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Mr & Mrs Wedding Trends and Ideas For 2014

Mar 4, 2014

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Printable Mustache and Lips Escort Cards | Mr and Mrs Corntoss | Mustache Beer Pilsners | Mustache & Lips Custom Stamp | Mr and Mrs Hand Signs | Mr and Mrs Guest Book Sign  Mr and Mrs Flasks | Mr and Mrs Coasters | Custom Mustache & Lips Guest Book

Mr and Mrs themes are hot for 2014 weddings, with two different distinct styles: the humorous mustache & lip combinations and traditional “Mr and Mrs” text combined with classic symbols such as hearts.  While the mustache and lip symbols my be in vogue, it may not be for every bride as it is bound to go out of style eventually – whereas the simple Mr & Mrs text is timeless and will always look fashionable and classy in your wedding photos – even 50 years from now.

Mustache and lips are great for those candid photo ops, photo booths, restroom signage and fun little added touches for your reception decor.  But don’t over do it, a little humor goes a long way.  We favor the pilsner set of 4 glasses for your groomsmen gifts, one per groomsmen or one set of 4 per guy and it is something he will use in his barware collection.

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Mr  & Mrs Photo Bunting Banner | Mr & Mrs Marquee Sign | Mr & Mrs Ampersand Bottle Opener | Mr & Mrs Toasting Mason Jars | Mr and Mrs Temporary Tattoos | Mr and Mrs Wedding Sign
Mr & Mrs DIY Chocolate Boxes for Favors | Mr and Mrs Beer Glasses | Mr and Mrs Reception Table Decor

A time honored message of husband and wife, “Mr. & Mrs.” is great to display for your new status.  We see a big increase in wedding marquee signs for reception decor – whether it be in your last name, Monogram or as a Mr and Mrs sign above.  These are great to decorate your home with after the wedding – it is one reception decoration you can and will reuse!

Temporary tattoos are becoming hot for 2014 weddings as well, with more companies producing love themed symbols.  A fun spin on the photo booth is a temporary tattoo booth – fun wedding entertainment for the young and old.  Plus no regrets, they can easily be removed!

If you’re a beer lover, skip the champagne toast and say cheers with your favorite lager, ale or IPA in our Mr & Mrs Plisner glasses – and then give your guests a pop top (ampersand sign) & sign bottle opener to open their own brews at home with a unique wedding favor.

What do you think of the Mr & Mrs trends, will you be incorporating any of these elements into your 2014 nuptials?

8 Radiant Orchid Inspired Wedding Cocktails

Jan 8, 2014

Radiant orchid is the hot color for weddings in 2014 and one way to bring that color into your wedding is by serving a signature cocktail.  You don’t need more than one signature cocktail or you can offer a “menu” of a few drinks all in your color scheme.   Radiant orchid is a tricky color for drinks though, as the color itself has both purple and pink undertones.  Go for drinks with pink and purple hues.

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One of the easiest ways to add this color is by offering edible orchids in one of your drinks.  For example this Radiant Orchid Hawaiian Martini from Bonefish Grill is not only delish (I’ve had it) but it also matches Pantone’s color scheme for this year.

Radiant Orchid Hawaiian Martini

1/2 oz pineapple juice

1/2 oz lime

2 pumps monin desert pear

1 pump monin coconut

1 oz coconut water

1 1/2 oz of cruzan guava rum

garnished with edible orchid

 

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Source: The Heritage Cook

Black Orchid Martini

¾ oz Belvedere black raspberry vodka

¾ oz St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur

¾ oz white cranberry juice

¼ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice

¼ oz simple syrup

 

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White Cosmopolitan

1 pesticide-free, food-grade orchid

Filtered water

Ice cubes

2 ounces vodka

1 ounce elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain

3/4 ounce white cranberry juice

1/2 ounce lime juice

Bartenders freeze a bright orchid into a perfect sphere of ice, which comes floating in your glass like a radiant orchid globe.

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The Orchid from TAO Las Vegas at The Venetian

Ketel One Citroen

lemon juice

simple syrup

sparkling sake

crowned with a lovely blooming orchid

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The Lavender Collins

Sprig of lavender for garnish

1.5 oz of Gin

3/4 oz of lemon juice

1/2 oz lavender simple syrup

3oz club soda

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Grape Groove

1 part UV Grape

1 part Chambord

1 part pineapple juice

1 part lemon-lime soda

 

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Blueberry-Pineapple Champagne Sparklers

1 cup blueberries

1 cup pineapple juice

2 teaspoons chopped mint leaves

superfine sugar, as needed

1 bottle champagne

Puree blueberries, pineapple juice and mint in a blender. Taste for tartness. If needed, blend in sugar to taste. Strain.

Pour 2-3 tablespoons juice into flutes and slowly top with champagne.

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True Love

1.5 ounces Harmonie

.75 ounces Gin

.5 ounces Simple Syrup

.5 ounces fresh squeezed lemon

Shake all ingredients vigorously (at least 18 to 20 shakes) and pour into champagne flute or rocks glass, top with champagne and orchid flower garnish

© 2014 Erica Tevis, Little Things Favors

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Radiant Orchid Wedding Color Inspiration

Jan 7, 2014

Pantone announced last month, that the 2014 color of the year is Radiant Orchid.  Since the announcement we’ve seen an explosion of photos of this awesome color.  Radiant is a perfect name for this shade of orchid!  Bright and lovely, it is perfect for spring and summer weddings.  Add a richer, deeper shade for fall and winter 2014 weddings.  It is said to compliment all skin tones and work well with a variety of accent colors: purples, lavenders, pinks, turquoise, red, yellows and all neutral shades.  We’ve put together for the bride searching for radiant orchid accessories a page of wedding favors and supplies which currently matches this awesome color, you can find all of our radiant orchid wedding items here which are all on sale at this moment for 20% off our regular prices.  (Sale ends, January 14, 2014).

Also, if you’re looking for radiant orchid wedding inspiration, be sure to follow our Radiant Orchid Pinterest Board which has over 100 ideas for you!

But for now, here are some of our favorite radiant orchid photos from across the web:

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Source:  Chandelier | Shoes | Wedding Party | Bouquet | Favors | Cake

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Source: Hall | Dress | Eyes | Cake Topper | Cuff Links

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Source: Candles | Fans | Rose Petals | Mason Jars | Candy Bar

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New Winter Wedding Color Palette Ideas for 2013-2014

Nov 15, 2013

Looking for some magical color inspiration for your winter wedding?  Tired of seeing the same old ice blue themes?  We’ve got 3 winter wedding color palettes that will inspire you and delight your guests.

 

Rustic Farm Inspired Olive Green and Winter Berry Wedding

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Rustic weddings aren’t just for spring, summer and fall events.  There’s nothing prettier than the open fields of a farm covered in snow.  Pull colors from nature and earth tones and infuse them with a pop of berry color.  The lovely steel blue grey is a modern edition of the ice blue wedding theme.

 

Silver and Gold Winter Wonderland Wedding

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Silver and gold reminds me of the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer song of the same name.  The song was the inspiration for this winter wonderland inspiration board – don’t these mixed metals pair lovely for a holiday themed wedding?

 

Christmas Green and Cranberry Holiday Wedding Inspiration

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Emerald may be Pantone’s color of the year, and a great compliment to this lovely color is Christmas green and cranberry infuse touches of sparkly gold for a bit of glittery holiday magic.

Decor, Accessory and Favor Ideas For Your Winter Wedding

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From Top to Bottom, Left to right: personalized holiday candy jars | snowflake ring pillow | winter wonderland cake topper | tree wedding bells | snowflake bottle stopper | vintage style snowflake headband | our first christmas snowflake ornament | snowflake place cards and ornaments

 

Glitter, Glamor and Gold – The “It” Wedding Color

Nov 8, 2013

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Most weddings are glamorous, even the “simple” rustic inspired ones which have been so popular lately.  But no matter what your theme, by infusing a little bit of gold into your wedding decor you can make your wedding simply fabulous.  Just check out these classic color combinations for weddings but when you add accents of gold to them they simply will wow you.

Black, White & Gold Wedding Palette

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Sophisticated and stunning, the look of black and white combined with gold gives a regal touch.

Blush, Ivory & Gold Wedding Palette

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Soft and romantic, this sparkly combination is lovely for winter and early spring weddings.

Red, Ivory & Gold Wedding Palette

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Wonderful for Holiday and Valentine’s weddings, gold adds richness to red.

Mint & Gold Wedding Palette

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Mint has been popular in 2013 and will continue in 2014. It pairs pretty with gold hues for spring & summer.

Emerald Green & Gold Wedding Palette

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Emerald was Pantone’s color of the year in 2013, and it shines with gold accents for weddings. Perfect for fall, winter, holiday and St. Patrick’s Day or Irish weddings.

Silver & Gold Wedding Palette

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If you’re looking for a stunning color combination for winter weddings, silver and gold simply wows. This is a great wedding color combination for December weddings and New Year’s weddings.

What’s your favorite combination of colors with gold? What colors will you be using for your wedding?

What’s Your Biggest Wedding Splurge?

Mar 12, 2013

Read My Sign - Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper

Read My Sign - Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper

Photographers, flowers, food…all are huge wedding expenses. What do brides spend the most money on when it comes to planning a wedding? We asked our brides what their biggest wedding splurge is.

Today there are not many brides who can afford a wedding planner, but Kim F. defintitely went the extra mile and hired one. In addition, she opted for a personalized menu. It’s not a shock that food will be the most expensive thing for many brides. Sherry V. said in addition to a photographer, food is also her biggest expense. Sam C. agreed, and said that alcohol is just as costly as food. “I’m considering a martini bar,” he added. Veronica P., like many other brides, will be splurging on a photo booth rather than wedding favors or a photographer.

For Nanci C. and Candice W., decorations were a splurge – especially flowers. On the other hand, Stephanie G. and Tracy W. went the extra mile for their guests. “Our Our biggest splurge is renting a cabin for 20 people for two nights, so we can enjoy our wedding, but not have to worry about what time the reception will be over,” said Stephanie. Tracy added, “we didn’t want to worry about guests drinking and driving, so we are having it at a hotel which is a bit more expensive, but worth people not drunk driving.”

“Accessories for myself!” says Jen B. Her bridal accessories will be her biggest expense, from wedding shoes to jewelry and extra accents to make her wedding apparel one of a kind.

For many brides, like Jenn K. and Shonnie A., the wedding gown was what broke the bank. “I bought [my dress] custom made into the exact one of my dreams since I was unable to find one exactly like I wanted,” says Shonnie.

A big congratulations to Kimberly Lynn Lincolne who won this contest and a wedding cake topper!

Happy planning, everyone!

Kelsey

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How Involved Should Your Groom be in the Wedding Planning?

Feb 1, 2013

It used to be that the responsibility of planning the wedding fell solely to the bride. Today we often see the groom come out of the woodwork and lend a hand in the wedding planning, and we’re not just talking about tagging along to check out venues and taste cake. Some grooms are so involved that they an opinion on every aspect, from the font style on the place cards down to every last flower petal of the bouquet. We wanted to know how brides feel about sharing the spotlight with their fiance before the big day. Just how engaged is the hubby-to-be in the planning? Do most brides want their guy more involved in the decision making process, or should he just stay out of the way?

Most brides would probably agree that they want their beau to at least have an interest and make an attempt to participate, but when it comes down to it, they have the last word.

Our office manager Kristi, who is engaged and has her wedding date set for September 21st, shared some insight.

“Steve and I definitely took the planning on as a team, and that’s the way I like it. I think most women probably want to have full control, but there are many who want their guy to be a little involved when he’s just not into it. I got lucky – we make great decisions together.”

She’s definitely right that there are many “men’s men” who would rather leave everything up to their bride. For others, like Melissa W., it’s the exact opposite. “My guy is too involved,” she says. “I wish he would step back and just let me take control.” She thinks that if they could see eye to eye when it comes to their ideas that she would be more gung-ho about him helping out.

Others agree that it’s best for the groom to back down completely and let the bride run the show. “My future son in law is being smart and giving my daughter full reign,” said Jane C. of NM. But that doesn’t mean a guy can’t share some of his opinions! “He offers input, then steps back and lets her choose,” she added.

At the end of the day, the groom should back the bride and respect her final decisions…even if he doesn’t like them. No sulking allowed:  the bride may have the power to make the final calls, but he should still be ready to assist when she needs him, like Tracy W.‘s fiance who also let her take the reigns. “He’s very willing to help with whatever I need and make phone calls, attend appointments, etc.”

If there’s one thing the two of you can decide on together, it’s your wedding favors! We have SO many beautiful, new wedding favors and new wedding accessories available.

Have a great weekend! ~ Kelsey

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The Key To A Happy Marriage Is …

Dec 11, 2012

The Key To A Happy Marriage

There is no advice or secret tip to make a marriage successful.  Marriage is a series of ups and downs, trials and tribulations, laughter and tears (hopefully more laughter than tears), joy and sorrow.  Marriage is a process, one you have to work at – you must learn to compromise, learn from each other, continue to love each other and find time for romance.  But there is no real “key” to making it 100% secure.  If there was there would be no divorce! But we can learn from those who have long and happy marriages what the “key” was for them – and maybe incorporate these tidbits of advice into our own lives.

We asked our readers, our Facebook Fans and our Twitter Followers for their “Key” piece of advice and this is what they said:

Some of our readers feel that the sanctity of a marriage guided by God is the most important aspect. Jamie B., from NC says: “Constant communication, trust and God’s Grace!!” is the key for her.  Pamela W. from CA concurs, “The key is having God at the center of the marriage and submitting to Him first and foremost.”

A few of our readers acknowledge that being understanding no matter the situation, big or small, is the key to a successful marriage. Fiolina L. feels couples should have “patience, LOTS of it.” Jennifer K., from NY agrees that “not sweating the small stuff” is the secret for her. Newlywed Anthony G., from NY knows that “Understanding one another as well as accepting each other as a FRIEND.” is the most important aspect to any relationship. While understanding is important, it goes hand in hand with what Ginger A. and Brandy M. readers from Texas, tell us. It is a combination of “trust, patience and communication”.  Brandy goes on that, “it turns out, there’s lots a keys! Ima need a key chain of some sort!” – and we at Little Things agree, the “key” to a happy marriage may be a little of everything!

Also on top of our list of “keys” was the theme of romance, “respect and love”, according to our Facebook fan Izzabelle C., and Rosalynn G. from NY affirms this sentiment.  Rosalynn thinks that all couples should, “Keep doing and saying things that will give your spouse a sense of importance.”  While Pattie C., from FL wrapped this theme up nicely by stating couples should, “Kiss each other goodnight, every night !!!”

Humor, it turns out,  is just as important as all the other keys above.  Nicole M. from NY made us laugh when she told us her secret is, “Working opposite shifts!” While Kathy W. also from NY made us smile with her comment, “Let your hubby play softball on Sundays and he’ll do your bidding all week long!” So that’s the secret ingredient we were missing all along! Thanks, Kathy!

And finally, we think the “key” that every man should know to keep their wife happy is a tip from Dan. C from NY, “Never, NEVER, answer the question, ‘Does this make me look fat?’ Fake a seizure if you have to , but get out of the room. Then, 30 seconds later, wander back in the room as if you didn’t hear the question and say, ‘Wow, is that new?’ It looks great on you!” Repeat as often as possible.”

If you’ve enjoyed this post, why not incorporate it into your wedding day?  Ask your guests to write down their “keys” to a happy marriage on little cards or sheets of paper and keep them safe in a guest book, a reception card holder, photo album or even frame them in a photo collage to hang in your new home so you will always have their “keys” of wisdom with you throughout your happy marriage.  And don’t forget to share your key’s with them, a perfect complimentary wedding favor for this wedding theme is our bestselling, Antique Key Bottle Opener shown here:

Bronze Finish Antique Style Key Bottle Opener Favors in Gift Box

Bronze Finish Antique Style Key Bottle Opener Favors in Gift Box

Haven’t weighed in on the conversation yet?  Join by commenting below, what do you think is the “key” to a happy and successful marriage?

Wedding Planning Step 3: Selecting Your Wedding Venue

Nov 13, 2012

Michael Anthony's, Jersey City, NJ

Michael Anthony's, Jersey City, NJ

Hello my fellow brides-to-be! So you’ve celebrated your engagement with your family and friends – what’s next? Selecting for the perfect venue for your special day! Choosing your wedding venue is one of the first and most important steps in the wedding planning process. Steve and I have chosen the Michael Anthony’s, located in the Newport section of Jersey City. Located right near the Hudson River, our venue offers stunning views of the New York City skyline (and even a glimpse of my favorite building in NYC, the Chrysler building!) There is also a perfect view of the new One World Trade Center building that is still under construction, but always lit up in bright, beautiful lights. The restaurant itself has a modern touch, with exposed brick walls and large windows. Steve and I decided early on that we wanted a wedding venue that was out of the ordinary, but also reflected our personal style. Before you begin your search, there are several important factors you should consider.

First, and most importantly, you must decide on your wedding budget.  Will you and your fiancé be footing the bill? Will you receive help from your parents in any way? Once you have determined how much you are able to spend, you will be able to search for venues that will fit your budget.

Next, you should determine how many guests you plan to invite. This will help you narrow down the venues that will be able to accommodate the size of your wedding. You may also want to consider the fact that many venues have guest minimums for certain days. For example, Saturday is the most desirable day to have a wedding, and will require a higher minimum of guests. Fridays and Sundays will usually have a lower minimum guest requirement, as the availability will be greater for these days.

Now that the budget and amount of guests have been decided, you and your fiancé can discuss what you both envision for your special day. Do you plan on having a religious ceremony? Or are you looking for a venue that can also accommodate your ceremony? Also, do you have any particular theme in mind? Some of the most popular wedding venues/themes right now are the rustic wedding (think vintage-style barn or farm), a summertime beach wedding, a modern-style wedding (in a loft or re-purposed warehouse), and the always popular destination wedding. Ballrooms and banquet facilities are also excellent options, and can be found in any location. These venues can be blank slates that you can decorate and enhance. And don’t forget about up-lighting!  Something so simple can make all the difference in the overall look of your wedding venue.

Once you have found some wedding venues that suit your style, you can start visiting them to get a first-hand look of what they have to offer – and be sure to bring your camera! I must admit when Steve and I began visiting wedding venues, we were a little discouraged at first. I felt like we would never find a venue that would fit all of our needs, because each one had its pros and cons. The first venue we visited, a modern loft space, had an odd layout, and would not be able to comfortably accommodate the amount of guests we planned to invite. The second venue we visited was a beautiful re-purposed warehouse, but it did not have ample parking for our guests. You may come across similar bumps in the road, but don’t give up hope!

Here are a few questions to keep in mind once you have chosen that perfect wedding venue:

-Do you have to choose an outside caterer, or do they provide on-site catering services?

-Would you have to supply your own alcohol, or do they offer packages that include this?

-Do they have any wedding decorations (centerpieces, etc.) that you would be able to use for your reception? If so, is there any additional set-up fee if you choose to use them?

-Do they provide linens and chairs or if you will have to rent these from an outside vendor?

-Would you be able to hold your rehearsal at the venue prior to your wedding day (if you choose to have your ceremony/reception at the same location)?

-Are there any restrictions with the space (for example: no confetti, etc.)

-Is there a cake cutting fee? (some venues will add on an additional fee per person for cutting and serving your wedding cake)

-Is there a contingency plan? (should there be inclement weather, and your ceremony was to take place outside)

Do you have any other helpful tips to offer our fellow brides-to-be who are still searching for their perfect wedding venue? I’d love to hear them!

And if you’re still planning, or just beginning to plan your wedding, be sure to check out our wedding planning tips

All the best,

Kristi

Wedding Planning Step 2: Your Preliminary Guest List

Oct 24, 2012

My fiancé Steve and I

Hello my fellow brides-to-be! I am so excited to say that Steve and I have started to plan our wedding day! After getting engaged in the summer of 2010 (right outside of the Little Things office), my fiancé and I have set our wedding date for September 21, 2013, and we found ourselves asking, “Where do we begin?” Thanks to Erica’s extremely helpful ‘Wedding Checklist’, we now have a step-by-step guide to keep us on track. We have recently chosen our wedding venue, Michael Anthony’s in Jersey City, so now we are on to the next step – planning the guest list!

There are a few questions that you and your fiancé should ask each other before making your guest list. For example, do you envision an intimate gathering with close family and friends, or a huge bash? Steve and I do not have particularly large families, and we are both on the same page about the type of wedding we would like to have – a gathering of our close family and friends.  With that being decided, we will be inviting close to 100 guests to our wedding. After you and your fiancé have decided on an approximate number of guests, you can start to discuss how the two of you will break up the guest list. Which one of you has the larger family? Which has more friends to invite?  Once you have discussed these important factors, you will be able to see which one of you may need a little more space on the guest list.

Now on to the next step– putting together a guest list! The first people you will add would of course be your immediate families. I would start out with listing your parents, grandparents, siblings and their spouses, etc. After you have listed your closest family members, you should then list your Bridal Party (+ guests) if any of your Bridal Party members are single.  A great resource to use to get started is our guest list worksheet which you can download and print.

Once these guests are listed, you and your fiancé should begin to add extended family members, co-workers, mutual friends, and college/school friends to your guest list. If you are approaching or have exceeded your approximate number of invited guests, you and your fiancé must discuss where you may be able to make some cuts to the list.

Cutting down your wedding guest list is no easy task, but in order to stay within your budget, you may need to make a few adjustments. First, I would go over the list with your fiancé, and assign each person the letter A or B. The A’s are the definite invites, and will include your immediate family and closest friends. The B’s are for the remaining guests on your list. You and your fiancé can begin to cut down the B’s by asking yourselves a few questions:  Are you close to this person? When is the last time you saw them? Would you truly be upset if they were not there to celebrate your wedding day? Once you have answered these questions for each of the B’s, you and your fiancé should be able to make some substantial cuts to your guest list.

There are several other ways to cut your final guest list. You can start by omitting high school/college friends that you do not really keep in touch with, and will probably never see again. Also, are you both working in large offices/companies? If so, don’t feel obligated to invite everyone in the office! You can eliminate all of your co-workers and business associates from your guest list, or keep it simple by inviting just your immediate supervisor(s).

Finally, don’t beat yourself up about not being able to invite everyone to your wedding. Of course in a perfect world, you wouldn’t need to cut back on any aspect of your special day – but sometimes that is just not possible (unless you’re Kim Kardashian!) No matter what, your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life, and your friends and family will be there to share it with you!

Stay tuned for next week’s installment on our wedding planning process – choosing your perfect venue!

All the best,

Kristi