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Must-Have Wedding Services

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

The wedding day marks the start of your exciting life together as a couple! It can be a stressful road getting to the big day. So, hopefully we can relieve some of that stress and help you enjoy the journey by sharing ten must have services we feel you need on your wedding day!

10 Essential, Must-Have Wedding Services For Your Big Day

Photography-& videography

1. Photography and Videography

Before you get to the big day, there are a few things you should arrange for, such as your photography and videography! These two services complement each other and paint the picture of your special day. They are important services as they capture your love story and the memories you will have for a lifetime, so select carefully after seeing samples of their previous work.

DJ, band, & lighting

2. The DJ, Band, and Lighting

Imagine the room filled with soft up-lighting making your reception magical, as you float across the floor during your first dance. The DJ, band, and lighting create this special experience for you! They will make sure you and your guests are dancing the night away in the perfect environment.

Wedding-stationary

3. Wedding Stationary

Wedding stationary is another great service! Everything from save-the-dates to menus help guide your guest through the day. Looking to save adime? You can print wedding favors that match the design of your stationary.

Catering & rentals

4. The Catering and Rentals

Your caterer and rental company are two very important vendors that creates some of the most memorable aspects of your wedding day. These are the people working to please your pallet and provide the 5-star experience you want for your big day. Book a company that is reliable and experienced, so the rest of your details will easily fall into place.

Officiant

5. The Officiant

Also, let’s not forget to arrange for your wedding officiant, as without them there wouldn’t be a wedding! Try to find someone who knows you and who is prepared to share your unique love story with guests as you become husband and wife.

Hair & make-up

6. Hair and Make-up

Pampering yourself for your wedding day is also a must! Book a hair &make-up stylist that you feel comfortable with. Meet with your specialist for a trial before the big day to ensure you love your look. It is their job to enhance your natural beauty, so you look and feel like your fabulous self!

Florist

7. The Florist

Flowers add a special touch to your wedding day! They fill the room with colors and beautiful scents to create the atmosphere you want. When you worked closely with your florist, they can match colors and themes to help give your day a magical boost.

Cakes & sweet stuff

8. The Sweet Stuff

Let’s not forget the sweetest part of the evening, the dessert! Whether you want a tall-tiered master piece or trendy cupcakes galore to satisfy the sweet tooth of your guests, work with a professional baker. If that isn’t enough sugar for you, add on a candy buffet that all your guests will love! This fun option can also double as a favor!

Honeymoon

9. The Honeymoon

The service a lot of people overlook until the end is the honeymoon. This is your first chance to relax as husband and wife, so why wait until the last minute to plan when you can start early and get better prices! Working with a travel professional will ensure that you will get what you want from your honeymoon. You can even ask guests to donate to your honeymoon by using Honeyfund!

Wedding planner

10. The Wedding Planner/ Day of Coordinator

Head spinning from all the things I’ve mention so far? Consider hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator. Their sole job is to make sure everything gets done the way it is supposed to, so your entire experience is a little more stress free! It is our mission at NJ Wedding Pros to do just that! With packages designed to save you time and money, we can get you all of the ten services I just listed and more at one great price.

We are your one-stop wedding center!

Bio: My name is Karissa Petrellese and I am the co-owner of an event planning company called NJ Wedding Pros. NJ Wedding Pros was founded in 2009 by the Petrellese family. The owners have 30 plus years in the wedding industry by operating multiple flower shops throughout central and southern New Jersey. After being in the business for years, they serviced brides and connected them with the best wedding professionals in the state. They knew that the convenience of offering all these wedding services in one place would make wedding planning less stressful for the bride and groom. Today the company has grown to not only offering the wedding essentials but also fun favors, bridal accessories and more! We continue to make our clients happy by perfecting every detail of their special day! For more information visit our website www.njweddingpros.com or email njweddingpros@gmail.com.

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

So you’re currently planning your wedding and everything’s going fine. You’ve selected some of your vendors, you’ve picked your wedding outfits, you’ve decided on a colour scheme, you’ve even chosen your menu options, like I said, everything’s going fine. But if we’re being honest, there’s a niggling feeling at the back of your mind that your wedding is going to be a little…well…samey. You’ve read all the common sense stuff about how you’re getting married to the one you love and that’s all that matters…yada yada yada but the niggle is still there. And it’s not that you want some kind of wacky, themed wedding or anything, you just want your wedding to reflect you and be different from everybody else’s!

Creative Ways To Personalise Your Wedding

Well never fear, below we’ve compiled 10 easy ways to personalise your wedding to make sure your wedding screams “that’s so_______ (insert your name here)” and your guests leave suitably impressed!

1.  Put monograms on everything.

Monogram everything

Not literally everything, but having a monogram and including it on your stationery and signage is one of the easiest way to personalise your wedding and tie everything together. By using monograms, you’ll have a thread running through your wedding from the very start when guests receive their invitations to the table numbers on their tables and the thank you cards they receive afterwards.

 2.  Play with tradition.

Play with tradition

There are no rules that state your wedding has to go a certain way. Well, there are few things you have to do to make the marriage official but aside from those, you are completely free to inject your personality, likes and dislikes into every aspect of your wedding. So if you can’t stand speeches, guess what, you don’t have to have any! And when it comes to the ceremony, you can write your own wedding ceremony and if that sounds like too much then just stick to writing your own vows.

3.  Get your loved ones involved.

Get loved ones involved

Can your mother-in-law sew? Buy some beautiful, unusual fabric and let her turn it into napkins for the tables. No one else will have it, you’ll get brownie points with your mother-in-law and she’ll get to feel like part of the wedding. Is your sister a great saxophone player? Get her to play a quick set during dinner. Think of ways to incorporate your loved ones’ gifts and talents to make the day feel even more special.

4.  Create a signature cocktail.

Signature cocktail

If you’re having a limited bar at your wedding then signature cocktails are a great way to introduce an additional drink option, but still keep things simple. Have fun picking a great name for the cocktail, maybe a mash-up of both your names, your Instagram hashtag or a funny play on words. Here are some cocktail ideas to get you started. 

5.  Pick wedding entertainment that’s right up your street.

Pick local wedding entertainment
A great way to incorporate your personalities and thrill your guests at the same time is through your choice of wedding entertainment – if you’re a multicultural couple, you could incorporate your culture by having African drummers or a small Bollywood dance troop perform. Or if your first date was at a stand up comedy bar, why not have a local comedian come and do a set during the reception? When it comes to entertainment, just think about what you really enjoy outside of wedding planning world and find a way to include it in your day.

6.  Think of some unique escort cards.

Unique escort cards
Is your fiance a known golf nut? Did you have a long distance relationship? Do you put ketchup on everything?. This can all be incorporated into your escort cards. Have some fun thinking outside the box!

7.  Get creative with your wedding cake topper.

Unique cakes

The cake is often the star of the show at a wedding, after the couple of course! It usually takes pride of place at the reception so it’s a great opportunity to add some of your humour or do something a little different!

8.  Don’t forget your bridal party.

Gifts for bridemaids

Gifts for groomsmen
Give your best girls and guys a personalised gift that they won’t forget to thank them for being part of your wedding.

9.  Include loved ones who can’t be there.

Bride reaching out to missing loved one
Weddings can be a really poignant time as we remember friends and family that are no longer with us and there are lots of lovely ways you can make sure they are part of the wedding day in a big or small way. One idea is to pin their photos on to your bouquet. Go here for lots of other suggestions. 

10.  Just be you!

Just be you!

The final tip is somewhat of a catch all. The easiest way to personalise your wedding is to just be yourself. This is easier said than done when various options are being waved in your face by eager wedding vendors. But one of the best tips I can offer is to write down a few statements about who you and your fiance are at the beginning of your wedding planning. Keep coming back to those statements every time you feel things getting a bit samey and you won’t go wrong!

Make your honeymoon unique too  – plan ahead with a honeymoon registry from Honeyfund.

Bio: Rola is a creative wedding and event planner at The New Wonderful Wedding & Party Design. She founded the company to help people celebrate in exactly the way they want to. The New Wonderful’s philosophy is built on putting established ideas of what your wedding or party is supposed to look like to one side and deciding what “wonderful” means for you. Right here, right now. That’s The New Wonderful. Whether that means glamorous, industrial, traditional, avant-garde or high fashion. You define what The New Wonderful is for you, we bring it to life. Find out more at www.thenewwonderful.com.

Cover photo credit: Copyright: Jozefklopacka / 123RF Stock Photo

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