September 2016

Newlyweds at their weddingThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Weddings are costly, and unless you have an unlimited budget, you will have to make some choices to keep your costs within your budget. You should prioritize what is important to you in the whole event and put your money where your priorities are. However, there are a few wedding details that you should not scrimp on, as you will value some aspects long after the event it over.

Top Wedding Details You Shouldn’t Scrimp On

Don't skimp on the wedding planner

1. Your Wedding Planner

Okay, this first one comes with a caveat: IF you plan on hiring someone to coordinate your wedding, you should be prepared to spend good money on them. This doesn’t mean you must have one, but whatever you do, don’t go cheap on this.

Planning the wedding yourself or letting a friend or family member take responsibility is great. Paying an experienced, capable wedding planner is great. The ‘middle ground’ is not great: A less-than-competent wedding planner will cause far more stress and heartache than they are worth. They are in a position to make the rest of your wedding wonderful or to make it all fall apart, so choose wisely.

A good wedding planner will have reviews and be able to refer you to past clients, will have good relationships with other wedding vendors, and will be able to hook you up with good deals with trustworthy and high quality industry professionals. Their experience is a valuable thing. Those weeks before the wedding when you are sure you must have overlooked something important? That’s when the money spent on a wedding planner really pays off.

Don't skimp on wedding stationary

2. Your Wedding Stationery

Your wedding stationery sets the tone for your wedding, and has a far greater time to make an impact than any other element of the day.

It will often grace the fridges of guests for months in advance, and often serves as a memento of the day long after, finding its way into scrapbooks, photo albums, and memory boxes. This is reason enough to make sure it’s perfect and to find a little more room in your budget for a great design printed on thick, premium card stock, but the real reason to go with a reputable wedding invitation vendor is more fundamental than that.

Invitations are often one of the first things people consider doing on the cheap if they’re working to a budget, but printing is difficult to do well, especially for non-professionals. Inks can bleed, alignment can be off, spelling mistakes can be made (accommodation, anyone?), and while DIY invites can be fun for a party or other event, doing it yourself quickly loses its charm when you have to glue ribbon on 200 of the things.

When it comes to cheap wedding invitation companies, the same printing problems can crop up, plus customer service can be terrible, shipping can be delayed and take months to get to you, and you can end up with something completely different than you thought you were getting. Unless you want your guests getting their invitations after the actual date has been and gone, this isn’t something to scrimp on. Find a reputable company with a high quality product, order samples, and make sure you are confident in their ability to deliver on time and as ordered.

Don't skimp on wedding photography

3. Your Wedding Photographer

Your wedding day is one of the most important days in your life. You and your family will remember it forever, and the photographer has a big part in this.

Firstly, of course, you want to be confident that they take stunning photos that you will love. Check galleries of whole weddings rather than just their ‘best of’: you want to make sure you will like all the pictures, not just one or two.

Secondly, when you pay for a wedding photographer you are not just paying for their ability to take great images, but the skill involved in shooting a wedding in particular. An experienced wedding photographer will know all the ins and outs of the day: where to look and when for certain reactions, the angle they need to be at for the kiss, and how to get a photo of the entire extended fam where everyone looks great. They also need to have the appropriate backups in place: what if their camera breaks on the morning of the wedding? What if an SD card gets corrupted? What if they get sick? An experienced wedding photographer will be able to answer these questions.

Thirdly, many people forget that the wedding photographer will be by your side for the entire wedding day. If they don’t have a wonderful personality and the ability to put everyone at ease and not get in the way, they can really ruin the day. In short: invest in your wedding photographer. You will be glad you did.

Don't skimp on catering

4. Your Catering Company

Don’t cut corners on catering. At any wedding reception, food is a focal point. It is also usually one of the most expensive elements of a wedding. Whether it is a full, sit-down, four course meal, a buffet-style banquet or cocktail-style light refreshments, food plays a big part.

Now, ‘not scrimping’ doesn’t have to mean spending crazy amounts of money for the fanciest filet mignon and caviar. More important is ensuring the people in charge of catering are experienced and capable. It might seem easy enough: everyone knows how to cook, right? But cooking on a large scale is difficult and requires specialized equipment, timing things right, following health and safety principles (imagine the horror of giving all your friends and family food poisoning!), ensuring there is enough food and that the food comes out at the right pace, and handling food allergies and other guest needs. This isn’t to say that it’s impossible to self-cater a wedding or have friends do it, but it’s something you should think about carefully, especially if they’ve never done something similar. Even the most basic logistics (how many ovens will you need? Where will you find 150 plates, glasses and sets of cutlery?) can be difficult for non-professionals. If you are going to hire a caterer, don’t pick the cheap ones you found in the depths of Gumtree.

Don't skimp on the wedding rings

5. Your Wedding Rings

Wedding rings are something you will wear all day every day for the rest of your life, and after that they often become family heirlooms and are passed down the generations. It’s worth investing in something that will last and look perfect even after a lot of wear and tear. Unless you are planning to replace them after a few years, you should spend as much as you can afford on getting the best quality you can. Anything too decorative or fragile will be impractical and require more regular attention from a jeweller for upkeep. Try to get something in a classic style (or just something you truly love) that will not go out of fashion. To get a feel for how important that is, imagine that you had to wear your wedding dress every day until you die! You don’t have to go for something flashy, but make sure you like it enough to see it daily, and that it’s something you can enjoy for decades to come.

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Fun shoes

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Wedding shoes are a great way for the bride to show off her personality. Whether the gown is classic or modern, the shoes can follow suit or be something totally unexpected!

Fun Wedding Shoes

Here are 10 fun wedding shoe ideas from some of our past brides:

Jennifer & Dustin, Mozambique, Hailey Howard Photography

#1.  Glam (Jennifer & Dustin, Mozambique, Hailey Howard Photography)

A bride can never go wrong with a little sparkle. These designer bridal shoes at wedding of Jennifer & Dustin were one of our all-time highest liked photos on Instagram for a reason! Sparkle can be just as neutral as a white or ivory, so a great choice for most gowns.

Justine & Steven, Franciscan Gardens, Lauren Scotti Photography

#2.  Pop of Color (Justine & Steven, Franciscan Gardens, Lauren Scotti)

A pop of color is just that- a WOW that peeps out from the bottom of the bride’s dress, often times coordinating with the theme colors from the wedding. We just love these sparkly Kate Spades from the wedding of Justine & Steven!

Georgi & Justin, Alcazar Palm Springs, Sargeant Creative

#3.  Classic white (Georgi & Justin, Alcazar Palm Springs, Sargeant Creative)

There’s something to be said about a classic white, especially a pair of well-heeled stilettoes from the wedding of Georgi & Justin that make you feel feminine and stand tall!

Kelly & Andrew, Casino San Clemente, Troy Grover Photography

#4.   Something blue (Kelly & Andrew, Casino San Clemente, Troy Grover Photography)

As the old saying goes, “‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”- brides can choose to wear their something blue as Kelly did at her wedding to Andrew! 

Summer & Bryan, Sunstone Winery, Jen Huang Photography

#5.   Fun & funky (Summer & Bryan, Sunstone Winery, Jen Huang Photography)

Similar to a pop of color, this bride Summer had a second pair of shoes for the reception that showed off more of her personality, as well as tied into the color theme of her wedding to Bryan. And there are no rules that say you can’t have more than one pair of shoes on your wedding day! Flats (Emily & Jeff, The Clayton on the Park, Leslie D Photography

#6.   Flats (Emily & Jeff, The Clayton on the Park, Leslie D Photography)

As shown at the wedding of Emily and Jeff, flats are perfect for a bride who is close in height to her groom or great for an outdoor ceremony on the grass where high heels aren’t easy to walk in without sinking. 

Megan and Whit, Parker Palm Springs, Jasmine Star

#7.   Designer (Megan and Whit, Parker Palm Springs, Jasmine Star)

If you’re in the mood to splurge and your budget permits, why not do it on a fabulous pair of designer shoes for your big day, as shown at the wedding of Megan and White?!

 Laura & Star, Sugarman Estate, Maui, Wendy Laurel Photography

#8.   Go bare (Laura & Star, Sugarman Estate, Maui, Wendy Laurel Photography)

Sand in your toes but not in your shoes. Opt for a pretty floral anklet, sans shoes for a beachy destination ceremony, as Laura did at her wedding to Star.

Sam & Mike, Whetstone Wine Cellars, Leila Brewster Photography 2

#9.   Floral print (Sam & Mike, Whetstone Wine Cellars, Leila Brewster Photography)

If your gown is fairly simple, as at the wedding of Sam and Mike, a floral print can be a fun way to accessorize your bridal attire or even coordinate with your floral décor.

Calli & Chris, The Loft on Pine, Aaron Young Photography

#10.   Industrial (Calli & Chris, The Loft on Pine, Aaron Young Photography)

Contrast the pretty dress with a bold pair of shoes to show off your personal style! This particular bride, Calli, was married to Chris in an industrial warehouse venue with black and gold décor, plus needed a little height for her full gown and tall groom! 

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Gold wedding shoes

Bio: With a dream and entrepreneurial heart to create something that would impact people’s lives, Lindsay Val Longacre founded and launched LVL Weddings & Events in 2007. Since its founding, LVL has grown to be one of the most recognized wedding and event planning companies in California with additional locations in Denver, Phoenix, Napa and Hawaii and a team of 20 professional coordinators and planners. 

As a result, LVL has been featured as a premier wedding vendor in many well-respected industry publications and blogs such as: Martha Stewart Weddings, Destination I Do, Ceremony Magazine, The Knot, Your Wedding Day Magazine, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks, Style Me, Grey Likes Weddings, 100 Layer Cake, Green Wedding Shoes, Huffington Post, and the list goes on. LVL has also been awarded Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award for six consecutive years. 

LVL offers complete full service wedding planning, but also offers a customizable services such as venue searches, wedding coordination, destination planning. Whether you want help from start to finish or jump in at any phase of planning in between. LVL has options for you. For more options, you can visit their website at www.lvlevents.com.

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