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Wedding Budget: Venue Fees and Other Costs

Wedding Budget: Venue Fees and Other Costs

You’d think that working from a budget would be obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people, especially brides and grooms, are unrealistic about what they can afford. Part of the problem is that most people aren’t very experienced with event budgeting and don’t know how to estimate what locations, products and services will ultimately cost.


Brides Want to Know: Hors d'oeuvre Dilemma

Brides Want to Know: Hors d'oeuvre Dilemma

Can you tell me how many hors d’oeuvres per person is the norm for a cocktail wedding reception? I’m not having dinner, just hors d’oeuvres and cocktails for about four hours. I need to figure out my menu and am at my wits end trying to find the answer!


Champagne, Fashion, Hors d'oeuvres, and Gift Bags...

Champagne, Fashion, Hors d'oeuvres, and Gift Bags...

Bridal fairs offer an efficient way to review what’s in the marketplace—you can check out florists and photographers, sample the wares of cake makers, and listen to the music of a variety of DJs. They’re a great place to shop around for (and sample!) wedding-related services and compare quality and price before making your final decisions.


Brides Want to Know: Wedding Band or DJ?

Brides Want to Know: Wedding Band or DJ?

My fiancé and I have most of our wedding plans set, except the music for our reception. We can’t decide between live entertainment and a disc jockey. The reception will be indoors with about 150 guests. We have to keep an eye on cost, too. Are bands always more expensive? What do you recommend?


David Tutera Gets Real: High Style Weddings On A Budget

David Tutera Gets Real: High Style Weddings On A Budget

Here Comes The Guide staffer Jolene Rae Harrington had the opportunity to interview celebrity wedding planner David Tutera at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. Here are some of his wedding tips for ways to have a high style wedding with a lower budget.


Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

In the first flush of joy after your engagement, you probably began browsing wedding websites, social media sites like Pinterest, and magazines. If you soon felt buried by a blizzard of checklists and a daunting array of decisions, you and your fiancé might want to think about hiring a professional wedding planner.


Wedding Invitations Glossary

Wedding Invitations Glossary

A glossary of common printing terms you may encounter as you research wedding invitation options. The more you know, the easier it will be to pick the perfect wedding invitation suite for you!


Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

Rehearsal Dinner Etiquette

Ahhh, the party before the party. Sure, you'll need to do a walk-through of your ceremony, but the real fun happens at dinner! Wondering what the details are? We answer 6 of the top rehearsal dinner questions.


Have a "Hang-Loose" Honeymoon: Five Tips to Packing Your Carry-On

Have a "Hang-Loose" Honeymoon: Five Tips to Packing Your Carry-On

Whether it’s for your honeymoon or a romantic weekend getaway, these days it pays to pack it all in your carry-on suitcase—and avoid extra charges for checked luggage. The best way to be a breezy bride at the airport is to remember you’re on the vacation of your life…and to “hang loose” when you’re packing. Keep it simple, easy and fun. Follow these five tips, and you’re off to a carefree start.


Weddings vs. Holiday Parties: 5 Important Differences

Weddings vs. Holiday Parties: 5 Important Differences

With the holiday season fast approaching, I like to imagine where our company would have the most rocking holiday party ever. Interestingly, I noticed that my shortlist of holiday event venues wasn’t that different from my fantasy wedding one: Classy art galleries, hip restaurants, sun-kissed vineyards… A dynamic setting can make any celebration pop.


Questions to Ask a Wedding Caterer

Questions to Ask a Wedding Caterer

Besides your venue, the food and drink for your wedding bash will probably consume the largest portion of your wedding budget. And trust us when we say, catering contracts are far from simple. We're here to help you navigate this tricky terrain with our list of questions to ask your caterer.


Brides Want to Know: Guessing the Guest Count

Brides Want to Know: Guessing the Guest Count

Dear Here Comes The Guide: I’m inviting 178 guests to my wedding and I want to get a better idea of what the final count will be. Is there any way to estimate how many people won’t attend?


Useful Tips for Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Useful Tips for Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Is the process of ordering your wedding invitations proving to be more complicated than you'd originally thought? Never fear! We've put together our top tips for ordering your invites.


21 Questions to Ask When Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

21 Questions to Ask When Ordering Your Wedding Invitations

Nothing sets the tone for an event like an impeccably designed wedding invitation. This list of questions has been compiled to help ensure that no detail is left unaddressed (no pun intended), whether you’re working with a stationery boutique, an online vendor, or a graphic designer.


Questions To Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer

Questions To Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer

Floral designers do much more than just supply the bouquet! They help create the look and mood for your wedding ceremony, as well as centerpieces and other table decorations for the reception. Needless to say, you and your floral designer will have a lot to talk about! So we've armed you with some questions to ask.


Wedding Planning: The First Big Relationship Challenge

Wedding Planning: The First Big Relationship Challenge

By first discussing how you will collaborate on your wedding planning, you will establish a framework of expectations, decision-making and action based on practical realities of who you are and what you are, in fact, able to do. Thinking ahead of the curve will reduce misunderstandings and disappointments down the road.


Inviting Elements: Invitation Basics

Inviting Elements: Invitation Basics

Before you can go pick out your invitations, you need to decide how to word them. You have two basic choices—you can conform to the traditional rules of etiquette, or you can select more contemporary options. Either way, it can be a challenge to appropriately express yourself, so I offer some suggestions to help you wade through the ways of wording.


Questions to Ask a Cake Designer

Questions to Ask a Cake Designer

The cake is probably a wedding’s most important icon. And whether you want a traditional multi-tiered confection, a miniature Statue of Liberty (hey, that’s where he proposed!) or a cupcake tower, your wedding cake should reflect your personality. Be sure to use the following questions as a guide when evaluating a potential wedding cake designer.


Icing On The Cake: One Writer's Perspective On A Classic Cake Conundrum

Icing On The Cake: One Writer's Perspective On A Classic Cake Conundrum

When it comes to wedding cakes, is it better to look good than to taste good? Don't think, just answer. Your response will give you a clue as to where you weigh in on the Great "Fondant versus Buttercream" Controversy, or, as I like to call it, "the Famous Frosting Smackdown."


Wedding Insurance

Wedding Insurance

Here's a good case for wedding insurance: Nowadays, if someone gets injured at an event or something is damaged at or near the event site, it’s likely that someone will be sued. Yikes. But don’t despair! You can get extra insurance, and it’s relatively inexpensive.


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