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Your Wedding Day Timeline

 

 

You’ve decided on a wedding day.  You’ve picked out the church.  You’ve got your photographer.  What time should the ceremony start? What about the reception start time?  How much time do you need for photos?

 

Planning your wedding day time-line can be difficult.  Let’s break it down and see how much time you should plan for each section of your wedding day.

 

Your Ceremony:

Typically you can expect a Justice of the Peace civil ceremony to last 30 minutes maximum.  If you are planning a full mass service – you should plan a full hour to the ceremony.  If you are doing a receiving line after the ceremony – plan on about 20 minutes for every 100 guests. (If you have 200 guests, your receiving line will take 40 minutes!).  If it’s hot out, you do not want to keep your guests in the heat – let them get to the air conditioned reception site.  Exposing your guests to extreme heat for prolonged periods of time drains their energy – and they will not be as responsive later on for dancing.

 

The Photographs:

If you are not doing photographs prior to the ceremony, you need to dedicate time to get a good formal photograph session.  Typically you should plan 30 – 45 minutes for formal photos.  (this does not include travel time to and from photo session location)  The more family and bridal party, the longer photos will take.

 

Travel:

Obviously it takes time for your guests and the bridal party to get from point A to point B.  Take into consideration any special traffic situations on your wedding day (is it near a major concert, sporting event, is it a friday night, etc?).  If so, traffic may be an issue and you should either plan on circumventing this area in your travels or plan on travel taking longer than normal.

 

The Reception:

Most people start their reception with an hour social hour.  If you expect to be long taking photos, you might want to extend the cocktail time to an hour and a half.  Typically, at the end of cocktail hour, we do formal introductions and first dance, blessing and toast.  If you are having social hour in a separate room, plan on 10 minutes to 15 minutes transition time for your guests (longer if stairs or an elevator is involved).  It will take about 30 minutes to organize introductions, introduce everyone, first dance, bridal party dance and blessing/toast.  If you are having more than 1 toast, ensure that each person knows that their toast should be brief (2-5 minutes).  If someone gets up and does a 20 minute toast – that is 20 minutes that you will not have later on in your reception for dancing.  Time is of utmost concern at a wedding – make sure you curtail both blessing and toast to an appropriate timeframe.  We’ve seen clergy give 20 minute blessings and best men eat up 30-40 minutes for their toast.

 

Dinner:

From start to finish, your meal service should be between 45 minutes and 75 minutes maximum.  There are many facilities that drag out or are slow on meal service.  If so, you should consider dancing between courses to allow for maximum dancing time and to mask the slow meal service from your guests.

 

Dancing:

At a typical 5 hour reception – you should expect 2 – 2 1/2 hours of dancing.  Everything that takes longer above, eats into this dancing time.  If your concern is to have all your guests up and dancing, then you need to keep everything else in check to allow for this.

 

In Summary:

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Ceremony – 30 – 60 minutes

Receiving Line – 0 – 60 minutes

Travel Time (between ceremony and reception site) – 0 – 45 minutes

Cocktails – 60 – 90 minutes

Introductions/Speeches/Formal Dances – 30 minutes

Dinner – 45 – 75 minutes

Dancing – ?

 

 

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Ten Wedding Flower Tips to Keep in Mind

 

 

•Convey your vision. You know how you want your wedding to look. Maybe you want a tropical vibe, or cool elegance, or a casual country feel. Let your florist know your vision, rather than insisting on specific flowers. She may be able to help you create the look and feel you want for less money.  Use Pinterest and pictures to communicate your ideas.

 

•Be honest about your budget. Figure out what you have to spend on flowers before placing an order. If your dream wedding flowers cost 50% more than you have to spend, your florist can help you figure out where to cut back without sacrificing impact.

 

•Beware DIY. Creating the floral vision you want on your own is harder, and often more expensive, than it looks. Unless you’re very sure about the availability and quality of the flowers you need, and about your own skills, you’ll reduce stress by letting a pro handle the flowers.

 

•Bigger is not always better. Don’t overestimate the size your bouquet needs to be. The goal is to accent, not overwhelm, your dress. You want to look like a bride, not like you just won the Kentucky Derby.

 

•Less can be more. A few dramatic orchids can have more impact than a basket of carnations for the same price. Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

 

•Consider the backdrop. If the bridesmaids’ flowers blend into their dresses, they will not photograph well. Choose colors that complement, but won’t blend in. Similarly, the table linens at your reception shouldn’t wash out the flowers in your centerpieces.

 

•Show your flowers some love. Find out if bouquet flowers need special care to keep them looking good throughout the day and in photos.

 

•Don’t be late for your date. Your florist has a cooler in that back room, not endless fields of flowers. Be sure to allow plenty of time to order and ship the blooms you need.

 

•Remember function. Tall table centerpieces may look sleek and elegant, but when guests sit down to eat, those centerpieces obscure vision and hinder conversation.  Bonus: smaller often equals less expensive, too.

 

•Reuse and recycle! The flowers at your wedding ceremony will likely cost hundreds of dollars and be seen for an hour, at most. Enlist someone in advance of the wedding to transport them to the reception site so they can do double duty.

Written by Rebecca King ~ Copyright © 2013 exclusively for Atmosphere Productions

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10 HOT WEDDING TRENDS FOR 2013

By Elvira DeCuir, owner of DeCuir Details and Designs

 

  1. Mint
  2. Birds
  3. Paper Lanterns
  4. Braids
  5. Laser Cut Designs
  6. Chicken Wire
  7. The 1920′s
  8. Backgrounds
  9. Garlands
  10. Bark

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Read more: http://3d-memoirs.com/category/weddings-2/10-hot-wedding-trends-for-2013/#axzz29bsu4tJ6

 

Photo: Eric Foley Photographers

 

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5 Bridal Show Tips

 

OK, here is an amazing stat. Did you know that 70% of all of the engagements that happen each year will happen on Christmas/New Year’s/ Valentine’s Day? I don’t know if the gentlemen are just lacking for originality, or if the romance of the season is just too good to pass up? What is the result of the 70%??? Thousands of newly (excited) engaged brides flood the bridal show market each year, which is why, in New England, we have these shows from November – March.

A bridal show is the ultimate way to shop for wedding services. Unlike a magazine or web site, you can see, touch, sample, and question everything wedding related at these events! Here are a few tips of what to look for and what NOT to look for in a bridal show vendor. Now first and foremost, please remember that the vendors have paid to be here! They can pay up to $1500 for a small booth just to have the chance to fight the other vendors to romance your business. This fierce competition can lead to less than desirable behavior at times. These rare moments can make some bridal show attendees shy and unwilling to talk with the vendors.  Big mistake!

Rule # 1: Talk with the vendors! The best way to find out whether or not a service is right for you is to always have a conversation. You will determine, usually in the first few minutes, whether a service is right for you. If a vendor is pushy or will not take “NO” for an answer, put down the literature and say, “Thank you for your time.” Then move on. I feel that if a vendor is a “Hard Sell,” they must be desperate for work. If they are that desperate, maybe they are not that busy? If they are not that busy, maybe they are just not very good at what they do? Just my theory…

Rule # 2: Look beyond the candy! Some vendors use the craziest things to lure you into their booth. I have seen things like cookies, dancing girls, water dispensers, and Hummers. Ask yourself, what does any of this have to do with the service the vendor is providing? Chances are that if the vendor has the need for gimmicks to get you into the booth, the substance of the product may be lacking?

Rule # 3: Trust the quality of the paperwork. This area might be the second best way to evaluate a vendor, after speaking with them one on one, of course. If you receive a handout that has been made on a home computer, if the handout looks and feels CHEAP, or if it lacks information, then usually the service lacks as well.

When you dump all of the contents of your bridal show bag onto your kitchen table, look for the paperwork that is of quality. If it is well prepared, informative, and well presented, then chances are the service vendor puts the same care into their customers as they put into their paperwork.

Rule # 4: Beware the Bridal show specials! People love a deal. If you really think you are getting a deal at a bridal show, think again. Many “show specials” are fake. You think you are getting a deal, so you book. In reality, the vendor is charging you the same as if you meet then outside the show. They raise the normal rate for the show to make the “Show special” look that much more attractive. Oldest trick in the book! The deals you can get are the ones you don’t want.

Some vendors will get into quoting wars with other vendors at the show. YES, you might be able to beat down a vendor if you play them against another service provider at the show, but this is a sign of desperateness and you might not like the service you have after the smoke clears. Some vendors will also give you the lowest level of service possible, if you beat them down on price. “Small price = Small service.”

Did anyone ever hear the phrase, “You get what you pay for?” If a vendor does not negotiate price, that is usually the sure sign of a stable, quality, reputable business. Watch out for Bridal show prize boxes! They are usually a way for the vendor to market you after the show. You actually win nothing except a mail box full of junk literature and phone solicitation. Don’t fall for gimmicks. Look for substance.

Rule # 5: If it looks and sounds too good to be true, usually it is too good to be true. I would encourage any bride-to-be to get out and enjoy a bridal show. It is a big part of the experience of getting married. Just be careful and realistic when speaking with vendors.

Best wishes to all those that are getting married. Hope to see you at the next bridal show.

 

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3 Cost Effective Wedding Flowers Options

More and more brides are on a tight budget when it comes to planning their special day. For some the first thing to try to cut back on are flowers. If you do plan on cutting back here are a few things to consider:

First: Try to pick a florist who understands your budget requirements and wont try to up sale you on flowers that are out of season or not in your budget. Be honest with you florist about bottom line cost and what you have to have and what you can live with out.

Second: Be very careful when price comparing with florist. Prices vary based on a multitude of reasons. If you are planning on price shopping, be sure to know exactly what you are pricing out. For instance I had a bride come into my shop and had told me that she had gotten a much less expensive quote form another florist, but could not tell me what flowers were being quoted or quantity. One bouquet quote for the same flowers may vary just based on quantity alone. So be sure to know exactly how many roses, flower etc. are going into your bouquet or arrangement so you will have an accurate comparison from florist to florist.(I.E: an $80 bouquet from one florist may have 6 roses where another florist may have 12). If there is minimal price difference go with the florist you feel most comfortable with and who understands your style and needs.

Third: Look for alternative options for your floral needs. Here at Flower Boutique we offer a “DIY” service for the budget conscious bride, or for the hands on bride. You and your bridal party create your own bouquets and centerpieces. Our space and services are designed to have bridal parties come in and create their own bouquets and arrangements for their wedding. It is a fun and affordable way to have flowers for your special day with a cost savings of anywhere between 30% — 50%.

For more information:

 

Rebecca Daleb

280 Murphy Road

Hartford, CT

860-524-8580

 

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Interesting Introduction Ideas For Your Wedding

The DJ Network have a wealth of suggestions and ideas for your introductions…. and we are always open to new ideas. Here are some options:

  1. Traditional Introductions: Include announcements of Grandparents, Parents and the entire Bridal Party. Typically one piece of music for the Bridal Party and a different piece for the Bride & Groom.
  2. Custom Introductions: Include announcements of Grandparents, Parents. The Bridal Party Bridesmaids & Ushers get different custom edit song for each couple and a different piece of music for the Bride & Groom. Listen to these samples of a Custom Introduction, from one of The DJ Network members.
  3. Love Story Introduction: You get the chance to tell your guests how you met.  A short story just prior to your introduction with appropriate background music.
  4. Formal Bridal Party Introduction: Just an introduction of the Bridal Party and Bride & Groom. Either one piece of music for both or two different pieces of music.
  5. Casual Bridal Party Introduction: Introduction of the Bridal Party and Bride & Groom just using First Names only. Either one piece of music for both or two different pieces of music.
  6. Bride & Groom Introduction: Just a casual or formal introduction of the Bride & Groom.
  7. No Introductions: Just a welcome, then into Blessing, Toast and Speeches.

You are not limited to these suggestions, but they should be used as a guide to selecting the option that best fits your situation. Each event is customized to your special needs, so please feel free to contact your DJ Network member to discuss you ideas.

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3 Tips From A Wedding Band Expert – Baribault Jewelers

 

 

As a recent bride myself, I jumped at the opportunity to blog about wedding bands.

Remember, your bands are forever. They can’t be eaten, they don’t die like flowers and it’s not something you only wear once. You look at your wedding bands every single day so why not look at something beautiful.

Trends: Ladies, the newest trend in bands is what we like to call “twins”. Accent bands that hug next to eat side of your engagement ring and make your center diamond POP! Men, it’s all about the finish! Many bands you see on display are available in different finishes, ex: brushed, shiny, hammered, pebble. So don’t be afraid to ask what your options are and go with the one that best suits you.

Metals: First, you always want to match the metal of your engagement. That way you are sure that they will wear the same in color and shine. Now, a question I get asked all the time; what is the difference and benefits of platinum versus white gold. The only benefit of white gold is if you are looking for something lighter weight. There are many benefits of platinum like the color. Platinum is a pure naturally white metal so it will stay white forever. Let me explain the commonly spoken statement, “Platinum lasts a lifetime”. The metal never sheds metal even when it gets scratched, so it will maintain its weight for the lifetime of the ring. This is a great option especially for the rough tough men out there. Bonus tip: The price difference in the two metals has never been so little.

Advice: Bands and photography are the only things that you will take with you after the wedding. So, splurge here. Start shopping for wedding bands right away and make your purchase within 6 months before the wedding. That way, you get exactly what you want. As far as men’s bands and ask your jeweler for an additional sport band, an inexpensive band that they can beat up without worry. That way they can better maintain the look of their “Gentlemen’s” band (the one they said I do with).

So, happy wedding planning! Enjoy every moment, and in the stressful times just remember to take a deep breath! It will be your perfect day no matter what.

Baribault Jewelers celebrating 64 years of business.

81 Rankin Road, Glasonbury, CT

Raeann Baribault Schwartz, 10 years of experience in the jewelery industry

Engagement & Diamond Specialist

Recently Married March 2012

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Unique Photo Booth Ideas

No need for the typical red or black background when we can change things up and use just about anything for your background. This couple opted to use the barn and hay bales as their background.

Learn more about our photo booths here.

 

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Unique Save The Date Idea

Are you tired of Save The Date magnets?  Looking for something different?  The DJ Network members Atmosphere Productions clients Michelle & Richard did…. check out the Boston Red Sox ticket that they created.  It’s so unique and different we just had to share it with you.

What are you doing for your Save-The-Date?

Photography by Eric Foley Photography
Save The Date designed and printed by Fresh Paper
Hair & Make-up by Natasha Lyn from Naomi’s Studio & Salon
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…… And the Groom Wore Sandals

 

Add a little touch of personality to Groomsmen’s outfits.

Our recent wedding at The Water’s Edge in Westbrook, CT had an outdoor ceremony overlooking the beach and water.  It was a beautiful warm summers morning and the Groom wore beige sandals… and so did all the Groomsmen in the Bridal Party.

The Groomsmen also wore beige suits and white shirts for a smart casual look.  It was classy and elegant …….but don’t forget to check with the Bride!

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