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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so you want it to be as perfect as it possibly can be. This is why weddings can take six months to a year to plan, what with everything you have to do and all of the other brides-to-be you’re competing with for resources.

Of all the things you have to do, finding the perfect venue can be one of the most difficult tasks. Here are just a few tips to help make it a bit easier.

Planning!
About 30% of brides spend between seven and 12 months planning their weddings. If you have a venue in mind, it is best to look as soon as you can after the engagement, otherwise you may find that it’s already been booked. The ideal time to book a venue is about a year to nine months before the wedding. After all, wedding plans take a lot of time, and while there may be a lot on your plate, this is definitely one of the first things you need to tackle.

Consider Off Seasons
Most weddings occur in the spring, early summer, or late summer. Considering something off the beaten path — like a fall wedding or even a winter wedding — could leave you with far more options, especially if you’re looking for a venue just a few months in advance. Not only will you save money on things like banquet hall rentals, but you’ll also save on nearly every other aspect of the ceremony and reception. Plus, there’s the added bonus of having a unique wedding.

Research
Last but not least, research is a key part of picking the best venue. Research shows that about 48% of couples do online research on reception venues. Many do so before ever stepping into a venue, in fact. This research can help cut down a lot on the time you spend running around town looking at venues. Instead, you’ll have a short list of favorites to visit, allowing you to really spend time at each one in order to make a final decision.

Are you in the midst of planning a wedding? What tips and tricks have you discovered for hashing out the details?

Your wedding registry can be a powerful tool in helping you start your marriage well-equipped, and it also provides your guests with some much needed direction when shopping for a gift. To make sure your registry reflects your needs and desires, here are four simple steps you should take before building your list:

Inventory what you have: Especially if you’ve been living on your own for some time, you already may own many of the traditional wedding gift items, and you probably also have a good idea of what other items you may need. Doing a quick inventory can refresh your memory, and also identify worn items that may need to be replaced or upgraded.

Consider your lifestyle: Do you want to be able to entertain a lot, or are you more about a few occasional relaxed dinners with friends? If it’s the former, you might want some cool barware, serving pieces, or even guest towels to help you create an inviting mood.

Think about your hobbies: Not everything on your list has to pertain to your home. If you and your spouse share a common interest like camping, cycling, or DIY projects, you might want to place a few items on your list to make those activities even more enjoyable.

Be specific: If you need dinnerware and don’t specify the pieces, color, or style you like, you could wind up with items that simply don’t suit your needs or your style. Most stores let you choose specific items with a handy scanner to ensure you get just the items you want and need. If that’s not an option, make sure to give as many details as possible.

One more tip: While creating a gift registry often falls to the bride, it’s usually better if both partners build the registry list together. Not only does it “share the load” of preparing for the wedding, but it also ensures both your needs and styles are reflected in the gifts you wind up receiving.

You purchase insurance to protect your car, your home and perhaps other large investments like boats or RVs too. However, if you are planning a large wedding, you could be spending as much as it would cost to purchase a new vehicle—or more. Because of this, there has been an explosion in “wedding insurance” being

What is Wedding Insurance?

Offered for just such occasions. What exactly is this Wedding Insurance, and is it something you need? Read along to find out if it could be the right choice for your needs.

Wedding insurance protects the bride and groom from costs related to hosting a wedding that are beyond their control. Some examples would be if the wedding venue you chose double-booked and you had to choose another at the last minute (for an extra cost), or if your cake or flowers were ruined by a freak accident on the site of the wedding causing you to need to replace them at the last minute. Different policies have different coverages, but the basic idea is always the same.

How Much Does Wedding Insurance Cost?

Since each policy is different, and since coverage may cost more due to the cost of living in one area versus another, it is impossible to predict the costs precisely. However, according to theknot.com, between $155 and $550 is a good rule of thumb for what you may expect to pay. When comparing costs, make sure you are comparing apples to apples and that the coverage provided is the same from one policy to another.

At the end of the day, the decision whether or not you need wedding insurance is a personal one. For many, it can bring peace of mind and help you enjoy the process of planning for your big day without worry that something will go wrong causing financial hardship.

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There’s search engine optimization, social media optimization, and in 2015, there’s even wedding optimization. Yes, brides are now planning ahead to make sure their wedding is perfectly optimized for social media sharing.

Let’s be real, from the moment you get engaged to the day your first grandchild is born, modern love involves countless social media updates, photo albums, hashtags, and hopefully, a lifetime of not-at-all-passive-aggressive “Likes” from your friends. Now, the modern bride is leaning into the social media frenzy. After all, what’s wrong with wanting to share the happiest day of your life with all your friends and family, while also documenting one of the most important rites of passage in your lifetime?

But how do you go about optimizing your wedding for social media? We provide banquet halls and ballrooms in Miami, where we’ve learned a few things about planning the most social media friendly wedding possible.

Tip One: Start Planning As Early As Possible
Each year, 2.4 million people get married, and about 30% of brides will start planning seven months to a year before their date. Early planning is key.

Even before the digital revolution, planning a wedding always involved a social element. Chances are you’ll make your big engagement announcement online, and these photos and posts are a great contrast when incorporated into your future wedding album. And again, when you’re preparing to send out your invitations, share photos of your invitations online as your ongoing documentation of the wedding.

Tip Two: Choose a Wedding Hashtag
In their Winter Wedding Guide, New York Magazine interviewed Elizabeth Olson, whose DIY wedding went viral in 2013. On picking the perfect hashtag, Olson has some fantastic advice:

“You shouldn’t spend longer than 60 seconds thinking of it — the quicker it comes to you, the better. The more you think and ruminate on it, the more pained it will feel. My now-husband, Preston, and I were watching TV and talking about our save-the-dates, which I designed to read, ‘OMG we’re getting married.’ Preston said, ‘Why don’t we make our hashtag like that?’”

Olson and her husband chose #EPOMG, a combination of their initials and the abbreviation OMG.

Tip 3: Choose the Right Venue
When choosing event venues and places to have a wedding, it’s no longer enough to simply pick a place with the right size and price. Unique wedding places can make for fantastic wedding photos, but some brides prefer the classic look and opt for elegant ballrooms in Miami. Make sure you choose a beautiful wedding places that will provide proper lighting and decor for truly memorable wedding photos.

If you’re trying to book popular wedding venues, make sure to book as soon as possible! Our ballrooms in Miami host weddings and wedding receptions, and many brides book nine months to a year in advance.

Tip 4: Enjoy Yourself
Remember: having a social media friendly wedding doesn’t mean spending the day on your phone or tablet. Work with your bridesmaids and photographer ahead of time to make sure they know exactly what you want. And when the big day arrives, make sure you have the time of your life. We promise, there’s nothing like pure joy and enthusiasm to make wedding photos and memories your friends and family can’t wait to share online.

Lose the Winter Wedding Blahs

November 16th, 2015

When you plan your winter wedding, keep these four tips in mind to make sure your winter wedding has sizzle!

• Winter Doesn’t Mean Stark – Yes, one of the premier colors for winter is white. You don’t have to go stark. Bring some color into your décor to break up the monotony.
• Remember Flowers – Flowers may not be the first thing you think of in the middle of winter. Flowers are a beautiful, traditional addition to any wedding so finding some flowers that are in-season, or that you have shipped in can make a big impact.
• Consider at Theme – Instead of making the season your theme, the winter can be a great time to have a themed wedding. A theme is a great way to ensure that you and your betrothed’s personality shine through despite the season.
• Go South for Winter – If you are planning a destination wedding, winter is a great time! Not only will you and your guests love getting away from the cold, but many venues may also have more availability during winter.
No matter what season you decide to hold your wedding, the key is to make sure it is a day that you will never forget. Don’t let the season keep you from having the best day of your life—embrace the chill in the air and make your winter wedding the best it can be!

No one says that a wedding has to include tuxedos, a white dress and a moving organ rendition of “Here Comes the Bride.” A wedding can be an event that is as unique as you and your betrothed.

Yes, if you want a Dr. Who themed wedding, or a wedding where all guests wear steampunk attire, you can have it. The one problem with a quirky wedding is that sometimes your family members, especially those who may be from a more traditional generation, will feel uncomfortable. Here are four tips to make sure everyone loves your one-of-a-kind wedding.

• Consider a Quirky Reception – One option is to have a more traditional wedding and keep the quirkiness to the reception. While this won’t work for everyone, it can be a happy medium.

• Don’t Require Costumes – Even if you, your wedding party, and friends are going all out with the costumes, give some flexibility to your guests. The last thing you want is to make your family members uncomfortable in a costume they don’t understand.
• Provide Backstory – If you are going for a non-traditional wedding, provide some information about the wedding and the theme you are embracing. People are more likely to enjoy or even participate if they understand.
• Relax and Have Fun – Don’t let the theme take over everything and pull the fun and joy out of your wedding. If you can’t find a steampunk band and wind up using your cousin’s house band, don’t stress! The big day is about two people who love one another and who want to share it with their loved ones—not the theme.

 

A quirky wedding can be tons of fun. The important thing is not to let it take over the day. Let your theme enhance the day—not dominate it. If you do that, everyone will have a great time.

Are you a spring bride looking for the perfect color to add to your wedding? Pantone’s new color palette may have the perfect fit you’re looking for. The recognized global authority of color and color matching, This year’s palette runs the gamut, incorporating clear, bright colors like snorkel blue, fiesta, and buttercup, as well as more muted tones, like rose quartz, limpet shell, and serenity.

According to Pantone, the palette was influenced by the world of art, as well as a mix of both urban and natural factors that are reminiscent of travel, nature, and nostalgia.

Pantone is well known for its “color of the year,” but less well known for its exclusive annual palette selection, which pretty much defines what designers will be using on the runway, in home décor items, and, yes, in weddings.

For fashion-forward brides, the broad mix of hues is especially good news since it opens a world of opportunity for adding splashes of color in the bridal party attire as well as flourishes at the reception and ceremony.

Four ways to add this year’s palette to your wedding:

Ribbons – In your hair, your bridesmaids’ or flower girl’s hair, as streamers from the pews or dining chairs, or flowing from your bouquet and centerpieces, ribbons can add a splash of color without being overbearing.

Flowers – Whether you opt for artificial, real or a mix, today’s “designer flower” options ensure you can find a mix that introduces one or more of this year’s colors in your bouquet or in your centerpieces.

Table linens – Adding napkins in a bright hue adds a snap of color that can be a welcome distraction from the sea of white in most traditional weddings.

Accessories – From shoes to pocket squares to gloves to socks, adding a “surprise” touch of color is a great way to bring some unexpected whimsy to any ceremony.

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Every year, 2.4 million people get married, and 30% of those brides-to-be will spend seven to 12 months planning their wedding. Many couples like to think of their walk down the aisle as the most important day of their lives, and it is…

Until you get pregnant. Then you suddenly realize the biggest day of your life is yet to come. And while you aren’t likely to spend as much on a baby shower as you did on your wedding day, planning a baby shower is still a serious undertaking.

The Most Beautiful Baby Shower Locations Miami Has To Offer: Our Top Tips for Baby Showers…
Traditionally, baby showers were held in the grandmother-to-be’s living room. But times have changed, and so have our traditions. In 2015, many couples are planning unique baby shower events to celebrate the start of the most important chapter in their lives to date. And practically speaking, a baby shower is a great opportunity to collect all the essentials you’ll need once baby comes — furniture, clothes, diapers, pacifiers, toys, and a thousand other things you never even knew you needed.

That’s why many expecting mothers are competing to book the best baby shower locations Miami has to offer. We offer some of the best banquet hall rentals and ballrooms in Miami, and we usually advise brides to book their wedding reception location nine months to a year before their wedding date. Of course, for obvious reasons, not many people can pick locations to have a baby shower nine months before the due date.

Fortunately, because baby showers are usually smaller affairs, it’s easier to find locations for a baby shower than it is for a wedding. The baby shower locations Miami moms choose usually include several different party venues, from massive ballrooms to more intimate rooms perfect for smaller events. Still, we highly recommend booking your venue as soon as possible. When you call, make sure you tell them how many guests you anticipate so you can choose only the best venues for your big day.

Once you do, the next thing you’ll want to do is register online. The same way couples now register online for their wedding gifts, many moms are registering on sites like Amazon for their baby shower. This makes it easier for guests to come prepared.

In our experience, planning a baby shower isn’t nearly as stressful as planning your wedding. So don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself. Often, that’s the key to having a truly unforgettable baby shower.

The average cost of a wedding today is about $26,000 – a pretty astounding figure by just about anyone’s measure – but there are ways to cut costs so you can have more money left over to spend on the honeymoon. Here are seven ideas that can help you Lower the Cost of Your Wedding:Lower the Cost of Your Wedding

1. Reduce the number of guests: Fewer guests means a lower reception bill, since you’ll need less food, fewer drinks and even fewer invitations and favors.

2. Have your ceremony and reception in the same locale to save money on vendors who charge by the hour: Venues like the Renaissance offer experienced planners to help you save even more money.

3. Buy in-season flowers, opt for arrangements with more greenery, or use candles or lanterns to supplement small arrangements: Simple bouquets in mason jars can be surprisingly elegant – and very affordable.

4. Instead of a full bar which can be very costly, opt for beer and wine and maybe one or two different kinds of cocktails.

5. Order a small “fancy” cake for you and your wedding party accompanied by a much-less-costly sheet cake – or cupcakes – for your guests.

6. Wear a vintage gown from a relative or consignment store, or scour Craigslist for a gown: Craigslist can also be a good source for wedding items like ribbons and centerpiece items.

7. Choose simple favors or offer one favor for each couple: You can also save money by creating your own favors, but be sure you can devote the time to it; DIY favors often become frustrating endeavors, especially if you wait until the last minute.

Getting married shouldn’t mean signing up for a mountain of debt: A little creativity and careful planning can help you get the most from your event without breaking the bank.

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As time goes on and people get older, they end up attending many weddings over time for friends and family. Some of the ceremonies may be a little different but many will follow the usual practices, such as getting married in churches. However, to make their special day more unique and memorable, many couples are choosing to go the extra mile in finding good wedding locations.

Because the first thing everyone notices when entering a wedding ceremony is the venue, about 40% of brides and grooms-to-be are looking for more unusual wedding venues that can better reflect both of their personalities. It can be difficult to scour all of the available locations for just the right match, but there are easier steps to take in order to expedite the process.

One of the more recent methods of finding good wedding places is to turn to the internet for help. Almost half of all engaged couples research reception venues online before seeing them in person. This is a great technique to avoid extra travel costs and time so as to focus on locations that seem like a better fit.

Once a couple has chosen a handful of locations to search out, it’s important to prepare for the information needed to make a final decision. A large amount of couples, about 35%, now opt for outdoor ceremonies; it’s important to make a point to visit the venue, especially in occasions of outdoor weddings, at the time of day that the ceremony is planned to take place in order to get a better feel for what the environment will be like.

While checking out venues, some important information to have on hand is the estimated guest count to ensure there is enough space, what the desired style and feel of the rest of the wedding will be, as well as having a checkbook or credit card on hand. Usually people will wait to make a final decision on their venues, but bookings fill up extremely quick and if a couple really falls in love with a venue, being able to reserve it as quickly as possible is extremely important.

There are numerous factors to take into consideration when searching for good wedding places that will create your ideal ceremony, but finding the best venue that fits your personalities is a great start to guide the rest of the wedding plans.

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