Happy New Year 2012, how many are getting married???

Did you know researchers say each year the percentage of the groom poping the question on New Years Day grows more and more? Well if this is new to you, it is not new to me, I have read article, seen the highlights of how this day is the most special touching day for brides & grooms to be.

Each year the rise percentage of couples getting engaged has went from 15% to 88%, now this is a huge number, and why is this happening?, I personally do not know, but as a wedding planner I can say its the best way to start your new year, everyone want a fresh start, grooms want to express their love to their brides by leaning on one knee and asking their hand in marriage either at family and friends prescence or on tv while celebrating the count down. This is a really emotional time and something worth remembering for the rest of your lives.

Now I ask you, Are you getting married this New Year 2012?

Get Organized With Your Wedding Planning

 

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If you don’t have a wedding planner, get yourself a wedding planner! That is, an organizer like the one above.

Step 1: Buy a planner with an area for notes, a to-do list, and a calendar to dedicate SOLELY to wedding planning.

Step 2: In the notes section, put all of your ideas… what flowers you want, your colors, dress ideas.

Step 3: On your to-do list, list everything you still have to do before the big day.

Step 4: Mark important meetings, deadlines, and other days on your calendar.

Step 5: Go through bridal magazines and begin ripping out pages that give you ideas or that include discounts. Stick them in your planner.

Step 6: Start collecting coupons for bridal shops and wedding vendors and put them in your planner as well. (Check out our previous article: 8 Little Known Ways to Get Wedding Discounts).

Step 7: Keep up with it! Make sure to look at your calendar everyday and cross items off your to-do list as you complete them.

 

Articles from somethingbluebook.com

Top 10 things brides do wrong when planning their wedding

Top 10 Things Brides Do Wrong When Planning Their Weddings

 

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Make sure you don’t make these wedding-planning mistakes!

  1. When planning their special day, brides tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves, and everyone involved, to make the day absolutely perfect. What you need to remember is that even though your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, it’s just ONE day. Savor the days leading up to your wedding as well. Your engagement is a very special time. Don’t spend it stressed out and anxious! Besides, stressing leads to overeating, which is never good for a bride-to-be.
  2. A lot of brides tend to overspend in a big way. I have seen wedding budgets double over the course of a long engagement. Remember, you do NOT want to start your marriage off broke. Think ahead, and make sure you won’t need the money to buy a house, car, or pay your bills before you spend it.
  3. We hate to say this, but it needs to be said! Too many brides buy dresses that are a size too small. A lot of times, wedding dresses tend to run small, so if you wear an 8, you might need a 10. I know that it would boost your confidence to squeeze into a smaller size, but your fat pockets hanging out just aren’t flattering. You will feel better about yourself if you look good– who cares about a number on your dress. (Just cut out the tag!) Plus, you want to be able to dance the night away with your new hubby without feeling too sucked in!
  4. Once you get your mother and mother-in-law involved, they will have you inviting everyone you’ve ever met and never cared to see again to your wedding! Brides tend to go crazy inviting too many people, which is a bad idea for several reasons. First of all, you will end up spending too much on invitations and postage… especially when you invite those people that you know have no intention of coming. Secondly, you are paying for a plate of food for each person you invite. Third, you don’t want to waste an hour of your reception (especially if you are limited on time) greeting people whose names you don’t even remember!
  5. Sometimes, stress causes a bride-to-be to start obsessing over the small details– the color of the napkins, the font on the placeholder cards, or whether to throw rice or birdseed. Before you start going crazy on the details, ask yourself these question: Does this specific thing really matter to you? Will you remember it in 5 years? Will it make or break your wedding day? If you answer no, then let it slide.
  6. One of the most common mistakes of wedding planning is when brides-to-be become too controlling. Remember– it is your fiance’s wedding day too! Men act like they don’t care, but they do– and they SHOULD! They most likely won’t care about flower colors or whether or not you curl your hair, but there are certain things that they will want. And they should be at least partly involved in the wedding planning process.
  7. When people get overwhelmed, they tend to put things off. And that is why many brides procrastinate! Take advantage of your engagement to get things done a little bit at a time. Plan ahead, and take care of the major things way in advance so that if there is a problem, you will have plenty of time to deal with it!
  8. A classic mistake brides-to-be make is ticking people off who are involved in the wedding planning. Your wedding planner, mother, sisters, and bridesmaids are there to help you, but don’t let the power go to your head. Remember—you can catch more bees with honey than you can with vinegar!
  9. Some brides will never admit to this mistake… but it happens all the time! They choose ugly bridesmaids’ dresses to make themselves stand out! DON’T LIE… you know it’s tempting! But the only person it really makes look bad is you… and if you don’t want them to steal the show, don’t give people a reason to gossip about them.
  10. It is CRITICAL that you do not make this last mistake… Don’t get so involved about planning your wedding day that it makes you forget what this day means. This is the beginning of your life together. Make this time exciting; you won’t regret it.

 

This is just a share from another website & thought it was extremely true.

You do not have to become a “Bridezilla”…..

 

What is a “Bridezilla”, and why has society began to call it this way?

 

A bridezilla is a bride-to-be who is so focused on creating a perfect wedding that she is extremely unreasonable. Bridezillas tend to destroy everyone in their path with their demanding attitudes. The name, bridezilla, was inspired by the 1954 Japanese movie monster, Godzilla which starred in a remake of the film Godzilla, released in 1998.

 

 

Planning a wedding is stressful for all brides and it’s only natural for a bride to want everything to be perfect. But a bridezilla is a bride who doesn’t just want everything for her wedding day to be perfect. She expects and demands it to the point of shouting at everyone. While regular brides may get a little teary or frustrated during the wedding preparation process, bridezillas tend to be overly emotional if even the smallest detail is not exactly what they want.

 

Not every beautiful “Bride-to-be” needs to become a “Bridezilla”, you are

“Exquisite”, beautiful, the honored one, the angel of your “Groom”, everyone will say and see you are the lucky one because that “Groom” has choosen “YOU”.

There are many ways to avoid feeling streesed, tired, moody, and as if a wedding planning is a no way out. You, (Bride), are not alone, many people are there to support and guide you, first and far most…. a “wedding planner”, we are here to guide you, but most important, let you enjoy your plans and let us take the hard part and turn it into “Your Wedding of Your Dreams”, because this is what your day supposed to become, magic, smile, tears of joy, that kiss you’ve been yearning for since the moment you said “Yes” to him,.

 

Enjoy your planning by visiting spa, sharing with friends on a “Girls Night Out”, visiting the beach, taking a nice and relaxing tan, practice yoga, sex education classes will be great, maybe even a party at home, contacting your Avon or Mary Kay Representative,… the list goes on and on. My point is, the Bride really isnt a Bridezilla, she is just over stressed, scared and excited to become his wife, and “WE” should always try and understand them.

 

Til my next article, enjoy and remember to take each day as it comes and enjoy your wedding plans.

 

 

Written by Jessica Ares, Owner of Elite Wedding & Event Planning

Getting ready for your first bridal show,…

The decision to exhibit at a bridal show requires evaluating financial and contractual factors to ensure that the marketing investment has a positive return. The following is a list of all the good reasons to make the decision to exhibit:

  • Meeting with potential new customers
  • Promoting your brand in the industry
  • Rolling out new products or services
  • Learning customer’s needs
  • Monitoring industry trends
  • Monitoring competitor’s products and services

Too often, companies exhibit because

  • A show producer sold them a “deal” or “package”
  • “Our competitors do”
  • “We always do”

 

 

Picture from Bridal Show Images

 

For your first bridal show booth, consider renting the smallest possible booth. You’ll be learning a lot about what you do and don’t want to do in future shows, so its usually best to keep your expenses lower while you learn by trial and error.

 

More ideas and information about bridal shows each day, please come back for updated posts.brida

Choosing your wedding theme…

When it comes to choosing a theme for your wedding, you need to remember what inspiration you want to share and let your guests see in you, while your walking down the ile.

 

I took some time to research and found some “Themes”, I wanted to share. Some are added as I thought of it and will also include details as I think of them. Being not only a planner but a decorator, gives me the wonderful opportunity to create my ideas and small details for these themes. I will also add another post on the colors of each “Theme”

 

  • Apple Themed Wedding
  • Beach Themed Wedding
  • Butterfly Wedding
  • Candyland Themed Wedding
  • Colored Combination Wedding (here i will add combinations of different colors and how beautiful they go together without YOU even knowing these colors would go together, its a mix match wedding.)
  • Fall Wedding
  • Halloween Themed Wedding
  • Las Vegas Themed Wedding
  • Petals Wedding
  • Summer Wedding
  • Spring Wedding
  • Sunflower Wedding
  • Tea Cup Wedding
  • Tropical Wedding
  • Valentines Day Wedding
  • Vintage Themed Wedding
  • Wine Themed Wedding
  • WinterWonderland Themed Wedding

Finding the best places for pictures…

As I took some time off this weekend, I decided to visit a Park in Springfield Massachusetts, were most “Brides & Grooms” visit during their after wedding to take pictures. It is beautiful, romantic and quiet. Somestimes we do not realize a park can have spaces, or places with touches that can bring memories to a couples life in pictures.

Here I will add some pictures of just one park, and you wont believe your eyes the beauty within “Forest Park”

 

Forest Park, on the banks of the Connecticut River in Springfield, Massachusetts, is one of the largest municipal parks in the United States, lying on 735 acres (297 ha) of land. During the holiday season it features the nationally renowned Bright Nights light festival, a 2.6 mile high-tech lighting display.