The ring is on your finger and the location of your Pinterest-board dreams is confirmed for the big day—now it’s time to get your guests in the loop. Your first step: mailing wedding save-the-dates (the pre-invitation that officially announces your wedding date). Wondering about when to send save-the-dates or the details of save-the-date etiquette? You’re in luck. We’re answering your most burning questions about this essential piece of correspondence. From how many save-the-dates to order (and if you need extra) to our top tips and tricks to save a little cash on postage, we’re here to help you nail this process and get guests stoked to clear their calendars.
Cakes have always been a standard dessert at most weddings, but in recent years, couples have gotten a lot more creative with the tasty sweets they offer to their guests. That’s because when it comes to wedding cake etiquette, no rulebook says you have to serve an extravagant five-tiered design. And for couples who want to participate in the classic cake-cutting tradition—but don’t want a wedding cake—a cutting cake is the perfect alternative.
Once there’s a ring, it’s time to start thinking about choosing a wedding party. If you’re a newly engaged bride-to-be, you might be asking your best friends to be in your bridal party and if you’re a friend to the couple, you might be wondering what your responsibilities will be after accepting your invitation into the bridal party.
Once you’ve set your wedding budget, the next step should be to get an idea of your guest list. The average wedding in the US consists of 167 guests, and each guest can cost anywhere between $91 – $365…. The number of guests you invite to your special day will directly influence the cost of many different elements of your wedding – from the invitations, to the catering and wedding favors!
In this world of ever-changing wedding trends, you might feel like you’ll need an enormous pile of cash to pull off your dream celebration—the experts know this to be true: “It can be easy for couples to stress about the impact budget is going to have on their wedding,” says Dantus. “Before they even get started, they’re already playing the comparison game.”
There is so much that goes into planning your wedding. I believe one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process is hiring a wedding photographer. After all, your images are what you will remember your day by. They are what you will show your kids one day. They will allow you to relive your wedding day every time you look through them. This is why I’m so passionate about wedding photography. My job is to document your memories so they can live on for a lifetime.
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so you want everything to be perfect. One of the big decisions you have to make is whether to have a band or a DJ at your reception. There are pros and cons to both, so it is important to weigh all your options before making a decision. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to have a band or DJ at your wedding:
The calming presence of a person by your side at every difficult turn in life is what you need. Someone who’s there for you, cheers you up at times when all you want to do is cry and who understands you is a life partner you indeed need with you, at all times. Love is the bond that connects us all but finding a life partner can be incredibly difficult.
But that’s what people say: it’ll take time, it’ll be difficult but when you find them, it’s a breathtaking moment with inexplicable feelings. You have just got to find them. In account of this, here are some things you need to keep in mind while looking for ‘the one.’
Find someone who you can connect with easily
It is very important to choose somebody with who you can easily strike a conversation. This way, you can enjoy doing things and talking about them together without getting bored.
Potential partner with same interests
Selecting someone who shares a lot of common interests with you will work in your favour. Remember that all your interests don’t really have to be the same, but some would do. Says clinical psychologist and relationship expert Seema Hingorrany, “When you decide to spend your life with someone, you must look at things that the two of you would love to do together. For example, if you are a movie buff, you would ideally like to be with someone who enjoys movies as well. This will make your life interesting.”
Consider your partner’s intellect
If you are a laid-back person and your partner is an over-achiever, that could lead to a threat in your marriage. You must see eye to eye on how both of you are able to think and process things.
It’s okay to have standards
While choosing a life partner, you need to consider your and your family’s standards. Though it’s okay to choose someone who probably does not belong to the same strata of society as yours, make sure that he/she’s not completely off the mark.
You should have respect for one another
You obviously cannot spend your life with someone who has no respect for you or your dreams/goals or your personality. So, choose someone who will acknowledge you for the rest of your life.
Is your potential partner trustworthy?
In this day and age, it is extremely important to choose someone you can trust. You definitely cannot lead a happy marriage if you cannot trust each other or have faith.
Spend time together
Just as important as it is to have similar interests, it is also crucial to be with someone who gives you enough time and who you would love to spend time with.
First, congratulations on your recent engagement! What follows next? With the excitement from your engagement, it might overwhelm you with how and where to begin your planning; and that is very understandable. Especially, since it will be the biggest event, you will ever have to plan.
From my experience, here are four steps to take before you start your wedding planning.
You may have helped a friend plan their wedding day or spent hours on Pinterest creating your dream board, but that doesn’t mean you have to tackle it solo. There are so many different reasons why hiring a wedding planner can make your planning experience better. Booking vendors, organizing your RSVPs, managing your budget and planning every other aspect of your big day can be a lot of work. Add in your normal day-to-day responsibilities, and it’s enough to make even the most organized to-be-weds stressed. Luckily, working with a pro can take a huge weight off your and your partner’s shoulders, leaving you time to enjoy the process.