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Wedding Planning Tips: The Rehearsal Dinner

Planning a wedding is lots of hard work. In order to help relieve the stress, make sure you have a great plan for the rehearsal dinner. Not only will this event be a lot of fun, it will make the wedding more enjoyable. This is because family members who haven’t met before can get the ice breaking out of the way.  When planning your big day, keep these tips in mind for the night before.

Picking The Right Location

While the wedding reception is sure to feature perfect plates and a highly organized seating chart, the rehearsal dinner should be a relaxing and fun socializing event. The goal is for friends and families to mingle, so keep the venue casual. Allow for people to wander around, and consider serving either comfort foods or finger foods that keep the atmosphere relaxed. However, be sure not to skimp on alcohol. Typically, the dinner will involve plenty of toasts and thank you’s that require a side of champagne.

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The rehearsal dinner should be a fun social event

Who To Invite To The Rehearsal Dinner

When making the guest list, the first people to include are your parents and immediate family, such as Grandma. Additionally, another obvious group to invite is the wedding party, but be sure to include spouses or wedding dates as well. Another group to be sure to invite to the dinner is any out of town guests who travelled to celebrate the wedding with you. Finally, be sure to invite anyone who helped make the wedding happen, such as your mom’s friend who created the reception table centerpieces.

Prepare Your Toast

The last thing to do when planning a rehearsal dinner is to prepare a toast. Be sure to tell your engagement story, too, so everyone will know how you ended up with the perfect engagement ring. Finally, the rehearsal dinner is a great time to give out gifts to bridesmaids and groomsmen. The last thing to do is make sure you get a good night’s sleep before the wedding day.

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Win Your Wedding Reception With The Perfect Playlist

Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be all stress. Some times, the best thing to do is take a break from arguing over the guest list and enjoy yourself. Some aspects of wedding planning, such as cake tastings or picking out which craft beer to have on tap, can be quite fun. One thing many people forget when planning a wedding is the day is a celebration. If you’ve found yourself spending too many hours fretting over floral displays and bridesmaid gifts, take a break. In fact, you should take a break and throw yourself a dance party and pick out some great songs for your wedding reception. Although a skilled wedding DJ should play a variety of great songs, here are some tips in building the perfect playlist for your reception.

Choose Songs For Everyone, Including Grandma

The last thing anybody wants at a wedding reception is an empty dance floor.  Although the right amount of alcohol can help, building the perfect playlist of fun songs can go a long way in making the night unforgettable. One important thing to do is to choose some songs people of all ages can enjoy. An oft overlooked group of wedding guests include senior citizens. Many times, grandma is relegated to a family table in the back, but you’ll have a better party if she’s dancing. When selecting songs for your reception, be sure to pick tunes from multiple decades. Unless your playlist has a little bit of Elvis, it’s not yet complete.

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The perfect playlist will keep the reception dance floor going all night.

Don’t Forget The Kids

Another way to get people up and dancing is to include songs that will make your ring bearer lose his mind on the dance floor. A wedding reception without a little kid shaking the night away simply isn’t as fun. Not only will it help the little ones enjoy themselves, it’ll give the photographer plenty of chances to get some happy photos of smiling faces. When it comes to choosing songs for kids, picking fun, danceable pop songs is a great way to go.

Cheesy Songs Make For Great Dance Parties

Whether it’s getting everyone on the floor for the Electric Slide, a rousing rendition of the Chicken Dance, or even an ironic three minutes of the Macarena, choreographed dances can turn a good wedding reception into a great one. When building the perfect playlist, be sure to select one or two songs that have dance instructions. However, do not overplay these types of songs! It may be fun to do the Cupid Shuffle once, but don’t force it. Otherwise the line for the bar will be much longer than the Conga line.

A great wedding DJ can help you build the perfect playlist that will please all your wedding guests. Make sure you pick out a handful of favorites, and tell your DJ if there are any songs to absolutely avoid. In the end, a danceable wedding playlist will make for an unforgettable reception.

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Wedding Planning Tips: How To Pick Your Maid of Honor

There’s no shortage of ways in which a wedding can create drama. From the endless agonizing over the guest list to picking the bridal party, weddings are filled with tough choices. However, perhaps the hardest decision to make is not related to picking out your husband’s wedding ring or choosing a dress: it’s selecting your Maid of Honor. Before you suffer through a wedding day filled with side eye, consider these tips for figuring out which lucky lady will be your Maid of Honor.

Your Sister Doesn’t Have To Be Blood Related

When selecting a Maid of Honor, the most obvious choice will be your closest sister. However, this does not necessarily mean she will be a blood relative! It could be possible that you do not have a sister, or you have 3 sisters, or you grew up with a cousin who was closer in age. Or, perhaps you met your sister for life during college. Even more complicated, though, is what about your future sister-in-law? When it comes to choosing a Maid of Honor, definitely consider family first, but do not simply rule someone out for not being an immediate relative. Consider this question: which women closest to you helped your future husband pick out your engagement ring? This woman is probably the right choice!

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Pick the right Maid of Honor to help you get through wedding day stress

Consider The Maid of Honor’s Duties

Even if you have the closest sister in the world, another thing to consider when selecting your Maid of Honor is how good this woman will be in carrying out wedding tasks. In addition to helping out with invitations, selecting the dress, and generally helping you stay sane throughout the planning process, a Maid of Honor has to be on top of their game during the wedding and reception. The Maid of Honor needs to be quick on her feet, a good problem solver, and an eloquent speaker. She’ll have to run last minute errands, calm your nerves, as well as give a toast at the reception. When choosing, it’s important to pick someone who can handle the pressure.

When it comes down to it, your Maid of Honor will probably present herself during the wedding planning. If you have a sister who is willing to pitch in, keep you sane, and speak confidently in front of strangers, then she’s the one!

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How To Handle Unruly Wedding Guests

Although your wedding will be one of the biggest days of your life, not all wedding guests see it this way. For some attendees, a wedding is the place to share the love of watching couples exchange their vows and wedding rings. On the other hand, many wedding invites unfortunately end up in the hands of very drunk uncles. Other times, there are simply real life wedding crashers ordering drink after drink at your open bar. However, just because someone has had too many drinks doesn’t mean your wedding reception is ruined. By following these handy tips for how to handle unruly wedding guests, you’ll be sure to enjoy every moment of your wedding day.

Uninvited Guests

Creating the guest list for a wedding is never an easy thing to do. In fact, it often results in some of the more complicated fights of any relationship. Seeing as simply deciding who to invite to your wedding is challenging, there will definitely be people you are unable to invite. Whether these are long lost friends, second cousins, or former coworkers, some uninvited wedding guests still find their way to the reception. Regardless of how it happens, there’s no reason to let unruly wedding guests rack up your bar tab even higher.

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Don’t let overserved guests ruin your reception

If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they should have the uninvited guest removed without causing a scene. Another option would be to alert the bartender that the guest is no longer welcome. Typically, if a guest is cut off during an open bar, they will find their own way out. A third option, though, is to have the groomsmen from the bridal party act as bouncers. If this is the route you choose, though, be certain to have the most level headed groomsmen handle the talking.

For Those Who Had One Too Many

Wedding receptions are always a good time, but these good times can often lead into somebody having one too many. Whether your uncle chugged too many or your cousin Jenny spilled red wine everywhere, handling drunk, unruly wedding guests is not much fun. Again, a savvy wedding planner should be able to handle this without you taking any action. The First move is to talk to the date of the guest and see if they can head home with the over served. However, some times the guest are out of control because they came alone. The best case of action here is call a cab or Uber driver to pick up your guest and take them home. If neither of these actions work out, let the groomsmen bouncers handle the problem.

No matter what, though, you should focus on having a good time yourself. Let the people you’ve hired and asked to participate in your wedding do the heavy lifting. It is YOUR wedding day, after all!

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10 Things Every Groom Should Do During Wedding Planning

Let’s face it, more brides dream about their perfect wedding than grooms do. However, that doesn’t mean the groom can simply hand the reigns over to his wife to be. When it comes to wedding planning, both parties need to be on the same page. Otherwise, the groom will be stressed about the plans, the cost, and the details of the wedding once it’s way too late. In order to help future husbands start their marriage off on the right foot, we’ve put together this quick guide of 10 things every groom should do during wedding planning.

10 Things Every Groom Should Do

  1. While your bride may love your choice of engagement ring, your job of helping decide on colors, bridesmaid dresses, and floral arrangements is probably not up to you. Instead, every groom should handle the details on booking an officiant, DJ, photographer. Also, you should handle booking the catering– including the baker! However, the good news is that means plenty of cake tasting, and hopefully a groom’s cake!
  2. In addition to chipping in on some of the planning tasks, perhaps the most important wedding planning task every groom should handle is assisting with the guest list and seating chart. Yes, this will be stressful, but it is important to provide input and stand your ground on not inviting every third cousin.
  3. Every groom must register for gifts, even if she’s filled the registry with cutlery you’ll never use. If you decide to defer, then no complaining about not receiving that perfect tailgating cooler!
  4. While you’re poking around the internet for gifts, be sure to buy your partner a gift, order the wedding rings, and purchase your groomsmen some gifts as well.
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    Every groom needs to handle at least these 10 things during wedding planning

    Speaking of groomsmen, it is your responsibility to dress them. Try and organize all your groomsmen to be fitted at once. This typically works best if you offer to pick up the tab on some wings and beer afterwards.

  6. One last thing about your groomsmen is you’ll have to survive your bachelor party. When selecting groomsmen, remember to pick your best and closest friends. It will help you survive the party and your wedding day.
  7. In preparing for the wedding day, it is the groom’s job to take care of booking hotel rooms for the wedding guests. While you’re at it, you should book a wedding suite for your wedding night.
  8. While booking that wedding suite, every groom should go ahead and book the honeymoon, too. Also, don’t forget to pack for your honeymoon while you’re at it.
  9. Before the wedding day, the groom should get a haircut and try on the suit. This gives you an idea of how you’ll look in the wedding photos you’ll be digging through later.
  10. Finally, every groom needs to write their vows as well as a speech for the reception. You can keep it short and sweet, but be sure to write something unique that honors your bride. Include some thank you’s to her parents, especially if they are helping to foot the bill.

Most men don’t care about picking out wedding details, but these things a future husband needs to get right. By following this guide, you’ll be certain to start your marriage off with happiness.

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Wedding Planning Tips: Selecting The Right Wedding Venue

When planning a wedding, there are a ton of things to figure out. One of the most important aspects, though, is choosing the right wedding venue. Whether you are planning a wedding locally or a destination wedding will have a major impact on your guest list, budget, and possibly your wedding date. For guidance when planning a wedding, keep reading the Adiamor blog for tips on selecting the perfect wedding venue for your big day.

Venue Size Matters

One of the biggest aspects in choosing the right venue is making sure your locale can handle your guest list. Different venues will have different capacities and different amenities based on the size of the crowd, so be sure to have a solid idea of your guest list. Venues that can handle larger crowds also tend to have more on site options for onsite catering and drinks if you plan to do the ceremony and reception in the same location. They may also include decorations and seating arrangements as part of their wedding packages. Once you have your guest list under control, you’ll have a better idea of how big of a venue you’ll need to host your dream wedding.

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The right wedding venue can make all the difference

Inside or Outside?

Depending on the time of year you plan to exchange vows and rings, you may have a desire to be outside for the ceremony. Outdoor weddings can be gorgeous occasions, but they are absolutely dependent on perfect weather. In the event you live in a rainy location, be sure to have a back up plan such as an awning, pop up shelters, and umbrellas. The last thing you’d want on your wedding day is to be standing around in a wet wedding dress, so be sure to plan your venue accordingly.

Always Visit The Wedding Venue

Regardless as to whether or not your wedding is a destination or local ceremony, you must be sure to visit the venue. While the internet is a great tool for researching everything from bridal gifts to DJs, the only way to truly know if the venue is right is to visit. When you do visit, be sure to ask questions such as “How many weddings have you done before?” and “How does your venue handle deposits and payments?” In the case of outdoor venues, make sure to ask about their Plan B for inclement weather. Finally, be sure to take plenty of pictures when you visit. Not only will they help you decide on a venue, these first hand photos will help you plan decorations, floral arrangements, and may even help you decide on wedding colors.

Your big day should be an accurate representation of your relationship, so choosing the right wedding venue is important. For more help on planning your ceremony, check out the Adiamor wedding ring guide to make sure you have the perfect bands!

 

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When Should I Order Wedding Rings?

If you’ve been preparing for the biggest day of your life, you’ve probably got a check list started. From developing the guest list to booking a venue and attending all the tastings, the past couple months have most likely been busy. However, even with a check list, some things can get overlooked. One item that is often overlooked by engaged couples is purchasing the wedding rings. While they are a crucial aspect of the ceremony, many couples are unsure as to when to order wedding rings.

Set The Date First

From the moment you received an engagement ring, you’ve been dreaming about the matching wedding band. However, before you start shopping for wedding rings online, the first thing to do is set the wedding date. This can only happen if you have an estimated guest list and budget established, so these should be your first steps in planning a wedding. After setting a date, then you can consider the details of the ceremony. Once you’ve picked the date, you will have a better idea of your budget and can start shopping for wedding  bands.

Shop For Wedding Rings Today, Order Later

Whether you want to make sure your engagement ring matches your wedding band or want something altogether unique, the best advice is to start shopping early. By exploring your options for both women’s and men’s wedding rings now, you can better determine your budget for the rings. Recent publications state the average cost of an American wedding is somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000. However, each couple will have their own budget to decide how much to spend on wedding rings.

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Start shopping for wedding rings early to determine your wedding budget

Because there are so many options for wedding bands these days, there is a wide price range, too. By shopping early, you can figure out what you can afford then order later. This will allow you to offset some of the costs involved with planning a wedding, such as vendor deposits. However, don’t wait to the last minute, even if your jeweler offers overnight shipping.  It is important that you have time to try on the rings to make sure they do not need to be resized. Consider ordering your wedding bands at least one full month before the wedding date.

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Wedding Planning Tips: How To Choose Your Groomsmen

Planning a wedding is a lot of work, and many grooms will often hand over most of the planning to the future bride. While a groom may not care about place settings, there are some parts of wedding planning that a groom must handle. One of these things is choosing groomsmen. Although it may seem simple to text a couple buddies to see if they’d like to be in your wedding, the process is slightly more complicated. Groomsmen, especially the best man, have plenty of responsibilities. Plus, being in a wedding involves time, money, and travel. To make sure you get it right, check out this guide to how to choose your groomsmen.

Family First

When it comes to selecting your wedding party, the first rule to follow is include your family. If you have any brothers, they are part of your wedding party. However, one thing that gets tricky is if your partner has brothers. While they may not be your closest friends yet, they will be part of your family for the rest of your life. Any age appropriate brothers must be included in the wedding party in some fashion. If you are struggling to figure out how to include the whole family, selecting a couple of her brothers to be ushers is a smart compromise.

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Only your closest friends and family are worthy of being groomsmen

Rank Your Friends

When it comes to picking out which friends will be groomsmen, the only option is to rank your friends. Your friends will be there throughout your wedding day to help you keep your sanity, and the best man will be in charge of the rings. However, a wedding party cannot include all of your 32 frat brothers and everyone you’ve shared a tee time with. Only the closest of friends are worthy of being groomsmen, so you’ll need to figure out who makes the cut. Conventional wisdom is that wedding parties should not include more than five people, so anyone who is beyond position five is not a candidate.

Once you have your groomsmen selected, you’re one step closer to getting married. However, remember to get your groomsmen a gift for being a part of your wedding day. Check out the groomsmen gifts from Adiamor today!

 

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How To Keep Your Wedding Guest List Under Control

While getting an engagement ring is exciting, planning a wedding can be stressful. One fact is an absolute truth: wedding guests are expensive. Plus, they take up space, and it turns out venues do not have infinite capacity. When you combine the two issues, it can create a difficult scenario. In order to decide who makes the cut, you should pay careful attention to your invite list. When creating your invite list, it is important to be realistic. You will not be able to invite all of your Facebook friends and all of your mother-in-law’s second cousins, so be prepared to compromise.

The A List and the B List

The first thing to do when figuring out your list is create your dream list. Basically, start making a list of every person you could ever want to invite to your wedding. From there, start whittling down to an A list and a B list. This will allow you to determine how many people you absolutely must invite– immediate family, wedding party, and the closest friends go on the A list. Everyone else lands on the B list, and then compromise with your soon-to-be spouse. For every long lost sorority sister that gets moved to the A list, add your favorite high school soccer teammate.

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The wedding guest list takes lots of patience and compromise

Truthfully, you should plan on 10 percent of people you invite to decile. However, if you are exchanging wedding rings and vows in a destination wedding, the number rises to 20 percent. If you find that more people are declining earlier than expected, then you can send late invites to more people from the B list. However, make sure to be timely in sending the invites. You wouldn’t want to a wedding guest to think they were a “maybe” all along!

Family and Friends of Family

One of the things many brides and grooms learn on the wedding day is just how many people they don’t know at their wedding. Since the bride’s parents traditionally pay more (or all) of the wedding costs, her parents will have plenty of input on the guest list. However, more and more young couples seek to pay for their weddings themselves. Nevertheless, you should expect both sets of parents to provide suggestions. Keep in mind that while you may not want to invite your mother-in-law’s boss, the future in-laws are simply excited about the wedding, too. In order to make sure their happiness is considered, leave room for a couple friends of the family on the A list.

Once you have cut down the A list, hopefully it close to your target number. If not, you’ll have to start making cuts together. The wedding guest list is one of the more difficult parts of planning a wedding, so plan ahead and keep the conversation civil. In the end, it is your wedding day, and you’ll want to enjoy it.

 

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How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Date

With June’s arrival, wedding season is hitting its stride. Between the pile of Save The Date announcements and wedding invitations, you probably have a busy summer ahead. However, one of the most important parts about attending a wedding is picking the right date to be your plus one. In order to make sure you have the best time possible watching your friends exchange wedding bands, make sure you picked the perfect wedding date!

Can Your Wedding Date Dance?

There’s nothing worse than attending a wedding with a wallflower. While all your friends are dancing, you’ll be stuck at the table making small talk with strangers. Although it may be fun to crack a couple jokes during dinner, you certainly do not want to spend the whole night doing it! When picking the perfect wedding date, make sure your partner is, at the very least, willing to dance. If you’re lucky, your date spent all winter taking dance classes as wedding season prep. The wedding guests who dance the most tend to have the most fun and make the most memories, so bring your dancing shoes and make sure your guest does the same!

Currently Single? Bring A Same Sex Date

If you are attending the wedding of friend and you’re single, you may be on the look out for a future spouse. Therefore, if you currently don’t have any prospects, you should consider bring your best wingman to help you out. The chances of you finding love at your friend’s wedding are strong as romance is in the air. Having a friend who can help you break out of your shell can help you land future dates. On the other hand, if the reception turns out to be boring, the two of you can hit the town together in your wedding attire which is a surefire conversation starter.

Don’t Bring A Heavy Drinker As A Date

Whatever you do, the one rule you must avoid is do not bring a heavy drinker as your wedding date. Although it may be fun to watch your buddy do their best Frank The Tank impression at a party, a wedding is no place for a sloppy drunk. Not only will you end up babysitting, you may also not be invited to future gatherings. However, that is not to say you shouldn’t enjoy yourself.  A few drinks to loosen up and celebrate are fine, but standing in the bar line ordering tall glasses of liquor is not the way to make a great impression.

When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding date, the simplest rule is to bring the most fun person you know. That way you’ll have fun no matter the circumstances, even if you strike out on the dance floor.