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Unique Personalized bridal party gift ideas

Your wedding party; You could have chosen anybody you wanted to be in your wedding party.  And you chose them.

Of all the people you know in your life, these are the people you chose to stand up with you on arguably one of the biggest days of your life.

So they must be pretty special, right?

You most likely have a unique bond in a unique way to each person in your wedding party.

So when it comes time to show your thanks and appreciation to your party for standing up in your wedding, why not show your gratitude with a gift that is equally as unique as your bond to that person?

A customized gift transcends the physical.  It is more than the metal, wood or glass is constructed from.  It is the tangible vessel that carries the thought and memory of that special moment in time in shared together.

Personalized gifts like these will resurrect the found memories of your momentous day every time they are looked at or handled.

Did you meet any of your groomsmen at college?  Share that special bond with your Alma matter with these flasks etched with maps of your college!  Revisit your glory days with highlights of your old stomping grounds!

College Map flask


Do you go waaay back with your girlfriends?  Have a connection with them tied to being from the same city?  Check out the cool wine glass edetched maps of these cities!

City Etched Wine glass

Hard not to elicit good memories when you pull these personalized mason jars out of the cabinet!  (More memories to follow when you fill them up!)

personalized mason jars

Cool centerpiece/conversation piece!  Wouldn’t it look good hanging in any kitchen?

personalized cutting board

A useful, thoughtful tool…that will get used often!

Personalized bottle opener

Wine lovers?  No excuse not to open a bottle now!

Customized wine opener

So when it comes time to pick a bridal party gift, you can pick a gift that is one of many, or you can pick a gift that is one of one!

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Destress your wedding plans over the holidays

The holidays are here, and that is stressful in itself, now when you add planning a wedding it can be enough to send anyone over the edge. Fortunately, there are companies out there that can and will help. You will have everyone and their brother out there telling you what you HAVE to do for your extra special day, PLEASE remember this above all else… IT IS YOUR DAY AND NO ONE ELSES!!!! Sure Granny wants you to have a huge traditional wedding, with you in a 100 foot train; Mom wants you to wear her dress, Dad wants you to spend $1.25 on the whole event, and your friends want to pick your wedding party. It is enough to drive anyone nuts. Just ask yourself these questions:

What do YOU want?

What can YOU afford?

Where do YOU want the ceremony?

Don’t let anyone push you into something you don’t want, it is YOUR wedding after all. You and your partner are the center of attention, it all about YOU and YOUR Partner! The rest of the crowd can either adapt or stay away. If your celebrant or coordinator don’t want to do things the way you want, within reason of course, go with someone else!

So you want to dress up like Robin Hood and Maid Marion for your wedding…. then do it! This is the only time you will get married, hopefully at least, and you want to remember it! Unlike in decades past, there are really no “rules” for getting married anymore, so have fun!

So have a Happy Holiday, no matter how you choose to celebrate it, and remember this is the season of love and you have found that love so be happy!

Submitted by Reverend Paul and Reverend Deb



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10 Questions to Ask Prospective Wedding Planners

When you meet with any vendor, you should come prepared with questions. Not just the standard date availability, pricing, etc. type of questions, but ones that will help you really determine whether or not this is the vendor for you. You should always meet with at least 2 vendors of every type that you’re considering for your wedding.

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When meeting with wedding planners, here are ten questions to consider adding to your list:

  1. How did you get into wedding planning? Was it sparked by the fun of planning her own wedding? Was it something she just sort of fell into? Was it pursued professionally, with relevant degrees and/or credentials? There’s no right answer, but it’s good information to have when you’re reviewing who to hire.
  2. How many weddings have you coordinated in your career, excluding your own? Related to this, you’ll want to determine how many weddings she takes on each year. This will give you an idea of her experience, as well as the level of attention she’ll likely be able to devote to your wedding.
  3. Do you work alone, or with a team? Most planners have an assistant, but some have a full team helping behind the scenes.
  4. What is the most memorable wedding you ever worked on, and why? More important than the actual details of that wedding, you want to get a sense of how the planner talks about it. What type of tone and language does she use when speaking of her past client and work? Is she remembering the mood of the day, or more impressed with the logistics that were pulled off? Again, there’s no right answer here, but it will help you determine if this is somebody you want helping you plan your own wedding.
  5. What is the average size and budget of the weddings you plan? If she’s used to planning weddings with a budget triple yours, she might struggle to help you stay on budget. If you feel like there is a big discrepancy, follow up and ask how she would help you stay within your budget.
  6. Have you ever worked at the venue I’m considering? Alternately, if you don’t already have a venue in mind, ask if she’s ever planned one similar to what you think you want (ie, ballroom, barnyard, etc.) Each type of wedding has its own set of obstacles or problems that can be easily avoided if your planner is prepared for them.
  7. Will you attend the rehearsal? In almost every situation, the answer should be YES.
  8. What is not included with the package we’re considering? Most planners offer three types of packages: Full planning, partial planning, and day-of. You might initially opt for the day-of package to save money, but make sure it truly is all you’ll need. It’s perfect for a lot of brides, but some might be disappointed at the lack of support leading up to the big day. Compare it to the other packages to make sure you know what you are and aren’t getting.
  9. What happens if you fall ill, or are otherwise unable to fulfill your contract and/or be present for the wedding? She should have a pretty solid contingency plan in place, and you need to know what that is.
  10. What is your cancellation policy? Full refund, or deposit refunded + service credit? Is there a deadline for cancellations?

Answers to these questions don’t come in a one size fits all package, so make sure you really analyze them to find your perfect planner.

Submitted by Simple Day

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DIY Wedding Flowers

Do-it- yourself wedding flowers can be a huge job to take on, as most of the work takes place so close to the wedding. However, you can also save a lot of money. At An Elegant Encounter, we’re sharing some of our best floral prep secrets, so your flowers will be almost as gorgeous as the bride.

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Start by ordering flowers from a wholesaler with many positive reviews. We recommend Global Rose.  Their online store is easy to use, and they offer more than just roses. Flowers will be shipped usually via FedEx, and shipping is included in the price! Order flowers at least 30 days before your event, and schedule delivery date for 2-3 days before the event. So for a Saturday wedding, you will want the flowers to be delivered on Wednesday or Thursday.


Flower Prep:

Plan to be home all day for the delivery of the flowers. They will need a lot of work upon arrival. Flowers are shipped dry, in boxes. Don’t worry if they look a little wilted; this is normal! Upon delivery, you should immediately start unpacking flowers. Buy a good pair of clippers and cut an inch off of each stem, then place immediately into water. If you order from Global Rose, they will send flower food to mix into the water. Be sure to remove any leaves that are below the water; they will start to rot and cause your flowers to die faster.

Leave flowers in water for at least 24 hours so they can hydrate. You will be amazed at the explosion of color that will suddenly come with the opening of the flowers.


Arranging flowers:

You can start arranging flowers the day before the wedding, as long as arrangements have plenty of

water. Store flowers in a cool place. Don’t leave them outside overnight for a summer wedding! As your bouquet will be in almost every single picture, you will want it to be as fresh as possible. Save time on the morning of your wedding to make the bouquets.

Have fun! Flower arranging can be a lot of fun, especially for your wedding day. Be sure to plan in advance so you have all needed supplies and plenty of time to create the look you want.

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DIY photography tips

Have you ever seen those people with the impressive camera equipment, out taking pictures?

Long lenses, short lenses, shutter clicking away.  And you know in your head that the pictures are going to come out amazing, because their equipment is soooo good?

Did you know that you can rent that same professional photography equipment, for not a lot of money?  Neither did I, until I found this photography site here:

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Which then got my mind reeling to a whole new world of possibilities.

Most people are pretty creative.  They know what they like, and what is appealing to them in a picture.  With all of today’s modern technology, (and maybe a few tips and tutorials like these) most people could take really good pictures, and it would have their own personality etched into the photograph.

The limiting factor of course, is that all of that technology and professional photography equipment can cost thousands of dollars.

But what if it didn’t?   If you could have access to the best photography equipment for not a lot of money, what would you photograph?

The first thing that popped into my mind was engagement photos.

Engagement photos can be expensive.  It can be tough to schedule with photograph to get the times and places you want.  And what if, after all of that, you don’t like the way the photos come out?

With this photography rental, and the help of a friend or family member (we all know somebody with a good eye, right?) you can go where you want, when you want.  And the beauty of digital is, if you don’t like the pictures, just take more!  With top notch equipment and by taking enough pictures, one or more of the has to be magical, right?!?

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And the best part is, it’s really economical, (which leaves more money in the budget for your dress and shoes : )

And they also rent professional video equipment! 

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You can film and photograph engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, pre-wedding, the wedding, post wedding, etc.  the possibilities are endless!

Even if you have your own professional photographer/videographer, they can’t be everywhere, right?

Think about how many different perspectives you could get from a few friends/family members with good camera equipment.

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With as much that will be going on that day, and as much as you have invested in the wedding, you don’t want to miss a thing!  Having a few extra professional cameras on hand to capture all the action in top notch quality for an ETERNITY seems like a good investment!

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DIY Wedding Supplies

You are a super creative person, and you’re getting married (congrats!)  You have sooooo many good ideas for cute, custom DIY projects for your wedding. How do you make all of those ideas that are running around in your head, transform into a tangible reality?

With unique DIY wedding supplies like these examples here:

So many things can be wrapped and personalized and cute-ified to make them your own…..

Is there anything that doesn’t look better with a touch of lace or wrapped in diamond rhinestone ribbon?!

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And don’t you love seeing your names together on ANYTHING…… adding your own unique personal touch to your special day?

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We can help you find wedding themed supplies like these; what you do with them to make them your own is up to you!


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We hope this helps all of those doing your research on music for your wedding dance. Many of you will be taking dance lessons, but it seems like the big hold up has to do with music. You can’t seem to choose a song. It’s ok if you never had a song together.

Maybe you met after college but you’re pretty sure you don’t want to look like a high school student swaying back and forth at prom. Where should you start when looking for wedding dance music? Here are some wedding dance song tips provided by Windy City Wedding Dance and other facts you need to know when starting your first dance.


Lets pretend we are sitting down for a wedding dance consult. Here are some questions I would start to ask. Based on your answers I would make the following recommendations for wedding dance songs..




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If the answer is YES we may pick something a little slower so your undivided attention is on each other and not a complex first dance routine.

1. La Vie En Rose Edit Piaf

2. Coming Home Leon Bridges

3. Can’t Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley ( there are a few other covers with female vocals there are also beautiful )


Ok we better get moving if romance makes you a little sick at your stomach. We need a more update beat wedding dance. Something that makes the crowd clap is always fun.

  1.  How Sweet It Is – James Taylor
  2.  Fly Me To the Moon – Frank Sinatra
  3.  Stand By Me –  Ben E King
  4.  Loving You Easy – Zach Brown
  5.  I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice
  6.  Ain’t That Love – Ray Charles


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Well size matters when we are preparing for the first dance. 90% of our clients dance floor is 25 ft x 25 ft. When is the last time you watched Dancing With The Stars. Did you imagine yourself Waltzing across the floor. Maybe that’s not your cup of tea or maybe you’ve been dreaming about this moment. The unbiased truth is those who end up taking dance lessons absolutely love it and it ends up being their favorite part of the wedding. You can’t choose your dance style until you know the dimensions of your dance floor. By choosing a dance style now we can pick a song.

  1. Waltz Minimum 20ft x 20ft or bigger
  2. Foxtrot Minimum 20ft x 20ft or bigger
  3. Tango Minimum 20ft x 20ft or bigger
  4. Night Club 2 Step – Any size
  5. Rumba – Any Size
  6. Salsa – Any Size
  7. Cha Cha – Any Size
  8. Bachata – Any Size
  9. Merengue – Any Size
  10. Hustle – Any Size
  11. Swing – Any Size


Now come on you wear flats to work everyday. Are you going to make it for 12 hours in those 4 inch heals? We know the answer, so lets compromise with some emergency wedges. If you feel like your having trouble getting through the first dance with your wedding shoes its time to go back out and get the relief pair.

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  1. Rumba
  2. Night Club 2 Step
  3. Salsa
  4. Single Time Swing
  1. Foxtrot
  2. Waltz
  3. Hustle
  4. Tango

Submitted by Jessica, from Windy City Wedding Dance



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