Recently a post came through on my facebook feed from a fellow wedding professional in the area. It was a videopgrapher that was furiously at work editing one of his latest wedding videos. He was so aggrevated, he stopped and posted a screen shot of exactly what was irritating him. Can you guess what it is ? I’m sure the title gives it away, but here is the screen shot below:Read More
I have always said that Jim Thorpe was a destination wedding location close to home. The town, which was voted one of the the top 5 most beautiful small towns in America in 2012 and one of the top 5 most fun small towns in American 2013 by Best of the Road, has so much to offer not only couples, but the guests that come to your wedding. But, beyond picturesque and quaint, Jim Thorpe also has some very unique ceremony locations. Most are within walking distance of the Mauch Chunk Ballroom. Here is some info with pics and cost (where available to me) for each.Read More
There has been many conversations going on in my wedding professional circles about referrals (or preferred vendors, as its sometimes called) ; what they mean to each of us, what criteria we use to choose them, and about those “paid” referrals. Strangely, there seems to be both a general concensus and some confusion about what a referral is and should be. So, I wanted to do a blog to clarify referrals to couples, so that they may have a better understanding of just what it means when a vendor gives them one and how to differentiate between referrals born out of experience with a vendor from paid referrals.Read More
Recently , GMA did a segment with one of their newly engaged reporters on ways that she was saving money on her destination wedding. I hadn’t seen it when it aired, however, I did hear about it on social media from other wedding professionals that I network with. GMA has since removed the article, however this video and this video is still on line of the short segments they did on which they highlight their cost saving tips.Read More
There seems to be insurance for just about everything these days. And, weddings being as costly as they are, you may question whether you need the extra expense. Then again, the high costs are also a check in the reason to purchase side of the pros and cons list. I’m definitely no expert on insurance and there are many options to choose from with different rules on what is or isn’t covered. Whether to purchase depends on your own circumstances and how risk averse you are. Here, I’ve put together information and resources for you to look at in determining if insurance is right for you.
I get that many couples want to do away with the formality and want it to be a relaxed affair. So, when one of my couples told me that they just didn’t want to have any “rules” and that included not having assigned seating, I didn’t have a problem with it. However, about 10 minutes into the reception, as people began claiming their seats, I suddenly began to see the error of such a lax attitude toward assigned seating. Here are just a few reasons why you should have a seating chart:
- They’ll fight over you – yes, that’s right. You are the guests of honor and everyone wants to sit with you. Make it easier by assigning people to your table. There’s your bridal party for one. However, if you have bridal party members with spouses or children, it might be best for you to just seat your bridal party throughout the room with their spouses. That leaves parents and grandparents and/or siblings that should be seated with you.
- They fight with each other – Ah, yes, family politics. Even though you’re all related, they may not all get along. At this particular wedding I was asked to move and shuffle chairs because one part of the family didn’t want to end up sitting with some other family members. There was a 20 minute game of musical chairs – all while trying to keep it from the couple (it’s my job, after all). No worries, they never knew and everyone found a spot but it was awkward.
- The odd man out – So, where does the odd person – the single friend, or the friend from work that doesn’t know any of your other friends sit? When you have to find your own seat, there is the awkward “is this seat taken” situation. Help this person avoid any of that awkwardness by assigning them a seat and even sitting them with people that you know they will get along with.