Here are some of the GREAT wedding tips we've collected along the way from couples we've serviced!
#1. If you're having an outdoor wedding and rent a tent, purchase some sheer fabric from the store and drape it from the canopy and along the poles to create a more intimate feel!
#2. If you have many members in your wedding party and need to purchase toasting glasses, go to the "Dollar Store" and purchase them. You can then hot glue whatever decals you want to the glasses to make them more festive with your theme! (Staff favorite!)
#3. If you are having a kid-friendly wedding, hire baysitters to sit with the children in a designated area so that strollers are not creating guest congestion or safety hazards.
#4.Make out an additional list of special pictures you'd like to have taken at your wedding. The photographer won't know to take a picture of you and your 95 year old Aunt Ruth!
#5. When you send out your invitations, allow for three weeks before your wedding for a response. You will then have at least a week to hunt down the slackers who haven't responded! (Staff favorite!)
#6. When shopping for your wedding gown, do not rely on the single opinion of the store clerk. Take your mother and maybe your Maid / Matron of Honor with you!
#7. When you budget your time for the limo, it may not be a good idea to "joy ride" in it if the limo driver has to wait until the end of the reception to leave. The longer the driver is there, the more you will have pay!
#8. Smashing the wedding cake in each other's faces is no longer "fun". Opt instead for a napkin and two forks so that no one gets tempted to "seize the moment" and leave their spouse doused in buttercream frosting.
#9. It is your wedding day but you should be conscientious of your guests and wedding party. Meal choices can be very tricky. Watch out for those with allergies (they'll tell you) and make sure there is something for EVERYONE to eat (vegetarians, vegans, sensitive diets, etc.)
#10. The bouquet you toss at your wedding does not have to be the same size as your actual bouquet! It can be a smaller version that will be cheaper!
#11. If you have a full year before your wedding, you have the opportunity to retrieve things for your wedding at a discounted end-of-season rate. For example, if you are getting married in the fall of 2013, you could get end-of-season fall prices on faux hay, scarecrows, stuffed pumpkins, spice candles,etc.
#12. Be prompt! It's fine and dandy to have your schedule for your wedding day but you need to make sure you stick with it! Your wedding day will find you without any concept of time and you need to make sure that someone else will keep you updated and on task of what's happening.
#13. Attach your huge train at the church (make sure you're early enough!)! It makes for easier in and out access from the limo!
#14. Do give your wedding party their gifts at the rehearsal dinner. Waiting until the morning of the wedding can be chaotic!
#15. No matter what happens, you will still be married at the end of the day! Do NOT micro-manage your wedding. You hired those wedding professionals for a reason! Let them do their jobs! (Staff favorite!)
Our directory consists of over 145 Berkshire County wedding related member vendors.
Vote for your favorite photo and be entered to win!
Wedding Tip #15
Make sure that every vendor you book your wedding business with furnishes you with a contract or receipt!
Count Your Carats 2012 was such an awesome contest for me to be a part of because it took place just before our wedding. After the year and a half of stress and planning, I realized that a lot of our wedding was for everyone else...the centerpieces and decorations...so when I won the $500 gift certificate, I actually decided to treat myself! I found these beautiful diamond earrings at R.J. Stohr's and fell in love! Normally I wouldn't have thought to spend that much money on myself but I decided that, for my wedding, they would be perfect-- and they were!! I even had some money left over which I used to buy 2 new watches and a gift to give to my husband for our first Christmas as a married couple! Being part of Berkshire Bride was an amazing and incredible experience that I am so glad I was able to have!