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Millennials Would Rather Receive Monetary Wedding Gifts Than Appliances

July 27th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In true millennial fashion, the envelope-pushing generation’s latest trend is bypassing traditional gifts at their wedding.

Instead, millennials are more interested in monetary gifts than receiving china or cutlery. Besides money, millennials are also opting for home repair gift cards or all-inclusive honeymoon adventures. Nina Vitale told The New York Times, “It’s a generational thing. During the past two years, guests have been bringing mostly envelopes, no gifts.”

One couple told The Times they registered at Bloomingdale’s for older friends and relatives who were not tech-savvy or felt uncomfortable giving cash as a wedding gift. However, for their friends who didn’t mind, the couple created an account with Simple Registry, a site where guests can financially contribute towards a couple’s honeymoon activities.

Jason Dorsey, who serves as the chief strategy officer and millennials researcher at the Center for Generational Kinetics, revealed how millennials celebrate their wedding is due to student loans, marriages taking place later, purchasing property or conceiving children before marriage. Because of these other expenses, millennials crave experiences rather than shelling out funds for materialistic appliances.

Dorsey continued saying, “Less is more. This generation of couples live in smaller spaces and don’t need gifts. They would prefer a visit a yoga retreat or tickets to a concert. They want more personal reflections of what they value.”

An assistant professor of sociology, Dr. Arielle Kuperberg also gave insight on this new trend. “When people have lived on their own for years, it is hard to register when they marry,” she said. “This generation of couples also cohabitate in great numbers, entertain casually, marry later. We call this the ‘independent life stage’ in sociological terms. They don’t need anything more for the house.”

When reading the case studies of couples via The NY Times, many still create registries in order to appease those who aren’t ready to break with tradition. In order to bridge the various gaps, couples seek different types of gifts from family and friends who will support their wishes, whether it be helping them with their honeymoon fund or purchasing fancy china for future family dinners.

David’s Bridal July Sale!

July 10th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Calling all brides-to-be! Don’t miss out on the biggest bridal sale of the season! Whether you’re shopping for your special day, searching for great bridesmaid styles, or in need of the perfect wedding day shoe, this David’s Bridal sale has got it all covered!


You can shop this limited time sale from July 10th to July 28th at your local David’s Bridal store. The sale includes a slew of stunning options sure to fulfill all of your wedding day needs:

Select wedding dresses originally $300-$600, now $99

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$50-$150 off our largest selection of wedding dresses

$20 off all bridesmaid dresses (*excluding Special Value); includes Sample Sale clearance bridesmaids dresses purchased off-the-rack (in-store only)

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 Buy One, Get One 50% off Shoes (*2nd pair of equal or lesser value) [7/16-7/28 only]

Also visit David’s Bridal for Wedding Planning & Style Advice From Vera Wang

Nothing speaks more to convention in the design of a wedding gown than structure. Certain fabrics have become synonymous with this type of gown, providing form yet still able to be manipulated with precision to the desired design. Duchess satin and satin-polyester blends are the most well-known of structured fabrics and are ideal for A-lines, full or gathered skirts, mermaid shapes or a structured bustier. Some of my brides seek more volume, so I recommend they choose taffeta (which looks lavish in off-white) or organza. One of my favorite fabrics for structured looks is tulle, which is no longer relegated to the underpinnings of a gown. Tulle is charming and beautiful, expressing a sense of youth and femininity; it is not ideal, however, for dancing or moving about.
Once cherished as the ultimate wedding fabric because of its delicacy, scarcity and cost, lace is now the realm of the more traditional brides. Symbolizing fragility and timelessness, nothing communicates tradition more than lace. There are numerous varieties of lace, each with its own weave and look. I love the delicacy of Chantilly lace and the elaborateness of Alencon or Venise. I recommend lace for morning or day weddings as it adds texture and adornment without the glitz of beading or shine. Lace can also be coupled with fabrics such as silk taffeta or satin to provide an element of tradition but not in an overwhelming way.
For many women, sensuality is expressed through the choice of a neckline, but how much is too much? Anything too obvious is seldom appropriate. The neckline of a wedding dress frames the bride’s face and shoulders, and is critical to emphasizing (or deemphasizing) her bosom. For a small bosom, a deep V-neck is always flattering and a carved racer-front or narrow halter creates a sleek, sexy look. For a full bosom, choose a neckline that can hold extra stays or an additional layer of stretch lining for support. I recommend a crumb-catcher neckline as it flatters all sizes. In all cases, err on the side of discretion—even high necklines can be provocative if combined with an element of surprise, such as a low back.
The shape of the skirt is what determines the look and movement of your wedding dress. There are a few key shapes to choose from: Make a grand impression with a full, gathered skirt or elongate your silhouette with a classic A-line. If you are tall and thin, a circular skirt can be incredibly graceful particularly in a chiffon fabric. If you are curvy, a mermaid shape is extremely flattering. Finally, I highly recommend a narrow column for a skirt shape that is a sophisticated alternative to a full gown. A floor-length sheath is a nod to eveningwear and is considered quite avant-garde for a wedding dress.
The back of a wedding dress gets its fair share of attention and therefore should be conceived with this importance in mind. The charm of an artfully designed back lies in the intersection of cut, drape and detail (such as intricate seaming). I connect the back of the dress to the time of day of the wedding. For morning ceremonies, the back should never fall below the level of the bra fastening and should be adorned with traditional details such as tiny bows or ribbons. For late-day and especially evening weddings, a softer, lower drape and more bare skin is alluring and adornment can include sequins, beads and crystals to reflect light and add glamour. Remember, a bride’s exit is as noteworthy as her entrance. Choose the back detail of your wedding dress accordingly.
A train that is integrated into the design of your wedding dress must be bustled. A bustle is achieved by lifting up the fabric of the train and fastening it to the rest of the dress with delicate buttons, loops, hooks, eyes or snaps—the bride can then move freely and comfortably among her guests. So you don’t worry about the bustle coming undone, make sure the stitching of the fastenings is reinforced. I also recommend rehearsing the bustling process several times before your wedding day to avoid any last-minute challenges. Before you choose a wedding dress with an integrated train, take note that the bustle might add unwanted volume to your backside.
I always remind my brides to pay attention to what lies beneath. Your choice of undergarments is critical and should relate directly to the construction of your wedding dress as well as your body type. (A strapless bra does not work for a bride with a full chest, for example.) Choose bras and slips that are seamless to create smooth lines under your gown, and be sure all straps are covered. I recommend packing an extra bra on your wedding day in case one gets misplaced. For lavish ball gowns, some brides add more volume by wearing a second petticoat underneath. Remember this will shorten the skirt of the gown, so additional fabric will be required for the hem. As this is your wedding day, consider white foundations instead of skin-colored to celebrate the mood of the occasion.
I feel the bridal veil is one of the most symbolic and transformational accessories a woman will ever wear. The donning of the veil is a ritual that exists in every culture around the world, creating a moment that is both sacred and seductive. In choosing your veil you must consider many factors, from the location and nature of the celebration to your facial structure and height to how the veil will fit with your hairstyle or headpiece. Veils come in a variety of shapes, lengths and decorations so work with your wedding consultant to find the best one for you and your wedding dress.
Not sure how to handle the bridesmaids dresses? Practically speaking, the bride’s attendants will vary in shape and size so choose a common thread to capture the element of pageantry that their role brings to the celebration. I recommend a uniform color or fabric in different silhouettes to flatter each figure and maintain individuality. Another approach is to ask each attendant to select her own gown (perhaps in a certain color range) to be as inclusive as possible, and create a connection through a finishing touch such as jewelry, hair or makeup. If color is your connector, remember that pale colors work best for summer weddings and dark colors for winter celebrations.
Children bring a youth and element of joy to any wedding. If you decide to include flower girls, their attire should reflect that of the bride’s while remaining age appropriate. Modest necklines and ankle or mid-calf hemlines work best. Hair ornamentation is ideal for the flower girls—tailored bows, headbands or tiny rhinestone flowers on a barrette. Shoes should be elegant white, stain or ballet slippers that blend in tone. My favorite finishing touch for a flower girl is short, white cotton gloves. They look adorable and elegant. If the flower girls are holding bouquets, make sure they are small and easy to maneuver—anything complex will seem out of place on a small child.
Do you feel daring enough to add color to your wedding theme? Color speaks to each of us differently, and not all brides wish to move away from the tradition of white. For those who do, recognize that color can be added through small details or on the wedding dress itself. Think of tones more than the specific colors. For example: sophisticated pales such as rose, celadon or sky blue are flattering; elegant neutrals such as gray, taupe or stone are subtle; and intense brights such as fuchsia and periwinkle are dramatic and diverting. In all cases, color speaks to your imagination and your individuality.


Would You Ban Kids From Your Wedding?

July 9th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Is it ok to ban kids from your wedding?

Sure, letting kids come means more mouths to feed, which leads to a higher wedding bill. And if you’re planning an extravagant affair, it can be tricky — kids around crystal is never a good idea. Plus, sometimes grown-ups just want to be among themselves. But is it really acceptable for couples to say friends and family can’t bring their kids? One writer doesn’t think so.

Chaunie Brunie’s essay for YourTango, “I Have Kids And I Think It’s Selfish To Have An Adult-Only Wedding” has people talking about the topic, and she points out that for many couples, constant summer weddings mean just one thing: lots and lots of babysitters.

“For us, to attend the ceremony and a reception, I’ll easily shell out over 100 bucks on a babysitter, plus the wedding gift. It’s a horrendously expensive date night and I’m sorry (and no offense to you and the love of your life), but that’s really asking a lot of your guests with young children,” she wrote.

Brunie says she’s not trying to start a wedding war, but she wants couples to be considerate of their guests who are parents.

“I do think it’s important to recognize that it’s not always easy for parents of very young children to enjoy adult-only weddings when they have to find and pay for a sitter,” she said. “It’s a lot of work! I love attending weddings and just wish sometimes it was more affordable for everyone involved, parents too!”

But at the end of the day, it’s the couple’s call.

Read the full article here.

What do you think? Have you had a wedding and told parents to leave the kids at home?

Or have you been to a wedding and scrambled to get a sitter?

Wedding Etiquette 101: The Latest Wedding Tips & Trends For 2015

July 8th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Summer is the busiest time of the year for weddings! Although weddings are supposed to be blissful times, most wedding problems are quite universal, and can often lead to anxiety. Cheryl Seidel provides fresh and unique solutions to alleviate the stress of wedding etiquette dilemmas. Please see below for some of her tips!

The Activity Shower
Think about the bride’s interests and hobbies and turn it into a memorable afternoon with friends. You may have to go to a local studio or kitchen, but most likely you can have an expert to come to your location.
The Destination Shower
Destination weddings and bachelorette parties have been popular for some time. And now, we’re seeing a new trend- the destination bridal shower. This shower is usually for a small group of the bride’s closest gal pals. Spend the day getting pampered at a spa, live it up shopping and dining in the city, or head to a nearby vineyard for winetasting.

The Jack and Jill Shower
Co-ed showers are becoming increasingly popular. As more men are getting involved in wedding planning, they are also taking an interest in the parties that go along with weddings. Attendees typically bring a gift that will be used by both the bride and groom.

Duties of a Bridesmaid
Purchase the bridesmaid’s dress,
Attend the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner,
Attend other pre-wedding events (when possible),
Arrive on time for wedding-related events and follow instructions (this means the rehearsal and ceremony),
Help with any children in the wedding party, if asked,
Smile for pictures,
Stand in the receiving line, if there is one, and
Mingle at the reception and act as ambassadors of the bride and groom.

It is nice if they:
Help you with wedding planning,
Help host a bridal shower, and/or
Throw you a bachelorette party.

Smartphone Etiquette
As a wedding guest, you’re caught up in the moment — the bride’s dress is striking and the flowers are gorgeous. You immediately want to share the excitement you’re feeling with all of your friends on Facebook, but some guidelines and decorum should still be followed even when the couple supports the use of smartphones during the ceremony.

-Don’t photo bomb the vows. Remember there’s probably a professional photographer somewhere behind you trying to do the job the couple has hired him to do.

-Leave the iPad at home. There’s no way you can be inconspicuous with an iPad.

-Don’t block the people behind you. If you know you’ll be snapping away, take a seat in the back or the far aisle.
– Get permission to post. Make sure the couple has a chance to see and approve all images before you post them.

To kick off the new summer trends, one lucky bride-to-be has the chance to win her own customized mosaic dress sculpture, valued at $4,500-$6,500! The sweepstakes began on May 1st, 2015 and will end at 11:59PM on October 1st, 2015. All interested participants with an online wedding registry must sign up at using the contest form. Additional entries will be awarded when the couple’s guests, friends, or family use to search for their wedding registry to purchase a gift. Bonus entries are also given for sharing the contest or following @RegistryFinder on Twitter and Pinterest. Additional entries increase, but do not guarantee, the likelihood of winning. The one lucky winner will be chosen at random at the conclusion of the contest. Shelly will work directly with the winner to create the mosaic dress sculpture of her dreams, which will take between 4 and 6 months to complete.

To sign up for your chance to win or to learn more about the contest, please, visit:

About Cheryl Seidel:
Seidel is a sought after etiquette expert and regular contributor for The Huffington Post and author of the popular Ask Cheryl blog. She helps advise readers with handy tips on how much to spend, when gift giving is appropriate and other would-have-loved-to-know-that-when moments in gift giving, She is also the founder and President of, an intuitive search engine that helps gift givers quickly and easily find online registries for weddings, baby showers, graduations and more. Seidel has 22 years of business experience, with concentrations in new product development and consumer advertising and promotion.
For additional information or interview opportunities with Cheryl, please contact

“When Are You Getting Married?” It’s Wedding Season, And I Feel Left Out

June 16th, 2015 - By Deja Jones
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As I get older and celebrate one birthday after another, I always get asked, “So, do you feel older?” I usually don’t–until my aunts and cousins bombard me with questions about marriage and motherhood. “When are you getting married?” “Don’t you think it’s about time for you to have kids?” I always justify my current single status by saying I’m not even dating and would at least need to be in a committed relationship before we start talking engagements and children. During these conversations, I don’t find myself second-guessing where I’m at in life. But as wedding season rolls around each spring and summer, I log on to Facebook or Instagram, and there’s always a new “She Said Yes!” post coming from acquaintances. That is when I find myself fighting off the jealousy that’s brewing within me.

As of late, I’ve noticed that I get asked at least twice a day why “a woman like me” is single. What does that even mean? But the truth is, I have internalized the idea that I don’t have the time or energy to put in a real effort when it comes to building with someone. Let’s be honest, it’s a load of bull, and I really feel it when I have no one to share my successes with. Or when friends ask me to double date, and I’m left to look at the invisible man standing next to me during outings.

I think about the never-ending claim that men make about women being too independent to date. Sometimes I wonder, could it be true? While I am independent, I don’t necessarily give off the vibe that I don’t need someone can’t take care of me and that a man is incapable of doing so. Even if I did, it wouldn’t be true. Will Smith said it best in Hitch:

“Basic principles – no woman wakes up saying ‘God, I hope I don’t get swept off my feet today!’ Now, she might say ‘This is a really bad time for me,’ or something like ‘I just need some space,’ or my personal favorite, ‘I’m really into my career right now.’ You believe that? Neither does she. You know why? Cause she’s lying to you, that’s why. You understand me? Lying! It’s not a bad time for her. She doesn’t need any space. And she may be into her career, but what she’s really saying is ‘Uh, get away from me now,’ or possibly ‘Try harder, stupid,’ but which one is it? Sixty percent of all human communication is nonverbal body language; Thirty percent is your tone, so that means ninety percent of what you’re saying ain’t coming out of your mouth. Of course she’s going to lie to you! She’s a nice person! She doesn’t want to hurt your feelings! What else is she going to say? She doesn’t even know you… yet. Luckily, the fact is that just like the rest of us, even a beautiful woman doesn’t know what she wants until she sees it, and that’s where I come in.”

Yes, I had to quote the entire monologue.

While it isn’t wise to date just because you’re lonely, I find myself yearning for a companion, someone to share my life with. With a handful of friends, relatives, male acquaintances and sorority sisters getting engaged and married, it’s becoming harder for me to ignore my ticking biological clock. I don’t feel older, but I do feel myself going through the beginning stages of a quarter-life crisis. It’s wedding season, and I feel left out. As the last friend in my circle to still be single, I find that the conversation is shifting between us all. While they’re gushing over wedding plans, bridal showers, where they wish to live with their partner after they’re married, and how many children they want, I chime in, but I know I’m further off course than they are. Some days I sit and daydream about this guy who’s supposedly going to find me so that I can one day talk mindlessly about some of the same things.

But I could be in the way of that guy finding me. Coming from a committed relationship of six years and being single for two, I must admit that fear is holding me back. I lost myself during those six years and having worked these past two years to find her again, I’m fearful that committing would mean giving up all I’ve worked for. I’m partly to blame for my own loneliness. I’ve assumed that I need to focus on me and my career, and I need to be established before I can worry about being with someone else. But as I sit at my laptop RSVP’ing for weddings and receptions with no plus-one, I can’t help but wonder, when will time reveal who’s going to sweep me off my feet? And more importantly, will I let them?

Single Girl Struggle: How to Let Go And Let Love Flow

May 27th, 2015 - By Rich
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Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of witnessing love in true form as my good friend Alicia married her best friend. Over the last two years, I’ve watched her fall in love with Matt over and over again and I’ve listened intently as she told me how he was “different,” how she felt so lucky to have a man who loves her the way he does and how he makes her want to be a better woman because he deserves her at her best.

Single Girl Struggle: How to Let Go And Let Love Flow

We hear about relationships like this or see them in the movies, but to actually witness it and know it’s real is a completely different story. I am so inspired by these two and I wanted to share one lesson that I’ve learned from their love story. So here it goes:

If you’re waiting on love, make sure you’re waiting with an open mind, an open heart and open arms.

The thing that separates Alicia from a lot of the single ladies I know is that she found the faith to date Matt with an open heart, an open mind and the excitement of a high school girl. Remember when relationships were fun and refreshing? When boys gave you butterflies and you were able to let your hair down and enjoy the ride? Think back to the days when things were less complicated, your biological clock wasn’t tick tocking and you weren’t trying to turn every handsome guy into your husband. THAT is how Alicia approached her relationship with Matt. Instead of being stressed out about every detail of his life, examining every piece to see if it fit perfectly into hers- she let go, let love take it’s course and dated him like she’d never been hurt before.

She didn’t rush into a commitment with him, she didn’t twist his arm to make her his girlfriend and she didn’t overthink every move he made. Instead, she trusted the process and enjoyed the ride. She allowed herself time to develop a friendship with him, and whether it was leading to a relationship or not, she had fun.

When you can rewind the time and go back to the days when things weren’t so complicated, when you didn’t feel so rushed and you weren’t pressed to make everyone THE ONE. When you allow fun to lead to friendship and friendship to lead to a relationship, you know you have a love that’s going to last.

Stop stressing over every detail of his life, stop worrying about what your family will think of him and just HAVE FUN. A relationship that’s first established as a fun friendship will last so much longer than one that’s forced.

The great news is, all you have to do it sit back, relax and let love flow into your life. Loosen your grip, have fun and live a little!

Your future hubby is right on the other side of all that stress and worry…let your guard down long enough to let him in and your life will be forever changed.


Here are 5 ways to let go and let love flow:

  1. Don’t be afraid to go somewhere new to meet someone new

In order to meet new people, you have to actually leave your house. Mr. Right is NOT going to show up at your doorstep. Dating in the same pool over and over again is going to lead to destruction. Broaden your scope, step outside your comfort zone and meet some new men in new places. The change in scenery will be refreshing for you whether you leave with a new boo or not.

  1. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Stop getting so caught up in what he looks like. YES you do need to be attracted to him, but there may be something that catches your eye on date #3 that you didn’t even notice the day you met him. Don’t let his appearance be an automatic no, even if he isn’t your typical “type.” Besides, that type hasn’t been working out to well for you anyway, right?

  1. Don’t expect everyone to be the one

Don’t be so pressed to find the one that you expect every man you meet to be “him.” Relax a little, enjoy the new company and focus on learning something from the new Mr. That way, even if he isn’t the one, you didn’t waste your time. Besides, just because he isn’t your husband doesn’t mean he can’t be a great friend, potential business partner or just a great guy to know!

  1. Don’t compare your next to your ex

How can you possibly move on to the next chapter if you keep going back a few pages to compare notes?! Leave your past where it belongs and focus on your bright and exciting future! Besides, your new guy shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences from your ex’s mistakes. Wipe the slate clean and give your new guy have a fair chance.

5. Enjoy the process

Last but certainly not least, HAVE FUN. Dating isn’t meant to be stressful or boring. Enjoy going new places, meeting new people and trying new things. Plus, when you’re having a great time and enjoying life you are SO much for attractive to men! Men love seeing a woman who’s smiling, laughing and enjoying life– let that be YOU!


Wishing you a life full of love and laughter!


Written by Koereyelle, Founder of TheSingleWivesClub™

All The Single Ladies: 15 Ways To Get Ready To Rock Wedding Season

May 21st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Who says wedding season has to be stul? Play your cards right and summer’s biggest party season could be the best of the year.

How To Incorporate Children In Your Wedding

March 18th, 2015 - By Rich
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I can picture it now. Those sweet little flower girls and that handsome little ring bearer walking down the aisle–but wait, one is crying and the other doesn’t know which way to walk. At the same time there are children in the audience either talking loud or throwing a temper tantrum.

Does this sound like a wedding you’ve been to before?


These experiences are all so common in many weddings that incorporate children. As an event planner, I see this all the time. Incorporating children in your wedding is not always the easiest task, but they are just so darn cute so who can resist. Here are a few easy tips to remember and some great planning ideas to ensure an easy breezy beautiful wedding. At the end of the day, don’t stress out too much: kids will be kids and regardless your special day will be filled with many beautiful memories.

There are two main parts to a wedding. The ceremony and the reception. At the ceremony, it’s typical that children walk down the aisle as flower girls and ring bearers. It’s the most darling thing ever. However, it can be nerve racking for the children. Before the wedding takes place, make sure you have the children practice going down the aisle. Get them familiar with their surroundings and explain to them what exactly is expected of them. If you find that during the practice that they are reluctant to participate, this is usually a sign that they also will be reluctant during the actual ceremony. If this is the case, I would suggest having an adult walk with them. This will help ease some of their nerves. Once you can minimize their nerves then it should be smooth sailing from there.

Now, the reception is whole other animal because children need to be entertained throughout the entire reception. First thing first, if you are having a lot of children at your wedding, it is always a good idea to hire a babysitter. Inform the guests that are parents that this service will be available and they can decide whether to bring their kids or not. Doing this will not only will ease your stress but also it is a nice thing to do for the guests that are parents. They will love you for it and have a good time at your wedding. In addition to a babysitter, here are some more ideas to help you incorporate children at your wedding. The sky’s the limit, so get creative and make your wedding an event that everyone will remember including the children.


  1. If you are having a summer wedding, it’s a cute idea to have a lemonade stand and the kids could pass out lemonade. Of course, make sure it’s supervised by an adult.
  2. Kids often feel out of place at wedding. Setting aside a game or activity table with activities to keep the kids busy is a great way for brides and grooms to involve children in their special day.
  3. Do your children have a special talent? Showcase their talent at the ceremony or reception, whether it be a dance number, comedy act, playing an instrument or singing. It doesn’t matter what talent they perform but what does matter is that they are included. Also this will bring personality to your wedding as we all know some weddings can be a little on the dry side sometimes.
  4. Give each child a disposable camera or even better GoPro cameras that take live video. This is a fun keepsake and it gives the kids something creative to do.
  5. Bring in outside entertainment. If you have the capability at your venue to have a separate area for kids then this idea is for you. The kids can have their fun and enjoy the party just like the adults.

Happy planning!

Renee Jones owns Beautiful Purpose Events and Food So Good Mall.


The Liability Of Love: Wedding Costs Are At An All-Time High

March 17th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Aah, weddings. A night full of love, laughter, and the sanctity of matrimony — that you just might be paying for the rest of your lawfully wedded life. The costs of tying the knot has skyrocketed to an all-time high of $31,213, CNBC reports.

Those wedding bells are quickly morphing into alarm bells as the price tag of the average wedding climbed up 4.5 percent from previous year ($29,858), according to The Knot’s annual Real Wedding study. If we’re looking at the past four years, wedding costs climbed 16 percent, MarketWatch said.

“I think it goes beyond inflation,” said Dhanusha Sivajee, executive vice president of marketing for The Knot’s parent XO Group.”We’ve seen the amount of guests go down but the amount of spend per guest go up.”

Of course, the more affluent the bride, the more expensive the wedding will be, but Sivajee points out that the study spotted an uptick in spending even among lower income wives-to-be. Love birds are also shelling out more cash on the reception — along with cocktail hour — than they did a couple years ago. The ceremony itself, though, is getting less attention and affection when it comes to funding.

Sticking to a budget, the study found, has proven to be become increasingly difficult for the bride and groom.

“Last year, 45 percent of couples said they busted their budget, while 23 percent said they didn’t even have a budget to begin with,” CNBC added.

On average, Americans spend $14,006 on a venue, $3,587 on reception performers, $5,855 on the engagement ring, $2,556 on the photographer, 2,141 on flowers and decor, $1,357 on the wedding dress, $1,206 on the rehearsal dinner, $439 on invitations, and lastly, $275 on party favors, according to MarketWatch.

“The cost of getting married in the U.S. also happens to be exactly the same — give or take $92 — as a 15% down payment on a median-priced home worth $208,700,” MarketWatch added. Whew!

The love birds aren’t the only ones feeling the financial heat. Guests, too, feel the crunch when it comes to weddings. According to a poll conducted by American Consumer Credit Counseling, 43 percent of Americans declined a wedding invitation due to financial constraints — 36 percent went into debt to attend a friend’s wedding.

The Knot’s Real Wedding study surveyed 16,000 couples throughout the United States.

Would You Get Married At Starbucks?

January 22nd, 2015 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer

Just when you thought you’ve seen enough Starbucks cups on your Instagram timeline…
It appears that America’s hipster alternative to Dunkin Donuts is also the perfect place to begin or end a wedding day. Yes folks, #StarbucksWedding is officially a thing.

As reported by Grazia Daily:
One couple took it a step further and actually took their vows inside a branch of the famous chain. DeAnna Dodson, 31, and Jordan Senz, 32, of Janesville, Wisconsin wed in a Starbucks on New Year’s Eve and their vows included the statements: “I promise to love you a latte” and “I want to macchiato an honest woman out of you.”

Now, in the plethora of odd places to get married or celebrate one’s wedding, a coffee shop is not the worst. But something does seem cheesy about standing in line during midday rush to get your #WeddingLatte.

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