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Tips for Planning a Wedding Last Minute: Little Details, Part 2
As your wedding day approaches, there are a thousand little details competing for your attention. If you are planning a wedding on a short timeline, these details can seem magnified and overwhelming, but don’t despair! We’ve got you covered on: picking a venue, making a selection from gorgeous gold wedding ring sets, finding a dress and starting to narrow down all these last-minute details.
With a few meticulous lists and some help from friends and family, you’ll have it all under control so you can enjoy your beautiful day.
More Little Details for Your Wedding Day
1. Get your marriage license.
Oh that tiny thing? You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget about the legal piece of your wedding slip your mind! Each state has different rules, requirements and waiting periods, so look these up well in advance. For example, when my husband and I got married in Louisiana, I had to order a certified copy of my birth certificate from the county where I was born in California, which took weeks. Call the office in advance to make sure you have everything you need.
2. Make a master wedding-day agenda.
A general rule of thumb is that everything will take a little longer than you think it will when planning a wedding. Ask all of your vendors what timeframes they recommend, as they have valuable expertise to draw from. Think five women can get hair and make-up done in two hours? Think again! Add in some buffer time for each step to cut down on frantic rushing. Write up an agenda and email and print out copies for everyone who is part of the wedding. Have your coordinator (or whichever trusted person you designate taskmaster) keep each step running smoothly.
3. Make a list of items that need to go to the venue or hotel
It’s best to work on this list over the course of a few days, as you will remember little things as you go. Keep a notebook or phone app handy to jot items down as you think of them. Categorize items by steps in the agenda and/or venue, and make note of who is responsible for each. For example, the best man may be in charge of getting the gold wedding band sets to the venue, but the maid of honor is responsible for all hair, make-up and clothes items that need to go to the hotel room.
4. Create tip envelopes
This is a detail you could easily overlook during a whirlwind wedding day. Look at your list of vendors, and decide who you want to tip and how much. Put together labeled envelopes sealed with checks for each vendor, and give them to your wedding coordinator or point person. It’s a good idea to set aside a bit of emergency cash and a checkbook for unforeseen circumstances.
What last-minute tips do you have for planning a wedding?
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Wedding Traditions of the World: Bridal Attire Edition
We’ve written in the past about different wedding traditions and superstitions from around the world, but today I specifically wanted to talk about bridal attire customs.
Most of us dream about our wedding dress from an early age and can’t imagine wearing anything but that one perfect gown when exchanging his and her rings. However, not every bride ends up wearing a white (or white-ish) dress on her wedding day. Different cultures have different traditions, and wedding attire is no exception. Let’s take a look at some of the bridal attire traditions from around the world:
1. Traditional Chinese
In a traditional Chinese wedding, the bride will be wearing a one-piece gown called a qipao, which have been worn since the 17th century. It’s elaborately embroidered with silver and gold designs. It’s typically red as the color red is thought to repel evil spirits and bring good fortune. Here’s another traditional Chinese bridal custom: brides will wear a red, silk veil during her wedding ceremony. The veil is removed by her husband, but not until their wedding night.
2. Traditional Egyptian
A traditional Egyptian wedding dress is so long that the material spreads on the floor. Most of these gowns have embellishments and colorful accents-- gold accents are the most popular, as gold used to be a color used by Egyptian royalty. The gown itself is also often red. Brides also wear a shawl as a headdress because the bride is not allow to show her face to wedding guests. It covers everything except the eyes as she is only to be unveiled for her husband and her family.
3. Traditional Mongolian
At a traditional Mongolian wedding, both the bride and the groom wear a del, a bright garment made of cotton and silk with various patterns. The bride also wears a round, flat headdress that signifies wealth, so she would want it to be as extravagant and ornate as possible.
4. Traditional Indian
Traditionally, Hindu brides wear elaborate red or white saris. The colors represent fertility, wealth, and purity. Most of these are elaborately decorated in sequined patterns. She’ll also have various, intricate henna tattoos on her hands and feet that her female family member painted on in the days leading up to the wedding.
What wedding traditions are you planning on incorporating into your day?
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Innovative Engagement Ring Boxes of the 21st Century
When you are getting ready to propose, you spend a lot of time thinking about engagement rings. That’s natural since there are a lot of choices to be made. For instance, the type of gold and the cut of the diamond...and that’s just two of the many decisions weighing on your mind.
However, until recently, people haven’t thought much about the box that holds the engagement ring set. Maybe that’s because there hasn’t been many other choices beyond the standard, square, bulky ring box. Good news! That’s no longer the case (pun intended). You can now customize your ring box to match the customizable ring set you’ll give your sweetheart. Take a look at these innovative engagement ring boxes:
1. Ring Cam
If you’re a technology fanatic, Ring Cam might be a perfect fit for your proposal. This isn’t just an ordinary ring box. It’s a ring box that can record your proposal from start to finish. Capture your partner’s surprised reaction when you get down on one knee, and you’ll be able to relive your proposal with friends and family. All you have to do is press a button to start recording.
Have you ever thought about how bulky ring boxes are? That can present a major problem when you are trying to plan a surprise proposal and have to worry about where to store the cumbersome box without it being noticed. That’s where packaging designer Andrew Zo stepped in. His creation, the “Clifton,” is an engagement ring box that’s just 1 centimeter thick and resembles a wallet. When you open it up, the ring blooms like a flower in a beautiful spinning motion. This box retails for $99, but that price might be well worth the look of utter surprise on your sweetheart’s face.
3. Create Your Own!
Want a ring box that’s as unique as our customizable ring sets? Then put on your thinking hat! Instead of using a traditional box, brainstorm other things that you can use to present the engagement ring set. For example, if your love is a bibliophile, then you could buy a copy of her favorite book (don’t use her prized copy!) and carve out a section for the engagement ring. Try to think of things that unite you as a couple. Maybe you two fell in love after bonding over your Harry Potter obsession. If so, a replica of the Sorting Hat might be the perfect way to ask your partner to permanently become a part of your house. What ideas can you come up with?
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Marriage Advice from the World’s Longest-Married Couples, Part 1
Marriage is one of the most wonderful gifts in the world, but it is definitely not easy. Giving your whole heart and the rest of your life to just one person might sometimes seem scary or even impossible. But don’t throw away those customizable engagement rings yet! Think about how nice it is to see couples who have done it and lived to tell the tale. There’s nothing that brings a smile to my face as quickly as seeing an elderly couple hold hands. There’s just something about it.
So, if you’re nervous about marriage, maybe it’s a good idea to ask for some advice and words of encouragement from loved ones you know who have had those his and hers wedding bands on for a long time. Before that though, you should check out these beautiful pieces of marriage advice from two of the world’s longest married couples.
Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher
Let’s start with Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, who were once the longest married couple in the entire world! In fact, they broke The Guinness World Record for the longest marriage! These two lovebirds were married for a whopping 87 years. In 2010, they did a Twitter Q&A where they gave some great advice. Here are some of the best tidbits:
“Remember marriage is not a contest – never keep a score.”
“We grew up together and were best friends before we married. A friend is for life; our marriage has lasted a lifetime.”
“Respect, support, and communicate with each other. Be faithful, honest, and true. Love each other with ALL of your heart.”
Jon and Ann Betar
This couple eloped on November 25, 1932, and they actually weren’t ever supposed to be married in the first place! Ann’s father had arranged for her to marry a man 20 years older than her. And, when she ended up eloping with Jon, the father told her previously betrothed not to worry--that the marriage wouldn’t last. Boy, was he wrong. In this article, Jon and Ann pass on some of the wisdom they've accrued over the years, including:
“Devote your time to understanding one another.”
“Be content with what you have and what you’re doing.”
“Marriage isn’t a lovey-dovey think, y’know, for 80 years. You learn to accept one another’s way of life.”
Stay tuned for the next part in this series that will have even more marriage advice for you to ponder! In the meantime, take a look at our customizable engagement rings and our his and hers wedding bands.
Tips for Planning a Wedding Last Minute: Little Details, Part 1
Planning a wedding can be extremely time consuming and stressful, and planning a wedding on a time crunch multiplies the time commitment and stress level immensely. But you don’t have to do it alone. I love wedding planning, so I’m here to help! I’ve already given you some tips for picking a venue, choosing a wedding dress, and selecting his and hers wedding bands, but now it’s time to talk about all those pesky little details you need to take care of before the big day. Ready to get to work? Let’s get to work!
1. Pay the Bills
Hopefully throughout the wedding planning process, you’ve been keeping an accurate total of what you owe and to whom you owe it. If not, you need to make a spreadsheet stat. You shouldn’t be stressed about money on your wedding day, so take care of all your final payments before then. Here’s another helpful idea: when you give a vendor a payment, have them sign something saying they received it. This way, you have proof if one says they weren’t paid.
2. Check in with the Vendors
The week of your wedding, you need to call all of your vendors and make sure everything is ready to go. Make sure they have the correct address for the ceremony and the reception. You also want to make sure they have a few different people’s contact information--just in case your point person can’t answer the phone at the moment when they call.
3. Ring Cleaning
Here’s a small detail that can go a long way: the week before your wedding, take your engagement ring and your wedding bands to get cleaned. Trust me, you’re going to want everyone to see the full brilliance of your rings on your wedding day. And don’t forget about your partner! If he or she has one of our customizable engagement rings or a wedding band, take those to get cleaned as well.
4. Talk to Your Photographer
Do you have specific ideas for photographs? Then you need to tell the person taking the photos! Don’t expect the photographer to read your mind. Write down a list of your ideas ahead of time. You also need to write down which groups of people you’d like photographed so that you won’t forget anyone. Get this to the photographer the morning of the wedding.
5. Appoint a Coordinator
You should be relaxed on your wedding day. You need to be able to take the time to take everything in and enjoy yourself--after all, you (hopefully!) only get to do this once. You don’t need to be worrying about the caterer getting there on time or the ring bearer having your his and hers wedding bands. Instead, the only thing you should be concerned with is getting down that aisle! That’s why it’s a good idea if you appoint a day-of coordinator. (If you have a wedding planner, then you’ve already got this covered.) Make sure to choose someone that’s organized and that you trust--this is the person that’s going to make sure your day goes as smoothly as possible. Give all your vendors his or her contact information so you don’t have to answer calls about flower deliveries while you’re sipping champagne and getting ready.
There are still more things that need to be done, so stay tuned for my next set of tips! Be sure to let me know if you’re having a last minute wedding in the comments.
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