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.

Amazon Wedding Registry items

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.

[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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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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A Guide To Knowing & Choosing The Right Wedding Veil

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Your dress is obviously the star of the show on your wedding day, but your veil is just as important. The wrong veil can pull down even the prettiest dress, but the right one not only can it enhance its beauty, but it can make you look better overall.

Before opting for a wedding veil, you need to know that there it a classification that you will have to consider as you are shopping for your own. Here are the types of veil that you can choose from.

The shoulder-length veil – it is a great match for dresses that have extravagant details, such as lace or embroidery on their upper side, because it does not cover them.

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The elbow-length veil – it’s a classic veil, easy to match with several types of dresses.

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The fingertip length veil – it’s amongst the favorite bridal veils because it never goes out of style.

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The ballet/waltz veil – its length will vary somewhere in between the knees and the ankles. It allows the bride to move freely, especially on the dance floor.

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The chapel veil – it goes down to your ankles and goes well with wedding dresses without a train.

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The cathedral veil – this is the dramatic version of the chapel veil. It goes down to your ankles and then turns into a train.

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The birdcage veil – provides a fancy retro aspect that can either cover your entire face of just your eyes. It is generally sustained by hair clips that are either hidden or revealed because of their many applications and beautiful design.

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The blusher veil – it is a classic tulle veil that covers your face and its length reaches your shoulders.

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The double veil – this can be a variation of any type of veil. It has a longer part in the back and a blusher side in the front.

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The Mantilla veil – it became popular thanks to Grace Kelly. It is a fine tulle veil which is embroidered with lace at the edges.

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The Juliet Cap veil – it has a part made out of lace (which can be replaced by regular tulle) and it covers your head and sometimes your forehead.

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The pouf veil – it is an extravagant veil, full of volume and provides a dramatic look.

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Make sure you purchase your veil only after you have bought your wedding dress. The dress is the centerpiece of your wedding outfit and the veil is just an accessory, after all.

You need to take into account the ceremony venue. A cathedral veil, for example, is not fit for a beach wedding.

Take note: the veil must not cover the important details of the dress. If you are wearing a corset gown, make sure you opt for a veil no longer than your shoulders. Your hairstyle must also match the veil. A birdcage veil will not go well unless your hair is tied up in a bun.

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[INTERVIEW] Dinendra, Wedding Photographer: “The beauty is that no two weddings are the same”

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Dinendra, an outstanding wedding photographer at Colours Photo and Film, has agreed to tell everyone what brides should really look for in a wedding photographer. All the photos inside the article have been taken at her past events and their beauty pretty much speaks for itself.

Question: Dinendra, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with us. First of all, tell us why wedding photography, out of all the possible genres out there.

Answer: Wedding photography is the genre which allows me the huge honor of being the person to capture the most special day in a couple’s life. There are few more rewarding jobs, and I totally love what I do. I strive to ensure that the photographs I capture document the story of the wedding day – I want people to look at the photos and literally be transported back to the occasion. The beauty is that no two weddings are the same, and for me that means endless opportunities to photograph all the important moments as well as being able to produce something different, be it creative, fun, images with the couple relaxing, or using the surroundings to capture some stunning portraits.

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

A: I have had a passion for photography from an early age, often seen carrying around an old Polaroid camera to capture family trips or events. I then studied the art of photography at college and became a medical photographer based at St Mary’s Medical School for 4 years. As a medical photographer, my work involved reproducing radiography images, creating photographs for reconstructive surgeries, producing educational slides and documenting operating room procedures through images. I have photographed three open-heart surgeries.

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During this time, a friend approached me to cover his son’s wedding and things just took off from there. I have been a wedding photographer for over 25 years, initially photographing using good old-fashioned film cameras and now the latest digital cameras.

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

A: There are lots of factors that current day brides look for when choosing a wedding photographer. Factors such as style of photography, experience, and price are all obvious. However, I would say that firstly, you need to be completely happy with the style of photography so check out the website and go and meet the photographer and also see the albums. The next most important thing is being able to build a rapport with the photographer – it is so important that you get on, and can work with each other to produce outstanding results. Your wedding photographer should be approachable and comfortable with friends, family and wedding guests and be able to blend in on the day to capture the wedding day as it unfolds.

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Ensure you ask how many weddings the photographer covered since they began trading and how long they have been in the business. This doesn’t mean that they are any less capable if they have only been trading for a short period of time but will give you a good idea of experience gained. Similarly, if a photographer has been in the business for years and has experience in abundance, you may want to check that their style has moved with the times and will meet the expectations of a modern day bride and groom.

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

A: The beautiful images I capture which tell a story and my ability to get on with everyone, making the photography enjoyable for everyone.

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

A: As well as capturing all the key moments, making sure people feel at ease and actually enjoy the photography. I have even played the role of coordinator, master of ceremonies and children’s entertainer at some weddings!

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

A: Having too low a budget for photography but still wanting the absolute best in photography – it just doesn’t happen! And by the time couples realise, it’s too late – you can’t have your wedding again. Is it really worth saving £200 and ending up with photographs you don’t like?

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

A: Leave sufficient time to capture portraits. I’ve photographed at the most amazing venues up the down the country, and used the surroundings to create some timelessly beautiful images. However, occasionally couples do not leave enough time for portraits, and if things are running late, they will skip this vitally important part of the wedding.

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Booking a pre-wedding shoot is a good idea to allow you to see what being in front of the camera is like and getting to know your photographer better. You’ll also come away with some great images to use in a guest book or a canvass to be displayed on the wedding day.

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

A: Professionalism to capture the wedding, calm manner in a highly pressured environment, creativity to capture all the traditional as well as the beautifully different shots.

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Q: You are also a videographer, if I’m not mistaking. Tell our readers a bit more about the film services you offer.

A: We do offer film services – my son and daughter cover this. We only film a small number of weddings a year to ensure we give each the absolute focus they deserve both on the day, and at editing stage. For us, each film is unique and if you take a look at the films on our website, you will see just how wonderfully created they are. We film using the latest DSLR technology and as a family team, we are comfortable with each other’s working style to produce some outstanding results.

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Q: And what exactly are the roles of a videographer, before, during and after the wedding day?

A: Very similar to a photographer’s role. We do ask our clients to look at the previous films we have done, and give us any preferences. But we always work with what is happening on the day, unobtrusively capturing all those special moments to create a beautiful film that couples look back on with fondness in years to come.

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Q: Any last piece of advice for our brides?

A: If you want a photographer to capture the story of your day as it unfolds, with outstanding skill and creativity, coupled with the best personality, then get in touch to have a chat about your special day.

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6 Wedding Photos Ideas For The Perfect Album

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A very important part of planning your wedding is choosing a wedding photographer that not only has talent, but also one that you can get along with. This will ensure a series of great wedding photos and that’s why people will tell you that the best wedding photographer for you is one who has many recommendations.

However, there also needs to be chemistry between you and the photographer. He needs to have charisma and good photography skills. That doesn’t mean that you can’t bring your own suggestions to the table.

We are going to give you some tips that can eventually end in an awesome wedding album.

Wedding photos that communicate your personal style

Make sure that you make friends with your photographer before the wedding. It’s the best advice that we can give you if you want to have the memories of a lifetime. After you and the photographer get to know each other, he will become acquainted with your personal style and he will come up with a photographic concept that really makes you guys shine as a couple. Whether you’re in love with the vintage style or are a non-conformist bride, make sure the photographer sees you for who you really are.

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Wedding photos and your hobbies

Do you and your future spouse have a hobby that you both enjoy? Why not illustrate that in your wedding photos. Remember the article we wrote about the 2 acrobats that got married all over the world? Basically, this is the concept that we suggest you approach. Whether you guys both enjoy cooking, reading, exercising or playing a sport, your photographer can illustrate that in a series of awesome wedding photos.

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Wedding photos of your parents’ story

These are amongst the most emotional wedding shots ever. Aside from the traditional pictures of you 2 as a couple, a great idea for a creative wedding shoot is to include your parents’ love story in your own. Whether you choose to take shots inside a real frame or hold photos from your parents’ wedding, these pics are truly memorable.

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Wedding photos with your pets

Pets are amongst the living being that we most love in the world and if you have one that you could absolutely die for, why not make him part of your photo shoot?

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Wedding photos where you first met/dated

This is the one place that you will never forget, so why not include it in your wedding shoot itinerary? Even if it might take a bit of an effort to get there, the result will be charming and you will have a wedding photo filled with meaning for both you and your spouse.

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Wedding photos that recreate special moments

Maybe the 2 of you never got a chance to take a photo at your first date, but you have pictures together that go way back and it would be tons of fun to reconstruct them.

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4 DIY Ideas For A More Original Wedding

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DIY wedding decorations are not only trending, but they can save you quite a lot of money, provided you have the time to make them yourself. We are going to give you the recipes for some awesome DIY wedding decorations. You can ask your bridesmaids to help you make them, which can provide some more hours of fun with your best friends.

Paper lanterns

Romantic, beautiful and not that hard to make, paper lantern are a great way to create an amazing wedding atmosphere once the night falls. You can place them on the stairs to the venue, at the venue entrance or wherever you feel they look best. You need some paper, pieces of cardboard to use as support, some solid glue, scissors, crayons and, of course, candles. You can write personalized messages on the paper or you can draw stars and hearts.

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Floating candles

You don’t need to be a florist to create some awesome table decorations. With the right transparent or semi-transparent bowls, you can have your own handmade decorations. Just place some colored candles inside the bowl, after filling them with water. The decorations can also include some flowers and flower petals, stones or leaves.

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Photo-corner

Why not put together a happy corner for all your wedding guests? People love taking photos at wedding, especially since they are all dressed up and looking their best. By setting up this corner, you can ask the photographer to take some funny pictures of your guests with some props that you can bring yourself. You can use colorful sunglasses, funny umbrellas and even paper-made mustaches.

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Personalized sangria bar

Why not give your guests the chance to prepare their own drinks? This could make for a wonderful wedding experience. All you need are lasses, several types of wine and a lot of different fruits, like lemons, oranges, grapes or strawberries. Let the guests’ imagination do the rest. If you have lots of guests that don’t drink alcohol, you can also create a lemonade bar. Buy bottles with syrup in several flavors, so that your guests can create lemonade in flavors that vary from strawberry to passion fruit.

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5 Steps To Finding The Perfect Wedding Venue

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The wedding venue is the most important thing that you have to consider once you get engaged. After putting together the guest list, you need to start looking for the place where dreams come true and where you get to spend the best day of your life. But before you book the venue, there are 5 things that you absolutely must consider.

  1. The capacity – When you think of the perfect wedding, it’s that one event where everyone had a great time and everything was set in place to the smallest detail. Of course, it’s never easy to get that guest list right the first time, but you will have an approximate number of people that will be attending and you need to focus on that before booking the venue. If you book a venue which has a huge capacity compared to the number of guests, it will be awkward to see all those empty tables. If the venue is too small, guests will feel too crowded, tables will be too close to one another and people won’t have enough room to dance.
  2. The services – Let’s assume you have your heart set on a specific location. Even if you like the look of the place and can already picture people dancing and tables beautifully decorated with the items of your choice, you need to think about the services provided. You don’t want to book an outside caterer or bartender or start running up and down to get the extra services you need just because the venue doesn’t provide them. You need to choose an event hall that provides more than 4 pretty walls and nice tables.
  3. The lighting – Light can really influence the mood that people have when they’re attending the party. Since most wedding receptions take place in the evening, make sure that the venue has the proper lighting. It would be ideal to find a place that allows you to change the light’s intensity at different points of the evening. Maybe you want the dance floor to have some extra light when people go dancing or may want to dim the light when those romantic blues songs are up.
  4. The parking space – Make sure that the venue you choose has enough parking spaces to cover the needs of all the guests that will be arriving by car. If you choose a location that’s somehow located in the heart of your city, the place will most likely have its own private parking and lots of guests will be arriving by cab so they can enjoy some drinks.
  5. The acoustics – If the event hall has a resonating echo, the band that you choose to play at the wedding may have some acoustics problems. Guests might not be able to communicate properly if the music is too loud. In this case, you don’t have to pay attention to the wedding band and the DJ alone, but also to the acoustic of the place.

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10 Wedding Tips From Vera Wang

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Chances are that every woman who’s ever dreamed about having a sophisticated wedding has pictured herself wearing a Vera Wang creation. After all, she dressed some of the world’s most famous brides, like Victoria Beckham or Jennifer Lopez. And if you watched “Gossip Girl”, you surely remember how astonishing Blair Waldorf looked in a Vera Wang wedding dress. That being said, we are here to bring you 10 pieces of advice for future brides, coming directly from the number 1 wedding dress designer in the world: Vera Wang.

  • The most important advice that a bride can receive is to make sure that she feels 100% comfortable on her wedding day. The way you look and the way you feel will pretty much define you on that day. If you want to fell and look happy, pick a dress that represents your style and don’t aim for a provocative look that’s actually very different from your own character.
  • Make sure you know right from the start the kind of wedding that you want to have. The model, the silhouette, the proportions of your accessories, everything about what you’re wearing needs to match the style of the rest of your wedding. Try not to cross a mined field and do your homework. Vera Wang recommends you opt for tulle in the summer and a minimalist dress in the winter.
  • Another important thing is for you to see the big picture – the dress, the veil, the bouquet and the shoes need to match perfectly. Lots of brides will focus so much on the dress and actually forget that the make-up, the tiara, the hair pins and the rest of the accessories are just as important.
  • Pick a simple bouquet. You don’t want it to diminish the impact of the dress.

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  • The length of the seam is very important – your shoes must not be visible, no matter how beautiful they are. Once you’ve put on that dress, you need to seem like you’re floating. Even so, Vera Wang says that a good wedding dress is the one that you don’t have to hold up as you walk down the aisle.
  • A red lipstick and a white wedding dress is simply too much. When it comes to make-up, don’t overreact. If you are not used to wearing purple make-up, don’t do it on the most important day of your life. Trying something different doesn’t mean that you have to put on a disguise. Even if you talk to a stylist about your hair, don’t let him/her impose his/her opinion too much. In the end, it should be about what you want.
  • As far as shoes are concerned, Vera Wang highly recommends a simple and comfortable pair, especially since people won’t see them. Since you’ll be standing most of the time, she advises you drop all shoes with Swarovski crystals. A small heel is perfect if your husband is not that tall and a pair of wedges will bring you to the perfect height.
  • Some artistic advice: black and white photos are just as beautiful or even more beautiful that regular ones. So taking these chic portraits may actually lead to your grandchildren hanging them on the wall.
  • Be really careful when you put on your wedding dress. The ideal way to wear it is by stepping inside it because if you pull it over your head you’re likely to get make-up on it.
  • In the end, don’t forget to enjoy the moment. If you’re 100% sure that you found your soul mate, this day will be unique. There is this tendency of people to always be on the rush on the wedding day and they often forget to stop and enjoy the moment. Let yourself be admired and loved!

Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

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6 Out-of-the-ordinary Table Decorations

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When it comes to setting up the tables for your wedding guests, you probably have tons of ideas that revolve around candles and flowers. What if I told you that it’s time to make your wedding unique by trying something a little different?

Here are 6 ideas of stuff that would look great on your wedding tables and are not necessarily that hard to make/obtain.

1. Candy + rainbow. What you need here are transparent bowls and lots of colorful candy. Anything from M&Ms to Skittles. Buy them in all shapes, sizes, aromas and colors. Buy gummy bears and jawbreakers. Not only will they look awesome, but they will provide a delicious treat for your guests.

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2. Happy figurines. They could be anything from Kinder surprise to McDonald’s Happy Meal toys. They can be made out of wood, plastic, metal or whatever other material you can find. You can enhance their happiness effect with LED lights. They can be anything from cartoon characters to little toy animals.

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3. Colored sand. It has a great visual impact, as long as you choose the right recipients to put them in. Could be transparent or semi-transparent bowls, cups, glasses or whatever else you like.

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4. Origami. You may need to find a talented person here, because you don’t just want randomly folded paper on your wedding tables. You can ask the artist to make some stuff that really represents you and your husband. Let’s face it: how many wedding with Origami on the table have you attended?

5. Flowers + monograms. If you don’t want to give up on those wedding flowers, how about giving them some extra-personality? Buy some nice vases and customize them with your monograms. At the end of the reception, you can even gift them to some of the guests or hand them out as thank-you gifts to your favorite vendors.

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6. Fish + aquariums. Aside from the traditions shells-in-a-bowl decorations, this idea makes quite a bold statement, especially if you’re having a beach wedding or going for a more exotic theme.

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.

Advice From A Wedding Planner: “Don’t lose sight of the real reason you are planning your wedding”

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Who needs some help in choosing a wedding planner? Sian Bowron, wedding consultant for Amethyst Weddings, is here to talk about the experience of being a wedding planner. At the end of the article, you have a photo gallery with some of the weddings that Sian planned, just to catch a glimpse of how awesome it is to have someone take care of such things for you. Great job, Sian!

Question: Sian, many thanks for agreeing to do this interview with us. First of all, please let our brides know what are the duties of a wedding planner and what you, as a wedding planner yourself, can do for a bride.

Answer: As a wedding consultant I offer help to brides and grooms from managing their budget, choosing suitable and affordable suppliers, organizing the time-line for the wedding day. I can also attend on the wedding day to manage all their suppliers and make sure everyone is where they need to be when they need to be there. I aim to make my couples wedding planning experience as stress free as possible and I’m always on hand to help with any decision making and trouble shooting.

Q: What made you choose this career path?

A:Following my own wedding in June 2008 I was simply hooked on everything involved with weddings. I couldn’t shake it off so decided I had to work in the wedding industry.

Q: How long have you been in the business?

A: I launched Amethyst Weddings in September 2012, when my maternity leave was up and I had decided not to go back to the day job.

Q: How do you establish connections with other wedding vendors and does that work in the benefit of a bride?

A: Over the last couple of years I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating on several local photo shoots. These aren’t just great for expanding your portfolio, they also give you an excellent insight into the ethics and reliability of the local businesses involved. I regularly meet and network with local suppliers and always go to these trusted professionals first when looking for suppliers for my clients.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

A: Breaking through people’s preconceptions of what a wedding planner can do. It is very frustrating when you hear comments like “I don’t want someone to take over and plan my wedding for me” or “A wedding planner is too expensive”

Q; Have you ever dealt with what everyone calls a “bridezilla”? How did that turn out for you?

A: I’m too polite to say. Discretion is key when working with any engaged couple.

Q: How do you convince brides they need a wedding planner at their wedding?

A: I don’t usually have to do a lot of convincing to be honest. Most of the couples that have approached me have usually decided that they need some kind of help and support with their wedding plans before contacting me. Organizing a wedding is a huge undertaking and some people feel they can’t see the wood for the trees, or that they simply do not have time to spend on wedding planning with long working hours and busy lives.

Q: And what exactly do you do on the wedding day?

A: My first task is to keep the bride and groom relaxed. I make sure all the suppliers are there and set up where they should be and keep everything on schedule where possible. I am also the main point of contact for the wedding party, guests and suppliers.

Q: What have you found from your own experience, what freaks out brides the most when it comes to planning their own wedding?

A: Sometimes the shear enormity of the tasks fills the bride to be with dread. There is a lot to organize and for them I am an extra set of hands, an unbiased opinion and at times the voice of reason.

Q: What is it that sets you apart from all the other wedding planners out there?

A:I am “me”, my couples book me because they know I will go above and beyond to make their day as special as I can. My couples are like my extended family during their planning and I always want the best for them.

Q: Describe an emotional moment that you had while being hired to work at a wedding.

A: I helped with a same sex wedding last year and that was an emotional day. It was the first same sex wedding at the venue and my first same sex wedding ceremony so it was quite a momentous day.

Q: What should brides look for in a wedding planner?

A: I would always recommend finding the right wedding planner for you. One size doesn’t fit all. Choose somebody who understands your wedding concept and how to achieve it with you, not someone who wants you to fit in with their ideas. A wedding planner is there to assist you with one of the most memorable events in your lifetime so make sure they understand what you want before booking them.

Q: One last piece of advice for our readers?

A: Don’t lose sight of the real reason you are planning your wedding. It’s not about the size of your chocolate fountain or how many drinks you buy your guests. You have chosen to get married to seal your commitment to each other and make what will hopefully be life long promises to each other. Plan your wedding day the way you want it.

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5 Things You Should NEVER Tell a Bride on Her Wedding Day

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The wedding day is extremely emotional for any bride, so its best to avoid telling her a couple of things that may be on your mind.

Only after she’s done organizing the wedding, you’d expect the bride to be more relaxed and start enjoying the event. Even the wedding day itself is really stressful because the bride has to make sure everything is in order at the reception venue, during the ceremony, to make sure her dress and make-up are perfect and so on.

So here are the top 5 things that you should never say to a bride on her wedding day.

1. “You look like…”

Even if you’re trying to make her a compliment, every bride has one big expectation on her wedding day: to be unique, completely different from any other bride you’ve ever seen before. Even if you are trying to compare her with a certain celebrity, in her heart she’s still hoping she is more beautiful than everyone else. Instead of comparing her to someone else, just tell her she looks perfect.

2. “Don’t panic, but…”

No matter how well you’ve put a wedding together, certain problems may appear, The bride is well aware of this fact and she’s always thinking that something may go wrong, so you don’t want to upset her by putting the problem in such a light.  Instead, you can try to find out if someone else can solve the problem. If only the bride can, try to make it seem like the problem is not that important and maybe even suggest way for her to fix it fast.

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3. “I don’t want to sit next to…”

Unfortunately, the seating arrangements have been ready for some time, and no bride wants to change them on the wedding day. It doesn’t matter who it concerns or if it ruin your day as a guest. Don’t ruin it for the bride and groom by telling them to make such a change at the last minute.

4. “Nobody will notice the details.”

That’s false. The bride will! Even if some guests may not notice that a hair pin fell from her hair-do, the bride won’t stop thinking about it. And if the detail is some decoration, think before saying it out loud. Brides put a lot of effort in planning their wedding day, so don’t tell them their work will go by unnoticed.

5. “Why wasn’t … invited at the wedding?”

This is not the right time to ask the bride why she didn’t invite a certain person. She must have had her reasons and the happiest day of her life is the worst time to remind her about them.

Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

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Wedding Jewel Manufacturer In An Exclusive Interview, Giving Advice To All Brides

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Wedding jewelry and accessories and the final touch to your I DO day elegance. This is why, today, our Vendor Spotlight sections features and exclusive interview with Gabriela Novotna, a wedding accessory manufacturer and seller, who has a thing or two to say about bridal jewelry. You can find her online store here.

Q: Gabriela, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with us. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you started this business.

A: I have been creating as long as I can remember. It was good as I didn’t need to think what to give for birthdays. I was working in customer service. It comes handy when dealing with customers. A little over a year ago I needed to take a time out to focus on my family. I asked myself: What if…? I felt that it was a right time for me. So I started to sell on Etsy my own designs. Later I went on to set up my own website. At the beginning of this year I have moved to a sunny Spain. I am still trying to settle in and master the language, but that’s a long process.

Q: Why wedding jewelry and not some other kind of accessories?

A: I have tried many techniques, was working with all sorts of material. Actually I still have a separate shop for those designs, but it’s much smaller. Ever since I have made my first piece of wedding jewelry, I fell in love with it. I had so many ideas; I didn’t even know where to start! It so versatile, giving a whole spectrum of variations: headbands, hair chains, combs, tiaras, veils and so on. It isn’t restricted to the usual combo: necklace, earrings and bracelet.

Q: Do you offer any kind of sales advice for brides who are not sure what to purchase?

A: Firstly I would tell them to have a look in a mirror wearing their wedding dress. Study your dress. Ask yourself: What do I want to highlight? Where my outfit can take more adornment and glitz? That should be your starting point. Try to find a statement piece for that part, then move on to the next one and so on, choose a simpler accessory for the rest of your outfit. It’s always easier to find a simple piece, then a statement piece. What about your hair piece? Are you a veil person? There are many detachable veils out there, what is great for the ceremony, then the fascinator/accessory for the evening reception. If you are not wearing a veil, then a hair chain, headband can be a good choice for you.

Make sure that your gown and accessories are balanced and blending well together.

Q: Do you take orders from brides? If so, how long does it take to supply them with the final product?

A: Yes, I welcome custom orders. It’s a good feeling to finalize somebody’s vision, giving them a piece that will reflect their personality. If I have all the materials to work with, then it takes 3-5 working days. If I have to source the material, then it depends on my suppliers, then again 3-5 working days. I would advise to give the date of your wedding in that case, to calculate the timescale.

Q: Do you also have an offline shop? If not, would that be helpful to increase your sales in any way?

A: I don’t. Of course it would help: it’s another type of exposure. It is one of my future plans however.

Q: What’s your biggest challenge as an online jewelry seller?

A: It would be to get the exposure, then gain the customers trust to order. Also it’s very competitive.

Q: Describe a difficult situation that you had to overcome since you’ve started this business.

A: It’s a learning process. You are learning as you go along. You are trying to absorb as much information as you can. Some work better, some less. The only problem is when the less useful advice takes up lots of your time without much success. It can be discouraging. Thankfully there are many useful advices out there, too.

Q: Do you receive feedback from brides after the wedding is over?

A: I have found that when you are in written contact with them, answering their questions, doing custom orders, they are more likely to give you a feedback. I think it’s a personal contact in some sort of a way.

Q: How would you convince a skeptical bride to purchase her wedding jewelry online? What would you say to her?

A: Ask questions. What concerns do you have?  What you are not sure about? Ask for more pictures, ask for samples, where possible. It has so many advantages (I know you can’t touch it and see it in person), but you don’t have to purchase it straight away, you can save it, pin it…then come back to it when you are sure. It’s time-saving, not to mention there is a huge range of designs available online.

Q: What tips would you give to a future bride when it comes to choosing her wedding jewelry online?

A: Have an idea what you would like to purchase, even if you don’t see the exact item you are looking for, but saw something similar to what you have pictured, ask for a custom order to work towards your vision. Always keep in mind, choose an item that will reflect your personality. You will feel good wearing it!

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Make things easier with Amazon Wedding Registry

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10 Mistakes That Brides Usually Make As They Are Planning Their Wedding

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Weddings are known to be pretty huge deal in the life of a woman, so that’s why emotions, fears and worries often take the best of us. If you want to be a beautiful and relaxed bride, make sure you prioritize the important aspects in planning your big day, to be able to avoid the stress of your wedding.

In short, you will have to say “no” to some things on the day you say “yes” to your better half.

#1: Brides want to do everything by themselves. You’re a smart girl, you have energy, ideas and tons of creativity. But you are also the bride and brides need some time for themselves. You need to shine on the wedding day and that is not going to happen if you plan on taking care of the entire wedding yourself. Accept all the help you can get from your friends and leave some of the responsibilities to them. I can assure you, they will do their best to contribute to this special day of yours.

#2: Drink menus are sometimes neglected. You need to carefully plan the drinking menu because it would be extremely impolite for a guest to order something from the bar and have to pay it for himself (provided that he orders a drink which is not on your drink menu). Try to cover everyone’s taste as much as possible and make sure you have beverages such as cocktails, wine, whiskey or vodka on the menu.

#3: Invitations have additional information. While keeping your guests is important, the invitations need to contain only the crucial information: the names of the people getting married, the location (church and restaurant) and the established starting time for both the ceremony and the reception. If you’re worried that guests may show up with all sorts of presents and that would be something you want to avoid, make that clear upfront, but don’t specify it on your wedding invitation.

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#4: Frustrations are taken out on the bridesmaids. If you ask someone to be your bridesmaid, chances are that girl is really important to you. All your bridesmaids are there to make sure nothing goes wrong today and they want to be happy and to be in the center of everyone’s attention. Always communicate nicely, even if you are stressed out or nervous.

#5: We need huge time gaps between the ceremony and the reception. This is a mistake that should generally be avoided, by making sure that the reception is no more than an hour away from the ceremony ending, which is more than enough time for the guests to make it from one location to the other. If they have to wait for too long, guests will be put in the awkward situation of having to wait.

#6: Far away locations are the best one for a special wedding. That is entirely false. The further away the wedding is, the lower the chances are of people actually showing up. Maybe your family and a couple of friends can overcome this financial commitment, but most guests will find it uncomfortable to spend money to travel for your wedding.

#7: Brides want to make their own wedding dress. Some creative brides decide that they want to make their own wedding dress. If you really want to make sure that the results match your expectations and that you’ll be resting like a princess on your wedding day instead of sewing your dress, trust a designer or buy an already-made wedding gown.

#8: Letting the parents put together the guest list. It’s been a while since parents were responsible with planning their children’s weddings and their guests list as well. You are now free to speak up your mind. It’s your wedding and you and your spouse should be responsible with the people you choose to accompany you on this day. Send an invite to the people that you really want to have with you and don’t just randomly invite people you don’t know just to please your parents and in-laws.

#9: Fiancé? He can wait. You may be super busy with the pre-wedding planning, but that is no excuse to neglect your future husband. It’s not just your wedding, do don’t leave him lying on the couch while you’re out choosing flowers. Enjoy your time together, plan things together or at least ask for his opinion once in a while.

#10: Other weddings are awesome! They really are. But just because you attended a wedding you thought was cool, you don’t need to turn your into an exact replica. Don’t worry if your wedding doesn’t have fancy fireworks or hard-to-pronounce cocktails. The wedding should be all about defining who you are as a couple.

 

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.