowns for brides.

This simple 10-minute video is a must-see for all DIY brides out there who want to contribute to their own wedding as much as possible.

Enjoy! And if anyone tries this out, I want to know about the results. Add the photo on Twitter or Facebook and tag The Wedding Specialists.

Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

We here at The Wedding Specialists are always looking for ways to make your wedding planning as easiest and as fun as possible. And of the coolest tools we know right now is Amazon Wedding Registry (created in cooperation with The Knot), where you can organize your wedding registry. We wrote a more in-depth review of the tool so feel free to check it out, by clicking here.