Bridal Show Aftermath
If you've just returned from attending your first Bridal Show, chances are you are pretty overwhelmed! Even if you go into the show having planned course of action, the massive crowds, sea of vendors, and the huge bag of brochures and promotional material is sure to leave your head spinning...So here's some helpful tips on how to make some sense of everything!
Real Detroit Bride's Guide takes a look at a local vendor "Cakes Our Speciality, Inc." by Paula. Read on to get an expert opinion on selecting a cake vendor for your wedding, and for more info on Paula's business.
Who traditionally pays for what?
K writes: We are getting married in 2016 and are trying to figure out the budget for our wedding. My fiance's family is not offering to pay anything towards the wedding. Is this rude to expect them to pitch in? What is the groom's family traditionally responsible for?
Going back to work after the holidays shouldn't equal a huge boom in the wedding industry, but that's just what happens...as studies show that brides often browse wedding-related websites mainly at work (are you at work right now reading this???) But due to the massive amount of engagements that happen over the holidays, the first day back is referred to as "Matrimony Monday", and that day is today!
What does that mean? Well, knowing that they'll have the attention of many a bride, many wedding vendors and reception sites offer special deals and discounts for one day only. If you are looking for some great savings, today is the day to take advantage of some of the one-time deals!
Contact your local wedding vendors or sites and ask them if they have a "Matrimony Monday" special. And happy hunting!
Most likely, you will end up deciding on some form of entertainment at your wedding reception. The choice normally boils down to this: Do I get a Band or a DJ? Bands tend to be a bit more expensive but are definitely a popular way to go. But if you decide on a DJ, what should you be looking for? And doesn't he just stand there and play music, can't I get anybody do do that?
Yes, I own and operate a wedding video company here in Macomb, so one may tend to believe that I am a bit biased when it comes to the thought of wedding videography. But believe it or not, there is much happening in the world of videography that is relevant to you. Are you considering video, or have you already decided against it? Here's what you need to know:
Trash your wedding dress!
Past generations will tell you to hang on to your wedding dress after your wedding, to pass it along to your daughter or simply have as a keepsake. But as we near 2010, many old traditions are being re-invented or thrown out completely to suit the modern bride. Instead of storing your dress and never using it again, why not have a "Trash Your Dress" session with your photographer and videographer?
Welcome to a new series, "Real Detroit Weddings," which will be an occasional, ongoing new sub-topic of the Detroit Wedding Examiner, our area's leading wedding column/blog. The purpose is to spotlight real couples who were married in the Metro-Detroit area, to get a glimpse at their real wedding choices and to inspire newly engaged brides (and grooms!) with ideas and advice for their own weddings. All of the following information was provided by our featured couple.
Brandalynn writes: "The big day is getting closer, my to do list seems to be getting larger and work is asking for my vacation time & dates. What is a safe and efficient amount of time to take off of work?"
There is no "common etiquette" on this topic, meaning that there is no rule or shared opinion on it. Researching many sources though, it seems that many brides take off the entire week leading up to the wedding, or almost universally brides take off the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday leading up to the wedding (assuming it is on a Saturday.) For the Honeymoon, a week to two weeks seems about the average length. You probably don't want to push it more than that.
Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 FIVE consecutive years and is currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached