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Wedding Emergency Kit

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Imagine this: You’re getting ready for the most special day of your life. Your makeup is done, your hair pinned up so beautifully and you go to slip on your dream dress and…OOPS…your stunning ring snags on the dress and rips a little hole in it. Or what about this: You’re partying a little too hard on the dance floor, your chic updo starts to look more like a bird’s nest and there’s not a bobby pin in sight. Or how about this: It’s time to cut the cake, you have a piece in your hand, and your new hubby has one in his. It’s a dreamy chocolate cake with … Continue reading Wedding Emergency Kit


10 Helpful Tips to Write Your Wedding Vows

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    1. Which moments are most valuable?: Jot down notes whenever a good memory comes up. You may or may not end up using it in the actual vows, but either way a list of your memorable moments as a couple is a fun thing to have! Sometimes, there are just so many good memories that you don’t know which one to choose. At times like this, you just have to think about which ones are cherished the most between the two of you and never fail to make you smile. 2. Don’t procrastinate: Take some time to think about what you want to say. Make drafts. Give yourself … Continue reading 10 Helpful Tips to Write Your Wedding Vows


6 Tips to Picking the Perfect Wedding Venue

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When beginning the wedding planning process there can be hundreds of decisions to make. So many decisions can leave soon-to-be brides wondering where in the world they should even start, and this is stressful! Wedding planning does not have to be stressful!  So, with that being said, where is the best place to start when beginning your wedding planning journey? We have two words for you: Wedding. Venue.  And why is choosing a wedding venue so important? Once you’ve selected a location for your wedding you can visualize where your dream day will be happening.  All the other decisions for the big day will become much easier. Not only that … Continue reading 6 Tips to Picking the Perfect Wedding Venue


Guess What…You’re Engaged!! Now What?

Congratulations! It’s time to start the next part of your life with your best friend. But not before tackling the beast in the room, wedding planning. When it comes to planning your big day, there’s always so much to do! In one hand you’re juggling invitations while in the other you’re juggling venues and catering. We’re not gonna lie, it will be madness. That’s why we took some time out to create a cute little check list that you can print off to plan your day! Don’t thank us, making your life easier is thanks enough. Here it is! Click it! Salt Lake Bride Wedding Checklist  


5 Reasons Why Bridal Shows Are a Bride’s Best Friend

The who, what, where and how of planning your wedding is stressful. We get it, that Pinterest board you created when you were thirteen needs a bit of a push to become a reality. But where on earth do you start? Well, this week’s #WeddingTipWednesday has just the solution for you! Utah Bridal shows are a great resource for soon-to-be brides to make wedding planning easier and more effective. Not to mention all of the time, stress, and money you will save along the way. (You’re welcome groom!) Here’s how: 1. You will gather valuable information about how to begin the planning process. Find everything you need in one place. … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Bridal Shows Are a Bride’s Best Friend


6 Utah Wedding Planning Tips

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Planning your wedding can seem like an intimidating or daunting task – but it does not have to be that way. We are here to help you! From pre-engagement to post-wedding, we will be here every step of the way to help you stay organized and excited about your big day! 1 – Pre Engagement: When planning your dates, remember these key components and you are sure to experience the “perfect date.” P.E.R.F.E.C.T. On a great date you should…Prepare. Engage. Respect. Feel good. Earn some respect. Celebrate. Take your time. 2 – Engagement: Check out these 10 Ways to Announce Your Engagement! When you get engaged, the first thing you … Continue reading 6 Utah Wedding Planning Tips


5 Popular Color Schemes for Your Lovely Winter Wedding

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Winter is upon us, and so is the snow. The frosty setting may seem impossible to work with, but here at Salt Lake Bride, we know a thing or two about planning for a chilly winter wedding. The beautiful glimmer of the snow can be the perfect backdrop to a number of gorgeous color combinations, and we have five that we absolutely adore! 1 – Cream, Peach, and Blush Sometimes the combination of soft colors can compliment a snowy backdrop in the best way. The creamy whites with the rosy blush delicately enhance the subtle brightness of the peach.  This combination will inspire others to follow your choice of lovely … Continue reading 5 Popular Color Schemes for Your Lovely Winter Wedding


4 Real Life Wedding Crashing Stories!

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 According to the Wikipedia, “Wedding crashing” is the act of attending a wedding celebration without an invitation, particularly when the person or persons who turn up have a profound impact.”    Why crash a wedding, you may ask?  Does it really happen?  Can it happen to you?  There are a variety of reasons that individuals or couples crash weddings.  Here are just a few examples and fun stories that will definitely amuse and clearly show you that YES, wedding crashing is a “thing”  and it can happen to you.      Reason 1 – The HOOK UP!  Many of us have seen the popular movie, “Wedding Crashers” starring Vince Vaughn, and Owen Wilson.   Their … Continue reading 4 Real Life Wedding Crashing Stories!


3 Things to Consider When Talking About the M Word

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It’s time to talk money.  Cha-ching… I know, I know.  Money can be a mood killer!  Did you know that the average amount a U.S. couple spent on their wedding in 2016 was $26,720? WHAT???  While it us usually less in Utah, it is still a lot of money! With careful planning and awareness of what you can expect from wedding costs A-Z you are well on your way to creating a wedding that is customized to fit YOU.   So, where do you start? First, you must understand this:  Balance. Find and create a balance between your “dreams” (what you want) and your “reality” (what you can afford)   Yes that’s … Continue reading 3 Things to Consider When Talking About the M Word


How Much does an Average Wedding Cost?

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  Have you ever thought about what the average cost of a wedding is? Spoiler: It’s not cheap! The wedding industry is a growing one. It’s seeing an annual growth rate of 3.2%, while the whole industry is worth $72 billion and it employees well over a million people. While an average wedding won’t cost nearly as much as some of the most expensive weddings ever, like the wedding between Prince Charles and Princess Diana that cost a whopping $110 million, it will still financially set back the newlyweds significantly. Let’s dig into specific average costs of a wedding: Just the clothes the bride and groom wear cost over $1500 … Continue reading How Much does an Average Wedding Cost?



Here is a Riddle – How Did He Pop the Question

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A riddle:  what is the only type of rock that a guy should throw at a girl?  Drum roll please…why, a diamond, of course! Of the many different types of proposals that you will make and receive throughout your life, nothing compares to the magical, exciting, life-changing proposal of marriage.  So, I thought it might be fun to veer away from offering advice on things related to weddings, and share some fun proposal stories.  Whether you are knee-deep in planning your wedding and could use a fun distraction, or are in need of some ideas on how to pop the question, I know that you will enjoy these stories. Casey … Continue reading Here is a Riddle – How Did He Pop the Question


3 Questions to Ask Before You Plan Your Wedding

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You said, “YES!”, so now what? Having 20 years of experience in the wedding industry, I can say without hesitation that thoughtful planning is an essential element to a fabulous wedding. You probably feel bombarded with information though, whether it is advice from friends and family, and/or ideas from wedding magazines, Pinterest, etc., so where do you start? Simple…start with the thoughtful part of the planning by establishing a foundation from which the rest of the planning can build upon. Once complete, you will find that the planning process flows naturally and is actually fun! Establish your foundation by both of you answering the following series of questions: 1. What … Continue reading 3 Questions to Ask Before You Plan Your Wedding




The Pros And Cons Of A Destination Wedding

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Many brides and grooms are swept away with the idea of a destination wedding. So much so that they jump right into planning that special getaway without considering what it means, what it will cost, or what might go wrong. For most, there is no day more important or more memorable than your wedding day. It is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life. Yet, for some, it winds up being something other than what they expected. Why? Because they didn’t research and plan ahead. Instead of rushing the most important day of your life, you should stop, take a breather and weigh the pros and … Continue reading The Pros And Cons Of A Destination Wedding


How to Prioritize Your Wedding Budget

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When you’re planning your wedding, be sure to follow these tips for deciding on a budget! Weddings can be overwhelming, but the stress and anxiety of your wedding budget shouldn’t overshadow the excitement and exhilaration surrounding your big day. Budgets are scary and time-consuming but they are also a necessary part of planning the best day of your life. That’s why we have compiled a list of five steps to help you prioritize your wedding budget. Pick the Number Just do it. Write down your realistic budget number. Take into account a few things: Are you and your fiance the only sources of money, or are parents or grandparents chipping … Continue reading How to Prioritize Your Wedding Budget


Top 5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Bridezilla

There are few things in this world as beautiful and inspiring as the bonds of matrimony. The following tips are proven to help control the beast within, and leave the desired memories of your wedding day. Two individuals coming together in heart, mind, and purpose, often causes supporters and peers to reflect on the important matters of life, and set goals to improve their own lives. Marriage is an event that transforms two, into one, and is often as spectacular as a caterpillar transforming into a majestic butterfly. However, among the beauty and glamour of this beautiful event, lies a deep and dark being, that if given allowance, can destroy … Continue reading Top 5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Bridezilla


Featured Wedding – Jessica and Michael

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Bride Name: Jessica Hunt Groom Name: Michael Doxey How you met: My boss set us up on a blind date! I always tell people to go on blind dates because you never know…it might be the best thing you’ll ever do! 🙂 How he proposed: Michael knows how to get to my heart.  He talked to my dad to ask for my hand and my dad said yes!  However, we wanted to wait for the custom ring before we made it official and told everyone else.  One day Michael set up this whole scheme where I thought we were just taking my mom to my sister’s house and then he … Continue reading Featured Wedding – Jessica and Michael


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      So you are planning a wedding. Are you facing so many wedding planning details that you are going crazy? Here are some wedding planning tips from brides that have been through what you are now experiencing. From Style Unveiled, the top 25 wedding planning tips are: 1. Take Your Time 2. Be Present In Each Moment 3. Do a First Look 4. Don”t Get Caught Up In Perfection 5. Keep It Simple 6. Eat! 7. Keep the Big Picture in Mind 8. Hire a Day-Of Coordinator 9. Don”t Sweat the Little Things 10. Make Wedding Appointments Fun! 11. Let Your Creativity Flow 12. Finish Your To-Do List Early … Continue reading Top 25 Wedding Planning Tips Graphic


The Wedding Processional Order

If you are having a traditional wedding processional, here is the order: First — Mother of the Bride Second — Groomsmen Third — Best Man Fourth — Groom Fifth —Officiant Sixth — Bridesmaids Seventh — Maid/Matron of Honor Eighth — Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Last — Father of the Bride & Bride


8 Wedding Traditions That Can Be Broken

Learn which wedding traditions have been changed or been forgotten in modern ceremonies. 1. The bride’s family doesn’t always pay. Wedding tradition has always dictated that the bride’s family pays for the wedding and the groom’s family pays for the honeymoon. But because of the recent recession, that’s not necessarily the case anymore. “Oftentimes the actual funding for the wedding, the expenses, are taken care of by a slew of people as opposed to only the bride’s family,” says Lizzie Post, spokeswoman for the Emily Post Institute and great-great-granddaughter of etiquette expert Emily Post. “You want to honor the tradition by allowing the bride’s family to take the reins if … Continue reading 8 Wedding Traditions That Can Be Broken


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding -THE BIG DAY

Hello everybody! Jessica and Michael are enjoying some hubby & wife time in their honeymoon but we just couldn’t wait until she got back to tell you about her special day. They got married last week on Friday, January 10 in the Salt Lake Temple. The reception was on the 9th Floor of the beautiful Joseph Smith Memorial Building, in the Sharon/Manchester rooms. I’m Jessica’s co-worker (the one who made her wedding invitations), the one she talks about so fondly. If you followed her “10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding” journey you might remember some of the details, but just in case, I’ll fill you in. Michael and Jess are … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding -THE BIG DAY


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 10

Our wedding planning is almost over. We actually get married in one week from today. We can’t wait to show you how everything turns out – whether it’s all perfect or if some things fall through – we’re showing it all! We actually get married in one week from today, but this will be our last post because we won’t be posting the day we get married (we’ll be a little busy). However, I’m having a co-worker post everything from the wedding day as soon as we get the pics and video, so definitely stay tuned for that. We can’t wait to show you how everything turns out – whether … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 10


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 9

So we figure we are just about done with wedding planning!   WEEK 9 is probably my favorite week so far because Michael is actually in town the ENTIRE WEEK!!!! Best Christmas gift EVER! Another sweet Christmas gift was being around both of our families. It was nice to have some time to be with everyone and just play. We went to Michael’s parent’s home for Christmas Eve and my mom’s for Christmas day so it worked out perfect! Both parties were a lot of fun! We watched some home videos at Michael’s parent’s house Christmas Eve and oh my goodness, the Doxey kids are hilarious! Little Mikey was such … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 9


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 8

Woo…what a week!! We pretty much finalized our wedding planning! Below you’ll find some good insights that I learned this week about all sorts of different ways to plan a wedding. My cute friends threw me a bridal shower, we FINALLY finished all the wedding invitations – my sweet mom helped me stuff, stamp and send them all out, and we had our last meeting with our super creative florist Colleen from Flowers Squared We pretty much finalized everything! Happy day! Below you’ll find some good insights that I learned this week about all sorts of different wedding things. Make sure to check out the video and bullet point list … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 8


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 7

We’ve been receiving an abundance of advice on how to plan a wedding from friends and family. It’s so neat how information comes right when you need it most. A good friend of mine was telling me about a life changing realization she has had since being married for over 30 years. She told me something that will most likely resonate with me because it touched me so strongly. She relayed to me that her marriage hasn’t been easy – she said no marriage is. For such a long time she was trying to change her husband – to help him become a better person. Then it dawned on her … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 7


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 6

Week 6 is over! Only one month left to plan a wedding! Michael was out of town for work again, but he is normally always home on the weekends so I get to see him really soon! We got a lot of wedding planning done this week again though. One thing I really wanted to talk about is combating any potential stress by keeping things fun! Hence the picture. Just be silly with each other. There is honestly no need to be so caught up as you plan a wedding that you forget the real reason for everything you’re doing. You’re getting married to the love of your life – … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 6


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 5

We did a lot to plan a wedding this week. I finalized a lot more with our coordinator and continued staying organized with check lists and calendars. Michael was out of town again this week for work. I’m glad he has a good job – I just wish they wouldn’t have picked during the holidays to be super busy and send all the engineers out of town every week, but we’ll roll with it. What else can we do? We got a lot done this week though to plan our wedding.   I finalized a lot more with our coordinator and continued staying organized with check lists and calendars (such … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 5


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 4

Wow…this week of  planning a wedding has been amazing, and crazy, and fun, and super productive! If you were to ask me what my biggest accomplishment was this week, I’d tell you I FOUND MY DRESS – finally! 4 dress shops later and much debating over pricing, but I found what I love! There were several dresses that I really liked so kind of hard to choose, but I found one I wouldn’t have to alter too much and it is pretty much everything I’ve been looking for! My sweet mom and sister reminded me I will only get married once, so I should get a dress I really love … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 4


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 3

How fun is it to plan a wedding?   Let me just tell you how much I’ve loved this week… A LOT! We started it off getting our engagement pictures. So much fun! One of my very good friends (Kara) did these for us and it was an absolute blast. We went to a gorgeous park  that Kara’s family owns which is tucked back in the woods. This brought back a flood of memories as I remembered playing at this place several times when my friends and I were younger. Such a beautiful place with trees, swings, a pond, canoes and wide open fields all around. Michael and I had … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 3


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 2

What an adventure so far! Our second week to plan a wedding has been a lot of fun – minus Michael was gone for work… again.   But he shows up at the end of the video, so check it out! This week we’ve set a lot of appointments, gotten more organized with our calendaring and planning, prepared for engagement pictures, and more. The video  on the page  just highlights some of the things we’ve done this week, but below you’ll find a convenient bullet-point overview of everything we’ve done so far (including things from our first week). Some of our viewers have requested we do this and we thought … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – WEEK 2


10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – Week 1

I just got engaged to my best friend and I am way beyond excited!! We want to take you along for the ride as we plan our wedding at Temple Square in just 10 weeks!! My name is Jessica Hunt and I’ve worked as the administrative/marketing assistant for Temple Square Hospitality in Utah for just over 3 years. The president of our corporation set me up on a blind date a year and a half ago with this cute, funny boy named Mike Doxey, and now he is my fiance! We want to take you along for the ride as we plan our wedding at Temple Square in just 10 … Continue reading 10 Weeks to Plan a Wedding – Week 1


What is the Perfect Wedding Gift?

There are 2.3 million weddings in the United States each year. That comes out to about 6,200 weddings per day. Finding the perfect wedding gift can be a challenge and costly as well. The infographic below provides some ideas and stats to help your thought process. Is  this in line with the gifts  you see  at wedding?   Would you rather have  cash or something from your registry?   What is the  best wedding gift you have seen or heard about.   What is the worst?   Who gives the best gifts? Are you looking for a wedding gift to be cherished for the years to come after the special … Continue reading What is the Perfect Wedding Gift?


What Every Groom Should Know

Stick it into your head that the bride is the star of the wedding day. But you definitely wouldn’t want to leave your bride’s side on that particular occasion. So you have to look good. And you’ve just asked her to spend the rest of her days with you, so you better make her happy about her decision. Sounds demanding? Good, because being a groom really is. But you’ll find it easier if you start on the right footing. Here are some wise reminders for you. They range from choosing your outfit to being more romantic. They may be very simple, but you’ll find them very effective that you’ll be … Continue reading What Every Groom Should Know


Top 25 Wedding Planning Tips from Real Couples

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So you are planning a wedding.   Are you facing so many wedding planning details that you are going crazy?   Here are some wedding planning tips from brides that have been through what you are now experiencing. From Style Unveiled, the top 25 wedding planning tips are: Take Your Time Be Present In Each Moment Do A First Look Don’t Get Caught Up In “Perfection” Have Faith That All Of Your Efforts Will Be Worth It Share Something Personal And Unique With Your Guests Try Not To Stress (Even When It Seems Impossible) Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize Accept That You Can’t Please Everyone Be A Team Throughout The Entire Process … Continue reading Top 25 Wedding Planning Tips from Real Couples


How much will your wedding costs be?

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According to a recent national survey of nearly 18,000 brides, the average US wedding cost was $28,427.   The study shows that this is the highest level since 2008.   Here is the breakdown of  the wedding costs: Wedding Reception Venue – $12,905 Engagement Ring – $5,431 Reception Band – $3,084 Wedding Photography – $2,379 Wedding Ceremony Site – $1,711 Wedding Gown – $1,211 Wedding Flowers and Decor – $1,997 Wedding Videography – $$1,619 Wedding Planner – $1,847 Grooms Tuxedo – $230 Rehearsal Dinner – $1,135 Wedding Reception DJ – $988 Wedding Transportation – $708 Wedding Ceremony Musicians – $554 Wedding Cake – $560 Wedding Invitations – $344 Wedding Favors … Continue reading How much will your wedding costs be?




6 Often Overlooked Wedding Planning Details

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Make sure your wedding day goes smoothly by remembering these 6 wedding planning tips. 1) Entertainment for Children If there will be children at your wedding or reception, be sure to plan something fun to entertain them.   Some excellent ideas are: Coloring books, board games and crafts.   If there will be many younger children at your event, set up a nearby room with a DVD player and games and delegate one or two older children to stay and supervise.   At mealtime, consider seating little ones with their parents so they’ll behave while eating.   Planning ahead so children will not become bored will create peace for you … Continue reading 6 Often Overlooked Wedding Planning Details


2012-3 Wedding So Easy Book Cover

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Here is the cover of our newest book  Wedding So Easy – Utah’s Premier Wedding Professionals and Planning Guide. Thanks to Jerry from MarDel Photography for the shot! Also view the online version of Wedding So Easy Utah’s Premier Wedding Professionals and Planning Guide. Thanks to 702west.com for the design Let us know what you think of our new cover!


Have a Mobile Wedding Ceremony in Las Vegas

Are you tired of your wedding planning? Rev. Andy (left) and Rev. James (right) were inspired to start the Las Vegas Wedding Wagon by the idea that having fun and making people happy would be one of the best jobs on the planet. By providing couples with an unforgettable way to tie the knot in Las Vegas, the two reverends have found their calling in “mobile matrimony.” From its inception, the Wedding Wagon experience was designed to be simple and affordable while also being innovative. You have your choice of most any location and can use the sliding door on a sidewalk or the back doors for a more elegant … Continue reading Have a Mobile Wedding Ceremony in Las Vegas


Bride, Mother and Grandmother all wear the same Wedding Dress

A creamy white wedding  dress of silk and handmade lace that was worn first by her grandmother in 1960, then by her mother in 1983 was worn by Katy Elder. This Oklahoma bride certainly had “something old” and “something borrowed” on her  wedding day. “I always knew that I wanted to wear this dress,” Elder said.   “I love the style. It’s not like what everybody else is wearing. And the meaning behind it means much more than anything else.” What do you think?    Would you wear your Mothers or Grandmothers wedding dress? Read more and see images at: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-bride-is-third-generation-to-wear-same-gown/article/3692740#ixzz211vL3Kux


So You’re Getting Married – Legal Tips for Tying the Knot

By Spencer Topham I’ll admit it: On my wedding day, the legal and financial consequences of marriage were the last thing on my mind. Seemingly larger concerns such as catering, flowers, guests and honeymoon arrangements relegated any other thoughts to the deep background. Although this mindset is representative of the vast majority of couples entering into marriage, the success or failure of most marriages hinges on each couple’s ability to deal with issues such as financial assets, communication, conflict, parenting and so forth.  Marriage is a contract that carries significant legal and financial consequences.  Consider the following issues and discuss any concerns with your future spouse before tying the knot. … Continue reading So You’re Getting Married – Legal Tips for Tying the Knot


The Locking of Hearts in Paris

By Roland Lepore For the Deseret News Summary Bridges I had crossed multiple times before in Paris are now covered with padlocks as a representation of a couple’s love for each other – locking of hearts. This new phenomenon has been spreading all over Europe as a symbol of eternal love. On a recent visit to Paris I noticed something somewhat unusual I had never seen, or at least not to the extent I witnessed this time. Bridges I had crossed multiple times before were now covered with padlocks as a representation of a couple’s love for each other. I later learned that this new phenomenon has been spreading all … Continue reading The Locking of Hearts in Paris



New Twist For Old Wedding Traditions

Here are some things to consider if you want  to liven up the old Wedding Traditions – Old: White Wedding Dress New: You can still wear the traditional white or ivory wedding dress but how about throwing in splashes of color with sashes and colorful jewelry. Wake it up and rock it out with your favorite colors. Old: Confetti of Rice New: Sparklers (the colors of your wedding theme), glitter and air-popped popcorn. Instead of tulle bags try tossing cones. Old: Bridal March Canon D New: Have the Wedding DJ play your favorite tune, hire a cellist or quartet to play an instrumental version of your favorite rock song that … Continue reading New Twist For Old Wedding Traditions


Good and Bad of Holiday Weekend Weddings

Here is a blog with some things to consider if you are thinking about planning your wedding on a Holiday Weekend. The Q: I’m debating having my wedding over Labor Day weekend. The thing is, my family loves the idea because it gives us a long weekend to celebrate, but I personally actually HATE traveling over holiday weekends and having them committed to a wedding. Do you have any thoughts about this, pro or con? In your experience, is it better or worse for guests? The A: Hmmm. This is a good one. One of the greatest weddings that I’ve ever attended as a guest was over Thanksgiving weekend. I … Continue reading Good and Bad of Holiday Weekend Weddings


Before the Wedding – The TOP 25 Signs to Watch Out For

Before your wedding review this TOP 25 checklist of signs or Red Flags that we hope will be helpful to pay attention to when considering your date or prospective partner. Mark Ogletree, MFT, PhD. & Victor W. Harris, MS When visiting with couples, we often ask a husband or wife if any of the bizarre behaviors and practices their spouse is currently demonstrating was manifested during their dating and courtship. Surprisingly, many men and women say, “Yes, I noticed that, but I thought once we were married it would go away.” Others will say, “I tried not to notice it.” It is wise not to ignore the clues and hints … Continue reading Before the Wedding – The TOP 25 Signs to Watch Out For


How to have An Amazing Wedding – Where to Start?

The Most Important Thing You Need To START WITH to Have the BEST WEDDING BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE! BONUS – What to do later to Make SURE your BEST WEDDING is not DISRUPTED When planning for a wedding we encounter every type of situation from our clients. Sometimes we get calls a year in advance and we have plenty of time to make elicit the client’s wishes and make sure all the details are in sync with those wishes. Sometimes we get calls from a caterer or planner who has a client that has 3-4 weeks to their wedding. I personally had a year and a half to put together my … Continue reading How to have An Amazing Wedding – Where to Start?


5 Marriage Myths and Realistic Expectations

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These 5 relationship tips are important to remember before and after your wedding day! Many, if not most, expectations for marriage are based on idealized myths. If realities within a relationship do not match the myth, one or both partners may think they have made a terrible mistake. A few of the myths about marriage are: MYTH: A good marriage will always be romantic. REALITY: Virtually all relationships experience peaks and valleys. Sometimes, the realities of married life will often cloud over romantic feelings. Scott Peck, in his book The Road Less Traveled, stated — “Every couple falls in love; every couple falls out of love.” Just because the feelings … Continue reading 5 Marriage Myths and Realistic Expectations


Makeup Tips for Tattoo Coverage

Your wedding day has arrived! How do you cover your tattoo? Your  wedding day has arrived and for a variety of reasons, you have decided that you want to cover your tattoo.  You have seen the tattoo cover-up kits sold online, but do they really work?  What about airbrush make-up?  What is the best method for covering a tattoo? Questions to keep in mind when selecting the best method to cover your tattoo: ·                 Is your dress strapless? ·                 Will your wedding dress come in contact with the covered area? ·       … Continue reading Makeup Tips for Tattoo Coverage


5 Marriage Traps to Avoid

Three marital experts give the top five right and top five wrong reasons to get married. WRONG REASON NUMBER 1: Sexual attraction may not last forever Too many people confuse sexual attraction with love and that can lead to a short-lived marriage, explains Michele Weiner Davis, a US therapist and author of The Sex-Starved Marriage and The Sex-Starved Wife. The novelty of being with someone will turn on anyone,” she says. When the sexual attraction wanes, if there’s no mutual trust and a joint view of the future, the marriage fades as well. Her advice is clear: sexual attraction between two people is a good thing and energizes the marriage. … Continue reading 5 Marriage Traps to Avoid


Unique Wedding Reception Treat Ideas – Hot Cocoa and S’mores Bar

Looking for a unique idea for your wedding reception treats?  Here are some photos taken at The Canterbury Place Wedding Show. Notice the pictures on the wall.  Use wedding photos or decorations to tie things together. The Hot Cocoa in on the left and the on S’mores on the right. You wedding guests will love the assortment of chocolate to go  around the melted marshmallows. Different flavors for the Hot Cocoa available to suite each wedding guest. Chocolate coated spoons add flavor and look wonderful.  Use colors to match your wedding reception colors. Mint candies and Cinnamon Sticks for added flavor. For pricing on the Hot Coca and S’more bars … Continue reading Unique Wedding Reception Treat Ideas – Hot Cocoa and S’mores Bar


Questions to ask when Selecting a Wedding Venue

Questions to ask when Selecting a Wedding Ceremony or Reception Center Choosing a location for your wedding ceremony and/or wedding reception is an important decision. You will want to shop around for the venue that will best fit your needs. Here are a few things to consider: What is your budget? Who will be making the final decision? How will you be paying for the event? Does the venue offer financing? How many wedding or reception guests are you inviting? Is the location convenient and centrally located for your wedding guests? Is there a safe, well lighted parking lot? How many parking spaces are available? What kind of security is … Continue reading Questions to ask when Selecting a Wedding Venue


Candy Bar Tips

Candy Bar Tips for your wedding reception from The Canterbury Place. Here is a good idea for a wedding reception. Thanks to Ashley from The Canterbury Place for putting this together. At The Canterbury Place, our favorite favor is the candy bar. Not only it is delicious, but it is also an interactive part of your reception that everyone will love and remember. Below are tips on having a beautiful set-up that is sure to make your guests feel like a kid in a candy store! 1. Color, color, color Match your candy to your wedding colors to keep a cohesive look. This edited palette will help pull in the … Continue reading Candy Bar Tips


Mind Your Manners OR A Brief Etiquette Spread

At your wedding or any other time, your great smile and perfect physique may not be enough to compensate for your fumbling through a 12- to 20-piece formal place setting. Instead of sentencing yourself to a fake-it-till-you-make-it evening, brush up on your grace with our brief etiquette spread. Or learn how to set the table for a proper wedding lunch or dinner. Warning: Because the primary purpose of etiquette is to make people feel comfortable in social situations by establishing accepted standards, the most egregious thing a person can do is use it pretentiously, especially by openly correcting anyone. Etiquette — “a code of behavior based on thoughtfulness,” according to … Continue reading Mind Your Manners OR A Brief Etiquette Spread


The Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is the best place to relax right before the wedding. The name is exactly what the event actually is. It is the dinner after your rehearse the wedding. The dinner is usually held the night before the wedding. The couple and the wedding party will meet at the ceremony location and the officiant will go through the wedding process with them. Afterwards, the rehearsal dinner is held in celebration of the upcoming wedding. The rehearsal dinner is usually hosted (and paid for) by the groom’s parents. Sometimes the couple may choose to pay for the party, or it may be a collective effort by both sets of … Continue reading The Wedding Rehearsal Dinner


Learning Languages of Love in Marriage (and Dating)

by Dr. H. Wallace Goddard University of Arkansas   Love is more than words. It is more than an occasional gift. Love is a commitment to another person that shows itself in our willingness to adapt to and cooperate with another person. It is hard work. When we are first courting a person we are delighted that someone notices us and cares about us. Every gift is cherished. As the years pass, it requires more than any-old-gift to show genuine love. But, if we have been paying attention, we know more about what is important to our partner. We are better at loving. Loving is the most rewarding thing a … Continue reading Learning Languages of Love in Marriage (and Dating)


Should You have an Engagement Party?

Now that you’re engaged, the best way to tell everyone is with a party!   Even though engagement parties are optional- it’s still a fun thing to do. If your relatives have not yet met your fiance an engagement party is a better place for them to meet than at the wedding itself. An engagement party is also a great way for either side of parents to show their support of your upcoming wedding, or it is a great way for you to pitch in to the wedding costs as a couple. Usually an engagement party will take place within two months after the actual engagement. Of course, if you’re … Continue reading Should You have an Engagement Party?


Preparation for Marriage: 10 Things You’ll Wish You Knew

By Victor W. Harris, MS                   As you prepare to enter into marriage, you will need to unscramble and negotiate all kinds of issues between you and your partner. Therefore, your first task is to see if you can unscramble the ten most important principles and ideas related to marriage preparation below. You will receive one word from each phrase to get you started. When you are done, click on the number next to the scrambled word or phrase to learn more about how you and your partner can prepare for this exciting event. ehetr stages fo aagmeirr marriage ymsht marital ttcfaissnaio … Continue reading Preparation for Marriage: 10 Things You’ll Wish You Knew


Organizing Wedding Receipts and Info

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There are two main things that you will need to put in your “Wedding Planning” notebook: receipts and general information. If you keep track of these two simple things, your wedding planning will go a lot smoother. Receipts The best way to make sure you are staying within your budget is to check your receipts against your original amount in your budget. If you go over on something, plan on spending that much less on something else. If you spend less than planned, feel free to use that money for something else (hint: pampering…). Make sure you reconcile your budget after every purchase to make certain that you don’t go … Continue reading Organizing Wedding Receipts and Info


Marriage and Money – Managing Your Finances

So you’re getting married.   Well, unless your last name is Trump or Gates you will probably need some help with your finances.   It is true that sometimes love is blind but that can be both a blessing and a curse.   If love makes you blind to your financial responsibilities that can become a real problem.   Here are a few tips to help newlyweds keep control of their finances and be happy with their future. First things first – put together a budget.   For a budget to work it must be livable, pliable and realistic.   It must have room for both savings and some mad … Continue reading Marriage and Money – Managing Your Finances


Family Wedding Considerations

Your family is very important when it comes to wedding planning, as well as the wedding itself. Many people choose their siblings to be bridesmaids or groomsmen, but for all those family members that aren’t included in that category- they still have a lot they can do to help the wedding go smoothly. Of course, your family will be dressed in coordinating colors- maybe not the same attire styles as your attendants, but they will still match. Your family will also be in most of your wedding photography- possibly even more pictures than your attendants will be in. One thing that your family will be doing that the attendants won’t … Continue reading Family Wedding Considerations


Ways to Save Money (Without Really Trying)

Here are some great ideas while planning your wedding and for after your marriage:   Never go grocery shopping without a list. Avoid buying non-food items such as laundry detergent, shampoo, napkins, and tissues at the grocery store. Usually you can get these items much cheaper at warehouse or discount stores. To save money on mileage as well as your time, pick one day a week to do all of your shopping and errands. If you have the storage space, stock up on staples when they are on sale. See movies in the afternoon when prices are often cheaper. Go out to eat for lunch instead of dinner. Visit the … Continue reading Ways to Save Money (Without Really Trying)


What Makes the Perfect Date?

When trying to win over your true love it is essential to plan that “special” date. Whether single, engaged, or married there is always good reason to think ahead at how you can stay center of your true love’s mind. Throughout time, dates have been proven to be the number one way to accomplish this. So, what makes for the perfect date? Is it getting flowers or going to that new hotspot in town? Is it sharing a sentimental moment or your favorite song that just happens to play? Yes, these are all great ways to make for a memorable evening however the solution to this mystery is to combine … Continue reading What Makes the Perfect Date?


A Bride’s Necessities for the Wedding and Reception Day

Every bride should have these “necessities” handy on her wedding day. Because you will never know what you might need, this kit should be easily accessible all day long – from the wedding to the reception. Hint:   You might want  someone else to be in charge of it. Here are some basics to include: Beauty Items Facial Powder (Use before pictures) Toothbrush and toothpaste Deodorant Hairspray Perfume Hand lotion Makeup Makeup remover Contact lens solution and case Clear nail polish for runs in pantyhose Nail polish to match your color Nail polish remover Nail file Tissues Wet antibacterial wipes Lint remover Bobby pins and/or barrettes Safety Pins Curling iron … Continue reading A Bride’s Necessities for the Wedding and Reception Day


Wedding Favors and Decoration Ideas

Seasonal/Holiday Favors Candy canes Mini Easter baskets filled with foil-wrapped chocolate eggs Little plastic pumpkins filled with candy corn Simple Christmas ornaments Blow-up beach balls with your names and/or your wedding colors Miniature heart-shaped boxes of Valentine’s chocolates Miniature watering cans filled with spring blooms Chocolate coins in gold foil Sparklers Easter eggs (that you’ve colored yourselves) Miniature pots of clover (four-leaf?) for St. Patty’s Day Keepsake Favors A copy of a memorable photo you have of you (or both of you) with each guest A pretty picture frame Potpourri Several sheets of pretty notepaper with matching envelopes, tied with a ribbon Engraved silver keychains Pretty paper fans (to beat … Continue reading Wedding Favors and Decoration Ideas


The Bridal Shower

This is by far the most common pre-wedding party- make sure you don’t miss out!     One of the most fun parts about being a bride is being the center of attention at the bridal shower. The bridal shower is a great place to hang out with your female family and friends (as well as future family). Everyone brings a gift at this party- which makes it even more fun because you can open all the gifts in front of everyone. The party is usually held at the most two months from the wedding. This means you can have it any time between the day before and two months … Continue reading The Bridal Shower


Personalize Your Wedding

One of the best ways for you to add a special touch to your wedding is personalizing. Many couples choose to personalize an item of their wedding so that people will have a more memorable time. Personalization ranges from initials to the wedding date, to your full names, and everything in between. Here are the most common ways/items to personalize. Ribbon– This is probably the least expensive and the most used way to personalize your wedding. The ribbon comes with your names and/or wedding date printed on 12″ lengths. There will usually be a minimum order amount, so if you are having less than 100 guests, you may want to … Continue reading Personalize Your Wedding


Hiring a Wedding Consultant

A consultant’s job is to help a couple determine, execute, and direct all of the many tasks that are required to successfully host a wedding. The consultant takes on the roles of facilitator, mediator, money manager, planner, organizer, creative resource person, and advocate of the bride and groom in their relationships with wedding service providers. The wedding consultant is responsible for seeing that every detail is taken care of and that the process runs smoothly and flawlessly. It is the consultant’s role to reduce the inevitable stress and glitches that are a natural part of every celebration. In this modern age, wedding consultants are trained to work within a variety … Continue reading Hiring a Wedding Consultant


Bridal Gift Registry Checklist

Everyone is always curious about what they should register for. Well, this little guide can help. Below is a list of the registering items. You might just want to print it out, cross of what you already own, and then take the list with you when you go to register. Bridal Registry Checklist: Formal Dinnerware BASIC 8-12 Diner Plates 8-12 Salad Plates 8-12 Cups and Saucers ACCESSORIES 8-12 Soup Bowls Creamer Pitcher Sugar Bowl Coffee Carafe Teapot Salt/Pepper Shakers Serving Bowls Serving Platters Covered Caseroles Butter Dish Gravy Boat Silver BASIC 8-12 4-Piece Place Settings (Fork, Salad Fork, Teaspoon, Knife) ACCESSORIES Serving Spoons Soup Spoons Sugar Spoon Butter Knife Fine … Continue reading Bridal Gift Registry Checklist


Decorations for Your Wedding Reception

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Reception decorations are often the third thing that comes to mind after the dress and the flowers.   Decorating your reception location can be a fun experience.   You can  hire a decorator or rental company  to do the work or you can  do the work yourself.   If you plan on having a lot of flowers, make sure you coordinate with your florist.    One of the main things that people think about is the centerpieces. Centerpieces are generally decorations that are placed in the center of a table, and wherever else you want (on food tables, by doorways, on windowsills, etc.). There are so many different types of … Continue reading Decorations for Your Wedding Reception


Bridal Gift Registry Considerations

Many couples wonder where to register for wedding gifts. It is best to have at least two selections for those who choose to use a registry: a store with prices on the lower-end of the price range, and one on the medium-to-high end of the price range. You may also choose to include a more expensive site. Also consider where your guests live. The best place to register is somewhere that has stores in (nearly) every state. However, if you live in the same state as most of your guests, or if you know of specialty stores in their state (check online), then registering in those stores can also be … Continue reading Bridal Gift Registry Considerations


Wedding Ceremony Decorations

Make your wedding memorable with mood-enhancing decorations.   Since the ceremony decorations are only supposed to cost 1.5% of your total budget, you’ll either have to be meager, or do without. Usually it is easy to do without decorations at the ceremony site. This is often the case if you are getting married in a historic church or a garden. If you do decide to have decorations, here are some tips. The most common ceremony decoration is bows. You can buy, or make, large ribbon bows to put on the ends of the pews. This gives the room a more festive look, plus you can either do all white bows … Continue reading Wedding Ceremony Decorations


Wedding Speech Tips

Did you know that a recent survey discovered that public speaking is the number 1 fear in a person’s life and rated above death? Well I have to admit that I used to belong to that group but now on days I have started to enjoy it because of some simple tips I will share with you here on this page and of course because of much practice I have had the last years. But still I do get butterflies in my stomach right before I start talking. But when I start I forget all about it.   It seams like that it is the same with a lot of … Continue reading Wedding Speech Tips


Who do I Invite to the Wedding and How Many?

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Before you begin with your invitations, you should have a definite decision on the location of your reception. This is vital to figuring out how many people to invite. Usually, you can have about 25% more people than will fit in your reception location because that is the average of how many people will not be able to attend the wedding. For example, if your reception location can hold 300 people, count on inviting 375 guests. One important thing to remember is that the number of invitations you send out is not equal to the number of guests. When you make your list of potential guests, make sure you put … Continue reading Who do I Invite to the Wedding and How Many?


Wedding Tasks for Friends and Family

Usually, you will select your attendants out of your closest friends and family. These people will be the most likely candidates for helping you with all of your wedding planning. If you have more friends and family who can help besides those chosen as attendants, you are in luck. The more people you have helping you, the less stressful your wedding planning will be. Here is a list of typical assignments for friends and family: Groom: Helps with what he can of wedding planning Plans the honeymoon Picks the band/DJ Picks men’s attire Mother: Helps pick out wedding dress Helps with the theme (flowers, colors, etc.) Helps put together guest … Continue reading Wedding Tasks for Friends and Family


Average Wedding Costs

Depending on where you live a wedding can have very diverse costs. The national average is about $33,000, but that varies in different areas of the US.  Here are the lows and highs listed for the six areas of the United States. The Plains:   Low: $4,000 to High: $27,000 The Northwest:     Low: $7,000 to High: $70,000 The South:   Low: $17,000 to High: $62,000 The Southwest:   Low: $7,000 to High: $71,000 The Northeast:   Low: $12,000 to High: $80,000 The Midwest:   Low: $12,000 to High: $66,000 These numbers are based on a 200 guest count. Your wedding may cost anywhere between the numbers for your … Continue reading Average Wedding Costs


Wedding Expenses – Who Pays What

In the modern world, it is not uncommon for the couple to pay for everything themselves. Either because they are well-off financially or they think it is too awkward to ask their parents to pitch in. If you do happen to have both parents willing and able to help out with the costs, here’s the traditional list of who pays what: Bride and/or her family: Grooms wedding ring Ceremony location/decorations Reception location/decorations and service Food, beverages, and cake Bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres, and corsages Bridesmaids’ luncheon Bouquets for bridesmaids and flower girls Floral arrangements for ceremony and reception Invitations, announcements, and other stationery Bride’s dress, veil, and accessories Photography and videography … Continue reading Wedding Expenses – Who Pays What


Wedding Budget Guidelines

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A budget is very important, especially if you are spending someone else’s money (your parents, or possibly your fiance’s parents). Here is a basic list of what you should put in your budget and the average percentages of what brides spend in each section. To figure out your amounts just take your total budget and times it by the percentage listed. Example: $25,000 budget – Reception Location 9%, $25,000 x 9% (or 0.09) = $2,250. So, you should spend approximately $2,250 on your reception location. Ceremony Fee 2.5% Ceremony Decorations 1.5% Reception Location 9% Reception Decorations 4.5% Food and Service 33.5% Beverages and Bartender 9% Cake and Cutting Fee 3% … Continue reading Wedding Budget Guidelines


Marriage License Requirements

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Marriage License requirements vary from state to state.   Please check with your local County office for specific requirements. Here are STATE OF UTAH Marriage License Requirements Typically you must appear together and be of legal age (18 in most states).   Younger couples usually need to have written parental consent. A valid I. D. (State Drivers License, Military ID, Passport, State ID Card, or Birth Certificate) must be presented which indicates the date of birth for both applicants. The marriage license is usually only valid for a specified period of time and a new license (and fees) will likely be necessary if the time has expired.   Some states may … Continue reading Marriage License Requirements


Wedding Traditions and Customs

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Weddings have been around for a long time!  Wedding Traditions and Customs have developed and evolved as well.  Here is the background on some of the modern Wedding Traditions and Customs. Best Man As marriages were historically accomplished by capture (the groom would kidnap the woman), a warrior friend was often employed. This Best Man would help the groom fight off other men who wanted the captured woman, and would also help in preventing the woman’s family from finding the couple. Bridal Bouquet  Flowers played a very important part in olden times – the smell of the flowers were believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune.  During the plague … Continue reading Wedding Traditions and Customs