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Should I Get Engagement Photos?

One question I hear a lot is "Do I really need engagement photos?" Today's guest post is from an amazing Los Angeles based wedding photographer, Mercy Hasselblad. She worked with a smaller than "average" wedding budget herself and really considered whether or not to do engagement photos. Here are some things she discusses with her recently engaged couples. 

 

Photo credit: Mercy Hasselbald

Think About Your Invitations 

If you want your photo to be included with your invitations, a really nice, good-quality, romantic photo will make it go a LONG way towards looking high-class. If you're planning an invitation centered around a photo of you both, it can cut down on expenses if you have a really nice photo. 

Engagement Sessions Let You Show Your Style 

Years afterwards, I cherish my engagement pictures, sometimes even more than my wedding photos. I was so stressed out on my wedding day, and so was my husband. In contrast, our engagement photos show how we used...

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How to Plan a Hotel Wedding

Killarney Oaks Hotel—Kerry, Ireland

With the rising popularity of non-religious wedding ceremonies, more and more couples are choosing to host their weddings in hotel venues. This guide from the Killarney Hotels Group offers expert advice on how to plan a hotel wedding.

 

Hotel Wedding Venues: The Benefits 

There is an abundance of reasons why you should consider having your wedding in a hotel setting. Hotel venues offer incredible versatility and can cater to celebrations of all sizes and styles. In other words, you will have plenty of options to choose from no matter what kind of wedding you are planning. Another big plus is that hotels look great in photos, especially those that are based in picturesque locations. 

 

Which Hotel Should You Choose?  

Before searching for a venue, you will need to confirm your date, budget and guest list. While looking at hotels, make a point of recording their availability, cost, capacity, location, style and...

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Keeping The Mother of the Bride Happy, What Every Bride Ought to Know

Photo Credit: Kimberly Florence Photography

 

Once upon a time, a wedding could not be orchestrated without the help of good ol’ mom a.k.a the mother of the bride.

But in today’s day and age, more modern couples are choosing premarital cohabitation and to host the wedding themselves or opting to hire a wedding planner to alleviate the stress associated with planning such a momentous event. And with the groom’s family possibly pitching in for the cost of the event, it’s no wonder that mom may not quite feel the love. So where does that leave the mother-of-the-bride?


Finding the perfect caterer, booking the band, and providing exquisite decor, is no longer solely in mom’s hands, no wonder that she might be feeling a bit…out of the loop. And not happy about it one bit! So, how do we make sure that she is still involved in the wedding? In her own special way of course! Here are 7 fun suggestions that will make any mother feel important and make...

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6 Little Known Ways To Deal With Wedding Sticker Shock

stick·er shock n. NORTH AMERICAN informal - astonishment and dismay experienced on being informed of a product's unexpectedly high price.

 

All the glorious, glorious wonders of Pinterest, countless blogs, and Instagram have single handedly raised the bar for weddings and social events everywhere. And thank goodness!! Long gone are the days in which an event planner would have to spend countless hours trying to convince a bride to rent floor length linens, or use any color other than white in her decor scheme; simply because it was all included in some hotel “wedding package”.

Shiny sparkling sequin linens, colorful glass beaded chargers, chic chavari chairs, and food. Oh the delicious indulgences. Hors d'oeuvres passed on trays served in mini tasting spoons to handcrafted signature cocktails, amazing entrees to desserts. Now go ahead and factor in setting the mood with lighting, fabulous flowers, and finally all those family and friends who...

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How To Choose A Destination Wedding Planner

 

 I love weddings! As a wedding planner, I love playing an integral role in one of the happiest days in a couple’s life, which is why 25 years ago I made it my career. Weddings, however, are about more than just love. It’s a billion dollar industry and frequently a couple’s most expensive day with budgets ranging from $5,000 USD to $100,000 USD and higher. Where does a bride begin planning? Knowledge is the key yet with so many ideas, recommendations, and changing trends, many brides are left drowning in a pool of “how to?” “how much?” and “where do I start?” Enter destination wedding planners —consider it travel planning meets wedding planning. A seasoned, well-connected planner can relieve considerable stress, saving time and money by guiding you through the wedding planning process. A wedding planner wears many hats and plays the role of negotiator, money manager, logistics specialist, and walking Rolodex....

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Holiday Wedding Myths You Should Know

Many couples choose a holiday wedding because it seems more convenient, they love the theme and want to spend more time with their guests.  But getting married is not always as beneficial as it seems.

In general, getting married on a holiday could be very expensive. Vendor availability is limited as well their prices are increased because you are asking them to work on a holiday. Vendors are people too and asking them to give up time with family and friends has a price. Even the government recognizes an increase pay on holidays. Am I right?

 

Not only do vendors and venues cost more on holidays too. With many parties on holidays, it's expensive to rent out space.  Imagine renting a rooftop bar in NYC on New Year's Eve, or a restaurant in Washington DC on July 4th? The price increases drastically.

Getting married on holidays takes much more planning, trying to locate the available vendors, couples must reserve their entertainment, venue, cater, up to a year in advance

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