If you're lucky enough to have your father in your life at the time of your wedding day, most certainly he is involved in some way, shape, or form.
But Dad can be more than the guy who pays for the event (as used to be customary of the Bride's father...). Very commonly, Dad is given a moment to speak at the Reception (as in a before-dinner toast), and of course, there is the Daddy-Daughter Dance, and perhaps his most important role: walking his daughter down the aisle and giving her away. But a growing trend from brides I've talked to right here in our area (Detroit/Metro) are finding ways for Dad to help in the wedding planning too. In fact, there are many ways to involve your father or step-father, even if they are no longer with us. How? Read on!
A recent study by XO Group Inc., a global media and technology leader and creator of the top wedding website, TheKnot.com, recently released the results of its annual Real Wedding Study. This comprehensive report surveyed nearly 13,000 US brides and grooms married in 2013. But today we obtained specific data about Wedding Videography - and Videography in the Detroit area - by following up with the Site Director of TheKnot.com, Anja Winikka.
One of the most common problems that can occur on the day of your wedding is the feeling that there just was not enough time. It's true, your day will go by faster than you'll realize, but by planning ahead and breaking some old-fashioned traditions, you'll be able to make the most of it.
Nichole Bertucci is an Ordained Minister and the owner of "A Simple I Do", a local company servicing the southeast Michigan region. Nichole is a nondenominational wedding minister who prides herself on writing personal wedding ceremonies for couples of all religions, personalities, and backgrounds, that truly reflect the unique love of each couple.
I recently had a chance to ask Nichole a few questions about her service and some advice for future brides.
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!
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Here is another edition of our popular spotlight 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.
You take care of him, bathe him, limit how much he eats, teach him right from wrong, and establish boundaries for him. No were not talking about your groom, we're talking about your dog!
Your pet is a big part of your life: why not somehow include him/her in your big day? Here are some fun ways to include your dog in your wedding plans:
Weddings are expensive. That shouldn't be news to anybody planning one, but the expense of a wedding is usually overwhelming, especially once a bride and groom begin getting estimates on their needed services.
But what most brides don't realize, is that it is always much more costly in the long-run if you try to hire the "cheapest" without doing your homework beforehand. There is an inherent "shopping gene" that kicks in with brides, but when you are hiring a wedding vendor, it is not like finding a dress in a bargain bin, or finding a sale on bread at Wal-Mart.
The award-winning ensemble comedy focused on a paper company in Scranton, PA - Dunder Mifflin - with the running storyline being that this paper company was chosen to be the subject of an upcoming (faux) documentary. It wasn't until this final season where we started to see the characters really interact with the "filmmakers" who had been covering their lives for the past nine years.
As a great resource to Real Detroit Bride's Guide readers and brides, I encourage people to ask questions about your wedding...If you are wondering about something there is a good chance someone else out there is too!
I recently was asked the following question from a very cool couple I met at a recent bridal show: (paraphrased)
"Is it proper to ask for a food-tasting prior to booking my Reception Hall?"
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 5 consecutive years, 2010-2014, and was 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