As a seasoned wedding planner, Linda Howard is often asked many questions by newly engaged couples about the wedding-planning process. From the age-old question of who gets a plus one, to alternatives to trimming the guest list, and which vendors to hire first, there are many elements of planning a wedding that brides and grooms want to know just days after the question is popped. Who should receive save-the-date cards? How can I best include my busy groom in wedding planning? Read on to discover answers to more questions like these that are popular among brides- and grooms-to-be. Inviting Additional GuestsEveryone in your bridal party does not necessarily need a plus one. If the couple is not engaged or living together, you don’t need to feel the pressure to extend a plus one invite. Of course, over time if the relationship becomes more serious, then absolutely extend the invitation to the significant other. Trimming the Guest ListIf you ... Read More »
We’ve entered a new age. When I began my career as a wedding planner 21 years ago, clients would approach me with their selected colors, an overall feeling, a spending limit, and so on. They would have purchased a few bridal magazines and page after page would be dog-eared, marking stories of what they envisioned. During meetings, couples would tell me with sincerity that they wanted an event that was “pretty,” “glamorous,” or a thousand other words that were completely subjective and could be interpreted in a myriad of ways. Everything has changed since those days. Now one of the first topics we discuss in meetings with new clients is not only the same dog-eared magazines, but also what they are admiring on shared-image sites and blogs. There is currently so much information available that it would seem to make this job easier. Certainly, conveying ideas with pictures can sometimes be ... Read More »
The holiday season is such a magical time of year. It’s the time when people slow down and become introspective, look back on their year in reflection and appreciation, and look ahead with new excitement. Everyone is in great spirits, friends and family are all around, and the love in the air is nearly palpable. Because this season is filled with such overwhelming positive feelings, it is the perfect time to be married! Whether your ideal Christmastime wedding theme will reflect a traditional Currier and Ives Yuletide or if you desire a more modern holiday setting, you can certainly incorporate your favorite aspects of the festive season into your theme as lavishly or as subtly as you desire. Here are four tips from me to you for wonderful ways to bring the holiday feel into your wedding theme, whether you’re opting for traditional and rustic or urban and cool. 1. Winterize ... Read More »
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