Monthly Archives: March 2013

Two Weeks and Counting: Your Last-Minute Checklist

It's crunch time — just days before the wedding. Here's how to cross everything off your to-do list without losing your mind.
By: 
Denise Schipani
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Photo Credit: Embrace Life Photography

I spent seven months planning my wedding. My cousin Julia spent nearly a year. When my brother got married, he and his fiancé had been engaged only a couple of months. Yet all three of us had one crucial thing in common: a two-week prewedding countdown time, crammed with unanticipated planning tasks, lots of stress and moments of pure panic.

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Two Weeks and Counting: Your Last-Minute Checklist

It's crunch time — just days before the wedding. Here's how to cross everything off your to-do-list without losing your mind.
By: 
Denise Schipani
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bride and groom with bridal party in the backround
Photo Credit: Embrace Life Photography

I spent seven months planning my wedding. My cousin Julia spent nearly a year. When my brother got married, he and his fiancé had been engaged only a couple of months. Yet all three of us had one crucial thing in common: a two-week prewedding countdown time, crammed with unanticipated planning tasks, lots of stress and moments of pure panic.

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How to Choose Affordable Wedding Invitations

From save-the-dates to invitations, menu cards and thank-you notes, here's how to leave a fabulous paper trail without breaking the bank.
By: 
Sharon Naylor
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Choosing your invitations and other printed matter is often the first taste of all the creative wedding planning to come. You’ve entered a world filled with rich colors, regal monograms and shimmering papers—and wide-ranging costs. According to wedding industry survey site theweddingreport.com, the average price for 150 invitations and response cards is $245. Factor in save-the-dates ($114) menu cards ($114), programs ($108), thank-you cards ($92) and place cards ($77) for an average grand total of $750 (before postage).

Yet it’s possible to spend as much as — gulp! — $3,300 for a set of 150 engraved invitations alone. Clearly, some serious shopping around is in order. Get started with our guide.

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How to Plan a $5,000 Wedding (Yes, It’s Possible!)

We asked three planners to work with a big-day budget of $5,000. Here’s how they toed the bottom line.
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Party Option #1: Garden Brunch
 

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Photo Credit: Sarah Kathleen

Planner: Lisa Gorjestani, Los Angeles (detailseventplanning.com)

Guests: 100 or fewer

"A brunch on a Sunday can keep your venue fee low. Another great thing is that you don’t have to offer a lot of alcohol," Lisa says.

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Planning a Winter Wonderland Wedding

David Tutera, star of WEtv’s “My Fair Wedding,” shares his best ideas for an ultra-stylish seasonal wedding.
By: 
David Tutera
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For many of us, winter really is the most magical time of the year. So holding your wedding during this season just adds to the celebratory feel. And the opportunities for making a stylish statement are vast: Winter weddings can really run the gamut from all-white fêtes that sparkle with crystals and faux snow to country-cabin chic made cozy with plaids and branches. Start with these tips and let your imagination soar.

Your Paper Trail
Set the tone with your stationery. Paper with a sheen echoes the look of a blanket of fresh snow, while handmade card stock with jagged edges is a perfect nod to an Aspen-inspired celebration. When it comes to embellishments (on invitations, place cards and more), consider self-adhesive crystals, antique lace or plaid flannel bellybands or nature-inspired accents like small twigs or faux snowflakes.

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Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

What makes a great rehearsal dinner? With these tips, your "practice" party will run as smoothly as the main event.
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Many newlywed couples say that the rehearsal dinner, traditionally a way for the bride’s and groom’s families to get acquainted, was their favorite part of the wedding weekend. Why? It’s a celebration that allows you to rejoice and mellow out with your loved ones before the excitement of the big day. Here’s how to pull yours off perfectly.

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Wedding Inspiration: Chic Summer Outdoor Celebration

A gorgeous mix of classic decor and personal details enlivens this elegant outdoor celebration.
By: 
Mary Clarke
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Sometimes, there’s simply no place like home. Such was the case for Caitlin and Kyle Auten, whose sunny summer reception was held on the grounds of the bride’s parents’ house in Chesapeake, VA. The couple’s wedding planner, Antonia Christianson, was both surprised and delighted to be able to call upon Caitlin’s family for more than just the lush setting. A key element in the stunning decor — pine tables with vintage cast-iron sewing-machine bases — were each handcrafted by Caitlin’s father over several months time. Proof once and for all that you need not look for perfection beyond your own backyard.

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