Monday, August 29, 2011

Step 98 - Prepare Wedding Tip Envelopes for your Wedding

(Week before Wedding)
Tipping etiquette at weddings can be very bewildering. Traditionally the wedding custom is to tip a wedding supplier if you think they did a great job of providing you outstanding service for both the wedding day and for the run up to the wedding day. Tipping is suppose to be voluntary, however almost all your service providers expect to receive tips.

Tipping is an additional cost you should have included and accounted for when you created your wedding budget so that you ensure that you have money allocated for this purpose. Whenever possible, calculate the tips you intend to give before your actual wedding day. Wedding tips are commonly overlooked when couples set up their wedding budget.

When you meet with every wedding vendor and you negotiate a contract, be sure to discuss tipping and read through the contract to see if tips are included which might be disguised, called something different such as service fees or service charges. Certain wedding vendors most notably to look out for that add tipping in their contracts include caterers, reception facilities, some rehearsal dinner restaurants, banquet halls, and hotels that host weddings. Always ask these businesses about their tipping policies and if there are any things you don't understand in the contract, ask for what each item covers so you don't end up paying for tipping twice.

To avoid confusion on tipping for weddings, tipping guidelines are listed below according to wedding etiquette. Review the list and create a wedding vendor tipping summary for your particular situation.

Wedding Tip Guidelines for your Wedding Vendors

Bartenders - 10% of total liquor bill, (No tipping jar please).
Bed & Breakfast - No tipping required for business owner, $3-$5 per night for outside maid service.
Bridal Fashions - Not required, 15% of alteration bill for exceptional service or $15 - $30, $5 for deliveries.
Catering - Check if tipping is included as a Service Charge or Service Fee, if not 15-20% shared amongst entire catering staff or $1-$2 per guest, if waiters and waitresses are not with cater 15% - 20% of total food bill given to head waiter or maitre' d.
Cleaning Staff - If you contract a cleaning service, not part of your basic wedding staff (caterer,
reception hall, wait staff) 15-20% of contract for services
Ceremony Sites - No tips, $50 tip for manager or coordinator if there is a reception at site.
Church & Chapel - No tips, provide stronger donations to house of worship, $50 for small church
$500 for mega church, mid size church ($ somewhere in between).
Dance Instruction - None required.
Decorations - No tips unless exceptional service - 15% of decorations bill.
Disc Jockeys - $50 or 15-20% of total bill.
Favors - Not applicable.
Florists - No tipping usually a set fee, $5 per delivery.
Gifts & Registries - Not applicable.
Health & Beauty - Depends if included in service, if not 15% of bill, 20% for exceptional service.
Honeymoon - Travel agents don't expect tips, if service is exceptional pick up and drop off a gift.
Hotels & Resorts - $50 to coordinator or manager if wedding on premise, $3-5 per night to maid paid last day working.
Invitations - Not expected unless exceptional service, 15% of bill.
Jewelers - Not expected.
Live Music - $5-10 per person, or 15-20% of total bill under one organization.
Church Organist or Church Musician $25-$40 per person
Makeup Artist & Supplies - 15% of total bill, 20% for exceptional service.
Officiants - Not suppose to take tips, donate extra money to place of worship, a small wedding $50, a mega wedding $500, mid sized wedding somewhere in between, if they travel outside their local area, compensate them for travel costs. If using a civil servant, such as a judge, Justice of the Peace, City Clerk or Notary, you are allowed to tip them but should be called "Donation" rather than "Tip" and ensure it is paid outside of court/office hours.
Photographers - If it's the owner no tip is required, very exceptional work $20-$30, an employee $50.
Reception Facilities - Check if it's in part of the bill, if not $50 to coordinator or manager, coat check and restroom attendants $1 - $2 per guest given to head attendant.
Rehearsal Dinner - 15-20% of bill shared amongst all servers, bartender 10% of bar total bill.
Rental Services - $5-10 for delivery.
Sweets & Treats - $5-10 for delivery.
Transportation - Check if gratuity is included in their bill, if not15-20% of total bill, valets $1-4 per vehicle paid to mgr, inform guests not to tip.
Videographers - If it's the owner no tip, very exceptional work $20-$30, an employee $50.
Wedding Cakes - No tip, decorators 10-15% for exceptional service on exceptional cake, $5-10 for setup or delivery.
Wedding Planners - Tip may be part of set fee, if extremely happy with service 10% more of total commission.

Traditionally it is the best man's duty to take care of tips on your behalf on your wedding day. These duties can also be performed by the maid of honor or by the person paying for the wedding (not the bride or groom). Last choice, a very close family member or friend of the bride or friend of the person paying for the wedding. When paying the wedding vendor their tips, the nominated person handing out the tips should confer with the bride or family if they are satisfied with service and hand out wedding tips between 30 minutes to an hour before the wedding vendor is expected to end their duty.

The preference and tradition stipulates that wedding tips be handed out in cash rather than check. The cash should be stuffed in envelopes labeled with each wedding vendor's name or name of head person of a group, the envelopes to be handed out at relative times throughout the wedding day. You should always carry a couple of contingency fund envelopes in the event you may have forgotten to tip someone important (don't forget to carry a pen to label the envelope) or for one of the hosts or hostesses that performed exceptionally at your wedding.

Always remember when you are tipping a group, a group of waiters, waitresses, busboys, or a group of musicians, give the tip to the head waiter or maitre'd or band leader and to ensure the tip is distributed amongst the team. If any service providers are close family or friends try to tip them generously, you don't want someone who you may see often in your life consider you a stingy tipper and get your reputation sullied to family and friends.

Bartenders, valets, coat checkers, and restroom attendants are notorious for putting out their own "tip jars". Make sure for your wedding that you talk to venue managers that it is totally unacceptable for these reasons to accept tips directly from your wedding guests. These vendors are already being tipped by you. A sign should be placed near each of these services that states "no tipping please" should be sufficient to deter your guests from offering tips and deter staff from accepting them.

Inevitably, some of your wedding vendors that are working your wedding will need to eat and drink. You need to formulate a plan to see that they are well nourished, they tend to perform their duties best when they have a satisfied stomach. Talk to the caterer and talk to the wedding vendors. Depending on your budget, can they be included a meal like a wedding guest, or can the caterer provide them a sandwich or a pasta, or can you have a family member or friend bring them a sandwich. Also provide them with two drinks that are on the house just as long the drink is not too expensive.

Another thing which you can do to help your wedding vendors, is either include a reference of them on any wedding programs you have for the wedding or have an announcement about midway in the musical part of your wedding selection and let your disc jockey or band leader announce if any of your wedding guests are interested in any wedding vendors they can pick up business cards at the musician's table. Many wedding vendors will appreciate the help as often their business is based on referrals.

Lastly, many of your wedding vendors are looking for references. If you like their service, offer to write up a recommendation to them, the recommendation can be done a number of ways, a letter to them, a comment on their website, a "youtube" video, or if you are comfortable with receiving a phone call for reference from a future potential client. Taking photos with wedding vendors at your beautiful reception too, your photo may end up in the wedding vendors website and helps with their credibility. Also take photos of your wedding bouquets, floral arrangements, table centerpieces, other wedding decorations, and wedding cake. Forward the pictures to your florist, decorators, and wedding cake baker and help these businesses out showing off their beautiful work and and these photos sometimes end up in brochures and websites helping them drum up further business.

The rule of thumb is to tip for exceptional service for weddings, don't feel you need to tip if you are not happy with a vendor's service, if the vendor is rude, unprofessional, unkept, does not perform to satisfaction, comes drunk or high or is late. The key in having a great wedding, is to check and double check your wedding vendors and see them in action before your wedding day.

See you on the other side!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Step 97 - Plan your Financial Situation Together

(1 Week to 2 Weeks before the Wedding)
The wedding is a special and exciting time for a couple as they spend much time planning and preparing for the big day, but they often put on the back burner having a serious discussion about their financial situation until sometime after their wedding day and honeymoon. Often Couples often go into a marriage with school loans, auto loans, furniture loans, mortgages, and high credit card balances bringing into their marriage, money woes that end up as a surprise to the other partner.

Couples often don't want to bring up negatives, they feel it may jeopardize the marriage. It turns out it is better for the marriage to have the financial conversation before the wedding than after. It allows you together to start anew your financial life together the right way. After marriage, any personal debt becomes "our debt" and in many cases if the financial situation is a surprise to the other partner, often this creates a mistrust of money matters between the couple right at the beginning of the marriage and creates stress when they are trying to get the marriage off to a good start.

According to researchers, the things that most often leads to couples to split are money matters, issues on sex, chore responsibilities, devoting time to friends especially with the opposite sex, and problems with in-laws. There are many things you want to talk about before getting married, work things, talk about kids, how to put meaning into your relationships, talk about each of your families and each of your likes and dislikes. Often money matters are neglected to later and if you can add money matters to the list of things to talk about before the wedding, it creates a trusting financial relationship right at the beginning of your marriage and moves money matters down on the list of potential problems to start your marriage on the right footing.

As your wedding day nears, the two of you should sit down and plan a day of financial planning. Have some serious fun and both of you lay out your financial situation. Both of you take either a scrap sheet of paper or create a spreadsheet and each of you answers a series of questions. The goal is to ready your finances to bring them together as one, you are readying each of your personal finances and how should you bring them together as one. Make sure you start this exercise independently, no looking at each other's sheet, no cheating. Prepare each of your own sheets, then share each sheet with each other and talk about each point, then try to come to a common agreement. This exercise is called "Skeletons in a Closet". Remember this exercise is just between the two of you, you don't need to share the information with anyone else!

Questions for "Skeletons in a Closet"

1.Describe your job situation, include hours, responsibilities, job relationships, and income!
2.What is your one year plan for work and home?
3.What is your three to five year plan for work and home?
4.List all your assets (bank savings, checking, real estate, insurance, retirement plan, inheritance, and other)!
5.List all your liabilities (credit cards, mortgages, and other debts you owe)!
6.What are your current monthly bills listed for each bill?
7.Where would you eventually like to live?
8.How many kids would you like to have?
9.Describe your dream home?
10.Describe your dream job?
11.What should your kitchen look like? What color?
12.What should your living room look like? What color?
13.What should your family room look like? What color?
14.What should your bedroom look like? What color?
15.Do you want a home office and if so what should it look like? What color?
16.What should your yard look like?
17.Do you have any other wishes?

After you both share your "Skeletons in a Closet" and have talked through each one, you now understand each others finances, wishes and desires and are soon ready to bring your two entities to become one. Once you complete this task, celebrate your coming together, have a drink with your favorite wine or liqueur, go out to dinner, or go to a movie. You just eliminated "Skeletons in a Closet". When you talk through everything, you may not be in total agreement on all your wishes and desires, but at least you know where each of you stands and can work out common wishes and desires over time!

After the wedding and honeymoon, the first thing you will have to do is inform all businesses you have dealings with that you just got married and provide them with your new name, address, phone number, and email address. This includes everything you can think of driver's license, social security card, mortgage companies, all credit cards, credit companies, all utility companies, and any associations you may be a member of.

Once you have updated all your records you will want to sit down with your significant other and start your financial plan at your new home. Experts suggest that when you work your finances that it is probably better to designate one primary manager that handles the household expenses mainly to keep bill paying simple. Experts also say that both parties should be knowledgeable of every bill and occasionally handle bill paying, checkbook-balancing, and the expense monitoring of bills. If one spouse is the primary bill handler, the other one should still should handle paying the bills once or twice a year so they are aware of the household bills and is familiar with the run rate and is aware of bills to be paid when the need arises. Occasionally one spouse might need to go on a business trip or could be laid up in a hospital and the other spouse has no problem picking up the slack and pay all the bills.

Right at the beginning of the marriage, the two of you should identify a place where all the bills go and you both need to create a tracking mechanism for paying the bills. One place you can pick up an inexpensive organizer is at . Studies have shown, that families that lay out a budget and track their monthly expenditures tend to be more successful in money matters. Derive a budget of all your bills for each month and year to date and measure your budget against actual expenditures and show budget differences. The tracking report should look something like the chart below. Learn a spreadsheet package like Excel or Google Docs or get yourselves a budget software program if you have a laptop, computer, or IPhone.

Household Budget

Expenditure           Budget        Actual       Difference
Auto Insurance
Auto Repair
College Fund
Credit Cards
Health Insurance
Maintenance Fees
Retirement Fund

After you pay all your monthly bills, the two of you should have at least 10% left over, if not there is a need to find a stronger paying job or find a second job or find a less expensive home. With the left over money, 50% of the funds should go into a rainy day fund. A rainy day fund is protection against life throwing you curves such as losing a job, health issues, auto repair, etc. Try to set money aside until you reach six months of salary in an interest bearing account which can be accessed by both of you. Also set aside both a retirement account and a college fund right at the beginning of your married lives. Many companies often provide matching funds with individual retirement accounts.

One other thing you should do is create three separate savings accounts with the remaining money. One for joint savings, one for her, and one for him. You should agree to a fair allocation of money to the three savings accounts, maybe 25% to the joint account, 15% to the one bringing in the stronger salary and 10% to the other partner. The joint account might be used for furniture or things for the house or going on vacation. The personal accounts is for buying clothes, buying things for each of your hobbies, or buying a special thing that each of you enjoy or maybe a box of chocolates or flowers for your partner. Of the money you receive in your personal account, a portion should be for spending money and a portion you should strive to not touch and save.

The couple should reevaluate their expense allocations at a designated interval and create budgets. This may be done at the beginning of each quarter or the beginning of the year. Just make sure when adjustments are made to your family's budget that the two of you agree to the budget and expense allocation changes, the key is to look at family money matters together and is our money now and not as each individual's money.

Also as you start your lives together, you need to start working to maintain good credit and you should start monitoring your credit. Ideally you want your credit scores to be 760 but at least above 680. There are three major credit companies Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. You can order credit reports for free up to 3 times a year. You should obtain each of your credit reports, review your credit report and if you see anything wrong put a dispute in using a certified letter. Also keep copies and document what is agreed and verify corrections are made to your credit report. If you have credit issues either get yourselves a credit repair kit or find a reputable company that can help you fix your credit.

Credit Repair Websites

Credit agencies or bureaus gather consumer credit information by soliciting creditors such as credit card companies, banks, and other lenders to join their systems and construct credit experiences on consumers to obtain credit information on consumers to approve credit decisions. The 3 national credit reporting agencies are competitors of each other and they do not normally share their credit information except in special cases. Remember to order credit reports for all 3. Your credit scores impact you in many ways, they determine what you would pay for mortgages, insurance, life, auto loans, and are looked at by rental companies, utility companies, prospective employers, and are looked at by credit card companies who may adjust your line of credit or raise rates or raise your minimum payment.

You need to learn how to handle your credit cards as well. Ideally you want no more than 4 credit cards which may be one of each, a VISA Card, Master Card, Discover, and American Express. A Gasoline Card or Department Store Card may be held in place of one of the aforementioned cards. Ideally you want your credit card balances laid out a certain way.

Credit Card Balances on each Card
< 10% is great
< 30% is good
30% - 60% is neutral
> 60% is bad

Some other notes about credit cards, try to keep balances below 30% of your line of credit for each of your cards if it is possible. If you are over 30% try to increase your line of credit to get it back under 30% or see if you can move the balance to another card which is under 30% of your line of credit. It is better to have a smaller balance on a few cards than have a big balance on one. Close accounts slowly and verified the account was closed by the consumer. Close down the newer card before the older one, the older cards give you better credit. Move money from higher percentage rate cards to lower rate percentage cards sporadically. Try to pay at least double the minimum payment and pay the credit card on time. Your mortgage payments take priority over paying you credit cards.

If you have bad credit, get a secured credit card possibly from your bank. If you get a debt collector contacting you about a debt, you have the right to request them to give you documentation to verify the debt is yours. If the debt collector can't come back with the proof that you owe the debt, they are not allowed to contact you any more. They must contact you no more than 3 times a day and can only call between 8:00 a.m. and 9 p.m.

If you continue getting unwanted calls from a debt collector, get the debt collector's address. Create a cease and desist letter. In the letter, state that the collector should cease and desist further communication with you. Note only cease and desist letters only applies to debt collectors, when you send a cease and desist letter to the debt collector, send it via certified mail with return receipt requested. The debt collection agency can communicate with you one last time to inform you that efforts to collect the debt are terminated, that certain actions may be taken by the debt collector or the debt collector is definitely going to take certain actions.

If you are overwhelmed by expenses from a debt collector, you can handle the situation a few different ways, you can negotiate a compromise settlement a lot less than you owe or you can send a cease and desist letter mentioned above. If you anticipate negotiating a settlement a few months later, you may consider making small payments temporarily. Just note, any time you make a payment the clock begins anew of the debt staying on your credit record for seven years from the day you make a payment.

So plan your financial situation together, work together to make your dreams come true. Don't let money matters wreck your marriage and allow each other a little personal spending money, we all have our little quirks and hobbies.

See you on the other side!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Step 96 - Prepare for your Move to your New Home

(1 Week to 2 Weeks before the Wedding)
Now that your wedding day is getting close, it's also time to prepare for the big move to your new home. Between you and your beloved you both must decide what your new home is going to look at and to go through your things and decide what to keep and what things to get rid of.

The fact is when you first move in together, the household items and furniture negotiation thing can get a little tricky. You are doing more than merging couches, kitchen items, home goods, and decorative things, you are blending two distinct personalities and the nature of people is to bring things along from their past life.

You are a team now, you want to take note of things both the bride has and what the groom has and determine what things are best for your new home. You might start out listing all the tangible things each of you has and next to each has create a his and her column. After the both of you has created the list of tangible items and you should visually see each item and both of you should mark down either a yes or no to each item. If an item is a yes-yes it is a definite for your new home. If an item is a no-no then you should get rid of it. If an item is no-yes or yes-no you need to make a decision.

When you start to plan and bring old furniture and decorate your new home, you want to plan the house together, whether you are bringing things along from where you are living or buy new things, you should make decisions together and all things you get should be yes-yes decisions. Buying things together and both okaying the deal will be an important first step in avoiding a conflict. Some deals may require a compromise, one of you really wants something and the other might not really want it but will be a, I can live with that decision.

When you are making your decisions, realize some things that each of you has, that at first might be a throwaway item but possibly be acceptable if it's redecorated. Furniture could be reupholstered or with slipcovers added, kitchen chairs and table could be stained and decorated cushions could be added. Some belongings you both have could be redone saving you significant money.

If your new home is big enough, you should try to designate his and her rooms. A room that each of you is assigned as your own personal room. Her room might be the kitchen and a back bedroom. His room might be an office space and basement and garage. These rooms you could make each your personal rooms and instead of decorating the room together, each of you is responsible for decorating your own room and what things go in it as long as you don't go too far out. This room is allowed for your yes-no items or if not there maybe there is a storage space.

Also when you are furnishing your place, you might check in with parents, grandparents, or siblings. Sometimes just possibly a relative is planning an upgrade on a certain piece of furniture such as a nicer living room set, dining room set, bedroom set, kitchen table, or kitchen or living room appliance. You might strike up a conversation and talk about if there are plans to redo furniture in the near future. Occasionally you will hear a yes, and they are happy to keep the furniture in the family and help you out in furnishing your new place. Don't be pushy on the subject though and you need to know if your spouse would like the furniture or appliances as well, it still needs to be a yes-yes decision.

Once you have identified a home and have decided what furniture you are bringing along, you next need to find a mover, you basically have three options. Do you rent a truck and move yourself, use a you pack, we drive service, or hire a professional mover? Whatever decision you make, you should interview a few moving businesses before making your decision.

If you consider renting a moving van yourselves, you need to ask yourselves these questions. Does one of you have experience or be comfortable with driving a big truck on a busy highway and narrow streets? Do you have a lot of furniture and have a few strong family members or good friends that you can recruit in helping you to move? This is the most economical option you have.

There are hidden costs with this type of move though. You have insurance costs for the rental truck (your auto policy is not likely to cover this) and your credit card might not allow coverage if you use the same card. You also need to consider gas and the rental of special moving equipment such as dollies, protective covering, packing boxes, and other storage supplies.

If you are renting yourself, reputable companies you might consider include , , , and . For many of these companies you tend to get better rates at midweek and mid month and reserve the truck as far in advance as possible when you know the date you want to move. When you rent a moving truck, be sure to check out a few companies before you agree to an offer, don't close the deal on the first offer and ask the potential truck company what do they have to offer and for what price.

Price is not the only thing you want to consider, cheap may also means poor quality service. Look for a company that has high standards and offers supplies with the deal. Ask if a company offers unlimited mileage, if they don't you might ask how much extra mileage will cost you. Also ask what the penalties are if the truck is returned without a full tank of gas.

You can reserve a moving truck by phone or internet, but you still should try to meet your truck rental company in person face to face. This will minimize any misunderstandings before you agree to rent a truck, and inspect the truck closely before signing any documents. The rental company will have a standard form for you to fill out. When inspecting the vehicle look for dents, scratches, rust, stains, defections of latches, locks, or imperfections on windows. You protect yourself if things are broken or wrong with the truck before you rent it and may save you money upon your return.

At the time of rental, you will need your driver's license, proof of insurance and a major credit card. You will also be asked what type of insurance coverage you want for the trip. Before you go check with the auto insurance company to find out what insurance you are covered for. You will also be asked if you want to include accident insurance, limited loss, damage waiver, and cargo insurance.

Depending upon the size of the moving truck rental, you may need to stop at weigh stations along the way. Ask the rental companies what you need to know and if need be call the state police in the states you will be traveling to understand each states requirements. Before you drive off the rental lot with the moving truck, make sure you have copies of all documents from the rental company including rental agreement, driver trip report, a truck inspection sheet and other paperwork the rental company suggests. Also be sure proof of insurance and registration are also in the truck.

If you prefer not to drive a rental truck but don't mind packing, there are a number of companies available that offer you pack and load, and they drive services. Some reputable companies that offer this service include , , , , , and . These companies will deliver a trailer, moving van or container to your home and give you an agreed to period to load it up and then they send a professional driver who brings the vehicle or container to your new home and then gives you a period to unload them.

This option is middle of the road and is less expensive than a full service mover. Sometimes with these companies you can share space with other customers moving to the same general area. You pay for only the space you use. You can get an initial quote by phone, fax, or email, but ne aware actual charges may be higher if you exceed your estimated load.

If none of the options above won't work you may consider hiring a full-service professional mover. You should consider this option if you are uncomfortable driving a big truck, don't want to spend much time packing and moving, you are moving to a long distance away, or have a lot of stuff to move. Good professional movers have the experience and equipment to move you quickly while avoiding damage to your property. A top quality moving company will put down floor runners, cover railings and doors and place floor boards if moving heavy furniture or appliances. Some of these moving companies can also pack for you and will add 20 to 30 percent to your charge.

Beware of some moving companies, there are a few bad moving companies, especially check out companies that are not national companies. Check moving companies out with the better business bureau and you can check these companies out at , , and .
Also you can find good moving companies that are local to where you live from a few different websites. Some websites you might try include , , , and .

Some reputable National Companies include (Allied Van Lines) , (Mayflower Travel) , (United Van Lines), and (Atlas Van Lines.

When planning your move, don't forget packing supplies which for the average move for a young couple or small family tends to cost around $250. You will likely need plenty of corrugated cardboard boxes, get varied sizes which tend to run from $1 to $5, you might get a discount if you buy them in bulk. You can purchase them up at stores like Mailboxes Etc. or from shipping companies or from moving companies, or order them online from . Most likely you will need anywhere from 60 to 120 boxes of different sizes.

If you have a really tight budget and can't afford to buy many boxes. You can go to your local supermarket and go to customer service and ask for shipping boxes. Grocery stores more often than not will tell you if you can stop by a specific time the next morning, they will leave some big boxes left over from grocery truck deliveries that came in from overnight. If boxes are not claimed by a certain time they often get put into a crushing container.

For dishes and other fragile or heavy items, you are better off using what are called "dish barrel" boxes. These boxes are a little bit more expensive but are double-walled cardboard. Also you might consider wardrobe boxes which include a metal bar for hanging clothes on, some movers may supply some along with the move for free so you may ask what is included and ask about them before you make your order. Also available are flat-frame boxes which are ideal for protecting pieces of art and mirrors.

Brown packing tape is best to use with cardboard, masking tape or duct tape sometimes just doesn't stick well. A few heavy-duty tape guns would be good for each person taping the boxes, maybe one for you, your spouse, and a friend. Before placing objects into boxes, the mover's secret weapon is packing paper. Packing paper is usually sold in 10 and 25 pound bundles and is similar to unprinted newspaper and tends to be the best economical and versatile material for protection. Nearly everything you move can be used by this material, either for wrapping fragile items and crumple the paper for padding.

Some moving companies can sell other specialized accessories such as foam bags, bubble wrap, and cardboard "cell kits" to protect glassware, dishes, and other fragile items, but packing paper will work just as well. Newspaper might be used in some cases but be careful the print can stain, try more to use newspaper for extra padding.

Some other supplies you might consider, box cutters make unpacking a breeze, pick up thick dark permanent markers to mark what is in each box and label boxes on the sides, not on the top, often boxes are covered on top with other boxes. Mattresses and furniture can be protected by mattress bags and furniture pads which are available from rental companies too. Also, you may need to pick up dollies, hand carts, and furniture slides to help you move some of your heavier equipment.

Many people move once and say never again, but the move in with your spouse is sometimes very special, when your move and unpacking is finished and you can say one dream has come true. At the beginning you and your beloved won't have all the furnishings you would like but as you begin your new life together make sure you shop for furnishings together and everything you buy is yes-yes.

See you on the other side!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Step 95 - Review Entrance Way of your Wedding Reception

(1 Week to 2 Weeks before your Wedding)
If you can afford it and their is room to manuever you want your wedding reception way entrance to dazzle. Hopefully the first image your wedding guest see's is an awe inspiring beautifully decorated color schemed or wedding theme sight that hits them that they are truly at a special event, an event they will always remember, when they see the couple.

If there is an entrance hall or entrance way before you enter the wedding reception area, you want to add to the ambiance of the event by setting up the entrance area as well.

At many weddings often you will see an elegant guest book on a table. The guest book comes in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles, the couple should get one that matches their personality and a book that is very sturdy that should last for about a hundred years. Along with the guest book you want a pen set that writes easily, ledgibly, which won't run out of ink for the occasion.

You want the guest book table to be luring too. Surrounding the guest book and pen you want to add other enticing items such as an engagement photo of the bride and groom in a nice picture frame and you can add a few smaller photos of the couple growing up, adding a little nostalgia touch which allows wedding couples to reminesce of their good times with the bride and groom. This touch adds an essential element for the wedding reception.

The guest book allows wedding guests to send them their best wishes which will become a cherished memento for the married couple, which they will always remember. Also add decorative touches to the wedding guest book table to create a beautiful site. You might decorate the tables with color schemed table linens and pretty up the back corners with decorative pillared candles or tapered candles lighted on mirrors. If there is room you always might add a decorative floral vase or have a vase filled with pretty color schemed water beads. You can add little touches to the table too, you might include a wish bowl or a basket filled with a little wedding favors, or a program or menu card or a little dish filled with after dinner mints. Lastly decorate the table with color schemed flower petals or wedding confetti.

Next attention moves on to the entrance way. If you have an open area when you enter the wedding reception you might start with a large poster board to the right of the entrance way. Make sure the poster board does not impede the traffic flow of people walking by. Poster boards can be designed a number of different ways. The poster boards can be set up to show people seated at each table numerically (Table 1, Table 2, etc) or could show the tables alphabetically (Alcapoco, Bahamas, Cancun, etc.). The Poster Board can also show your wedding guests alphabetically by their last name and to the right of their name the table number or name of table that they are seated at.

The poster board also can be drawn up according to the seating arrangement of the wedding reception facility with names embedded of who sits at each table. Wedding guests often have fun with poster boards filled with seating arrangements, it allows them to find where old friends are seated and help them remember names of people they once new and keep them from embarrassment. It's amazing if you have not seen somebody even in a few years how easy it is to forget one's name. It's helpful also to identify some of the ladies because their maiden names have changed. Some online companies can help you to create a wedding poster board are listed below. There are some software companies that can help you with a seating program which you can download a file and bring to an Office Store like Staples or Office Depot and create a poster board for you. Print out a big seating chart and add a large picture frame to it and set it upon an easel.

Sometimes the reception hall has their own tool to help you create a seating chart or a tool may be offered on their website. Talk to the wedding coordinator or manager to see if they offer a seating plan tool.

Companies that Create Seating Chart Poster Boards

If the entrance way is wide for the entrance way, to counterbalance the effect of the poster board of the seating arrangement you can set up another easel and create a poster sized portrait of the wedding couple. This portrait is a special tribute to the wedding couple and makes a nice gift for a wall of pictures in their new home. Check with your photographer to see if he/she can create a poster sized photo of your engagement photo or create a photo special for the wedding reception.

If there is not a lot of room for a seating chart poster board or don't have a budget for it and you have assigned seating, many couples will consider having a special table for place cards. Arrange the cards in alphabetical order in rows on the table or the place cards in a circle. You can decorate the tables with fabrics of the color scheme, add pillar candles or tapered candles with mirrors at the corners or decorate the table with a vase of flowers or plants or include vases with color schemed water beads.

Another option, if you don't have a table but have a wall. Create a space with a clothes lines effect like you see in fast food places or pizza parlors going across the wall. Put place cards in alphabetical order using decorative clothes pins. You can spray paint the clothes pins to your color scheme if you wish. You can place numerous lines of string depending on how many wedding guests there are.

If you have an open reception entrance way area, you might consider decorating the area in other ways. You could add statues, indoor fountains, ice sculptures, plants, flowers, water bead vase designs. If you have empty wall space you could rent a fancy oil painting or you can find someone who sells them and have them displayed and show them for sale, if any of your wedding guests is interested in buying any oil paintings have a card available for contact, share in the proceeds and you might end up with extra money for your honeymoon or buying home goods when you get back.

You might also consider renting furniture with some sofas and coffee tables so wedding guests can escape the music from the wedding reception and have a private location to talk with an old friend with a drink in hand or a chance for singles to escape and mingle.

Another idea which is a hit when it's brought to weddings is to create a poster sized ancestry tree chart. Since the couple just got married, the ancestry chart becomes anew. You can leave spots with those attending the wedding where they can sign their names. Those they have passed on you can honor them by showing their place on the tree. On each side of the bride and groom create a cloud for wedding guest's signatures. Leave spaces for future children. Make sure spots are create for all at the wedding, don't forget to show where cousins and great aunts and uncles are on the chart so they don't become offended. Familys sometimes get fascinated with ancestry charts and family historys can be talked about at the wedding which can be a learning experience for many of the relatives. The family chart could also go along with a photo wall in the wedding couple's new home.

With the upcoming wedding it is also a good time to update a catalog of the family history. Create a diary of each ancestor, schools they went to, places they lived, where they worked, hobbies they had if known, when married, info on their children, and if they are still not with us when they died. A good family tree goes up to the time of the great grandparents and include divorces too, but how much and how far back is really up to the wedding couple.

When you are setting up the reception area you want to consider the ambiance of the atmosphere too. You might want to set up the area with colored lights to your color scheme with updraft flood lights, par can lights or submersible lights in water bead centerpieces, Christmas style lights hanging in trees or with fabric meshing under tables. You might consider piping wedding music if you don't have a wedding musician in the entrance area or play music with a good stereo system, make sure you use a system that has a strong base sound and has good volume with no static so the music almost sounds live. Test the sound system before deciding to use it at the wedding reception entrance area or hall.

Downloadable Wedding Music Websites

In recent years video equipment has become a lot less expensive and many companies sell video equipment enabling equipment to be bought at many different price levels. Some wedding couples have started to create video style guest books either on a DVD or using "Youtube". Videos can be created using a Camcorder (many good choices including Coby, Kodak, Panasonic, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony, or Toshiba), Web Cams, many Laptaps include video, and some Cell Phones, IPads, and Blackberrys.

Remember, while some wedding guests might be good at spontaneous questions, some people are not. Your best interviews for a guest book style interview is when you give your wedding guests a script and a moment to think about what they want to say.

Idea of a Wedding Video Guestbook Script

1. What's Your Name, Who You Are?
2. How do you Know the Wedding Couple?
3. Share a Past Memory with the Wedding Couple?
4. What's your Crystal Ball and Predictions for the Couple?

Decide if you want to edit the scripts and get editing equipment, and where to put the videos, "Youtube", wedding couple's website, online wedding album, or create a Guestbook DVD!

Another fun item for your wedding reception area if there is room is to include a fun Photo Booth. Photo Booth companies provide them and some Photographers too. Make sure you provide plenty of props, wedding bouquets, funny hats and glasses, empty picture frames, Mardi Gras beads and hats, a mini white board to write a statement, use your imagination for good props. Share the pictures from the Photo Booth, one as a wedding favor and one for the back of your photo album (create a collage of photos the couple likes).

Make sure your wedding reception entrance area is decorated and fun as your wedding reception area, if you can afford it make it beautiful and create a special memory for you and all your wedding guests! Don't forget to take pictures of all the pretty areas that have been decorated.

See you on the other side!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Step 94 - Coordinate Wedding Rehearsal Day Activities

(2 Weeks to 4 Weeks before the Wedding)
As you get to about one month before the wedding day, the bride needs to make contact with those involved in the planning of the Rehearsal Day Activities. First the bride needs to contact the officiant or wedding planner or whomever is coordinating the wedding ceremony to discuss and come to an agreement as to what time the wedding rehearsal is to begin and to finalize discussions on how and where any wedding ceremony decorations will be and where they will be placed. The wedding rehearsal practice generally occurs at the wedding ceremony site.

After contacting and coming to agreement on the wedding rehearsal time, the bride needs to reach out to whomever is responsible for planning the rehearsal dinner which is traditionally the groom's family, but also can be handled by someone other in the bridal family should cost or distance become an imposition. Generally the rehearsal dinner is held at a restaurant, banquet hall, private home, or a beautiful park and the location should be close to the ceremony site, ideally be not more than 15 minutes away but at the most be 30 minutes away from the ceremony site.

Wedding rehearsals are an exciting prelude to the wedding day. The wedding rehearsal is normally the start of what's considered the wedding period. The wedding rehearsal is a gathering of the total bridal party to work out many of the details of the wedding ceremony. Most wedding rehearsals take place at the location where the wedding ceremony is to be held, they tend to be held in the early evening but sometimes you may have to work around activities at the ceremony site, some locations are dealing with multiple weddings in a day and other activities may take place at the wedding location too. You are best to book early for the time and day you want the wedding rehearsal to be, so that another party does not block you out. Talk to the ceremony site early on during the wedding planning process to find out far in advance for when you would be safe to book the wedding rehearsal practice, your officiant usually can give you an idea for how far in advance for when you should book the location.

Everyone who participates in the wedding should also attend the wedding rehearsal practice. The wedding party should include the bride, groom, officiant, maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, flower girl(s), and ring bearer(s). Also who should be in attendance should be readers, musicians, possibly photographers, videographers which need vantage points for pictures and taping and others who have duties such as ushers, and maintenance people who direct seating, passing out programs, lay out the aisle runner, and set up lighting and sound equipment. The parents of the bride and groom often attend the rehearsal to oversee that the wedding ceremony practice goes well.

The officiant or wedding planner will work out all movements, to each segment of the wedding, starting with the processional of the bridal party (will the groomsmen and bridesmen walk in together or will the groomsmen come in the side and the bridemaids walk in themselves). The practice continues with the flower girl and ring bearers entrance, followed by the bride and the person giving her away which is usually the bride's dad.

The practice also is held to handle logistics of the wedding ceremony. The timing and positioning as to where the entire bridal is to stand during all parts of the ceremony, also cues are given when music is played and by what musicians, also cues to readers, lighting of the unity candle, and practicing of the wedding vows. (Note; usually the vows are just started with the bride and groom and not fully gone into, in order for the bride and groom's recitation to be more meaningful). Other matters need to be covered too, such as how to hold the wedding bouquets, how to handle and put on the wedding ring, how and who seats important people (parents and grandparents) at the wedding, and where ushers should stand when handing out wedding programs. Finally the recessional is practiced on how the bridal party should exit the wedding ceremony.

The wedding ceremony practice is used to time how long the processional and recessional shall take to time it along with the musical selections and how far apart the bridesmaids, flower girl(s), ring bearer(s), and bride should be, so music and pacing of bridesmaids and brides comes together. Usually most wedding rehearsal practices takes are done in three takes, and should be done at the most in five takes. The wedding rehearsal is a practice for the wedding, it's not a one act play, the practice doe not have to be perfect, you want everybody to leave in an upbeat joyful good mood as you want a good feeling in the air as everyone goes off to the rehearsal dinner.

Also in attendance, at the wedding rehearsal practice might be readers, musicians, photographers, and videographers. Any matters that need to be addressed with others that aren't in the bridal party should be handled before or after the wedding rehearsal practice. You don't want to have to interrupt the wedding ceremony practice to address other wedding vendor concerns, often there is limited time for the practice, you want everybody timely off to the wedding reception dinner and you don't want late nights for the wedding party.

The young children participating in the wedding needs special instruction for the event. Very often this will be their first wedding, be clear in explaining their roles and responsibilities and demonstrate exactly what they are expected to do. Arrange for a familiar face (trusted family or friend) to always be in view. Have a "Plan B" available should they become frightened at the wedding. The recommended age for the flower girl and ring bearer is between the ages of 5 to 8, age 10 at the max.

After the wedding rehearsal practice is the wedding rehearsal dinner. Tradition states that the rehearsal dinner should be different (different color, theme, style of food, decorations) than the wedding reception. The event does not have to be formal or stressful. It is a time for celebrating, to thanks those people that have been special in the groom's and bride's lives and also a chance for the two families to get to know each other a little before the big day. The rehearsal dinner can be a formal dinner, a barbecue, Hawaiian luau, clam bake, or even just an hors d'oeuvre party.

Often, the groom's mother does the planning for the rehearsal dinner, but it also can be planned by virtually anybody in the groom's or bride's family. First ask the groom's family if they will plan and pay for the rehearsal dinner and if not see who in the family can cover the affair. Traditionally, all members of the bridal party are invited including the groom and the bride, maid of honor, all the bridesmaids, best man, all the groomsmen, the  flower girl (optional) and her parents, the ring bearer (optional) and his parents, the groom's parents, the bride's parents, remarried divorced parents too, the officiant and their spouse, the groom's parents, groom's close siblings and their family, the bride's parents, bride's close siblings and their family, all the grandparent's on both sides of the family and any special out of town guests.

The rehearsal dinner is usually set up so guests can mingle some, for about 30 minutes, and then eventually all called to the table for dinner. Depending on how many guests there are you can decide on assigned seating or not. Usually assigned seating is recommended if you have many more than 50 guests.

Directly after dinner, the best man usually acts the emcee (or could be groom's father) who usually gives a speech and toast to the wedding couple. Then speeches and toasts go around to the bride's dad, then to the maid of honor and any other family member's or guests to offer a speech and a toast. The emcee of the evening should be allowed to talk five minutes and other guests toasts should be no more than two minutes. Finally the groom and bride might give speeches and toasts to those in attendance to the rehearsal dinner and thank their parent's for all they've done for them and to thank others for being special and to thank those that have helped in the wedding planning.

In recent years, the wedding rehearsal dinner features a groomsman cake. The groomsman cake is sometimes provided by the grooms family, and sometimes provided by the bride, if none of those two brings one somebody in the bridal party could volunteer and bring one. The groomsman cake is suppose to be a masculine cake, it is suppose to loaded up with a flavor that is the groom loves, could be chocolate, carrot, spice, strawberry, or a cake filled with the groom's favorite liqueur. The cake should be decorated in a masculine way, is thought of as the anti wedding cake. Some of these cakes are decorated as a tiered wedding cake in chocolate or the cake may be decorated with a sports theme (football, basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, golf, etc), hobby, landscape art, alma mater jersey or logo, wedding rehearsal theme, sculpture, hat, abstract, or the top can be decorated as a field or stadium or even have an icing photo of the groom or wedding couple.

Also at the wedding rehearsal dinner, it often is a good time to give out groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts or favors. The favors are a special token for being part of the wedding and for being special in the couple's lives. The bridesmaid gifts sometimes be given out at the brides house when all the bridesmaids meet at the bride's house the next morning.

Often at rehearsal dinners there is family bonding. Some rehearsal dinners feature a slide show or movie about the wedding couple or may feature a table with pictures of the couple or feature a photo album of both their childhoods. Some wedding couples decide to even decorate the event with a color scheme or to a wedding theme. Often though the event is less formal than the wedding and more often than not couples are not expected to dress up. If activities are planned and the event is held at a restaurant or banquet hall, the event is best to be held in a private area, for the wedding speeches and toasts and formal events would be disruptive to the running of the business.

Some of the rehearsal dinners may be an informal event. Some rehearsal dinners can be held at a bowling alley and even some golfing families consider playing a family golf tournament and then have a barbecue or dinner after the outing. Still others have a friendly competition in a private home or estate backyard. Have the two families competing in some outdoor activities such as volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, croquet, basketball, badminton, and trivial pursuit. Winner takes the trophy.

Very often at rehearsal dinners, many relatives are meeting for the first time. Some ice breakers help to get the two families communicating. Games help break the ice, one game is called "Famous Person". As each guest enters the wedding reception an assigned person, usually the best man for the groom's family and the maid of honor for the bride's family, informs each guest what famous person they most look like and that person's name is taped to the back of their shirt, suit, or dress. The guests go around the room and ask questions to each guest without looking and ask questions until they come up with the famous person's name.

Another fun game for wedding rehearsal dinners is called "Who Does What?" The groom and bride sit in chairs facing opposite from each other and each holds a his and her shoe. The best man or maid of honor then asks the wedding couple a number of questions and whoever's responsibility it is to perform the duty either the groom or bride you must raise their shoe. After all the questions are asked the emcee asking the questions reviews all the answers and what duties have to be agreed to yet.

Example Questions for "Who Does What?"

Who most often takes out the trash?
Who controls the remote?
Who answers the phone first?
Who talks the most about having babies?
Who picks out the new car?
Who is first in the shower?
Who is responsible for naming the kids?
Who changes the diapers?
Who is responsible for making the coffee?
Who is responsible for making the bed?
Who is responsible for doing the laundry?
Who is responsible for washing the dishes?
Who is responsible for walking the dog?
Who is responsible for helping the kids with their homework?
Who does most of the cooking?
Who is responsible for shopping for presents?
Who is responsible for scolding the kids?
Who is responsible for grocery shopping?
Who handles the yard work?
Who is responsible for ironing the clothes?
Who plans the days activities?
Who most wants to get married?

Another game can be a trivial pursuit game either a variation of trivial pursuit about the couple, each couple could be asked questions separately or a movie or slideshow could be run first and then trivial pursuit questions could be asked about the couple, or trivial pursuit cards maybe about 6 could be left at each table and the couples could have fun asking questions of each other.

The important thing to note with any game playing, if the next day is the wedding, you don't want to make it a light night for the wedding couple, they should not be kept late, the next day is the wedding and you want them and the wedding party to be in good condition for their "Big" day.

Lastly, remember the Rehearsal Dinner is the first time people are meeting and often their first impression of people, you don't want any activities or speeches to be an embarrassment to anyone and it's not a good time for inside jokes, you want both families to have a good impression of each other and the object is to create an expanded happy family. So enjoy your rehearsal dinner, your wedding, and wedding reception, it should be the most enjoyable time of your lives.

See you on the other side!

Kaiser Wedding Blog - August 2011 Index Page

Wedding Vendors Location

Orlando - February 2011 - March 2011
Atlanta - March 2011 - April 2011
Dallas - April 2011 - June 2011
San Diego - June 2011 - August 2011

Kaiser's Wedding Blog

Step 1 - Get Engaged/Announce Your Engagement
Orlando Wedding Planners

Step 2 - Host an Engagement Party
Orlando Officiants & Counseling

Step 3 - Start a Wedding Folder/Binder
Orlando Churches & Chapels

Step 4 - Decide on Communications Mediums
Orlando Ceremony Sites

Step 5 - Set Your Wedding Date
Orlando Reception Facilties

Step 6 - Determine a Wedding Budget
Orlando Catering

Step 7 - Decide on the Level of Formality of Wedding
Orlando Honeymoon & Activities

Step 8 - Decide on Pre-Marriage Counseling and/or Prenup Agreement
Orlando Jewelers

Step 9 - Decide on a Wedding Planner
Orlando Bridal Fashions & Tuxedos

Step 10 - Create a Guest List for your Wedding
Orlando Photographers

Step 11 - Send Thank You Notes for Engagement Gifts
Orlando Videographers

Step 12 - Select Members for your Bridal Party
Orlando Disc Jockeys

Step 13 - Do Preliminary Research for your Wedding
Orlando Live Music

Step 14 - Attend Bridal Shows and Expos
Orlando Dance Instruction & Fitness

Step 15 - Create a Wedding Budget Worksheet
Orlando Transportation

Step 16 - Interview and Book your Officiant
Orlando Rental Services

Step 17 - Interview and Book your Ceremony Site
Orlando Florists

Step 18 - Interview and Book your Wedding Reception Facility
Orlando Decorations

Step 19 - Interview and Book your Caterer
Orlando Wedding Cake

Step 20 - Research and Book your Honeymoon
Orlando Bed & Breakfast

Step 21 - Select Readers and Toasters for the Ceremony
Orlando Hotels & Resorts

Step 22 - Send out "Save-the-Date" Cards
Orlando Rehearsal Dinner

Step 23 - Research and Order your Engagement/Wedding Ring
Orlando Invitations

Step 24 - Research and Order your Wedding Dress
Orlando Gifts & Registries

Step 25 - Order Bridal Accessories that go along with the Wedding Dress
Orlando Favors

Step 26 - Order Bridesmaid Dresses and Tuxedos for the Wedding party
Orlando Health & Beauty

Step 27 - Order Accessories for the Bridal Party
Orlando Makeup Artists & Cosmetics

Step 28 - Interview and Book your Photographer
Atlanta Wedding Planners

Step 29 - Interview and Book your Videographer
Atlanta Counseling and Officiants

Step 30 - Submit your Engagement Announcement to the Newpaper
Atlanta Churches and Chapels

Step 31 - Interview and Book your Disc Jockey
Atlanta Ceremony Sites

Step 32 - Interview and Book your Ceremony Musicians
Atlanta Reception Facility

Step 33 - Interview and Book your Wedding Reception Musicians

Step 34 - Decide on Dance Lessons before the Wedding
Atlanta Honeymoon & Activities

Step 35 - Determine What Rental Services can offer your Wedding
Atlanta Jewelers

Step 36 - Interview and Book your Wedding Florist
Atlanta Bridal Fashions and Tuxedos

Step 37 - Interview and Book your Wedding Decorator
Atlanta Photographers

Step 38 - Interview and Book your Wedding Cake Baker
Atlanta Videographers

Step 39 - Reserve a Bridal Suite for your Wedding Night
Atlanta Disc Jockeys

Step 40 - Research Bed and Breakfasts for Out-of-town Guests
Atlantic Live Music

Step 41 - Decide if you want an Ice Sculpture to Decorate your Wedding
Atlanta Dance Instruction and Fitness

Step 42 - Identify and Notify a Rehearsal Dinner Site
Atlanta Transportation

Step 43 - Research and Book your Calligrapher
Atlanta Rental Services

Step 44 - Consider a Wedding Carriage or Specialty Limo for your Wedding
Atlanta Florists

Step 45 - Finalize your Wedding Guest List and Track Expenditures
Atlanta Decorations

Step 46 - Decide on a Health Club and/or a Diet Plan for you Wedding
Atlanta Wedding Cakes

Step 47 - Find and Register a couple of Bridal Registries
Atlanta Bed and Breakfast

Step 48 - Decide on Mother's of Bride Day of Shopping
Atlanta Hotels and Resorts

Step 49 - Consider Fireworks for your Wedding
Atlanta Rehearsal Dinner

Step 50 - Decide on Wedding Favors
Atlanta Invitations

Step 51 - Meet with Wedding Officiant or Pre-Marriage Counselor
Atlanta Gifts and Registries

Step 52 - Interview and Book your Wedding Hairdresses
Atlanta Favors

Step 53 - Interview and Book your Makeup Artist
Atlanta Sweets and Treats

Step 54 - Have a Food Tasting with your Caterer and Decide on Wedding Hors d'oeuvres
Atlanta Health and Beauty

Step 55 - Consider Renting a Photo Booth for your Wedding
Atlanta Makeup Artists

Step 56 - Decide on a Chocolate Fountain for your Wedding
Dallas Wedding Planners

Step 57 - Take Care of Honeymoon Requirements
Dallas Officiants and Counseling

Step 58 - Decide on a Fun Wedding Week Activity
Dallas Churches and Chapels

Step 59 - Determine if you need a Wedding Bartender
Dallas Ceremony Sites

Step 60 - Decide if you need Wait Staff/Valets for your Wedding
Dallas Reception Facilities

Step 61 - Send your Invitations out to Wedding Guests
Dallas Catering

Step 62 - Meet and Review Song List with Disc Jockey
Dallas Honeymoon & Activities

Step 63 - Meet and Review Song List with Wedding Musicians
Dallas Jewelers

Step 64 - Develop your Honeymoon Itinerary
Dallas Bridal Fashions & Tuxedos

Step 65 - Review Photography Checklist with Wedding Photographer
Dallas Photographers

Step 66 - Decide if you want a Candy Buffet for your Wedding
Dallas Videographers

Step 67 - Decide on a Specialty Bar for your Wedding
Dallas Disc Jockeys

Step 68 - Collect RSVPs/Develop your Seating Chart
Dallas Live Music

Step 69 - Decide if you want Wine Served for your Wedding
Dallas Dance Instruction

Step 70 - Decide if you want Beer Served for you Wedding
Dallas Transportation

Step 71 - Revisit your Wedding Reception with your Wedding Vendors
Dallas Rental Services

Step 72 - Order your Wedding Favors for your Wedding
Dallas Florists

Step 73 - Order Remaining Needs for Wedding Ceremony
Dallas Decorations

Step 74 - Interview and Book a Limousine for your Wedding
Dallas Wedding Cake

Step 75 - Verify Accommodations for Out-of-Town Guests
Dallas Bed & Breakfast

Step 76 - Review Order of Ceremony with Officiant/Create Wedding Program
Dallas Hotels & Resorts 

Step 77 - Decide on Having a Coffee Bar for your Wedding
Dallas Rehearsal Dinner

Step 78 - Decide on Showing a Slideshow for your Wedding
Dallas Invitations

Step 79 - Consider a Bridesmaid Day of Pampering
Dallas Gifts & Registries
Step 80 - Organize a Bridal Shower
Dallas Favors

Step 81 - Decide on the Rules for a Bachelor Party
Dallas Sweets & Treats

Step 82 - Make Arrangements for your Bridal Party
Dallas Health & Beauty

Step 83 - Buy Weddings Gifts for Each Other
Dallas Makeup Artists & Cosmetics

Step 84 - Develop and Distribute Day of Wedding Schedule
San Diego Wedding Planners

Step 85 - Prepare a Bridal Emergency Kit
San Diego Officiants & Counseling

Step 86 - Check Marriage License Requirements
San Diego Churches & Chapels

Step 87 - Decide to Write your Wedding Vows for your Wedding
San Diego Ceremony Sites

Step 88 - Create your Wedding Photo Album
San Diego Reception Facility

Step 89 - Decide on using Water Beads for your Wedding
San Diego Catering

Step 90 - Touch Base with your Wedding Vendors
San Diego Honeymoons & Activities

Step 91 - Decide on your Table Place Setting
San Diego Jewelers

Step 92 - Prepare and Wrap your Wedding Favors and Gifts
San Diego Bridal Fashions & Tuxedos

Step 93 - Determine what Alcoholic Beverages to Serve for your Wedding
San Diego Photographers