Wedding Financial Responsibility Chart

Who pays for what?,  is the question we all have when it comes to wedding planning. Traditionally, wedding expenses are divided among the brides and grooms families, the bride, the groom, the wedding party, and out-of-town guests.

The Bride’s Family:

  • Engagement Party
  • Wedding invitations, announcements, and enclosures, including the mailing costs
  • Bride’s wedding and attire and trousseau
  • Rental fees for the ceremony site
  • Incidental ceremony expenses, such as the fees paid to the organist, soloist, and sexton
  • Ceremony and reception photography and videography
  • Transportation to and from the ceremony and reception sites for the female attendants
  • Entire cost of the reception
  • Bouquets and corsages for the bridesmaids, maid or matron of honor, and flower girl
  • Flowers for the ceremony and reception sites
  • Flowers sent to all hostesses who entertain the bride and groom
  • Their own wedding attire

The Groom’s Family:

  • Rehearsal dinner
  • Travel costs and accommodations for their out-of-town family members
  • Their own wedding attire
  • Additional expenses, as decided

The Bride:

  • Wedding gift for the groom
  • Groom’s wedding ring
  • Hair stylist and makeup artist to do her hair and makeup
  • Accommodations for her out-of-town attendants
  • Presents for her attendants
  • Personal stationery and thank-you notes
  • Keepsake accessories

The Groom:

  • Marriage license and any other legal fees
  • Brides engagement and wedding rings
  • Honeymoon trip
  • Officiants fee
  • Floral corsages for both his and the brides mother
  • Boutonnieres for his attendants and himself
  • Brides bouquet
  • Wedding gift for the bride
  • Corsage for brides going-away outfit
  • Corsages for honored female guests, such as grandmothers and godmothers
  • Gloves, ascots, and ties for his out-of-town attendants, if these items wont be rented
  • Accommodations for his out-of-town attendants
  • Shipping the wedding presents to his and his wife’s new home
  • Bachelor party, if no one else pays for it
  • His own wedding attire

Although this list has been created, many couples have changed the way they pay for their wedding, some couples are paying for everything equally especially now when they both have a full time job, only the traditional family will still use the similar list above.

You do not have to separate lists if you both create a budget and work it wisely.


Bridal Beauty Trends 2014

Bridal Beauty Trends 2014

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The 2014 bridal look is all about natural beauty, subtle glow and barely there nude lips with a touch of color.

To start with, the real key to this wedding trend is naturally beautiful skin.


Skin care should be at the top of list for every bride. Exfoliation is important to rid the skin of any flakiness along with proper moisturizing to keep the skin glowing. If you’re prone to breakouts, it’s a good idea to start with monthly facials six months before the wedding to keep breakouts in check and have the perfect canvas for your bridal makeup.


Foundation: with everything being in high definition, the last thing you want to use is a heavy opaque foundation that covers the skin completely. The camera see’s everything! You want to see the natural glow of your skin. 
For this reason, airbrush foundation, when applied properly is the best way to achieve the flawless natural look. Why?  Because it mixes tiny dots of makeup with your own skin showing through giving minimum coverage with maximum results.


Try warming up your complexion with tones of peach, coral or pale rose on your cheeks depending on your coloring.   Choose slightly transparent, fleshy reds, browns, or pinks for your lips.  Open your eyes with perfectly groomed eyebrows, accentuated brow bones, and defined curled lashes frame the eyes like a beautiful picture frame accentuates a painting. 
Many brides are using false lashes. I caution on this. Have a professional apply them if you are. Done properly this can give a beautiful big wide eye, if applied incorrectly it can give you more of a costume look.

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Eye Shadows should be in the neutral pallet. Avoid heavy frost in your shadows. The camera can distort this look and take away from the beauty of your own eyes.


Although there are many trends, from retro bride to the smokey-eyed bride, always keep in mind that you will be forever immortalized on film. Timeless beauty is always best!

Lynn Tassinari Wegiel has been a leader in the makeup industry for many years. Her work has been recognized internationally in the media and print.  You can view her portfolio at


Preparing the Guest List

When planning a wedding, the most difficult task is preparing the guest list, some couples end up creating this huge list of guest which 20% you have no communication with in years, then to realize they’ve moved or will not be able to attend, this is why I as a planner let my brides & grooms know how important it is to concentrate on your guest list.

Make sure you take time writing, re-writing, re-reading and decide together on who should or should not remain there. It has come to my attention how social media has taken a huge way of communicating with guests, I’ve seen brides create a wedding guest list or RSVP facebook page, Although e-mailing wedding invitations isn’t considered proper, asking guests to RSVP by e-mail is becoming more common.

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Whenever I start organizing a party, regardless of how big or small, one of the first things I like to do is sit down and come up with the guest list.
Why do I do this so early in the process? The number of people at your event will effect every aspect of planning and decorating. Keeping this number in mind (even if its just an estimate) will help you focus and stay on budget.
  • Location: Home or outside the home? Everyone’s answer to this question will vary depending on (1) how many people you are planning to invite, (2) how much space you have available, and (3) your ability to adapt the available space to your needs. For example, if you have a large backyard and are planning a party you might be better off saving the money you’d spend on renting a space and spend it on getting your backyard party ready.
  • Tables and chairs: Guests need a place to sit! Despite what you may think, people awkwardly standing around hoping to land some space on the couch is not ok. The size of the guest list will help you decide on how many tables and chairs you’ll need to keep guests comfy. If you don’t have enough you can rent. Prices will vary depending on what part of the U.S you live in and what kind of chairs you want, but on average can cost anywhere from $0.75 to $7.00 a chair. Tables will be a few dollars more depending on size and shape (square v. round). Churches and local community centers are also known to rent/lend out tables and chairs for a small fee or donation and sometimes even for free.
  • Food, drink and snacks: Don’t invite people if you can’t feed them. It doesn’t matter if you’re only planning on serving a light meal or finger food, there should be enough of everything for everyone. The size of your guest list will help you determine just how much food you need to order/buy/make yourself. The same goes for the cake: Knowing how many guests you have will help you avoid the mistake of ordering a cake too large and wasting money or ordering too small and having to skimp on the servings.
  • Decorations: A small gathering that’s over decorated will look suffocating and the overall effect lost, while a large party with too few decorations looks rushed and not well thought out. With the number of guests in mind you’ll also have an idea of how much space you need and how to make it flow. It’s important to find a balance between the amount of people that will be there and the use of the space.
  • Party Favors: Show your appreciation for your guests by giving each a special favor. Whether it be small boxes of candies or a handmade gift with sentimental value, guests appreciate receiving something special. Knowing how many you’ll need will let you choose what kind of favors are within your budget for each person and what kind best fits your event.
  • Your time and energy: Be honest with yourself. Who do you reallywant to share your party with? Is the size of the celebration something you can handle right now, or would you be more comfortable with a more intimate get together? This is the time to really think about how much and what you can fit on your plate.


When coming up with my own lists I have one column for the number of adults and another for the children. I do this because children have different wants and interests. Even if it is an event aimed more at adults you should be considerate of your younger guests and think about giving them a space where they can play and be comfortable.


Once I have my list, I add up the names in the two columns and include 5 more just to cover myself in case I’ve forgotten anyone and remember later on. For a wedding or very large event three months before the date should be your limit for editing the guest list in anyway. For smaller parties, two  to three weeks.


Next time you’re planning a party, try this method and see how it works for you!