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The Ultimate Wedding Checklist & Timeline - Part VI (2 Months)

Photo credit: Rebecca Moses (ColinCowieWeddings.com)

2 MONTHS from Your Wedding Day

Note from the Editor:  And the eight-week countdown commences!  Your wedding will be here before you know it.  Take some time to reflect.  You are about to go from “Ms.” to “Mrs.”!  Allow yourself to remember your single journey, embrace it, journal about it, and look forward to your shared future with intention and a heart full of faith, hope, and love.  

I hope you enjoy today’s post from planner extraordinaire Jeffrey Brown as we near the end of the Ultimate Timeline & Checklist series...  

Happy planning + much love!

Lauren

OK, my Brides and Grooms, we are coming to a close with no time to lose!  Here’s my rundown for the two-month marker from your big day!

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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Messina, Flowers by Amy Osaba (Lonny.com)

Set Hair and Makeup Appointments, and Decide on Your Big Day Look!

  1. Bring along your headpiece and jewelry if available.

  2. If possible, make the final appointment for your hair and nails the day before the wedding or day-of, so your hairstyle and manicure are fresh.

  3. If a makeup artist is being used, set the appointment time and location and how many in your party will be utilizing that service.

Meet with Your Officiant, and Confirm Ceremony Details and Guidelines with Vendors & Participants

  1. Musicians and anyone having a part within the ceremony should be met with in order to confirm times, schedules/order, and responsibilities.

  2. Confirm delivery times for florist, bakery, photographer, and any other vendors.

  3. Check lighting with photographers and videographers and their positioning during ceremony.

  4. Know what time will guest be admitted and communicate to responsible parties.

  5. Know the answers to and communicate often forgotten logistics, such as:

    - Where will guestbook be located?

    - Do you have to provide a podium, tables, and other wedding supplies (candelabra, etc.), or does the venue take care of everything you’ll need?

    - What are cleanup/breakdown time factors for  any props?

    - Is there storage available if any items need to be left overnight for picky vendors?  If so, who will handle that at venue and Is there a fee?

Picture of marriage license

 

 

Apply for your Marriage License!

(Can’t be official without this)!

 

Have Completed Programs and Menus Printed

(Your caterer may do menus for you).

  

Plan Hospitality/Welcome Bags or Baskets for Out-of-Town Guests

Maybe you want to keep your theme or you and your intended’s story in mind to personalize the gifts.  Perhaps, you are getting married at a destination location and want to incorporate that somehow in your welcome gift.  Make them fun and inexpensive, but be creative!

Check back soon for the final part in this series!

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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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How to Make Swagalicious, Affordable Candy Buffets - Part I

We are just days away from exhibiting at the TRose Bridal Show in Washington, DC and can't wait.  (Read further to find out how to get your free ticket).  Like anyone, we LOVE free stuff, so we knew we just had to give away something fun to show attendees.  We'll be giving one lucky bride a free deluxe wedding website subscription, but we're also giving something even sweeter... candy!

Candy buffets are all the rage; they're fun, fabulous, and, when done right, can be quite the affordable favor! Never wanting to leave a moment void of enrichment, we're going a step further with our color-themed candy buffet by sharing tips on how to make one on a budget.  We’ll do this over the course of a two-part series, starting with the hunt for inspired ingredients and culminating with the finished product.

1) Get Inspired!

I’m one who feeds on great ideas.  Sometimes, all I need is a jump start.  To get going, I got my color scheme solidified.  Then, I started my search on Candy Galaxy and Candy Warehouse (two VERY affordable sources for candy of different colors, types, and eras) for candies and designs with the color scheme I had in mind.  This helped me to 1) save money and drive + search time, 2) know what shapes and heights of containers I’d hunt for, and 3) get a feel for the layout of design I liked most.  I love Pinterest and have found great inspiration there as well.

2) Go Treasure Hunting

While this part took a little time on afternoon, I must admit, I had fun going treasure hunting.  Goodwill is a great place to begin your hunt for bargains. I went to my local Goodwill Store and found most of these containers - none of which were more than $3!  A couple of these gems came from my home.  After thoroughly cleaning with good ol' soap and hot H20, I dried and covered to put them away for the sweet stuff later.

      

Note: You can go clear with your containers and create a winning finish, or think outside the box. Perhaps, you’ll find a transparent vase or a fitting design or quote to put around your displayed pieces. Try to incorporate unique, theme-worthy pieces. I found this Turkish-made, food-safe gem (on the left below) at HomeGoods - one of my guilty pleasures - for a stunning $3.99!

      

3) Get the Goods & Adornments

The hardest part about buying the candy was keeping it from my husband and children.  For some of you, it may be keeping it from yourself! *smile*  Honestly, it was quite easy finding colors needed from places like the dollar store, Wal-Mart, and Candy Warehouse.  Make sure not to leave any shipped meltable candies in the sun during the hotter months!  Most of these wholesale candy-type distributors conveniently allow you to order ice packs for melt-prohibitive shipping.  Furthermore, such sites also give help to determine how much candy to buy for the amount of guests at your event.

You'll need more than just treats and containers for a swagalicious buffet!  Consider this your Ultimate Candy Buffet Checklist

- Candy and/or other treats (consider candied nuts, covered pretzels, or something favored by the Guest of Honor)
- Containers
- Risers (clear or a complementary color) - a needed addition for glam and depth if your containers are not varying heights!
- Clear scoops or tongs (depending on the size and shape of candy, you may need one or both)
- Treat bags and ties
- Table cloth
- Adornments (this will vary, but some may include: table runner, adhesive diamond accents, ribbon, printable stickers with monogram,    logo, treat name, or ”Thank You”)
- Printed monogram (for the Bride & Groom/Guest of Honor) or logo (for an organization)
- Beverage napkins
- Frames (for monograms, pictures, quotes, promotion - anything fun and relevant to your affair)
- Hand sanitizer (If you’re a germaphobe like yours truly, this is a must-have for buffet-goers. You may want to pour sanitizer into a cool, reusable pump like the one shown here for extra flair). 
- Scissors
- Craft Glue

     

Swag Tip:  Enhance your “pop” appeal with color blocking, patterns, or another trending style your Guest of Honor will love!

Check back next week as we unveil the final touches in Part II of creating budget-savvy, Swagalicious Candy Buffets!  If you’re in the DC area this weekend, please visit Team Get Wed for Less at our booth at the TRose Bridal Show - we’d LOVE to meet and treat you!  Get your free ticket to the show here with code "GetWedforLess". 

Happy Planning!

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