As a wedding planner, I attend food tastings for virtually every client and they are always a blast. You get this awesome meal with tons of options that you’d probably never order at a restaurant. But tastings aren’t just to have a good meal. The goal of a tasting should be to select your menu for the wedding and to have a very clear idea of what you’ll be getting the day of your event.
The minute I walked through the Mediterranean house and on to the sprawling emerald green grass, I knew I was in trouble. On the edge of the lawn was a rocky cliff followed by the most gorgeous and expansive view of the Santa Barbara coastline. At that moment I said to myself, “I don’t care if I have to serve mac n’ cheese to my guests. I’m getting married here.”
Virtually every couple uses a wedding website or “wedsite” these days. It’s a great place to put all the information that wouldn’t fit on the invitation. Some choose to collect their RVSPs via their wedsite too. These personal sites are also perfect for the sensitive information that doesn’t go on the invitation such as whether children are permitted and what the dress code is for each event. As you start to look, you’ll find that there are a crazy amount of options out there. It can get really overwhelming to choose one. Here are some fabulous wedsites for every budget.
The first time a bride and groom see each other is always magical and emotional. Most associate this initial locking of eyes as something that occurs when the bride walks down the aisle. But with this new trend, couples are seeing each other well before the ceremony with a carefully planned “First Look.” A first look (herein referred to as “FS”) or “Reveal” is when the photographer brings the bride and groom to a private location for an intimate meeting before the ceremony. The groom is usually placed in the location with his back turned. Then, the bride enters and taps him on the shoulder or calls to him. The photographer is there to capture the initial reaction on film in an very non-intrusive way. The result is stunning. The FS is gaining in popularity and about 30-40% of my couples are opting to do a FS instead of waiting to see each other at the ceremony. Here are a few reasons why you should consider doing a FS at your wedding.
The average wedding in the United States costs over $25,000. The majority of the cost will be in the non-refundable deposits which are applied to your balance. But what happens if the country club suddenly shuts down or your caterer fails to show up the day of the wedding?