Summer Wedding at Omni Park West

We had the opportunity to work with Brea & Crystal for their modern red and white summer wedding this June at the Omni Park West in Dallas.  After dating for five years, Brea and Crystal were so excited to tie the knot, and Crystal says that she feels “truly blessed to be marrying my best friend and the woman of my dreams.”

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 The ceremony was very personal with a beautiful white and red backdrop, and included a sand ceremony with their daughter Kaila. The three of them exchanged vows, and Kaila was presented with a special token from Brea and Crystal during the ceremony.

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The Texas sunshine provided us with some beautiful summer weather, and the beauty of their wedding was further enhanced by their flowers from Magic Moments.

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As well as being absolutely scrumptious, the cake from Delicious Cakes provided an elegant backdrop for the event.

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Although all of the aesthetic touches were lovely, Brea and Crystal told us about what truly made their day so special for them:

“What made our wedding day special was seeing our friends and family there genuinely happy and ready to celebrate us as we embark on a new journey.”

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Guests danced the night away to music from Entertainment Solutions, LLC, starting with Brea & Crystal’s beautiful first dance together as a married couple. Of course, their first dance included their daughter Kaila.

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While it might seem that planning a wedding can be stressful, Crystal’s piece of advice to other brides is “I would definitely not stress as much over some things.  Besides that, there is nothing else that I would change about my wedding day…it was perfect!”

Tracy Nanthavongsa snapped these gorgeous photos we are sharing with you.  All in all, it was an amazing day.  Congratulations Brea & Crystal!

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:: our fabulous vendor team ::

Cocktail Reception Music: Encore Entertainment

Videographer: One Track Films

Photo Booth: Plush Photo Pod

 

 

Dallas Graduation Party

With their daughter leaving soon to go to college at the University of Chicago, Sneha’s parents knew they had to give her a graduation party she’d never forget.

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The celebration took place at her family’s beautiful home in Highland Village, overlooking Lake Lewisville. Talk about a beautiful sunset!

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With traditional Indian food from Our Place alongside delicious American cuisine from Tastefully Yours (sliders and bruschetta, anyone?), to a cake from Delicious Cakes shaped like books, and a bubble tea bar from Fruitealicious, all of the food was one of the many things at this event that set it apart from your ordinary graduation party. For dessert, Dippin Dots was also brought in to compliment the delicious cake. This party was the absolute place to be for any foodie who loves fun food.

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Guests enjoyed their dinner to music from DJ Brad with ES Events, as the sun was setting over Lake Lewisville.

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After dinner, the party got started under the stars with sparklers and glow sticks of every kind, even sunglasses made out of glow sticks!

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While photo booths are still pretty popular right now, they decided to take things up a notch and have a photo lounge instead, complete with comfy chairs and tons of accessories. All of Sneha’s classmates, family, and friends enjoyed dressing up and having their pictures taken throughout the night at the photo lounge by Harry Photo.

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This party was one to remember, and the blending of cultures also added a very unique spin. Although Sneha is traveling all the way to Chicago for college, it’s clear to see that she will never forget her roots – or this wonderful night! We had so much fun planning it alongside Sneha and her parents. We wish you all the best of luck in college, Sneha. Study hard!

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:: our vendor team ::

Photographer: Autumn Light

Lighting: ES Events

Linens: M&M Event Rental

Ice: Emergency Ice

Real Fall Wedding at the Fort Worth Water Gardens

After meeting in 9th grade in Plano, Texas, Britney and Kris couldn’t wait to tie the knot at their fall 2013 wedding at the Fort Worth Water Gardens. They chose their fall date because it was between their two birthdays, October 1st and October 11th, and it incorporated Britney’s favorite colors: orange, brown, and shades of red.

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When asked about their decision to do a ‘first look’, this is what Britney had to say:

“Our first look before the wedding was so incredibly special to me. I was so nervous walking down to see him, almost in tears. So much raw emotion and love! I felt like that moment all the planning and organizing I had done for the wedding was suddenly worth it, every last bit of it. It was the perfect moment.”

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With the threat of a thunderstorm brewing, Britney and Kris didn’t even consider moving their beautiful wedding inside.  Somehow, they just knew everything would work out.

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The moment the ceremony finished and the guests were inside, it started pouring down rain! They say rain is good luck on your wedding day, which seems to be especially true for Britney and Kris.

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After a close call with mother nature, the celebration was taken across the street to the Sheraton Hotel in Fort Worth. All of the details that Britney worked on really came together for the reception. From small details like the signs and the favors, to the intricate centerpieces, Britney and Kris’s reception was true to their style and no detail went unnoticed.

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Even the cake from Crème de la Crème  tied in with their elegant fall theme!

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With a grand exit in an antique car to drive them away, their wedding day drew to a close. What a fabulous day! We are so lucky to have been a part of the planning and the celebration.

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It seems as if married life is treating Britney and Kris quite well. She explains, “I don’t really feel that much has changed in our everyday life since we got married, but now it’s that feeling like “It’s just me and you, partners for life and in it together. It’s a great feeling!”

 

:: the fabulous vendor team ::

photographer: Absolute Photography

lighting: ES Events

DJ: Sean Lee

bridal gown designer: Alfred Angelo

Real Jewish Wedding The Modern Fort Worth

Houston based couple, Dara and Scott, wanted their fall Jewish wedding to be a perfect reflection of themselves….fun, exciting, and modern with some traditional touches.

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After a beautiful Jewish ceremony at Bethel-El Congregation, the excited guests moved to the Modern Art Museum where the Lobby was transformed into warm, fresh allure with modern grays, whites, berries and purples byleFleur Couture Floral Design and Absolute Lighting.  After they did a traditional bread and wine blessing, dinner was served and guests senses were filled with delicious food, wonderful company and the delightful sounds of the Professor D Band playing dinner music.  Friends and family were buzzing with the excitement as they were ushered into the Café where the full Professor D Band was eagerly awaiting their arrival beginning immediately with the parent dances and the hora (which just about everyone participated in).  It was a night full of dancing, a sweet treat dessert and coffee bar, scrumptious cake by Creme de la Creme, photo-booth fun by Cowboy Photobooth, laughter and pure enjoyment.  When the night came to an end, the band escorted guests and the couple outside where they were greeted with a kosher hot dog stand.  Just a little snack to replenish themselves from all the dancing they did.

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Dara and Scott certainly had a night to remember.  What an incredible way to start the first day of their new life as husband and wife.  We were so thrilled to be apart of their special day and wish them all the happiness in the world.  Mazel tov, Dara, Scott and family!

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Their wedding weekend captured on video by Elixir Entertainment ::

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:: Rest of the Fabulous Vendor Team ::

Photographer :: Tim Hord Photography

String Quartet :: Serenata Strings  

Linens :: BBJ

Dance Floor :: Taylor’s Rental

Transportation :: Silver West Limousines

Event Planning Tips for 2014

As I reflect back on 2013, I can’t help but think ‘What a year it has been’.  I smile and recall on my many blessings… my crazy, amazing family and friends, my incredible husband, my deepening relationship with God, becoming pregnant after years of trying, my wonderful housekeeper (yes, I am SO grateful she came into our lives this year), all of my awesome clients, and the lessons I’ve learned that have helped me become the woman, wife, friend, planner I am today.   Some of these lessons I’ve learned over the years, but they have continued to present themselves as sort of a reminder to either keep doing what I’m doing or make a change and move on.

With my job, I have the privilege to impart many lessons on those around me to help make their lives easier.  Especially when it comes to the planning and execution of their very special occasion.  Here are a few lessons I hope that you will take with you into 2014.  Whether you’re a bride/groom-to-be, a parent, a member of the wedding party, a family member or friend…this is for you.

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  • Hire the RIGHT vendors for your event.  Bringing in the right professionals will make your life and party so much better than you can even imagine.  Do your research and don’t just hire the first person you come across as you might regret it later.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to solidify plans or make your DIY projects.  Planning and projects take time to do correctly.  Understand that each vendor has their own communication format and turnaround time to get things on their end accomplished.
  • Trust that everything will work out how it is supposed to…especially if you have been doing your due diligence and you have the right vendor team in place.
  • Be flexible when you can.  The more you try to control every little aspect, the more stress and upset you will give yourself and the less you will actually enjoy your event.
  • Plan, plan, plan, but be open to things changing that are out of your control at the last minute.  It will probably end up better than you planned.
  • Know your role within the event….this has two parts to it.
    1. If you’re the host of an event or a couple to be married…this is YOUR soiree. If there are certain aspects to your event that are really important to you, but are giving you concern because family or friends have constantly expressed their dislike in your choice…guess what?   This is YOUR day and you should be able to have what you want.  Now, you may need to make a few tweaks and adjustments to make it comfortable for your guests.  My philosophy is “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and you should have your way on your day.
    2. If you’re the parent, friend or family member who is disagreeing with certain elements of the hosts/couple’s decisions.  Sorry, but this is NOT your soiree. Your intentions may be only to help and it’s okay to make suggestions.  By all means, if you see something that’s not right, say something.  But then, back off.  Don’t take it personal if they don’t listen.  This is THEIR day and they deserve to have the love and support of their family and friends.  Not the stress of constant nagging, bullying, or “I told you so’s”.  It’s ok not to agree with their every move.  Just put it in perspective…in the grand scheme of things, is it really that important?  Chances are, it’s not.  They are the ones that have to live with their decisions.  You don’t want to be the one thing they feel regret, sadness or even anger toward when they look back on their day.  They need your support during this time more than anything else.  Be proactive and help come up with creative solutions in order to give them what they want.  Or respect their decision if they do not want any help.

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No one event or one client is the same as the next.  That’s one of the many things I love about what I do.  To help them achieve their dream wedding or event and ensure that the above tips are followed is so special.

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Hopefully, these are lessons you will carry with you when planning or helping to plan your next event.  Don’t be shy to share them with those around you for a much more seamless planning experience.  Have any more tips for successful planing, please feel free to leave a comment and share them!

Wishing you all the love, support, success and joy for 2014!

:: Photo Credits ::     Top Left :: Alex Ham Photography     Top Right :: Amy Karp Photography    Middle Left :: Sam Smead Photography                      Middle Right :: Wisner Photo     Bottom Left :: Autumn Light Photography     Bottom Left :: Nicholas Leitzinger Photography

Holiday Wedding Favors Ideas and Tips

The holidays are a great time for showing appreciation for all those who love you.  What easier way to do just that than at your wedding with thoughtful holiday wedding favors?!

As a planner, I am often asked what favors couples should give away at their wedding.  But the answer isn’t so simple.  Many factors need to be taken into consideration before just picking something and slapping your name on it.   You want your wedding favor to reflect your style, theme, and interests as well as be something a large group of people will enjoy.

At this time of year, there are so many fun things you can give your guests that’ll just put them right in the spirit.

Here are some other tips to think about when trying to find the perfect wedding favor for your special event.

1. Homemade favors are always a hit.  People love to taste the treats or keep the trinkets that you love to make.

2. Items that are easily used or consumed go over well.

3. Avoid keepsake items that only have your name and wedding date on them.  Unless, they are your immediate family, they likely won’t want to display things in their house that have your name on them.  If you want to put your name and date on them so they’ll always remember where it came from, put it on the back with a cute quote or saying in the front.

4. Unless you’re placing favors at each person’s table setting, you don’t need to buy or make favors for 100% of your guests.  Most guests will take 1 per couple.  *The item that breaks the rule of thumb on this is alcoholic favors.  You’ll definitely need 100% of your guest count for this type of favor as some guests will take more than their share.

5. If keeping guests honest with how many wedding favors they walk out the door with is a concern or you just want to make sure they take one, have staff members personally hand them out as guests leave.  It adds a personal touch of elegance and ensures everyone gets something special as they depart your event.

6. Displaying your wedding favors in a fun way will make them more enticing for the taking.

There are endless ideas and websites to look at for fun holiday favor ideasEtsy has so many vendors who can make exactly what you’re looking for to save you time and stress.  Here are several holiday wedding favor ideas that’ll hopefully inspire you and take your imagination to the next level.

Lollipops from Sweet Caroline Confections.  Create a box decorated with a mix of ornament balls and garland that compliment your wedding colors and pop in cute holiday sign to display these tasty favors.

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Hand painted wine glasses from The Toast Hostess set at each table setting with wine charms from Charlie Chalk Designs to create unique place cards keepsakes.  Guests will surely use their special glass all night no matter what they’re drinking.

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Snowflake ornaments from Mademoiselle Adriana Design or hand painted stone ornaments from My Little Chick (can be made as coasters too). Hang these onto a snow kissed christmas tree adorned with glimmery ribbon and lights for a beautiful ‘wow factor’ as guests enter & leave your event.

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Warm them up with hot chocolate mixes from Fete Sette

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Keep the holidays growing in their hearts (and their yard) all year long with baby pine trees from Nature Favors or succulents from The Tattered Cottage

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Heart shaped soaps from Julie’s Sugar Soaps or Esscents Soaps.  Who wouldn’t want to put these in their guest bath for everyone to enjoy?!

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Let them eat cake with a cupcake mix favor from Vintage Bake Shop or make your own special cake (pictured homemade pumpkin spice cake: photo by Absolute Photography)

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Keep the flame burning with soy candles by Candles by Nature.  Display with greenery, spiced pine cones and cranberries for pop of color and visual interest.

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The ideas are never ending and guests will be thankful that you thought of them.  Tell us what favors do you absolutely love getting or what you gave away at your wedding!

A Southern Vintage Wedding at The Room On Main

Natalie & Aaron’s southern vintage wedding at Perkins Chapel and The Room On Main was so much fun to plan.  Their quirky personalities and love for one another brought so much joy to this special occasion and Natalie’s mom was truly their cheerleader of support and encouragement every step of the way.

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The couple attended Oklahoma University where they had been friends for a while until one night Natalie asked Aaron to her annual date party.  They were inseparable from that moment on.

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Two years later, Aaron planned an engagement that Natalie would never forget.  After taking her to dinner, he walked her to her car & handed her an envelope, which would begin a scavenger hunt of clues that would eventually lead her to her ‘Happily Ever After‘.  Aaron had been a mascot for three different teams in Oklahoma and had each mascot waiting with four red balloons to give to Natalie when she arrived to three of the four locations. Her first location was the Library where they first met with Routie from the Tulsa 66ers. The second location was O’Connell’s where they had their “first spark” with Dozer from the OKC Yard Dawgs.  Natalie’s third location was the tree where Aaron first told her he loved her with Volt from the WNBA Tulsa Shock.  Finally, her final location was the OU Tack & Field where Aaron was anxiously awaiting her arrival with friends & family hiding in the stands.  Marry Me” by Train was playing in the background and when she arrived Aaron read the significance of what each grouping of the balloons meant.  He asked her to marry him on bended knee and right as she said “Yes!” their friends and family jumped out screaming & shouting.  The ring flew out of Natalie’s hand and everyone hurried to find it.  Aaron bent down on his knee & asked her again.  This time, making sure the ring was on her finger.

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Their wedding was just as creative and special.  Pops of blue, coral, green, lace, burlap and butterfly accents filled the room.  Handmade N’s & A’s were placed on each table with monogrammed birch vases.  Every table had its own unique vintage elements that added interest for guests’ eyes to view.

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To no surprise, everyone was full of bubbling energy.  As soon as the glow necklaces came out, the crowd filled the dance floor and never sat down.  Of course the night wouldn’t be complete without mascots, Boomer and Volt making a surprise appearance.

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As the night came to an end, guests lined the walkway waving ribbon wands adorned in their wedding colors.  In a sweet gesture of love, Natalie’s parents surprised them with a vintage Bentley for their departure.  They drove off into their new journey as husband and wife and have continued the fun and love ever since.

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Vendor Team ::

Photographer :: Nossa Arte Photography     DJ/Lighting :: Nexus Productions     Videographer :: Stationary Motion Weddings     Florist :: Teresa Renfro

Baker :: DiviniDee Cakes     Caterer :: CN Catering     Officiant :: Love Notes    Transportation :: Romantic Remembrances

Brilliance and Blush Wedding Showcase

Even though we’re still feelin’ the heat in Dallas-Fort Worth, fall is fast approaching; which means it’s time for you to start planning your wedding again.

What a better way to kick off your new start than by attending the fun yet relaxed Brilliance & Blush Wedding Showcase on Saturday, September 14th from 12:00p-4:00p at Fuller’s Jewelry Store in Addison, TX.

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Mix & mingle with top event professionals and chat with them one-on-one to talk more about your specific wedding details.  Be inspired by gorgeous design elements, get beautified with hair and makeup tips, get photography tips and tricks, start designing your stationary line, taste delicious bites and pick out your wedding bands or wedding party gifts.  Win fabulous prizes just for attending!

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Our brilliance will simply make you blush.  So RSVP today to https://brillianceandblush.eventbrite.com!  You owe it to yourself to make your your planning experience an enjoyable and seamless experience.

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Photos by ::  Amy Karp Photography

:: Spectacular vendors that’ll make your wedding experience the BEST ever ::

Magic Moments Parties & Events     Ducky Bob’s     Amy Karp Photography     TC Makeup        

 ES Events     The Bees Knees Custom Design     Panini Bakery     The Windsor

Fuller’s Jewelry     The Creative Touch, Events by Lauren

Kelsey and Seth’s Rustic Vintage Cross Timbers Winery Wedding

One of the best aspects of my job is being surrounded by amazing families during one of the most important time in their lives.  I really get to see love embodied in its truest form and it is a very humbling experience.

Kelsey & Seth Granda’s rustic/vintage wedding at Cross Timbers Winery in Grapevine, TX was one of those beautiful moments.  The respect and love that exuded from their family and friends in support of their upcoming nuptials was felt by all who were privileged to be apart of their special day.  Not only in emotional support, but in demonstration during the wedding.  Kelsey’s sister and maid of honor, Jourdin, designed the wedding invitations and programs while a family friend handled the printing.  A close friend of the family officiated the ceremony.  A long time friend performed “I Have and I Always Will” by Dave Barnes during the family and wedding party processional.  Members of their wedding party played “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector, and “Arithmetic” by Brooke Fraser while the guests and the bridal party partook in communion.  Finally, Kelsey’s dad played the guitar while she and Seth had their first dance to “Making Memories Of Us” by Keith Urban.  Let’s also not forget that her dad announced the entire wedding party using his own special descriptions for each of them.  When Kelsey was asked about these wonderful contributions she simply replied “It’s so powerful when your best friends and your family aren’t only supporting you by standing up there with you, but they also usher guests into moments of tranquility, sweetness, and holiness.  That was very, very special.”

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Personal details were adorned tastefully throughout the wedding.  As a sweet token of appreciation, Kelsey proudly displayed her mother and grandmothers’ wedding gowns along with their pictures beside each dress as a way of honoring them for paving the way for their future generations.

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Kesley and Seth’s favorite desserts of banana pudding, pocket pies by ZenZero and cupcakes by Sprinkles Cupcakes were served in lieu of a traditional wedding cake.  Her grandmother’s lace dollies, silver overlay vases and milk vases were lovingly placed on the guests’ tables.  Daisies, Kelsey’s favorite flower, were part of the colorful yellow, ivory, peach and touch of grey floral by DIRT.

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Kelsey made a few of her own décor pieces that helped tie her theme together.  Inside the barn, she hung large burlap fabric w/ various sized pinwheels along the walls.  She made fabric banners to be hung as backdrops outside.

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Who would have known that when they met 4 years and 7 months prior at their school’s orientation week during a concert, they would find the love of their life and say ‘I Do’ forever.  This March wedding was truly the embodiment of unconditional love blessed by God and all those who were there to bear witness.

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Other Professionals who helped make this day all Kelsey and Seth dreamed it to be ::

Photographer :: June Bug Company

Lighting :: ES-Events

Rentals :: Rent My Dust

Wedding Party Responsibilities :: The Nitty Gritty

She’s your sister, your friend, your ‘girl’, and now she’s getting married. So when she comes to you and asks, ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?’ you blurt out an enthusiastic ‘YES!’ because it’s an honor and neither of you can imagine it any other way.  What you may not have realized yet is the work, the time, the details, the planning, and the cold hard cash that will go into that enthusiastic ‘YES!’.  The same goes for the groomsmen.

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If the couple has a wedding planner, s/he will definitely take a load of stress and responsibility off your plate, but you, as the wedding party, still have a distinct purpose – a job only a trusted bridesmaid or groomsman can fulfill. Your role is a huge compliment to your friendship, but first and foremost it’s a big commitment that should be taken seriously.  After all, wouldn’t you want the same when it’s time for you to get married?  Being a bridesmaid or groomsman is all about you for the first 30 seconds or so (sorry, that’s the hard truth).  After that it’s all about the bride & groom until after they waive good-bye and drive off into the night.

Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful times an in couple’s life.  Whether it’s family issues that come up, vendor complications, nerves and stress, money or just plain lack of time…they need your support.  That’s why they asked YOU to be in their wedding.

Here are some key pointers of what you can do to be the BEST Bridesmaid or Groomsman you can be ::

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:: The Time ::

  • Attend all wedding related events with the bride/groom (bachelor/bachelorette party, bridal showers, engagement parties, rehearsal, etc).  Let the bride/groom know well in advanced if you can’t make it.
  • Always be on time – Plan your day accordingly so the couple isn’t waiting on you to get things started.
  • Keep the wedding reception atmosphere upbeat – Be present & on the dance floor. Don’t leave early.
  • Be available to assist whenever the bride/groom needs you – Offer to run errands, make sure they eat or drink something, calm his/her pre-wedding jitters.
  • Plan a speech for either the rehearsal dinner or wedding day. 1 ½ -2 ½ minutes is perfect.  Remember that this is a celebration. After a several minutes of speeches, it’ll be snoozeville.  So keep it short.

:: The Planning ::

  • Girls :: Help assemble/address save-the-dates and invitations, organize the seating chart, attend dress fitting appointments, etc.
  • Girls :: Coordinate the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
  • Communicate with each other – Don’t make the bride or groom be the go-between.  Forge new friendships so that you all can easily stay on top of everything.
  • Guys :: Return the groom’s tux and your tux to the rental shop.
  • Be self-sufficient.  Don’t bring the bride or groom into your drama.  Take care of any issues that arise on your own.  For example, if your dress or tux doesn’t fit, take it to the store and get it fixed.

:: The Cash ::

  • Girls :: The bridesmaids split the cost of the bachelorette party and bridal shower – Plan something that won’t break the bank, but will be enjoyable and thoughtful for the bride and her guests.
  • Guys :: The groomsmen spilt the cost of the bachelor party – Plan a party on par with the groom’s expectations.
  • Go in on gifts for the couple together – This will save you money and time, and will allow you to get a larger gift from their registry.
  • The wedding party is generally responsible for paying for their own attire, shoes, hair and makeup, and travel expenses.
  • According to How Stuff Works, a popular show on the cable network TLC, the cost of being a bridesmaid is over $1,000. This may seem overwhelming, but remember that it will be spread over the course of the engagement.  So start saving right away.

Aside from all the lists and quantified expectations, the most important part of being in a wedding is your ability to be there for the bride and groom in their time of need.  They couldn’t imagine you not being by their side on their big day.  So have fun with it and relish what a privilege it is to be trusted with such an important job.  You can do this!

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:: Photo Credits ::  Top- The Mamones Photography,  Middle- Amy Karp Photography, Bottom- On Location Portraiture