Wedding Planning Tips: Who To Cut From The Guest List

If you ask anyone who has ever tried to plan a wedding, the guest list causes fights. Whether it is trying to justify inviting your best friend from second grade who moved to Chile or her sorority grand little, every guest list has issues. When deciding on wedding guests, there are a couple of tips that help the process. However, not every guest list is equal. If you have a large family, the guest list is very challenging. Another thing to consider when deciding who to invite is who is paying for the wedding.

Start Planning Early

By starting early, you can avoid many problems with the list. Depending on who you ask, a wedding venue needs to be secured at least one year ahead of time. Not only will this determine the wedding date, it will also decide the maximum number of invitations. By planning ahead, you will avoid forgetting someone. Additionally, if you will be exchanging wedding vows at a destination wedding, less people are likely to show up. Take these things into consideration when trimming your list.

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Deciding who makes the wedding guest list is hard, but it doesn’t have to be a battle

Ask Your Mom

Even if your parents aren’t paying for the wedding, they will have people they think should be at your wedding. Whether its friends of the family, a long lost cousin, or the neighbors you forgot, mothers have a keen sense of who should make the cut. Additionally, mom is a great resource on family. Plus, while you can’t remember who was at your baptism, she knows. Finally, if you get to any friends that raise an eyebrow with mom, it’s probably a wise choice to cut that person from the invite list.

Two Becomes One

The best tip in deciding who to cut is start with two lists. Once you and your spouse consult with family, you should have a large list to merge together. If either of you is iffy about an invite, then cut that person. A wedding ceremony is your day together, and the best move is to keep that focus. It will be a great chance to see old friends and family, and any acquaintance who gets upset over a wedding invite probably wasn’t a friend worth keeping anyway.

Planning a wedding does not have to be a constant battle. If you start early, get assistance from family, and merge two lists into one, it can be done. Once you have the invite list together, start figuring out the best wedding rings for your ceremony!


Surviving The Reception Means Surviving The Wedding Brunch

Getting married and enjoying the reception is an incredibly fun time. After making a public commitment to your soulmate, you probably partied late into the night. This celebration of your love with your best friends and closest family is a once in a lifetime chance. However, before getting to the absolute best part of the wedding– the honeymoon– you have one more duty: brunch. Although the morning after brunch is a newer tradition, brunch is the most popular millennial choice since rose gold engagement rings. Before setting off to the beach getaway of a lifetime, here are a couple helpful tips to survive your wedding brunch.

Invite Everyone to Brunch

Even before you have to worry about handling a hangover in public, make sure you have the brunch plans figured out ahead of time. The best way to do this is simply invite everyone. However, one thing you should not have to worry about is footing the bill for the wedding brunch. After the reception, consider yourself off the hook. The wedding brunch is simply a chance for everyone to catch up the morning after the wedding, and that means everyone pays their own way. Brunch will be way less hectic than the reception. First off, you’ll be seated the whole time instead of being in the handshake line. Additionally, you will actually get a chance to eat your food. To make the best of your wedding brunch, simply pick a location and show up.

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The wedding brunch is the last stop before your honeymoon

A Little Hair of the Dog Helps

If you spent your wedding night staying up too late, it’s okay. Whether it was the alcohol or the excitement, plan on being tired and hungover. To handle this, a little hair of the dog can help. Some people frown at putting booze in coffee or drinking a Bloody Mary with breakfast, but you just got married. Keep the party rolling, and let everyone come to your seat at the table. This way you can focus on getting some food in your stomach before getting on a plane to Cabo.


Fashion Tips For Attending A Beach Wedding

When it comes to destination weddings, nothing is more fun than a beach wedding. Not only do beaches provide great scenery, they also allow for a more relaxed atmosphere. Unlike traditional ceremonies, beach weddings often forgo tuxedos in favor of breezy attire. If you’re attending a beach wedding to watch your best friends exchange their vows and wedding rings, consider these tips to make sure you are comfortable and fashionable.

Pick Your Fabrics Wisely

For anyone who has ever visited the beach before, you know the environment offers some wardrobe challenges. From handling the sand to dealing with ocean breezes, beach weddings require a little bit more planning. You’ll want to choose fabrics that breathe easily, such as linens, silk, or synthetic blends. This will allow you to keep from overheating while sitting in the sun. Additionally, pick clothing that fits loosely. One absolute don’t of a beach wedding, though, is do not wear a bathing suit top to the wedding unless the invitations specifically state this is okay. The last thing you want to do is be a distraction.

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Beach weddings offer beautiful backgrounds and a casual atmosphere

Beware The Sun

Unless the beach wedding is taking place in a gazebo adjacent to the beach, there is a good chance you’ll be sitting directly in the sun while your friend gains a husband. Before watching her slide a wedding band on her new man, prepare yourself for the sun. In addition to picking breezy fabrics, you may want to stock up on a couple accessories. An outdoor wedding totally allows sunglasses, and beach weddings are a great opportunity for you to incorporate a hat into your look. Finally, be sure to load up on sunscreen to keep yourself from getting weird tan lines.

Smart Footwear Decisions

The last thing to consider when attending a beach wedding is to carefully select your shoes. Knowing the exact location of the wedding will help you choose wisely. If the wedding is taking place directly on the sand, then sandals are completely appropriate. However, if the wedding is near the beach, such as on a pier or at an overlook, then more traditional footwear is in order. Remember, beaches are often sandy and even potentially rocky, so think ahead before wearing heels.

With these simple tips, you can make sure you’ll truly enjoy a beach wedding in comfort and style.


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!


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!