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Sarah’s Top Wedding Tips — PLANNING


Sarah Merrill of SuiteBlooms in Cheyenne is back with a new topic! Read on to discover Sarah’s tips for wedding planning…

TIP: Double up on your Groom’s Boutonniere. That’s right; buy 2 for him. Here’s why – boutonnieres are already prone to dehydration because they will have been out of water 5+ hours before the wedding. Couple the flowers’ dehydration with the bruising and petal loss that will occur when everyone he knows gives him a hug, and you wind up with a broken, bruised and smashed boutonniere that will make your groom look just as bad as it does. Remember that immediately following that receiving line, you will be photographed from all angles as you enjoy your first dance, cake cutting etc. Simply replace his boutonniere after the receiving line to avoid having that sad, dead flower in your wedding photos.

Pay all of your vendors, and set aside tips for the band, waiters etc. in envelopes at least 5 days before the wedding. Here are 2 reasons: 1. You are already going to be busy on that day, and they will be working hard. The last thing you need is one more thing to remember. 2. Your wedding day is the happiest day of your life, and likely one of the most expensive. You will not want to spoil the wonderful feelings that go along with your big day by seeing your money disappear and thinking about how much it all cost.

TIP: Know your (photography) rights. Most wedding photographers have their contract worded in 1 of 3 ways. 1. They retain full rights to every image they produce. Translation: you can never copy your photographs yourself. Each time you decide you want a print (even a little one for grandma) you will have to purchase it from your photographer. 2. They retain rights to all of the images they produce, but you can purchase the rights, or they may give you rights to reproduce images up to a specified size. Translation: you may have to pay your photographer extra so that you have the rights (they will provide you with a digital or film copy of your wedding photos as well as a signed release form) or you may only be able to reproduce your images up to a specified size such as a 5” x 7”. If you want a photograph that is larger than that it has to be purchased from them directly. 3. You have full rights to your photographs. Print them and send one to everyone in the country if you would like.

TIP: Your wedding day is all about you and your groom but remember to honor the people that helped make you the people you are. It often means the world to mothers, fathers, grandparents, step-parents,  and others that have affected you deeply to receive a personal flower – a corsage for the women, a boutonniere for the men. Also, don’t forget a personal flower for your officiant; after all, marrying you is both an honor and a solemn obligation. A wonderful way to remember someone special is to carry a locket with their photograph attached to your bouquet.

TIP: Create an emergency kit just in case the unthinkable happens. Include things like: safety pins, needle, thread, bobby pins, pain killers, deodorant, blotting papers, spare shoes, eye drops, tampons, hairspray, clear nail polish, band aids, dryer sheets (for static), and duct tape to solve any problem the other items can’t.

TIP: This one is for you from my own personal experience: Don’t book a 6am flight for the morning after your wedding. Trust me on this one – fly out in the afternoon, or 2 days after the wedding.

I hope that the planning for your wedding is going wonderfully and I hope the tips here will help you with the process. Next week I will continue this theme with My Top Wedding Day Tips… Until then, enjoy being engaged!

Thanks Sarah!  These tips make me think about how confusing and stressful the planning process can be…are you feeling stressed?  Confused?  Have questions? We’re here to help! We have a whole team of experts that can help answer your questions!  Email us, post on our Facebook wall or reply to this blog — and let us know what we can research for you!



‘Til Next Time…We’re rooting for you!!!

Kati Hime, Editor





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