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The colors of the room clash with my wedding hues. Wedding reception table. The Expert: Alison Hotchkiss of Alison Events in San Francisco. The Style Hack: "Don`t fight the design flaw—embrace it," Hotchkiss says. "If the carpet is a green zigzag, pull that color into the napkins or the seat cushions." Not for you? Try draping the walls with fabric or covering the floor with a sisal rug. If you`ve chosen a palette with a metallic or a neutral, make that hue more prominent in the décor and save the bolder color for details like your invitations or signature sip. The space isn’t big enough for two separate setups. Loft-style wedding ceremony. The Expert: Dora Manuel of Viva Bella Events in Cincinnati. The Style Hack: Fret not! Just "flip" the space. You can use the flowers on the ceremony aisle for reception centerpieces, and your rental chairs can serve double duty too. But factor in extras. "We always keep backup draping on hand," Manuel says. Draping can hide things that aren`t easy to move, like a 12-piece band. You can also use it to frame the ceremony or hide preset tables.
You may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Tip for the taking: For friends who can`t commit for whatever reason (they live out of town or are busy at work), let them in on just a few wedding prep activities, like an invitation stuffing party complete with wine and pizza. Include your brothers and sisters. Not to sound like your mom, but think about it: Even if you`re not particularly close to his sister or her brother, siblings are going to be around well past your 10-year anniversary, and chances are, you`ll become closer over the years. If you come from a big family and you can`t possibly include everyone, draw the line at teenagers. Instead, make them a part of the ceremony by asking them to pass out programs or seat guests. Tip for the taking: Traditionally, it`s ladies on one side and guys on the other, but feel free to break that rule and have them stand on either side of the aisle. Consider the size of your wedding. You can have as many (or few) bridesmaids and groomsmen as you like. The average wedding party size is four on either side. Use that as a guide when you decide. Depending on formality, go larger or smaller. For a smaller wedding with around 50 to 60 guests, have no more than four, but for a larger wedding of, say, 150, you could go up to 12 if you really wanted. Just keep this in mind: More isn`t always merrier. The more attendants you have, the more details to organize —flattering tuxes or dresses, a bachelor or bachelorette party with 12 attendants who have busy schedules, wedding party gifts and so much more. Tip for the taking: If there are a lot of people you want to include in your wedding party but just can`t, give them other roles, like usher, ceremony reader or candlelighter. Call him the man of honor and her the best woman. Guys can stand with the bride and women can stand with the groom. It`s really up to you—what`s most important is that you include your favorite people, women and men. Tip for the taking: There are no hard-and-fast rules about how to dress them. You can dress your groomswomen in tuxedos or dresses (or even rompers), and your bridesmen can look just like the groomsmen or they can match their suits to the bridesmaid dresses.
Why It`s Hidden: If you use the cake or liquor provided by your reception site, the charge is typically wrapped into the cost. Going with an outside baker or your own wine can raise the price. Why? Because your venue`s workers are responsible for slicing and serving each piece, then cleaning the dishes—and this means more work for their staff. The Cost: From $2 to $5 per guest for the cake; from $1.50 to $3 for every bottle the staff opens. How to Avoid It: Be up front. Ask about cake cutting and corkage fees before you decide to go with an outside source for either. Cleanup and Breakdown Costs. Why It`s Hidden: Many couples spend so much time planning the actual day they forget to budget for what happens when it`s all over. The Cost: While a full-service venue won`t charge for these things, if you`re paying a flat fee to rent only the space, anticipate additional charges for garbage removal (up to $250) and cleaning (up to $500). And even most full-service venues require same-day setup and cleanup. So if you`re getting married on a weekend, expect to pay time and a half for labor, and if your party goes into the wee hours of the morning, you may face extra charges for late-night pickup and cleanup. How to Avoid It: Read your contract carefully—the setup and breakdown costs should be included in the labor charge. Non-Approved Professionals. Why It`s Hidden: Some venues require you to use caterers or florists from their preferred pros list—and tack on a fee if you don`t. The Cost: Usually an extra 20 percent or more. How to Avoid It: Stick to their list of preferred vendors, or choose a venue without one.
Important To-Dos for the Week of Your Wedding (That Are Easy to Forget!) Even though your floral contract is signed and sealed, you still need to make sure those flowers get delivered. You`re a week away from saying "I do"—and trust us, we know you`re so ready. But with seven days to go, there are a few seemingly small but important tasks that need to be checked off your list so they don`t fall through the cracks. You don`t want to be at the altar ready for your groom to break the glass and then realize that there`s no glass, right? Take the Time to Pack Properly. This is going to be the one occasion where you probably should care deeply about what`s in your suitcase. Whether you`re getting married five minutes down the street or you`re leaving for your honeymoon a day after the reception, taking the time to pack thoughtfully for each event that week is crucial. (We know all too well what happens when you wake up at 5 a.m. to pack with bleary eyes! Mismatched bathing suits and missing deodorant, anyone?) Do you have your beauty emergency kit? Your bikinis and lingerie that was gifted to you at your shower? Your day-of present and note to your partner? Knowing you have everything you need will definitely minimize any stress. Schedule Any Beauty Appointments. Your fingers will likely be texting all week, which makes it even more crucial to keep your nails fresh. Make any minor beauty appointments you want done that week. Think: a mani-pedi, waxing, massage, blowout and facial. This goes for your groom too—make sure his hair is trimmed and face is shaved (if that`s the look he`s after). Any experimental beauty treatments (like facial peels, lasering, hair coloring and drastic cuts) should be done a few months in advance, just in case they don`t turn out as expected.
Scout an exciting background. Unleash your inner photo stylist. Find an Instagram-worthy skyline, latte or patterned pillow to serve as the backdrop of your ring selfie. Go the distance. Cell phone pics will never be professional quality, but there are a few tricks to make your shots look almost as crisp. Avoid the zoom on your camera— physically moving your phone will make a less pixelated photo. If you`re using an iPhone, set up your shot and then tap the screen to focus the lens. Avoid shaky shots by pushing the buttons on your earbuds to snap a photo instead of tapping your screen. Strike a (flattering) pose. Say good-bye to creepy hands by relaxing your fingers, adding a prop or resting your hands on your new fiancé`s arm. Avoid shots that highlight every pore and strand of hair on your hands by a slight tilt of the camera—or your hand—instead of shooting straight on. Take lots of options, but only upload one. You want your ring to stand out and look awesome. Skip the collages and pick one great shot to feature.
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