4 MONTHS from Your Wedding Day
Note from the Editor: It’s time for some more fun!! In this entry, Jeff Brown of JaiLynn Events gives us the goods on the 4-month marker from your big day. Discover his expert advice on cakes, rehearsal dinners, and the groom’s plus his men’s gear.
Photo Credit: Lulu Custom Cake Boutique (Westchester County)
Choose and Order Your Cake!
Taste, Taste Taste!
Choose your icing wisely! Fondants have come a long way, and many are quite tasty and pretty. Traditional icings like butter cream are still classic and beautiful. Nowadays, many great decorators can do the most smooth, clean designs using butter cream.
If choosing cupcakes, think of how they will be displayed, who delivers them, the cost of delivery, who will set them up, and if carry-out boxes can be included for those who opt to take their cupcake home.
Photo credit: Kristen Alexander Photography (Piedmont Room, Atlanta)
Plan the Rehearsal Dinner
If budget is a concern, see if your venue offers a package meal. You may consider a family-style restaurant for cost-effectiveness.
Out of town guest should be invited but if finances are tight it’s not really considered rude to not invite them
Consider a small limited menu backyard barbeque hosted anywhere but where you will be staying if not at the hotel
Photo Credit: Steve's Photo Session (Power Unit - AlLFA Design - Affordable Custom-Tailored Clothing)
Choosing Groom's & Groomsmen Attire
Choosing from a large rental chain allows out-of-town groomsmen to get fitted in their hometown, and tuxes can be waiting upon arrival.
When picking up, TRY ON EVERYTHING! There's always a small size mix-up somewhere. Also, the tux is not usually in the store but close-by in a warehouse, so exchanges typically take a day.
If due back the day after the wedding, designate one person to collect them, inventory each suit bag, and return them all at once. With this designee's help, any cash deposits can be collected and returned at this time as well.
Photo Credit: Style Me Pretty
Note from the Editor: While it is an acceptable practice for invitations to be mailed 2 months before the wedding, I’d recommend getting them out sooner. Yes, you may have already sent off the save-the-dates, but earlier notice of details is always best for out-of-town guests. Make sure to include directionals, registry specs, and any other pertinent info!
Until next time... Happy planning!