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Wedding 2014 Guide & Planner


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“Amazed” Lonestar “At Last” Etta James “Better Together” Jack Johnson “Bless the Broken Road” Rascal Flatts “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Elvis Presley “Come Away with Me” Norah Jones “Crazy Love” Van Morrison “Everything” Micheal Buble “Everything I Do” Bryan Adams “Faithfully” Journey “From This Moment On” Shania Twain “I Could Not Ask for More” Edwin McCain “I Cross My Heart” George Straight “ Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” Aerosmith “I’ll Be” Edwin McCain “I’m Yours” Jason Mraz “It’s Your Love” Faith Hill & Tim McGraw “Lost in the Moment” Big & Rich “Love Song” 311 “Lucky” Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat “Making Memories of Us” Keith Urban “Me and You” Kenny Chesney “My Best Friend” Tim McGraw “She’s Everything” Brad Paisley “Then” Brad Paisley

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On the Cover This handy booklet will hold all your wedding contact info and is full of helpful tips, business referrals and hot new trends to help make your wedding day the day you want it to be.


Your Wedding Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune! Getting married is one of those things in life most people will experience. For some reason beyond my own ability to comprehend, it has become completely acceptable in our culture for young couples to begin their new life journey together by spending tens of thousands of dollars they don’t have, on their wedding!

the next few minutes I’ll give you a couple down to earth suggestions on how to take charge of the food at your wedding, reduce your overall expense, and still allow your guests the opportunity to dine on your dime while enjoying your special day.

A quick Internet search reveals that the average wedding in the United States is hovering right around $25k, and yeah, I know just what you’re thinking, “TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS?!!” I thought the same thing! It’s ridiculous. Not only is this a not so great start to their new happy life together, it’s also unnecessary in most cases.

Whether you have your food catered or you selfcater the wedding there are a few good ways to save some money on either choice. If you decided to have your food catered you’ll want to book in advance as the majority of caterers probably have reservations. There are some very low cost catering options but remember the following to help reduce unnecessary expense:

Sure it’s true that everything about a wedding costs money. From venue choices, to decorations, and the dress, they all add up. But one area of the wedding experience that doesn’t need to cost a lot of money is the food. In

To Cater or not to Cater?

No Wait Staff – Most

catering companies will opt to use their own wait staff because they can charge more. If you want to save a few hundred dollars on the


catering bill say no to the wait staff, instead use selfserve food tables and allow the guests to serve themselves. This will drastically reduce your costs while still allowing the caterer to do what they do best, provide food.

Cash Bar Only – In an

ideal world we could all afford to buy our friends all the booze they can drink, but this isn’t an ideal world and some of our friends drink a lot of booze! To save on food and drinks host a cash bar only. This gives your guests the option to drink all they want, just not at your expense!

Heavy Appetizers

– Instead of offering a meal, offer heavy appetizers. This will cost substantially less while still giving your guests some food to enjoy. You’ll also find that the lack of sit down food encourages your guests to mingle more, and more mingling is always a plus at a wedding. Appetizers work best with morning or midday weddings so plan accordingly. If your wedding is at 6pm guests will probably expect a meal.

Focus on Taste and Fill – When selecting your

appetizers choose items that provide more fill value while still tasting good. A filling appetizer will satisfy hungry guests long enough for them to enjoy the rest of your wedding! Your caterer should be able to offer some great filling appetizer suggestions but don’t go overboard.

Self-Catered -

If you’re going the self-catered route I’d suggest checking with your venue first to make sure they don’t have any restrictions on self-provided food. If you plan to go the self-catered route, here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:

Pre-made Appetizers – Select a

premade appetizer that doesn’t require cooking or heating if possible. This will reduce the chance for any kitchen rental fees at the wedding venue and make serving them less stressful for you. If it’s a summer wedding consider appetizers that are cold. One of my favorites is frozen grapes covered in Jell-O mix.


Sandwich Creation Station – A sandwich

station is a great way to offer your guests food while still keeping costs low. I’d suggest offering a bunch of different ingredients and letting your guests make their own sandwich.

Simple Salad Bar – A

salad and fruit bar is also an inexpensive way to offer your guests food. They’ll appreciate the healthy options and never think to complain about the lack of a full course meal.

Dessert Only – If you’re concerned about costs consider having a dessert bar. Ice cream sundaes and root beer floats cost hardly anything to make but go over great for summer weddings. Same with Italian sodas, smoothies and other healthy snack alternatives. These low cost solutions are extremely easy to make and a crowd favorite in almost every setting. If you’re frugal, then some of your guests probably are too. With a little creativity and experimentation on

your part you can turn something simple, like a sandwich, into something unique and fun for your guests to enjoy. Think of your food as a way to unite people and help them get to know each other. Don’t hide your frugal food in the corner like you’re ashamed, incorporate it into your reception in an interesting, out of the ordinary way that helps guides your guest’s to have good perceptions of it! In the end all the decisions are up to you so remember, be creative, be frugal, be fun!


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Planning Timeline 9 - 12 MONTHS AHEAD Select the date for you wedding. Decide what type of wedding you will have. Set budget for your wedding. Reserve the ceremony venue. Reserve your officiate for the ceremony. Hire your wedding planner/coordinator. Reserve your photographer. Reserve you videographer. Choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Have your engagement photo taken. Determine guest list and compile addresses. Order and send out save-the-date cards. Formal, informal, large or small gathering

6 - 8 MONTHS AHEAD Select and order bridesmaid’s attire. Order invitations and stationery. Reserve the caterer. Reserve the baker or bakery for the wedding cake. Plan the details of the reception. Reserve the decorator. Reserve the florist. Reserve musicians or entertainment for reception. Reserve party rental equipment (tents, tables, chairs, etc.) Reserve wedding transportation.


4 - 6 MONTHS AHEAD Select wedding favors. Make appointment for salon services for bridal party. Select groom and groomsman’s formalwear. Reserve wedding night accommodations. Reserve rehearsal dinner venue. Register for wedding gifts.

2 - 4 MONTHS AHEAD Confirm delivery dates for gown and dresses. Announce engagement in newspaper. Select vows, music and readings. Reserve wedding night accommodations. Reserve rehearsal dinner venue. Shop for gifts for the wedding party. Meet with caterer and finalize menu. Meet with officiate to discuss ceremony. Address wedding invitations.

1 -2 MONTHS AHEAD Mail Invitations. Schedule rehearsal and notify participants. Prepare wedding program and send to printers Schedule final gown fitting. Apply for marriage license. Choose guest book attendant, gift table attendant, cake or punch attendant Purchase guest book, toasting glasses, cake knife and server, unity candle, or any helpers that you will need to set-up. ring bearer pillow and any other accessories you need for the wedding.


Wedding Contacts Wedding Dress Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Wedding Planner Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Flowers/Florist Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Wedding Venue Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Reception Venue Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________


Wedding Cake Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Caterer Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Decorator Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

DJ Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Photographer Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________


Hair Stylist Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Make-up Artist Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Invitation/Wedding Program Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Jeweler Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Party Rental Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________

Videographer Business Name______________________________________________ Contact Name_______________________________________________ Phone Number______________________________________________


Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

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the 10 best songs for father/daughter dance 1. I Loved Her First – Heartland 2. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle 4. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole 5. You Were Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson 6. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong 7. You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder 8. Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart 9. Through the Years – Kenny Rogers 10. Daughters – John Mayer

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CHECK LIST Here are a number of suggestions for pictures. Please check off all those you desire. Please fill in any special requests you may have. This list helps guide the photographer and assistant in setting up each shot. DURING CEREMONY (If Allowed)

Bride's mother on usher's arm Groom's mother on usher's arm Initial lighting of Unity Candles Bride being taken down aisle by father Father giving away bride Various shots during the ceremony itself Full length shot of ceremony Bride and groom lighting of Unity Candle Bride and groom coming down the aisle Receiving line at church

BRIDE & GROOM FORMALS Bride, Groom & Minister Bride, Groom & entire Wedding Party Bride, Groom & Bride's Parents Bride, Groom & Bride's direct family Bride, Groom & Bride's Grandparents Bride, Groom & Groom's Parents Bride, Groom & Groom's direct family Bride, Groom & Groom's Grandparents Bride & Groom (Various poses) Bride & Groom lighting Unity Candle (Posed)

BRIDE FORMALS

Bride (Various full & half length shots) Bride with mother Bride with parents Bride with all bridesmaids Bride with maid or matron of honor Bride with ring bearer & flower girl

GROOM FORMALS

Groom (Various full & half length shots) Groom with parents Groom with all groomsmen Groom with bestman (formal) Groom with bestman (casual, shaking hands) Groom with ring bearer

RECEPTION

Introduction of the wedding party Guest signing book Wedding cake prior to being cut Food tables/Decorations

Various shots of Bride & Groom socializing Bride & Groom toasting each other (Posed) Bride & Groom ring shots with bouquet Bride & Groom cutting cake (Posed/real) Bride & Groom feeding cake to one another Various shots of Bride, Groom & Guest eating Wedding party toasting Bride & Groom Bride & Groom's first dance Bride & father dancing Groom & mother dancing Various guests & bridal party dancing Bride throwing bouquet Bride seated with Groom taking garter off Groom throwing garter Shots of who caught garter & bouquet Group Shot of Reception If With-In Time Limit Bride & Groom Leaving (Bird seed) Bride & Groom getting into car/limo (Posed/real) Shots while seated in car/limo (Posed/real) Special requests: __________________________________ _______________________________________________

NOTES: Formals:

All persons that will be in the formal pictures should return to the front of the church/staging area directly after the service. Any delays with missing persons will only prolong the time needed for the wedding portraits and is not the fault of the photographer. (On average, formals should only take 30 minutes.)

Receptions:

Most receptions last 2 1/2 hours. On an average, half your guests will leave shortly after the first hour. It is our experience the majority of pictures during the reception should be taken within the first 1 1/2 hours. We will suggest during the reception which pictures should be next for best effect. It is totally up to you what the flow of your reception will follow. General Guide for Reception's Order of Events: - Announcement - Bride & Groom lead the line for the buffet. - Toasting - Cake Cutting - First Dance/Father & Daughter/Mother & Groom/Etc. - General Dancing - Garter/Bouquet Toss - Bride & Groom Leaving (Bird Seed)


The Month You Marry January Marry when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true. February When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate. March If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know. April Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man. May Marry in the month of May, you will romance the day. June Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you’ll go. July Those who in July do wed must labor for their daily bread. August Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see. September Marry in September’s shine so that your life is rich and fine. October If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry. November If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember! December When December’s snows fall fast, marry and your love will last.

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as a manner of speaking: After the Wedding -Thank You Notes There is no way around it. After the wedding cake has been eaten, after the honeymoon is over, there is still one more weddingrelated matter to attend to. It’s time for the newlyweds to send out their thank you cards. Most couples like to procrastinate when it comes to showing their gratitude, but all the experts agree, this is one area where etiquette must not be breached. A thank you note must never be preprinted or typed. A personalized, handwritten note is expected. Many printers offer blank note cards printed in the same design as the wedding invitation specifically for this purpose. Photographers also offer blank thank you notes that come with a picture of the happy couple. The same rule applies to the envelope, it should be hand written, showing your guests they were each special enough for you to take this extra step. And, if you think it’s been too long since your wedding day...it’s hasn’t - send that thank you note today!


Create an emergency kit for those unexpected emergencies just like an extra make-up bag for touch ups. Consider an “emergency kit” filled with items you may need on your wedding day. Fill a small bag

with items such as a travel size sewing kit (you can do all kinds of magic tricks just one safety pin), clear nail polish (for panty hose runs), an extra set of panty hose or stockings, throat lozenges, and ibroprophen. Other ideas for the “emergency kit” include tissues, breath mints, tampons, hand cream, and band-aids. Toss in a power bar or a juice box in case you need a snack.

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