Who Pays for What at a Wedding

gtYou have a dream wedding planned in your mind, but do you know who’s going to pay for what at the wedding? Traditionally, the bride’s family would pick up the tab but with the average cost of a wedding skyrocketing, and more couples getting married later in life, these traditional roles are far from set in stone.

Some scenarios for who pays for what:

  • Traditional Responsibilities
    • The bride’s family pays for:
      – Reception costs, including food, music, decorations, rental fees and entertainment
      – Ceremony costs including rental fees, decorations
      – Flowers for ceremony and reception
      – The bride’s wedding dress and accessories
      – Invitations, announcements, programs, and mailing costs
      – Favors
      – Photography
      – Transportation
      – Their own attire and travel expenses
    • The groom’s family pays for:
      – The rehearsal dinner, including food, invitations, decorations and entertainment
      – Their own attire and travel expenses
      – A wedding present
    • The bride pays for:
      – The groom’s wedding ring
      – A wedding gift for the groom
      – Her hair, makeup, beauty treatments
      – Gifts for her attendants
      – Sometimes accommodation for any out-of-town bridesmaids
    • The groom

How to Choose Your Wedding Florist

uyWedding flowers are one of the most important elements of your big day. Not only do they provide color and decoration, but they symbolize life, growth, and rebirth. Good wedding flowers are also a conversation starter and after the food and dress, one of things guests will remember most. The right wedding florist can help make wedding planning a breeze, while a difficult florist can make designing your wedding a total nightmare. Here’s how to pick the right florist for your event.

Finding a florist 

If you don’t already have a favorite floral designer, talk to your friends and family about who they’ve used in the past. Many wedding websites have vendor listings that include photos, reviews, and general pricing information. Or browse pictures from real weddings held in the same town as your event–typically the florist information will be listed alongside the images. Make appointments to visit at least three different florists. When you visit the shop, take a look around:  Do you like the arrangements that are in the store’s windows?

Are the flowers in the cooler

Beautiful Succulent Wedding Bouquets

Beautiful Succulent Wedding BouquetsFew things are as impactful to a wedding bouquet as adding succulents.  No matter what your wedding’s theme, you can use succulents to enhance your flowers.  Here are some beautiful succulent wedding bouquets to inspire you!

A Rainbow of Succulents

Did you know that succulents come in an array of muted hues?  Design a bouquet filled with succulents in different shades, from minty green to dusty lavender.  If you love this monochromatic look, simply add greenery throughout the rest of your bouquet.

Diverse Texture

We love this highly textural succulent bouquet above. Featuring cotton, berries, and branches, the succulents pop out and take center stage.  This is a terrific arrangement for a bride looking to blend rustic and modern elements together for her theme.

Soft & Pretty

You’ve heard of statement jewelry (such as this bride’s cocktail ring bauble, above).  But have you considered a statement succulent?  In this bouquet, one large, lone succulent reigns over this otherwise soft bouquet of roses, peonies, anemones, and brunia berries.

Dark & Moody

Another large succulent is added to this rich, jewel-toned bouquet for an entirely different effect. The purplish-hue of the succulent blends in well with the vibrant dahlias

Why buy your wedding ring online?

The benefits of buying online are many.  We’ve come a long way with online shopping in the last 10 years or so and many of the concerns that people used to have when e-commerce sites started have, over time, started to fall by the wayside.

Sites like Paypal and other payment gateways now offer buyer protection which means that consumers are much less likely to get ripped off for their hard earned cash.

Unfortunately people shopping for wedding jewellery have a bit of a double whammy because there is the perception that retailers jack up the prices with wedding related products. And in many respects that’s true.

wedding ring

But this is where the consumer has become savvy in recent times. People know when they’re being taken for a ride. It’s easy to trawl through 5 or 6 websites of similar products to compare prices. So consumers have more power than ever to compare similar products on the internet, so there is no reasons not choose a competitively priced product.

With wedding rings however, we are talking

Budget Strategies for Your Wedding Reception

We all know that every girl’s dream is to have an unforgettable wedding complete with a beautiful cake, live band and splendid decorations. However, the truth remains that most weddings run on a budget. This is why brides are always on the lookout for ways to reduce expenses yet achieve the same romantic wedding they dreamed about ever since they were a child.

  1. Location

If the wedding will take place in a religious venue such as a church or synagogue, inquire if they also have an available space like a social hall for the wedding reception. Facilities like these usually have tables, chairs, and a kitchen, which usually cost lower when rented as compared to other venues.

  1. Theme

Wedding receptions don’t need to become a formal affair. It can be casual in order to reflect the lifestyle of the newly married couple. Consider themes like Hawaiian, Sixties, or Western. Get your creative juices going in order to come up with a theme that fits your budget.

  1. The Wedding Cake

The wedding cake usually serves as a focal point for any wedding reception. You do not need to waste hundreds or thousands of dollars just to have a stunning cake for your wedding reception.

How to Handle Undesirable Wedding Guests

Your wedding day is bound to be a big deal for a lot of people who are outside of your immediate social circle. It might even be a big deal for people who have no business coming to the ceremony, and who you’d really rather not invite. Our take is, if there are people whom you don’t want to invite to the ceremony, feel free to not invite them. But we do acknowledge that it’s not always so simple. So here’s our guide for whom not to invite to your wedding, but we’ll also include some advice for how to handle these folks if they just have to come.

Any and All Exes

Look, we shouldn’t really have to say this, but it does come up from time to time. Unless you dated very briefly and have remained platonic friends for longer than your current relationship, exes have no business being at your wedding. Wedding receptions tend to involve booze, and booze tends to make exes nostalgic and jealous, and the whole thing ends in tears.

If you must invite them: Tell them they’re welcome to bring a date, try not to make eye

A Checklist for the Ultimate Summer Wedding Reception

Without a doubt summer is the most popular time of the year for weddings in the UK, and while the ‘Great British Summer’ is anything but predictable, increasing numbers of people each year are choosing to tie the knot outdoors.

While some people choose to have the actual ceremony outdoors, the majority of couples are choosing for the outdoor wedding reception, often based in a sizable marquee.

As if organising a wedding reception isn’t stressful enough, choosing to go outdoors throws up a whole host of other problems to contend with.

If you’ve considered an outdoor wedding but are unsure how to tackle this mammoth task, we have it covered for you. See below for our ultimate summer wedding reception checklist.


Something you will struggle to pull a wedding reception off without is some sort of electricity. Once you plan everything outdoors, you’ll need power for the lighting, catering, stage equipment and crucially, the music!

Thankfully, the world of outdoor power solutions has made massive advances in recent years thanks to things like music festivals. Check out Event Electrix for a great range of generators to match your needs.

5 Reasons To Propose With An Antique Ring

If you’ve made the exciting decision to get down on one knee and propose to your loved one, then the first thing you will need to do is to source the perfect engagement ring.

This presents a challenge within itself, even before you have to pop the question of a lifetime! The ring symbolises the long-lasting commitment which you’ll be making to your partner and is, therefore, something which is extremely important to get right.

Whilst an antique ring might not have been your first consideration when locating the perfect ring, the unique beauty and historical value of antiques could make this option a great one to think about before heading off to your local jewellery store offering a more contemporary style of ring.

So let’s take a look at five of the reasons as to why you ought to consider proposing with an antique ring!


One of the most fantastic things about antique jewellery is their originality, in fact, it will be difficult to source another ring like it!

Particularly for jewellery which has been hand-made, every item will be slightly different and have their own individual quirks adding

Best Wedding Floral Ideas For Your Summer Wedding!

From pale pastels to bold jewel tones, it is one of the most versatile season to choose a theme or décor. While planning a wedding, it can get bit overwhelming. Therefore, in effort to help you, I have rounded up the top wedding flower ideas for summer to complement your wedding.


A Poppy and Anemone Bouquet

I love this extremely bright contemporary bouquet. The balance of intense citrus hues with elegant greens and white, is achieved using anemones, dusty millers, ranunculus and veronicas which work equally well in an indoor setting, outdoor setting as well as in an urban environment.

A Loose ‘Green’ Arrangement for an Outdoor Wedding.

It is a great option for those who look for wild, bohemian, rusty, earthy and not a perfect stuffy flower arrangement. To achieve this fresh-from-the-garden look, use peonies, astilbes, yarrow, snapdragons and lisianthus and tie them with dusty millers, rosemary, oregano and mountain mint.

A Wildflower Flower Arrangement in Peaches and Creams

Cockscombs, zinnias, hyacinth beans, pieris, vitex, honeysuckle and phlox, all these flowers should be picked out on the morning of the wedding to preserve their great and fresh fragrance

10 Questions to Ask your Wedding Planner

If you’re planning an elaborate wedding ceremony, it might make sense to hire a wedding planner to take some of the pressure off. A good wedding planner can take care of all the details so you can really enjoy your day–but a bad wedding planner can be more trouble than no planner at all. Here are a few questions you can ask when you interview potential wedding planners, to make sure they will be an asset.

  1. How long have you been a wedding planner? What made you want to be a planner?
    A good wedding planner doesn’t have to have a ton of experience, but if you’re going to be one of their first jobs, you’ll want to know they have a passion for the profession.
  2. Describe a challenge that arose during a wedding you planned, and how you dealt with it.
    This may sound uncomfortably like a job interview question, but a job interview is exactly what you’re conducting. You need to know your planner can handle things not going according to plan.
  3. Do you have any wedding planning certifications? If so, where are they from?
    Again, not having a certification isn’t a deal-breaker, but it’s good

Where to buy bulk flowers for your wedding or special event?


There is long history behind the flowers used in the wedding.  Irrespective of country and culture flowers have been integrated part of wedding celebrations.  The significant meanings are attached to the flowers used in that special day.  They indicate the importance of flowers in the event.  The custom of using flowers has got centuries of history behind it.  Flowers are used in the bride maids and also in the garlands and wreaths.  Bride maids use poesies for thanks giving.  Guests are presented poesies to indicate the couple is happy for the graceful presence of guests. Even the colors of flowers have significant meaning.  Bulk flowers are used in the wedding celebration.

Bulk flower vendors extend helping hand in choosing different flowers for various rituals. They are used in bridal bouquets, boutonnieres corsage, table centerpieces, and wedding center pieces.  They are also used in bride maids’ bouquets.  Excellent color combinations are available to be used in corsages.  Vivid and vibrant colors used in the wedding flowers enrich the beauty of corsages.  When the bulk flowers are purchased days before

Finding a Wedding Caterer 20 Questions to Ask

Food at a wedding is usually either “rubbery chicken,” or it’s so good that guests can’t stop talking about it. Your wedding caterer will probably be your largest expense, so you’ll want them to be top-notch!

Start off by asking friends and family for referrals, and asking your reception site if they have restrictions or suggestions on which wedding caterers they’ll work with. Your photographer, florist or videographer may have a wedding caterer they’ve worked with recently. If you have a restaurant that you adore, see if the have a special events department, or have a wedding caterer to refer you to. And, don’t forget the International Caterers Association and the National Association of Catering Executives who can refer you to members in your area.

Call potential wedding caterers to ask about their availability and general price range. Once you’ve found a few who seem like they would work, make appointments, arranging to have both an interview asking the following questions and a tasting.

That way, you’ll know you’re working with a professional, you’ll avoid ugly surprises on the final bill, and your guests’ taste buds will be happy.

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

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Top Things to Consider When Picking Your Wedding Venue

Picking a wedding venue is a major step in the wedding planning process. After all, choosing the place and date of your celebration will determine almost everything else in your wedding planning (yes, sometimes even the dress!). But with so many venues available, how do you find the perfect one?

To help guide you, we turned to Tina Hoang-To, top venue expert and founder of Wedding Spot, the first online site that allows you to search, price, and compare wedding venues. A recent bride herself, Tina pointed out top things you should consider as you begin your wedding venue search.


1. Your Wedding Style

The first step to picking your venue is pretty obvious: envision your dream wedding. Does it take place in an elegant manor ballroom? On a rooftop deck against a city skyline? Or are you dreaming of a rustic celebration with mountains for a backdrop? Identify your wedding style and vision and use them as the main parameters for your search.

The closer your chosen venue matches your wedding style, the easier it will be on save on having to transform it into your dream place using décor.


2. Guest Count

Booking the perfect space is basically impossible until you establish a

Guide to Proper Wedding Gift Etiquette

The excitement of receiving a wedding invitation to someone’s wedding shouldn’t be followed by stress over knowing the proper etiquette on gift giving. If you follow a few simple rules, you won’t have anything to worry about. Remember that your gift is a show of your support for the bride and groom.

How Much to Spend

There are several schools of thought on how much to spend on a wedding gift. Some feel that the value of your present should exceed the cost of your place at the wedding and reception. However, this is not a hard and fast rule. First, you have to look at your budget and how much you can afford.

Most brides and grooms send invitations with the purpose of having you present on their special day rather than for what you can give. The closer you are to the couple the more you may want to spend. If the bride is your sister, cousin, or best friend, the value of the gift will most likely be higher than if she is your coworker.

There is nothing wrong with giving cash to the couple since many newlyweds just starting out

Common Wedding Guest Etiquette Faux Pas

So you’ve been invited to a wedding. How fun! All you have to do is find a gift, put on your most flattering outfit, and go. Whoa. Not so fast. Before you head out the door to witness your best pal getting hitched, check out some of these common wedding etiquette mistakes that you don’t want to make.

Everyone knows how much work goes into planning a wedding and reception, right? Apparently not. I asked a few of my friends about their weddings and some of the faux pas their guests committed, and they gave me answers that made me gasp.

Here are some mistakes wedding guests need to avoid:

  1. Forget to RSVP. Wedding and reception planning go beyond the guest list. It involves ordering enough food and drinks for everyone and making sure everyone has a place to sit. If there are favors involved, they need to be ordered or made in advance. Always RSVP to let the bride and groom know whether or not you can make it. If your plans change, contact them immediately so they can adjust.
    1. Bring a guest who wasn’t invited without asking. If your invitation clearly states that

Frequently Asked Questions About Weddings

Wedding etiquette rules change, but if you are unsure of what to do, you can rely on some of the established guidelines.

FAQs for the Bride and Groom:

  1. Who Pays for What in a Wedding? – Traditions still exist, but today’s brides and grooms are more pragmatic.
  2. What is the Proper Etiquette for the Bouquet Toss? – You’ll need to take several things into consideration, such as the number of single women at the reception, the setting, and the sensibilities of the wedding party.
  3. What is the Proper Wedding Dance Etiquette? – The traditional order of the wedding dance can be modified to suit the bride and groom’s situation.
  4. How Should the Toasts be Handled? – Toasts to the happy couple are supposed to be supportive and uplifting. They may be funny, but good taste is always in order.

FAQs for Wedding Guests:

  1. Where Do I Sit at a Wedding? – Know where to sit if there is no usher available to assist. What Should I Wear to a Wedding? – Most wedding invitations will give you a clue about what to wear.
    1. Do I Bring the Wedding Gift to the Wedding? – Remember that the bride and groom’s

Wedding Guest List Etiquette

Once the excitement from getting engaged begins to fade, it’s time to start working on the wedding guest list. You have quite a bit to consider, from the number of guests to how you’ll divide the invitations among the bride, her family, the groom, and his family. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself in the midst of your first in-law battle, and then it can go downhill quickly from there. Nip problems in the bud before they get out of control.


The main thing that determines the size of most guest lists is the budget. Once you know how much you have to spend on the reception, you’ll be able to do the math – basic division – and come up with a number you can comfortably afford to invite.

Some wedding experts claim that you can expect about 10 percent of the people you invite to not show up, but that’s not a hard and fast number. Include an RSVP but know that not everyone will reply. Only invite the number you can afford, and if they don’t all show up, that will be money you can spend on the honeymoon or maybe even a down payment on a

May I Bring a Guest to the Wedding

Question: May I bring a guest to the wedding? Does the guest’s name need to be on the invitation? Should I ask the bride or groom if it is okay to bring someone whose name is not on the invitation?

Answer: If you receive a wedding invitation, pay close attention to who is invited. Married or engaged couples are expected to attend together. If you are involved in a serious relationship with someone, most brides and grooms will expect you to bring your significant other. In some cases, the invitation will state that you may bring a guest, worded as “plus one,” “guest included,” or some other phrase that lets you know.

However, unless the invitation specifically states that you may bring a guest of your choosing, it is bad form to do so. Weddings and receptions are expensive, and the couple may not have enough room in their budget for extra people.

That said, if you are related to or good friends with the bride or groom, you may ask if they mind if you bring someone.

Just remember that many wedding venues have limited seating and receptions can be quite costly, especially if

Choosing Your Wedding Venue

When brides and grooms start looking for wedding venues, too often they fall in love with the beauty of the place and sign a contract before they’ve considered the more practical things. It makes sense — who wants to look back and say only, “Well, it was practical”?

But unless the place is so magical that you’re willing to plan your whole event around it, your shouldn’t choose between wedding venues until you’ve decided approximately how many guests you’re inviting and the size of your budget. You’ll also need to decide if you want to have your ceremony and reception in the same place, or if you want an all-in-one wedding venue.

Once you know these things, and you have a few wedding venues in mind that fit that budget and size, then it’s time to start asking questions!

  • What’s the decor like? Does it fit your style and wedding colors? Will you have to spend a lot of money on flowers and decorations to make it beautiful?
  • Do they have an in-house caterer, and do you like that food? (While an in-house caterer can be easier and cheaper, sometimes the food is not as beautiful as the

What Do Wedding Planners Do

Wedding planners, also known as coordinators and event planners, quite simply help you organize your big day. But what they actually do can vary greatly.

The Duties of Wedding Planners

Typically, wedding planners start off by meeting with the couple to:

  • understand the events – not just the wedding day itself, but also the rehearsal dinner, bridesmaid teas, day after brunches, and any other related events.
  • review the overall budget
  • understand the style, colors, vibe, and taste of the couple
  • discuss progress to date

They’ll then propose how they might be helpful and present the couple with a contract for the wedding planners’ services. Probably they will be a combination of some of the below, depending on your needs and budget:

Organizational Queens
Even if you’re newly engaged, you’re probably realizing that this process includes many many details that require you to be organized, stick to a budget, and stay on schedule. So even if you are a well organized person, you’ll want to make sure that your wedding planners are not only on top of things, but that they’ll help you stay on top of thingsThey’ll

  • create and review vendor contracts
  • organize your wedding day timeline
  • coordinate vendor arrivals and deliveries with your venues
  • prevent expensive mistakes such as rush shipping

Hiring a Wedding Planner What You Should Know

Engaged and overwhelmed?  Perhaps hiring a wedding planner might be just the answer to ease your wedding woes.   Of course, since weddings aren’t one size fits all, neither is the business of wedding planning.   There are many variations on services and different companies may offer different things. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you consider hiring a wedding planner and as you take the time to interview a couple of different professionals.

Are you too busy with work to make time for planning your wedding?    For the overwhelmed couple busy with work or graduate school, a wedding planner can be a huge asset for keeping the planning process moving while you are busy living your day to day life.  A good wedding planner will help you flesh out the structure of the day, help you find the right location, help curate your vendor team, negotiate your contracts and more.    If shortage of time is the main reason you feel you need a planner, be sure to seek someone who gives you confidence in their ability to manage time well, as well as someone well connected with their industry to help put together