DIY Wedding Wednesday: Gold Glittered Pomander Chair Markers

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It was around this time two years ago that I discovered a little DIY secret that would forever change my creative repertoire. I now use it in my wedding designs, home accents, greeting cards, and just about everything else I embark on creatively. That little secret is glitter, gold and beyond, and ever since I realized how it could be added to just about anything to majorly up the pretty factor, I’ve been hooked. There’s no detail safe from my glitter addiction and after checking out today’s post, chances are you may quickly join the shimmer squad. Here’s how to use the golden good stuff to create some seriously sparkly chair markers.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: pour out a generous amount of fine gold glitter onto your work surface. Make sure to first line your surface with a layer of paper towels. The porous nature of the towels will aid  to ease the application of the glitter. Next, using a thin tipped paint brush, begin to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the tips of the wooden curls of your pomander ball. Avoid too heavy an application of glue as it’ll result in clumpy glitter. Start out the glitter application to half of the pomander, doing so in sections of approximately 5-6 floral curls at a time.

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Step 2: once the glue has been applied, roll the florals into the glitter and shake off access. Make sure you apply the glitter quickly after the glue application to avoid the glue drying up. If a spot has been missed, reapply more glue onto that spot specifically and roll in the glitter. Avoid overlapping already applied glitter with glue as it’ll result in a lumpy and patchy finish.

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Step 3: for floral centers that are not flush with the curls, apply glue to the center point and manually dust on the glitter. Continue steps 1-3 until half of the pomander is complete, then set aside to dry before working on the other side.

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Step 4: push hot glue in between a couple of the florals. Immediately after, using a small fine tipped tool, push through a piece of gold ribbon that has been fold in half, at the halfway point. Hold for a few seconds to set. Once dry, the pomander is complete. Repeat steps 1-4 for your other pomander.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Update Tradition – The New Flower Girl Basket

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There are fewer things set to make an appearance at your wedding cuter than a sweet little flower girl. Think white chiffon tutu, bouncy blonde curls, and maybe even a pair of proper pixie wings. Finish off what’s bound to be sheer lovely by arming that cutie with a nontraditional option for her petal basket, fit perfectly to her look and your overall wedding day design. To help you brainstorm the possibilities best suited for you and your day, here are three options we’re currently going “ga ga” over, complete with a DIY to show you how to even further customize the look.

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Rustic Flower Girl Basket How-To – The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: run a strand of ribbon through the wood veneer sign.

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Step 2: securely and tightly attach the tag to the basket, finishing it off with a bow to one side.

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Step 3: trim down the greenery and rose down to size and tuck them in behind the bow, intertwining them into the wires to help them hold. Make sure you leave enough stem to keep the florals in place, but make them short enough so that they tuck away neatly.

xoxo.

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Put Your Name On It: Personalization 101

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Personalization is a key element to creating a look for your wedding that is entirely unique to you. Whether it is the addition of your names, monogram or wedding date, every element adds an extra special touch to your décor. Here’s a sneak peek into the ways in which we create beautiful, personalized products that help make your wedding the best day ever!

Glass Printing

Using a technique called Pad Printing (otherwise known as tampography), our in house production team take a printed 2-D image and apply it to glassware with a sponge-like pad. The image is printed onto this pad, then the glass is pressed down into it allowing the pad to wrap around the glass and impose the printed design onto it. We use this technique for glassware favors such as mason jars, wine glasses, shot glasses and more!

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Digital Printing

Otherwise known as flat printing, we have an in-house print department that produces all of our stationery, stickers, clings, printed envelopes and even printed goodie bags using a high tech digital printer. Our personalization suite allows you to provide all the information your guests will need on your invitations, and with so many stationery collections to choose from you can be sure to find one that matches your style.

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UV Printing

Using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet printer, this is how we produce all of our printed aisle runners and photo backdrops. Ultraviolet (UV) printing simply means we use UV inks that dry with the help of UV light, instead of traditional inks that dry by allowing chemicals to evaporate over time.

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Heat Pressing

With the help of an industrial heat press, we apply a printed 2-D printed designs to acrylic cake toppers, handkerchiefs and tote bags. We also personalize our burlap aisle runners and table runners this way but because the fibers can interfere with the heat press, we personalize each of those by hand using irons. This way we can ensure your product’s personalization lasts and always looks fabulous!

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Foil Stamping

When you order a set of napkins from Weddingstar, you will receive them foil-stamped with your design of choice. You can take your customization one step further by selecting one of our 26 popular color choices! Personalized napkins are a popular trend for weddings and other events such as holidays, birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers and even anniversaries. The addition of foil to our napkins adds another level of luxe. This method can also be applied to our paper goodie bags, ribbon our are brand new faux leather compact mirrors.

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Looking for the perfect personalized napkin for your special event? See all our designs here.

Laser Cut Detailing

Most commonly used with our acrylic or wood veneer signs and cake toppers, this technique allows us to create unique designs in a variety of styles. Our in house design team creates custom designs that are then programmed into to our laser cutting machine. When we receive your order and specialized design, this machine will cut the design out of a solid sheet of acrylic or wood veneer, creating a one-of-a-kind piece just for you on your wedding day!

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Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is a similar process to laser cutting, except that the power of the beam is less such that it does not cut right through the material. The result of this is a permanent personalized etch into either our wood, metal, leather, acrylic or glass products. Our laser engraved products not only add to your wedding décor, but they make wonderful keepsakes in your home for years to come.

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Embroidery

Embroidery adds another level of prestige to products such as chair banners, hankies and our soon-to-arrive tote bags and silky robes. Industrial embroidery machines allow us to produce multiple orders at one time, as this is a very popular option with our brides. Get an embroidered item for yourself or share the love! Embroidered items make wonderful gifts for your bridesmaids and really show how much you care.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: For the Wine Lovers

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Cabernet, Chardonnay, Malbec and Pinot. There’s nothing like a great bottle of wine to celebrate a special occasion, toast a milestone, or simply to enjoy over an intimate dinner for two. The tradition of wine making has been around for thousands of years, and the popularity of incorporating the drink into wedding festivities continues to grow in spades. Love the idea of making the drink part of your day? Here are our top three wine inspired wedding ideas.

The Perfect Pairing

Enhance your wedding ceremony with a sentimental love letter exchange that you later lock away for safe keeping until you’re ready to revisit it over a glass of wine toasting a special anniversary. Complete with etched wine glasses, custom stationery and a lock and key, this contemporary wooden box set makes for a stylish and meaningful addition to your vow exchange and future celebrations.

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A Custom Blend

Get personal with the wine you serve by putting your mark on it. Go with personalized wine labels that customize the look of the bottles served at your wedding reception, or those you give away as your wedding day favors.

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wine label designs featured here, from left to right: lavish monogram, classic script, vintage lace, expressions and fanciful monogram

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Cheers to Them

Send your guests home with their own little wine lovers treat with a stylish wine stopper or bottle opener favor. Pair it with your favorite bottle of wine or simply gift in the pretty packaging they all come complete with.

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Personalize Your Ceremony

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I’ve never been one to do tradition for tradition’s sake. But when it comes to weddings certain rituals are worth exploring and honoring, especially when personalized with a sentimental twist. Which is precisely what today’s how-to feature, the sand ceremony, does for the unity ceremony concept. From as simple as a custom sand color selection, to a modernized vessel that acts as a perfect keepsake long after the big “I dos”, there’s a reason sand ceremonies continue to reign in popularity with brides and grooms across the globe. Here’s our top three favorite ways to incorporate the love ritual into your day.

#1 – A Sentimental Spin

Want something ultra unique? Go for a contemporary design that doubles as a keepsake. Opt for the framed version of this chic acrylic shadow box, to display a couple of your favorite wedding day pictures, or select the clear acrylic version to fill with something special from your big day, like the preserved petals from your bridal bouquet.

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#2 – A Family Affair

For the couple whose love has grown beyond just two, go for a sand ceremony that allows you incorporate your little one, or ones. Their participation in the celebration of your unity will no doubt be cherished always.

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#3 – Color Match

Just looking for something simple to mark the occasion? Then pick your color match, either something that goes with your wedding day design or a couple of shades that mean something special to the two of you, and run with a neutral vase set that can easily find a spot in your home for years to come.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Seasonal Flower Guide Series – Summer Florals

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If you asked me why summer is my favorite season I would have no difficulty in coming up with an endless list of reasons. And right up at the top would be all the gorgeous, sweet scented and lovely colored stems that this time of year has to offer. With summer now officially here, there’s no better time to close out our seasonal flower guide series (see the first three installments here, here and here) by sharing with you just a few of the currently available beautiful blooms. Get ready to swoon!

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queen of texture
there’s arguably no easier way to add texture to your bouquets or centerpieces than by incorporating this feathery lovely.

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added interest
if it’s intrigue you’re after than simply add a few stems of these unique beauties.

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garden fresh
a long time garden favorite, clematis makes for an incredible addition to any wedding arrangement.

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best know as baby’s breath, gypsophila, which is actually readily available year round, is considered one of the loveliest “filler” stems.

lavender

the real deal
if you’re a fan of the more readily available dried lavender, you’ll no doubt adore its fresh and fragrant counterpart.

lisianthus

multiple marvel
with several hearty blooms coming off each stem, lisianthus generously offers up plenty of texture and fullness to any arrangement it’s added to.

peony

pure perfection
potentially the most popular stem of the season, with layer upon layer of loveliness, peonies truly are pure petal perfection.

scabiosa

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exuding romance and a touch of vintage grace, scabiosa stems make for a natural choice for a wedding bloom.

tritileia and allium

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channeling the unique makeup of wildflowers, every single stem of tritileia and allium come bearing whimsy and charm.

And Now for the How-To

Visit back with us next Wednesday when we take these beautiful blooms and show you how to use them on your wedding day.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Whimsical Wedding Wands

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If you’re looking for a super simple and sweet way to get your friends and family involved in your wedding ceremony, consider it found! Just add these 3 step whimsical wands to your festivities. Complete with tiny bells for ringing off your recessional, and fittingly personalized “…and they lived happily ever after” satin ribbons, these delightfully dainty wands are the perfect addition to any exchange of vows. And if the blue and white color combo featured here isn’t right for your wedding theme,  simply customize the look with nothing more than a switch of ribbon colors. Here’s how to get the look.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: cut ribbons to a length of approximately 40-41″. Layer the personalized blue ribbon over the wide white ribbon and tie to your wooden stick, about 2″ from the top. Once looped and before securing, make sure to position your ribbons on both sides of the strand such that the wording faces up.

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Step 2: cut gold twine to the same length as the ribbons and loop it through the front of a hole punched tag. Note: looping through the front of the tag versus the back will impact how your card sits. Lay the card behind the ribbons and secure the twine around the ribbons with a double knot. Once the tag and twine are secure, knot the ribbons around the twine, again making sure to position your ribbons on both sides of the strand such that the wording faces up.

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Step 3: loop the mini bell through the already attached gold twine and secure to the ribbons with a double knot.

The End Result

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7 Tips for a Stress-free Wedding

It can be easy for time to run away on you while you are planning, but your wedding week does not have to be a stressful one. We promise that with a little preparation and these tips, you will be smiling on the day of your wedding!

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1) Cheat sheet

On the day of the wedding, it is important that your bridal party and family members are all on the same page. Make a little cheat sheet with some of the important details that they can refer to. A timeline and list of where they need to be when, a list of phone numbers they might need, addresses of the ceremony and reception locations could help prevent little timing mishaps throughout the day.

2) Payment

In all the excitement of your wedding day, a few key things might unintentionally escape your mind. Like paying your vendors. A great way to avoid this is by placing your cheques in a Thank you card. The night before your wedding, give all your cards to a trusted member of your bridal party or family to give to it’s owner on the day of your wedding. Not only is this a nice way to thank them for all their hard work, but it is a great way to avoid that awkward money conversation at the end of the night!

3) Plan ahead

With such a large list of things that need to get done a few days before the wedding, the thank you speech is often the item that gets bumped to the very last minute.Don’t get caught sitting in a corner on the morning of their wedding scratching everything down. Throughout the whole planning process, keep a little list. Booked your photographer? Add them to the list. Your cousin is helping with the guestbook table? Add them to the list. When the time comes to compile what you would like to say, it is going to be so easy AND the chances of forgetting someone is a lot less likely.

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4) Hydrate

Ok, we know this is the most obvious tip, but it is also one of the most forgotten by brides. So we are going to say it again… Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated will keep you calm, keep your mind clear and make you feel your very best. Not only will you feel your best, but it can do wonders for your skin. Think of your wedding like you would think about preparing for a marathon. Athletes spend the days leading up to a marathon drinking extra water to ensure that their bodies are ready for the big day. We encourage all our brides to adopt the same practice to ensure they are powered up and ready.

5) Ditch your device

After countless hours of putting this day together, it has finally come. Now, it is time to let it all go and enjoy it! Step 1 is to hand over your cell phone. It is likely that there will be friends, family and vendors trying to get a hold of you on the day of your wedding. Assign a reliable bridesmaid or family member to man your cell phone on the day of your wedding. Trust us, the day is going to fly by and the last thing you want is to be on your phone all day long. Be present and soak it all in!

6) Put a sticker on it

Wedding décor and accessories can come from many places. Maybe you have gone through a rental company, borrowed from a past bride or purchased some things yourself. When the wedding is coming to an end, chances are that there will be lots of people willing to help with the cleanup and tear down. The last thing you want is to be bombarded with a million questions or for anything to get misplaced or forgotten.  The solution is as simple as a subtle sticker. When you are setting up for your wedding, place small colored dot stickers to the bottom of your decorations. We advise that any rented items be left without a sticker, then use one color for the items you own and one for the items you borrowed. This way everyone will be able to divide and sort things properly and know where they go.

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7) Organize

There are a lot important pieces of paper, lists, receipts and emails that need to be kept track of when you are planning a wedding. As simple as it sounds, it is something that will save you a lot of headaches. Keep everything in one place. Find a file folder, binder, or even shoe box (if that is what it takes) and keep all of your wedding related information in there. When you are doing some last minute searching for the rental contract or a vendor phone number, you will be so glad you did!

 

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From our Brides: 4 Ways to be the Worst Wedding Guest of all Time

It is wonderful to be able to celebrate your new Mrs. status with friends and family, but sometimes the combination of large numbers, varied personalities and high emotions can cause a little bit of stress along the way. When these moments happen, there are three things we want to remind you of.  1) You cannot please everyone. 2) There is always a solution. And 3) You’re not alone. We asked our brides to weigh in with their own personal experience dealing with difficult wedding guests.

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1) Dealing with the Narcissist:

“When family members who have conflict with each other make the day about them and their issues.” – Sarah Beth

If you have found yourself in this situation, we promise that you are not the first. Emotions and adrenaline are at an all time high at most weddings and this can sometimes cause tension. When diffusing a situation keep in mind that you want to make it better and not worse. If you let your emotions get the better of you. things will only escalate. With a level head and a calm voice, politely remind them why they are here today. Your wedding is a celebration of your relationship and it is OK to remind them of that.

2) Runaway guest list: “I can invite anyone I want to your wedding, right?”

Asking the morning of my wedding if you could bring your daughter, when you didn’t even bother to send your RSVP. And RSVP-ing for 3 when your invite specifically said to Mr and Mrs your name there.” — Michelle Flowers

There are 2 types of guests: 1) There was an unintentional miscommunication and your guest didn’t realize who exactly was invited. or 2) Your guest disregarded your wishes and didn’t think  a plus one was a big deal.

It is so important to be clear who the invitation is intended for. If you don’t feel like the names on the addressed envelope are clear enough, feel free to write the names out on their RSVP Card as well. This should help alleviate any miscommunication. If your RSVP mishap lands in the second category, ask yourself if it is a big deal. Do you have the space and the budget to have them there? Is it more of an annoyance than an inconvenience? If having extra person at your wedding is something you can deal with, consider letting it go and moving on. If having them there is not possible, a conversation is a great place to start. Explain to them that unfortunately you do not have any wiggle room with the guest count and although you wished more could attend, it is not possible at this time. And remember that asking is often more effective than demanding.

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3) Dealing with the Flake:

“We had a groomsmen back out the week of the wedding and then one of them “forgot” he was in the wedding all together.” — Ginny Raettig

Although situations like this are incredibly frustrating, they can often be the easiest to resolve. Many couples feel that it is really important to have an even number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. We are here to tell you that it is totally O.K to have an uneven bridal party. When you initially decided who you wanted to stand up with you, it was probably because they have been a key part of your life. Don’t feel pressured to find a replacement just for the sake of having a replacement. Sometimes the best solution is to let it go.

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4) Head Count:”RSVP’s are just a suggestion, right?”

“Not RSVP-ing or saying I don’t know yet but trying….” — Jamie Wieber

It can be as simple as asking your guests to send an RSVP email or click a button on your wedding website, but hunting down RSVP stragglers is just a part of the wedding planning process. That being said, there are a few ways to make it a little easier on yourself. A handy trick is to set the “please reply by:” date a few weeks before you really require a final head count. This will give some of the stragglers extra time to get their replies in and downsize the number of people you need to track down later.

Your day is about one very important thing, getting to say “I DO”. We know that planning a wedding comes with it’s up’s and down’s, but despite the fuss, it’s going to be worth it! We are so excited to be on this journey with you and helping to put those beautiful elements into your day. We know it’ going to be spectacular!

“None it was my day and everyone put all there problems aside and made it all about me my husband and six kids.” — Stephanie Hodgins

 

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How long will I need? – Your Guide to Timing your Wedding Day

Wondering how you will fit everything into your wedding day? We have a way to customize your timeline and create a solid plan.

Start with your wedding ceremony. Once you have a set start time, work backwards to create an outline for your wedding. Every wedding runs on a different time line, you can use this as a guide to bring the overall vision for your day to life. Once you have a general idea of what your timeline will look like, make sure you speak with your vendors. They are the pros and have done this many times. They will have a really good idea of how much time they will need to help create your perfect wedding day.

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Hair and Makeup

A general rule of thumb for most hairstylists is 1.5 hours for the bride and 45 minutes for a bridesmaid. Talk to your girls about their hair in advance and get a couple of key pieces of information. Will your hair be staying about this length when the wedding rolls around? Will you be doing it up or down? By answering these 2 questions for each bridesmaid, your hairstylist will be able to provide you a more exact schedule for the morning of the wedding.

Most makeup artists will typically set aside 40-50 minutes for a bride and 25 -40 minutes for a bridesmaid. A  good question to ask your bridesmaids in advance is: Will you be wearing false eyelashes? As these take a bit more time to apply than regular mascara.

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The Ceremony

A great starting point for your wedding ceremony is about 20-25 minutes. A wedding of this time-frame would include the following: Procession, opening words, a reading from a loved one, exchange of traditional vows, exchange of the rings, signing of the wedding licence, first kiss and the recession. If someone will be singing or you are having a unity sand ceremony, it is important to you than make sure to include that extra time in the traditional ceremony outline. Remember to speak to your officiant about time when you are planning the ceremony for the most accurate estimate.

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Photos

Make sure to meet with your photographer for a consultation closer to the wedding. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know them a little better, review times, addresses and a few shoot locations before the big day. Talk about a list of family photo combinations (ex: Bride’s parents with Bride and Groom. Brides parents with Bride, Groom and Siblings etc.) Your photographer will be able to call out the names and your family photos can be done in record breaking times! Once you have gone through the details of the day with your photographer, ask him/her for a time estimate. Keep in mind that you may need to cut out a location, or adjust a few things.

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The Reception

It is a good idea to set aside 1 hour for dinner. This will vary depending on the number of guests, and style of service (buffet/table service), but this is where your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are going to be very important. They can keep an eye on things and once things start to settle down and everyone has eaten, they will be able to get things rolling for the program and speeches. If you are worried about how much time the speeches and toasts will take, just mention it in advance. Provide the speakers with a set time to keep their toast within. 3-5 minutes per speaker is a great starting point. It is very important that your Master/Mistress of Ceremonies are kept in the loop. Provide them with the plan for the evening so that they can keep their eyes on the clock and make sure everything moves along smoothly.

Here are some of our favorite tips to help you stay on time:

1) Delegate: If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they will be extremely helpful in moving the day along and sticking to the schedule. But don’t worry. You don’t need a wedding planner to stay on time. Speak to a reliable member of your bridal party or family member about helping in this area. If you provide them with the day-of schedule and ask them to help move things along, they will be able to keep an eye on the clock and make sure no one loses track of time.

2) Prioritize: Ask yourself “what is the most important part of the day?” Is it the photography? Is it having some alone time with your new husband? Once you have answered this question you will have a good idea of where to prioritize your time. It is also a really good idea to schedule in an extra 15 or 20 minutes for your most important item. Which brings us to our next tip!

3) Leave yourself a little wiggle room: Even the most organized of wedding days will often have a few unexpected surprises. The good news is that if you plan for them, they won’t be a problem. There are 2 ideal times to leave some”buffer space”. #1 is before the ceremony and #2 is after the ceremony. Leaving yourself an extra 20 – 30 minutes is sure to keep you on schedule and keep your guests happy.

 

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