Your wedding vendors should be your go-to, most-trusted experts during the planning process. When working with them, you should feel free to really explore what it is you want—maybe it's serving a late-night snack instead of a first course or doing a bridal portrait session rather than an engagement session. The bottom line is that you should feel like you can have an honest conversation with them about what it is you want. Their job will be to tell you what you can and can't make work given your wedding budget.

Guest blogger: Allison Silber, founder and creative director for engagedandinspired.com. Engaged & Inspired is a wedding publication for crafty brides who strive to fill their wedding day with loads of personality. The team of real brides post about the highs and lows of wedding planning and what it takes to pull off their big day. Aside from running Engaged & Inspired, Allison also offers planning and design services to the Carmel Valley area.

As soon as you've picked a date, start to look for hotels in a wide variety of price points. Many hotels allow you to reserve rooms for guests under a special wedding block and a reduced rate. You can then release any unbooked rooms a month prior to your wedding. If the hotels you contact insist upon contracts with cancellation penalties, just say no—you don't want to be responsible for rooms you can't fill.
"You can be easily overwhelmed in planning a wedding without a full-time wedding coordinator. But once you select the date and venue, the rest will fall into place. Think about the three most important things to you, and work on those next—whether it's the photography, dress, food, music, florals, etc. Make a list and slowly cross things off as you go.
You've been dreaming about the day for years. You waited for the right man or woman, and when the two of you came together, you both knew your love was the real thing. Now, with the question popped and the "yes" given, it's time to plan that glorious day when you and your loved one become partners for life.   All of us at FTD congratulate you on your engagement, and we want to do whatever we can to help you plan that magnificent day. We know it can be as daunting as it is exciting to bring your dream wedding into reality, and that's why we've worked hard to make FTD something of a one-stop shop when it comes to flowers for weddings. We can offer expert guidance on the wedding flowers you'll need, from the wedding boutonnieres to the bridesmaid bouquets and any other wedding flower arrangements you desire. We only use flowers of the highest quality, and only those loveliest to behold. It is your wedding day after all; only the best wedding bouquets will do!   These flowers will simply take your breath away, notto mention your wedding bouquet will be something you will feel proud to throw into the hands of a future bride-to-be. And when it comes to our wedding flower centerpieces, our staff will work with you and your chosen colors to produce stunning centerpieces that will be the talk of every table. Speaking of color, whether it's wreaths, centerpieces, or bouquets, and whether you want elegant whites to match your wedding dress or the deep red of long stemmed roses to signify your love (or any color in between), we at FTD work tirelessly to make the vision for your wedding become a reality. Find delicate lilies, exotic orchids or beautiful tulips to complete your vision of walking down the aisle.   That's ultimately what FTD is all about: helping you make the wedding of your dreams the wedding you actually receive. Whether you’re looking for lily flower arrangements or centerpieces for the rehearsal dinner, trust FTD to make your day extra special. You can even order your wedding flowers online! But if you prefer to see our mixed bouquets in person, our attentive staff will offer you our years of knowledge and experience in producing the best wedding flower arrangements for your special day. With FTD by your side, your wedding flowers will be something you never forget. Have top rated flower delivery year-round to make each event all the more special.
Pare down your guest list with the "tiers of priority" trick. Place immediate family, the bridal party and best friends on top of the list; follow with aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends you can't imagine celebrating without. Under that, list your parents' friends, neighbors, coworkers and so on. If you need to make some cuts, start from the bottom until you reach your ideal number.
Our color charts online have been adjusted to display color as close as possible to the color of the actual fabrics. However, camera resolution and computer monitors can mean the color may vary slightly between the photos and the actual fabric. Colors are subject to the actual dresses you get. We suggest you order a fabric swatch to view colors in person.
"Before my wedding, I remember my coworker telling me that her wedding day was the BEST day of her life, and she was so excited that I would soon be able to experience mine. When I was in the midst of planning my wedding, the long, daily to-do lists and the stress made me feel as if that day would never come. However, it eventually did! When it came, I tried my best to savor every moment of the wedding day—from the moment I got out of bed to the moment I walked out of my wedding venue as a married woman— and I'd advise brides and grooms out there to do the same." —Jamie and Daniel
Your (amazing!) invitations should arrive in mailboxes six to eight weeks before your wedding, again allowing extra if guests will need to arrange time off and air travel. Set your RSVP date three to four weeks prior to your wedding so you’ll have time to follow up on missing responses before you have to give final numbers to your vendors. A great tip is to use an invisible ink UV pen to mark your response cards with numbers corresponding to your guest list. It’s common to receive back several RSVP’s with no name, and the number system allows you to identify the responders. The UV part keeps it all discreet and the envelope pristine.
If your guest list is bursting at the seams, assess the plus-one scenario. Do a faux seating chart in your mind, and imagine whom your single pal would sit with. If it's a table of singles that she knows pretty well, then you're all set. If it's a table of couples (making her the odd one out) or if it's a table of singles where she won't know anyone, consider bending the rules. If asked why you're not allowing single friends to bring guests, size or budget constraints or your parents' never-ending guest list are always good reasons. 
Choose a bouquet of flowers that last a lifetime. Artificial wedding bouquets are inexpensive, hassle-free, and the perfect base for flower arrangements. Keep your artificial wedding flowers forever, reuse them in your home decor, and forget about allergies. We handpick each flower bouquet and source only the highest quality silk flowers so you can stress less and go-faux.
You have four choices: You can welcome children with open arms; you can decide to have an "adults only" wedding; you can include immediate family only; or, you can hire a child care service to provide day care either at the reception space, in a hotel room or at a family member's home. To prevent hurt feelings, it's wise to avoid allowing some families to bring children while excluding others (unless, of course, the children are in your bridal party).
Your wedding vendors should be your go-to, most-trusted experts during the planning process. When working with them, you should feel free to really explore what it is you want—maybe it's serving a late-night snack instead of a first course or doing a bridal portrait session rather than an engagement session. The bottom line is that you should feel like you can have an honest conversation with them about what it is you want. Their job will be to tell you what you can and can't make work given your wedding budget.

What should wedding invitations say? Be sure to include the date you’re getting married, the location of the wedding and reception, the time of the wedding, and the names of the people being married. If it applies, you might also want to mention who is hosting the wedding and what the dress code will be. Don’t forget to include an RSVP card with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Ready to start planning? The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app will take you through the entire process—from finding your style and fixing your budget, all the way to your day-of timeline—so you can actually enjoy every step of the way. You can even add a reminder to tip your pros on your day-of wedding timeline so you don't forget. Click here to download the app and get started. After that, create a free, personalized wedding website to keep your guests informed (and excited!) about your plans, and a time-saving Guest List Manager to organize your attendees. Even better? You can sync your Guest List Manager and wedding website to update everything at once. 
What better way to set the tone for your nuptials than with a truly unique wedding invitation? You want something that can’t be found at every wedding retailer across the web? Then choose a design that was crowdsourced from our community of independent designers and artists. Minted holds contests all year long to ensure that only the freshest and most stylish designs end up being produced and sold. This frequent rotation of art and design means you are guaranteed to find a one-of-a-kind look for your wedding stationery.
When it comes to bartenders and waitstaff, and parking, bathroom and coatroom attendants, the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it's not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.
Since some vendors will expect a gratuity, and other gratuities will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis, you have a few things to consider. Traditionally, business owners of larger companies don't get tipped—just their employees—but you can and should tip an owner when the service exceeds expectations. Small business owners should never be overlooked either, since their businesses are often run by just one person.
We understand that your Wedding Invitation is one of the most significant keepsakes of your lifetime. Our collection offers styles and DIY designs to give every couple an invitation to love forever. From classic to casual, traditional to modern, add your custom details in beautiful fonts and colors. For an extra personal touch, choose an invitation that includes your uploaded photos, featured or overlaid with text. Create your own wedding monogram and add it to your invitation design to make it extra special.

"This event is an expression of yourselves, but it's not all you'll ever be. It's just the beginning! In fact, some of the best moments were ones we didn't plan for at all—like a fabulous photograph of my dress train all tangled up with leaves and dirt. Sure, it was messy and not what you're used to seeing in bridal magazines, but it was also honest and a truly joyful moment that could easily have gone south if we'd been uptight about things. Embrace the unexpected, and each others' opinions, and don't let an unattainable ideal sour the big picture: You're in this together, now and for the future." —Teresa and Ben


What should wedding invitations say? Be sure to include the date you’re getting married, the location of the wedding and reception, the time of the wedding, and the names of the people being married. If it applies, you might also want to mention who is hosting the wedding and what the dress code will be. Don’t forget to include an RSVP card with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Equally as important as silhouette is the style of your dress. Do you love the ornate detail of a lace wedding dress? Or is a simple white wedding dress more your style? Our assortment of unique wedding dresses has something for everyone. Beaded gowns let you show off your glamorous side, while tulle lends a whimsical touch. Boho wedding dresses with lightweight fabrics, special details, and effortless silhouettes are some of our most popular styles.
After getting to know the different styles of bridal dresses, sort through our selection of wedding dresses using other filters, such as neckline style, waist style, dress length, train length, and fabric. There are quite a number of neckline options, from halter and scoop to sweetheart and illusion. The same goes for waist styles, as you can browse by empire, basque, natural, and more. Also, explore the different lengths of dresses and trains. Short and flirty or long and dramatic? Discover what speaks to you. As for fabrics, you’ll come across far more options than just lace and silk! Sort by tulle, chiffon, satin, cotton, and taffeta, among others, and see what strikes your fancy.
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