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The Scoop on 2011 Wedding Expos


2011 wedding expos are a one-stop shop for the bride that wants to get a large helping of all things wedding related, before making any decisions about her big day. Bridal expos allow you to see all of your wedding related options at once, without having to drive to every wedding vendor, hair salon, or florist in order to find the one that fits your needs.

If you’re not sold on the idea just yet, then read through the following bridal expo exhibits and see if you’re not hopping online to purchase a ticket to the next expo in your area!

Bridal expos typically consist of the following exhibits:

  • Banquet facilities: hotels, resorts, country clubs, convention centers, winery, and golf clubs.
  • Accessories: guest wedding favors, wedding party favors, as well as companies that provide that extra something special, for example a media wall (like they have on red carpets), a candy buffet etc.
  • Beauty, Health & Makeup: Hair salons, skin care lines such as Mary Kay, and Nutrition companies.
  • Bridal Gowns: Various bridal boutiques and shops will have their latest styles on display through catalogs, and sometimes live models.
  • Wedding Consultants and Planners
  • Entertainers & Disc Jockys: Entertainment Lighting Professionals, DJ companies.
  • Event Designers
  • Favors: Jarred candies, Candies Apples, etc.
  • Florists
  • Gift Registry
  • Honeymoon & Travel
  • Invitations & Stationary
  • Jewelry
  • Limousine Companies
  • Musicians & Vocalists
  • Rental Supplies
  • Wedding Photographers
  • Tuxedo shops

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Wedding Party Schedules


In order to make sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch, you’ll want to give your wedding party a detailed wedding day schedule that highlights their responsibilities. Your wedding day is, in many ways, like a production, so in order to ensure everyone plays their part; they’ll need a script with stage directions.

As far as the best man and maid of honor are concerned, they should be given information about their duties as soon as you announce your engagement. Since the maid of honor and best man responsibilities begin during the many months leading up to the wedding, it is respectful to make sure they’re informed with plenty of planning time. For example, since one of the best man duties is to plan the bachelor party, he’ll need to know what that entails so that he’s able to get hotel reservations and/or show tickets in advance.

Type up a wedding day schedule for each member of your wedding party, which includes a timeline of where they need to be when, and include any phone numbers (your maid of honor or parents) that they can call if they are going to be late or have any questions. This way you won’t have to worry about answering calls from lost or confused wedding party members on the day when you really should only have to focus on walking down that aisle!

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Contemporary Wedding Invitation Designs


Contemporary wedding invitations feature the most unique and modern designs that include interesting color combinations, eye-catching fonts, photographs, and textures. If you’re a modern bride who wants to make sure your wedding invitation designs stand out from the pack, then take your time when choosing a design that fits your personality and your zest for only the hottest design trends.

Fortunately for you, there are numerous designs to choose from. The fact that they tend to be grouped in categories makes it easy for you to narrow it down. Explore the following wedding invitations and see if any of them tickle your fancy.

Modern Wedding Invitations
Modern wedding invitations are fresh as well as fashionable. If the tone of your wedding is just that, then it’s imperative you choose invitations that represent that style and vibe. Open your mind and your pocketbook to modern designs and interesting shapes and textures, and you’ll be well on your way to having the modern day wedding of your dreams. Popular modern wedding invitation themes include the following:

  • Stripes: Stripes placed on any part of your invitation will make it pop.
  • Multiple Photos: Your possibilities with photos are endless. An ultra-modern choice would be to take photos at a photo booth and have them printed on your invitations. (Also ideal for your “save the date” cards.) Have fun with this idea, and experiment with various photo configurations on different areas of the invitations.
  • Dots: Dots are like stripes in that they turn a rather ordinary invitation into extraordinary by making it pop.
  • Motif: Choose a meaningful emblem or symbol and either enlarge it or make it smaller, color it and put it anywhere you choose on your invitation.
  • Quotes/Verses: Pick your favorite poet or philosopher and explore various quotes. Choose the one that best represents this joyous occasion and have it printed on your invites. Also, play around with the size and type of font. For example, you could choose a light color that works well for the background and have the quote written in cursive, which will give the invitation a more romantic style.
  • Bold: Bold designs have something extra special that makes them stand out, for example, multiple folds. If your invitation is fun to open because of the interesting folds, then your guests will know right off the bat they’re in for a treat.

Another way to make your custom wedding invitations stand out is by choosing a fun and modern theme.

  • Animals
  • Beach
  • Damask
  • Las Vegas
  • Vintage
  • Winter
  • Artists
  • Bamboo
  • Beach
  • Butterflies
  • Celtic/Irish
  • Fairy-tale
  • Fleur de Lis
  • Hawaii
  • Hibiscus
  • Lighthouses
  • Nautical
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Sunsets
  • Vintage
  • Wine/Vineyard

Choosing the right wedding invitations is much like choosing your wedding gown, engagement ring, or even your flower arrangements. You want your invitations to reflect your own unique style, while still leaving an impression on your guests.

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Spring Wedding Flowers: Be Economical Without Compromising Beauty


One of the best things about spring weddings is that you have a wealth of spring wedding flowers to choose from. In the past five years, the price of wedding flowers has risen so much that many brides have chosen to cut costs by compromising on the flowers. This is a bad move because if the flowers are mediocre, then your wedding will have lost that integral final touch. However, because so many flowers are in season (which makes them infinitely cheaper), you can get a lot more bang for your buck.

When choosing spring wedding bouquets, consider a combination of these flowers: alliums, bells of Ireland, cherry blossoms, hydrangea, lilac, violet, wisteria, snapdragon, ranunculus, narcissus, lilies (stargazer lilies and Casablanca lilies), hyacinth, daffodil, anemone, boronia, magnolias, pansies, some types of tulips, peonies, sweetpeas, delphinium, or iris.

Another thing to take into consideration when planning for spring wedding decorations is whether or not you are having your reception outdoors. If you are having a garden theme at an estate with an expansive lawn, then consider trying to book the venue for a month when the roses are blooming. Ask the owner or the person in charge of renting the venue if you are not sure. You will spend less on spring wedding flowers if your natural backdrop is already blooming with flowers.

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Dress Your Entire Wedding Party Online


The best part about getting married in the digital age is that you have a ton of wedding resources right at your fingertips—online. There are countless wedding websites with info about the hottest wedding dress designers, trendy color combinations, and top-notch accessories. Some websites even help you design your entire wedding! At Davidsbridal.com, you can explore various wedding attire and accessory options for each member of your wedding party.

Dressing your wedding online is so easy and fun. After you click the “dress your wedding” link and go forward you will automatically be taken through the registration process. Once you are registered, you can pick and choose from the various David's Bridal dresses for your bridesmaids as well as attire for the rest of your wedding party.

You can dress any or all of the following: Junior Bridesmaid, Flower Girl, Mother of Bride, Mother of Groom, Groom, Groomsman, Ring bearer, Father of Bride, and Father of Groom.

This is a great way to see your entire wedding party all together in their wedding attire before you make your final decision on what they should wear. This way you can play with colors, styles, and even backdrops before adding anything to your cart. Even if you don’t buy online, this is a fantastic way to make solid decisions before visiting any wedding dress vendors.

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Religious Wedding Flowers


If you’re not having a secular wedding, then you might want to explore flowers associated with your religion. On your wedding day, flowers will be ubiquitous, so why not make sure your wedding reception flowers have an extra special meaning and significance? The following wedding day flowers are associated with religious symbolism and the like.

The white Madonna lily is associated with the Virgin Mary, and has been since the beginning of Christianity, when her tomb was laden with the varietal after her assumption to heaven. Religious figures have said that the white petals were a metaphor for her pure soul and body. The white lily is a common symbol in paintings of the Annunciation and represents the very moment when Angel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of God’s son.

If you are having a Hindu wedding, then stock up on the flowers, because they tend to play a large role in traditional Hindu weddings. In fact, "puja," which means Hindu worship, is translated as “the flower act.” If you’ve ever been to Bali, you’re well aware of the flowers that are placed on the ground every single morning in worship of the Hindu gods. The most significant flower in the Hindu religion is the lotus, which symbolizes fertility, prosperity, and beauty.

The lotus flower is held in high regard in Buddhism. The lotus is symbolic of the man who’s well rooted in the world because of his experience. It is said that Buddha himself would cause lotus flowers to bloom in the wake of his footsteps.

Chinese Religions
The following flowers are often used as part of Chinese weddings, including the wedding reception centerpieces: Daffodils, lotus, orchids, and peonies. In Chinese culture, the peony flower symbolizes spring and renewed life.

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Tips on Hiring Wedding Coordinators


Deciding on wedding coordinators should be the first big decision you make after you get engaged. The reason is this: ideally, wedding coordinators should be able to save you money on vendors and offer invaluable advice throughout the planning process, so the sooner you book her, the sooner you can use her wealth of knowledge and experience.

Decide what type of wedding coordinator you want. There are two main types: Personalized wedding planners and day-of coordinators.

A personalized wedding planner is usually with you throughout the entire planning process, helping you to select vendors, keeping you on track with timelines and checklists, providing you with helpful wedding planning tools, helping you to negotiate prices, helping you decide your menu, and potentially helping with a host of other details. This type of planner usually costs anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000.

A day-of coordinator can be invaluable. This person will take care of the million tiny details on the day of your wedding, hopefully bringing you incredible peace of mind. This type of coordinator usually costs between $400 and $3,000.

Do your research and get referrals. You want to make sure this person is thoughtful and understanding, as well as being organized, experienced, and knowledgeable. This person does not need to be bossy and overbearing to get the job done correctly, but you want to make sure that she knows how to execute tasks. Make sure you speak to former clients to find out if they were happy with this person.

Also, go with your instinct. A coordinator may be excellent, but simply not the right fit for you and your fiancé. You need to make sure this planner is a person who you can communicate honestly with, and who takes the time to listen and understand the type of wedding you want.

Understand how this person operates with vendors. Some wedding planners get a finder’s fee for referring you to certain vendors. For example, if you end up hiring a catering company that your planner referred you to, then the catering company will give your planner a commission. However, some people (vendors and clients included) do not feel comfortable with this. Vendors may feel it is unethical, while clients want to be completely objective when choosing a vendor. They don’t want to be pressured to choose a caterer because a wedding planner has a special arrangement with them.

However, (by getting a finder’s fee), other wedding coordinators feel this is a way to keep their rates low. It really all depends on how you – as the bride -- feel about it. The main thing is that you should choose your vendors based on what you truly like, no matter what type of planner you hire.

Figure out how your planner charges. There are many ways a wedding planner can charge. Some charge by the hour, some charge according to the services provided, others determine what you want and charge a flat rate, and other give you a pricing chart with different packages and options. It is probably a good idea to speak to a few different wedding coordinators to compare rates and prices.

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Beginning Your Wedding Guest List


When setting out to plan a wedding, the first thing you need to decide is if it is going to be a large, medium, small or intimate affair. Your wedding guest list often depends on how big your family is. Are you going to invite every second cousin and their children? Are you going to invite all of your co-workers, or your church congregation? Are your going to keep it small, with just your closest friends and family? These are questions that need to be addressed upfront.

After deciding how large or small your wedding is going to be, you need to begin making a rough wedding guest list. This will confirm whether or not the size of your wedding is feasible. Note: remember that the guest list is sometimes dictated by who is paying for the wedding. It is important to respect some of these guest requests. On the other hand, if there is someone you absolutely do not want at your wedding, be sure to speak up.

You should send save the date cards as soon as five months before the wedding. Printable wedding invitations are usually mailed out 6 weeks before. Remember that if you are having a destination wedding, you need to mail invitations sooner so that guests have ample time to make travel arrangements.

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An Effective Wedding Planning List


When it comes to wedding planning advice, the most important thing to do is to get organized. If you are not an organized person by nature, there are plenty of tools—such as a timeline and wedding planning list—that you can use. Here are a few things to think about when starting out in the process:

  1. Before you begin your wedding planning list, decide on your budget. To make sure you have an accurate idea of what a wedding costs, begin asking people who have recently gotten married how much they spent on a deejay, photographer, etc. You must also take into consideration your wedding location. A wedding in Indiana, for example, is likely going to cost less than a wedding in New York City.
  2. Decide whether or not you are going to hire a wedding planner. If so, do so before you begin looking at venues and vendors, as her expertise may come into play.
  3. Begin looking at venues. Remember that all-inclusive venues are typically cheaper overall. Other venues simply rent you their space for five hours; you must do everything else, perhaps even sweep the floors before the wedding.
  4. Once you have a date and venue set, then you can start plotting out your timeline and checklists. Many online resources break down these lists by month, so whether you are having a five-month engagement or 16-month engagement, you can stay on track.

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Planning an Interfaith Wedding


If you’re worried about religious roadblocks that might make your interfaith wedding less than perfect, worry no longer, there are a number of ways to help this journey go smoothly. With interfaith weddings on the rise, many other couples have had to deal with the trials of planning this type of wedding, so fortunately you can learn from their mistakes. The following tips will help to ensure you have the wedding of your dreams, regardless of how many religions are involved.

The first step in making sure your interfaith wedding and marriage is planned properly is to have a long engagement. Take your time to discuss how you and your fiancé want to approach every step of the wedding planning process. Take this time to explore how each of you wants to approach religion in your lives as a married couple, as well as your future children’s lives.

Be Informed
Before you say your “I do’s,” make sure you are both well versed in each other’s religion. This way you both have a good idea of how you want to integrate both religions in your ceremony, as well as your every day lives post wedding.

Reach out to your clergy from each place of worship for guidance and counseling. This won’t be the first, and most certainly not the last time anyone has or will ask for guidance from your place of worship. You could also explore couples' counseling outside of your religions, for a more objective point of view, with help on issues that may or may not be related to your religion.

Be patient with your family if they do not approve, or are having a difficult time fully accepting the interfaith marriage. Try your best to be calm and loving toward their opinions on the matter, rather than defensive or frustrated. If need be, you could offer counseling for your family members as well. Prior to the engagement, make sure to spend time with both families, so as to give them time to warm up to you and the idea of combining their faith with yours.

Finding the right interfaith wedding officiants is such an important part of this process. Find an officiant who approves and fully believes in your union and makes you and your fiancé feel more than comfortable. If you have friends or family in an interfaith marriage, they probably know of an officiant who could be just the person you’re looking for.

Combine Both Faiths
For your wedding ceremony, make sure to include both religions equally. If one religion is significantly more prominent in the ceremony than the other, then that could cause problems. The last thing you’ll want on your wedding day is for any or all of your family members to be offended in any way. Interfaith wedding ceremonies can be a delicate dance, in which both religions are represented equally yet fully. If you get stuck on how to pull this off then ask your family members, as well as clergy members for advice and guidance.

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