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GetWedForLess.com Produces Deal-liciously Haute Bridal Extravaganza on Sept 18th!

GetWedForLess.com Produces Deal-liciously Haute Bridal Extravaganza on Sept 18th!

Get Wed for Less is producing its third bridal extravaganza on Sunday, September 18th!  (Please keep reading to redeem special thank you gift below).

Metro Wedding Expo, a division of Get Wed For Less, is going down in less than a month at the illustrious Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, from 12-4pm. You won't want to miss the incredible deals, FREE wedding dress giveaways courtesy of St. Anthony's Bridal, celebrity photographer photo opps, and fantastic bites and libations being dished out from the best of the best right in the DMV (that's DC, Maryland, and Northern VA for those who are not "urea"-conscious). 

We will welcome event savants and the host of the finest brides and grooms the DMV has to offer (yes, true words!)  There will be an abundance of local fave Creatives and Tastemakers to wow your socks off at #MWE (check out which local favorite wedding professionals are already confirmed to be in the house on Sept 18th here).  Get there early to catch the glam bridal gowns rocked during our Haute Runway Show -- sure to impress the most discerning of brides!  

As a special thank you for being a getwedforless.com subscriber, we would like to give you $10 off your ticket (that's almost free, friends!).  Redeem online through metroweddingexpo.com, click on Tickets, and enter promotional code GETWEDFORLESS. (You will find the place to enter your discount when you click on "Enter promotional code" directly under the ticket options).

Visit www.metroweddingexpo.com for additional event and exhibitor info (major exhibitor reveal specials are ending very soon and space is limited). It's not too late for your company to be in the spotlight! 

We hope you'll join us, and as always, Happy Planning!

Team GetWedForLess.com and the #MWE2016 Squad

 

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David Tutera Talks Wedding Trends, Dishes Advice

David Tutera Talks Wedding Trends, Dishes Advice

Our event of the summer had to be David Tutera's inaugural wedding experience event, marking his triumphant entrance into the bridal show arena.  Buddy V, The Cake Boss, was there, too, and we know why America loves him!  There were quite a few golden nuggets we took away from listening to Mr. Tutera himself.  Here, we'll give you our Top 3 Tutera Trends-n-Tidbits!

1) On Creating a Wedding Uniquely You

David mentioned that he always hears from brides that they want their wedding to be unique.  However, as he listens to them explain their vision, it's usually the same boring stuff!  David encouraged the wedding pros sitting in on this catwalk-side chat to really present some out of the box ideas.  How about you have the reception BEFORE the ceremony?  What we got from this segment: Think differently if you want something different from the norm and don't be afraid to try something new - as long as it's YOU!

2) Real Deal on Room in the Budget for Fabulous Story-Telling

He said what really makes a wedding "successful" is to tell the couple's story.  David's words shocked me when I heard him say it.  He said that he can tell the same story with a wedding budget of $30,000 as one with a budget of $1,000,000!  Of course,  $30K is the lower end for Mr. Tutera's repertoire, but, alas, that's great news!  Interestingly, this made me think of one of my favorite chefs in Miami.  Chef Eric's brand drew me in because he focuses on just that - telling the story of the couple in love through how he showcases everything from the setup to the food design.  

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Photos Credit (L and R):  Healthy Gourmet Miami, RSVP Events Miami

3) Battle Royale:  Sparkles v. Lace

If you're like me, then you have been seeing lace at every turn... on more than just wedding dresses.  Well, according to Sir David, his bridal line Mon Cheri was talking lace four years ago!  Sir David said out with the lace and in with the sparkles for wedding dresses!  This world-renowned trendsetter in all things wedding told us Mon Cheri is designing and showcasing "sparkling, more glamour, plunging" necklines.  We also noted subtly plunging sweetheart necklines on a couple of his bride models as they walked about Your Wedding Experience.  Needless to say, I loved seeing the gown on my fave summer bride Jessica shown here; I let her know, "David would be proud!" *Wink Wink*

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All in all, the "Wedding Experience" was wonderful.  It tastefully captured the Tutera brand, allowed many of us to get a foretaste of bridal trends, and connected me with some phenom fellow pros in the wedding industry.  Do you have any "events of the season" you would like to share with us?  If so, please leave comments below - we would love to hear from you!  

Until next time... Happy planning!

Lauren

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New Year Fitness Goals? Here's a Practical Workout Plan for You

New Year Fitness Goals?  Here's a Practical Workout Plan for You

With the start of the new year upon us it’s time to decide what we want to accomplish over the next 12 months.  

For a lot of people that includes wanting to look better in that little black dress (or wedding dress)... and a lot of you will probably get off to a great start, but find that it’s all too easy to slip into old habits that don’t produce the results that you’re looking for.  Then before you know it, the motivation of the New Year is going, and so are the short lived results that you may have seen.  

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Photo credit:  Joe Bauer, WeddingWOD.com

Why does this happen and how can we stick to a fitness plan that works…? 

Well, I’ve been working with people just like you for over 12 years.  I work with brides who want to lose a few pounds to make that wedding dress look absolutely amazing.  And the average person that wants to lose weight and feel better.  

The problem is that it’s easy to fail.

Many times people will find a plan in a magazine that will work great at first, but when they get really sore, or busy at work, the plan goes to the wayside.  

The truth is that the first part of the plan should be really easy to accomplish, and you should be rewarding yourself often.

It’s really all about creating the habit of working out, and being overall healthy.  Once you have the habit the results will come before you know it.

Here’s a good sample plan to get you started, and we’ll conclude with the all important habit creator:

We are going to make this super easy.  All exercises will be done for 2 warm up sets, and 3 working sets of 10 reps.  Each working set should be heavy enough that it burns pretty good by the end of each set.  Also, make sure to rest for 1 minute between each set. 

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Photo credit:  Joe Bauer, WeddingWOD.com

Monday - Resistance training day

- Barbell squats

- Dumbbell lunges

- Barbell deadlifts

Tuesday - Easy cardio

- 30 mins of your favorite cardio method.

*If you have a heart rate monitor wear it, and keep your heart rate between 130 and 150 beats per minute. 

Wednesday - Go for a walk

Thursday - Resistance training day

- Pull-ups, or assisted pull-up machine

- Cable rows

- Dumbbell biceps curls

Friday - Easy cardio

- 30 mins of your favorite cardio method.

Saturday - Resistance training day

- Dumbbell bench press

- Dumbbell overhead shoulder press

- Dumbbell skull crushers/tricep extensions

Sunday - Go for a walk

So, that looks easy, right?  It should be really easy.  As I said earlier… the biggest hurdle is creating your habit, and sticking with it.  Here’s how we are going to do that...

Let’s start with your calendar.

I want you to use a digital calendar even if it’s not part of your normal routine.  This is because the digital calendars can be set up to give you easy reminders, and alerts.  I use a simple Google calendar, which is totally free with an email address.  But any calendar will work.

The first step is scheduling your workouts.  Just pop them into your calendar.  

If you go to work, put your work schedule in there too, and put your workout before, or after work.  Then make sure to be realistic with the time it will take.  I don’t want you to feel rushed.  Give yourself at least an hour for your workouts.  They probably won’t take anywhere close to that amount of time, but put it in the calendar for that long anyway.  Then add a reminder to each workout event to remind you 30 minutes before the workout.

That was easy, right?

The next step is to tell 3 people about your goal to start working out, or losing weight, or whatever your specific goal is...  

Just make sure to tell people that you think will be supportive.  I always like to tell my mom all of my goals because I know she’ll be supportive.  :-)

Here’s an example in my life… my girlfriend and I have recently set a goal of spending a year on the road in an RV to visit all of the National Parks.  We both have the luxury of working from home, so that makes it easier, but we know the commitment to actually do it will be the hard part.  So, we’ve been telling all of our family members about it.  We’ve been telling them about how we are going to afford the RV, how we are going to get wifi to be able to work, and how we are going to do all of our workouts on the road (we are both competitive CrossFitters).

It’s a HUGE goal, but we’ve already told over 20 people about how we are going to do it, and shown them our whole plan.  

It’s scary, but now we have 20 people that are expecting us to make it happen, and that makes us that much more motivated to make it happen.

So, grab the phone and call 3 people that will support your plan.  Tell them all about this plan that I’ve given you above.  It’s super easy, and will start getting you weight loss results.  Maybe they will want to do the workout plan with you...

What’s next…

I would recommend doing this routine for one month before looking to step it up a bit.  Not a lot, but you have to push your body to continue to get results.

When that month is up I recommend that you head over to our website at WeddingWOD.com and take a look at our Burn & Tone workout program.  It will be everything you need to step up to the next level.

You can also send me any questions that you might have.

Joe Bauer CSCS

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She's Got the Cake: An Interview on Wedding Cake Trends with Maria Velasco

She's Got the Cake: An Interview on Wedding Cake Trends with Maria Velasco

This week, I had opportunity to connect with Maria Velasco, the expert cake baker and designer and owner at Once Upon A Cake in Alpharetta, GA.  Satisfying sweet orders for decades, Maria has trained under the best in the industry and was a winning contestant in the North Georgia Cake Challenge. Maria speaks with us here about popular cake trends, the raging "naked cake," and how she got her start in baking.  

-- All photos are used courtesy of Once Upon A Cake.

GWFL:  How did you get started baking?

Maria:  Growing up, my mother never baked. I had a friend named Lisa, and I when I went over to her house, her grandmother was baking.  I found it so fascinating and just started baking!

GWFL:  Very cool.  Tell us, what are the most common trends in wedding cakes you're seeing these days? 

Maria:  Cupcake towers are very popular as well as rustic cakes like the "naked" wedding cake.  Burlap is big.  Brides are adding more color to their wedding cake.  One bride wanted yellow and grey on her cake.  Another wanted a purple cake.  When you add in color to the wedding cake, it adds that pop - it's phenomenal!  I just love that.

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GWFL:  What are the most common requests you get?

Maria:  A lot of brides are liking more intricate piping work on their cakes, like the Lambeth Method, which is a really intricate one.  Simple scrolls are not enough anymore.  Some brides go crazy and want like a science fiction cake or even an upside-down cake.  Anything goes now.

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GWFL:  That's very true - people are becoming less and less traditional.  Emily Post used to be the turn-to for most brides; now they want to go against the grain.

Maria:  Exactly!

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GWFL:  Naked cakes... they seem to be all the rage right now.  Professional bakers have been making them for quite some time, but this year, they seem to be taking off.  Tell our readers, what are "naked cakes" exactly and why do you think brides are loving them?

Maria:  Naked Cake is a rustic kind of country cake that doesn't have any icing on the outside.  There is filling between the layers, usually three or four layers in the cake and usually filled with butter cream.  It is decorated with fruit or flowers.  Not only is it great because it has less sugar, but in rustic settings, like a barn or woodsy venues, which is especially popular here in Georgia, it goes perfectly.  It's great for a country wedding and beautiful when topped with fruit or flowers.

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GWFL:  Do you have any suggestions on how to keep naked cakes fresh?

Maria:  After you bake it, wrap it up and leave it wrapped overnight to keep it moist. The cake is fresh because you fill it and decorate it the day of the wedding. 

GWFL:  Tell us about Once Upon A Cake's Naked Wedding Cake Giveaway.  How did you come up with it?  Do you need to be based in a certain area to enter the giveaway?

Maria:  Yes, wedding has to be based in Georgia.  We can up with it because we say it was a popular trend.  The cake is rustic, it's charming, and we wanted to give one away.  The details are on the site.  The bride with the most romantic story wins the cake. (Visit http://www.onceuponacake.net/contact-us.html to enter for your chance to win, Georgia brides and grooms).

GWFL:  How fitting that you're giving the cake away to the most romantic or fairy tale style wedding with the name "Once Upon A Cake!"

Maria:  Yeah! We're romantics over here!

GWFL:  I could tell when I met you and your husband years ago.  You could tell he loved his Maria!

Maria:  (Laughing) Yes.

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-- Connect with Maria >> You can email, call or text Maria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (770) 654-9757.

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Finding the Best Photographer for Your Wedding Day

"Picture quality is mostly determined by the camera, but composition is determined by the photographer." - Robert Shields  

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Many couples don't understand the prerequisites for finding that right photographer for their special day.  One who can deliver quality photographs is extremely important, and I'm here to explain how to narrow your choices.

First, get to know your candidates by inspecting their work, talent, experience, and most importantly their prices.  Keep it simple. You are hiring someone to do a job, and that job should be done to your satisfaction, so quality should be extremely important.  Quality tools help make quality work, but  it also takes a vast amount of skill/talent, hard work, and efficiency to make sure that the photographer can tell your story behind the camera.  

Because you'll be looking at your photos years from now and showing them to family and friends who couldn't make your wedding, the pictures should be expressive and show a great deal of emotion.  The photographer's job is to be able to capture those best expressions in your best light!  Picture quality is mostly determined by the camera, but composition is determined by the photographer.  Photos should make a person looking through them feel like they were almost there.  That's why it is important to browse through a photographer's photos and check out their resumes to get more insight on their shooting styles and compositions.

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Experience is also a major factor in locating a photographer.  Just because it's your special day doesn't mean that you should spend your whole life's savings on hiring a photographer.  Research your selection of photographers, and, if possible, look for any known references who you could contact.  Also, read testimonies on their website/fan pages.   With the experience comes the love for the art of photography.  It all falls back on quality work.  You should get what you pay for and be able to trust the photographer can deliver your vision.  

Meeting and interacting with your photographer is important as well.  Don't be hesitant to call or meet up with a potential candidate before his shooting on that special day.  You should want to know what kind of photographer you're dealing with beforehand.  Look for an audacious, confident, and charismatic photographer who is 110% sure they can deliver.  That degree of comfort will only make you more certain that you've made the right decision.  

Capturing those special candid moments of you and your significant other are priceless. They are moments that you can't get back, so thoroughly research your choices of photographers to make sure that your wedding day is just as perfect as you envision it!

- Robert

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The Unbeaten Path to Wedding Day Savings: Getting Your Money Right

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Soon after couples announce their engagement, planning the wedding becomes one of the first financial obstacles that the couple has to overcome together. The best thing to do is to learn about typical trends when it comes to planning a wedding and what mistakes lead to the most financial failures among couples during this process.

Realistically, the best thing to do when planning for a wedding is to start small and as early as you can. Today’s world is full of couples that are getting engaged within the first year to year and a half of dating, which doesn’t leave much time to save before the planning starts for the big day. Here are my tips to help you spend less and be empowered financially:

  • - Keep a spreadsheet keeping track of all of your expenses, so you know what you are spending and where.

  • - Be sure to look at the big picture, what really matters to you both. Instead of wanting the best of everything, simple try to have the best of what you can afford and for what is important to you.

  • - Take advantage of the skills your family holds.

  • - Of course, everyone would love for their one of a kind special dress but buying a pre-owned dress is much cheaper and can still be your very own. Think about buying pre-owned then changing a few things on the dress to make it “customized and original.”

  • - There has been a common trend of starting a “wedding account” among financial advisers these days.  Even if you are not engaged, it's not early to start saving. If a person has even the slightest desire to get married some day, he can start saving before dating someone. I guess you could call it the “401-Wedding,” if you get what I mean.

Invest in your marriage, not in your wedding day. There is nothing more stressful for a couple than starting their marriage broke because they had a big lavish wedding day. If the decision is to have more flowers, the perfect venue or something else that is over the top, take the road less traveled and spend less. Having a little nest egg going into your marriage will make things a little easier and less stressful through the first few months.

Still need more info? Should you put everything on credit cards, or create a separate checking account specifically for wedding expenses to avoid overspending? Check out more tips on Credit Card Insider’s community page. Also, try the wedding budget calculator here.

Related articles:  “How Much Does a Wedding Cost?” and “I’m Engaged! Now What? - First Steps for Newly Engaged Couples.”

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Money-Saving Wedding Venue Tips - The Unbeaten Path to Wedding Savings

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You're engaged and checking around at the traditional venues in town.  You're most likely thinking, "Hmmm... can get a little expensive for a room." Sit back and give yourself a minute to think outside the box. There are many options available that might reflect your personal taste and style, cost less, and make a more memorable reception. 

Residential Communities

A lot of residential communities offer recreation/party rooms. In fact, I did a wedding reception in a apartment party room once in the Southwest Waterfront area of Washington, DC. The couple saved so much!  Let's start with their fee; it was just a few hundred dollars. The office included use of the attached kitchen, tables, and really beautiful chairs. To spruce it up a bit, I used white table cloths and went to the fabric store where I bought netting in three colors and used as overlays. I also used colored lights, made fat tulip bouquets for centerpieces, sprinkled contrasting colored petals around the rest of the table, and BAM! A few hundred dollars looked like thousands had been spent. It CAN be just that simple if the budget is really tight. 

Home Sweet Home

Also, consider a house/backyard reception - really! Don't rule out the option because you may be thinking it to be cheap or corny.  Even if not your own house, maybe a relative's or friend's whose backyard is spacious enough can be your wedding site. It does not have to be like in "Father of the Bride" (love the Steve Martin version). Think about it. What could be more personal and intimate? Dress it up by strategically placing floral designs, renting green plants, using simple, elegant dinnerware. These elements will truly transform the space when placed and coordinated just right.

Municipal and Community Treasures

Lastly, local fire house halls, VFW's, and similar type organizations often are available for rent - and are often diamonds in the rough. They can be easily transformed into beautiful settings. A lot of these venues have plenty of free parking for guests and often offer lower alcohol prices and extended hours. 

Faith-Based Buildings

If you are considering, perhaps, church halls, they now are not as strict as they once where. Some permit dancing and even a little wine and or bubbly. A word to the wise and something to consider: Be respectful as far as music at faith-based sites. While I love a little Trina and Two Chainz myself, church receptions won't be the right place for them; there are many acceptable alternate songs out there. (Smiling) Alcohol may be minimal - or nonexistent - here, but, WOW, your pockets would be a little heavier! (By the way, some of the best receptions I have done where ALCOHOL-FREE). Think creatively, think less is more, think it's your day, so it's all about creating something real that will last. 

Thinking outside the box can be challenging in finding your venue. However, it can create a meaningful, symbolic day no one will forget.

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The Unbeaten Path to Wedding Day Savings

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Season's Greetings, Friends!  

The 2013 holiday season is still going strong, and we're just days away from the New Year!  Many of us are enjoying lots of needed time with loved ones and are already taking way too much [insert your fave holiday cryptonitreat here] down the hatch.  Warm memories and cherished traditions invoke the nostalgia that magically comes this time of the year. One of my heartfelt memories took place this very holiday six years ago the love of my life popped THE question. The exuberation I experienced in that moment was nothing like ever before. Within weeks, I was in wedding planning mode!  If you're like me, I was reading any and everything wedding that I could get my hands on - eventually becoming overwhelmed. 

These sentiments led me to unpack the next series: "The Unbeaten Path to Wedding Savings." I wish I had had a resource like this series during the midst of planning my wedding. As our gift to you, your bargainista team at GetWedforLess.com will be collaborating with highly respected industry experts over the next few weeks on how to curb costs - without compromising quality - on each of the big wedding expenditures (venue, catering, dress, honeymoon, etc).

We hope you enjoy a very merry holiday season!  May it be a time of appreciation for what has been, what is, and what you hope the future to be. 

Happy celebrating!

Lauren & Your Bargainista Crew

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The Wedding Dress Crunch! - How to Get Your Dress with Less than 5 Months to Spare!

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It’s (t) - 5 months ‘til your big day (or much closer), and you’re wondering, “How in the world am I gonna “Say Yes to the Dress” in time?!”  Lucky for you, Team Get Wed for Less has come to the busy, bargainista bride’s rescue!  We’ve also consulted the wedding savant sisters over at Kreative Sentiments, a DC-based wedding planning company, for suggestions they share with their brides.

Online Winner for the Dress Crunch

Our favorite online resource for low-price, designer gowns in a jiffy is PS Bridal out of the great US of A.  With a 100% satisfaction and lowest-price guarantees, these pros are known worldwide for their impeccable service and expansive inventory, which caters to brides of every figure (sizes 0-32+). They even allow you to ship overnight and offer helpful options if your fave gown isn’t in-stock but still needed ASAP.

Local Dress Crunch Recommendations

Kimberly & Kelley Smith, the dynamic duo at Kreative Sentiments, recommend “purchasing a gown ‘off-the-rack.’” This way, you can avoid the likelihood of not having your gown in time.  You see, the gowns you’d traditionally order from a bridal boutique typically take months before they’re finished being sewn and delivered.  Furthermore, altering your gown upon arrival can take additional weeks before your gown is aisle-ready.  

Here are a few go-to spots to find gowns off-the-rack suggested by the savvy sisters at Kreative Sentiments:

  1. J.Crew (online only) - Notably a GetWedforLess.com favorite for the whimsical, graceful bride, we were happy to see J.Crew made the Kreative Sentiments list, too.

  2. White House | Black Market has a solid selection of tea-length dresses for the unique-chic bride.

  3. Local consignment shops

  4. Seamstress - “A good seamstress could potentially have a fitting and sew a dress in a four-month time period,” noted Kimberly Smith.

  5. Nordstrom, while more on the pricey end, carries lots of gorgeous in their nationwide locations with Wedding Suites.

  6. David’s Bridal often has gowns off-the-rack and sometimes this popular option can do a rush order.

A Word to the Wise:  Don’t discount thrifting, my friends!  Plenty of consignment shops sell only luxury and premium brand clothing that have either barely been touched or were never used.  

Just remember, when you do find that gown - thrifting or not - it may need to be altered, so add some wiggle room for likely alterations into your timeline.

Until next time… Happy planning!

Friends:  Do you have a great way that you found your wedding dress in a crunch?  Please share with your fellow readers!

Photo courtesy of Kreative Sentiments Inc.

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Four Reasons Not to DIY

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While you'll have plenty of projects to "DIY," your wedding day, one of the most important days of your life, may not be one of them. With 13 years in wedding planning, here are my top 4 reasons to enlist the help of a pro and forsake going it alone.
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The Event Planner’s Secret Weapon!

I think it’s safe to say we entered the event planner’s hidden vault with this find. Just a week ago, we uncovered two savvy apps for event planners.  Then, PerfectTablePlan’s Andy Brice shared a splendidly simple, smart, and cost-effective way to create event seating plans with us.  

    PerfectTablePlan Sample Wedding Layout:

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Here’s our "Top 5 List" of PerfectTablePlan's highlights:

  • 1) Import guests from spreadsheet and personalize with ease (meal preferences, status, age, and other helpful seating 411)

    2) Detailed seating proximity preferences come in quite handy when you have two guests who need to be seated together - or those two who should be as far away from each other as possible.  Using PerfectTablePlan’s nifty Jolly Roger icon (you know, that pirate skull with crossed bones image?) tells the software Uncle Joe and Uncle Bobby need to be seated at opposite poles and places them in safe zones on the layout.

    3) User-friendly templates for easy creation of escort or place card and organized guest lists and seating assignments within the software

    4) Budget-friendly cost puts it within reach of most bridal budgets (runs under $30 for the one-time software download for Mac or PC)

    5) Free email support (They've been quite the responsive team)!

Through the software, we noticed how literally hours of seating layouts can be shaved off and seating layout and formatting headaches evaded.  We look forward to seeing what other updates the pros at PerfectTablePlan come up with.  If you’d like a sweet, limited-time deal on the download of the Home Edition of the software, follow this exclusive GetWedforLess.com link for your copy: http://www.perfecttableplan.com/html/purchase_with_coupon.html?coupon=GetWedForLess.  

FYI: The 25% discount for our readers is good until October 20, 2013.

Until next time… Happy planning!

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Hairstyles That Will Complement Your Dress

So you found your perfect wedding dress. The one that made you cry as well as your mother and all of your friends. It complements your curves in all the right ways and you know it’ll make his jaw drop when he sees you walking down the aisle. It’s “the one.

Your look is far from finished though. Have you thought about what you’re going to do with your hair? It’s a small, but crucial part of your wedding look! Having the right hairstyle can make you and your dress look PHENOMENAL. Don’t stress if you don’t have any ideas for your hair yet, I’m here to help! I’ve done my research and scoured the internet to find the best hairstyles for you.

Taking the shape of your face into consideration when choosing a hairstyle is important, but don’t neglect the neckline of your dress! For your hair to complement your dress, it has to look right with the neckline. Wedding dresses have many styles of necklines. There are Bateau, High, Halter, Square, Scoop, Asymmetrical, Illusion, and V necklines. Which one does your dress have?

Asymmetrical/One Shoulder:

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Dresses with these kinds of necklines tend to have more weight on one side of the dress since there’s only one strap. To balance out this uneven weight distribution, go for hairstyles that are styled on the opposite side of the strap. Side ponytails would work very well! There are many ways you can style this look.

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Bateau:

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Bateau necklines usually sit either at or sometimes a little above the collarbone so it will specifically highlight your neck. Up-dos will complement this neckline best. It will add height to your hair and will elongate your body as well. Anything that makes you look taller and slimmer is always a good thing! The best up-dos for bateaus are neat chignons and bouffants.

Photos courtesy of: preen.me (left) and fordmodels.com (right)

High Neck (or Closed), V-neck, and Halter:

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The high and closed neckline covers your entire chest area and V-necks and halters draw attention to your chest and shoulders so the best hairstyle to go for is an up-do. Since your dress already has so much going on in the chest and shoulder region, having your hair down will be too overwhelming.

Photos Courtesy of: www.bridalguide.com (top left), www.bridepop.com (top right), Keith Lathrop (bottm left), www.hairstylesar.com (bottom right)

Illusion:

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This neckline has a sheer fabric that spreads across from the chest to the shoulder/collar area. This gives designers a lot of room for design because the sheer fabric is like a blank canvas so you need to take this into account when choosing a hairstyle. If there is a lot of detail on your neckline like beads or intricate designs, any simple up-do would be great because it will showcase the beautiful design on your neckline.  If there is very little or no detail then opt for a half up-do. You don’t want to put all of your hair down because it would take away too much attention from your neckline and that’s one of the highlights of your gown!

Photos Courtesy of (left to right): Chloris Couture, Ciara Richardson Photography, Ciara Richardson Photography

Scoop:

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Oftentimes dresses with scoop necklines feature more detailing on the bodice, which draws eyes to that area so to evenly distribute the attention to your face a low side ponytail is ideal. If you want to add a little flair, you could braid a part of your hair and then turn it into a headband.

Photos courtesy of: braihairstyles.blogspot.com (left) and keikolynn.com (right)

Sweetheart, Strapless, or Off-shoulder:

 

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These necklines bare your shoulders so the best thing to do with your hair is to have it free flowing or you can also do a half-up, half-down hairstyle with soft curls.

Photos courtesy of: perthweddinginspirations.blogspot.com (left) and WENN (right)

I hope this post was helpful and gave you some ideas for your wedding hairstyle. Whatever you end up choosing, I’m sure it will look amazing!

Until the next shopping trip…lots of fashionable love,

Lisa xx

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Hiring The Right Type of Videographer

Hiring The Right Type of Videographer

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Choosing a videographer can be an easy task if you know what to look for.

I put together a top 5 list of items, I feel, most professional photographers or studio owners would agree with.

Current trends use words like, “cinematic,” “dramatic” or “documentary” to describe the style of video a particular company offers.

The reality is that all wedding videos are documentaries, which by definition is a “motion picture consisting of factual sequences.” What that means is nothing in a wedding is staged or rehearsed (in the formal scenes), creating moments spontaneously, which are captured and edited.

Cinematic video is yet another way to describe a style or format; however, the true meaning of cinematic is “motion photography or motion picture,” and therefore by description all videos are both cinematic documentaries.

What really differentiates one video production studio from another is the video equipment they use, the editing systems, the people who both shoot your wedding and edit it and the formats they offer.

Here are 4 easy suggestions (not in any specific order), which will help any couple identify a quality videographer or video production studio.

  1. EQUIPMENT:When differentiating videographers and video companies to capture your wedding, you must make sure that the company offers the following:

  • 3 chip digital video cameras, or, preferably, HD ready cameras, as High Definition becomes the new standard for wedding video, delivered on Bluray DVD.

  • Wireless microphones  and low light, on camera lights and on camera microphones.

  • A dolly or any other device which will help the shooter steady their shot and remove/reduce any shaky footage.

  1. EXPERIENCE: Experience is also easy to qualify by identifying how long a studio or videographer has been in business. You can also find reviews on various web sites about the videographer or studio you are considering, which can help you learn a great deal about what you can expect to get.

  2. VALUE $$$: What are the costs for the service or product, what do you get for your investment? Get at least 2-4 quotes to have an idea of what is being offered. If the price you are given is way below the average cost you found, then you must know why. If the cost is much higher, then you must, again, find out why. Many factors will affect cost:

  • Keep in mind cost is always higher in higher rent areas or locations, which may require higher overhead and increase the price you would receive.

  • Do you have one videographer or multiple? The more shooters, the higher the cost.

  • The more shooters, the more video footage, which means a higher cost for post production.

  • Additional Equipment, such as lighting, glide cams, etc. (most unnecessary for a wedding, but requested).

  • Length of coverage. A simple rule to follow is the more footage captured, the more footage edited, the more your video package may cost.

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  1. POST PRODUCTION: Who is editing your video and how is it being edited? Is your videographer also your video editor (which is always a nice advantage)? What kind of equipment do they use (if you have some knowledge of video production)? Remember: a full-time editor, depends on the quality of his work and has an incentive to make every couple happy for future referrals. The edit is a critical part of your video. The edit is what makes a good video great; it is why the films you watch on television or in theaters take as long or longer to edit as they do to film. The videographer captures hours of video footage, and the editors select only the best footage for your final video. A seasoned professional has the insight and experience to know what footage is good and what footage is bad. You will also have the added benefits of post production magic with video filters such as Soft Focus, Old Movie and more. Each enhancing the final product.

In the end, a little education will help you ensure your wedding is captured the way you envisioned it.

Here are a few Video Sample to check out.

  1. Theme Wedding Video Highlight

  2. Highlight Video Sample

  3. Highlight Video Montage

  4. Best Man Dance

Thank you,

Alex Ruchaevsky

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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist & Timeline - Part IV (6 Months)

6 MONTHS from Your Wedding Day

We're halfway there in our Ultimate Timeline & Checklist series!  We hope you enjoy this entry of key to-do's at the 6-month point!

Send out Save-the-Dates!

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Choose & Order Bridal Party Dresses

(Bridesmaids' dresses, flower girl dress, and look for accessories)

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Realize that everyone is not always happy with your choice. They need to get over it, and realize the honor of being chosen! However, do your best to keep body shapes, height, and bridesmaids’ confidence in mind. A size 6, backless, off-the-shoulder may not look as good in a size 18, so consider slightly different designs, which most dressmakers will have.

Remember to get a swatch of dress colors for shoe shopping and vendors!

 

Book Honeymoon

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Catch a Falling Star Resort, Negril, Jamaica - Photo credit: GetWedforLess.com

Here are my honeymoon quick tips:

- Get travel and cancellation insurance.  (You NEVER know what may happen; it's better to be safe than sorry).

- Check for discounts via different airport departures.

- Confirm any immunizations or special documents needed if leaving the country.

- Book to leave for your honeymoon the day after the wedding or later - you’ll need the rest! 

- Check for all-inclusive couples resorts for great deals.

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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist & Timeline - Part III (8 Months)

Thanks for joining us!  Today, we unveil what to check off your list at the 8-month mark from your wedding day.  One of our fave wedding planners and feature bloggers Jeffrey Brown gives advice on accommodation booking, we chat more about your wedding dress, and we start getting your wheels turning for unique wedding registries.  Enjoy!

8 MONTHS from Your Wedding Day

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If You Haven't Already... Buy Your Gown!

Your gown can take up to 6 months to receive depending on your salon and manufacturer/seamstress.  Alteration time should also be accounted for, so give yourself a comfortable, stress-free window for needed adjustments.  8 months is the minimum lead time recommended by most professional planners and bridal dress boutiques for ordering your wedding gown.

 

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Block Hotel Rooms

Jeffrey Brown, owner and lead planner of JaiLynn Events in Washington, DC, lets his brides and grooms know that blocking hotel rooms and locking in prices for out-of-town guests are important tasks to complete at the 8-month mark.  

He also advises, “Book a suite for you and any bridal party members the night before if staying.  Also, remember to book a suite for you and your groom the night after your BIG day.  Have your room and bridal party separate from out of-town guests and away from the groom’s room if he is staying there, too.”

This would all be in vain if our folks don't book on-time, so be sure to let critical guests know what accommodations are available to them ASAP - and definitely in the wedding invitation and/or website.  

 

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Set up Your Gift Registry

Nowadays, there are a plethora of options for gift registries.  You may opt for the popular wedding registry route, utilizing registries from hot spots like Target or Macy’s, or you can mix it up a bit!  Today, brides and grooms are opting for honeymoon registries in which your guests contribute financially to your romantic getaway.  Some philanthropic couples have elected cause-based gifting by allowing guests to donate to a meaningful charity, mission, or other non-profit in lieu of (or in conjunction with) the couple’s personal gifts.  It’s your wedding - get creative!  

Regardless of the registry path you choose, I also recommend using a universal wedding registry system, like MyRegistry, that allows you to add gifts from any website - even big buying outlets like Amazon - in one convenient location.

Until next time... Happy planning!

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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist & Timeline - Part II (10 Months)

10 MONTHS from Your Wedding Day

Start Shopping for YOUR Gown 

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Here are my big tips  and considerations as you shop for YOUR dress

- LIMIT WHO GOES DRESS SHOPPING WITH YOU - You’re excited, and you want opinions, but too many voices can confuse and frustrate you.

- You may have an idea of what you want, but don’t close your mind!  Often, once trying on gowns, your taste and vision of what you really want will change.

- White, off-white, ivory, or splashes of color?  Try them all see what works for your skin tone. Also, keep the lighting of your venue and color scheme of wedding in mind - it does make a difference in your overall look.

- Chain stores have many sizes to try on different gown styles. More upscale boutiques often have similar or the wrong size gowns, and you don’t always get to try the different styles and colors, feel the weight of the gown, and see how the gown flows.  Even if you are not buying from a chain store, go and try on styles and colors.  Most likely, they will have a dress close to the dress you envision or saw at another shop but wasn’t available in your size.

- DO NOT BUY A DRESS BECAUSE YOU LIKE IT! Crazy right? Think again! When you find your wedding gown, you’ll know it because you will get emotional. TRUST ME, I KNOW after years of seeing it. If you don’t feel something from a slight warming or heart flutter to all out tears of joy, DON’T BUY IT! You will only end up buying another one - being stuck with the one you “liked” since it’s non-refundable.

- Discuss alterations, fittings, cost, and pressing of your gown. Also, check if special undergarments are needed.

- Ask for a swatch of fabric matching your bridesmaids' gown and yours (particularly if your gown is accented with any color). With it, you can match colors with your venue's decor, napkins, sashes, etc.

Let’s Choose our Bridal Party! 

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Your bridal party are the dependable, time-conscious friends and family who can handle any associated financial responsibility.

The general guideline is one bridesmaid and one groomsman per 50 guests. No one really wants to watch 20 people come down the aisle before you. It’s your day - keep it centered on you.

Don't forget your supporting cast! Choose at least 2 ushers. Females commonly serve as ushers. Select an MC for the reception. This is a fun, easy-going, and outgoing person who announces wedding party members and transition moments during your event. The MC also keeps speech-givers within designated time-frames. Guaranteed, someone always has something extra long to say!

- Note from the Editor: Another option for an MC may be your DJ. DJs usually serve dual roles at a very nominal - or already included - rate. 

Choose Wedding Planning Pro! 

Now’s a great time to book your wedding wedding if you haven’t already. 

WHY:

1) They know the ins-and-outs to guide you through the planning details.

2) They often can negotiate with vendors better than you.

3) They have the time, knowledge, and skills to coordinate the details, vendors, handle concerns at venues, as well as receive packages, etc.

4) I can go on and on about the benefits of a professional, but I’ll sum it up:  

We keep you less stressed! 

You cannot effectively coordinate the day-of and be radiant and relaxed when you walk down the aisle.

Choose Your Officiant 

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- Keep in mind, your officiant navigates the ceremony, so choose carefully and consult often. Utilize your officiant’s knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

- Discuss music, any readings, as well as any religious requirements (if applicable).

- Ask questions on vows. For instance, did you know it’s no longer required for you to say “love, honor and obey,” so some couples have substituted the phrase with “cherish?”

- Lastly, don’t leave questions until the last-minute.

Start Searching & Booking the Rest of Your Vendors

We already mentioned Venue, Officiant, DJ/MC, and Boutique, but let's not forget  your Florist, Baker, Caterer, Photographer (+ Photo Booth?), Videographer or Cinematographer, & any needed Event Rentals & Supplies.  Search through the vendor categories here under Online and Local on GetWedforLess.com to see if you forgot anything - or anyone!

Note from the Editor: Another fabulous entry from planner extraordinaire Jeffrey Brown! Make sure to check out Jeff's recent post: "There’s no such thing as a dumb question..."  It's a great reminder about why not to neglect to ask anything of wedding vendors, and it can save you money and headache later. Also, may I also recommend one of our most popular blogs? "The Right Dress For Your Body" by fashion blogger Lisa Tran of T. Rose International Bridal Shows has a wealth of helpful tips for your search!

Happy planning!

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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist & Timeline - Part I (12 Months)

Note from the Editor:  This has got to be the most helpful blog series on wedding planning timelines!  Jeffrey Brown has broken everything down into bite-sized pieces - from the necessary post-engagement conversations through to culmination - the wedding day!  Because each segment of the timeline accompanies wonderful detail, Jeff will share the goods piece-by-piece over the next couple of weeks.  Today, he unveils the what would ideally be completed a year before the big day.  Enjoy, take notes, and pass it on!  Thanks for joining!  - Lauren

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In this Ultimate Wedding Timeline, I’m sharing what I walk through with my brides and grooms.  We’ll use the timeline with key milestones to get you to wedding day ready!

12 MONTHS from Your Wedding Day

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- Parents on both sides always have people they want present. Within reason, accept who can you - especially if they are contributing financially.  

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Money Talks

- Talk all the money details over with your intended to make sure you’re on the same page (see “I’m Engaged! Now What?" blog).  Meet with both sets of parents and other contributing parties to confirm who is contributing what before the bills descend like the monkeys from the Wizard of Oz on Dorothy!

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Venue(s)? CHECK! 

-  Get your venues booked! While on the hunt, keep in mind that venues set the tone, size, and cost. Be sure they can accommodate your guest count.

More on Venues:

 - Venues can affect your color scheme. I recommend choosing 3 colors, 2 primary, and an accent that go well with your sites.

 - Your wedding day timeline (and wedding vendor travel) can be affected depending on the distance between your two venues.  Make sure the distance is not too much for you and your guests and that it won't increase your fees to vendors later.

 - If your venue is not for lodging, check with the venue on nearby hotels to accommodate out-of-town guests.  You may want reserve a block of rooms.

- Parking, public transportation, handicap accessibility, and security are important considerations for your guest. Check with the venue or your wedding planner on these items to make sure proper accommodations are made.

Stay tuned for the 10-month prep to help you stay on-track with your wedding date!

 

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How To Make Swagalicious, Affordable Candy Buffets - Part II

We sent a couple hundred people home on a sugar rush this weekend.  It's safe to say our candy buffet was a hit! 

We had the honor of being a sponsor for a bridal show in Washington, DC.  Not only did we meet some of the most fun brides-to-be on the planet and some incredible wedding pros, we also got to unveil the much anticipated (OK, maybe just in our minds) Get Wed for Less candy buffet!

    

So how'd we finish it off?  In Part I of making swagalicious and affordable candy buffets, we signed off sharing tips on goodies and embellishments, so next was safely transporting all the containers to the site.  If you have to transport breakable items, make sure to use packing peanuts, paper, or bubbles to avoid breakage.  Keep your meltables cool!  If you are dealing with warm outdoor temps while en route to your destination and packing up the vehicle, keep the goods in the refrigerator as long as possible; then, put them in the car when you're leaving.  If you have a long drive ahead, keep the meltables in the air-conditioned vehicle or use ice packs. 

Upon arrival to the hotel, our intern and I carefully loaded items on our trolley and rolled 'em in.  We arranged our green chevron-printed table runner on the covered buffet table first.  Next, we set up our $9.99 floral bouquet (from Trader Joe's) in its ribbon-embellished vase in the rear-center of the table. We positioned the containers, staggering the taller ones in the back (see image above to get a feel for the layout - some things are just better explained with a visual).  Then, we poured in the goods (alternating the greens and deep pinks between the containers as much as possible), laid out the other tabletop items, and stuck the clear mini (dollar store) tongs into the candy.  

Lastly, don't forget to take a step back and look at your design!  Do you need to switch up a couple dishes?  Are the containers full enough?  My final tip would be to ensure your reserves are close by!  You will need to keep refilling to keep guests happy *smile* and for that continuous presentation appeal.  

We hope you have as much fun as we did making and dishing up our candy buffet!  If this two-part series can help another, please pass it along.  For more pics from the bridal show, check out our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/getwedforless.

Until next time...

Happy planning!

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There’s no such thing as a dumb question...

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How many of you have heard this before?  We all have classroom memories of that kid who’d say, “That was so DUMB!” usually after a well-meaning student asked his teacher a question.  Well, when it comes to planning - and paying for - your wedding, there are no dumb questions!  When conducting business with potential vendors, ASKING IS KEY! 

Today, Jeffrey Brown of JaiLynn Events is hooking our readers up with critical topics to hit before you book a wedding professional or venue! If you have already booked vendors, make sure you know their answers to relevant items on this list.

Jeffrey Brown:

“When shopping for vendors, ask questions - no matter how silly they may seem.

    • - Get everything in writing - EVERYTHING!
    • - Know cancellation and postponement policies.
    • - What are the fees if changes are made after the initial contract is drawn?
    • - What are delivery and set-up charges (if applicable)?
    • - Know guidelines for returning rental items.
    • - Get primary contacts from each vendor, and try to always use those people.
    • - Discuss alternate ideas and less expensive alternatives (if possible).
    • - Confirm deposit amounts, payment options, and the date final payment is due."

Posing these questions will help you avoid potential hiccups and lead you to some very practical, educated decisions, so ask, ask, ask! 

Until next time... Happy planning!

P.S. Thanks, Jeff!  

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