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Vehicle Rental: DIY Transportation 101

Research the company:
Do they have the size of vehicles you need? Do they have a good record with the Better Business Bureau? Are they reputable in the industry? Preview their vehicles.

How many people will be driving? Typically, companies will make you list all intended drivers.  Keep in mind; most companies require that all drivers be over the age of 25 and licensed to drive in the state in which the company resides. Be sure to bring your license and proof of insurance when picking up the rental, as most companies will make a copy of each for their records.

Mileage limits:
Many companies have a daily mileage limit. Be sure to read everything on your contract, so that you are not surprised by excess mileage penalties. Also, be sure to check if your rental company allows for out of state or the country trips. Additional fees may be incurred beyond tolls, charges, and sales taxes.

Damage deposits are collected in the event of loss of or damage to a vehicle. This deposit is credited back when the vehicle is returned undamaged.

It is always a good idea to fuel vehicles yourself before returning them to the rental company as most often than not, there is an additional refueling charge that you will acquire. Be aware of what type of gas, diesel or regular that the vehicle takes.  Not only does putting the wrong type of fuel into the tank make the car no longer drivable, it is costly to repair.

Research your options before and know your needs. Some companies require that you carry collision and comprehensive coverage that extends to rental vehicles. Some companies will offer loss damage or collision damage waivers.  

Pick Up & Return:
Before you are handed the keys, a company representative and yourself should walk around the vehicle to inspect and document any existing damage.  You should also do this upon return

Read the fine print:
Be sure to read the contract through in its entirety. Contracts are legally binding document that commit you to the provider. Be well informed about what you are signing, ask questions if you don’t understand something, and be sure to ask for a copy of the mutually signed agreement for your own records.   


A Floral Wonderland

Selecting a florist: Most florists have a portfolio of their work. Choose a florist who will spend time with you. If the florist has not been to your ceremony or reception site, you may want to arrange a visit to view the decor. This ensures that the arrangements are designed to match the surroundings, and can be very helpful when you are discussing your ideas and needs. Ask for references to see how customers compare what was promised and what was actually delivered. Your florist can also inform you about what flowers will be in season, and show styles that will appropriately fit your theme and budget. You should expect flowers to be somewhat less expensive during their seasons.

Develop a plan: Think about your floral design and decorations, and write your ideas down. Determine what you will need for the various people involved, arrangements for the church, and decorations for the reception. And have a budget in mind. Ask several florists for formal bids, based on your outline. Then determine with which florist and budget you feel most comfortable.

Meeting with the florist: You should meet with your florist as soon as possible. A florist can only commit to a limited number of weddings or events, especially during the busy summer and holiday months. Be sure to bring color swatches of the exact colors you've selected. Also discuss the length of your ceremony and reception, to ensure that you select flowers that will remain beautiful throughout the day.

Preparing for your florist: It is best to bring suggestions when you first meet with your florist. Although the florist may have photos of arrangements and bouquets, it's important to provide a sense of your own ideal. Take advantage of the florist's expertise. Be sure to tell the florist or designer what flower types you absolutely do not like (i.e. carnations or baby's breath); also let them know what you love!

Flower colors and shades: Selecting the colors and shades of flowers can be a challenge. If you select burgundy roses - beware, your "burgundy" may be the grower's "deep red." Always use a fabric swatch or ribbon sample to show your florist the exact color you have in mind. The florist will help to blend the entire theme and mood of your wedding with the floral decorations and bouquets.

Throw-away bouquet: Consider ordering a throw-away bouquet. When it comes time to throw the bouquet, many brides wish for an alternative so that their own bridal bouquets can be preserved.

Corsages: Mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom should always be given a corsage, but many couples also choose to give them to other special guests. Wrist and purse corsages eliminate pin marks in a beautiful silk or chiffon dress. A shoulder corsage tends to pull down on lightweight fabric, giving a beautiful dress an awkward look in photographs. Be sure to ask your florist to bring extra pins for corsages and boutonnieres.

Delivery and setup of flowers: It is very important that your flowers be delivered at the right time. They shouldn't arrive earlier than necessary, since some facilities lack air conditioning and certain flowers deteriorate rapidly. Corsages and boutonnieres will remain fresh and be easily distributed if you ask your florist to package them individually. If your flowers must be in place at a certain time, tell your florist what time they'll be needed. Consider designating a florist's assistant, especially if you have many corsages. Always put the location and date on your contract, as well as the desired time of delivery so there are no questions or last-minute problems. If the bid doesn't include setup and delivery, allow extra in your budget.

If you are planning to take your flowers to the reception or home, arrange for help in advance. Don't use people from your wedding party. They should not be detained at the church, but rather go straight to the reception to participate in your reception line or introductions. Ask a family friend to handle the moving of flowers.

10 Crucial Questions to ask your florist:

  1. How many weddings have you provided flowers for and do you have references?
  2. Can you provide samples or drawings of your designs?
  3. Do you have a portfolio?
  4. Can you give me advice on how to save money with in-season flowers?
  5. Are you familiar with my site or will you visit it before the wedding?
  6. When and where will be flowers be delivered?
  7. Will you be available on-site the day of the wedding to adjust flowers and place arrangements?
  8. Do you have an assistant?
  9. Do you handle rental items?
  10. What are your guarantees for your flowers and will they be fresh?



Wedding 101: Bridal Accessories

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue! Bridal accessories are the finishing touch for your big day. Jewelry, headpieces, clutches, belts and more can really complete your bridesmaids, flower girl, and bridal gown. Here are some tips for when it comes to your accessories your wedding gowns.

Shoes: Comfort is number one - beauty is second! Find a pair of shoes that will be comfortable. Remember, you will be wearing these for hours and most likely, sitting down for very little of it.

*Bonus tips to insuring you’re able to dance all night in your new Choo’s? 1. Try on shoes at the end of the day, when feet are swollen from the day’s activities. 2. Don't select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe but by how the shoe fits your foot. Sizes between brands can vary, as they are not standardized. 3.Wear them around the house, so they are broken in by the time the big day arrives. But do not purchase shoes in the hopes they’ll stretch. You’ll be disappointed and set yourself up for pain. Flexible materials, like soft high quality leather or suede, will offer the most molding around your foot. 4. Look for shoes with a layer of rubber on the heel to help prevents slips.

Veils, headpieces and fascinators: This one bridal accessory can help convey the style and theme of your wedding. Having a traditional cathedral wedding, consider utilizing that long altar and wear a cathedral length veil. Getting married on a boat? A birdcage veil won’t fly away in the wind or perhaps an elegant comb that adds just a hint of glamour. Looking for a elegant, romantic, Grace Kelly style? A Juliet cap would fit those requirements. Be sure to bring whatever hair accessory you choose to your hair consultation so that you and your stylist will be able to create the best hairstyle to compliment your headpiece.

Jewelry: A good rule of thumb is to match your metals. Ivory and gold compliment each other with their undertones of cream. White compliments platinum or silver. Off-white pairs beautifully with rose gold, silver, and pearls. If your dress features any of these metals or pearls, it’s a perfect starting point for how to pick your jewelry accessories.

Necklaces lengths are also dependent on your gowns neckline. Scoop necks are best complimented with multiple beaded strands or large scale pendants, crew necks look best beset short necklaces, strapless gowns work with all combinations of necklaces lengths from chokers to bold multi-strand necklaces, angular pendants add symmetry to asymmetrical gowns, V-necks pair with V-shaped pendants that mimic the dress neckline, bateau or boat necks are perfect for long, beaded string necklaces, and a sweetheart neckline pairs best with a wide, curved necklace.

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: Superstitious or not, we love the idea of fulfilling this old wedding rhyme. Ask your mother or grandmother for something she carried at her wedding: a lace hankie, Bible, or some sentimental jewelry you can wear or carry. Bridal showers are a perfect opportunity to acquire a something new (hint! hint! Maid and Matrons of Honor). Borrowed items again are a great opportunity to carry something of history from a family member or beloved friend.  Lastly, something blue does not always have to be your garter (although this traditional blue accessory is still one of our favorites), think about a sapphire jewelry piece or having your new monogram embroidered in blue in the lining of your gown.

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Wedding 101: Choosing Your Ceremony Site

ceremony sites

Whether you envision a traditional chapel, or a destination winery wedding ceremony, there are a few key factors you’ll want to consider when choosing your ceremony site. 

The Type of Ceremony you want will be the leading factor in choosing which venue will best suits your wedding needs. Think about the style of ceremony you’re looking to have – chapel traditional or barefoot on the beach – formal or informal, this will help narrow down the vast amount of choices.

Guest Count will be the second most important factor when looking at potential ceremony locations.  If you are envisioning an intimate gathering of your closest friends and family, a small winery estate might be the perfect location. Whereas, if you’re looking to host a multitude of guests, searching large hotels or resorts will best fit your needs with their ballrooms.

Location. When choosing the where to hold your ceremony keep in mind factors like traffic, parking and travel time.

Types of Ceremony Sites

  • Casinos
  • Chapels, Churches, Synagogues, & Mosques
  • Community Halls & Centers
  • Event, Visitor & Convention Centers
  • Golf & Country Clubs
  • Historic Venues
  • Hotels, Houses and Lodges
  • Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
  • Parks, Beach houses, Pavilions, and Recreation Centers
  • Private Clubs
  • Private Residences
  • Resorts
  • Restaurant’s
  • Rowing & Sailing Centers
  • Theaters & Music Halls
  • Wineries

10 Questions to ask when choosing your ceremony site:

  1. Do they have dates available around the time you want your wedding?
  2. How many people can they accommodate?
  3. Do they have enough parking, offer valet parking services, or management?
  4. Do they offer on-site coordination?  
  5. Do they offer a discount for weekday or off-season?
  6. For outdoor weddings, what are the local noise ordinances?
  7. Are there any decoration or music restrictions?
  8. What’s their cancellation policy?
  9. Does the venue have a reception site attached or close by? If so, is there an additional charge to use this space?
  10. How long will can your reserve event space(s) for? Keep in mind your florist, décor and musicians will need adequate time to set up prior to your guest’s arrival. 

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Wedding 101: Reception Dancing Timeline

Traditionally, the bride and groom choose a special song to be played at their reception for their first dance as a married couple. Consultants advise that you carefully consider your choice. Is the "special song" you select one that you and your groom can dance to comfortably with grace? Is it one that will stand the test of time? Sometimes a trendy or popular song of the moment will be forgotten before your first anniversary. When you relive the memories of your "first dance" ten, fifteen, or thirty years from now, will you or any of your family and guests remember the music to which you danced? Be sure to talk with your DJ, musicians and wedding planner to help you decide when and how to do your first dance and all dances thereafter.

When to start:
As a general rule, the first dance begins the dancing portion of the evening and begins after the meal portion has been completed, yet before the cutting of the wedding cake.  However, a trend we’re seeing is couples making a grand entrance at the reception and perform their first dance straight away. Consider your crowds energy level, how you want the flow of the night to go, and what time you'll need to be out of your venue.

First dance:
Traditionally performed to slow music, the first dance now has blossomed into a time to really showcase a couple’s personality. Choreographed dances are not only fun, they make for great feed on your wedding video and are an opportunity to get the whole bridal party in on the fun out on the dance floor.

Traditional Reception Dance Sequence:

  1. The new couple has their first dance together
  2. The second dance involves the father-of-the-bride, father-in-law and stepfather’s where applicable.  They can cut into the dance during the song or can each have their own song.  Keep in mind song length if many dances are scheduled or invite guests to join you during each song.
  3. While the bride is dancing with her father(s), the groom begins dancing with his own mother, than mother-in-law and stepmother. 
  4. After dancing with your respective parents, if you have children, this is their opportunity to have a special dance with their parents.
  5. Next the new couples parents share a dance.
  6. The dance floor opens to everyone to join.


This sequence is only a guideline. With today's non-traditional families, you might want to take a few moments well in advance of your wedding to decide how you will include all the significant members of your families and wedding party in the traditional first dance. Be sure to inform all the involved members how you want everything to work so that they are comfortable stepping in at the right time.

Last dance:
Don’t minimize the importance of the last dance. It’s the final hooray of an amazing day; choose a song that will get everyone out on the dance floor one last time.

Dance lessons:
Not everyone finds the attention of dancing comfortable. If either of you has "two-left-feet," dance lessons may very likely save the day. Plus the classes make for excellent pre-wedding date nights!  

BanquetEvent Lucky in Love's "Wedding 101", offers practical and inspiration wedding planning tools, advice, and connects you with the vendors who can make the wedding of dreams a reality.