It's Me, Your Friendly, Neighborhood Wedding Planner

Hi! My name is Lisa, and I am a wedding planner. There are many movies and television show out there right now that portrait wedding planners and their personalities. There is the glamorous Jennifer Lopez in "The Wedding Planner"; the pretentious and entertaining Martin Short in "Father of the Bride"; the neurotic sisters of the short-lived series "The Wedding Bells"; and the pushy coordinators featured...

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I'm Engaged! So now what?

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 You just got engaged to the love of your life. You’re happy, excited, thrilled! Until you realize that now you have to plan a wedding. Suddenly fear takes hold, your face pales and your stomach twists into a giant knot. Let’s face it; planning a wedding is not easy. And all too often a time that should be filled with love and merriment turns into a...

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Bridal Expo Mania

Fall has arrived. The kids are back in school, the evenings are cooler, and the trees are changing color. But there is another phenomenon that happens this time of year: The Bridal Expo. If you are planning a wedding or even considering getting married you may be tempted to attend one or more of these expos. You probably won’t have trouble finding friends and family members to tag along either. After all, where else can you...

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Let Them Eat Cake

I love wedding cake. I don’t just like it; I LOVE it! The soft, moist cake and smooth, creamy frosting are what I consider a perfect treat. Every wedding I attend, whether as a guest or for work, I have to have a piece. It doesn’t matter how good the food is, how much I eat, or if other desserts are offered. I have certainly had my fair share of wedding cake over the years, some of it better than others. But one thing is...

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Think Outside the Vase

Open any bridal magazine and you will see dozens of photos of gorgeous centerpieces. There will be large towering arrangements and short compact ones. Some will be monotone and some will be pop with color. Their shapes will all be different, and they include every type of flower you can imagine. No one can deny these arrangements are beautiful. You may even have already given some thought to the type of floral centerpieces you want at...

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Let's Get This Party Started

Showers, parties, and gatherings; it seems as though the minute you become engaged the fun never stops! And why should it? Your family and friends are so happy for you that it’s no wonder they want to honor the occasion by celebrating with you. These events aren’t necessary, but they will certainly heighten the excitement leading up to your big day. With so many pre-wedding celebrations it may be confusing to figure out...

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Music to My Ears

Music is a big part of any wedding. It sets the mood for the day and expresses who you are as a couple. It helps with the flow of the ceremony and can keep your guests dancing until midnight. As a matter of fact the two things people usually remember about a wedding are how the food tasted and if they enjoyed the music. So before you go and hire the first DJ you come across, you should sit down and give some serious thought to the...

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Bridal Emergency Kit

Most brides spend months planning the perfect wedding and taking care of all the details involved. Unfortunately, no matter how well prepared you are, you will likely encounter a snag or two on your big day. Don’t worry, these are usually minor; I’m not trying to scare you! If you hired a wedding consultant, it will be his or her job to handle any problems that arise. But even if you won’t have a professional there...

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Winter Wonderland

Let it snow; let it snow; let it snow! As I look out my office window on this New England winter day, that is exactly what I see. It’s clean, beautiful, and wonderfully serene. Although many people chose to have their wedding during the milder weather of late spring through early fall, I think a winter wedding can be just as beautiful. And if you happen to be lucky enough to get a fresh snow fall on the eve of your wedding, I...

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Have a Trendy New Year!

The New Year is upon us, and that means it is time to take a look at some of the upcoming wedding trends for 2009. If you consider yourself a hip bride and want your wedding to reflect that then you may want to incorporate as many of these suggestions as possible. Even those of you who are a little more traditional may find an idea or two that appeal to you. This year’s trends are all about keeping things fun and affordable. No...

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The Great Outdoors

I have something I need to say that I just can’t hold back any longer. Ready? Here it is: I love an outdoor wedding. I don’t just like them; no, I LOVE them! In the many years I have been working as a Professional Bridal Consultant I have helped plan and manage countless outdoor weddings. And the thing I like best about them is that each one is completely different from the last. I have handled wedding in locations such as...

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It's Going to Cost How Much? Part 1

You’re getting married! It’s the happiest time of your life! You can’t wait until the big day when you get to stand before all your friends and family and declare your love for each other. You know exactly the kind of wedding you want. You can picture everything in your mind: the perfect location, exquisite décor, designer dress, and mouth-watering food. You can even hear the music of the hottest party band....

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It's Going to Cost How Much? Part 2

As promised, here is the second installment of tips to cut back on your wedding costs while still having the day you’ve always imagined! Display a small wedding cake. Intricate wedding cakes can cost up to $10 a slice. So have your baker make a small display cake and a large sheet cake to feed the guests. It will taste just as good but cost much less. Use fresh flowers on your cake. Every little squiggle adds significantly to...

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Service Please!

I love to eat; it’s true. And although I don’t consider myself a foodie, I can appreciate a really good meal just as much as anybody else. I particularly enjoy a good meal when it is eaten during the few moments I have to sit down when working a wedding. It’s a time when I can briefly forget about my sore feet and sit down to a delicious meal I didn’t have to cook myself. Prime rib, baked stuffed chicken,...

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The Greatest Gift of All

Love, right? Well, yes, but what I’m talking about right now is actually the best WEDDING gift of all. This is the question that came to my mind when I was out looking for one for a good friend of mine that is getting married this summer. I was thinking of taking the easy way out; I was my local department store where my friend is registered walking around with the list that the customer service desk printed out for me. The...

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Rain on your Wedding Day

It’s spring! In many parts of the country that means lots and lots of rain. After all, we need those April showers to bring May flowers. If you are planning on getting married in the spring though, you may not be so keen of the idea of having your big day be wet and gray. Most brides hope the day will bring cloudless skies and bright sunshine. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about Mother Nature. So if your wedding day...

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The Little People

Let’s say you’re putting together your wedding guest list. You start address the one for your sister and brother-in-law when it dawns on you that they have four kids. Oh yes, your adorable little nieces and nephews, how could you forget? Well you have to invite them, don’t you? But wait a minute; your best friend has two children and your boss has three. Do you have to invite them as well? Honestly the decision is...

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You are Cordially Invited…

You’re getting married! You’ve set a date and reserved the location for your big day. Now it’s time to select the invitations. So you head to the local stationary store (or go online to a virtual one) and spend hours poring through books of invitation samples. Finally, you find the perfect one. You are happy and relieved, but when you go to place your order you see a list of over a dozen components that you can...

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Budget? What budget?

I don’t need to tell you that weddings cost a lot of money. The food, flowers, and entertainment alone can leave your wallet feeling empty and your bank account drained. You need to keep a close watch on your expenses throughout the planning or you are likely to spend much more than you anticipated. This is especially important in today’s tough economy. As a wedding planner, the first thing I do when I sit down with a...

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Working Together with Mother Nature

I’m going to tackle one of my favorite topics again…outside weddings! I’ve told you before that I love everything about them, especially their beauty and uniqueness. An outside wedding can be whatever you want it to be, the options are endless. But there are some challenges that planning an outside wedding can present. So to make your life a little bit easier I am going list the most common “problems”...

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