Check out Robin Binders funny snap chat – about gearing up for wedding season.
Binders Gardens has so many photography opportunities for Brides they have to make sure they set shooting time at least an hour to walk around and get all the favorite spots; has now added new additions.
Instead of adding the Barn Doors, we replaced the French drains around the open Barn and added a Dry Rock River Bed that travels like a snake all the way past the Lake Side Wedding Location to the Lake.
We will put in a small Rustic Bridge to go over the Dry Rock RiverBed to get to other locations behind the Grooms Studio.
Also we will add one more Garden to our collections.
We did wait til we had a few weekend that didn’t have Wedding to do this construction and of course wanted to make sure it was 90 degrees everyday. LoL
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I find more DIY (do it yourself) Brides than Brides that hire Wedding Planners are making their wedding website to send to family and friends and help them to keep up with so many details of their wedding day. These online wedding websites are offered free on some sites and those that know what they are doing buy the simple wedding templates and make them work them.
I did a little research to see what sites have them free with a small domain fee per year. Besides the big Wedding sites that are too complicated, you can find a few with free templates like Word Press, Wedding Web Site for You, Ipage, Wigli, Wix Wedding and Gator; search Best Wedding Web Sites on EZVID ADVISOR dot com. They are so cool with themes and add your color schemes and make your web domain name to send your family and friends.
They are designed to tell your story of how you met and add music, #wedding name, registry, photos, and videos. They are stated with a Count Down clock to the Big Day. They show the Weather, the location of Venue, the Vendors you are using, the link to RSVP and they also have the link to your Honeymoon account to help you get your amazing Honeymoon.
These online wedding sites are setup to show where you put your “save the date” photos, update dates on your “bridal showers” and location for hotels, venue, and eateries; along with plans to help out of town guests keep together with taxi and limo services.
Texas Brides were asked what would did they regret not doing or doing on their big day in a FaceBook group for Brides to Brides.
Smiled more!!! I was sooo happy and we had our perfect wedding but for some reason I look so serious in my photos, so put your smile one no matter what happens!!
I regret not having a better photographer!
Have a quick snack between ‘I Do’ and pics. It was almost a BRIDE DOWN situation. Thankfully granny saved me with some ritz crackers in her purse.
Oh and I didn’t eat all day I didn’t even eat at the reception Because by the time we had the reception I was sick to my stomach and couldn’t eat at all nearly passed out..
Not smiling , and the drizzle of rain had something to do with it . My photographer had to keep reminding me to smile ….So if you can Smile . Lol
Have fun and let everyone do thier jobs assigned to them
Not having a day of coordinator!
Not eating, some how the entire night went by and I don’t think I ever sat down.
I regret not having video! The day of you are so caught up in the emotions and excitement that everything becomes a blur. Not to mention it goes by soooooo quickly. I wish we had a videographer to capture the day so we could look back on it years to come!!!!
I’m so glad we had was a photo booth though that had video capability so we can see everyone’s “wedding wishes” 💗
Have a plan for your bouquet – preserving somehow?
We DIY DJ’d…big mistake.
Wish we’d have rented linens and a dance floor to pretty it up to its potential.
Less people- I had 140. And felt like I didn’t get to spend quality time w everyone there. Sure I made sure to stop by every table and say hello (which took forever). But I wanted more time w maybe 1/2 the people that were there.
Oh, and more cake!! Def get more portions than the # of people you invite. My cake was amazing (shout out to Bavarian Cakery) and I wanted more! Too bad for me- it was gone.
Take alone time with just your husband before you go to the reception. Not drinking enough. A day of coordinator. Let go of any worries and stress just enjoy it. And have everything packed before hand we got back to our apartment and still had to pack for our cruise before we left the next day.
Drinking scotch before the wedding lol
Ok, so with our RSVPs trickling in, I want to help others avoid a mistake I made. I did address and stamp the envelopes for the RSVPs, but I did not put the return addresses on the envelopes for them. You know… the guests address… well neither did any of them. Now we’re hunting down who sent what. A friend suggested that we should have numbered the RSVP cards and kept a corresponding list. This way, return address or not, we know which card came from whom. Too late for our cluster $#@!, but maybe it’s not too late for some of you lol!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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?
· 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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Indoor Wedding Venue
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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