“I Present to You Mr. and Mrs…”

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There are so many details that are so meticulously decided when planning a wedding. We understand that your head will be spinning. But one decision we recommended that you really, I mean really think about, is who will officiate your ceremony.

The officiant can make or break your big moment, your “I do” that is seen as foundational for the rest of your marriage.

Refer to Buffalo Bride
In an article written by Jill Jaracz on Buffalo Bride’s website called “Selecting Your Wedding Officiant,” does a great job of summing up how to designate the responsibility of presenting you and your new spouse to the world.

Who to Choose?
Jaracz says that a lot of couples like to make it personal by having a close family member perform the ceremony. But she cautions, make sure that they take it seriously there use you might end up with a wedding catastrophe on your hands. Some times people who aren’t used to speaking in front of a large crowd, or any size crowd for that matter, tend to get nervous and might forget their lines.

Just make you sure they know what you expect and how you want them to present themselves during the ceremony. Let he or she practice and make sure they are comfortable before the big day.

It is your job to make sure that your officiant is prepared if he or she is not a professional. Choose wisely, and check reviews online if you are going with someone other than a family member or close friend.

Jaracz suggests checking online resources like Instagram or YouTube to see how an officiant performs. Reading reviews can be helpful in determining if a particular officiant will fit into how you see your big day panning out. Make sure you meet with more than one candidate before determining who will present you as a couple to your family and friends.

Regardless of who married you, your day will be special because it is the beginning of a lifelong commitment with the one you love. Even though we stress all of these little details, keep that in mind!

3 Best Wedding Websites & Apps

With everyone and their  mother getting tech phones, it’s nearly impossible to avoid technology. We suggest you do the opposite, embrace the technological advances, they will serve you well! We’ve found the top 3 wedding websites and (and app) available today that can help you plan, shop for, and document your big day.

1. Style Me Pretty

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SMP is a blog chocked full of so much wedding related material you won’t know what to do with yourself, seriously. This website is perfect for any bride who doesn’t know where to start. There are thousands of weddings documented here, inspiration out the wazoo, and hundreds of useful blog posts. We encourage you, spend a couple hours…a couple days on this website if you need to make some wedding decisions. Creating an account is free and it’s fast. After creating an account you can make a”board” where you can save your ideas and separate them into different collections. SMP even offers a list of vendors. Another useful aspect of their website is they divide their information up, you can choose from Canada, Australia, New England, California, The Northwest, Midwest, Southwest, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Tri-State areas when looking for something specific like a photographer, florist, or caterer.  There is even an option for you to submit your wedding photos and hints after your big day.

2.  Lover.ly 

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On this website you have the ability to browse thousands of images from the top wedding blogs, available in one concentrated location. It allows you to search wedding styles and themes, dress types (neckline, material, cut etc.), floral preferences, stationary options, and the  list continues. This is like the ultimate Pinterest dedicated specifically to weddings! It’s easy, quick, and free to create your account. Creating an account will allow you to save your ideas and inspirations all in one place.

3. Instagram

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Although it’s likely that you will hire a professional photographer, keep in mind that smartphones are equipped with digital cameras that can produce high quality pictures. You guests will be snapping photos all night long and chances are they will get some shots that even your high-dollar photographer will miss. So, take advantage of their amateur photography skills and create a hashtag that your guests can use for your special day. When they hashtag the images, you’ll be able to search the Instagram app and find all the images from your wedding in one place! You are free to dance, laugh, visit, eat, and drink the night away and you will be able to relive everything you missed out on by accessing your guests images after everything is long over.   Post signs, chalkboards, or even add it to the invite so your guests are sure to use your hashtag!

Hint: Make your hashtag unique enough that you will be the only wedding using it! 

Remember, your big day is supposed to be special and enjoyable! We’ve found that these websites (and app) are useful and easy for brides to use in planning their weddings. While there are hundreds of websites and apps available, we feel that these are the most user-friendly. These websites also provide you with copious amounts of useful, inspirational information to help you prepare for your big day. Enjoy!

Images from: StyleMePretty /Lover.ly/Pinterest

On a Budget? Check Out Our Favorite Frugal DIYs

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While some couples have the privilege of spending thousands of dollars on their special day, we recognize that not everyone has that same luxury. Here are 3 budget friendly, DIY wedding trends that we think you’ll love.

Everyone loves saving a buck, but let’s remember that our goal is to keep your big day special as well. Keeping it classy is always a good goal.

Remember it has to make the CUTChic, Uniform, and Tasteful.

1. Mason jars

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Luckily these festive glass jars come in all shapes and sizes (not to mention, you can buy them in bulk–and they’re cheap!). They are all the rage in Rustic & Country Chic, Southern, and Vintage Weddings lately. This versatile staple is one of the simple ways to class up your wedding without breaking the bank.

From customized glasses, to isle decor, table center pieces to walk-way lighting these jars can add the perfect (cost-effective) touch to your special day!

Kerr vs. Ball jars? We found that they are cost competitive, Kmart sells 16oz Kerr jars for $9.99 and 32oz jars for $11.99. Ace Hardware is your spot for Ball jars selling 16oz for $10.99 and 32oz for $11.99. There are 12 jars per package. So, your preference!

2. Burlap

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Like we mentioned, Rustic and Country Chic have been trending lately. One of the cutest aspects of these weddings that we’ve seen over and over again is burlap. You can use it as a table runner, bouquet wrap, isle lining, centerpiece decoration, as a banner, the list of possibilities is endless.

This simple, textured fabric can add a charming touch to your big day. It also adds a neutral to your wedding color palette, providing the perfect backdrop to make your accent colors pop.

It is easy to add ink or paint on this fabric which can be a simple way to personalize it with a monogram. You can also use burlap for your table numbers, labels for your  dessert/buffet lines, and so much more.

Hobby lobby sells burlap by the spool at $2.99 for 5 yards(6″ width) and by the yard at $3.99  (47″ width) while Jo-Ann Fabric sells it a little cheaper at $2.99 per yard at 48,” either way you look at it, burlap is a steal.

3. Re-purposed Vintage Windows

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Windows have been popping up in DIYs everywhere. We have fallen in love with their versatility. From clever, customized seating charts to monogrammed accents, welcome signs to picture frames they can add so much personality to your big day.

Another thing we love about these glass-paned elders, you can set them sporadically (tastefully) around your venue, and add a vintage feel that you’ll adore. Not add a thing. No paint, or glitter, or stencils, simply hang them, stack them, lean them and viola! Automatic atmosphere.

They make the perfect back drop, and even encourage guests to get creative with their photography!

Search around when you’re looking for windows, and get picky! When you’re searching, keep your eyes open for demolition. Most demo crews will let you have windows for free, they often remove the windows before wrecking buildings and old homes.

Feel free to gather all shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. The more the better in this sense. Here, we are little bit flexible with the uniform rule because the concept of the windows keeps it uniform. You don’t need them to be identical. Unless that’s your thing of course, in which case we say go for it!

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