WHY WEDDING INSURANCE?

Many have not heard of event insurance, but it is an important part of wedding planning. This may sound like an extra cost or extra headache, but event insurance is the exact opposite.

Wedding / Special Event Liability Insurance is a specialty insurance policy designed to protect and reimburse the named insured and/or Bride and Groom from certain types of claims and losses arising from accidents taking place during the wedding, reception, and rehearsal. Subject to the specific coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, wedding liability coverage can offer protection for the wedding couple if they are found liable for things such as damage to the facility caused by a guest or vendor, bodily injury to guests or even alcohol-related accidents. ( Wedsafe.com )

Event insurance helps cover the cost of any unforeseen events that could take place. For example, in the case of having to delay a wedding a few days or even cancel the wedding, there is wedding cancellation insurance can cover the cost of the deposits. You could also have vendor mishaps that can cause loss or damage. Wedding liability insurance would cover the cost.
Event insurance is not just for weddings, but for other events as well including parties, bar & bat mitzvahs, quinceaneras, and business events. Your event is not just an event, but an investment that takes time and money. Event insurance can help cover that investment monetarily in case something should go wrong.
  Two sites you can investigate event insurance more Wedsafe.com and http://www.privateeventinsurance.com.


Wedding Insurance 101
Although it certainly isn’t the most pleasant thing to think about it, unexpected accidents and disasters do have the potential to strike on your big day. Your wedding is meant to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life—and definitely one of the most significant milestones—so how can you protect your special event against unfortunate incidents?


With wedding season quickly approaching it’s time that couples educated themselves on the available coverage options created to help safeguard your special event. Keep in mind that each couple and each wedding is extremely unique, so customizing the perfect wedding insurance package that meets your personalized needs is very important. Educate yourself on the available insurance coverages to ensure your wedding is properly protected:

1. Common wedding policies will provide coverage for the site of the ceremony and reception by mediating the cost of an unavoidable cancellation – such as damage or inaccessibility to the venue.
2. If severe weather conditions prevent the bride and groom, or other major family members, from being present at the ceremony – or result in cancellation all together – wedding insurance can cover rescheduling and all the details involved.
3. Vendor no-show can also be covered in a wedding insurance policy. If the caterer or officiate fail to show up, a wedding insurance policy typically covers cancellation or postponement.
4. Wedding insurance may also include coverage if sickness or injury to the bride, groom or another essential wedding party member is unable to make the special event.
Most often, weddings tend to be expensive events. Believe it or not, the average wedding still tops the $30,000 mark—and with a hefty investment of that size, many are quick to secure special coverages and protection for this truly special event.

WEDDING VENUE QUESTIONS TO ASK


Not all wedding Venues are the same, so when comparing Venues; don’t just look at price. Compare Apples to Apple and not Oranges to Apples when looking for a Venue.  

Selecting a wedding venue is one of the earliest, and most important tasks on your to-do list. If you’ve never planned a wedding before, how can you be sure of the questions you’ll need to ask to find the perfect venue?

There are specific questions to ask when looking for a venue.

*What is not included in my rental of the venue, what extra charges or deposits are needed for their wedding package?

Ask if Chairs, tables, linen will be included in your rental package.  It’s not always provided.  Ask if any other items will be require to rent to have a wedding ceremony and reception.  Ask what details are extras perks sort of their package.


*What if something happens?

All weddings need a plan B and what if plan.  Outdoor wedding venues know that it could rain and they will tell you want they do or you should do.  Do you need insurance?  What if the Electricity goes out?  No one ever thinks to ask this.  If you have insurance what is covered to protect you if that would if happens. If the venue has plan Bs in place, and they have the answers for the would if; then you are in good hands.


*Should I tip anyone or this also a hidden cost?

The norm is to tip servers and come prepared to tip them. Bartenders usually have a tip jar but they also hire extra servers to help if the event is large. It’s best to ask your vendors if the tips are included in their cost. You need to know these things in advance.


*Ask for Exclusive price?

If your Venue only gives a price for Tables and Chairs, ask if they will give you an exclusive price on everything from cake, photos, Flowers, DJ and Catering. Sometime they can get the price better.


*Ask if there is a separate cost for a Cake?

In my experience, no one has a plan for who is responsible in cutting the cake. If you want the venue to be responsible to cutting the cake, serving it, providing cake plates and forks; their might be an extra fee. If not, then make sure you prepare in advance if Aunt June is cutting the cake and if she knows how correctly. Then make sure you have cake plates and extra forks. Don’t forget the Cake Cutter Knife and Cake Server.

*Ask how long you can Dance?

If you have hopes of drinking and dancing from dawn til dusk at your wedding you might want to ask if you can do that. Some venues only allow on an average four hours of Reception time. Some let you go over for an extra fee. Vendors and Venues basis their fees on four hours of Reception time and that is what they pay their staff for. So if you go over that basis set time frame, you might get sent an extra bill. Some will let you stay without the bar and music. Find out for your records. Even the Photographer is only expecting a certain time frame to be there and they might extra for the longer party.


*Ask about rules on decorating?

If you have big plans of having a hundred candles, fireworks, balloon, lanterns, hanging chandeliers and hanging material from the ceiling, they might get tarnished with a pop of a balloon. Many venues have strict policies against nails, tape, staplers, fire, and open flames. Find out in advance and if there is a fee to have them. A garden that has regular beauty may need no extra decorating to set the tone of your wedding. You can ask if there is a small fee to use any centerpieces and plants or arbors they have available for your event.


*Ask for the fee of the next day and if they schedule other events on the same day?

Large Venue may have several small weddings at the same venue to meet the demand. Find out if you can block off the night before to have your rehearsal and dinner at the same location. Sometimes they offer it for a small fee. It’s best not to have your wedding at the same time to not get parties confused to where to attend. Ask if you can schedule cocktail hour and what is the extra fee in between your ceremony and reception. 


*Ask if there is bathrooms and parking for your guests.

Many sites have a fee for parking and many times you can arrange for valet parking for an additional expense. This does help things run smoother than if people have to struggle to park and walk to the event. You could have a party bus pick up your out of town guest and shuttle them to the event in one pickup.


There are many factors and fees to consider when booking a venue, contact us at info@BindersGardens.com to get started with a tour.
 

WEDDING COORDINATOR/PLANNER .. VS .. VENUE COORDINATOR

All Coordinators are not equal and you should know the difference before thinking you don’t need a wedding Coordinator.  


We’ve heard it SO many times- “Oh the venue coordinator will handle everything, I don’t need a wedding planner/coordinator.”


We might need to clarify what they will do and what is not expected from them.

What most brides don’t quite understand is that the venue coordinator is just there for the Venue standpoint and manage help where needed. 


Nothing against venue coordinators, but they are there to facilitate who and what comes in and out.  If they tell you they can handle things on the day of your wedding, it’s true- they can, but it’s only within a certain scope.


A venue coordinator is looking out for the best interest of the venue. A wedding coordinator looks out for the best interest of YOU, the bride. The venue coordinator deals with everything having to do with the venue- food, setup, etc. A wedding coordinator will deal with aspects of the venue, such as setup, and will make sure everything is to your specifications. 


If your ceremony is at a location other than the venue, your wedding coordinator will be there with you. A venue coordinator will not be at that offsite ceremony. If the ceremony is at the venue, the venue coordinator will be there to help with the coordination of the ceremony.


 A wedding coordinator stays by your side throughout the day and night. They are there to tell you when things will be occurring throughout the night, such as the cake cutting, bouquet toss, toasts, etc. When I was planning, I stayed until the very end of the wedding, until all of the guests were gone. A venue coordinator stays until the meal is served, and the majority of the time, leaves after. Some may stay until the cake is cut and served. He or she will not be by your side throughout the day or night. Although the venue coordinator will do their best to keep you happy, he or she likely will not be involved if your bustle breaks, when it comes time to load up your gifts, or tracking down your lipgloss. 


 A wedding coordinator contacts your vendors before your wedding to make sure everyone is confirmed and knows what time they will be arriving. A venue coordinator may contact vendors that have to do with setup of the reception, but it’s not common. Other vendors, like your photographer or hair and makeup, would not be contacted by your venue coordinator.

 Venues are known to have a high turnover rate among the coordinator/sales positions. The person that you book your wedding with may or may not still be there when it comes time for your wedding a year, year and a half later. Your wedding coordinator is hired by YOU, hand selected by YOU, and won’t be going anywhere (unless, God forbid, something horrible happens!).  

These are just a few things to inspire some thinking when it comes to deciding whether or not you need a wedding coordinator. This is in no way meant to be bad towards venue coordinators… as I said before, I LOVE venue coordinators- it’s always awesome to work with them! I just want you all to be aware of the differences between the two so you can make the best decision!

7 BOLD WAYS TO SAVE ON YOUR WEDDING COST

  Here are seven daring ways to save you hundreds and thousands of dollars when planning your wedding. Dare to break the chain and make your own traditions. Even thou the normal is to follow what the Wedding Planners and Vendors, it’s your party and celebration; own it. These are just ideas and not for everyone. It usually cost 70$ to 100$ a guest to have a wedding. Here are seven ways to make it less per guest and save hundreds.

  
1. Book an off day at your Venue. Sometimes Friday and Sundays have lower prices when the Saturday is already booked at that Venue. Also have a lunch or Brunch instead of a five course Dinner meal.

  2. Paperless Invitations – people respond faster and quicker with Evite or an electronic Invitation. People always lose them with their overdue bills pile they get in the mail. Join the twentieth century and make it electronic. Opt out the Sign-in book too and bring a canvas where your wedding photo will go and have them sign it.

  3. Fund Account for Honeymoon – Opt out of gifts or registries and use the money to take your three week Honeymoon to where you want to go.

  4. No Flowers or Cake – use lace or synthetic bouquet with stones to make it shine and keep it forever. Have a Craft day with your bridesmaids and make your own amazing arrangement to use and keep forever. Also have decorative cupcakes instead of a cake or opt for small wedding cake with cupcakes for guests. If you want real flowers tell the Florist what your budget is and they will make it happen.

  5. Plan your own wedding, Planners want 10% of your total cost and with more apps and family members, you can do it all yourself when saving. Stay off Pinterest or you will add up a new expense of wants. Join the Facebook Groups and attend a Wedding Swap event to help recycle items. Stick to your budget and tell everyone what you need. Buy in Bulk if possible. A great DJ will help you with your timeline and get a good photographer that has a partner and they has consistent work. Officiants are ordained for free on line so have your public speaking friend get a license.

  6. Sample or Rented Wedding Dresses are just as amazing as new designer name brand wedding dresses. Go to the big name brand shops first and get a feel of what type of dress looks amazing on your body and then go to the ones that offer Samples or Rentals. The saving is amazing. Also have your bridesmaids and grooms wear what they have. Black – everyone has a black dress and black suit. Just tie them together with pearls and the same tie and your saving for all.

  7. BYOB – Just have them bring their own Bottle and turn it in to the bartender with their name on.

 

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Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet

Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet

  
With so many wedding expenses, gratuities can add up. Here are the wedding vendors you need to tip.
When you’re already dipping deep into your (or your parents’) savings for so many wedding expenses, allotting room in your budget for gratuities on top of that can be hard to handle. And even though service charges may be spelled out in your contract, tipping—although not mandatory—is always appreciated for a job well done, not to mention a kind and thoughtful gesture.
Since some vendors will expect a gratuity and other gratuities will need to be considered on a case-by-case scenario, there are a few things to consider.
Traditionally, business owners of larger companies don’t get tipped—just their employees—but you can/should tip an owner when the service exceeds expectations. Small business owners should never be overlooked either, since their businesses are often run by just one person.
Tip vendors who offer exceptional service; thank-you notes are always appreciated; and assign the responsibility to a trusted deputy such as your wedding planner, a parent or the best man. For a breakdown of what’s customary for each vendor, read on.
    
Wedding Planner
Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything; however, if yours did a great job you can always offer a token of your appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) Approximately 50 percent of couples do tip their planners—typically those with more opulent weddings.
Protocol: Optional
The standard: Up to $500, or a nice gift
When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or, she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.
    
Wedding Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist
This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 – 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her hair updo and it requires a redo at the last minute.
Protocol: Expected
The standard: 15 – 25 percent, depending upon the quality of service
When to Tip: At the end of your service
    
Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff
Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site (wedding cake , flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.
Protocol: Expected
The standard: $5 – $10 per person
When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.
    
Wedding Ceremony Officiant
If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. Tipping the officiant, both nondenominational and denominational, is also appreciated.
Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)
The standard: Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50 – $100
When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.
    
Wedding Ceremony Musicians
If you worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.
Protocol: Optional
The standard: $15 – $20 per musician
When to Tip: At the end of the ceremony.
 
Wedding Photographer/Videographer
You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).
Protocol: Optional
The standard: $50 – $200 per vendor
When to Tip: At the end of the reception.
 
Wedding Reception Staff
This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre d’, and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.
Protocol: Expected
The standard: 15 – 20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200 – $300 for the maitre d’.
When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maitre d’ at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.
 
Wedding Reception Attendants
When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room attendants the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.
Protocol: Optional, based on contract
The standard: $20 – $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car
When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately distribute them at the beginning of the evening, to encourage all the workers to give you great service.
 
Wedding Reception Band or DJ
Whether you hire 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.
Protocol: Optional, yet preferred
The standard: $20 – $25 per musician; $50 – $150 for DJs
When to Tip: At the end of the reception, by the best man.
 
Wedding Transportation
Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost!
Protocol: Expected
The standard: 15 – 20 percent of the total bill
When to Tip: At the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise, this duty falls to the best man.

  

WEDDING ORGANIZING FOLDERS – start list

  We created a list that every Bride should have or start out with for the organizing Wedding Book and what the Folders and sub folder should say.  
A timeline is what you should use to keep you on track.

It’s just a helpful guide to see if you missed something.  Not all apply.

  
WEDDING ORGANIZING FOLDERS
Guest List:

  • RSVP Database
  • Arrange Seating

Budget:

Wedding Attire:

Décor theme

Wedding Party:

  • Gift Registry
  • Party Favors

Pre-Wedding:

  • Engagement Party
  • Bachelorette Party
  • Announcements
  • Marriage License
  • Jeweler
  • Makeup and Hair
  • Ceremony Readings and Vows
  • Invitations

Post-Wedding:

  • The Dance
  • Delegating List
  • Pack Lists
  • Hotels
  • Thank You Cards
  • Honeymoon

Dates and Venue:

  • Timeline of Day
  • Book Rehearsal and Dinner

Vendors:

  • Wedding Planner
  • Officiant
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Photo Booth
  • Band / DJ
  • The Cake
  • Florist
  • TABC Bartenders and Servers
  • Caterers and Menu
  • Transportation
  • Rental Equipment

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10 Things No One Tells You referring; “The Wedding Day”

No matter how many weddings you’ve attended before, or how many times you’ve been a bridesmaid, there are some things you just don’t find out about until your own wedding day.
  

Talk to anyone whose gone through it before and they’ll tell you that your wedding day absolutely flies by. You’ll be so busy going from one thing to the next that before you know it, you’ll be cutting the cake! Any number of wedding planning advice articles will tell you that you need an emergency kit (just in case!), that it can be difficult to use the bathroom in your ball gown and to make sure to pack a stain remover. But also, there are all these intangible, special moments that make up the wedding day itself. Here, 10 truths about the wedding day that no one ever talks about.
1. Ten minutes before the ceremony is the most nerve-wracking part.
The time leading up to the walk down the aisle will be the most anxiety-ridden 10 minutes you’ll ever have. And it makes sense—you’re about to make a life-changing decision in front of all the people you love and care about the most. Just remember that your other half is waiting for you at the end of the journey and you’re going to have a huge party to celebrate (not to mention the reason why you said “yes” in the first place). 
Stop a moment and laugh that your other half may be having the same anxieties. You both will survive if you write him a note or exchange unwritten notes to give each other to open at that 10 minutes before the Ceremony is to begin. You should make it a habit in life to stop and write each other a note that will help you get through the nerve-wracking moments in life.
2. You’ll definitely cry.
Okay, this one might not be such a secret. What is it about weddings that makes everyone so emotional anyway? All we can say is that crying is basically inevitable. And since you already know the waterworks are coming, the best thing to do is just be prepared. Wear waterproof makeup (or even get eyelash extensions), keep some mascara and lipstick readily available for quick touch-ups, and store some tissues nearby—you’ll need them.
3. The ceremony is the best part.
There’s something truly amazing about the wedding ceremony. The traditions, the vows and all your emotional family members combine to make this into one of the most special moments of your life. Take it all in and drink it up. You’ll want these memories to last a lifetime.
4. You’ll be amazed by the love and support of your family and friends.
They all showed up for one reason—you! You and your soon-to-be spouse will get all—and we really mean all—of the attention. You may not even be able to eat dinner, since you’ll have so many people to talk to and so many pictures to take. Between the pinches on the cheek from your grandma and the side-punches from your college pals, you’ll be overcome by the love and support of those around you.
5. Your face will hurt from smiling so much.
Thousands of pictures aside, you’ll be smiling all day because it’s going to be the best day ever. You’re marrying your best friend, after all! Between finally “making it official” with your fiancé and dancing like crazy with all of your close friends and family, there’s literally no reason to frown (even if it rains).
6. You’ll want a little alone time.
In fact, you might be so overcome that you may want to take a few moments just for you, or the two of you. Some of the most special minutes of the day are the few you get to spend alone—preparing for what’s to come—or together with your new spouse, taking it all in.
7. You might be a little exhausted.
Let’s face it; you won’t get too much sleep the night before your wedding. Between stressing over the seating chart, a tiff with your mom, or just overall excitement for the day to come, you’ll be seriously lacking in shut-eye. Pro tip: Under-eye concealer will be your best friend. 
If fact magazines all over are correct in saying that only 9 percent have sex on their wedding night. You have the rest of your life to consummate the wedding. You both might want to plan to wait for the honeymoon.
8. It won’t all go as planned.
Something might end up going wrong. It could be little, or it could be big, but our best advice is to soldier on and try to think of the big picture. Can you solve this problem easily? Does it make a huge difference in the long run? Are your guests still having fun? Are you having fun? If these questions are easily answered, then don’t sweat it—just keep enjoying your celebration, and feel free to delegate tasks to planners and relatives so you don’t have to deal with drama.
9. The most magical moment will be when you least suspect it.
We promise that the most special moment of the day, or weekend, is going to be something you never expected. A stolen minute or two with your soon-to-be spouse, a hug from your dad, or an impromptu speech by your college roommate could end up meaning the world to you.
10. You’ll feel different.
Even if you and your other half have been cohabiting for years, once you’re legally wed, things will feel official. It might just be a slight shift or it could feel like a noticeable change, but it will definitely seem like the real deal.
Remember the moments and start your life knowing that your marriage is like a wedding day. Take it one moment at a time. Stressful – Happy – Crying – Drama – Smiling – Not as Planned – Over-Whelmed – Supportive by Family – Magical and Different, but Together Forever.

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ENCORE WEDDING ETIQUETTE FOR LOVE AND REMARRIAGE

Encore Wedding Etiquette for Love and Remarriage  
Recently at a Professional networking meeting, David Kallen – the Marketing Specialist at Perfect Wedding Guide here in Houston told me about “Encore Weddings”. As an outdoor wedding venue, this is the most type of bridal couples we get. The term is now my term of the week and I needed an idea to blog about. After looking more into it more, I found a few helpful guidelines to follow and share.

  
When planning an encore wedding there are many questions brides ask. Can you wear white or a veil? Should you keep it small? What about attendants? And registries? What etiquette should be followed when marrying for a second or even third time?

  

 1. Share Your News… But in the right order

· Tell Your Children First – ideally each parent should tell their children privately and in person (or if necessary, over the phone). Sometimes the news is welcome and happy, but sometimes it may cause concern. If your news is not immediately welcomed, be patient. Validate your children’s concerns, and reassure them that you will all work together to build your new family.

· Tell Your Ex Next – If you have children together, your former spouse should be the next to know, whether you have a good relationship or not, and especially if you share custody. You may even feel it’s best to inform your ex first so they are prepared to react appropriately with the children.

· Then Family – Now you can inform your family and close friends, starting with your parents and siblings. Additionally, before you “go public” this is a nice time to inform your previous in-laws, if you are still on good terms, or if you are a widow or widower.

· And Everyone Else – Now is the time to tell your other friends, coworkers, and share it on social media.

  
2. Wear Whatever You Want

For a bride the most important question is what is she going to wear? Years ago it was practically forbidden to wear white for a remarriage, but today anything goes. Literally. Of course, I would encourage being tasteful. Choose a dress or suit that compliments your personality, figure and venue.

  

  3. It’s Fine, Even Helpful, to Create A Gift Registry

While you may feel uncomfortable creating a wedding gift registry for your encore wedding, it may be considerate to do so. Even if you don’t expect gifts, many guests will want to give them. The wedding gift is a representation of love and support for the couple. As a wedding guest, sometimes it’s hard not to want to share in the joy by giving a gift. You may be helping your guests by providing some insight into what you prefer, want or need. It’s fine to create a traditional registry, but if you don’t want or need those types of things, create a registry around any special interests or hobbies you enjoy.

Don’t forget, it is still a major faux pas to include any mention of gifts on your wedding invitation, even to say, “no gifts.” The invitation is always about the event and should never mention gifts. Whether you create a registry or not, you should wait to be asked before discussing gifts, and then state your preference — “Thank you for thinking of us. We are so happy you’re coming and that is gift enough for us.” Or – “For convenience we have created a registry at… , but all we really care about is seeing you at the wedding.”

4. Don’t Ask Your Parents to Pay

If you are young (or relatively so) and your parents offer to contribute to or pay for your wedding, that’s wonderful. The point is that you should wait until they make the offer, don’t just expect them to foot the bill.

5. You May Have Attendants

It’s perfectly fine to have one or two people standing with you during the ceremony, even if they are the same women from your previous marriage. I recommend keeping the number small and their financial obligations low. You may want to cover the cost of their dress or ask them to wear something they already own.

  

 This time around you’re older, hopefully wiser and more confident. Stay true to yourself and use your best judgment. Every encore wedding is different and your decisions will be influenced by your age, family situation and budget.

  

 
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Here are some contests I found that many might be interested in.

WEDDDING CONTESTS
http://brides.easybrc.com/
http://bridalguide.com/win/contests-sweepstakes/covergown
 

 
 

Texas Country Get-a-way Wedding

Future brides’ Good Afternoon! This is my weekly Post – Check our new outdoor venue that will be blooming soon with Roses from our 700 Rose bushes and Blue bonnet patches will be lined in blue and aggie colors this year. We have dates that no one else has; it will take a year to get all our dates booked. This month is the lowest price you will ever see.
 Need a Wedding – Honeymoon all in one?
Picture a Spring time wedding outside with flowers blooming everywhere during an orange sunset of Texas. Come stay for a 4 day and 3 nights County Wedding Get-a-way!
 
 You can start on Thursday with a rehearsal and dinner in the big house. Arrive Friday morning to get ready for your makeup and hair with your bridesmaids as your vendors get your wedding decorated for a Spring Décor. Then walk out the side door that no one knows about down the long 50 foot arbor to the Gazebo to your future husband. Have the most memorable Spring Ceremony that you have always dreamed of. Then shooting amazing pictures with your family as friends drink and watch you. Then celebrate with music and food in a romantic lite tent reception with white flowing lights everywhere and dancing all night with friends and family. Ending with memories walking through the garden; as your say goodbye to your friends and family; you both don’t need to leave, you can just stay the night in our Bridal Suite with our romantic canopy bed and large windows viewing the country side of Texas. Waking up as #MsBride4Ever and swinging on the Veranda watching the Sunrise to your first day together. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is just next door at the café or enjoy a picnic out in the gardens as they are all just for you and your husband. Arrange for a horse ride together in the country side or take a ride in the local town to shop for antiques together. Swing on the hammock outside or just walk the Formal Garden for an enchanting memory. Leave with wonderful new memories of your stay at Binders Gardens on Monday morning. 

If you already booked your venue, contact us to come shoot your bridals this spring. It’s been voted the most favored by photographers all over Texas. We have tour dates available every day of the week. We have discounts for payment plans to meet those budget brides. Come see our Gazebo, Covered Bridge, Veranda, Terrace, Chapel, Formal Rose Garden, large bridal suite and Lake. Thou I’m an outdoor venue, we have options to cover you or move to the large church hall next to us.

  
Contact us at 281-630-2854 or email us at info@BindersGardens.com; Prices start at $750 if booked the month of February, let us set up a tour today.
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Thank you for your time, Marc and Robin Binder

BindersGardens.com
 

WEDDING CEREMONY AND RECEPTION – INDOOR OR OUTSIDE VENUE?

  
Deciding between an outdoor wedding ceremony or reception and a wedding ceremony or reception held indoors? 
Regardless of which you both choose; both types one can be turned into your dream wedding, though there are pros and cons to either situation.

  
You should be careful to weigh all of your wedding venue options, thinning them down as you go. Answering the title question will help you reduce many of your venue options, getting you both that much closer to finding the perfect spot to celebrate your “I dos.” 

 

photo by Mark Matthews

 
To help you with your decision, we have assembled a positives and negatives list that better lays out the choice between an indoor wedding and an outdoor wedding.

 

photo by Roy Kasmir Photography
 
The Indoor Wedding Venue
PROS
No Weather Issues: One of the biggest pluses to an indoor wedding is that there is no stress or worry over unpredictable weather. Rain is not an issue, neither is snow and clouds, wind and blazing sun are all non-issues, which equals a load off of the couple’s mind. Granted, weather will play a small role in wedding photos and perhaps transportation, but weather at an outdoor reception is such a huge worry—especially for brides—that indoor weddings are often chosen because of this reduced risk factor alone.

 

photo by Roy Kasmir Photography
 
Plenty of Décor Options: There are little to no restrictions—sans any fire hazards or code violations—that would restrict you from decorating your indoor venue just the way you want. Again, this is somewhat weather-related, but the wind won’t knock down your hand-painted centerpieces and bugs won’t attack your giant heart cookie. When you envision loads of other small and fragile details, an indoor wedding is sometimes the safest bet.

  
Temperature Control: Is the groom notoriously warm, even in the cooler months? Is Grandma always cold, even in the summertime? When you’re outdoors, there is little you can do about temperatures, except to provide hand fans to guests and/or encourage them to bring sweaters. You control the temperature from the beginning when you’re hosting an indoor wedding reception. Plus, you can seat your guests under vents or next to fans depending on their affinity for getting chilly or overheated.

  
CONS
Space Constraints: This will always be a factor for indoor venues. Depending on the size of your wedding, this may not be an issue for you. Every indoor venue has a maximum capacity, though it will vary slightly if you’re having a cocktail reception or a seated dinner. This number is non-negotiable, as per fire codes and other safety restrictions, and must be taken into account before booking (or even looking at) indoor venues.
Location Issues: Most indoor venues have tried to address location issues for larger events such as weddings, but, especially here in Houston, there are so many old, charming buildings that just don’t have the most convenient parking, delivery ramps, docks, etc. This can prove challenging for vendors trying to load in equipment and décor for your wedding, but that isn’t necessarily your concern. Vendors are professionals, many of which deal with logistical challenges every day. They will be the ones to figure out this “con” for you.

The Outdoor Wedding Venue

PROS
Atmosphere: On that perfect, clear, starry night, there isn’t much that can compare to a beautiful outdoor wedding reception. Outdoors is truly where the majority of our most breathtaking receptions have taken place. For all that extra stress over the pending weather report, a night like this is worth every worry in the long run. You simply can’t recreate that kind of beauty indoors.

 

photo by Mark Matthews
 
Less is More: Often times you can ease up on the décor budget when planning an outdoor wedding. Depending on your venue, the natural beauty of the landscape and gardens is more than enough to create that desired magical atmosphere.

 

photo by Michael Giardina

 
Best of Both Worlds: There are many venues that offer the beauty of an outdoor wedding or reception and the refuge of a roof and four walls. Though the indoor space associated with an outdoor venue isn’t typically large enough to host your entire event inside, it would offer shelter to Grandma when she gets cold or a quiet, semi-private place to sit and catch up with an old friend from college during the reception. Often times, there is some shelter on the property that might include a small greenhouse or boathouse that isn’t big enough for more than a few people. But again, the spontaneity of talking a stroll down to the boat house or to visit the greenhouse garden is entertainment enough for many guests in need of a break from the dance floor. It all adds to the charm of your guests’ wedding experience.

   

CONS
Costs: There are a few extra costs that you must consider when hosting your wedding outdoors. If your outdoor location does not include a tented area, for example, we recommend you rent one for your reception to cover the tables and dance floor—both of which you might also have to rent separately. But this could be less cost if your tent is $3000 and your inside option is over $5000. Tent reception can me magical when done at an outside venue.
  
Restrooms: Sure, outdoor weddings and receptions will have restrooms nearby, but those facilities might be located in a building that is a slight walk from the party. For many, this is a non-issue, but for those few outdoor venues with a hike to the main building, this is enough of a concern to ask about while visiting each site.

 

photo by Albert Legislador
 
Wildlife: Ok, maybe the term “wildlife” insinuates wild animals crashing the party, but that’s not exactly what we mean. The outdoor wedding reception—and this is especially sensitive to the temperature, proximity to water and time of year—will occasionally have to deal with a bug situation. Mosquitos are the most common “wildlife” to show up uninvited to an outdoor wedding. If you have a game plan for those little creatures, or they’re not an issue at your venue, then this might not be a con to consider after all.

 

photo by Roy Kasmir Photography
 
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