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Let's Snuggle

Finally, the first days of Fall are upon us and we can actually (for the first time in years) actually feel the crispness in the air this early! You know what that means don’t you? All of the evening outdoor weddings that would normally still be sweltering right now might just be a little chilly! What to do? Add blankets for your guests of course! Check out these adorable blanket displays!

And just so you know, you can buy chalkboard wood slices at your local craft store! Who knew??

Stay warm out there!

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Etsy Find: It's All About the Bride

Don’t we hear that so much in the wedding business?? That is why, when we saw this cute handkerchief on Etsy, we knew we had to feature it! Every bride wants to make their groom feel special! 

Find it here!

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A Tale of Good Customer Service

So I got a call this afternoon from this weekend’s bride – crisis, her programs were printed with the wrong ceremony time. She approved the proof, so technically the stationer isn’t responsible. The bride is upset, but doesn’t really want to pay for reprinting them. She’s trying to tell herself it doesn’t matter, most people don’t read the ceremony time, and won’t notice. But it’s not really ok with her.

Then, out of the blue, I get a call from the stationer. She’s just had a call from our representative at the Ritz, Denise. It seems that when the bride delivered her welcome bags, she had been crying and Denise noticed it, and asked her mom what was wrong. Next thing you know, wheels are set in motion: Denise has called the stationer to say that if she can reprint the inside page, the Ritz staff will pick them up, along with the incorrect programs, and reassemble them. No charge. They just want her to be happy.
The bride is thrilled and can’t believe it. I say, this is the difference between good vendors who care, and those who really don’t. 
The lesson: It’s not so much about how your wedding vendors work when things are going fine, it’s about how they react and respond when there is a problem. This is Ritz Level Service. Every bride deserves it!
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Everyone Is Looking for Their Prints Charming

Let’s talk wedding gifts today! And we will talk more specifically about weddings prints. We love this trend of giving a bride and groom something personalized that they can either frame and hang in their home, or put a magnet on it to keep on their refrigerator until they are done with it and throw it away! They are great for the shopper on a budget, but still pack a lot of heartfelt punches (in the nicest way). Here are three (because all good things come in threes) of our favorites we have found from Etsy! 

This one can be found here.

This one can be found here.

You can find this one here.

Hope you like them! We sure do!

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WoodAround

Are you looking for a unique ring for your husband or even forgoing the traditional diamonds for something simple? Check out these amazing rings! They offer a ton of looks and finishes and are really durable! Check out Their FAQ page and you will hooked!

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Extra! Extra! (Read All About It)

This is somewhat of a cautionary tale. More of a warning per say. Always. ALWAYS. Always order extras. There is always someone who doesn’t RSVP and will show up or bring a plus one without letting you know. It is better to always have a few extra than have someone go without! So simple, but we cannot tell you how often the extras are forgotten!

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From the Emergency Kit: Visine

If you have ever met me, you know that I am prepared for practically any situation. My Emergency Kit is with me at every wedding and there is not many emergency wedding situations that I can’t solve with it. So we are starting a new blog category, “From the Emergency Kit.”

This time we are talking about Visine. It seems like a reasonable thing to have in the kit. Perfect for itchy and dry eyes, just like the commercial says.

BUT did you know that it can also relieve red splotches caused by stress? One of my brides had them all over her chest because of nerves and Visine took care of it!

Who knew!

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Photo Booth We Love!

We LOVE photo booths, but there are few that we can say are ADORABLE. We love the idea of having your guests stand behind this Polaroid prop!

How cute is that? Simple and even easy to make too!!

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Wedding Truths

It’s true…

Yes, the day will fly by

Yes, if you’ve been planning a while, you will have a “lull period” in the middle, before things get busy the last 6 weeks

Yes, you may get tired of the planning near the end, even if you’re gung-ho at the beginning and loving it 

Yes, you will have questions that make you go, hmmm, I never thought of that

Yes, some of your vendors may suddenly become difficult communicators

Yes, you will be in “bride land” the last few days and will not want to make any decisions or talk to anyone

Yes, it’s ok to not answer your phone those last few days

Yes, this will be the best day of your life!

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Registering Outside of the Box

Gift registries. They can be a joy and a pain at the same time. Do you ever feel like you’re seeing all of the same stuff in the stores and none of it is stuff that you are actually wanting or needing? How about registering places you may not have seen before and watch as others follow your lead.

Here are just a few inspirational places to get you started, but take note: most places offer some type of registry or wishlist. Take advantage of this season of your life and register for the stuff you really want.

Honeyfund is a honeymoon registry that your guests can donate money towards to help you go on the trip of a lifetime. From giving bike rentals to train tickets, you really have a lot of options to give your guests.

CardAvenue. Not sure what you want or need or you would just rather pick it out when you aren’t under tons of stress? How about a gift card registry from CardAvenue?

Amazon. What can’t you find on Amazon? Why not register for all the unique things here?

There are countless other places that offer wedding registries, so ditch Nordstrom and Crate & Barrel if you want! They aren’t the only ones who want to give you exactly what you want.

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Photos courtesy of Alea Moore, Gene Ho, Alecia Lauren Photography, Solstice Images and Marc Climie

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