Month: November 2014

DON’T FORGET!

Top 10 Items Brides tend to forget

Don’t forget :

1. Bring your marriage license: “An important part of making it ‘official!’ Check with the jurisdiction where your ceremony will take place about any deadlines for applying for your marriage license well in advance of your wedding date and also whether a blood test or special documentation is required to complete your application. Start gathering your documents early so that when it comes time to get your license, you have everything you need and can make the process as efficient as possible.”

2. Vendor Tips & Meals: “Be sure you remember to feed the people that are working nonstop to make your day flawless! You’ll be expected to give your final guest count to your caterer within two weeks of your day, but don’t forget to include the number of vendors you’ll have so that the caterer can prepare simple meals for them, separate from your guests. Most caterers will count your vendor meals as half-price, so be sure to include your band members, photographer, videographer (and any second shooters), as well as your planner and their assistants.” After all is said and done, have your Thank you Cards ready with a tip inside. It is best to give your Thanks You cards to your Wedding Planner the day of Rehearsal so you don’t have to worry about distribution upon each of their departures. Make sit easy on you and them so that they can leave without trying to find you and take your time away from your guests.

3. Favors: “By no means are favors required, but they are a fantastic detail that each of your guests will appreciate! So don’t make your favors an afterthought — think about what you’ll present your guests as a ‘thank-you’ for coming at least two months in advance of your wedding date, so that you can place the bulk order of the items in time, and also personalize each one for that finishing touch.” Check out 10 Edible Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love.

4. Guestbook and pens: “Include something for your guests to leave their well-wishes for you upon arriving at your reception…Many brides that leave this to the last minute might make a trip to a local book store for a coffee table book that’s characteristic of the place where they’re getting married or something that is special to the couple. This could be a favorite recipe book for cocktails or a book of historic mansions in the city where your nuptials take place. Also, don’t forget the pens!” Check out 10 Unique Wedding Guest Book Picks.

5. Invitation suite: “This is one of my favorite details to style and have photographed on the day of the wedding! Brides should remember to pack at least one full invitation suite and any other stationery details (rehearsal dinner invites, shower invites, save-the-dates) that were mailed out during the engagement to bring with them in the bridal prep suite the day of the wedding. If you have beautiful calligraphy and/or special envelope liners, bring more than one set — I always recommend two sets — so that your photographer can shoot the front and back of the invitation in the same frame.”

6. Cake knife and toasting flutes: “You may receive these as a gift at your shower, opt to purchase your special set on your own, or use ones that have been handed down to you by parents or family members. When packing up your items to be placed at the reception, be sure to remember to pack your cake knife and toasting flutes (and keep the original packaging to avoid breakage) so that this detail will not be overlooked. Once this item is off your to-do list, you can focus on other things to pack — like your trousseau for the honeymoon!”

7. Tech chargers: “When it comes time to get ready in your bridal suite on the day of the wedding, have your electronics charged and ready to go! If you’re planning on using your iPod for any part of the reception music (i.e. your favorite recording of the first dance you and your groom will sway to), make sure you have the right charger and the correct connection to your band’s or DJ’s sound system. Also, keep your phone charged overnight. You’ll want to have it ready to go as soon as you leave for the honeymoon.”

8. Passport and identification: “Speaking of the honeymoon, be sure your passport and driver’s license are up to date and packed safely in your carry-on luggage. Airport security will not let you get on the plane with expired identification, so be sure you have taken care of this detail one month before your wedding.”

After the Wedding
9. Thank-you notes: “It’s easy to let things fall by the wayside in the aftermath of your big day as the dust begins to settle, but your thank-you notes to your guests should be sent out no later than two months after your big day. Carve out fifteen minutes each day to dedicate to writing these notes, so that you don’t get overwhelmed…Also, don’t forget the important people in your life, including your parents, family members, and bridal party that were there with you through the planning from the beginning.

10. Online reviews: “The people that have worked so hard to make your wedding day dreams come to fruition are often forgotten once the big day has passed. The best thank-you you can give your vendors is an honest review online and an email follow up. That is the only way that your vendors can continue to improve the level of service they provide to future brides, so your feedback is very important! Plan to carve out time to review your vendors within six months of the big day.”

CIAO BELLA’S CHECKLIST FOR YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Your Wedding-Day

Make sure you don’t miss any of the must-have photos with this checklist:

Getting Ready

► Wedding dress on a hanger
► Wedding invitation / photos of your shoes/ rings / details
► Engagement ring and wedding bands
► Bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets
► Bride’s jewelry
► Bride applying makeup
► Bridesmaids and/or mother of the bride helping the bride into her dress
► Putting on the veil
► Groom tying his tie
► Groom pinning boutonniere on his father
► Father pinning boutonniere on the groom
► Leaving for the ceremony

Before the Bride and Groom See Each Other

► Bride alone
► Bride with mom and dad
► Bride with dad
► Bride with mom
► Bride with immediate family
► Bride with siblings
► Generational shot: Bride, mom, sister(s), grandmother
► Bride with mom and mother-in-law
► Bride with mother-in-law
► Bride with bridesmaids
► Bride with maid of honor
► Bride with flower girl(s)

► Groom alone
► Groom with mom and dad
► Groom with dad
► Groom with mom
► Groom with immediate family
► Groom with siblings
► Generational shot: Groom, father, brother(s), grandfather
► Groom with father and father-in-law
► Groom with father-in-law
► Groom with groomsmen
► Groom with best man
► Groom with ring bearer(s)

Photos Together

► Bride and groom (see the new must-have photos on our Pinterest!)
► Bride, groom, bride’s immediate family
► Bride, groom, bride’s parents
► Bride, groom, groom’s immediate family
► Bride, groom, groom’s parents
► Bride, groom, both sets of parents
► Bride, groom, both immediate families
► Bride, groom, siblings
► Bride, groom, all grandparents
► Bride, groom, each grandparent (or set of grandparents)
► Bride and groom with extended families
► Bride, groom, maid of honor, best man
► Bride, groom, flower girl, ring bearer
► Bride with groomsmen
► Groom with bridesmaids
► Bride, groom, full wedding party (check out some fun ideas!)

Important Moments

► The first look
► Room shots at ceremony
► Wedding party and parents walking down the aisle
► Bride walking down the aisle
► Groom’s face as he waits/sees her
► The vows
► Close-up of the exchange of rings
► The first kiss as husband and wife
► The recessional
► Ketubah signing and/or signing of marriage certificate
► Room shots at reception
► Close-up of seating-card display
► Close-up of centerpieces
► Reception entrance
► The first dance
► Father/daughter dance
► Mother/son dance
► The toasts
► The cake cutting
► Bouquet and garter toss
► Parents of bride dancing
► Parents of groom dancing
► Couple’s departure

Enjoy and have fun!

Warmest wishes,
Your Wedding & Event Extraordinaire!