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I recently read a Facebook exchange of how mad a past bride of mine was at a bridal shop for not having bridesmaids dresses in on time for alterations and having the bride jump through hoops just to contact them.  Now this COULD be an article about customer service but it’s not.

I wanted to share with you a tip by fellow Wedding Entertainer Dan Blankowski from Atlanta, GA who wrote “Want to be best friends with the bride?  Suggest to her to tell the bridal shop the wedding is a month earlier than it actually is.  This will allow her enough time for alterations and ensure the dress arrives in enough time to prevent stress.”

Thanks Dan for your great idea and as promised, it’s now passed along for you to enjoy!

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Every couple wants to contribute to their wedding in a unique way.  LOTS of wedding couples go with the traditional wedding cake, but have you possibly thought of the option to go outside the box with this aspect of your reception?

Rhiannon and Landon, Taylored Weddings clients from October of 2009 chose to go with a pie and sweet buffet featuring all different delectable pies to offer their guests.  This immediately became a conversation piece for guests upon arrival when they say the amazing array of sweets.  This also gave Rhiannon and Landon some extra time to enjoy guests and not be tied to the cake cutting ceremony tradition.  Guests were able to come and decide which piece of pie best fit their tastes at the time and it also proved to be a cost saving alternative (by a little bit) for the newlyweds.  This idea is especially perfect for a fall themed reception.

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This edition’s Tips From The Pros comes from Lori of LDG Photos.  When searching for your photographer not only ask other brides about the quality of their pictures but of their customer service.  Your photographer should offer you the best in customer service and work to earn and maintain your trust.  They should also be able to spell everything out of what you will receive, offer you no hidden surprises and not only meet your expectations but EXCEED them in every way possible.  Openness and honesty before, during and after your wedding day should be your photographers commitment to you in capturing your memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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I’m often asked what is the best advice I can give any couple on their wedding day?  The best advice I can give you is to STOP, take a moment on your wedding day and be a couple together.  Even if it’s just for five minutes.  Soak in your surroundings….the smell of fresh cut grass in the air on the way to the church, the roses in your bouquet, the leather in the seats of your limo.  Taste the phenomenal meal your caterer or chef has prepared, enjoy the sounds of your friends laughing and your Grandmothers voice as she gives you congratulations.  Too often couples don’t take that proper pause on a wedding day and it flies by without them able to absorb everything that is happening on that day. 

What is your best piece of advice for future couples?  One lucky entrant will be drawn to receive a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant.  I look forward to hearing what you have to say soon.


 

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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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I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Barb in a vendor client relationship for the past several years.  I admire her work ethic and how she always tries to connect her clients to the right advertising vehicle for them in her role as sales manager for local radio stations.  Upon hearing the news of her getting married to Jim, I was thankful to be asked to serve as not only her entertainment, but also as her Minister for her ceremony.  We also provided the ceremony sound so guests could hear her and Jim’s vows to each other.  As luck would have it on that rainy day, we would end up inside for their ceremony instead of the beautiful backdrop of Waubee Lake.  That, however, did not diminish Barb and Jim’s spirits on their wedding day.  The team:

Photographer:  Michele from Freeman’s Photography

Venue:  Waubee Lake Lodge

Photo Booth:  UP Photobooth

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These days…you’ve got LOTS of buddies and close friends.  The guy you got in trouble with in high school, the childhood friend you grew up with, your new best friend from work, and who can forget your college roommate who knows pretty much everything about you now.  How do you decide on who’s the Best Man for your wedding day?  Here’s some helpful advice.

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