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Selecting your wedding officiant is an important decision – after all, they will have a huge influence on the tone of the ceremony. You’ll want to make sure that you find someone who is willing to perform the kind of ceremony you are envisioning, or who has a style and belief system similar to your own. And of course, if you want to make it legal, you’ll need to make sure that they are legally able to marry you in your state.

The first thing you and your intended bride or groom must do is decide if you want a religious or secular ceremony. This highly personal decision will obviously impact who will marry you. Secondly, your wedding planner should have experience with officiants that are fitting for your union- they have excellent recommendations with personal relationships that can make sure you have the right person for your special day.

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Questions to ask your prospective officiant:

  • How much are we allowed to customize the ceremony? Can we write our own vows?
  • Will you marry us even if we are not current members of your church/synagogue/etc? How do we become members?
  • If we are of different faiths, or one of us is not religious, is that a problem?
  • One of us is divorced, does your religion allow you to marry us?
  • Are we required to attend any classes or counseling before the wedding?
  • Will our non-religious friends be allowed to participate in the ceremony, including giving readings, singing, or (if appropriate) taking communion?
  • How will you be dressed for the ceremony?

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Choosing a wedding date can be quite a challenge. You have to choose a date which works for you and your guests. You need to choose a wedding date that is in the season of your preference. And, you may even want to pick a day that is fun and easy to remember. Whatever your decision, make your wedding date a good one. You’ll remember it forever!

Finding a venue can be easy if you have a wedding planner with connections. At Events by Cori we have a page dedicated to featuring the venues that we work closely with while also highlighting the beautiful weddings that we’re so proud of! Visit the venue gallery here: http://eventsbycori.com/gallery/weddings1.html and begin researching all our favorite spots!

 

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As a wedding planner, I find the best way to describe the importance and relief that my career carries is by looking at testimonials from real brides. The Knot has tons of reviews from brides and there’s a resounding undertone that having a planner certainly has its benefits, since you can enjoy other type of parties, since you can hire a party bus for your St. Louis trip which is great for a bachelor party.

“I LOVED my wedding planner. She designed my cemeromy and reception spaces and they were more than I could have ever imagined on my own. She was able to get me the best vendors at whole sale prices. She coordinated everything from the rehearsal dinner to the thank you brunch. I live 1.5 hours from where the wedding was held and it was a huge time, money and stress saver to use her.” written by ‘vignesle’ on The Knot
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“I wholeheartedly recommend a planner. They don’t just “plan” – they serve as a neutral third party that can settle decisions between family members, future in-laws, etc. Mine keeps track of every dollar paid/owed as we get closer to the day so there’s no vagueness or hidden costs as we go forward. I will be attending my rehearsal, wedding, brunch and having as much fun as the guests because I won’t be worried about a thing. At the end of the day – her fee is going to work out to less than 10 dollars an hour – not to mention calling all vendors, etc. etc. etc. For any woman with a job and wants to still have a life while she plans a wedding, they are worth it!” written by ‘endlessocean’ on The Knot
 
To read reviews from brides that worked with Events by Cori, please go to our WeddingWire page or TheKnot page. We look forward to working with you!

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It’s never too early in the wedding planning process to start talking about your guest list. Before you announce that you’re having 250 people and start verbally inviting people, it’s a good idea to sit down with your fiancé and answer the following questions.

  • What is your dream wedding? It could be a petite gathering or a large bash.
  • Who comes to mind when you think of getting married? These are the people that make your day particularly special.
  • Who is involved in paying for the wedding? This will help to decide which guests they would like to have there as well.
  • What can you afford? This is the ultimate question- setting up a budget will help identify what type of event fits best for you.

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Once you’ve got these preliminary questions out of the way, and decided where you’re having both the ceremony and reception, you’ll know about how many guests you want to invite. The next step is deciding how many invitations to give to each of your parents. Traditionally, the invitations are split evenly between the two families. However, if the bride and groom share the same group of friends, you may choose to give each of your parents a third of the invitations, reserving a third for yourselves.

You and your fiancé should sit down and start naming the names (and gathering the addresses!) that will make up your portion of the guest list. Make it fun with wine and cheese!

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Looking ahead in 2014 we are very excited for these new trends…

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1. Hanging Decor 2. Metallic Color Schemes 3. “Naked” Wedding Cakes 4. Radiant Orchid (Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014) 5. Dahlia’s 6. Custom Hashtags 7. Art Deco (Gatsby-inspired) 8. Mint Bridesmaids Dresses 9. Unique Entertainment (Photobooths, Video booths) 10. Halter Wedding Dresses

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Orchid is growing on us: A version of the purple hue is Pantone Inc.’s color of the year for 2014. It follows 2013’s pick of emerald green.

Officially known as Radiant Orchid, the tropical shade is a color-wheel contrast to green, said Leatrire Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, but it’s not the red that would have been a more obvious choice. “It’s a little different, it’s a little off the beaten path and it’s not a primary color,” she explains. “It’s an invitation to innovation. The purple family offers an opportunity to do creative things.”

And, she said, that is what pop culture wants right now. “People associate purple with creativity and originality — and those are very valued today. We see words like that being used to describe technologies and products that are seen as innovative and with an approach you haven’t tried before.”

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It ultimately comes down to personal choice. But there are a few things to consider; how many bridesmaids do you want, what will your budget stretch to, who is going to be on hand for dress fittings and advice, who is your closest confidant and how well will the girls get along.

Choose wisely and ask yourself who couldn’t you do without on the biggest day of your life – and there will be your answer. It’s also important not to feel dictated to by tradition or what other people think. If you only want one bridesmaid but have two very special friends both worthy of the maid-of-honor title, then have two maid-of-honors and one bridesmaid – it’s entirely up to you. And if you’re not particularly close to your future husband’s three sisters, ask them politely if there’s another role within the wedding they’d be happy to takeover, such as handling the guest book, ushering, or handing out programs.

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If you’re looking for a great caterer service, Villa Russo might just have what you need to make of your party a moment you’ll never forget.

This is your special day and should be comfortable along with exciting and joyous, so enjoy it with the right entourage!

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If the idea of tracking your wedding expenses makes you nervous- have no fear- we can assist you to budget every aspect of the big day. It is important to give yourself a realistic budget and based on that figure you can fill in guestimates for various wedding costs. Here are some helpful ways to control costs:

  1. Know your limits: If you are paying for the entire wedding or a large portion of it schedule a session with a wedding planner.  The wedding planner will have realistic ideas for specific costs and will help you find ways to pay for it all.
  2. Open a Wedding Account: In order to track where your money is going at all times, open a bank account that is dedicated to wedding costs. The alternative to that is dedicating one credit card to wedding expenses (especially if it has rewards for spending).
  3. Get Donations Upfront: If anyone else is going to help you towards the wedding costs its helpful to ask for that money in a lump sum that can be delegated where you need it.
  4. Earn Credit Card Points: When it comes to the real expensive wedding costs such as the dress or venue, its always wise to charge it to a credit card that rewards you, whether it be with frequent flier miles or cashback.Cori Dove Canyon1
  5. Enroll in Awards Programs: Many hotels offer points for frequent stays and if you decide to have your reception at a hotel it could essentially earn you some free honeymoon nights.
  6. Be Punctual: Having a wedding coordinator that keeps you and the guests organized can seriously avoid any overtime charges.
  7. Read the Fine Print: Look closely at anything you sign. You have every right to ask “are tax, gratuity, and overtime included?”
  8. Cut the Head Count: It’s not easy to cut friends or family but its a quick fix for any budget that’s getting too high. You do also have the option of having a two-tier reception where the large group is included in a cocktail party followed by a sit-down dinner with a much smaller group.

 

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Keep your wedding on track with an organized binder filled with worksheets, contact lists, calendar appointments or any inspiration that you find along the way. You’ll feel less stressed by having all of your wedding information at your fingertips, ready for you to access at a moment’s notice. Here’s how to create the wedding binder that’s fit for you:

 

  1. Purchase a sturdy, three-ring binder with inner pockets and at least a two-inch spine, depending on your wedding size and scope.
  2. Place dividers inside the binder and type tabs or labels to keep each section organized. Use sections to match specific planning categories, such as guest lists, invitations, wedding dress, vendors and catering. Include a business card sleeve page in the vendor section to hold business cards. Place several clear, zippered pouch pages in the back of the binder to house invitation samples, receipts, contracts, pens and color swatches.
  3. Place extra pens and a calculator in the zipper pouches of the binder and collect magazine articles, images etc in another zippered pouch to reference later. (Remember to snap photos with your phone/camera when  you see something inspirational that you’d like to reference later)
  4. Keep a checklist as the first page of the binder as a reminder of what you’ve achieved and what you still need to complete.      wedding-planning-binder
  5. Add additional inserts to the binder under each tab based on your wedding needs. Include the checklists, blank pages for notes and a calendar for you to fill in important dates and deadlines. Use a hole punch on documents such as guest lists, vendor brochures, honeymoon travel paperwork and other various information to include in the binder.
  6. Fill in the wedding planning calendar with important dates. Mark dates and times for vendor appointments, wedding gown fittings, hair and makeup appointments, payment dates, bridal parties and honeymoon travel dates. Include timelines and reminder notes to yourself to ensure you do not forget important details, such as when to apply for your marriage license or book your honeymoon tickets.
  7. Keep the binder with you at all times — bring it in the car, when away from home — just in case you get a call, meet a potential vendor or need to check a date. Carry a small notebook in your purse, when in the stores, to jot down any information you want to remember to include in your wedding binder.
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