Wedding Planning

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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.

Weekend weddings may be the norm, but why not shake it up? The week is calling and it says break up the monotony of the Monday thru Friday routine and keep the weekend for yourself!

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Advantages Of Weekday Weddings

Busy brides and grooms-to-be these days don’t necessarily need the weekend to tie the knot and couples working on a smaller budget are conscious of that weekend price tag.

When talking with your planner about a unique alternative to a Saturday or Sunday wedding day, keep in mind that a festive midweek wedding is still fabulous!

You can keep it glamorous or dial it down for something more casual. Every budget and vision can still fit a festive midweek wedding. Whether your focus is on having a small party, amazing decor, or tasty food, you can achieve your wedding dreams on a weekday.

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Taco Tuesday for Starters

A Tuesday wedding gets guests thru mundane Mondays and looking forward to an awesome afternoon or evening with friends!

Creating a weekend atmosphere on a Tuesday can be as easy as adding a theme your guests can look forward to while they countdown until the “I Do’s”. Consider, for example, a fiesta!

Keeping the decor fresh and fun shows your guests that it might be a “school night” but they’re still here to let loose and celebrate! Adding games such as LED Cornhole, Giant Jenga, or Bocci Ball can add that element of fun your guests will see as an invitation to let their hair down.

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Use bright colors keeping the design of your wedding full of interesting aesthetics such as bold patterns, rich jewel tones, and evening textured runners for some movement. When choosing florals look for smaller pieces that still make a big statement, like large sunflowers or blooming peonies.

Pick a menu that’s out of the ordinary! Engage those workweek tastebuds. Consider a food truck for interactive eats or dessert stations that get your guests involved with their dining experience, like liquid nitrogen ice cream made on the spot or an edible cookie dough bar.

Even if the entertainment is brief, it should be bumpin’! Just because you’re not rocking to the break of dawn doesn’t mean you can’t get down.

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Humpday Funday

What better way to party thru the week than planning Wednesday nuptials?!

Interest your family and friends in a midweek dinner instead of a full-blown reception.

For those intimate events where the guest list is exclusive, putting more emphasis on your ceremony and sharing a meal with your new partner in life and your family can create a unique and totally personal experience with the ones you love the most.

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Utilize family style meals alfresco with long tables that create an inclusive feeling for your guests under the night sky. This isn’t your Sunday family lasagne night!

Take a chance on showcasing some eclectic glassware, china, and flatware to add your own style: colored glass goblets, raised patterns on a porcelain bread plate, or even black, rose gold, or gold flatware. Bring something extra to this table!

Consider live music to accompany a family dinner. That extra touch of a quartet or an acoustic guitarist adds to the ambiance of your event bringing the night to life.

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Happy Hour

Not interested in a formal sitdown dinner or party until midnight? A happy hour wedding is in the cards!

Pair a short afternoon ceremony with a happy hour cocktail reception instead if splurging on a full evening of dinner and dancing.

Create a lounge with sofas, loveseats, chairs, even end tables and coffee tables. Your guests will love having the option to relax on a plush sofa while sipping a cocktail.

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Keep guests on trend with the wedding decor by utilizing your stationary, such as “beach vibes” or “an evening in Paris”. Welcome signs and personalized napkins can showcase unique stationery and your sense of style!

Build a bar menu to reflect your love story or interests. If you’re not planning on toasts or speeches share fun tidbits like “The Manhattan” – where the couple got engaged “Mai Tai”- Cheers to a tropical Honeymoon or create your own recipe and name it.

Choose substantial passed or stationed appetizers to fill your guests! If you’re deciding to skip a dinner but keep a bar option, your guests will need more than cheese and crackers. Consider something heart like flatbreads, spring rolls, sliders, and bruschetta.

Give your guests options for sitting and standing. For a cocktail reception you can not only utilize cocktail tables to stand and sit at, let your planner show you the latest and greatest lounge furniture to decorate your cocktail space.

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You Got This

It may not be the typical thing to do, but weekday weddings are just as special as one on a Saturday. Your vows to your partner and your celebration with family is just as meaningful on a Tuesday as any other day of the week.

Stick by your decision to tie the knot during the week. Some guests may ask why a weekday, after such a long-standing relationship with weekend weddings, but have no fear! Weekday weddings are on the rise!

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However, and whenever, the bride and groom want to share the special moments of their wedding day is completely up to them and we’re here for this new trend!

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BIO: Meant2Be Events, created in 2006, is one of the top Arizona Wedding Planning companies.  They are committed to making your celebration should be a unique, fun & unforgettable experience.

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Planning your wedding without stress

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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.

Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful and not knowing where to turn for guidance can be very overwhelming. The main struggles most engaged couples face during the wedding planning process involve having one too many people wanting to run the show. Their opinions are based only on what they think wedding etiquette should be, but modern couples have adopted new trends and are branding their weddings, moving away from a cookie cutter or size fits all wedding. Having so many ideas and the mountain of advice can drive the couple absolutely insane. So, to assist with the decision making, I’ve put together six steps to ease your anxieties and a give you peace of mind as you prepare for of the most important days of your life and have a stress-free wedding.

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It’s Your Party

Cardinal rule number 1 is to remember this is “Your” wedding and everyone is celebrating this special milestone with you. The bride and groom are the ones getting married after all, so you should be the ones making the final decisions on the style, theme, colors, food, etc. for your big day. You have to put your foot down and not be overrun with the ”You Should Do’s” because everyone has an opinion on how a wedding is structured, but little do they know each wedding is customized to suit the engaged couple because after all, they are the ones spending their future together. The gathering is to celebrate the joining of two families and their customs. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask someone to back off by simply saying “thank you for your suggestions we will keep it in mind or we are going in a different direction with the planning”.

Family members, the wedding party, and vendors need to have a clear understanding that final decisions will be made by you (the couple). When one too many opinions get intertwined with the planning process, things will get confusing for all parties involved, and this can cause unwanted stress for you both.

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Planning Help For Your Wedding

If you intend on hiring a planner, you’ve made a smart choice that will add benefit to you during the month leading up to your wedding. The event planner has forged relationships with vendors in the wedding industry which can have a huge impact ($avings) on your wedding budget.

If you opt out of hiring a planner, appoint someone you can trust to coordinate and execute your plans down to the very last detail; remember you can’t be a bride and a planner because both roles are way too challenging to do at the same time. Also, consider the level of responsibility you are placing on the shoulders of the person you are handing the reins to. They will not be able to celebrate the day with you. Also, if you both are in the spotlight, they can’t troubleshoot while all eyes are focused on you.

If you never remember anything else, remember to always have a backup plan for everything. There are so many things that can go wrong on the day of the wedding; you want to be prepared for any and everything that is thrown in your direction. Make sure you discuss it with your planner or point of contact for the day.

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Select Attendants Wisely

When selecting attendants to stand in as your wedding, try to keep the number to a minimum because the more people in the wedding party, the bigger the headaches can be. It can stem from dress style to hairstyle to the reluctance to wear a bow tie and the list go on.  I recommend gathering the people you intend on asking to take an active role in the wedding and explain what is expected of them as members of the wedding party and clearly explain what their roles and financial obligations are for the wedding; also make them aware of the meetings and fitting schedules.  Setting clear expectations will save you the time it will take to replace the attendant and the stress it’s going to cause replacing the attire if you are fitting the bill.

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Remember Your Budget

Never bite off more than you can chew…. Everyone wants a lavish wedding, but don’t drive you crazy and break the bank to get it. This is a great the time you for you to consult with your planner and use their recommended vendors. Remember you can always have your dream wedding without the costly price tag. You can always find s elegance that fits into your budget. Research is the key; you can always find a good bargain.

Stick To A Timeline

Always know that timing is very important, they say NEVER PUT OFF WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY FOR TOMORROW. I say this because before you know it, your wedding day is weeks away and you both are left with a mountain of chores that need completing before the wedding day. Make sure you are giving yourself ample time to place orders on all items and make arrangements for every aspect of your wedding as soon as possible, so you won’t have a mile long to-do-list.

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Ask Vendors Questions

When picking a wedding vendor like a videographer always remember to do the following:

  1. Check their work. Look for high-quality work with special effects, so you know there is no limit to the things that can be done with the wedding video.
  2. Please, please get references. Try to speak with at least 3 clients to ensure you are getting someone people who will get good reviews based on the quality of their work. Of course, with social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) you have access to the vendor’s clients and reviews.
  3. Make sure you ask questions about timing. How many hours will the vendor cover your event? Verify if charge you extra for overtime
  4. If the primary camera(s) used stops functioning during your event, is there is a backup?
  5. Ask the vendor how many copies you will receive. Will they give you the unedited version on the wedding video?
  6. Ask about the turnaround time for the completed project.

Asking your vendor these few questions will let him know that you mean business and you will be able to determine if they are a right fit for your special event. Following these simple steps will help you both have a stress-free wedding day and make the planning process a breeze.

Bio: This blog was written by Rochelle Hart of. Hart to Hart Events (H2H Events), a planning serice with the motto You said “Yes” We do the rest.

Established in 2004. Hart to Hart Events, based in Douglasville, GA provides services for all special events. What they offer includes floral arrangements, wedding planning; onsite coordination, event designing, anniversaries, baby showers, bar/bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, bridal showers, engagement parties, graduations, corporate and holiday events, proms, quinceaneras, and sweet 16 celebrations. 

H2H can provide full-service coordination and planning, partial planning, or day or month of coordination, while also specializing in floral design. 

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