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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!

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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: The Importance to Wedding Gifts

At their heart, weddings are a huge celebration. However, not only are they the time to exchange vows and wedding rings, they are also a time for gift giving. Although you may be thinking of the giant stack of wedding gifts the couple at the reception, the bride and groom should be giving some gifts as well. While many people think of wedding favors for the attendees, there are certain people who require special wedding gifts. The parents, the bridesmaids, and the groomsmen should all receive gifts from the couple. Additionally, the bride and groom should exchange presents as well.

Wedding Gifts for the Parents

Even if a couple is paying for the entire wedding themselves, it is still important to give a gift to both sets of parents. This is because parents put up with, and pay for, plenty during the lifetime of their children. When the wedding comes, it’s time to give a little bit back. Be sure to pick a gift that is personal, practical, and something you can can do equally well for both sets of parents. One great gift idea would be to purchase a nice frame and have it engraved with your wedding date. Whatever you decide is appropriate, remember to write a heartfelt letter to accompany the present. This will ensure your gift is perfect no matter what you pick.

Bridesmaid and Groomsmen Gifts

Shopping for your friends can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Traditionally, bridesmaids receive the jewelry they will wear on the wedding day as their present, but this is not the only option. On the other hand, classic groomsmen gifts include flasks and cufflinks. No matter what wedding gifts you decide on your wedding party, just be certain that the gifts are equal for all party members. Also, try to personalize them as best as possible. A great way to do this is through monogramed tote bags which can the be reused for years to come.

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Cufflinks make an excellent wedding gift for the groomsmen

Gifts For Each Other

The wedding day is certainly a celebration of your love, and some couples prefer to call the honeymoon their wedding gift. However, more and more couples are deciding on giving a little something extra on the morning of the wedding day. For men, a new watch is an excellent gift to receive on the wedding day.  On the other hand, many brides love to receive jewelry such as a pendant that can be worn on the wedding day. Whether you decide to exchange actual gifts or not is up to you, but one thing you should definitely do is exchange hand written love notes. Yes, you’ll be exchanging vows soon, but nothing sets the tone for a wedding day like a love letter!

For more ideas, check out the Adiamor gift guide.

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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!