April 2011

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Most brides when planning a wedding can be overwhelmed and stressed out.  It’s important to find wedding professionals who can HELP you, and aren’t just concerned with THEIR bottom line.  Here are 3 tips to use when interviewing any wedding vendor you are considering.

Do Your Homework.  You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first.

Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married.  Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available.  Get an idea of what you like and don’t like.  Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource.  This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.

Ask Questions.  There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand.

If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you.  The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.

Check References.  Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance.  Videos are edited for the optimum presentation.  But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake.

Call up both client and professional references.  Ask questions and use those listening skills.  Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems.

Ask around and search the internet for reviews.  Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business.  Weigh all of this information into your choices.

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Lots of couples don’t believe that the 2nd anniversary and each year afterwards are as important as the 1st, 5th, 10th, 25th, etc.  That’s simply not true.  In today’s day and age where divorce rates are high and Michael Martin Murphy sang “Doesn’t anybody ever stay together anymore”, celebrating longevity in marriage regardless of the year is important.

With that said, here are the traditional and modern recommended gifts for your 2nd anniversary.  The traditional gift is cotton as it represents durability and versatility, two strong attributes for marriage.  Cotton is also very practical for this year as it may be the year you purchase your first home together and can be used for new sheets, table cloths, towels, bath robes, etc.

A more modern choice is fine china.  You can go for a smaller scale purchase for each other in this department for the 2nd anniversary as purchasing a large set may be more than the financial limits you may set for spending on each other.  Fine china can be a great gift to remember your 2nd year of marriage by and can be passed from generation to generation.

Regardless of your 2nd anniversary gift, the traditions you develop early on in marriage can have a dramatic effect on the life you build for your young family.  The key is to keep the romantic flame kindled and having a guidepost like this ezine to help you with your gift choices doesn’t hurt either.  Happy Gift Hunting and here’s to a loving marriage!

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Photo Booths are starting to become VERY popular here in the U.P. Here are tips from UP Photo Booth on what to look for when searching fun keepsakes for your wedding day.1.  Understand EVERYTHING offered in your photo booth options.  Is the booth you will have at your wedding day open or closed (curtain to hide behind or not).  Lots of brides and grooms get back their photos from the day on disc or worse yet have pictures uploaded to the internet of shots that they may not really want to have or be seen online.  An open booth can add to the ambiance and energy of your wedding day while still providing a fun atmosphere. 

2.  Attended or Not?  Some Photo Booth companies provide an attendant while others do not.  Consider that this person ensures that your photos in the booth turn out great instead of leaving your guests to push a button and stare at the monitor and not in the camera, now giving you less desirable photos than you would get otherwise.  The key here is to maximize your time and money.  Having someone there to ensure quality photos and experience for your guests is important.

3.  Beware the “extremely” low price.  In order to get the low price, corners must be cut somewhere.  Is the booth manned?  Do you get copies of all of your prints?  Are guests charged to use the booth (tacky!)?  Will your photos be smudged because the company is using a cheap Walmart photo printer instead of a high quality sub dye?  All great questions to ask and understand before you turn over your hard earned money.

Do your homework in every aspect of your wedding planning and happy planning!

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The first wedding anniversary gift is traditionally paper.  Creative items to give could be:

A massage gift certificate

Have a calligrapher write your vows out on paper and frame it for your spouse.

Love notes on the mirror before work.

Perhaps a journal to write in for her or him.

Maybe paper roses would be just the thing.

Anything to do with paper personalized to your spouse’s likes and style will do.  Get creative and have fun!

Read on to know the history behind anniversaries. (more…)

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This editions Tips from the Pros comes from Bill Thum, Cinematographer Extraordinaire of Superior Productions.  His tips when researching who and how your memories will be captured are: 

1 – Of all life’s treasures, none make you feel richer than your memories.

2- A truly excellent wedding DVD captures the memories of your wedding like no other medium. All the sights, all the sounds, all the emotions.

3 – The DVD you will watch more than any other in your lifetime will be your wedding DVD.

I couldn’t agree more.  Most couples easily spend five figures and more on their wedding day yet at the end have no way to RELIVE it.  You can remember through a photograph, but relive it through video….IF it’s a well produced movie of your wedding day.  I KNOW Bill can deliver that for you.

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